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Relax this holiday weekend with Fridays Uncorked at Southern Season – taste wines from the Roman Empire! Or at James River Cellars who is hosting “Experience Virginia” – sample Virginia wine, beer, cider and mead. And what goes better with wine than strawberries – an annual tradition in Varina, the Gallmeyer Farms’ Strawberry Fields Festival is tomorrow. Other fun happenings this weekend include: “A Little Princess” at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen; weekly dance at American Legion Post 125; and National Theatre Live’s “Man and Superman” at the University of Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here!

You shouldn’t go ‘Home’ again


The premise behind Home is so much cooler than what you’d expect. Assuming of course, that “what you’d expect” is the picture presented by the film’s recent ad barrage: a by-the-numbers road trip between Rihanna and an alien with the exact mannerisms of The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper. But Home opens with a much more inventive concept. Earth is invaded by the Boov, a squid-ish species that assumes humans are about as intelligent as cattle. They transform Australia into one giant carnival and plop all of humanity there to content itself while the Boov make their new home in rest of the now-emptied planet. Neat, right?

One problem: a girl, Gratuity “Tip” Tucci (Rihanna), who manages to avoid the great relocation (done with giant space vacuums, of course) and sets out on a quest to find her abducted mother. Along the way, she’ll meet up with Oh (Jim Parsons), a Boov who’s been outcast for being too unique among his very cookie-cutter species.}

Weekend Top 10


For our Top 10 calendar events this weekend, click here!}

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!}

A taste of Japan


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.}

One beauty of a charmer


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.}

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