5 Things

A 5 Things haiku: Sometimes there are sports / Sometimes there are conferences / But always: improv.

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1. RVA International Film Festival

Film festivals, take them or leave them. Am I right?? Correction! I AM SO WRONG! The RVA International Film Festival brings 60 films straight to our doorstep (almost literally, if you live in Carytown) and also treats us to some good Q&A and whatnot from the people who made some of those films! There are awards, good times, and also a documentary about that heady year when the Rams were in the Final Four.

  • Friday, February 27th – Sunday, March 2nd • see site for times
  • The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary Street
  • See site for ticket packages and pricing

2. Richmond Home and Garden Show

If you have a home and/or garden, or if you’d like a home and/or garden, or if you’ve just heard of a home and/or garden and you want to investigate the whole concept…then the Richmond Home and Garden Show is for you! Meet some vendors, get some hands-on time (with their wares, not with the vendors, weird), buy local, and save save save!

  • Friday, February 28th – Sunday, March 2nd • see site for times
  • Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Avenue
  • $7

3. Richmond Famous: Doug Orleski of RVA Coffee Stain

Cartoonist Doug Orleski hadn’t lived in Richmond long before he realized we all really needed an illustrated version of the Butts of Monument Avenue. This Friday, he’ll get the Richmond Famous treatment by being the subject and a participator in a night of Coalition improv that is almost positive to bring the house crumbling down into a million pieces.

  • Friday, February 28th • 8:00 PM
  • Coalition Theater, 8 W. Broad Street
  • $10

4. Tilted RVA

Tilted, an unconference about all sorts of things, was one of the highlights of 2013 for me. Held in a casual manner with that nice blend of fun and learning that doesn’t make you keep staring at the clock, Tilted gives small businesses owners/employees an opportunity to meet others of their kind and learn from their peers. You will make lasting friends and lasting impressions (so don’t blow it).

  • Saturday, March 1st • 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • The Richmond Times-Dispatch Building, 300 E. Franklin Street
  • $40

5. VCU vs. Saint Louis

Normally when I need to write a segment about basketball, I ask the People Who Know. For this game, the People Who Know were too overcome with anxiety to give me much information. Guys, their intensity is freaking me out! Is this game going to destroy the nerves of everyone I know? Will the infectious enthusiasm of HAVOC! fans help bring the intimidating Saint Louis to their knees? Will this sold-out game be a nail-biter to watch? Are…are we all going to be OK? Find out on Saturday night!

  • Saturday, March 1st • 6:00 PM
  • Stuart C. Siegel Center, 1200 W. Broad Street
  • Well, it’s sold out, but please do go to a place with a friend and watch it on ESPN or ESPN2 (tbd).

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Photos by: Will Weaver

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