Aaaand this is why we can't have nice things. Last night at Dominion Riverrock, an annual weekend-long music festival that takes place on Brown's Island, Richmond was lucky enough to witness a headlining set by reggae pioneers Toots And The Maytals--or, well, most of one.
The titular beauty referred to in The Beauty Queen of Leenane lies not in outward appearance, but in playwright Martin McDonagh’s ability to make you feel uncomfortable. A story about a family working against itself while simultaneously being dependent on each other, Henley Street Theatre’s upcoming production offers Richmond audiences an engaging and often difficult view into what life can look like at the end of the world.
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.
This next mixtape comes from a RVA emcee who tells nothing but straight facts and has proved it through his buzz and street credibility. Young Neez is an artist who tells it how it’s supposed to be from the gritty side of RVA.
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).
Every month for nearly two years now, we've been joining with Radio Rubber Room to bring you the best in rockin' local sounds at the Tobacco Company! We call these monthly showcases the Richmond Music Review, and this Sunday marks the 19th installment of this always entertaining extravaganza.
Star Trek Into Darkness
(2013, dir. J.J. Abrams)
I never really connected with Star Trek as a kid. I grew up with a Luke Skywalker action figure firmly gripped in one chubby hand and Darth Vader hectoring him from the other. The schism between the two sci-fi camps, Wars vs Trek, has been joked on forever. For me, the dashing heroism, the witty (to an eight-year-old) banter and sense of adventure in the Star Wars films made the stilted pseudo-science committee-meeting blather of Trek seem like a roomful of nerds being nerdy just waiting for their next wedgie.
Local artist Norberto Gomez Jr.‘s latest exhibition, The Occult Nature of Style, will premiere at Gallery A with an opening reception on Thursday, May 16, from 5 to 9 PM. Gomez describes the opening reception as "an inter-geographic rite of style," and has asked patrons of the exhibit to come wearing black, preferring jeans and t-shirts.
Based out of Atlanta, painter and VCU alumnus Dane Jefferson has been working hard to bring his rough brush realism into the gallery world after a long layoff. He stopped by the RVA office on the way to his newest show, “An Ocean Narrative,” at Air & Eau Gallery in Orient, New York. I took the opportunity to ask him a few questions.