Black Tie and Boots The State Fair of Virginia kicks off with a gala dinner and party featuring music by Brad Spivey's Honky Tonk Experience, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Historic Bottomley Barn at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Tickets are $100. 569-3224.
Wild About Cashmere Saks Fifth Avenue in Stony Point Fashion Park hosts a fund-raising event for Maymont Park with food and wine, live jazz and 15 goat sculptures by artists from the Visual Arts Center, 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $20. 320-6960, ext. 5217.
Chamber Music Concert Donald L. Oehler, clarinet, and Benjamin Rawitz, piano, perform at UR's Camp Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Free. 289-8980.
Fieldens Cabaret Theatre Richmond Triangle Players present the political satire "Lips" at 8 p.m. Through Oct. 15. Tickets are $14-$16. 2033 W. Broad St. 346-8113.
Science Museum of Virginia The museum hosts a Mini-Medical School, a weekly lecture series on science and ethics, 7-9 p.m. This week, Laurie Lyckholm gives a talk on "Case Studies in the Persistent Vegetative State: Making Critical Decisions for Others." Admission is $3-$15. 2500 W. Broad St. 864-1400, ext. 2.
Alley Katz The Heavenly States, 18 and older, 8 p.m.-midnight, $6-$8. 643-2816.
Arthur's at Inns of Virginia Nick's Karaoke, weekly, 9 p.m., free. 288-2800.
Shamrock Pub Karaoke with Matt Rock, weekly, 9 p.m. 330-0617.
Sharky's The Wrest with Pat O'Brien, weekly, 9:30 p.m., free. 273-1888.
Sin é DC Motors, 8:30-11:30 p.m., free. 649-7767.
The Tobacco Company Rhythmasters, 8 p.m., free. 782-9555.
Armenian Food Festival Traditional Armenian food, music and dance come to St. James Armenian Church starting at 11 a.m. Through Sept. 24. Free. Pepper and Patterson Ave. 282-3818.
International Film Series The University of Richmond presents its free film series at 7:30 p.m. in Jepson Hall 118. This week, the film is "Travellers and Magicians." Through Sunday. 287-6699.
Book Signings Author Laurie Gunst discusses and signs her book "Off-White: A Memoir" at the Library of Virginia, noon, 800 E. Broad St., 692-3500, and at Book People, 5-7 p.m., 536 Granite Ave., 288-4346.
Hank Williams, Jr. in Concert The country legend performs at the Classic Amphitheatre at the State Fair along with James Otto at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-$40 plus fair admission. 569-3200.
Swingin' on the Tracks The concert series at the Science Museum of Virginia runs 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $10-$12. This week, performances by SGGL and Susan Greenbaum. 2500 W. Broad St. 864-1540.
Alley Katz Renee Heartfelt, One Year Tomorrow, David Shultz, all ages, 7-11 p.m., $5. 643-2816.
Ashland Coffee and Tea Mary Gauthier (Americana), 8 p.m., $15-$20. 798-1702.
Azzurro's Restaurant Emme St. James and Her Jazz Gentlemen, weekly, 6:30-9:30 p.m., free. 282-1509.
Bahama Joe's Top 40 Dance Night, weekly, free. 262-9652.
Baja Bean Company Karaoke, weekly. 257-5445.
Bandito's "Thursday Night Drama" Dance Night with DJ Rick Danger, weekly. 354-9999.
Bogart's Back Room Jackass Flats (bluegrass), 9 p.m., $5. 353-9280.
Bottega Bistro Thomas Coleman, weekly, 6 p.m. 379-9899.
Brandermill Inn Karaoke with Stevie Ray Braun, weekly. 739-8871.
Brio's Tuscan Grille The Carol Covell Trio (jazz), 6-9 p.m., free. 272-2255.
Sharky's Pat O'Brien (singer-songwriter), weekly, 9:30 p.m., free. 273-1888.
Sideline Café Karaoke hosted by Bill Campbell, weekly, 8:30 p.m. 748-4786.
Sin é Karaoke Night, weekly, 9 p.m.-midnight, free. 649-7767.
The Tobacco Company Copper Sails, 10 p.m., free. 782-9555.
Upper East Side Lounge Rattlemouth (math jazz), 7 p.m., $5. 467-6182.
Visions Dance Club Karaoke, weekly, 7:30 p.m., free. 379-3800.
International Film Series The University of Richmond presents its free film series at 3 p.m. in the Boatwright Memorial Library. This week, the film is "Travellers and Magicians." Through Sunday. 287-6699.
Latin American Films The ¨Que Pasa? Festival presents the film "Panteleon y las Visitadores ("Captain Pantoja and the Secret Service") at Art6, 8 p.m., free. Through Sept. 24. 6 E. Broad St. 343-1406.
VCU Arabic Film Festival VCU hosts a celebration of Arabic film, starting at 6 p.m. at Grace Street Theater. Through Sept. 24. Free. 934 W. Grace St. For more information, call 828-1614 or visit www.arabicfilmfestival.com.
VSA Gala Vision Strength Access Arts of Virginia presents a fund-raising gala and auction to benefit artists with disabilities, starting at 5:30 p.m. with a patron's preview at Rentz Gallery, opening at 6:30 p.m. with music by the American Youth Harp Ensemble. Tickets are $35-$250. 1700 E. Main St. 230-0246.
Book Release "Perfect Companionship: Ellen Glasgow's Selected Correspondence With Women" is premiered by editor Pamela Matthews at the Ellen Glasgow House, 5:30-7 p.m. 1 W. Main St. 288-4346.
Eyes on Richmond A weekly forum about city issues runs 12:30-1:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church through Nov. 18. This week, Jane H. Woods discusses "Health in the City: A Checklist of Challenges." Admission is $6 and includes lunch from the Jefferson Hotel's TJ's. 815 E. Grace St. 643-3589.
Poetry Prize Reading Spencer Reese, winner of VCU's Levis Reading Prize for poetry, reads from his book "The Clerk's Tale" at VCU's Student Commons in Richmond Salons I-II, starting at 8 p.m. 907 Floyd Ave. 828-1329.
Moveable Feast 1708 Gallery hosts the creative-writing reading series by VCU graduate students, 6-8 p.m. Free. 319 W. Broad St. 643-1708.
Alexander Paley Festival Performance Events presents the eighth annual festival of music, this year featuring works by Mozart and composers inspired by Mozart, starting at 8 p.m. at the First English Lutheran Church. Through Sept. 25. Donations requested. 1603 Monument Ave. 475-1743.
Classical Guitar Concert VCU Music presents Andrew Winn, classical guitar, at VCU's Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall, 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. 828-6776.
Colgate Country Showdown Competing country acts perform at the Classic Amphitheatre at the State Fair at 7 p.m. Free with fair admission. 569-3200.
Family Weekend Concert UR's University Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra and Schola Cantorum perform at the Camp Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Free. 289-8980.
Groovin' in the Garden The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden music series continues with performances by Peter Rowan and Tony Rice (bluegrass, Americana) at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$20. 262-9887.
Jazz on the James Festival The second annual jazz fest on Brown's Island to benefit Easter Seals features performances by the Modern Groove Syndicate and Ammon and Bassett, starting at 5:30 p.m. Through Sept. 24. Free. 287-1007.
Short Pump Town Center The shopping center's summer concert series runs 6-8 p.m. This week, Indecision performs. Free. 360-1700.
Barksdale Theatre Michael Healey's "The Drawer Boy" opens at 8 p.m. Through Nov. 6. Tickets are $32-$34. 1601 Willow Lawn Drive. 282-2620.
Woman's Club The Concert Ballet of Virginia presents "The Sleeping Beauty" at 8 p.m. and Sept. 25 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$18. 211 E. Franklin St. 798-0945.
Anderson Gallery VCU School of the Arts presents "Surface Charge," opening with a reception, 7-9 p.m. Through Dec. 4. 907 1/2 W. Franklin St. 828-1522.
Artspace An exhibition of work by Angela Willcocks, Barbara Rachko's large oil constructions, a Shirl Tandlich retrospective and an installation by Deirdra McAfee and Mark Shepheard open with a reception, 7-10 p.m. Through Oct. 30. 0 E. Fourth St. 232-6464.
Art Works Four shows open with a reception, 7-10 p.m.: The September All Media Show; "Beauty and the Bug," paintings by Chris Semtner; "Pleasant Beauty Returns," paintings by Carmen Bendersky; and "Installations and Performance Art" by Sheila Gray, Julia Shacklock and Erika Walters. Through Oct. 16. Also, the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation hosts an art show, "The Art of Surviving," opening at 7 p.m. and running through Oct. 23. 320 Hull St. 291-1400.
Bainbridge Art Center "Artists' Reflections," an exhibition of work by Terry Lynn Smith, Anne Sylvest, Anne Piland, Petie Bogen-Garrett, Mo Regulinsky, Peter C. Justice, Bridget Belkacemi and M. Sahin Altug, opens with a reception, 7-10 p.m. Through Oct. 20. 1312 Bainbridge St. 230-4544.
Plant Zero Gallery "Cause and Effect/Opus Paintings" by Steve Clark opens with a reception, 7-9 p.m. Through Oct. 22. 0 E. Fourth St. 726-4442.
University of Richmond Museums Fiona Ross gives an artist's talk on "The Oppositional Nature of Matter" at the Lora Robins Gallery of Design From Nature, 12:30-1 p.m. 289-8276.
Alley Katz Chalkline Beauty, This Time It's War, Covet the Knife, This Means You, Hazel Eyes, all ages, 5-9 p.m., $5-$8. The Capes (indie pop), 18 and older, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., $5. 643-2816.
Andy's Big Boss Man (classic rock, funk, blues), 9 p.m., free. 798-9751.
Bahama Joe's Live country music, weekly, $5. 262-9652.
Blue Mountain Coffee House Josh Bearman and Ed Brogan (bluegrass mandolin duets), 8-11 p.m., free. 355-8002.
Bogart's Back Room Night Vision (jazz), 9 p.m., $7. 353-9280.
Breakers South The Tin Man, weekly, 8 p.m., free. 323-8024.
Canal Club The Rachel Nevadas, Copper Sails, 8:30 p.m., $5. 643-2582.
Carlton's Matt Breaks (acoustic rock), 9:30 p.m., free. 359-3122.
Cary Street Café Sun-Dried Opossum (Southern jam), 10 p.m., $5. 353-7445.
Club Richbrau DJ Rocky and Friends (dance music), weekly, 9 p.m., $3. 644-3018.
ComedySportz ComedySportz (interactive improv), weekly, 7 p.m., $10-$12. Off the Cuff (improv), 10 p.m., $10-$12. 266-9377.
Sam Miller's Oyster Bar The Yokels, weekly, 10 p.m.-midnight, free. 644-5465.
Shamrock Pub Karaoke with Brandon Campbell, weekly, 9 p.m. 330-0617.
Sharky's The Wrest with Pat O'Brien, weekly, 9:30 p.m., free. 273-1888.
Shenanigans Brad Spivey and the Honky Tonk Experience, 8:30 p.m., $5. 264-5010.
Sin é Little Rodger and the Cheap Thrills, 9 p.m., free. 649-7767.
The Tobacco Company Smile, 9:30 p.m., free. 782-9555.
VCU Commons Plaza VOX ROX Rock 4 Choice Concert featuring Bellafea, Del Cielo, The Ben Davis Band and the DJ Williams Projekt, 7 p.m., $3-$5. 353-1228.
VIP Lounge Singing River Band, 9 p.m., free. 282-6518.
Community Day Celebration The Richmond Community Action Program presents a day of food, games and more, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 1021 Oliver Hill Way. 788-0220.
Fall Festival and Pow-Wow The Chickahominy Indian Tribe celebrates its 54th annual festival on the Tribal Grounds in Charles City, featuring crafts, dance, music and food, starting at 10 a.m. Through Sept. 25. Free. For more information, call 829-2027 or visit www.chickahominytribe.org.
Latin American Films The ¨Que Pasa? Festival presents the film "O Outro Lado da Rua ("The Other Side of the Street") at Art6, 8 p.m., free. 6 E. Broad St. 343-1406.
VCU Arabic Film Festival The film festival continues today at 9 a.m. at Grace Street Theater. Free. 934 W. Grace St. For more information, call 828-1614 or visit www.arabicfilmfestival.com.
Book Reading William Hoffman reads and signs copies of his novel "Lies" at Book People, 3-5 p.m. 536 Granite Ave. 288-4346.
Chamber Concert Series VCU Music's Mary Ann Rennolds Chamber Concerts presents the Guarneri String Quartet at VCU's Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10-$25. 922 Park Ave. 828-6776.
Jazz on the James Festival The second annual jazz fest on Brown's Island to benefit Easter Seals features performances by Kool and the Gang, Cowboy Mouth, Flashback, Bill Deal's Rhondels, The Upper East Side Big Band, Catch 22, Yo Mama's Brass Band and Bio Ritmo, starting at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$25. 287-1007.
Pine Camp Arts and Community Center The City Art Program offers an Art Open House, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. 4901 Old Brook Road. 646-3674.
John Marshall House The statesman's 250th birthday is celebrated with a weekend of lectures, tours and living history, through Sept. 25. 818 E. Marshall St. For more information, call 648-7998 or visit www.john-marshall.org.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Children's Garden celebrates its grand opening with a weekend of activities, starting at 10 a.m. and running through Sept. 25 with a Sunday Fun-Day. Admission is $5-$9. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Call 262-9887 or visit www.lewisginter.org.
Alley Katz Tragedy Letters, FIAD, Patent Pending, The Semester, The Varsity, Kenmore, all ages, 5-9 p.m., $5. Mensrea, Omega Lord, Argento Agenda, Withersoul, 18 and older, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., $5. 643-2816.
Babe's of Carytown Drag King Show, 9 p.m., $5. 355-9330.
Bandito's "Saturday Night Nature" Dance Night with DJ Rick Danger, weekly. 354-9999.
Bogart's Back Room George Melvin B-3 Organ Jazz Quartet, 9 p.m., $7. 353-9280.
International Film Series The University of Richmond presents its free film series at 7:30 p.m. in Jepson Hall 118. This week, the film is "Travellers and Magicians." 287-6699.
An Evening With Stu Gardner and Friends Bill Cosby shares the stage with former music director for "The Cosby Show," keyboardist Gardner, performing with Dave Valentin, Jon Faddis, Skip Gailes, and Duke McKenzie and the Hi-Lites, 4 p.m. at the Landmark Theater. Tickets are $35-$40. 6 N. Laurel St. 262-8100.
Bobby Olive Memorial Blues Bash The third annual blues event features performances by the Phifer Marshall band, Sheryl Warner and the Southside Homewreckers with Paul Geremia, Li'l Ronnie and the Grand Dukes and Sean Costello, starting at noon at The Boulders Amphitheater. Tickets are $5-$15. 644-2510.
Click Five in Concert The power pop fivesome performs at the Classic Amphitheatre at the State Fair at 4 p.m. Free with fair admission. 569-3200.
Music on the Lawn The Richmond Concert Band performs classics, pop, patriotic music and more, 5:30 p.m. at Agecroft Hall. Free. 5205 Sulgrave Road. 737-3767.
Richmond Symphony The Richmond Symphony presents the "Kicked Back Classics" series at the Pavilion of the Science Museum of Virginia, featuring works by Mendelssohn, Grieg, Haydn and others, at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5-$15. 2500 W. Broad St. 788-1212.
Valentine Richmond History Center The museum offers a weekly Sunday walking tour of various Richmond locations, starting at 2 p.m. This week, the tour explores "Canal Boats and Cobblestones." Tickets are $6-$7. 649-0711.
Hyperlink Café Hoodrich Promotions presents Konkrete Jungle VA (guest DJs, jungle, drum 'n' bass), weekly, doors open at 9 p.m. 254-1942.
Mars Bar Milli Vanilli Karaoke, weekly, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., free. 644-6277.
Nanci Raygun Sacrosanct featuring Psyclon 9, Abby Vain (goth, industrial), weekly, 18 and older, 10 p.m., $6. 353-4263.
Penny Lane Karaoke, weekly, free. 780-1682.
Potter's Pub and Grille Karaoke with Matt Rock, weekly, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., free. 282-9999.
University of Richmond Museums "Pierre Daura, Catalan-American Modernist: People, Places and Things" opens with a gallery talk, walk-through and reception, 7-9 p.m. at the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art and Print Study Center. Through Dec. 11. 289-8276.
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