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, August 17
Comedy from Home at Home Sweet Home
Good food, good drinks, and especially good comedy: that’s what Comedy from Home is about. The twice-monthly show is held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Head up to Home Sweet Home’s above-bar loft area for an open mic that gives RVA’s merrymakers a chance to get on stage and bring their material to a crowd.
To sign up for the show, arrive before 8:45 p.m. and speak with the host.
When: 10:00 p.m.
Where: 3433 W Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
Thursday, August 18
Drawing on the Local: Writing Richmond at Patrick Henry’s Pub & Grille
The James River Writers are bringing back the literary salon. Listen to other creators with a panel of authors and enjoy an intimate setting that fosters positive growth and connection. No matter your genre of choice or skill level, this gathering is open to all. The discussion will surround what it means to be a writer in RVA, and the myriad of ways in which the city is a muse.
When: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 2300 E Broad St., Richmond, VA 23233
RVA Artists at Garden Grove Brewing: Alice + The Reverie, Rattlemouth, and Moosetrap
Local brewery Garden Grove Brewing will be featuring RVA band Alice + The Reverie. Sit down in the summer evening with a carefully-crafted drink and indie rock from Miriam Martin on vocals and guitar, Casey Sanders on bass, Evan Surmaj and Adam Drudge on guitars, Josh Santamaria on drums, and Jesse Hooper on keys.
Garden Grove will continue to feature RVA artists for the rest of week.
Stay tuned for Rattlemouth, who have been bringing folk music of the world to Richmond since 1989 and will show on Friday. Danny Finney, Robbie Kinter, Wayne O’Bryan, and Austin Green pull from Lebanon, Ethiopia, and just about everywhere else to create worldly sound in the city.
On Saturday, the brewery brings a couple of different groups together. NYC folk trio Kings and Queens unites artists Christopher King, Valerie Reaper of Valerie Reaper and The Keepers, and Sylvana Joyce of Sylvana Joyce + The Moment. RVA’s own Moosetrap will play with them. Originally from King William, VA, Moosetrap has made Richmond their focus for nearly a decade. Daniel Blanchard, Nate Hubbard, Chip Hale, Eli Hubbard, and David Pruitt come together to create an Americana, alt-country, folk, indie rock sound.
When: 8/18 – 8:00-10:30 p.m.; 8/19-20 – 8:00-11:00 p.m.
Where: 3445 W Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
Cost: free to patrons
Friday, August 19
“Pan” showing at Bryan Park
Peter Pan, a cheeky magical boy, has been in existence since the early 1900s. The animated Disney movie that he’s most known for came out in 1953, but the new prequel was released in 2015 with the movie “Pan”. Starring Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, and Amanda Seyfried, “Pan” spins an alternate origin story for Peter and nemesis Captain Hook.
Orphan Peter finds himself in Neverland and discovers his destiny alongside James Hook and Tiger Lily as they try to defeat evil Blackbeard the pirate. Bring friends and family out to the park and watch the fantasy unfold.
When: 7:00 p.m.
Where: 4308 Hermitage Rd., Richmond, VA
Saturday, August 20
Family Classics at the Byrd Theatre
Richmond’s Byrd Theatre hearkens back to the opulent escapism of 1920s cinema. Paintings, gold leaf arches, and a massive crystal chandelier transport the audience to 1928, the year the theatre was built. A double feature consisting of Charlie Chaplin’s 1921 silent film “The Kid” and Albert Lamorisse’s 1956 Oscar-winning short “The Red Balloon” only brings the carefully-preserved theatre closer to its roots.
Before the show, enjoy an organ concert with Bob Gulledge and a Warner Bros. cartoon.
When: 10:00 a.m.
Where: 2908 W Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
8th Annual Latin Jazz and Salsa Festival at Dogwood Dell’s 60th Festival of Arts
This year’s festival is ripe with opportunity to enjoy Latin jazz and Salsa music from successful performers like Latin
Grammy and Billboard Music Award Nominee Luisito Rosario, Broadway/TV actor and singer Allen Hidalgo, and Salsa singer-songwriter/dancer Melina Almodovar (a.k.a. La Muñeca de la Salsa). Catch one of the last few performances as Dogwood Dell’s 60th Festival of Arts draws to a close.
When: 4:00 p.m.
Where: 600 S Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
Naturals Got Soul at 63Thirty5
Naturals Got Soul is a chance for women who embrace their natural hair to find camaraderie in their tresses and learn how to better care for them. Orchestrated by the founders of Natural Power of HER, friends Samantha and Bianca, the event includes classes like “Natural Hair Care 101”, “Color treated natural hair”, and “Loc styling and maintenance”. In addition to the celebration of and education on natural hair care, Joi “Unspeakable” Donaldson will use soulful poetry to inspire and empower, and soul artist Bri Luv will perform. Learn, shop, and celebrate hair!
Sunday, August 21
Butterflies LIVE! At Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
The North Wing of the Conservatory at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens is quite literally fluttering with life. Hundreds of tropical butterflies, drifting by and alighting on a flower from time to time. People of all ages are allowed to wander through the tropics with butterflies and marvel at the sight.
The indoor exhibit will stay open until October 9.
When: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228
Cost: Adults $13; Seniors (55+) $11; Children (3-12) $8; Children (under 3) and members – free
Monday, August 22
This Fish Needs a Bicycle at The Camel
This Fish Needs a Bicycle, a 90-minute cabaret by RTCC award-winning artist Billy Christopher Maupin. Starring Billy Christopher Maupin, director of Richmond Men’s Chorus Joshua Wortham, and lead guitarist of RVA band Fool’s Errand Tristan Dougherty, you can expect to hear songs titled “Will He Like Me?”, “I Wish I Could SHimmy Like My Sister Kate”, and “Down With Love”, among others. A new song by international artist Psalm Swarr will also premiere during the show.
When: Doors 6:30 p.m., show 8:00 p.m.
Where: 1621 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
Cost: General admission $15; 2 top reserved seating $40; 4 top reserved seating $75
Tuesday, August 23
Christopher Titus at Funny Bone Comedy Club
Christopher Titus is known for his fast-flowing current of humor centered around the dysfunctionality of his life and humanity in general. Divorce, suicide, mental illness: he covers it all. His 7th special, “Born With a Defect” is no exception as he continues with his dysfunctional theme, talks about fatherhood, and offers a look into his life. Since 2004, Titus has brought a new act every year to two years, six of which run on Comedy Central. He was the star, executive producer, and co-creator of Emmy-nominated FOX show “Titus”. Currently he hosts “Pawnography”, a game show “Pawn Stars” spin-off on History.
This show is 21 and older.
When: Arrival 6:45 p.m., show 7:30 p.m.
Where: Short Pump Town Center, 11800 W Broad St. #1090, Richmond, VA 23233