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Opening This Week

The Modlin Center Enjoy African-American-based dance with ballet, jazz and modern dancing with "Philadanco," 7:30 p.m. March 12 and 13. University of Richmond. 289-8980.

Richmond Ballet Richmond Ballet's studio series presents "Bach Brandenburg III" and "A Maiden's Hymn," a world premiere by Jessica Lang, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. The Ballet's studio series offers shorter, more affordable ballet in a relaxed setting for people who don't normally go to the ballet. Adult ticket $20, students with ID $16, children $15. Ten shows through March 23. All shows, 6:30 p.m., except Saturday March 15, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday matinees, 4 p.m. 344-0906.


Comedy Alley "ComedySportz" improv shows similar to "Whose Line Is it Anyway?" Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. 7115 Staples Mill Road. $9-$10. 266-9377.

The Firehouse Theatre Project Premiere of "Curse of the Starving Class," a play by Sam Shepard. $15. Through March 23. 1609 W. Broad St. Call 355-2001 for showtimes.

Mystery Dinner Playhouse Solve the raucous resort murder mystery "Death Takes A Vacation," while enjoying a four-course dinner every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Through June 7. Tickets $34.95 Adults, $24.95 for children 12 and younger. Best Western's Governor's Inn. 9826 Midlothian Turnpike. (888) 471-4802.

Pine Camp Arts Center In celebration of Black History Month, Jera Entertainment's Women's Series presents "Mason-Dixon," "Harriet Tubman Visits a Therapist" and "Calamity Jane Sends a Message to Her Daughter," all by noted feminist playwright Carolyn Gage. Performances March 14 and 15. at 8 p.m. $10. 4901 Old Brook Road. 644-3677.

Swift Creek Mill Theater Last season's knockout "Always … Patsy Cline," is back Thursdays through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., select Wednesdays and Sunday matinees. Through March 12. Tickets $24-$25.75. Colonial Heights.

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