Venus, our seductive planet of love and money and all of the pleasures and downfalls that go with it, moves retrograde at Gemini beginning today and ends the 27th of June. Venus appears to be moving backwards or standing still in the sky because of the way the Sun casts a shadow on it in relation to Earth. This period is going to be a time to reflect on your personal life and your relationships. This is not a time to take serious action or make rash judgments and decisions. Assess and reassess. You may feel like giving someone the boot, but instead, just take a step back.
Yeah, I know--we should have posted this about a month ago. What can I say? Things get lost in the shuffle sometimes. I'm just one relatively disorganized dude with a notebook full of scribbles. But anyway, when I happened upon this particular video once again, weeks after I first discovered it, I couldn't help but want to post it anyway. So here you go--this is a video of a crazy event put on by FBM Bike Co. in Richmond back on the last weekend in March.
Cinco de Mayo 2012 was an intense one for me this year. Kicking off with day two of RVA BeerFest, it also featured a visit from President Obama (no big deal), and also a little visit from Daily Show correspondent Al Madrigal at one of our own local bars. Obama, beers, The Daily Show--what could go wrong?
I first learned about therehere.org when a friend of mine linked to it on facebook. I’d never heard of the site, but anything relating to the history of Richmond immediately catches my eye, so I needed no further reason to check it out. What I found was a fascinating look at the neglected buildings of downtown Richmond, in particular a section of East Broad and Grace Streets, stretching from 1st to 6th St. In the mission statement on its front page, There/Here bills itself as a “thorough inventory [of Richmond] specific to dormant properties,” and “a web-based place to publicize pressure through change.” I also learned that There/Here, both a website and an advocacy group, had been launched through a grant from VCU’s School Of The Arts. This made sense particularly in light of the more artistic slant some of their work, as documented on the website, had taken towards the issue of urban vacancy in downtown RVA.
The full moon will occur technically just before midnight on May 5th, so unless you are out late on Saturday night, which is definitely a possibility, it will be experienced fully on Sunday May 6th. This full moon will be in Scorpio, which is best described as intense. Scorpio energy contains a quiet exterior, with strong, fast moving emotional undercurrents. It goes beyond the superficial. It’s deep. And sometimes dark.
Richmond's own, industry-beloved, all around good dude Gilbert Crockett has made history as the first professional skateboarder to come out of our city, joining the pro ranks for the Alien Workshop Sect. For those of you who don't follow skateboarding, this is a big deal. To celebrate this historical event, Venue Skateboards will be hosting a board release and signing with Gil this Saturday at 3PM.
I’ve never been a dedicated collector of things. I’m more a creature of passionate embraces, experience--a seeker of the Perfect Thing, perhaps. I don’t own or even know the discography of my favorite bands, but I damn sure love them just as deeply as do their obsessive accumulators of paraphernalia. Being a devout Alcoholist (an obscure branch of Zen Boozism) does not by default endow me with the encyclopedic knowledge of beer brewing, styles, complexity, science, and magic possessed by the hop sages, bottle doctors, and malt geeks I’ve met. Beer trivia is the discography of beer, and I’m no expert. I drink too much to remember all that shit. I can say, though, that I know what I love, and honestly, even that took a lot of label learning. But this isn’t history class. I’m not going to teach you anything--at least not intentionally. It’s just a melodramatic love story. About beer.
I’ve known Kim Sikorsky (perhaps better known as Khalima) for a number of years mainly by association throughout Richmond’s performance art community. A formidable businessperson, fierce organizer, and a sweet soul, she has performed and collaborated with some of Richmond’s finest artists, musicians, and dancers. Her eye for detailed costuming, impressive stage presence, and grace in movement has earned her an unparalled reputation in Richmond’s dance scene. She was kind enough to take time from her busy schedule to talk about her career, passion, and life as a dancer.
You might say that Ellwood Thompson's, the long-running, locally owned independent grocery store that's been emphasizing local and organic foods for over two decades now, has an intrinsic connection to the mission of Earth Day. Created in the early 70s to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment, this holiday's goals neatly dovetail with the mission of Ellwood Thompson's. Therefore it's no surprise to learn that Ellwood's is planning a big event to celebrate Earth Day, which takes place on Sunday, April 22.
In a relatively short period of time, Mike Way has entertained crowds all over the country with his unique style of observations, and true stories.
Thanks to Fan of the Fan and Art 180 for keep us all informed on this disappointing situation. I am beside myself over the way this was handled – the city looks horrible, and stumbled all weekend. I understand that the law is the law – but I hope a letter of apology is issued, and the city works with Art 180 to proudly display this project somewhere great in the city. They owe that to the children and all the people that went through the permit process.
Miles Quillen has been a consistent, positive voice in the Richmond DIY community. Quality designer, respected blogger, and all around excited dude, Miles uses his talents to promote all the good people and things in the city. It was time to ask him a few questions and let people know what this guy is about.
As you may have heard from us, the G40 mural event is well underway, with a lot more coming. This short but sweet video, shot last Sunday, features action shots and panoramic views of work so far from Roa, Jaz, Pixel Pancho, and Aryz.
In episode 54, Vexine stopped by to rock out in the Rubber Room.
Feels good to say VCU beat Wichita State and is moving on!
Episode 53 was quite the affair. It was A Collegiate Affair. This four piece, young-punk/rock group is currently spread out between three different VA Universities, but they come together as often as possible for one reason, and one reason alone: to rock out. Whether it is in their music, electrical engineering, or hand modeling - these youngsters definitely have a future. Enjoy the show.
WRIR has had quite the journey. In celebrating their seventh year, the station had it’s most prosperous and exciting anniversary party to date. Joining together multiple genres of music as well as several disciplines of performance art, the independent radio station proved its mission statement gloriously. The station is a platform for the voice of this city. Dynamic news programming and eclectic music selection help to culminate the reason why most Richmond citizens don't turn the dial once they hit WRIR.
It's weird how smells associate themselves with certain memories. I'm in the bike shop I work at, scrubbing my hands with Fast Orange. It's working off the layers of grease, and bike crud on my hands, and it's reminding me of working on my family's cars with my father at the same time. I hated doing that. He seemed capable only of dragging me out on days when it was 40 below zero. We'd be out there for hours, him working, the polar bears and I handing him wrenches. He also had (and still has) an uncanny knack for complicating even the simplest job. For some reason every oil change required that we disassemble half the car. He just liked to tinker. As he did, he'd explain, ad nauseum, every step of the process, what every nut, bolt, and obscure part did. I'd listen half-heartedly, usually finding some excuse to go inside for a few minutes. He'd keep working, and eventually, I'd feel guilty, don my parka, and head back outside.
Thought we would share this, Richmond is not only in the running but actually winning.