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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

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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