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810 Weekend Gallery, 810 Caroline St. New works by Beverley Coates (watercolors), Penny A. Parrish (photography) and Lynn Abbott (acrylics and oils). 540/371-4099.

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There has been a wonderful trend in historical fiction, with a number of books highlighting previously little known actions of courageous women during World War II. “The Lost Girls of Paris” is a new entry in the trend, and author Pam Jenoff has found yet another group of women to highlight.

Written in 1897, Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula” has been terrifying readers with its depiction of the original vampire for well over a century. A courageous team, led by Jonathan Harker and wife Mina, discovers the sinister plot of Count Dracula. After several tragic setbacks, they manage to …

Virginia has been going through it, guys. The state's three top elected officials are embroiled in controversies and facing demands for their resignations. But there has been one bright spot for the commonwealth this week: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

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810 Weekend Gallery, 810 Caroline St. New works by Beverley Coates (watercolors), Penny A. Parrish (photography) and Lynn Abbott (acrylics and oils). 540/371-4099.

Maroon 5 is boring. It is also a wildly successful band. I posit that boredom is an integral component of Maroon 5’s success. To paraphrase Judge Elihu Smails from “Caddyshack,” the world needs boring music, too.

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The celebration of the holiday season continues in full force this weekend as the folks at the Kennedy Center invite all families to join them for three days chock-full of free activities and performances to herald the Lunar New Year.

Since Henry VIII began the English Reformation in the 16th century, breaking away from the Catholic Church, England has mostly been associated with being a Protestant nation. Though several attempts were made at restoring the Catholic faith, the Anglican church remained in power with the mon…

Virtually every reader has been affected in one way or another by the market crash in 2008–09 and the subsequent Great Recession. Job prospects, retirement planning, political turmoil and other economic consequences can all be traced to the events chronicled by Mr. Tooze. While certainly not…

A recent trip to see the stage version of “School of Rock” in D.C. got me thinking about the best way to educate youngsters in the way of rock. It’s the lucky child who gets tutored by Jack Black, so most of us have to look elsewhere if we want to raise our children right. Music lessons are …

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The current production of Virginia Repertory Theatre’s Children’s Theatre, “Huck and Tom and the Mighty Mississippi,” is an action-packed, fast-paced, humorous musical that takes young audiences on a whirlwind tour of the world and personalities brought into being by that quintessential Amer…

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810 Weekend Gallery, 810 Caroline St. New works by Beverley Coates (watercolors), Penny A. Parrish (photography) and Lynn Abbott (acrylics and oils). First Friday reception 6-8:30 p.m. 540/371-4099.

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A number of entertainment venues from Washington, D.C., to Richmond are offering free and discounted tickets for workers affected by the federal government shutdown. See website for more information.

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Those of us over a certain age still remember getting up early on Saturday mornings to sit way too close to the television and watch cartoons for hours, often while having a bowl of sugary cereal with cookies on the side, if our folks were still asleep.

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It was cold and it was Monday—a tragic pairing in my opinion. I’d worked my first day after a long, luxurious winter break, and we’d languished in rush hour traffic on busy Route 3. By the time we got to Romeo & Juliet, I was counting on a delicious dinner to thaw my icy spirits.