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"Beyond the Walls" at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 – JUNE 30, 2015 In September, the Memorial Foundation for Children Teaching Gallery, located in the MWV Art Education Center, will be transformed into an interactive exhibition where visitors can explore daily life in imperial China. In contrast to the world of the emperor on display in Forbidden City, this hands-on exhibition will provide a glimpse into the home of a merchant-class family who lived in the 18th century. Visitors will be able to interact through activities that include writing Chinese characters on a touch screen and designing personal, virtual seals. There will also be opportunities to unroll and view reproduction scrolls, like those featured in Forbidden City and in VMFA’s East Asian collection, or play traditional musical instruments and games. Whether visiting as part of a school group, or a multigenerational family, the Teaching Gallery exhibition will offer visitors of all ages a new perspective on China’s imperial past. Details: http://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/e… Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

Esther Mahlangu: An Artistic Residency at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 – OCTOBER 9, 2014 VMFA gives visitors the unique opportunity to watch the creation of a work of art for the permanent collection. In September, renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu will paint two mural-scale works, which will serve as a gateway to the museum’s African Art Gallery. These 9- by 15-foot works on canvas will be the only major museum commission created by Mahlangu in North America. Mahlangu, works in the traditional Ndebele style of bold, geometric patterns executed on a very large scale. In the late-nineteenth century, the Ndebele women painted the exteriors of their houses in this style as an expression of identity and pride. Over the years, with the development of commercial paints, the original earth tones created from natural pigments have changed to a brighter palette. Mahlangu is first woman and only non-Westerner to paint one of the BMW Art Cars, following in the footsteps of the likes of Warhol and Lichtenstein. As the artist climbs scaffolding and paints… Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

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, September 23, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

The Songwriter’s Showdown – Round 10 at Ashland Coffee & Tea

Join us for a night of original song… Round 10 begins!!! Sign up is in advance, complete rules can be found on our “Showdown” tab. http://ashlandcoffeeandtea.com/info/showdown $5. Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 100 N. Railroad Ave. Ashland, VA. For more info visit www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.

Toxic Moxie, Casey Desmond, and Boxwave at The Camel

$5. Toxic Moxie, Casey Desmond, and Boxwave Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1485116811741087/. Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit thecamel.org.

"Beyond the Walls" at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 – JUNE 30, 2015 In September, the Memorial Foundation for Children Teaching Gallery, located in the MWV Art Education Center, will be transformed into an interactive exhibition where visitors can explore daily life in imperial China. In contrast to the world of the emperor on display in Forbidden City, this hands-on exhibition will provide a glimpse into the home of a merchant-class family who lived in the 18th century. Visitors will be able to interact through activities that include writing Chinese characters on a touch screen and designing personal, virtual seals. There will also be opportunities to unroll and view reproduction scrolls, like those featured in Forbidden City and in VMFA’s East Asian collection, or play traditional musical instruments and games. Whether visiting as part of a school group, or a multigenerational family, the Teaching Gallery exhibition will offer visitors of all ages a new perspective on China’s imperial past. Details: http://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/e… Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

Esther Mahlangu: An Artistic Residency at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 – OCTOBER 9, 2014 VMFA gives visitors the unique opportunity to watch the creation of a work of art for the permanent collection. In September, renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu will paint two mural-scale works, which will serve as a gateway to the museum’s African Art Gallery. These 9- by 15-foot works on canvas will be the only major museum commission created by Mahlangu in North America. Mahlangu, works in the traditional Ndebele style of bold, geometric patterns executed on a very large scale. In the late-nineteenth century, the Ndebele women painted the exteriors of their houses in this style as an expression of identity and pride. Over the years, with the development of commercial paints, the original earth tones created from natural pigments have changed to a brighter palette. Mahlangu is first woman and only non-Westerner to paint one of the BMW Art Cars, following in the footsteps of the likes of Warhol and Lichtenstein. As the artist climbs scaffolding and paints… Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

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, September 24, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

17th Annual Fall Harness Racing Season at Colonial Downs

September 17 – October 26 Description: Watch and wager 10 pari-mutuel harness races every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday starting at 1 PM. The 4th floor Turf Club Dining Room will be open on weekend afternoons from 12:30 – 4:30 PM. Season Highlights: An Ostrich Race & a Camel Race in conjunction with the harness card on Sunday Sept. 21; “Back to the Track” Day on October 5th; “Shucktoberfest” Cornhole Tourney” on October 11th; $350,000 “Day of Champions” on October 26th; VHHA “Own a Horse for a Day” promotion every Saturday Admission: $3; kids 12 & under are free. $19.95 all-inclusive Turf Club admission special includes table seat, buffet lunch, iced tea/lemonade, tax/gratuity, program, tip sheet & 2 simulcast programs Information: 804-966-7223 or http://www.colonialdowns.com. Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 10515 Colonial Downs Pkwy New Kent, VA. For more info visit www.colonialdowns.com.

Dan Babylon, Headlessmantis at The Camel

$5. Dan Babylon, Headlessmantis, and 1 TBA. Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit thecamel.org.

"Design for Living" at Triangle Theater

Design for Living by Noel Coward Sept 24 – Oct 18, 2014 Three bohemian artists grapple with the pleasures and challenges of a ménage à trois lifestyle in this sophisticated and innovative comedy that scandalized two continents when it premiered! Gilda loves Otto, and it’s entirely mutual. But Gilda is rather fond of Leo as well. Leo adores Gilda – but come to think of it, Leo and Otto have a bit of history, too. So which of them will pair off, and who’ll be left out in the cold? Well, why should they have to? What’s that all-too-common comment on relationships: “It’s complicated?” This one just happens to be rather more complicated than most! A classic comedy where the morality is in the eye of the beholder. Info - http://www.rtriangle.org/the-season.html. Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rtriangle.org.

Sarah Borges with Girls, Guns & Glory at Ashland Coffee & Tea

$10 advance; $13 door. Last spring’s show with these 2 groups was KILLER!! To watch Sarah Borges strut and howl onstage is to participate in rock ‘n’ roll communion, all glistening sweat and high kicks, soul-shaking and sassy antics. She’s a modern-day retro spitfire, red lipstick curled in a smirk as she summons her six-string to conjure a host of fiery spirits, leaving a stunned and ecstatic audience in her wake. This same raucous energy shoots through her fourth studio album, Radio Sweetheart, which is a statement of Borges’ future as much as it is a reflection of her past. Funded entirely by fans, the new album is a sea change marking a split from both Sugar Hill Records (the label that released her two most recent albums) and her longtime band the Broken Singles, all set in motion by a road weariness bred from six years of constant touring and the home-is-where-the-heart-is lure of brand new motherhood. http://www.sarahborges.com Girls Guns and Glory For the past eight years, Boston’s r… Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 100 N. Railroad Ave. Ashland, VA. For more info visit www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.

VCU Music: "A Jazz Bridge to South Africa" at Singleton Performing Arts Center

Students and faculty from VCU’s sister campus in Durban, South Africa–the University of KwaZulu-Natal travel to Richmond to study and perform in the third year of the Jazz Bridge exchange. An international collaboration at the highest level. Free. Details: http://arts.vcu.edu/music/2014/08/18/jazz-bridge-south-africa/. Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 922 Park Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

"Beyond the Walls" at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 – JUNE 30, 2015 In September, the Memorial Foundation for Children Teaching Gallery, located in the MWV Art Education Center, will be transformed into an interactive exhibition where visitors can explore daily life in imperial China. In contrast to the world of the emperor on display in Forbidden City, this hands-on exhibition will provide a glimpse into the home of a merchant-class family who lived in the 18th century. Visitors will be able to interact through activities that include writing Chinese characters on a touch screen and designing personal, virtual seals. There will also be opportunities to unroll and view reproduction scrolls, like those featured in Forbidden City and in VMFA’s East Asian collection, or play traditional musical instruments and games. Whether visiting as part of a school group, or a multigenerational family, the Teaching Gallery exhibition will offer visitors of all ages a new perspective on China’s imperial past. Details: http://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/e… Thursday, September 25, 2014, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

Esther Mahlangu: An Artistic Residency at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 – OCTOBER 9, 2014 VMFA gives visitors the unique opportunity to watch the creation of a work of art for the permanent collection. In September, renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu will paint two mural-scale works, which will serve as a gateway to the museum’s African Art Gallery. These 9- by 15-foot works on canvas will be the only major museum commission created by Mahlangu in North America. Mahlangu, works in the traditional Ndebele style of bold, geometric patterns executed on a very large scale. In the late-nineteenth century, the Ndebele women painted the exteriors of their houses in this style as an expression of identity and pride. Over the years, with the development of commercial paints, the original earth tones created from natural pigments have changed to a brighter palette. Mahlangu is first woman and only non-Westerner to paint one of the BMW Art Cars, following in the footsteps of the likes of Warhol and Lichtenstein. As the artist climbs scaffolding and paints… Thursday, September 25, 2014, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

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, September 25, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

17th Annual Fall Harness Racing Season at Colonial Downs

September 17 – October 26 Description: Watch and wager 10 pari-mutuel harness races every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday starting at 1 PM. The 4th floor Turf Club Dining Room will be open on weekend afternoons from 12:30 – 4:30 PM. Season Highlights: An Ostrich Race & a Camel Race in conjunction with the harness card on Sunday Sept. 21; “Back to the Track” Day on October 5th; “Shucktoberfest” Cornhole Tourney” on October 11th; $350,000 “Day of Champions” on October 26th; VHHA “Own a Horse for a Day” promotion every Saturday Admission: $3; kids 12 & under are free. $19.95 all-inclusive Turf Club admission special includes table seat, buffet lunch, iced tea/lemonade, tax/gratuity, program, tip sheet & 2 simulcast programs Information: 804-966-7223 or http://www.colonialdowns.com. Thursday, September 25, 2014, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 10515 Colonial Downs Pkwy New Kent, VA. For more info visit www.colonialdowns.com.

Jazz Cafe at VMFA: Neal Bowens Project

Groove to an eclectic mix of jazz ensembles every Thursday, 6 – 9 pm, at VMFA's Best Café. The Jazz Café is presented to the public by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in conjunction with the Richmond Jazz Society, free of charge! Light fare and beverages available for sale. Sep 4 FORTE JAZZ TRIO Smooth and jazzy standards and original music. Sep 11 ROYCE CAMPBELL TRIO Jazz standards in a mainstream jazz style with national recording artist Royce Campbell. Sep 18 JIM BRANCH Vocal blues and jazz favorites from Jim Branch, one of Richmond’s jazz pioneers with Dr. Weldon Hill on piano, Joe Sarver on bass, and Dave and Mike Hoggard on drums and percussion. Sep 25 NEAL BOWENS PROJECT Smooth jazz and neo soul. Details: http://www.vmfa.state.va.us/Calendar_and_Events/Music/Jazz_Caf%C3%A9.aspx. Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.vmfa.state.va.us.

A Georgian Folly for the 21st Century at Wilton House

Interior designer, architect, and preservationist Ralph Harvard will take you on a journey through the design and furnishing process of an historically-inspired house. Harvard’s process includes the use of pattern-book interpretation, physical evaluation, and historical inspiration. Join us for this evening lecture on the fitting of a modern house with historical elegance. Light reception to follow. $10 per person. Free to Members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance. Details: http://www.wiltonhousemuseum.org/event/georgianfolly/. Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. 215 S. Wilton Rd. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.wiltonhousemuseum.org.

Murphy's Kids and Major and the Monbacks at The Camel

$5. Murphy's Kids and Major and the Monbacks Sporting some new tunes and all the uplifting ska, blazing punk rock and booty bustin' reggae Murphy's Kids is stoked to be back at home in the river city. Opening the show will be Norfolk soul men Major And The Monbacks. FB - https://www.facebook.com/events/706608479413988/. Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit thecamel.org.

2014 Bottimore Lecture “When Mettle Meets Metal: The Hard Realities of Civil War Soldiering” at University of Richmond

tephen Berry, Associate Professor and Gregory Chair in the Civil War Era and Co-Director, Center for Virtual History, is the author or editor of four books on America in the mid-19th century, including Weirding the War: Stories From the Civil War’s Ragged Edges. He oversees the web project, “CSI Dixie,” devoted to the coroner’s office in the nineteenth century South and is co-director, with Claudio Saunt, of the Center for Virtual History. He is also co-editor, with Amy Murrell Taylor, of the UnCivil Wars series at the University of Georgia Press. A Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, he helps head the Digital Humanities Initiative at the University of Georgia. In his writing and in his speaking, Stephen Berry is a pioneer and an eloquent spokesman for a new approach to Civil War history that looks broadly at the human experience at war. Reserve your seat online or contact John Coski for more information at 855-649-1861 x131 or by email. More: http://www.moc.org/event… Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Jepson Hall Room 118 Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.moc.org.

"Becoming Dr. Ruth" at Hanover Tavern

September 12 – October 19 Hanover Tavern This heartwarming one-woman show retells the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the pioneering radio and television sex therapist. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, this biographical account is filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became “Dr. Ruth”. Suggested for ages 14 and up. $36. Details: http://va-rep.org/show_becoming_dr.html. Thursday, September 25, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"Design for Living" at Triangle Theater

Design for Living by Noel Coward Sept 24 – Oct 18, 2014 Three bohemian artists grapple with the pleasures and challenges of a ménage à trois lifestyle in this sophisticated and innovative comedy that scandalized two continents when it premiered! Gilda loves Otto, and it’s entirely mutual. But Gilda is rather fond of Leo as well. Leo adores Gilda – but come to think of it, Leo and Otto have a bit of history, too. So which of them will pair off, and who’ll be left out in the cold? Well, why should they have to? What’s that all-too-common comment on relationships: “It’s complicated?” This one just happens to be rather more complicated than most! A classic comedy where the morality is in the eye of the beholder. Info - http://www.rtriangle.org/the-season.html. Thursday, September 25, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rtriangle.org.

"Equivocation" at November Theater at Virginia Rep Center

September 26 – October 19 It is 1606, and Shakespeare has been commanded to write a propaganda play about the Gunpowder Plot, in service to King James. Will he agree to be a pawn in the cynical gamesmanship of the king’s spymaster, or will he equivocate—lie by telling the truth? The playwright, his acting company, and a variety of historical figures clash in this high-stakes political thriller about the complexities of the truth and the terrible consequences of compromise. “One of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade.” Variety Suggested for ages 14 and up. Premium $46 | Standard $38 | Value $30 Tickets - http://va-rep.org/show_equivocation.html Free parking - http://va-rep.org/nt_parking.html. Thursday, September 25, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

The Mallett Brothers Band at Ashland Coffee & Tea

$12 advance; $15 door. The Mallett Brothers Band is an alt-country/rock band from Portland, Maine. Slightly more rock than country, their’s is a musical melting pot that’s influenced equally by the folk and singer/songwriter influences of brothers Luke and Will’s dad David Mallett – himself a noted musician – as by the harder rock, punk and even psychedelic influences of the other band members. Brian Higgins on drums, Nick Leen on Bass, Wally on dobro and electric guitar, and Nate Soule on electric guitar and mandolin. It’s a song-driven music that holds up under the lens of solitary listening, but that’s equally apt to crank a room full of rockers into whiskey-fueled high gear. http://mallettbrothersband.com/. Thursday, September 25, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 100 N. Railroad Ave. Ashland, VA. For more info visit www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.

VCU Dance: Dance on Camera- Film Screening at Grace Street Theater

An intriguing evening of dance based films that range from the abstract contemporary works of today, to the political and social statements of the past, combining the communication arts, film, choreography, and a number of other art forms. $8/$5 students Details: http://arts.vcu.edu/dance/events/current-season/. Thursday, September 25, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 934 W. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

"Beyond the Walls" at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 – JUNE 30, 2015 In September, the Memorial Foundation for Children Teaching Gallery, located in the MWV Art Education Center, will be transformed into an interactive exhibition where visitors can explore daily life in imperial China. In contrast to the world of the emperor on display in Forbidden City, this hands-on exhibition will provide a glimpse into the home of a merchant-class family who lived in the 18th century. Visitors will be able to interact through activities that include writing Chinese characters on a touch screen and designing personal, virtual seals. There will also be opportunities to unroll and view reproduction scrolls, like those featured in Forbidden City and in VMFA’s East Asian collection, or play traditional musical instruments and games. Whether visiting as part of a school group, or a multigenerational family, the Teaching Gallery exhibition will offer visitors of all ages a new perspective on China’s imperial past. Details: http://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/e… Friday, September 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

Esther Mahlangu: An Artistic Residency at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 – OCTOBER 9, 2014 VMFA gives visitors the unique opportunity to watch the creation of a work of art for the permanent collection. In September, renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu will paint two mural-scale works, which will serve as a gateway to the museum’s African Art Gallery. These 9- by 15-foot works on canvas will be the only major museum commission created by Mahlangu in North America. Mahlangu, works in the traditional Ndebele style of bold, geometric patterns executed on a very large scale. In the late-nineteenth century, the Ndebele women painted the exteriors of their houses in this style as an expression of identity and pride. Over the years, with the development of commercial paints, the original earth tones created from natural pigments have changed to a brighter palette. Mahlangu is first woman and only non-Westerner to paint one of the BMW Art Cars, following in the footsteps of the likes of Warhol and Lichtenstein. As the artist climbs scaffolding and paints… Friday, September 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

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, September 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

State Fair of Virginia 2014

An annual tradition continues at Meadow Event Park! The Meadow Event Park, birthplace of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, is located off I-95 Exit 98 just past Kings Dominion. There will be rides and attractions, animals, including those that will be born right before or during the fair at the Birthing Center, exhibits, competitions, for starters! There will also be nightly concerts that are free with fair admission. And don't forget the mouth-watering fair food like turkey legs, deep fried Oreos, funnel cakes, cotton candy, and so much more! For more information, including concert schedule, visit the web site. All that you could want in a fair is located in Caroline County! Full Schedule - http://www.statefair.com Music schedule - http://www.statefairva.org/concert-series. Friday, September 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. 13111 Dawn Blvd. Doswell, VA 23047. For more info visit www.statefair.com.

XL Session: The Last Bison at Capital Ale House

XL Sessions brought to you by XL102 returns to our RVA Music Hall, this time featuring The Last Bison! You can't buy tickets for this event, but you can win your way to the show by listening to XL102 or by visiting here: http://www.xl102richmond.com/contests/xl-sessions-ft-the-last-bison/327110 Details - http://capitalalehouse.com/events-info/?ee=169. Friday, September 26, 2014, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. 623 E. Main St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit capitalalehouse.com.

McDonald's X-Country Festival at Maymont

Featuring an open 5k, 8 mile trail run, kids races, and middle and high school races. Maymont is a cross country runner’s dream. From the lavish 1893 Maymont House to the scenic wildlife areas that house bison, bald eagles, deer, bears and other animals, the estate is the perfect backdrop for a fall race. You couldn’t ask for a better place to host one of the country’s premier cross country festivals Details: http://www.sportsbackers.org/events/maymont-x-country-festival/. Friday, September 26, 2014, 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM. 1800 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.sportsbackers.org.

Point Of Departure Closing Reception/Artist Talk at 1708 Gallery

http://www.1708gallery.org April 11 – May 31, 2014 1708 Gallery is pleased to present Point Of Departure, a group exhibition featuring works by Stephen Benenson, Tatiana Berg, Raphael Fenton-Spaid, Haley Josephs, Sharon Madanes, and Maureen St. Vincent. As recent MFA graduates, these six artists are finding points of entry and exit from the rigidness of the canvas structure, while paying homage to their predecessors. Point Of Departure will be on view August 29 through September 27. Please join us for the opening on Thursday, September 4, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m and for an artist talk and closing reception on Friday, September 26, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. More details: http://www.1708gallery.org/exhibitions/exhibition-detail.php?id=69. Friday, September 26, 2014, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. 319 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.1708gallery.org.

Beers & Banjos: Cook County Bluegrass at The Camel

Free. Beers & Banjos: Cook County Bluegrass http://www.samhillbands.com/bands/cook-county-bluegrass/index.shtml. Friday, September 26, 2014, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit thecamel.org.

Fourth Fridays: Meet Up with Art at VMFA

Connect with newcomers to Richmond and those new to the arts scene as you make new social and professional contacts. You’ll enjoy delicious café cuisine as well as discounted beverages and guided art tours as part of Friday Art & Wine. Details: http://vmfa.museum/calendar/events/fourth-fridays-meet-art/. Friday, September 26, 2014, 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

VCU Music: Jesùs Silva Merit Scholarship Concert at Singleton Performing Arts Center

The Jesùs Silva Merit Scholarship Fund was established in 1991 to assist talented guitarists and recognize excellence among the students in VCU’s Department of Music. This concert features performances by the recipients of the scholarship. Free. Details: http://arts.vcu.edu/music/2014/08/18/jesus-silva-scholarship-concert/. Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 922 Park Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

Edgar Allan Poe Haunted Homecoming Tour at Shockoe Cemetery

A dramatic nighttime tour of Shockoe Hill Cemetery, based on the many loved ones of Edgar Allan Poe who are buried there. The tour is led by Poe himself, as he guides visitors through his old haunting grounds and interacts with the "spirits" of those he knew while living in Richmond. Capacity for this unique theatrical tour is very limited. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Admission $18 for adults, $15 for children under 14. All proceeds benefit Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Friday, September 26 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Saturday, September 27 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday, September 28 - 7:00pm Friday, October 03 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Saturday, October 04 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday, October 05 - 7:00pm Tuesday, October 07 - 7:00pm Details: http://www.hauntsofrichmond.com. Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. 4th & Hospital St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.hauntsofrichmond.com.

"Becoming Dr. Ruth" at Hanover Tavern

September 12 – October 19 Hanover Tavern This heartwarming one-woman show retells the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the pioneering radio and television sex therapist. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, this biographical account is filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became “Dr. Ruth”. Suggested for ages 14 and up. $36. Details: http://va-rep.org/show_becoming_dr.html. Friday, September 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"Design for Living" at Triangle Theater

Design for Living by Noel Coward Sept 24 – Oct 18, 2014 Three bohemian artists grapple with the pleasures and challenges of a ménage à trois lifestyle in this sophisticated and innovative comedy that scandalized two continents when it premiered! Gilda loves Otto, and it’s entirely mutual. But Gilda is rather fond of Leo as well. Leo adores Gilda – but come to think of it, Leo and Otto have a bit of history, too. So which of them will pair off, and who’ll be left out in the cold? Well, why should they have to? What’s that all-too-common comment on relationships: “It’s complicated?” This one just happens to be rather more complicated than most! A classic comedy where the morality is in the eye of the beholder. Info - http://www.rtriangle.org/the-season.html. Friday, September 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rtriangle.org.

"Equivocation" at November Theater at Virginia Rep Center

September 26 – October 19 It is 1606, and Shakespeare has been commanded to write a propaganda play about the Gunpowder Plot, in service to King James. Will he agree to be a pawn in the cynical gamesmanship of the king’s spymaster, or will he equivocate—lie by telling the truth? The playwright, his acting company, and a variety of historical figures clash in this high-stakes political thriller about the complexities of the truth and the terrible consequences of compromise. “One of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade.” Variety Suggested for ages 14 and up. Premium $46 | Standard $38 | Value $30 Tickets - http://va-rep.org/show_equivocation.html Free parking - http://va-rep.org/nt_parking.html. Friday, September 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

Cracker Acoustic featuring David Lowery & Johnny Hickman at Ashland Coffee & Tea

$25 advance; $30 door. Cracker, the group that veritably introduced brash irreverence and irony into alt-rock, are back and in top form on their 429 Records debut, Sunrise In The Land Of Milk And Honey. This rich new trove of sharp-witted songs showcases a bristling, late 70’s – early 80’s power pop punk aesthetic which hits as hard as it did at the band’s formation 17 years ago. Eight albums (one platinum and three gold) and a barrel full of anthemic hit songs later, Cracker endures, using their ability to weave decades of influences into an album that is seamlessly riveting. IF THE ONLINE ALLOTTMENT IS SOLD OUT, CALL THE SHOP FOR ADDITIONAL TICKETS!!! Website: http://www.crackersoul.com/fr_home.cfm. Friday, September 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 100 N. Railroad Ave. Ashland, VA. For more info visit www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.

Leftover Salmon ft Bill Payne of Little Feat at The National

Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM $20 ADV | $25 DOS Info - http://www.thenationalva.com/events/detail/leftover-salmon-featuring-bill-payne-little-feat. Friday, September 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – 11:30 PM. 708 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thenationalva.com.

The Last Bison / Logan Vath / Claire Morgan at The Camel

$12 advance; $14 door. The Last Bison - http://www.thelastbison.com/ with Logan Vath / Claire Morgan. Friday, September 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit thecamel.org.

Edgar Allan Poe Haunted Homecoming Tour at Shockoe Cemetery

A dramatic nighttime tour of Shockoe Hill Cemetery, based on the many loved ones of Edgar Allan Poe who are buried there. The tour is led by Poe himself, as he guides visitors through his old haunting grounds and interacts with the "spirits" of those he knew while living in Richmond. Capacity for this unique theatrical tour is very limited. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Admission $18 for adults, $15 for children under 14. All proceeds benefit Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Friday, September 26 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Saturday, September 27 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday, September 28 - 7:00pm Friday, October 03 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Saturday, October 04 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday, October 05 - 7:00pm Tuesday, October 07 - 7:00pm Details: http://www.hauntsofrichmond.com. Friday, September 26, 2014, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM. 4th & Hospital St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.hauntsofrichmond.com.

McDonald's X-Country Festival at Maymont

Featuring an open 5k, 8 mile trail run, kids races, and middle and high school races. Maymont is a cross country runner’s dream. From the lavish 1893 Maymont House to the scenic wildlife areas that house bison, bald eagles, deer, bears and other animals, the estate is the perfect backdrop for a fall race. You couldn’t ask for a better place to host one of the country’s premier cross country festivals Details: http://www.sportsbackers.org/events/maymont-x-country-festival/. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM. 1800 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.sportsbackers.org.

Lakeside Farmers' Market

http://www.lakesidefarmersmarket.net The market is open April-December, two days per week. Wednesdays 8AM til dusk. Most vendors stay the entire day and continue selling between market times. Open Saturdays 8AM til noon. Lakeside Farmers' Market offers Local Seasonal Produce, Meats, Cheeses and Baked Goods and Hand Made Items from Local Artists. Arts, Crafts, Dining, Housewares, and Jewelry are located in the retail shops adjacent to the market. New this year, "LAKESIDE FARMERS' MARKET TOO!" This is an indoor option adjacent to the Farmers' Market Pavilion. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 6110 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lakesidefarmersmarket.net.

South of the James Market at Forest Hill Park

The South of the James Farmers Market is an open-air producer-only market where farmers and artisans sell locally-grown and hand-made items including: Vegetables, fruit, plants & flowers Meat, cheese, eggs & honey Jewelry, pottery, art, candles, clothing & knitted items Soaps, lotions & essential oils Baked goods & other prepared foods Located in beautiful Forest Hill Park, the South of the James Market is on Saturdays May through early December and runs from 8am to 12pm. http://growrva.com/markets/. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. New Kent Ave. & 42nd St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit growrva.com.

St. Stephen's Farmers' Market

Locally produced seasonal vegetables, fruit, herbs, eggs, poultry, beef, pork, flowers, bread, cheese, pasta and other foods are available. In addition, the market features local artisans, locally roasted coffee, and much more. Open Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon, May through October. Ample free parking. Info - http://www.saintstephensrichmond.net/farmersmarket. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 6000 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.saintstephensrichmond.net.

150th anniversary of the Battles of Fort Harrison / New Market Heights

Ongoing all day at the Fort Harrison Visitor Center (9:00am to 5:00pm): o Visitor Center open o Family / educational activities o History Trolley tours of the fortifications along Battlefield Park and Hoke-Brady roads (departing approximately every hour and a half) · Special Programs (at Fort Harrison): o 9:30am: The Union Assault on Fort Harrison (Ranger-led tour) o 11:00am: Fields of Fire: Infantry Tactics in 1864 / Cannon's Roar: Artillery at Fort Harrison (firing demonstration) o 12:15pm: The Battle for Fort Harrison -- History and Historic Photos (Ranger-led tour) o 2:00pm: Fields of Fire: Infantry Tactics in 1864 / Cannon's Roar: Artillery at Fort Harrison (firing demonstration) o 3:00pm: "The Line Disappeared as if Swallowed by an Earthquake": The Battle for Fort Gilmer (Ranger-led tour) Details: http://www.nps.gov/rich/planyourvisit/fortharrison150th.htm Events: Friday, September 26, 2014 - Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 8621 Battlefield Park Rd. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.nps.gov.

150th anniversary of the Siege of Richmond and Petersburg

This is a 150th anniversary tour of the September 29-October 1 fighting below Richmond and below Petersburg with historian Richard Sommers. The tour will include visits to New Market Heights and forts Harrison, Hoke, Johnson, and Gilmer, to look at anniversary operations north of the James. It also will visit sites south of Petersburg, including forts Archer, Fisher, Welch and Urmston, in connection with the anniversaries of the fighting there. This bus tour will involve a mix of driving and walking, although much of the day will be spent outdoors, walking on uneven and rough terrain. Please wear appropriate shoes and clothes for possibly warm and/or damp weather, and bring water and a lunch. The tour cost is $40 and reservations are required – please call 804-335-8100 to register. The tour will depart from the parking lot maintained by Henrico County at 3300 New Market Road. It is on the north side of Route 5, immediately across the road from the Dairy Queen, and immediately east of the northbound onramp for… Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 3300 New Market Road Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.nps.gov.

"Beyond the Walls" at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 – JUNE 30, 2015 In September, the Memorial Foundation for Children Teaching Gallery, located in the MWV Art Education Center, will be transformed into an interactive exhibition where visitors can explore daily life in imperial China. In contrast to the world of the emperor on display in Forbidden City, this hands-on exhibition will provide a glimpse into the home of a merchant-class family who lived in the 18th century. Visitors will be able to interact through activities that include writing Chinese characters on a touch screen and designing personal, virtual seals. There will also be opportunities to unroll and view reproduction scrolls, like those featured in Forbidden City and in VMFA’s East Asian collection, or play traditional musical instruments and games. Whether visiting as part of a school group, or a multigenerational family, the Teaching Gallery exhibition will offer visitors of all ages a new perspective on China’s imperial past. Details: http://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/e… Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

Esther Mahlangu: An Artistic Residency at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 – OCTOBER 9, 2014 VMFA gives visitors the unique opportunity to watch the creation of a work of art for the permanent collection. In September, renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu will paint two mural-scale works, which will serve as a gateway to the museum’s African Art Gallery. These 9- by 15-foot works on canvas will be the only major museum commission created by Mahlangu in North America. Mahlangu, works in the traditional Ndebele style of bold, geometric patterns executed on a very large scale. In the late-nineteenth century, the Ndebele women painted the exteriors of their houses in this style as an expression of identity and pride. Over the years, with the development of commercial paints, the original earth tones created from natural pigments have changed to a brighter palette. Mahlangu is first woman and only non-Westerner to paint one of the BMW Art Cars, following in the footsteps of the likes of Warhol and Lichtenstein. As the artist climbs scaffolding and paints… Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

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, September 27, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

Museum Day - Free Admission!

1,400 museums across the country will be open for FREE admission. Local participating museums include: Children's Museum of Virginia, Edgar Allen Poe Museum, John Marshall House, Museum of the Confederacy, Valentine Richmond History Center, Virginia Center for Architecture, Virginia Historical Society, Virginia War Memorial, Wilton House Museum. Info: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/?state=&zip_code=23221&name=. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museums all over RVA. For more info visit www.smithsonianmag.com.

Chickahominy Pow Wow Festival at Chickahominy Tribal Grounds

Native Americans from throughout the country will join the Chickahominy Indian Tribe as they celebrate their annual Fall Festival/Pow-Wow on the Chickahominy Tribal Grounds in Charles City, VA. Grounds open 10 a.m.; Grand entry Sat at 12 noon/Sun at 1 p.m. Featuring Native American dancers, drummers, singers & crafters, traditional crafts and skills demonstrators, flute music, historical information displays and food. The longest running traditional Pow-Wow in Virginia, the Chickahominy gathered in 1951 at Samaria Indian School. The Pow-Wow later moved to the current tribal grounds. The Chickahominy people were among those which witnessed the coming of the colonists in 1607. Family event; educational/cultural. Bring lawn chairs. Please, no pets. Free parking/no gate admission. Sat. Sept. 27 & Sun. Sept. 28 - 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Details: http://www.chickahominytribe.org/. Sponsors: CTOWN. HIPP. RIC. Umbrella. VMFA. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 8200 Lott Cary Road Providence Forge, VA. For more info visit www.chickahominytribe.org.

State Fair of Virginia 2014

An annual tradition continues at Meadow Event Park! The Meadow Event Park, birthplace of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, is located off I-95 Exit 98 just past Kings Dominion. There will be rides and attractions, animals, including those that will be born right before or during the fair at the Birthing Center, exhibits, competitions, for starters! There will also be nightly concerts that are free with fair admission. And don't forget the mouth-watering fair food like turkey legs, deep fried Oreos, funnel cakes, cotton candy, and so much more! For more information, including concert schedule, visit the web site. All that you could want in a fair is located in Caroline County! Full Schedule - http://www.statefair.com Music schedule - http://www.statefairva.org/concert-series. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. 13111 Dawn Blvd. Doswell, VA 23047. For more info visit www.statefair.com.

Oktoberfest Richmond at Capital Ale House

Capital Ale House’s 11th Annual Oktoberfest returns again this fall with even more beer, brats and lederhosen! Celebrations will highlight a vast selection of Virginia beers paired with traditional German cuisine. Oktoberfest celebrations will kick off at noon with the ceremonious tapping of the keg. Lisa Schaffner with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) will do the honors. Spend the day enjoying live music, German dance groups, and over 100 craft and imported brews. A full menu of German food items will also be available, such as giant pretzels with sweet mustard, bratwurst, knockwurst, currywurst, sauerbraten and dumplings with ginger snap gravy, Jaegerschnitzel, German potato salad, red cabbage, spaetzel and sauerkraut. Familes are welcome to enjoy the celebrations. Kids can visit Kinderplatz, a kids area with giant inflateables, face painting, balloon animals and many other family features. Anyone under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The festival has a $3 c… Saturday, September 27, 2014, 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM. 623 E. Main St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit capitalalehouse.com.

Festival of Grapes & Hops at Petersburg Farmer's Market

"Sip in Lincoln Footsteps" at our Annual Grapes and Hops festival featuring tastings of new and classic vintages of Virginia's finest winemaking and craft breweries. It is a wonderful opportunity to leisurely examine the artisans and crafters on display while walking in history in beautiful Old Towne Petersburg. ​ Admission tickets will be sold online and at the gate for the event - each ticket includes a commemorative wine or beer-tasting glass for your tasting enjoyment throughout the day. Enjoy delicious foods, live entertainment, and the opportunity to purchase your favorite wine, microbrew, crafter or artisan collection. Gather you friends and bring them to charming Old Towne Petersburg for a day of sipping, swirling and fun. Details: http://www.festivalofgrapesandhops.com/. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 9 Old Street Petersburg, VA. For more info visit www.festivalofgrapesandhops.com.

10th Annual Original Italian Street Festival at 17th St. Farmers' Market

Sat. Sept. 27th & Sun. Sept. 28th Richmond's 17th Street Market will be magically transformed into an authentic Italian village for this year's 10th Annual Italian Festival. Get ready for the sights, sounds and aromas of the Italian countryside - and a chance to experience what Italian's call "la dolce vita" the sweet life. The festival charity of choice is The Faison School, a non-profit autism center dedicated to providing resources for families of children with autism. It also supports the VCU Italian Studies Program by providing financial assistance to students who are studying our Italian culture and heritage and the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 1700 E. Main St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondgov.com.

Off the Rails Craft Beer Festival at Hanover Arts and Activities Center

The Hanover Arts and Activities Center (The Center) will host the Off The Rails Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, September 27 at The Center, 500 South Center Street, Ashland, VA. The event will offer beers from small, local breweries including the Center of the Universe Brewing Company, Legend Brewery, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Starr Hill Brewery, Bold Rock Cider, Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, and Midnight Brewery. Gourmet food trucks and live music from The Bush League and The Big Payback will be featured. Admission to the event is $10. Adult attendees will receive a commemorative glass with admission, while supplies last. A 2 oz. tasting is $1; full glasses sell for $6. The event is open to all ages to enjoy the food and music. Admission to the festival for children under 12 is free. Festival tickets are available now and may be purchased at The Caboose Wine and Cheese Shop, EVB, at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center, or at the door on Sept. 28. All proceeds from the event will be… Saturday, September 27, 2014, 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM. 500 South Center St. Ashland, VA. For more info visit hanoverarts.org.

VA PrideFest at Brown's Island

With vendors and music galore, Pridefest 2014 will undoubtedly be a fun time. The annual event has grown so much that organizers have moved from last year’s location (Kanawha Plaza) to Brown’s Island. Free. Details: http://www.vapride.org/pridefest2014/. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM. 500 Tredegar St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.vapride.org.

17th Annual Fall Harness Racing Season at Colonial Downs

September 17 – October 26 Description: Watch and wager 10 pari-mutuel harness races every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday starting at 1 PM. The 4th floor Turf Club Dining Room will be open on weekend afternoons from 12:30 – 4:30 PM. Season Highlights: An Ostrich Race & a Camel Race in conjunction with the harness card on Sunday Sept. 21; “Back to the Track” Day on October 5th; “Shucktoberfest” Cornhole Tourney” on October 11th; $350,000 “Day of Champions” on October 26th; VHHA “Own a Horse for a Day” promotion every Saturday Admission: $3; kids 12 & under are free. $19.95 all-inclusive Turf Club admission special includes table seat, buffet lunch, iced tea/lemonade, tax/gratuity, program, tip sheet & 2 simulcast programs Information: 804-966-7223 or http://www.colonialdowns.com. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 10515 Colonial Downs Pkwy New Kent, VA. For more info visit www.colonialdowns.com.

UR Here: Eating on the Avenues Food Tour

Join us along Libbie and Grove avenues in the city’s West End near the University of Richmond for a leisurely afternoon of sauntering, sampling, and shopping. We’ll do less walking than our usual tours and hear from more chefs, owners and–special feature–antique experts at some of Richmond’s finest shops, including Kim Faison Antiques. With stops at fine restaurants and specialty food and wine purveyors, including, depending on the day, such stops as Cafe Caturra, Gearhart’s Chocolates, The Blue Goat, Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe, J. Emerson Wine, Palani Drive, Barrel Thief, Westhampton Pastry Shop, Shyndigz, Yellow Umbrella, The Continental at Westhampton and more, it’s a full afternoon that will leave you full! Tickets are $50 inclusive of ticketing fee and are available at http://realrichmondva.com/upcoming-food-tours/ (804) 840-5318. http://realrichmondva.com/. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 1217 E. Cary St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit realrichmondva.com.

Edgar Allan Poe Haunted Homecoming Tour at Shockoe Cemetery

A dramatic nighttime tour of Shockoe Hill Cemetery, based on the many loved ones of Edgar Allan Poe who are buried there. The tour is led by Poe himself, as he guides visitors through his old haunting grounds and interacts with the "spirits" of those he knew while living in Richmond. Capacity for this unique theatrical tour is very limited. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Admission $18 for adults, $15 for children under 14. All proceeds benefit Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Friday, September 26 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Saturday, September 27 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday, September 28 - 7:00pm Friday, October 03 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Saturday, October 04 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday, October 05 - 7:00pm Tuesday, October 07 - 7:00pm Details: http://www.hauntsofrichmond.com. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. 4th & Hospital St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.hauntsofrichmond.com.

It Was a Very Good Year - Tribute to Frank Sinatra at Gottwald Playhouse

This show is a must see for any Sinatra fan, a multi-extravaganza for the eyes and ears! Tony Sands has incorporated video and stunning graphics that entice you the moment the stage lights dim and the music begins. The show starts with Sinatra's early days with Tommy Dorsey, moving to the bright lights of New York City and to his comeback at Madison Square Garden, the "Main Event." Tony’s uncanny portrayal of Frank's mannerism and singing voice will take the audience on a musical journey. It's as if Frank walked off of the screen and onto the stage to perform for the audience. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind musical tribute to Frank Sinatra starring Tony Sands. $27. http://www.richmondcenterstage.com/event/it-was-very-good-year-tribute-frank-sinatra. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondcenterstage.com.

"Becoming Dr. Ruth" at Hanover Tavern

September 12 – October 19 Hanover Tavern This heartwarming one-woman show retells the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the pioneering radio and television sex therapist. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, this biographical account is filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became “Dr. Ruth”. Suggested for ages 14 and up. $36. Details: http://va-rep.org/show_becoming_dr.html. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"Design for Living" at Triangle Theater

Design for Living by Noel Coward Sept 24 – Oct 18, 2014 Three bohemian artists grapple with the pleasures and challenges of a ménage à trois lifestyle in this sophisticated and innovative comedy that scandalized two continents when it premiered! Gilda loves Otto, and it’s entirely mutual. But Gilda is rather fond of Leo as well. Leo adores Gilda – but come to think of it, Leo and Otto have a bit of history, too. So which of them will pair off, and who’ll be left out in the cold? Well, why should they have to? What’s that all-too-common comment on relationships: “It’s complicated?” This one just happens to be rather more complicated than most! A classic comedy where the morality is in the eye of the beholder. Info - http://www.rtriangle.org/the-season.html. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rtriangle.org.

"Equivocation" at November Theater at Virginia Rep Center

September 26 – October 19 It is 1606, and Shakespeare has been commanded to write a propaganda play about the Gunpowder Plot, in service to King James. Will he agree to be a pawn in the cynical gamesmanship of the king’s spymaster, or will he equivocate—lie by telling the truth? The playwright, his acting company, and a variety of historical figures clash in this high-stakes political thriller about the complexities of the truth and the terrible consequences of compromise. “One of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade.” Variety Suggested for ages 14 and up. Premium $46 | Standard $38 | Value $30 Tickets - http://va-rep.org/show_equivocation.html Free parking - http://va-rep.org/nt_parking.html. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

Cory Branan, Paulo Franoco & The Rateros, Alison Self & The Lonesome Lows at The Camel

$10. Cory Branan - http://corybranan.com/ “Intense dynamics, deep humor, brave production and heavy songwriting: A new voice emerges to run with the greats." - Playboy "Branan’s hushed, dry whiskey voice and his sharp edged, story song lyrics make the appropriately titled Mutt a mongrel that rewards repeated spins…" -American Songwriter with Paulo Franoco & The Rateros, Alison Self & The Lonesome Lows. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00 PM – Sunday, September 28, 2014, 12:00 AM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit thecamel.org.

Ellis Paul – Chris Trapper at Ashland Coffee & Tea

$16 advance; $21 door. Ellis Paul is one of the leading voices in American songwriting. He was a principle leader in the wave of singer/songwriters that emerged from the Boston folk scene, creating a movement that revitalized the national acoustic circuit with an urban, literate, folk pop style that helped renew interest in the genre in the 1990′s. Paul is today regarded as such a classic urban songwriter that it’s hard to fathom what a small-town boy he was. He grew up in northern Maine, in a potato farming community so remote that his exposure to music came almost entirely from the one top-40 station he could get on his radio, and his school band, where he played trumpet well enough to earn a summer scholarship to the Berklee College of Music. Website: http://www.ellispaul.com/. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 100 N. Railroad Ave. Ashland, VA. For more info visit www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.

It Was a Very Good Year - Tribute to Frank Sinatra at CenterStage

$27. This show is a must see for any Sinatra fan, a multi-extravaganza for the eyes and ears! Tony Sands has incorporated video and stunning graphics that entice you the moment the stage lights dim and the music begins. The show starts with Sinatra's early days with Tommy Dorsey, moving to the bright lights of New York City and to his comeback at Madison Square Garden, the "Main Event." Tony’s uncanny portrayal of Frank's mannerism and singing voice will take the audience on a musical journey. It's as if Frank walked off of the screen and onto the stage to perform for the audience. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind musical tribute to Frank Sinatra starring Tony Sands. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondcenterstage.com.

Richmond Symphony Genworth Pops: ABBA – The Music at Carpenter Theatre

Guest Artists: Waterloo – ABBA The Music Take a funky trip back to the days of disco with ABBA - The Music! Experience the mega-group that still sells over 2 million albums a year performed by the renowned Swedish cover band Waterloo with the Richmond Symphony. Don’t miss your chance to experience ABBA’s greatest hits like Take a Chance on Me, Mamma Mia and Dancing Queen. $10-$78. http://www.richmondsymphony.com/events_details.asp?id=308. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondsymphony.com.

Kevin James at CenterStage

$50-$75. Kevin James will perform one night only as part of his national stand-up comedy tour, Kevin James Live! Kevin James is a producer, co-writer and star of the hit comedies Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009), Zookeeper (2011) and Here Comes The Boom (2012). James starred with Adam Sandler in Columbia Pictures’ blockbuster Grown Ups (2010), Grown Ups 2 (2013) and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007). He broke into the film world in 2005 in Columbia Pictures’ Hitch starring opposite Will Smith. The King of Queens, which premiered in 1998, ran for nine seasons on CBS with James starring and executive producing, and it garnered him an Emmy nomination in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The show concluded its run in 2007 but continues to air daily in syndication across the country and around the world. In 2001, James brought his stand-up act to TV with Sweat the Small Stuff, a one-hour special for Comedy Central. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondcenterstage.com.

Edgar Allan Poe Haunted Homecoming Tour at Shockoe Cemetery

A dramatic nighttime tour of Shockoe Hill Cemetery, based on the many loved ones of Edgar Allan Poe who are buried there. The tour is led by Poe himself, as he guides visitors through his old haunting grounds and interacts with the "spirits" of those he knew while living in Richmond. Capacity for this unique theatrical tour is very limited. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Admission $18 for adults, $15 for children under 14. All proceeds benefit Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Friday, September 26 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Saturday, September 27 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday, September 28 - 7:00pm Friday, October 03 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Saturday, October 04 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday, October 05 - 7:00pm Tuesday, October 07 - 7:00pm Details: http://www.hauntsofrichmond.com. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM. 4th & Hospital St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.hauntsofrichmond.com.

Richmond Burlesque Revue at Gallery 5

The Richmond Burlesque Revue brings the best classically inspired burlesque to life onstage at Gallery 5! Featuring a dazzling array of local performers and personalities, curated by Richmond’s own Deepa de Jour, and hosted by Ego von Hubris, there is truly something for everyone! Raffle prizes! Go-go dancing! Vaudeville entertainment! Tickets are $10 advance and $15 at the door (cash only at the door, please!) Doors open at 8, the show starts at 9, and is ages 18+. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 PM – Sunday, September 28, 2014, 12:00 AM. 200 W. Marshall St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit gallery5arts.org.

150th anniversary of the Battles of Fort Harrison / New Market Heights

· Ongoing all day at the Fort Harrison Visitor Center (9:00am to 4:00pm): o Visitor Center open o Family / educational activities o History Trolley tours of the fortifications along Battlefield Park Road and beyond (departing approximately every hour and a half) · Special Programs (at Fort Harrison): o 9:30am: The Battle for Fort Harrison -- History and Historic Photos (Ranger-led tour) o 11:00am: Fields of Fire: Infantry Tactics in 1864 / Cannon's Roar: Artillery at Fort Harrison (firing demonstration) o 12:15pm: The Union Assault on Fort Gilmer (Ranger-led tour) o 2:00pm: Fields of Fire: Infantry Tactics in 1864 / Cannon's Roar: Artillery at Fort Harrison (firing demonstration) o 3:00pm: Meet the Author – Richard Sommers and Doug Crenshaw, authors of published histories of the Battle of Fort Harrison Details: http://www.nps.gov/rich/planyourvisit/fortharrison150th.htm Events: Friday, September 26, 2014 - Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Sunday, September 28, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 8621 Battlefield Park Rd. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.nps.gov.

"Beyond the Walls" at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 – JUNE 30, 2015 In September, the Memorial Foundation for Children Teaching Gallery, located in the MWV Art Education Center, will be transformed into an interactive exhibition where visitors can explore daily life in imperial China. In contrast to the world of the emperor on display in Forbidden City, this hands-on exhibition will provide a glimpse into the home of a merchant-class family who lived in the 18th century. Visitors will be able to interact through activities that include writing Chinese characters on a touch screen and designing personal, virtual seals. There will also be opportunities to unroll and view reproduction scrolls, like those featured in Forbidden City and in VMFA’s East Asian collection, or play traditional musical instruments and games. Whether visiting as part of a school group, or a multigenerational family, the Teaching Gallery exhibition will offer visitors of all ages a new perspective on China’s imperial past. Details: http://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/e… Sunday, September 28, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

Esther Mahlangu: An Artistic Residency at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 – OCTOBER 9, 2014 VMFA gives visitors the unique opportunity to watch the creation of a work of art for the permanent collection. In September, renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu will paint two mural-scale works, which will serve as a gateway to the museum’s African Art Gallery. These 9- by 15-foot works on canvas will be the only major museum commission created by Mahlangu in North America. Mahlangu, works in the traditional Ndebele style of bold, geometric patterns executed on a very large scale. In the late-nineteenth century, the Ndebele women painted the exteriors of their houses in this style as an expression of identity and pride. Over the years, with the development of commercial paints, the original earth tones created from natural pigments have changed to a brighter palette. Mahlangu is first woman and only non-Westerner to paint one of the BMW Art Cars, following in the footsteps of the likes of Warhol and Lichtenstein. As the artist climbs scaffolding and paints… Sunday, September 28, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

Chickahominy Pow Wow Festival at Chickahominy Tribal Grounds

Native Americans from throughout the country will join the Chickahominy Indian Tribe as they celebrate their annual Fall Festival/Pow-Wow on the Chickahominy Tribal Grounds in Charles City, VA. Grounds open 10 a.m.; Grand entry Sat at 12 noon/Sun at 1 p.m. Featuring Native American dancers, drummers, singers & crafters, traditional crafts and skills demonstrators, flute music, historical information displays and food. The longest running traditional Pow-Wow in Virginia, the Chickahominy gathered in 1951 at Samaria Indian School. The Pow-Wow later moved to the current tribal grounds. The Chickahominy people were among those which witnessed the coming of the colonists in 1607. Family event; educational/cultural. Bring lawn chairs. Please, no pets. Free parking/no gate admission. Sat. Sept. 27 & Sun. Sept. 28 - 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Details: http://www.chickahominytribe.org/. Sponsors: CTOWN. HIPP. RIC. Umbrella. VMFA. Sunday, September 28, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 8200 Lott Cary Road Providence Forge, VA. For more info visit www.chickahominytribe.org.

State Fair of Virginia 2014

An annual tradition continues at Meadow Event Park! The Meadow Event Park, birthplace of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, is located off I-95 Exit 98 just past Kings Dominion. There will be rides and attractions, animals, including those that will be born right before or during the fair at the Birthing Center, exhibits, competitions, for starters! There will also be nightly concerts that are free with fair admission. And don't forget the mouth-watering fair food like turkey legs, deep fried Oreos, funnel cakes, cotton candy, and so much more! For more information, including concert schedule, visit the web site. All that you could want in a fair is located in Caroline County! Full Schedule - http://www.statefair.com Music schedule - http://www.statefairva.org/concert-series. Sunday, September 28, 2014, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. 13111 Dawn Blvd. Doswell, VA 23047. For more info visit www.statefair.com.

10th Annual Original Italian Street Festival at 17th St. Farmers' Market

Sat. Sept. 27th & Sun. Sept. 28th Richmond's 17th Street Market will be magically transformed into an authentic Italian village for this year's 10th Annual Italian Festival. Get ready for the sights, sounds and aromas of the Italian countryside - and a chance to experience what Italian's call "la dolce vita" the sweet life. The festival charity of choice is The Faison School, a non-profit autism center dedicated to providing resources for families of children with autism. It also supports the VCU Italian Studies Program by providing financial assistance to students who are studying our Italian culture and heritage and the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program. Sunday, September 28, 2014, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 1700 E. Main St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondgov.com.

17th Annual Fall Harness Racing Season at Colonial Downs

September 17 – October 26 Description: Watch and wager 10 pari-mutuel harness races every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday starting at 1 PM. The 4th floor Turf Club Dining Room will be open on weekend afternoons from 12:30 – 4:30 PM. Season Highlights: An Ostrich Race & a Camel Race in conjunction with the harness card on Sunday Sept. 21; “Back to the Track” Day on October 5th; “Shucktoberfest” Cornhole Tourney” on October 11th; $350,000 “Day of Champions” on October 26th; VHHA “Own a Horse for a Day” promotion every Saturday Admission: $3; kids 12 & under are free. $19.95 all-inclusive Turf Club admission special includes table seat, buffet lunch, iced tea/lemonade, tax/gratuity, program, tip sheet & 2 simulcast programs Information: 804-966-7223 or http://www.colonialdowns.com. Sunday, September 28, 2014, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 10515 Colonial Downs Pkwy New Kent, VA. For more info visit www.colonialdowns.com.

"Becoming Dr. Ruth" at Hanover Tavern

September 12 – October 19 Hanover Tavern This heartwarming one-woman show retells the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the pioneering radio and television sex therapist. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, this biographical account is filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became “Dr. Ruth”. Suggested for ages 14 and up. $36. Details: http://va-rep.org/show_becoming_dr.html. Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"Equivocation" at November Theater at Virginia Rep Center

September 26 – October 19 It is 1606, and Shakespeare has been commanded to write a propaganda play about the Gunpowder Plot, in service to King James. Will he agree to be a pawn in the cynical gamesmanship of the king’s spymaster, or will he equivocate—lie by telling the truth? The playwright, his acting company, and a variety of historical figures clash in this high-stakes political thriller about the complexities of the truth and the terrible consequences of compromise. “One of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade.” Variety Suggested for ages 14 and up. Premium $46 | Standard $38 | Value $30 Tickets - http://va-rep.org/show_equivocation.html Free parking - http://va-rep.org/nt_parking.html. Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

Scott's Addition Walking Tour

Named for General Winfield Scott, this early 20th century commercial and industrial area contains what is perhaps Richmond’s best selection of Art Deco and Moderne commercial architecture. Once the home of the Richmond City Stables and the Moore’s Field baseball stadium, the area today is being revitalized as a business, residential and entertainment district. Meet at the Southwest corner of Boulevard and Norfolk Street, across Boulevard from Movieland. $10 ($5 members), unless otherwise noted. Most do not require reservations. (804) 649-0711 x301. Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Boulevard and Norfolk St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

"Design for Living" at Triangle Theater

Design for Living by Noel Coward Sept 24 – Oct 18, 2014 Three bohemian artists grapple with the pleasures and challenges of a ménage à trois lifestyle in this sophisticated and innovative comedy that scandalized two continents when it premiered! Gilda loves Otto, and it’s entirely mutual. But Gilda is rather fond of Leo as well. Leo adores Gilda – but come to think of it, Leo and Otto have a bit of history, too. So which of them will pair off, and who’ll be left out in the cold? Well, why should they have to? What’s that all-too-common comment on relationships: “It’s complicated?” This one just happens to be rather more complicated than most! A classic comedy where the morality is in the eye of the beholder. Info - http://www.rtriangle.org/the-season.html. Sunday, September 28, 2014, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rtriangle.org.

Save the Arcadian, Chelsea Temple, and The Welcome Hips at The Camel

Save the Arcadian, Chelsea Temple, and The Welcome Hips. Sunday, September 28, 2014, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit thecamel.org.

Edgar Allan Poe Haunted Homecoming Tour at Shockoe Cemetery

A dramatic nighttime tour of Shockoe Hill Cemetery, based on the many loved ones of Edgar Allan Poe who are buried there. The tour is led by Poe himself, as he guides visitors through his old haunting grounds and interacts with the "spirits" of those he knew while living in Richmond. Capacity for this unique theatrical tour is very limited. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Admission $18 for adults, $15 for children under 14. All proceeds benefit Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Friday, September 26 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Saturday, September 27 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday, September 28 - 7:00pm Friday, October 03 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Saturday, October 04 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday, October 05 - 7:00pm Tuesday, October 07 - 7:00pm Details: http://www.hauntsofrichmond.com. Sunday, September 28, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. 4th & Hospital St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.hauntsofrichmond.com.

Broken Bells at The National

Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM $31 ADV | $36 DOS Info - http://www.thenationalva.com/events/detail/broken-bells. Sunday, September 28, 2014, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 708 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thenationalva.com.

150th anniversary of the Battles of Fort Harrison / New Market Heights

Special Programs – "On this date, in this place, at this time" o 6:00am: The Battle of Fort Harrison – September 29, 1864 (Ranger-led tour -- shuttles depart from the Fort Harrison Visitor Center at 5:45am) o 6:00am: The Battle of New Market Heights – September 29, 1864 (Ranger-led tour in partnership with Henrico County Recreation and Parks -- meeting point to be determined) o 9:00am: Fort Harrison's Medals of Honor (Ranger-led tour of sites within Fort Harrison at the time and in the place where medals of honor were earned during the battle) o 11:00am: Repeat tour -- The Battle of Fort Harrison – September 29, 1864 (Ranger-led tour -- shuttles depart from the Fort Harrison Visitor Center at 10:45am) o 11:00am: Repeat tour -- The Battle of New Market Heights – September 29, 1864 (Ranger-led tour in partnership with Henrico County Recreation and Parks -- meeting point to be determined) o 12:30pm: Lunch with the Author – Doug Crenshaw, author of a recently-published history of the Battle of F… Monday, September 29, 2014, 6:00 AM – 2:00 PM. 8621 Battlefield Park Rd. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.nps.gov.

"Beyond the Walls" at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 – JUNE 30, 2015 In September, the Memorial Foundation for Children Teaching Gallery, located in the MWV Art Education Center, will be transformed into an interactive exhibition where visitors can explore daily life in imperial China. In contrast to the world of the emperor on display in Forbidden City, this hands-on exhibition will provide a glimpse into the home of a merchant-class family who lived in the 18th century. Visitors will be able to interact through activities that include writing Chinese characters on a touch screen and designing personal, virtual seals. There will also be opportunities to unroll and view reproduction scrolls, like those featured in Forbidden City and in VMFA’s East Asian collection, or play traditional musical instruments and games. Whether visiting as part of a school group, or a multigenerational family, the Teaching Gallery exhibition will offer visitors of all ages a new perspective on China’s imperial past. Details: http://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/e… Monday, September 29, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

Esther Mahlangu: An Artistic Residency at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 – OCTOBER 9, 2014 VMFA gives visitors the unique opportunity to watch the creation of a work of art for the permanent collection. In September, renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu will paint two mural-scale works, which will serve as a gateway to the museum’s African Art Gallery. These 9- by 15-foot works on canvas will be the only major museum commission created by Mahlangu in North America. Mahlangu, works in the traditional Ndebele style of bold, geometric patterns executed on a very large scale. In the late-nineteenth century, the Ndebele women painted the exteriors of their houses in this style as an expression of identity and pride. Over the years, with the development of commercial paints, the original earth tones created from natural pigments have changed to a brighter palette. Mahlangu is first woman and only non-Westerner to paint one of the BMW Art Cars, following in the footsteps of the likes of Warhol and Lichtenstein. As the artist climbs scaffolding and paints… Monday, September 29, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

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, September 29, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

State Fair of Virginia 2014

An annual tradition continues at Meadow Event Park! The Meadow Event Park, birthplace of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, is located off I-95 Exit 98 just past Kings Dominion. There will be rides and attractions, animals, including those that will be born right before or during the fair at the Birthing Center, exhibits, competitions, for starters! There will also be nightly concerts that are free with fair admission. And don't forget the mouth-watering fair food like turkey legs, deep fried Oreos, funnel cakes, cotton candy, and so much more! For more information, including concert schedule, visit the web site. All that you could want in a fair is located in Caroline County! Full Schedule - http://www.statefair.com Music schedule - http://www.statefairva.org/concert-series. Monday, September 29, 2014, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. 13111 Dawn Blvd. Doswell, VA 23047. For more info visit www.statefair.com.

Griff's Room Band, Psalm Swarr, and Patient Barney Penrose at The Camel

Free. Griff's Room Band, Psalm Swarr, and Patient Barney Penrose. Monday, September 29, 2014, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit thecamel.org.

VCU Music: Tony Martucci, Jazz Drumset at Singleton Performing Arts Center

Tony Martucci is an adjunct professor of drums at VCU, where he teaches private drum set lessons, Jazz Percussion Ensemble and Small Jazz Ensemble, as well as tours with VCU’s Mary Morton Parsons Jazz Masters, a faculty ensemble that presents solo and group sessions at schools throughout Richmond and beyond to acquaint children with jazz. Free. Details: http://arts.vcu.edu/music/2014/08/18/tony-martucci-jazz-drumset/. Monday, September 29, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 922 Park Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

"Beyond the Walls" at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 – JUNE 30, 2015 In September, the Memorial Foundation for Children Teaching Gallery, located in the MWV Art Education Center, will be transformed into an interactive exhibition where visitors can explore daily life in imperial China. In contrast to the world of the emperor on display in Forbidden City, this hands-on exhibition will provide a glimpse into the home of a merchant-class family who lived in the 18th century. Visitors will be able to interact through activities that include writing Chinese characters on a touch screen and designing personal, virtual seals. There will also be opportunities to unroll and view reproduction scrolls, like those featured in Forbidden City and in VMFA’s East Asian collection, or play traditional musical instruments and games. Whether visiting as part of a school group, or a multigenerational family, the Teaching Gallery exhibition will offer visitors of all ages a new perspective on China’s imperial past. Details: http://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/e… Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

Esther Mahlangu: An Artistic Residency at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 – OCTOBER 9, 2014 VMFA gives visitors the unique opportunity to watch the creation of a work of art for the permanent collection. In September, renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu will paint two mural-scale works, which will serve as a gateway to the museum’s African Art Gallery. These 9- by 15-foot works on canvas will be the only major museum commission created by Mahlangu in North America. Mahlangu, works in the traditional Ndebele style of bold, geometric patterns executed on a very large scale. In the late-nineteenth century, the Ndebele women painted the exteriors of their houses in this style as an expression of identity and pride. Over the years, with the development of commercial paints, the original earth tones created from natural pigments have changed to a brighter palette. Mahlangu is first woman and only non-Westerner to paint one of the BMW Art Cars, following in the footsteps of the likes of Warhol and Lichtenstein. As the artist climbs scaffolding and paints… Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

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, September 30, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

State Fair of Virginia 2014

An annual tradition continues at Meadow Event Park! The Meadow Event Park, birthplace of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, is located off I-95 Exit 98 just past Kings Dominion. There will be rides and attractions, animals, including those that will be born right before or during the fair at the Birthing Center, exhibits, competitions, for starters! There will also be nightly concerts that are free with fair admission. And don't forget the mouth-watering fair food like turkey legs, deep fried Oreos, funnel cakes, cotton candy, and so much more! For more information, including concert schedule, visit the web site. All that you could want in a fair is located in Caroline County! Full Schedule - http://www.statefair.com Music schedule - http://www.statefairva.org/concert-series. Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. 13111 Dawn Blvd. Doswell, VA 23047. For more info visit www.statefair.com.

150th anniversary of the Battles of Fort Harrison / New Market Heights

12:30pm: "On this date, in this place, at this time" – The Confederate Counter-Attack at Fort Harrison – September 30, 1864 -- Two ranger-led tours: Following the footsteps of Hoke's Division. Meet at the Fort Harrison parking lot. Following the footsteps of Fields' Division. Meet at Fort Johnson (parking area along Battlefield Park Road north of Fort Harrison). o 2:30pm: Repeat tour -- The Confederate Counter-Attack at Fort Harrison – September 30, 1864 -- Two ranger-led tours: Following the footsteps of Hoke's Division. Meet at the Fort Harrison parking lot. Following the footsteps of Fields' Division. Meet at Fort Johnson (parking area along Battlefield Park Road north of Fort Harrison). o 4:00pm: 150 Years at Fort Harrison (Ranger-led photo discussion) Details: http://www.nps.gov/rich/planyourvisit/fortharrison150th.htm Events: Friday, September 26, 2014 - Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 8621 Battlefield Park Rd. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.nps.gov.

Singer Songwriter Showcase at The Camel

Come out for another showcase featuring smashing Richmond acts It will start right at 7:30pm so don't be late! Sets will be 20 minutes each with some give and take and as always, its FREE!!! Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit thecamel.org.

Mandolin Orange at Ashland Coffee & Tea

$12 advance; $15 door. Over the last few years, Mandolin Orange has shared bills with Rosanne Cash, Chatham County Line, the Steep Canyon Rangers and Abigail Washburn, and traveled as far as the UK to perform at festivals, including Ulster’s 21st Annual Bluegrass Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots, and Hopscotch Music Festival. “Mandolin Orange carries an understanding of tradition and shape it into a thing of beauty. They craft simple songs that go beyond chord progressions and vocal harmonies, leading somehow toward something pure. Using acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin and a hand-me-down fiddle, Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz allure with a heart-worn sensibility. Last year’s Haste Make/ Hard Hearted Stanger combines bluegrass, rock and country for lullabies that swoon.” —Ashleigh Phillips, Independent Weekly. Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 100 N. Railroad Ave. Ashland, VA. For more info visit www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.

"Beyond the Walls" at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 – JUNE 30, 2015 In September, the Memorial Foundation for Children Teaching Gallery, located in the MWV Art Education Center, will be transformed into an interactive exhibition where visitors can explore daily life in imperial China. In contrast to the world of the emperor on display in Forbidden City, this hands-on exhibition will provide a glimpse into the home of a merchant-class family who lived in the 18th century. Visitors will be able to interact through activities that include writing Chinese characters on a touch screen and designing personal, virtual seals. There will also be opportunities to unroll and view reproduction scrolls, like those featured in Forbidden City and in VMFA’s East Asian collection, or play traditional musical instruments and games. Whether visiting as part of a school group, or a multigenerational family, the Teaching Gallery exhibition will offer visitors of all ages a new perspective on China’s imperial past. Details: http://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/e… Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

Esther Mahlangu: An Artistic Residency at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 – OCTOBER 9, 2014 VMFA gives visitors the unique opportunity to watch the creation of a work of art for the permanent collection. In September, renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu will paint two mural-scale works, which will serve as a gateway to the museum’s African Art Gallery. These 9- by 15-foot works on canvas will be the only major museum commission created by Mahlangu in North America. Mahlangu, works in the traditional Ndebele style of bold, geometric patterns executed on a very large scale. In the late-nineteenth century, the Ndebele women painted the exteriors of their houses in this style as an expression of identity and pride. Over the years, with the development of commercial paints, the original earth tones created from natural pigments have changed to a brighter palette. Mahlangu is first woman and only non-Westerner to paint one of the BMW Art Cars, following in the footsteps of the likes of Warhol and Lichtenstein. As the artist climbs scaffolding and paints… Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

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, October 1, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

State Fair of Virginia 2014

An annual tradition continues at Meadow Event Park! The Meadow Event Park, birthplace of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, is located off I-95 Exit 98 just past Kings Dominion. There will be rides and attractions, animals, including those that will be born right before or during the fair at the Birthing Center, exhibits, competitions, for starters! There will also be nightly concerts that are free with fair admission. And don't forget the mouth-watering fair food like turkey legs, deep fried Oreos, funnel cakes, cotton candy, and so much more! For more information, including concert schedule, visit the web site. All that you could want in a fair is located in Caroline County! Full Schedule - http://www.statefair.com Music schedule - http://www.statefairva.org/concert-series. Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. 13111 Dawn Blvd. Doswell, VA 23047. For more info visit www.statefair.com.

17th Annual Fall Harness Racing Season at Colonial Downs

September 17 – October 26 Description: Watch and wager 10 pari-mutuel harness races every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday starting at 1 PM. The 4th floor Turf Club Dining Room will be open on weekend afternoons from 12:30 – 4:30 PM. Season Highlights: An Ostrich Race & a Camel Race in conjunction with the harness card on Sunday Sept. 21; “Back to the Track” Day on October 5th; “Shucktoberfest” Cornhole Tourney” on October 11th; $350,000 “Day of Champions” on October 26th; VHHA “Own a Horse for a Day” promotion every Saturday Admission: $3; kids 12 & under are free. $19.95 all-inclusive Turf Club admission special includes table seat, buffet lunch, iced tea/lemonade, tax/gratuity, program, tip sheet & 2 simulcast programs Information: 804-966-7223 or http://www.colonialdowns.com. Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 10515 Colonial Downs Pkwy New Kent, VA. For more info visit www.colonialdowns.com.

VCU Music: Symphonic Wind Ensemble at Singleton Performing Arts Center

$7. Details: http://arts.vcu.edu/music/2014/08/18/vcu-symphonic-wind-ensemble/. Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 922 Park Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

"Beyond the Walls" at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 – JUNE 30, 2015 In September, the Memorial Foundation for Children Teaching Gallery, located in the MWV Art Education Center, will be transformed into an interactive exhibition where visitors can explore daily life in imperial China. In contrast to the world of the emperor on display in Forbidden City, this hands-on exhibition will provide a glimpse into the home of a merchant-class family who lived in the 18th century. Visitors will be able to interact through activities that include writing Chinese characters on a touch screen and designing personal, virtual seals. There will also be opportunities to unroll and view reproduction scrolls, like those featured in Forbidden City and in VMFA’s East Asian collection, or play traditional musical instruments and games. Whether visiting as part of a school group, or a multigenerational family, the Teaching Gallery exhibition will offer visitors of all ages a new perspective on China’s imperial past. Details: http://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/e… Thursday, October 2, 2014, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

Esther Mahlangu: An Artistic Residency at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 – OCTOBER 9, 2014 VMFA gives visitors the unique opportunity to watch the creation of a work of art for the permanent collection. In September, renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu will paint two mural-scale works, which will serve as a gateway to the museum’s African Art Gallery. These 9- by 15-foot works on canvas will be the only major museum commission created by Mahlangu in North America. Mahlangu, works in the traditional Ndebele style of bold, geometric patterns executed on a very large scale. In the late-nineteenth century, the Ndebele women painted the exteriors of their houses in this style as an expression of identity and pride. Over the years, with the development of commercial paints, the original earth tones created from natural pigments have changed to a brighter palette. Mahlangu is first woman and only non-Westerner to paint one of the BMW Art Cars, following in the footsteps of the likes of Warhol and Lichtenstein. As the artist climbs scaffolding and paints… Thursday, October 2, 2014, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

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, October 2, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

State Fair of Virginia 2014

An annual tradition continues at Meadow Event Park! The Meadow Event Park, birthplace of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, is located off I-95 Exit 98 just past Kings Dominion. There will be rides and attractions, animals, including those that will be born right before or during the fair at the Birthing Center, exhibits, competitions, for starters! There will also be nightly concerts that are free with fair admission. And don't forget the mouth-watering fair food like turkey legs, deep fried Oreos, funnel cakes, cotton candy, and so much more! For more information, including concert schedule, visit the web site. All that you could want in a fair is located in Caroline County! Full Schedule - http://www.statefair.com Music schedule - http://www.statefairva.org/concert-series. Thursday, October 2, 2014, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. 13111 Dawn Blvd. Doswell, VA 23047. For more info visit www.statefair.com.

17th Annual Fall Harness Racing Season at Colonial Downs

September 17 – October 26 Description: Watch and wager 10 pari-mutuel harness races every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday starting at 1 PM. The 4th floor Turf Club Dining Room will be open on weekend afternoons from 12:30 – 4:30 PM. Season Highlights: An Ostrich Race & a Camel Race in conjunction with the harness card on Sunday Sept. 21; “Back to the Track” Day on October 5th; “Shucktoberfest” Cornhole Tourney” on October 11th; $350,000 “Day of Champions” on October 26th; VHHA “Own a Horse for a Day” promotion every Saturday Admission: $3; kids 12 & under are free. $19.95 all-inclusive Turf Club admission special includes table seat, buffet lunch, iced tea/lemonade, tax/gratuity, program, tip sheet & 2 simulcast programs Information: 804-966-7223 or http://www.colonialdowns.com. Thursday, October 2, 2014, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 10515 Colonial Downs Pkwy New Kent, VA. For more info visit www.colonialdowns.com.

Richmond Symphony Rush Hour: Mozart: Symphony No. 36 at CenterStage

$20. One-hour long Rush Hour concerts are a great way to experience live music in an informal and relaxed smaller setting. Held in the Gottwald Playhouse, this concert is conveniently downtown and is a great event for those new to the orchestra experience, as well as for the most die-hard listeners. End your work day with friends and live music! Cimarosa Overture to Il matrimonio segreto Stravinsky Concerto in E-Flat “Dumbarton Oaks” Respighi Trittico Botticelliano Mozart Symphony No. 36 in C Major, “Linz”. Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondcenterstage.com.

An Evening Among: A Spoken Word Event at Gallery 5

Gallery5‘s FREE Spoken Word event at 7pm on the evening of Thursday, October 2nd will feature: Published writers Andrew Blossom & Ryan Ken, some words from local artist, curator, and Richmond aficionado, Angie Huckstep. Herschel Stratego‘s Dave Brockie tribute, A thing or two by local Richmond legend, Coby Batty, Comedy from David Marie-Garland & Melanie Rasnic and…a tale by acclaimed WRIR DJ & respected storyteller Shannon Cleary More on some speakers of the night: Andrew Blossom ~Published short story writer http://www.andrewblossom.com/ab/ http://www.makeoutcreek.com/six/ http://www.miraclemonocle.com/archives/spring2011.html Ryan Kent: ~Frontman for Gritter, Published poet Facebook page: Poems By This Fool http://www.reverbnation.com/rube https://gritterrva.bandcamp.com/ Shannon Cleary ~local DJ for WRIR’s hit show THE COMMONWEALTH OF NOTIONS, festival creator, musician, and storyteller http://wrir.org/index.php?%2Fshows%2Fprogram%2Fcommonwealth_of_notions%2F https://… Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 200 W. Marshall St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit gallery5arts.org.

Frank Coleman and Chris Fuller at Ashland Coffee & Tea

$5. 2 of the area’s most respected and loved musicians gather together for a fun night of original and originally covered music! Part of the “Among Friends” group… Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. 100 N. Railroad Ave. Ashland, VA. For more info visit www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.

"Becoming Dr. Ruth" at Hanover Tavern

September 12 – October 19 Hanover Tavern This heartwarming one-woman show retells the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the pioneering radio and television sex therapist. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, this biographical account is filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became “Dr. Ruth”. Suggested for ages 14 and up. $36. Details: http://va-rep.org/show_becoming_dr.html. Thursday, October 2, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"Design for Living" at Triangle Theater

Design for Living by Noel Coward Sept 24 – Oct 18, 2014 Three bohemian artists grapple with the pleasures and challenges of a ménage à trois lifestyle in this sophisticated and innovative comedy that scandalized two continents when it premiered! Gilda loves Otto, and it’s entirely mutual. But Gilda is rather fond of Leo as well. Leo adores Gilda – but come to think of it, Leo and Otto have a bit of history, too. So which of them will pair off, and who’ll be left out in the cold? Well, why should they have to? What’s that all-too-common comment on relationships: “It’s complicated?” This one just happens to be rather more complicated than most! A classic comedy where the morality is in the eye of the beholder. Info - http://www.rtriangle.org/the-season.html. Thursday, October 2, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rtriangle.org.

"Equivocation" at November Theater at Virginia Rep Center

September 26 – October 19 It is 1606, and Shakespeare has been commanded to write a propaganda play about the Gunpowder Plot, in service to King James. Will he agree to be a pawn in the cynical gamesmanship of the king’s spymaster, or will he equivocate—lie by telling the truth? The playwright, his acting company, and a variety of historical figures clash in this high-stakes political thriller about the complexities of the truth and the terrible consequences of compromise. “One of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade.” Variety Suggested for ages 14 and up. Premium $46 | Standard $38 | Value $30 Tickets - http://va-rep.org/show_equivocation.html Free parking - http://va-rep.org/nt_parking.html. Thursday, October 2, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"Beyond the Walls" at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 – JUNE 30, 2015 In September, the Memorial Foundation for Children Teaching Gallery, located in the MWV Art Education Center, will be transformed into an interactive exhibition where visitors can explore daily life in imperial China. In contrast to the world of the emperor on display in Forbidden City, this hands-on exhibition will provide a glimpse into the home of a merchant-class family who lived in the 18th century. Visitors will be able to interact through activities that include writing Chinese characters on a touch screen and designing personal, virtual seals. There will also be opportunities to unroll and view reproduction scrolls, like those featured in Forbidden City and in VMFA’s East Asian collection, or play traditional musical instruments and games. Whether visiting as part of a school group, or a multigenerational family, the Teaching Gallery exhibition will offer visitors of all ages a new perspective on China’s imperial past. Details: http://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/e… Friday, October 3, 2014, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

Esther Mahlangu: An Artistic Residency at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 – OCTOBER 9, 2014 VMFA gives visitors the unique opportunity to watch the creation of a work of art for the permanent collection. In September, renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu will paint two mural-scale works, which will serve as a gateway to the museum’s African Art Gallery. These 9- by 15-foot works on canvas will be the only major museum commission created by Mahlangu in North America. Mahlangu, works in the traditional Ndebele style of bold, geometric patterns executed on a very large scale. In the late-nineteenth century, the Ndebele women painted the exteriors of their houses in this style as an expression of identity and pride. Over the years, with the development of commercial paints, the original earth tones created from natural pigments have changed to a brighter palette. Mahlangu is first woman and only non-Westerner to paint one of the BMW Art Cars, following in the footsteps of the likes of Warhol and Lichtenstein. As the artist climbs scaffolding and paints… Friday, October 3, 2014, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

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, October 3, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

State Fair of Virginia 2014

An annual tradition continues at Meadow Event Park! The Meadow Event Park, birthplace of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, is located off I-95 Exit 98 just past Kings Dominion. There will be rides and attractions, animals, including those that will be born right before or during the fair at the Birthing Center, exhibits, competitions, for starters! There will also be nightly concerts that are free with fair admission. And don't forget the mouth-watering fair food like turkey legs, deep fried Oreos, funnel cakes, cotton candy, and so much more! For more information, including concert schedule, visit the web site. All that you could want in a fair is located in Caroline County! Full Schedule - http://www.statefair.com Music schedule - http://www.statefairva.org/concert-series. Friday, October 3, 2014, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. 13111 Dawn Blvd. Doswell, VA 23047. For more info visit www.statefair.com.

LEGO KidsFest at Convention Center

The LEGO KidsFest national tour stops at the Greater Richmond Convention Center October 3 -5, 2014, bringing all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in this three acre activity- and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests. Friday, October 3 4 pm - 8:30 pm Saturday, October 4 Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm Session II: 3 pm – 7:30 pm Sunday, October 5 Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm Session II: 3 pm – 7:30 pm (Note: Each session offers the same exhibits and activities) Admission: 2 & under - FREE; 3-17: $20 18 & up: $22; 65 & up: $20 Details: http://www.legokidsfest.com/richmond/. Friday, October 3, 2014, 4:00 PM – 8:30 PM. 401 N. 5th St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.legokidsfest.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, October 3, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Adams & Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit rvafirstfridays.com.

Creepy Hollow Scream Park

Complete schedule and tickets - http://www.richmondscreams.com/ Creepy Hollow Scream Park is Richmond's Ultimate Halloween destination, with more monsters, more frights and more fun! Each night we have well over 50 live actors monsters, incredible animatronics, amazing illusions and acres of screams. Join us for Richmond's legendary Creepy Hollow Hayride and dare to venture into Scream Forest, the most intense haunt in Virginia! We are located just 10 minutes from Short Pump and are open select nights in October. Creepy Hollow Scream Park is scary entertainment and may not be appropriate for small children or those faint of heart. Creepy Hollow Hayride Take a narrated tractor drawn hayride into the depths of Creepy Hollow. Experience first hand the horrors of Dr. Ulysses S. Farrington's experiments deep within the woods of the Hollow. As you ride through the dark woods, you'll feel the breath of the spirits encircling you,and you'll witness what has become of those not fortunate enough to escape fro… Friday, October 3, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 14435 Stone Horse Creek Rd. Glen Allen, VA. For more info visit www.richmondscreams.com.

Edgar Allan Poe Haunted Homecoming Tour at Shockoe Cemetery

A dramatic nighttime tour of Shockoe Hill Cemetery, based on the many loved ones of Edgar Allan Poe who are buried there. The tour is led by Poe himself, as he guides visitors through his old haunting grounds and interacts with the "spirits" of those he knew while living in Richmond. Capacity for this unique theatrical tour is very limited. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Admission $18 for adults, $15 for children under 14. All proceeds benefit Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Friday, September 26 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Saturday, September 27 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday, September 28 - 7:00pm Friday, October 03 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Saturday, October 04 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday, October 05 - 7:00pm Tuesday, October 07 - 7:00pm Details: http://www.hauntsofrichmond.com. Friday, October 3, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. 4th & Hospital St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.hauntsofrichmond.com.

"Becoming Dr. Ruth" at Hanover Tavern

September 12 – October 19 Hanover Tavern This heartwarming one-woman show retells the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the pioneering radio and television sex therapist. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, this biographical account is filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became “Dr. Ruth”. Suggested for ages 14 and up. $36. Details: http://va-rep.org/show_becoming_dr.html. Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"Design for Living" at Triangle Theater

Design for Living by Noel Coward Sept 24 – Oct 18, 2014 Three bohemian artists grapple with the pleasures and challenges of a ménage à trois lifestyle in this sophisticated and innovative comedy that scandalized two continents when it premiered! Gilda loves Otto, and it’s entirely mutual. But Gilda is rather fond of Leo as well. Leo adores Gilda – but come to think of it, Leo and Otto have a bit of history, too. So which of them will pair off, and who’ll be left out in the cold? Well, why should they have to? What’s that all-too-common comment on relationships: “It’s complicated?” This one just happens to be rather more complicated than most! A classic comedy where the morality is in the eye of the beholder. Info - http://www.rtriangle.org/the-season.html. Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rtriangle.org.

"Equivocation" at November Theater at Virginia Rep Center

September 26 – October 19 It is 1606, and Shakespeare has been commanded to write a propaganda play about the Gunpowder Plot, in service to King James. Will he agree to be a pawn in the cynical gamesmanship of the king’s spymaster, or will he equivocate—lie by telling the truth? The playwright, his acting company, and a variety of historical figures clash in this high-stakes political thriller about the complexities of the truth and the terrible consequences of compromise. “One of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade.” Variety Suggested for ages 14 and up. Premium $46 | Standard $38 | Value $30 Tickets - http://va-rep.org/show_equivocation.html Free parking - http://va-rep.org/nt_parking.html. Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

The Legwarmers - Ultimate 80's Experience at The National

Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM $16 Info - http://www.thenationalva.com/events/detail/the-legwarmers-ultimate-80s-experience-4 Remember the Eighties? Sure, we all do...but the Legwarmers don't just remember the Eighties - they relive them. It all started back in May 2001 when Gordon Gartrell and Cru Jones had just seen yet another cover band butcher the decade that they loved, so they decided to do something about it. They assembled a group and vowed to give the world's most hedonistic decade the tribute it deserved. Joined by Chet Reno, Lavaar Huxtable, Cyndi Sindee, Capt. Morgan Pondo and Clarence McFly, they locked themselves in the basement with a shoebox-full of dusty 45's and an endless supply of Tab. One year later, the Legwarmers emerged. Quickly taking the DC area by storm, shows became events for those in search of a simpler time when everybody was just working for the weekend and it was hip to be square. From the Simmons electronic drum kit to the checkered vans and skinny ties - the Legwa… Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 708 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thenationalva.com.

VCU Music: Victor Dvoskin, Jazz Bass, at Singleton Performing Arts Center

Bassist Victor Dvoskin has performed internationally for more than 25 years, releasing more than 25 jazz recordings in Russia, the U.S. France and Israel. He has performed with Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, the Great American Music Ensemble, Gary Bartz, René Marie, Joe Locke, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Nick Brignola, Jon Faddis, Joe Kennedy Jr. and Christian McBride. He has performed at such venues as Bratislava Jazz Days, Jazz Yatra, Le Mans Jazz Festival, Prague Jazz Festival, Leipziger Jazztag, Helsinki Jazz Festival, Grenoble Jazz Festival and Red Sea Jazz Festival, plus regional performances at such locales as Wolftrap, Blues Alley and One Step Down. Free. Details: http://arts.vcu.edu/music/2014/08/18/victor-dvoskin-jazz-bass/. Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 922 Park Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

Virginia Opera: "Sweeney Todd" at Carpenter Theater

October 3 - 8:00pm October 5 - 2:30pm Tickets - $24-$114 http://www.vaopera.org The cautionary tale of Sweeney Todd—a barber unjustly imprisoned by a corrupt judge—is gleefully dark entertainment. Todd returns to London, mad with revenge after his incarceration, and promptly slits the throats of the unlucky customers who enter his barbershop. But what to do with those pesky bodies? Enter Mrs. Lovett—his neighbor with a very secret recipe. Their gruesome plan seems to work... until things take a turn for the domestic and the Demon Barber's past catches up to him. Stephen Sondheim wrote the tuneful music and witty lyrics for this Tony Award-winning thriller. Director Ron Daniels, the original co-author of the stage adaptation that inspired the musical, is in his prime with this "killer production"* that features "the best of both opera and Broadway worlds.". Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.vaopera.org.

Edgar Allan Poe Haunted Homecoming Tour at Shockoe Cemetery

A dramatic nighttime tour of Shockoe Hill Cemetery, based on the many loved ones of Edgar Allan Poe who are buried there. The tour is led by Poe himself, as he guides visitors through his old haunting grounds and interacts with the "spirits" of those he knew while living in Richmond. Capacity for this unique theatrical tour is very limited. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Admission $18 for adults, $15 for children under 14. All proceeds benefit Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Friday, September 26 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Saturday, September 27 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday, September 28 - 7:00pm Friday, October 03 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Saturday, October 04 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday, October 05 - 7:00pm Tuesday, October 07 - 7:00pm Details: http://www.hauntsofrichmond.com. Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM. 4th & Hospital St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.hauntsofrichmond.com.

Martin's Tour of Richmond

Sports Backers host the third MARTIN’S Tour of Richmond cycling event on Saturday, October 4 beginning at RIR. This Gran Fondo will feature a full 102-mile loop around Richmond and eight regional localities as well as a 58-mile option and a 29-mile option. Register in advance or walk up. Online registration ends midnight Oct. 4. Details: http://www.sportsbackers.org/events/tour-richmond. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.sportsbackers.org.

Lakeside Farmers' Market

http://www.lakesidefarmersmarket.net The market is open April-December, two days per week. Wednesdays 8AM til dusk. Most vendors stay the entire day and continue selling between market times. Open Saturdays 8AM til noon. Lakeside Farmers' Market offers Local Seasonal Produce, Meats, Cheeses and Baked Goods and Hand Made Items from Local Artists. Arts, Crafts, Dining, Housewares, and Jewelry are located in the retail shops adjacent to the market. New this year, "LAKESIDE FARMERS' MARKET TOO!" This is an indoor option adjacent to the Farmers' Market Pavilion. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 6110 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lakesidefarmersmarket.net.

South of the James Market at Forest Hill Park

The South of the James Farmers Market is an open-air producer-only market where farmers and artisans sell locally-grown and hand-made items including: Vegetables, fruit, plants & flowers Meat, cheese, eggs & honey Jewelry, pottery, art, candles, clothing & knitted items Soaps, lotions & essential oils Baked goods & other prepared foods Located in beautiful Forest Hill Park, the South of the James Market is on Saturdays May through early December and runs from 8am to 12pm. http://growrva.com/markets/. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. New Kent Ave. & 42nd St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit growrva.com.

St. Stephen's Farmers' Market

Locally produced seasonal vegetables, fruit, herbs, eggs, poultry, beef, pork, flowers, bread, cheese, pasta and other foods are available. In addition, the market features local artisans, locally roasted coffee, and much more. Open Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon, May through October. Ample free parking. Info - http://www.saintstephensrichmond.net/farmersmarket. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 6000 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.saintstephensrichmond.net.

LEGO KidsFest at Convention Center

The LEGO KidsFest national tour stops at the Greater Richmond Convention Center October 3 -5, 2014, bringing all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in this three acre activity- and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests. Friday, October 3 4 pm - 8:30 pm Saturday, October 4 Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm Session II: 3 pm – 7:30 pm Sunday, October 5 Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm Session II: 3 pm – 7:30 pm (Note: Each session offers the same exhibits and activities) Admission: 2 & under - FREE; 3-17: $20 18 & up: $22; 65 & up: $20 Details: http://www.legokidsfest.com/richmond/. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM. 401 N. 5th St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.legokidsfest.com.

"Beyond the Walls" at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 – JUNE 30, 2015 In September, the Memorial Foundation for Children Teaching Gallery, located in the MWV Art Education Center, will be transformed into an interactive exhibition where visitors can explore daily life in imperial China. In contrast to the world of the emperor on display in Forbidden City, this hands-on exhibition will provide a glimpse into the home of a merchant-class family who lived in the 18th century. Visitors will be able to interact through activities that include writing Chinese characters on a touch screen and designing personal, virtual seals. There will also be opportunities to unroll and view reproduction scrolls, like those featured in Forbidden City and in VMFA’s East Asian collection, or play traditional musical instruments and games. Whether visiting as part of a school group, or a multigenerational family, the Teaching Gallery exhibition will offer visitors of all ages a new perspective on China’s imperial past. Details: http://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/e… Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

Esther Mahlangu: An Artistic Residency at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 – OCTOBER 9, 2014 VMFA gives visitors the unique opportunity to watch the creation of a work of art for the permanent collection. In September, renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu will paint two mural-scale works, which will serve as a gateway to the museum’s African Art Gallery. These 9- by 15-foot works on canvas will be the only major museum commission created by Mahlangu in North America. Mahlangu, works in the traditional Ndebele style of bold, geometric patterns executed on a very large scale. In the late-nineteenth century, the Ndebele women painted the exteriors of their houses in this style as an expression of identity and pride. Over the years, with the development of commercial paints, the original earth tones created from natural pigments have changed to a brighter palette. Mahlangu is first woman and only non-Westerner to paint one of the BMW Art Cars, following in the footsteps of the likes of Warhol and Lichtenstein. As the artist climbs scaffolding and paints… Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

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, October 4, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

State Fair of Virginia 2014

An annual tradition continues at Meadow Event Park! The Meadow Event Park, birthplace of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, is located off I-95 Exit 98 just past Kings Dominion. There will be rides and attractions, animals, including those that will be born right before or during the fair at the Birthing Center, exhibits, competitions, for starters! There will also be nightly concerts that are free with fair admission. And don't forget the mouth-watering fair food like turkey legs, deep fried Oreos, funnel cakes, cotton candy, and so much more! For more information, including concert schedule, visit the web site. All that you could want in a fair is located in Caroline County! Full Schedule - http://www.statefair.com Music schedule - http://www.statefairva.org/concert-series. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. 13111 Dawn Blvd. Doswell, VA 23047. For more info visit www.statefair.com.

Richmond Cathedral International Food Festival

http://www.richmondcathedral.org/iff.html The International Food Festival showcases the richness of Richmond’s diverse community while promoting its respect and appreciation for all cultures. Featured are international cuisine, dancing and music from around the world. The International Food Festival is a celebration of our cultural diversity with something for everyone including: • Authentic ethnic food from each corner of the globe • Great selection of domestic and imported beers and wines • Unique music and dancing entertainment • Fun and interactive games and activities for children The parishioners of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart make up a culturally diverse, metropolitan Catholic community of over 1,000 parishioners from throughout the area. This event takes place on the street surrounding the Cathedral, located across the street from Monroe Park. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM. 800 S. Cathedral Pl Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondcathedral.org.

2nd Street Festival in Jackson Ward

The hands of time are turned back to the past when 2nd Street was the heart and soul of Richmond’s African-American community. Attendees enjoy live music, R&B, Jazz, fashion shows, gospel music, the children's area and performances by many community groups on four stages. They also enjoy the marketplace, delicious food and reuniting with family, friends, classmates and acquaintances. Hours are noon-9 p.m. on Saturday and noon- 6p.m. on Sunday. For more information call 804-788-6466 or visit web site. Free admission. Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m. http://www.venturerichmond.com/events/venture/secondstreet.html. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM. 500 N. 2nd St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.venturerichmond.com.

Hogtober Fest at Libby Hill Park

If you've been missing the 30-year tradition of a barbeque festival in historic Church Hill, you will be tickled hog pink with this NEW fall BBQ festival, HOGTOBER. The Tradition that Was, High On the Hog, celebrated by Richmonders in historic Church Hill on Libby Hill Park, was a celebration of good neighbors and good cheer. Organized and run by the friends and families in the Church Hill neighborhood, High On the Hog ended on a "high" note in 2006. The new festival, HOGTOBER is not affiliated with the High On the Hog originators. BBQ: Local legends Buz &Ned's, Extra Billy's and Halligan Bar and Grill, will be serving up delicious barbeque. Be sure to make a hog of yourself and try all of them. Family Fun: Balloon artists and face painting will be just the thing to send your little piglets home happy. Kids arts and crafts play stations will be the hot spot for all the young ones. Pig Skin Toss: Local celebs, mascots, and community leaders will have their chance to go head-to-head in a competitive… Saturday, October 4, 2014, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM. 28th & Franklin St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.styleweekly.com.

OystoberFest at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church

RICHMOND’S FAVORITE OYSTER ROAST Fried, grilled and raw oysters are the main event, with brats and other grilled options available. Beer and other refreshments will be available. A day full of live music including The Orderlies, Maki, Endymion, Side Tracked and East of Afton. The Kids’ Zone will include a moon-bounce, slides and more. Prizes will be raffled all day; prizes include brand-new Apple ipad. All the events oyster shells will be collected for use in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) Save Oysters Shells program – and CBF will be on hand to answers questions about their programs including S.O.S. Info: OystoberFest - http://www.oystoberfest.com/. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 3602 Hawthorne Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.oystoberfest.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, October 4, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. 500 Tredegar St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.tredegar.org.

17th Annual Fall Harness Racing Season at Colonial Downs

September 17 – October 26 Description: Watch and wager 10 pari-mutuel harness races every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday starting at 1 PM. The 4th floor Turf Club Dining Room will be open on weekend afternoons from 12:30 – 4:30 PM. Season Highlights: An Ostrich Race & a Camel Race in conjunction with the harness card on Sunday Sept. 21; “Back to the Track” Day on October 5th; “Shucktoberfest” Cornhole Tourney” on October 11th; $350,000 “Day of Champions” on October 26th; VHHA “Own a Horse for a Day” promotion every Saturday Admission: $3; kids 12 & under are free. $19.95 all-inclusive Turf Club admission special includes table seat, buffet lunch, iced tea/lemonade, tax/gratuity, program, tip sheet & 2 simulcast programs Information: 804-966-7223 or http://www.colonialdowns.com. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 10515 Colonial Downs Pkwy New Kent, VA. For more info visit www.colonialdowns.com.

Creepy Hollow Scream Park

Complete schedule and tickets - http://www.richmondscreams.com/ Creepy Hollow Scream Park is Richmond's Ultimate Halloween destination, with more monsters, more frights and more fun! Each night we have well over 50 live actors monsters, incredible animatronics, amazing illusions and acres of screams. Join us for Richmond's legendary Creepy Hollow Hayride and dare to venture into Scream Forest, the most intense haunt in Virginia! We are located just 10 minutes from Short Pump and are open select nights in October. Creepy Hollow Scream Park is scary entertainment and may not be appropriate for small children or those faint of heart. Creepy Hollow Hayride Take a narrated tractor drawn hayride into the depths of Creepy Hollow. Experience first hand the horrors of Dr. Ulysses S. Farrington's experiments deep within the woods of the Hollow. As you ride through the dark woods, you'll feel the breath of the spirits encircling you,and you'll witness what has become of those not fortunate enough to escape fro… Saturday, October 4, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 14435 Stone Horse Creek Rd. Glen Allen, VA. For more info visit www.richmondscreams.com.

Edgar Allan Poe Haunted Homecoming Tour at Shockoe Cemetery

A dramatic nighttime tour of Shockoe Hill Cemetery, based on the many loved ones of Edgar Allan Poe who are buried there. The tour is led by Poe himself, as he guides visitors through his old haunting grounds and interacts with the "spirits" of those he knew while living in Richmond. Capacity for this unique theatrical tour is very limited. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Admission $18 for adults, $15 for children under 14. All proceeds benefit Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Friday, September 26 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Saturday, September 27 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday, September 28 - 7:00pm Friday, October 03 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Saturday, October 04 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday, October 05 - 7:00pm Tuesday, October 07 - 7:00pm Details: http://www.hauntsofrichmond.com. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. 4th & Hospital St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.hauntsofrichmond.com.

"Becoming Dr. Ruth" at Hanover Tavern

September 12 – October 19 Hanover Tavern This heartwarming one-woman show retells the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the pioneering radio and television sex therapist. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, this biographical account is filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became “Dr. Ruth”. Suggested for ages 14 and up. $36. Details: http://va-rep.org/show_becoming_dr.html. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"Design for Living" at Triangle Theater

Design for Living by Noel Coward Sept 24 – Oct 18, 2014 Three bohemian artists grapple with the pleasures and challenges of a ménage à trois lifestyle in this sophisticated and innovative comedy that scandalized two continents when it premiered! Gilda loves Otto, and it’s entirely mutual. But Gilda is rather fond of Leo as well. Leo adores Gilda – but come to think of it, Leo and Otto have a bit of history, too. So which of them will pair off, and who’ll be left out in the cold? Well, why should they have to? What’s that all-too-common comment on relationships: “It’s complicated?” This one just happens to be rather more complicated than most! A classic comedy where the morality is in the eye of the beholder. Info - http://www.rtriangle.org/the-season.html. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rtriangle.org.

"Equivocation" at November Theater at Virginia Rep Center

September 26 – October 19 It is 1606, and Shakespeare has been commanded to write a propaganda play about the Gunpowder Plot, in service to King James. Will he agree to be a pawn in the cynical gamesmanship of the king’s spymaster, or will he equivocate—lie by telling the truth? The playwright, his acting company, and a variety of historical figures clash in this high-stakes political thriller about the complexities of the truth and the terrible consequences of compromise. “One of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade.” Variety Suggested for ages 14 and up. Premium $46 | Standard $38 | Value $30 Tickets - http://va-rep.org/show_equivocation.html Free parking - http://va-rep.org/nt_parking.html. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

The Trongone Band at Ashland Coffee & Tea

$5 advance; $10 door. The Trongone band is a music lover’s band. They live in the space that rests between the tension of the familiar and the truly distinct. At its core, the family unit portion of the band, brothers Johnny and Andrew and papa John Trongone, who give the band its name, lay the foundation, the natural cohesion that comes with an intimate familial bond. Similarly their choice of Rock and Americana covers connects with the listener at primal, yet comforting level. What sets this group apart is the inclusion of a diverse and district accompaniment. Mark Ingraham a local legend, who plays with hallmark groups like the D.J. Williams Projekt, musical prodigy Matt Zavitz, and Ben “Wolf” White from the Former Champions, all lend their respective and unique talents that make up this truly awesome powerhouse. Website:http://www.trongoneband.com. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 100 N. Railroad Ave. Ashland, VA. For more info visit www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.

Amy Schumer at CenterStage

$40. Amy Schumer is quickly becoming the hottest star in the world of comedy, with her blend of wholesome, girl-next-door looks and edgy comedy. Amy is the creator, star and writer of Inside Amy Schumer, her Comedy Central television show which will premiere on April 30th. Amy is coming off her one-hour stand-up special, Mostly Sex Stuff, which became Comedy Central’s second-highest rated special this year. She was one of the featured comedians on Comedy Central’s Roast of Roseanne, following her breakout performance on the 2011 Roast of Charlie Sheen. Amy was most recently on Louie and in Season 2 of HBO’s Girls. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondcenterstage.com.

Amy Schumer at CenterStage

Amy Schumer is quickly becoming the hottest star in the world of comedy, with her blend of wholesome, girl-next-door looks and edgy comedy. Amy is the creator, star and writer of Inside Amy Schumer, her Comedy Central television show which will premiere on April 30th. Amy is coming off her one-hour stand-up special, Mostly Sex Stuff, which became Comedy Central’s second-highest rated special this year. She was one of the featured comedians on Comedy Central’s Roast of Roseanne, following her breakout performance on the 2011 Roast of Charlie Sheen. Amy was most recently on Louie and in Season 2 of HBO’s Girls. $41.50 http://www.richmondcenterstage.com/event/amy-schumer. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondcenterstage.com.

Edgar Allan Poe Haunted Homecoming Tour at Shockoe Cemetery

A dramatic nighttime tour of Shockoe Hill Cemetery, based on the many loved ones of Edgar Allan Poe who are buried there. The tour is led by Poe himself, as he guides visitors through his old haunting grounds and interacts with the "spirits" of those he knew while living in Richmond. Capacity for this unique theatrical tour is very limited. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Admission $18 for adults, $15 for children under 14. All proceeds benefit Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Friday, September 26 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Saturday, September 27 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday, September 28 - 7:00pm Friday, October 03 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Saturday, October 04 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday, October 05 - 7:00pm Tuesday, October 07 - 7:00pm Details: http://www.hauntsofrichmond.com. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM. 4th & Hospital St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.hauntsofrichmond.com.

LEGO KidsFest at Convention Center

The LEGO KidsFest national tour stops at the Greater Richmond Convention Center October 3 -5, 2014, bringing all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in this three acre activity- and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests. Friday, October 3 4 pm - 8:30 pm Saturday, October 4 Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm Session II: 3 pm – 7:30 pm Sunday, October 5 Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm Session II: 3 pm – 7:30 pm (Note: Each session offers the same exhibits and activities) Admission: 2 & under - FREE; 3-17: $20 18 & up: $22; 65 & up: $20 Details: http://www.legokidsfest.com/richmond/. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM. 401 N. 5th St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.legokidsfest.com.

"Beyond the Walls" at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 – JUNE 30, 2015 In September, the Memorial Foundation for Children Teaching Gallery, located in the MWV Art Education Center, will be transformed into an interactive exhibition where visitors can explore daily life in imperial China. In contrast to the world of the emperor on display in Forbidden City, this hands-on exhibition will provide a glimpse into the home of a merchant-class family who lived in the 18th century. Visitors will be able to interact through activities that include writing Chinese characters on a touch screen and designing personal, virtual seals. There will also be opportunities to unroll and view reproduction scrolls, like those featured in Forbidden City and in VMFA’s East Asian collection, or play traditional musical instruments and games. Whether visiting as part of a school group, or a multigenerational family, the Teaching Gallery exhibition will offer visitors of all ages a new perspective on China’s imperial past. Details: http://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/e… Sunday, October 5, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

Esther Mahlangu: An Artistic Residency at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 – OCTOBER 9, 2014 VMFA gives visitors the unique opportunity to watch the creation of a work of art for the permanent collection. In September, renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu will paint two mural-scale works, which will serve as a gateway to the museum’s African Art Gallery. These 9- by 15-foot works on canvas will be the only major museum commission created by Mahlangu in North America. Mahlangu, works in the traditional Ndebele style of bold, geometric patterns executed on a very large scale. In the late-nineteenth century, the Ndebele women painted the exteriors of their houses in this style as an expression of identity and pride. Over the years, with the development of commercial paints, the original earth tones created from natural pigments have changed to a brighter palette. Mahlangu is first woman and only non-Westerner to paint one of the BMW Art Cars, following in the footsteps of the likes of Warhol and Lichtenstein. As the artist climbs scaffolding and paints… Sunday, October 5, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

State Fair of Virginia 2014

An annual tradition continues at Meadow Event Park! The Meadow Event Park, birthplace of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, is located off I-95 Exit 98 just past Kings Dominion. There will be rides and attractions, animals, including those that will be born right before or during the fair at the Birthing Center, exhibits, competitions, for starters! There will also be nightly concerts that are free with fair admission. And don't forget the mouth-watering fair food like turkey legs, deep fried Oreos, funnel cakes, cotton candy, and so much more! For more information, including concert schedule, visit the web site. All that you could want in a fair is located in Caroline County! Full Schedule - http://www.statefair.com Music schedule - http://www.statefairva.org/concert-series. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. 13111 Dawn Blvd. Doswell, VA 23047. For more info visit www.statefair.com.

2nd Street Festival in Jackson Ward

The hands of time are turned back to the past when 2nd Street was the heart and soul of Richmond’s African-American community. Attendees enjoy live music, R&B, Jazz, fashion shows, gospel music, the children's area and performances by many community groups on four stages. They also enjoy the marketplace, delicious food and reuniting with family, friends, classmates and acquaintances. Hours are noon-9 p.m. on Saturday and noon- 6p.m. on Sunday. For more information call 804-788-6466 or visit web site. Free admission. Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m. http://www.venturerichmond.com/events/venture/secondstreet.html. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM. 500 N. 2nd St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.venturerichmond.com.

A Taste of Carytown Food and Wine Festival

The 10th Annual Food and Wine Festival "A Taste of Carytown" is coming to the streets of Carytown. Hail the finer things in life. The Food and Wine festival spotlights not only the great wines of the region, but the incredible food that is prepared by area restaurants. From the traditional to the exotic, this festival grows every year. $15/advance $20/gate. Your ticket includes a souvenir wine glass and wine tasting. Special $10 Designated Driver price at gate w/free soft drinks. All ages are welcome, children 12 and under get in free with a paid adult. Info: http://www.carytownrva.com/events/food---wine-festival.php. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 3140 W. Cary St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.carytownrva.com.

17th Annual Fall Harness Racing Season at Colonial Downs

September 17 – October 26 Description: Watch and wager 10 pari-mutuel harness races every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday starting at 1 PM. The 4th floor Turf Club Dining Room will be open on weekend afternoons from 12:30 – 4:30 PM. Season Highlights: An Ostrich Race & a Camel Race in conjunction with the harness card on Sunday Sept. 21; “Back to the Track” Day on October 5th; “Shucktoberfest” Cornhole Tourney” on October 11th; $350,000 “Day of Champions” on October 26th; VHHA “Own a Horse for a Day” promotion every Saturday Admission: $3; kids 12 & under are free. $19.95 all-inclusive Turf Club admission special includes table seat, buffet lunch, iced tea/lemonade, tax/gratuity, program, tip sheet & 2 simulcast programs Information: 804-966-7223 or http://www.colonialdowns.com. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 10515 Colonial Downs Pkwy New Kent, VA. For more info visit www.colonialdowns.com.

"Becoming Dr. Ruth" at Hanover Tavern

September 12 – October 19 Hanover Tavern This heartwarming one-woman show retells the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the pioneering radio and television sex therapist. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, this biographical account is filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became “Dr. Ruth”. Suggested for ages 14 and up. $36. Details: http://va-rep.org/show_becoming_dr.html. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"Equivocation" at November Theater at Virginia Rep Center

September 26 – October 19 It is 1606, and Shakespeare has been commanded to write a propaganda play about the Gunpowder Plot, in service to King James. Will he agree to be a pawn in the cynical gamesmanship of the king’s spymaster, or will he equivocate—lie by telling the truth? The playwright, his acting company, and a variety of historical figures clash in this high-stakes political thriller about the complexities of the truth and the terrible consequences of compromise. “One of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade.” Variety Suggested for ages 14 and up. Premium $46 | Standard $38 | Value $30 Tickets - http://va-rep.org/show_equivocation.html Free parking - http://va-rep.org/nt_parking.html. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"Wait Until Dark" at Firehouse Theater

Sept. 18- Oct. 18 An apartment in Greenwich Village becomes the site of theatre’s most terrifying game of cat and mouse. Desperate to reclaim a mysterious doll stuffed with illegal drugs, a con man lays a trap to ensnare a blind woman. With the help of his criminal cohorts and a few clever disguises, he spins a tale to fool the innocent and unsuspecting woman. But when the doll can’t be found, the situation spirals out of control. From the author of Dial “M” for Murder, Wait Until Dark proves that what you can’t see can most definitely hurt you. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 1609 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.firehousetheatre.org.

Carytown and the Byrd Theatre, Revisited Walking Tour

From buffalo trail to streetcar suburb, Carytown's fascinating story is the focus of this tour as you explore this "mile of style". Includes Cary Court Shopping Center, restored to its 1930's art deco splendor, and a "behind the scenes" tour of the Byrd Theatre (1928), one of the few active movie palaces in the country. Meet at Nacho Mama's at 3449 West Cary Street. The tour will end at Dixie Donuts! $15 per person; $5 for History Center Members Reservations are required for this tour. Reserve your space by phone (804) 649-0711 x301 or purchase online. On-street parking. http://www.richmondhistorycenter.com/node/286. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 3449 W. Cary St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

Virginia Opera: "Sweeney Todd" at Carpenter Theater

October 3 - 8:00pm October 5 - 2:30pm Tickets - $24-$114 http://www.vaopera.org The cautionary tale of Sweeney Todd—a barber unjustly imprisoned by a corrupt judge—is gleefully dark entertainment. Todd returns to London, mad with revenge after his incarceration, and promptly slits the throats of the unlucky customers who enter his barbershop. But what to do with those pesky bodies? Enter Mrs. Lovett—his neighbor with a very secret recipe. Their gruesome plan seems to work... until things take a turn for the domestic and the Demon Barber's past catches up to him. Stephen Sondheim wrote the tuneful music and witty lyrics for this Tony Award-winning thriller. Director Ron Daniels, the original co-author of the stage adaptation that inspired the musical, is in his prime with this "killer production"* that features "the best of both opera and Broadway worlds.". Sunday, October 5, 2014, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.vaopera.org.

Richmond Symphony Mozart: Symphony No. 36 at RMC

$20. Cimarosa Overture to Il matrimonio segreto Stravinsky Concerto in E-Flat “Dumbarton Oaks” Respighi Trittico Botticelliano Mozart Symphony No. 36 in C Major, “Linz” Details: http://www.richmondsymphony.com/events_details.asp?id=312. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM. Blackwell Auditorium Ashland, VA. For more info visit www.richmondsymphony.com.

"Design for Living" at Triangle Theater

Design for Living by Noel Coward Sept 24 – Oct 18, 2014 Three bohemian artists grapple with the pleasures and challenges of a ménage à trois lifestyle in this sophisticated and innovative comedy that scandalized two continents when it premiered! Gilda loves Otto, and it’s entirely mutual. But Gilda is rather fond of Leo as well. Leo adores Gilda – but come to think of it, Leo and Otto have a bit of history, too. So which of them will pair off, and who’ll be left out in the cold? Well, why should they have to? What’s that all-too-common comment on relationships: “It’s complicated?” This one just happens to be rather more complicated than most! A classic comedy where the morality is in the eye of the beholder. Info - http://www.rtriangle.org/the-season.html. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rtriangle.org.

VCU Music: Sonia Vlahcevic, piano, at Singleton Performing Arts Center

Sonia Vlahcevic received her Bachelor of Music degree with honors and Master of Music degree in piano pedagogy from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mass. While a graduate student at the conservatory, Vlahcevic was awarded graduate assistantships in music history, solfeggio and theory. She earned her doctorate in theory from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Her dissertation topic involved a stylistic analysis of Sergei Prokofiev’s sonatas for piano. In addition, she completed post-graduate studies in piano with Zbigniew Drzewiecki, head of the Chopin Institute in Warsaw, Poland, and Stig Ribling, piano faculty at the States Higher School of Music in Stockholm, Sweden. Before coming to VCU, Vlahcevic held faculty appointments at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she taught theory at the college level, and at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Free. Details: http://arts.vcu.edu/music/2014/08/18/sonia-vlahcevic-piano/. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 922 Park Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

Friday Art & Wine at VMFA: Summer in the City

Now you have more reasons to hang out at VMFA on Friday nights! Head to the museum and enjoy discounted beverages and free half-hour gallery tours at 7 and 7:30 pm. On the first Friday of each month, check out our First Fridays entertainment, too. Connect with newcomers to Richmond and those new to the arts scene as you make new social and professional contacts. You'll enjoy delicious café cuisine as well as discounted beverages and guided art tours as part of Friday Art & Wine. Details: http://www.vmfa.state.va.us/Calendar_and_Events/Evening_Events/Friday_Art___Wine.aspx. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.vmfa.state.va.us.

Music in the Park at Forest Hill Park: Loversville

Music in the Park, the free Sunday night concert series in Forest Hill Park, will start Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11 with a performance from Fear of Music, a Talking Heads tribute band. Grab your picnic blanket, pack some dinner and make a date for it. Music in the park is typically held the second Sunday of the month, except for September and October. August 10: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Monk’s Playground (Straight ahead jazz) Sept. 7 : 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Paulo Franco (Alt-Country) Oct. 5: 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Loversville (Sultry, Twangy, Classic Country). Sponsors: CTOWN. HIPP. RIC. Umbrella. VMFA. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. 42nd. St. & Stonewall Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit foresthillneighborhood.com.

Edgar Allan Poe Haunted Homecoming Tour at Shockoe Cemetery

A dramatic nighttime tour of Shockoe Hill Cemetery, based on the many loved ones of Edgar Allan Poe who are buried there. The tour is led by Poe himself, as he guides visitors through his old haunting grounds and interacts with the "spirits" of those he knew while living in Richmond. Capacity for this unique theatrical tour is very limited. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Admission $18 for adults, $15 for children under 14. All proceeds benefit Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Friday, September 26 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Saturday, September 27 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday, September 28 - 7:00pm Friday, October 03 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Saturday, October 04 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday, October 05 - 7:00pm Tuesday, October 07 - 7:00pm Details: http://www.hauntsofrichmond.com. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. 4th & Hospital St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.hauntsofrichmond.com.

Ian Anderson-Best Of Jethro Tull at The National

Doors: 6:30 PM / Show: 7:30 PM General Admission (standing) | $35 Reserved Seating | $40 - $125 Info - http://www.thenationalva.com/events/detail/ian-anderson-and-the-best-of-jethro-tull Join the Global Campaign against IED’s on Sunday, October 5, 2014 for a special night with Ian Anderson to honor our veterans, first responders, and to raise awareness of the global threat from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). All proceeds from the concert go to support programs helping our heroes and responding to the threat from IEDs. There will be a pre-show VIP reception, special guests, and other events honoring our heroes. You can even snap a photo with “the man himself” after watching the show from your private backstage box if you enter and win “The Ultimate Fan Experience with Ian Anderson”! You can also attend a special “Dinner in the Dark” to honor war blinded veterans on October 4, 2014 in Richmond. For special advanced reservations for the show and all related events and to enter the Ultimat… Sunday, October 5, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. 708 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thenationalva.com.

"Beyond the Walls" at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 – JUNE 30, 2015 In September, the Memorial Foundation for Children Teaching Gallery, located in the MWV Art Education Center, will be transformed into an interactive exhibition where visitors can explore daily life in imperial China. In contrast to the world of the emperor on display in Forbidden City, this hands-on exhibition will provide a glimpse into the home of a merchant-class family who lived in the 18th century. Visitors will be able to interact through activities that include writing Chinese characters on a touch screen and designing personal, virtual seals. There will also be opportunities to unroll and view reproduction scrolls, like those featured in Forbidden City and in VMFA’s East Asian collection, or play traditional musical instruments and games. Whether visiting as part of a school group, or a multigenerational family, the Teaching Gallery exhibition will offer visitors of all ages a new perspective on China’s imperial past. Details: http://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/e… Monday, October 6, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

Esther Mahlangu: An Artistic Residency at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 – OCTOBER 9, 2014 VMFA gives visitors the unique opportunity to watch the creation of a work of art for the permanent collection. In September, renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu will paint two mural-scale works, which will serve as a gateway to the museum’s African Art Gallery. These 9- by 15-foot works on canvas will be the only major museum commission created by Mahlangu in North America. Mahlangu, works in the traditional Ndebele style of bold, geometric patterns executed on a very large scale. In the late-nineteenth century, the Ndebele women painted the exteriors of their houses in this style as an expression of identity and pride. Over the years, with the development of commercial paints, the original earth tones created from natural pigments have changed to a brighter palette. Mahlangu is first woman and only non-Westerner to paint one of the BMW Art Cars, following in the footsteps of the likes of Warhol and Lichtenstein. As the artist climbs scaffolding and paints… Monday, October 6, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

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, October 6, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

VCU Music: Vince DiMartin, Trumpet, at Singleton Performing Arts Center

VINCE DIMARTINO, TRUMPET Free. Details: http://arts.vcu.edu/music/2014/08/18/vince-dimartino-trumpet/. Monday, October 6, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. 922 Park Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

"Beyond the Walls" at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 – JUNE 30, 2015 In September, the Memorial Foundation for Children Teaching Gallery, located in the MWV Art Education Center, will be transformed into an interactive exhibition where visitors can explore daily life in imperial China. In contrast to the world of the emperor on display in Forbidden City, this hands-on exhibition will provide a glimpse into the home of a merchant-class family who lived in the 18th century. Visitors will be able to interact through activities that include writing Chinese characters on a touch screen and designing personal, virtual seals. There will also be opportunities to unroll and view reproduction scrolls, like those featured in Forbidden City and in VMFA’s East Asian collection, or play traditional musical instruments and games. Whether visiting as part of a school group, or a multigenerational family, the Teaching Gallery exhibition will offer visitors of all ages a new perspective on China’s imperial past. Details: http://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/e… Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

Esther Mahlangu: An Artistic Residency at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 – OCTOBER 9, 2014 VMFA gives visitors the unique opportunity to watch the creation of a work of art for the permanent collection. In September, renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu will paint two mural-scale works, which will serve as a gateway to the museum’s African Art Gallery. These 9- by 15-foot works on canvas will be the only major museum commission created by Mahlangu in North America. Mahlangu, works in the traditional Ndebele style of bold, geometric patterns executed on a very large scale. In the late-nineteenth century, the Ndebele women painted the exteriors of their houses in this style as an expression of identity and pride. Over the years, with the development of commercial paints, the original earth tones created from natural pigments have changed to a brighter palette. Mahlangu is first woman and only non-Westerner to paint one of the BMW Art Cars, following in the footsteps of the likes of Warhol and Lichtenstein. As the artist climbs scaffolding and paints… Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

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, October 7, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

Edgar Allan Poe Haunted Homecoming Tour at Shockoe Cemetery

A dramatic nighttime tour of Shockoe Hill Cemetery, based on the many loved ones of Edgar Allan Poe who are buried there. The tour is led by Poe himself, as he guides visitors through his old haunting grounds and interacts with the "spirits" of those he knew while living in Richmond. Capacity for this unique theatrical tour is very limited. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Admission $18 for adults, $15 for children under 14. All proceeds benefit Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Friday, September 26 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Saturday, September 27 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday, September 28 - 7:00pm Friday, October 03 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Saturday, October 04 - 7:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday, October 05 - 7:00pm Tuesday, October 07 - 7:00pm Details: http://www.hauntsofrichmond.com. Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. 4th & Hospital St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.hauntsofrichmond.com.

VCU Symphony at Singleton Performing Arts Center

$7. Details: http://arts.vcu.edu/music/2014/08/18/vcu-symphony/. Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. 922 Park Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

Esther Mahlangu: An Artistic Residency at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 – OCTOBER 9, 2014 VMFA gives visitors the unique opportunity to watch the creation of a work of art for the permanent collection. In September, renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu will paint two mural-scale works, which will serve as a gateway to the museum’s African Art Gallery. These 9- by 15-foot works on canvas will be the only major museum commission created by Mahlangu in North America. Mahlangu, works in the traditional Ndebele style of bold, geometric patterns executed on a very large scale. In the late-nineteenth century, the Ndebele women painted the exteriors of their houses in this style as an expression of identity and pride. Over the years, with the development of commercial paints, the original earth tones created from natural pigments have changed to a brighter palette. Mahlangu is first woman and only non-Westerner to paint one of the BMW Art Cars, following in the footsteps of the likes of Warhol and Lichtenstein. As the artist climbs scaffolding and paints… Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

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, October 8, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

17th Annual Fall Harness Racing Season at Colonial Downs

September 17 – October 26 Description: Watch and wager 10 pari-mutuel harness races every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday starting at 1 PM. The 4th floor Turf Club Dining Room will be open on weekend afternoons from 12:30 – 4:30 PM. Season Highlights: An Ostrich Race & a Camel Race in conjunction with the harness card on Sunday Sept. 21; “Back to the Track” Day on October 5th; “Shucktoberfest” Cornhole Tourney” on October 11th; $350,000 “Day of Champions” on October 26th; VHHA “Own a Horse for a Day” promotion every Saturday Admission: $3; kids 12 & under are free. $19.95 all-inclusive Turf Club admission special includes table seat, buffet lunch, iced tea/lemonade, tax/gratuity, program, tip sheet & 2 simulcast programs Information: 804-966-7223 or http://www.colonialdowns.com. Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 10515 Colonial Downs Pkwy New Kent, VA. For more info visit www.colonialdowns.com.

Chiodos, Motionless In White at The Canal Club

Chiodos - https://www.facebook.com/chiodos Motionless In White 6:00 doors $16.00/$18.00. Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 1545 E. Cary St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thecanalclub.com.

Peter Case at Ashland Coffee & Tea

$15 advance; $20 door. Peter Case is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and producer, a mighty fine guitarist and a well-reviewed published author and yet, he’s most at home on the stage. For 25 years, Peter, his guitar and his songs have mesmerized audiences from coast to coast, whether holding down a festival crowd, warming up the place for luminaries like Jackson Browne and John Prine or headlining his own nightclub shows—of which he can claimed to have logged thousands. As leader of the Plimsouls, and as a member of the groundbreaking punk era trio the Nerves and duo the Breakaways, Case earned his four stars a long time ago, while new generations continue to discover his unique amalgam of sound (2010 saw successful reisussues on all three bands). His songs have been featured on the hit TV series True Blood, Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. Playing a blend of vintage rock ’n’ roll, blues, traditional and contemporary folk, and soul, he remains an original modern troubadour. He’s passionate a… Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 100 N. Railroad Ave. Ashland, VA. For more info visit www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.

"Beyond the Walls" at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 – JUNE 30, 2015 In September, the Memorial Foundation for Children Teaching Gallery, located in the MWV Art Education Center, will be transformed into an interactive exhibition where visitors can explore daily life in imperial China. In contrast to the world of the emperor on display in Forbidden City, this hands-on exhibition will provide a glimpse into the home of a merchant-class family who lived in the 18th century. Visitors will be able to interact through activities that include writing Chinese characters on a touch screen and designing personal, virtual seals. There will also be opportunities to unroll and view reproduction scrolls, like those featured in Forbidden City and in VMFA’s East Asian collection, or play traditional musical instruments and games. Whether visiting as part of a school group, or a multigenerational family, the Teaching Gallery exhibition will offer visitors of all ages a new perspective on China’s imperial past. Details: http://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/e… Thursday, October 9, 2014, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

Esther Mahlangu: An Artistic Residency at VMFA

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 – OCTOBER 9, 2014 VMFA gives visitors the unique opportunity to watch the creation of a work of art for the permanent collection. In September, renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu will paint two mural-scale works, which will serve as a gateway to the museum’s African Art Gallery. These 9- by 15-foot works on canvas will be the only major museum commission created by Mahlangu in North America. Mahlangu, works in the traditional Ndebele style of bold, geometric patterns executed on a very large scale. In the late-nineteenth century, the Ndebele women painted the exteriors of their houses in this style as an expression of identity and pride. Over the years, with the development of commercial paints, the original earth tones created from natural pigments have changed to a brighter palette. Mahlangu is first woman and only non-Westerner to paint one of the BMW Art Cars, following in the footsteps of the likes of Warhol and Lichtenstein. As the artist climbs scaffolding and paints… Thursday, October 9, 2014, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

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, October 9, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. 412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com.

17th Annual Fall Harness Racing Season at Colonial Downs

September 17 – October 26 Description: Watch and wager 10 pari-mutuel harness races every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday starting at 1 PM. The 4th floor Turf Club Dining Room will be open on weekend afternoons from 12:30 – 4:30 PM. Season Highlights: An Ostrich Race & a Camel Race in conjunction with the harness card on Sunday Sept. 21; “Back to the Track” Day on October 5th; “Shucktoberfest” Cornhole Tourney” on October 11th; $350,000 “Day of Champions” on October 26th; VHHA “Own a Horse for a Day” promotion every Saturday Admission: $3; kids 12 & under are free. $19.95 all-inclusive Turf Club admission special includes table seat, buffet lunch, iced tea/lemonade, tax/gratuity, program, tip sheet & 2 simulcast programs Information: 804-966-7223 or http://www.colonialdowns.com. Thursday, October 9, 2014, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 10515 Colonial Downs Pkwy New Kent, VA. For more info visit www.colonialdowns.com.

"Becoming Dr. Ruth" at Hanover Tavern

September 12 – October 19 Hanover Tavern This heartwarming one-woman show retells the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the pioneering radio and television sex therapist. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, this biographical account is filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became “Dr. Ruth”. Suggested for ages 14 and up. $36. Details: http://va-rep.org/show_becoming_dr.html. Thursday, October 9, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"Design for Living" at Triangle Theater

Design for Living by Noel Coward Sept 24 – Oct 18, 2014 Three bohemian artists grapple with the pleasures and challenges of a ménage à trois lifestyle in this sophisticated and innovative comedy that scandalized two continents when it premiered! Gilda loves Otto, and it’s entirely mutual. But Gilda is rather fond of Leo as well. Leo adores Gilda – but come to think of it, Leo and Otto have a bit of history, too. So which of them will pair off, and who’ll be left out in the cold? Well, why should they have to? What’s that all-too-common comment on relationships: “It’s complicated?” This one just happens to be rather more complicated than most! A classic comedy where the morality is in the eye of the beholder. Info - http://www.rtriangle.org/the-season.html. Thursday, October 9, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rtriangle.org.

"Equivocation" at November Theater at Virginia Rep Center

September 26 – October 19 It is 1606, and Shakespeare has been commanded to write a propaganda play about the Gunpowder Plot, in service to King James. Will he agree to be a pawn in the cynical gamesmanship of the king’s spymaster, or will he equivocate—lie by telling the truth? The playwright, his acting company, and a variety of historical figures clash in this high-stakes political thriller about the complexities of the truth and the terrible consequences of compromise. “One of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade.” Variety Suggested for ages 14 and up. Premium $46 | Standard $38 | Value $30 Tickets - http://va-rep.org/show_equivocation.html Free parking - http://va-rep.org/nt_parking.html. Thursday, October 9, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

VCU Music: Fall Jazz Festival at Singleton Performing Arts Center

$7. Details: http://arts.vcu.edu/music/2014/08/18/fall-jazz-festival/. Thursday, October 9, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 922 Park Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

Papadosio at The National

Doors: 8:00 PM / Show: 9:00 PM $17 ADV | $20 DOS Info - http://www.thenationalva.com/events/detail/papadosio-1. Thursday, October 9, 2014, 9:00 PM – Friday, October 10, 2014, 12:00 AM. 708 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thenationalva.com.