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Weekend Events: Rodin at VMFA, Toruk — The First Flight, Illuminate Light Show and more

Posted at 12:04 PM, Nov 20, 2015

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Friday, November 20

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond celebrates its 51st Anniversary at the Craft + Design Show on Friday – Sunday at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad Street. Rise and Shine Breakfast, 9:30-11 am – $25, General Admission, 11 am-5 pm $10, Tasting and Admission $20, for details visit

Saturday, November 21

Richmond is the first of two cities in the U.S. to debut Rodin – Evolution of a Genius, an exhibition honoring the creative master of sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1918) at the Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts. Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the European Arts Department at the VMFA Dr. Mitchell Merling says it’s one of the most important collections from Rodin featuring  more than objects that include fragile plasters, patianted bronzes, marbles, ceramics and works on paper. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Richmonders to learn more about Rodin’s techniques, models, materials,  and assistants. Visitors will see some of Rodin’s best works that include The Thinker, The Kiss, The Burghers of Calais and many others. Rodin – Evolution of a Genius opens November 21 and runs through March 12, 2016 at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. For more details visit or call 804-340-1400.

Coming to the River City the newest offering from CIRQUE DU SOLE is inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR. TORUK – THE FIRST FLIGHT, is a live multi-media experience set three thousand years before events depicted in the film. The Show uses a mix of light projections, special effects, music, dance and acrobatics to produce a new story about the Navi People. And if you’ve seen Avatar, you’ll recognize familiar scenes like the tree of Souls and the Giant Bird or the Toruk. The Live Tour comes to the Richmond Coliseum November 27 – 29.  For tickets visit  and for more information on Toruk – The First Flight visit

Illuminate Light Show and Santa’s Village, Opens November 21 – January 2, 2016 at Meadow Event Park, open nightly 5:30 – 10pm. The light show features hundreds of thousands of LED lights synchronized to music from your car. the show also has an 8–foot tunnel of lights, 50 foot Christmas trees, dancing snowmen, singing trees and Santas  and festive decorations.  After the light show you’ll be able  to visit Santa’s Village inside, with of course Santa, an indoor skating rink, life-size Snow Globe photo booth, children’s activities, pictures with Santa and more.Tickets car admission 1-9 passengers $25, for limos and buses and other information visit

2nd annual Amazing World of Military Miniatures at The Virginia War Memorial, 10am-1pm.  Includes demonstrations of building of scale-model “toy soldiers” and military equipment by members, Presentation on military miniature collecting, demonstrations of latest techniques in 3-D scanning and model construction, 4,000+ military miniatures from the Thomas T. Allan Collection on display,  Entertaining and fun event for children and their families, free parking and free admission. Galanti Education Center and Memorial open from 9 am-4 pm For more information visit

Virginia Moonshine Festival, at Richmond International raceway, at the Old Dominion Building. Early shiner’s passes at noon, general admission 2pm. Moonshine tasting event featuring tastings and full pours from local craft beers and wine as well and food serving small plates from local restaurants like Mama J’s, Halligan’s, RedEye Cookie co, Big Daddy’s Salsa, and Nacho Mama’s. Tickets online $35, $45 at the gate and designated drivers $10. For details visit

The K-Cettes, ladies auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus, #395 annual Craft/Bake sale at the Columbian Center, 2324 Pump Road, 10am – 3pm. All proceeds benefit the Coal Pit Learning Center, providing developmental preschool classes and childcare to low-income families in Glen Allen and Lakeside. Handmade & vintage jewelry, crafts. food novelties, children’s & holiday gifts.

Sunday, November 22

JP JumPers Christmas Giving Tree Launch, Come out and listen to FREE LIVE Music  3pm-6pm at Max’s Positive Vibe Cafe, 2825 Hathaway Road, Richmond. The purpose of this event is to be a “Giver” by selecting a “JumPer” from the JP JumPers Christmas Giving Tree. Every person on the tree has special needs. This year there are 100 names of adults and children.  We are excited to be collaborating with Max’s Positive Vibe Cafe!  It is a non-profit, fully operating restaurant dedicated to training and employing people with intellectual disabilities in food services. We appreciate Max’s Positive Vibe Cafe “JumPing In”. (

9th annual Richmond Symphony Come & Play 2015 concert, rehearsal 2:30 – 5pm, concert 6pm at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, VCU, Musicians of all levels playing alongside the city’s top classical musicians under the direction of Associate Conductor Keitaro Harada. Featured guests “The Peppas”, details visit or call 804-788-4717.