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JANUARY 27
An art show and sale will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 27 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the former Embellish location, 5105 Lakeside Ave. Twenty one artists are participating including Jane Joyner, Karen Cantor, Nancy Cecere-LeBlanc, Dick Fowlkes and more. Refreshments will be served on Friday. For details, email Betty Lewis Smith at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Movie Night at Sweet Spot will feature the Adam Sandler movie “Bedtime Stories” at 7 p.m. All ages are invited to bring sleeping bags and pillows to watch the movie. Admission is free. Sweet Spot is located in West Broad Village near Whole Foods and CMOR. For details, call 360-7768 or visit http://www.shopsweetspot.com .
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Unity of Richmond and Karen Morris will present a community screening of “Miss Representation” at 7:30 p.m. at 800 Blanton Ave. “Miss Representation” exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. It includes stories from teenage girls and interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics such as Condoleeza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Gloria Steinem and more. Admission is $10. For details, call 278-6489.
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Barksdale’s “Bifocals Players” will present a staged reading of “A Mistaken Identity” at 1 p.m. at Barksdale Theatre at Willow Lawn. The performance is a melodrama of wit, romance and murder most foul. Bifocals Players produce shows starring actors age 55 and older. All ages are welcome to attend performances. Tickets are $5. For details, call 282-2620 or visit http://www.barksdalerichmond.org .

JANUARY 28
Learn about Henrico’s role in Civil War history and about daily life at Gen. Robert E. Lee’s headquarters from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd. There will be children’s activities, interpretive panels, tours and more. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3411.
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The 13th annual Virginia Dance Festival, to benefit the Children’s Hospital Foundation, will be held at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at James River High School. A silent auction will be held in the lobby during both shows. Tickets are $12 for ages 12 and up and $10 for ages 3-11. Tickets are only sold at the door the day of the show. For details, call 739-7600 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Bluegrass band The Seldom Scene, a D.C. based quintet, will perform at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Tickets are $25. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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The Richmond Folk Music Society will present “We Shall Not Be Moved: Songs from America’s Labor Movement” at 8 p.m. at Congregation Or Ami, 9400 W. Huguenot Rd. Historian and musician Gregg Kimball, along with Sheryl Warner and Jackie Frost, will sing and discuss songs that grew out of the American Labor Movement and played a major part in shaping American history. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. For details, call 647-7856 or visit http://www.richmondfolkmusic.com .
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The Jazzercise Studio located at 8119 Staples Mill Rd. will host a Multi-Vendor Open House from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can shop for Valentine’s and Easter gifts from popular companies such as Thirty-One, Silpada, Pampered Chef, Organo Gold Coffee, Tastefully Simple, Mary Kay, Scentsy, Party Lite and Dove Chocolate Discoveries. There will be specials and giveaways. Admission is free. Those unable to attend can place orders under the event name “Multi-Vendor Open House” at http://www.mythirtyone.com/mdsmith For .details, call 387-6269 or 249-5299.

JANUARY 29
The Hot Club of San Francisco will present “Cinema Vivant” at 3 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond. “Cinema Vivant” is a collection of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing. The featured films are “The Cameraman’s Revenge” (1912), a piece about the marital troubles of beetles, and “The Mascot” (1933), an adventure story about lost toys. Tickets are $32. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
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MADD to host candlelight vigil Dec. 2 at UR

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.

Tournament supports adoption efforts

Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.

Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.

A.C. Moore to host winter craft day for kids

Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A hero is born

Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.

Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.

At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.

Authentically Italian

Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.

In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)

For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.

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