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Weekend Events: ‘Motown The Musical,’ Israeli Film Fest, Dressing Downton and more

Posted at 3:05 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 15:33:18-05
Motown The Musical

Motown The Musical

Friday, January 8 – February 3rd

2nd Floor Gallery, Richmond Public Library – “Tropism: The Good Girl’s Journey” collages by Richmond artist Darlene Anita Scott at 6:30, 101 East Franklin Street, for more information call 804-646-7223 or visit

January 8 – February 27

Wild Beauty: Near and Far, a group show featuring Rob Sabatini photography and Andy Stuart watercolors, Opening Art Reception Friday, 5pm – 7:30pm at the Gallery at UNOS, 700 North 4th Street, Gallery hours Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm, reception is open to the public, for details visit

Through January 10, 2016

“Motown The Musical” continues through Sunday at the Altria Theater. Click here for ticket info.

About the Show: Motown The Musical is Broadway’s record-breaking smash hit that tells the true story behind the beat that changed minds, touched lives and took the world by storm. Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations – Motown The Musical shows how these legendary artists and so many more created the soundtrack that transformed America. With over 40 classic songs such as “My Girl,” “What’s Going On,” “Dancing in the Street,” “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” this explosive Broadway event is the next chapter of Motown’s incredible history – and an experience you’ll never forget.

Through January 10

The 6th Annual Israeli Film Festival brings the Israeli culture to the big screen through internationally acclaimed cinema, Four moving films explore the tensions of heritage versus contemporary trends, family, faith and more at the Weinstein JCC.  Program admission is $12 per film or $42 for all four films with discounts for JCC members. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling (804) 285-6500.

Through January 10

Follow your favorite characters in “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times, a new Exhibition at the Virginia Historical Society, 428 North Boulevard and  runs through January 10, 2016. The exhibit highlights fashion from the popular PBS TV series Downton Abbey. In this traveling exhibition you’ll see thirty-six period costumes with jewelry and accessories from the hit series and be transported into the lives of Downton’s aristocratic inhabitants and their servants during the 1910’s and 1920’s. Dressing Downton is free to members, $20 for adults and $16 for adult group of 10 or more. For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call 804-358-4901.

Through January 11

Dominion GardenFest of Lights and this year’s theme “H2Whoa” showcases water in all its forms. Dominion GardenFest opens nightly 5-10pm. Visitors will see a dazzling 30-acre light and botanical display highlighting some of the many ways water surrounds us and shapes the world in which we live. The garden is also jammed packed with more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, fire pit with s’mores and hot chocolate (for purchase). For tips, Visiting with Children, Parking, Food, admission, other activities and more information about Dominion GardenFest of lights visit call 804-262-9887.

January 10, 25 & February 10

An Adventure’s Memoir “A Cotton Rat For Breakfast: Adventures in Midlife and Beyond,” an inspiring account of Emily Kimball and her journey from age 45 through 84. Sunday, Bryan Park 3pm, Monday, Main Public Library 6pm and Wednesday West End Library at 6pm, for more information call 804-646-7223 or visit

Sunday, January 10

STANDING TOGETHER  at Congregation Beth Ahabah, 1111 W Franklin St, Richmond, In response to increasing Islamophobia, xenophobia, and divisive rhetoric, “Standing Together” is an initiative to bring diverse groups in Richmond together to speak out and stand with the Muslim community and others who are marginalized. The community is invited to attend a “Standing Together” gathering from 4pm – 5pm, the program will feature speakers, a panel discussion, and community conversations. Tickets and more information at

January 8-10

Latin Ballet’s of Virginia 16th annual “The Legend of the Poinsettia” Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 3pm & 7:30pm and Sunday 3pm at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen. Tickets and more information available at or call 804-356-3876.