Weekend Top 10
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 03/01/12
Enjoy an evening of Celtic music with Poisoned Dwarf and Lilt 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 .
Henrico County Recreation and Parks will present “Waterwalk: A Passage of Ghosts” from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Henrico County Administration Board Room. Steven Faulkner, a professor at Longwood University, will discuss the 1,000 mile voyage he and his son Justin took in their 16-foot canoe, Natty Bumpo. Admission is free and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. For details, call Dee Donnelly at 501-5147.
The Autism Society of Central Virginia will hold its 5th annual Recreation Resource Fair from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at River Road United Methodist Church, 8800 River Rd. Organizations providing recreational and social opportunities to children, youth and adults with autism spectrum disorders will be on hand to share information about their programs. For details, visit http://www.asacv.org .
The film “Superman: The Movie” will play at 7 p.m. March 2 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 3 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Henrico County’s annual Kite Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd. The event, hosted by the Richmond Air Force Kite Club, will feature kite flying demonstrations, exhibits, contests and games and live family entertainment provided by Henrico County Public Schools and local band Sky Run. Concessions will be available for purchase. Admission is free. Rain date is March 4. For details, visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The 12th annual Kids’ Carniball – Destination France will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Richmond-Central, 2626 W. Broad St. There will be French flag-themed art projects, face painting, balloon giveaways, a moon bounce, magicians, a cheese and juice tasting, French toast provided by Silver Diner and more. Carniball is included with museum admission. For details, call 474-7000 or visit http://www.c-mor.org .
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd., will present a Rock & Roll Jubilee at 7 p.m. Journey back to 1958 and be a part of the studio audience for the live broadcast of a fictitious radio station as they channel the spirits of the founding fathers of rock n’ roll. Featured artists include Elvis, Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers and more. The Jubilee includes 1950s’ period advertisements, skits and more. Tickets are $20. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
The Modlin Center for the Arts will present Cirque Mechanics’ “Boom Town” at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Alice Jepson Theatre at the University of Richmond. Cirque Mechanics brings together veterans of world-renowned companies such as Cirque du Soleil and the Moscow Circus to continue the exploration of performers and machines through acrobatics, dance, aerial work, trampolines and more. Tickets are $38. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Amtrak, America's Railroad® is offering the public an opportunity to view an Exhibit Train, a unique traveling display showcasing the railroad's history, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 3-4 at Amtrak’s Staples Mill Road station. Memorabilia, such as vintage advertising, past menus and dinnerware and period uniforms will be on display. Children can also visit Chuggington Depot, based on the popular children’s animated television series on Disney Junior, for train-themed kids’ activities. For details, visit http://www.amtrak40th.com .
The Harvesters will perform at 6 p.m. at Pioneer Baptist Church, 3140 Darbytown Rd. Admission is free. For details, call 795-1051 or visit http://www.pioneerbaptistrichmondva.org
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.
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.
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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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.
‘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.
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