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Weekend Events

July 22

Annual White Party at The Cottage, 4034 MacArthur Avenue, RVA, Friday, 8:30pm - 11:30pm. Featuring Acoustic Singer Unix, Guitarist Chico, Artists CHYP and Corey El, Cash wine bar, wines from Italy, Argentina, Germany and France, a portion of the proceeds will benefit The American Diabetes  Association,  advance tickets $25. For more details call 804-658-2454 or visit www.EclecticCottageRVA.com and to buy tickets at EventBrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-all-white-party-tickets-26465007550.

Guitar & Other Strings Series featuring Quatro na Bossa Friday, 7:30pm at Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall, W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, Tickets: $15. Sunday 4pm, - 30th anniversary concert, The VCU Community Guitar Ensemble 25-member guitar orchestra with guest artists. Directed by John Patykula, at Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall, W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. Free admission, for details visit http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/guitar-other-strings-series/. Parking is available in the West Broad Street garage, three blocks from the Singleton Center.

July 23

VMFA - The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will debut the newest exhibition of works by the Legendary African-American photographer Gordon Parks from July 23 to October 30. The exhibit houses 42 photographs of "Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott" the body of work takes a look at the realities of life under segregation during the 1950’s. Parks was the first African-American photographer hired full-time by Life magazine. As part if the exhibit, the museum will also offer a series of related programs on the history of documentary photography, and discuss race and representation as revealed in Parks’ work. The museum, 200 North Boulevard, opens 10am Saturday, For more information on Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott and other exhibitions at the museum call 804-340-1400 or visit www.vmfa.museum.

The inaugural RVA to DC bike ride is Saturday, July 23 to Sunday July  24, a two-day ride bike from Richmond to Fredericksburg on day one, then from Fredericksburg to the finish festival at Gateway Park in Arlington on day two. The ride starts in Richmond at Sports Backers Stadium at 6am on Saturday. Organizers say "The goal of the Bike Ride is to empower participants to become advocates for improvements to the quality and quantity of safe, connected spaces to bike and walk in Virginia, while also taking them on a ride showing off some of the best tourist and historic sites in Virginia." For the inaugural ride, five different bike and pedestrian advocacy groups are involved and serve as the official event charities, including Bike Walk RVA, a program created by Sports Backers. For more details visit www.sportsbackers.org.

You don’t have far to go for some great music, at Pocahontas State Park Heritage Amphitheater, Pocahontas Live Concert Series Season kicks off with Country Music Duo Montgomery Gentry, Thursday July 21, Gates open at 6pm, show begins at 7pm. Tickets - Advance  45, door $50 (if available.)  General admission lawn:  Advance $25, door $30 (if available.) Dark Star Orchestra returns Thursday August 4th and continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Gates open at 5:30pm, show begins at 6pm.  General admission lawn only:  Advance $21.50, door $25 (if available.)

Thursday August 18th it’s UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, all founding members of the original UB40. Advance $65, door $70 (if available.)  Gold Circle general admission seating:  Advance $45, door $50 (if available.)  General admission lawn:  Advance $25, door $30. Gates open at 6pm, show begins at 7pm. George Thorogood and The Destroyers bring their blues-rock classics to the Heritage Amphitheater stage Sunday September 25th.  Advance tickets $37, door $42 (if available.)  General admission lawn:  Advance- $25, door $30. Gates open at 5:30pm, show begins at 6:30pm.  For more details visit  http://pocahontaslive.com/schedule-of-shows/.

The Historic Beacon Theatre, 401 North Main Street, Hopewell - Terri Clark, Thursday July 21, Tickets:  $25-$35 Advance/$30-$40 Door. The Marshall Tucker Band, Saturday July 30, Tickets:  $30-$50 Advance/$35-$55 Door. Ronnie Milsap, Thursday August 4, Doors:  6:30pm, Performance 7:30pm. Tickets:  $30-$50 Advance/$35-$55 Door. For tickets and more information visit http://thebeacontheatreva.com/schedule-2/ or http://www.myticketstobuy.com/ or call   804-446-3457. The Beacon is 5 Minutes East Of I-295 Exit 15A – 10 Minutes East Of I-95 Exit 61A - Route 10 Hopewell – Free Parking.

At Innsbrook After Hours Concert Series, 4901 Lake Brook Dr. Glen Allen, continues with Joe Walsh Thursday, July 21, , Third Eye Blind, Thursday, July 27; Slightly Stoopid Wednesday, July 28, gates open at 5, show time at 6. For more information and a complete list of performers and ticket prices call the hotline at   (804) 423-1779 or visit http://innsbrookafterhours.com/richmond-concert-schedule/.

The Diamond Food Truck Bash, Saturday, 3pm - 9pm, sponsored by the Virginia Museum of Radio and Concert Entertainment (VMRCE), at the Diamond, 3001 North Boulevard. featuring over 30 plus Richmond area food trucks offering different types of foods, deserts, and coffees. The bash will also have Virginia Craft beers, Virginia Wines, local businesses, charities, arts and crafts vendors and live music. Admission is free, lawn chairs are welcome, no coolers, baskets, knapsacks or pets please. For more details visit https://www.facebook.com/Diamond-Food-Truck-Bash-756158697857273/?fref=ts.

KidsFest is back and better than ever at Kings Dominion. This celebration is all about the little ones and takes place in the Planet Snoopy area of the park Saturday & Sunday, 23 and 24. All of the following activities, family friendly concerts and crafts are included with park admission, Plus, you can enjoy all the rides and regularly scheduled shows offered in Planet Snoopy! The event runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on all four dates. For detailed information visithttps://www.kingsdominion.com/kidsfest.

Sixth Baptist Church Family and Friends Community Day, Saturday, 11am - 5pm, 400 South Addison Street, Richmond, live music, Anthony Ellerbee & Debo Dabney, Saxophonist Talton Manning,, kids games, face painting, concessions, free admission, call 804-514-3145 for more information.

July 24

The Wailers Re-United Sunday, Sunday, 7:30pm, Featuring the Original Wailers Al Anderson & Aston “Family Man” Barrett performing for the first together in over 10 years. An evening of live performance of the greatest hits of Bob Marley & The Wailers at The National, 708 East Broad Street. Opening for the Original Wailer is Jouwala Collective. Tickets are still available at The National Box Office, The National and at the door the night of the show. For tickets and a complete list of concerts call 804-612-1900 or visit  http://www.thenationalva.com/events/all. Singer/Songwriter Chrisette Michele performs July 30.

Virginia Repertory Theatre presents “Dreamgirls” Winner of 6 Tony Awards starring Desiree Roots, Zuri Washington and Felicia Curry continues through August 7, 2016. Performances at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street. Directed by Chase Kniffen has reassembled many of the designers and  cast members from the 2014 “The Color Purple” and is thrilled to be working with many of them again. Tickets range from $48 – $60, student $15, discount for groups.  For more information visit http://va-rep.org/show_dreamgirls.html or call 804-282-2620.

Future Events: Enchanted Adult Proms - RVA Adult Prom, August 5, 8pm at Four Points Sheraton Airport, 4700 South Laburnum Avenue, tickets $50, call 804-620-PROM or visit EnchantedAdultproms.com.