Alley Katz 10 Walnut Alley, 643-2816. Thurs: Project Independent, Failsafe, Saint Diablo, Ninetail, Bleed, Unknown, Unknown Concept, 7 p.m.-midnight, $10-$12. Fri: Kevin Beckley, Cast Upon Blind Eyes, For Death and Glory, Crunk Butter, Save the Martyr, Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars, the Roger Young, They Found Her in Pieces, 4-9 p.m., $5-$7. Chalkline Beauty, Red Clay Village, the Secret Cool, No Comprismise, Damona Waits, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., $10. Sat: Murphy's Kids, A Suffocating Signal, Jackmove, 6-11 p.m., $8. Sun: Gorilla Productions Presents, $8-$10. Mon: Today is the Day, Weedeater, Rube, Leviathans Mandible, Cut the Architects Hand, 6-11 p.m., $8-$10.
Andy's Restaurant 412 England St. in Ashland, 752-2900. Fri: Loose Gravel, 9 p.m., $3.
Ashland Coffee and Tea 100 N. Railroad Ave., Ashland, 789-1702. Wed: Willy Porter, 8 p.m., $16-$21. Thurs: Ameranouche, Gypsy Roots, 8 p.m., $15-$20. Fri: the Infamous Stringdusters, 8 p.m., $15-$20. Sat: Stephen Simmons, 8 p.m., $10-$15.
Bailey's Smokehouse and Tavern 7502 W. Broad St. 755-6800. Fri: Big Boss Man, 9:30 p.m.
Bleu Bistro 8982 Quioccasin Road, 750-1120. Wed: Blues Flash, 7 p.m., free. Fri: Antero, 10 p.m., free. Sun: Doctors of Jazz, noon-2 p.m., free.
Blue's Place 1702 Boulevard, 520-8088. Sat: the Kind Eye Project, 8 p.m., free.
Bottoms Up Pizza 1700 Dock St. 644-4400. Thurs: Buttercup, 8 p.m., free.
CafAc Diem 600 N. Sheppard St., 353-2500. Wed: Justin Trawick, 9 p.m., free. Thurs: Chez Roue, 9 p.m., free. Fri: the Recliners, 9 p.m., free. Sun: Open mic hosted by DJ Williams, 9 p.m., free. Tues: DJ Williams Projekt, 9:30 p.m., free.
The Camel CafAc 1621 W. Broad St., 353-4901. Wed: Sparrows and Arrows, Asleep at the Bottom of the Sea, Since 1913, 8 p.m. Thurs: Tornavacas, 8 p.m. Mon: Bachelor Party, Locals, 8 p.m.
The Canal Club 17th and Dock streets, 643-CLUB. Wed: JJ Grey and Mofro, Hill Country Revue, 8:15 p.m., $16-$18. Thurs: the Obama Girls of Comedy, 6:30 p.m., $10-$12. Fri: the Bridge, 9:30 p.m., $8-$10. Sat: Halflit Halo, Separation, Envy Insane, Red Clay Village, 8:30 p.m., $5. Sun: Dredg, Telescreen, Judgement Day, Searching for Timothy, 6 p.m., $12-$14. Mon: H2O, Bane, Cruel Hand, Energy, Bracewar, 6:30 p.m., $13-$15.
Capital Ale House 623 E. Main St., 780-ALES. Thurs: Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe, 8 p.m., $10. Fri: MoDebree, 5 p.m., free. Gills and Wings, Venture Rays, 9:30 p.m., $6. Sat: Adrian Duke, 10 p.m., $5.
Cary Street CafAc 2631 W. Cary St. 353.7445. Thurs: Flesh Mountain Boys, 10 p.m., $5. Fri: King Solomon's Marbles, Blue Line Highway, 10 p.m., $12. Sat: King Solomon's Marbles, 10 p.m., $7.
Commercial Taphouse 111 N. Robinson St., 359-6544. Sun: Glows in the Dark, 9:30 p.m., free.
Dixie Diner 250 N. Sycamore St. in Petersburg, 732-7425. Thurs: Glenn Michael, 9 p.m., free. Fri: Wee Bee Us, 9 p.m., free. Sat: Dale Traylor, 4-8 p.m., free. Tues: Dirty Louis Wild, 9 p.m., free.
Firehouse Theatre 1609 W. Broad St. 355-2001. Sat: Dick Butt Kiss and the Tightendds, 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., $15.
Gallery5 200 W. Marshall St. 644-0005. Fri: Prabir and the Substitutes, David Shultz and the Skyline (Tom Petty tribute), Even Better than the Real Thing (U2 tribute), 7 p.m., $5. Tues: Strike Anywhere, Brainworms, Landmines, Stink Eyes, 7 p.m., $10.
Grandpa Eddie's Alabama Ribs & BBQ 11129 Three Chopt Road, 270-RIBS. Fri: the Imitators, 8:30 p.m., free. Sat: the Great Unknowns, 8:30 p.m., free.
Ham's Restaurant 9498 W. Broad St., 965-5520. Wed: Ominotago, 6:30 p.m., free. Thurs: Two Guys Named Gus, 6:30 p.m., free. Fri: Last Minute Band, 6:30 p.m. free. Sat: the Silverbacks, 10 p.m., free.
Nara Sushi 1309 W. Main St. 353-1315. Wed: Young Widows, 7 p.m.
The National 708 E. Broad St., 612-1900. Thurs: Man Man, Tim Fite, 7 p.m., $12.50. Fri: Future Rock, BioDiesel, 9 p.m., $12-$15. Sat: Of Montreal, Gang Gang Dance, 8 p.m., $15-$18. Sun: Lotus, Freepeoples Freequency, 8 p.m., $12-$15. Bob Weir and Ratdog, 7 p.m., $30.
Poe's Pub 2706 E. Main St., 648-2120. Fri: the Dregs, Octane Saints, 9 p.m.
Plaza Bowl 521 E. Southside Plaza. Sat: Hamburger Jones, the Atomic Mosquitos, 8 p.m., $5.
Pour House 3438 Pump Road, 364-9083. Sat: Sin Sity (AC/DC tribute), 9:30 p.m., $3.
S.J.'s Lakeside Tavern 5406 Lakeside Ave., 264-3288. Fri: Union Pacific Band, 7:45 p.m., $3. Sat: Nat King Kong, 7:45 p.m., $3.
Shenanigans Eatery and Pub 4017 MacArthur Ave., 264-5010. Wed: Amy Henderson, 7:30 p.m., free.
SinAc Irish Pub 1327 E. Cary St., 649-7767. Fri: Jubeus, 9 p.m., free. Sat: Bungalo 6, 9 p.m., free.
Sportman Restaurant 3306 Williamsburg Road, 236-1911. Sat: Loose Gravel, 8 p.m., free.
Taphouse Grill 1212 E. Cary St., 644-3018. Fri: Chicago Cy Taggert, 7 p.m., free. Sat: the Joe Sarver and Russ Hanchen Jazz Duo, 7 p.m., free.
Toad's Place 140 Virginia St., 648-8623. Thurs: Bad Fish, 8 p.m., $16-$20. Fri: Carbon Leaf, 8 p.m., $18-$20. Sat: Horsehead, 8 p.m., free.
Tobacco Company 1201 E. Cary St., 782-9555. Wed: Three For All, 8 p.m., free.
The Triple 3306 W. Broad St. 359-7777. Wed: View from the Top, Sleeping in the Aviary, 10 p.m., $4. Thurs: Dom Carpini of the Cashmere Jungle Lords, Dex Romwebber Duo, Trestle Walkers, 9 p.m., $6. Fri: the Falsies, Brown Sabbath, Iggy Plop, 10 p.m., $5-$6. Sat: Andy Moore, 10 p.m., $5. Sun: the Two Man Gentlemen Band, the High Street Lowlifes, 10 p.m., $5. Tues: Aids Wolf, USA is a Monster, Health, Dynamite Club, 10 p.m., $5.
Jack-O-Lantern Art Carve Baja Bean Co. holds a contest of pumpkin carving to benefit ART 180 from 7-10 p.m. The 15 winning pumpkins will be filled with prizes and auctioned to benefit the charity. 1520 W. Main St. 257-5445.
“War of the Worlds” and “The Lost World” Members of the L.A. Theatre Works, a premiere radio theater company perform the famous broadcast stories of H.G. Wells and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at 7:30 p.m. and midnight at the Modlin Center for the Arts. $8-$34. University of Richmond. 289-8980.
Lecture Seminar The Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church will welcome Brian Hannamen of Spectrum Financial Services, who will share insights and strategies on how to protect your finances in the current economic crisis. A reception and dinner starts at 5:45 p.m., the discussion will follow at 6:30 p.m. 2300 Dumbarton Road. 266-9696.
Beating the Block The Science Museum of Virginia host a seminar featuring writer Andrew Corsello, author Jon Kukla, writer Tiffany Trent and radio host Brooks Smith from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to discuss ways of overcoming writer's block. $5-$12. 2500 W. Broad St. 230-4575.
Field of Screams The Lakeside baseball field will host an evening of carnival games, food, and trick-or-treating from 6:30-9 p.m. $5. Hillard and Club roads. 240-5093.
The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will feature two performances of incredible agility and balance at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. for $35. 2880 Mountain Road. 261-6150.
S.O.N. Summit The Greater Richmond Convention Center will host the Save Our Neighborhood/Nation through Nov. 1 to educate and empower men through ministerial unity. For information call 878-1063.
“Witness to a Century” The Virginia Historical Society and the Community Idea Stations will present the first public screening of their self-produced television documentary at noon. $3-$5. 428 N. Boulevard. 358-4901.
The Obama Girls of Comedy In an attempt to bring awareness among women voters comedians Carolyn Castiglia, Claudia Cogan, Calise Hawkins, and Giulia Rozzi will be performing a night of politically charged stand-up at the Canal Club at 8 p.m. 1545 E. Cary St. 643-2582.
Lecture Bioethics journalist and author Harriet Washington will speak about the racial health divide facing the country in the Brown-Alley Room of Weinstein Hall at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond. For information call 289-5056.
Cat Tales and Cocktails The Robins-Starr Humane Center hosts this pet-friendly party from 7-10:30 p.m. featuring a silent auction, music, and costume contests to benefit homeless pets at the Richmond SPCA. $20-$30 with a $12 ticket for designated drivers. 2519 Hermitage Road. 521-1318.
Dance of the Living Dead Legend Brewing Co. will host a Halloween zombie dance party from 9 p.m.-midnight featuring spooky tunes, a costume contest, and no cover. 321 W. Seventh St. 232-8871.
Genworth Foundation's Halloween Hoopla The Children's Museum of Richmond holds an evening of trick or treating through its kid-size neighborhoods, complete with spooky decorations from 4-8 p.m, as well as pumpkin painting and holiday-themed activities. 2626 W. Broad St. 474-7000.
Halloween Bash Starting with a parade through Monroe Park around 7 p.m., featuring creepy march music, dancing, and the All Saint Puppet Theater, the Camel will host a night with musical guests No BS! Brass and the Supa Fly Floozies. The evening also includes costume contests and fun for all ages starting at 9:30 p.m. $6. 1621 W. Broad St. 353-4901.
Monsters Ball Costume Party The Henry Street Gallery hosts a night of multimedia art exhibits, costume contests, music, dancing and prizes from 7:30 p.m.-midnight. 422 W. Broad St. 643-2222.
Regional Disability Awareness Festival River Meadows Independent Living Community will be hosting a fall gathering to celebrate the abilities and resources of and for persons with disabilities from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and will feature rehabilitation, job and financial vendors. Free and open to the public. 42 Mitchell Ave. 819-9238.
Flight Night The Virginia Aviation Museum will host a night of kid-friendly Halloween activities from 6-8 p.m., including a scavenger hunt, flight simulations and UFO crafts. $6. 5701 Huntsman Road. 236-3622.
Monster Ball Crawl The Lucky Buddha and Cha Cha's Cantina will host a night of drinks and costumed debauchery starting at 9 p.m., free. 1421 E. Cary St. 648-5100.
Richmond's Eerie Canal Boat Rides Haunts of Richmond will present a ghostly narrative of the city's past on the Kanawha Canal, with additional festivities taking place at Toad's Place and Highwater Restaurant, including a costume contest and performance by local musical artists Carbon Leaf. The family-friendly event lasts from 6-10 p.m. at the turning basin at Dock and 14th Sreets. For information call 788-6466.
“Cora Harvey Armstrong and Full Deliverance” The Swift Creek Mill Theatre presents this gospel celebration starting at 7 p.m., with an encore performance taking place on Nov. 1. $25. 17401 Jefferson Davis Hwy. 748-5203.
Eyes On Richmond The Friday Forums at St. Paul's Episcopal Church continue with “The Legislative Process in Virginia: Is It Working?” presented by Jennifer McClellan and Christopher Peace of the Virginia House of Delegates, at 12:30 p.m. $8. 815 E. Grace St. near Capitol Square. 643-3589.
French Ambassador to the United States Pierre Vimont will visit Randolph-Macon College to conduct an hour-long class beginning at 2:15 in Blackwell Auditorium. He will speak on the international bonds between France and the United States. A 30-minute question and answer period will follow his presentation. For information call 752-3712.
Ruffin Gallery “Habitation,” featuring photographs by Pamela Pecchio. Opening at 5:30 p.m. and on display through Nov. 28. 179 Culbreth Road. 924-6123.
Dabbs House Museum Dedication Attend the opening and dedication of this new historic house, which was used by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's as his field headquarters during the summer of 1862. With exhibit galleries and a research library, and guided tour the ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m. 3812 Nine Mile Road. 501-5125.
Dong's Martial Arts Tournament Benefiting the Children's Hospital Foundation, this contest will feature participants of all ages competing in three different categories related to tae kwon do from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at L.C. Bird High School. 10301 Courthouse Road. 747-6166.
Greatest Places: Take a Trip Around the World The Science Museum of Virginia will present an IMAX experience through Jan. 4 that will transport movie viewers over waterfalls, through deserts and across safari landscapes. $8-$18. 2500 W. Broad St. 864-1400.
Spiders on the Vine Wine Tasting and Music Festival Enjoy food, wine, and music at the Westhampton Green of the University of Richmond from 2-5 p.m. If it rains the event will be held in Tyler Haynes Commons. $25. 289-8133.
Thanky Space “Technicomfort,” featuring the works of Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Dearraindrop, Megan Whitmarsh, Mumbleboy, Joseph Buzzell, Leif Goldberg, Jesse Spears, Molly O'Connell, APAK, Crystal Stokowski and Mudboy. Opening at 6 p.m. and on display through Nov. 29. 407 Brook Road. 814-3585.
Book Fair The African American Authors Festival will take place at the Black History Museum from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 00 Clay St. 319-9763.
Book Signing Novelist Bob Cohen will sign copies of his latest book, “Hammond's Choice: A Marty Fenton Mystery,” from 1-3 p.m. at the Midlothian Barnes and Noble. 4600 Commonwealth Centre Parkway. 744-5483.
Tony Blair The former prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is scheduled to speak at the Landmark Theater at 8 p.m. as part of the Richmond Forum Series. 6 N Laurel St. To be added to the waiting list for tickets call 330-3993.
Liquid Air The Camel will host an evening to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond from 3-9 p.m. 1621 W. Broad St. 353-4901.
Virginia Thanksgiving Festival Berkeley Plantation will host an evening of education and entertainment in honor of the state's first Thanksgiving, starting at noon with children's games and a re-enactment of the 1619 landing by John Woodlief and his colonial crew. Free. 12602 Harrison Landing Road in Charles City County. 466-6018.
Civil War Cinema The Byrd Theatre will be hosting a screening of “Gone With the Wind,” with a champagne reception and discussion with University of Virginia professor Brian Wills starting at 1 p.m. $25. 2908 W. Cary St. 353-9911.
Uptown Gallery “The Colors of Time,” featuring watercolor and oils by Solange Brown and Anne Via. “Whimsical Primates,” featuring works by Arlene DeConti. Both opening 5-9 p.m. and on display through Nov. 29. 1305 W. Main St. 353-8343.
Come and Play! Richmond residents of all ages are invited to bring their instruments and play alongside the Richmond Symphony musicians under the baton of the associate conductor, Erin Freeman, in the Virginia Commonwealth University's Siegel Center. Selections include music from “The Pink Panther” and “The Phantom of the Opera.” Participation fee for students 22 and younger, and $10 for adults over 22. For information call 788-1212.
The Feast of All Saints The St. James's parish choir will perform a service of choral evensong starting at 5 p.m. led by music director Mark Whitmire. 1205 W. Franklin St. 355-1779, ext. 23.
“One in the Spirit” Storyteller and singer Sharon Sun Eagle of the Mattaponi Indian Tribe will join the Greater Richmond Children's Choir in a concert of sacred songs and narratives from America, Europe and Asia honoring the importance of one another and the earth. With Hope Armstrong Erb and Diana Greer directing, the performance will be presented at the historic St. John's Episcopal Church at 4 p.m. 2401 E. Broad St. 649-7938.
Statesmen of Jazz A roster of some of the world's greatest living jazz musicians will host a educational workshop at Virginia Commonwealth University's Singleton Center from 4-5:30 p.m., followed by a special performance at 8 p.m. $5-$10. 828-6776.
Sun Trust Bank Gallery An exhibit featuring works in various media by members of the Metropolitan Richmond Artists Association will remain on display through Nov. 28 between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 901 E. Main St. 745-0239.