The Artist Underground CafAc 1600 Monument Ave., 213-0185. Sat: the Milkstains, 10 p.m., $5.
Ashland Coffee and Tea 100 N. Railroad Ave., 789-1702. Fri: Jackie Frost (blues and rock), 8 p.m., $8. Sat: the Coalmen, 8 p.m., $10-$15.
Bleu Bistro 8982 Quioccasin Road., 750-1120. Wed: Planet Full of Blues, 7-10 p.m., free. Fri: Antero (reggae), 10 p.m.-1 a.m., free. Sat: Blues Flash, 8-11 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: Barrelhouse, 9 p.m., free. Tues: DJ Williams Projekt (jazz and hip hop), 9:30 p.m., free.
The Camel CafAc 1621 W. Broad St., 353-4901. Wed: Mike Koehler and the 45s, 8 p.m. Fri: No BS Brass Band, the Fall Line, 8 p.m., $6. Mon: Gene Smilek, Schapes, Reasons, the Goose, 8 p.m.
The Canal Club 1545 E. Cary St. 643-2582. Fri: Terry Garland with Bruce Courson and Mark Wenner, the Nighthawks, 8:30 p.m., $12-$14. Sat: Jah Works, 9 p.m., $8. Mon: Valencia, Houston Calls, Artist Vs. Poet, Bexley, a Suffocating Signal, 6-10 p.m., $10-$12.
Capital Ale House 623 E. Main St. 780-2537. Fri: Dirty Truth, 5 p.m., free. Crucial Elements, 10 p.m., $6. Sat: Electric Chameleon, Jubeus, 9 p.m., $5.
Cary Street CafAc 2631 W. Cary St., 353-7445. Wed: 29th Division (jam band), 10 p.m., $5. Fri: Blueline Highway, the Atkinsons, 10 p.m., $5. Sat: Modern Groove Syndicate (jazz and funk), 10 p.m., $7.
Common Groundz CafAc 734 W. Broad St., 344-8580. Thurs: Chris and Thomas, 6-8 p.m. Sat: Anna Vogelzang, Samantha Cathcart, Jon Ramsey, 7-9 p.m.
Emilio's Tapas Bar 1847 W. Broad St., 359-1224. Thurs: Former Champions, 10 p.m., $5.
Funny Bone 11800 W. Broad St., 521-8900. Wed-Sat: Brian Bradley, 7:30 p.m., $12-$15.
Globehopper Coffeehouse and Lounge 2100 E. Main St. 523-8083. Thurs: Jason Jenkins, 8-10 p.m., free.
Grandpa Eddie's Alabama Ribs and BBQ 11129 Three Chopt Road, 270-7427. Fri: C.P.R., 8:30 p.m., free. Sat: Buttercup, 8:30 p.m., free.
The Grapevine II 11055 Three Chopt Road. 440-9100. Tues: Big Pop and the Doo-Wops, 7 p.m., free.
Home Team Grill 1630 W. Main St., 254-7360. Pat O'Brien, 9 p.m., free.
The National 708 E. Broad St., 612-1900. Fri: Citizen Cope, 8 p.m., $20-$23. Sat: As I Lay Dying, Darkest Hour, Protest the Hero, the Human Abstract, Mychildren Mybride, 6 p.m., $17-$20. Mon: Andrew Bird, 6:30 p.m., $20-$23.
Papa Ningo 1705 E. Franklin St., 775-2440. Wed: Oberlin Jazz Septet, 8 p.m., $5.
Plaza Bowl 521 E. Southside Plaza, 233-8799. Thurs: We Know Plato!, Identity VA, AU, 8 p.m.
Positive Vibe CafAc 2825 Hathaway Road, 560-9622. Wed: Blue Line Highway, 9:30 p.m., free.
Pour House 3438 Pump Road, 364-9083. Sat: Remembrance, Super Bowl Shuttle, 9:30 p.m., $3.
Sharky's Bar and Billiard 4032 Cox Road, 273-1888. Wed: the Wrest, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m., free. Fri: the Wrest, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m., free. Sat: Pat O'Brien, 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., free.
Shenanigans 4017 Macarthur Ave., 264-5010. Wed: Amy Henderson, 7:30 p.m. Thurs: the Patrick Sweany Band, 8:30 p.m., Fri: Sister Sweet, 8:30 p.m. Sat: Brad Spivey and the Honky Tonk Experience, 8:30 p.m.
SinAc Irish Pub 1327 E. Cary St., 649-7767. Fri: William Walter and Company, 9 p.m., free. Sat: Naughty Little Monkey, 9 p.m., free.
Sycamore Rouge 21 W. Old St. in Petersburg, 957-5707. Fri: Tom McCormack, 8 p.m., $10. Sat: Musings of Songbirds, 8 p.m., $15.
Taella's Bistro 13561 Midlothian Turnpike, 378-4680. Fri: the Carol Covell Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free.
Toad's Place 140 Virginia St., 648-8623. Fri: You Guys Are Girls, In Technicolor, Benyaro, 9 p.m., free. Sat: English Beat, Bad Manners, the Big Guys, 7:30 p.m., $20. Tues: Adult Swim Presents Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job!, 8 p.m., $25.
Tobacco Company 1201 E. Cary St., 782-9555. Wed: Chicago Cy Band, 8 p.m., free. Thurs: Sister Sweet, 8 p.m., free. Fri: Mo Debree, 9:30 p.m., free. Sat: Mo Debree, 9:30 p.m., free.
The Triple 3306 W. Broad St. 359-7777. Wed: Only Living Boy, Lionize, Six, 10 p.m. Thurs: Lonesome Liz and the Lost Cause, Caught in the Rift, 10 p.m. Fri: the Muckrakes, 10 p.m. Sat: Sajak, Stephaniesid, 10 p.m.
Poetic Principles 2001 Pushcart Prize Winner Beth Ann Fennelly presents a selection of her work at 6 p.m. at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. 200 N. Boulevard. 340-1405.
Creative Change Center's Breakfast Club Rita McClenny, commissioner of the Virginia Film Office, discusses how creativity, craftsmanship and invention intersect in Richmond, helping it become one of the 25 best cities for independent filmmaking. The lecture starts at 7:30 p.m. at In Your Ear Music. 1813 E. Broad St.
"Petites Histoires de Reins du Tout" French film director Francoise Marie presents her highly acclaimed short documentary "Little Tale about Kids and Kidneys," at 6:30 p.m. at the old chapel at Randolph-Macon College, followed by audience discussion. 204 Henry St. in Ashland. 752-3712.
Art After Hours The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts holds a night of live music, art tours, dancing and wine tasting from 6-9 p.m. The evening also features Friends of Art's fifth annual silent art auction in the Marble Hall, including works by regional and local artists to help raise money benefiting the museum. The event continues every Thursday through Feb. 19. 200 N. Boulevard. 340-1400.
"Of Mice and Men" The Swift Creek Mill Theatre presents a dramatic adaptation of John Steinbeck's Depression-era story of two wandering farmhands, with performances continuing through March 14. 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway. For schedule and ticket information call 748-5203.
Lecture The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts presents a lecture by Anne Kenny-Urban, its assistant head of risk management, entitled "Stranger Than Fiction: Art Heists of the 20th Century," discussing intriguing tales of art thefts at 6 p.m. in the Pauley Center. $5-$8. 200 N. Boulevard. 340-1405.
Poetry Reading American poet and memoirist Katy Lederer reads from her most recent work, "The Heaven-Sent Leaf" at 8 p.m. in University of Richmond's Weinstein Hall. Free. 28 Westhampton Way. 289-8287.
"The Future of Writing" NPR book critic Alan Cheuse and Joshua Kendall, a senior editor at Viking/Penguin, discuss the oncoming direction of the literary industry from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Eureka Theater of the Science Museum of Virginia. 2500 W. Broad St. 800-659-1727.
"Music in Times of Civil Unrest" Inspired by Abraham Lincoln's legacy as a wartime president and led by the Richmond Symphony, the University of Richmond's Schola Canotrum and James River Singers perform various musical compositions at 7:30 p.m. in the Modlin Center for the Arts, including "Tuesday in November," "Agnus Dei," and "Dona Nobis Pacem." Free. 28 Westhampton Way. 289-8980.
University of Richmond Museums "Victories, Orbs, and Angels: Byzantine Coins from the Collection." On display through Nov. 15. 28 Westhampton Way. 289-8276.
Human Maps Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Dance and Choreography presents two nights of artistic material developed by 10 of the college's dance majors at 8 p.m., continuing Jan. 31 in the Grace Street Theater. $5-$10. 934 W. Grace St. 828-2020.
"Sideways Stories from Wayside School" Theatre IV performs a family-friendly adaptation of this Newberry Medal-winning series by Louis Sachar through Feb. 15 at the Empire Theatre with show times Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7 and 14, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. $17-$22. 114 W. Broad St. 344-8040.
"The Words of Wendy Wasserstein" The Firehouse Theatre Project performs this original theater-dance collaboration inspired by the late Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright, presenting stage adaptations of her short plays "Workout," "Boy Meets Girl" and "Medea," as well as selections from her collection of essays at 8 p.m. Additional showings take place Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. $10-$15. 1609 W. Broad St. 355-2001.
6th Italian Film and Food Festival Mixing independent movies and carbohydrates, Plant Zero Art Center holds its annual day-long festival starting at 11 a.m., featuring such films as "Antony and Cleopatra," "Ossessione," and "The Orange Thief." $15 or $45 for an all-day pass. 0 E. Fourth St. Tickets available in advance at Video Fan at 403 Strawberry St.
Balinese Mask Dancing Workshop Led by master Balinese musician, dancer and shadow puppeteer Made Sidia, the University of Richmond holds a family-friendly teaching session of this centuries old tradition from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Booker Music Hall. 28 Westhampton Way. 289-8000.
Chinese Lunar New Year The Children's Museum of Richmond celebrates the Year of the Cow with traditional sights, tastes and sounds of this unique holiday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., featuring dance, martial arts demonstrations, music, and calligraphy by the Organization of Chinese Americans. Free with museum admission. 2626 W. Broad St. 474-7000.
Mindbender The Science Museum of Virginia invites guests to find hidden clues, collect passwords and solve brain-teasing puzzles with a new exhibit produced and placed on tour by the Oregon Museum of Science, open through Sept. 7. $9-$10. 2500 W. Broad St. 864-1400.
Rachel Barton Pine This virtuoso violinist performs the work of Dvorak, Brahms, Bauer, Gilbert and Liebling with pianist Matthew Hagle at the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. $28-$32. 922 Park Ave. 828-6776.
Roby Lakatos The famed gypsy violinist known as "the devil's fiddler," performs with his supporting ensemble at Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond at 7:30 p.m. $8-$32. 28 Westhampton Way. 289-8980.
Virginia Historical Society gallery "The African American Image in Virginia," featuring four centuries of African-American history in Virginia through pictorial representation. On display through Dec. 30. 428 N. Boulevard. 358-4901.
Virginia Dance Festival In its 10th year, the Jessica Morgan School of Dance hosts its annual production benefiting the Children's Hospital Foundation of Richmond, featuring more than 300 dancers performing traditional and cultural dances, with shows at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at James River High School. $10-$15. 3700 James River Road. 739-7600.
"The Penny Executive" The Science Museum of Virginia holds performances of this 45-minute educational play about the post-Civil War life of an young African-American girl named Maggie Walker who would break many racial barriers in Richmond. Performances take place Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m., and Thursday and Friday at 10 and 11:30 a.m. through March 1. $3. 2500 W. Broad St. 864-1400.
"The Words of Wendy Wasserstein" The Firehouse Theatre Project performs this original theatre-dance collaboration inspired by the late Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright, presenting stage adaptations of her short plays "Workout," "Boy Meets Girl," and "Medea," as well as selections from her collection of essays at 8 p.m. Additional showings take place on Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. $10-$15. 1609 W. Broad St. 355-2001.
Black History Month Celebration The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks holds a free, family-friendly gathering from 2-5 p.m. at the historic Henrico Theater in Highland Springs, featuring art by local youths, gospel music, and spoken word performances by Taalam Acey and Dylan Pritchett. 305 E. Nine Mile Road. 501-5134.
The Garden is for Lovers The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden unveils its 2009 Valentine's display in the conservatory, featuring tulips, daffodils and hyacinths in full bloom through Feb. 28. 1800 Lakeside Ave. 262-9887.
"Blood is the Same" As part of its fifth annual film series, the Virginia Holocaust Museum welcomes Awer Bul, a Sudanese Lost Boy, to present his documentary and discuss his experiences during the Sudanese civil war at 2 p.m. 2000 E. Cary St. 257-5400.
Harrison St. CafAc "Best of 2008 Photo Show," featuring a range of styles and subjects from local artists. On display through March 1. Donations and profits go to photography related programs at Art 180. 402 N. Harrison St. 359-8060.
Book Swap Book People invites other lovers of the written word to come together to discuss favorite reads and exchange material from 3-5 p.m. 536 Granite Ave. 288-4346.
Tuckahoe Library gallery Featuring paintings, fine art photographs and sculpture by members of the Metropolitan Richmond Artists Association. On display through Feb. 28. 1901 Starling Drive. 745-0239.
A Life in the Theater New York Times columnist Frank Rich interviews American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim at 7:30 p.m. at the Landmark Theater to discuss his life and influence on contemporary musicals. $19-$38. 6 N. Laurel St. 262-8100.
Uptown Gallery "Creative Adventures," featuring works by the Experimental Painters Group. On display through March 28. 1305 W. Main St. 353-8343.
Community Meeting Councilwoman Kathy Graziano of the Southwest 4th District, Richmond City Council and the Huguenot Neighborhood Team sponsor a public discussion regarding the proposed Shockoe Center Development, a ballpark and mixed use development in Shockoe Bottom. Featuring a presentation and question and answer period with the developer, the meeting takes place from 3-6 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church. 7757 Chippenham Parkway. 320-2454.
Lecture Author and professor Susan Bordo presents her discussion, "Beyond Eating Disorders: Why We Need to Rethink Everything We Thought We Knew" at 7 p.m. at Tyler Haynes Commons at University of Richmond. Free. . 28 Westhampton Way. 289-8578.