Latin Ballet of Virginia to present “The Legend of The Poinsettia” Jan. 5-8

January 05 2017 - {event_name}, Times vary, $15 to $20
The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present its 17th anniversary performance of “The Legend of The Poinsettia” Jan. 5-8 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The story is based on the Mexican legend about a pure-hearted young girl who discovers the true spirit of giving. Unable to offer a gift of material value, she picks a handful of weeds that magically transform into brilliant crimson flowers and thus the custom of giving poinsettias during the holidays is born. Tickets are $15 to $20. For details, call 356-3876 or visit http://www.latinballet.com.

ComedySportz to present improv show Jan. 6-7

January 06 2017 - {event_name}, Times vary, $10 to $12
ComedySportz will present their hilarious, fast-paced and clean comedy at 8 p.m. Jan. 6 and at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 at the ComedySportz Improv Theatre, located at 8906-H West Broad St. ComedySportz Richmond pits two teams, the Richmond Legends and the Virginia Hams, against each other in an improv battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot based off audience suggestions. There is also a referee that calls the fouls and the national anthem is even played before each match. The audience then votes for the winners. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For details, call 266-9377 or visit http://www.comedysportzrichmond.com.

Comedian Joe Torry to perform at Richmond Funny Bone Jan. 6-8

January 06 2017 - {event_name}, Times vary, $15 to $17
The Richmond Funny Bone, located at Short Pump Town Center, will present comedian Joe Torry at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Jan. 6, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 7 and at 7 p.m. Jan. 8. Torry received his big break in 1992 when he was given the job of hosting Def Comedy Jam after Martin Lawrence left the show. He has been in many movies and commercials. Torry founded the Giving Back the Love Foundation in 1996 through which he gives back to his hometown of St. Louis through youth and community programs. Tickets are $15 to $17. For details, visit http://www.richmondfunnybone.com.

CACGA to host Happy Hour Art Class

January 14 2017 - {event_name}, 1 p.m., $45
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will host a Happy Hour Art Class from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. First, enjoy wine tastings from Jacey Vineyards from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and then grab a brush and follow the leader to create a seasonal masterpiece to take home. Classes are held the second Saturday of each month and feature a different project led by artist Nancy Jacey. Cost is $45 and includes wine tasting, all project supplies, one complimentary beverage and light refreshments. To register, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com.

UR Modlin Center to present Balé Folclórico da Bahia in “Bahia of All Colours”

January 19 2017 - {event_name}, 7:30 p.m., $30 to $38
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present Balé Folclórico da Bahia in “Bahia of All Colours” at 7:30 p.m. at the Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center. The troupe, the only professional folk dance company in Brazil, is comprised of 38 dancers, musicians, and singers that perform a repertoire based on “Bahian” folkloric dances that have African origins. These dances include slave dances, capoeira (a form of martial arts), samba, and those that celebrate Carnival. Tickets are $30 to $38 with discounts for seniors, children and groups. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu.

Ghostlight Project to take place at CAT Theatre

January 19 2017 - {event_name}, 5:30 p.m., Free
Members of the Richmond theatre community will join others across the country at 5:30 p.m. in each time zone for the Ghostlight Project at CAT Theatre, 319 N. Wilkinson Rd. in Henrico. Inspired by the tradition of leaving a "ghost light" on in a darkened theater for safety, supporters will renew their pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone – regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Rain or shine. For details, email Alison Eichler at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://tinyurl.com/ghostlightevent.

CAT Theatre to present “Wishing Well” Jan. 20 through Feb. 4

January 20 2017 - {event_name}, Times vary, $13 to $23
CAT Theatre will present “Wishing Well” Jan. 20 through Feb. 4 at 319 N. Wilkinson Rd. in Henrico. CAT’s 2017 entry into the Acts of Faith Festival, “Wishing Well” is a contemporary comedy about mother-daughter revelations during one stormy weekend in North Carolina that puts the “fun” in dysfunctional. Evening performances start at 8 p.m. while matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 to $23. For details, visit http://www.cattheatre.com.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration planned at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center

January 21 2017 - {event_name}, 3 p.m., $20
A celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held at 3 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 East Laburnum Ave. The event will include a one-act play written and directed by Tony Cosby, entitled "Put Down the Guns;” guest appearances by TV One's Pearline Muckelvene and The Coates Brothers; singer and J. Brown impersonator Oscar Fields; and a musical tribute to Gil Scott Heron. A light dinner will be served. Tickets are $20 and available by calling (804) 218-6970 or in person at the Gospel Bookstore, 4842 Laburnum Ave.

UR to broadcast Bolshoi Ballet’s production of “The Sleeping Beauty”

January 22 2017 - {event_name}, 12:55 p.m., $7 to $14
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will broadcast Bolshoi Ballet’s production of “The Sleeping Beauty” at 12:55 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. Pathe Live's Bolshoi Ballet program brings the best Bolshoi Ballet productions direct from Moscow, Russia to cinemas and performing arts centers across the U.S. Each production features behind-the-scenes programming, including interviews with the cast and creative teams, either prior to the start of the production, or during intermission. Tickets are $7 to $14. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu.

Community

Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


If the snow last weekend had you stuck at home, then you will appreciate free admission all weekend long at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! Other free options this weekend include a Classic Family Film series at Varina Library, “Crafternoon” at Libbie Mill Library and the tenth annual Richmond Jewish Food Festival taking place Sunday and Monday at the Weinstein JCC. Concert options include the 8th annual Djangoary Music Soiree at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen and Flight Risk, performing at The Tin Pan. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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Members of the Richmond theatre community will join others across the country at 5:30 p.m. in each time zone for the Ghostlight Project at CAT Theatre, 319 N. Wilkinson Rd. in Henrico. Inspired by the tradition of leaving a "ghost light" on in a darkened theater for safety, supporters will renew their pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone – regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Rain or shine. For details, email Alison Eichler at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://tinyurl.com/ghostlightevent. Full text

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