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Firehouse Theatre The Acts of Faith Festival continues with a production of "Blessed Assurance," presented by the Essential Theatre and the Firehouse Theatre Project, Jan. 14-23, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8-$15. 1609 W. Broad St. 355-2001.

James River High School The Jessica Morgan School of Dance and other city dance programs present the Virginia Dance Festival, a fund-raising showcase of dance benefiting Children's Hospital. There are two performances on Jan. 15, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $7.50-$10. 3700 James River Road. 739-7600.

Modlin Center The Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Company performs its mix of comedy, dance and theater with giant inflatable objects, Jan. 14 at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets are $8. 289-8980.

The Oscars Salon Tony Cosby and Rodney Choice present "The Meeting," the re-enactment of an encounter between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, in Meadowood Square, Jan. 16 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. They perform "The Meeting" at various locations through Feb. 25. 5100 Henrico Turnpike. For more information, call 321-6700.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church The Tony Cosby Theatre Company presents "King Speaks," a re-enactment of speeches by Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 15 at 9:30 a.m. Cosby presents "King Speaks" at various locations through Feb. 25. 815 E. Grace St. For more information, call 321-6700.

Ongoing

Tabernacle Baptist Church The Acts of Faith Festival and The Firehouse Theatre Project present "The Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach," a multimedia performance, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through Jan. 15. Tickets are $8. 1925 Grove Ave. 355-2001.

Barksdale Theatre "The Man Who Came to Dinner" is a comedy about radio personality Sheridan Whiteside and his ego invading the home of the Stanleys. Dates and times vary through Jan. 16. Tickets are $34-$38. 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Ste. 301-E. 282-2620.

Haunts of Richmond The eerie tales of Richmond's history are re-created, Thursday-Sunday at 7 p.m. Through January. Tickets are $9.99. 11 N. 18th St. 343-3700.

Mystery Dinner Playhouse "The Case of the Countryside Killer," a dinner theater murder mystery, runs every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through Feb. 5. Tickets are $24.95-$34.95. 9826 Midlothian Turnpike. 649-2583.

Richmond Public Libraries The Rags to Riches Theatre presents a series of tales about Ananse the spider, the trickster hero from the Ashanti people in Africa, at various library branches through Jan. 15. Admission is free. For information on locations and times, call

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