By Olivia Carey
Happenings is a compilation of things to do in the cultural hub of RVA. Some events will be traditional urban offerings, ailment and some more eclectic. All of them give us the opportunity to broaden the horizons of entertainment with art, find music, cost and history.
Olivia Carey is a rising senior at Mills E. Godwin High School.
Wednesday, July 13
The Come Hears playing at the Cary Street Café
Wrap up the day with authentic Richmond. The Come Hears are a local, multi-genre band that came together through the open jams at the Cary Street Café, which has been open since 1995. In addition to regular live music, the café offers homemade food and draft beers. If influences like Van Morrison, the Beatles, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, and Fleetwood Mac appeal, drop by for a casual evening and a sound that was born and bred in RVA.
When: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: 2631 W Cary St., Richmond, VA 23220
Cost: Free music, expect to spend $8-$10 on an entrée
Thursday, July 14
Susy Yim and Daniel Stipe performing
Watch violinist Susy Yim and pianist Daniel Stipe perform their piece of the six-part Summer Series collaboration between the Richmond Symphony, the University of Richmond, and Virginia Commonwealth University. During the hour-long performance, Yim and Stipe will play pieces by Russian composers Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky.
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: 600 E Grace St. #400, Richmond, VA 23219
Cost: Adults $20; Children and college students $12. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, which opens 2-4 hours prior to the performance at the venue, or online at www.richmondsymphony.com/even/susy-yim-daniel-stipe.
Friday, July 15
East of Hollywood performing at the 60th Festival of Arts
Dogwood Dell has been home to art in all of its interpretations for decades. Every year since 1956, the amphitheater holds a summer-long Festival of Arts. It’s an opportunity not only for artists to share their work, but for Richmond to enjoy various exhibits, concerts, dance, and theatre. On the 15th, multi-genre group East of Hollywood will perform rock classics. As EoH posted to their Facebook page, “Be prepared to Rock the Park!”
When: 8 p.m.
Where: 600 S Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
Saturday, July 16
“Funky Turns 40” exhibit at the Black History Museum
Funky Turns 40, Black Character Revolution: An exhibition to commemorate the 40th anniversaries of progressive Saturday Morning cartoons. In the 1970s, positive Black characters were finally given their place on television. The Black History Museum will celebrate this milestone with original production cels and drawings from the Museum of UnCut Funk. This includes animations like Soul Train and Our Friend Martin.
When: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: 122 W. Leigh Street, Richmond, VA 23220
Cost: Adults $10; Seniors & Students w/ID $8; Children (3-12 years old) $6; Children (under 3 years old) free; Military discount 10%
Sunday, July 17
Artspace exhibits: “Sew and So”, “People and Places: Photographs from 50 years (1966-2016)”, and “Objects May Appear”
“Sew and So” is a contemporary art exhibition by Virginia Tech professors Jennifer L. Hand, Simone Paterson, and Amelia Salisbury, all of whom use sewing in their creative expression. The play on the phrase “so-and-so” is a reference to both unrecognized artists and the empowering experience of being disliked.
“People and Places: Photographs from 50 Years (1966-2016)” is a photography retrospective by life-long photographer Dan Mouer. With a long career behind him, he sought to pull his body of work together and look back. Mouer chose photos of people he’s met and places he’s been, all the way from 1966 Vietnam to 2016 Virginia.
“Objects May Appear” features various Richmond artists and media.
The 17th is the last day for these three exhibitions. To celebrate their duration in the galleries, there will be a closing artist talk at 2:00 p.m. that is open to the public.
When: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Zero East 4th St., Richmond VA 23224