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Black History Month Keynote Speaker, UMW, Woodard Campus Center, Great Hall. Featuring Nwando Achebe, professor of history at Michigan State University and author of "The Female King of Colonial Nigeria: Ahebi Ugbabe." 7 p.m. Free. 540/654-1044.
The Chappell "Great Lives" Lecture Series: "Brigham Young," UMW, George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium. By John G. Turner, author
Creative Writing Reading, 1201 William St., room 12. By the winner and finalists for the Barbara Thomas Phillips Creative Writing Scholarship at UMW. Followed by a reception. 5 p.m. Free. 540/654-1393.
Volunteer Interest Evening and Open House, Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, 1001 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg. A tour of the Catherine W. Jones McKann Center followed by a session with volunteers who will share their insights and experiences of the opportunities the museum offers. 6 p.m. Free. Registration is not required. 540/371-3037, ext. 142.
Film, Library of Congress Packard Campus, 19053 Mount Pony Road, Culpeper. "The Piano Teacher" (2001): Disturbing study of a middle-age musician's psyche and her personal and professional relation-ships. With Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot and Benoit Magimel. Psychosexual drama. In French and German with English subtitles. Color. Rated R. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations encouraged. 540/827-1079, ext. 79994.
Carolina Shag Dancing, Shannon's Bar & Grille, 2801 Plank Road, Fredericksburg. Sponsored by Battlefield Boogie Club. Free lessons at 7:30 p.m., dance until 10 p.m. 540/786-8321.
"Ain't Misbehavin'," Riverside Center Dinner Theater, 95 Riverside Parkway, Falmouth. Doors open at 6 p.m., play begins at 8 p.m. Runs through March 10. 540/370-4300; riversidedt.com.
Second Friday Art Walk, Colonial Beach. Galleries and businesses throughout town promote artists, with work for sale. 6-8 p.m. 804/224-8411.
Pickin' Party, Sumerduck Ruritan Club, 5335 Sumerduck Road, Sumerduck. Local musical groups. Doors open 6 p.m., music 7-10 p.m. Free. For info, call Laura, 540/439-8240.
Film, Library of Congress Packard Campus, Culpeper. "Star Trek: First Contact" (1996): The
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"Spring Training," a multimedia exhibit on baseball, opens Feb. 7 in the Morin Gallery at The Arts Center In Orange, 129 E. Main St. Pictured: "Spring Casualty" by John Corrao.
LOVE, BROADWAY STYLE: It's a Valentine's treat for the ears when Broadway star Patrick A'Hearn takes on the American songbook for "A Salute to Broadway's Greatest Love Songs," a benefit gala for the Fredericksburg Festival for the Performing Arts at the Inn at Freder-icksburg Square, 525 Caroline St. Open bar, dinner, entertainment and dancing. Saturday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m. $110. 540/374-5040; fredfest.org.