5 Things for Teens: A career expo, live music, art, protesting, and people reading to you

Congrats on surviving the week. Here’s a small reward. It’s called “the weekend.”

Photo by: Payton Chung

1. Step Into Your Future Career Expo

So, you know those little conventions that your grandmother suggest that you attend in order to learn more about the real world? This is that. I suggest taking the initiative and just attending, maybe invite a few others of your homies so you aren’t by yourself. So that by the time your grandmother suggest it, you can just say “I been there, and I done that.”

  • Friday, April 8th • 5:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Claude and Berkins Living and Learning Center at VUU, 1500 N. Lombardy Street
  • Free!

2. Saved by the 90’s: Party with The Bayside Tigers

2016 is so overrated, right? Well, if you, like me, wish that you could go back and enjoy all of the perks of the 90s without any of the bad stuff happening then you’re in luck! The dream of the 90s will be in living color at the National. Honestly it should be a pretty rad night, with all of the best 90’s classics. So come prepared and dress like you just stepped out of your mother’s closet of neon colored jumpsuits.

  • Friday, April 8th • 8:00 – 10:00 PM
  • The National, 708 E. Broad Street
  • $12.50, $15 at the door

3. April Exhibitions at Artspace

ART ART ART. Who doesn’t love art? I mean besides that one elderly person who doesn’t like most things for some odd reason. Anyway, don’t mind them. The art space at Artspace, is a great art space to have art in a space. And there’s a good café in the same building, both are highly recommended.

  • Open Tuesdays through Sundays, 12:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Artspace, 0 E. 3rd Street
  • Free!

4. Traveling Authors at Chop Suey

Chop Suey hosts: “I’ve got a message for King Wizard, son of a heartless manipulator, but he’s in the Yukon.” That mega-long title is Nate Waggoner’s reading tour along with Andrew Blossom, Tom Batton, Jake Zienka, the poet Joey Kingsley and the ufologist Evan Hume. To say the least it should be a pretty epic evening full of marvelous word play and interesting characters both fictional and nonfictional.

  • Saturday, April 9th • 6:30 – 8:00 PM
  • Chop Suey, 2913 W Cary street
  • Free

5. Drink coffee, drink tea, listen to music

As the school year slowly rolls to a close, testing season approaches us quite quickly–from SOLs to APs or SATs and ACTs. Other than studying and somehow staying organized throughout Testing Season, one way that I cope with stress is by listening to music1 and drinking coffee or tea. Whether that is your type of thing or not, I highly support the decision to rest and relax before entering Testing Season and any other potentially stressful week.

  • Sunday, April 10th • All Day
  • Wherever you can be relaxed.
  • Free (depending on location)

6. Bonus Monday Thing: Student walkout protesting RPS closures

So if you don’t know, the Mayor has crafted a new budget for the City of Richmond’s school board, and in order for this budget to work it would mean the closing and merging of six public schools. There will be a City Council meeting that takes place Monday, April 11th at 7:00 PM in which the City Council will vote to support or reject the mayor’s budget. In response to this tragic news, there will be a student-organized and student-led walkout that will take place at 2:00 PM on Monday. It’ll lead to the protest that will be taking place at 5:00 PM at City Hall. All are welcome to join–there is a power in numbers, so the more participants the better. You can contact Students for RPS2, which is the student advocacy group that is organizing the event for more information on how you can support the cause.

  • Monday, April 11th &bull 2:00 PM
  • Your respective school, heading towards City Hall, 900 E. Broad Street
  • Free!
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Ross Catrow

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