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JAN. 4
The film “My Fair Lady” will play at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd., at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 5. 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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Wear your pajamas, bring a pillow and watch a classic holiday flick starring Dr. Seuss’ meanest and greenest character at 2 p.m. at Twin Hickory Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Rd. All ages welcome. For details, call 290-9200 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
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Comedian Tony Rock will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 5 and at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Richmond Funny Bone Comedy Club in Short Pump Town Center. Rock, younger brother of comedian Chris Rock, has been on television and the big screen and his “Comedy Central Presents” special aired in 2010. Tickets are $15 to $17. For details, call 521-8900 or visit http://www.richmondfunnybone.com .

JAN. 5
The Greater Richmond Branch of the American Association of University Women will hold a meeting at 10:30 a.m. at the Kroger Training Center, 2235 Staples Mill Rd. Guest speakers Lois Hofstra and Earl Rogers will give an overview of the Road Scholar – Adventures in Learning program. There will be an opportunity for questions and input. For details, visit http://www.aauwbonairva.org .
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IMANI Place, 6 W. Nine Mile Rd., will host an Epiphany/3 King’s Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be live animals, period costumes, local talent, poetry, music, dancers, a Kids Corner, food and more. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, call 486-9200.
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Andy Vaughan & The Driveline will perform at 8 p.m. at McCook’s Lakeside Grill, 5516 Lakeside Ave. Enjoy a night of country music, honky-tonk and western swing. For details, call 266-2717.
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St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 6000 Grove Ave., will begin its Season of Light January performance series with an All-Bach Concert at 8 p.m. The Eckhart Ensemble, a baroque orchestra, and Sanctuary, St. Stephens’ Compline choir, will perform. A light reception will follow. Admission is $15; students are admitted free. For details, visit http://www.saintstephensrichmond.net/performance .
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Kitchen Thyme, 7801 W. Broad St., will host an indoor winter market every Saturday through April from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be up to 15 local food vendors and artisans each week. For details, call 396-2665 or visit http://www.kitchenthymerva.com .

JAN. 6
Messiah Lutheran Church, 8154 Atlee Rd., will host its sixth annual Epiphany Celebration at 6:30 p.m. There will be activities for young children and a reception will include “Epiphany Cakes” that contain a surprise. A sprig of Christmas greens may be brought to burn that will be used for Ash Wednesday. Donations of gloves, scarves and socks will be collected for the homeless. For details, call 776-7134.
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Children ages 4-5 are invited to “Enchanting Icicles,” a workshop on how these icy marvels are formed, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Three Lakes Nature Center, 400 Sausiluta Dr. Cost is $6. To register, call 262-5055.
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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Weekend Top 10


It’s Halloween! Ghosts and goblins are everywhere…especially at Dorey Park’s Monster Mash and the annual Pumpkin Festival at Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. But don’t let the fun stop on the 31st – the Latin Ballet of Virginia will present El Dia de los Muertos Family Festival on Nov. 1. And if you need a break from the candy, enjoy some classical music at the University of Richmond and the Weinstein JCC on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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.

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