The Bizaare Bazaar 21st annual Spring Market, April 5th-7th, Friday & Saturday 10:00am-7:00pm, Sunday 10am-5pm, at Richmond Raceway Complex. “Spring Spree” special shopping to benefit The Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, a home for at-risk kids from 8:00am-10:00am, Friday, April 7th, www.vhbg/org, www.thebizarrebazaar.com or 804-673-6280.
Colonial Heights Speak Up For Autism Craft Show Fundraiser, Saturday, April 6, 10:00am-3:00pm, includes 40 vendors, raffle, carnival games and face painting for the kids, Colonial Heights American Legion Post 284, 505 Springdale Avenue, near Lakeview Park, admission $1, want to donate email – Luvinmibo98@gmail.com.
Inaugural Running of the Dogwood Classic Races at Colonial Downs, I-64, Exit 214, New Kent, Saturday, April 6, Tailgating areas open at 9:00am, Steeplechase racing begin at 1:00pm, for tailgating rates at www.dogwoodclassic.com or www.colonialdowns.com or 804-966-7223.
Richmond Civil War & Emancipation Day, Saturday, April 6th, 9:30am, more than 25 participating museums, sites and activity centers offer free admission to walking tours & presentations, highlights include: 3:30pm – Museum of the Confederacy “Union Spies in Richmond” & 6:30pm, the Elegba Folklore Society, torch-lit guided tour of the Richmond Slave Trail, departing from Lumpkin’s Jail, www.civilwar.emancipationday.net, 804-289-8088, www.efsinc.org or 804-644-3900.
Pop Art at its best is now on display at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in “Pop Art and Beyond: Tom Wesselmann,” the first comprehensive North American retrospective of the artists’ work. The VMFA is the only East Coast venue for this showing. Opens to members Friday, April 5th and to the general public Saturday, April 6th and runs through July 28. Art Museum Day, Saturday, May 18, free admission to Pop Art and Beyond: Tom Wesselmann. The VMFA is open 365 days year, www.vmfa.state.va.us or call 804-340-1400.
KLM Scholarship Foundation 5th Annual Black & White Affair, Party With A Purpose, Book Scholarship for Virginia Students, Saturday, April 6th, 7:00-11:00pm, Children’s Museum of Richmond, 2626 West Broad Street, games, raffles, food, silent auction, Disc Jockey, advance tickets $30, two for $50, www.TheBlackandWhiteAffair.com or http://www.klmfoundation.org/5th_black_white.html
Virginia War Memorial 5K Run-Walk To Remember & Veterans Transition Fair, Saturday, April 6, Run-Walk, 8:00am-10:00am, Veterans Fair, 10am-1pm, 621 South Belvidere Street, http://www.vawarmemorial.org or 804-786-2060.
Comedian, political commentator, TV host and author, Bill Maher comes to the Carpenter Theatre, Friday, August 9th, 7:30pm, tickets go on sale, Friday, April 5th, 10:00am, http://www.ETIX.com or 800-514-ETIX (3849).
Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia Modified operations, beginning April 8, the museum will no longer accept patrons as walk-ins nor accepting appointments for tours, for more information on the latest modification and its new location slated to open in 2014, visit www.blackhistorymuseum.org or call 804-780-9093.
Weinstein JCC hosts ReelAbilities Film Festival, A National Film Festival showcasing Disabilities, April 8 – 14, Festival opens Monday, April 8, 7:00pm, closes Sunday, April 14th, Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Avenue, 5:30pm, other venues include Visarts Center, April 9, Barksdale Theater April 10, and Larrick Student Center on VCU Medical Center’s MCV Campus, details richmond.reelabilities.org.
Hokie Bowl-a-Rama featuring NFL Superbowl Quarterback Tyrod Taylor of the champion Baltimore Ravens & NFL athlete appearances by Kam Chancellor, a defensive back with the Seattle Seahawks (who grew up in Norfolk) and other celebrity guest appearances.The players will all be on hand to bowl, sign autographs and have fun with fans, Saturday, April 6, 12 – 3:00pm at Hanover Lanes, Mechanicsville, benefits Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, www.athletesinthecommunity.com or 804-651-7898.
Richmond Ballet New Works Festival, four brand new works from four innovative choreographers, April 4-14, at Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre, 407 East Canal Street, tickets start $20, www.etix.com or 800-514-3849 Richmond Ballet www.richmondballet.com or 804-344-0906.
Living The Dream, Inc. (Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr) 3rd annual Recognition & Awards Luncheon, Saturday, April 6, 11:30am, at Fifth Baptist Church’s Family Life Center, 1415 West Cary Street, 804-355-1044.
Children’s Museum of Richmond newest outdoor exhibit area, the MeadWestvaco Virginia Native Trees exhibit, opens Friday, April 5, the exhibit showcases trees from three of the state’s geographic regions including Tidewater, Piedmont & Blue Ridge Mountain, www.ChildrenMuseumOfRichmond.org or 804-474-7000.
PROM BRING IT, extends shopping for Prom Dresses, Tuxedos, Accessories, Shoes, for students who can’t afford to buy them, 9986 Brook Road Virginia Center Creeks in the same mall as Menswearhouse, Shoe Carnival & Coldstone Creamery, details 804-683-2226.
Theresa Caputo Live!, psychic medium and star of the TLC’s Long Island Medium, appears at the Landmark Theater, Saturday, April 6, 7:00pm, www.ETIX.com.
“A Community Falling Into Worship” Service, Sunday, April 7, 3:30pm, lunch served at 2:00pm, Jerusalem Baptist Church, 21180 Bagby Road, Sparta, Virginia featuring The Community Choir, members from Caroline, King and Queen, King William, King George, Spotsylvania, Hanover and Essex Counties, www.WelcomeJerusalem.org or 804-633-9222.
Chesterfield Kite Day at Clover Hill Athletic Complex, 17701 Genito Road (fields 7 and 8) Sunday, April 7, 1-4 p.m., for a fun day of kite flying & family friendly entertainment, To get a free kite, participants must pre-register by calling 804-748-1623. No registrations day of or on site. The rain date Sunday, April 14, 1:00-4:00 p.m. 804-748-1992.
Richmond Jazz Society’s Guest Educators Series, Tuesday, April 9th, two shows, 7pm & 9:30pm, Capital Ale House, Downtown Music Hall, 623 East Main Street, features Eric Alexander & Harold Mabern Quartet, advance tickets $25, www.vajazz.org or 804-643-1972.
A Musical Tribute to Commemorate The 150 Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Saturday, April 13, 8pm a free concert with the Richmond Symphony and Steven Smith, Conductor at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage, reserve your tickets at www.richmondsymphony.com.
DAUGHTRY at Innsbrook After Hours, Wednesday, May 22, Thompson Square, May 29, 804-423-1779 or www.innsbrookafterhours.com.
Doobie Brothers at Pocahontas Live, July 21, Pocahontas State Park, http://www.ticketstobuy.com or 804-794-6700.