Through March 27 — Volume of Smoke at the Bath House Cultural Center. The play tells the tale of the infamous Richmond Theatre fire. When the theater burned to the ground in the 1800s, it held a standing-room-only crowd of 600, and more than 70 people died. Clay McLeod Chapman’s play pieces together the story based on interviews with survivors. Tickets are $10-$15.

Friday, March 12 — Piano concert fundraiser at the Meyerson Symphony Center benefits the Vickery Meadow Learning Center and features world-renowned pianist Wendy Chen, the youngest ever winner of the National Chopin Competition.

Saturday, March 13 — Shamrock ‘n’ Roll at the Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade — speaking of parades, have you ever wondered whether they are worth all the trouble? We think this one is! The procession begins at 11 a.m. (Park to Mockingbird) followed by an official after party at Granada and, I suppose, unofficial parties throughout the rest of the neighborhood. And if you’re worried about the mess, here’s one way to lessen the impact.

Sunday, March 14 — The inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll ½ Marathon kicks off at City Hall at 8 a.m., winds through some nearby neighborhoods, and finishes up at Fair Park — if you hate runners clogging the streets, don’t cry! There’s a 4-hour time limit so it’ll be all clear by noon. Relay and half-marathon entry is still available at the race expo tomorrow, and I hear they could still use a few volunteers too. The event benefits Susan G. Komen Marathon for the Cure.

Sunday, March 14 — Celebrity Purple Ping Pong fundraisier (see Carol Toler’s post below).

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