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Cultural Arts Center announces 2016-17 schedules


Returning favorites, new acts and new dining options highlight the 2016-17 Center Season and 2nd Stage schedules at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.

CACGA's Center Season performance series will return Sept. 10 with Capitol Steps (pictured), an audience favorite that brings a unique blend of music and political comedy to the Sara Belle November Stage. The Acrobats of Cirque-tacular will perform Oct. 22, showcasing their troupe of aerialists, acrobats and contortionists.

More than monkey business


“Did you know monkeys could swim?” asks Tina Fey in Monkey Kingdom. While she’s asking, a toque macaque (a two foot-long monkey with red-white fur and great hair) breast-strokes under the surface of a pond, yanking out lily pad flowers by her teeth and dragging them ashore to munch later.

Turns out monkeys can swim. And slide down telephone poles. And do the thing from Flashdance where you bring down a cascade of water on your head and shake it off in slow-motion.

All will happen in Monkey Kingdom, the eighth film in nine years from Disneynature, Disney’s wildlife documentary outlet.

CAT Theatre announces 2015-16 schedule, new partnership


CAT Theatre’s final show of its 51st season – Quartet by Ronald Harwood – will open May 22 and run through June 6. It will be the show’s Richmond-area premiere.

The theatre also announced its four-show schedule for its 52nd season, which will begin in October and continue into June 2016, and announced a new partnership with The Bifocals Theatre Project, an outreach program into senior communities in the Richmond region.

Dance Studio plans performances May 15-16


The Dance Studio will present: “Dance Makes the World Go ‘Round” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16, at The Scottish Rite Temple, 4204 Hermitage Road. Tickets are $13 apiece and may be purchased at the door beginning at 7 p.m. each day.

For details, visit http://www.thedancestudiorichmond.com or call Brenda West at 746-4463.

The Dance Studio is celebrating its 32nd year on Lakeside Avenue.

Henrico HS student selected as student playwright for ‘New Voices for Theater’ program


A Henrico High School student was one of eight students from Virginia selected as a 2015 student playwright as part of the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community's 26th annual New Voices for the Theater Festival of New Works, which will be held July 10-11 at VCU.

Elaina Riddell of the Center for the Arts at Henrico HS will join the other students and bring her original one-act play to life on stage at the event. In total, 150 plays were submitted to SPARC. Riddell and the other winners will work closely with New York City-based professional playwright Bruce Ward for the event.

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.

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.

‘An Evening of Country’ scheduled April 9-10


The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen’s 2nd Stage series will present “An Evening of Country” with The Honky Tonk Experience, April 9-10 at 7 p.m. in the center’s Cardinal Ballroom.

Formed in the spring of 2003, The Honky Tonk Experience performs country classics and current country music, from Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings to Dwight Yoakam and Dale Watson. The “Experience” is composed of five local musicians – Brad Spivey, Mike Lucas, Mark Watts, Clark Ball and Ryland Tinnell. The group has shared the stage with several national acts, including Travis Tritt, BR5-49, Dale Watson, Webb Wilder and Junior Brown.

CAT Theatre’s ‘Now Then Again’ begins March 20


Now Then Again, CAT Theatre’s submission to the Acts of Faith “Fringe” Festival, will run March 20 through April 4. There will be a talkback session following the March 29 matinee performance. Now Then Again was written by Virginia native Penny Penniston, an alumnus of St. Catherine's School.

The play tells the story of Ginny and Henry, who find love and a future together in spite of obstacles like his neuroses, her husband and a full disbelief in destiny, while working together at the Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory.

"From the moment I read Now Then Again, I was immediately drawn to this modern love story that looped together the theories of Heisenberg and Schrödinger with a predestined ending that was completely dependent upon coffee being spilt underneath a burnt out lightbulb," said Director Melissa Rayford.

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