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DECEMBER 16
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 .
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“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.
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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 .
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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.
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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 .

DECEMBER 17
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 .
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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 .
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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.
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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 .

DECEMBER 18
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.
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

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.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

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.

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