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Heritage Ensemble Theatre Company starts new season with ‘Wine in the Wilderness’

When the curtain goes up on the Heritage Ensemble Theatre Company’s 2017-18 season next week, the actors won’t be on stage for self-promotion, celebrity or big money.

Maggie Small to dance in ‘Portrait of Billie’

Maggie Small is excited and honored to be portraying Billie Holiday in next week’s opening show of the Richmond Ballet’s new season.

4 bands to host hurricane relief benefit

Four Richmond bands will host a musical party this weekend to raise money for hurricane relief, it has been announced.

Afrikana Independent Film Festival starts Friday

Forty films from four continents over three days, all featuring black artistic expression. That’s what will be on hand at the 2nd Annual Afrikana Independent Film Festival.

Jazz exhibition opens Sept.19 at The Valentine

Nearly three dozen Virginia-based musicians who made national and international contributions to the development of jazz will be showcased in an exhibit opening next week at The Valentine.

Young writer has winning way with words

After reading Margot Lee Shetterly’s book, “Hidden Figures,” about African-American women mathematicians at NASA who did many of the calculations to put astronauts in space, 11-year-old Isla Rodriguez of Richmond now wants to be an astronaut.

Vagabond to reopen with Mama J’s flair

Vagabond, a stylish restaurant at 7th and Broad streets, is reopening Friday, Sept. 1, with some Mama J’s flavor and flair. Restaurateurs Velma R. Johnson, owner of Mama J’s Kitchen on 1st Street, and her son, Lester Johnson, are blending ...

‘Finding Boaz’

When the lights went down, the laughs went up at a private screening last Saturday of the new, Virginia-produced film, “Finding Boaz.”

Former FBI director James Comey at Howard University

James Comey, the FBI director fired by President Trump in May, has a new job. He will lead and conduct a series of lectures at Howard University and be the keynote speaker at the university’s opening convocation Friday, Sept. 22.

3rd Annual Films on the Floodwall Sept.13

The 3rd Annual Films on the Floodwall, a free community film screening, will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Diversity Park in Richmond’s James River Park System.

10th Annual Latin Jazz & Salsa Festival Saturday

The Latin Jazz & Salsa Festival returns this weekend, but at a new, bigger location in South Side. The upbeat show featuring Afro-Cuban and Caribbean beats will be 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Broad Rock Industrial Park, ...

Comedian, activist Dick Gregory dies at 84

Comedian, civil rights activist and healthy living advocate Dick Gregory, who used his humor to spread messages of social justice and good nutrition, died late Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Washington.He was 84.

Eclipse 2017

The last time Carroll Ellis, a geoscience educator at the MathScience Innovation Center in Henrico County, saw a total solar eclipse, the price of a loaf of bread was less than a quarter, the average price of a home was ...

All that JAZZ

Fans of jazz, blues and R&B enjoyed a spectrum of musical styles and talent last Saturday and Sunday at the 8th Annual Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont. The event featured legendary performers, neo-soul icons and newcomers, all of whom held ...

Band camp

It is 5:45 a.m. and the early August sun is beginning to rise over the Appomattox River. Just north upon a hill, 115 students scurry out of dormitories that are largely empty until fall classes begin. The students’ destination is ...

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