Free & Cheap Events February 11-13

All events are free admission unless noted


Petersburg Friday for the Arts – Friday 6-10pm; Old Towne Petersburg

“A Visit with Elizabeth Keckley” ($3) – Friday 6:30-7:30pm; Centre Hill Museum, 1 Centre Hill Ave, Petersburg
Elizabeth Keckley, born in Dinwiddie,Virginia in1818, was a former slave turned successful seamstress who is most notably known as being Mary Todd Lincoln’s personal modiste and confident. She was also the author of her autobiography, Behind the Scenes or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House. Contact information: Martha Atkinson: (804) 733-2396

African-American History of Henrico County in Music and Stories – Friday 6-9:30pm; Henrico Theatre, 305 E Nine Mile Rd
For all ages. Join us at the historic Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs as we celebrate Black History Month! Take your choice of two opportunities to learn about the County’s African-American community through dramatic music, stories, and photographs presented by historical interpreters, choirs, and performing groups. Be sure to check out the exhibit, “Remembering Our Legacy: African-American Trailblazers of Henrico County,” displayed on the theatre’s second floor. Due to limited seating in the theatre, reservations are strongly encouraged. For information and reservations, please call 328-4491.

The Art of Belly Dancing – Friday 7-8pm; Deep Run Recreation Center, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy
For all ages. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Join us for an evening of visual delight and graceful veils as The Women of Selket present the ancient art of belly dancing. The evening will conclude with a social to meet the dancers. Information: Janice Parker, 501-5809.

Production Studies III Showcase – Friday 7:30pm; Cousins Studio Theatre, University of Richmond
The Production Studies III Showcase is the culmination of two years of intense theatre study. The students in the class select, produce, design, and direct a fully mounted, full-length play under the guidance and supervision of departmental faculty. Whatever play the Production Studies III team chooses to produce, you can be sure that it will provide a compelling, entertaining, and thought-provoking evening of theatre. (Free, tickets required)

The Snark Ensemble Presents “The Sounds of Slapstick” – Friday 8pm; St. Ann’s Performing Arts Building, Randolph Macon College, Ashland
In its presentation of “The Sounds of Slapstick,” the ensemble joyfully celebrates the zany, clever and brilliant world of vintage silent comedies in its specially-crafted film scores. The Snark Ensemble creates and performs scores that respond to and amplify the events taking place on screen.

25th Annual One-Act Showcase – Friday 8pm; Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
Presented by Henrico Theatre Company. The area’s oldest one-act festival will once again feature the winners of the annual HTC One-Act Playwriting Competition. Winning titles are Snedekker’s, Bob’s Psycho Analyst and Sense of Security. Directed by Jacqueline Jones (Free – reservations required. Box Office: 804-501-5859)


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Nutzy’s Birthday Party – Saturday 9-11am; The Diamond
The party will include birthday cake, an arts and crafts table to make Nutzy a birthday card, and inflatables! National Anthem tryouts will also be held. Fans are asked to bring a birthday gift for Nutzy which will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Richmond. Wish list items include arts & crafts supplies, board games, and sports equipment!

CW 150 Legacy Project Document Digitization Event – Saturday 10am-4pm; The Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad Street
The Richmond Local Sesquicentennial Committee is hosting a CW 150 Legacy Project scanning event at the Library of Virginia. If you have original Civil War documents, bring them in to be scanned for free. To make an appointment please contact Renee Savits at or (804) 692-3629.

The Lorax – Saturday 10am; Byrd Theatre
the 2011 RVA Environmental Film Festival will start at 10 am with the Lorax, hopefully inspiring some new environmentalists and re-igniting the hope of older ones. It will be a free show and theater-goers will not be required to have a ticket for it (Thanks Jonah!)

Richmond Symphony Music Marathon – Saturday 11am-7pm; Nordstrom at Short Pump Town Center
The Richmond Symphony’s Music Marathon brings together members of the Symphony orchestra, staff, chorus, youth orchestra, and board to display their passion for music and dedication to the Richmond Symphony. Music Marathon will showcase the musical talents of Symphony family in a fun and welcoming atmosphere. Musicians will perform throughout the day, and all music enthusiasts are invited to leisurely listen and enjoy free music.

African-American History of Henrico County in Music and Stories – Saturday 2-5:30pm; Henrico Theatre, 305 E Nine Mile Rd
(see Friday)

Production Studies III Showcase – Saturday 7:30pm; Cousins Studio Theatre, University of Richmond
(See Friday. Free, tickets required)

25th Annual One-Act Showcase – Saturday 8pm; Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
(See Friday. Free – reservations required. Box Office: 804-501-5859)


Victorian Valentines – Sunday 1-3pm; Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen
For all ages. The tradition of sending valentines to one’s sweetheart is not a modern idea. Visit Meadow Farm and view some original valentines. You can even make one to send to that special someone. Information: Anna Truong, 501-2130.

Production Studies III Showcase – Sunday 2pm; Cousins Studio Theatre, University of Richmond
(See Friday. Free, tickets required)

25th Annual One-Act Showcase – Sunday 2:30pm; Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
(See Friday. Free – reservations required. Box Office: 804-501-5859)

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