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Jan. 11: Jackson Ward and Church Hill houses are vined with cast iron, pictured, while columned porches populate the Fan — but it's all very Richmond, isn't it? Learn more about what defines Richmond architecture at "Architectural Genealogy: Where Does Richmond's DNA Come From?" This presentation by architectural historian Calder Loth is the second in the 2006-2007 Preserving Richmond Architecture Lecture Series at the Virginia Center for Architecture, 2501 Monument Ave.. 5:30 p.m., with hors d'oeuvres from 8 1/2 and a wine tasting with Richard Carew of Total Wine. Series tickets are $85. For reservations, contact Blair Guncheon, (804) 644-3041, ext. 203.

Jan. 13: Local decorator and author Sunny Goode will be at the Short Pump Barnes & Noble to sign copies of her latest book, "Paint Can! Techniques, Patterns and Projects for Bringing Color into Every Room." The creator of her own line of paint, Sunny's Goodtime Paints, Goode explains how to create bright yet subtle effects with techniques such as stenciling and color washing. Chat with Goode at 2 p.m., 11640 W. Broad St.

Jan. 19: The Visual Arts Center of Richmond pioneers Art Exchange, a high-end swap meet of fine art. Art collectors are invited to donate pieces, and a professional jury will select the best to be sold at the opening reception for AX '07, a two-week exhibition at the Page Bond Gallery, 1625 W. Main St. Works that aren't sold will remain available for purchase at the gallery through Feb. 2. All proceeds go toward the renovation of the Visual Arts Center. (804) 353-0094. HS

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