June 23--Getting Started
FESTIVAL OF ARTS
Summer outdoor performing-arts series on the main stage (unless noted) in Dogwood Dell and family friendly entertainers on the Ha'Penny Stage, Byrd Park. Free. 646-3355 or 646-1031. Today: Gospel Music Fest, 5 p.m. Wednesday: Irish dancers from Muggivan School of Dance, 11 a.m. on the Ha'Penny Stage. Friday: Storyteller Megan Hicks, 11 a.m. on the Ha'Penny Stage; songstress Susan Greenbaum, 8 p.m. Saturday: Plunky & Oneness in jazz fusion, 8 p.m.
Music in the Parks: Henrico Concert Band plays 7-8 p.m. Monday in Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road, and 7-8 p.m. Thursday in Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Parkway. Free (bring blanket or lawn chair). 501-5859.
Innsbrook After Hours: Country singer Chris Young, 5 p.m. Wednesday (gates) at Snagajob Pavilion, 4901 Lakebrook Drive. $20-$38. www.innsbrookafterhours.com.
Friday Cheers: Newgrass band Infamous Stringdusters is joined by James Justin & Co. to close the season, 6:30 p.m. on Brown's Island, Tredegar and S. Seventh streets. $10. www.venturerichmond.com/events/venture/cheers.html.
Arts and Culture Xpo: Culture Works presents more than 100 area arts, history, cultural and science organizations in music, visual art, theater, historical and dance performances, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. Third St. Free, with opportunities to spend Xpo Bucks (free for preregistered participants or purchase at door). 340-5282.
Art Works, 320 Hull St., 291-1400. Reception 7-10 p.m. Friday for "Genesis" by Alexandra Chiou, "Going Back: The Curious Child" by Eve Lexima, "Recent Works" by Blanton Seward, "A.R.T. in RVA," "The Roaming Spirit" by Dorothy Ellis and "June All Media Art Show." Through July 21.
Artspace Gallery, 0 E. Fourth St., 232-6464. Reception 7-10 p.m. Friday (juror talk and awards ceremony at 6) for "radius250," group show of works by artists based within a 250-mile radius of Richmond. Through Aug. 18.
Summer Sounds, outdoor concerts Thursdays-Sundays through Sept. 2 (Labor Day) at Stony Point Fashion Park, 9200 Stony Point Parkway. Free. 560-7467. Today:Deuce in oldies, pop and rock, 1-5 p.m. Thursday:Sandbar in island rock, 4-8 p.m. Friday: En'Novation in Motown, soul, Top 40, 4-8 p.m. Saturday: Extreme Groove in oldies, Motown and soul, 4-8 p.m.
Richmond Brass & Percussion Consort in "Concert Honoring America," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Ann Catholic Church, 105 S. Snead St., Ashland. Free; donations welcomed for Central Virginia Food Bank. 775-1106 or 360-0470. Repeats June 30 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Richmond.
Jazz Lunch: Doctors of Jazz in swing and traditional Dixieland and lunch by Positive Vibe Cafe, noon-1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 815 E. Grace St. $10; reserve lunch by Monday. 643-3589.
Summer Music: Copper Ridge, noon-1 p.m. Thursday at James Center Plaza, 1051 E. Cary St. Free. 344-3232.
KingsFest:Contemporary Christian music festival beginning at 3 p.m. each day at Kings Dominion, Doswell. Single day: $44.99 for park ticketholders, $56.99 includes park admission; multiday passes available. www.kingsdominion.com or (800) 745-3000 (Ticketmaster). Thursday: TobyMac, Red and Newsong. Friday: Skillet, Thousand Food Krutch, Petra and others. Saturday: Chris Tomlin, Kutless, Building 429 and others.
Short Pump Summer Concert Series: The Hunts in indie-folk, 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Short Pump Town Center's main plaza, 11800 W. Broad St. Free. 360-1700.
Jazz Cafe: LKB Trio in smooth jazz interpretations of classics, 6 p.m. Thursday at Best Cafe, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard. Free. 340-1400.
Thursdays in Old Towne:Holiday Band plays outside at 7 p.m. (gates at 6) and a DJ spins dance tunes inside beginning at 9 at Old Towne Civic Center, 136 River St., Petersburg. $10. 733-8344.
Pocahontas Premieres: Party band Casper, 7 p.m. Friday at Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield County. $10 in advance (includes parking); day of show $10 plus $5 parking. 796-4255.
RVA Grooves: Soul and jazz violinist Maestro J, 8 p.m. Saturday (doors at 7) at The Hippodrome Theater, 528 N. Second St. $25. www.rvagrooves.com.
Elvis tribute artist Doug Church in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs. $35. 673-6223.
Ezibu Muntu African dance troupe in "Power of the Spirit" expressing African culture and traditions, 7 p.m. Saturday at Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road. $10 in advance, $15 at door; ages 3-10 $5. 319-6084.
"The Music Man," Virginia Repertory Theatre production of the well-loved Broadway musical, in preview performance at 8 p.m. Thursday and opening at 8 p.m. Friday at Virginia Rep Center's November Theatre, 114 W. Broad St. $30-$60. 282-2620. Through Aug. 4.
"Frankly Scarlet, You're Dead," an antebellum murder mystery that's the newest offering in Mystery Dinner Playhouse's interactive dinner theater whodunits, opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mystery Dinner Playhouse, DoubleTree Hotel Richmond-Downtown, 301 W. Franklin St. $48 for dinner and show. 649-2583. Through Oct. 29.
Happy Hour -- Summer Mixer II:Word + Melody with storyteller Rob Gibsun and violinist Eric Stanley, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at VCUarts' Anderson Gallery, 907 1/2 W. Franklin St. Free; cash bar available. 828-1522.
"Birth, Marriage & Death at Agecroft," living history program about customs surrounding life's milestones in the 16th and 17th centuries, 1-4 p.m. Thursday at Agecroft Hall, 4305 Sulgrave Road. $5-$8. 353-4241.
Flowers After 5: Extended hours, Virginia wines ($12 extra), music by Rattlesnake Creek, 5-9 p.m. Thursday at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. $7-$11. 262-9887.
Movies in the Park: "Madagascar 3," screened outdoors at 8:30 p.m. Friday (activities begin at 8) at Blackwell Community Center, 1450 Maury St. Free; bring blanket or lawn chair. www.richmondgov.com/parks or 646-5733.
"Revolutions: Songs of Social Change, 1860-65 and 1960-65," comparative look at how two periods of social strife inspired the music of their day, opens Saturday at Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard. Free. 358-4901.
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