Weekend Events: Plein Air Richmond, Dream Girls, Genworth Lights Up, Bow Wow Meow Luau

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June 24

Chris Tucker, Friday, at the Altria Theater, 8pm, more information http://www.altriatheater.com/.

Tickets on sale Friday, 10am for Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience, TLC’s Log Island Medium at the Altria Theater, Wednesday, October 12 at 7:30pm. For details visit AltriaTheater.com or call 800-514-3940.

TRI Award winning inspiring drama, about a medical technician with a history of not finishing things. He is inspried by a cancer patient to sing up for her first triathlon. The film stars Jensen Jacobs and legendary TV star Tim Reid is showing at Criterion Cinemas at Bow Tie Cinemas, 1331 North Boulevard. For details visit https://www.facebook.com/TRIforcure.

June 25

3rd annual Pork Butt Festival, pork butt cooking competition, Saturday, 5-9pm, 205 East Broadway in Downtown Hopewell, featuring live music, beer, food, free admission, $10 to sample BBQ & cast a vote. More information at www.HopewellDowntown.com/Butts.

Lakeside Day. This is a great opportunity to come out and explore all of the fabulous shops, eateries, and more in Lakeside. Businesses all over the neighborhood will be offering special sales and giveaways. Visit five shops and get a free treat. See details here. 

Fans of the Richmond Vegetarian Festival are excited for a new date for the popular festival, the new date is Saturday, July 9, from noon to 6pm in the Azalea Gardens at Bryan Park. City officials had to post poned the festival scheduled to happen Saturday, June 25 in Bryan Park but the park is littered with downed trees and debris left over from the June 16th storm. The clean up will ensure for a safer and enjoyable day. Known for its variety of foods, the festival will feature cooking demonstrations, belly dancing, vegan body builder, live music and vendors and over thirty-five different types of food that include – African, Italian, Indian, Thai, Mediterranean, American. For more information visit veggiefest.org. Free admission, pay as you go for food and drinks, pets welcome.

Richmond CenterStage Foundation and Genworth Financial hosts Genworth Lights Up! Saturday, from 10am to 5pm. The free event offers more than thirty workshops, lecture & demonstrations and performances. Those coming will participate in dance, music, theater and visual arts workshops provided by Art 180, Elegba Folklore Society, Latin Ballet of Virginia, Quill Theatre, SPARC’s Spotlight,  and Virginia Repertory Theatre’s Train, Story-Teller Charmaine Crowell-White, violinist Brenda Johnson and Music Together Director Carol Smoot. Live performances by The Latin Ballet of Virginia, The Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra,  Silly Bus, Studio Performance Academy and Young, Midlothian Players. On site registration is at 10:30am and workshops are from 12-5pm at the Dominion Arts Center, 600 East Grace Street. For more information visit http://www.richmondcenterstage.com/lightsup?mini=events%2F2016-07.

Thirty of the country’s top Plein Air (The term comes from the French en plein air, meaning ‘in the open air’)painters can be seen all over the River City, painting the town and capturing the city on canvas.  Artists will also be competing for prizes totaling over $10,000. You’ll find artists in historic neighborhoods and beloved landmarks like Maymont, Carytown, Church Hill, the Fan, Shockoe Bottom, Belle Isle and the James River to name a few. Artists will be in Church Hill on Thursday and in Carytown, near Cary Court Saturday’s for Fast and Fresh from 9:30am -11:30am. Exhibit continues Friday, June 24, 8-9:30pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 12pm -5pm.

For tickets to the Collectors Preview Friday, June 24th, 5-8pm, visit richmodspca.org/pleinair or call 804-521-1321. Tickets are $75 per person and each ticket comes with a $75 credit towards one (1) piece of artwork. Twenty-five percent of proceeds from art sales and all ticket purchases to the preview reception will benefit the lifesaving programs and services of the Richmond SPCA! For more information visit https://www.richmondspca.org/pleinair, pleinairrichmond.com or http://www.braziergallery.com/. “Like” the Jame River Air Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JamesRiverAir/?fref=ts and they will donate $1, post a photo of the artists and $5 will be donated to the Richardson SPCA.

Chesterfield County Public Library offers free summer meals program for children 18 years and younger. The lunch program is scheduled through July 27, 11:30am – 12:30pm at Chester Library, 11800 Centre  Street; Ettrick-Matoaca Library, 4501 River Road, South Chesterfield and Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale  Boulevard. Get more details at library.chesterfield.gov or call 804-751-CCPL.

June 26

Gravel Hill Baptist Church Friends & Family Carnival, Sunday, 10am-4pm Gravel Hill Center of Varina, 5417 Longbridge Road, Richmond, bouncy house, slides, sno-cones, fried fish, horseshoe & cornhole competitions, hot dogs…..and test your skills “Dunk the Deacon.” For more information call 804-307-5392 or 804-387-5481.

Bow Wow Meow Luau to benefit Richmond Animal Care & Control. There will be craft beer & food trucks, face painting & Hawaiian costume contests, a silent auction and a RACC adoption stand! Tropical dress encouraged – fun for the entire family, including pets! Monetary donations and gently used towels and blankets are appreciated. Hosted by the Richmond Animal Welfare Foundation, the event benefits RACC, the area’s only open-admission animal shelter. Come rain or shine ! Event held at Strangeways Brewing, at 2277 Dabney Road.

June 24 – August 7

Virginia Repertory Theatre presents “Dreamgirls” Winner of 6 Tony Awards starring Desiree Roots, Zuri Washington and Felicia Curry June 24 – August 7, 2016. Performances at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street. Directed by Chase Kniffen has reassembled many of the designers and  cast members from the 2014 “The Color Purple” and is thrilled to be working with many of them again. Dream Girls is loosely based on Diana Ross and the Supremes, the story follows the turbo-charged rise to fame of the Dreams. Production of Virginia Rep’s “Dreamgirls” opens June 24 and runs through August 7. Tickets range from $48 – $60, student $15, discount for groups.  For more information visit http://va-rep.org/show_dreamgirls.html or call 804-282-2620.

Future Events

Adult Prom RVA by Enchanted Adult Proms , Friday, August 5, 8pm at Four Points Sheraton Airport, 4700 South Laburnum Avenue, tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rva-adult-prom-2016-tickets-24404704127 and more information at www.EnchantedAdultProms.com.

The Virginia Historical Society (VHS) Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame through September 4, 2016.  The exhibition takes you through the story of professional football—from its beginning in the late nineteenth century to the cultural phenomenon it is today. Artifacts include storied objects as a Super Bowl trophy, a 1917 game ball used by Jim Thorpe and the Canton Bulldogs, Tom Dempsey’s famous kicking shoe created for his half-foot, “Mean Joe” Greene’s jersey, and some 200 other items. Hands-on interactives, photography, unique documents, and film footage are a part of the exhibit. Complimentary admission for VHS members, non-members $20. For  more information visit www.vahistorical.org.

July 20

Richard Bland College of William & Mary’s free summer outdoor concert series “Music in the Grove.” Concerts will take place in front of the former Humanities building across from the Gazebo. Enjoy an evening of music, food and cold brew. Make sure to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating in the grove.  July 20 – Mills Family Band, Gates open at 5:30pm with the bands on stage at 6pm. For additional information, call 804-861-1666 or email events@rbc.edu. www.rbc.edu.

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