Alley Katz10 Walnut Alley, 643-2816. Thurs: Aquiring Signal, You Me and the Bedsheets, Quiet Eyes Road, the Dead Marshes, Patrick Aaron, License to Smack!, CTRL+ALT+Destroy, 6 p.m., $9-$10. Fri: Daniel Tomlonson, Foxtrot USA, Letter Box Tragedy, 5 p.m., $7-$8. Cerca Trova, Reality Stricken, Rocket Knife, 10 p.m., $8. Sat: Low vs. Diamond, Barcelona, 5 p.m., $10-$12. Sun: Swamp Thing, This Time It's War, Naysayer, the Social Dropouts, Kevin Beckley, Pistol Bitch, 4 p.m., $6.
Ashland Coffee and Tea100 N. Railroad Ave., Ashland, 789-1702. Thurs: Kate Campbell, 8 p.m., $15-$20. Fri: John Jorgenson, 8 p.m., $25-$30. Sat: Cephas and Wiggins, 8 p.m., $20-$25.
Bleu Bistro8982 Quioccasin Road, 750-1120. Wed: Lil Ronnie, 7 p.m., free. Fri: Hazy Dave and the Mission Band, 9:30 p.m., free. Sun: the Doctors of Jazz, noon, free.
CafAc Diem600 N. Sheppard St., 353-2500. Wed: Jesse Chong, 9 p.m., free. Thurs: Chez Roue, 9 p.m., free. Fri: the Recliners, 9 p.m., free. Sat: the Atkinsons, 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 CafAc1621 W. Broad St., 353-4901. Fri: Sweet Collision, Buddha Funk Box, 8 p.m. Sat: Dancer vs. Politician, 9 p.m. $6. Sun: Hold For JG, 8 a.m. Mon: the Lost Patrol, Chris Frank, 8 p.m.
The Canal Club17th and Dock streets, 643-CLUB. Wed: Josh Hoge, Chris Richardson, 8 p.m., $10. Thurs: the Clarks, Against Grace, Milhouse, 8 p.m., $12-$14. Fri: Murder By Death, William Elliot-Whitmore, J-Roddy and the Business, 6:30 p.m., $10-$12. Sat: SOJA, 8:30 p.m., $16-$19. Sun: Louisiana Territory, Color Revolt, Sana Rouge, 6:30 p.m., $10. Tues: John Brown's Body, Mishka, Antero, 8 p.m., $13-$15.
Capital Ale House623 E. Main St., 780-ALES. Fri: Chickenhead Blues Band, 5 p.m., free. Sat: A Good Natured Riot, 9 p.m., $5. Tues: Mark Ingraham, Bungalo 6, 7 p.m., $7-$10.
Cary Street CafAc2631 W. Cary St. 353.7445. Fri: the Spaceheaters, 9 p.m., $5. Sat: Poston Brown Project, 10 p.m., $5.
Cockade City Grill305 N. Sycamore St. in Petersburg 862-2537. Fri: the Lost Satellites, Symbol, 9:30 p.m.
Dixie Diner250 N. Sycamore St. in Petersburg, 732-7425. Thurs: Glenn Michael, 9 p.m., free. Fri: At What Price Victory, 9 p.m., free. Sun: Redman and Redbull Sax, noon, free. Tues: Dirty Louis Wild, 9 p.m., free.
Doubletree Hotel Lounge5501 Eubank Road, 226-6400. Fri: Carol Covell and Company, 7-11 p.m., free.
Enzo's Ristorante & CafAc36 Broad Street Road. Fri: Loose Gravel, 8 p.m., free.
Gallery5200 W. Marshall St., 644-0005. Fri: Ilad, Coald Toast, Gull, 7:30 p.m., free.
Grandpa Eddie's Alabama Ribs and BBQ11129 Three Chopt Road, 270-RIBS. Fri: Wrenn Mangum, 8:30 p.m., free. Sat: Harrison Deane Band, 8:30 p.m., free.
Ham's Restaurant9498 W. Broad St., 965-5520. Fri: Bill Roberts, 6:30 p.m., free. Lost Vagabonds, 10 p.m., free.
In Your Ear Music1813 E. Broad St., 344-5623. Fri: Bryan Bowers, 6:30 p.m., $15-$20.
J&D's CafAc2322 Hungary Road, 266-2332. Thurs: Nat King Kong, 8 p.m., free.
Modlin Center for the Arts28 Westhampton Way at University of Richmond, 289-8980. Tues: Punch Brothers, 7:30 p.m. $8-$38.
The National708 E. Broad St., 612-1900. Wed: Kathleen Edwards, John Doe (of X), 7 p.m., $15. Fri: the Sister of Mercy, 8 p.m., $20. Wed: Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes) and the Mystic Valley Band, Ben Kweller, Rig 1, 7 p.m., $22-$25.
Pour House3438 Pump Road, 364-9083. Sat: Sajak, 9:30 p.m., $3.
Rock's River Roadhouse1428 Outpost Road in Lanexa, 966-7217. Sat: Loose Gravel, 9 p.m., $5.
Rumors404 N. Harrison St., 726-9944. Wed: Cars Can Be Blue, Hot Lava, 8 p.m., free.
Shenanigans Eatery and Pub4017 MacArthur Ave., 264-5010. Fri: the Slack Family, 8:30 p.m. Sat: the Janet Martin Band, 8:30 p.m.
SinAc Irish Pub1327 E. Cary St., 649-7767. Fri: CoPilot, 9 p.m., free. Sat: Dave Pollard, 9 p.m., free.
Stronghill Dining Company1200 N. Boulevard, 359-0202. Mon: Kurt Crandall, True Story, 10-midnight, free.
Tabernacle Baptist Church 1925 Grove Ave., 355-0134. Sat: Meade Skelton Record Single Release Party with The Meadow Street Band, 8 p.m., free.
Toad's Place140 Virginia St., 648-8623. Thurs: Tim Reynolds Trio, the Wallomatics, Steve Boone, 8 p.m., $15. Fri: the Atkinsons, 6:30-8 p.m., free. The Rev. Horton Heat, Nashville Pussy, Reckless Kelly, 8 p.m., $20-$22. Sat: Dropkick Murphys, the Loved Ones, the Mahones, 7 p.m., $25-$28.
The Triple3306 W. Broad St. 359-7777. Wed: Attractive and Popular, the Mathematicians, 10 p.m., $5. Sat: Boneanchor, 10 p.m., $5.
Wonderland1727 E. Main St. 643-9233. Fri: Freedom Hawk, 10 p.m., $5.
Blood DriveBank of Virginia is sponsoring a blood drive in cooperation with Virginia Blood Services from 1-4 p.m. at 2825 Emerywood Parkway, 9200 Arboretum Parkway, 4040-A Cox Road, and 4211 Old Hundred Road. For information call 744-7576.
Feed Richmond Campaign KickoffRichmond residents are invited to bring canned food to the First Community Bank from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to help launch this two-week charity effort for families in need. 9310 Midlothian Turnpike. 336-748-2416.
Goldfish SocialSchoodio Art Studio will host an hour of creative activity for parents and their toddlers beginning at 1 p.m. 2102 Bremo Road. 502-1067.
Page Bond Gallery"Lightly Here," featuring drawings and prints by Tanja Softic and Holly Morrison. On display through Jan. 3. 1625 W. Main St. 359-3633.
Jepson Leadership ForumDouglas Wilson, co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College, will present "Abraham Lincoln and the Shaping of Public Opinions," at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond's Jepson Alumni Center. For information call 289-8980.
Poetic Principles SeriesThe Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the New Virginia Review will open this year's series event with a reading by Claudia Emerson, Virginia's poet laureate for 2008, beginning at 6 p.m. $7-$9. 200 N. Boulevard. 340-1405.
Annual Artist Open StudioFeaturing oil paintings by Laura Loe. On display from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Nov. 7, 5-9 p.m., and Nov. 8, 1-4 p.m. 2005 W. Main St. 366-6327.
Quirk Gallery"Vault Project 2008: Ebendorf Unplugged," featuring jewelry work by Robert Ebendorf. On display through Nov. 29.
Scott AinslieRandolph-Macon College will host the appearance of this celebrated blues musician and historian at 7:30 p.m. in St. Ann's Performing Arts Building on Henry Street. For information call 752-3712.
Marvin StammThe renowned jazz trumpeter will perform with the Virginia Commonwealth University Jazz Orchestra in the Vlahcevic Concert Hall at the Singleton Center at 8 p.m. $5. 828-6776.
"Barefoot in the Park"The Monacan High School Theatre will perform this comedy about the tenants of a New York apartment through Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. $5. 11501 Smoketree Drive. 378-2480.
"Shadow Play"Utilizing a mix of multimedia and performance art, this unique production exploring the light and dark halves of creativity can be seen in the Raymond Hodges Theatre in the Singleton Performing Arts Center on Nov. 6-8, Nov. 13-15, and Nov. 20-22 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 8, 16, 23, at 3 p.m. $8-$20. 922 Park Ave. 828-6026.
Richmond Improv FestivalComedySportz Improv Theatre will host several days of on-the-spot comedy, with numerous troupes from around the country taking the stage through Nov. 9. For information call 266-937-7115 Staples Mill Road.
Book DiscussionLocal author Fritz Knapp will discuss his latest work, "The Book of Sports Virtues: Portraits from the Fields of Play," at Gayton Library at 7 p.m. 10600 Gayton Road. 740-2747.
Art LectureThe Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will have Dr. John Dobbins, professor of classical art and archeology at the University of Virginia, present his discussion "Greek Art, Roman Context: Pompeii and Roman Villa Life," at 6:30 p.m. $5-$8. 200 N. Boulevard. 340-1405.
LectureDr. John V. Moeser, professor emeritus of urban studies and planning at Virginia Commonwealth University speaks to the Richmond First Club at noon on "An Overview of Poverty, Race, and Jurisdiction in Metropolitan Richmond" at the Sun Trust Bank building at 10th and Main streets. 545-6656.
Arts in Action: Music and MuralsAs part of the First Fridays Artwalk, artists will be painting the booths at Common Groundz with tropical themes from 7-10 p.m. 734 W. Broad St. 745-7824.
Artist's Association meetingThe monthly gathering for Richmond's Bon Air Artists will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the Huguenot United Methodist Church. 10661 Duryea Drive. 323-0656.
Children's Hospital BenefitThe Children's Hospital Foundation will sell boutique items, attic treasures and baked items to raise money at St. Giles Presbyterian Church from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Nov. 8 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 5200 Grove Ave. 228-5218.
Craftsmen's Christmas ClassicThis classic and contemporary show featuring more than 500 of the country's finest artists in pottery, glass, sculpture, jewelry and baskets will be at the Richmond Raceway from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Nov. 8 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Nov. 9 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $1-$7. 600 E. Laburnum Ave. 336-282-5550.
Holiday Shoppers FairAn eclectic mix of home dAccor, jewelry and holiday items will be available at the Virginia Shop at the Library of Virginia from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and again on Nov. 8 with all proceeds benefiting museum education. 800 E. Broad St. 692-3530.
Postcard ConventionThe Old Dominion Postcard Club will hold its 31st Annual Show and Sale, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Nov. 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Comfort Inn Conference Center in Midtown. 3200 W. Broad St. 359-4061
Rumba LatinaThe Latin Ballet of Virginia will host a night of dance lessons and entertainment at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen from 8-11 p.m. $10. 2880 Mountain Road. 379—2555.
Unique Boutique Fall Craft FairWestminster-Canterbury hosts two days for vendors to sell a variety of handcrafted items from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Nov. 8 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1600 Westbrook Ave. 264-6268.
Veronica's Voice FundraiserThis local charity organization will be holding a black tie benefit dinner at The Mill at Fine Creek starting at 6:30 p.m. to help raise money and awareness of chromosomal disorders in children. 2434 Robert E. Lee Road. For more info call 317-3296.
ADA GalleryFeaturing works by Bruce Wilhelm and Motomichi Nakamura. Opening at 7 p.m. and on display through Nov. 30. 228 W. Broad St. 644-0100.
Art6 Gallery"What Women Have Told Me," featuring works by Myron Helfgott. Opening at 6 p.m. and on display through Nov. 30. 6 E. Broad St. 343-1406.
Brazier Fine Art Gallery"Reality and Dreams," featuring paintings by P.A. Jones. Opening at 5 p.m. and on display through Nov. 29. 3401 W. Cary St. 359-2757.
Gallery5"Not Fit for Human Consumption," an all-ceramic sculpture exhibition. Opening at 7 p.m. and on display through Nov. 28. 200 W. Marshall St. 644-0005.
Gallery 5800"Still Lifes and Interiors," featuring works by Karen Lawrence. Opening at 5:30 p.m. and on display through Dec. 3. 5800 Grove Ave. 285-0774.
Ghostprint Gallery"Paris: Fragments of Urban Reality," featuring photography by Chuck Scalin. Opening at 7 p.m. and on display through Nov. 29. 220 W. Broad St. 344-1557.
Ginger Levit Gallery"Landscapes," featuring works by Larry Horowitz. Opening at 5:30 p.m. and on display through Dec. 31. 1519 W. Main St. 740-1471.
Henry Street Gallery"Collage and Constructs," featuring works by local artists. On display through Nov. 28. 422 W. Broad St. 247-1491. "The Henry and Valentine Collection," featuring an exhibition of custom graphic T-shirts. Opening at the Valentine Richmond History Center at 8 p.m. 212 W. Broad St. 344-5315.
Main Art Gallery"New York," featuring works by Louis Poole. Opening at 7 p.m., and on display through Nov. 30. 1537 W. Main St. 355-6151.
Metro Space Gallery"Metro Market Friday," featuring works by artists. The proceeds will benefit True Love Press. 6-11 p.m. 119 Broad St. 643-7125.
Quirk Gallery"Sparkle Plenty 4: Quirk's fourth annual art jewelry exhibition." On display through Dec. 23.
Red Door Gallery"Welcome to Williamsburg," featuring works by Brian Kreydatus. "A Foreign Affair," featuring works by Mike Guyer. Both opening at 6 p.m. and on display through Dec. 6. 1607 W. Main St. 358-0211.
Richmond Public Library"Blazing Shadows: Old and New Favorites," featuring photographs by Frank Feigert. "Expressions of Jazz," featuring works by Sir James Thornhill. "Experience Africa," featuring photographs and oil paintings by Sir James Thornhill." "Around Richmond," featuring works by Blanton Seward. All on display through Dec. 2. 101 E. Franklin St. 646-4256.
Transmission Gallery"Taxonomic Intoxication," featuring work by Ryan McLennan and Amy Ross. Opening at 7 p.m. and on display through Nov. 29. 321 Brook Road. 200-9985.
Visual Art Studio"Artistic Gifts," featuring works on canvas and photographs by local artists. Opening at 7 p.m. and on display through Jan. 30. 208 W. Broad St. 644-1368.
Benefit Chorus PerformanceThe Richmond Men's Chorus will help raise money to support a number of selected Chesterfield County charities, singing songs from hit movies as well as Christmas tunes at the Brandermill Retired Men's Club at 7:30 p.m. $15-$17. 4500 Millridge Parkway. For information call 739-5543.
Book SigningBob Cohen, author of "Hammond's Choice," will be on hand at the Short Pump Barnes and Noble to sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. 11640 W. Broad St. 360-0103.
Book SaleThe Richmond Public Library will be holding its biannual Big Book Sale from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., with singer Susan Greenbaum providing a free outdoor concert at noon. The sale continues on Nov. 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Nov. 10 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 101 E. Franklin St. 646-4514.
Eyes On RichmondThe Friday Forums of St. Paul's Episcopal Church continue with "The Voters Choose," presented by Robert Holsworth, at 12:30 p.m. $8. 815 E. Grace St. near Capitol Square. 643-3589.
AshCreek Holiday Craft ShowThe AshCreek clubhouse will host a number art vendors from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission. 10854 Linderwood Drive. 550-2223.
Saute and Sizzle: Richmond Men are CookingThe Clarion Richmond Airport Hotel will host an evening of premiere cooking and a silent auction from 6-10 p.m. $20. 5203 Williamsburg Road. For information call 564-4229.
The Chair AffairIn an effort to help end homelessness in Richmond, the Community Sharehouse is collaborating with Embrace Richmond, CARITAS, and the Healing Place to host its inaugural auction from 7-10 p.m., where selected chairs have been manipulated and painted by local artists. $50. Plant Zero, 0 E. Fourth St. 343-5008
Harvest '08WCVE Public Radio will work with Rockitz to present a musical event at the Community Idea Stations to help raise money for the United Way's disaster assistance fund. Featuring local artists such as the Taters, Mason Bros, Chris Lucas, Runaway String Band and Bill Hudson, doors open at 5:30 p.m. $50-$90. 23 Sesame St. 560-8214.
Make a Difference DayJoin Butler's Landscaping, the Friends of William Byrd Park, and Richmond's Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, as well as 100 other volunteers to help build a handicapped accessible sheltered picnic table and a raised flowerbed from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Byrd Park. For information call 646-5944.
Northfield Foundation Benefit DinnerThe Northfield Foundation, a nonprofit organization designed to provide safe haven for young women experiencing eating disorders and unplanned pregnancies, will be holding a night of fine food, music and fellowship at 189 Old Buckingham Road from 5-9 p.m. and a special brunch reception on Nov. 9 from 1-4 p.m. $75. For information call 399-4634.
Panty RaidArea quilt shop Quilting Adventures will be accepting unopened packages of underwear to donate to the YWCA Women and Children's Shelter all day and again all day on Nov. 9. 7123 Staples Mill Road. For information call 262-0005.
Richmond Peace FundraiserThe Richmond Peace Education Center will its annual fundraising auction and dinner beginning at 6 p.m. atop the Troutman Sanders building on Brown's Island. $25-$30. 1000 Haxall Point. 232-1002.
Trans-Siberian OrchestraThe Richmond Coliseum will host two performances of this rock opera group at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. $38-$58. 601 E. Leigh St. 262-8100.
Richmond Symphony Orchestra LeaguePreceded with a dinner banquet at the Commonwealth Club at 5 p.m., the league will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a performance set of "Gershwin's Greatest," at the Landmark Theater at 8 p.m. $35-$60. 6 N. Laurel St. 646-4213.
Book SigningRita Mae Brown, author of "Santa Clawed," will be on hand at the Short Pump Barnes and Noble to discuss and sign copies of her book at 2 p.m. 11640 W. Broad St. 360-0103.
Story Time at Agecroft HallAgecroft Hall and Gardens welcomes storyteller Pamela Bomboy as she recounts the legendary tales of Robin Hood starting at 10:30 a.m. Geared for ages 6-10, tickets are $4. 4305 Sulgrave Road. 353-4241.
Dance PerformanceThe Nicholas Student Center of John Tyler Community College will host an evening with the Women of Selket Middle Eastern Dance Company starting at 8 p.m. $15. 13101 Jefferson Davis Highway. 218-2526.
"Say it in a Song" ConcertSinger and songwriter Tricia Walker will perform award-winning songs she has written for Faith Hill, Patty Loveless and Alison Krauss for Richmond-area cancer survivors at the Sheraton Park South Hotel from 2-4:30 p.m. $10. 9901 Midlothian Turnpike. 330-2136.
Frank RichThe Modlin Center for the Arts hosts an evening with the respected New York Times columnist as he presents "On Art, Culture, and Politics," at 3 p.m., with a repeat discussion Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. $18-$36. For information call 289-8980.
Organ ConcertCraig Cramer, professor of Organ at the University of Notre Dame, will perform the works of Bach, Mendelssohn, Hesse, and others at the Cannon Chapel at the University of Richmond at 7:30 p.m.
LectureMary C. Boys, theology scholar and author of "Has God Only One Blessing?" will deliver the University of Richmond's 22nd annual Weistein-Rosenthal lecture at 8 p.m. in the Jepson Alumni Center to discuss "The Light of Jewish-Christian Dialogue." For information call 289-8326.
Red Hawk SpeaksIn celebration of Native American culture, John Tyler Community College will host guest speaker Red Hawk, a Cherokee Indian and former chief of the Bird-Band for the American Cherokee Confederacy of Georgia, who will lecture on the topics of diversity and cultural understanding starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Nicholas Student Center. 13101 Jefferson Davis Highway. 706-5188.
Book SigningDeva Gantt, author of "A Silent Ocean Away," will be on hand at the Short Pump Barnes and Noble to sign copies of her book at 7 p.m. 11640 W. Broad St. 360-0103.
Richmond Ballet Studio 2 features the world premiere of Todd Rosenlieb's "...as an old shirt" and a revival of Stoner Winslett's "Ancient Airs and Dances" at 6:30 p.m. Through Nov. 16 with some matinees. Tickets are $15-$28. Call 262-8003 or visit www.richmondballet.com.