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Courtesy of Marsalis Music
Jazz musicians Joey Calderazzo (left) and Branford Marsalis, who have made music together for years, were “great friends” with Michael Brecker, said his widow, Susan.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The History of Moonshine in the Appalachians
Learn the secrets about moonshine in our hometown with local coppersmith Kevin Riddle. Bluegrass band Common Ground will play on the front patio. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Roanoke Main Library. 853-1057.
Branford Marsalis & Joey Calderazzo Duo
An evening of music celebrating the life of the late jazz musician Michael Brecker. There will also be a screening of the documentary "More to Live For," which was produced by Brecker's widow, Susan, to raise awareness of the importance of bone marrow transplants for patients with leukemia, which is what Michael Brecker had. 7 p.m. $29, $35, $40 or $55. Jefferson Center, Roanoke. www.jeffcenter.org.
Me at the Museum: International Earth Day
To celebrate International Earth Day, the group will read "Biscuit's Earth Day Celebration," make dirt pudding and plant some flowers. 10 a.m. History Museum and O. Winston Link Museum members, free; non-members, $3. O. Winston Link Museum, 101 Shenandoah Ave., Roanoke. www.vahistorymuseum.org.
The country pop star brings her "Blown Away" Tour to town, accompanied by Hunter Hayes. 7:30 p.m. $43.50, $53.50 or $63.50 plus $5 in advance for parking. Roanoke Civic Center. 853-5483.
10th Annual Star City "Denim & Diamonds" Gala
Denim and diamond attire is required at this glitzy-yet-casual event. There will be a silent auction, and proceeds benefit JDRF diabetes research. 5:30 p.m. Price varies. The Shenandoah Club, 24 Franklin Road, Roanoke. 772-1975.
Model Train Day
Model railroaders from all over Virginia will display their small railroads. Workshops on how to start your own model railroads will be available. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum members and children 2 and under, free; general admission, $5. Virginia Museum of Transportation. www.vmt.org.
Roanoke Craft Blast
March is National Craft Month and the Jackson Park Library is celebrating with the Roanoke Etsy team. There will be four hours of yarn, glue, markers, wire, paper and glitter pandemonium for all ages. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Jackson Park Library. 853-1057.
Easter Egg Hunt
For children ages 3 to 10. Children will need to bring a container to collect the eggs, and the Easter Bunny will be making a visit to hand out candy. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Longwood Park, Salem. 375-3057.
The Golden Dragon acrobats will perform in a show that combines acrobatics, traditional dance, ancient and contemporary music and theater. 3 p.m. Children 12 and under, $5; students, $9; adults, $25 or $29. Jefferson Center, Roanoke. www.jeffcenter.org.
With themed crafts and other festive activities. Bring your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny. Register in advance. 2 p.m. Green Ridge members, free; non-members, $5. Green Ridge Recreation Center, 7415 Wood Haven Road, Roanoke. 777-6300.
Cut Throat Freak Show
The show includes fire eaters, a woman with no gag reflex, dancing girls, danger junkies, comedians and gross-out artists. Cherry Von Bomb will also perform a burlesque act and music will be provided by Treephort and Black Mountain Revival. 9:30 p.m. $5. Growler's American Grill & Venue, Towers Mall, Roanoke. 777-0007.
National D-Day Memorial Lunchbox Lecture
During World War II, women were needed to ferry planes from factories to bases across the United States while also testing new aircraft. The WASP (Women's Air Service Pilot) program graduated 1,074 women who transported more than 50 percent of the combat aircraft in the United States. These women flew almost every type of aircraft flown by the USAAF during World War II. Thirty-eight of these women died in service. The program will include a slide presentation and discussion and will be held at the Bedford Welcome Center. Free admission, though donations are appreciated. Noon. Free. Bedford Welcome Center. www.dday.org.
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