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Richmond Forum announces Block Buster Line Up for 2012-13 Season

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Saturday, the Richmond Forum ended its current season with Robert Reich and Charles Krauthammer debating the American Social contract.  In addition, organizers announced the next line-up of speakers for the next season beginning in the Fall of 2012 and extending into Spring 2013. The Richmond Forum takes place in the Landmark Theater in Richmond’s historic Fan district, just three blocks away from Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast.

The season opens with Platon, internationally known photographer, whose portraits of key figures have appeared in Rolling Stone, the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, and the Sunday Times – in addition to his Person of the Year covers for Time Magazine. He published “Platon’s Republic” in 2004 and to coincide with publication his work was exhibited in New York. HIs second book “Power” was published last year and includes portraits of over 100 leaders. Platon will appear on November 17 and discuss “International Portraits of Power.”

On January 5, 2013 Steven Spielberg, acclaimed filmmaker, returns to Richmond to take the stage with Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer-Prize-Winning historian to speak about “Bringing History to Life on Film.” Spielberg recently wrapped up filming his biopic on Abraham Lincoln here in Richmond, which was based in part on Goodwin’s book “Team of Rivals:The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.”

For the first ever Friday Forum, Former President Bill Clinton will take the stage at the Landmark to discuss “Embracing Our Common Humanity” on February 8th.

Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman, who was severely injured in an assassination attempt in 2011, will appear at the Forum with her husband, Mark Kelly, to discuss “American Spirit” on March 9th.

The series will close with Jane Goodall, famed anthropologist who studied chimpanzees in East Africa, on April 13th.

Current forum subscribers have until May 5, 2012 to renew their subscriptions for the next season.  Any available new subscriptions will go on sale May 14th. Season tickets for the five programs range from $160 to $260. Contact the Richmond Forum through their website

Originally conceived by members of the First Unitarian Church in Richmond in 1964, the Richmond Public Forum brought internationally and nationally known speakers to Richmond to enlighten, educate, and entertain audiences. Speakers included notables like Henry Kissinger, Shirley Chisholm, and Moshe Dayan – to name a few. In 1980, after 16 years, the Forum ceased operations. In 1986, the Richmond Forum revived as a nonprofit educational organization presenting Ted Koppel, ABC news journalist, as its first program. For over twenty years, The Richmond Forum has presented and produced programs that stimulate, inspire, and inform its patrons.  Many of which have been “one and only” type events – available no where else. Tickets are available on a subscription basis, but often single event tickets are available.

The Landmark Theater opened in 1927 after seven years of planning and two years of construction. The theater was purchased by the City of Richmond from the Shriners in 1940 and the City embarked on a renovation to restore its splendor in 1994/5. Some of America’s greatest entertainers have appeared on stage beneath its towering minarets and desert murals. The Landmark is also home to the Broadway in Richmond series, featuring Broadway plays and musicals.

The Landmark Theater, at 6 N. Laurel Street, is within walking distance, just blocks from Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast, located in the historic Fan District. When events at the Landmark are on your schedule, make an overnight at our urban inn part of the plans for a very special treat.

Culinary Walking Tour Visits Fan District Bed and Breakfast

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

To start their 2012 tours, Real Richmond Food Tours and More offered their VCU: Alternative Eats tour to a sold out crowd on a bright, crisp Saturday afternoon January 14th.  Maureen and Susan, tour hosts, take ticket holders on a mile and a half walk through Richmond’s culture, architecture, history – and, naturally Richmond’s food scene.  The tours feature at least seven different areas of the city, seven totally different tours. But, even the same tour experienced several times provides a very different perspective by stopping in different eateries along the way.  Tours are rotated so not all areas are available at the same time.

Today’s tour began at the William Miller House Bed and Breakfast, in the heart of the Fan, just a block from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park campus. After a quick briefing about the house, the two guest rooms, and William Miller (the marble carver who built the house in 1869), the group visited the dining room where breakfast is served to guests and the wine room where beverages and hors d’oeuvres are available for guests in the evening as they make their dinner plans.  Pat and Mike explained they began renovations in 1996 (still on-going, an old house is never done!) and opened as an urban inn/bed and breakfast in 2000. Then to the inn’s best feature – the Kitchen, where gourmet breakfasts are prepared for guests!


Morgan visits GardenFest for Fidos

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens as part of the GardenFest of Lights 2011 was open between 5 PM and 10 PM and pets on leashes were invited.  Morgan, the inn concierge at the William Miller House Bed and Breakfast, was delighted to visit. This holiday tradition includes more than a half  million lights, botanical decorations, and even trains! The fabulous peacock was there – moved from the lawn where it elegantly perched last year to a new location where its tail formed an archway under which to stroll. Penguins played on the lawn, candy canes, flowers made up lights, and even vegetables made from lights completed the picture.  The conservatory was a-blaze on the hill,  the promenade to access the conservatory was beautifully decorated with blue and white lights. Next Fido event is December 8th, followed by another January 5th. Leashed pets are welcome, a suggested $2 donation for the Richmond SPCA for each pet is recommended.


Travel the World, and Virginia, through Wine

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

This weekend, October 28th and 29th, the Richmond International Wine Excursion kicks off a world-class culinary adventure combining both international and locally-sourced wine with cuisine featuring a global flair.

Richmond International Wine Excursion October 28 and October 29 at Historic Tredegar on teh banks of teh James River

This first annual event will take place at Historic Tredegar, where large, temperature-controlled tents will be in place. Tredegar, of course, is on the banks of the James River and the weather forecast is projecting a beautiful, crisp autumn day.  More than 250 wines representing 12 countries and 100 of the best wineries will be poured by representatives of the wineries who will share their expertise and knowledge. Each attendee will receive a beautiful Riedel crystal wine glass as a souvenir.  There’s even a Locavore Luncheon – a feast of sumptuous, locally-sourced cuisine paired with selected wines.

Whether you take in one event or more, various ticket packages are available. Tickets. For a full schedule of the events and to plan your day, check Schedule. The event opens at 6 PM on Friday, closes at 10 PM, and re-opens on Saturday at noon and runs until 10 PM. What can be better than wine, food, and a beautiful fall day along the James River?

Paul Simon Tickets On Sale Friday October 21

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Paul Simon is coming to the Landmark Theater on November 29, 2011 and tickets go on sale at 10:00 AM Friday morning.  Paul turned 70 years old last week and begins his fall tour in Phoenix AZ on October 17th. Stops include Las Vegas, New Orleans, Newark, and Orlando – among others. During this tour he will perform some of his legendary hits (a few that haven’t been heard live in years) as well as music from his newest album “So Beautiful or So What.”  Tickets to this concert at the Landmark are bound to go fast so get your tickets early and plan an evening in Richmond’s thriving Fan District: dinner, concert, and an overnight stay downtown to eliminate the commute and the parking woes!  Learn more about Paul Simon!