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Out & About: entertainment and cultural events in the region from Wednesday June 1 | Lifestyles

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Martinsville Uptown Partnership has launched a “Third Thursdays in Uptownwhich will be held on June 16, July 21, August 18 and September 15, in the Franklin/Depot Street parking lot under the Black Box Theatre. Each will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with food trucks.

On Thursday, Piedmont Arts will host a “Bus to Broadway: Hamilton” to see “Hamilton” at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The show is the story of America then, told by America today. It takes the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton and sets it on a score that mixes hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway. Attendees can bring their own food and drink with them to ride the bus or order boxed dinners for $10 each. The bus will depart from Piedmont Arts at 5:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show. Tickets are $155 and are available at

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Patrick & Henry Community College runs classes in paper making at the Dalton IDEA Center The latest is Ink Creations, 6:30-7:30 p.m. on June 15 ($15). To register, visit or email 656-5461.

Chix with Stix are knitters who meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every other Tuesday at Piedmont Arts (June 14 and 28). Bring your own supplies for company knitting. Cost is $5 for non-Piedmont Arts members.

Naomi Hodge-Muse will teach Painting lessons on the techniques of Bob Ross at the Arts of Piedmont. Each class runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at $85 each. The dates are Thursday June 2 and Thursday July 7. Register at

Oldskool will perform Friday night at Cascade School Community Center Music and Dance, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 3561 Huntington Trail. Admission is $8. For more information, call 732-5398.

Mike Doussan will perform Friday night at music in the box at the Black Box Theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit

First Friday Open Mic Night 6-9 p.m. Friday at the historic Henry County Courthouse Plaza, 1 E Main Street. Free admission, all ages welcome, food and cash bar open at 5 p.m.

Rudy’s Girl Media is looking for small businesses to feature in the second season of its series “Hometown bustle.” Each 22-minute episode focuses on a local owner and the challenges he faced in business. Season 2 of the wellness series will consist of 10, 22-minute episodes featuring small businesses from Martinsville, Henry County, Patrick County, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Prince Edward County, Halifax County, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte County and Brunswick County.

To suggest a business or for sponsorship information, visit Filming will begin in the summer.

See the current series of “The Hustle of Hometown” on Rudy’s Girl Media YouTube page. In this reality series, Natalie Hodge and Devin Pendleton together set the scene for DeShanta Hairston of Books and Crannies, Herb Atwell of Mountain Valley Brewing, Jailyn Draper of Social Butterfly Media Management, Abraham Gonzalez of Ape’s Frozen Yogurt, Teresa Martin of Teresa’s School of Baton and Dance and Wayne Draper of TAD Space & Right Now Remediation, Restoration & Repair tell their company story.

Arts of Piedmont The annual free-entry exhibition “Expressions” opened on Saturday and will run until July 29. Its opening reception and awards program will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 3; RSVP by Tuesday at

The exhibition “Pardoned But Not Forgotten”, from the Martinsville 7 Initiative, is presented at the Museum of the Historical Initiative of the Pays de la Fayette211 Fayette Street, Martinsville.

The Virginia Museum of Natural HistoryThe latest exhibition of “The Science of Flight” is now open.