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Weekend Top 10


MAY 4
Ron Moody and the Centaurs will perform at 7 p.m. at Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. The outdoor concert will feature savory BBQ, grilled foods, pasta salad and drink specials available for purchase, as well as a silent auction. Proceeds from Harmony in Hanover support Hanover Tavern as a historic, educational, community and cultural resource center. Tickets are $10 and children under 10 are free. For details, call 537-5050 or visit http://www.hanovertavern.org .
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Enjoy an evening of blues music with Darryl Ellyson and Laura Baron 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 Henrico Theatre Company will perform “See How They Run” May 4-20 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The farce by Philip King tells the story of two American actors, two maids and four clergymen. All shows begin at 8 p.m. except for Sunday matinees which are at 2:30 p.m. An additional performance will be on Saturday, May 19 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. For details, call Amy Perdue at 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .

MAY 5
The Asian American Society of Central Virginia will host the 15th annual Asian American Celebration “East Meets West: Celebrating Asian American Friendship” from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. Third St. The event will feature a variety of ethnic Asian foods, cultural exhibits, entertainment, unique vendors, children’s activities and a parade, workshops and more. Admission is free. For details, call 245-4974 or visit http://www.aasocv.org .
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Mark Nizer will present an all-ages 3D Juggling Show at 2 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Nizer combines original comedy, unique wit, world class juggling, movement and music into one stunning show. 3D glasses will be provided. Tickets are $12.50 and $10.50 for seniors. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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Gallmeyer Farms will host its 8th annual Strawberry Fields Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3622 Darbytown Ct. in Varina. The event features fresh local strawberries and other spring vegetables, live local music, crafts vendors and local businesses, hay and pony rides, food and more. Coolers, chairs and dogs are welcome. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.gallmeyerfarms.com .
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Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd., will hold its spring festival from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be live music and dance performances, crafts, games, face painting, tours, food and more. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Karl Hepler will open for The Whitetop Mountaineers at 8 p.m. at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church at 11105 Cauthorne Rd. The show features country singing, up-tempo old time fiddle, clawhammer banjo, bluegrass mandolin and guitar instrumentals, as well as high energy Appalachian dancing. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door; teens are admitted at half price and ages 12 and under are free. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
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Any eighth grader at Fairfield Middle School, 5121 Nine Mile Rd., who passes all SOLs will get to go to Kings Dominion. To raise money, the school is hosting Super Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day will kick-off with a community yard sale and will also include a car wash, basketball tournament, a cake walk and international bake sale, tailgating, a talent show, live music and more. The event is open to the public. For details, call 328-4020.

MAY 6
Joe Enroughty & His Royal Virginians will perform at 7 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Admission is free but registration is required. For details, call 328-4491.
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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