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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 .


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

US Army Field Band to perform in Henrico Aug. 3

The United States Army Field Band will present a free public performance at Deep Run Park in Henrico on Sunday, Aug 3 at 3 p.m.

Members of the band are soldiers who also serve as “musical ambassadors of the Army” and perform for schools and communities nationwide.

The Concert Band will be performing along with the Soldiers’ Chorus. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

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