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JAN. 2

DOWNTON ABBEY SEASON FIVE PREVIEW: Free gala to celebrate screening of new season of PBS series, with screening of first full episode of Season Five; period costume attire encouraged; 7:30 p.m., Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel St.; preview reception at 5:30 p.m. costs $50; altriatheater.com

JAN. 2-4

THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG: Neil Simon play with music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager, Virginia Repertory Theatre production at Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road, Hanover; 8 p.m. Jan. 2-3, and 2 p.m. Jan. 4; virginiarep.org

JAN. 4

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS: 3 p.m., Richmond Coliseum, 601 E. Leigh St.; $25 to $320; richmondcoliseum.com

JAN. 5

BACK TO SCHOOL!

JAN. 8

DOMINION GARDENFEST FOR FIDOS: 5-10 p.m.; share the GardenFest of Lights with your canine friends at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, 1800 Lakeside Road, Henrico; benefit for Richmond SPCA; regular garden admission and $2 admission for pet; light festival continues through Jan. 12; www.lewisginter.org

JAN. 9

ANNE’S VISUAL ARTS STUDIO OPENING RECEPTION: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. event for “Seers and Mystics” by Orgia Labidi and final installment of annual Arts2go Artistic Gifts Mixed Media Group exhibition; 208 W. Broad St.; facebook.com/VisualArtStudio

JAN. 9-JAN. 15

FORBIDDEN CITY: IMPERIAL TREASURES FROM THE PALACE MUSEUM, BEIJING: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, through Jan. 15, entry on the half hour; $20, $16 seniors, $10 students, tickets must be purchased for a specific time; vmfa.museum

JAN. 10

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS BUS TOUR HIGHLAND PARK: 10 a.m. to noon; bus tour of Richmond neighborhood founded in 1891 as a street car suburb; meet at The Valentine, 1015 E. Clay St.; $25, reservations required; thevalentine.org

BRING ONE FOR THE CHIPPER: Recycle your fresh Christmas tree, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. paved lot at Robin Hood Road at North Boulevard; also includes electronics recycling and paper shredding; bring up to five boxes of paper; $10 to recycle a television, no charge for other electronics; RichmondGov.com

THROUGH JAN. 11



MAME: Virginia Repertory Theatre production; various dates and times through Jan. 11; The Sarah Belle and Neil November Theatre Marjorie Arenstein State at Virginia Rep Center,
114 W. Broad St.; va-rep.org

JAN. 13

JEWELRY CRAFTERS: WIRE WRAPPING SKILLS NECKLACE AND EARRINGS: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Chesterfield Senior Center, 4000 Chignall Drive, Midlothian; learn how to make beaded jewelry while having fun, socializing and being creative; supplies provided; for age 50 and older; $19, Course 292262, (804) 748-1623 

JAN. 13

PARENTING FORUM DIVORCE, THE RIPPLING EFFECT: 6 p.m., Children’s Museum of Richmond, 2200 Old Brick Road, Glen Allen; Commonwealth Parenting forum series event; $30 per class and includes dinner, class, parenting experts, and interactive question and answer session; babysitting available, but reservations required; (804) 545-1272, or www.commonwealthparenting.org/rvaparentsforum/

JAN. 15

SOUTHERN COMMUNITY COOKING: 7 p.m. Central Library, Chesterfield; with food writer Sheri Castle, author of “The Southern Living Community Cookbook: Celebrating Food and Fellowship in the American South; book sale and signing follows program; 9501 Lori Road; library.chesterfield.gov

JAN. 16-17

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET: Celebration of 1950s rock icons Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash in a Broadway in Richmond presentation, Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel St., 8 p.m. Jan. 16 and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 17; $38-$70; etix.com for tickets, altriatheater.com for information

JAN. 17

PRINCESS AND THE PEA: 10 a.m., doors open at 9 a.m., Virginia Opera presentation at Gottwald Playhouse at CenterStage, 600 E. Grace St.; $6-$10; www.etix.com

JAN. 17-18

FREEDOM CLASSIC 2015: Virginia State vs. Virginia Union basketball game; 7 p.m., Richmond Coliseum, 601 E. Leigh St.; $20 to $25; richmondcoliseum.com

JAN. 18

MLK EVENSONG: 5 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 1205 W. Franklin St.; service celebrates life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; with St. James choirs and Dr. Carl Haywood and the Norfolk State University Concert Choir; www.doers.org

JAN. 19

MLK DAY HOLIDAY

JAN. 20

BEGINNER TEEN VIDEO PRODUCTION CLASS: 4-6 p.m., Pine Camp Cultural Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road; basic concepts of video and web production and social media promotion; richmondgov.com/parks

JAN. 22

BUMPER JACKSONS: 6:30 p.m., Eclectic band performs roots jazz, country swings street blues; Ashland Coffee & Tea, 100 N. Railroad Ave., Ashland; ashlandcoffeeandtea.com

JAN. 23

WORK: Annual exhibit of works by leaders of Visual Arts Center opens; 1812 W. Main St.; exhibit continues through March 6; visualarts.org

JAN. 23-24

ARENA RACING USA: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23, 7 p.m. Jan. 24, Richmond Coliseum, 601 E. Leigh St.; drivers in ½-scale stock cars race around a high-banked track; $7 to $14; richmondcoliseum.com

JAN. 24

ZENTANGLE: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bon Air Library, 9103 Rattlesnake Road; Zen-like, meditative way of creating free-flowing, abstract designs using repetitive patterns and shapes; get basic kit to take home, registration required; library.chesterfield.gov

ANNUAL WINTER CARNIVAL EVENT: Free event 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Skipwith Memorial United Methodist Church, 2211 Skipwith Road, Henrico; skipwithumc.com

JAN. 25

HISTORY OF AMERICAN FASHION: 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs; look at fashion trends from the 18th century to the 20th century; reception follows fashion show, participants encouraged to dress up in your favorite era costume; tru08@henrico.us

JAN. 27

VOICES OF SURVIVAL: 7 p.m., International Holocaust Remembrance Day event commemorates 70th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp; Richmond Symphony, CenterStage Carpenter Theater, 600 E. Grace St.; $20-$75, richmondcenterstage.com

JAN. 28

ZAP MAMA AND ANTIBALAS: 7:30 p.m., CenterStage Carpenter Theater, 600 E. Grace St.; $30-$38, richmondcenterstage.com

HOW TO PRUNE PLANTS FOR THE TERRIFIED: 6 p.m., Central Library, 9501 Lori Road, Chesterfield; Chesterfield Cooperative Service seminar; (804) 751-4401, vce@chesterfield.gov to register

JAN. 29

COREY SMITH: 8 p.m., The National, 708 E. Broad St.; $24.75; thenationalva.com

JAN. 31

SHIVER IN THE RIVER: James River cleanup event and jump into the river; winter festival in heated tents after cleanup and river dip; Historic Tredegar on the James, 500 Tredegar St.: 11 a.m. registration, festival and cleanup begins at noon, James River Jump at 1:30 p.m., festival continues to 3:30 p.m.; Keep Virginia Beautiful Event; shiverintheriver.com