Frugal Richmond Events for Everyone! All events free admission unless noted.
UR International Film Series: The Night of Truth (La Nuit de la Vérité) – Friday 3pm & 7:30pm; Ukrop Auditorium, Robins School of Business, University of Richmond
Burkina Faso, 2006, directed by Fanta Regina Nacro. 100 min., NR. The Night of Truth, the first ever sub-Saharan African feature directed by a woman, is a powerful tale of the aftermath of a fictionalized civil war. After ten-years of fighting, the governing Nayaks and rebellious Bonande are determined to end the conflict. A celebration is arranged, but the formalities of the event boost tensions on both sides. The evening comes to a climax when someone beats drums’a sign of a call to arms’ during the festivities, which triggers feelings of distrust and fear. Within the shadow of genocide, the director astutely ends the film on a note of quiet optimism that suggests the possibility for peaceful co-existence.
Target $1 Family Night ($1) – Friday 5-7:30pm; Children’s Museum of Richmond Central
Bring the whole family to enjoy what The Children’s Museum of Richmond – Central has to offer from 5:00-7:30pm on the third Friday of every month for just $1 per person
Live Sky: Space Junk! Is earth a hoarder? ($5) – Friday 6pm; Science Museum of Virginia
From the makers of junk food and junk mail…comes…SPACE JUNK! Tens of millions of objects floating in orbit around our planet. How did they get there? Can we clean them up? Do they pose a threat to our astronauts or even here on Earth? Come see what our astronomers and TV’s Matt Paxton have to say about Earth’s history of hoarding objects for decades! After the show, weather permitting, we will point telescopes into the vastness of space and see things with our own eyes!
Harp Concert – Friday 7pm; Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 800 S. Cathedral Place
The American Youth Harp Ensemble, directed by Lynnelle Ediger, announces its third Carnegie Hall appearance March 4, and a series of FREE Carnegie preview concerts to give area audiences the chance to hear the program. For more information visit http://www.harpensemble.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 804.837.9355. Donations accepted at the door.
One Act Showcase (Reservations) – Friday 8pm; Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Glen Allen
Three one-act plays featuring the winners of the HTC Playwriting Competition. The area’s oldest one-act festival will once again feature the winners of the annual HTC One-Act Playwriting Competition. Winning titles are Four and Twenty Wretched Dates, A State of Being Normal, and Three Gables Run. Call 501-5859 for reservations.
Stories at the Museum: A Sweet Smell of Roses – Saturday 11am; Virginia Historical Society, 428 N Boulevard
Beginning in February 2012, the Virginia Historical Society will resume its Stories at the Museum program, which features educator-led readings of children’s books. Every program will include a group reading of the selected book and a make-and-take craft activity related to the text. Programs are FREE, open to the public, and require no advance registration. Families with children of all ages are welcome.
A Hidden History: African-Americans at Dabbs – Saturday 1-3pm; Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd
For all ages. Journey back in time to learn about the role of African-Americans in the history of the Dabbs House Museum. Explore the lives of enslaved blacks before and during the Civil War, such as the contributions of the United States Colored Troops on Henrico soil to the Union war effort. Also discover the Reconstruction era struggle of African-Americans and Henrico County’s attempts to assist them. Information: 652-3409.
Master Storyteller: Dylan Pritchett – Saturday 2pm; Hanover Arts & Activities Center
This FREE event is the first of a three-part series “Black History in Story, Film and Dance” brought to you by the Center, the Ashland Community Theater Foundation and AARP. Dylan’s unique style and focus on African and African-American stories provides audiences with opportunities to experience history, build self-esteem, and develop critical thinking tools. With African and African-American stories, riddles, games, music and constant audience participation, audience members come to understand universal morals and values.
One Act Showcase (Reservations) – Saturday 8pm; Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Glen Allen
(See Friday) Call 501-5859 for reservations.
Jewish Food Festival – Sunday 11:30am – 7:30pm; Keneseth Beth Israel, 6300 Patterson Ave.
Annual event held on Presidents weekend, great food, great entertainment, great friends. (Repeats on Monday)
One Act Showcase (Reservations) – Sunday 2:30pm; Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Glen Allen
(See Friday) Call 501-5859 for reservations.
UR International Film Series: The Night of Truth (La Nuit de la Vérité) – Sunday 7:30pm; Ukrop Auditorium, Robins School of Business, University of Richmond