Weekend Top 10
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 01/11/13
The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present “The Legend of the Poinsettia” at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 12 and at 3 p.m. Jan. 13 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The story is based on the Mexican legend of a pure hearted young girl who discovers the true spirit of giving. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, children, seniors and military. For details, call 356-3876 or visit http://www.latinballet.com.
Old-time fiddler Bruce Molsky will perform at 8 p.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea, 100 N. Railroad Ave. Molsky, a former engineer from the Bronx who didn’t begin a music career until he was 40, is described as a defining virtuoso of Appalachia’s timeless folk music traditions. Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door. For details, call 798-1702 or visit http://www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com .
Mystery Dinner Playhouse’s show “Here’s Killing You, Kid” continues at 7:30 p.m. inside the Richmond Magnuson Grand 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 .
The Shady Grove Coffeehouse will continue its 12th season with Virginia-based roots duo The Honey Dewdrops at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish create a blend of new Americana and traditional folk music. They write all their own songs and use a handful of acoustic instruments. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door; teens are admitted at half-price and children under 12 are free. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
North Park Library, 8508 Franconia Rd., will offer free fun crafts for the whole family at 10:30 a.m. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
The Pamunkey River Garden Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 8209 Shady Grove Rd. in Mechanicsville. Scott Martin will present a program on “Trimming/Shaping/Pruning Shrubs in the Asian Manner.” All are welcome. For details, call Susan Blankinship at 932-3451.
A special screening of “Forks Over Knives” will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St. The film reveals that many of our most serious health problems can be prevented, and oftentimes reversed, simply by changing the way we eat. Admission is free; the Vegetarian Society of Richmond will accept donations. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/b9lr8jk .
ECPI University will host a Career Discovery Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all Richmond campus locations. Attendees will have the opportunity to see interactive demonstrations, tour the campuses, meet with faculty and staff and more. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, visit http://www.ecpi.edu .
Two Henrico libraries are offering story time for working parents and their children. Mother Goose Story Time, for children ages 6-24 months, will take place at 9:30 a.m. at Tuckahoe, 1901 Starling Dr., and Twin Hickory, 5001 Twin Hickory Rd. Family Story Time, with stories selected for ages 3-5, will begin at 10:30 a.m. at both libraries. Space is limited to 25 children per session. Doors close five minutes after story time begins. For details, call 290-9100 (Tuckahoe) or 290-9200 (Twin Hickory) or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
Author Michele Rolle will sign copies of her début memoir “Invisible Warrior” before and after morning services at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 4247 Creighton Rd. For details, call 643-4000.
Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.
YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.
The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.
‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.
The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).
It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.
Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.
The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.
As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.
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