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🫀 Get to the heart of happiness at this must-see exhibition
A GIF of displays at "BODY WORLDS: The Anatomy of Happiness" at the Science Museum of Virginia.
The legendary “BODY WORLDS” exhibits have drawn more than 55 million visitors globally.|Photos provided by the Science Museum of Virginia
What makes you happy? Is it savoring a piece of chocolate, taking a relaxing walk on the beach, or feeling the rush of skateboarding? No matter what brings you joy, the impact of happiness on our bodies + minds is more universal than you might think.

Meet “BODY WORLDS: The Anatomy of Happiness,” a traveling exhibit making its North American debut at Richmond’s Science Museum of Virginia, now on display through Sept. 2.

Journey under the skin

This striking exhibit features real human specimens that were willingly donated to the Institute for Plastination, each preserved through a fascinating process called plastination. Developed by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, this method halts decomposition and keeps specimens looking lifelike for display.

Fun fact: One full-body specimen takes about a year to complete, with anatomists clocking in around 1,500 hours of meticulous work — talk about dedication.

Mind over and matter

Each display blends art + science to show how our minds and bodies are connected. During the exhibit, you’ll learn about:
  • How activities like tai chi and yoga boost our health
  • The muscle dynamics behind sports, like skateboarding and soccer
  • The grace and balance of figure skating
  • How music can improve your mood and physical well-being
  • And more
Dr. Angelina Whalley, the exhibit’s curator, believes that everyone should have access to this knowledge. According to her, “When we understand how our bodies work and what makes us happy, we’re more likely to make healthier choices.”

Pro tip: When purchasing “BODY WORLDS” tickets online, be sure to add regular Science Museum admission to your cart before selecting the add-on ticket for “BODY WORLDS.”
Thursday, June 13
  • “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” | Thursday, June 13 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond | $9 | Fun fact: Marcel co-creator Dean Fleischer Camp grew up in Henrico.
Friday, June 14
  • Love is Love | Friday, June 14 | 4-6 p.m. | Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Rd., Richmond | Free | This all-ages Pride celebration will include art and crafts, games, and other activities.
  • Furnace Pizza Pop Up | Friday, June 14 | 4-10 p.m. | Benchtop Brewing, 434 Hull St., Richmond | Cost of purchase | Try a slice of pie and enjoy games and a live DJ.
  • Friday Cheers | Friday, June 14 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Brown’s Island, S. 7th St., Richmond | $10 | Get your tickets to see Ritchy Mitch and the Coalminers with Deau Eyes.
Saturday, June 15
  • “Felicities” Closing Reception | Saturday, June 15 | 5-10 p.m. | Southside Contemporary Art Gallery, 1309 Hull St., Richmond | Free | See the solo exhibition by Franchell Mack Brown before it closes at SCAG.
  • Kyle Sparkman | Saturday, June 15 | 7:30-11 p.m. | Get Tight Lounge, 1104 W. Main St., Richmond | $15 | The funk rocker will groove with multi-instrumentalist DJ Harrison and local group Brookhouse.
Sunday, June 16
  • The Strange Market | Sunday, June 16 | 1-6 p.m. | Strangeways Brewing, 3110 W. Leigh St., Richmond | Free entry | Swing by the Scott’s Addition brewery to shop handmade decor, art, jewelry, and gifts.
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News Notes
  • The salary for a Richmond City Council member will increase from $25,000 per year to $45,000 after this November’s elections. City leaders say the change could remove some of the financial barriers to running for office. Reminder: Every council seat will be on the ballot this Election Day. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • Southern Kitchen is relocating to Stony Point Fashion Park. The reservation-only restaurant will have its final day of service in Jackson Ward this Sunday, June 16.
  • You’ll now be able to shop PopUp RVA on a daily basis. The local market has leased a 9,000-sqft retail space at Chesterfield Towne Center. It’ll host a rotating array of vendors starting Aug. 1.
  • A new pilates studio opens in Midlothian next week. Heather Shaw is moving out of her home studio to start Exquisite House Pilates & Wellness in the Village Place shopping center. (Richmond BizSense)
  • A new exhibit opens at Pamplemousse Gallery in the Fan tomorrow. “Colortown USA” is a group exhibit from four artists. Check out the opening reception tomorrow from 6 to 9 p.m. or swing by the gallery Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m.
  • The River City Magnolias are hopping into three pools this Saturday, June 15. The amateur water ballet team will perform at Randolph, Blackwell, and Woodville pools. Stick around after the Woodville show to learn some moves.
  • The Diamond is bringing back its Movies in the Outfield series. First in the lineup is “Cars,” which will be shown Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m. The other films are “Monsters, Inc.” in August, “Happy Gilmore” in September, and “Hotel Transylvania” in October. Admission is $10.
⚠️ What’s the Southside sewer sitch?
Ongoing repairs have closed eastbound traffic lanes of Forest Hill Avenue between Joe Brooks Boulevard and Hathaway Road.|Map via city documents
The Department of Public Utilities has been at work to replace a sewer main line on Forest Hill Avenue since it collapsed in April, but road closures have caused issues for residents and commuters.

DPU is hosting a virtual community meeting on Monday, June 17 at 6 p.m. to address concerns and answer questions.

Work to replace the lines is expected to continue until the end of the year. The city had planned to replace the lines before the collapse, but moved the timeline forward due to the emergency repairs.

Pro tip: The recommended detour for commuters is to take the Jahnke Road exit from Chippenham Parkway.
The Buy
A Father’s Day gift that will ship in time for this weekend, thanks to Prime. We’re seeing pizza stones, spikeball kits, roomy travel backpacks, and quintessential “Best Dad Ever” mugs (those are always a winner, right?).
The Wrap
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From the editor
Our city’s pipes are old. Like, some parts are 150+ years old, old. Remember you can report things like backups and overflows you notice using RVA 311.
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