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The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen recently announced the addition of two more gallery spaces. The Glass Doors Gallery has been created to showcase three-dimensional artwork and the Midway Gallery has been added as another area for exhibiting paintings, drawings and photographs. These galleries join two other galleries – The Gumenick Family Gallery and the Slantwall Gallery. The current exhibition in the Glass Doors Gallery is “Creatures in the Hall” which features plush art as well as drawings and paintings by Richmond artist Phil Barbato. Colorful, whimsical plush animals fill the Gallery Doors Gallery cases along with two dimensional paintings of similarly whimsical animals. This exhibition continues through Nov. 18. The Midway Gallery will be an exhibition area for artwork in conjunction with the upcoming El Dia de los Muertos festival on Saturday, Oct. 22. For more information, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .

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The Venture Forum, Richmond’s promoter of the local entrepreneurial community, recently announced its Greater Richmond’s Companies to Watch annual event, to be held Thursday, Nov. 10 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing, 4708 E. Old Main St. The GRCTW program promotes the entrepreneurial environment of the Greater Richmond area by highlighting early-stage businesses that have the potential to become significant contributors to the local economy. A select number of companies will be awarded at the ceremony. Interested businesses are encouraged to apply at http://www.richmondventureforum.com The .website discusses criteria and benefits of being selected. Tickets to the event are $25 for Venture Forum members, $35 for nonmembers with a sponsor/member connection and $50 for nonmembers. For more information, visit http://www.richmondventureforum.com .

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The School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC) will unveil the Sara Belle November Educational Theater and the opening of “Smokey Joe’s Café” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18-19 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 19-20. The new artistic space, once a taxi garage, has been renovated, restored and transformed into a warm and intimate theatre space, with tiered and comfortable seating and state-of-the-art visual and audio systems. Named for the key benefactor’s wife, Sara Belle November, the theater venue is dedicated to the instruction and presentation of the performing arts. A talented 14 member SPARC ensemble will perform “Smokey Joe’s Café” on the new stage. The show is a rollicking look back at the 50s and 60s, featuring the timeless music of the songwriting team of Leiber & Stoller. The songs are supported by many of the popular dances associated with each time period, including the Jerk, Pony, Swim, Stroll, Twist and rocks with a live onstage combo accompanying this vivacious cast. Tickets are $12. The SPARC center is located at 2106-A N. Hamilton St. For details, visit http://www.sparconline.org .

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Lisa Good Spalding recently joined EXiT First in Glen Allen. Spalding has 13 years of real estate experience in Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Chester, Goochland and Virginia Beach. She has lived in the Richmond area for over 19 years having relocated from Shenandoah Valley. She has raised three children with her husband, Brian. For more information, call 527-3948 or visit http://www.exit1strealty.net .

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Henrico Doctors’ Hospital recently appointed Barbara Joynes and Richard M. Nelms to its Board of Trustees. Joynes is a partner and member of the executive team at The Martin Agency where she serves as director of account management for Martin Direct. In her role, she leads the agency’s work in Digital Media, Relationship Marketing, Data Analytics, Telmark, Media, Integrated Production and Information Technology. Nelms is the former president of Long & Foster’s Richmond, Hampton Roads and Southwest Virginia regions. He started Bowers, Nelms and Fonville in 1967 and grew the company into the region’s leading real estate firm before merging the organization with Long & Foster in 1998. He serves on the Board for the American Heart Association and is past president of the American Cancer Society.
Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

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