This Week in Richmond, Virginia

February 22 through February 28, 2011 finds a week packed with exciting events and things to do in VIrginia’s capitol city, Richmond.

Full Calendar of Events in Richmond VA This Week

1. VMFA presents the exhibition “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris” featuring 176 works in various media chronicling the famed artist’s entire career. See our other blog post for details! Open 7 days a week, hours 10 AM to 6 PM, extended to 9 PM on Thursdays and Fridays. World class art – not to be missed!

2. Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance” the powerful Irish Dance phenomenon takes the stage at the Landmark Theater  on February 22 at 7:30 PM. Blog Post.

3. John Mellencamp, American rock singer/songwriter known for his own brand of rock that favors organic instrumentation not synthesizers and artificial sounds, will appear as part of his “No Better Than This Tour” on Thursday, February 24 at 7 PM at Richmond’s Landmark Theater. Mellencamp has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and his latest album “No Better Than This” was released to widespread acclaim August, 2010. Tickets from Ticketmaster entitle ticket holder to download one copy of the album. Past hits include “Hurts So Good” and “Jack and Diane.”

4. The Virginia Wine Expo opens Thursday, February 25 with the Virginia Governor’s Cup Grand Tasting at 6 PM at the Greater Richmond Convention Center , 403 N Third Street, in downtown Richmond.  The Virginia Wine Expo is a showcase of wines, featuring over 350 Virginia wines from over 60 of Virginia’s top producers. Friday’s event, in addition to the Virginia Governor’s Cup Grand Tasting, features Chef Michael Hall; Saturday evening features “Sparkling and Sweets” presented by “Richmond Magazine” with sparkling and dessert wines accompanying desserts from Virginia pastry chefs and chocolatiers.  Also on Saturday there are seminars covering topics from pairing wine and chocolate to sushi and wine. Sunday there’s even a seminar about Burgers and Wine! Sunday is also open to walk-around tastings. Don’t miss this chance to try so many of Virginia’s finest wines!  More Info and TicketsThe Virginia Wine Expo benefits the Virginia Wineries Association, the Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels.

5. Real Richmond Food Tours and More offer a tour to navigate the culture and food of Richmond’s own Carytown/Museum District on Saturday February 26 between 2 PM and 4:30 PM. The tour will stop in “intimate bistros, bustling lunch spots with Southern favorites, and specialty food retailers featured in national magazines while passing through quirky Carytown.” The tour is called “Butchers, Bakers & Beyond;” but space is strictly limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets!

6. The Children’s Museum of Richmond teaches children to play every day – and, now, on Thursday February 25, 2011 adults are invited to a grownups only evening featuring good food and drink, entertainment and a special auction to raise funds to provide museum visits for children in need.  The theme for this year’s Twilight Carniball is Destination Rio with Brazilian cuisine, entertainment by Bio Ritmo, samba dancers and live Brazilian entertainment. Tickets are $75 per person, available by phone (804)  474-7005 or online.

7.  The Royal Ballet School and the Richmond Ballet trainees and apprentices present four joint performances in the Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre, 407 E Canal Street in downtown Richmond.  Performances start Friday, February 25, 2011 at 7 PM with a special children’s matinee on Saturday afternoon, an evening performance Saturday evening and another matinee on Sunday afternoon. This is your chance to see the stars of tomorrow perform.

8. Virginia Opera performs Richard Wagner’s “The Valkyrie” on February 25 at 8 PM and a matinee on Sunday February 27 at 2:30 PM at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage.  Virginia Opera offers a free pre-opera discussion 45 minutes before each opera performance.  Dr. Glenn Winters, Virginia Opera’s Community Musical Outreach Director , conducts the discussion and provides insights into the upcoming performance.  Running time is a little over 3 hours including a 25-minute intermission.

9. The Richmond Symphony performs “Reflections” at Bon Air Baptist Church on Friday February 25 at 8 PM in part of the Metro Collection. Composers on the program include Elgar, Schreker, Strauss, and Poulenc.  Sunday, February 27 the performance is repeated in a matinee at Randolph-Macon College.

And, just in case you don’t want to drive home, we’re the bed and breakfast closest to downtown and truly “a better way to stay!”

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