Charles Berger is a tattoo artist who plies his trade at Heroes and Ghosts in Carytown. We’ve known Charles for some time, and watched his talent grow immensely over the past few years. His work was featured in the Valentine Richmond History Center’s recent exhibition, History, Ink: The Tattoo Archive Project. This project featured the tattoos of current Richmond VA residents, and documented the importance of tattoo art in the artistic culture of RVA as we know it today. We caught up with Charles to talk about a number of things, from tattooing in Richmond to Victorian Futurism.
Last Wednesday night at the Republic, Radio Rubber Room presented The Last Call Gospel Choir and The Green Boys. Your usual trusted author of these weekly articles, Dan Mulrooney, was unfortunately and abruptly called down to North Carolina for a top-secret classified colonoscopy mission that he told me not to tell anybody about. Butt experts abound in NC I guess.
1708 Gallery presents their annual art auction, Mixology, with honorable chair Shepard Fairey, this Saturday, April 6, at 8pm. The 23rd annual fundraiser features both a live and silent auction of over 60 artists.
Thursday, April 4, 10 p.m.
Photosynthesizers, Canary oh Canary @ Balliceaux - $5/21+
Photosynthesizers have been on a hiatus of late, but thanks to a new lineup, a fresh approach and a forthcoming new album, they're ready to reclaim their place amongst the best bands in Richmond once again.
Ladies and gentlemen, RVA dance parties just got awesomer than ever! B.A.D.A.S.S. Raves, Party Liberation Front, and RVA Mag are teaming up to bring you LASERFACE--the ultimate laser electro party, kicking off this month at Kingdom!
It was the weekend after St. Patrick's Day, and after a wild holiday (not necessarily involving fisticuffs), everyone was getting back into party mode. Meanwhile, at Strange Matter, an excellent night of tunes was set to pop in honor of Joe Dillon’s birthday.
When something genuinely unique comes along, especially in the relatively aesthetically conservative context of something like heavy metal, it can be easy to view it as a curiosity, an outlier. This could have been the fate that befell Botanist, a (largely) solo project that constructed an extended ecological parable based on the downfall of humanity using little more than drums, vocals, and hammered dulcimer.
There’s a saying in the music business that you’re only as good as your last radio hit. Elliott Yamin knows this all too well. In 2006, he was on top of the world. After placing third on the sixth season of American Idol, Yamin -- a Richmonder who had likely never spent more than $30 on a pair of jeans -- was catapulted into an unfamiliar world of fame, fashion and fortune. His entire life literally changed overnight, as he attempted to handle the unexpected transition from run of the mill Southern gent to bona fide household name.
For all those that have been wondering, The Richmond Mural Project has been postponed until the end of summer.
I spent my last four years at VCU majoring in English, with a concentration in American Literature (mostly because I wanted to do creative nonfiction and that’s not an undergrad option there), because more than anything else, I love to read. I have rabidly devoured all the novels I can get my hands on since kindergarten, when I was strongly affected by a depressing story about a girl whose pet bunny dies.