5 Things for Labor Day

Lets carpe friggin’ diem on Labor Day with these bizarre, delicious, and pooch-friendly events.

1. Bizarro Across America Progressive Book Tour

With book titles like Death Machines of Death, Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland, and Rampaging Fuckers of Everything on the Crazy Shitting Planet of the Vomit Atmosphere, Bizarro fiction sure isn’t your grandma’s old-timey literature. Even Richmond’s own Dave Brockie dabbled in the genre.

Come out to Chop Suey for readings, performances, and more general bizarreness that’s as funny as it is vulgar.

  • Monday, September 1st • 3:00 PM
  • Chop Suey Books • 2913 W. Cary Street
  • FREE

2. Bark in the Park at The Diamond

Enjoy a rare weekday matinee at The Diamond as the Flying Squirrels take on the Binghamton Mets, and bring the family pooch for another installment of Bark in the Park. Make sure you bring that McDonald’s receipt for a buy-one-get-one ticket promotion. First 1,000 fans into the stadium receive a rally towel, too.

  • Monday, September 1st • 12:05 PM
  • The Diamond
  • Tickets: $4 – $28

3. Wine & Cheese pairing at James River Cellars

Enjoy the day off with some gourmet wine and cheese, and learn how to pair James River Cellars wine with speciality cheeses. Chillax on the lawn, enjoy the views, and bask in the delicious quiet that’s uncorked at the local winery.

  • Monday, September 1st • 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • James River Cellars • 11008 Washington Highway in Glen Allen
  • $10 per person

4. Cards against Humanity throw down at Strangeways

Billed as a “party game for horrible people”, Cards Against Humanity is irreverent and hysterical. Create a team with 3-6 of your friends, head to Strangeways Brewing to imbibe the brewery’s Still Life With Peaches Saison and Eternal Youth Biére d’Abricot, and partake in some uproarious card play.

  • Monday, September 1st • 4:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Strangeways Brewing • 2277A Dabney Road
  • FREE to play

5. Not-so-great movies at The Byrd

The Byrd changes films this Sunday. The 7:15 PM showing will be Maleficent (which got lukewarm reviews), to be followed at 9:30 PM by Tammy, which one of our reviewers called “the worst movie I’ve seen in 2014.” Hooray for Hollywood!

I know what you’re thinking: why waste two hours and partake in this unstellar celluloid? Because tickets are only $2, people! Collect your friends, and make it a night of muttering disparaging (and hilarious) jokes at the expense of these two underwhelming flicks.

C’mon. It’s Labor Day! You’ve earned it.

  • Monday, September 1st • 7:15 & 9:30 PM run times
  • Byrd Theatre • 2908 W. Cary Street
  • $2

Photo by Rennett Stowe

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Nathan Cushing

Nathan Cushing is a writer, journalist, and RVANews Editor.

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