Richmond, VA artist Amanda Stephan does assemblage art; making the most of cast-off objects she finds going to waste in the world around her on a day-to-day basis, she constructs sculptures that often
After my first article about Richmond's Public Art Commission, I received some criticism for not knowing all the facts about the PAC and how the city decides to fund the arts in Richmond. To an extent, I agree with these criticisms, but in my defense, information about city arts funding in general and the PAC in particular is hard to find, and what is out there is often misleading. However, I am interested in getting the story straight, and hopefully helping the RVA community understand the situation a bit better in the process. So to that end, I went to my first PAC meeting at city hall on March 12th.
Are you a fan of 80s metal? If so, the M3 Rock Festival, taking place the first weekend in May at Merriweather Post Pavilion, seems explicitly designed to make your head explode. Featuring two days of live performances from some of the greatest bands to uncap a can of Aquanet during that long-gone and dearly-missed decade, the M3 Rock Festival is a weekend of paradise for fans of teased hair and screaming guitars. And we at RVA Magazine will be getting one lucky couple out there in for free! So get stoked, and read on for details.
So, after a few hectic weeks, things are starting to get back to normal. Radio Rubber Room’s Wednesday nights at The Republic have been my reflexive mid-week activity for quite some time now, and I must say I was a touch flummoxed when I had to devote thought to my activities that night for a couple of weeks there.
Another wildly unpredictable March weekend is upon us, and I have no idea what the weather will be like. But the good news is that it's the first weekend of spring--so no matter what it's like outside this weekend, we can expect things to improve in the near future. Well, at least for a few weeks, until the stifling summer heat gets here around mid-April. Whee! Here are a few things happening around town that are guaranteed to be highlights of the weekend:
Thursday, March 21, 10 p.m.
Zs, Guardian Alien, Suppression, Caves Caverns, Flesh Control @ Strange Matter - $8/18+
Led by the great saxophonist Sam Hillmer, Zs is a New York City based experimental band that can quite easily be construed as Avant-garde. This trio, featuring three classically trained musicians, is that band you really need to see if you care anything about live music.
For a two-piece punk band containing neither a bass player nor a singer, it’s surprising just how mathematically complex The Littlest Viking’s mostly instrumental music is. People seeing them take the stage for the first time might expect this dynamic duo to start cranking out some primitive White Stripes-style garage. But when The Littlest Viking take the stage at Gallery 5 on Thursday, March 21, what show attendees are going to get is much more properly designated as math rock.
One of the great things about music that has survived an extended lack of popularity comes when largely unheard relics created by long-unheralded practitioners are brought to light, usually when some belated interest in the genre happens to develop. Doom metal, though the oldest subset of metal as a whole, had until recently suffered this dearth of widespread appreciation.
Welcome, all, to the second installment of Netflix Nerdery--where the explosions are bigger, the women are hotter, and the particularly unfashionable bifocals resting on the bridge of your noses are actually taped together. Okay, so I didn’t have to bring up the bit about the glasses to accentuate the thrill of this second blog installment--everyone in Richmond wears those. Let’s get down to business.
Here's the second half of our readers poll results, continued from yesterday. Click here to go back and read the first half. We now rejoin the End Of The World Readers Poll Results, already in progress.