5 Things

A lot of music, a lot of alcohol, and some art (by a musician who enjoyed all three).

1. Lights, Camera, Action: A Celebration of Hip-Hop Films & Music

How effing fun does this sound!? A panel about hip-hop and film (including Zulu Queen Lisa Lee and Jesse Vaughan–who was very interesting on an RVANews Live panel last November, we are proud to say!), then live performances by Noah-O, Joey Gallo, Michael Millions, and Chance Fischer. Cheats, you’ve done it again!

  • Friday, May 8th • 7:00 – 11:30 PM
  • Gallery5, 200 W. Marshall Street
  • $7

2. Dueling Beer Fests: Science on Tap and Virginia Hops & Barley Festival

It’s a good thing Richmond can’t stop pouring beer down their gullets, because we’ve got two festivals this weekend that provide you with a million local varieties (fake number). Science on Tap features scientific brewing demonstrations (while you demonstrate what beer does, scientifically, to your inhibitions, while Hops & Barley just invites you to sample until your friends urge you to stop. Drive responsibly, everyone!

Science on Tap

  • Saturday, May 9th • 2:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad Street
  • $10 (if you’re among the first 1,000 guests, you’ll get a complimentary glass!)

Virginia Hops & Barley Festival

  • Saturday, May 9th • 12:00 – 6:00 PM
  • At the junction of 288 and Huguenot Trail
  • $20 online, $25 at the door (with $50 VIP ticket available). $10-15 for designated drivers

3. Central Virginia Wine Festival

Does your nose wrinkle when you hear the word “hops?” Do you gag at the thought of fermented barley? Does your pulse quicken when you see grapes in the produce section? Oh yeah. Wine can get you pretty drunk, too. The Central Virginia Wine Festival is a mega-popular taste-fest that benefits the local chapter of Tech alumni. I urge you: eat some food before you go. The wine hangover headaches are not fun. Debbie Downer, signing off.

  • Saturday, May 9th • 12:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Innsbrook Pavilion, 4901 Lake Brook Drive
  • $20 online, $20 at the gate

4. A Good Day in RVA II

Good Day RVA, a collective that makes cool videos about local music, pairs up with Hardywood, a collective of vats that keep the entire city riding an even, mellow buzz to bring you A Good Day in RVA II! You may listen to bands (including Nelly Kate, Manatree, and Toxic Moxie), learn how to make books (The People’s Library), look at some zines (Grlz Night), eat some food (trucks), and seriously, a ton more.

  • Saturday, May 9th • 2:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Lane
  • Free!

5. The Art of John Lennon

If your mom is a human being, there’s a great chance she enjoys the Beatles. This is a great activity for Mother’s Day, but that’s really just an excuse. And you need no excuses to go embrace this opportunity to see rare John Lennon art for a $5 donation to FeedMore. This was one of my very favorite interviews this year, and you can interview Lynne herself. She will be there!

  • Thursday, May 7th – Sunday, May 10th • see site for gallerie hours
  • Chasen Galleries, 3554 W. Cary Street
  • $5 donation to FeedMore

Photo by: Stefan Jürgensen

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