Weekend Top 10
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 12/15/11
West End Comedy will celebrate the holidays with an all-ages show on Dec. 16 and a mature show on Dec. 17 at HATTheatre, 1124 Westbriar Dr. Shows are in an improv format similar to “Whose Line is it Anyway” and feature suggestions from the audience and on-stage participation. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. Audience members wearing a tacky holiday sweater will receive a complimentary ticket to a future West End Comedy show at HATT. Tickets are $5. For details, call 496-1714 or visit http://www.wecomedy.com .
“A Disney Christmas Gift,” a film comprising of six cartoon shorts, and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will play at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491.
ComedySportz Improv Theatre’s 1st annual Improv Festivus will be held at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. on Dec. 16 and at 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 17. Teams and troupes from near and far will be joining ComedySportz including Richmond Comedy Coalition and West End Comedy. Tickets are $5 to $12. ComedySportz’s new theatre is located at 8906-H W. Broad St. For details, call 266-9377 or visit http://www.cszrva.com .
Dominion GardenFest of Lights continues at 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.
James River Art League’s exhibit “Art Beyond Words” will continue to be on display at Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Dr., until Dec. 29. Featured artists include Maryanne Evans, Anne Twisdale, Elizabeth Hood, Anne Sampson and Mike Steele. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday. For details, visit http://www.jamesriverartleague.com .
Theatre IV on Tour will perform the Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Tickets are $10. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
Fairfield Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave., will host a Lego & Duplo Day for the whole family at 3 p.m. Build and create with blocks. Donations are welcomed. For details, call 290-9300 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
The Richmond Renaissance Singers, a premier a cappella early music ensemble, will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a Christmas concert from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Christ Ascension Episcopal Church, 1704 W. Laburnum Ave. The eight-member group specializes in early sacred and secular music and also performs music by more contemporary composers. The Christmas program will include works by Josquin des Pres, Palestrina, Praetorious, Poulenc, Rutter, and Simpson among others. Admission is free but donations are accepted. For details, call 285-5331.
The band Monkey Fist will play at Sharky’s in Innsbrook, 4032 Cox Rd., at 9 p.m. Monkey Fist is a cover band featuring 80s, grunge and classic rock. Admission is free. For details, call 273-1888 or visit http://www.sharkysinnsbrook.net .
Enjoy stories and songs from Kim Weitkamp at 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Her humor will touch the heart and tickle the funny bone of all ages. Admission is free but registration is required. For details, call 328-4491.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.
Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.
Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.
Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.
The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.
Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.
At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.
Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.
In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)
For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.
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