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Dogwood Dell Festival of the Arts The summer performance series the City Dance Theatre (June 28 at 8:30 p.m.), Cyrus McCormick and the Reapers (June 30 at 8 p.m.), Plunky and Oneness (July 1 at 8 p.m.), Solazo (July 2 at 7 p.m.) and a fireworks celebration with Bak N' Da Day, Lawrence Robinson and The Richmond Concert Band (July 4 at 5:30 p.m.). At the Ha'Penny Stage, clowning with Funny Faces (June 30 at 11 a.m.) and puppetry with Travelin' Jack and Company (July 2 at 4 p.m.). Free. 646-3355.

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Barksdale 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 June. Tickets are $12-$14. 7115A Staples Mill Road. 266-9377.

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 kicks off with the comedy that inspired so many teen movies, "The Taming of the Shrew," at Agecroft Hall Thursdays-Sundays at 8 p.m. Through July 9. Tickets are $18. 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 Swift Creek Mill Theatre presents "Steel Magnolias" Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. with some matinees. Through Aug. 12. Tickets are $28.50-$41.25. 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway. 748-5203. S



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