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Alley Katz 10 Walnut Alley, 643-2816. Fri: Battlemaster, Bastard Sapline, Tombs, Infernal Stronghold, Cough, Antietam, 6-11 p.m., $10. Sat: Murphys Kids, Patent Pending, Jackmove, Tsunami Rising, Onion, 6-11 p.m., $8-$10. Tues: Busted Wire, Uppingham, 86A, Look to the Sky, 6-10 p.m., $7.

Ashland Coffee and Tea 100 N. Railroad Ave., 789-1702. Thurs: Bill Kirchen's HonkyTonk Holiday, 8 p.m. $20-$25. Fri: Johnny Hott and the Piedmont Souprize christmas show, 8 p.m., $15-$20. Sat: the Taters, Grandsons, 8 p.m., $10-$15.

Bleu Bistro 8982 Quioccasin Road, 750-1120. Wed: the Moogly Blues Band, 7-10 p.m., free. Thurs: Dave Richmond, 9 p.m.-midnight, free. Sun: the Doctors of Jazz, noon-2 p.m., free.

Bin 22 at Betsy's 3200 W. Cary St. 358-4501. Thurs: Tattoo Red (folk, blues and country), 7-9 p.m., free.

CafAc Diem 600 N. Sheppard St., 353-2500. Thurs: Chez Roue, 9 p.m., free. Fri: the Recliners, 9 p.m., free. Sat: Jesse Chong, 9 p.m., free. Tues: DJ Williams Projekt, 9:30 p.m., free.

The Camel CafAc 1621 W. Broad St., 353-4901. Wed: Stomp the Condor, We Know Plato, One Friend, 8 p.m. Sun: Mammie featuring Darrell Rose of the Wailers, 8 p.m. Tues: Zac Hryciak, Jonathan Parker, 8 p.m.

The Canal Club 17th and Dock streets, 643-CLUB. Thurs: Haste the Day, Sky Eats Airplane, Emarosa, Inhale Exhale, 6:30 p.m., $12-$15. Sat: Pretty Lights, Existor, 9 p.m., $10-$15. Sun: Down to Nothing, War Hungry, Naysayer, Heathen, Pistol Bitch, 6-10 p.m. $7.

Capital Ale House 623 E. Main St. 780-ALES. Fri: Blues Flash, 5 p.m., free.

Cary Street CafAc 2631 W. Cary St. 353.7445. Wed: 29th Division (jam band), 10 p.m., $5. Thurs: the Spaceheaters (experimental rock), 9 p.m., $5. Fri: Modern Groove Syndicate (jazz and funk), 10 p.m., $7. Sat: the Seed (jam band), 10 p.m., $5.

Commercial Taphouse 111 N. Robinson St. 359-6544. Sun: Six, 9 p.m., free.

Globehopper Coffeehouse and Lounge 2100 E. Main St. Thurs: Jason Jenkins Trio, 8 p.m., free.

Grandpa Eddie's Alabama Ribs and BBQ 11129 Three Chopt Road, 270-RIBS. Fri: Super 64 (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. Sat: the Hot Seats, 8:30 p.m., free.

The Grapevine II 11055 Three Chopt Road. 440-9100. Tues: Big Pop and the Doo-Wops, 7-10 p.m., free.

The National 708 E. Broad St., 612-1900. Fri: Louisiana Territory, Jonathan Vassar, Will Thomas, Franklin Massie, Sovatone, 6:30 p.m. $10-$13. Sat: Hells Bells (AC/DC Tribute), 7 p.m., $13.

Plaza Bowl 523 E. Southside Plaza, 233-8799. Sat: Buttercup, 8 p.m.-midnight, $5 and $10 for all you can bowl.

Poe's Pub 2706 E. Main St. 648-2120. Fri: Loose Gravel ('60s and '70s rock), 9:30 p.m., $5. Sat: Cha Cha's Cadillac, 9:30 p.m., $5.

Shenanigans Eatery and Pub 4017 MacArthur Ave., 264-5010. Wed: Amy Henderson, 7:30 p.m. Fri: the Janet Martin Band, 8:30 p.m. Sat: the English Channel, 8:30 p.m. Tues: the Charles Arthur Trio with Roger Carroll, 7:30 p.m.

SinAc Irish Pub 1327 E. Cary St., 649-7767. Fri: Aparallax, 9 p.m., free. Sat: Chicago Cy, 9 p.m., free.

Toad's Place 140 Virginia St., 648-8623. Wed: Plunky and Oneness, 8 p.m., $10-$15. Thurs:Bio Ritmo, No BS Brass Band, 8 p.m., $10. Fri: Corey Smith, Shane Hines and the Trance, 8 p.m., $12-$15. Sat: Duchess of York, Sparkys Flaw, O.P.M., 7 p.m., $5-$12.

Tobacco Company 1201 E. Cary St. 782-9555. Wed: Chicago Cy, 8 p.m., free. Thurs: Shore Leave, 8 p.m., free. Fri: Jangling Reinharts, 9:30 p.m., free. Sat: Soul Providers, 9:30 p.m., free.

The Triple 3306 W. Broad St. 359-7777. Thurs: the New Familiars, 10 p.m. Fri: Valkyrie, 10 Commandments, Corsair, 10 p.m. Sat: Buttercup, 10 p.m.

THURSDAY 18

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Holiday Inn holiday party SmoothGrooveRadio.net and the new Holiday Inn Richmond South in Colonial Heights hold a winter social networking party, featuring live music by songwriter and guitarist Jim Adkins starting at 6 p.m. 401 E. Roslyn Road. 520-5880.

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"A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant" The Firehouse Theatre presents a satirical holiday musical of L. Ron Hubbard's religulousness at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m., and Wednesday Dec. 31. $10-$25. 1609 W. Broad St. 355-2001.

"Elmo's Green Thumb" Sesame Street Live presents a "Honey I Shrunk the Kids"-inspired tale as Elmo, Zoe, Telly and other PBS regulars find themselves miniaturized, wandering in Big Bird's expansive garden. Six performances take place at the Richmond Coliseum through Dec. 21, with tickets starting at $13. For information call 262-8100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

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Book Signing Author Phil Wilayto discusses and signs copies of his latest work, "In Defense of Iran: Notes from a U.S. Peace Delegation's Journey Through the Islamic Republic," from 6-7 p.m. at Chop Suey Tuey. 2913 W. Cary St. 422-8066.

FRIDAY 19

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Sky Watch Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn of the Science Museum of Virginia as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky at 7 p.m. Free. 2500 W. Broad St. 864-1400.

Horse and Carriage Rides Horse-drawn carriages will offer rides from 10th and East Cary streets through Dec. 20 from 6-10 p.m. with each 15-minute ride scheduled on the half-hour. $12. 769-4010.

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R Gallery Featuring work from artists Katie Benson, Austin Fitch, Muse Glass, Chris Milk, Ed Trask, Alex Johnson and Jen Holloway, R Gallery holds a day of paintings, pottery, glass, and jewelry from 7-10 p.m., with additional time scheduled on Dec. 20 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 29 N. 17th St.

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Richmond Boys Choir St. Andrew's Episcopal Church hosts a holiday performance by the Richmond Boys Choir at 7 p.m. to help replenish supplies for the Central Virginia Food Bank. Cost of admission is a canned good or other nonperishable food item. 236 S. Laurel St. 648-7980.

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"Fools" The John Tyler Community College theater workshop class performs this comedic work by playwright Neil Simon about the dunderheaded, cursed inhabitants of a small Russian hamlet at 7 p.m. in the Nicholas Student Center, with repeat showings on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. 13101 Jefferson Davis Highway.

"Ha Ha Holidayz" The ComedySportz Improv Theatre hosts a number of interactive comedy gags starting at 7:30 p.m., with a mature-audience show at 10 p.m. $10-$14. 7115 Staples Mill Road. 266-9377.

"The Nutcracker" The Concert Ballet of Virginia performs this Tchaikovsky classic at 7:30 p.m. at Atlee High School, with encore shows Dec. 20 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 21 at 2:30 p.m. $20-$24. 9414 Atlee Station Road.

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Book Signing Author Bob Deans signs copies of his work, "The River Where America Began: A Journey Along the James" at 12:30 p.m. at Fountain Bookstore. 1312 E. Cary St. 788-1594.

SATURDAY 20

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Breakfast with Santa The Swift Creek Academy of the Performing Arts hosts a morning meal with Mr. Claus at 10:30 a.m. at Manchester High School. $5-$10. 13200 Bailey Bridge Road. 7396275.

Illusions Day Check out the science of illusions with hands-on activities, demonstrations and interactive exhibits from noon-4 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia. 2500 W. Broad St. 864-1400.

The Re-Purpose Affair The Downtown YMCA holds an afternoon of redistribution and recycling from 1-4 p.m., encouraging attendees to bring unwanted clothes, shoes, records, books, jewelry and furniture that can be given to those in need. 2 W. Franklin St. For information call 323-854-2256.

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"Ha Ha Holidayz" The ComedySportz Improv Theatre hosts a number of interactive comedy performances at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., with an mature-audience show at 10 p.m. $10-$14. 7115 Staples Mill Road. 266-9377.

Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad Comedians Ophira Eisenberg, Shawn Pelofsky and the Goddess Perlman and dance duo Sister Schmaltz present a kosher mix of comedy, music, and vaudevillian entertainment beginning at 8 p.m. at the Camel. $15. 1621 W. Broad St. 353-4901.

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Poetry Slam SlamRichmond Poetry Show takes places at ArtSpace Gallery starting at 8 p.m. $5. 0 E. Fourth St. 232-6464.

SUNDAY 21

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Miracle of Christmas: Live at the Zoo The Metro Richmond Zoo presents a live re-enactment of the Christmas story featuring animals from the zoo, with shows at 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m., and 8:30 p.m., and additional three-show performances on Dec. 22 and Dec. 23. 8300 Beaver Bridge Road. 739-5666.

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Festival of Lessons and Carols THE St. Matthew's Episcopal Church music ministry leads a Christmas celebration service at 6:30 p.m. 1101 Forest Ave. 288-1911.

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