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FEBRUARY 3
Enjoy an evening of bluegrass music with the Slack Family Band and the God Fearin’ Snake Handlers at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage Performance Series, which highlights a different musical genre on the first Friday of each month. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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The movie “Top Hat” (1935) will play at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491.
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The Richmond Youth Peace Project will commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the 7th annual Youth Educoncert, Generation Dream 2012. Shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Feb. 3 at Richmond Public Library’s main branch, 101 E. Franklin St., and for 2 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. The Friday show is being presented as part of First Fridays Artwalk; the Saturday performance is presented in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit “Race: Are We So Different?” which opened Jan. 28. Both concerts are free; museum admission is required on Feb. 4. For a list of youth performers and for more information, call 232-1002 or visit http://www.rpec.org .
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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., will present a special Valentine’s Day display until Feb. 29. A stroll through the climate-controlled Conservatory includes the chance to see daffodils, tulips and more. There is also a display featuring a new color scheme of pink and black foliage. The tropical wing showcases exotic, fragrant orchids. The garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for children ages 3-12. Members are free. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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This is the final weekend for Chamberlayne Actors Theatre’s production of “Almighty Bob.” A touching show about faith, it features Bob, a senior citizen living in an assisted living home. Bizarre things start to happen and the residents must find out if Bob is delusional or telling the truth. Performance times are 8 p.m. Feb. 3-4 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4-5. Tickets are $12 to $23. For details, call 262-9760 or visit http://www.cattheatre.com .

FEBRUARY 4
VCU Medical Center will present the CBS 6 Healthy Lifestyle Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Richmond Convention Center. The event will feature Dr. Oz’s fitness expert Stepp Stewart, yoga with “The Young and the Restless” star Judith Chapman and healthy cooking with celebrity chef Nathan Lyon. Participants can also sample healthy foods, receive free health screenings from VCU Medical Center and visit with multiple vendors. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.wtvr.com/expo .
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Richmond Parents Monthly’s 16th annual Camp & Education Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tuckahoe YMCA, 9211 Patterson Ave. Admission is free. For a list of fair participants, view http://www.richmondparents.com .
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Ringling Bros. Ambassador of Laughter, Christopher the Clown, will visit the Children’s Museum of Richmond in Short Pump from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. In addition to story time, Christopher the Clown will have giveaways and coupons for the upcoming Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show “Dragons” on Feb. 15-19. For details, call 474-7000 or visit http://www.childrensmuseumofrichmond.org .
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The James River Film Society and the Sierra Club Falls of the James Group will join together to present the RVA Environmental Film Festival at the Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St. The event will showcase films designed to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents on planet Earth. Festival passes are $15 and are available at Chop Suey Books (422-8066), Video Fan (353-7891) or at http://www.rvaenvironmentalfilmfest2012.eventbrite.com Indi.vidual tickets are $5 and are available at the door or through Eventbrite. For a complete schedule and film descriptions, call 562-2500 or visit http://www.rvaenvironmentalfilmfestival.com.

FEBRUARY 5
Sisters of the Yarn African American Quilters Guild will host an opening reception for its upcoming quilt exhibit “Each Quilt, A Story” from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. Enjoy the art and craftsmanship of these beautiful quilts and learn about their history and culture from historical interpreters and the quilters themselves. Music will be provided by a local choir and light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. After the reception, the quilt exhibit will be displayed at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd., until Feb. 24. For details, call Rachel Moore at 501-5134 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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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