The Historic Beacon Theatre’s official grand opening week features the Blind Boys of Alabama Sunday, February 23, doors will open at 6pm, music starts at 6:30pm. Other performers include Robert Randolph and the Family Band Thursday, March 13; An Evening with the Temptations Saturday, April 12 and Clint Black Saturday, April 26, doors open 6pm, music starts at 6:30. For a complete list of performers and more information about the Beacon visit www.thebeacontheatreva.com or call 804-446-3457, for ticket call 804-794-6700. The Theatre is located at 401 North Main Street in Hopewell.
African American History Month at Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, “Matinees with Miss Maggie” film series finale “Terror and Triumph” (1940 – 1954) February 22, 1pm, the free program is at the park’s visitor center, 600 North 2nd Street, seating is limited, available first come first served basis, for more information visit www.nps.gov/mawa or www.Facebook.com/Maggiel.WalkerNHS or call 804-771-2017.
Virginia Union University department of Languages & Literature presents The Sankofa Film Festival, five days, five films starting Monday, February 24, 5:30 opening ceremony, films shown at 6pm “Sankofa”; Tuesday – February 25, “I am Slave”; Wednesday – February 26, “Celluloid Slavery: The Challenges of presenting Slavery on the Big Screen” a panel of scholars, filmmakers and actors discussion; Thursday – February 27, “42” and Friday – February 28 “Slavery By Another Name”, films shown at L. Douglas Wilder Library Media Center (on the campus of VUU) 1500 North Lombardy Street, for more information call 804-257-5635. Free parking.
Richmond Bluegrass Marathon Jam, Saturday, February 22, noon – midnight at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, featuring 28 Regional Bluegrass Bands, singers and pickers are invited to come join at the Marathon Jam Benefits Fisher House, a home away from home for families of American Soldiers recuperating at McGuire Veterans Hospital. Event is free but donations are encouraged, details visit www.RVAbluegrassjam.com or www.artsglenallen.com.
Also at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, “Satchmo: Tribute to Louis Armstrong, Friday, February 21, 7pm: “The Rock & Roll Jubilee”, Friday, February 28, 7pm & Saturday, March 1, 7pm, www.artsglenallen.com.
Children’s Museum of Richmond, Central Location, Black History Month Events, Saturday February 22, Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company, 1pm & 2:30pm & Sunday February 23, 1pm & 2:30pm; Richmond Twilight Carnibal 2014, Destination South Pacific Saturday, March 1, 7pm, , details on events www.ChildrensMuseumOfRichmond.org or call 804-474-7000.
GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc (GRASP), College Aid Financial Aid Workshops – FAFSA Help, Saturday, February 22, 10am – 3pm at Richmond Public Main Library, 101 East Franklin Street, for appointments call 804-527-7708.
Dance for your Heart! Go Red Zumba Master Class hosted by La Verne Burrus-Johnson, Saturday, February 22, 10am – 11:30am, at NDU Time Center of Wellness, 4700 Thalboro Road, Richmond, donations accepted all instructors are former VSU Cheerleaders, Prize drawings vendors and live DJ, proceeds benefit the American Heart Association in memory of Craig O. Washington. For details 804-612-4896 or donate on line http://honor.americanheart.org/goto/CraigWashington.