Weekend Top 10
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 11/02/12
Mystery Dinner Playhouse’s new show “Here’s Killing You, Kid” will open at 7:30 p.m. inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 6531 W. Broad St. Audience members will solve this 1940s detective spoof during a four course dinner. Tickets are $48. The show continues every Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through Feb. 16, 2013. For details, call 649-CLUE or visit http://www.mysterydinner.com .
The Professional Singles Association’s 50+ Singles Happy Hour will take place at 5 p.m. at Bar Louis in Short Pump Town Center. Look for the friendly group in the front left bar area. For details, call Sue at 536-1695 or visit http://www.psaofrichmond.com .
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd., will host UkeFest Virginia, a celebration of the four string dynamo, Nov. 2-3. The Festival features wall to wall music, from serious concerts to informal jams, workshops, and open mic performances, as well as artisans and vendors; all designed to present the wide range of fun available from this unique and mesmerizing instrument. The event kicks off Friday as Ashland resident Thomas Wakefield and The Aloha Boys perform at 7 p.m. UkeFest admission includes a UkeFest Unlimited Access Package for $65 (all concerts and three workshops) or individual tickets which are $12 for concerts and $10 for workshops. There is also a free festival area. For details, visit http://www.ukefestva.com .
The movie “The Candidate” will play at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com.
The Lakeside Rescue 5K, to benefit the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad, will begin at 9 a.m. at 2007 Timberlake Ave. The LVRS provides emergency medical services to the community free of charge. Richmond Road Runners will facilitate the race and timing. There will also be music, various food venues and businesses. Registration is $20 in advance and $25 on race day. Children 12 and under are free. For details, visit http://www.facebook.com/lakesiderescue .
The Shady Grove Coffeehouse will continue its 12th season with legendary folk duo Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door; teens are admitted at half-price and children under 12 are free. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd., is offering Make-It and Take-It projects on Saturdays through Dec. 15. Each Saturday participants will be able to make a different handmade gift, perfect for the holidays. Make a piece of jewelry with Kym Owens from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $15 to $18. For details, call 278-8950 or visit http://www.crossroadsartcenter.com .
The first annual Girl Power 2 Cure 5K run, in honor of Anna Cate who is fighting Rett Syndrome, will take place at 8 a.m. in the Snagajob Pavilion in Innsbrook, 4901 Lakebrook Dr. Rett Syndrome is a neurological disorder diagnosed almost exclusively in young girls. Registration is $25 for adults, $20 for children age 12 and under and $35 for one adult/child team. Strollers and wheelchairs welcome. For details, visit http://www.innsbrook.com or http://www.girlpower2cure.org.
The second annual Family Arts Day Celebration at the University of Richmond will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This art-centered family event will feature free arts-centered activities including the exhibitions in the Harnett Museum of Art, hands-on art activities in the Booth Lobby and Modlin Courtyard, entertainment, refreshments and more. At 3 p.m. eighth blackbird will perform in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. Admission is free; the eighth blackbird concert is $15. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu
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 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.
Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space
A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.
Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.
Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.
Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.
“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.
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