RVA Mag's First Friday picks 12/2/16

Posted by: Amy – Dec 02, 2016


It's the first Friday of the month, and you know what that means. Yes, all our bills are due, but on the bright side, the monthly artwalk is happening in RVA!

There are plenty of happenings, music, artist showcases, exhibits and other events going on at tonight's First Fridays Artwalk so get out there and find one or a few of the events listed below to check out.

Here are a few picks from this month's roundup that RVA MAG liked:

“Yuletide Monsters 2016: A Krampus Art Show” at Gallery5

It’s time for Gallery5‘s “Yuletide Monsters 2016: A Krampus Art Show,” the annual group show dedicated to everyone’s favorite yuletide monster, a co-production with RVA Krampusnacht. Come for the art, music, and shopping at Gallery 5 on Friday, and join the parade Saturday night in Carytown (details on the event page here.)

Bring toys to put in Krampus Kinder Nacht Box during the art walk, to benefit Scares That Care!, an organization dedicated to uniting horror fans to help sick kids and women fight breast cancer.

“Welcome Refugees” at EDIT

Photographer Emily Patton, is showing photographs from her many travels within the country of Turkey this month at EDIT: an art gallery for good.

“Welcome Refugees” is focused on the current refugee crisis happening in Turkey. Come out for First Friday to see portraits of Iraqi and Syrian people and hear their stories.

“Foot Soldiers – Voting Rights. Civil Rights. Human Rights” at Elegba Folklore Society

More than 100 images from a documentation of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington are on display at Elegba Folklore Society in the exhibit “Foot Soldiers – Voting Rights. Civil Rights. Human Rights.” The photographer, Theodore Holmes, calls the series “a reminder to people to do something; to organize. This is my visual statement of inspiration and concern about an apparent ‘open season’ on young black people. Do something. That’s more than a vote. My photos are my activism.” The exhibition runs through December 31.

The RVA Tonight Christmas Spectacular

The Coalition Theater are back with The RVA Tonight Christmas Spectacular, the annual blowout at The Byrd Theatre & Foundation. This year, they’ve got Mayor Elect Levar M. Stoney, musical guests Natalie Prass, and Eric Slick joining them, plus, as always surprises, jokes, and you can even drink a beer while you watch! Tickets here.

Artist Alley at Mama J’s

Mama J’s​ returns to First Friday with all the goods you could possibly need: food, drinks, art, and music. Stop by the event space on the corner of 1st and Clay on Friday 12/2 from 6-9p to experience a great 1st Friday vibe! Local artwork, live music, happy hour drinks, free apps and check out the intimate event space. FREE!! Music by DJ Nobe. Performance by Jessica Snydor. Visual art by Justice Dwight.


ON BOOK: TheatreLAB‘s interactive new play festival premieres with “THE EPIC OF GILGAMISHA” by Dante Piro. The workshop will be performed for Friday 12/2 and Saturday 12/3 at The Basement. n an age of increasingly contrived reboots, not even our most sacred stories are safe… Cue writing partners, Sherronda and Annaliese, commissioned to create a modern screenplay adaptation of the world’s first epic poem.

3rd Annual Atlas Holiday Market at ART 180

This Friday opens the 3rd Annual Atlas Holiday Market at ART 180! The Atlas gallery will be transformed into a holiday market that features fine art, crafts, and other handmade items by local artists ranging in price from $3-$300.

ART 180 will host an opening party for the Atlas Holiday Market on Friday, December 2, during First Fridays, from 6-9pm. The market continues through December 15, Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.

You can see of of the events and happenings on RVA First Fridays blog here.

Words by Amy David