Run and tell that — “Hairspray” is at the Altria this weekend. | Photo by RICtoday
Love live theater, or want to give it a try? Here’s what’s currently on stage in the area — plus three productions to look forward to in February.
“Hairspray” | Closes Sunday, Jan. 29 | Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel St. | $44+ | You can’t stop the beat of this Broadway in Richmond production. Richmond Family Magazine has an interview with one of the actors.
“Ghost Quartet” | Closes Saturday, Feb. 4 | Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St. | $20+ | Delve into the ghost stories of playwright Dave Malloy. Hear from the actors in this Style Weekly piece.
“Uncle Vanya” | Closes Sunday, Feb. 12 | Dominion Energy Center Gottwald Playhouse, 600 E. Grace St. | $22+ | Richmond Shakes presents an up-close, conversational translation of the classic drama.
“Placebo” | Thursday, Feb. 2-Saturday, Feb. 25 | ContrastRVA, 1200 McDonough St. Suite 101 | $39 | Yes, And! Theatrical Company brings an intellectual and emotional exploration of arousal to an intimate venue.
“How Black Mothers Say I Love You” | Friday, Feb. 3-Saturday, Feb. 25 | Robert B. Moss Theatre, 1300 Altamont Ave. | $10+ | Follow the story of Daphne in a story that deals with a buried past, family ghosts, and unconditional love.
“She Persisted, The Musical” | Friday, Feb. 17-Sunday, March 12 | Virginia Rep Center for Arts and Education, 4204 Hermitage Rd. | $21+ | Bring the kids to this time travel adventure through American history. Recommended for ages 5+
“Scheherazade” | Saturday, Jan. 28-Sunday, Jan. 29 | Times vary | Dominion Energy Center Carpenter Theatre, 600 E. Grace St., Richmond | $15-$85 | Make a date to see the sensuous and spectacular performance by the Richmond Symphony.
Afrotease: Venessa’s Shiny New Year | Saturday, Jan. 28 | 8-11 p.m. | Gallery5, 200 W. Marshall St., Richmond | $20-$120 | This burlesque showcase will feature performances by Kayy Lovely and Bebe Demure.
Monday, Jan. 30
“Lovers Lane” | Monday, Jan. 30 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond | $0-$16 | See a new installation by Richmond street artist Knitorious M.E.G., known for her yarn bombs.
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Charleston is home to many jazz musicians who played in bandstands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington or Jimmie Lunceford + more.
Did you know that jazz music has significant roots in Charleston, SC?
Along with an interesting story about a Charleston orphanage, jazz was brought to the Lowcountry through enslaved Africans, whose polyrhythms (aka Gullah rhythms) is the defining rhythmic feature of many styles of jazz music.
The RPS School Board will host its second budget work session on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. The first opportunity to provide public comment will be at the public hearing on Monday, Feb. 6. Both of those meetings will be livestreamed in English and Spanish. 💸
Henrico County’s Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution to create a community development authority — also known as a CDA — to finance the upcoming GreenCity project. The redevelopment, which will feature a new arena, would start with the 93 acres around the former Best Products campus. (Richmond BizSense)
VCU Men’s Basketball put on quite a show in its 72-52 win over George Mason on Wednesday. The win came at home in front of a sellout crowd. The Rams — who are now 7-1 in conference play — face St. Bonaventure at the Siegel Center tomorrow at 6 p.m. 🏀
A new exhibit opens at the Virginia War Memorial today. “50 Years Beyond: The Vietnam Veteran Experience” features work by photographer Laura Hatcher and videographer Pamela Vines, who traveled Virginia to document veteran experiences.
The RVA Environmental Film Festivalwill return the weekend of March 10-12. It’ll kick off with a screening of the documentary “Wildcat” at the Science Museum’s Dome theater. The rest of the fest will take place at The Byrd Theatre and venues around Richmond. 🎥
Mark your calendar — Saturday, Feb. 4 is Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. Gelati Celesti locations are celebrating by offering a free Country Style Donut with their ice cream to customers who show up in their pajamas. In Northside, Ruby Scoops is offering breakfast-inspired scoops, cereal shakes, and limited edition swag. 🍦
Registration will open on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. for the ArtVenture Summer Camp at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Members registration has already started. Young artists ages 5-14 can experiment with different mediums including clay, paints, and fibers — or try something new like learning character design or metalworking. 🎨
Richmond, meet Petunia. Participants in the Metro Richmond Zoo poll chose that name for the zoo’s new baby pygmy hippo. A statement from the zoo called Petunia “confident, brave, and spunky.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Refinance rates are skyrocketing. But home equity rates remain relatively low — which means that now is a great time to borrow against your home. Calculate your payment.*
What we’re buying for our cars:Dash cams. The REDTIGER Dual Dash Camera captures both the front and rear of your car and can be a lifesaver when it comes to contesting traffic violations and recording evidence of collisions. Plus, it connects to your mobile device. 🚦*
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We’re patiently waiting for the return of outdoor festivals when winter ends. | Photo by RICtoday
It’s almost Groundhog Day — when we find out how long we have to keep doing this “winter” thing. But many of you might also be wondering what it would be like to be stuck in a time loop reliving the same day over again. We have Bill Murray’s 1993 movie of the same name to thank for that.
This concept got us thinking — if we could live any day in Richmond over again, what would it be?
Robin here. I’m still narrowing down my ideal day, but last year’s Folk Festival Saturday is an early contender. The weather was great, plus I’d need a few do-overs to see all the bands.
In honor of the holiday, tell uswhat local day you wouldn’t mind having again. You could be featured in a future article.
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