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Henrico students star in ‘The Enchanted Toy Shop’

Eight Henrico students were among the cast members in the Richmond Ballet's production of The Enchanted Toy Shop, which was performed at April 24 at Richmond Centerstage's Carpenter Theatre.

The one-act ballet showcased the variety of talents among The School of Richmond Ballet students (middle- and high school-aged ballet students).

‘Exhibition III’ to open at CACGA Sept. 17

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will host a free grand opening of "Exploration III" Sept. 17 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Gumenick Family Gallery. The exhibit, by artist Vinnie Gonzalez, will be on display at the center through Nov. 15.

Gonzalez, who works with a unique process layering metallic and pearlescent paint and powders to create texture and tactile surfaces commanded by light, will be in attendance to meet guests. Wine and other refreshments will be available. The Cultural Arts Center is located at 2880 Mountain Road in Glen Allen.

‘Uncanny Valley’ coming to HATTheatre


5th Wall Theatre will present “Uncanny Valley” by Thomas Gibbons at HATTheatre, 1124 Westbriar Dr., Sept. 10 through Oct. 3. Starring award-winning actors Jacqueline Jones and Alexander Sapp, and directed by Morrie Piersol. Talkbacks will follow select performances.

CAT Theatre announces cast for ‘Thanks Mitch’


Bifocals at CAT’s first show for CAT’s 52nd season is Thanks Mitch by Pat Walker. Thanks Mitch will play at CAT Theatre on Monday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. and on Friday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. The production will also tour the Richmond area.

Mitch and his wife, Verna, are at their niece’s wedding when Mitch has had all the celebrating he can take. Verna settles him and his crossword puzzle book into an easy chair in the room next to the reception and promises to check on him later. Then one wedding guest after another comes into the room agonizing over a personal problem. Mitch keeps doing his crossword puzzle and somehow ends up saving the day.

Shear brilliance


Have people in the United States even heard of Shaun the Sheep? I certainly hadn’t.

I walked into Shaun the Sheep Movie knowing precisely two things about the film: one, it’s the product of Aardman Animations, the stop-motion animation studio responsible for Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run. And two, it’s got a cartoon sheep in it. That’s it.

But walking out, I was a total Shaun the Sheep convert – blown away by Shaun the Sheep Movie’s unassuming, good-natured, sheepy charms. (Also, it turns out Shaun the Sheep – originally a TV series – used to air on the Disney Channel. Maybe I’m just out of the loop).

CAT Theatre seeks ‘Red Eye 10s’ participants


CAT Theatre is hosting the Red Eye 10s Coast-to-Coast Play Festival Sept. 18-19. Hosts of the festival across the country cast, rehearse and perform six, contest-winning ten-minute plays from MFA students at Hollins University in the same twenty-four hour period.

On Sept. 18, CAT will host a kick-off meeting at which the plays will be randomly cast and actors will meet with their directors and read the play for the first time. From 9 p.m. until 5 p.m. the following day, casts will rehearse in different venues in the region, convening at CAT in the late afternoon for technical rehearsals.

The second-best movie, of 2


I’ve never been to India. I’m pretty sure The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel knows that, somehow. And I’m pretty sure that’s the point. You pop in the DVD and stroll the streets of Jaipur with a group of elderly, exceedingly likable Brits. Then you pop the DVD out, feeling amused and mildly enriched. The end.

There’s not a whole lot going on in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, released on DVD on July 14. Again, I think that’s probably the point.

Just like the first Best Exotic Marigold, the film follows a group of sun-crinkled English ex-pats living in India’s quirkiest retirement community.

ZZ Top, The Beach Boys, O.A.R., others to play Innsbrook


Innsbrook After Hours will welcome ZZ Top, The Beach Boys, O.A.R. and other performers this month.

On Aug. 12, Tyler Farr, with special guest Parmalee, will perform at 6 p.m., with gates opening at 5 p.m. Farr began his career with years of formal voice training with the OAKE National Choir but at 21, he moved to Nashville. Tickets are $15 to $99.

On Aug. 13, Innsbrook After Hours will present ZZ Top, with special guest Blackberry Smoke, at 6 p.m.

Minion mania


In Minions, those jibberjabbering little corncob things from Despicable Me have finally earned their own feature film. Specifically, three of them: Kevin (tall), Stuart (plays the ukulele) and Bob (loves his teddy bear), all voiced by co-director Pierre Coffin.

After tracing the evolution of Minionkind – we don’t know what they are, but we know they’re hardwired to serve the baddest villain around – our three Minion heroes set off upon a quest to save their species and find the newest, nastiest villain overlord.

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