5 Things: Mozart, art festivals, theater, theater, and theater

Make some crafts, buy some crafts, and celebrate some craft beer.

Photo by: macstre

1. Mozart Festival

I kind of assumed this festival would be a day full of elegant live classical music performed by talented musicians, with a guy dressed up like Mozart complaining that they don’t make music like they used to. While I haven’t heard any mention of a Mozart impersonator, I do know that there will be copious amounts of elegant classical music, interlaced with food trucks, crafts, comedy, craft beer, and burlesque.

  • Saturday, April 16th • 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Various locations around Jackson Ward
  • Free to attend!

2. Art Festivals

2a. Spring Bada Bing

I would recommend shopping before getting beer, or else you might end up with an unnecessary amount of handmade scarves and locally produced candles. Which, now that I think about it, sounds kind of great. So…grab a beer! Or a few beers! Then shop!

  • Saturday, April 16th • 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Lane
  • Free to attend!

2b. Fool for Art

Let’s be clear, they’re not calling you a fool if you come to this art festival. In fact, this is a really cool crafty event, so you’re the opposite of a fool if you go. So really they should call it “Only not-fools come to this festival, so come if you don’t want to be a fool.” But that sounds weird, and doesn’t fit as well on a flyer. And is exhausting to type out. Anyway, I forgot what I was saying. Just don’t be a fool and go immerse yourself in arts and crafts.

  • Saturday, April 16th • 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • John Tyler Community College, 800 Charter Colony Parkway
  • Free to attend!

3. Richmond Ballet’s Studio Three: The Rite of Spring

If you’re looking to attend the theater this weekend (adjusts monocle), there are plenty of options for everyone. Particularly if you’re a sucker for the graceful twirl-and-spin type of theater. Richmond Ballet is showing Studio Three: The Rite of Spring, a compelling, stimulating, hundred-year-old performance guaranteed to astound even the stiffest of audiences.

  • Through April 17th • see link for times
  • Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre, 407 E. Canal Street
  • $66-$101

4. The Flying Dutchman

If you’ve got a hot date this weekend and want to opera and chill, check out The Flying Dutchman. A beautiful baritone and a smooth soprano team up for a dark love story set in Norway. German lyrics, English subtitles, international approval.

  • Friday, April 15th & Sunday, April 17th
  • Richmond CenterStage, 600 E. Grace Street
  • $20-$100

5. Maple & Vine

This is a humorous play about the alleged simplicity of “back in the day.” But why am I telling you about it when Susan Howson saw it with her very own eyes? And then wrote a summary about it with her very own hands?

Bonus Thing: Celebrating Beer!

A crazy thing is happening in Richmond this weekend…and yes, it’s beer related. Our very newest brewery, The Veil Brewing Co., is having their grand opening ON THE SAME DAY that our very oldest brewery, Legend Brewery, commemorates its 22nd anniversary. Don’t miss out on the events, because what better way to celebrate craft beer festivities than with craft beer?

  • Saturday, April 16th • see sites for times
  • See sites for locations!
  • Free to attend!
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Rachel Marsh

Rachel Marsh wishes brunch was more than a weekly occurrence.

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