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🎭 Know your local theater
The November Theatre is home to Virginia Rep’s Signature Season. | Photo by RICtoday
All the world’s a stage,but Richmond has some really special ones. Here’s a rundown of theater companies in the River City — plus what to mark on your calendar for the holiday season.

5th Wall Theatre
This company specializes in new works and also hosts readings and workshops.

Broadway in Richmond
This company brings national touring productions to the Altria Theater.

Coming soon: Tickets are on sale for its December run of the musical take on “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!”

Cadence Theatre Company
This artistic company typically brings its productions to the Gottwald Playhouse at the Dominion Energy Center.

The New Theatre at Firehouse
Founded in 2023, The New Theatre focuses on producing and performing new works out of the historic Firehouse Theatre.


The Robert B. Moss Theatre is home base for Richmond Triangle Players.


Photo by RICtoday

Richmond Shakespeare
Formerly Quill Theatre, Richmond Shakes takes the stage at Gottwald Playhouse and puts on the annual Richmond Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall.

Richmond Triangle Players
This nonprofit was founded in 1993 and specializes in programming rooted in LGBTQ+ experiences and queer artistry.

On stage now: “Scrooge in Rouge” is billed as a Victorian-era music hall version of “A Christmas Carol” — see it through Saturday, Dec. 23.

Swift Creek Mill Theatre
Head south to this historic gristmill and enjoy dinner and an intimate show.

On stage now: Say hello to “Greetings,” a touching comedy from Tom Dudzick.

UR Dept. of Theatre and Dance
You can catch productions from up-and-coming performers at the Modlin Center for the Arts.


James Schultz as THE GRINCH, Aerina DeBoer as Cindy-Lou Who and the Touring Company of Dr. Seuss’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical.


Credit: Jeremy Daniel

VCUarts Theatre
VCUarts students put on several productions a semester at the Singleton Center for the Performing Arts.

Virginia Repertory Theatre
Virginia Rep has shows around Richmond with its Signature Season at the November Theatre, Barksdale Season at Hanover Tavern, and Children’s Season at the Virginia Rep Center.

Coming soon: “The Silver Belles” at the November Theatre Nov. 24-Dec. 31, “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” at Hanover Tavern Dec. 15-Jan. 21, and “The Santa Clues” at the Virginia Rep Center for Arts and Education Dec. 8-31.

Yes, And! Theatrical Company
This company launches its second season in 2024 and also hosts special events including a monthly open-mic piano bar.
Monday, Nov. 20
  • Toy Drive | Monday, Nov. 20-Thursday, Nov. 30 | 7 a.m.-11 p.m. | SuperSuds, 5130 Hull St., Richmond | Free | Drop off new, unopened toys at the laundromat.
Tuesday, Nov. 21
  • Arts and Crafts with RVA Makers Market & The Asylum | Tuesday, Nov. 21 | 6-8 p.m. | Benchtop Brewing, 434 Hull St., Richmond | Cost of purchase | Bring a project you’ve been working on or chat with fellow makers about navigating the market scene.
  • “Tapestry” Live in Concert | Tuesday, Nov. 21 | 7-8 p.m. | Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd., Highland Springs | $20 | Feel the earth move at this showcase of Richmond’s vocal talent performing Carole King’s iconic album.
Wednesday, Nov. 22
  • Fear of Music Thanksgiving Eve Party | Wednesday, Nov. 22 | 7 p.m. | The Broadberry, 2729 W. Broad St., Richmond | $15 | Give thanks at this pre-holiday party featuring the Talking Heads tribute band.
  • “Tampopo” | Wednesday, Nov. 22 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond | $8 | The 1985 Japanese comedy film stars Ken Watanabe and Nobuko Miyamoto.
  • What’s Our Age Again? | Wednesday, Nov. 22 | 7 p.m. | Canal Club, 1545 E. Cary St., Richmond | $12 | Hear your favorite pop-punk and emo hits, plus themed drink specials.
Saturday, Nov. 25
  • UR Men’s Basketball vs. Queens | Saturday, Nov. 25 | 7 p.m. | Robins Center, 365 College Rd., Richmond | $15-$32 | Cheer on the Spiders as they face Queens at home, or stream on ESPN+.
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Ring in the holidays with these gifts
holiday gifts
This holiday season shop for unique gifts from our small business partners. | Photo by 6AM City
Our online shop (Six & Main), a site that celebrates small businesses locally and in our 25 sister markets, is dishing out major deals this holiday season. From coffee to artwork and apparel, there’s a gift for everyone.

Black Friday
  • 30% off items included in our gift guides for her + him
Cyber Monday
There are more savings this weekend for the foodies, pet parents, and more…
News Notes
  • A new cocktail bar is open on West Broad Street near the Science Museum. Fanboy comes from a co-owner of Sabai and features specialty drinks, mocktails, and small plates. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • The Veil is closing its Funkhaüst Cafe on Dabney Road and downsizing its wild/spontaneous beer program. The brewery is hosting a goodbye event on Friday, Dec. 1 with eats from TBT El Gallo, music by Tim Skirven, and a vendor market.
Coming Soon
  • Shenandoah Mansions is scheduled to open in fall 2024. Located in the Shenandoah building on Allen Avenue, it’ll be the first boutique hotel for the Fan. New York City-based hotelier Ash purchased the building in 2021. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • There are just a few volunteer spots open to help out at the Giving Heart Community Thanksgiving Feast. The group is also accepting donations of specific items, which you can drop off at the convention center.
  • Henrico County leaders gave the annual State of the County address last week. The event highlighted the three new members of the Board of Supervisors and long-term projects like renovations at parks, the construction of a pickleball facility, and its reforestation program. (VPM)
  • Moving Mountains Tattoo Collective has moved from Scott’s Addition to the Arts District. The shop is located in the former offices of Hickok Cole, an architecture firm. Owner Lake Stephens has been working in Richmond for eight years and founded Moving Mountains in 2021. (Richmond BizSense)
  • W League RVA is hosting a player combine at Ukrop Park Dec. 29-30. Elite youth and collegiate players, as well as aspiring and former professionals, can register to participate. The combine will include technical sessions, training, and scrimmages.
  • Bring the family to Ashland Theatre’s Holly Jolly Holiday Party on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The free festivities will include hot chocolate, popcorn, crafts, door prizes, and pictures with Santa.
  • Your child is unlike any other — so when they need care, turn to a hospital that is also unlike any other. Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s Children’s Tower is Richmond’s newest home for pediatric inpatient, emergency, and trauma care.*
✨ Light up your holidays
Poinsettias and plumage abound with this year’s tree at Lewis Ginter. | Photo by RICtoday
GardenFest of Lights is back at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden tonight through Sunday, Jan. 7. We got a preview of this year’s displays last week.

The theme “Rhythms of Nature” brings millions of lights to line garden paths, decorate trees, and form sculptures. A cut, live tree in the Conservatory is decked out in a botanical theme. While meandering the gardens, guests can also get warm by the fire, enjoy hot drinks, and examine intricate model trains in the Kelly Education Center.

Get tickets in advance — each night has timed arrivals. There are a number of special nights, including dog-friendly dates and live music on select Tuesdays.

Heads up: The Garden is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.
The Buy
A Black Friday deal on the ultimate gift: A Bwine F7 GPS Camera Drone. They’ll have fun flying it and capturing incredible footage. Get it for $529.99 $370.99.
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