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Weekend Top 10


DEC. 28
The Rinard Family will perform at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The group will perform hymns, original creations and favorites from “Amazing Grace” to “Crazy.” Admission is free but reservations are required. For details, call 328-4491.
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The Professional Singles Association will host its last happy hour event of the year at 5 p.m. in the front lounge at Bar Louie in Short Pump, 11788 W. Broad St. Get a jump start on your New Year’s celebrations. Happy hour prices are good from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For details, visit http://www.psaofrichmond.com .
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Breathe Again Magazine will present “Essentials for Aspiring Christian Writers” at 7:30 p.m. at Agape International Ministries, 8001 Staples Mill Rd. Venus Mason Theus, author of “Brown Paper Bag,” will lead the workshop and discuss authorpreneurship, the three-step writing method, how to find time to write, self-publishing, marketing and more. Cost is $20. To register, call 757-404-1582 or visit http://www.breatheagainmagazine.org .
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“Illumina – Festival of Trees” continues at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Curator Yvonne Hopkins presents a festive display of Christmas trees, each with its own special theme from Purple Passion to Dolphin Tale. “Illumina” continues through Jan. 3. Call for hours. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
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The Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., continues nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Jan. 7. GardenFest features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains and more. Admission is $4 to $11. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org .
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This is the final weekend for the Children’s Theatre of Virginia’s production of “Madeline’s Christmas” at Virginia Repertory Theatre’s Willow Lawn location. This festive holiday musical features such charming songs as “Achoo!,” “Abracadabra,” and “Bonnie Annee.” Performance times are 7 p.m. Dec. 28, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 29 and 2 p.m. Dec. 30. Admission is $14 to $22. For details, visit http://va-rep.org/show_madelines_christmas.html.
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Mystery Dinner Playhouse will perform its new show “Here’s Killing You, Kid” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-15 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 .

DEC. 29
Swift Creek Mill Theatre’s production run of “I Love a Piano” ends today. The show celebrates the music and lyrics of one of America’s greatest and most prolific writers, Irving Berlin. Evening performances are at 8 p.m. and matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. Theatre-only admission is $35; buffet and theatre is $50. Swift Creek Mill is located at 17401 Jefferson Davis Hwy. For details, call 748-5203 or visit http://www.swiftcreekmill.com .
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The Hot Seats will perform at 8 p.m. at Ashland Coffee and Tea, 100 N. Railroad Ave. Their original music combines the virtuosic soloing and tightness of bluegrass, the band-driven rhythm of old time, the jerky bounce of ragtime, and the swagger of good old rock and roll. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. All ages welcome. For details, call 798-1702 or visit http://www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com .

DEC. 30
Bring the family to Spirited Art Richmond, 4029 Whittall Way, for Sunday Family Day at 1 p.m. Paint a floral abstract on an 11x14” canvas. Bring food and non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy. All ages welcome. Cost is $25. To register, call 360-5909.
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

Weekend Top 10


It’s Halloween! Ghosts and goblins are everywhere…especially at Dorey Park’s Monster Mash and the annual Pumpkin Festival at Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. But don’t let the fun stop on the 31st – the Latin Ballet of Virginia will present El Dia de los Muertos Family Festival on Nov. 1. And if you need a break from the candy, enjoy some classical music at the University of Richmond and the Weinstein JCC on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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.

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