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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
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Tree seedling giveaway planned April 2-3


The Henricopolis Soil & Water Conservation District will sponsor a tree seedling giveaway on April 2 at Dorey Park Shelter 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on April 3 at Hermitage High School parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bare-root tree seedlings are available to Henrico County residents free of charge for the spring planting season.

The following seedling species will be available: apple, kousa dogwood, red maple, river birch, red osier dogwood, loblolly pine, sycamore, bald cypress, white dogwood and redbud. Quantities are limited and trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each participant is allowed up to 10 trees total, not to include more than five of the same species. > Read more.

State provides online directory of Bingo games


Wondering where to go to play Bingo? Wonder no more.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) recently launched an online directory of permitted bingo games played in Virginia. Listed by locality, more than 400 regular games are available across the state. The directory will be updated monthly and can be found on VDACS’ website at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/gaming/index.shtml.

“Many Virginia charities, including volunteer rescue squads, booster clubs and programs to feed the homeless, use proceeds from charitable gaming as a tool to support their missions, said Michael Menefee, program manager for VDACS’ Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. > Read more.

Local couple wins wedding at Lewis Ginter


Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.

Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A taste of Japan

Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack

In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”

The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.

One beauty of a charmer

Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights

Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.

Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.

Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.

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