Alley Katz10 Walnut Alley, 643-2816. Fri: the Blue Cats, the Buddy Parker Band, Freeborn Blues, 10 p.m., $10. Sun: Thru the Rear View, Beneath the Surface, Plagues of a Human Race, Blood of the Martyrs, Boris Wheatley, Say Your Prayers, 5 p.m., $6-$7.
Andy's Restaurant412 England St. in Ashland, 798-9751. Fri: Loose Gravel, 9 p.m., $3.
Ashland Coffee and Tea100 N. Railroad Ave., 789-1702. Thurs: April Verch Band, 8 p.m., $15-$20. Fri: Taylor Carson, 8 p.m., $10-$15. Sat: Adrienne Young and Little Sadie, 8 p.m., $16-$21.
Baja Bean1520 W. Main St. 257-5445. Sat: Czar Bomba, 10:30 p.m., free.
Barksdale Theatre1601 Willow Lawn Drive. 358-1990. Sun: Harry Gore, Buzzy Lawler, Craig Evans, 6-8 p.m., $5.
Bleu Bistro8982 Quioccasin Road, 750-1120. Wed: the Lil Ronnie Open Mic Band, 7 p.m., free.
CafAc Diem600 N. Sheppard St., 353-2500. Thurs: Chez Roue, 9 p.m., free. Fri: the Recliners, 9 p.m., free. Tues: DJ Williams Projekt, 9:30 p.m., free.
The Camel CafAc1621 W. Broad St., 353-4901. Thurs: Dean Fields, Alex Mejias, 8 p.m. Sat: In And Outs, Gills and Wings, 9:30 p.m. Sun: Sonus Dei, 8 p.m.
The Canal Club17th and Dock streets, 643-CLUB. Thurs: Job For a Cowboy, Hate Eternal, All Shall Perish, Animosity, Annotations of an Autopsy, Buried Among Us, 6 p.m., $15. Fri: Melissa Ferrick, Jesse Harper, 9:30 p.m., $12-$15. Sat: Blue Line Highway, Pennyshaker, Donald Coles, Susan Greenbaum, an Easy Friend, Roslyn, Conshafter, 6:30 p.m., $10 (or free with a blanket or pillow donation).
Capital Ale House623 E. Main St. 780-ALES. Tues: Karen Briggs, 7 p.m., $15-$25.
Cary Street CafAc2631 W. Cary St. 353.7445. Fri: Black Cash and the Bad Trips (Johnny Cash Tribute), 10 p.m., $7. Sat: Gray-v, 10 p.m., $7.
Commercial Taphouse111 N. Robinson St. 359-6544. Sun: Glows in the Dark, 9 p.m., free.
Daddio's Grille12385 Gayton Road, 754-1448. Sat: Little Creek, 9 p.m., $3 (or one new toy).
Dixie Diner250 N. Sycamore St. in Petersburg, 732-7425. Fri: Six, 9 p.m.
Gallery 5200 W. Marshall St. 644-0005. Sat: Ki: Theory, Autocue, DJ Cambot, 8 p.m., $5.
Globehopper Coffeehouse and Lounge2100 E. Main St. Thurs: Jason Jenkins Trio, 8 p.m., free.
Grandpa Eddie's Alabama Ribs and BBQ11129 Three Chopt Road, 270-RIBS. Fri: Dixie Power Trio, 8:30 p.m. Sat: King Solomon's Marbles, 8:30 p.m.
The Grapevine II11055 Three Chopt Road. 440-9100. Tues: Big Pop and the Doo-Wops, 7-10 p.m., free.
Home Team Grill1630 W. Main St. 254-7360. Fri: Bart Chucker Band, 9 p.m., free.
Ipanema CafAc917 W. Grace St. 213-0190. Thurs: DJ Gregory and Magrela (Brazilian music), 10 p.m., free.
Legend Brewery321 W. Seventh St. 232-3446. Sun: George Turman, 6:30 p.m. Tues: Rockfish Willie, 6:30 p.m.
The National708 E. Broad St., 612-1900. Fri: HalfBrother Sid, Squeeze Box, Stoke Row, Failsafe, Playground Semantics, 6:30 p.m. $10-$13. Sat: Hackensaw Boys, A Good Natured Riot, 8 p.m., $13-$15. Wed: Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Copper Sails, 6 p.m., $13-$15.
Poe's Pub2706 E. Main St. 648-2120. Fri: Dollar Williams and the Profiteers, 9:30 p.m., $5. Sat: Bush League, 9:30 p.m., $5.
Richbrau's Tap House Grill1212 E. Cary St. 644-3018. Sat: Russ Hanchin, Joe Sarver Duo, 7:30-10:30 p.m., free.
Shenanigans Eatery and Pub4017 MacArthur Ave., 264-5010. Wed: Amy Henderson, 7:30 p.m., free. Fri: the Slack Family, 8:30 p.m., free. Sat: King Edward and the BD's, 8:30 p.m., free. Sun: the Nighthawks, 6:30 p.m., free. Tues: the Taters, 8 p.m., free.
SinAc Irish Pub1327 E. Cary St., 649-7767. Fri: US, 9 p.m., free. Sat: CoPilot, 9 p.m., free.
Toad's Place140 Virginia St., 648-8623. Wed: Method Man and Redman, Termanology, Rapper Big Pooh, 8 p.m., $25-$35. Thurs: David Allan Coe, Boss Kean's Ditch, 8 p.m., $20-$30. Fri: Horsehead, 8 p.m., free. Sun: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Sons of Bill, 7 p.m., $14-$16.
Tobacco Company1201 E. Cary St. 782-9555. Wed: Three for All, 8 p.m., free. Thurs: Sister Sweet, 8 p.m., free. Fri: Mo Debree, 9:30 p.m., free. Sat: the Recliners, 9:30 p.m., free.
Bizarre BazaarThe Richmond Raceway Complex holds a special holiday shopping spree of gifts, clothes, food and decorative accessories with proceeds benefiting the Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University. $30-$75. 600 E. Laburnum Ave. 827-9786.
Gallery WalkThe Virginia Historical Society holds an interactive exhibition, "Solving History's Mysteries: A History Discovery Lab," led by archaeologist Keith Egloff at noon, focusing on the process of discovery and how architecture and archaeology define our communities and culture. $3-$5. 428 N. Boulevard. 358-4901.
Art KarmaPlant Zero Art Center hosts a special fundraising auction to benefit ART 180 from 7-10 p.m. $10. 0 E. Fourth St. 233-4180
Belle's Night OutHoliday shoppers are invited to receive as much as 20 percent off their purchases from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Shops at 5807 Patterson Ave., with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Hayes Hitzeman Foundation. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
National TourThe National is giving optional tours of its facility at 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. 708 E. Broad St. 612-1900.
Judy Newcomb GalleryFeaturing work by Robert Caldwell. Opening at 6 p.m. and on display through Dec. 30. 11382 Mall Drive. 794-6001.
LectureHarold Holzer, co-author of "Lincoln and Freedom: Slavery, Emancipation, and the Thirteenth Amendment," presents a talk on "Lincoln: President-Elect" at noon at the Virginia Historical Society. $3-$5. 428 N. Boulevard. 358-4901.
"Inspecting Carol"Sycamore Rouge presents a comedy of errors about a man seeking an audition at a small theater who ends up in a production of "A Christmas Carol." Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, with 4 p.m. showings on Sundays, continuing through Dec. 20. $18-$22. 21 W. Old St. in Petersburg, 957-5707.
Behold the Lamb of God Christmas TourBon Air Baptist Church presents a special re-enactment of the nativity at 7 p.m. $10-$12. 2531 Buford Road. 677-7825.
Canal Boat RidesEnjoy a holiday-themed canal boat tour on the James River and Kanawha Canal from 6-9 p.m. $2. 14th and Dock streets. 788-6466.
Capitol Square IlluminationCapitol Hill lights the state Christmas tree at 5 p.m. 371-2642.
Foodist Colony 2Thanky Space hosts an evening where nonperishable food donations can be traded for pieces of art from 6-10 p.m., all benefiting the Central Virginia Food Bank. 407 Brook Road. 814-3585.
Giant Holiday CardsThe James Center and the Richmond Public Library are exhibiting vintage holiday cards from Richmond-area public and private schools through Dec. 31. Free. 788-6466.
Grand IlluminationThe James Center hosts a special tree lighting ceremony at 10th and East Cary streets. from 6-7 p.m., featuring a live countdown, musical performances, and an appearance by Santa Claus. For information call 344-3232.
Heritage HolidaysThe Elegba Folklore Society offers a selection of paintings, prints, carvings, jewelry, and other art at its cultural center starting at 6 p.m., continuing through Jan. 10. 101 E. Broad St. 644-3900.
Holiday MarketThe 17th Street Farmers' Market is holding its annual holiday shopping experience from 5-9 p.m. featuring wreaths, mistletoe, desserts, toys and handmade ornaments. For information call 646-0477.
Holiday Open HouseMain Street Station and the Plaza at Main Street Station hold a special holiday gathering from 6-8 p.m., featuring a "Polar Express" theme, free kiddie train rides, hot chocolate and cookies, and an appearance by Santa Claus. $2. For information call 646-5665.
Horse and Carriage RidesHorse-drawn carriages will offer free rides through the Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom through Dec. 6 from 6-10 p.m. One round trip ride per person. 769-4010.
A Rockapella HolidayThe Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond holds a special Christmas performance by this doo-wop ensemble at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in the Booker Hall of Music. $8-$38. Crenshaw Way. 289-8980.
Film FestivalThe first annual Red Orchid Female Short Film Festival, displaying the work of independent female filmmakers, starts at 1:30 p.m. at the Byrd Theatre. 2908 W. Cary St. 353-9911.
1708 Gallery"Not So Silent Night: Holiday in a Box," featuring artistically altered gift boxes. Opening at 7 p.m. and on display through Dec. 19. 319 W. Broad St. 643-7839.
Art6 Gallery"Art in a Box," featuring works by gallery members. Opening at 6 p.m. on display through Dec. 21. 6 E. Broad St. 343-1406.
Artemis Gallery"Cultural Transformations: Art History in Ceramics," featuring works by Noi Volkov and Genna Gervich. Opening at 5 p.m. and on display through Dec. 19. 1601 W. Main St. 254-1755.
Bad Girls and Good Friends Art ShowFeaturing works by Keithley Pierce, Cynthia Erdahl, Bijou Jewelers, Andrew and Debbie Campbell, Kate Horne, and other assorted artists, this free exhibition opens from noon-10 p.m., and is on display Dec. 6 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Dec. 7 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 2200 Grove Ave. 334-3420.
Gallery5"Sleight of Hand," a national juried contemporary craft competition. Opening at 7 p.m. and on display through Jan. 15. 200 W. Marshall St. 644-0005.
Gallery Art ShowA special group First Friday art exhibit is taking place at 4524 Grove Ave. from 6:30-9 p.m., with additional viewings from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Dec. 6, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Dec. 7.
Ghostprint Gallery"Bleeding Hearts," featuring works by Amanda Wachob. Opening at 7 p.m. and on display through Jan. 31. 220 W. Broad St. 344-1557
Main Art Gallery"Open Road," featuring monotype prints by Mary Watt New. Opening at 7 p.m. and on display through Jan. 31. 1537 W. Main St. 355-6151.
Metro Gallery"Museum of Mounted Heads," featuring works by Lily Lamberta. Opening Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. and on display through Dec. 119 W. Broad St. 307-9420.
Quirk Gallery"Little Things," featuring works by Robert Walz. Opening Dec. 5 and on display through Dec. 28. "Vault Project 2008," featuring works by Anna Tomczak. Opening Dec. 3 and on display through Dec. 27. 311 W. Broad St. 644-5450.
Reynolds GalleryNew watercolors by Javier Tapia and paintings by Isabel Bigelow. On display through Jan. 17. 1514 W. Main St. 355-6553.
Visual Art Studio"Abstractions in Reality," featuring works by Peter Thaxton. Opening at 7 p.m. and on display through Jan. 30. "PhotoImpression" featuring 100 limited edition prints by Susan Lamson for $50 starting Dec. 5. "Trunk Show," featuring crystal jewelry by Denise Bell. 208 W. Broad St. 644-1368.
Studio 418Featuring the works of Mary Atkinson. Opening at 7 p.m. and on display through Jan 31. 418 W. Broad St. 225-0020.
Handel's MessiahThe Richmond Symphony will perform a section of holiday pieces at 8 p.m. at Second Baptist Church. $25-$35. River and Gaskins roads. 788-1212.
Sounds of the SeasonThe Virginians Barbershop Chorus presents its annual Christmas Show at the University of Richmond's Camp Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance on Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m. $17-$20. 1-866-827-4547.
Booking SigningAuthors Virginia Johnson and Barbara Crookshanks discuss and sign copies of their latest work, "Virginia Horse Racing: Triumphs of the Turf" at noon at the Library of Virginia. 800 E. Broad St. 692-3500.
Book SigningAuthors Tony Williams and Bethanie Tucker sign copies of their respective works "Hurricane of Independence" and "The Story of Mrs. Claus" from noon-2 p.m. at the Short Pump Barnes and Noble. 11640 W. Broad St. 360-0103.
"It's a Wonderful Life After All"The St. Paul's Baptist Church drama ministry presents a loose adaptation of a Christmas classic starting at 7 p.m. Free. 4247 Creighton Road. 643-4000.
25th Annual Ukrop's-Supervalu Christmas Parade begins at 10 a.m., with the route kicking off at the Science Museum of Virginia and heading east on Broad Street to 7th Street. www.richmondchristmasparade.org
A Child's ChristmasThe Richmond Men's Chorus perform a collection of holiday music starting at 8 p.m., with an additional show Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. at St. John's United Church of Christ. $10-$15. 503 N. Lombardy St. 241-0446.
Centre Hill Museum Holiday Open HouseWith its theme Celebrating Childhood, the Centre Hill Museum invites guests for two days of self-guided tours from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Children from 6 to 11 will receive an educational guidebook and will have the opportunity to complete activities related to the history of the house.
Christmas at TuckhoeThomas Jefferson's boyhood home invites guests for a series of candlelight tours from 3-7 p.m., with additional walk throughs on Dec. 7, 13, and 14. 12601 River Road. www.tuckahoeplantation.com.
Family Gingerbread TeaVirginia House hosts a holiday inspired guided tours from 10 a.m.-noon, followed with refreshments and a gingerbread house workshop. $14-$16. 4301 Sulgrave Road. 353-4251.
Ginter Park Art ShowThe Lewis Ginter Recreation Association presents a variety of art vendors from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. including jewelry, painting and fiber arts. 3421 Hawthorne Ave. 833-5044.
Governor's Mansion Open HouseTake a free tour of Virginia's intricately decorated Governor's Mansion from 1-4 p.m. 371-2642.
The Parsons' Cause, Prelude to RevolutionThe Historic Hanover Courthouse re-enacts the 1763 court case that helped put Patrick Henry in the forefront of colonial legal and political circles by challenging the authority of the king and Church of England. Free. Hanover Courthouse Road. 837-4900.
Shirley Plantation Open Show Enjoy hot cider, refreshments and Christmas decorations at the historical Hill Carter home from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Route 5 in Charles City County. 1-800-232-1613. www.shirleyplantation.com.
Treasure Island BowlCommunity Chest Booking and Promotions hosts a special fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Virginia from 8 p.m.-midnight at Plaza Bowl, featuring unlimited bowling, catering, and a late night dance party. 521 E. Southside Plaza. 240-5741.
Wreath Making WorkshopHanover Tavern teaches gives a hands-on tutorial on how to make a Christmas wreath from 10:30 a.m.-noon. $35-$40. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road. 537-5050.
Benefit ConcertA special fundraising musical performance featuring Salvatore Lupica and the Brass Act takes place at Belmead Mansion in Powhatan County at 1:30 p.m. $25. 5000 Cartersville Road. 598-9316.
Benefit ConcertThe Cathedral of the Sacred Heart presents its free annual Christmas concert in commemoration of World AIDS Days, featuring the Cathedral Choir, at 7:30 p.m. Laurel Street and Park Avenue. 359-5651.
Concert at Shady Grove CoffeehouseThe Richmond Klezmer band Klezm'Or'Ami'm is giving a musical performance at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church. $10-$12. 11105 Cauthorne Road. 323-4288.
Hanover Tavern Holiday Open HouseThe Hanover Tavern Foundation holds free holiday tours and a special seasonal concert from noon-4 p.m. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road. 537-5050.
Harp! The Herald Angels PlayThe American Youth Harp Ensemble present a holiday concert at 2 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church. $5-$10. 4200 Dover Road. 353-7001.
Let It SnowThe Richmond Symphony is joined by the Richmond Symphony Chorus and the Greater Richmond Children's Choir to perform holiday standards at 8 p.m. at the Landmark Theater. $35-$60. 6 N. Laurel St. 262-8003.
Wired EncounterTzadik recoring artist Christopher Adler and Metasax inventor Matthew Burtner perform computer-mediated improvisations and composed sound art starting at 7 p.m. at the Muse Creative Workspace. $10. 6 N. 19th St. 819-0253.
Book Launch PartyLocal author Meg Medina signs her new novel, "Milagros, Girl from Away" from noon-2 p.m. at Narnia Children's Books. 3100 Kensington Ave. 353-5675.
Poetry SlamSlamRichmond Poetry Show takes places at ArtSpace Gallery starting at 8 p.m. $5. 0 E. Fourth St. 232-6464.
Holiday HappeningsHistoric Tredegar hosts an evening of refreshments, children's activities and tree decorating from 1-5 p.m.490 Tredegar St. 780-1865, ext. 10.
Ladies Night at Stein MartConnor's Heroes Foundation hosts an evening of shopping and socializing at Stein Mart from 7-9:30 p.m. $20. 4740 Commonwealth Center Parkway. 221-8991.
Seasons BeatingsThe River City Roller Girls host their third annual fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. for the Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now and the Richmond YWCA, featuring a full contact, all female roller derby, local music, beer and raffle prizes at Skateland. $10-$12. 5512 Hull St. 873-8623.
Village Holiday SocialTaking place on the grounds of Commonwealth Photography, this outdoor holiday experience includes horse-drawn carriage rides, a magician show, exotic animals, face painting, carol sing-a-longs and a tree illumination from 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. 4227 Old Hundred Road. 748-5861.
"Ahmal and the Night Visitor"The City of Richmond Parks and Recreation Department presents this family-friendly holiday opera about a crippled boy and his encounter with the Three Wise Men as they follow the star to Bethlehem, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Landmark Theater. Free. 6 N. Laurel St. 646-4213.
Holiday Choral ConcertThe Richmond Choral Society performs "The Seven Joys of Christmas," "Lux Aurumque," and traditional seasonal songs starting at 4 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, with proceeds donated to nonprofit organizations CARITAS and the Healing Place. $5-$15. 520 N. Boulevard. 967-9878.
Holiday Organ RecitalAmerican Guild of Organists member Cheryl Van Ornam gives a holiday pipe organ performance at First Church of Christ, Scientist, beginning at 1:30 p.m. 2201 Monument Ave. 749-3900.
SoundworksVirginia's popular a cappella ensemble performs a special benefit holiday concert starting at 7 p.m. at the Christ the King Lutheran Church. 9800 W. Huguenot Road. For information call 757-345-5538.
Book SigningAuthors Emily and John Salmon sign copies of their latest work, "Historic Photos of Richmond" from 1-3 p.m. at the American Civil War Center. 490 Tredegar St. 780-1865.
Handel's MessiahThe Richmond Symphony will perform a section of holiday pieces at 8 p.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church. $25-$35. Springfield Road. 788-1212.
Home for the HolidaysThe Richmond Philharmonic perform popular holiday songs and carols at 7 p.m. in the James Center Atrium. 10th and East Cary streets. 344-3232.
Coffee TalkArtist Terrie Powers discusses her work from 6-8 p.m. at Visual Art Studio. 208 W. Broad St. 644-1368.
Around the World for the Holidaysthe Henrico Pops Chorus performs holiday selections from around the globe at 7:30 p.m. at the Henrico Theater in Highland Springs, with an encore performance Dec. 10. Free. 305 E. Nine Mile Road. 501-5115.
Richmond Concert BandA holiday performance by the Richmond Concert Band takes place at the Sandston Baptist Church at 7 p.m. 100 W. Williamsburg Road. 737-3767.
Book SigningAl Schalow, author of "The Adventure Down Crunchy Road" and "The Second Adventure Down Crunchy Road" is signing copies of his work at the Barnes and Noble at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center starting at 11 a.m. 601 N. 10th St. 828-0336.