Alley Katz 10 Walnut Alley, 643-2816. Thurs: Colin Healy and the Jet Skis, Trustfall, 6-10 p.m., $8-$10. Fri: Main and Kinetik, Brad Moss and the New Age, the Blue League, 6-9 p.m., $5-$7. Stitchez, C4, Izreal, H8trid, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., $10. Sat: Remembering the Life, Thru the Rear View, They Found Her in Pieces, 5-9 p.m., $7. Krass Judgement, Rotgut, Chokechain, Indebt, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., $6. Sun: Vanquish, Capital 7, Alternate Routes, Jigsaw Babies, 52 Foreign Dumpsters, Danny O'Hanley, Quiet Eyes Road, 6-11 p.m., $9-$10.
Ashland Coffee and Tea 100 N. Railroad Ave., 789-1702. Fri: Smokehouse (Americana), 8 p.m., $8.
Bahama Joe's 6922 Staples Mill Road, 262-9652. Fri: Cruzin Coyote (country rock), 9:30 p.m.
Black Finn Restaurant and Saloon 1001 Haxall Point, 643-3466. Thurs: Intense City (rock and funk), 8-11 p.m., free.
Bleu Bistro 8982 Quioccasin Road., 750-1120. Wed: Pure and Sinful, 7-10 p.m., free. Thurs: Dave Richmond, 9-11 p.m., free. Fri: Hazy Dave, 9:30 p.m.-midnight, $5. Sat: the Michael Clark Band, 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., $5. Sun: the Doctors of Jazz, noon-2 p.m., free.
Bottoms Up Pizza 17th and Cary streets, 644-4400. Thurs: Roslyn, Pedro Aida, 8 p.m., free.
CafAc Diem 600 N. Sheppard St. 353-2500. Thurs: Chez Roue (swing and jazz), 9 p.m., free. Fri: the Recliners, 9 p.m., free. Tues: DJ Williams Projekt, 9:30 p.m., free.
The Camel CafAc 1621 W. Broad St., 353-4901. Wed: Brave Citizens, Alex BPE, 8 p.m., $5. Thurs: Chauncie Beaston, 8 p.m., $5. Sat: RVA JazzFest: Steven Bernstein, Fight the Big Bull, Boots of Leather, Glows in the Dark, 8 p.m. Sun: Hold for the Takeover, 8 p.m., $5.
The Canal Club 1545 E. Cary St. 643-2582. Wed: MAE, Conditions, Against Grace, the Bigger Lights, We the Living, 6:30 p.m., $12-$15. Thurs: 102.1's Local X-posure showcase, 8:30 p.m., free. Fri: Thunderbrew, Boss Kean's Ditch, Steelshot, 9:30 p.m., $6. Sat: Fail Safe, St. Diablo, Candlelight Red, Memory Fade, 9:30 p.m., $7. Sun: Ludo, Sing It Loud, This Providence, the Morning Light, 6-10 p.m., $12-$14.
Capital Ale House 623 E. Main St. 780-2537. Fri: Mattie Phifer Band, 5 p.m., free. Deborah Coleman, 9 p.m., $10-$15. Sat: Bio Ritmo, Clube Do Samba, Quatro na Bossa, DJ Rattan, 7 p.m., $12. Tues: Adrian Duke, Dixie Power Trio, 5 p.m.-midnight.
Cary Street CafAc 2631 W. Cary St., 353-7445. Wed: 29th Division (jam band), 10 p.m., $5. Fri: King Solomon's Marbles (Grateful Dead covers), 10 p.m., $7. Sat: Smile, 10 p.m., $5. Sun: Justin Jones and the Driving Rain, Sarah White and the Pearls, 9 p.m., $5. Tues: Co-Pilot (funk), 10 p.m., $5.
Commercial Taphouse 111 N. Robinson St., 359-6544. Sun: Glow in the Dark (jazz), 9 p.m., free.
Emilio's Tapas Bar 1847 W. Broad St., 359-1224. Wed: Poly, Giant Squid, 9 p.m. Thurs: Tele-Phonic (jazz), 7-9:30 p.m., free. Fri: Jazz Freedom Project, 7-10 p.m., free. Sat: Tele-Phonic, 7-9 p.m., free. Sun: Jazz Freedom Project, 7-9:30 p.m., free.
Funny Bone 11800 W. Broad St., 521-8900. Wed-Thurs: Tom Segura, 7:30 p.m., $15. Fri-Sat: Tom Segura, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., $15. Sun: Tom Segura, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $15.
Globehopper Coffeehouse and Lounge 2100 E. Main St. 523-8083. Thurs: Jason Jenkins, 8-10 p.m., free.
Grandpa Eddie's Alabama Ribs and BBQ 11129 Three Chopt Road, 270-7427. Fri: the Taters, 8:30 p.m., free. Sat: Sister Sweet, 8:30 p.m., free.
The Grapevine II 11055 Three Chopt Road. 440-9100. Tues: Big Pop and the Doo-Wops, 7 p.m., free.
Home Team Grill 1630 W. Main St., 254-7360. Tues: Pat O'Brien, 7:30 p.m., free.
The National 708 E. Broad St., 612-1900. Fri: Velvet Marias, Cashmere Junglelords, Jangling Reinharts, Sister Sweet, 6:30 p.m., $10-$13. Sat: Jason Isbell and 400 Unit, Benji Hughes, 7 p.m., $13-$15. Sun: Tommy Emmanuel, 6:30 p.m., $20-$25.
Northside Grille 1217 Bellevue Ave., 266-0043. Sat: Patron (southern rock), 9-11:30 p.m.,
Plaza Bowl 521 E. Southside Plaza, 233-8799. Thurs: Brave Citizens, Hope Like Fire, 8 p.m., $5. Fri: Brain Worms, Pygmy Lush, Hail Hydra, Furnace, 8 p.m., $5. Sat: Prabir and the Substitutes, You Guys Are Girls, David Shoitz and the Skyline, 8 p.m., $5.
Positive Vibe CafAc 2825 Hathaway Road, 560-9622. Sat: the Janet Martin Band, 8:30-11 p.m., free. Sun: Chicago Cy Band, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., free.
Pour House 3438 Pump Road, 364-9083. Sat: Freedom Hawk, 9:30 p.m., $3.
Rumors 404 N. Harrison St., 726-9944. Sat: OCD, Elevation, Jon Ramsey with Song of Chance, Therapeutic Homicide, 8-11:30 p.m., $5.
Sharky's Bar and Billiard 4032 Cox Road, 273-1888. Wed: the Wrest, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m., free. Fri: the Wrest, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m., free. Sat: Pat O'Brien, 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., free.
Shenanigans 4017 Macarthur Ave., 264-5010. Wed: Amy Henderson, 7:30 p.m., free. Sat: the Good Humor Band, 8:30 p.m. Sun: Pete Kanaras and the Remnants, Rylo, 6:30 p.m. Tues: the Ray Pittman Project, 8 p.m.
SinAc Irish Pub 1327 E. Cary St., 649-7767. Fri: William Walter and Company, 9 p.m. Sat: the Us Band, 9 p.m.
Taphouse Grill 1212 E. Cary St. 644-3018. Fri: Joe Scott, 8 p.m., free. Sat: the Russ Hanchen and Joe Sarver Jazz Duo, 7 p.m., free.
Toad's Place 140 Virginia St., 648-8623. Wed: Reckless Kelly, Sons of Bill, 8 p.m., $12. Fri: Wrinkle Neck Mules, 6 Day Bender, the Hotdamns, 7:30 p.m., $12-$15. Sat: Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, 7:30 p.m., $12-$15.
Tobacco Company 1201 E. Cary St., 782-9555. Wed: John Fetherstone, 8 p.m. Thurs: Sister Sweet, 8 p.m. Fri: Mo Debree, 9:30 p.m. Sat: Steve Carter Connextion, 9:30 p.m. Tues: Jangling Reinhardts, 8 p.m.
The Triple 3306 W. Broad St. 359-7777. Wed: Boneanchor, 8-11 p.m., $5. Thurs: We are the New Year, Fear of Falling, 10 p.m., $5. Fri: the Points, Make Like Murder, Antietam, Dead Reign, Separation, 10 p.m., $5. Sat: Arms and Sleepers, Identity VA, Uncle Jemima, 10 p.m., $5.
VCU Fine Arts Building Gallery "Mare," featuring photographs, sculptures and videos by Demetrius Oliver. Opening at noon and on display through March 6. 1000 W. Broad St. 828-1511.
Hot Lunch at the Firehouse The Richmond Playwrights' Forum presents a free staged reading of, "Luau at Acorn Acres," a short comedy about retirement community living starting at noon at the Firehouse Theatre. Feel free to bring a bagged lunch and stay for a critique with the playwright after the show. 1609 W. Broad St. 355-2001.
The Obesity Crisis Conference The Youth Obesity Coalition holds its day-long gathering at the Richmond Marriott, assembling national experts who have achieved success in the battle against childhood obesity. $40. 500 E. Broad St. 643-3400.
"The Boys Next Door" Directed by Tim Gochenour, the Randolph-Macon College Center for the Performing Arts presents a play about four mentally handicapped men living in a communal residence. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and continue through Feb. 21. Call 752-7316 for reservations and ticket rates. 204 Henry St. in Ashland.
Book Signing Authors Pamela Kinney and Sherry Morris sign copies of their latest books at the Virginia Center Commons Waldenbooks from 1-3 p.m. 10101 Brook Road. 262-9479.
Book Signing Author Jami Attenberg signs copies of her latest novel "The Kept Man" at Fountain Bookstore at 6:30 p.m. 1312 E. Cary St. 788-1594.
Book Talk Author Pamela Kinney speaks at February's Virginia Writers Club meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Short Pump Barnes and Noble. 11640 W. Broad St. 360-0103.
VCU Visiting Writers Series Professor Lucy Anne Hurston discusses and reads from her biography "Speak, So You Can Speak Again: A Life of Zora Neale Hurston, followed by a reception and signing at 7:30 p.m. in Virginia Commonwealth University's student commons. 907 Floyd Ave. 828-1329.
A Tale of Enduring Romance The Association for Preservation of Virginia Antiquities holds an evening at the John Marshall House downtown from 6:30-9 p.m., featuring a tour of the 18th-century dwelling and a retelling of the love story between the Revolutionary War hero and future chief justice of the United States and his wife, Polly. $10-$12. 818 E. Marshall St. 648-7998.
End Hunger Slam Gallery5 continues its benefit series to help feed impoverished families, featuring Mahogany Brown from the Nuyorican Poet's CafAc, at 7 p.m. $5. 200 W. Marshall St. 644-0005.
Home and Garden Show The Greater Richmond Convention Center hosts the Mac Events Home Show and the Maymont Flower and Garden show through Feb. 22, featuring more than 350 decorative furnishing, accessories and products. $6-$10. 403 N. Third St. For the latest information visit www.macevents.com or call 800-332-3976.
University of Richmond Museums "Faces and Flowers: Painting on Lenox China." On display through June 28. 28 Westhampton Way. 289-8276.
Modern Groove Syndicate The St. Christopher's School Concert Series continues with this Richmond-based jazz ensemble, performing in the middle school auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Free. At the junction of Fergusson Road and Somerset Avenue. 282-3185, ext. 312.
Art After Hours Poet Randy Marshall recites selections of his work between 6-9 p.m. at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. $8-$10. 200 N. Boulevard. 340-1405.
Architecture Lecture Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the practice of the Colonial Revival architect William Lawrence Bottomley, the Historic Richmond Foundation welcomes University of Virginia professor of architectural history Richard Wilson to speak on the man and his work from 6-8 p.m. at St. Catherine's School. $10-$25. 6001 Grove Ave.
Book Signing Adriana Trigiani signs copies of her work "Very Valentine" at Fountain Bookstore at 6 p.m. 1312 E. Cary St. 788-1594.
Poetry Reading Internationally acclaimed poet Vona Groarke reads examples of her work starting at 8 p.m. at the University of Richmond as part of its ongoing Writers Series. Free. 28 Westhampton Way. 289-8287.
Robust Living: Chinese Philosophy of Health and Well-being Richmond's annual ChinaFest begins with a special panel discussion at the University of Richmond at 7 p.m., where Chinese healers, acupuncturists and herbalists explain and share their expert knowledge on balancing one's mind and body. Free. 28 Westhampton Way. 245-0236.
VCU Visiting Writers Series Poet Bruce Beasley recites selections of his work at 8 p.m. in Virginia Commonwealth University student commons. 907 Floyd Ave. 828-1329.
"Lore" Sweet Tease Burlesque presents a night of dance, performance art and circus spectacle at 8 p.m. at Gallery5, with an additional show on Feb. 21. Restricted to people 18 and older. $10. 200 W. Marshall St. 644-0005.
Artspace Stand-Up Artspace at Plant Zero hosts a night of comedy starting at 8 p.m., showcasing the talent of John Porter, Steve Moore, Tom Via, Mike Bonura and Evelyn Seid. $10. 0 E. Fourth St. 232-6464.
"Up the Yangtze" Richmond's ChinaFest continues with a film screening at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the University of Richmond, examining China's latest effort to harness the Yangtze River with the world's largest dam. Free. 28 Westhampton Way. 245-0236.
Altria Masterworks Series: Symphonic Firsts The Richmond Symphony, conducted by Arthur Post, performs the first symphonies of Beethoven and Shostakovich at 8 p.m. at Second Baptist Church. $20-$35. 9614 River Road. 788-1212.
The Search for the Next Great Metal Band Plan 9 Music holds its live, in-store finalist competition starting at 6 p.m. in Carytown, featuring the musical rockitude of Interarma, Jefferson Plane Crash and Battlemaster. An expert panel of judges include Dave Witte and Ryan Waste of Municipal Waste, Ryan Parrish of Darkest Hour, and Eric Larssen of Alabama Thunderpussy, will determine the winning band. 3012 W. Cary St. 353-9996.
"Murder Las Vegas Style" The Mystery Dinner Playhouse performs a new murder-mystery comedy featuring a courtroom backdrop, complete with judge, jury and an executioner at the Holiday Inn West End, at 7:30 p.m. and continuing each Friday and Saturday through June 13. $42. 2000 Staples Mill Road. 649-2583.
"Steal Away" Petersburg's Sycamore Rouge presents this comedic folk tale about five upstanding church ladies, who raise money to send young black women to college by robbing banks, at 8 p.m. with additional performances each Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. through March 14. 21 W. Old St. For ticket information call 957-5707.
"Tosca" The Virginia Opera returns to Richmond, performing Puccini's famous work about a headstrong soprano, the politically activism of the man she loves and the chief of police looking to sabotage their union. The show opens at the Landmark Theater at 8 p.m., with an additional show on Feb. 22 at 2:30 p.m. $23-$100. 6 N. Laurel St. 1-866-673-7282.
Art Along the Silk Road ChinaFest continues with guest speaker Li Jian, curator of East Asian Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, from 10 a.m.-noon at the University of Richmond. She will discuss the art found along the famed trade routes that connected the culture and technology of Western Asia with North Africa and Europe. Free. 28 Westhampton Way. 245-0236.
Book Signing Local author J. Earl Ricks signs copies of his work "Wonders: Questions Exploring Black and White Culture" at the Libbie Place Barnes and Noble at 6 p.m. 5501 W. Broad St. 282-6704.
Balinese Theater Performance Balinese musician, dancer and shadow puppeteer Made Sidia performs the Hindu epic "Mahabharata" at the Modlin Center of the Arts' from 3-5 p.m., using intricately carved flat leather puppets, accompanied by live gamelan music. Free. 28 Westhampton Way. 289-8980.
Orienteering Meet Richmond's Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities invites guests to learn the skills of orienteering in Chimborazo Park at noon. Free. 3215 E. Broad St. 304-8841
Winter, Wine and All Things Fine Covenant Woods hosts a wine tasting and silent auction from 3-6 p.m., featuring original works of art, antiques, furniture and gift certificates. $10. 7090 Covenant Woods Drive. 569-8007.
Xin Nian Hao, or Happy New Year The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts invites parents to bring their children for a special Chinese New Year celebration from 1-4 p.m., featuring traditional music, dance and interactive cultural workshops. 200 N. Boulevard. 204-2681.
Zest Fest 2009 Featuring the best of Virginia chefs, the Greater Richmond Convention Center holds a dinner and silent auction to raise money for Meals on Wheels from 6-11 p.m. $150. 403 N. Third St. 783-7300.
Song of Tibet Richmond's ChinaFest continues with a film screening at 11 a.m. at the Byrd Theatre, presenting viewers with a history of the Tibetan region. $3. 2908 W. Cary St. 878-8072.
Letter from an Unknown Woman Richmond's ChinaFest continues with a film screening at 2 p.m. at the Byrd Theatre, presenting a story told against the backdrop of China's modern revolution. $3. 2908 W. Cary St. 878-8072.
Altria Masterworks Series: Symphonic Firsts The Richmond Symphony, conducted by Arthur Post, performs the first symphonies of Beethoven and Shostakovich beginning at 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church. $25-$50. 2709 Monument Ave. 788-1212.
Smokey Robinson: An Evening with a Motown Legend The Richmond Forum welcomes the legendary recording artist, singer and songwriter alongside New Millennium Studios co-founder Daphne Maxwell Reid as they cover Robinson's life and influence on the Motown sound at 8 p.m. in the Landmark Theater. $27-$55. 6 N. Laurel St. 330-3993.
"Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad" Paying tribute to the woman who freed herself and hundreds others from the bonds of slavery, the Empire Theatre presents a dramatic retelling of Harriet Tubman's adventurous life at 3 p.m. and Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. 114 W. Broad St. 344-8040.
Black History Lecture Kwanzaa creator Dr. Maulana Karenga, an author and professor of Africana Studies at California State University-Long Beach, presents his lecture, "Bethune, Obama, and Douglass in Dialog: Lessons in History and Struggle" starting at 4 p.m. at Virginia State University. 1 Hayden Drive in Ettrick. 524-5000.
Book Signing Local author Teresa Adele Bettino signs copies of her work "Degen and Me" at the Libbie Place Barnes and Noble at 1 p.m. 5501 W. Broad St. 282-6704.
Book Signing Author Meg Medina signs copies of her work "Milagros Girl From Away" at the Short Pump Barnes and Noble at 2 p.m. 11640 W. Broad St. 360-0103.
Religion Philosopher Author Peter Rollins, philosopher and lecturer on the "emerging church movement" and post-modern spirituality, gives a talk on "Lessons in Evandalism" at Baptist Theological Seminary, 3400 Brook Road, 7-10 p.m. Rollins will also speak on Sunday at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 236 S. Laurel St., at 10 a.m. 355-8135.
Great Egg Drop Contest As part of its engineering career day, the Science Museum of Virginia invites middle and high-schoolers to create egg containers sufficiently robust enough to save the life of an egg from a 25-foot fall. Bubble wrap not allowed. Registration takes place from noon-1:30 p.m., and the contest starts at 2 p.m. 2500 W. Broad St. 864-1400.
"Up the Yangtze" Richmond's ChinaFest ends with a film screening at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Richmond, examining China's latest effort to harness the Yangtze River with the world's largest dam. Free. 28 Westhampton Way. 245-0236.
1212 Gallery "Momentary Landscapes," featuring photographs by Anca Dobrian. "Subsequent Reflections," featuring photographs by Chuck Koutnik. "Enigma of Desire," featuring acrylic painting by Chris Semtner. "Fearless Girls, Wise Women and Bewitching Sirens," featuring work by Krishanna Spencer. All opening at 2 p.m. and on display through March 29. 12 E. 12th St. 233-9957.
Doctors of Jazz This ensemble of University of Richmond professors performs an evening of traditional and Dixieland jazz starting at 6 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church. $5-$15. 411 E. Grace St. 648-8319.
"Petersburg Potpourri" The Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Ulysses Kirksey, performs in the auditorium of Petersburg High School at 4 p.m., featuring the works of Mendelssohn, Copland and Ravel. 3101 Johnson Road. For information call 732-0999.
River Road Church Concert Series Flutist Eugenia Zukerman and pianist Milana Strezeva perform classical works starting at 5 p.m. at River Road Church's fellowship hall. Free. 8000 River Road. 228-1131.
Poetry For Our People Author and playwright Mahasin Shamsid-Seen, together with Black Panther Activist Jihad Abdul-Mumit and actor and playwright Taalib-Deen, invite guest for an evening of reflection in rhyme starting at 7 p.m. at the Mohammed Schools Consortium. 400 Chimborazo Blvd. $5. 859-1000.
Altria Masterworks Series: Symphonic Firsts The Richmond Symphony, conducted by Arthur Post, performs the first symphonies of Beethoven and Shostakovich at 8 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church. $28. 4491 Springfield Road. 788-1212.
"Shakespeare's Language" The American Shakespeare Center at Virginia House welcomes guest speaker Ralph Cohen at 3:30 p.m. $10, free for students and teachers. 4301 Sulgrave Road. 784-8881.
Linguistic Power and Porch Talk John Tyler Community College holds a discussion of its 2009 Big Read book selection, "Their Eyes Were Watching God," starting at 9:30 p.m. Free. 800 Charter Colony Parkway. 594-1530.
Tuskegee Airmen The Virginia Aviation Museum welcomes retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Grant S. Williams Sr., a Tuskegee Airman, who will discuss life in the first African-American flying unit at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. An additional visit is scheduled Feb. 26. $5-$6. 5701 Huntsman Road. 236-3620.