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💙 It’s a date
Shopping and snacks at the BIG Market could be a great first date. | Photo by RICtoday
Kids, this is the story of how I met your mother, and it was all thanks to RICtoday.

Ok, so maybe that’s not exactly how the 2000s sitcom went, but whether you’ve met “the one” or are hoping to impress someone new, we’ve got 25+ date night ideas for a romantic excursion in the River City.

If you want a night out on the town

  • Take in a theatrical performance put on by Virginia Rep, Triangle Players, Richmond Shakes, or Broadway in Richmond.
  • The Richmond Symphony season has something for everyone with classic favorites and contemporary performances.

Grab tacos and a marg at Big Chile in the Fan.


Photo by RICtoday

If the way to their heart is through their stomach

  • Design your own unofficial taco tour with our ultimate map to all the local spots.
  • Make a reservation at a reader-recommended date night restaurant like Pinky’s, Little Nickel, or My Noodle & Bar.
  • Try your hand at a new dish with a cooking class at Mise En Place or The Kitchen Classroom.

If you like to play games (just not with your heart)


Rage RVA can help you blow off steam on a date or with pals.


Photo via Rage RVA

If you’re really hoping that it works out

  • Get a pair of day passes at Peak Experiences and climb the day away.
  • Break a sweat by breaking stuff at Rage RVA, where you can demolish bottles, copiers, computers, and vehicles.
  • Rent some skates and try out skating at Rollerdome.
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Thursday, Nov. 16
  • lespecial with LITZ | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 7 p.m. | The Broadberry, 2729 W. Broad St., Richmond | $20 | The rock band is on the Odd Times Tour.
  • Sexyy Red | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 7 p.m. | The National, 708 E. Broad St., Richmond | $48 | The St. Louis rapper brings the “Hood Hottest Princess” tour to Richmond.
Friday, Nov. 17
  • Test Pattern 10: Anh Vo | Friday, Nov. 17 | 6-10 p.m. | Institute for Contemporary Art, 601 W. Broad St., Richmond | Free | Dancer and theorist Anh Vo will and participate in a Q+A at this 18+ event.
  • Frocktails Fashion Show | Friday, Nov. 17 | 7-9:30 p.m. | The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Ave., Richmond | $25-$35 | Talented designers will showcase their work, followed by a celebration of local sewists presented by Richmond Really Sews!
  • “The Barber of Seville” | Friday, Nov. 17, Sunday, Nov. 19 | Times vary | Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Energy Center, 600 E. Grace St., Richmond | $25-$130 | See the tale of bribery, deception, disguise, and true love sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Saturday, Nov. 18
  • The Food Drive Car Meet | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 2-4 p.m. | Drive Shack Richmond, 1647 Four Rings Dr., Richmond | Free | Bring a donation for Goochland Cares and see a display of cars from Upper Echelon Car Club.
  • “Stop Making Sense” | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond | $8 | Be sure to wear your largest suit to this screening of the Talking Heads documentary.
Sunday, Nov. 19
  • Rainbow Roll | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 6-9 p.m. | Rollerdome, 4902 Williamsburg Rd., Richmond | $10 | Get your skate on and enjoy drag performances — your ticket includes admission, skate rental, and a donation to VA Pride.
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News Notes
  • City Council passed the ordinance to create a Public Utilities and Services Commission at its meeting on Monday. Once formed, the commission will be tasked with providing information for city officials, heading up educational initiatives, and advising on possible changes.
  • 1115 Mobile Kitchen is up and running at Hatch Local Food Hall. The restaurant specializes in chicken and plant-based sandwiches. 1115 is the second spot to open at Hatch this month, following the Dessert Emporium.
Coming Soon
  • WorkbenchRVA will reopen at a new location in January. The community woodshop is moving to 3310 Rosedale Ave., near Build, RVA and Siewers Lumber & Millwork.
  • Henrico has broken ground on its new police station, a $15.2 million facility scheduled to open in 2025. South Station, located at 640 N. Airport Dr., will include an emergency communications center and K-9 training area. (CBS 6)
  • A Colonial Heights fast-casual cheesesteak spot is expanding to the Fan. Bad As Philly will take the spot of the former Branch & Vine cafe near the intersection of Main and Meadow. It should open for carry-out in next month. (Richmond BizSense)
  • You’ll now be able to find Joyebells pies at Krogers across the Mid-Atlantic region. The local brand, founded by Joye B. Moore, offers sweet potato and peach pies, as well as a seasonal pumpkin pie. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • Up your espresso skills at a Coffee 101 class at Alchemy today or tomorrow. General Manager Trey will walk attendees through the process of crafting the perfect latte, complete with a take-home guide and hands-on practice. Tickets are $25.
  • The Valentine is ringing in 125 years on Tuesday, Nov. 21 with a Giving Day fundraiser. The museum has plans for more quasquicentennial celebrations throughout the year.
New VMFA exhibit opens Saturday
“Dawoud Bey: Elegy” will be on view until Feb. 25. | Photo by RICtoday
A new exhibit opens at the VMFA on Saturday, Nov. 18. “Dawoud Bey: Elegy” features works of film and photography by the renowned contemporary artist.

An exploration of the early experiences of enslaved people America, the exhibition features three photo series and two film installations. Two of the works were created in Richmond.

Named for a line from “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the photo series “Stony the Road” centers around the Richmond Slave Trail, which traces the path of enslaved people brought through Richmond. The film “350,000" was produced in collaboration with local production companies, choreographers, musicians, and dancers.

At the media preview for the exhibit, Bey spoke about his work as his subjective take on history, visualized. Bey views his work as a means of conflating past and present, rather than a documentation of historical events.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for ages 65+, $8 for youth and college students, and free for members.
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