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Bald Eagles of the James Tour

The James River runs through it ... through the City of Richmond. And just minutes downriver is an incredible opportunity to see resident bald eagles in their natural habitat all year long! This tidal river tour will take you into the midst of an ecosystem rich with wildlife, abundant in history and overloaded with beautiful scenery. Ride aboard the Discovery Barge II, a comfortable 24-foot covered pontoon boat and experience majestic bald eagles closer than you may have ever seen them. This 2-hour tour is one of the most unique Bald Eagle tours on the East Coast! Binoculars are provided. A small pop-up head (bathroom) is available on board. Bald Eagles of the James Tour: Enjoy this incredible two-hour journey into the world of bald eagles. Bring your camera, or just watch through binoculars. Listen to the conservation success story of bald eagles on the James River as you travel through Jefferson's Reach on the James. Wildlife and history abounds. Space is limited to six people. Bald Eagle Tours a… Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM. 9525 Deep Bottom Rd. Henrico, VA. For more info visit discoverthejames.com.

Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour

Monday - Saturday, April 1 - October 31 Learn about the cemetery’s history, artwork, symbolism and famous residents, including two U.S. Presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. Meet at the rear of the stone structure on the left at the cemetery entrance, at Cherry and Albemarle streets. $10, walk-ups welcome. $5 History Center members. Cash or check, or purchase online. Park on-street. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

Japanese Dolls: Woodblock Prints by Kawase Hasui Opens at VMFA

APR 12, 2014 – JUL 20, 2014 Works on Paper Gallery Japanese woodblock artist Kawase Hasui (1883–1957) was primarily a landscape artist and rarely produced works featuring other subjects. However, in 1935 he designed a series of woodblock prints that focused on traditional Japanese dolls, including Imperial Palace dolls, known as gosho ningyo. That same year, the 24 ningyo prints in this series were published in an album entitled Japanese Dolls: Gosho Ningyo by Meiji-Shobo. The twelve prints on display at VMFA were selected from the album, donated by René and Carolyn Balcer. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.vmfa.state.va.us.

VCU Theatre presents "Arabian Nights" at Singleton Arts Center

Web - http://arts.vcu.edu/theatre/on-stage/ Written by Dominic Cooke • Directed by Gabriel Barre It is the wedding night in the palace of King Shahrayar. By morning the new Queen Shahrazad is to be put to death like all the young brides before her. But she has one gift that could save her – the gift of storytelling. A visually stunning production, Arabian Nights will magically transport you to Shahrazad’s imaginary world of Ali Baba, Sindbad the Sailor, secret sorceresses, singing trees, and wise talking birds. April 11 & 12 17-19 & 24-26 at 7:30 pm April 13, 20 & 27 at 3:00 pm • High School Matinees – April 22 & 23 at 10 am Box Office: 804-828-6026 • theatretix@vcu.edu • http://vcutheatre.showclix.com Gen. Admission – $25.00 • Seniors, VCU Faculty and Staff – $20.00 • VCU Students with Valid ID – $10.00 Other Students with Valid ID – $15.00 High School Matinees – $10.00 per student • Credit Cards Accepted. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM. 922 Park Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

Bald Eagles of the James Tour

The James River runs through it ... through the City of Richmond. And just minutes downriver is an incredible opportunity to see resident bald eagles in their natural habitat all year long! This tidal river tour will take you into the midst of an ecosystem rich with wildlife, abundant in history and overloaded with beautiful scenery. Ride aboard the Discovery Barge II, a comfortable 24-foot covered pontoon boat and experience majestic bald eagles closer than you may have ever seen them. This 2-hour tour is one of the most unique Bald Eagle tours on the East Coast! Binoculars are provided. A small pop-up head (bathroom) is available on board. Bald Eagles of the James Tour: Enjoy this incredible two-hour journey into the world of bald eagles. Bring your camera, or just watch through binoculars. Listen to the conservation success story of bald eagles on the James River as you travel through Jefferson's Reach on the James. Wildlife and history abounds. Space is limited to six people. Bald Eagle Tours a… Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 9525 Deep Bottom Rd. Henrico, VA. For more info visit discoverthejames.com.

Spring Richmond Restaurant Week

Monday, April 21 – Sunday, April 27 http://richmondrestaurantweek.com Join 30+ local restaurants as we celebrate Richmond for being what it is--a great food town. Each time you go out to dinner at participating restaurants during Restaurant Week, you are contributing to the local economy and helping eliminate area hunger through our partnership with FeedMore. For those of you who don't know: Richmond Restaurant Week was founded by Acacia's very own Aline Reitzer when she found herself inundated with donation requests. Modeled after Restaurant Weeks in New York and other cities, Aline founded Richmond Restaurant Week to include a charity component. The Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels were a natural partner from the beginning because their interest in food aligns closely with the restaurant industry. Area Chefs create a three-course price fixed menu following some basic guidelines and offer it up all week for $25.13 per person. On top of that dining deal, the restaurants take $2.13 fr… Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Participating Restaurants Richmond, VA. For more info visit richmondrestaurantweek.com.

Dirty Paws CD Release Party w/ The Kindling Kind and Riley Kerns & the Reckless at The Camel

$5. Dirty Paws - http://dirtypaws.bandcamp.com/ w/ The Kindling Kind - https://www.facebook.com/thekindlingkind Riley Kerns & the Reckless - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Riley-Kerns/487011808030312. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit thecamel.org.

John Morgan at Funny Bone

When trying to come up with the best way of describing comedian John Morgan, the phrase "Ragin` Cajun" comes to mind. Most likely that`s because this is how he's often addressed, but a nickname like that isn`t just given out, it has to be earned. A native of Louisiana, Morgan is a southern boy who`s got a lot to say about his home region. He does so with an easy rapport, straight shooting southern charm, and an outrageous amount of comic energy. The "Ragin` Cajun`s" physical antics on stage are like a 5 year old after a 6-pack of Red Bull! He`ll have you howlin` "HOOOWEEE, he`s good!" You`ve seen him on HBO, Showtime and MTV...now see this red-hot chili pepper live! Wednesday - 7:30 PM - $15.00 Thursday - 7:30 PM - $15.00 Friday - 7:30 & 10:00 PM - $17.00 Saturday - 7:00 PM 9:30 PM - $17.00 Sunday - 7:00 PM - $15.00. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. 11800 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit funnybonecentral.com.

"Wicked" at Landmark Theater

Apr 23 - May 4 , 2014 Presented by Broadway In Richmond $43-$83 http://www.wickedthemusical.com/ Back by “Popular” demand. Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and every time it plays Richmond, it breaks box office records. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – new musical in a long time” (USA Today). Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.landmarktheater.net.

Indigo Girls at The National

Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM TICKETS ON SALE FEBRUARY 7 AT 10AM $20 ADV / $25 DOS (Floor) | $25 Reserved Seat Balcony Show Info - http://www.thenationalva.com/events/detail/indigo-girls. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 708 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thenationalva.com.

JP Harris & The Tough Choices at Balliceaux

$5. JP Harris & The Tough Choices - http://www.reverbnation.com/thetoughchoices You thought country music ain't what it used to be. Think again. J.P. Harris and The Tough Choices have been resurrecting the ghosts of a time when real, hardcore Honky Tonk ruled the airwaves; before the words "pop" or "new" ever met the word "country." Leaving home at the young age of 14, J.P. Harris has lived the songs HE writes for well over a decade, getting his start around fires in sheep-herding camps in the southwest and hobo jungles across the country. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. 203 N. Lombardy St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.balliceauxrva.com.

Enabler at Strange Matter

ENABLER - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Enabler/119141961439364 & MORE TBA 9PM Doors | 18+. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 9:00 PM – Thursday, April 24, 2014, 12:00 AM. 929 W. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.strangematterrva.com.

Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour

Monday - Saturday, April 1 - October 31 Learn about the cemetery’s history, artwork, symbolism and famous residents, including two U.S. Presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. Meet at the rear of the stone structure on the left at the cemetery entrance, at Cherry and Albemarle streets. $10, walk-ups welcome. $5 History Center members. Cash or check, or purchase online. Park on-street. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

"Into that Darkness Peering" Exhibit Opens at Poe Museum

From April 24 until June 22, the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia will host a special exhibit of Poe-inspired artwork by ten of the world’s leading painters including Richard Thomas Scott, Melinda Borysevicz, Jeff Markowsky, Brian Busch, Chris Semtner, Charles Philip Brooks, Anelecia Hannah, Christine Sajecki, Jude Harzer, and Adrienne Stein. Each artist in this diverse group of painters has taken up the challenge of interpreting the passage from Poe’s immortal poem, “The Raven,” which reads, “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before…”. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 1914 E. Main St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.poemuseum.org.

"Shrek" at Virginia Rep at Willow Lawn

March 14 – April 27, 2014 Come along on an irreverent musical romp based on the Academy Award-winning film. We've got a hero who's green and stinky, a donkey who never shuts up, and a princess who puts the i in feisty. Richmond talents Jason Marks and Aly Wepplo (whom we loved in Seussical!) bring the regional premiere of Shrek to life, as our favorite swampland ogre saves Princess Fiona and wins her love. This musical extravaganza will blow your socks off. Length: 2 hours (with intermission) Suggested for ages 4 and up. Even adults and older kids love SHREK! $30. http://va-rep.org/show_shrek.html. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"Wicked" at Landmark Theater

Apr 23 - May 4 , 2014 Presented by Broadway In Richmond $43-$83 http://www.wickedthemusical.com/ Back by “Popular” demand. Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and every time it plays Richmond, it breaks box office records. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – new musical in a long time” (USA Today). Thursday, April 24, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.landmarktheater.net.

Hardywood Twilight 4 Miler

It's that time of year again! The Hardywood Twilight 4 Miler, Presented by Shake & Bake Sports! Participants will run a 4 mile course which begins and ends at the brewery. The after party will feature local food trucks and a live set of Alt. Country/Americana/Folk Rock from Richmond's own Exebelle & The Rusted Cavalcade! Head over to http://twilight4miler.com/ or check out the Facebook page (link below) for more information on the race, the party and registration for the 2014 event on April 24th! Entrance fee is $26/person through January 31st. For more information on Shake & Bake Sports, visit https://www.facebook.com/ShakeBakeSports?fref=ts For more information on Exebelle and the Rusted Cavalcade, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Exebelle-The-Rusted-Cavalcade/106994704416 Click here to view Facebook Event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/1426544670909442/. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. 2408 Ownby Lane Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.hardywood.com.

Spring Richmond Restaurant Week

Monday, April 21 – Sunday, April 27 http://richmondrestaurantweek.com Join 30+ local restaurants as we celebrate Richmond for being what it is--a great food town. Each time you go out to dinner at participating restaurants during Restaurant Week, you are contributing to the local economy and helping eliminate area hunger through our partnership with FeedMore. For those of you who don't know: Richmond Restaurant Week was founded by Acacia's very own Aline Reitzer when she found herself inundated with donation requests. Modeled after Restaurant Weeks in New York and other cities, Aline founded Richmond Restaurant Week to include a charity component. The Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels were a natural partner from the beginning because their interest in food aligns closely with the restaurant industry. Area Chefs create a three-course price fixed menu following some basic guidelines and offer it up all week for $25.13 per person. On top of that dining deal, the restaurants take $2.13 fr… Thursday, April 24, 2014, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Participating Restaurants Richmond, VA. For more info visit richmondrestaurantweek.com.

Hardywood Food Truck Court

We're kicking off the season with a mix of 16 new and favorite local gourmet mobile food vendors, with many more carts on rotation in the weeks to come. Enjoy our line up of seasonal craft beers to pair with eclectic tacos, wood-fired pizza, authentic French crepes, handmade ice cream, Cajun street food, traditional Mediterranean kabobs and more. Hardywood Food Truck Court runs from 5:30-9pm every Thursday through the season and is a family friendly environment. All ages are welcome at the brewery. Virginia ABC law prohibits bringing outside alcoholic beverages on-site, and underage drinking will be strictly prohibited. FB - https://www.facebook.com/events/681240638580676/?source=1 Info - http://www.hardywood.com/content/hardywood-food-truck-court-1. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. 2408 Ownby Lane Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.hardywood.com.

April UNhappy Hour at Poe Museum

Have a poetic experience in the Poe Museum's legendary Enchanted Garden with an after-work Unhappy Hour. This will be the first Unhappy Hour of 2014 and the opening of the new exhibit "Into that Darkness Peering." Enjoy live music, performances, games, and a cash bar for just $5. Live Music by: Hotel X http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel_X https://myspace.com/hotelx/music/songs Film screening of "The Old Stone House" by Christine Stoddard. http://www.poemuseum.org. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 1914 E. Main St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.poemuseum.org.

Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway

For the third year in a row, Richmond International Raceway and hometown favorite Denny Hamlin are teaming up to host the sixth annual Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at America's Premier Short Track on Thursday, April 25. The race, which typically features a dozen NASCAR drivers and celebrities battling on the ¾-mile track with some of the best local Late Model Stock Car drivers, will serve as a fundraiser for the Denny Hamlin Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. The 75-lap, Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown starts at approximately 8:30 p.m. Thursday's ticket includes both the BLUE OX 100 and the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. All seats General Admission $25 Kids 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult Thursday pit passes $15. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rir.com.

Frank Coleman and Chris Fuller at Ashland Coffee & Tea

$5 door. 2 of the area’s most respected and loved musicians gather together fo. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 100 N. Railroad Ave. Ashland, VA. For more info visit ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.

Turnover, Centerfolds, and Winning the Losers Bracket at The Camel

$10. Turnover - http://turnovermusic.com/ with Centerfolds, and Winning the Losers Bracket. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit thecamel.org.

RVA Has Talent Unplugged at the Hippodrome

RVAHT Unplugged is an Open Mic and networking event for all performing arts and Artist. The event takes place in the beautiful SpeakEasy Lounge in the Hippodrome Complex. Couple that with an amazing three piece band that can play with pretty much anyone! No tracks allowed, we challenge all Artist and audiences to participate in an unplugged adventure! Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 528 N. 2nd St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit hippodromerichmond.com.

John Morgan at Funny Bone

When trying to come up with the best way of describing comedian John Morgan, the phrase "Ragin` Cajun" comes to mind. Most likely that`s because this is how he's often addressed, but a nickname like that isn`t just given out, it has to be earned. A native of Louisiana, Morgan is a southern boy who`s got a lot to say about his home region. He does so with an easy rapport, straight shooting southern charm, and an outrageous amount of comic energy. The "Ragin` Cajun`s" physical antics on stage are like a 5 year old after a 6-pack of Red Bull! He`ll have you howlin` "HOOOWEEE, he`s good!" You`ve seen him on HBO, Showtime and MTV...now see this red-hot chili pepper live! Wednesday - 7:30 PM - $15.00 Thursday - 7:30 PM - $15.00 Friday - 7:30 & 10:00 PM - $17.00 Saturday - 7:00 PM 9:30 PM - $17.00 Sunday - 7:00 PM - $15.00. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. 11800 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit funnybonecentral.com.

"Wicked" at Landmark Theater

Apr 23 - May 4 , 2014 Presented by Broadway In Richmond $43-$83 http://www.wickedthemusical.com/ Back by “Popular” demand. Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and every time it plays Richmond, it breaks box office records. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – new musical in a long time” (USA Today). Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.landmarktheater.net.

VCU Theatre presents "Arabian Nights" at Singleton Arts Center

Web - http://arts.vcu.edu/theatre/on-stage/ Written by Dominic Cooke • Directed by Gabriel Barre It is the wedding night in the palace of King Shahrayar. By morning the new Queen Shahrazad is to be put to death like all the young brides before her. But she has one gift that could save her – the gift of storytelling. A visually stunning production, Arabian Nights will magically transport you to Shahrazad’s imaginary world of Ali Baba, Sindbad the Sailor, secret sorceresses, singing trees, and wise talking birds. April 11 & 12 17-19 & 24-26 at 7:30 pm April 13, 20 & 27 at 3:00 pm • High School Matinees – April 22 & 23 at 10 am Box Office: 804-828-6026 • theatretix@vcu.edu • http://vcutheatre.showclix.com Gen. Admission – $25.00 • Seniors, VCU Faculty and Staff – $20.00 • VCU Students with Valid ID – $10.00 Other Students with Valid ID – $15.00 High School Matinees – $10.00 per student • Credit Cards Accepted. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM. 922 Park Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

"Other Desert Cities" at November Theater at Virginia Rep Center

April 24 – May 18, 2014 In a searing, new hit comedy by the creator of TV’s Brothers & Sisters, Brooke Wyeth returns home to celebrate the holidays with her politically influential family, but when she reveals her plan to publish a tell-all memoir, the fireworks ignite. Smartly written, with mystery and razor sharp wit, Other Desert Cities was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and received five Tony Award nominations, including Best Play. "All family reunions should be this satisfying." - The New York Times Premium $46 | Standard $38 | Value $30 Tickets - http://va-rep.org/show_other_desert.html. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

EQ presents The Movement at Canal Club

The Movement - http://www.themovementvibe.com/ Hailing from Columbia, South Carolina, the reggae-rock group The Movement was formed in 2004 by a trio of Sublime and Pixies fans. with Among Criminals 8:00 doors $10.00/$12.00. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 8:00 PM – Friday, April 25, 2014, 12:00 AM. 1545 E. Cary St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thecanalclub.com.

Richmond Comedy Coalition: Sweatlist: Stand-Up Open Mic

Pay-What-You-Can Richmond is full of fantastic stand-up comics and on almost any night of the week you can head out to a local show and see some of the best sets on the east coast. BUT…what if YOU got to determine what topics the comics would joke on once they hit the stage? Come on out and watch as local stand-ups throw out their set list and pick up The Sweatlist. http://rvacomedy.com/ FREE. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM. 8 W. Broad St‎. Richmond, VA. For more info visit rvacomedy.com.

Nickelus F & More at Strange Matter

STUDENT HIP-HOP ORGANIZATION PRESENTS NICKELUS F & MORE TBA 9PM Doors | $7 in Advance // $10 Day of Show | 18+ FB - https://www.facebook.com/events/1435415240034349. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 9:00 PM – Friday, April 25, 2014, 12:00 AM. 929 W. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.strangematterrva.com.

Twangtown Thursdays at Balliceaux w/ Red Light Rodeo & Alison Self

21+. Free. FB - https://www.facebook.com/TwangtownThursdays. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 9:00 PM – Friday, April 25, 2014, 12:00 AM. 203 N. Lombardy St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.balliceauxrva.com.

Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour

Monday - Saturday, April 1 - October 31 Learn about the cemetery’s history, artwork, symbolism and famous residents, including two U.S. Presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. Meet at the rear of the stone structure on the left at the cemetery entrance, at Cherry and Albemarle streets. $10, walk-ups welcome. $5 History Center members. Cash or check, or purchase online. Park on-street. Friday, April 25, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

Fire! Rifle Musket Program at American Civil War Center

Learn how a Civil War soldier trained and fought with the rifle musket. Join a costumed historical interpreter for a discussion and demonstration of the primary infantry weapon of the American Civil War. Program includes a blank, black powder firing. Tickets - http://www.tredegar.org/. Friday, April 25, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. 500 Tredegar St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.tredegar.org.

Beers & Banjos: Kind Stranger (Irish Folk Music) at The Camel

Free. Beers & Banjos: Kind Stranger (Irish Folk Music). Friday, April 25, 2014, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit thecamel.org.

Shakesbeer at Bardywood, Part Three: Send in the Clowns at Hardywood

Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare! Join us on April 25th, as Bard Unbound sends in the clowns to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the Bard. The night begins with a live set from Hannah Marie and the Bearded Ladies at 5PM! Enjoy some great music to help lighten the mood as we prepare to enjoy some silly Shakespeare! Come raise a glass, have your cake and eat it too, and laugh at the antics of some of Shakespeare's funniest characters performing in our warehouse...up close and personal! Delight in the silliness of Bottom and Dogberry, enjoy the stand up comedy of Launce and his dog, witness the Gravedigger's discovery of laughs even in the midst of tragedy and much much more. Even YOU can get in on the laughs, with Insult Idol - a Shakespeare insult contest conducted at intermission! No white faces or red noses here; Only the clowns, a food truck and Hardywood beer! The tasting room opens at 4PM, with Olio Cart VCU serving up gourmet sandwiches all night! Enjoy live music from Hannah Marie a… Friday, April 25, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 2408 Ownby Lane Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.hardywood.com.

Spring Richmond Restaurant Week

Monday, April 21 – Sunday, April 27 http://richmondrestaurantweek.com Join 30+ local restaurants as we celebrate Richmond for being what it is--a great food town. Each time you go out to dinner at participating restaurants during Restaurant Week, you are contributing to the local economy and helping eliminate area hunger through our partnership with FeedMore. For those of you who don't know: Richmond Restaurant Week was founded by Acacia's very own Aline Reitzer when she found herself inundated with donation requests. Modeled after Restaurant Weeks in New York and other cities, Aline founded Richmond Restaurant Week to include a charity component. The Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels were a natural partner from the beginning because their interest in food aligns closely with the restaurant industry. Area Chefs create a three-course price fixed menu following some basic guidelines and offer it up all week for $25.13 per person. On top of that dining deal, the restaurants take $2.13 fr… Friday, April 25, 2014, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Participating Restaurants Richmond, VA. For more info visit richmondrestaurantweek.com.

"Shrek" at Virginia Rep at Willow Lawn

March 14 – April 27, 2014 Come along on an irreverent musical romp based on the Academy Award-winning film. We've got a hero who's green and stinky, a donkey who never shuts up, and a princess who puts the i in feisty. Richmond talents Jason Marks and Aly Wepplo (whom we loved in Seussical!) bring the regional premiere of Shrek to life, as our favorite swampland ogre saves Princess Fiona and wins her love. This musical extravaganza will blow your socks off. Length: 2 hours (with intermission) Suggested for ages 4 and up. Even adults and older kids love SHREK! $30. http://va-rep.org/show_shrek.html. Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

NASCAR Nationwide Series 250 at Richmond International Raceway

One of the best values in NASCAR is short track racing "under the lights" on a Friday night at Richmond. The Virginia 529 College Savings 250 pits young up-and-comers, as well as wily veterans and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars, all battling around the ¾-mile D-shaped oval. With children 12 and under admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections, Friday is a great night to bring out the whole family. Friday's ticket includes practice and pole qualifying for both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. Advance general admission tickets are $30. Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rir.com.

Flying Squirrels v. New Britain (VCU Mini Basketball Giveaway)

VCU Mini Basketball Giveaway 2,000 All Ages VCU Jersey Auction Proceeds benefiting Paul Keyes Memorial Scholarship Fund. Tickets $7-11. Call 804-359-3866. Team Store Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM. Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:05 PM – 10:05 PM. 3001 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.squirrelsbaseball.com.

John Morgan at Funny Bone

When trying to come up with the best way of describing comedian John Morgan, the phrase "Ragin` Cajun" comes to mind. Most likely that`s because this is how he's often addressed, but a nickname like that isn`t just given out, it has to be earned. A native of Louisiana, Morgan is a southern boy who`s got a lot to say about his home region. He does so with an easy rapport, straight shooting southern charm, and an outrageous amount of comic energy. The "Ragin` Cajun`s" physical antics on stage are like a 5 year old after a 6-pack of Red Bull! He`ll have you howlin` "HOOOWEEE, he`s good!" You`ve seen him on HBO, Showtime and MTV...now see this red-hot chili pepper live! Wednesday - 7:30 PM - $15.00 Thursday - 7:30 PM - $15.00 Friday - 7:30 & 10:00 PM - $17.00 Saturday - 7:00 PM 9:30 PM - $17.00 Sunday - 7:00 PM - $15.00. Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. 11800 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit funnybonecentral.com.

VCU Theatre presents "Arabian Nights" at Singleton Arts Center

Web - http://arts.vcu.edu/theatre/on-stage/ Written by Dominic Cooke • Directed by Gabriel Barre It is the wedding night in the palace of King Shahrayar. By morning the new Queen Shahrazad is to be put to death like all the young brides before her. But she has one gift that could save her – the gift of storytelling. A visually stunning production, Arabian Nights will magically transport you to Shahrazad’s imaginary world of Ali Baba, Sindbad the Sailor, secret sorceresses, singing trees, and wise talking birds. April 11 & 12 17-19 & 24-26 at 7:30 pm April 13, 20 & 27 at 3:00 pm • High School Matinees – April 22 & 23 at 10 am Box Office: 804-828-6026 • theatretix@vcu.edu • http://vcutheatre.showclix.com Gen. Admission – $25.00 • Seniors, VCU Faculty and Staff – $20.00 • VCU Students with Valid ID – $10.00 Other Students with Valid ID – $15.00 High School Matinees – $10.00 per student • Credit Cards Accepted. Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM. 922 Park Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

"A Streetcar Named Desire" at Firehouse Theater

APRIL 17 – MAY 17, 2014 PREVIEW NIGHT | APRIL 17 | SOLD OUT OPENING NIGHT | APRIL 18 Tennessee Williams’ iconic masterpiece follows the fading but still attractive southern belle Blanche DuBois as she arrives unexpectedly on the doorstep of her sister, Stella, and her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Over the course of one hot, sultry New Orleans summer, Blanche’s fragile facade slowly crumbles as she meets her match in the rough-hewn and sensual Stanley, who sees through her and is determined to expose her. Info: http://www.firehousetheatre.org/a-streetcar-named-desire/. Friday, April 25, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1609 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.firehousetheatre.org.

"Other Desert Cities" at November Theater at Virginia Rep Center

April 24 – May 18, 2014 In a searing, new hit comedy by the creator of TV’s Brothers & Sisters, Brooke Wyeth returns home to celebrate the holidays with her politically influential family, but when she reveals her plan to publish a tell-all memoir, the fireworks ignite. Smartly written, with mystery and razor sharp wit, Other Desert Cities was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and received five Tony Award nominations, including Best Play. "All family reunions should be this satisfying." - The New York Times Premium $46 | Standard $38 | Value $30 Tickets - http://va-rep.org/show_other_desert.html. Friday, April 25, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

Acid Mothers, Temple, Perhaps w/ Caves Caverns, Mutwawa at Strange Matter

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE, PERHAPS WITH CAVES CAVERNS + MUTWAWA(RVA COLLABORATIVE SET) 8PM Doors | $12 Cover | 18+ FB - https://www.facebook.com/events/196382430559828. Friday, April 25, 2014, 8:00 PM – Saturday, April 26, 2014, 12:00 AM. 929 W. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.strangematterrva.com.

Robyn Ludwick & Bill Chambers at Ashland Coffee & Tea

$12 advance; $15 door. Bill Chambers and Robyn Ludwick come from two of the most influential music families in roots and Americana music. [Ludwick, is the younger sister to Bruce and Charlie Robison and sister-in-law to Kelly Willis and Chambers is the father of Kasey Chambers.] They continue to blaze new trails as music innovators and prolific singer-songwriters. Bill and Robyn found a strong kinship and connection not just because of their similar backgrounds, but because of the music that made them the artists they had become. It was inevitable that Bill and Robyn began writing together. So came the idea of bringing that Australian-Texan collaboration to the writing and recording process and they did so by recording and self-producing their first Duet CD, half in Australia and half in Texas. “The songs that we are writing are so strong that it made us realize that there was real magic in this merging of identities and cultures.” Ludwick added. Website:http://www.robynludwick.com. Friday, April 25, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 100 N. Railroad Ave. Ashland, VA. For more info visit ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.

Women Who Rock RVA-Series 1 at Canal Club

7:00 doors $8.00/$10.00 Women Who Rock RVA-Series 1 with: VooDoo Dolls - https://www.facebook.com/VDollsBand Vexine - https://www.facebook.com/vexine Downbeat Switch - https://www.facebook.com/downbeatswitch The Killing Daylights - https://www.facebook.com/thekillingdaylights. Friday, April 25, 2014, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 1545 E. Cary St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thecanalclub.com.

"Wicked" at Landmark Theater

Apr 23 - May 4 , 2014 Presented by Broadway In Richmond $43-$83 http://www.wickedthemusical.com/ Back by “Popular” demand. Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and every time it plays Richmond, it breaks box office records. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – new musical in a long time” (USA Today). Friday, April 25, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.landmarktheater.net.

VCU Dance Spring Senior Project at Grace Street Theater

http://arts.vcu.edu/dance Friday & Saturday, April 25 & 26, 2014 $15/$10 students The Senior Project concert serves as a capstone experience in both performance and choreography for graduating Dance majors. Friday, April 25, 2014, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM. 934 W. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

ComedySportz Improv Theatre

ComedySportz Improv Theatre presents shows every Friday at 8:00 pm and Saturday at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm! ComedySportz is the worldwide sensation that is bringing hilarious, fast-paced, clean comedy to you. ComedySportz Richmond pits two teams, the Richmond Legends and the Virginia Hams, against each other in an improv battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot based off of your suggestions! The audience then votes for the winners. There is also a referee that calls the fouls and we even play the national anthem before each match. $10 with advance reservation, or $12 at the door! Call 266-9377 for reservations! http://www.comedysportzrichmond.com/. Sponsors: CTOWN. HIPP. RIC. Umbrella. VMFA. Friday, April 25, 2014, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM. 8906 West Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.comedysportzrichmond.com.

Richmond Comedy Coalition Richmond Famous: Andy Deane of Bella Morte

The Coalition’s improvised monthly show series, Richmond Famous, features live and totally unscripted comedy, created on the spot and inspired by the true stories of some of RVA’s most interesting people.This month, we welcome Andy Deane of Bella Morte to the Coalition stage! ABOUT OUR GUEST Andy Deane is vocalist for Bella Morte, a Charlottesville, VA based gothic band that in 1996. Bella Morte sings songs of love and loss, hope and despair. Combining driving electronics, graveyard ballads, emotive storytelling, and powerful guitar riffs, Bella Morte have developed a distinctive style embraced by legions of fans around the world. Melancholy and hopeful at once… http://rvacomedy.com/ $10. Friday, April 25, 2014, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM. 8 W. Broad St‎. Richmond, VA. For more info visit rvacomedy.com.

Bio Ritmo at The Camel

Bio Ritmo: http://www.bioritmo.com Bio Ritmo is passionately, unwaveringly salsa. Veteran Fania Records studio engineer Jon Fausty adds extra polish, which makes Alvarez's voice ring like a bell. Bio Ritmo's cyborg-strong musicianship inspires vigorous dancing and makes Biónico one of this year's best Latin releases. "- San Francisco Bay Guardian. Friday, April 25, 2014, 9:00 PM – Saturday, April 26, 2014, 12:00 AM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thecamel.org.

John Morgan at Funny Bone

When trying to come up with the best way of describing comedian John Morgan, the phrase "Ragin` Cajun" comes to mind. Most likely that`s because this is how he's often addressed, but a nickname like that isn`t just given out, it has to be earned. A native of Louisiana, Morgan is a southern boy who`s got a lot to say about his home region. He does so with an easy rapport, straight shooting southern charm, and an outrageous amount of comic energy. The "Ragin` Cajun`s" physical antics on stage are like a 5 year old after a 6-pack of Red Bull! He`ll have you howlin` "HOOOWEEE, he`s good!" You`ve seen him on HBO, Showtime and MTV...now see this red-hot chili pepper live! Wednesday - 7:30 PM - $15.00 Thursday - 7:30 PM - $15.00 Friday - 7:30 & 10:00 PM - $17.00 Saturday - 7:00 PM 9:30 PM - $17.00 Sunday - 7:00 PM - $15.00. Friday, April 25, 2014, 10:00 PM – 11:30 PM. 11800 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit funnybonecentral.com.

The Hi-Steps at Balliceaux

21+. $5. The Hi-Steps The band, Hi-Steps, is a 60's and 70's Soul Music revue brought to you by a collaboration of Richmond based musicians who were inspired by their love and enjoyment of this music. Bringing the hits and the the hits you didn't know about this night of music is about Partying, Dancing, and Love! Friday, April 25, 2014, 10:00 PM – Saturday, April 26, 2014, 12:00 AM. 203 N. Lombardy St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.balliceauxrva.com.

Bald Eagles of the James Tour

The James River runs through it ... through the City of Richmond. And just minutes downriver is an incredible opportunity to see resident bald eagles in their natural habitat all year long! This tidal river tour will take you into the midst of an ecosystem rich with wildlife, abundant in history and overloaded with beautiful scenery. Ride aboard the Discovery Barge II, a comfortable 24-foot covered pontoon boat and experience majestic bald eagles closer than you may have ever seen them. This 2-hour tour is one of the most unique Bald Eagle tours on the East Coast! Binoculars are provided. A small pop-up head (bathroom) is available on board. Bald Eagles of the James Tour: Enjoy this incredible two-hour journey into the world of bald eagles. Bring your camera, or just watch through binoculars. Listen to the conservation success story of bald eagles on the James River as you travel through Jefferson's Reach on the James. Wildlife and history abounds. Space is limited to six people. Bald Eagle Tours a… Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM. 9525 Deep Bottom Rd. Henrico, VA. For more info visit discoverthejames.com.

30th Annual Herbs Galore & More at Maymont

Put on your gardening shoes, grab your little red wagon and come out to the Marketplace on the Lawn for everyone’s favorite gardening extravaganza! Find more than 50 plant and craft vendors from the mid-Atlantic region selling herbs, annuals, perennials, heirloom plants, vegetables, trees, herbal cosmetics, garden ornaments, delicious food and other related products. Check out our “Meet the Expert” speaker series – free with admission – highlighting a variety of topics for the gardening novice to the seasoned pro. $3 fee for Marketplace/free for members. Click here for more information, or call 804-358-7166, ext. 310. https://www.maymont.org/herbsgalore. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. 1800 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.maymont.org.

36th Ashland Railroad Run

One of Central Virginia’s longest running road races, the certified 10K race is a favorite among road runners from across Virginia and the region. More than 500 runners can be expected to participate in various Railroad Run events. Click for full details and registration - http://hanoverarts.org The popular race features a picturesque, flat course through the historic railroad Town of Ashland. A special commemorative souvenir will mark the 35th running of the race. Other events include a 5K Fun Run/Walk and a 1 Mile Kid’s Fun run for ages 3 – 12. During the race, an eco-friendly “Green Fair” on the Hanover Arts and Activity Center lawn will feature organizations and vendors focused on environmental sustainability. As a U.S. Track and Field certified 10K course, the Railroad Run will feature chip timing, which ensures that each runner’s time is based on the certified course distance. A USATF-certified course means the course distance has been certified for accuracy. Courses must be certified for… Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Railroad Ave. Ashland, VA.

Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour

Monday - Saturday, April 1 - October 31 Learn about the cemetery’s history, artwork, symbolism and famous residents, including two U.S. Presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. Meet at the rear of the stone structure on the left at the cemetery entrance, at Cherry and Albemarle streets. $10, walk-ups welcome. $5 History Center members. Cash or check, or purchase online. Park on-street. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

Japanese Dolls: Woodblock Prints by Kawase Hasui Opens at VMFA

APR 12, 2014 – JUL 20, 2014 Works on Paper Gallery Japanese woodblock artist Kawase Hasui (1883–1957) was primarily a landscape artist and rarely produced works featuring other subjects. However, in 1935 he designed a series of woodblock prints that focused on traditional Japanese dolls, including Imperial Palace dolls, known as gosho ningyo. That same year, the 24 ningyo prints in this series were published in an album entitled Japanese Dolls: Gosho Ningyo by Meiji-Shobo. The twelve prints on display at VMFA were selected from the album, donated by René and Carolyn Balcer. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.vmfa.state.va.us.

Historic Garden Week: Ashland - Western Hanover

Conveniently located minutes from Short Pump, this house and garden tour of Western Hanover and the Rockville area offers something for everyone: horse farms built in 1890 with new additions, a log cabin built in the 1700s, a working farm with a brick manor built in 1974 that includes a classic car collection, boulders from an ancient ridge of volcanoes that runs from North Carolina, magnificent hardwood shade trees, beautiful gardens, and more. Hanover Master Gardeners will be available in designated gardens to answer questions. The Cochrane Rockville Branch of the Pumunkey Regional Library is offering a "Parents Morning Out In The Garden" program complimentary to Historic Garden Week ticket holders during this tour. The garden themed children's program will include games, stories, crafts, lunch and a movie. It runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Ann C. Palmore (804) 752-6630 or defazio208@comcast.net. Info: http://www.vagardenweek.org/tours-details.cfm?TourID=104. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Ashland, VA. For more info visit www.vagardenweek.org.

History Hounds Explore Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour

Dogs are invited to join their owners for this walking tour of Hollywood Cemetery, in partnership with the Richmond SPCA. Dogs must have current shots, mix well with others and remain on a leash. Owners are responsible for water and cleaning up after their dogs. $15 per person. Reservations are required. Space is limited. On-street parking. This tour is presented as part of the Richmond History Tours program, a service of the Valentine Richmond History Center. We offer a full schedule of walking and bus tours of city neighborhoods, waterways, parks, retail districts, historic sites and battlefields. Led by a trained master guide, a Richmond History Tour is the best way to experience the city's rich past, present and future. Reservations: (804) 649-0711 x301 or purchase online. http://www.richmondhistorycenter.com/node/273. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Cherry and Albemarle Sts. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

"Shrek" at Virginia Rep at Willow Lawn

March 14 – April 27, 2014 Come along on an irreverent musical romp based on the Academy Award-winning film. We've got a hero who's green and stinky, a donkey who never shuts up, and a princess who puts the i in feisty. Richmond talents Jason Marks and Aly Wepplo (whom we loved in Seussical!) bring the regional premiere of Shrek to life, as our favorite swampland ogre saves Princess Fiona and wins her love. This musical extravaganza will blow your socks off. Length: 2 hours (with intermission) Suggested for ages 4 and up. Even adults and older kids love SHREK! $30. http://va-rep.org/show_shrek.html. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

Earth Day Richmond Festival at Farmers' Market

Now in its 21st year, central Virginia’s largest and longest-running Earth Day Celebration returns to the historic 17th Street Farmers’ Market in the heart of downtown Richmond. Sign up for the EarthCraft 5k Race Without a Trace beforehand, and then enjoy more than a hundred environmentally friendly earth-conscious vendors, interactive children’s area, local food, Richmond craft beer, and live music from the Richmond Youth Jazz Guild, My Darling Fury, and Goldrush. This is one of the biggest and best events on the RVA spring calendar! Come join the Richmond community in Shockoe Bottom as we learn about and celebrate the local resources that make our world a more sustainable place to live. More: http://www.earthdayrichmond.org. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 1700 E. Main St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.earthdayrichmond.org.

Titan Jazz and Art Festival

Trinity’s ninth annual jazz and art festival will take place on April 26. Musical performances will run continuously from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. For more information visit http://www.trinityes.org/jazz or view the attached schedule of events. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM. 3850 Pittaway Rd. Richmond, VA.

"Other Desert Cities" at November Theater at Virginia Rep Center

April 24 – May 18, 2014 In a searing, new hit comedy by the creator of TV’s Brothers & Sisters, Brooke Wyeth returns home to celebrate the holidays with her politically influential family, but when she reveals her plan to publish a tell-all memoir, the fireworks ignite. Smartly written, with mystery and razor sharp wit, Other Desert Cities was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and received five Tony Award nominations, including Best Play. "All family reunions should be this satisfying." - The New York Times Premium $46 | Standard $38 | Value $30 Tickets - http://va-rep.org/show_other_desert.html. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"Wicked" at Landmark Theater

Apr 23 - May 4 , 2014 Presented by Broadway In Richmond $43-$83 http://www.wickedthemusical.com/ Back by “Popular” demand. Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and every time it plays Richmond, it breaks box office records. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – new musical in a long time” (USA Today). Saturday, April 26, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.landmarktheater.net.

"Shrek" at Virginia Rep at Willow Lawn

March 14 – April 27, 2014 Come along on an irreverent musical romp based on the Academy Award-winning film. We've got a hero who's green and stinky, a donkey who never shuts up, and a princess who puts the i in feisty. Richmond talents Jason Marks and Aly Wepplo (whom we loved in Seussical!) bring the regional premiere of Shrek to life, as our favorite swampland ogre saves Princess Fiona and wins her love. This musical extravaganza will blow your socks off. Length: 2 hours (with intermission) Suggested for ages 4 and up. Even adults and older kids love SHREK! $30. http://va-rep.org/show_shrek.html. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

RVA Musicians & Friends at Capital Ale House

For it’s 5th installment, the RVA Musicians & Friend Series brings you bands that are fronted by woman. Sounds & genres that range from punk rock & pop, acoustical rock, Indie rock and powerful blues driven rock. We are happy to present: To Be Found, The Luckies, Luz Del Soul and Vexine as our line up. It’s all about the ladies as they step out in front to belt out the vocals and entertain you with song. There is no cover for this event and it is an all ages show. Music starts promptly at 4:00pm and runs until 7:15pm. Come and support live local music in RVA at the Downtown Music Hall at The Capital Ale House! Free. Info - http://capitalalehouse.com/capaleevent/rva-musicians-friends/. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM. 623 E. Main St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit capitalalehouse.com.

Spring Richmond Restaurant Week

Monday, April 21 – Sunday, April 27 http://richmondrestaurantweek.com Join 30+ local restaurants as we celebrate Richmond for being what it is--a great food town. Each time you go out to dinner at participating restaurants during Restaurant Week, you are contributing to the local economy and helping eliminate area hunger through our partnership with FeedMore. For those of you who don't know: Richmond Restaurant Week was founded by Acacia's very own Aline Reitzer when she found herself inundated with donation requests. Modeled after Restaurant Weeks in New York and other cities, Aline founded Richmond Restaurant Week to include a charity component. The Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels were a natural partner from the beginning because their interest in food aligns closely with the restaurant industry. Area Chefs create a three-course price fixed menu following some basic guidelines and offer it up all week for $25.13 per person. On top of that dining deal, the restaurants take $2.13 fr… Saturday, April 26, 2014, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Participating Restaurants Richmond, VA. For more info visit richmondrestaurantweek.com.

Eric Hunter & The Distractions with The Green Hearts and Matt Conner at Hardywood

The tasting room opens at 2pm for the Volunteer, Lunch & Beer Event for the 3rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Beard & ‘Stache Championships. Mix with follically talented competitors from all over the US for a food truck brunch! Eric Hunter & The Distractions present their new EP, joined The Green Hearts and Matt Conner at 5:30pm. Cielito Lindo, Super Fresh Carts andEstes Bar.B.'Que all night long. Matt Conner Balladeer from Richmond, VA http://mattconner.bandcamp.com/ The Green Hearts power chords, catchy melodies, sweet harmonies, brainworms, etc. Eric Hunter & the Distractions Pop music. Drawing on influences ranging from Elvis Costello, Big Star, and T. Rex, The Distractions set their sights on crafting songs that rarely go past the 3:30 mark. Included in this pop-rock amalgamation are veteran RVA rockers Jerry Ray, Kris Krull, Bryan Stell, and Matt Webb. http://erichunterthedistractions.bandcamp.com/ FB - https://www.facebook.com/events/846804775333821/?source=50 Info - http://www.hardywood… Saturday, April 26, 2014, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM. 2408 Ownby Lane Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.hardywood.com.

3rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Beard & 'Stache Championships at Canal Club

3rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Beard & 'Stache Championships Presented by RVA Beard League & Pabst Blue Ribbon To benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Richmond FB - https://www.facebook.com/events/443498735740290 6:00 Doors $10.00/$15.00 This years categories: Fake Creative Facial Hair Fake Realistic Facial Hair Mustache Natural Mustache Styled Partial Beard Natural Partial Beard Styled Sideburns Full Beard Under an Inch Full Beard Natural Full Beard Groomed Full Beard Styled Best In Show Our complete category guidelines and judging packet can be found here: http://www.beardleague.org/compete/categories/2013Mid-AtlanticBSCOfficialGuidelines.pdf. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1545 E. Cary St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thecanalclub.com.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway

Experience the thrill of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing at Richmond International Raceway "under the lights." Hometown hero Denny Hamlin returns to America's Premier Short Track for the first time since his runner-up finish in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Defending race winner Kyle Busch, defending champion Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and all of the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will beat and bang around the 3/4-mile track for the checkered flag. Tickets start at $45! http://www.rir.com/Tickets-Events/Event-Calendar/Spring-NSCS-2011.aspx. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rir.com.

Flying Squirrels v. New Britain (Stefanie Scott "Lexi Reed" Disney's A.N.T. Farm Appearance)

Stefanie Scott "Lexi Reed" Disney's A.N.T. Farm Appearance ASK Foundation Night Tickets $7-11. Call 804-359-3866. Team Store Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 6:05 PM – 9:05 PM. 3001 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.squirrelsbaseball.com.

Richmond Symphony: Musical Crossroads, featuring Anoushka Shankar on sitar at Carpenter Theater (CANCELED)

A statement on the symphony's website said "health concerns" had forced the sitar player to cancel her appearance. She had been scheduled to play the Concerto No. 3 composed by her late father, Ravi Shankar, with the symphony at the 7 p.m. show. Contact the Richmond Symphony at (804) 788-1212 for information about ticket refunds or exchanges. Embark on a musical journey with the Richmond Symphony and sitar player and composer, Anoushka Shankar! Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondsymphony.com.

ComedySportz Improv Theatre

ComedySportz Improv Theatre presents shows every Friday at 8:00 pm and Saturday at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm! ComedySportz is the worldwide sensation that is bringing hilarious, fast-paced, clean comedy to you. ComedySportz Richmond pits two teams, the Richmond Legends and the Virginia Hams, against each other in an improv battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot based off of your suggestions! The audience then votes for the winners. There is also a referee that calls the fouls and we even play the national anthem before each match. $10 with advance reservation, or $12 at the door! Call 266-9377 for reservations! http://www.comedysportzrichmond.com/. Sponsors: CTOWN. HIPP. RIC. Umbrella. VMFA. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. 8906 West Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.comedysportzrichmond.com.

John Morgan at Funny Bone

When trying to come up with the best way of describing comedian John Morgan, the phrase "Ragin` Cajun" comes to mind. Most likely that`s because this is how he's often addressed, but a nickname like that isn`t just given out, it has to be earned. A native of Louisiana, Morgan is a southern boy who`s got a lot to say about his home region. He does so with an easy rapport, straight shooting southern charm, and an outrageous amount of comic energy. The "Ragin` Cajun`s" physical antics on stage are like a 5 year old after a 6-pack of Red Bull! He`ll have you howlin` "HOOOWEEE, he`s good!" You`ve seen him on HBO, Showtime and MTV...now see this red-hot chili pepper live! Wednesday - 7:30 PM - $15.00 Thursday - 7:30 PM - $15.00 Friday - 7:30 & 10:00 PM - $17.00 Saturday - 7:00 PM 9:30 PM - $17.00 Sunday - 7:00 PM - $15.00. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. 11800 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit funnybonecentral.com.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo at Modlin Center

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. “The Trocks are a guaranteed hoot for people who know nothing of ballet and an absolute must for those who think they know the originals.” - The Sydney Star Observer Classical ballet gets turned on end with the sight of male bodies stuffed into tutus and some of the largest pointe shoes ever made. For almost 40 years, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, have been performing hilarious and technically impressive parodies of the world’s most-loved ballets. Devoted fans and newcomers alike will be awed and delighted by the company’s loving knowledge of dance, comic approach, and the astounding fact that men can, indeed, dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces. Back at the Modlin Center by popular demand, this is one show you have to see to believe. Tickets $10-$36. http://modlin.richmond.edu/events/modlinarts-presents/les-ballets-trockadero-de-monte-carlo.html. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Crenshaw Way Richmond, VA. For more info visit modlin.richmond.edu.

VCU Theatre presents "Arabian Nights" at Singleton Arts Center

Web - http://arts.vcu.edu/theatre/on-stage/ Written by Dominic Cooke • Directed by Gabriel Barre It is the wedding night in the palace of King Shahrayar. By morning the new Queen Shahrazad is to be put to death like all the young brides before her. But she has one gift that could save her – the gift of storytelling. A visually stunning production, Arabian Nights will magically transport you to Shahrazad’s imaginary world of Ali Baba, Sindbad the Sailor, secret sorceresses, singing trees, and wise talking birds. April 11 & 12 17-19 & 24-26 at 7:30 pm April 13, 20 & 27 at 3:00 pm • High School Matinees – April 22 & 23 at 10 am Box Office: 804-828-6026 • theatretix@vcu.edu • http://vcutheatre.showclix.com Gen. Admission – $25.00 • Seniors, VCU Faculty and Staff – $20.00 • VCU Students with Valid ID – $10.00 Other Students with Valid ID – $15.00 High School Matinees – $10.00 per student • Credit Cards Accepted. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM. 922 Park Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

"A Streetcar Named Desire" at Firehouse Theater

APRIL 17 – MAY 17, 2014 PREVIEW NIGHT | APRIL 17 | SOLD OUT OPENING NIGHT | APRIL 18 Tennessee Williams’ iconic masterpiece follows the fading but still attractive southern belle Blanche DuBois as she arrives unexpectedly on the doorstep of her sister, Stella, and her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Over the course of one hot, sultry New Orleans summer, Blanche’s fragile facade slowly crumbles as she meets her match in the rough-hewn and sensual Stanley, who sees through her and is determined to expose her. Info: http://www.firehousetheatre.org/a-streetcar-named-desire/. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1609 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.firehousetheatre.org.

"Other Desert Cities" at November Theater at Virginia Rep Center

April 24 – May 18, 2014 In a searing, new hit comedy by the creator of TV’s Brothers & Sisters, Brooke Wyeth returns home to celebrate the holidays with her politically influential family, but when she reveals her plan to publish a tell-all memoir, the fireworks ignite. Smartly written, with mystery and razor sharp wit, Other Desert Cities was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and received five Tony Award nominations, including Best Play. "All family reunions should be this satisfying." - The New York Times Premium $46 | Standard $38 | Value $30 Tickets - http://va-rep.org/show_other_desert.html. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

The Northerners and Erin Wildfire at The Camel

Free. The Northerners - https://www.facebook.com/thenorthernersband The Northerners mix the sentimental sounds of classic rock and roll with twists of modern folk and gritty contemporary blues. While far from being classified as a “jam band” The Northerners keep their audiences on their toes by intertwining both improvised and composed interludes between songs – every show is guaranteed to be unique. The only things one can expect going into a Northerners show on any given night are outstanding displays of musicianship, impeccably crafted original songs, commanding vocals, and an extraordinarly energetic show. with Erin WIldfire. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit thecamel.org.

The Taters at Ashland Coffee & Tea

$10 door. “Think ‘Beatles For Sale’ if Marty Robbins were a primary influence instead of Carl Perkins.” – No Depression . The Taters play an eclectic mix of roots rock, pop, country, skiffle and Americana, a sound that’s been compared favorably to a mixture of Everlys, Orbison, Beatles, and Nick Lowe. Visit The Taters’ website: http://thetaters.com/. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 100 N. Railroad Ave. Ashland, VA. For more info visit ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.

"Wicked" at Landmark Theater

Apr 23 - May 4 , 2014 Presented by Broadway In Richmond $43-$83 http://www.wickedthemusical.com/ Back by “Popular” demand. Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and every time it plays Richmond, it breaks box office records. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – new musical in a long time” (USA Today). Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.landmarktheater.net.

VCU Dance Spring Senior Project at Grace Street Theater

http://arts.vcu.edu/dance Friday & Saturday, April 25 & 26, 2014 $15/$10 students The Senior Project concert serves as a capstone experience in both performance and choreography for graduating Dance majors. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM. 934 W. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

Jackass Flats at The Broadberry

Jackass Flats - http://www.reverbnation.com/jackassflats FB - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jackass-Flats/160048200226 Nearly a decade ago, Jackass Flats began their journey as a bluegrass band chasing the scene up and down the east coast: country festivals in the middle of nowhere, bars, dives, late nights, busking in the cities, life in a van--these things will leave you with stories to tell and that's exactly what Jackass Flats did; releasing two acclaimed albums of original songwriting: "Purgatory Mountain" and "Greetings From Jackass Flats". The boys kept the old van, but soon found themselves playing the region's premiere stages and festivals. As Jackass Flats closes in on a decade of existence, they've expanded their line up to include drums, keys, and pedal steel--propelling their sound from string band to "full tilt Americana juggernaut". With so many instruments at their disposal, the typical set finds the band everywhere from bluegrass, rockabilly, honky tonk, country, western swing, all… Sponsors: CTOWN. HIPP. RIC. Umbrella. VMFA. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – Sunday, April 27, 2014, 12:00 AM. 2729 W. Broad Street Richmond, VA.

Richmond Comedy Coalition: Riot! Pigeon + The Johnsons

Every Saturday at 8pm, The Coalition Theater presents killer longform improv shows from two of their house teams. Featuring: We can improve job accessibility for our residents and capture retail dollars that are leaving our city. Again, given our challenging poverty rate, we must look at everything through an economic development lens that gets us growth. This plan does that. As I've said many times, we are not going to tax our way out of tough times, we have to grow our way out, by design. http://rvacomedy.com/ $10. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM. 8 W. Broad St‎. Richmond, VA. For more info visit rvacomedy.com.

Government Flu, Hero Dishonest, Unholy Thoughts, Red Death at Strange Matter

GOVERNMENT FLU, HERO DISHONEST, UNHOLY THOUGHTS, RED DEATH & PRISONER 9PM Doors | $8 Cover | 18+ FB - https://www.facebook.com/events/201485360044993. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 PM – Sunday, April 27, 2014, 12:00 AM. 929 W. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.strangematterrva.com.

John Morgan at Funny Bone

When trying to come up with the best way of describing comedian John Morgan, the phrase "Ragin` Cajun" comes to mind. Most likely that`s because this is how he's often addressed, but a nickname like that isn`t just given out, it has to be earned. A native of Louisiana, Morgan is a southern boy who`s got a lot to say about his home region. He does so with an easy rapport, straight shooting southern charm, and an outrageous amount of comic energy. The "Ragin` Cajun`s" physical antics on stage are like a 5 year old after a 6-pack of Red Bull! He`ll have you howlin` "HOOOWEEE, he`s good!" You`ve seen him on HBO, Showtime and MTV...now see this red-hot chili pepper live! Wednesday - 7:30 PM - $15.00 Thursday - 7:30 PM - $15.00 Friday - 7:30 & 10:00 PM - $17.00 Saturday - 7:00 PM 9:30 PM - $17.00 Sunday - 7:00 PM - $15.00. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM. 11800 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit funnybonecentral.com.

ComedySportz Improv Theatre

ComedySportz Improv Theatre presents shows every Friday at 8:00 pm and Saturday at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm! ComedySportz is the worldwide sensation that is bringing hilarious, fast-paced, clean comedy to you. ComedySportz Richmond pits two teams, the Richmond Legends and the Virginia Hams, against each other in an improv battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot based off of your suggestions! The audience then votes for the winners. There is also a referee that calls the fouls and we even play the national anthem before each match. $10 with advance reservation, or $12 at the door! Call 266-9377 for reservations! http://www.comedysportzrichmond.com/. Sponsors: CTOWN. HIPP. RIC. Umbrella. VMFA. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM. 8906 West Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.comedysportzrichmond.com.

Richmond Comedy Coalition: Megapower & Super Friends

Join the MEGAPOWER duo (Jim Zarling and Aaron Grant) as they invite some of their good friends to the stage for some of RVA’s best improv comedy. http://rvacomedy.com/ $5. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 PM – 11:30 PM. 8 W. Broad St‎. Richmond, VA. For more info visit rvacomedy.com.

Bump in the Night at Balliceaux

10:30pm-1:30am DJ Mixie, Sister Goldenhaze, Area Woman. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:30 PM – Sunday, April 27, 2014, 12:00 AM. 203 N. Lombardy St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.balliceauxrva.com.

RVA Earth Day and Celebration in Manchester

RVA Earth Day Festival in Manchester is now bigger and better with new activities, longer hours and a new area on Mayo Island. You can expect a family friendly atmosphere with arts and crafts, kid's activities, artisan craftsmen, an outdoor gear swap and the best local music and craft beers in the city. Come join the 8,000+ yearly festival attendees and learn about locally available sustainable products and services in a fun street festival setting. With three stages of live music, Mother Earth will be dancing with delight. Don't miss Three Sheets to the Wind, The Hit List, Mighty Joshua, Black Girls, DJ Williams Projekt and more. New this year: A kite festival on Mayo Island, Circus Zirkus in Plant Zero, Earth Day biking adventure and a petting farm. More: http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/earthday2013/Page. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 11:00 PM – Sunday, April 27, 2014, 6:00 AM. 320 Hull St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.styleweekly.com.

Japanese Dolls: Woodblock Prints by Kawase Hasui Opens at VMFA

APR 12, 2014 – JUL 20, 2014 Works on Paper Gallery Japanese woodblock artist Kawase Hasui (1883–1957) was primarily a landscape artist and rarely produced works featuring other subjects. However, in 1935 he designed a series of woodblock prints that focused on traditional Japanese dolls, including Imperial Palace dolls, known as gosho ningyo. That same year, the 24 ningyo prints in this series were published in an album entitled Japanese Dolls: Gosho Ningyo by Meiji-Shobo. The twelve prints on display at VMFA were selected from the album, donated by René and Carolyn Balcer. Sunday, April 27, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.vmfa.state.va.us.

Historic Garden Week: Westover Plantation, Charles City County

Sunday, April 27, 2014 Monday, April 28, 2014 Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Westover, one of the grandest and most beautiful of the colonial plantations, was built in the mid-eighteenth century by the Byrd family. William Byrd II, author, diarist, colonial leader and founder of the cities of Petersburg and Richmond, designed the house, one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in America. His tombstone, in the center of the walled garden, gives an interesting account of his life and provides an insight into the values of his time. The lawn includes century-old tulip poplars and offers a commanding view of the James River. The grounds are still protected by wrought iron gates hung by William Byrd in 1709 and are known to be the finest set of 18th century gates in this country. The interior, normally closed to the public, is noted for the beautiful proportions of the rooms, ornately carved ceilings, the detail of the cornice and stairway, and an unusual black mantelpiece. Interior floral arrangemen… Sunday, April 27, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 7000 Westover Rd. Charles City, VA 23030. For more info visit www.vagardenweek.org.

Bald Eagles of the James Tour

The James River runs through it ... through the City of Richmond. And just minutes downriver is an incredible opportunity to see resident bald eagles in their natural habitat all year long! This tidal river tour will take you into the midst of an ecosystem rich with wildlife, abundant in history and overloaded with beautiful scenery. Ride aboard the Discovery Barge II, a comfortable 24-foot covered pontoon boat and experience majestic bald eagles closer than you may have ever seen them. This 2-hour tour is one of the most unique Bald Eagle tours on the East Coast! Binoculars are provided. A small pop-up head (bathroom) is available on board. Bald Eagles of the James Tour: Enjoy this incredible two-hour journey into the world of bald eagles. Bring your camera, or just watch through binoculars. Listen to the conservation success story of bald eagles on the James River as you travel through Jefferson's Reach on the James. Wildlife and history abounds. Space is limited to six people. Bald Eagle Tours a… Sunday, April 27, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 9525 Deep Bottom Rd. Henrico, VA. For more info visit discoverthejames.com.

A Woman’s War: Women’s Roles in the Civil War at American Civil War Center

From nurses, workers and spies, these remarkable women not only maintained the homefront, they were instrumental in what happened on the battlefront. Explore the roles women played during the American Civil War. Tickets - http://www.tredegar.org/. Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. 500 Tredegar St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.tredegar.org.

"Wicked" at Landmark Theater

Apr 23 - May 4 , 2014 Presented by Broadway In Richmond $43-$83 http://www.wickedthemusical.com/ Back by “Popular” demand. Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and every time it plays Richmond, it breaks box office records. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – new musical in a long time” (USA Today). Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.landmarktheater.net.

West Avenue Annual Garden Tour

West Avenue Improvement Association’s 73rd annual Garden Tour will be held Sunday, April 28th from 1 – 5 PM. The Garden Tour is free and open to the public and includes homes on West Avenue, Park Avenue, and West Franklin Street, as well as the alleys between West, Park, and West Franklin. Year after year, the Garden Tour brings neighbors together to celebrate and strengthen the relationships in our community. Info: http://www.westave.org. Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. West Ave. Richmond, VA.

Flying Squirrels v. New Britain (Kids Club Nutzy Cape Giveaway)

Kids Club Nutzy Cape Giveaway 2,000 14 and Under Superhero Day Tickets $7-11. Call 804-359-3866. Team Store Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM. Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1:05 PM – 4:05 PM. 3001 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.squirrelsbaseball.com.

"Other Desert Cities" at November Theater at Virginia Rep Center

April 24 – May 18, 2014 In a searing, new hit comedy by the creator of TV’s Brothers & Sisters, Brooke Wyeth returns home to celebrate the holidays with her politically influential family, but when she reveals her plan to publish a tell-all memoir, the fireworks ignite. Smartly written, with mystery and razor sharp wit, Other Desert Cities was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and received five Tony Award nominations, including Best Play. "All family reunions should be this satisfying." - The New York Times Premium $46 | Standard $38 | Value $30 Tickets - http://va-rep.org/show_other_desert.html. Sunday, April 27, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"Shrek" at Virginia Rep at Willow Lawn

March 14 – April 27, 2014 Come along on an irreverent musical romp based on the Academy Award-winning film. We've got a hero who's green and stinky, a donkey who never shuts up, and a princess who puts the i in feisty. Richmond talents Jason Marks and Aly Wepplo (whom we loved in Seussical!) bring the regional premiere of Shrek to life, as our favorite swampland ogre saves Princess Fiona and wins her love. This musical extravaganza will blow your socks off. Length: 2 hours (with intermission) Suggested for ages 4 and up. Even adults and older kids love SHREK! $30. http://va-rep.org/show_shrek.html. Sunday, April 27, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

Plein Air Painting Workshop with Charles Philip Brooks at Poe Museum

Painting in the Poe Museum's Enchanted Garden $90 The Poe Museum's legendary Enchanted Garden has been a literary landmark since 1922. Now that it is undergoing a renovation by the Garden Club of Virginia, we want to celebrate this tribute to Poe's love of nature and gardens by showcasing the Enchanted Garden through exhibits, talks, and workshops. On April 27, we will host an outdoor painting workshop conducted by landscape painter Charles Philip Brooks, one of the artists in our exhibit "Into that Darkness Peering." Widely known for his evocative Tonalist paintings, Charles Philip Brooks is am enthusiastic and dedicated teacher with 15 years experience. In his workshop students will paint garden landscape and skyscape subjects in oils, carefully studying light, color, form, and atmosphere directly from nature in Poe's garden. Special emphasis will be placed on capturing effects of light and shadow in Poe's garden. All skill levels are welcome; direct, observational painting and poetic painting using… Sunday, April 27, 2014, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 1914 E. Main St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.poemuseum.org.

Main Street Recycled Walking Tour

This historic business district long known for its 19th and 20th century ironfronts and high rises, is now being viewed by developers as an opportunity for urban residential growth. The tour focuses on the history of the area, the architectural styles and ornamentation of these buildings and their adaptive reuse for the 21st century. $15 per person; $5 for History Center Members Walk-ups welcome. Cash or check, or purchase online. On-street parking. http://www.richmondhistorycenter.com/node/271 This tour is presented as part of the Richmond History Tours program, a service of the Valentine Richmond History Center. We offer a full schedule of walking and bus tours of city neighborhoods, waterways, parks, retail districts, historic sites and battlefields. Led by a trained master guide, a Richmond History Tour is the best way to experience the city's rich past, present and future. Sunday, April 27, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 14th & Main streets Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

"Reframing Black is Beautiful" at VMFA

With Dr. Deborah Willis, University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. $8 (VMFA members $5) Posing Beauty curator and author Deborah Willis examines the relationship between beauty and politics and explores how it has shaped a new understanding of black culture, from the antebellum period to the present. Sunday, April 27, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.vmfa.state.va.us.

VCU Theatre presents "Arabian Nights" at Singleton Arts Center

Web - http://arts.vcu.edu/theatre/on-stage/ Written by Dominic Cooke • Directed by Gabriel Barre It is the wedding night in the palace of King Shahrayar. By morning the new Queen Shahrazad is to be put to death like all the young brides before her. But she has one gift that could save her – the gift of storytelling. A visually stunning production, Arabian Nights will magically transport you to Shahrazad’s imaginary world of Ali Baba, Sindbad the Sailor, secret sorceresses, singing trees, and wise talking birds. April 11 & 12 17-19 & 24-26 at 7:30 pm April 13, 20 & 27 at 3:00 pm • High School Matinees – April 22 & 23 at 10 am Box Office: 804-828-6026 • theatretix@vcu.edu • http://vcutheatre.showclix.com Gen. Admission – $25.00 • Seniors, VCU Faculty and Staff – $20.00 • VCU Students with Valid ID – $10.00 Other Students with Valid ID – $15.00 High School Matinees – $10.00 per student • Credit Cards Accepted. Sunday, April 27, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM. 922 Park Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

Spring Richmond Restaurant Week

Monday, April 21 – Sunday, April 27 http://richmondrestaurantweek.com Join 30+ local restaurants as we celebrate Richmond for being what it is--a great food town. Each time you go out to dinner at participating restaurants during Restaurant Week, you are contributing to the local economy and helping eliminate area hunger through our partnership with FeedMore. For those of you who don't know: Richmond Restaurant Week was founded by Acacia's very own Aline Reitzer when she found herself inundated with donation requests. Modeled after Restaurant Weeks in New York and other cities, Aline founded Richmond Restaurant Week to include a charity component. The Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels were a natural partner from the beginning because their interest in food aligns closely with the restaurant industry. Area Chefs create a three-course price fixed menu following some basic guidelines and offer it up all week for $25.13 per person. On top of that dining deal, the restaurants take $2.13 fr… Sunday, April 27, 2014, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Participating Restaurants Richmond, VA. For more info visit richmondrestaurantweek.com.

"Wicked" at Landmark Theater

Apr 23 - May 4 , 2014 Presented by Broadway In Richmond $43-$83 http://www.wickedthemusical.com/ Back by “Popular” demand. Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and every time it plays Richmond, it breaks box office records. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – new musical in a long time” (USA Today). Sunday, April 27, 2014, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.landmarktheater.net.

Aarodynamics, Chi Units, Paul Ivey and the Rubes, The Alberts/The Banduras at The Camel

Free. Aarodynamics, Chi Units, Paul Ivey and the Rubes, The Alberts/The Banduras. Sunday, April 27, 2014, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit thecamel.org.

Alejandro Escovedo with Amy Cook at Capital Ale House

A stylistic synthesist who Rolling Stone notes “is in his own genre,” Escovedo casts his widest musical net to date on Big Station. The title can infer two meanings: A transit junction where journeys converge and then head off to new destinations, and a potent radio signal with an open playlist that brims with diversity and adventurous imagination. Escovedo has suffused his songs with his hard-won personal experience, an enduring spirit of positivity, potential and faith, an intertwined mix of mature wisdom and perpetually youthful spirit, and a panorama of inspirations gleaned from his lifelong devotion to rock’n’roll and a spectrum of related popular music styles. The result is a formidable legacy matched by a continually restless quest to draw in new and different dimensions and follow avenues of expression he has yet to explore. Even though Escovedo has earned just about any and every critical superlative possible over the previous two decades, he is never content to rest upon his laurels. $20. Sunday, April 27, 2014, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 623 E. Main St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit capitalalehouse.com.

Classical Incarnations w/ Richmond Symphony Members at Balliceaux

Free. Come to Balliceaux and hang with some of the Symphony Musicians of Richmond! Have a drink and enjoy a free concert of Mozart, Beethoven and others! Sunday, April 27, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 203 N. Lombardy St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.balliceauxrva.com.

Richmond Symphony: FREE Youth Concert Orchestra, Camerata Strings, & String Sinfonietta Spring Concert at Carpenter Theater

Free. Youth Concert Orchestra Youth Concert Orchestra (YCO) is the first full orchestra experience for most students. While the string players in YCO most often come from Camerata Strings (and bring several years of youth orchestra experience) this is often the first ensemble for many wind, brass and percussion students. Listening, blending, and making music within a full orchestra is a challenge met by all students in YCO. In this ensemble, principal players learn what it means to lead a section, and less-experienced players learn from their colleagues. Students perform arrangements, original masterworks, and pops favorites. Camerata Strings Camerata Strings is the intermediate-level string ensemble of the youth orchestra program. To gain enterance into Camerata, students must pass an audition, the first such experience for many students. In this ensemble, students learn how to make music in an ensemble, and take seating auditions regularly. Students' skills are challenged with increasingly difficul… Sunday, April 27, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondsymphony.com.

John Morgan at Funny Bone

When trying to come up with the best way of describing comedian John Morgan, the phrase "Ragin` Cajun" comes to mind. Most likely that`s because this is how he's often addressed, but a nickname like that isn`t just given out, it has to be earned. A native of Louisiana, Morgan is a southern boy who`s got a lot to say about his home region. He does so with an easy rapport, straight shooting southern charm, and an outrageous amount of comic energy. The "Ragin` Cajun`s" physical antics on stage are like a 5 year old after a 6-pack of Red Bull! He`ll have you howlin` "HOOOWEEE, he`s good!" You`ve seen him on HBO, Showtime and MTV...now see this red-hot chili pepper live! Wednesday - 7:30 PM - $15.00 Thursday - 7:30 PM - $15.00 Friday - 7:30 & 10:00 PM - $17.00 Saturday - 7:00 PM 9:30 PM - $17.00 Sunday - 7:00 PM - $15.00. Sunday, April 27, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. 11800 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit funnybonecentral.com.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo at Modlin Center

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. “The Trocks are a guaranteed hoot for people who know nothing of ballet and an absolute must for those who think they know the originals.” - The Sydney Star Observer Classical ballet gets turned on end with the sight of male bodies stuffed into tutus and some of the largest pointe shoes ever made. For almost 40 years, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, have been performing hilarious and technically impressive parodies of the world’s most-loved ballets. Devoted fans and newcomers alike will be awed and delighted by the company’s loving knowledge of dance, comic approach, and the astounding fact that men can, indeed, dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces. Back at the Modlin Center by popular demand, this is one show you have to see to believe. Tickets $10-$36. http://modlin.richmond.edu/events/modlinarts-presents/les-ballets-trockadero-de-monte-carlo.html. Sunday, April 27, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Crenshaw Way Richmond, VA. For more info visit modlin.richmond.edu.

Woods, Quilt, Warren Hixson at Strange Matter

WOODS, QUILT & WARREN HIXSON 8PM Doors | $12 Cover | 18+ FB - https://www.facebook.com/events/303081606483523. Sunday, April 27, 2014, 9:00 PM – Monday, April 28, 2014, 12:00 AM. 929 W. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.strangematterrva.com.

Sunday @ The Canal at Canal Club

Willis Entertainment presents Sunday @ The Canal Music by DJ SIR RJ & DJ FOOT 10:00 doors 21 and up Tickets available at the door. Sunday, April 27, 2014, 10:00 PM – Monday, April 28, 2014, 12:00 AM. 1545 E. Cary St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thecanalclub.com.

Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour

Monday - Saturday, April 1 - October 31 Learn about the cemetery’s history, artwork, symbolism and famous residents, including two U.S. Presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. Meet at the rear of the stone structure on the left at the cemetery entrance, at Cherry and Albemarle streets. $10, walk-ups welcome. $5 History Center members. Cash or check, or purchase online. Park on-street. Monday, April 28, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

Japanese Dolls: Woodblock Prints by Kawase Hasui Opens at VMFA

APR 12, 2014 – JUL 20, 2014 Works on Paper Gallery Japanese woodblock artist Kawase Hasui (1883–1957) was primarily a landscape artist and rarely produced works featuring other subjects. However, in 1935 he designed a series of woodblock prints that focused on traditional Japanese dolls, including Imperial Palace dolls, known as gosho ningyo. That same year, the 24 ningyo prints in this series were published in an album entitled Japanese Dolls: Gosho Ningyo by Meiji-Shobo. The twelve prints on display at VMFA were selected from the album, donated by René and Carolyn Balcer. Monday, April 28, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.vmfa.state.va.us.

Historic Garden Week: Westover Plantation, Charles City County

Sunday, April 27, 2014 Monday, April 28, 2014 Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Westover, one of the grandest and most beautiful of the colonial plantations, was built in the mid-eighteenth century by the Byrd family. William Byrd II, author, diarist, colonial leader and founder of the cities of Petersburg and Richmond, designed the house, one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in America. His tombstone, in the center of the walled garden, gives an interesting account of his life and provides an insight into the values of his time. The lawn includes century-old tulip poplars and offers a commanding view of the James River. The grounds are still protected by wrought iron gates hung by William Byrd in 1709 and are known to be the finest set of 18th century gates in this country. The interior, normally closed to the public, is noted for the beautiful proportions of the rooms, ornately carved ceilings, the detail of the cornice and stairway, and an unusual black mantelpiece. Interior floral arrangemen… Monday, April 28, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 7000 Westover Rd. Charles City, VA 23030. For more info visit www.vagardenweek.org.

Flying Squirrels v. Bowie (Ineptitude Summit / Dumb and Dumber Tribute)

Ineptitude Summit Dumb and Dumber Tribute McDonald's Monday Buy one, get one free ticket with McDonald's receipt. First 1,000 fans receive a rally towel courtesy of McDonald's! Tickets $7-11. Call 804-359-3866. Team Store Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM. Monday, April 28, 2014, 6:35 PM – 9:35 PM. 3001 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.squirrelsbaseball.com.

The Domino Effect at The Camel

$10. The Domino Effect - http://www.reverbnation.com/thedominoeffectrva The Domino Effect is an Alternative Rock Band based out of Richmond, Virginia. Formed in the Fall of 2012 out of the remnants of the local cover band the River City Dogs. The Domino Effect shifted gears from the old band and made the conversion from a strictly cover band to an Original Band that plays an occasional cover. The roots of the band are based out of the music that they grew up loving, a combination of hard rock, grunge, and punk to create their own unique sound. As 2013 rolled around, the band played numerous live shows at the front part of the year to hone their live playing. As this was progressing on, the band was quietly writing and working on their original material. At the end of August 2013, the band entered the studio to record their 1st independent release.....3 Hour Notice. This was independently produced and recorded by the band and released on Jan 15, 2014. Monday, April 28, 2014, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit thecamel.org.

Aqua Nebula Oscillator, Zombie Zombie, Snacktruck at Strange Matter

AQUA NEBULA OSCILLATOR - https://www.facebook.com/aquanebulaoscillator with ZOMBIE ZOMBIE, SNACKTRUCK & DJ REVOLT OF THE APES 9PM Doors | 18+. Monday, April 28, 2014, 9:00 PM – Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 12:00 AM. 929 W. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.strangematterrva.com.

The RVA Big Band at Balliceaux

21+. Free. Monday, April 28, 2014, 10:00 PM – Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 12:00 AM. 203 N. Lombardy St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.balliceauxrva.com.

Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour

Monday - Saturday, April 1 - October 31 Learn about the cemetery’s history, artwork, symbolism and famous residents, including two U.S. Presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. Meet at the rear of the stone structure on the left at the cemetery entrance, at Cherry and Albemarle streets. $10, walk-ups welcome. $5 History Center members. Cash or check, or purchase online. Park on-street. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

Japanese Dolls: Woodblock Prints by Kawase Hasui Opens at VMFA

APR 12, 2014 – JUL 20, 2014 Works on Paper Gallery Japanese woodblock artist Kawase Hasui (1883–1957) was primarily a landscape artist and rarely produced works featuring other subjects. However, in 1935 he designed a series of woodblock prints that focused on traditional Japanese dolls, including Imperial Palace dolls, known as gosho ningyo. That same year, the 24 ningyo prints in this series were published in an album entitled Japanese Dolls: Gosho Ningyo by Meiji-Shobo. The twelve prints on display at VMFA were selected from the album, donated by René and Carolyn Balcer. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.vmfa.state.va.us.

Historic Garden Week: Westover Plantation, Charles City County

Sunday, April 27, 2014 Monday, April 28, 2014 Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Westover, one of the grandest and most beautiful of the colonial plantations, was built in the mid-eighteenth century by the Byrd family. William Byrd II, author, diarist, colonial leader and founder of the cities of Petersburg and Richmond, designed the house, one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in America. His tombstone, in the center of the walled garden, gives an interesting account of his life and provides an insight into the values of his time. The lawn includes century-old tulip poplars and offers a commanding view of the James River. The grounds are still protected by wrought iron gates hung by William Byrd in 1709 and are known to be the finest set of 18th century gates in this country. The interior, normally closed to the public, is noted for the beautiful proportions of the rooms, ornately carved ceilings, the detail of the cornice and stairway, and an unusual black mantelpiece. Interior floral arrangemen… Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 7000 Westover Rd. Charles City, VA 23030. For more info visit www.vagardenweek.org.

Flying Squirrels v. Bowie (Education Day)

Ineptitude Summit Dumb and Dumber Tribute McDonald's Monday Buy one, get one free ticket with McDonald's receipt. First 1,000 fans receive a rally towel courtesy of McDonald's! Tickets $7-11. Call 804-359-3866. Team Store Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 10:35 AM – 1:35 PM. 3001 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.squirrelsbaseball.com.

Rillsoul w/ Moby and the Dicks at The Camel

Free. Rillsoul - https://www.facebook.com/Rillsoulmusic Rillsoul is a danceable six-piece jam band from Richmond, Virginia. Their exploratory interpretations of classic rock, funk, and soul standards draw on the jazz backgrounds of many of the members, with a sound defined by cutting electric guitar, keyboards, and horns, as well as the polished vocal harmonies that give the band its name. w/ Moby and the Dicks. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit thecamel.org.

RVA in the Round! at Ashland Coffee & Tea

Dave McKenney brings area songwriters to share some original music! $5. Tonight’s lineup… Dave Pollard Steve Nuckolls and Dave McKenney. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 100 N. Railroad Ave. Ashland, VA. For more info visit www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.

"Wicked" at Landmark Theater

Apr 23 - May 4 , 2014 Presented by Broadway In Richmond $43-$83 http://www.wickedthemusical.com/ Back by “Popular” demand. Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and every time it plays Richmond, it breaks box office records. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – new musical in a long time” (USA Today). Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.landmarktheater.net.

The Listening Room: And The Wiremen (NY), The Letting Go at Firehouse Theater

And The Wiremen (And The Wiremen) http://andthewiremen.bandcamp.com/music Red Lewis & The Letting Go (Red Lewis & The Letting Go) https://www.facebook.com/thelettinggo The Listening Room No.47 FB - https://www.facebook.com/events/237955922994676/?ref=22 And The Wiremen (NY) Red Lewis & The Letting Go Doors at 7:30 Music at 8:00 $5 Suggested Donation Sponsored by The Richmond Scene, The Firehouse Theatre Project, Apropos Roasters, Wythken Printing and Richmond Camera Professional Services, Triple Stamp Press. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. 1609 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Historic Garden Week: Leading Women of Richmond Walking Tour at Kent Valentine House

Discover the unique history of the remarkable women of Richmond, the organizations they created and the historic buildings they preserved, courtesy of guides from the Valentine Richmond History Center. This downtown walking tour on April 30, May 1 and May 2 begins at 9 a.m. at the Kent Valentine House (12 East Franklin St.), headquarters of the Garden Club of Virginia and Historic Garden Week, and includes the Women’s Club of Richmond, Preservation Virginia, Junior League of Richmond and Historic Richmond Foundation. Advance registration not required. For more information or to register, visit http://www.RichmondHistoryTours.com or call 804-649-0711. $15 per person. http://www.richmondhistorycenter.com/node/330. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. 12 East Franklin St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour

Monday - Saturday, April 1 - October 31 Learn about the cemetery’s history, artwork, symbolism and famous residents, including two U.S. Presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. Meet at the rear of the stone structure on the left at the cemetery entrance, at Cherry and Albemarle streets. $10, walk-ups welcome. $5 History Center members. Cash or check, or purchase online. Park on-street. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

Japanese Dolls: Woodblock Prints by Kawase Hasui Opens at VMFA

APR 12, 2014 – JUL 20, 2014 Works on Paper Gallery Japanese woodblock artist Kawase Hasui (1883–1957) was primarily a landscape artist and rarely produced works featuring other subjects. However, in 1935 he designed a series of woodblock prints that focused on traditional Japanese dolls, including Imperial Palace dolls, known as gosho ningyo. That same year, the 24 ningyo prints in this series were published in an album entitled Japanese Dolls: Gosho Ningyo by Meiji-Shobo. The twelve prints on display at VMFA were selected from the album, donated by René and Carolyn Balcer. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.vmfa.state.va.us.

Historic Garden Week: Historic Byrd Park and Maymont

Westover Road features fourteen houses built in the 1920s and 30s facing Shields and Swan Lakes. The open fields and mature trees of nearby Byrd Park create a country setting in the City. Originally planned as Richmond’s new waterworks in the 1870s, the New Reservoir Park became William Byrd Park by 1904, named after the City’s famed 18th century founder, William Byrd II. City Engineer Wilfred Cutshaw planted 30,000 trees, the City’s nursery, near the reservoir, and with the addition of two more lakes by 1914, “Westover Terrace” developed as an idyllic residential island in the 287 acre park. The Westover Road mansion row blends into the Dooley’s Maymont property, which is also open for touring, and included in the HGW ticket. Maymont is a restoration project of the Garden Club of Virginia using proceeds from Historic Garden Week. A 100-acre American garden, it includes an Italian garden, a Japanese garden and a Nature Center. For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Bickford at edbrnwi@ya… Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Byrd Park Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.vagardenweek.org.

"Other Desert Cities" at November Theater at Virginia Rep Center

April 24 – May 18, 2014 In a searing, new hit comedy by the creator of TV’s Brothers & Sisters, Brooke Wyeth returns home to celebrate the holidays with her politically influential family, but when she reveals her plan to publish a tell-all memoir, the fireworks ignite. Smartly written, with mystery and razor sharp wit, Other Desert Cities was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and received five Tony Award nominations, including Best Play. "All family reunions should be this satisfying." - The New York Times Premium $46 | Standard $38 | Value $30 Tickets - http://va-rep.org/show_other_desert.html. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

Flying Squirrels v. Bowie (Salute to Construction/Fireworks)

Salute to Construction Fireworks Enjoy one of our 24 Firework Extravaganza following the conclusion of the game. Wednesday Happy Hour Enjoy drink specials from when the gates open until an hour after the first pitch of the game is thrown! Tickets $7-11. Call 804-359-3866. Team Store Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:35 PM – 9:35 PM. 3001 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.squirrelsbaseball.com.

"Wicked" at Landmark Theater

Apr 23 - May 4 , 2014 Presented by Broadway In Richmond $43-$83 http://www.wickedthemusical.com/ Back by “Popular” demand. Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and every time it plays Richmond, it breaks box office records. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – new musical in a long time” (USA Today). Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.landmarktheater.net.

"Hypocrites & Strippers" at Triangle Theater

Hypocrites & Strippers Where feminism and pole dancing intersect Apr 30 – May 17 What’s the tougher task – to tell your parents you’re a lesbian or to admit you’re dating a stripper? This hysterically funny one-woman show – a finalist in the Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival – chronicles the life of a feminist who cannot keep herself from dating strippers and lap dancers. You're gonna laugh your pants off. . .okay, maybe that wasn't the best choice of words! Info & tickets - http://rtriangle.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=5. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit rtriangle.showare.com.

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas at The Camel

$10. Doors 7pm - Show 8pm Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas - http://jessicahernandez.net FB - https://www.facebook.com/JessicaHernandezandTheDeltas “Jessica Hernandez is from Detroit, and by Detroit I mean Detroit, not its leafy suburbs. Detroit, the famously gritty city where musical magic happens, where soul music rocks, and rock music has an R&B foundation. The city where both "Going to A Go-Go" and "Kick Out the Jams" were written and recorded. And Jessica Hernandez is a proud carrier of that rich musical tradition. She's a rock'n'soul powerhouse blessed with an unmistakable voice and charisma to burn.” – When You Motor Away “Jessica Hernandez and her Deltas had this interesting twist as the music they played was simply unclassifiable, and could sometimes take some bohemian-cabaret, or gypsy-jazz or even funky-bluesy-soul turn. It was always festive, with a dark side, and everything sounded authentic.” – Rock NYC Live and Recorded. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit thecamel.org.

Wake Owl with Mimicking Birds at Capital Ale House

Singer/songwriter Colyn Cameron of Wake Owl has been immersed in the world of music for the past ten years. Now based in Vancouver, BC and Portland, OR, Colyn was originally born and raised in southern California. “In the beginning I was mostly into rhyme stuff/hip hop,” Colyn notes, “I wrote rap basically. I used to go around the school ground rapping my verses to whoever would listen. Then about seven years ago I picked up a guitar and taught myself basic stuff and immediately began writing songs.” $10. Doors 7pm Mimicking Birds@8pm Wake Owl @9pm Info - http://capitalalehouse.com/capaleevent/wake-owl/. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 623 E. Main St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit capitalalehouse.com.

Stoic Violence, No, Barge, Cretins at Strange Matter

STOIC VIOLENCE - http://stoicviolence.bandcamp.com/ NO - https://staticshockrecords.bandcamp.com/album/no with BARGE & CRETINS 9PM Doors | 18+. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 9:00 PM – Thursday, May 1, 2014, 12:00 AM. 929 W. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.strangematterrva.com.

Historic Garden Week: Leading Women of Richmond Walking Tour at Kent Valentine House

Discover the unique history of the remarkable women of Richmond, the organizations they created and the historic buildings they preserved, courtesy of guides from the Valentine Richmond History Center. This downtown walking tour on April 30, May 1 and May 2 begins at 9 a.m. at the Kent Valentine House (12 East Franklin St.), headquarters of the Garden Club of Virginia and Historic Garden Week, and includes the Women’s Club of Richmond, Preservation Virginia, Junior League of Richmond and Historic Richmond Foundation. Advance registration not required. For more information or to register, visit http://www.RichmondHistoryTours.com or call 804-649-0711. $15 per person. http://www.richmondhistorycenter.com/node/330. Thursday, May 1, 2014, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. 12 East Franklin St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour

Monday - Saturday, April 1 - October 31 Learn about the cemetery’s history, artwork, symbolism and famous residents, including two U.S. Presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. Meet at the rear of the stone structure on the left at the cemetery entrance, at Cherry and Albemarle streets. $10, walk-ups welcome. $5 History Center members. Cash or check, or purchase online. Park on-street. Thursday, May 1, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

Historic Garden Week: Glenbrooke Hills Area

In the 1930s the developers of Glenbrooke Hills described the neighborhood as “located on well-drained rolling hills of a few hundred feet elevation, covered with an endless variety of beautiful trees … Homes nestled amid these surroundings are naturally designed for contentment as though Nature’s own hand had directed their placement.” Bordering the James River, off scenic River Road, this neighborhood retains this early and quaint descriptive feel. The tour features 5 private homes and gardens, plus an additional garden delight. The homes provide a variety of architectural styles nestled among trees in park-like settings reached by narrow, winding roads. For more information, contact Laura Merhige at lkmgwl2013@gmail.com (preferred) or call (804) 708-0447. Info: http://www.vagardenweek.org/tours-details.cfm?TourID=128. Thursday, May 1, 2014, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM. University of Richmond 101 College Rd. Richmond, VA 23229. For more info visit www.vagardenweek.org.

Historic Garden Week: Tuckahoe Plantation

A national historic landmark and the boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson, Tuckahoe is considered to be the most complete plantation layout in North America dating from the early 18th century and was one of the original properties featured on the first Historic Garden Week in 1929. Noteworthy are the rare outbuildings, including paired structures, which were the office and the schoolhouse where Jefferson attended classes. In 1935, the mansion was saved from being partially dismantled and moved for museum display. Grounds include a kitchen garden with perennials, vegetable plots, and a Memorial Garden designed by Charles F. Gillette. Tour the house and grounds and enjoy owner-presented talks on the architectural and landscape history of the property. For more information call (804) 784-5736 or http://www.tuckahoeplantation.com Info: http://www.vagardenweek.org/tours-details.cfm?TourID=139. Thursday, May 1, 2014, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM. 12601 River Rd. Richmond, VA 23238. For more info visit www.vagardenweek.org.

Spring Plant Sale at Lewis Ginter

Thursday 1 – 6 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. No admission fee required; regular Garden admission to visit the Garden The Garden’s plant sales are among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. More info: http://www.lewisginter.org/events/event_detail.php?event_id=762. Thursday, May 1, 2014, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lewisginter.org.

Heritage Day at The Library of Virginia

Free. The Library of Virginia will host a Heritage Day during National Preservation Week to highlight the importance of preserving Virginia history. A special one-day exhibition of items conserved through the Adopt Virginia's History program and other rare archival materials will be on display. Special Collections viewing (5:00-6:30 PM) followed by a wine-and-cheese reception (6:30–7:30 PM). Thursday, May 1, 2014, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM. 800 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lva.virginia.gov.

Hardywood Food Truck Court

We're kicking off the season with a mix of 16 new and favorite local gourmet mobile food vendors, with many more carts on rotation in the weeks to come. Enjoy our line up of seasonal craft beers to pair with eclectic tacos, wood-fired pizza, authentic French crepes, handmade ice cream, Cajun street food, traditional Mediterranean kabobs and more. Hardywood Food Truck Court runs from 5:30-9pm every Thursday through the season and is a family friendly environment. All ages are welcome at the brewery. Virginia ABC law prohibits bringing outside alcoholic beverages on-site, and underage drinking will be strictly prohibited. FB - https://www.facebook.com/events/681240638580676/?source=1 Info - http://www.hardywood.com/content/hardywood-food-truck-court-1. Thursday, May 1, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. 2408 Ownby Lane Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.hardywood.com.

Community Conversation - Discussing Up and Down the Boulevard at VMFA

Join us as we collaborate with Richmond Magazine, TMI Consulting Inc. the Future of Richmond's Past and local restaurants to offer our next series of "Community Conversations." Each month we will discuss a locale in Richmond spanning from Shockoe Bottom to the Boulevard. For our final conversation Tina Eshleman, managing editor of Richmond Magazine and Arts and Entertainment section editor, will talk with participants about the changes and major events along the Boulevard that have occurred over time. By the end of the evening, attendees will have a comprensive history of the Boulevard and how it was molded into the locality that we see today. Free. - See more at: http://www.richmondhistorycenter.com/calendar/broad-street-conversation 2014 Schedule Monroe Park - February 4, 2014, 6-8pm at The Nile Riverfront Development - March 4, 2014, 6-8pm at F.W. Sullivan's Canal Bar & Grill Transportation on Broad Street - April 1, 2014, 6-8pm at Mama J's Kitchen Up and Down the Boulevard - May 1, 2014… Thursday, May 1, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

Richmond Symphony New! Symphony Rush Hour - "Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin" at Gottwald Playhouse

$12-20. NEW! Richmond Symphony Rush Hour - Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin Gottwald Playhouse at Richmond CenterStage BEHIND THE MUSIC: Imagine spending a spring afternoon in a Paris café! That is where you’ll be transported as you enjoy this stylish program of charming and colorful music. Thursday, May 1, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondsymphony.com.

Flying Squirrels v. Bowie (Green Eggs & Baseball/Fireworks)

Green Eggs & Baseball Fireworks Enjoy one of our 24 Firework Extravaganza following the conclusion of the game. Reading Night #2 Tickets $7-11. Call 804-359-3866. Team Store Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM. Thursday, May 1, 2014, 6:35 PM – 9:35 PM. 3001 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.squirrelsbaseball.com.

"Detroit" at Theater Gym at Virginia Rep Center

May 1 – May 24, 2014 Produced by Cadence Theatre Company, in partnership with Virginia Rep. A 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner, Detroit is a dark comedy that takes the suburban American dream and exposes it as a ridiculous hoax. The New York Post says that D’Amour’s piercing scrutiny “totally nails the great, deep malaise of middle-class suburbia, with a sustained energy and a wicked eye for telling details.” Full Price: $28 | Virginia Rep Subscribers: $21 http://va-rep.org/show_detroit.html. Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

Proverbial and Bandrew at The Camel

Free. Proverbial - http://www.proverbialband.com/ Bandrew - https://www.facebook.com/BANDREWtrifecta An RVA power trio of Andrews with a raw sound reminiscent of psychedelic grunge, which we aim to continue shaping. Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit thecamel.org.

RVA Creativity Awards at the Hippodrome

The RVA Creativity Awards will be unlike any other awards program! The night will begin with a cocktail reception, creative demonstrations from a host of local RVA talent, and interactive exhibits. The ceremony will start with live entertainment and Kat Simons of Lite98 will take over as emcee. Keynote speaker Matt Ruby (comedian and founder of Vooza), will explain the tips he’s picked up in the trenches of the startup world. Finally, the awards will be presented and Matt Ruby will end the program will some final words about his experience as the first employee of 37 Signals. http://rvacreativityawards.com/. Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 528 N. 2nd St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit hippodromerichmond.com.

"Wicked" at Landmark Theater

Apr 23 - May 4 , 2014 Presented by Broadway In Richmond $43-$83 http://www.wickedthemusical.com/ Back by “Popular” demand. Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and every time it plays Richmond, it breaks box office records. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – new musical in a long time” (USA Today). Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.landmarktheater.net.

"Hypocrites & Strippers" at Triangle Theater

Hypocrites & Strippers Where feminism and pole dancing intersect Apr 30 – May 17 What’s the tougher task – to tell your parents you’re a lesbian or to admit you’re dating a stripper? This hysterically funny one-woman show – a finalist in the Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival – chronicles the life of a feminist who cannot keep herself from dating strippers and lap dancers. You're gonna laugh your pants off. . .okay, maybe that wasn't the best choice of words! Info & tickets - http://rtriangle.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=5. Thursday, May 1, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit rtriangle.showare.com.

"Other Desert Cities" at November Theater at Virginia Rep Center

April 24 – May 18, 2014 In a searing, new hit comedy by the creator of TV’s Brothers & Sisters, Brooke Wyeth returns home to celebrate the holidays with her politically influential family, but when she reveals her plan to publish a tell-all memoir, the fireworks ignite. Smartly written, with mystery and razor sharp wit, Other Desert Cities was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and received five Tony Award nominations, including Best Play. "All family reunions should be this satisfying." - The New York Times Premium $46 | Standard $38 | Value $30 Tickets - http://va-rep.org/show_other_desert.html. Thursday, May 1, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

Jimkata with Lord Nelson at Capital Ale House

Jimkata’s innovative, fan-funded record Die Digital turned heads of critics, musicians and fans when it dropped late in the Fall of 2012, solidifying the band’s reputation as a forward-thinking artist to pay attention to. Having been a mainstay of the Northeast “jam circuit” for years, Jimkata’s refined “electro rock” sound– one of a band that has found it’s voice after years of experimentation– is in many ways more “indie rock” than jam, more 90′s dance than EDM, more lyrical than instrumental, yet the band manages to keep the jam, EDM and technically advanced instrumental elements intact as it carves out a new path for themselves and many of their peers who were inspired by Die Digital. Jimkata’s relevant, quotable lyrics create moods not just for the fleeting moments, but for the lifestyle of an entire generation, and the sum of the music and songwriting appeals to fans of artists like MGMT, LCD Soundsystem, Talking Heads and the best of the ’90′s pop-rock world. $7. Info - http://capitalalehouse.com/c… Thursday, May 1, 2014, 9:00 PM – Friday, May 2, 2014, 12:00 AM. 623 E. Main St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit capitalalehouse.com.

The Foreign Exchange at Canal Club

8:00 doors $20.00/$22.00 THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE - http://www.theforeignexchangemusic.com/fe/ Consisting of rapper/singer/songwriter Phonte and producer Nicolay, The Foreign Exchange came together via the online hip-hop community Okayplayer.com in 2002. After trading files through Instant Messenger for over a year, Nicolay (living in his native Holland at the time) and Phonte (a Raleigh, NC resident) completed their debut album before they ever met each other in person. The album, "Connected," was released in 2004 to positive reviews, and was praised by legendary DJ's such as Jazzy Jeff, King Britt, and DJ Spinna for its inventive mix of hip-hop, R&B, and electronica. Thursday, May 1, 2014, 9:00 PM – Friday, May 2, 2014, 12:00 AM. 1545 E. Cary St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thecanalclub.com.

Historic Garden Week: Leading Women of Richmond Walking Tour at Kent Valentine House

Discover the unique history of the remarkable women of Richmond, the organizations they created and the historic buildings they preserved, courtesy of guides from the Valentine Richmond History Center. This downtown walking tour on April 30, May 1 and May 2 begins at 9 a.m. at the Kent Valentine House (12 East Franklin St.), headquarters of the Garden Club of Virginia and Historic Garden Week, and includes the Women’s Club of Richmond, Preservation Virginia, Junior League of Richmond and Historic Richmond Foundation. Advance registration not required. For more information or to register, visit http://www.RichmondHistoryTours.com or call 804-649-0711. $15 per person. http://www.richmondhistorycenter.com/node/330. Friday, May 2, 2014, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. 12 East Franklin St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

2014 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships

Friday, May 02, 2014—Sunday, May 04, 2014 Downtown Richmond Free This May the City of Richmond is host to the 2014 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships. More than 400 collegiate racers from 100 schools and thousands of fans across the nation will be in attendance, bringing national and international attention to the area. Be aware that the race route goes through downtown Richmond, which will result in numerous road closures affecting accessibility. Click here for events and courses. http://www.usacycling.org/2014/collegiate-road-nationals. Friday, May 2, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 800 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.usacycling.org.

Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour

Monday - Saturday, April 1 - October 31 Learn about the cemetery’s history, artwork, symbolism and famous residents, including two U.S. Presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. Meet at the rear of the stone structure on the left at the cemetery entrance, at Cherry and Albemarle streets. $10, walk-ups welcome. $5 History Center members. Cash or check, or purchase online. Park on-street. Friday, May 2, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

Historic Garden Week: Hampton Gardens Area

In 1915, businessman Abram L. McClellan purchased 98 acres of undeveloped farmland west of downtown Richmond and formed the Hampton Gardens Corporation. This charming and popular neighborhood is bordered by Grove Avenue to the south and Patterson Avenue to the north. It is home to handsome examples of Tudor, Georgian, Federal Revival and Mid-century Transitional-style homes. Five private homes and gardens on Greenway Lane, Oak Lane, Roslyn Road and Harlan Circle are featured. Highlights include homes owned by interior designers and homes exhibiting significant art collections. - See more at: http://www.vagardenweek.org/tours-details.cfm?TourID=130#sthash.uofR4FDu.dpuf Info: http://www.vagardenweek.org/tours-details.cfm?TourID=130. Friday, May 2, 2014, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM. 5200 Grove Ave. Richmond, VA 23226. For more info visit www.vagardenweek.org.

The Development of Trains in the South and Their Use in 1864 at Museum of the Confederacy

The antebellum south saw the birth of railroads as a means of transporting crops to market. The skills developed by the men who “fired” steam locomotives would be used to move soldiers and supplies during the war. Railroad work was dangerous for engine crews and track workers who labored outside, in all types of weather. Their talents would aid the Confederacy, but they received help from an unlikely source. Find out as Museum Visitor Services Specialist George Saunders explains. http://www.moc.org. Friday, May 2, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. 1201 E. Clay St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.moc.org.

Spring Plant Sale at Lewis Ginter

Thursday 1 – 6 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. No admission fee required; regular Garden admission to visit the Garden The Garden’s plant sales are among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. More info: http://www.lewisginter.org/events/event_detail.php?event_id=762. Friday, May 2, 2014, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lewisginter.org.

Atlantic 10 Women's Lacrosse Seminfinals at Robins Stadium

Time TBA Free parking next to Robins Center. UR Women's Lacrosse - http://www.richmondspiders.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=26800&SPID=91950&SPSID=635096. Friday, May 2, 2014, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Campus Dr. Richmond, VA 23226. For more info visit www.richmondspiders.com.

First Fridays Art Walk

Click here for the pdf with ALL of the participating galleries, exhibits, and information - http://rvafirstfridays.com/ First Friday Art Walk offers exhibits at more than 20 downtown art galleries. Participating venues hold openings and other special events from 5-9pm to increase your awareness and appreciation of the rich cultural and entertainment opportunities offered by Richmond's Broad Street Historical District and the surrounding area. Friday, May 2, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Adams & Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit rvafirstfridays.com.

Beers & Banjos: Slack Family Bluegrass at The Camel

Free. Beers & Banjos: Slack Family Bluegrass http://www.slackfamily.com/. Friday, May 2, 2014, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit thecamel.org.

First Friday: Performing Arts at VMFA Spoken Word Featuring Four Poets Reading

The First Fridays series features an eclectic mix of multicultural performing arts showcased in different spaces within the museum. Take advantage of our extended hours on Friday evenings (we're open until 9 pm) to also stroll through the galleries, explore the VMFA Shop, or enjoy dinner and drinks in Amuse Restaurant. Also enjoy discounted beverages in Best Café and 30-minute gallery tours as part of Friday Art & Wine. Jan 3 - Spoken Word Featuring Four Poets Reading Well-known within the poetry community, acclaimed Virginia poets Alan Kleiman, Annie Rudy, R.J. Gibson, and Michele Poulos will each present a 25-minute reading from their original works. Their respective works have been published and all of the poets also contribute to social media. Feb 7 - The Fine Arts Society of Yogaville: Dances of India Internationally acclaimed dancer and instructor Padmarani Rasiah Cantu brings dancers from the Fine Arts Society of Yogaville to perform the Bharatha Natyam-style of Indian dancing. The danc… Friday, May 2, 2014, 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.vmfa.state.va.us.

Friday Cheers at Brown's Island: Vintage Trouble and Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers

Co-headliners: Vintage Trouble - http://www.vintagetrouble.com/ Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers - http://www.nickibluhm.com/ Cost: $10 Thousands of people come to relax after the work week on Brown’s Island to meet friends and hear some of the nation’s hottest touring acts and the region’s top bands. There are three entry points to Brown’s Island, and payment will be taken at each. Cash, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Debit and credit cards are only taken at two entry points: the pedestrian bridge at 5th and 7th streets. No pets are allowed. Advance tickets for individual shows and season passes to Friday Cheers are available online http://www.myticketstobuy.com. Friday, May 2, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. 500 Tredegar St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.venturerichmond.com.

Slick Sid at The National

Doors: 6:30 PM / Show: 7:00 PM $10 ADV / $12 DOS Show Info - http://www.thenationalva.com/events/detail/slick-sid with One Way Ryde, Prone 2 Rage, House Of Burgess, The Heathen Rival. Friday, May 2, 2014, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 708 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thenationalva.com.

Richmond Kickers v. Rochester Rhinos at City Stadium

Tickets $7-$12. http://www.richmondkickers.com All-Access Pass – $99: Don’t miss a minute of the 2014 season with the Richmond Kickers All-Access Pass. Gain entry to all Kickers home games including the regular season, playoffs, exhibitions and U.S. Open Cup matches. The All-Access Pass includes a complimentary 2014 VIP Parking Pass while supplies last! Family Pass – $149: Discover why Richmond Kickers Pro soccer is the best family entertainment value in town with the 2014 Family Pass! Up to five of your family members can now enjoy all of the 2014 Richmond Kickers Pro regular season home games. Adult Pro Pass - $70 and Youth Pro Pass - $35: The most affordable way to catch all of the Kickers exciting USL PRO action, Adult and Youth Pro Passes provide admission to all 2014 regular season home games. Simply present your Pro Pass at the gate for entry. Four Game Flex Pack – $36 – Four (4) non-game specific tickets that can be used in any combination for Kickers pro regular season home games. The p… Friday, May 2, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 3201 Maplewood Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondkickers.com.

"A Streetcar Named Desire" at Firehouse Theater

APRIL 17 – MAY 17, 2014 PREVIEW NIGHT | APRIL 17 | SOLD OUT OPENING NIGHT | APRIL 18 Tennessee Williams’ iconic masterpiece follows the fading but still attractive southern belle Blanche DuBois as she arrives unexpectedly on the doorstep of her sister, Stella, and her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Over the course of one hot, sultry New Orleans summer, Blanche’s fragile facade slowly crumbles as she meets her match in the rough-hewn and sensual Stanley, who sees through her and is determined to expose her. Info: http://www.firehousetheatre.org/a-streetcar-named-desire/. Friday, May 2, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1609 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.firehousetheatre.org.

"Detroit" at Theater Gym at Virginia Rep Center

May 1 – May 24, 2014 Produced by Cadence Theatre Company, in partnership with Virginia Rep. A 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner, Detroit is a dark comedy that takes the suburban American dream and exposes it as a ridiculous hoax. The New York Post says that D’Amour’s piercing scrutiny “totally nails the great, deep malaise of middle-class suburbia, with a sustained energy and a wicked eye for telling details.” Full Price: $28 | Virginia Rep Subscribers: $21 http://va-rep.org/show_detroit.html. Friday, May 2, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"Hypocrites & Strippers" at Triangle Theater

Hypocrites & Strippers Where feminism and pole dancing intersect Apr 30 – May 17 What’s the tougher task – to tell your parents you’re a lesbian or to admit you’re dating a stripper? This hysterically funny one-woman show – a finalist in the Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival – chronicles the life of a feminist who cannot keep herself from dating strippers and lap dancers. You're gonna laugh your pants off. . .okay, maybe that wasn't the best choice of words! Info & tickets - http://rtriangle.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=5. Friday, May 2, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit rtriangle.showare.com.

"Other Desert Cities" at November Theater at Virginia Rep Center

April 24 – May 18, 2014 In a searing, new hit comedy by the creator of TV’s Brothers & Sisters, Brooke Wyeth returns home to celebrate the holidays with her politically influential family, but when she reveals her plan to publish a tell-all memoir, the fireworks ignite. Smartly written, with mystery and razor sharp wit, Other Desert Cities was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and received five Tony Award nominations, including Best Play. "All family reunions should be this satisfying." - The New York Times Premium $46 | Standard $38 | Value $30 Tickets - http://va-rep.org/show_other_desert.html. Friday, May 2, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

EQ presents Conspirator at Canal Club

Conspirator - https://www.facebook.com/ConspiratorOfficial Magner and Brownstein already made history in the late-‘90s as they invented “trance-fusion,” and then defined “jamtronica” by injecting electronic elements into music that was rooted in live, improvisational rock ‘n’ roll. Now, with Conspirator, they’re making history all over again by turning jamtronica on its head, infusing live, improvisational rock elements into tracks that are rooted squarely in various forms of electronic music. with Manic Focus The Former Champions The Polychrons 8:00 doors $15.00 limited advance. Friday, May 2, 2014, 8:00 PM – Saturday, May 3, 2014, 12:00 AM. 1545 E. Cary St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thecanalclub.com.

"Wicked" at Landmark Theater

Apr 23 - May 4 , 2014 Presented by Broadway In Richmond $43-$83 http://www.wickedthemusical.com/ Back by “Popular” demand. Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and every time it plays Richmond, it breaks box office records. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – new musical in a long time” (USA Today). Friday, May 2, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.landmarktheater.net.

ComedySportz Improv Theatre

ComedySportz Improv Theatre presents shows every Friday at 8:00 pm and Saturday at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm! ComedySportz is the worldwide sensation that is bringing hilarious, fast-paced, clean comedy to you. ComedySportz Richmond pits two teams, the Richmond Legends and the Virginia Hams, against each other in an improv battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot based off of your suggestions! The audience then votes for the winners. There is also a referee that calls the fouls and we even play the national anthem before each match. $10 with advance reservation, or $12 at the door! Call 266-9377 for reservations! http://www.comedysportzrichmond.com/. Sponsors: CTOWN. HIPP. RIC. Umbrella. VMFA. Friday, May 2, 2014, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM. 8906 West Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.comedysportzrichmond.com.

The Men, Nude Beach, Big Air, Snowy Owls at Strange Matter

THE MEN, NUDE BEACH, BIG AIR & THE SNOWY OWLS WITH ZJ DELOREAN SPINNING BETWEEN SETS! 9PM Doors | $10 Cover | 18+ FB - https://www.facebook.com/events/1406448346268138/. Friday, May 2, 2014, 9:00 PM – Saturday, May 3, 2014, 12:00 AM. 929 W. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.strangematterrva.com.

The Southern Belles at The Camel

The Southern Belles - https://www.facebook.com/TheSouthernBellesRVA The Southern Belles: A tasty combination of boot-slapping Honky-Tonk, tobaccy-spitting Country Rock, panty-dropping Electric Bluegrass, Boom-Chuck that'll make you upchuck, and Psychedelic Jams that make hard drugs look as soft as a baby's bottom. With this rock-n-roll quartet you won't be able to stop the sweat from dripping down your face and ass, and you'll like it too! Friday, May 2, 2014, 9:00 PM – Saturday, May 3, 2014, 12:00 AM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit thecamel.org.

2014 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships

Friday, May 02, 2014—Sunday, May 04, 2014 Downtown Richmond Free This May the City of Richmond is host to the 2014 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships. More than 400 collegiate racers from 100 schools and thousands of fans across the nation will be in attendance, bringing national and international attention to the area. Be aware that the race route goes through downtown Richmond, which will result in numerous road closures affecting accessibility. Click here for events and courses. http://www.usacycling.org/2014/collegiate-road-nationals. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 800 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.usacycling.org.

Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour

Monday - Saturday, April 1 - October 31 Learn about the cemetery’s history, artwork, symbolism and famous residents, including two U.S. Presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. Meet at the rear of the stone structure on the left at the cemetery entrance, at Cherry and Albemarle streets. $10, walk-ups welcome. $5 History Center members. Cash or check, or purchase online. Park on-street. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

Japanese Dolls: Woodblock Prints by Kawase Hasui Opens at VMFA

APR 12, 2014 – JUL 20, 2014 Works on Paper Gallery Japanese woodblock artist Kawase Hasui (1883–1957) was primarily a landscape artist and rarely produced works featuring other subjects. However, in 1935 he designed a series of woodblock prints that focused on traditional Japanese dolls, including Imperial Palace dolls, known as gosho ningyo. That same year, the 24 ningyo prints in this series were published in an album entitled Japanese Dolls: Gosho Ningyo by Meiji-Shobo. The twelve prints on display at VMFA were selected from the album, donated by René and Carolyn Balcer. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.vmfa.state.va.us.

Barefoot Puppets: African Trickster Tales at Gottwald Playhouse

$6-$10. Barefoot Puppets feature contemporary adaptations of world folktales, classic tales with a twist, myths, and works based on true stories. This performance shares two Anansi stories from West Africa: Tug-of-War and A Story, A Story. Characters include the elephant, a hippo, Osebo the Leopard, Namibi the giant python, angry hornets, The Sky-God, and others. It’s a fun show full of humor, fabulous music, lots of audience interaction and beautiful puppets. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondcenterstage.com.

43rd Annual Arts in the Park at Carillon

Sat. May 4 - 11am-6pm Sun. May 5 - 11am-5pm Arts in the Park is a nationally-rated, juried art show which offers the opportunity for you to see and purchase fine and original work produced by top-quality artists and crafts people from Virginia and throughout the United States. More than 450 artists from around the U.S. will gather in Byrd Park to display everything from fine art paintings to jewelry and weavings. Arts in the Park is recognized as one of the top art shows in the country and is an event people around the entire state of Virginia look forward to each year. Free parking is available at the U of R Stadium with free shuttle service. http://www.richmondartsinthepark.com/ Arts in the Park has FREE Parking and FREE Shuttles available at the University of Richmond Stadium parking lot. We also have handicap parking available at the park. This Art & Craft exhibit has been a celebration of creativity for over thirty years in the City of Richmond. It takes place on the Mall, and in the shad… Saturday, May 3, 2014, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Blanton Ave. & Garrett St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondartsinthepark.com.

2014 ¿Qué Pasa? Festival: Cinco de Mayo on the RVA Canal Walk

The ¿Qué Pasa? Festival, organized by the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (VAHCC) – with the generous help of Venture Richmond – will highlight this state’s diversity and the international melting pot that is Virginia. An annual event to jump-start the summer season, ¿Qué Pasa? Festival showcases the culture and beauty of many Latin American countries. On Saturday, May 3rd, Richmond’s Canal Walk will undergo a community-based transformation to resemble the famous Floating Gardens of Xochimilco for ¿Qué Pasa? beginning at 11:00 a.m. partying its way through the city streets until 7:00 p.m. Richmond’s own Floating Garden boats will offer free boat rides throughout the festival. Bursts of authentic live latin music and performances along the Canal Walk will energize the thousands expected to come to enjoy scrumptious Latin-flavored food, beverages and dazzling arts and crafts. The festival hopes to further economic and tourist development for Richmond’s riverfront by casting this one-of-a-kind aesthet… Saturday, May 3, 2014, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM. 14th & Dock Sts. Richmond, VA. For more info visit quepasafestival.com.

6th Annual Little Sisters of the Poor French Food Festival

The Little Sisters of the Poor have provided a home and loving care for Virginia’s Elderly Poor for more than 137 years. They take a vow of poverty and live with the Residents, begging on their behalf to provide for the many needs of their large “family.” In recent years, the rising costs associated with providing geriatric residential care and meeting state and federal licensing guidelines, has made it increasingly more difficult for the Little Sisters to cover their operating costs, not to mention repairs and maintenance on an aging building. In an effort to help the Sisters raise the additional funds that are so desperately needed each year for the Residents’ continued care, several volunteers joined forces in 2009 with Chef Paul Elbling and his wife Marie to create the Little Sisters of the Poor French Food Festival. The past years have met with overwhelming success! Info - http://www.lspfrenchfoodfestival.com/fff/. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM. 1503 Michaels Rd. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lspfrenchfoodfestival.com.

Montpelier Wine Festival

The Montpelier Wine Festival is a premier spring event for the whole family. Held annually on the grounds of Montpelier, the lifelong home of James Madison, the fourth President of the United States and the "Father of the Constitution," the Festival showcases distinctive arts and crafts; specialty food vendors; live music; "cooking with wine" classes; children's entertainment and rides; and tastings all day. Adults: $15 in advance, $25 at the gate. Ages 12 to 20: $5 Children under 12: Free 11am to 6pm Saturday May 3 11am to 5pm Sunday May 4 Price includes general admission, a commemorative wine glass, tastings from each winery, and a chance to win a door prize. Wine glasses and tastings with full adult admission only (Adults will be asked to show proof of age). Info - http://www.montpelierwinefestival.com/. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM. 11407 Constitution Highway Montpelier Station, Virginia. For more info visit www.montpelierwinefestival.com.

Guided Tour: Men of Iron at American Civil War Center

Before, during and after the Civil War, the Tredegar Iron Works was an important industrial complex. In peacetime, it supplied the vast expansion of the railroad industry; in war it produced the largest number of cannon in the Confederacy. On this tour of the grounds, visitors will learn about the manufacturing of iron, the people who worked here, the historic buildings on site and Tredegar owner Joseph Reid Anderson. Tickets - http://www.tredegar.org/. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. 500 Tredegar St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.tredegar.org.

Spring Plant Sale at Lewis Ginter

Thursday 1 – 6 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. No admission fee required; regular Garden admission to visit the Garden The Garden’s plant sales are among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. More info: http://www.lewisginter.org/events/event_detail.php?event_id=762. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lewisginter.org.

Parkfest Blues Festival at Pocahontas State Park

Artists have been announced and the line up is great! Info & Tickets - http://parkfestblues.com FB - https://www.facebook.com/ParkfestBluesFestival/timeline. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 10301 State Park Rd. Chesterfield, VA. For more info visit parkfestblues.com.

"Wicked" at Landmark Theater

Apr 23 - May 4 , 2014 Presented by Broadway In Richmond $43-$83 http://www.wickedthemusical.com/ Back by “Popular” demand. Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and every time it plays Richmond, it breaks box office records. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – new musical in a long time” (USA Today). Saturday, May 3, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.landmarktheater.net.

Saturday Soul Social at the Hippodrome

Hosted by Jarrard Anthony, Saturday Soul Social is an acoustic Soul event for Indie Soul Artists by Indie Soul Artists. We cater to music lovers who support the culture and arts of their community, locally and at-large. This week’s featured artist is Brad Marquis, a R&B Soul artist who counts Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Teddy Riley, 2 Pac, Notorious B.I.G and Aretha Franklin as some of his influences. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 528 N. 2nd St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit hippodromerichmond.com.

What Price Victory, Just Another Scene, Another Treehouse at Canal Club Downstairs

What Price Victory with Just Another Scene Another Treehouse Acquaintance Seismic Skeleton The Sunshine Cult 7:00 doors $10.00/$12.00. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 7:00 PM – Sunday, May 4, 2014, 12:00 AM. 1545 E. Cary St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thecanalclub.com.

ComedySportz Improv Theatre

ComedySportz Improv Theatre presents shows every Friday at 8:00 pm and Saturday at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm! ComedySportz is the worldwide sensation that is bringing hilarious, fast-paced, clean comedy to you. ComedySportz Richmond pits two teams, the Richmond Legends and the Virginia Hams, against each other in an improv battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot based off of your suggestions! The audience then votes for the winners. There is also a referee that calls the fouls and we even play the national anthem before each match. $10 with advance reservation, or $12 at the door! Call 266-9377 for reservations! http://www.comedysportzrichmond.com/. Sponsors: CTOWN. HIPP. RIC. Umbrella. VMFA. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. 8906 West Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.comedysportzrichmond.com.

Arena Racing at Richmond Coliseum

Tickets $6-$16. http://www.arenaracingusa.com/ Drivers in ½ scale stock cars racing around a $1/2million high banked race track turning laps in UNDER 8 seconds flat while competing side-by-side--bumping, rubbing, flipping and racing in the Richmond Coliseum to get their share of over $50,000.00 in cash paid out over the season! FREE DRIVER MEET & GREET – Starts 1-hour before race time. Get up-close to race cars and meet the sponsors, mechanics, drivers, officials, and staff. Free posters (limited #’s per race – arrive early, while supplies last) Free autographs from teams/drivers Vendors & give-aways Souvenirs & more… February 8 • Saturday February 14 • Friday February 15 • Saturday March 21 • Friday March 22 • Saturday March 29 • Saturday April 11 • Friday May 3 • Saturday. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. 501 N. 7th St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit richmondcoliseum.net.

"A Streetcar Named Desire" at Firehouse Theater

APRIL 17 – MAY 17, 2014 PREVIEW NIGHT | APRIL 17 | SOLD OUT OPENING NIGHT | APRIL 18 Tennessee Williams’ iconic masterpiece follows the fading but still attractive southern belle Blanche DuBois as she arrives unexpectedly on the doorstep of her sister, Stella, and her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Over the course of one hot, sultry New Orleans summer, Blanche’s fragile facade slowly crumbles as she meets her match in the rough-hewn and sensual Stanley, who sees through her and is determined to expose her. Info: http://www.firehousetheatre.org/a-streetcar-named-desire/. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1609 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.firehousetheatre.org.

"Detroit" at Theater Gym at Virginia Rep Center

May 1 – May 24, 2014 Produced by Cadence Theatre Company, in partnership with Virginia Rep. A 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner, Detroit is a dark comedy that takes the suburban American dream and exposes it as a ridiculous hoax. The New York Post says that D’Amour’s piercing scrutiny “totally nails the great, deep malaise of middle-class suburbia, with a sustained energy and a wicked eye for telling details.” Full Price: $28 | Virginia Rep Subscribers: $21 http://va-rep.org/show_detroit.html. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"Hypocrites & Strippers" at Triangle Theater

Hypocrites & Strippers Where feminism and pole dancing intersect Apr 30 – May 17 What’s the tougher task – to tell your parents you’re a lesbian or to admit you’re dating a stripper? This hysterically funny one-woman show – a finalist in the Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival – chronicles the life of a feminist who cannot keep herself from dating strippers and lap dancers. You're gonna laugh your pants off. . .okay, maybe that wasn't the best choice of words! Info & tickets - http://rtriangle.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=5. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit rtriangle.showare.com.

"Other Desert Cities" at November Theater at Virginia Rep Center

April 24 – May 18, 2014 In a searing, new hit comedy by the creator of TV’s Brothers & Sisters, Brooke Wyeth returns home to celebrate the holidays with her politically influential family, but when she reveals her plan to publish a tell-all memoir, the fireworks ignite. Smartly written, with mystery and razor sharp wit, Other Desert Cities was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and received five Tony Award nominations, including Best Play. "All family reunions should be this satisfying." - The New York Times Premium $46 | Standard $38 | Value $30 Tickets - http://va-rep.org/show_other_desert.html. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

Fists of Fury at Canal Club Upstairs

Baddasz/ Dr Bastard present Fists of Fury feat. heRobust and more 8:00 doors 18 and up $15.00/$18.00 FB - https://www.facebook.com/events/497375310367973/?source=50. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 8:00 PM – Sunday, May 4, 2014, 12:00 AM. 1545 E. Cary St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thecanalclub.com.

Lucy Kaplansky at Ashland Coffee & Tea

$20 advance; $25 door. She started out singing in Chicago bars. Then, barely out of high school, Lucy Kaplansky took off for New York City. There she found a fertile community of songwriters and performers – Suzanne Vega, John Gorka, Bill Morrissey, Cliff Eberhardt, and others – where she fit right in. With a beautiful flair for harmony, Lucy was everyone’s favorite singing partner, but most often she found herself singing as a duo with Shawn Colvin. People envisioned big things for them; in fact, The New York Times said it was “easy to predict stardom for her.” But then Lucy dropped it all. Convinced that her calling was in another direction, Lucy left the musical fast track to pursue a doctorate in Psychology. Upon completing her degree, Dr. Kaplansky took a job at a New York hospital working with chronically mentally ill adults, and also started a private practice. Yet she continued to sing. Lucy was often pulled back into the studio by her friends, who now had contracts with record labels (and wan… Saturday, May 3, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 100 N. Railroad Ave. Ashland, VA. For more info visit ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.

VCU Rennolds Series: American String Quartet at Singleton Arts Center

$34. (804) 828-1166 Internationally recognized as one of the world’s finest quartets, Peter Winograd, Laurie Carney, Daniel Avshamalov, and Wolfram Koessel have spent decades honing the luxurious sound for which the American String Quartet is famous. In 2014, the quartet will celebrate its 40th anniversary by collaborating with Andrés and Roberto Díaz, the current President of the Curtis Institute of Music. The two brothers brought their already blossoming talent to the United States from Chile at a young age. Both educators as well as performers, the dexterity and heart they put into viola and cello, respectively, have made a significant impact on American musical life, regularly performing in major ensembles and holding prestigious positions in the educational institutions where they inspire future virtuosos on a daily basis. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 922 Park Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

"Wicked" at Landmark Theater

Apr 23 - May 4 , 2014 Presented by Broadway In Richmond $43-$83 http://www.wickedthemusical.com/ Back by “Popular” demand. Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and every time it plays Richmond, it breaks box office records. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – new musical in a long time” (USA Today). Saturday, May 3, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.landmarktheater.net.

ComedySportz Improv Theatre

ComedySportz Improv Theatre presents shows every Friday at 8:00 pm and Saturday at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm! ComedySportz is the worldwide sensation that is bringing hilarious, fast-paced, clean comedy to you. ComedySportz Richmond pits two teams, the Richmond Legends and the Virginia Hams, against each other in an improv battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot based off of your suggestions! The audience then votes for the winners. There is also a referee that calls the fouls and we even play the national anthem before each match. $10 with advance reservation, or $12 at the door! Call 266-9377 for reservations! http://www.comedysportzrichmond.com/. Sponsors: CTOWN. HIPP. RIC. Umbrella. VMFA. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM. 8906 West Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.comedysportzrichmond.com.