Sept. 08--Getting Started
RVA Street Art Festival: Mural artists work on their projects and interact with the public, various times Wednesday through Sept. 15 at the outdoor gallery at the former GRTC bus depot on West Cary Street. www.rvastreetart.com.
Bourbon & Bluegrass Bash: Tredegar Society's down-home soiree with libations, barbecue and bluegrass by Love Canon, 7-10 p.m. at Historic Tredegar, 500 Tredegar St. $35. www.Tredegar.org/ts.aspx.
Robbin Thompson and band perform his new album, "A Real Fine Day," and other Thompson faves at 7:30 p.m. Friday (doors at 6:30) at In Your Ear, 1813 E. Broad St. Bring food and drink to share. $25 in advance, $30 at door. 320-7067 or www.JAMinc.org.
43rd Street Festival of the Arts: Fine arts craft festival to benefit CARITAS, with more than 75 artisans; live music by Rattlemouth, Blue Line Highway, OminOtagO, Bluz Catz and Rachel Leyco; food vendors and more, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday outside at 43rd Street Gallery, 1410 W. 43rd St. Free. 233-1758.
Shockoe on the Half Shell: Oysters served fried, raw, steamed, frittered or wrapped up in a po'boy, plus live music and other entertainment, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at 17th Street Farmers' Market, 17th and East Main streets. Free; food and beverages for sale. 646-0477.
Shady Grove Coffeehouse: Folk singer Bill Staines celebrates the release of a new album (local fave George Turman opens), 8 p.m. Saturday at Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Road. $6-$12 in advance, $7.50-$15 at door. 323-4288.
Jazz clarinetist Darryl Harper with bassist Matthew Parrish, drummer Harry "Butch" Reed and pianist Russell Wilson in VCU Faculty Recital celebrating the release of Harper's new album, 4 p.m. today in Vlahcevic Hall, VCU Singleton Center, 922 Park Ave. $7 in advance, $10 at door. 828-6776.
Honky Tonk Experience in classic and modern country covers, 4 p.m. today at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs. Free. 328-4491.
Music in the Park: Trongone Band in Grateful Dead covers and other jam band favorites, 5-7 p.m. today in Forest Hill Park, 4021 Forest Hill Ave. Free. www.hillsandheights.org.
Steep Canyon Rangers: Bluegrass powerhouse is joined by Joy Kills Sorrow to open Modlin Center's performance season, 7:30 p.m. today in Camp Concert Hall, UR Modlin Center. $20-$40. 289-8980.
Bluegrass Festival and Virginia State Bluegrass Contest: Music by Dr. Ralph Stanley, Appalachian Express, Rappahannock Crossing and many more, 1-11 p.m. Thursday-Sept. 15 at Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road. $10-$15 per day, $30 weekend pass. www.vafolkmusic.org or 357-2925.
Jazz Cafe: M-Law & the Modern Prophets of Jazz in instrumental jazz and R&B, 6 p.m. Thursday at Best Cafe, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard. Free. 340-1400.
Pocahontas Premieres: Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield County, 796-4255. Friday: ZOSO, Led Zeppelin tribute band, 7 p.m. (gates at 6), $10 in advance (includes parking); day of show $10 plus $5 parking. Saturday: Richmond Symphony, 6 p.m. (gates at 5), free; $5 parking.
Music From Grace: Pianist Dave Robbins explores "Light and Shadow" for the chamber music series at 8 p.m. Friday at Grace Baptist Church, 4200 Dover Road. $10-$15. 837-9355.
Popz&I, Emily Wilson and dad Steve in acoustic blues, folk and pop music, 7 p.m. Saturday at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs. Free; reservation required. 328-4491.
"Tender Lies," Henrico Theatre Company production of a gentle comedy about human understanding, opens at 8 p.m. Friday at Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road. $8-$10; reservation recommended. 501-5859. Through Sept. 29.
"Love Letters," Theatre VCU production of A.R. Gurney's love story told through a long-running correspondence, opens 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Raymond Hodges Theatre, VCU Singleton Center, 922 Park Ave. $15-$25. 828-6026. Through Sept. 15.
Gatsby Afternoon Picnic: Pack a picnic lunch and don 1920s garden-party attire for the Art Deco Society of Virginia return to the 1920s with period games, antique automobiles and bicycles, music and more, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today on the lawn at Wilton House Museum, 215 S. Wilton Road. $5-$15. http://artdecova.org/gatsby-afternoon-picnic/.
"Men of Iron," guided tour of the mid-1800s iron manufacturing industrial complex, 1 p.m. today at Historic Tredegar, 500 Tredegar St. Included in admission of $4-$8. 780-1865.
Shockoe Hill Cemetery guided walking tour highlights Revolutionary War and War of 1812 veterans buried there, 2 p.m. today at the cemetery, Fourth and Hospital streets. Free. 426-1355.
Richmond Floodwall Walking Tour: Richmond Railroad Museum sponsors a guided 1 1/2 -hour walk, meeting at 2 p.m. today at the museum, 102 Hull St. Free. 353-9363.
Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour: Expanded version of Valentine Richmond History Center's daily tour, with details about the cemetery's history, landscape design, architecture, symbols and "residents," 2-4 p.m. today from the cemetery's entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets. $10-$15. 649-0711, ext. 301.
"The House That Branch Built": Architectural tour of the mansion designed by John Russell Pope that generations of Richmonders have called the "Branch House," now the Virginia Center for Architecture, 2:30 p.m. today at the house, 2501 Monument Ave. $10-$12. 644-3041, ext. 100.
Virginia House Behind the Scenes Tour: Visit seldom-seen areas of the house museum and look at rarely displayed collections, 5:30 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Friday at Virginia House, 4301 Sulgrave Road. $6; Virginia Historical Society members free. 353-4251.
UR International Film Series: Fall program opens with German film "Lore," 3 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in Ukrop Auditorium, Robins School of Business. Free; films shown in original language with English subtitles. www.richmond.edu/international-film or 289-8860. Series continues through Nov. 17.
"The Struggle for Survival: Richmond 1863": Walking tour details the year's epidemics, accidents, riots and other adversities, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, beginning at Museum of the Confederacy, 1201 E. Clay St. $5-$15; reservation required. (855) 649-1861, ext. 121.
The Women of Hollywood Walking Tour: Valentine Richmond History Center guide offers details on the importance of women's groups to the development of Hollywood Cemetery, and stops at the gravesites of notable women, 2-4 p.m. Saturday from the cemetery's entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets. $10-$15. 649-0711, ext. 301.
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