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This weekend’s top picks in and around Henrico!

JULY 1
CharacterWorks will present “GODSPELL” July 1-2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Steward School, 11600 Gayton Rd. “GODSPELL,” the first major musical by three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz, is based on the book of Matthew and retells many of Jesus’ parables, and ultimately, his crucifixion. CharacterWorks is a non-profit, after-school youth theater program, formerly known as Christian Youth Theater. Tickets start at $8. For details, visit www.cworkstheater.org.

The Richmond Funny Bone, located at Short Pump Town Center, will present comedian Tim Gaither at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. July 1, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. July 2 and at 7 p.m. July 3. Gaither is a Midwest native now living in Hollywood. A seasoned comedy veteran, he has performed in almost every state in the U.S. as well as Canada and Korea for the US troops. He is a regular Vegas headliner and recently filmed an Hour special at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in front of a sold out audience. Tickets are $12 to $15. For details, visit www.richmondfunnybone.com.

ComedySportz will present their hilarious, fast-paced and clean comedy at 8 p.m. July 1 and at 7 p.m. July 2 at the ComedySportz Improv Theatre, located at 8906-H West Broad St. ComedySportz Richmond pits two teams, the Richmond Legends and the Virginia Hams, against each other in an improv battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot based off of audience suggestions. There is also a referee that calls the fouls and the national anthem is even played before each match. The audience then votes for the winners. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For details, call 266-9377 or visit www.comedysportzrichmond.com.

American Legion Post 125, located at 1401 Hilliard Rd., will hold a dance with a live band every Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Snacks and coffee are provided; drinks are available for purchase. All dances are open to the public. Cost is $7 on Fridays and $8 on Saturdays and benefits American Legion Post 125, a nonprofit veterans organization. For details, call 716-0800.

JULY 2
The Innsbrook Foundation and Innsbrook Rotary will present the first Innsbrook Taste of Virginia, a food festival showcasing delicious dishes from local restaurants, each competing for the honorary “Taste of Virginia” title, as well as awards for other significant categories. The event starts at 3:30 p.m. with the tastings and competition from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and fireworks around 9:15 p.m. to end the day. There will also be a Kidzone with two moon bounces, vendors and live music. Proceeds support FeedMore. Rain date is July 3. For tickets and more information, visit www.innsbrook.com/event/innsbrook-taste-of-virginia.

Anthony Snape, with special guest Jess Labus, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at The Tin Pan, 8982 Quioccasin Rd. Snape’s latest solo release, “Resonate,” was crowd-funded and raised an incredible $26,000 in 30 days. He’s been known to release new songs directly to his online fan base. “Pictures” beautifully captures this emotive spontaneity. Snape, inspired by Instagram, wrote, recorded, shot, edited and released the “Pictures” recording and music clip in just two weeks. Labus’ most current and pressing project is the launch of her newest album, “People Are Staring,” which she is currently launching a Pledge Music Campaign to fund. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. For details, call 447-8189 or visit www.tinpanrva.com.

The Saturday Family Movie at Varina Library, 1875 New Market Rd., will be Disney’s 1961 film, “The Absent-Minded Professor,” starring Fred McMurray. A college professor creates havoc when he invents “flubber” to help the college basketball team win the championship. It is rated G and runs 97 minutes. The movie will start at 2 p.m. For details, call 501-1980.

JULY 4
Henrico County Recreation and Parks will present “Red, White, and Lights” at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park. The free event begins at 4:30 p.m. and will feature the Richmond Symphony, a laser-light show, patriotic performances, and family activities. A Henrico County 4th of July Celebration has taken place annually since 1981, but this year’s event will offer a later start time, expanded hours, and be highlighted by new entertainment. The Richmond Symphony and laser-light show will mark the finale of the event. The symphony will perform under “The Big Tent,” a state-of-the-art mobile stage that allows the orchestra to take its music out into the local communities. Red, White, and Lights is sponsored by Henrico County and Genworth. For details, visit www.henrico.us/calendar/red-white-lights.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will host its annual CarMax Free Fourth of July celebration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All visitors will receive free admission throughout the day. Activities in the Children’s Garden from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. include live music and a parade around the Children’s Garden at 2 p.m. Guests are invited to wear red, white and blue and decorate wagons and strollers. For details, visit www.lewisginter.org.

The McShin Foundation will host its annual Alumni and Independence Day Picnic at 1 p.m. at 2300 Dumbarton Rd. There will be food, speakers, music, corn hole and more. For details, visit www.mcshin.org.

 

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