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Thursday, September 15, 2011

RVA Events for Sept/Oct

SHOCKOE ON THE HALF-SHELL, Sept. 24. Oyster festival (with beef barbecue, hot dogs and hamburgers for non-oyster eaters) plus rock, jazz, hip-hop and funk from Proverbial, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at 17th Street Farmers' Market, 17th and East Main streets. Free; food for purchase. 646-0477.

MASSEY ON THE RIVER, Sept. 24. Food and drink, yacht rock by Three Sheets to the Wind, silent auction of luxury goods and services and more, 6-10 p.m. on Rock Bottom Island. $35 in advance, $45 at gate; benefits VCU Massey Cancer Center. http://www.masseyontheriver.org or 828-1451.

RICHMOND SYMPHONY METRO COLLECTION, Sept. 25. "Mendelssohn's 'Italian' " with Richmond Symphony Chamber Chorus plus music by Aaron Jay Kernis and Bach, 3 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 2) in Blackwell Auditorium, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland. 788-1212.

STATE FAIR OF VIRGINIA, Sept. 29-Oct. 9. Animals and agriculture, midway rides and games, free entertainment, fair food, exhibits and much more, opening 5-10 p.m. at The Meadow Event Park in Doswell. Walk-around season pass, $23 in advance, $30 at gate; $10-$15 walk-around daily admission; rides extra. Hours vary. http://www.yourstatefair.org or (800) 588-3247.

SHAQ ENTERTAINMENT ALL-STAR COMEDY JAM, Sept. 30. Handpicked by Shaquille O'Neal, comics Corey Holcomb, Michael Blackson, Capone and Gary Owen entertain at 8 p.m. at Richmond's Landmark Theater, 6 N. Laurel St. $37-$47. 646-4213.

BARK IN THE PARK, Oct. 1. Pet-friendly benefit for Henrico Humane Society, including marketplace, music by OminOtagO, contests, 5K run and 2K dog walk ($25-$30 registration; 262-6634) and more, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Parkway. Free. 501-5121.

¿QUÉ PASA? FESTIVAL OF VIRGINIA, Oct. 1. Celebrating Hispanic cultures with dancers, arts and crafts, music, authentic food, children's area and more, noon-8 p.m. at Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. Free. 378-4099.

RICHMOND SYMPHONY POPS, Oct. 1. "A Symphonic Night at the Movies," orchestral accompaniment to "Casablanca," on the old Loew's movie screen, 8 p.m. at Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, 600 E. Grace St. 788-1212.

SECOND STREET FESTIVAL, Oct. 1-2. Celebrating the African-American culture of the Jackson Ward neighborhood with music on four stages, marketplace, ethnic food and more, noon-7 p.m. Oct. 1 and 1-6 p.m. Oct. 2 on Second Street between Marshall and Leigh streets. Free. 788-6466.

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