I’m going to remind myself that even though we shut it all down for one inch of snow already, we’re a little tougher now than last month, so we’re going to put on good coats and see what’s happening out there.
There is so much music, theater, and other “this weekend only” performances going on and I’m nervous. I’m nervous that Bob Costas’s eyes are falling out and that Richmond may be under two feet of snow by the time you’re reading this and everything will be cancelled. Here’s how I’m going to deal with this: I’m going to ignore Bob Costas, and I’m going to remind myself that even though we shut it all down for one inch of snow already, we’re a little tougher now than last month, so we’re going to put on good coats and see what’s happening out there.
But maybe check Twitter feeds before heading out to the Thursday or Friday events (included below).
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This is the 350th anniversary of the first performance of the Moliere comedy about the hypocrite Tartuffe and his swindling ways. 350 years is only slightly longer than how long the Westhampton Theatre held over Amelie.1 Virginia Repertory Theatre’s production will show how comedy that is centuries old can still hold up over time. Also, male nudity! Let’s get that buzz going.
- February 13th – March 9th
- The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 W. Broad Street
- @VirginiaRep on Twitter
The Richmond Ballet’s Cinderella, featuring the Richmond Symphony’s performance of the Prokofiev score, is a retelling of the Perrault version of the classic story, complete with the Prince and the stepsisters. And since it’s old and European, everyone dies at the end (just kidding–I mean, they would all be dead by now because it’s a really old story).
- February 14th, 15th, and 16th (the Thursday, February 13 performance is rescheduled for Sunday, February 16 at 6:00 PM)
- Carpenter Theatre, 600 E. Grace Street
- @RichmondBallet on Twitter
Musicians Fatoumata Diawara and Bassekou Kouyate and band Ngoni Ba bring a lot of clout with them to the Modlin Center. Diawara, a former dancer and actress, is a renowned singer and songwriter, and Grammy-nominated Kouyate and Ngoni Ba have performed with Blur’s Damon Albarn, John Paul Jones, and Paul McCartney. If nothing else, check out Diawara’s Facebook page to admire her outfits and her photos with the Roots and the Clintons.
- Saturday, February 15th, 7:30 PM
- Modlin Center for the Arts, 28 Westhampton Way
I’m so far removed from the local music scene that when I read about this I had so many questions, like “Mekong has a house band?” and “Cary Street Cafe is still open?” The answers are “apparently” and “yes, and there’s a show there this Saturday with Mekong Xpress and the Get Fresh Horns.” So, come out and see members of every local soul/funk band you’ve seen in the last 15 years do their thing: make you feel OK that you’re dancing. In a hippie bar.
- Friday, February 14th, 10:00 PM
- Cary Street Cafe, 2631 W. Cary Street
This Monday’s class is part of a weekly series that focuses on a different Lindy Hop-style dance each month during the 6:30 PM class. The 7:30 PM slot is a drop-in class with different topics. No partners or fancy dance clothes required for either class (just something easy to move in). Advanced registration is required.
- Monday, February 17th, 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM
- Ellwood Thompson’s Community Room, 4 N.Thompson Street
- $5 to drop in, $25 for the monthly series
Photo by: N-ino
- Early 2000’s Richmond humor! ↩