MAC Events Home Show and Maymont Flower and Garden Show ($5 after 5pm) – Virginia’s long-standing harbinger of spring, will offer you the latest in horticulture, gardens, seminars and a marketplace filled with goodies that will have you dreaming of spring. If you want to attend during the day, be sure to print a $1 off coupon from the website, or find one in the Times Dispatch Thursday and Friday.
*5-9pm, Greater Richmond Convention Center
Also Saturday 5-9pm
ChinaFest Film: Up the Yangtze (free) – The Three Gorges Dam, gargantuan and hotly contested symbol of the Chinese economic miracle, provides the epic and unsettling backdrop for the film. Stunningly photographed and beautifully composed, Up the Yangtze juxtaposes the poignant and sharply observed details of Yu Shui’s story against the monumental and ominous forces at work around her. Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Yung Chang directs the film with insight and cinematic flair. Directed by Yung Chang, 93 minutes.
*3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Jepson Hall, Room 118, University of Richmond
Repeats Sunday at 7:30pm
Search for the Next Great Metal Band (free) – Plan 9 Music will host a live in-store finalist competition to determine the Next Great Metal Band. InterArma, Battlemaster and Jefferson Plane Crash will compete before a panel of judges. Come cheer on your favorite!
*6pm, Plan 9 Music, 3012 W. Cary Street
Doris Wylee-Becker, piano (free) – Guest artist Doris Wylee-Becker presents a piano recital featuring the great works of J.S. Bach, Rachmaninoff and others.
*7:30pm, Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music, University of Richmond
Discover the Universe (free) – Find out about the International Year of Astronomy at this interactive planetarium show.
*6 pm, Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St.
ChinaFest Family Day (free) – Children and families will learn about Chinese culture and traditions while participating in art activities, Chinese singing and dancing, presentations and gallery hunts.
*1-4 pm, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Pauley Center
Behind Closed Doors ($5) – Walk through the “Employees Only” door for a special peek at the inner workings of the Maymont Nature Center. Thirteen aquariums and more than 200 animals require more care than meets the eye. For ages 5 to adult. Register at the Visitor Center desk on the day of the program.
*1-1:30pm, Maymont Nature Center
Sacred Harp Shape Note Singers (free) – Shape note singing is worship music sung without accompaniment. Come listen to the members of the Sacred Harp Shape Note Singers as they introduce this music to Meadow Farm. The public is welcome to join in. Information: 501-5520.
*2-4 pm, Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen
Minds in Motion Team XXL (free, register) – Team XXL is a group of youthful, diverse, high-energy dancers that combine pedestrian movement and rhythmic patterning into exciting and intricate choreography. Information: 328-4491. Register by phone or online
*2 pm, Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd, Henrico
Dance With Me, Sing With Me (free) – The Elegba Folklore Society presents an interactive program that relates Africa’s culture and customs to life in the United States.
*2 pm, Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Drive, Henrico
Balinese Shadow Puppet Theater (free) – Balinese master artist Madé Sidia (Indonesian Institute of the Arts, University of Richmond visiting artist-scholar) presents an afternoon of traditional Balinese shadow theater accompanied by live gamelan orchestra music.
*3pm, Cousins Studio Theater, University of Richmond
Antonio Garcia, Jazz Trombone (free) – VCU`s Director of Jazz Studies is an instrumental and vocal performer and composer, with trombone his primary instrument. He has performed with Ella Fitzgerald, George Shearing, Mel Torme, Dave Brubeck, and Phil Collins and has taught and performed in Canada, Europe, Australia, and South Africa.
*4-5:30 pm, Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Monroe Park Campus VCU