“Rocky Horror Show”
VCU’s W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
The cult film turns 40 this year, but it was a stage show first, featuring transvestites, cheerful genderbending and pastiches of 1950s pop songs. $20; student discounts. Midnight shows through Nov. 15. VCU’s W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Ave. Info: arts.vcu.edu/theatre/on-stage
Dia de los Muertos
Festival the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
Dia de los Muertos Festival in conjunction with the Latin Ballet of Virginia. Dancing, music, treats, family activities. Free. 1-5 p.m., the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road.
Atlantic Chamber Ensemble
Unity of Bon Air
Atlantic Chamber Ensemble presents music and discussions exploring fear. Performances to include works by Britten, Shostakovich, Ravel and others, along with a world premiere from Arshak Andriasov. Free; donations accepted. 4 p.m., Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Road. Info: acensemble.org or unitybonair.org.
Weinstein JCC Game Day
Weinstein Jewish Community Center
This eighth annual event for adults 18 and up offers mahjong, bridge and other games. Lunch and snacks included. Donations will be accepted for Elmer Toth Community Food Pantry. $28. Weinstein Jewish Community Center, 5403 Monument Ave. Info: weinsteinjcc.org.
All Saints, All Hallows, All Voices & Brass!
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Celebrate All Saints Day and its cultural descendant, All Hallows Eve, with the Fairfax Choral Society and the Washington Symphonic Brass performing works by St. Hildegard of Bingen, Berlioz, Verdi, Vaughn Williams and more. Free. 2:30 p.m., Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 800 S. Cathedral Place.
Virginia Thanksgiving Festival
The Berkeley Plantation
Celebrate at the site of the first Thanksgiving in the country, according to some scholars. Event features a parade, period games, the Chickahominy Tribal Dancers, candle dipping and more. $10/car. More info: berkeleyplantation.org.
The Tony-winning musical from Alan Menken, Harvey Fierstein and Disney Theatrical Productions, arrives in Richmond. $38-$78 plus fees. Through Nov. 8 at the Altria Theater. Info: altriatheater.com.
Civil War Nurse Discussion: Sally Tompkins
3rd Street Diner
Famed Civil War nurse Sally Tompkins will be discussed in “Dearest of Captains: Sally Tompkins and Robertson Hospital, presented by Kelly Hancock, interpretations and programs manager at the American Civil War Museum. Free. 6-8 p.m., 3rd Street Diner, 218 E. Main St.
Artist’s Talk and Exhibit
University of Richmond’s Visual Arts Building
Bosnian graphic designer Bojan Hadzihalilovi visits campus to discuss graphic design and activism. Part of the series “20 Years After Srebrenica: Bosnia and Herzegovina Today.” Free. 1 p.m., University of Richmond’s Visual Arts Building. Information: richmond.edu.
Art and Remembrance
November Gallery of the Weinstein JCC
At age 15, Esther Krinitz disobeyed Nazi orders to report to a train station for “relocation,” fleeing with her younger sister to work with Polish farmers. In 1977, trained as a dressmaker, she began making art out of cloth. “Art and Remembrance: Images of the Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz” is an exhibit of her work. Free. Through Jan. 7 at the Sara D. November Gallery of the Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Ave. Info: weinsteinjcc.org.
VCU Art Depot
Pitch Session, VCU students and entrepreneurs will share innovations in products and services in the field of aging in four-five minutes or less through a “pitch event” moderated by a business leader. Time for “liquid networking” and informational exchanges to learn from local leaders in the field. 5 pm - 7 pm. Free. VCU Art Depot, 814 W. Broad St. Info: Beth.Ludden@genworth.com or 922-5517.
“A Pulsing Heart, Paradise Is Now”
The Page Bond Gallery
A show of new paintings by Charlotte Culot. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Exhibits through Dec. 5. The Page Bond Gallery, 1635 W. Main St. Info: pagebondgallery.com or 359-3633.
“On Golden Pond”
Huguenot United Methodist Church
The Ernest Thompson drama about an elderly couple summering at the lake, opens. Continues on weekends through Nov. 22. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. $12. Huguenot United Methodist Church, 10661 Duryea Drive. Info: Huguenotcommunityplayers.com or 272-6820, ext. 5.
Book Signing: Phyllis Lawson
Richmond Public Library
Author Phyllis Lawson signs “Quilt of Souls”; sponsored by Book People. Free. 1-3 p.m., Richmond Public Library, 101 E. Franklin St. Info: 646-7223.
Morning Star Baptist Church
Featuring Coral Harvey Armstrong, The Anointed Brothers, Heavenly Hands, Cierra Lunday, Gospel Music Workshop of America — Goochland Chapter and others. Free; offerings accepted. Doors open at 4 p.m. Morning Star Baptist Church, 3509 Midlothian Turnpike. Info: 852-1630
The Seventh Annual Short Pump Mile and Fun Run
Richmond’s largest timed youth road race. Participants receive race T-shirts, medals and refreshments. Awards to age group and overall winners. A 400-meter fun run (non-timed) is offered to children age 5 and younger who aren’t up to running a mile. Proceeds benefit community outreach programs. First heat at 7:45 a.m. Information: www.shortpumprace.com.
Becoming a Foster Family
Virginia Baptist Resource Center
Learn about becoming a foster family. 6 p.m., Virginia Baptist Resource Center, 2828 Emerywood Parkway. Info: 201-9006 or email ShannonU@HopeTreeFS.org.
The Grammy and Dove-award-winning Christian musician brings songs from his nine albums and 12 No. 1 radio singles. $30.50 - $42 (plus fees). 7 p.m. Altria Theater. Tickets: etix.com or 1-800-514-3849.
Parkside Assisted Living at Beth Sholom Campus
Free health screenings including blood pressure, cholesterol and more, presented by Beth Sholom Lifecare Community. 4-7 p.m., Parkside Assisted Living at Beth Sholom Campus, 150 John Rolfe Parkway. Info: Sue Berinato, email@example.com or 421-5037.
UR Wind Ensemble
UR Wind Ensemble performs Holst and other classics of the winds repertoire. Free. 7:30 p.m. Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music, University of Richmond. Info: (804)289-8277.
“Tarzan: The Musical”
Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse
Presented by the young actors of SPARC. Based on the Disney adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs classic and featuring songs by Phil Collins. Through Nov. 15. $15. 7:30; matinee performances 2 p.m., Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse at Richmond CenterStage. Info: SPARConline.org or 353-3393.
Urban farming center Tricycle Gardens celebrates the season and presents its Golden Trowel Awards. $50. 5:30 p.m., 900 Bainbridge St. Info: 231-7767, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hops in the Park Harvest Festival
Henricus Historical Park
A showcase of agribusiness activities related to the manufacturing of craft beer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, plus food popular in the 17th century. Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester. Info: (804) 748-1611.
UR Jazz and Contemporary Combos
UR jazz and contemporary combos showcase student jazz and contemporary musicians playing bossa nova, swing and other styles. Free. 7:30 p.m. Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music, University of Richmond. Info: (804)289-8277.
Technology for Seniors
St. Mary’s Woods
Hands-on seminar on how to use Facebook and other topics, designed for people 55 and up. Free. Registration required. 10 a.m.-noon. St. Mary’s Woods, 1257 Marywood Lane. Info: (804)741-8624 or stmaryswoods.com.
The RVA Better Aging Forum meets
The Virginia Room at Imperial Plaza
Senior care/product/service industry professionals are invited. 11:30-1:00 in The Virginia Room at Imperial Plaza at 1717 Bellevue Ave. Info: 368-3200 or email jwarns@RFSLends.com.
Suzanne Vega with Duncan Sheik
Modlin Center for the Arts
The singer-songwriters perform separately and together in a song cycle celebrating New York City. 7:30 p.m. $40 (discounts for seniors). Modlin Center for the Arts — Camp Concert Hall. Info: modlin.richmond.edu or 289-8980.
Affairs of the Hearth
Henricus Historical Park
A day-long, food-forward event explores 17th-century cooking for English soldiers, middle-class colonists, and Virginia Indians. Doors open to at 10 a.m.; $8 adults, $6 children ages 6–12. Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester. Info: (804) 748-1611.
“Go Set a Watchman” discussion
Readers, critics and fans of Harper Lee’s recently published novel are invited. Free. 1-3 p.m., Book People, 536 Granite Ave. Info: 288-4346 or email@example.com.
6th and Broad Streets
Downtown cools down with a skating rink open to the public. Skates available for rental. $5, children 5 and under $3. Season passes $25. Hours vary daily; check online schedule. Through Jan. 3. At 6th and Broad streets. Info: www.rvaonice.net or 592-3400.
Opening, GardenFest of Lights
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Half a million lights twinkle at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens’ annual GardenFest of Lights. This year’s theme, “H2Whoa,” explores water in all its varieties. $12 adults, $8 children. Through Jan. 11. Info: www.lewisginter.org or 262-9887.
Friendship, Trade & Feast
Henricus Historical Park
Friendship, Trade & Feast interprets the history of the first Thanksgiving. Learn and take part in cooking, games, songs and dances common to Virginians in 1611-1622. $8 adults, $6 for children ages 6-12, patrons free. Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester. Info: (804) 748-1611.