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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

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

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

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