Highlights from this weeks events listings

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Even 59 years later, Arthur Miller’s beloved hit All My Sons still draws a crowd. Seen through the peace-and-prosperity prism of post-war America, the play follows Joe Keller, a
businessman with a shady past, as he tries to hold his crumbling clan together. It’s pre-Willy Loman domestic drama as only Miller could write it, with some potent anti-war symbolism thrown in for good measure. Directed by William Rough, the play opens at Live Arts on Friday, June 2, and continues through June 17. $10-17, 8pm.

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When it comes to wine, he’s the big cheese. Michel Rolland, winemaker extraordinaire and Wine Enthusiast’s 2000 “Winemaker of the Year,” speaks about new trends in oenology. (It’s O.K., you won’t have to pronounce it.) Rolland’s opinions on technology in the vineyard are controversial, and he’s legendary for the New Bordeaux style, which helped fuel the stunning success of American vineyards. At PVCC’s V. Earl Dickinson Theater, Sunday, June 4. $65, 5-7 pm.

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The sharp-dressed duo Montgomery Gentry may have three platinum albums, a fan base of millions, and nonstop rotation on CMT, but Troy and Eddie still love to sing songs about the hard-workin’ life. Hear the latest laments from You Do Your Thing, their new album, at the Charlottesville Pavilion, Saturday, June 3. $39.50-51.50, 7pm.

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Poised to become yet another name dropped in discussions of the fabled Athens, Georgia, music scene, Dubconscious embraces the role of torchbearer. Bringing a healthy dose of spirituality, celebration and social awareness to their performance, the band treads joyfully in the tracks of reggae pioneers like Lee “Scratch” Perry, King Tubby, Augustus Pablo and The Gladiators. The band’s signature sound is a hybrid of roots and dub reggae styles, which pay homage to their reggae forefathers while delivering a modern kick. Wednesday,
May 31. Outback Lodge, $7-10, 10pm.

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Like Peter, Paul and Mary, but sexy, Girlyman spins three-part harmonies while flouting gender stereotypes. Blending bluegrass, pop, country and folk, the
interchanging vocals of Nate Borofsky, Doris Muramatsu and Ty Greenstein are more about cross-musicality than cross-dressing. It’s catching on: the Brooklyn-based trio has appeared at tons of folk festivals, and has recently completed a nine-week tour with Dar Williams. At Gravity Lounge, Friday, June 2. $15-20, 8pm.

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Hilarious, hypersmart, and happily imperfect, Art Brut is a rush of shouty postmodernist polit-rock with guitar, bass and drums. It’s London art-punk with a stated mission of bringing peace to the Middle East and an equally fervent wish to move to L.A. and drink Hennessey with Morrissey. And yes, that is Eddie’s real voice. Satellite Ballroom, Tuesday, May 16. $10-12, 8pm. 1427 University Ave. 977-3697.

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At 21, Steve Forbert packed his guitar and left his hometown of Meridian, Mississippi, for Greenwich Village. Though a rockin’ folkie with a harp-on-a-rack like Bob Dylan, he was actually discovered at the fabled punk rock mecca CBGB’s, where his fierce guitar attack,
raspy voice and sheer energy were able to compete. Now a Nashville veteran with 13 albums, Forbert continues to churn out keen lyrical observations with evocative clarity. See him at Gravity Lounge, Friday May 19. $15-20, 7pm. 977-5590. www.gravity-lounge.com.

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Loudon Wainwright III is a guy with a guitar, a stunning wit, a cutting lyrical sensibility, and a darling son who is an indie chip off the old block. For 30 years Loudon has played the role of courtyard jester in folk-rock music, with songs like “Me And My Friend The Cat,” “Glad To See You’ve Got Religion,” and minor hits like “Dead Skunk.” He’s also known these days for small parts in movies like Elizabethtown and Big Fish. Hear him at Starr Hill, Tuesday, May 16. $20, 8pm. 709 W. Main St.

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You remember Cindy Sheehan. She got to know the road in front of President Bush’s Texas ranch real well after her son, Casey, was killed
in 2004 in Baghdad. Then she co-founded Gold Star Families for Peace. Her nonstop crusade continues. Along with Col. Ann Wright, who resigned from the State Department in protest on the first day the Iraq War, Sheehan speaks
at The Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center, 1400 Melbourne Rd., Wednesday, May 17. $5, 7pm.

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Thrum is analog ambient music with a pulse. Drums (John Allietta) and bass (Christine Ruotolo) lay down organic grooves. Guitars and effects from Lance Brenner (who, with Ruotolo, is two-thirds of power popsters The Naked Puritans) create hypnotic layers. Sit back, take in your favorite poison, talk with your friends, then ease yourself onto the dance floor. The party’s at R2, in the back of Rapture on the Downtown Mall. Free, 10pm. Tuesday, May 16.

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