Alley Katz 10 Walnut Alley, 643-2816. Thurs: Freezepop, Boys in Static, Plush Gun, DJ Synthicide, 7-11 p.m., $10-$15. Fri: Three Mile Crisis, Foxtrot USA, Beneath the Surface, Special Guests, 5-9 p.m., $7. Sat: Pantera Tribute Band, New Level, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $8-$11.
Ashland Coffee and Tea 100 N. Railroad Ave., Ashland, 798-1702. Thurs: Cheryl Wheeler, 8 p.m., $20-$25. Fri: Chris Fuller and Frank Coleman, 8 p.m., $7. Sat: Susan Greenbaum, 8 p.m., $8.
Bleu Bistro 8982 Quioccasin Road, 750-1120. Fri: Intense City, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., free. Sat: Kurt Crandall, 9 p.m.-midnight, free. Sun: the Doctors of Jazz noon-2 p.m., free.
CafAc Diem 600 N. Sheppard St., 353-2500. Wed: William Walter, 9 p.m., free. Thurs: Chez Roue, 9 p.m., free. Fri: the Recliners, 9 p.m., free. Sat: Lach and Friends, 9 p.m., free. Sun: Open mic hosted by DJ Williams, 9 p.m., free. Mon: Keshia's Nice to Meet Ya, 9 p.m., free. Tues: DJ Williams Projekt, 9:30 p.m., free.
The Camel CafAc 1621 W. Broad St., 353-4901. Wed: Brokencyde, Mac Lethal, Grieves, Aquabatics, James Rivah, Three Day Weekend (Lord Walrus and Easy Tiger), 7 p.m., free. Thurs: Vinny Vegas, 8 p.m., free. Sat: Static of the Gods, In Technicolor, 9 p.m., $6. Sun: Hold For the Woodwork, Half Jeffersons, 8 p.m., free.
The Canal Club 17th and Dock streets, 643-CLUB. Wed: Skarhead, Danny Diable, the Shotblockers, Bulldoze, Junk Yard Dogs, Lionheart, Naysayer, Vengeance, 6:30 p.m., $12. Fri: Boombox, 9:30 p.m., $10-$12. Sat: Suicide Silence, Emmure, After the Burial Architects, the Tony Danza, Tapdance For The, Stray from the Path, Abba Cab, We Were Gentlemen, This Time Its War, noon, $20-$25. Sun: Skillz, D. Folks, Divine Profitz, Grown Folks, Frontside, 7 p.m., $10-$12. Tues: Have Heart, Blacklisted, Ceremony, Letdown, Swamp Thing, Today We Fight, 7 p.m., $10-$12.
Capital Ale House 623 E. Main St., 780-ALES. Thurs: the Red Elvises, 9 p.m., $10. Fri: Three Borne, 5-8 p.m., free. Dean Fields, 9:30 p.m., $7. Sat: Half Brother Sid, 9 p.m., $5-$7.
Cary Street CafAc 2631 W. Cary St. 353.7445. Fri: No Strings Attached, 10 p.m., $7. Sat: Turbine, 10 p.m., $5.
Commercial Taphouse 111 N. Robinson St., 359-6544. Sun: Runnin' Steel, 9 p.m., free.
Curry House 4032 Cox Road, 353-0298. Thurs: Carol Covell, 7 p.m., $5.
Dixie Diner 250 N. Sycamore St., Petersburg, 732-7425. Thurs: Glenn Michael, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., free. Fri: Boomerang, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., free. Sat: No Worries, 4-8 p.m., free.
Enzo's Ristorante & Tavern 36 Broad Street Road, 784-2962
Grandpa Eddie's Alabama Ribs & BBQ 11129 Three Chopt Road, 270-RIBS. Fri: Dennis Elliot, 8:30 p.m., free. Sat: David Mckenny, 8:30 p.m., free.
Ham's Restaurant 9498 W. Broad St., 965-5520. Wed: Ominatogo, 6:30 p.m., free. Thurs: Slack Family, 6:30 p.m., free. Fri: Rick and Rod Hollowell, 6:30 p.m., free. The Lost Vagabonds, 10 p.m., free. Sat: Little Creek, 6:30 p.m., free. Mon: Rick and Rod Hollowell, 6:30 p.m., free.
Highwater Restaurant 140 Virginia St. 648-1039. Fri: At the Stars; We Know, Plato!, 9 p.m., free.
The Ironhorse 100 S. Railroad Ave., 752-6410. Fri: Trilce, 9 p.m., free. Sat: the BopCats, 9 p.m., free.
The National 708 E. Broad St., 612-1900. Wed: Joe Bonamassa, 7 p.m., $30. Thurs: Jaguares, 7 p.m., $25. Fri: Zoso: Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute, 7 p.m., $12. Sat: Trivium, All That Remains, 36 CrazyFists, Human Abstract, 7 p.m., $16-$19. Sun: Underoath, Saosin, Devil Wears Prada, POS, 6 p.m., $20-$23.
Poe's Pub 2706 E. Main St., 648-2120. Fri: Union Pacific Band, 9:30 p.m., $5.
Pour House 3438 Pump Road, 364-9083. Sat: Wheat Kings, Drop Zone, 9:30 p.m., $3.
Robin Inn 2601 Park Ave., 353-0298. Wed: Carol Covell, 6:30 p.m., free.
Rumors Boutique 303 N. Harrison St., 726-9944. Fri: D Numbers, Cinemasophia, 8 p.m., free.
Sam Miller's 1210 E. Cary St., 644-5465. Wed: Boneanchor, 10 p.m., free.
Shenanigans Eatery and Pub 4017 MacArthur Ave., 264-5010. Wed: Amy Henderson, 7:30 p.m., free. Thurs: Bill Krichen and Too Much Fun, 8:30 p.m., $15. Fri: NRG Krysys, 8:30 p.m., $8. Sat: the English Channel, 9 p.m., $6. Tues: the Ray Pittman Project, 8 p.m., free.
SinAc Irish Pub 1327 E. Cary St., 649-7767. Fri: CoPilot, 9 p.m., free. Sat: Chicago Cy, 9 p.m., free.
Sportsman's Restaurant 3306 Williamsburg Road, 236-1911. Fri: Loose Gravel, 8 p.m., free.
Toad's Place 140 Virginia St., 648-8623. Wed: Lalah Hathaway, 6:30 p.m., free. Rachel Leyco, 8 p.m., free. Sat: Method Man and Redman, 9 p.m., $25-$30. Tues: Broken Social Scene, 8 p.m., $15-$20.
The Triple 3306 W. Broad St. 359-7777. Sun: Halo Stereo, Ellis Ashbrook, 10 p.m., $4.
White Hawk Music CafAc 1940 Sandy Hook Road, 556-3388. Fri: Jollett Lane, 7-9 p.m., $5.
Chocolate 101: History and Tasting Francine Segan, a noted food historian and author, is scheduled to discuss this favorite treat's past and present at 7:30 p.m. at Agecroft Hall. $10-$12. 4305 Sulgrave Road. 353-4241.
The Hard Times Fall Festival With food, door prizes, and music by Spectrum, come help raise money for local youth projects and scholarships from 4-8 p.m. at Chester Village Green. Admission $5-$10. 11801 Centre St. For more information visit www.chesterkiwanis.org.
Virginia Writers Club Meeting Richmond chapter members and visitors are encouraged to attend a critique session with guest speaker Mary Montague Sikes at the Short Pump Barnes and Noble from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 11640 W. Broad St. 457-9058.
Lecture Library of Virginia archivist Jennifer Davis McDaid presents “Unraveling the Stories of the Past: Women as Archivists in ‘Virginia’s Historical Laboratory,'” at the library at noon. 800 E. Broad St. 692-3592.
Independent Screening A locally filmed and produced movie, “The Border Town,” will premier at the Byrd Theatre at 9:30 p.m. and as a matinee Sunday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. $5. 2908 W. Cary St. 353-9911.
Broken Records Concert Series Featuring Old-Time singers and songwriters, these monthly sessions kick off with guest Adam Hurt, a premier banjo player, at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center in Ashland starting at 7 p.m. $10-$15. 500 S. Center St. 798-2728.
First Unitarian Universalist Church “Gallery 43,” featuring juried fine arts and crafts of more than 160 artists. Opening from 5-9 p.m. and on display through Oct. 19. 1000 Blanton Ave. 355-0777.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts “The County Election,” featuring the 19th-century oil paintings of George Caleb Bingham. Opening with a special lecture at 6:30 p.m. and on display through Dec. 28. 200 N. Boulevard. 204-2708.
Third Thursdays At VMFA The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts continues its monthly themed events with an ƒ?~80s video dance party, featuring DJ Rick Danger. Series tickets are $60 and $48 for members. Single tickets for adults are $10 and $8 for members. Tickets for people ages 12-17 are $5. 200 N. Boulevard. 340-1405.
Book Talk Louella Bryant will discuss her nonfiction book, “While in Darkness There is Light: Idealism and Tragedy on an Australian Commune” at the Fountain Bookstore at 6:30 p.m. 1312 E. Cary St. 788-1594.
Poem Reading Distinguished spoken word artist Taalam Acey will perform at the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Lipman Auditorium at 6 p.m. Free. 523-5233.
Hamlet Richmond Shakespeare Theatre brings Shakespeare's classic tragedy of incest, murder, and revenge to the Second Presbyterian Church stage with performances through Nov. 9. Shows take place Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. $13-$26. 5 N. Fifth St. 232-4000.
Robin Williams The award-winning actor and comedian returns to stand-up after six years, brining his Weapons of Self-Destruction tour to the Landmark Theater at 8 p.m. To find tickets for this show, you're best bet is contacting a scalper on Craigslist. 6 N. Laurel St. 646-4213.
Camp Pain Trail Random Acts Improv Comedy will be performing election-themed sketches, parodies, musical numbers and other topical skewerings at 10 p.m. in the Comedy Sportz Improv Theater. $10-$12. 7115 Staples Mills Road. 266-9377.
SpartaFest Fall Festival Featuring more than 50 vendors at the Steward School, have fun with electronic games, inflatable jumping areas, face painting, animal adoptions and a petting zoo from 2-5 p.m., and Oct. 18 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 11600 Gayton Road. 752-8363.
Trinity United Methodist Church Fall Bazaar Covering Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas in one location, community vendors will feature a vast assortment of handmade fall decorations, as well as baked goods, jewelry, games and linens from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Oct. 18 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 6600 Greenyard Road. 796-1174.
Book Talk Writer Kathleen Jorgensen discusses her contribution to “A Cup of Comfort for Cat Lovers: Stories that Celebrate our Feline Friends,” at 12:30 p.m. the Fountain Bookstore. 1312 E. Cary St. 788-1594.
Book Signing Author Pamela Kinney will sign copies of “Haunted Richmond,” from 6-8 p.m. at the Virginia Center Commons Barnes and Noble. 9850 Brook Road. 264-6850.
Eyes On Richmond The Friday Forums of St. Paul's Episcopal Church continue with “The Bus is on the Way” presented by John Lewis, chief executive of the Greater Richmond Transit Company, at 12:30 p.m. $8. 815 E. Grace St. near Capitol Square. 643-3589.
Elton John As part of his Rocket Man: Number Ones tour, the legendary singer and songwriter is scheduled to perform at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville at 8 p.m. Tickets are $49-$99. 888-575-8497.
The Humpbacked Horse Theatre IV's season opens with a performance by the Saratov Academic Youth Theatre. It tells a fantasy story about a young peasant and his encounters with numerous magical beasts. Presented entirely in Russian with English subtitles, the play begins at 7 p.m., with an encore showing on Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $6-$15. 7 1/2 W. Marshall St. 783-1688.
“It's Madame … with an E” After 20 years of retirement, this popular ventriloquist comedy act will be giving a one-night performance to benefit the Richmond Triangle Players' Next Stage campaign. Showing at Bellmont Manor, tickets are $150-$250. 6600 Belmont Road. For more information visit www.rtriangle.org.
NuYoRican Join the Latin Ballet of Virginia as it tells the true stories of thousands of migrants traveling to the United States at 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, with repeat performances at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sat., and 3 p.m. on Sun. 2880 Mountain Road. 261-6150.
“Ready For Right: A Petersburg Story” Written by K.B Saine, this play tells about the first civil rights protest in Petersburg, when the Petersburg Public Library became the center of the struggle for desegregation. Running through Nov. 8, performances take place Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. $18-$22. 21 W. Old St. 957-5707.
“Who Killed the King?” The Mystery Dinner Playhouse opens its latest season with another comedy-crime caper with a four-course meal. With performances running through Feb. 14, shows take place every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 at the Holiday Inn Crossroads. $42. 2000 Staples Mill Road. 649-2583.
1708 Gallery “Media X,” featuring works by Chris Barr, Veronique Cote, Althea Georgelas, Kalika Gorski, Patrick Gregory, Matt Kenyon, John Klima, Michael Takeo Magruder, Bob Paris, and Rachele Riley. On display through Nov. 22. 319 W. Broad St. 643-1708.
Chasen Galleries “Shades and Light,” featuring works by Trisha Adams. Opens at 6 p.m. On display through Nov. 17. 3554 W. Cary St. 204-1048.
Crossroads Art Center “Down on the Farm,” featuring works by the Virginia Collage Society, John Balasa, Patricia Silva-Santisteban, Howard Vaughan, Susan Reed and James Bassfield. Opening from 6-9 p.m. and on display through Nov. 12. 2016 Staples Mill Road. 278-8950.
Reynolds Gallery “Wolf Kahn,” featuring paintings and works by the artist. On display through Nov. 29. 1514 W. Main St. 355-6553.
Ashland's 150th Birthday Celebration The campus of Randolph-Macon College is holding a free, family-friendly ceremony beginning at 12:30 p.m. that will feature 150 birthday cakes, children's activities with Radio Disney, and a historical exhibition hall. On Henry Street. 798-5686.
Bully Walk The Misunderstood Pit Bull Rescue Organization, in an effort to help restore the image and reputation of the breed, is set to hold an educational fundraising walk at Deep Run Park from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. that is open to the public. 9900 Ridgefield Parkway. For more information visit www.nationalpitbullawarenessday.com.
Byrd Theatre Birthday Gala Richmond's landmark movie palace celebrates 80 years of operation at 6:30 p.m. in the Marble Hall of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with a benefit evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing with all proceeds helping the Byrd Theatre Foundation and restoration of the building. Tickets are $175 and $325 for couples. 200 N. Boulevard. 358-9901.
Celtic Festival The Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church hosts this celebration of Scottish heritage with children's activities, food, games, dancing and music. Admission is $10. 11421 Gayton Road. 741-5254.
Chili Cook-off The Earlyhouse Estate in Louisa County is holding a charity chili cook-off to benefit the National Kidney Foundation and Virginia Transplant Center from noon-5 p.m. Bring a big spoon. $5-$10. 3998 Yanceyville Road. 434-589-6216.
Craft Show The Short Pump Ruritan Club is sponsoring numerous vendors of handmade jewelry, furniture, art work, and accessories at Short Pump Middle School from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 4701 Pouncey Tract Road. 360-2371.
Harvest Festival Meadow Farm Museum holds a day of hands-on activities and demonstrations from noon-4 p.m. depicting typical homemaking and farming tasks of the 19th century. Musical guests Marna and Macy are scheduled to perform. 3400 Mountain Road. 501-5121.
Israeli Fall Festival Enjoy native Israeli style food with a musical based on the Book of Daniel from 5:30-9 p.m. and on Oct. 19 from 4-8 p.m. at the Tikvat Israel Congregation. 2715 Grove Ave. 355-5709.
OystoberFest St. Thomas' Episcopal Church will hold its annual oyster roast to benefit Connor's Heroes from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Scheduled bands include Silly Bus, the Silverbacks, Soul Providers, and the Bart Chucker Band. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. 3602 Hawthorne Ave. 221-8991.
Trash-O-Rama Attend this custom car and bike show to help benefit homeless and abused dogs, as well as raise money for breast cancer research and awareness at 1814 E. Main St. from 11 a.m.-midnight. Tickets are $15. 648-7625.
Tree Planting Join the Westover Hills Garden Club as it plants a new George Washington Memorial Oak Tree, complete with a bronze-and-stone marker at 9:30 a.m.
Trick or Treat Street The University of Richmond will hold its annual family-friendly celebration from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with candy, face painting, moon bounces and costume contests. Admission is $10 and proceeds will benefit 3-year-old Cole Hafter, who is need of a life-saving transplant. 289-8505.
Village Day Festival and Craft Fair This annual event features games, food, entertainment, community booths and a silent auction at Midlothian Middle School from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 13501 Midlothian Turnpike. For more information visit www.midlothianfestival.net.
Windsor Walk Architectural historian Chris Novelli will lead a tour through Windsor Farms, one of Richmond's most elegant neighborhoods at 10 a.m. beginning at Agecroft Hall. $5. 4305 Sulgrave Road. 353-4241.
“Wizard of Oz” Sing-A-Long Hosted by Childsavers for the Greater Richmond community, come to the Byrd Theatre for a customized screening of this classic film, featuring on-screen lyrics so everyone can participate in the songs. With moviegoers encouraged to dress in costume, shows take place at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. $5-$8. 2908 W. Cary St. 643-7283.
Celebration of Music Festival Christopher Run Campground at Lake Anna is holding a benefit concert to raise money for native Virginia musician and instrument maker Steve Parks, who is battling colon cancer. With old time bluegrass jamming sessions, musical performances, and a potluck dinner, the old-time revelry is set to begin at 1 p.m. $4. For more information call 306-1430.
Ginter Gallery 2 “For Remarkable Trees of Virginia,” featuring works by Robert Llewellyn. On display through Nov. 16. 1800 Lakeside Ave. 262-9887.
Lazare Gallery “Zabelin: Russia's Preeminent Impressionist and his Legacy,” featuring paintings by Vyacheslav Kikolaivich Zabelin. Opening at 1 p.m. and on display through Nov. 30. 4641 Kimages Wharf Road in Charles City County. 829-5001.
Sheryl Crow Alltel Pavilion at the Stuart C. Siegel Center hosts the Grammy-award-winning singer and songwriter at 8 p.m. to help raise money for eight local nonprofit organizations. Tickets are $35-$125. 1200 W. Broad St. 828-7267.
Sonia & Disappear Fear Mixing Latin and Middle Eastern rhythms, with lyrics sung in Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, and English, this worldly influenced folk-pop group is scheduled to perform at the Gay Community Center of Richmond at 7 p.m. $12. 1407 Sherwood Ave. 353-8890.
Book Signing Pamela Kinney will sign copies of her book, “Haunted Richmond,” 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Chesterfield Towne Center Barnes and Noble and the Brook Road Walden's Bookstore, 2-4 p.m. 378-3651
History Lecture The Chesterfield Historical Society presents an author and speaker symposium from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Nicholas Student Center on the John Tyler Community College campus. Free, but preregistration is required. 13101 Jefferson Davis Highway. 777-9663.
Library of Virginia Literary Awards Best-selling author Adriana Trigiani will be the host pf this literary event featuring the best writing about Virginia or by Virginia authors. Awards will be given for best works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and will be held in the Library of Virginia lobby. $85. 800 E. Broad St. 692-3592.
Music Lecture Don Gunter gives a lecture on the life of singer and songwriter and Henrico native Tommy Edwards, at the Tuckahoe Area Library at 2 p.m. 1901 Starling Drive. 270-9578.
Mystery Lecture Virginia mystery writers Katerine Neville, Rita Mae Brown and Ellen Crosby will discuss the craft of writing mysteries at a literary luncheon held at the Jefferson Hotel, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $50. 101 W. Franklin St. 692-3900.
AART Fundraiser The African American Repertory Theatre is holding a benefit evening at Pine Camp Cultural Arts Center at 5 p.m., with a special performance of the company's original work, “Confessions of the Heart and Soul.” 4901 Old Brook Road. 355-2187.
First Annual RTCC Awards The Richmond Theatre Critics Circle, reviewers and commentators representing several of central Virginia's major media outlets, will be holding its first awards ceremony celebrating outstanding achievement in stage performance at 7 p.m. at the Firehouse Theatre. 1609 W. Broad St. 355-2001.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Join the American Cancer Society to help support and raise money in this 5K walk through downtown Richmond. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. at Kanawha and Dominion plazas. 527-3766 or www.striderichmond.org.
Book Signing Pamela Kinney will sign copies of her book, “Haunted Richmond,” from 6-8 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble at 4600 Commonwealth Center Parkway. 744-5483.
Organ Spectacular Taking part in a international day of celebration, the Richmond chapter of the American Guild of Organists is scheduled to perform three simultaneous concerts taking place at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church and Salisbury Presbyterian Church at 7:30 p.m. For more information call 740-7083 or visit www.richmondago.org.
Book Sale The Virginia Commonwealth University Friends of the Library is holding its week-long book sale on the second floor of the James Branch Cabell Library from noon-8 p.m. and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday. Paperbacks are $1 and hardcovers are $2. 901 Park Ave. 828-1105.
Lecture Award-winning poet Pam Brown will read and speak at the University of Richmond as part of the English Department writers' series at 8 p.m. 289-8287.
Archives Fair Representatives of the Virginia Historical Society and other institutions will speak about their holdings, provide informational handouts and answer questions in the Cabell Gallery and Halsey Lecture Hall at the society. 428 N. Boulevard. 692-3592.
Book Talk The University of Richmond hosts writer and Richmond native Margaret Gibson to discuss her most recent book, “The Prodigal Daughter: Reclaiming an Unfinished Childhood,” at 7 p.m. in the Keller Hall reception room. Free. 289-8287.
Book Talk Writer Susan McCorkindale discusses her book, “Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl,” at 6:30 p.m. at the Fountain Bookstore. 1312 E. Cary St. 788-1594.
University of Richmond Museums “Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity,” featuring historic examples of Kente cloth and textiles. Opening at 7 p.m. with a special reception and on display through Nov. 23 in the Lora Robins Gallery. Free. 289-8276.