Mon., Apr. 2 – 8:00pm – Hobo Cabaret at the Camel – This Way to the Egress and Rio will return to Richmond with RVA first-timer Mr. Joe Black for a one of a kind show, “Censored: A Hobo Cabaret.” And when’s the last time you saw hobos or even went to a cabaret? This evening’s fun will include music, dance, comedy, skits and shadow puppets as well as Richmond’s favorite bawdy host, Buster Britches. Expect boisterous fun and the 30s-era song styling of the very talented Allison Self and her big voice and small ukulele. And on a Monday night, too!
Tues., Apr 3 – 7:30pm – The Listening Room at Firehouse Theater – If it seems like we just had a Listening Room, it’s because we did. But it’s a new month and here we go doing it again, this time with Wes Swing, Ramona Robbins and Stivali Comodi taking the stage to the sounds of silence. If you’ve never been, this free event has only one rule: no talking during the performances. Other than that, sit back and enjoy, have some coffee and baked goods and enjoy the pleasures of music without people gabbing.
Thurs. Apr. 5 – 5:30pm – “Sunday in the Park with George” Opening at Virginia Center for Architecture – How’s this for an awesome new show at the VCA? The exhibit displays 24 brand-new ideas for the grounds of the Washington Monument. Could it be that the fields around the iconic obelisk could be used for more than company softball games? Come check out ideas from the best and brightest about how the nation’s capital might get a makeover and enjoy light refreshments.
Fri., Apr. 6 – 6:00pm – Friday Films at VMFA – As the kickoff for the James River Film Festival, see the film “Battleship Potemkin” with live music by Goldrush, a local band as devoted to Beethoven as the Beatles. For more than eight decades, Sergei Eisenstein’s powerful 1925 tour de force of cinematic technique has remained the most influential silent film of all time, making it the perfect candidate for the big screen. Film geeks note that this film features the most imitated montage sequence in cinema history. And Prabir and the Goldrush always make it a good time no matter what!
Sat. Apr. 7 – 9:00pm – Atlantic Chamber Ensemble at Gallery 5 – Inspired by steampunk, a movement which seeks to re-imagine our existence by asking “what might have been?” In that spirit, come see pairs of works, each exploring the re-imagination of some musical or artistic feature. Poetry will be re-imagined, the composer will be re-imagined, the concerto will be re-imagined. The ultimate question will be where do we, as people, fit into this ever more digital world? The Atlantic Chamber Ensemble wants to make the case that making things with your hands, especially music, is an essential part of art and life. Well, duh.
Sun., Apr. 8 – 8:00 a.m. – Short Film Series at the French Film Festival at the Byrd Theater – If you somehow haven’t made it to the French Film Fest by this point, I suggest you drag yourself out of bed to catch some excellent short films being shown. The appeal? Well, you don’t need much of an attention span when the films are less than fifteen minutes long. If a particular story or style isn’t to your taste, you know it’ll end soon and maybe the next will be better suited to you. Oh, yes, and getting to have the Byrd’s buttery popcorn for breakfast is a rare treat.
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.”