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DEC. 14
The Henrico Theatre Company will present “A Christmas Story” at 8 p.m. Dec. 14-15 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15-16 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. All of the elements from the beloved motion picture are here in this joyous celebration of childhood. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Reservations are required. For details, call 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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The movie “White Christmas” will play at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Seasonal singing and dancing will be held prior to the film. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com.
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Mystery Dinner Playhouse will perform its new show “Here’s Killing You, Kid” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-15 inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 6531 W. Broad St. Audience members will solve this 1940s detective spoof during a four course dinner. Tickets are $48. The show continues every Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through Feb. 16, 2013. For details, call 649-CLUE or visit http://www.mysterydinner.com .
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ComedySportz Improv Theatre will host 20 improv troupes from the East Coast for the second annual Improv Festivus, continuing Dec. 14-15, at the theatre’s home in the Gold’s Gym Plaza, 8906-H W. Broad St. The festival will showcase performances that highlight many different types of improvisational comedy. Thursday night shows kick the festival off with a local long form improv troupe, a group of Richmond high school performers and improvisational music performances. The Friday and Saturday shows continue with a wide variety of long form and short form styles, including ComedySportz matches between Richmond, Buffalo, Washington DC and New York. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door; reservations are suggested. A weekend festival pass is $35. For details, call 266-9377 or visit http://www.comedysportzrichmond.com .
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Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, West End Comedy has a show for you – The Nice Show (rated G) at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 or The Naughty Show (rated R) at 7:30 p.m. – both at HATTheatre, 1124 Westbriar Dr. Both shows feature suggestions from the audience. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students, children and active military. Bring a canned good for FeedMore for a ticket discount. For details, visit http://www.wecomedy.com .
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The Children’s Theatre of Virginia season will continue with “Madeline’s Christmas” at Virginia Repertory Theatre’s Willow Lawn location at 7 p.m. Dec. 14, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 16. This festive holiday musical features such charming songs as “Achoo!,” “Abracadabra,” and “Bonnie Annee.” The show continues through Dec. 30. Admission is $14 to $22. For details, visit http://va-rep.org/show_madelines_christmas.html .

DEC. 15
Experience the etiquette, customs and laws regarding Christmas in the early 17th century at Henricus Colonial Christmas from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Rd. The evening tour will invite visitors to learn the holiday traditions of different socio-economic homes. The event will culminate with period dance and song in the hospital. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-12. For details, call 748-1611 or visit http://www.henricus.org .
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The “Celebrate with a Book” author book fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Regency Square Mall, 1420 N. Parham Rd., in front of JC Penney’s on the first floor. Twenty Virginian authors of all genres will be selling and signing their books. Event is free to the public. For details, visit http://www.celebratewithabook.blogspot.com .
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“Illumina – Festival of Trees” continues at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Curator Yvonne Hopkins presents a festive display of Christmas trees, each with its own special theme from Purple Passion to Dolphin Tale. “Illumina” continues through Jan. 3. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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An annual tradition for nearly a decade, The Taters will join with DC favorite The Grandsons for a holiday party of roots-pop and classic hits at 8 p.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea, 100 N. Railroad Ave. The Taters’ eclectic blend has been likened to the Mavericks, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison and the Beatles. The Grandsons play a mix of New Orleans rhythm and blues, rockabilly, swing and country two-step. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For details, call 798-1702 or visit http://www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

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