Archive for the ‘Richmond Events’ Category

Calling all artists! En Plein Air in Richmond VA

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Saturday September 10, 2011 is the day! The story starts out that William Byrd stood on a hill overlooking the river in 1733 and thought that the particular bend in the river looked just like that of the river in Richmond-on-Thames, England. Byrd decided to name the new city where he stood Richmond.  That view is best seen from Libby Hill Terrace and on Saturday, September 10, 2011 between 10 am and 6 PM, the Historic Richmond Foundation is calling artists of all ages, amateurs and professionals, residents and visitors to preserve that view, which has remained virtually unchanged for 275 years, through artists’ creative work.

Libby Hill park has been reserved; plenty of bottled water, snacks and lemonade will be on hand for participants. So set your GPS for 2801 E. Franklin Street, Richmond, Virginia and enjoy the view that named Richmond with other artists.  Make it a day and bring a picnic. It’s bound to be creative!  A follow-up event will be held on October 6, 2011, a party, art show, and art auction to create awareness of The Richmond View.

If you’d like to make it a special weekend, plan a stay at Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast – just 2 miles away, west of downtown in the historic Fan District.

Modlin Center for Arts Announces Season

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

A diverse range of shows are scheduled for the Modlin Center at the University of Richmond for its 2011/12 season. Every artistic genre is represented from ballet, jazz, even comedy, puppets, and European-style circus acts. Many of the performances are sponsored by the music, theater and dance departments of the University of Richmond which are housed in the Modlin Center – and, are free.  Most however have an admission fee, particularly performances by folk rock legend Joan Baez and legendary artist Arlo Guthrie.

Season subscriptions are on sale now; check out Modlin Center for a complete list of artists and their venues. Tickets for individual shows go on sale on Monday August 8. Some shows will take place at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond’s CenerStage in downtown Richmond, other University of Richmond campus venues include Camp Concert Hall, Alice Jepson Theatre and Cousins Studio Theatre.  Most performances are veining performances, though there will be a few matinees.

The Modlin Center for the Arts, which opened in 1996, features state-of-the-art performance venues, galleries, studios, and classrooms. Praised as “a work of art itself” by the Richmond Times-Dispatch,the $22.5 million, 165,000-square-foot facility is home to the departments of art and art history, music and theatre, and dance.

The Modlin Center for the Arts presents more than 40 world-class performing arts events as part of the ModlinArts Presents Series, five productions presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance and the University Players and Dancers, and another 23 music performances as part of the Department of Music’s annual free concert series. Many of the events presented at the Modlin Center feature an academic component designed specifically for Richmond students. These activities, which are free and open to the public, include master classes and lecture demonstrations, as well as pre-concert and exhibition lectures.

The season opens September 7 with La Excelencia, Salsa Dura and performances are scheduled throughout the academic year with the final performances scheduled in May.  If you plan on visiting Richmond, don’t forget to check the schedule and catch a little bit of culture provided by the University of Richmond!

The 28th Annual Watermelon Festival Takes Over Carytown Sunday August 7

Friday, August 5th, 2011

From Nansemond Street to the Boulevard, West Cary Street in Carytown will be bustling with watermelon, musicians, vendors and people on Sunday August 7 2011 to take part in the 28th Annual Carytown Watermelon festival. The festival is expected to attract at least 115,000 visitors and here are a few tips to make your participation a fun event for the entire family.

1. Admission is free but you’ll need to bring cash to take advantage of street vendor specials and those tasty juicy cups of watermelon.

2. Pack and bring plenty of water for you and your children.

3. Your dog is welcome; but remember to bring your popper-scooper or disposable plastic doggie bag.

4. Protect yourself from the sun! Sunscreen, sunglasses and hats are de rigeur! And, test out the misting tents for a cool down!

5. Save gas and eliminate your parking hassles by carpooling, walking, or biking.

6. Save your feet! Wear walking shoes so you can enjoy the entire mile-of-style.

7. Bring your appetite! Your favorite Carytown restaurants will be open and over twenty different vendors will offer mouth-watering treats!

8. While alcohol is not sold at the festival, hit any Carytown hotspot for a cold beer or a watermelon inspired cocktail.

Carytown Watermelon festival More Information! MAP! This is undoubtedly one one Richmond’s favorite events! Don’t miss it!

“WICKED” is coming back – Tickets on Sale Friday August 5

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Wicked, that phenomenal box office hit is coming back to Richmond’s Landmark Theater October 5th through October 16th, 2011. Tickets for this fabulous Broadway musical go on sale Friday August 5 2011 at the Landmark box office at 7 AM, and on the web at 10 AM.

Wicked is, of course, Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz.  Called the “best musical of the decade”  by Entertainment Weekly, the musical covers so much that happened before Dorothy dropped in. Wicked tells the story of Elphaba, the future Wicked Witch of the West and her relationship with Galinda, later Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. Their friendship struggles through their opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, their reactions to the Wizard’s corrupt government, and, ultimately, Elphaba’s public fall from grace. The plot of the first act is set before Dorothy’s arrival from Kansas, and includes several references to well-known scenes and dialogue in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz as a backstory.

Get your tickets while the best seats are available. Make it a special downtown evening by making a reservation to check in at the Fan District’s premier bed and breakfast, just two blocks away from the Landmark Theater. After dinner at one of the Fan’s great restaurants, stroll to the theater, enjoy the performance, then back to your guest suite for a great night’s sleep – no driving worries, we have off street parking for our guests, and in the morning you’ll be treated to a hearty gourmet breakfast! Got an anniversary, birthday, proposal in the works? This is a perfect way to celebrate!

Restaurant Week Comes to Carytown

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

August 1 through 6, 2011, prepare to entice your taste buds with amazing Carytown dining during “Taste of Carytown” Restaurant Week.

Taste of Carytown Supports Richmond Public Schools Foundation

The week before the Watermelon Festival, participating Carytown restaurants are offering special pricing and menus to showcase their most popular dishes and raise funds for the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation, to assist the organization in its goal to support the school system by seeking monetary donations and other resources that will enrich the learning experience of public school students by establishing an environment that prepares them for jobs that aren’t available yet, using technologies that haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems that we don’t event know exist.