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OpeningDogwood Dell Festival of the Arts The summer performance series at the Dogwood Dell Amphitheater continues with African dance by The Elegba Folklore Society (July 20 at 8:30 p.m.), country rock by the Marna Bales Band (July 21 at 8 p.m.), acoustic rock by Robbin Thompson (July 22 at 8 p.m.) and Carlton Blount and Central Virginia's Finest (July 23 at 7:00 p.m.). On the Ha'Penny Stage, demonstrations by the A+ Center and Martial Arts Center (July 19 at 11 a.m.) and Ugandan songs, stories and dance from Daniel Ssuuna and Okuva Edda (July 23 at 4 p.m.). Free. 646-3355.

Java Americana The Midlothian café hosts the Found Theatre Ensemble's premiere of "How to Succeed in Central Virginia Without Really Trying," a comic revue July 21-22 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. 6161 Harbourside Centre. 221-1204.

Steward School The school and the Barksdale Theatre present the musical "Grease" July 21 at 7 p.m. with weekend matinees. Through July 30. Tickets are $14. 11600 Gayton Road. 344-8040.

SummerStarz SPARC presents the musical for children "Dear Edwina, Jr." at various locations through July 28, kicking off with the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen July 24 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 2880 Mountain Road. For more information call 788-6450.

OngoingBarksdale Theater The threat of male nudity is quite real with the Barksdale's production of the musical "The Full Monty" at 8 p.m. through Aug. 13 with some 2 p.m. matinees. Tickets are $34-$38. 1601 Willow Lawn Drive. 282-2620.

ComedySportz The improv theater presents its latest musical parody, "Pop Fiction," Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m. through July 22. Tickets are $12-$14. 7115A Staples Mill Road. 266-9377.

Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen The Henrico Theater Company presents "Tintypes," a nostalgic musical revue, at 8 p.m. through July 30 with some matinees. Tickets are $6-$8. 2880 Mountain Road. 501-5859.

Mystery Dinner Playhouse The dinner theater presents "Murder Ahoy!" a four-course pirate murder mystery, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Best Western Governor's Inn. Through Oct. 14. Tickets are $36.95. 9826 Midlothian Turnpike. Call 649-2583 or visit www.mysterydinner.com.

Richmond Shakespeare Festival
The season continues with the story of fate and Scottish people, "Tragedy of Macbeth," at Agecroft Hall at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through Aug. 6. Tickets are $13-$23. 4305 Sulgrave Road. Call (866) BARD-TIX or visit www.richmondshakespeare.com.

Science Museum of Virginia The Carpenter Science Theatre Company presents a farcical take on "Hansel and Gretel" at 1 and 3 p.m., Thursdays-Mondays through Aug. 31. Free with admission. 2500 W. Broad St. 864-1400.

St. John's Episcopal Church A re-enactment of the Second Virginia Convention, featuring Patrick Henry's "Liberty or Death" speech, starts at 2 p.m. every Sunday with an organ recital at 1:30 p.m. Through Sept. 4. Donations accepted. 2401 E. Broad St. 649-7938.

Swift Creek Mill Theatre Tom Stolz's "Mahalia," the story of gospel queen Mahalia Jackson, runs Mondays-Tuesdays at 8 p.m. with matinees. Through July 29. Also, "Steel Magnolias" Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. with some matinees. Through Aug. 12. The shows alternate dates. Tickets are $28.50-$41.25. 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway. For more information, call 748-5203 or visit www.swiftcreekmill.com.



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