The Happenings is a compilation of things to do in the cultural hub of RVA. Some events will be traditional urban offerings, 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, July 27
“The 9” at The Tin Pan
Nine solo artists brought together by singer/songwriter Justin Trawick perform alongside one another and tell stories in an organic format that highlights the similarities and differences of each singer/songwriter. In one night, nine unique sounds – never before heard together – unite for an evening of music. “The 9” is based in DC, but has traveled to Baltimore, Annapolis, Philadelphia, New York, Fairfield, Boston, Richmond, Charlottesville, Charlotte, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and San Francisco with over 300 artists in total.
When: Doors 6:00 p.m., show 7:00 p.m.
Where: 8982 Quioccasin Rd., Richmond, VA 23229
Cost: Show only $10; Show and 6:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., or 7:00 p.m. dinner reservation $10; Bar seating $10
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office.
Radio Rubber Room showcase at The Camel
Radio Rubber Room is as Richmond as it gets. Based in RVA, the sketch comedy/live music podcast hosted by Derrick Vara, Chanelle Vigue, and Shaun Austin strives to make people laugh and expose listeners to the music the city has to offer. RRR hosts live events at different local venues to showcase RVA musicians.
Rock group The Folly will perform in the showcase.
When: Doors 9:00 p.m., show 10:00 p.m.
Where: 1621 W Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
Thursday, July 28
“Friends” tribute and fireworks at The Diamond
10 seasons of antics, New York apartments, and friendship. Relive the 90s as the Squirrels pay tribute to “Friends”. There will also be In Your Face Fireworks. These close-proximity fireworks intensify the viewing experience.
When: 5:30 p.m. – 10:35 p.m.
Where: 3001 N St., Richmond, VA 23223
Unhappy Hour at Poe Museum
Edgar Allen Poe may have been a tortured soul, but Unhappy Hour is anything but. With each Unhappy Hour comes a new exhibit, live music, and games. On July 28, the museum is putting on a scavenger hunt to celebrate the opening of the exhibit “Fakes, Forgeries, and Hoaxes”. Richmond band The Folly will play live music, and Castanea will provide food.
When: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 1914-1916 E Main St., Richmond, VA 23223
Cost: General admission $5; Members, Unhappy Hour Season Pass holders – free
Friday, July 29
“The Merchant of Venice” performed at the Quill Theatre
Bassanio is courting the wealthy Portia with money borrowed from his friend Antonio. In turn, a pound of Antonio’s flesh is on the line if Shylock isn’t repaid the money that was borrowed to lend to Bassanio. William Shakespeare’s story plays out in Renaissance Italy on the stage of the Quill Theatre.
The final performance of “The Merchant of Venice” will show on July 31.
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: 4305 Sulgrave Rd., Richmond, VA 23221
Cost: Adult $30; Senior $25; Student, RVATA card carrier $20
Box office: 804.340.0115
Night box office: 804.353.4241
Saturday, July 30
“MR. BURNS: A Post-Electric Play” performed at TheatreLAB
The world ends, and only survivors are left to pick up the pieces of social structure and pop culture left behind. Sitting around a campfire, a group of said survivors reflect on and piece back together an episode of “The Simpsons” from memory. Years later, an apocalyptic world clings to past comforts as live entertainment takes form in bits of recycled television, jingles, and even pop songs. The fast-paced, electricity-reliant culture of the past evolves into the dusty stories of the future.
The final performance of “MR. BURNS: A Post Electric Play” will show on August 6.
When: 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 7/31 – 4:00 p.m.; Saturday 8/6 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 300 E Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219
Cost: General Admission $30; Group, RAPT, Senior $20; Student, Teacher $10
Sunday, July 31
“Speed” exhibit at the Science Museum of Virginia
The Science Museum of Virginia documents speed in excess and deficit – from the SR-71 Blackbird supersonic jet to the creeping pace of evolution. Over 50 exhibits fall into five general categories: Speed of Sound and Light, Sports Speed Matters, Too Fast to See, Machines Fast and Slow, and Too Slow to See. Enjoy features like an interactive light race across the ceiling while learning about speed!
When: Monday-Saturday – 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sunday – 11:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Where: 2500 W Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
Cost: Adults $14; Youth, senior $13; Members – free
Guy Torry at FunnyBone Comedy Club
Successful comedic actor Guy Torry returns to his stand-up roots July 31 at the FunnyBone. Torry created a weekly comedy show that lasted from 1995-2005 called “Phat Tuesday”. An original member of the “Kings of Comedy”, he left for a large part on “The Strip”. Torry can also be seen as the actor behind Lamont in “American History X”, among his parts in many other feature films.
This show is 21 and over.
When: 7:00 p.m.
Where: 11800 W Broad St. Suite 1090, Richmond, VA 23233