St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, March 16. McDonald’s Parade, music, merchant vendors, contests and more. Downtown Roanoke. 342-2640, roanokesaintpats.org.
Saint Patrick’s Day at Peaks of Otter Winery, March 17. Wear green and receive an extra discount on wines. Bedford. 586-3707, peaksofotterwinery.com.
The SPRING Home Show – Better Living Expo, March 23-25. Builders, designers and other vendors share ideas for the home. Salem Civic Center. 375-3004, salemciviccenter.com.
National D-Day Memorial presents Run for Hope 5K, March 24. 8:30-10 a.m. National D-Day Memorial, Bedford. 587-3619, dday.org.
City of Salem Easter Egg Hunt, March 31. Eggs filled with prizes and candy, kids activities and visits with the Easter Bunny. Longwood Park, Salem. 375-3057.
Blossom to Bottle Open House, March 31-April 1, April 6-8, 13-15. Peaks of Ottery Winery, Bedford. 586-3707, peaksofotterwinery.com.
Blue Ridge Bike Fest, April 13-15. Indoor and outdoor vendors, music, test rides of new bikes and more. Roanoke Civic Center. 853-5483, roanokeciviccenter.com.
2012 Virginia Blue Ridge Race for a Cure, April 14. A 5K race and one-mile walk to raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. Elmwood Park, Roanoke. 400-8222, komenroanoke.org.
A 100 Year Anniversary Titanic Event, April 14. Dine on five courses with wine as re-enactors animate a momentous evening’s final hours. Reservations required. 6:30 p.m. Chateau Morrisette, Meadows of Dan. 593-2865, thedogs.com.
Lexington Scots Irish Heritage Festival, April 14. Featuring an opening parade, highland games, craft vendors, traditional food and music by the Virginia Highland Pipes & Drums. Lexington. 464-6545, lexcelts.com.
14th Annual Blue Ridge Kite Festival, April 21. Professionally choreograhed routines and kite flying tricks, food, and arts and craft vendors and more. Green Hill Park, Salem. 387-0267.
Salem Gun & Knife Traders Show, April 21-22. Salem Civic Center. 375-3004, salemciviccenter.com.
58th Annual Vinton Dogwood Festival, April 25-29. Carnival, entertainment stages, craft show, distance run, children’s area, antique car show and the annual parade. Downtown Vinton. 983-0614,vintondogwoodfestival.org.
4th Annual Blacksburg Fork and Cork, April 28. Festival featuring food, wine, art, music and more. First and Main Shopping District, Blacksburg. 443-2008, blacksburgforkandcork.com.
Historic Garden Week Tour, April 28. Self-guided walking tour of local homes and gardens. Roanoke. 804-644-7776, vagardenweek.org.
Prelude to Invasion – Living History Event, April 28. WWII period command tent, a briefing on the invasion and information about weapons of war. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. National D-Day Memorial, Bedford. 587-3619,dday.org.
Rockin’ Brews & BBQ’s, April 28. A variety of barbecue, live music, children’s activities and more. Downtown Moneta. 721-1203.
PetEx 2012, April 28-29. Expo featuring vendors, workshops, demonstrations, pet-themed entertainment, contests and more. Roanoke Civic Center. 853-5483, roanokeciviccenter.com.
Spring Tea Dance, April 29. A day of entertainment, dancing, dining and camaraderie. $25 per person. The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Roanoke. 985-5900, hotelroanoke.com.
“Arsenic and Old Lace,” March 2-4. A drama critic must deal with his crazy family and local police as he debates whether to marry the woman he loves. Little Town Players, Bedford. 586-5881,littletownplayers.com.
Broadway in Roanoke: Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” March 11. Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. 853-5483, roanokeciviccenter.com.
Cirque du Soleil: Quidam, March 28-April 1. A bored young girl slides into an imaginary world where she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul. Roanoke Civic Center. 853-5483,roanokeciviccenter.com.
“The Velveteen Rabbit,” March 29-April 7. The Velveteen Rabbit earns the love of a young boy and learns about the joys and pain of becoming “real.” Roanoke Children’s Theatre, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke. 309-6802, roanokechildrenstheatre.org.
“Liza and the Riddling Cave,” April 6-7. Liza and her brother Jacob match wits with a pair of mischievous ghosts in a magical cav. Olin Theater, Roanoke College, Salem. 375-2333, roanoke.edu.
“The Lion in Winter,” April 11-22. King Henry II has trouble deciding who will inherit the kingdom in this comedic drama. Showtimers Community Theatre, Roanoke. 774-2660, showtimers.org.
Lewis Black: In God We Trust, April 12. Stand-up comedian/ranter who provides a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. 8 p.m. Roanoke Civic Center. 853-5483, roanokeciviccenter.com.
“Good Ol’ Girls,” April 13-15, 18, 21. A celebration of childhood through old age with big hair and bigger hearts. Hollins University, Roanoke. 362-6517, hollins.edu.
Nobodies of Comedy, April 14. A cabaret setting of touring talent. 7:30 p.m. The Academy of Fine Arts, Lynchburg. 434-528-3256, academyfinearts.com.
Imago Theater: ZooZoo, April 20. Cirque Du Soleil-evoking acrobatics mixed with Mummenschanz-like mime, set in a unique, French-influenced avant-garde playground. 7 p.m. Jefferson Center, Roanoke. 345-2550, jeffcenter.org.
Roanoke College Performing Arts Series Presents The Helios Dance Company, April 22. Director and choreographer Laura Gorenstein Miller’s “The Lotus Eaters” performance. 3 p.m. Olin Theater, Roanoke College, Salem. 375-2333, roanoke.edu.
Broadway in Roanoke: Blue Man Group, April 24. An explosion of comedy, music and technology. Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. 853-5483, roanokeciviccenter.com.
Exhibits of Art and Artifact
“Goya, Dali, Warhol: Masterpieces of World Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Art,” through March 2. Showcasing dozens of timeless pieces from the museum’s permanent collection. Radford University Art Museum. 831-5754, radford.edu.
“The Aesthetic Document, a Collaboration with Marginal Arts Festival,” through March 31. WVTF Gallery, Roanoke. 989-8900 or 819-3953.
“Earth With Meaning: The Photographs of Alan Cohen,” through May 6. Vestiges of the Berlin Wall, remains of Holocaust sites, meteor impact craters and more come to life in this exhibit. Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke. 342-5760, taubmanmuseum.org.
“Requiem for Steam: Photography of David Plowden,” through mid-May. Thirty prints featuring the ethereal and poignant beauty of a long-gone era. O. Winston Link Museum, Roanoke. 982-5465, linkmuseum.org.
“In the Event of Andy Warhol,” March 1-April 1. Collection of Warhol polaroids and black and white prints. Olin Gallery, Roanoke College, Salem. 375-2500, roanoke.edu.
Art By Night at Liminal, March 2, April 6. Liminal: Alternative Artspace, Roanoke. 345-1688.
“Work by Gretchen Batcheller,” March 2-31. Liminal: Alternative Artspace, Roanoke. 345-1688.
“Fabergé,” March 2-May 6. More than 100 objects made by the renowned House of Fabergé, including photograph frames, tableware, desk accessories, boxes, clocks and jewelry. Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke. 342-5760, taubmanmuseum.org.
Beverly Rayner: “Museums of Mesmerism,” March 8-April 21. The artist blends fact and fiction to create an immersive art experience. Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University, Roanoke. 362-6081, hollins.edu.
Photographer Liza Ryan: “Fragment,” March 8-April 12. Connecting emotion and movement to explore the fragmented passing of time. Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University, Roanoke. 362-6081,hollins.edu.
“College Exhibit,” April 6-23. Liminal: Alternative Artspace, Roanoke. 345-1688.
Informative Talks/Fine Films
Lunchbox Lecture: Powers of Persuasion – Propoganda and WWII, March 7. How propoganda posters featuring women were used to influence the public and evoke powerful emotions on the war. Bedford Welcome Center. Noon. 587-3619.
Lex Allen Literary Festival, March 10. Readings and panel discussions. Hollins University, Roanoke. 362-6081, hollins.edu.
Now at the Library Documentary Film Series, “Missing Women: Female-Selective Abortion and Infanticide,” March 11. “At the Gates of Autism: Emerging Into Life,” April 29. Wyndham Robertson Library, Hollins University, Roanoke. 362-6021, hollins.edu.
Women’s Forums: “Miss Representation,” March 13. “To Kill a Mockingbird,” March 15. “Comedy Night with Michelle Buteau,” March 17. “31 Dates in 31 Days,” March 31. Colket Center, Roanoke College, Salem. 378-5125, roanoke.edu.
Dave Ramsey’s “Total Money Makeover,” March 17. Live simulcast hosted by HomeTown Bank. $39. Roanoke County Library. 772-7507.
2012 Virginia Sesquicentennial Signature Conference on the Civil War, March 22. Theme is “Leadership and Generalship in the Civil War.” Virginia Military Institute, Lexington. 804-786-3591, virginiacivilwar.org.
Author Julia Reinhard Lupton Lecture: Shakespeare and Hospitality, March 29. Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center, Hollins University, Roanoke. 362-6081, hollins.edu.
Mystic Chords of Memory: Results of the Civil War, April 4. Lecture by Gary Gallagher of the University of Virginia and Allen Guelzo of Gettysburg College. Bast Gym, Roanoke College, Salem. 375-2500,roanoke.edu.
Author Alice Fulton, April 12. MacArthur award winner. Hollins University, Roanoke. 362-6021, hollins.edu.
Unfolding Democracy in the Muslim World? The Promise of the Arab Spring, April 18. Presented by Dr. Reza Aslam. Bast Center, Roanoke College, Salem. 375-2500, roanoke.edu.
Author Catie Rosemurgy, April 26. Poet. Hollins University, Roanoke. 362-6021, hollins.edu.
Music to the Ear
Roanoke College Jazz & Wind Ensemble Joint Concert, March 1, April 19. 7:30 p.m. Olin Theater, Roanoke College, Salem. 375-2333, roanoke.edu.
Joe Nigro and the James Piano Quartet, March 2. Bower Center for the Arts, Bedford. 586-4235,bowercenter.org.
American Voices in War & Peace March 5. Performance by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Roanoke College Children’s Choir. Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. 343-9127, rso.com.
SFJAZZ Collective plays the music of Stevie Wonder, March 6. An all-star jazz ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Jefferson Center, Roanoke. 345-2550, jeffcenter.org.
Kroger Cabin Fever Series, March 9. The Band of Oz. Roanoke Civic Center. 853-5483, roanokeciviccenter.com.
Winds of the Blue Ridge Presents: “Shades of History,” March 11. 3 p.m. Conducted by Dr. Barry Kolman. Composers include William Schuman, Frank Ticheli, Percy Grainger and John Williams. Free admission. Northside High School. windsoftheblueridge.org.
Elton John, March 15. John and his band will perform number one chart hits and classics from his albums. Ticket prices vary. Roanoke Civic Center. 853-5483, roanokeciviccenter.com.
Celtic Crossroads, March 16. Fusions of traditional Irish music, bluegrass, gypsy and jazz with the rhythms of exciting Irish dance percussion. 8 p.m. Jefferson Center, Roanoke. 345-2550, jeffcenter.org.
Mozart “Coronation Mass” and Haydn “Lord Nelson Mass,” March 18. Performance by The Chorus of the Blue Ridge. Virginia Heights Baptist Church, Roanoke. 761-6263.
The Food of Love: Music for Meditation and Inspiration, March 18, April 15. Forty-five minutes of music followed by a short prayer service. Admission: two items of nonperishable food for St. Francis House. St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, Roanoke. 774-5183.
The Firebird and 3 New Works, March 24. Collaborative performance by the Southwest Virginia Ballet and Roanoke Youth Symphony. Jefferson Center, Roanoke. 345-2550, jeffcenter.org.
Angelique Kidjo, March 25. Grammy award-winning music recording artist known for her dynamic and uplifting music. 7:30 p.m. Jefferson Center, Roanoke. 345-2550, jeffcenter.org.
Organ Concert: Steven Wooddell, March 25. Featuring music of Howells, Duruflé, Messiaen, Bach and more. Greene Memorial United Methodist Church, Roanoke. 344-6225.
Darrell Scott Band: There’s a World of Song, March 30. Voices will produce a Scott song to serve as a monument to the work that happens at the Music Lab at Jefferson Center. Performance at 8 p.m. Jefferson Center, Roanoke. 345-2550, jeffcenter.org.
Picnic at the Pops: KC & The Sunshine Band with Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, March 30. Salem Civic Center. 343-9127, rso.com.
Jazz Club with Marc Cary Focus Trio, March 31. Marc Cary on keyboard, with Sameer Gupta on tabla and drums, and David Ewell on bass. Jefferson Center, Roanoke. 345-2550, jeffcenter.org.
The Moody Blues, March 31. 8 p.m. Salem Civic Center. 375-3004, salemciviccenter.com.
Kandinsky Trio, April 14. 7:30 p.m. Olin Theater, Roanoke College, Salem. 375-2333, roanoke.edu‘.
Russian Feast, April 15-16. Roanoke Symphony Orchestra with the Star City Piano competition winner. Jefferson Center, Roanoke. 345-2550, jeffcenter.org.
Little Mountain Boys in Concert, April 21. Bluegrass, country, gospel and more. Bower Center for the Arts, Bedford. 586-4235, bowercenter.org.
Music of Richard Purvis, April 22. Instrumental and choral works. Greene Memorial United Methodist Church, Roanoke. 344-6225.
Salem After Five: Domino, April 27. Concert, children’s activities, food court and more. $5. Salem Farmers Market. 375-3057.
Margaret Wise Brown Festival Family Concert: “The Runaway Bunny,” April 28. Presented by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and a surprise narrator. Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke. 362-6021.
The Best in Sports
Harlem Globetrotters, March 1. 7 p.m. Roanoke Civic Center. 853-5483, roanokeciviccenter.com.
Explore Your Limits 8, March 3. 5K and 10K. Fees vary. Virginia’s Explore Park, Roanoke. 525-9452,mountainjunkies.net.
NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship, March 16-17. Salem Civic Center. 375-3004, salemciviccenter.com.
Martinsville Half Marathon and 5K, March 24. Begins at The Family YMCA. 8 a.m. Fees vary. Martinsville.martinsvillehalfmarathon.com.
Montvale 5-Mile and 10-Mile Trail Runs, March 24. 9 a.m. Montvale Park. starcitystriders.com.
Hollins Spring Horse Show, March 31-April 1. Hollins University, Roanoke. 362-6021, hollins.edu.
Roanoke River 5K, April 7. $17 before March 28; $22 after. 9 a.m. River’s Edge Sports Complex, Roanoke. 589-3212.
Mill Mountain Mayhem 10K, April 14. 9 a.m. Roanoke. starcitystriders.com.
National College Blue Ridge Mountain Marathon, April 21. Course includes 3,620 feet of total elevation gain. 7:30 a.m. Begins at Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke. 343-1550, ext. 104, blueridgemarathon.com.
61st Annual Ernest “Pig” Robertson Fishing Rodeo, April 28, 30. For ages 3-8 on April 28 and children with disabilities on April 30. Salem. 375-3057.
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