Henrico County VA

UR Modlin Center for the Arts to present pianist Jonathan Biss, violinist Miriam Fried

November 02 2014 - Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music, 7:30 p.m., $18 to $36
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present pianist Jonathan Biss and violinist Miriam Fried at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. The evening’s program will include Brahms’ Sonata in A Major, Op. 100, Bartók’s Sonata No. 2, and Beethoven’s Sonata in G Major, Op. 96. Tickets are $18 to $36. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu

Virginia Opera to present “The Empress and the Nightingale” at Weinstein JCC

November 02 2014 - , 3 p.m., $5 to $30
Virginia Opera will present “The Empress and the Nightingale” at 3 p.m. at Weinstein JCC. This adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic of the same name is a children’s story of a small bird sharing her gift of song. With a cast of three performing original music, this opera vividly teaches the value of music performed live and how humans cannot control nature. Tickets are $5 to $30. For details, call 285-6500 or visit http://www.weinsteinjcc.org

Third annual UkeFest VA planned at CACGA Nov. 7-8

November 07 2014 - Experience concerts, workshops, open-mic and jam sessions, vendors and more, Times vary, Costs vary
The third annual UkeFest VA, a music filled weekend featuring regional ukulele aficionados and nationally renowned ukulele performers, will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 8 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Experience concerts, workshops for the beginner to the advanced player, open-mic and jam sessions, and an array of vendors and artisans that focus on the ukulele and related products. For details, visit http://www.ukefestva.com

Singer Angela Easterling, guitarist Brandon Turner to perform at Glen Allen Library

November 08 2014 - All ages welcome, 2:30 p.m., Free
Angela Easterling, an Americana/alternative country singer-songwriter from South Carolina, and guitarist Brandon Turner will perform at 2:30 p.m. at Glen Allen Library, 10501 Staples Mill Rd. Easterling will also discuss the craft of songwriting and tell the stories behind her songs, weaving in some of the history of roots music. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. For details, call 290-9500 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org

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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Weekend Top 10


For our Top 10 calendar events 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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