If South By Southwest hosted TED talks, was almost entirely free, and was held in Charlottesville, would you go? Because that’s what the TomTom Founder’s Festival’s schedule looks like as it returns for its second year starting Thursday, April 11.
The second annual TomTom Founder's Fest is right around the corner, kicking off on April 11th. This event will showcase Charlottesville’s innovative ideas, creative endeavors, entrepreneurship, urban planning and design in hopes of revolutionizing the way people experience and think about cities.
My friend Jason Lefton has a BIG thing for lasers. And he has manifested his fascination with lasers into a very creative business called BIG SECRET, located at 308 N. Adams Street in Jackson Ward. I’ve gotten to know Jason over the last year from his improv work at the Coalition Theater.
The sun beats down and the sound of sizzling overruns a crowd of thousands. It isn’t the sound of the people cooking under the heat of this 90 degree Sunday afternoon, either--it's the sound of bacon. Richmond kicked of its first annual Bacon Festival on Sunday, June 9 at the Richmond Farmers’ Market with an overwhelming crowd turnout.
Lucha Libre is back in Richmond after being on hiatus since October 2009. Billed as “Back to the Lucha,” the first local lucha event in four years is being held on Saturday, June 15 at Wonderland in Shockoe Bottom. Presented by Lucha RVA, the evening is headlined by the “Hill Valley High Massacre Under The Sea Death Match,” an 8-man, No-Holds-Barred match, the winner of which will become the Lucha RVA Champion.
On Saturday, June 15, the Richmond Vegetarian Festival will be back for their 11th year, celebrating all things vegetarian with the best cooks in town. The festival will feature over 20 vendors, including Carytown Burgers and Fries, Grapevine Restaurant and Ellwood Thompson’s Natural Market.
People love success stories that they feel personally connected to. Whether it's a band that you saw for the first time in somebody's basement that's now headlining Bonnaroo, or a quarterback you took a shine to early in his career who just won the MVP award, it's always nice to watch the rise of someone you've been following for a long time. For fans of wrestling, WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan is one of the biggest success stories of the past decade.
Dust off your bow ties and prepare to get classy for the 11th Annual Moonlight Magic presented by Hunton & Williams, Saturday June 8 at James River Cellars. “We offer wine tastings, craft beer donated by Lost Rhino Brewery, and a whole catered dinner,” said Lauren Kiger, Assistant Director of Development Events for the Massey Cancer Center.
Rumors Boutique and Kulture are throwing down this weekend at Hadad’s Lake to celebrate their collective anniversaries. Rumors is celebrating six years in business, while Kulture celebrates 14 years in their original location.
Feast RVA is among one of the most innovative non-profit organizations that Richmond has seen lately. Their main focus is funding and supporting creative community-outreach projects by local individuals. A 100% community-oriented organization, Feast RVA gains no profit from their regularly held local fundraising events.
This Thursday, The Poe Museum presents the latest edition of their Unhappy Hour, an informal ode to the macabre wit and mystery of Edgar Allan Poe. Held from 6 to 9 pm on the fourth Thursday between the months of April and October, each event has a theme based on a particular Poe story or poem, and this month focus is on "Annabel Lee," the last poem Poe completed before his death.
Bacon has seemingly become America’s favorite breakfast meat in recent years, with popular sitcom characters regularly expressing a penchant for it (I’m looking at you, Ron Swanson). Big name diners like Denny’s recently started serving "bacon sundaes" on their menu along with a slew of other bacon-centered dishes. Clearly, we’re a country that loves bacon, and Richmond is no different.
Hitting 4000 Instagram followers is not an easy task. It takes a special kind of appreciation for the art form - quick photos of a specific nature, maintaining themes, and more importantly, providing content that people find interesting. But in a social media platform rife with spam-bots and cat photos, Minh V. Le and Natalee Trinh, the owners and stylists at RVA Nails, have achieved the impossible.
For RVA Playlist's Andrew Cothern, blogging was originally just a hobby while he worked as a journalist at various news publications. But three years after creating RVA Playlist, it is apparent that blogging has become his passion.
Atlanta-based pizzeria Mellow Mushroom will be opening its first Richmond location in Carytown next week. For some, the coming of Mellow Mushroom means the further encroachment of corporate franchises on the small business dominated street of Carytown. Before doing any research, I was a little hesitant about the business myself, seeing as I am certainly a Richmonder that favors my neighborhood businesses over outsiders.
This Saturday, Ring Of Honor brings its unique brand of professional wrestling to Richmond at the Greater Richmond Convention Center for what has to be a can't-miss night of excitement (purchase tickets here). Since its formation in 2002, Ring Of Honor (ROH) has built its name on an acclaimed in-ring product that prides itself on being the true alternative in professional wrestling; a strong contrast to the mainstream appeal of wrestling juggernaut World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Surely you've heard the rumors going around. No doubt you've wondered--is it really true? Can there really be a convention dedicated to adult entertainment occurring right here within our very own river city? Well, wonder no more, because we're here to confirm that the RVA Adult Expo will indeed be taking place only two weeks from now, on Saturday, June 1. Not only that, but we've got two tickets to give away to one lucky RVA Magazine reader!
Small brewers will join beer enthusiasts around the country May 13-19 to celebrate the 8th annual American Craft Beer Week, hosted by the American Brewers Association. Richmond, like years past, is participating with a slew of local events.
The 2nd Annual MidAtlantic Beard and ‘Stache Championships, hosted by the RVA Beard League, made me feel warm and fuzzy inside and out. Held at the Canal Club on Saturday April 27, the event drew a crowd of over 700, with 212 competitors.
Anthony Bourdain took the Landmark Theater by storm last night. The crowd was caught between laughs and gasps as the legendary TV-chef told stories and gave advice for living for just over two hours.