Weekend Top 10
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 08/30/12
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 .
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 .
“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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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
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.
The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.
The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.
The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.
“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”
The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.
Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.
Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?
Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.
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