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Spring Arts 2001

March 6
Martin Puryear's sculpture is on display at the Virginia Museum, 2800 Grove Ave., through May 27.

March 8
Clay McLeod and "The Pumpkin Pie Show" return to Richmond and Barksdale Theatre for "kiddie korner," four stories about children at their most hilariously perverse and endearingly disturbed. Also March 9 and 10. 11 p.m. $7, $6 students. 282-2620.

March 9
Swift Creek Mill Theatre presents the Richmond premiere of the musical revue "Lies and Legends." A cast of five performs the work of Harry Chapin, including "Cats in the Cradle" and "Taxi." Through April 28. 748-5203.

March 11
Richmond Symphony presents a Kicked Back Classics concert at 5 p.m. at the Renaissance Center featuring David Diamond's Rounds for String Orchestra, the first movement of Haydn's Cello Concerto in C and excerpts from Beethoven's Symphony No. 1. $12. 788-4717.

March 15
Pan-Celtic band Iona draws from Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Breton. Cornish and Manx sounds during a concert at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. 261-6214.

March 16
Uptown Gallery, 1305 W. Main St., opens a show by Tom Krusinis and Fran Thomas, 5-7:30 p.m. Through May. 12. 353-8343.

March 17
Acclaimed author Frank McCourt engages the Richmond Forum in a lively discussion on topics ranging from U.S.-Irish relations and the process of writing his memoir to the role of dreams in his life. The evening will be moderated by NPR book critic Alan Cheuse. Landmark Theatre. $25. 330-3993.

March 18
Theatre at Bolling Haxall House presents Noel Coward's "Relative Values" through March 21. $15, $25 with lunch. The Woman's Club Ballroom, 211 E Franklin St., call 643-2847, ext. 3, for times of the performances.

March 21
Virginia Festival of the Book takes place in Charlottesville through March 25. (804)924-3296. www.vabook.org

March 22
UR's Marsh Art Gallery opens "Nell Blaine: Sensations of Nature," the Richmond-born artist's first major retrospective exhibition since her death. Through June 23. 289-8276.

Upstart theater company Yellow House offers a homegrown show, "Heads," written by former VCU student Philip Bly. In this ensemble piece, a traveling group of friends pursue their vision of a universal collective force while following a band on tour in the fall of 1998. Through April 7 at Firehouse Theatre. 254-2610.

VCU hosts the First International Samuel Barber Symposium featuring concerts, round-table discussions and presentations celebrating the life and music of American composer Samuel Barber. Through March 24. Call 828-1166 for program details.

March 23
Virginia Opera presents "Don Pasquale" at the Carpenter Center. This new production is set in New York, circa 1919. Dan Saunders conducts. 8 p.m. Also March 25 at 2:30 p.m. and March 27 at 7:30 p.m. $21-$70. 262-8100.

UR's Modlin Center presents "August Rising," a production of the Chinese Dance Theater at 7: 30 p.m. $20. 289-8980.

March 24
1708 Gallery's annual live Art Auction begins at 8 p.m. and goes until the bidding ends. Silent auction began March 2. $25. 103 E. Broad St. 643-7829.

Chamberlayne Actors Theater presents Neil Simon's comedy "Jake's Women." A successful writer struggles to come to terms with the women in his life, including a daughter, a sister and a psychoanalyst. Through April 14. 262-9760.

VCU's Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Music Series features acclaimed cellist Janos Starker at 8 p.m. VCU Performing Arts Center. $25. 828-6776.

March 26
The Amernet String Quartet performs at UR's Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music at 7:30 p.m. $14-$16. 289-8980.

March 27
Julie Johnson returns to the TheatreVirginia stage for "Julie Johnson Sings Patsy Cline" through April 1. $30-$35. 353-6161.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts opens "Print Matters: New Works and Modern Treasures," featuring a selection of nearly 30 modern and contemporary prints from the museum's permanent collection. Through Jan. 6.

March 28
University of Richmond hosts the Seventeenth-Century Baroque Art Festival: Music and Art in the World of Stefano Della Bella, a celebration and examination of the arts and music of Europe, through April 17. Featuring art exhibitions and musical performances by national and international artists. 289-8284 for details.

March 30
Bebe Miller and Molissa Fenley present the world premiere of "The Concert's Divide" at VCU's Grace Street Theater, 8 p.m. $25. 828-2020.

March 31
Virginia Museum's Fast/Forward series presents legendary jazz innovator, composer and poet Oliver Lake, 8 p.m., TheatreVirginia Stage. $12-$18. 340-1405.

VCU French Film Festival features eight new French Films presented by French actors and directors at the Byrd Theatre. Through April 1. $5 each film. Festival passes also available. 357-FILM. or www.frenchfilm.vcu.edu.

Cash and Carry Student Art Sale organized by VCU art students takes place at VCU's School of the Arts Building, 1000 W. Broad St., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

April 2
The 8th annual James River Film Festival features documentary filmmaker Les Blank, filmmaker Richard Myers, animator Corky Quackenbush and cult-film actor Gunnar Hansen. Through April 8. Programs available March 8. Write to: James River Film Festival, P.O. Box 7469, Richmond, Va., 23221.

April 3
Broadway Under the Stars presents "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" starring Ann-Margret. Hide the kids, the hussies are coming to town! This high-spirited musical has been a touring favorite since it opened on Broadway in 1978. Through April 8 at Landmark Theater. 262-8100.

April 4
The 27th annual meeting of the African Literature Association meets in Richmond through April 8. This citywide celebration of African culture features readings and performances open to the public. Go to www.richmond.edu/~lang/ala/ for details.

April 5
Vanguard director Richard St. Peter promises to present a wholly original take on the Bard's bawdy "The Taming of the Shrew" at Barksdale Theatre. Through April 28. 282-2620.

April 6
Artspace, 6 E. Broad St., features annual senior student exhibitions from VCU's departments of crafts, and painting and printmaking. Through April 29. 782-8672.

Reynolds Gallery, 1514 W. Main St., opens an exhibition of watercolors by the late Nell Blaine. Through May 12. 355-6553.

Corporate and Museum Frame, 301 W. Broad St., opens "Platinum," a show of platinum photography prints by Carl Weese, Adrian Engle and John Richardson through May 2. 643-6858.

Main Art Gallery, 1537 W. Main St, features work by Richmond artists Gloria Blades. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Through April 30. 355-6151.

April 7
The fourth annual Among Friends concert features the combined talents of 12 Richmond folk singers at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. 7:30 p.m. $15 in advance, $18 at the door. 320-7067.

April 12
Blues guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps plays Ashland Coffee and Tea, 100 N. Railroad Ave. in Ashland, with special guest Paul Curreri, $12. 798-1702.

April 13
VCU's Anderson Gallery, 907 1/2 W. Franklin St., opens its annual student art exhibition of works selected by a national juror. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Through April 22. Also, VCU Graduate Sculpture Exhibition opens 7 p.m. at Biggs Building, 900 W. Marshall St.

April 16
Musica Antiqua K”ln performs at UR's Camp Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. $16-$18. 289-8980.

April 19
Singer/songwriter Todd Snider performs at Ashland Coffee & Tea, 100 N. Railroad Ave., in Ashland, 8 p.m. Susan Greenbaum opens. $10. 798-1702.

April 20
TheatreVirginia ends its season with "Fair and Tender Ladies," the celebrated play based on the novel of Virginia author, Lee Smith. It's the story of Ivy Rowe, a strong and resolute woman living in the Appalachian Mountains, told through memories, letters and music. Through May 12. 353-6100.

April 21
Dave Matthews Band performs at University of Virginia's Scott Stadium with special guest, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, 6 p.m. $46.50. 262-8100.

Richmond Symphony conductor Mark Russell Smith leads soloists, a gospel choir of 150 voices and the full Richmond Symphony in an In Harmony Celebration concert. Tickets $10-$25. The Carpenter Center. 788-4717.

VCU's Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concerts Series presents the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, 8 p.m. at VCU Performing Arts Center. $25. 828-6776.

April 23
Former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and Friends (Rob Barraco, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring and John Molo) play Landmark Theater, 7:30 p.m. 262-8100.

April 24
The sun will come out when "Annie" takes to the Carpenter Center stage through April 29. $26-$50. 262-8100.

April 26
Firehouse Theatre Project presents "Fuddy Mears," the popular off-Broadway show about a woman with an odd form of amnesia. The intriguing question becomes: Is she really the person everyone says she is? Through May 13. 355-2001.

April 27
Richmond Symphony presents a Double Exposure concert, "Music for Movies," 8 p.m. at VCU's Performing Arts Center. Also April 29 at 3 p.m. at UR's Modlin Center. $16-30. 788-4717.

April 28
Comedian Bill Cosby brings out the laughter during two performances at the Landmark Theater, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $25.50-$49.50. 262-8100.

Richmond Triangle Players present "Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly" at Fieldens Cabaret Theater through May 12. $12. 346-8113.

Shockoe Arts features an outdoor sale of original artwork, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 17th Street Farmers' Market.

May 2
Richmond Ballet presents its Spring repertory concert at UR's Jepson Theater through May 5. Featuring a world premiere work by Kirk Peterson, "Lilac Garden" and "Tandem Spaces." $12.50-$30.

May 3
Junior League 56th Annual Book and Author Dinner at Richmond Marriott at 7 p.m. Call 643-4886.

May 4
Virginia Museum's Fast/Forward series presents Claudia Stevens with "Bird Woman, The Movie," 8 p.m. in VMFA Auditorium. In this work, Stevens brings a contemporary perspective to the Lewis and Clark expedition. $12-$18. 340-1405.

Richmond's favorite outdoor music event, Friday Cheers, kicks off. 6-9:30 p.m. Brown's Island at 7th and Tredegar Streets. Free.

Corporate and Museum Frame, 301 W. Broad St., features work by landscape artists Nancy Bruce, Gail McIntosh and Bonnie Mettler. Through May 30. 643-6858.

Main Art Gallery, 1537 W. Main St., features work by Giselle Gautreau. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Through May 29. 355-6151.

May 5
Richmond Symphony presents Wagner's, Die Walk�re, Act I, the first act of Wagner's epic opera, presented in a concert format at the Carpenter Center. $10-$50. Also May 7. 788-4717.

Artspace, 6 E. Broad St., opens exhibitions by Washington abstract artist Craig Kittner and Richmond-based surrealist painter Scott Phillips. Also, annual Artspace members' juried exhibition will be on display. Through May 27. 782-8672.

May 18
Reynolds Gallery, 1541 W. Main St., features landscape paintings by Charlottesville artist Richard Crozier through May 18.
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