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Weekend Events: Humpback Whales, Ladybug Wine Tasting and Celebration of the Vine

Posted at 12:00 PM, Apr 09, 2015

RICHMOND: Humpback Whales at The Science Museum of Virginia opens Saturday, April 11, showing at The Dome. Under the helm of two-time Academy Award® nominated director Greg MacGillivray, MacGillivray Freeman Films brings their legendary giant-screen storytelling to one of the most enormous and fascinating creatures on Earth. Narrated by two-time Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor and presented by Pacific Life, Humpback Whales is an immersive ocean adventure that dives head-first into the mysterious realm of these 55-foot, 50-ton aquatic mammals. Featuring the largest all-digital dome theater in the world, guests view 29 million pixels on the Museum’s dome theater. With stunning clarity and brilliance, the 76-foot diameter screen provides the ultimate immersive experience. Dome Features are $9. Science Museum of Virginia Exhibit Admission and a Dome Feature are $16 with $1 discounts for ages 4-12 and 60+. Humpback Whales Splash in The Dome 2500 West Broad Street, for details visit

The Greater Richmond Arc’s 15th annual Ladybug Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, April 11, 6-9:30pm at Richmond Raceway Complex’s Torque Club. Wines, craft beers, a silent auction, advance tickets $80, at the door $90, details or call 804-358-1874. Benefits therapy for children in ARC’s Infant & Development Services program, to date ARC has raised over one million dollars for the Ladybug Fund.

Church Hill Prom for Grown Folks at the Robinson Theater, 2903 Q Street, Church Hill, Saturday, April 11, 7pm – midnight. Benefits Richmond Cycling Corps, this group started the Armstrong High School Cycling Team, the nation’s only inner-city school cycling team, advance tickets $35, for details A celebration of the neighborhood with local food and drinks.

A Celebration of the Vine, hosted by Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce, Saturday, April 11th, 11am – 6pm, The Millworks, 13872 Coalfield Parkway, Midlothian, free shuttles from John Tyler Community College and Midlothian HS. Handicap parking will be available in the marked section of the Midlothian Library parking lot B. No pets are allowed, no outside food or alcohol, Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and advance tickets $25, $30 at the gate; non-taster $10 at gate $15. For more details visit Parking instructions – free shuttles from John Tyler Community College and Midlothian High School. Handicap parking will be available in the marked section of the Midlothian Library parking lot. Pets are not allowed and no outside food or alcohol.

Richmond Jazz Society’s Guest Educators Series presents Steve Wilson & Wilsonian’s Grain, Tuesday, April 7th 2 shows 7pm & 9:15pm at Capital Ale Hose, Downtown Music Hall, advance tickets $25, day of show $30, for details visit or call 804-643-1972.

Concerts: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Saturday, April 11, doors open at 6:30pm, concert 7:30pm at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond Center Stage, tickets Bob Dylan and His Band, Sunday, April 12, 8pm at the Altria Theater, tickets 800-514-3849 or Kevin Hart’s What Now? Tour, Richmond Coliseum, Sunday May, 3rd, 7pm doors open at 6pm, tickets $49>40 – $125.50, for details

Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival, April 9 – 11 in Charlottesville, April 9, 6-10pm at The Jefferson Theater; April 10, individual wineries will host a variety of activities during the day followed by a series of winemaker dinners at some of  Charlottesville’s best restaurants. April 10,  1-5pmTasting event at nTelos Wireless Pavilion featuring 25 local wineries and live entertainment. For more information visit Tickets $35, under 21 admission $10, ages 10 & under free, VIP $80.

Sheep to Shawl at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park, Saturday, April 11, noon – 4pm, learn about wool and the methods used to process the fiber, enjoy historic music while strolling the grounds and the 19th-century farm site, for details visit

Reel Abilities Virginia Disabilities Film Festival, ReelAbilities is dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities, films shown April 12 – 18 at venues around Richmond, Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Avenue, Visual arts Center of Richmond, 1812 West Main Street, Spirited Art, 4029 Whittall Way, Glen Allen  and Larrick Student Center on VCU Medical Center’s MCV Campus, 900 Turpen Street. For more information visit

The Whistle Shop Theatre Company’s Snow White & The Super Dwarves, April 11 – 12, 2pm & 4pm at The Ashland Theatre, 205 England Street, for details or call 804-240-4498.

Virginia Union University Department of Languages & Literature presents “The 2nd Annual Sankofa Film Festival”, “The Impact of Black Women on Community Liberation & Enrichment” April 13 – 16 in the L. Douglas Wilder Library Media Room 1500 N. Lombardy Street. This event is free and open to the public. This year’s festival will examine the critical and unique role played by black women in the struggle for freedom and equality with a line-up of films and an opening night panel celebrating black women who honor that role fiercely. Free off-street parking is available in the lot adjacent to the library or in the Hovey Field parking lot on the North side of Lombardy Street. For further information, call 804-257-5635.

Jennifer Sheehan – You Made Me Love You: Celebrating 100 Years of the Great American Songbook, April 10, 7pm, Tickets: Tickets available at Richmond CenterStage Box Office, online at and Charge-By-Phone at 800-514-ETIX (3849). Ticket $25 – $50. The Great American Songbook is 100 years old and Jennifer Sheehan has created a critically-acclaimed show that recognizes this milestone and sings the songs- and the praises- of America’s finest lyricists and composers—from Berlin to Bucchino and Gershwin to Guettel. For details visit

22nd James River Film Festival is Thursday, April 9th – 12th. Opening reception 5:30-7pm  with hors d’oeuvres, cash bar.  For more information of times and venues visit or 232-7642. Admission varies.

Sketch Virginia Opens at the Virginia Center for Architecture, This new exhibition is presented at the Virginia Center for Architecture in partnership with Urban Sketchers and sponsored by Glavé & Holmes Architecture, Thursday, April 9th through Sunday, July 5th. Opening reception is Thursday, April 9th, 5-7 pm at 2501 Monument Avenue in Historic Fan District. For more information visit

FUTURE Events: Garden Club of Virginia Historic Garden Week House & Garden Tours April 18 – 25, tours fund the restoration & preservation of Virginia’s Historic. Richmond tours includes:  Capitol Region – 4 days, Saturday, 4/18 Old Church near Ashland; Sunday, 4/19, Monday, 4/20 and Tuesday, 4/21 touring the James River Plantations
Tuesday; 4/21 travel to Fredericksburg-Caroline County  to the north or Petersburg to the south; Wednesday; 4/22 spend the first of 3 days in Richmond on the Hermitage Road tour Thursday; 4/23 Kingcrest Parkway tour Friday; 5/2 Cary Street Road tour. For a complete list of home tours visit

Nursing Job Fair at McGuire Virginia Medical Center, 1201 Broad Rock Boulevard, Room 2K – 113, Tuesday, April 14, 3pm – 7pm. For more information call
804-675-5050 or visit

Historic Petersburg Foundation, presents “Little Hollywood”, watch the “Turn” season 2 premier on AMC, Monday, April 13th, doors open at 6pm, at the Black Swan Theater at 9 West Old Street, wine tasting, heavy hors d’oeuvres by the Brickhouse Run & Blue Willow Tea Room, live historic music, Bowl’d Sojer Band, all proceeds benefit Historic Petersburg Foundation, tickets $40.00 for details visit

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan Live Via Webcast, “Save Our Girls – A Nation Can Rise No Higher Than Its Woman” Saturday, April 18, 9:30am – 1pm, doors open 9am at Fifth Baptist Church, 1415 West Cary Street, Richmond, for more information call 804- 519-9823.

Commonwealth Catholic Charities annual Carnevale Ball 2015, Saturday, April 18, 6pm -11pm at The Westin Hotel, 6631 west Broad Street. The Carnevale Ball is a black-tie optional evening of fun and elegance, with both silent and live auctions. For more details visit or call 804-282-8444.

ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation’s 5K and Fun Walk Saturday, April 25, The race begins at 9AM. The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard. A day devoted to celebrate ASK’s kids with the Fun Walk and 5K, music, food and activities. Raise funds and celebrate these children, which directly promotes ASK’s mission of providing financial, spiritual, social, and emotional support to over 1,000 children (who have or had cancer) and their families annually. Registration – $30, which covers the 5K and Fun Walk and a ticket to the Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball game that night! Details

Petersburg ‘s Smokin’ Barbecue Festival, Saturday, April 18th, 12pm – 5pm, in Historic Old Towne Petersburg, details

24th Revolutionary War Re-Enactment of the 1781 Battle of Petersburg April 18, 10am – 5pm  & April 19, 10am – 4pm at Historic Battersea, 1289 Upper Appomattox Street,. Petersburg , for more details visit

RPS Living Legacies Breakfast, April 24, 7:30am at the Jefferson Hotel, for details visit