Weekend Top 10
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 03/15/12
Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd.; will host an open house and artist reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitors will learn from the artists what inspires them to create their works of art as they stroll through the 20,000 square foot facility. Quiet Steps Ensemble will provide entertainment and the cash bar benefits Network of Enterprising Women (NEW). Admission is free. For details, call 278-8950 or visit http://www.crossroadsartcenter.com .
College improv teams from across Virginia and beyond will gather in Henrico for two nights of competitive improvisational comedy, March 16-17 at ComedySportz Improv Theatre, 8906-H W. Broad St. Eight teams were chosen for the inaugural competition: George Mason University (Mason Improv Association), J. Sargeant Reynolds (The JSR Not-Quite-Ready-For-A-Four-Year-Institution Players), Old Dominion University (DaMinions), University of Maryland-College Park (Erasable Inc.), University of Miami (Miami Boot Squad), University of North Carolina (Improv-A-Nation), University of Richmond (Subject to Change) and Virginia Commonwealth University (Rambling Ramblers). March 16 will feature all of the Elite Eight colleges battling it out over the course of two shows – 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. The winners of Friday's matches will move on to the Final Four competition March 17 at 7 p.m. and then the victors of those matches will meet in the championship round immediately following at 9:30 p.m. The champion will walk away with the very first ever Humorous Cup. Tickets for all shows are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Reservations are suggested. For details, call 266-9377 or visit http://www.comedysportzrichmond.com/madness.php .
The work of artists and craftsmen with disabilities from across Virginia will be showcased at the 9th annual Arts & Crafts Show and Sale from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 16 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17 at Resources for Independent Living (RIL), 4009 Fitzhugh Ave. Works on display will include paintings, jewelry, pottery, weavings, drawings, woodcarvings, candles and more. RIL serves people in central Virginia, including Henrico County. Admission is free. For details, call 353-6503.
The Latin Ballet invites all ages to experience “Le Petite Prince” at 7:30 p.m. March 16-17 and at 3 p.m. March 17-18 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The performance is an interpretation of the poetic and philosophic story by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children, students and seniors. For details, call 379-2555 or visit http://www.latinballet.com .
The Sacred Harp Shape Note Singers will perform from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Shape note singing is worship music sung without accompaniment. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Preschoolers ages 4-5 are invited to a St. Patrick’s Day parade from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd. Create masks, hats and musical instruments to use in the parade. Cost is $6. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
One Voice Chorus will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a performance of “Handel’s Messiah” at 7 p.m. at River Road Church Baptist, 8000 River Rd. The chorus consists of more than 100 singers, a full orchestra and professional soloists. Bill Cooper, vice president for diversity and inclusion at the Federal Bank of Richmond, will give a pre-concert conversation titled “Harmony in Living Black and White” at 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults; children 12 and younger are free. For details, call 231-0324 or visit http://www.onevoicechorus.org .
The 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Capital Ale House in Innsbrook will begin at noon. A new Irish menu for 2012 will be available, as well as over 10 different Irish and Scottish Ales on tap and at least 10 more in the bottle. The celebration will take place in the restaurant and in the Innsbrook Shoppes Courtyard within a 3,500 square feet heated tent. Entertainment will be provided by Uisce Beatha, The Havers, The Atkinsons and St. Andrews Legion Pipe & Drums. For details, visit http://www.capitalalehouse.com .
Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.
Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.
The Fourth Annual Healy Gala will be held Saturday, Apr. 11, at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The event was created to honor Michael Healy, a local businessman and community leader who died suddenly in June 2011, and to endow the Mike Healy Scholarship (through the Glen Allen Ruritan Club), which benefits students of Glen Allen High School.
Healy served as the chairman of Glen Allen Day for several years and helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities and organizations. > Read more.
The Richmond Battlefield Ruritan Club is holding a Brunswick stew sale, with orders accepted through March 13 and pick-up available March 14. The cost is $8 per quart.
Pick-up will be at noon, March 14, at the Richmond Heights Civic Center, 7440 Wilton Road in Varina.
To place an order, call Mike at (804) 795- 7327 or Jim at (804) 795-9116. > Read more.
Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack
In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”
The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.
Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights
Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.
Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.
Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.
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