This weekend covers all the bases: something for your stomach, something for your ears, something to make you laugh, something to make you sing. Just nothing to get you outside, because THUMBS DOWN, weather.
1. Second City
If you’ve ever heard of…oh, anyone who’s a popular comic performer or writer at the moment, then you’ve mostly experienced a product of Chicago’s Second City improv group. Their show, “Second City Hits Home,” gives us the treat of hearing them riff on…our city!! Did you even know Chicago had HEARD of Richmond? It’s all very exciting.
- Thursday, January 15th – Friday, January 16th • 7:30 PM
- Alice Jepson Theatre, University of Richmond, 28 Westhampton Way
- $36 with discounts available
Fans of Jersey Boys or jukebox musicals in general will love Million Dollar Quartet, which imagines what would happen if Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash all got together and sang some tunes. OH WAIT! THEY DID! and now it’s a musical.
- Friday, January 16th – Saturday, January 17th • see site for times
- Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel Street
- $38 – $70
It’s not just a thrilling basketball game between two historically black universities, it’s an entire festival devoted to that man among men, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There’s a ton of stuff going on for the whole family all weekend at this festival. And don’t worry, we’ll do a roundup of everything MLK Day related tomorrow, so you can plan out exactly how you and your family will celebrate a fantastic human being’s life and legacy.
- Friday, January 16th – Sunday, January 18th • see site for schedule
- See site for venues!
- $30 – $35
4. The Rach 2
Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written (and a marvelous challenge for a pianist, thought not as much as its brother, the legendary Rach 3). If you see one piece of classical music played live in your entire life, it should be one of those concertos. I exaggerate not.
- Saturday, January 17th – Sunday, January 18th, • see site for times
- Carpenter Theater, 600 E. Grace Street
- $10 – $78
A delicious tradition, the Jewish Food Festival is back this year to serve up some dishes that it’s just not that easy to find in Richmond, Virginia. Our resident food-charmer, Stephanie Ganz, wrote a thing introducing those who are unfamiliar to Jewish food last year to get you started.
- Sunday, January 18th – Monday, January 19th • 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM
- Weinstein Jewish Community Center, 5403 Monument Avenue
- Free to attend! The food’ll cost some money.
Photo by: Jonathan F Miller