8th Annual Halifax Jazz and Blues Festival, The festival takes place at the Historic Halifax Triangle in the City of Petersburg; On Saturday, July 12, 5pm – midnight, Jazz on the Ave with The Soul Unlimited Band and Show and others and Sunday, July 13, 3pm – 7pm, with Holy Ghost Party on the Ave features a Musical Tribute to the late Doris Bland by her daughter, Nickia Bland Johnson in concert, the Bible-way Male Chorus and others. For more details visit http://www.halifaxjazzfestival.com/220104093 or call 804-404-3335, and leave a message.
5th Annual Gospel with “The Belle” Co-Hosted by Dr. Bobby Jones & The Belle, features Dorothy Norwood, Cora Armstrong, Dr. Larry Reid & The Breakthrough Singers, Ruth Laontra, Lemmie Battle, and more, Sunday, July 13, 5pm – 9pm at Dogwood Dell. Event is free, for more artists performing and more information visit www.thebellereport.com.
Virginia Repertory Theatre’s production of the Color Purple is playing at the November Theatre now through August 3rd. The show based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker follows the life and personal awakening of Celie. Virginia Rep’s Chase Kniffen, directs a talented cast of thirty-five that includes Felicia Curry as Celie, Desiree Roots Centeio as Sofia, Carolyn Minor Daughtry as Shug Avery, Jerold Solomon as Mister and Josh Marin as Harpo as well as a live band. The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre is compatible with all telecoil-equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants and a handheld receiver and headphone system is also available free of charge for anyone who is hearing impaired. Tickets range from $48 – $60, valet parking available for $8. For more details about the Color Purple visit http://va-rep.org/show_color_purple.html or call 804-282-2620.
July is Bereaved Parents Awareness Month Workshop, Saturday, July 19, 10am – 11:30am at 4909 Augusta Avenue, Richmond, register by July 14 at www.dreamelhenry.org or call 804-332-6160.