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Fall Cultural Calendar



Richmond Ballet opens its season at the University of Richmond's Modlin Center with a program including "Nuevo Tango" by William Soleau, "The Moore's Pavane" by Jose Limon and a new work by Val Caniparoli. Through Sept. 11. $10-$25. 359-0906.

Smooth soul sensation Maxwell lays down a groove at the Landmark Theater. 8 p.m. $33.50-$38.50. 262-8100.


Mayo Island presents Reggae on the River featuring performances by The Wailers, Eek-A-Mouse, Baaba Seth, Razor Posse and John Brown's Body. Noon-8 p.m. $8 in advance, $10 at the gate. 643-8601.


Richmond Triangle Players present "Stop Kiss" at Fieldens. RTP clearly intends to continue addressing the gay and lesbian themes at its foundation with this show. It explores the side effects of a random act of violence while portraying a romance between two women. Through Oct. 2. $12. 346-8113.


Shard Live Performance Collective presents "Spic-o-Rama." Richmond's newest fringe company will tackle John Leguizamo's hot Hispanic smorgasboard featuring Edwin Garcia Jr. in the one-man show. Firehouse Theater. Through Sept. 25. $6-$10.


Hoist a pint at the Guinness Half Way to St. Patrick's Day Festival on Mayo Island featuring performances by The Young Dubliners, Carbon Leaf, Brigantine, Andy & Cindy & Then Some and the Emerald Society of Greater Richmond. 4-10 p.m. Proceeds benefit St. Patrick's Parish Community. $3. 643-8601.

Poetic Principles returns to the Virginia Museum with a reading by Lucille Clifton, winner of the Shelley Memorial Prize and author of "Quilting Poems" and "The Terrible Stories." $4, or $12 for the series. 367-8148.


The Richmond Symphony's new Music Director, Mark Russell Smith, makes his official debut in a Masterworks concert featuring Rachmaninov's thrilling concerto. The Carpenter Center. Also Sept. 20. $10 to $48. 788-1212.

The Library of Virginia salutes 10 Virginia authors at its second annual awards celebration. Dr. John Y. Cole, director of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress is the featured speaker. 6-8 p.m. $50. 692-3724.

43rd Street Festival of the Arts returns for its eighth year, showcasing 50 of the area's top artists and craftspeople in a juried arts show. Musical entertainment by Lou Catz, Page Wilson, Bent Divas and the Ululating Mummies. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 43rd Street and Forest Hill Avenue. Free. 233-1758.

"Changing Landscape: Glen Allen from Mountain Road to Edge City" opens at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. This exhibition explores the evolution of this once-rural crossroads. Through Jan. 8. 216-6200.


The Science Museum of Virginia kicks off its Swingin' on the Tracks music series with the Love Dogs, a Boston-based band that blends hard-swinging R&B with a New Orleans groove. 6:30 p.m.$8 in advance, $10 at the gate. 367-2543.

The season's first Flicker unspools with screenings of short films by local filmmakers. Cafine's, 401 E. Grace St. $3. 644-4084.


Suzanne Snider and Dancers present "Motel & Little Grey Pine Solos," an evening of dance and music combined with an art installation. 8 p.m. Artspace. Also Sept. 25. 782-8672.


1708 Gallery and the VCU fashion department hit the runway with Wearable Art, an annual fashion show featuring fantastic artistic creations. Doors open 7:30 p.m. La Difference, 125 S. 14th St. $25. 643-7829


Arts Around the Lake takes place at the University of Richmond for the 20th year. The event features work from about 100 area artists. Noon-5:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Robins Center in case of rain. Free. 289-8473.


The ETHOS percussion group is joined by Grammy Award winner Glen Velez in "Earth/Rhythms," an innovative look at global percussion music. UR's Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. 8 p.m. $14-$16.



The Richmond Symphony salutes Duke Ellington in a centennial celebration of the great American composer's birth. Featuring guest conductor Doug Richards and the Great American Music Ensemble and guest vocalist Rene Croan. 8 p.m. Also Oct. 3. At 3 p.m. The Carpenter Center. $10-$44. 788-1212.

The University of Richmond's Marsh Art Gallery salutes alum Theresa Pollak with "Theresa Pollak and Her Influence: A Centennial Celebration." Through Dec. 11. 289-8273.


The national Broadway tour of "Jekyll & Hyde" comes to the Landmark Theater. The classic tale of a man torn between his good and evil sides gets the full-blown glitzy musical treatment. There's even a love interest thrown in for good measure. Through Oct. 10. $55-$29. 780-0200.


Tony Award-winner James Naughton presents "Street of Dreams," a musical program featuring a repertoire ranging from Cole Porter to Randy Newman. UR's Alice Jepson Theatre. 8 p.m. $16-$18.


Master of the macabre Edgar Allan Poe is analyzed and celebrated at the International Poe Conference at the Jefferson Hotel. The conference will feature 40 sessions and 120 papers. Detective novelist John Dunning will make an appearance as will actor John Astin performing as Poe in "Once Upon a Midnight." Through Oct. 10. 648-5523.


Former Richmonder Sharon Kinney returns to screen her newest video "From the Horse's Mouth" at VCU's Grace Street Theater. 5:30 p.m. Free. 828-2020.


Virginia Opera presents Verdi's classic "Otello." Featuring Ron Hamilton as Otello and Anna Singer as Desdemona. Carpenter Center. Also Oct. 15 and Oct. 17. $26-$66. 643-6004.


The Richmond Symphony presents stirring a concert combining selections from Richard Strauss' Serenade, Tchaikovsky's Suite No. 4 and Haydn's "Clock" Symphony with the best of gospel music. Featuring the In Harmony Choir. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 1223 N. 25th St. $8. 788-1212).


The high-energy modern-dance troupe Doug Varone and Dancers returns to VCU's Grace Street Theatre. 8 p.m. Also Oct. 22. $15. 828-2020.


The contemporary a cappella octet Pieces of 8 combines classical music influences with the sounds of jazz, pop, rock, reggae, doo-wop, gospel and soul to create a multilayered, sound. 8 p.m. Also Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. UR's Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. $12-$14.


They're back! The Sanders family from "Smoke on the Mountain" returns to the same church where they once caused all sorts of trouble in "Sanders Family Christmas," the sequel to the Swift Creek Mill Playhouse's all-time biggest seller. $18.50-$30. Through Jan. 22. 748-5203.


Suzanne Farrell, former American Theatre Ballet prima ballerina, presents "The Masters of 20th Century Ballet," featuring works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robins and Maurice Bejart. 8 p.m. Also Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. University of Richmond's Alice Jepson Theatre. $16-$18.


Obie Award-winning performance artist Danny Hoch kicks off the Virginia Museum's Fast/Forward series with "Jails, Hospitals and Hip-Hop," a one-man show tackling subjects such as race, class and cultural identity. 8 p.m. TheatreVirginia stage. $10-$15. 367-8148.

Theatre IV presents "Quilters." The original 1986 production of this powerhouse musical about women who settled the American West helped build Theatre IV into the arts behemoth it is today. $18-$24. Through Nov. 21. 344-8040.

The sixth annual presentation of Chinese Musicians in Concert features the Shanghai Quartet, Joanne Kong and Ren Zhang, among other Chinese and Chinese-American musicians. UR's Modlin Center for the Arts. $15. 360-2988 or 358-4389.



Kathy Rose presents excerpts from her new work "Kleopat'Ra," which integrates dance, film and animation drawing on Japan's Noh theater, and ancient Egyptian myth and ritual. 8 p.m. Virginia Museum Auditorium. Also Nov. 6. $10-$16. 367-8148.

Richmond Ballet premieres Stoner Winslett's new work "Windows" and performs Eliot Feld's "Contra Pose" at the Carpenter Center. 8 p.m. Through Nov. 7. $10-$25. 359-0906.

Les Arts Florissants, a company of 35 vocalists and instrumentalists, presents the concertized version of a rarely-performed baroque opera by Jean-Baptiste Lully, "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme." 8 p.m. Camp Concert Hall, Book Hall of Music. $16-$18.


After a screening of the Academy Award-nominated documentary, "A Great Day in Harlem," the Art Farmer Quintet takes the stage, playing the music of Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Count Basie, Thelonius Monk and others featured in the film. 8 p.m. Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music $16-$18.


Barksdale Theatre premieres "Ella and her Fella Frank," a new show that promises some knockout songs and a swinging good time for all. $28.50 Through Jan. 1. 282-9440.

Sting at Landmark Theatre.

The legendary Don Cossacks of Rostov celebrate the folk life of Russia with a program of both traditional and modern song and dance. 8 p.m. Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts. $17-$19.


Ashland Stage company presents "The Foreigner," a classic madcap comedy. If ASC lands the right person for the lead, this could be the funniest show of the year. Hanover Arts and Activities Center. Through Dec. 4. $12-$14. 798-2991.


The Richmond Symphony presents Vivaldi's delightful classic "The Four Seasons" set against "The Four Seasons of Argentina," written by the popular tango composer Piazzola. VCU's Performing Arts Center. Also Nov. 14 at UR's Camp Concert Hall. $14-$26. 788-1212.


Internationally acclaimed classical guitarist Paul Galbraith strums his stuff on his specially designed eight-string guitar. 8 p.m. UR's Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. $14-$16.


TheatreVirginia presents the world premiere of "Scandals," a new show from Ralph Allen, creator of "Sugar Babies." Allen offers another dose of the best from vaudeville and burlesque. Through Dec. 18. $17-$33. 353-6161.

The Jepson Leadership Forum features journalist Bill Moyers in a conversation about religious belief, faith and relationships. Free. 7:30 p.m. University of Richmond Modlin Center for the Arts. 287-6627.


Virginia Opera presents "The Marriage of Figaro," Mozart's classic comic opera. The Carpenter Center. Also Nov. 26 and Nov. 28. $26-$66. 643-6004.



Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel joins the Jepson Leadership Forum to talk about what ancient masters could teach our generation. 7:30 p.m. UR's Cannon Memorial Chapel.

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