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JAN. 18
The Chamberlayne Actors Theatre (CAT) will present its supernatural romantic comedy “The 13th of Paris” at 8 p.m. Jan. 18-19 at the CAT Playhouse, 319 N. Wilkinson Rd. The show follows Vincent, who takes a spontaneous trip from his life in Chicago to the 13th arrondissement of Paris, carrying only a suitcase filled with the surprising love letters of his late grandparents. Tickets are $18. The production continues through Feb. 3. For details, call 262-9760 or visit http://www.cattheatre.com .
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The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present the Mark Morris Dance Group at 7:30 p.m. in Alice Jepson Theatre. The group will present an evening of repertory pieces including “Festival Dance,” “A Wooden Tree” and “Grand Duo.” A Q&A session with members of the group will follow the show. Admission is $40. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
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Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd., will host an Art Opening and Reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. During the Artwalk, visitors will learn from the artists what inspires them to create their works of art as they stroll through the 25,000 square foot facility. There will also be an “Art in Action” auction to benefit Henrico CASA. For details, visit http://www.crossroadsartcenter.com .

JAN. 19
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present an encore presentation of National Theatre Live’s production of “The Magistrate” at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. Academy Award nominee and Tony Award-winner John Lithgow takes the title role in Arthur Wing Pinero’s uproarious Victorian farce. NT Live brings the best of British theatre direct from the stages of London to movie theatres around the world. Tickets are $12 to $14. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
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Families are invited to the Snow Days Festival at the Children’s Museum of Richmond-Central, 2626 W. Broad St. The winner of the fourth annual Snow Queen scholarship will be crowned at 11 a.m. Winter activities include a make-a-flake station and other snowy art projects, face painting, special frozen treats and playing in the snow in the CMoR backyard (weather permitting). Festival is free with museum admission. For details, call 474-7000 or visit http://www.c-mor.org .
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Synergy Yoga Studio, 11000 Three Chopt Rd., will celebrate its 12th anniversary beginning at 11:30 a.m. There will be free yoga classes, anniversary specials, free mini massages, refreshments and more. Space is limited. To register, call 747-YOGA or visit http://www.synergyyogastudio.com .
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Henricus Historical Park will recognize Medal of Honor recipient 2nd Lt. Walter Thorn, 116th United States Colored Troops, for his heroic efforts in the Battle of Trent’s Reach in January 1865. Featured activities include living history demonstrations of the daily lives of soldiers and women who supported the sick and wounded; an exhibition highlighting Civil War artifacts found at Henricus; one-hour lectures beginning at 11 a.m.; tours and more. Admission is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-12. Tours are additional. For details, call 748-1611 or visit http://www.henricus.org .
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All Henrico parents and students looking for financial aid help are encouraged to attend an information session facilitated by GRASP (Great Aspirations Scholarship Program). Workers from GRASP will help parents and students completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Participants must bring paperwork with them including social security cards, drivers licenses, W-2 forms, income tax returns, current bank statements and mortgage information. The 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. session will be held at the Richmond Public Main Library, 101 E. Franklin St. To schedule an hour-long appointment and learn of all the required documentation needed, call 527-7708. A second session will be held Feb. 16.

JAN. 20
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond, Corbian Arts and Light Wire Theatre will present “The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and the Hare” at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Alice Jepson Theatre. Electroluminescent puppetry serves as the medium in presenting these two classic fables. Dazzling visuals, poignant choreography and creative use of music make the show ideal for children from kindergarten to fourth grade. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
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The second annual Disco Ball, a benefit for the Richmond Men’s Chorus and the Richmond Women’s Chorus, will take place at 6 p.m. at NU NightClub, 2729 W. Broad St. There will be a live auction, a drag show, raffles, performances by Vada Kaye, Michelle Livigne and Millenium Snow and more. General admission is $20. For details, call 396-2222 or visit http://www.nunightclub.com
Community

Celebrating 106 years

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 breaks ground for aquatic center

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.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

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.

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Entertainment

Journey to mediocrity

‘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.

Weekend Top 10


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.

Bottoms up

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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