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This weekend’s top picks in and around Henrico!
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present singer-songwriters Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik on Nov. 20. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. Bearing the stamp of a masterful storyteller who “observed the world with a clinically poetic eye,” Suzanne Vega’s songs have always tended to focus on city life, ordinary people, and real world subjects. Notably succinct and understated, often cerebral but also streetwise, her lyrics invite multiple interpretations. After breaking through in the late ‘90s with his Top 20 single “Barely Breathing,” Duncan Sheik spent much of the subsequent decade taking a breather from the usual rock singer/songwriter rituals. He focused on albums that broke with pop music conventions, as well as theatrical musicals such as “Spring Awakening,” the Broadway sensation that won him two Tony awards and a Grammy. Tickets are $40. For details, call 289-8980 or visit www.modlin.richmond.edu.
The Currys will perform at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Brothers Jimmy and Tommy Curry and cousin Galen Curry have developed their brand of homegrown, harmony-rich Americana through summers of writing and performing on the Florida Gulf Coast. Tickets are $10. For details, call 324-4491.
The Saint Gertrude Alumnae Association Board will present the “Holly Spree on Stuart Avenue” from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 20 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 21. Over 40 local vendors will be selling items including wreaths, soaps, Christmas items, pet items, jewelry, scarves, hats, baby clothes, doll clothes, frozen casseroles and more. Tickets for the “Pre-Spree” on Nov. 20 are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. On Saturday, admission is free and there will be pictures with Santa and a trip through Santa Land. For details, visit www.saintgertrude.org/hollyspree.
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.
CAT Theatre will present “Murder at the Sock Hop,” an original, interactive murder mystery in which guests help solve the crime, at 7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and best solution. “Murder at the Sock Hop” runs one night only. Tickets are $35 and $25, depending upon your desired level of participation. Purchase tickets at www.cattheatre.com.
A concert to benefit Eastern Henrico Fish will be held at 7 p.m. at Corinth United Methodist Church, 23 West Williamsburg Rd. in Sandston. A variety of musical styles will be featured including early music, gospel, blues, jazz, and popular music – both vocal and instrumental. Musical acts include Good Vibrations, Linny Greer, Henri Maizels, The Hassmers, Finnsbury Minstrel Guild and The Unity Choir from area churches. All donations will benefit FISH. For details, call Diana Greer at 737-4837.
The second annual Virginia Moonshine Festival, a moonshine and high-end whiskey tasting event, will start at 2 p.m. at Richmond International Raceway. Several master distillers will provide information about many of the 15+ moonshines present, including RVA’s own Belle Isle Craft Spirits. The new high-end whiskey tasting tent is sponsored by Jim Beam. VA folk rock acts like Jackson Ward, Red Neck Pool Party, and Cabin Creek will perform. Tickets start at $35; designated drivers are $10. For details, visit www.vamoonshinefestival.com.
Celebrate Thanksgiving at the Children’s Museum of Richmond-Short Pump from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the art studio for turkey-themed arts and crafts, decorate your own pennant and join Seymour for a parade around the museum. For details, visit www.c-mor.org.
Corey Hancock, founder of the Henrico Chess Club, will provide an introduction to the game and the activities of the club at 2 p.m. at Glen Allen Library. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of chess, discover the history of famous Grandmasters, and be able to play against experienced Club members. For details, call 290-9500 or visit www.henricolibrary.org.
The Knights of Columbus Council 395 will hold a Brunswick Stew sale from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Columbian Center, 2324 Pump Rd. The proceeds will benefit the Council’s charitable projects. To pre-order, call Tom Giannasi at 355-3866.