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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.
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Local couple wins wedding at Lewis Ginter


Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.

Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.

Fourth-annual Healy Gala planned


The Fourth Annual Healy Gala will be held Saturday, Apr. 11, at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The event was created to honor Michael Healy, a local businessman and community leader who died suddenly in June 2011, and to endow the Mike Healy Scholarship (through the Glen Allen Ruritan Club), which benefits students of Glen Allen High School.

Healy served as the chairman of Glen Allen Day for several years and helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities and organizations. > Read more.

Ruritan Club holding Brunswick stew sale


The Richmond Battlefield Ruritan Club is holding a Brunswick stew sale, with orders accepted through March 13 and pick-up available March 14. The cost is $8 per quart.

Pick-up will be at noon, March 14, at the Richmond Heights Civic Center, 7440 Wilton Road in Varina.

To place an order, call Mike at (804) 795- 7327 or Jim at (804) 795-9116. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A taste of Japan

Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack

In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”

The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.

One beauty of a charmer

Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights

Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.

Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.

Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.

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