Flicker The Richmond Moving Image Co-op presents the bimonthly showcase of independent films, 8 p.m. at Plant Zero. Admission is $3. 0 E. Fourth St. 232-RMIC.
Book Signing William Hoffman reads from and signs copies of his novel "Lies" at the Library of Virginia at noon. 800 E. Broad St. 692-3500.
Native American Heritage Talk Steven Eugene Wall gives a talk on "Encounters With the Unseen: A Journey Into the Heart of Native America" at 6 p.m. at VMFA. Tickets are $3-$5. 200 N. Boulevard. 340-1400.
University Band Concert The VCU Band performs at the Singleton Center at 8 p.m. Free. 922 Park Ave. 828-6776.
Modlin Center "Eyewitness Blues," a musical play about the life of a musician, directed by Talvin Wilks, comes to U of R's Alice Jepson Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 1. Tickets are $8-$30. 289-8980.
Family Physicians Work from area middle schools is on display, opening with a reception, 6-7 p.m. 2200 Pump Road, Suite 100. 741-7141.
Alley Katz Social Burn, all ages, 6-10 p.m., $10. 643-2816.
Awful Arthur's (West End) Texas Hold 'Em Tournament, weekly, 8 p.m., free. 672-9385.
Babe's Karaoke, weekly, free. 355-9330.
Bella Arte The KStraw Quartet (jazz), weekly, 8-11 p.m., free. 515-9099.
Bogart's Back Room Mike Gales and the Warriorz (funk), 9 p.m., $5. 353-9280.
Bottega Bistro Tommy Witten Trio, weekly, 6 p.m. 379-9899.
Bottom Line Nick's karaoke, weekly. 644-5944.
Breaker's South No Charge, weekly, 8 p.m. 323-8024.
Bubba's Restaurant Oldies Music Night, weekly, 8-11 p.m., free. 236-1600.
Bull and Bear Club Lounge Party Open House, weekly, 6-9 p.m., free. 649-8431.
Sin é John Small, 8:30-11:30 p.m., free. 649-7767.
The Tobacco Company Jangling Reinhardts, 8 p.m., free. 782-9555.
Upper East Side Lounge Upper East Side Big Band featuring Adrian Duke, Doctors of Jazz (Dixieland), 7 p.m., $5. 467-6182.
VCU Student Commons "Commuter Cooldown" with Fight the Bull (experimental jazz), noon, free. 828-6776.
Teen Fashion Show The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts hosts "Stylin': A Dazzling Teen Fashion Event by Metropolitan Richmond Teens" in the Marble Hall with poetry readings, gallery tours and music, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. 200 N. Boulevard. 340-1473.
Go Read! National Book Award winner and Go Read Richmond writer of the year Alice McDermott reads and signs copies of her book "Charming Billy" at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 6 p.m. 815 E. Grace St. 646-0290.
Jepson Leadership Forum Princeton philosopher and author of "On Bullshit" Harry Frankfurt gives a talk on "Truth, Lies and Other Forms of Corruption in Civic Communication" at 7 p.m. at U of R. Free, but reservations required. 289-8980.
Musicircus Chop Suey Books hosts simultaneous live musical performances by Brian Jones and Mao Amore, Hotel X, and Harm Stryker, 8-9 p.m. Free. 1317 W. Cary St. 497-4075.
Symphony Orchestra Concert The VCU Symphony Orchestra performs at the Singleton Center at 8 p.m. Free. 922 Park Ave. 828-6776.
Second Presbyterian Church The Encore! Theatre Company presents a two-man adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" at 8 p.m. Through Dec. 23. Tickets are $13-$18. Call (866) BARD-TIX or visit www.richmondshakespeare.com.
West End Assembly of God The annual pageant "Glorious Christmas Nights" starts at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Dec. 11. Tickets are $18. 401 N. Parham Road. Call 754-0738 or visit www.gloriouschristmasnights.com.
Midlothian Library The Bon Air Artists Association presents a painting exhibition through December. 521 Coalfield Road. 359-8893.
Bizarre Bazaar The Richmond Raceway Complex fills with holiday trinkets, gifts and good-smelling things, starting at 10 a.m. Through Dec. 4. Tickets are $1.50-$7. 600 N. Laburnum Ave. 673-6280.
Arthur's at Inns of Virginia Nick's Karaoke, weekly, 9 p.m., free. 288-2800.
Azzurro 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 Caravan (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.
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 Jubeus, 8 p.m., free. 782-9555.
Visions Dance Club Karaoke, weekly, 7:30 p.m., free. 379-3800.
Carytown Holiday Open House The shops of Carytown put on their finest tinsel for a weekend of carolers and carriage rides, starting at 10 a.m., with an illumination ceremony Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at The Byrd Theatre. Through Dec. 4. Call 254-5700 or visit www.carytown.org.
Grand Illumination Richmond flips the switch on the Grand Illumination at the James Center at 6 p.m., with musical performances by Everlife and B5. 344-3232.
Main Street Station Open House Mayor Doug Wilder presides over the Main Street tree lighting at 5:45 p.m., with holiday music, and a reading of "The Polar Express." Free. Main and 16th Streets. 646-2041.
Brazilian Music Ensemble The University of Richmond Brazilian Music Ensemble, with percussionist Jorge Alabe, gives a concert at Camp Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Free. 289-8980.
Music at Midday The Jefferson Hotel hosts free performances of holiday music by local groups at noon. Today, the Prince George Advanced Choir performs. 101 W. Franklin St. 788-8000.
Richmond Symphony The Richmond Symphony performs Handel's "Messiah" at Second Baptist Church at 8 p.m., with a second performance Dec. 5 at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Tickets are $10-$30. Call 788-1212 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen The Ann Catherine Cross School of Dance presents "The Spirit of Christmas," a celebration of the season in song and dance, at 7 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12. 2880 Mountain Road. 730-1740.
Empire Theatre Theatre IV presents "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," a musical based on the "Peanuts" comic strip, at 7 p.m. Through Dec. 18. Tickets are $29-$32. 114 W. Broad St. 344-8040.
Landmark Theater The Ballet Petit, a volunteer brigade of 50 dancers, presents its annual production of "The Night Before Christmas" at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12. 6 N. Laurel St. 320-1409.
First Fridays The monthly art walk on Broad Street kicks off its fifth season of gallery opening receptions with street performers and vendors, 7-10 p.m. For a listing of gallery openings, check the Galleries box. Call 344-1508 or visit www.firstfridaysrichmond.com.
17th Street Farmers' Market The 17th Street Farmers' Market hosts a Holiday Market Weekend through Dec. 4, starting at 5 p.m. Free. 646-0477.
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.
Sin é Chicago Cy, 9 p.m., free. 649-7767.
The Tobacco Company Grand Illumination concert with Mo Debree, 7 p.m., free. 782-9555.
VIP Lounge Tears and Whisky Band, 9 p.m., free. 282-6518.
Christmas Parade This year's Ukrop's/Retail Merchants Association Christmas Parade, featuring boy band B5, girl band Everlife, and actor John Driscoll as Grand Marshals, has huge high-flying balloons, elaborate floats, star-spangled marching bands and, as always, Santy Claus! Departs at 10.15 a.m. from the Department of Motor Vehicles on W. Broad St. 559-6113.
Film Screening Yellow House Productions presents a screening of a film by Todd Raviotta, "Mediated: The 21st Century Lifestyle" at the Firehouse Theatre at 8 p.m. Admission is $3. 1609 W. Broad St. 329-4735.
Medieval Holiday Feast John Tyler Community College's Medieval History Club presents a feast in 14th-century style with jugglers, minstrels and the Celtic band Clan McCool, 7 p.m. at the Nicholas Student Center in Chester. Tickets are $10. 594-1516.
Choir Concert Johnny Branch and other male vocalists perform "Men of the Bible" at the Great Hope Baptist Church at 4 p.m. Donations accepted. 2101 Venable St. 275-1322.
Chop Suey Reading Chop Suey Books presents a transparency show by David Rees, creator of the comic "Get Your Word On," a reading by John Hodgman from his book "Areas of My Expertise" and an acoustic performance by Jonathan Coulton, starting at 7:30 p.m. Free. 1317 W. Cary St. 497-4705.
Dickens Reading Walter Schoen reads Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" at U of R's Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$30. 289-8980.
Lecture Author and journalist Nicholas Gage gives a talk on "The Greek-American Dream" at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 7 p.m. 30 Malvern Ave. 594-0345.
Carol Festival The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart presents the Cathedral's Christmas Concert and Carol Festival featuring their adult and men's choirs, the VCU Flute Ensemble and the VCU Trombone Choir at 7:30 p.m. Free. 823 Park Ave. 359-5651.
CeCe Winans in Concert The songstress performs a selection of contemporary Christian songs with the Richmond Symphony at the Landmark Theater at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30-$60. Call 262-8003 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Choir Concert The American Boychoir performs at St. Benedict Catholic Church at 7:30 p.m. Donations accepted. 300 N. Sheppard St. 254-8810, ext. 114.
Holiday Sing-Along The Fan Woman's Club and Friends of Monroe Park present a holiday sing-along in Monroe Park with local choirs, cookies and cider, starting at 3 p.m. Free. 358-3898.
Winter Choral Concert The Randolph-Macon College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers perform holiday music at Blackwell Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Free. 205 Henry St. 752-3712.
James River High School Auditorium The Concert Ballet of Virginia presents "The Nutcracker" at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$24. Call 798-0945 or visit www.concertballet.com.
Henricus Historical Park Mistletoe Magic features ornament-making, games and activities for children, illustrating how the settlers celebrated the holidays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission is $6-$8. 706-1340.
Tree Lighting The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen presents the Seventh Annual Holiday Tree Lighting with a 60-foot cedar tree, local groups performing songs of the season, free hot chocolate, cookies and Santa Claus on a fire truck, 4:30-5:45 p.m. Free. 2880 Mountain Road. 261-6200.
Alley Katz Lake Trout, Vega, 18 and older, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $10-$12. 643-2816.
Ashland Coffee and Tea Old School Freight Train (newgrass), 8 p.m., $10. 798-1702.
Bandito's "Saturday Night Nature" Dance Night with DJ Rick Danger, weekly. 354-9999.
Bogart's Back Room Sambaiosis (Brazilian jazz), 9 p.m., $7. 353-9280.
Canal Club Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Jake Shimabukuro, 8:30 p.m., $16-$18. 643-2582.
Cary Street Café Jazz jam with Fred Ostrow, weekly, 2-5 p.m., free. Larry Keel and Natural Bridge (bluegrass), 10 p.m., $15. 353-7445.
Club Richbrau DJ Rocky and Friends (dance music), weekly, 9 p.m., free. 644-3018.
Mars Bar '80s Hits and Electronic Dance Night, weekly, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., free. 644-6277.
Matrixx Room Copa Cabana Night (salsa), weekly, 9 p.m., $5. 225-8686.
Nanci Raygun USA Is a Monster, The Kites, Attitude Problem, The Amoeba Men, 18 and older, 10 p.m., $5. 353-4263.
Rare Olde Times Andy, Cindy and Thensome (Irish folk), weekly, 8:30 p.m., free. 750-1346.
Richbrau's TapHouse Grill The Tommy Clarke Trio with Russ Hanchin and Joe Sarver (classic jazz), weekly, 7-10 p.m., free. 644-3018.
Sharky's Pat O'Brien, weekly, 9:30 p.m., free. 273-1888.
Sin é Signal 7, 9 p.m., free. 649-7767.
The Tobacco Company Soul Providers, 9:30 p.m., free. 782-9555.
Tropical Soul Soultry Saturdays DJ Night (funk, reggae, hip-hop, afrobeat), weekly, 9 p.m., free. 771-1605.
VIP Lounge Tears and Whisky Band, 9 p.m., free. 282-6518.
Village Holiday Social Commonwealth Photography hosts a holiday party with juggler Jonathan Austin, carriage rides, animals, a tree illumination and more, 12:30-5:30 p.m. Free. 4227 Old Hundred Road. 748-5861.
Book Signing E.R. Frank reads and sings copies of her young adult book "Wrecked" at Book People, 2-3 p.m. 536 Granite Ave. 288-4346.
Paul Rusesabagina Talk The Virginia Holocaust Museum hosts a talk by Paul Rusesabagina, inspiration for the film "Hotel Rwanda," at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5-$50. 2000 E. Cary St. 257-5400.
Guitar Ensemble The VCU Guitar Ensemble and Community Ensemble performs at the Music Center Recital Hall at 4 p.m. Free. 1015 Grove Ave. 828-6776.
Holiday Music Concert The Greater Richmond Children's Choir and the American Youth Harp Ensemble perform holiday music, classics, world music and selections from "Harry Potter" films at the Science Museum of Virginia at 4 p.m. Tickets are $5-$10. 2500 W. Broad St. 864-1400.
Landmark Theater The operetta "Amahl and the Night Visitors" takes the stage at 4 p.m. Free. 6 N. Laurel St. 646-1437.
Art Works Art Works presents Santa Sundays and Such, art for sale, holiday music, children's activities and a visit from Santa, noon-6 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18. 320 Hull Street Road. 291-1400.
Avenue 805 An exhibition of pop culture-inspired paintings opens with a reception, 6-8 p.m. Through March 5. 805 N. Davis. 353-2505.
Victorian Christmas at Maymont The Maymont Foundation hosts a day of carriage rides, tours, and carolers from the Henrico Pops Chorus, noon-5 p.m. Admission is $1-$3. 1700 Hampton St. 358-7166, ext. 310.
Babe's of Carytown Sunday Karaoke, weekly, 3-7 p.m., free. 355-9330.
Bogart's Back Room "Drinking Games" by Clay McLeod Chapman presented by Yellow House, weekly, 7 p.m., $10. 353-9280.
Brandermill Inn Wendy and Raye, weekly, 3-7 p.m. 739-8871.
Caddy's Karaoke, weekly, free. 794-3007.
Café Diem Johnny Hott and the Piedmont Souprize, weekly, 7:30-10:30 p.m., free. 353-2500.
Fusion Jam with Mike Hawkins, weekly, 4-7 p.m. 249-2338.
Gallery5 Richmond Pop Festival with The Rachel Nevadas, The Rip Off, A Roman Holiday, Rabbits, In the Red, Atlas, Adah and Health Haynes, 7 p.m., $5. 644-0005.
Glenn's Corporation Carlton Ayles and Legacy Jazz Band, 7-10 p.m., $5. 321-3444.
Grafiti Grille Jazz brunch with the Farmer Brothers, weekly, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., free. 288-0633.
Grove Avenue Coffee and Tea Divided Highway (bluegrass), weekly, 9 a.m.-noon, free. 288-6211.
Hard Shell Daniel Clarke-Jimmy Sullivan Duo, weekly, 11:30 a.m., free. 643-2333.
Hyperlink Café Jazz Brunch, weekly, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 254-1942.
Jumpin J's Java J's Soleil Jazz presents the Carol Covell Trio, noon-3 p.m., free. 344-3500.
Kitty O' Shea's Jazz Brunch with the Leon Leary Trio, weekly, noon-2 p.m., free. 739-0800.
Mars Bar Throwback Dance Night ('80s and eclectic), weekly, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., free. 644-6277.
Metro Grill Mark Troxell Duo, weekly, 7:30-9:30 p.m., free. 353-4433.
Mr. Bojangles Lyric Ave (spoken word, comedy, hip-hop), 8 p.m., $8-$10. 344-2901.
Nanci Raygun Rumplestiltskin Grinder, all ages, 5 p.m., $6. 353-4263.
Richbrau Brewery S.I.N. night, weekly. 644-3018.
Sports Page Open Mic Night, weekly. 379-1844.
"The Chanukkah Story" Vocal sextet The Western Wind joins narrator Martin Goldsmith for "The Chanukkah Story" at U of R's Camp Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30. 289-8980.
McShin Holiday Party The McShin Foundation hosts a fundraiser party and auction with music and speaker Catherine Rush, 6-9 p.m. at The Marquee. Tickets are $15. 3015 Cutshaw Ave. 249-1845.
Music at Midday The Jefferson Hotel hosts free performances of holiday music by local groups at noon. Today, the St. Catherine's and St. Christopher's String Ensembles perform. 101 W. Franklin St. 788-8000.
Richmond Philharmonic The Richmond Philharmonic performs "Joy!" a family holiday concert with a series of Christmas favorites at The James Center Atrium at 7 p.m. Free. 1051 E. Cary St. 673-7400.
Richmond Symphony The Richmond Symphony performs Handel's "Messiah" at 8 p.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Tickets are $10-$30. Call 788-1212 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Barksdale Theatre The Barksdale Theatre presents "A Broadway Holiday Review" with Desiree Roots Centeio, Robyn O'Neill, Debra Wagoner and more Richmond musical theater performers. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Through Dec. 20. Tickets are $25. 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. 282-2620.
Bogart's Back Room Brown (big band, funk), 9 p.m., $6. 353-9280.
Café Diem Open-mic night with Wes Edwards, weekly, 10 p.m., free. 353-2500.
Cary Street Café The Spaceheaters, Uncertainty Principle (jam), weekly, 9:30 p.m., free. 353-7445.
Easy Street 9:55 Club Comedy Night, weekly, 9 p.m., free. 355-1198.
Emilio's Get Rite with DJ Merrick and Friends, weekly, 10 p.m., free. 359-1224.
Hyperlink Café Hoodrich Promotions presents Konkrete Jungle VA (guest DJs, jungle, drum 'n' bass), weekly, doors open at 9 p.m., $5. 254-1942.
Mars Bar Milli Vanilli Karaoke, weekly, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., free. 644-6277.
Nanci Raygun The Working Title, Cartel, The Terminal, Too Late the Hero, all ages, 5 p.m., $7. Sacrosanct (goth/industrial), 18 and over, 10 p.m., $5. 353-4263.
Penny Lane Pub Karaoke, weekly, free. 780-1682.
Women Involved in Living and Learning Lecture Series Evelyn Fox Keller gives a talk on "Innate Confusions: Nature, Nurture and All of That" at 7 p.m. at U of R's North Court Reception Room. Free. 289-8578.
Candlelight Vigil Susan Greenbaum performs at the Henrico Victim/Witness Program's annual Candlelight Vigil to honor victims who have lost their lives in tragic circumstances, in front of the Henrico Courthouse at 7 p.m. Free. 501-4134.
Commonwealth Singers The VCU Commonwealth Singers and Choral Arts Society perform at the Singleton Center at 8 p.m. $5. 922 Park Ave. 828-6776.
Henrico Pops Chorus The Henrico Pops Chorus presents "Jingle All the Way," featuring holiday favorites for the whole family, at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen at 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 7. Free, but reservations required. 2880 Mountain Road. 261-6200.
Music at Midday The Jefferson Hotel hosts free performances of holiday music by local groups at noon. Today, the Tuckahoe Middle School Choir performs. 101 W. Franklin St. 788-8000.
Chasen Galleries The 2005 Holiday Showcase features works by Joanne Miller Rafferty, Samir Sammoun, Gloria Coker and Jody Wright through December. 3554 W. Cary St. 204-1048.
Gallery5 A collaborative online exhibition about technology, religion, media and the end of the world, "L3FTB3HIND.com" launches at 7 p.m. Free. 200 W. Marshall St. 644-0005.
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