By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 03/08/13
Capitol Opera will perform “H.M.S. Pinafore” at 7:30 p.m. March 8-9 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Set aboard a British naval ship, the classic operetta has a maritime flavor with whimsical lyrics penned by W.S. Gilbert set to the music of Arthur Sullivan. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. For details, call 282-1659 or visit http://www.capopera.com .
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present Black Grace, New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance company, at 7:30 p.m. in Alice Jepson Theatre. The company fuses traditional dance of the Pacific islands and contemporary dance in a form that is eloquent, elemental, athletic and spiritual. Guests are invited to stay for a post-show Q&A. Tickets are $40. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu .
The third annual Free to Breathe Richmond 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Memorial Walk, to benefit the National Lung Cancer Partnership, will take place at 9 a.m. in the Innsbrook Corporate Center, 4900 Cox Rd. Registration and check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $15 to $35. For details, visit http://www.freetobreathe.org/richmond .
Contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music duo Dana and Susan Robinson will perform at 8 p.m. at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Glen Allen, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. Both play the guitar, banjo and fiddle.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The Coffeehouse is family-friendly, smoke and alcohol free. For details, visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
One Voice Chorus will perform “Rise Up Singing” at 8 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Rd. The musical program features the full chorus, the One Voice Ensemble and soloists in a variety of musical genres, including classical, traditional spirituals and theater music, notably the finale of Les Miserables. For admission, a donation of $15 is requested; children 12 and under are free. For details, call 231-0324 or visit http://www.onevoicechorus.org .
Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd., will hold a volunteer open house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Meadow Farm is looking for volunteers ages 10 and up to conduct tours, work in the gift shop, demonstrate historic trades, agricultural and domestic activities and more. Students needing community service hours are welcome. No experience is necessary. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Learn about life at Lee’s headquarters from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd. For 62 days in 1862, the Dabbs House was transformed into a Civil War headquarters when Gen. Robert E. Lee and his staff of seven arrived. Learn about daily life and Henrico’s role in Civil War history. Children’s activities, interpretive panels and tours will be offered. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Henrico County Division of Police will offer rabies shots for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Western Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Rd. The clinic will be on the first level of the parking deck adjacent to the administration building. Vaccination shots cost $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included. Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers. For details, call 727-8800.
Richmond Ballet’s Minds in Motion Team XXL returns to Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd., at 4 p.m. This group of youthful, diverse, high-energy dancers combine pedestrian movement and rhythmic patterning into exciting and intricate choreography. Admission is free. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Hindu Center of Virginia, 6051 Springfield Rd., will present “Temple Traditions: Performing Arts from India to Bali” at 3 p.m. Bharatanatyam dancers from the Apsaras Arts Dance Group and Balinese dancers from the Indonesian Embassy in Washington will present a rare collaborative presentation of devotional and semi-sacred performance, reuniting traditions separated for millennia. Tickets are $8. For details, visit http://www.hinducenterofvirginia.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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