The Happenings is a compilation of things to do in the cultural hub of RVA. Some events will be traditional urban offerings, advice and some more eclectic. All of them give us the opportunity to broaden the horizons of entertainment with art, music, and history.
Olivia Carey is a rising senior at Mills E. Godwin High School.
Wednesday, August 24
Auguste Rodin at Modlin Center for the Arts
French sculptor Auguste Rodin is famous for the realism and motion that he was able to capture in his works. Rodin sculpted as he saw people – individual, different. “Rodin, The Human Experience: Selection from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections” brings Rodin to the city through the University of Richmond. Pieces like “Saint John the Baptist Preaching”, “Monumental Torso of the Walking Man”, and select work from “The Gates of Hell” will be included, among others.
On Wednesday, visit the exhibit for a piano duet by Joanne Kong and Paul Hanson from the University of Richmond Department of Music, and a lecture on Rodin from Executive Director of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, Judith Sobol.
This exhibit is open until December 4.
Thursday, August 25
Matisyahu at The Broadberry
Matisyahu means “Gift of God” in Hebrew. In a musical context, he’s a vocalist who blends dancehall reggae with the style of a hazzan, a Jewish musician who leads people in songful prayer. Rap, beatboxing, and hip-hop influence the sound until it belongs to a genre entirely of its own. Permutations of each element are evident across albums “Shake Off the Dust…Arise”, “Youth”, “Light”, “Spark Seeker”, and “Akeda”. The differences in each performance, each concert, make Matisyahu a part of the improvisational-jam scene.
When: Doors 7:00 p.m., show 8:00 p.m.
Where: 2729 W Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
Cost: Advance $30, doors $35
Friday, August 26
Poetry Night at Café Zata
With locally-sourced coffees and teas abound, plenty of breakfast and lunch options, and a comfortable seat to spare, Café Zata can keep poetry-lovers in luxury. Drop by in the evening and enjoy a night of authentic Richmond poetry from the open mic.
When: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 5047 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA 23225
Dog Days of Summer at Art Works
Art Works brings Richmond the annual Dog Days of Summer art show and fundraiser along with five new exhibits. Dog-lovers are more than welcome to bring their canine companions to help raise money for FURS (Friends United with the Richmond Shelter) with a silent basket auction, live painting from Karol Hilker, an All Media Art Show Gallery talk and awards presentation for the featured animal art, and a dog show contest. Guests are welcome to register and walk their dogs down the runway in a special outfit or to show off their talent. Prizes will be awarded, and adoptable dogs will have their chance to shine and steal their future-owners’ hearts from on the runway.
“The James River – A View from Legend Brewery” will also be on display in the All Media Gallery. Artists Linda Hollett-Bazouzi, Anne Burnley, Katrina Tillbury, Amelia Langford, Nadya Warthen-Gibson, Clayson Brimijoin, Chris Ludke, and Brenda Bickerstaff-Stanley collaborated with each other and with Legend Brewing Company to depict the James River through mediums like photographs and paint.
When: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where: 320 Hull St., Richmond, VA 23224
Saturday, August 27
Opera in the Park at Dogwood Dell’s 60th Festival of Arts
Opera in the Park is the last opportunity this summer to enjoy Dogwood Dell’s 60th Festival of Arts! Come out for the sunshine and popular tunes from Opera and Broadway performed by the Virginia Opera and accompanied by RVA’s own Richmond Symphony Orchestra.
The rain date is set for August 28.
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: 600 S Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
The J.O.B. at Emilio’s
While the Richmond-grown band may have started as a vessel for songs written by vocalist, guitarist, and military man Jim O’Ferrell in between missions, it has evolved into a Top 40 charting independent alt-rock group with heavy fingers of blues and Americana. O’Ferrell, guitarist Jason Crawford, bassist Len DuPilka, and drummer Eric Bandy created Top 40 songs like “Messenger”, “Feel”, and most recently “Red Eye”.
The show is 21 and up.
When: 9:00 p.m.
Where: 1847 W Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
Sunday, August 28
“National Parks Adventure” at the Science Museum of Virginia
America is one of the most diverse places on the planet, both in terms of its people and its geography and climate. Red rock spires rise into the sky in one place while thick evergreens grow in another. Deep canyons carved their way into the earth in tandem with the jagged mountains. National parks are meant to preserve that beauty, to keep civilization from creeping into it. “National Parks Adventure” is just that; modern day explorers take the audience along with them off of the beaten path to discover what exactly is so special about America’s wilderness.
When: 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Where: 2500 W Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
Cost: Adult (13-59) – $18 (exhibits & dome show); Senior (60+), youth (4-12) – $17 (exhibits & dome show)
Monday, August 29
“The Boy with the Lion” at the Firehouse Theatre
For only two nights, RVA has the opportunity to participate in “The Boy with the Lion”. Yes, participate. The Firehouse Directors Project allows local directors to experiment with new material with performers and audience that provides feedback after each performance. This particular show puts a spin on the Arthurian tale “Yvain, the Knight of the Lion” by Chretien de Troyes. Get ready for a comedic modern stage adaptation of a dusty story.
The last night of the show is August 30.
When: 7:00 p.m.
Where: 1609 W Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
Cost: Advance $8, $10 day of show
Tuesday, August 30
“Ultimate Storytime” with Thomas Sanders at the Canal Club
Thomas Sanders rose to popularity through Vine, a social media app that allows people to create, edit, and post six-second videos. He currently has eight million followers on Vine alone, and his videos have been looped over 6.6 billion times. He’s known for making people smile, impromptu singing, and highly-relatable content that reaches his audience across the globe, sometimes while making important social commentary.
With “Ultimate Storytime”, Sanders took his friends and famous characters on the road with the help of Playlist Live and Reboot the People. He travels with Nicole Visco, Jay Harper, Terrence Williams Jr., and Melina Kay to give fans across the country a laugh and explore what it is to be a young creator.
When: 7:00 p.m.
Where: 1545 E Cary St., Richmond, VA 23219