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Joan Myers Brown and the 16 dancers in "Philadanco" are famed for innovative choreography, blending African-American-based dance with ballet, jazz and modern. March 13, 14. Alice Jepson Theatre, University of Richmond. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $26 adults, $24 seniors, $22 faculty/staff, $13 children, $5 UR students. 289-8980.

March 13

The Library of Virginia presents "The War Hits Home: The Civil War in Eastern Virginia & Confederate Society at War," a lecture on Suffolk's relation to the Civil War. Lecture Hall 5:30 p.m. Tickets $5. Call for reservations 649-1861.



Richmond Ballet presents "Bach Brandenburg III & World Premiere by Jessica Lang." The ballet combines unusual props including swinging doors and helium balloons with inventive dancing. Richmond Ballet's Studio 3. Adult ticket $80, students with ID $64. Through March 23. 344-0906



Tyler Jo Smith of UVa. maintains that dancing was a much-loved subject for ancient Greek artists. His lecture: "Dirty Dancing: Images of Revelry in Ancient Greece." Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. 8 p.m. Free. 340-1400.



"From Cuffs to Collars" tour with docent Kathryn Geranios departs 2 p.m. March 13, 16 from the lobby of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. 340-1400.

March 14

Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers celebrate their 40th year in bluegrass at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. King Wilkie opens. 8 p.m. Tickets $19 advance, $24 door. 320-7067.



Howard Curtis and Darius Jones perform percussion and sax music at Artspace with Jason Gay and Colin McEnearney. 8 p.m. 782-8672.



"Echoes, A Century Survey" at the Marsh Art Gallery presents a survey of paintings and drawings by New York artist Arnold Mesches. In his paintings he touches on the effects of wars, the Holocaust, cultural assimilation, economics and political upheavals that affected Western civilization. Through June 28. 287-6424.

March 15

WXGI's "Country Jamboree: A Little Bit of Gospel & a Whole Lot of Country," featuring Nick Nixon, Born Again Country, with the Fabulous Armadillos. Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. 7 p.m. Tickets $10 advance, $12 door. 233-7666.



D.C. a cappella group DaVinci's Notebook performs at Ashland Coffee & Tea. Tickets $15. 798-1702.

March 16

"Richmond Symphony Kid Classics Family Concert" with pre-show activities and an Instrument Petting Zoo at the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts. 2 p.m. Tickets $27-$76. 262-8100 or visit the box office.



In Remembrance Concert presented by the Richmond's Men's Chorus. Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. 4 p.m. 261-6200.



"45 Centuries of Latin American Art," Examine textiles, pottery, jewelry, silver and oil paintings that span the period from Latin American's beginning to present. Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Through May 17. 261-6200.

March 19

The Library of Virginia presents "Arsenals of the Confederacy: Atlanta and Richmond" plus "The War Hits Home: Confederate Society at War," a lecture relating the role of these two cities to the Civil War. Lecture Hall, 5:30 p.m. Tickets $5. 649-1861.



The "Poetic Principles Series" continues with a reading by two Virginia authors, Carrie Brown and Robert Ashcom. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. 6 p.m. Tickets $5, students $3. 340-1405.

March 20

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts presents the "Black Maria Film and Video Festival," an internationally recognized showcase of independent short documentaries. Auditorium. 8 p.m. Tickets $5. 340-1405.



Often compared to the likes of Springsteen and Tom Waits, Nashville singer/songwriter Rod Picott cranks out the tunes at Ashland Coffee & Tea. Tickets $8. 798-1702.



"Senior Thesis Exhibition: Parts One and Two" at the Marsh Art Gallery. This exhibition features: John Baker, Garrett Butler-Hal, Nicole Courtemanche, Edward Gibson, Shireen Kasad, Kiera Mcgill, Daniela Orrantia, Christopher Royalty, Bonnie Spencer and Alexander Stewart. Through April 3. 287-6424.

March 21

"Making a Mark: Richard Carlyon, Myron Helfgott, Carlton Newton & Javier Tapia" explores mark-making in works on paper. Also appearing, "Mapping Memory: Janice Caswell & Lordy Rodriguez," in which two artists create mental maps by displacing cartographic reality through personal narrative. Hand Workshop Art Center. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Through May 11. 353-0094



Suzanne Lebsock will discuss her new book "A Murder In Virginia: Southern Justice on Trial." The conference room of the Library of Virginia. Noon. Free. 692-3592



Anderson Gallery presents the "Student Design Exhibition." Opening reception 5-7p.m. Through March 30. 828-1522.



The Latin Ballet of Virginia presents "Macondo," a dance interpretation of the novel "Cien Anos de Soledad" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. 8 p.m. Repeat performances March 22, 8 p.m. March 23, 1 p.m., 5 p.m. Tickets $15 advance, $20 door. 750-1154



Barksdale Theatre presents Neil Simon's "Proposals," a nostalgic comedy recalling the last time the Hines family gathered at their retreat in the Poconos in 1953. Opens 8 p.m. Through April 19. 643-2477.



Erling Sjovold and Ephraim Rubenstein art show at Cudahy's Original Art and Fine Crafts. Opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. Through April 23. 782-1776

March 22

"Richmond Symphony Masterworks" celebrates Beethoven. Virginia composer Adolphus Hailstork leads a program that includes Grieg's popular "Holberg Suite." Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts 8 p.m. Tickets $27-$76. 262-8100, or from the box office.



The Latin Ballet of Virginia presents "Latin American Celebration" at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Repeat performances March 23 at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. 750-1154.



Award-winning pianist Jon Nakamatsu performs at VCU's Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets $10-$25. 828-1166.



Annual Benefit Art Auction at the 1708 Gallery from 8-10 p.m., showcasing top local and regional artists. Advance tickets required. 643-1708.

March 23

The Valentine Richmond History Center will host "And the Winner Is," a guided bus tour showing Richmond's connections with cultural heroes and entertainers. 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Tickets $18 adults, $15 ages 6-18, and free for children 6 and younger.



Richmond Symphony "Meet the Masters." Carpenter Center for Performing Arts. 3 p.m. Tickets $27-$76. 262-8100 or at the box office.

March 24

The 16-member, all-male a cappella choir Chorovaya Akademia performs a repertoire of traditional Russian Orthodox music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, secular works of Russian composers, folk pieces from the comic opera to the meditative, and choral works of Western composers, including Schubert, Saint-Sa‰ns and Gershwin. Camp Concert Hall, University of Richmond. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $13-$26. 289-8980.

March 26

The Library of Virginia presents "The Great Emancipator? A Discussion of Abraham Lincoln and Emancipation," also featuring "The War Hits Home: Confederate Society at War." Lecture Hall. 5:30 p.m. Tickets $5. For reservations call 649-1861.



Chamberlayne Actors Theatre presents "Wyrd Sisters" by Stephen Briggs, based on the novel by Terry Pratchett. Tickets $10, Students $8 with ID, through April 12. 262-9760.



Geoff Muldaur, one of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the folk, blues and folk-rock scene, stops by Ashland Coffee & Tea during his world tour. Tickets $14. 798-1702.

March 27

VCU Dance: Student Faculty Dance Concert at the VCU Grace Street Theater. 8 p.m. Tickets $10. Through March 29. 828-1711



Richmond Ballet's "Bow Out & World Premiere by Malcolm Burn." Stylized ballet with the music of the Apollo Saxophone Quartet. Performance at Richmond Ballet's Studio 4, times vary. Tickets $80. Through April 6. 344-0906



"The Golden Goose" is a comic adaptation of the classic tale by the Brother's Grimm presented by Theatre IV. Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Tickets $12, through April 6. 344-8040.



The Potatoeaters present an evening of literature, experimental sound and visual exploration at Artspace featuring writers Steven Glass and Joshua Hyman, and musical guests, ENE and DJ Tres si. 8 p.m. 782-8672.

March 28

Virginia Opera presents "Die Fledermaus," the work that firmly established Johann Strauss as the king of Viennese Operetta. March 28, 8 p.m.; March 30 2:30 p.m. April 1 7:30 p.m. Tickets $27-$76. 262-8100 or at the box office.



Moveable Feast, readings by Jenny Koster and Allison Titus from 6-8 p.m. at the 1708 Gallery. 643-1708.



The Edward V. Valentine Sculpture Studio is a new permanent exhibit re-creating the 19th-century sculptor's working studio. Exhibit is located at the Valentine Richmond History Center. 649-0711.



The Valentine Richmond History Center brings the work of the collections department to life in "Preserving Richmond's History: Curators At Work." Visitors are encouraged to interact with the curators as they work on an ever-changing array of articles from the collection of more than a million items related to Richmond history. Through March.

March 29

Artist Michael Fitts uses old roofing metal and old signs to create an odd modern edge to his still-life paintings. Astra Design. Through April 26. 257-5467.



Tele-mantra Trio perform at Artspace. Tickets $5 at the door. 782-9880.

March 31

The Library of Virginia will host a free exhibit, "Exploring the West By Book With Lewis and Clark" in the Café Cases. Through August 30. 692-3592.



University of Richmond Jazz Ensemble performs in the Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. 7:30 p.m. Free. 289-8980.



Gary Lucas performs a live, original score to the 1920 silent German classic "The Golem" as part of the 10th James River Film Festival. in the Virginia Holocaust Museum. 8 p.m. Tickets $10, Students $7. 355-1383.

April 1

The 1999 rockumentary, "Instrument," follows D.C. band Fugazi during a 10-year period. Shown as part of the 10th James River Film Festival. Location TBA. 8 p.m. 355-1383.

April 2

Flicker Filmmaker Forum, informal seminar featuring several filmmakers led by James Parrish. Firehouse Theatre. 8. p.m. Tickets $3. 355-1383.



"Aeros" is gymnastics, modern dance, athleticism and grace rolled into one. Carpenter Center for Performing Arts. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $27-$76. 262-8100, or the box office.

April 3

Self-taught scholar of the Celtic musical traditions John McDermott performs "Return to Scotland" at the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m. Tickets $27-$76 262-8100 or the box office.



The VCU Jazz Orchestra II performs a free concert in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. W.E. Singleton Center for Performing Arts. 8 p.m. 828-1166.



"Short Works That Influenced the Quays," the Brothers Quay screen rare animation as part of the 10th James River Film Festival. Grove Avenue Church, 1015 Grove Ave., VCU. 8 p.m. 355-1383.

April 4

Crossroads Art Center's "April in Paris." Through April 30. 278-8950.



Documentary of fisherman in the Aran Islands, 1934's "Man of Aran" was directed by the father of the American documentary, Robert Flaherty. Introduced by Irby Brown as part of the 10th James River Film Festival. Jepson 110, University of Richmond. 10 a.m. 355-1383.



Photographer Gordon Ball will exhibit a slide presentation, "Ginsberg & The Beats: Photographs By Gordon Ball," of Ginsberg and fellow Beat writers and their importance in the American arts as part of the 10th James River Film Festival. Location TBA. 2 p.m. 355-1383.



Orange Door art gallery presents VCU Sculpture MFA Candidacy Exhibition. 648-7771



The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Richmond Moving Image Co-op present "Quay Bros. Retrospective, Part I," screenings by filmmakers Stephen and Timothy Quay as part of the 10th James River Film Festival. Auditorium. 7:30 p.m. Films $5. Tickets $5 in the lobby or 340-1405.



Artspace's features work by four mixed-media artists including Josepha Mulaire, Noah Scalin, Lee Saloutos and Amir Fallah. Opening reception begins at 7 p.m.



Opening reception for Gregg Carbo, painting and mixed media, and Heide Trepanier, painting and installation, from 8-10 p.m. at the 1708 Gallery. 643-1708.



"Paintings" by Eleanor Rufty. Opening Reception from 6-9 p.m. at the Main Art Gallery. The exhibit will show her new oil paintings on panel or canvas and large-scale charcoal drawings of the last three years. Through April 29. 355-6151.



Michael Smith and Paula Chamlee art show at The Gallery at Corporate & Museum Frame. Through April 30. 643-6858.

April 5

"Quay Brothers Retrospective, Part 2." More works by the Quays, including "The Comb" and "In Absentia" shown as part of the 10th James River Film Festival. Byrd Theatre. 10 a.m. Tickets $5 in the lobby or 355-1383.



D.C. Filmmaker Jeff Krulik presents his new film, "Hitler's Hat," as part of the 10th James River Film Festival. Firehouse Theatre. 8 p.m. 355-1383.



Richmond Ballet's "Eggstravaganza." Performers dance with balloons and disappear in and out of doorways in the whimsical "Bach Brandenburg III." 10 a.m. Tickets $9, $7.50 children. Available through Ticketmaster 262-8100 or www.ticketmaster.com.



"The Richmond Symphony Pops: Celebrating America," the Richmond Symphony and a special guest chorus present an evening of patriotic favorites. Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts. 8 p.m. Tickets $27-$76. 262-8100 or the Carpenter box office.



"Saddling Up" presented by Tell Tale Hearts Storytellers. Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. 8 p.m. 560-5567.

April 6

The 10th James River Film Festival will screen "Blacklist Backlash: Salt of the Earth," an Independent classic scripted, produced, directed and acted by people blacklisted by Hollywood. Introduction by Michael Jones. Firehouse Theatre. 1 p.m. 355-1383.



The 10th James River Film Festival will screen "Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property," a documentary that deals with the controversy surrounding Nat Turner. Firehouse Theatre. 3:30 p.m. 355-1383.

April 7

The Third Annual Gov. Henry Lecture will take place in the Lecture Hall of the Library of Virginia. Thomas E. Buckley will cover the church-state issues of Gov. Henry's day. Free 5:30 p.m.



"The Washington Monument" is a free exhibit that focuses on the history of the Washington Monument in downtown Richmond. Will be in the lobby of the Library of Virginia. Through July 5. 692-3592

April 8

Virginia Opera presents "Arias and Duets," a great introduction to opera. Tickets $20. Call 644-8168 ext.1500.



Experience a taste of African dance, swing dance, modern dance and hip-hop as you journey through African-American culture in "From these Roots." Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. 9:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m. Tickets $8. (215) 306-0920.

April 9

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts presents "Feeling the Spirit: Searching the World for the People of Africa." Esteemed photojournalist Chester Higgins Jr., tells the story of the fierce dignity, enduring traditions and empowering spirituality that live in all men and women of African descent throughout the world. Museum Auditorium. 6 p.m. Tickets $5 (members and students $3). 340-1405.

April 10

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Richmond Chapter of the Archeological Institute of America present "The Mystery of the Royal Macedonian Tombs." Museum auditorium. 8 p.m. Free. 340-1400.



Elizabeth Lewis will discuss the history of Virginia's public libraries in "Virginia's Public Libraries: Boxes, Bruce, and Bill Gates." Conference room of the Library of Virginia. Free.



African Dance Performance presented by Ezibu Muntu at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. 8 p.m. Through Friday April 11. 225-9209 or 359-3876.

April 11

Reynolds Gallery is exhibiting "25 Drawings," new painting by Philip Geiger and "Leaf Lithographs" by Ellsworth Kelly. Through May 17. 355-6553.



Anderson Gallery presents "Juried Student Fine Art Exhibition." Juror Sarah Finlay, director of Fusebox Gallery, Washington, D.C. Through April 20. 828-1522.

April 12

VCU Dance Informal Concert at the Grace Street Theater. An evening of choreography and performances by VCU's dance students. 7 p.m. Free. 828-1711.



"Bach's B minor Mass" is a testament to his skill as an instrumental and choral composer. The Richmond Symphony and Chorus performs it at Carpenter Center. Also April 14. 8 p.m. Tickets $27 -$76. 262-8100, or the box office.



WXGI's "Country Jamboree" Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. 7 p.m. $10 advance, $12 door. 233-7666.

April 13

"SPARC Showcase" presented by the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community. Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. & 5 p.m. 355-2662.



Hollywood Cemetery Tour through the Valentine Richmond History Center. This guided tour focuses on the history of the cemetery and the famous people buried there. Meet tour guide at cemetery entrance off Cherry and Albemarle streets. 649-0711.

April 14

"Legacies of the New Deal," is a free exhibit comprised of the Library's collections dealing with Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. Exhibition Hall of the Library of Virginia. Through Dec. 6. 692-3592.

April 15

Chinese-American performers take a 17th-century Shaolin fable of betrayal and intrigue and turn it into Fred Ho's action-adventure epic, "Voice of the Dragon," featuring music, Chinese opera, dance and martial arts. Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $26.50- $28.50 at Ticketmaster or the Carpenter Center box office, 225-9000.



The VCU Jazz Orchestra I performs at 8 p.m. in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall, W.E. Singleton Center for Performing Arts, VCU. 828-1166.

April 16

Daughter of famed sitar player Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar, performs an Indian-influenced synthesis of instruments and vocals that evoke the mood of sacred places and the rituals of ordinary lives. Camp Concert Hall, University of Richmond. 7 p.m. Tickets $13 - $26. This concert was previously scheduled for Nov. 13 and original tickets with the November date will be accepted at the door. 289-890.

April 17

Juan de Marcos Gonzalez was the driving force behind the Buena Vista Social Club. Now, he brings his multigenerational big band, the Afro-Cuban All-Stars, to Richmond to help us experience the vitality of Cuban music. The Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $27-$76. 262-8100, or at the box office.



The Living Word Stage Company presents "Hip-Hop Romeo and Juliet" based on Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" with translation by Derome Scott Smith. Through April 27. 103 E. Broad St. Free. 233-9600.

April 18

Fran and Frank perform "Music For You," featuring music from the '40s and '50s. Frank has a voice reminiscent of ole blue eyes, Frank Sinatra. Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. 7:30 p.m. $5. 261-6200.



Musician Slaid Cleaves at Ashland Coffee & Tea. Tickets $14. 798-1702.



VCU's graduate writing program presents "Moveable Feast," readings by Patty Paine and Larry Williams. 6-8 p.m. 1708 Gallery. 643-1708.

April 20

Put on your Easter bonnet and bring the kids to Richmond's annual Easter on Parade on Monument Avenue. Live music, children's entertainment, food and first-rate people watching. Free.



Valentine Richmond History Center, Monument Avenue Tour. This guided tour focuses on the history and architecture associated with Monument Avenue. Meet tour guide at the Lee Monument, Monument and Allen avenues. 649-0711.

April 23

Chris Bolgiano will discuss his latest book, "Living in the Appalachian Forest: True Tales of Sustainable Forestry." Conference room of the Library of Virginia. Noon. 692-3592.



VCU Dance: Spring Senior Project Dance Concert at the VCU Grace Street Theater. Featuring the work of graduating seniors. 8 p.m. Tickets $5. 828-1711 Through April 26.



Through a toe-tapping, finger-snapping musical production, "Sesame Street Live!" the message is clear: If you've got friends, you can do anything! Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts. Times vary. Tickets $27 -$76 at 262-8100 or the box office. Through April 27.



Virginia Museum of Fine Arts presents "Uncommon Legacies: Native American Art from the Peabody Essex Museum," introducing more than 100 Native-American art objects from the collection of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. Including rare examples of Native-American art from the 17th through the mid-19th century, the exhibition demonstrates the dynamics of contact among native peoples and between Native-Americans and European-American explorers, traders, missionaries, military personnel and settlers. Admission: adults $5, youth $3. 340-1400. Through July 30.



Virginia Museum of Fine Arts presents "As Long as the Waters Flow: Native Americans in the South and East." Exhibition of selenium-toned gelatin-silver prints by Carolyn DeMeritt visually documents the strength of spirit of Native Americans east of the Mississippi as they work to build their communities and make their presence known. 2800 Grove Ave. 340-1400. Admission $5 for adults, $3 for youth. Through July 20.



Virginia Museum of Fine Art's tour of the month, "Myth Understood" with docent Majorie Reed, From the lobby April 24, 27. 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. 340-1400.



The Tarbox Ramblers bring their pre-World War II blues to Ashland Coffee & Tea. Tickets are $10. 798-1702.

April 25

Anderson Art Gallery's Masters of Fine Arts students display their thesis work. 828-1522. Through May 4.



Adapted from the epic Chinese folk poem, Theatre IV's "The Song of Mulan" features an extraordinary heroine, authentic costumes and songs, and provides a journey to the heart and soul of an ancient civilization. Through May 11. 344-8040.



Furniture Show at Cudahy's Original Art and Fine Crafts. Opening reception from 5:30-8 p.m. Local and regional artists showcase an assortment of handmade woodworks. 782-1776. Through May 28.

April 26

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble string octet performs as part of VCU's Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concert Series. 8 p.m. W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets $10 -$25. 828-1166.

April 27

This Richmond-based artist, Dawn Latane is well known for her fine draftsmanship and capacity to combine humor and imagery in both printmaking and painting. Randolph-Macon College's Flippo gallery. Public openings in the gallery located in Pace-Armstead Hall from 3-5 p.m. 752-7337. Through May 31.



Valentine Richmond History Center guided tour, "Canal Boats and Cobblestones" focuses on the architecture and preservation of the historical canal area.

April 29

Broadway Under the Stars presents "Jesus Christ Superstar." At the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets $27-$76. 262-8100 or the box office. $27-$76. Through May 4.



VCU's Small Jazz Ensemble performs a free concert at 8 p.m. in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. 8 p.m. 828-1166.

April 30

The Poetic Principles series continues with a reading by Stephen Dunn at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Dunn's 11th collection of poetry, "Different Hours," was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2001. 6 p.m. in Museum Auditorium. Tickets $5. 340-1405.



Flicker Fifth Anniversary show, 8 p.m. at the Canal Club. A bimonthly screening of short Super 8 and 16mm films by local filmmakers. Admission: $3.

May 1

Virginia Opera annual Black Tie Spring Dinner Event. Events of the evening include a small arias performance as well as a silent auction. 6:30 p.m. Special invitation is required. Tickets begin at $150 per person. If interested contact the opera office 225-9000.

May 2

VCU Graduating Student Thesis Exhibition reception from 7-10 p.m. Visual Art Studio. Artist TBA 644-1368 Through May 31.



"Interwoven Layers" includes ceramic artist Charels Nalle and glass artist Xochitl Ross and how their working together has created a hybrid style. Artemis Gallery, 6-9 p.m. with music and refreshments.

Main Art Gallery presents work by Brian Geary. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. 355-6151. Through May 31.



Orange Door art gallery presents "Idyl," paintings by Richmond artist Jack Lawrence. Lawrence uses lushly painted realism as symbolic narrative, erotic and psychologically charged. 648-7771.



"The Sound of Music" presented by the Henrico Pops Theatre Company. Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Times vary. 501-5115. Through May 18.



Artspace presents "Celebracion de las Artes Latinas," an entire month featuring Indian art from Oaxaca Mexico, Guatemalan Textiles, painting and sculpture by local artists with Latin-American roots. Entertainment provided by the Latin Ballet of Virginia and the Kaswa Peruvian Folk Dance Company. Poetry and storytelling events will also be scheduled throughout the month. For more information visit www.celebrationarteslatinas.com. 6 E. Broad St. 782-8672.



Opening Reception at the 1708 Gallery for "Room Full of Mirrors" from 6-8 p.m. A photo collage and mixed-media presentation curated by Joe Mills, Washington, D.C. 643-1708.



Local artist Carlysle Vicenti shows his playful monotypes with vivid colors at The Gallery at Corporate & Museum Frame. 643-6858. Through June 4.



Hand Workshop Art Center's 40th Anniversary Collector's Night art auction, dinner and reception. 5:30 p.m.-midnight. Tickets $150/person. 353-0094.

May 3

Richmond painter Sarah Masters debuts her new work titled "Nests" at Astra Design. This series of paintings explores the image of the nest. 257-5467 Through May 31.

May 4

Jackson Ward Tour. Known as the "birthplace of black capitalism," Jackson Ward is rich in memories of African-American culture. Meet guide in front of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center, 00 Clay St. 649-0711.

May 6

George Winston will play his solo piano compositions at the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $27-$76. 262-8100 or the box office.

May 7

Comedian Jackie Mason combines lethal political satire with observations about everyday life. He holds the record for the longest Broadway run for any one-man show — 18 years and still counting. Presented by the Carpenter Center and the JCC of Richmond. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $27-$76. 262-8100 or the box office.

May 8

Former backup bassist for Bonnie Raitt, Freebo performs at Ashland Coffee & Tea. Tickets $10. 798-1702.

May 9

Anderson Art Gallery's "MFA Thesis Exhibition Round 2." 358-1522. Through May 18.



Fort Lee Community Theater presents "South Pacific." Directed by Joy Williams. A Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning World War II musical. Fort Lee. 804-734-6629 or 734-6630. Fort Lee. Through May 29. 734-6630.

May 10

Itzhak Perlman performs with the Richmond Symphony for the Carpenter Center's 75th anniversary celebration. 8 p.m. Tickets $27-$76. 262-8100 or the box office.

May 11

Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra. Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts. 4 p.m. Tickets $27-$76. 262-8100 or the box office.



Valentine Richmond History Center Hollywood Cemetery Tour focuses on the historical significance of the cemetery and those buried in it. Meet guide at cemetery entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets. 649-0711.

May 14

Jon Kukla will talk about his latest book, "A Wilderness so Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America" in the conference room of the Library of Virginia. Noon 692-3592.

May 15

Blues guitarist Chris Smither will perform at Ashland Coffee & Tea. 798-1702.

May 16

Virginia Opera presents Giacomo Puccini's "La Boheme." From an artist's attic in Paris to Christmas Eve festivities in Latin Quarter below, new lovers Rodolfo and Mimi travel the precarious road from romance to passion. Punctuated by moments of laughter, pain, jealousy and joy, the struggling Bohemians' zeal for life never wavers. Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts. Times vary.Tickets $27-$76. 262-8100 or the box office. Through May 20.



Gumenick Family Gallery presents "Hispanic Tradition," featuring artists works that exhibit the Hispanic culture. Takes place during the Center's Hispanic Cultural Exchange Festival. Through May 17. 261-6200.

May 18

Valentine Richmond History Center "Downtown Churches Tour" covers the historical churches from "G" Street to Grace Street. Meet guide at Centenary Methodist Church, 411 E. Clay St. Park in church lot. 649-0711.

May 20

Richmond Ballet presents its "Stars of Tomorrow" in their season-ending workshop 2003. Enjoy a diverse program from Richmond Ballet's Company apprentices, trainees and upper-level students as they dance a wide variety of pieces. 344-0906. Through May 23.



Tyler Potterfield will lecture about "The First One Hundred Years of Capitol Square."Conference room, Library of Virginia. Noon. Free. 692-3592.

May 25

Valentine Richmond History Center "Canal Boats and Cobblestones Tour" focuses on the architecture and preservation of this historical canal area. 649-0711.

May 26

The three-hour Historic Cemeteries Guided Bus Tour focuses on the historical significance of Richmond's cemeteries, their eventual evolution to park use and the biographies of those buried there. Meet tour guide, Kathy Whittington at the Valentine Richmond History Center at 2 p.m. Tickets $18 for adults, $15 for ages 7-18 and children 6 and younger are admitted free. 649-0711.

May 30

Virginia Beach artist John Allen Stock exhibits artwork of several mediums, including watercolor, collage and mixed media at Cudahy's Original Art and Fine Crafts. Opening reception from 5:30-8 p.m. 782-1776. Through June 25.

May 31

The Richmond Symphony Masterworks features Tchaikovsky's Triumph — Tchaikovsky's dramatic Symphony No. 4 in F minor, op. 36, a work by resident composer Abels and a colorful Khatchaturian concerto featuring concertmaster Karen Johnson end the season with a flourish. Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts. 8 p.m. Tickets $27 -$76 at the box office or by calling 262-8100.



The Greater Richmond High School Jazz Band performs a free concert in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. W.E. Center For the Performing Arts. 4 p.m.

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