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JANUARY 20
Barksdale Theatre will present “Always…Patsy Cline” through April 29 at Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. The show is a tribute to legendary country singer Patsy Cline who died at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. It includes many of Cline’s hits such as “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Walking After Midnight.” The show is part of the 2012 Acts of Faith Festival. Tickets are $38 for adults, $35 for seniors and $19 for ages 18 and under. For a complete performance schedule, visit http://www.barksdalerichmond.org .
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A river-themed indoor art walk titled “Winter to Spring” will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd. The exhibit displays original art by James River Art League members including oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolors and mixed media. River-related art will be offered for sale and members of the Friends of the James River Park will be available with information about FOJRP. Admission is free. Proceeds from the cash bar will benefit Henrico CASA, who will also be hosting a silent auction. For details, visit http://www.jamesriverartleague.com or http://www.jamesriverpark.org.
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River North Dance Chicago will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20-21 in Alice Jepson Theatre at the University of Richmond. There will be a post-show question and answer session with members. Tickets are $40. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
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St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 12291 River Rd., will present “To Whom It May Concern” at 7 p.m. Jan. 20-21 and at 2 p.m. Jan. 22. The musical is a warm and witty observation of what really goes on in the hearts and minds of people as they participate in a church service. The production is part of the 2012 Acts of Faith Festival. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth and are only available at the door. Proceeds will benefit CARITAS. For details, visit http://www.stmarysgoochland.org .

JANUARY 21
Youth ages 8-12 are invited to Snowflakes, Kites and S’mores from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Dorey Recreation Center, 2999 Darbytown Rd. Kite enthusiasts will have an opportunity to create their own kite, as well as enjoy s’mores and hot chocolate. The cost is $7.50. To register, call Sheila Cunningham at 795-2334.
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Join the Virginia Opera for a humorous, insightful and interactive introduction to the art of opera at 2 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Admission is free but registration is required. For details, call 328-4491.
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The Center Season at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd., continues at 7 p.m. with “An Evening with Mark Twain.” The performance is an insightful and humorous re-creation of a lecture that the world famous author would have given during his highly acclaimed work tour culminating in 1905. Tickets are $25. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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Visitors to Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Rd., are invited to participate in the Battle of Trent’s Reach Civil War Tour aboard the “Discovery Barge II,” a covered 24-pontoon boat captained by Mike Ostrander of Discover the James. Tours will take place at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. The excursion will feature local wildlife and 17th-century through modern day history at Henricus and Dutch Gap. A maximum of six people may participate in each tour, which costs $25 per person. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For details, call 318-8728.

JANUARY 22
The program “Sing Out for Freedom – Pray for Peace” will take place at 4 p.m. at Congregation Beth Ahabah, 1111 W. Franklin St. The program is part of Living the Dream, Richmond’s annual commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For details, call Annie Bornstein at 358-6757.
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Jim Barone, an award-winning Elvis tribute artist, will perform “A Tribute to Elvis Presley” at 3:30 p.m. at Henrico Theater, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Special guest is Michael Falcone. Admission is $25 to $32. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for VIP and 2:30 p.m. for regular admission. For details, call 215-983-5200.
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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Entertainment

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

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