5 Things

If you’ve got a beard, like to run, enjoy laughing, play in hardcore band, AND a French person, this weekend is incredibly appropriate for you.

1. French Film Festival

I was going to say this is like a 10k of French Films, but it’s actually a FULL MARATHON of French Films. I’ve planned out my weekend, and I’m getting in 10 films and STILL bummed about how many I’m missing. Check out our guide and use it for your planning!

  • Thursday, March 26th • see guide for times
  • The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary Street
  • Individual films are $15 each, but tickets are only sold 1/2 hour before the film begins, and the lines are long. If you’re inclined to throw around money, grab a VIP pass for $115 and get into every single film and related events (except for the reception, that’s $25 extra).

2. Beard Wars Exhibition – Grand Opening

It’s my personal theory that we have a lot of beards in Richmond so as to better show off the foam from our freshly poured craft beers. And also because it sounds a lot LIKE “beer,” so it makes poetry really easy to write. You can get a beer at this event, which kicks off the Terry Brown “Beard Wars” photo exhibit, featuring the RVA Beard League. The RVA Beer League, by comparison, is comprised of the entire population of Richmond, Virginia.

  • Thursday, March 26th • 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • The Valentine • 1015 E. Clay Street
  • Free!

3. The 10K!

It’s the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K presented by MARTIN’S, which is a very, very confusing name for Richmonders. Just call it “White House Roll 10K” and be done with it. Those of us who prefer to look and feel like a White House roll will be avoiding the area like the plague, but those who enjoy fitness and enormous happenings will be running the thing or cheering it on.

  • Saturday, March 28th • 8:30 AM
  • Monument Avenue, I hear
  • $30 – $50

4. Hannibal Buress

This guy is rumored to be very hilarious on a show that is rumored to be something truly special (if Amy Poehler is involved, I’m not sure how it couldn’t be) (although I also thought that would be the case with Baby Mama). Hannibal Buress will probably make you laugh a ton, which is something worth spending money on.

  • Sunday, March 29th • 8:00 PM
  • Carpenter Theatre, 600 E. Grace St.
  • $27

5. One Million Festivals and Musical Acts

I don’t know what the deal is with this weekend on people’s festival/events/booking calendars. Is it because the 10k is a huge draw for people in general? And while they are recovering from racing, they will attend these other things? At any rate, United Blood Fest (everyone’s favorite hardcore gathering), The War on Drugs (feat. Hop Along, who I enjoy), the Oyster Roast, and more!

  • All weekend • at all times
  • Various venues
  • Various prices

Photo by: Jarkko Laine“>

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