What to do on First Friday, February 5th

So much to do, so much to see, and so much joy that it’s not raining.

1708 Gallery

319 W. Broad Street

Sisters Lisa and Janelle Iglesias come together for “seasaw,” in which the works playfully speak to the back and forth of collaboration, approaching the studio as a site for multiple lenses and viewpoints.” We love puns, guys.


9 W. Grace Street

Artist Jordan Flower’s new show reflects the many landscapes he witnessed growing up in a constantly-moving military family-“from the mountains, lakes, and autumn colors of upstate New York, to the large, bustling cities of Seattle, San Diego, and Richmond, to the coastlines of Maine, Rhode Island, and Virginia.”

ART 180

114 W. Marshall Street

Taste the rainbow (or, just look at it?) at ATLAS tonight, at the opening of “Every Color is an Idea,” which showcases work from all of Art 180’s fall programs. Zines from middle school students!! Now you’re speaking my language!

The Brownstone

10 E. Franklin Street

Is Valentine’s Day just too much pressure? Do you have to work that night? Do you just love champagne, no matter what day it is? Butler’s Unique Catering is hosting a four-course dinner, each paired with bubbles, at the Brownstone. Dinner starts at 6:00 PM, tickets are $50, and you must RSVP ahead of time by emailing <a href=”mailto:”Todd@butlersuniquecatering.com”>todd@butlersuniquecatering.com.

Candela Books Gallery

214 W. Broad Street

At Candela, you’ll find an exhibition by New York artist Andreas Rentsch called “Experiments in Time.” It’s too bad we can’t do our own experiment in time and go back one month to meet Andreas himself, but this is the next best thing.

Coalition Theater

8 W. Broad Street

At 8:00 PM, be sure to direct your path by Coalition Theater, as they’ll be continuing their series of a live sitcom that is, of course, improvised. The plot revolves around a guy who inherited a head shop called “High There,” and anything that involves a head shop can’t be unfunny. This’ll be a weekly event, but this is your chance to catch it from the beginning!

Edit Gallery

8 E. Broad Street

Steven Nesheim presents “Adamah,” work from Steven Nesheim. “Through various forms of mixed media, Nesheim reveals a thought process which delves deeply into the theology behind creativity, faith, and society.”

Elegba Folklore Society

101 E. Broad Street

Baltimorian Larry Stevens is a “natural talent,” says Elegba, which didn’t really tell me much. Or, rather, I thought it was telling me that there really isn’t much to say about him. I was very wrong! Stevens makes cool art that I would enjoy looking at for many minutes!

Endeavor RVA

316 Brook Road

Endeavor RVA’s biggest show yet, this will feature the musical stylings of Silent Psychic, The Erotic Bombs, and Andrew Rohlk and the artistic stylings of Michaela Kane and Nate Giardano as well as in-house artists, Ian C. Hess, Eli McMullen, and Christina Wing Chow.


200 W. Marshall Street

Kevin McKee, whose work Gallery5 calls “lush and daunting,” is a Richmond artist currently displaying his talent at Gallery5, alongside work from POCollective, “people of color that focus on representation in creative spaces and provide the community with networking opportunities.” Music by Georgie Isaacs, Napster, and Friend Roulette. Doors open at 6:00 PM and music begins at 8:00 PM, donations are appreciated.

mOb Storefront

205 E. Broad Street

The students and faculty of mOb will pique your sense of style with a fashion show–students designed the runway, faculty designed the costumes, and Storefront happily hosts it all. The show starts at 7:30 PM, and we’ve been promised that someone will be dressed as a whooper swan with a 10 foot wingspan–but like, duh.

Quirk Gallery

311 W. Broad Street

Want to know more about parochial school via artwork? Of course you do. “Catholic Boy” by Richmond artist Bill Fisher continues at Quirk Gallery in a rare departure from his normally very abstract creations.

Richmond Animal League Pop Up

119 W. Broad Street

Richmond Animal League, the area’s oldest no-kill shelter located in North Chesterfield–or, as we used to call it, Chesterfield–gets your heart pumping with animal love from 5:00 to 9:00 PM to preview art from their 2016 Small Art with Big Heart collection, an exhibit featuring tiny art. There will be an auction to benefit RAL, so bring your checkbook (the one with the fuzzy cats on it).

Richmond Public Library, Main Branch

101 E. Franklin Street

Generation Dream is at the Richmond Public Library this year!! Generation Dream is a super neat thing that we learned a little more about last year. In addition to their pretty stirring youth “educoncert,” you can see all the permanent exhibits that you might not take the time to admire on your normal dash through the library to return your books before closing time. Generation Dream begins at 7:00 PM.

Sediment Arts

208 E. Grace Street

An experimental project of people bringing their own surfaces and light projectors, this show will combine the two to display light focused on various surfaces. I like light! Especially in February! The public can vote via tokens for their favorite work! I also like voting!

University of Richmond Downtown

_626 E. Broad Street”All Our Sorrows Heal: Restoring Richmond’s East End Cemetery” documents the fascinating work done on reclaiming the East End Cemetery from nature and neglect. Come by from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, and get a bite at the Richmond on Broad Café too!


325 W. Broad Street

This Friday, Verdalina and Shockoe Atelier join forces to make you and the art walk a little more stylish. The party runs until 8:00 PM, and you can snag a pair of Shockoe Atelier’s jeans for 20% off! That is no small number.

Visual Art Studio

208 W. Broad Street

Enjoy “Under the Stars” by Diana Urbiztondo and “Figure 6” by Susan Hribernik (featuring aperture photography of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s GardenFest of Lights). You can eat and drink and shake a tailfeather to live music–this is no silent haughty gallery viewing.

WRIR’s Party for the Rest of Us

107 W. Broad Street

WRIR FM 97.3 celebrates 11 years of broadcasting with its annual birthday blowout that features some of the best music to come out of RVA. This year’s slate of musicians includes Christi, Manzara, The Cheats Movement Family podcast featuring Gritty City Records, Lucy Dacus, Brunswick, Afro Zen Allstars, Half Bascule, Silent Music Revival featuring Night Idea, and RVA Noise Showcase with Coteries, Toner War and The New Loft. Plus there will be stand-up comedy with Sarah Ahmed, Charles Ellis, Tom Hall, and James Isiah Muñoz along with WRIR DJs all night. Please consider a $15 donation at the door.

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