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Museum Day Live!

Friday, September 27th, 2013
It is a rare thing indeed when something labeled as being “FREE” is actually “FREE.” You don’t have to pay for shipping or a special service charge and if you are getting an offer via email- your inbox doesn’t get spammed with ads.

Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live! promises it’s visitors no funny business, just a straightforward way to get free admission into nine of Richmond’s local museums. The Smithsonian is offering free admission this Saturday, September 29th to its 177 affiliate museums across 41 states, Puerto Rico, and Panama. Tickets will let two people per household visit one museum. Of the museums available in Richmond, the following are eligible for free admission:

  • Virginia Historical Society
  • Valentine Richmond History Center
  • Virginia Center for Architecture
  • Edgar Allen Poe Museum
  • St. John’s Church
  • Museum of the Confederacy
  • The John Marshall House
  • Virginia War Memorial
  • Wilton House Museum

Visitors must submit information online before a free ticket is emailed to them. So get out there and enjoy the wonderful fall weather this weekend!

Not so silent movies

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
When man first harnessed the power of a camera and witnessed the first recorded film, the ability to document and tell a story became limitless. The silent film era reached it’s peak in the early 1900s. Big-ticket films like Ben-Hur, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Abie’s Irish Rose came to gross as much as 5 million dollars. After the release of the Jazz Singer in 1927 , however, “talkies”, or films with synchronized dialogue, became the next big thing. Within a decade, silent films were no longer produced and simply became a relic of the past.

The organizers behind Richmond’s Silent Music Revival hope to continue the tradition and wonderful history of the silent film industry by combining the past with the present. The event, typically themed, features a silent film that is accompanied by live music. The band chosen for the event must improvise a score on the spot. This month’s event features the film- “Freaks” with Lon Chaney and Joan Crawford. Classical Revolutions RVA, led by David Robbins, will provide the music for the evening.

The event is free but donations are welcome. October 20th at Gallery 5. Doors open at 7:30pm.

Cup O’ Joe

Friday, September 20th, 2013
Many would argue that the best way to start the day is with a good cup of coffee. I would have to agree. The warm, earthy goodness of a dark-roasted blend is something that truly can’t be beat.

Richmond has started to become known for it’s elitist approach to coffee. Not just any old beans will do- stores will source their beans from all over the world and roast them daily. Free wi-fi, wonky tables and a few muffins near the register is simply not enough anymore. Locals expect shiny hardwood counters, rich-colored walls, cozy chairs and eccentric art. Most shops will also offer gourmet pastries or even a light menu pushing, among other things- breakfast bagels.

Richmond’s top contenders include: Lamplighter Roasting Company, Blanchard’s Coffee, Alchemy Coffee and Black Hand Coffee Co.

InLight comes to Richmond’s Canals!

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Sunday, September 15th, 2013
There aren’t too many times in our lives when we can say we’ve seen or experienced something truly unique. InLight is one of those events that you’ll find yourself reminiscing about just years down the road.

InLight is a one-night, outdoor, light-based art exhibit. 23 local and national artists will decorate the streets, walls, and alleyways of the Canal Walk in Shockoe Bottom with their larger-than-life illuminated art pieces.

InLight will begin at 7:30 PM on November 8th with a community lantern parade. Among the many attractions that will be showcase that evening, the most highly anticipated is an electric piano that, when played, will illuminate lights installed in the canal.

To find out more information about the event, visit the 1708 gallery website:

Local Gems

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
When you’re visiting a city for the first time it can be easy to get overwhelmed by all the grand attractions the city tourism board might be pushing at you. In Richmond, for example, you might read about Belle Isle or the James River, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, VCU, the bars in Shockoe Bottom or the shops in Carytown. However, all too often a few gems will end up falling through the cracks. These gems that I speak of, are the places that only locals know about.

One of my most cherished haunts is the Byrd Theater. “The Byrd” as it is called, is a national landmark- a grand movie palace that was built in the late 1920s. Since first opening in 1928, the theater has remained largely unaltered. It’s opulent, velvet draped walls and soaring vaulted ceilings transport visitors back into time. The theater offers second-run movies for $1.99. And just as in the early days of the Byrd, you can catch a Saturday night performance of the “Mighty Wurlitzer” Organ prior to the movie.

It’s a sight to be seen and truly one not to miss on your next visit to Richmond. To learn more information about the theater or to look up movie times, visit:

The 38th Annual Virginia Wine Festival

Monday, September 9th, 2013
Have you ever dreamed of expanding your knowledge about wines? Can you tell what country or region a wine is from? How about being able to pair a wine with a specific meal? What wine will work with your mother’s pork roast?

The 38th annual Virginia Wine Festival promises to both entertain as well as educate it’s visitors about the beauty and culture behind wine. Running Saturday to Sunday, September 14-15 at the Great Meadow outdoor events center in the countryside of Virginia, the festival will have live music, specialty foods, craft vendors and, of course, plenty of local wines. Both free and ticketed tastings will be available.

To purchase tickets or to learn more information about event, visit their website:

Hollywood Costume exhibit coming to the VMFA!

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
What makes a movie character truly memorable? Some would argue- character development or dialogue. I’d like to believe, that if Superman didn’t have his cape or if Dorothy Gale didn’t have her red slippers- neither character would be quite the same. A costume, done right, can help a character transcend the movie screen to become a permanent part of history.

Organizers from the Victoria & Albert Museum of London, plan on sharing of bit of this history with their exhibition Hollywood Costume. Hollywood Costume explores the central role costume design plays in cinematic storytelling. The exhibit brings together costumes from some of the most iconic films of this past century, including: The Wizard of Oz, My Fair Lady, The Birds, Superman, Titanic, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and The Dark Knight Rises.

The exhibit runs November 9, 2013 to February 17, 2014. For more information about the event or to pre-order tickets, visit:

*In addition to Hollywood Costume premiering in the United States, the VMFA is the only East Coast venue for the exhibition, so make sure to plan ahead and prepare for crowds!

RVA Street Art Festival- a final hurrah to summer!

Sunday, September 1st, 2013
Have you ever driven by an abandoned building and wonder what it used to be like when it was alive with the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life? So many restaurants, train stations/subways and department stores fade away and become obsolete with the passage of time. Richmond is definitely guilty of harboring it’s fair share of these “forgotten” places.

The people behind the Richmond Street Festival plan to reclaim and revitalize one of the city’s largest abandoned properties- the Greater Richmond Transportation Center depot on Cary Street The depot’s 5.5 acres will be transformed into a public outdoor art gallery. Close to 20 nationally and internationally acclaimed artists will cover trolley barn walls with murals, create sculptures using materials found on site and offer arts education activities for children.

The festival, which is open to the public, runs September 11-15. For more information about the event, visit their website:

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