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AUGUST 31
The Butterflies LIVE exhibit continues through October 14 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Visitors will be able to walk among hundreds of butterflies in the North Wing of the Conservatory. The exhibit will also feature special plantings to provide food for the butterflies, allowing visitors to get an up-close view of the showy tropical species. The exhibit is included with garden admission. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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The Killing Daylights will perform live at 9:30 p.m. at Sharky’s Bar & Billiards, 4032 Cox Rd. TKD features powerhouse, Megan Lynn Browning and bassist, Chelsea Kerwath, center stage on vocals. For details, call 273-1888 or visit http://www.sharkysinnsbrook.net .
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“Always… Patsy Cline” is back by popular demand at Virginia Repertory Theatre’s Willow Lawn location through Sept. 16. The show is written and originally directed by Ted Swindley and features the music of Patsy Cline, including “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.” Performances are at 8 p.m. Aug. 31, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 1 and at 2 p.m. Sept. 2. Tickets are $38. For details, call 282-2620 or visit http://www.va-rep.org .
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Blue Line Highway will perform at 8 p.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea, 100 N. Railroad Ave. Blue Line Highway features a hybrid of blues, contemporary pop and traditional country music. Tickets are $8 at the door. For details, call 798-1702 or visit http://www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com .
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Director, writer, actor and comedian Neal Brennan will perform at the Richmond Funny Bone Comedy Club, 11800 W. Broad St. in the Short Pump Town Center. Brennan co-wrote the stoner cult classic “Half Baked” and also helped create “Chappelle’s Show” with Dave Chappelle. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Aug. 31, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 1 and at 7 p.m. Sept. 2. All shows are $17 except for Sept. 2 which is $15. For details, call 521-8900 or visit http://www.richmondfunnybone.com .
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The Chesterfield County Fair continues through Sept. 1 at 10300 Courthouse Rd. There will be midway rides, a carousel, vendors and exhibitors, the Miss Chesterfield pageant, contests, festival fare and more. Hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 31 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 1. Daily gate admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under five. Wristbands for unlimited midway rides are $25. For details, call 768-0148 or visit http://www.chesterfieldcountyfair.org .

SEPTEMBER 1
Enjoy a two-hour bald eagle tour on the James River with Discover the James and Capt. Mike Ostrander. Listen to the conservation success story of bald eagles on the James River as you travel through Jefferson's Reach on the James. Cost is $45. Tours depart from Deep Bottom Park in Varina. To register, call 938-2350 or visit http://www.discoverthejames.com .
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West End Comedy will present an all-ages show at 6:30 p.m. and a PG13 show at 8 p.m. at Swift Creek Mill Theatre, 17401 Jefferson Davis Hwy. Shows feature an improv format similar to Whose Line is it Anyway and audience suggestions. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children, students and military. For details, call 496-1714 or visit http://www.wecomedy.com .
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Tour the Sheppard family home from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Discover whose famous portrait hangs in the house and where the animal that roars is located. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
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Family story time at Glen Allen Library, 10501 Staples Mill Rd., will be held from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Admission is free. For details, call 290-9600 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org
Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

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The AOA Lunch will be held at 12:15 p.m. at Chickahominy YMCA. John Bragg will speak on “Exploring the James River.” Registration, due by Sept. 8, is $7 to $9.… Full text

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