Posts Tagged ‘Richmond Ballet’

Activity-packed Weekend Coming Up

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

The first weekend in April promises a wide variety of events and activities in Richmond Virginia for both visitors and residents alike.

Virginia Commonwealth University makes it to the Final Four!

First Friday Art Walk is on – with galleries, boutiques, and restaurants supporting Richmond’s fabulous art scene. Now in its tenth season, first Friday plays a vital role in downtown Richmond, with opening receptions at downtown galleries making the event a cultural destination.  Event takes place rain or shine and features nearly 40 diverse galleries, cultural organizations, shops and restaurants — along historic Broad Street, east of Belvidere and into Jackson and Monroe Wards.  INFO.

Saturday, April 2 is the annual Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K, providing the opportunity to run Richmond’s most beautiful boulevard.  Registration is now closed for the 10K; it has reached its capacity of 40,000 participants.  But you can still enjoy the music along the route, party with the other spectators, watch the costumed runners competing in the Dress-Up and Run, and join the runners and spectators in Monroe Park for the awesome post race party.  Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K was named one of the best running races in the country by USA Today!  INFO.

Saturday afternoon, Real Richmond Food Tours and More, navigate the culture and cuisine of “The Wards: The Art and Soul of Richmond” beginning at 2 PM.  Tickets are limited and sell out quickly – so make your plans immediately.   The 2 1/2 hour tour will stop at local eateries to sample delicious treats and meet the owners and chefs. In between a leisurely 1 1/2 mile stroll/walk will acquaint you with the best of both sides of Broad Street in the heart of Jackson Ward and Monroe Ward. INFO.

Studio 3 of the Richmond Ballet’s Studio Series continues at the Richmond Ballet Canal Street Studio with a ballet honoring the trio of muses who inspired Marcel Marceau: French mime Debureau, Charlie Chaplin, and Arthur Marx.  Its light-hearted and refreshing, just an enjoyable way to spend an evening. INFO.

And, of course, “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris” continues at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. If you haven’t seen it yet, you better catch it before it’s gone! VMFA.  The is the only east coast venue for this special exhibition of 176 of the famed artist’s works. TIP: Download the audio file FREE to your smartphone, take your earbuds, and skip the audioguide.  Save $5 and be guaranteed the tour.  Download INFO.

And, next weekend Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rams will play in the Final Four of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  Though the game is in Houston, VCU fans will be gathering at eateries and neighborhood bars all over the historic Fan District to watch the outcome. You, too, could be in the middle of it all in Richmond’s liveliest neighborhood.  And, if you’d rather walk than drive, there’s always the Fan District’s premier bed and breakfast for an in-town getaway!

This Week in Richmond, Virginia

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

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.”


Richmond Dances

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

There’s only one more day to catch Richmond Ballet performing “Giselle” and that is Sunday February 13. The ballet, a classic love story, full of romance, betrayal, and even death is performed at the CenterStage’s Carpenter Theater.  Saturday evening’s performance was sold out and attended by many couples celebrating Valentine’s Day a little early by experiencing the hauntingly romantic tale of love and devotion.  The Richmond Ballet‘s performances are executed by corps of talented dancers worthy of widespread acclaim not only on a regional scale but a national level as well. Richmond is very fortunate to be home to this talented company!

Bale Folclorio da Bahia brings its explosion of color, music, and dance to the Carpenter Theater at Richmond's CenterStage on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2011

If you can’t make today – on Monday, Valentine’s Day, February 14th Centerstage will welcome Bale Folclorico da Bahia, the only professional folk dance company in Brazil.  The troupe consists of 38 dancers, singers, and musicians and will perform selections from their repertory based on “Bahian” folklore, whose roots are in dances of African origin.  You’ll see the samba, slave dances, dances that celebrate Carnival – and, yes, even capoeira, a form of martial arts.  Show begins at 7:30 PM. Tickets ($25) are available at the CenterStage box office or Ticketmaster.  Discounted tickets are only available at the box office (seniors, military and students).

So, if you forgot to make plans for Valentine’s Day, check with Richmond Ballet to see if you can squeeze in for Giselle’s love story today, or check to see if seating is available for the exciting folk dances of Brazil on Monday.  You’re bound to get a few points for choosing culture for your Valentine!

Richmond Ballet’s Studio 2 Opens

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Studio 2 of the Richmond Ballet is on stage tonight and the Ballet will premiere a new ballet by Colin Connor, his fifth commissioned choreography for the Richmond Ballet.


Beautiful Fall Weekend in Richmond October 22 and 23

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

A lovely crisp Fall weekend is in store for central Virginia!  And, along with great weather for walks in the park, strolls down Monument Avenue, there are several happenings on the schedule.