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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

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

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