Coming Up Next Weekend February 18 and 19 in Richmond VA

If you happen to be in Richmond Virginia next weekend, either visiting or living here, there are a host of special happenings to keep you busy.

Of course, on February 19th, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts opens the only east coast stop for the widely-acclaimed international tour  of “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris.”  Works from each of the artist’s major periods are represented in the exhibition including many from his personal collection.  This is clearly a once-in-lifetime opportunity to view world-class art right here in Richmond Virginia. Tickets are free for VMFA members, $20 for adults. The exhibition extends until May 15th, 2011. It’s bound to be popular so make your plans and get your tickets now!

To the Museum and Back Bus begins its Saturday run from Boulevard to downtown museums and attractions.  There’s more detail in an earlier post.

The Modlin Center for the Arts hosts Amanda Pabyan, acclaimed Soprano on February 18 at 7:30 PM. Amanda Pabyan has received glowing reviews from “Opera News” and “The New York Times.” As a soloist and chamber singer, she has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Symphony, Boston Baroque, and the American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center.  A real treat for opera fans!

Richmond Shakespeare: presents “Romeo and Juliet” at the Gottwald Playhouse Richmond’s CenterStage on Thursday, February 17, Friday February 18, and Saturday, February 19th. Tickets to this classic tale of star-crossed lovers are available, just in case you forgot Valentine’s Day and want to get back into good standing with your Valentine! See a review here!

CNN’s own Anderson Cooper, Emmy-award winning correspondent, who has covered major news events around the world, just back from Egypt, will speak at The Richmond Forum on  Saturday evening February 19th, and, due to overwhelming demand, at a special matinee presentation on Sunday, February 20th. His topic: “a 360-Degree Look At World Events.” Information and Tickets. The Richmond Forum is a 501 (c) (3) educational organization dedicated to bringing leaders from around the world to Richmond’s stage to expand horizons, to stimulate conversation, and to inspire our community. Anderson Cooper will speak at Richmond’s Landmark Theater.

Real Richmond Food Tours & More will be navigating the culture and cuisine of the Virginia Commonwealth University/Fan area in a tour called Alternative Eats on Saturday, February 19th. Tickets! This 1.5 mile walking tour will feature the Victorian architecture of the Fan Historic District and samples of food from some of the neighborhood eateries – and maybe even a behind the scenes peek into the folks who run the kitchen.

There’s no reason to sit at home — there is just too much to see and do…..

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