5 things

You could blow somebody’s mind this weekend by taking them on the date of all dates – a weekend long comedy, musical, theatrical, artistic, delicious, and sporty experience. You can pick me up at 8!

Guys, back in my day, 5 Things was a 100 word unformatted blurb generated by Matt White that consisted largely (and lovingly) of beards and jazz music. Now look how far we have come! Here’s your list of things to do this weekend. Happy Little Friday!

1. Armenian Food Festival

Suddenly everyone I know is amped for the Armenian Food Festival. It disturbs me that I have lived in this town many of the 51 years this festival has been going on but have never been to it. I thought I had hit all of Richmond’s food festivals – after all, what is better than a festival celebrating food and culture. If you need me this weekend, I’ll be stuffing face. Thursday, September 17 through Sunday, September 20, 834 Pepper Ave, free!

2. The Pope’s Toilet at UR International Film Series

If you haven’t yet experienced the FREE beauty of University of Richmond’s International Film Series, I bet The Pope’s Toilet is a good place to start. A critically-acclaimed film from Uruguay, The Pope’s Toilet is satirical, irreverent, hopeful, and businesslike all in one movie! Plus it’s one of the better answers to the question “Go anywhere this weekend?” Friday, September 18, 3pm and again at 7:30pm, Sunday, September 20, 7:30pm. University of Richmond, Jepson Hall, 118, free!

3. 43rd Street Festival of the Arts

For the 18th year in a row, 65 local artists and musicians line up along West 43rd Street to fill your Saturday with the best of Richmond’s creative culture. Intimate enough to avoid overwhelming the art fan, but eclectic enough to satisfy a range of tastes, the festival is a valuable Richmond tradition. Saturday, September 19, 10am – 5pm, 1412 W. 43rd St., Free but bring some money in case you see something you like!

4. Richmond Spiders play Hofstra

I hear football is a thing. I asked a friend of mine what I should say about it, and he said to say this, “Richmond is the center of the football universe on Saturday at 3:30 pm. The Division 1AA universe, that is! The Spiders open their home slate against CAA foe Hofstra. This will be the first game Richmond has played at home since winning the national championship last year, so go cheer them on.” Yeah, what he said! Saturday, September 19, 3:30pm, University of Richmond Stadium, $22/adults, $10/kids.

5. Margaret Cho at the National

It’s comedy AND music! I tried and tried and tried to find an appropriate, SFW YouTube clip for this. I could not. That alone should convince you to go see it. Saturday, September 19, 7pm and again at 10pm, $25.

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