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This weekend’s top picks in and around Henrico!
Enjoy an evening of sleighbells and snowflakes featuring the Richmond Men’s Chorus and the Richmond Women’s Chorus at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage series, now in its fifth year, which highlights a different musical genre on the first Friday of each month. Tickets are $12. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit www.artsglenallen.com.
The 2003 film “Elf” will play at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. Both evening performances will include seasonal singing and dancing (a la the Rockettes) and pre-movie fun. For details, call 328-4491 or 501-5859 or visit www.henricorecandparks.com.
The Concert Ballet of Virginia will present a 30-minute version of “The Nutcracker” story with narration and dances by major characters in costume at 6 p.m. at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. This introduction to the Christmas classic is suitable for all ages. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, visit www.concertballet.com.
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present the Salzburg Marionette Theatre at 7:30 p.m. in Alice Jepson Theatre. They will perform Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” Tickets are $11 to $22. For details, call 289-8980 or visit www.modlin.richmond.edu.
The Shady Grove Coffeehouse at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Rd., continues its 13th season with Richmond favorites Karen Trump and Jackie Frost and up-and-coming Richmond guitarist Robin Payne at 8 p.m. Admission is $12 in advance, $15 at the door and free for children 12 and under; teens are admitted at half-price. Net proceeds benefit UUCC. For details, call 323-4288 or visit www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com.
Jon Hatfield, executive director of the Virginia War Memorial, will present the short film “Virginians at War: Pearl Harbor,” and an overview of the War Memorial, at 2 p.m. at Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Dr. Sponsored by Friends of the Tuckahoe Library. Adults and high school students welcome. For details, call 290-9100 or visit www.henricolibrary.org.
Richmond’s leading Klezmer band, Klezm’ Or’ Ami’m, will perform a rousing concert of old-world Eastern European folk music with roots in the Jewish culture, at 3 p.m. at Dumbarton Library, 6800 Staples Mill Rd. For details, call 290-9400 or visit www.henricolibrary.org.
One Voice Chorus will present Vivaldi’s “Gloria” at 7 p.m. at River Road Church Baptist, 8000 River Rd. The program features the full chorus and soloists; the audience will also have the opportunity to join the chorus in three holiday numbers. “Gloria” will be preceded at 6 p.m. by the facilitated conversation “Harmony in Living Black and White,” a thought-provoking dialogue about race relations in Richmond. Admission is a $15 suggested donation. For details, call 231-0324 or visit www.onevoicechorus.org.
The Hanover Concert Band will perform at 12 p.m. in the food court at Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd. In addition to the program of Christmas favorites old and new, the band will also present a special musical tribute to the men and women who were at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on that "Day of Infamy" in 1941. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation for the Central Virginia Food Bank. For details, call Marshall Johnson at 789-0536 or visit www.hanoverconcertband.org.
The North Airport Drive Civic Association’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fire Station #3, 1310 E. Washington St. at Airport Drive. Bring an ornament to put on the tree. Light refreshments will be served after the tree lighting. Rain or shine. For details, visit www.NADCA.net.