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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.
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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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