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Matthew T. Williams, of Glen Allen, has been accepted into The Julliard School’s new Master of Fine Arts in Drama program, beginning next week. This inaugural class accepted only eight graduate actors. The MFA in Drama is a four-year conservatory program in actor training. Students in the graduate program will participate in advanced courses in addition to working side by side with undergraduates in certain skill sets and in performance. The final year of the MFA program is dedicated to performance and other opportunities creating a bridge to the profession.

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Hampen-Sydney College student Brandon A. Long recently studied the Spanish language, culture and contemporary issues at the Universidad de Alcala De Henares in Spain. The opportunity is offered to Hampen-Sydney College students by the Global Education and Study Abroad department at H-SC through the University of Franklin at the Universidad de Alcala. Students reside in private homes during their stay and the personal contact with host families provides a first-hand experience of Spanish life and culture. Long is a graduate of J.R. Tucker High School and is the son of Anthony and Kelly Long, of Glen Allen.

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Ryan Easter, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.4 or higher.

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Kristen Baird, of Richmond, and Kori Amacker, of Glen Allen, recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. Baird earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in metals and jewelry. Amacker earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in animation.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed several local residents to Virginia boards and commissions: Biotechnology Research Partnership Authority – Mary C. Doswell, of Richmond, senior vice president of Alternative Energy Solutions for Dominion Resources; and Dr. Benjamin J. Lambert, of Richmond, optometrist; Board of Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects – Robert A. Boynton, of Richmond, architect at Boynton Rothschild Rowland Architects; and Board of Historic Resources – H. Edward “Chip” Mann, of Glen Allen, public affairs specialist.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

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