Tues, Nov 30 – 8:00- VCU Jazz Orchestra II at the Singleton Center - This group of up and coming student musicians is directed by Brian Wooten, he of No BS Brass Band and Omback notoriety, so expect Hooten’s usual musical enthusiasm and professionalism to come through in this evening of jazz performance.
Wed., Dec. 1- 8:00- Fan Tan, Birdlips and Hot Lava at the Camel - Brooklyn’s Fan Tan bring their post-punk shoegaze to RVA and they’re being supported by two other excellent bands: Charlottesville’s Birdlips with their densely layered sound and beautiful vocals and our own Hot Lava doing their spot-on surf pop. This will be an amazing show for indie music lovers.
Thu., Dec. 2 – 12:00 – Film for Lunch: French Film Series at the Main Library – The James River Film Society will be showing a free double feature of Vigo’s “Zero for Conduct” and Renoir’s “A Day in the Country” about the Impressionists. Shown on 16mm with English subtitles, this is a true film lover’s screening.
Thu., Dec. 2- 7:00- Art Karma at Plant Zero – A fundraiser and a good karma party to benefit Art 180, it’s a night of Asian pop courtesy of WRIR’s awesome DJ Carlito, a huge silent auction of goods from local artists, food donated by local restaurants, a “karmatini” bar (also Virginia beer and wine), $1 a minute chair massages, henna tattoos and loads of visual entertainment. It’s the holiday way to have a great evening and do good for local art programs.
Fri., Dec. 3 – 6:30 – “Meet Me in St. Louis” at the VMFA Friday Film Series - This Vincente Minnelli-directed classic is a great Christmas movie because it’s not all about Christmas. As someone who’s only seen it on the small screen, I’m looking forward to all its Technicolor brilliance on the big screen, and, of course, hearing Judy Garland sing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
Fri., Dec. 3– 9:30-.An Evening with Crispin Hellion Glover at the Byrd – Glover will do his “Big Slideshow” with dramatic narration, followed by a screening of “It is Fine. EVERYTHING IS FINE.” Best of all, Glover will take questions from the audience afterwards. This eccentric wild child has made movies, written books and made music, so he should be a great evening’s entertainment.
Fri., Dec. 3 – 7:00- First Friday at Studio 23 on Main Street - This printmaking studio collective will be featuring live demonstrations of various printmaking techniques so that people attending can leave with their own piece of art. How cool is that?
Sat., Dec. 4 – 7:00- Benefit for the Flying Brick Library at Book, Bikes & Beyond - This show will benefit the thrift store that puts books and bikes in the hands of kids who don’t have them will offer some of RVA’s best local singer/songwriters, including Tim Barry (of Avail), banjo-playing Josh Small and the throaty voiced and lovely Julie Karr. A cash bar will take care of all your beer and wine needs.
Sun., Dec. 5- 7:30- Reader’s Theater; “Phoenix” at Firehouse Theater - Brooklyn-by-way-of-Chester- resident Scott organ will be attending this presentation of his play, a very serious romantic comedy, which he’ll discus with the audience afterwards. It’ll also feature one of
RVA’s brightest acting lights, the uber-talented Scott Wichmann, always a delight to watch no matter what role he plays.
Karen is Just your average Jackson Ward resident who thinks Richmond offers more than enough to keep you occupied and entertained. She smiles too much, talks way too much, is too into music, and shares her opinion whether it’s asked for or not on her blog “I Could Go On and On.”