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HATTheatre to present ‘The Whale’ Feb. 27 to March 8

February 27 2015 - Part of the Acts of Faith Festival, Times vary, $15 to $28
HATTheatre, 1124 Westbriar Dr., will present “The Whale” Feb. 27 to March 8. The play tells the story of Charlie, who, driven by grief to a state of morbid obesity, and with his health failing, makes one last desperate attempt to reconnect with his long estranged daughter. Part of the Acts of Faith Festival. A talkback discussion will follow the March 1 performance. Tickets are $15 to $28. For details, call 343-6364 or visit http://www.hattheatre.org

On the Air Radio Players to present ‘Here Comes Mr. Jordon’ at CACGA March 3-4

March 03 2015 - Part of the Acts of Faith Festival, 7:30 p.m., Free
On the Air Radio Players will present “Here Comes Mr. Jordon” at 7:30 p.m. March 3-4 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. This live radio adaptation of the classic film “Here Comes Mr. Jordon” tells the story of a prematurely deceased boxer who gets another chance at life thanks to two helpful angels. Part of the Acts of Faith Festival. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, visit http://www.otarp.com

Jewish Family Theatre to present ‘Parade’ March 5-15 at Weinstein JCC

March 05 2015 - A talkback discussion will follow the March 12 performance, Times vary, $20 to $25
Jewish Family Theatre will present “Parade” March 5-15 at the Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Ave. “Parade” is the tragic, true story of the trial and lynching of a man wrongly accused of murder. Part of the Acts of Faith Festival. A talkback discussion will follow the March 12 performance. Tickets are $20 to $25. For details, call 285-6500 or visit http://www.weinsteinjcc.org

Stable Theatre at Christ Presbyterian Church to present ‘Freud’s Last Session’ Mar 5-14

March 05 2015 - A talkback discussion will follow the March 7 and 14 performances, Times vary, $15
The Stable Theatre at Christ Presbyterian Church, 2508 Dickens Rd., will present “Freud’s Last Session” March 5-14. “Freud’s Last Session” centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud who invites the young, rising Oxford Don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. Part of the Acts of Faith Festival. A talkback discussion will follow the March 7 and 14 performances. Tickets are $15. For details, call 264-3396 or visit http://www.cpcrva.com/stable-theatre

CharacterWorks, Inc. to present ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ March 6-15

March 06 2015 - The Steward School, Times vary, $10 to $16
CharacterWorks, Inc., formerly Christian Youth Theater Richmond, will present “Fiddler on the Roof” March 6-15 at The Steward School, 11600 Gayton Rd. Evening performances are at 7 p.m.; matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $16. For details, visit http://www.cworkstheater.org

Parallel Exit to perform ‘Exit Stage Left’ at University of Richmond

March 08 2015 - Alice Jepson Theatre, 3 p.m., $18
Parallel Exit will perform “Exit Stage Left” at 3 p.m. in Alice Jepson Theatre at the University of Richmond. Harkening back to the days of vaudeville and the physical theatrics of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, Parallel Exit creates an hour of hilarity as they tap dance, pratfall, and slapstick their way across the stage and back again. Tickets are $18. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu

Va-Rep’s ‘Coffee & Conversations’ planned at Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn

March 10 2015 - Get a behind-the-scenes look at “Caroline, or Change", 9:30 a.m., Free
Coffee & Conversations – informal, moderated discussions with Virginia Repertory Theatre’s leading actors, directors and designers – will continue at 9:30 a.m. at the Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn. Get a behind-the-scenes look at “Caroline, or Change.” Admission is free and open to the public. For details, visit http://www.va-rep.org/coffee.html

Community

Henrico PAL recognizes supporters, HSHS athlete


The Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) held its Sixth Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 5 at The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, celebrating accomplishments of 2014 and recognizing outstanding contributions to the organization. Henrico County Juvenile Domestic Court Judge Denis Soden served as master of ceremonies and former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams served as keynote speaker. 

Among the 2014 honorees were Richmond International Raceway (Significant Supporter), Richmond Strikers Soccer Club (Significant Supporter), Henrico County Schools-Pupil Transportation (Summer Camp Supporter), Bruce Richardson, Jr. (Youth of the Year), Sandra Williams (Volunteer of the Year), Thomas Williams (Employee of the Year), Mikki Pleasants (Board Member of the Year), and Michelle Sheehan (Police Officer of the Year).   > Read more.

‘Fresh Start’ offered for single moms

The Fresh Start For Single Mothers and Their Children Community Outreach Project will host “Necessary Ingredients” on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 12 and continuing through May 7, at Velocity Church, 3300 Church Road in Henrico. Dinner and childcare will be provided free of charge.

The program is designed as a fun and uplifting event for single mothers that is designed to provide support, new friendships, encouragement and motivation. Each event will include weekly prizes and giveaways. > Read more.

‘Secret Keeper Girl - Crazy Hair Tour’ returning to West End Assembly of God

Hundreds of 'tweens' and their moms will attend the Secret Keeper Girl Crazy Hair Tour at West End Assembly of God on Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m., a popular Bible-based tour geared toward building and strengthening relationships between mothers and their daughters (typically ages 8 to 12).

The event will feature a full fashion show, oversized balloon sculptures and confetti cannons – all in the name of inner beauty, Biblical modesty and vibrant purity. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


For our Top 10 calendar events this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Travinia brings contemporary elegance to Willow Lawn


It was another win for Willow Lawn when Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opened there six months ago, nestled in the heart of the re-made shopping center. The contemporary American Italian restaurant boasts 13 locations up and down the East Coast, with the Henrico location opening in August.

In the same week, I hit up Travinia twice, once for lunch and once for a late dinner. At lunchtime on a weekday, I was overwhelmed by the smell of garlic and by the number of working professionals in nice suits on their lunch breaks. When we first walked in, I was concerned our meal would be a little too pricey based on the décor – it’s a really nice place. Luckily, the menu has a variety of options for every budget. > Read more.

Soak up the fun

‘SpongeBob’ movie energizes with wit, laughter

There’s a ton of sugar in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Literal sugar, as SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny) and Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) inhale their own weight in cotton candy and eat ice cream, one scoop per mouthful.

At one point we burrow into the brain of our boxy yellow hero and discover the inner workings of his brain: googly-eyed cakes and candies that giggle and sing. All of which is extremely appropriate for a film like Sponge Out of Water. Because not only is the movie sweet (the “awwww” kind of sweet), but it’s the equivalent of a 30-candy bar sugar rush, zipping between ideas like a sponge on rocket skates.

The story under all this is really not that complicated. SpongeBob flips burgers at the Krusty Krab. > Read more.

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