Weekend Top 10
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 11/24/11
Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Rd. in Glen Allen, will hold its Christmas Open House at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 25-26. Enjoy a farm tour, hot spiced apple cider and a holiday cooking class all for free. Lunch and afternoon tea are available by reservation. For details, visit http://www.lavenderfieldsfarm.com .
“My Fair Lady” opens at 8 p.m. at the Empire Theatre, 114 W. Broad St., and continues through Jan. 8, 2012. The story is about Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons in order to pass as a proper lady. The musical’s 1956 Broadway production starred Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews. Tickets are $48 for adults, $45 for seniors and $24 for students. For a complete performance schedule and to purchase tickets, call 282-2620 or visit http://www.barksdalerichmond.org.
The 34th annual Model Railroad Show will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25-26 and from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. Watch model trains travel through miniature cities, towns and detailed landscapes and explore the science behind model railroading. The film “The Polar Express” will be playing in the IMAX Dome until Dec. 31. General admission is $11; members are free. For details, visit http://www.smv.org .
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of a Richmond tradition – the Legendary Santa will come down the chimney daily starting Nov. 25 and continuing through Christmas Eve at the Children’s Museum of Richmond-Central, 2626 W. Broad St. Santa will be accompanied by the Snow Queen and his comical elf. Guests will be able to visit Santa Land, ride the Polar Train and take pictures with Santa. Times vary daily. A visit with Legendary Santa is free to the public. Picture sets vary in price; no purchase is necessary. A Polar Train ride is $1. For details, call the Santa Hotline at 474-7009 or visit http://www.c-mor.org .
Dominion GardenFest of Lights opens at 5 p.m. at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. GardenFest is a holiday tradition that features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. New this year are caroling on Tuesday nights, Peppermint Lane, a 250-foot tunnel of lights, whimsical fairy-house botanicals and more. GardenFest is a rain or shine event and runs nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Jan. 9. The Garden is closed Dec. 24-25. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under three; discounts available for Garden members. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
ComedySportz is back with a brand new theatre, located in the Gold’s Gym Plaza at West Tower, 8906 W. Broad St. The family-friendly shows pit two teams against each other in an improv battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs. The show starts at 8 p.m. Nov. 25 and at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 26. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For details, call 266-9377 or visit http://www.cszrva.com .
Richmond native and comedian Micah “Bam-bamm” White will perform at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Nov. 25-26 and at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant in the Short Pump Town Center. White has performed with top comedians such as D.L. Hugely, Bob Saget, Bernie Mac, Eddie Griffin and Pablo Francisco. In 1998 he won the regional Def Comedy Jam competition beating out 23 comedians in Virginia Beach. Tickets are $15 for Friday-Saturday shows and $12 for the Sunday show. For details, call 521-8900 or visit http://www.richmondfunnybone.com .
“The Zulu Patrol: Mission Weather,” an exhibit based on the popular PBS children’s television show, continues through Dec. 31 at the Children’s Museum of Richmond’s Short Pump location in West Broad Village. Five multicolored, interactive stations designed for children ages 3-8 present early learners with key science concepts as they explore what weather is, how it works, what affects it and how it affects us. Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $8. For details, call 474-7000 or visit http://www.c-mor.org .
The Virginia Historical Society’s HistoryMobile will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at VHS, 428 N. Boulevard. An interactive museum on wheels, the HistoryMobile is a 53-foot expandable tractor-trailer organized by the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission. The HistoryMobile will be parked in front of the VHS building and society staff involved with the creation will be available to answer questions. For details, call 358-4901 or visit http://www.vahistorical.org .
Wilton House Museum, 215 S. Wilton Rd., will host its annual Holiday Open House from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be family-friendly games, snacks and warm cider, performances by the Barefoot Puppet Theatre and a host of vendors for early holiday shopping. Admission is free; donations welcomed. For details, call 282-5936 x4 or visit http://www.wiltonhousemuseum.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.
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.
‘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.
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.
Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.
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