By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 03/08/13
Capitol Opera will perform “H.M.S. Pinafore” at 7:30 p.m. March 8-9 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Set aboard a British naval ship, the classic operetta has a maritime flavor with whimsical lyrics penned by W.S. Gilbert set to the music of Arthur Sullivan. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. For details, call 282-1659 or visit http://www.capopera.com .
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present Black Grace, New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance company, at 7:30 p.m. in Alice Jepson Theatre. The company fuses traditional dance of the Pacific islands and contemporary dance in a form that is eloquent, elemental, athletic and spiritual. Guests are invited to stay for a post-show Q&A. Tickets are $40. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
The third annual Free to Breathe Richmond 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Memorial Walk, to benefit the National Lung Cancer Partnership, will take place at 9 a.m. in the Innsbrook Corporate Center, 4900 Cox Rd. Registration and check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $15 to $35. For details, visit http://www.freetobreathe.org/richmond .
Contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music duo Dana and Susan Robinson will perform at 8 p.m. at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Glen Allen, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. Both play the guitar, banjo and fiddle.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The Coffeehouse is family-friendly, smoke and alcohol free. For details, visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
One Voice Chorus will perform “Rise Up Singing” at 8 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Rd. The musical program features the full chorus, the One Voice Ensemble and soloists in a variety of musical genres, including classical, traditional spirituals and theater music, notably the finale of Les Miserables. For admission, a donation of $15 is requested; children 12 and under are free. For details, call 231-0324 or visit http://www.onevoicechorus.org .
Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd., will hold a volunteer open house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Meadow Farm is looking for volunteers ages 10 and up to conduct tours, work in the gift shop, demonstrate historic trades, agricultural and domestic activities and more. Students needing community service hours are welcome. No experience is necessary. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Learn about life at Lee’s headquarters from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd. For 62 days in 1862, the Dabbs House was transformed into a Civil War headquarters when Gen. Robert E. Lee and his staff of seven arrived. Learn about daily life and Henrico’s role in Civil War history. Children’s activities, interpretive panels and tours will be offered. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Henrico County Division of Police will offer rabies shots for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Western Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Rd. The clinic will be on the first level of the parking deck adjacent to the administration building. Vaccination shots cost $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included. Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers. For details, call 727-8800.
Richmond Ballet’s Minds in Motion Team XXL returns to Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd., at 4 p.m. This group of youthful, diverse, high-energy dancers combine pedestrian movement and rhythmic patterning into exciting and intricate choreography. Admission is free. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Hindu Center of Virginia, 6051 Springfield Rd., will present “Temple Traditions: Performing Arts from India to Bali” at 3 p.m. Bharatanatyam dancers from the Apsaras Arts Dance Group and Balinese dancers from the Indonesian Embassy in Washington will present a rare collaborative presentation of devotional and semi-sacred performance, reuniting traditions separated for millennia. Tickets are $8. For details, visit http://www.hinducenterofvirginia.org
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
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