What to do on First Friday, March 4th

It wasn’t a snow day, but if it had…would you have been able to have fun on the Artwalk?

Mickael Broth at Black Iris.

1708 Gallery

319 W. Broad Street

Artist Adam Shecter opens his exhibit “New Year,” with a talk that begins at 6:00 PM. New Year is all “animated videos blending multiple techniques and employing a range of stylistic notes to craft layered narratives.” I, for one, am always into art that involves animated videos.

Ada Gallery

228 W. Broad Street

Toys and pop culture and drawings and fun! Jimmy Trotter‘s “NUTRISYSTEM” show opens this week! From Kansas City, Trotter collects toys, comics, records, and he also DJs. He also draws those collections, among other things.

ART 180

114 W. Marshall Street

Herstory: A Woman’s Worth is an Art exhibition comprised of the collective talent and art work of B.A.S.E.( Black Art Student Empowerment), a VCU-based pro-Black organization that seeks to establish safe spaces for people of color and allies to have open conversations outside of the classroom.

The Brownstone

10 E. Franklin St.

Butler’s Unique Catering is hosting a four-course dinner, each paired with wines from New Kent Winery, at the Brownstone. Cocktail hors d’oeuvres start at 6:00 PM, tickets are $50, and you must RSVP ahead of time by emailing todd@butlersuniquecatering.com.

Candela Books Gallery

214 W. Broad Street

How fun is art that revolves around lost or discarded objects? Seven artists team up to bring us “Subject to Change,” a photo exhibit using traditional photographic processes (think mysteriously old-fashioned things like “we plate collodian,” “silver gelatin prints,” and even, gasp, regular old film!

Circle Thrift

7 W. Broad Street

First Friday isn’t solely about art anymore. You can also pick up some cool things to wear, too. I mean, they’ll also have art and music, because you can’t be on the Artwalk and not have art and preferably also music.

Coalition Theater

8 W. Broad Street

“High There!”–the completely improvised sitcom, which may or may not sound like a thing you do every day of your life but is probably funnier–has its live series finale this Friday!

Edit Gallery

8 E. Broad Street

A new exhibit by Lisie Orjuela of paintings that are kind of blowing my mind right now.

Elegba Folklore Society

101 E. Broad Street

Ugandan artist, Hassan Mukiibi presents “Different Trends,” which “recognizes women’s undeniable and challenging roles in society.” It’s Women’s History Month, y’all! Reception runs until 9:00 PM, exhibit runs until May 31st.

Endeavor RVA

316 W. Broad Street

Endeavor RVA would love to see you on the Art Walk to checkout their showcase “Hugs and Kisses” with Clown-Kisses Press (I hope that’s not a nod to the weird Hugs and Kisses play that we used to have to watch every year in school), and a performance by SPA DRAMA.


200 W. Marshall Street

We have it on good authority that this is possibly the best thing Gallery5 has ever had. Seriously, someone said those words! We won’t say who, because, dang what, a bold statement. Check out “Triangle, Circle, Square,” and be amazed (plus music by Dollbaby, Honey, and Lushloss).

The Gallery at Black Iris Music

321 W. Broad Street

It seems like artist Mickael Broth is all anyone can talk about these days. In “La Voie Sacrée,” Broth tackles war. That’s right, war. “In February of 1916, in order to supply the French resistance with a constant stream of supplies as they fought a German offensive, a 37-mile road to the remote city of Verdun had to be defended and maintained. Up to 90,000 troops, 50,000 tons of ammunition and 12,000 trucks traveled this route every week. This road, simply called “La Route” at the time, came to be known a “La Voie Sacree” or “The Sacred Road” after the war. After ten months of constant carnage, disease and death, the German army deemed the offensive a failure, giving the French a victory while costing nearly one million human lives.”

Lift Café

218 W. Broad Street

Would you like to try an Imperial Coffee Stout (courtesy of Isley Brewing Company and Lift) called Java the Hutt? Yes you would!

Linden Row Inn’s 1708 Gallery Satellite Exhibit

100 E. Franklin Street

ONE/OFF Printmakers: Recent Works formed in 1983 at the Richmond Printmaking Workshop on Cary Street. The group is still going strong, and this is their exhibit.

Quirk Gallery

207 W. Broad Street

Julia Gabriel Studio‘s trunk show will bring you her signature geometric-inspired bags and accessories. For you to purchase for yourself! Lucky! Bonus, you’ll also get to look at “CMYK: ARRANGEMENTS” show by Randy Toy in the gallery.

Richmond Public Library, Main Branch

101 E. Franklin Street

Young artists from area schools have contributed work to this exhibit, and I have seen some with mine own eyes, and it is really dang cool. You can see a few of them at branches around town, but tonight is the big shebang–the First Fridays opening reception runs from 6:30-9:00 PM.

Sediment Arts

208 E. Grace Street

Three creative peers Matt Barton, Josh Rodenberg, and Charlotte Rodenberg come together for “Celestial Mystical Spirits.” This’ll be, as the name implies, a show with interest in mysticism, parallel universes, transcendental meditation, and the afterlife. It’ll also use space and sound and just become a dang magical place. Neat.


300 E Broad Street

Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews continues at TheatreLAB’s Basement! The Basement is quite honestly my favorite venue in town.

UNOS Gallery

700 N. 4th St.

The pencil drawings of Ken Schuler are the draw for “UNITED.” Schuler himself gave a liver transplant–becoming the first person in the world to donate his liver to a stranger.


325 W. Broad Street

Tired of looking at art? Become one! Art, I mean. Become an art. That doesn’t even make sense. Anyway, Verdalina will be open with its clothing and jewelry and other pretty things to buy.

Virginia Repertory Theatre

114 W. Broad Street

Set in Naples in 1959, Saturday, Sunday, Monday reflects three days in the lives of a postwar Italian family. We so enjoy everything the Virginia Rep throws our way, for real.

Visual Art Studio

208 W. Broad Street

Diana “Ramani” Urbiztondo, will host an Artist Talk to celebrate women at 6:30 PM (her exhibit “Under the Stars” will be on display through March 24th. Also, members of True Tonic will perform an acoustic set!

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