5 things

Writing this week’s edition of 5 things has stressed me out for two reasons: 1) because being stressed out is what I do best, ask anyone and 2) there are tons of big name events going on AND tons of lesser-known-but-equally-delightful events happening as well. What to do, what to do?

Writing this week’s edition of 5 things has stressed me out for two reasons: 1) being stressed out is what I do best, ask anyone and 2) there are tons of big name events going on AND tons of lesser-known*-but-equally-delightful events happening as well. What to do, what to do?

I’m going with the little(r) guys.

Yes, you’ve got the 10k, the Downtown Loft Tour, the Bizarre Bazaar Spring Market, the French Film Festival, Wilco, and more**, but these babies are definitely worth your time…

1. United Blood Festival

When this event popped up on our calendar, I asked Ross The Publisher about it. He said, “You know, lots of DJJUUUUNS.” That’s all I needed to hear. But I realize, perhaps, you need more convincing. So! Here’s the deal: two days, over 20 bands, lots of fun and riffraff. See their website for the entire lineup. Also, no backpacks allowed, or so I’m told.

  • Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27, show times vary
  • Alley Katz (10 Walnut Alley)
  • $25 per day

2. Eggstravaganza at Forest Hill Park

Let the egg hunts begin! You’ve got tons to choose from over the next couple weeks, but I went with this one because it’s a tad removed from the Easter weekend craziness and… it’s free! This great event is the second of two put on by Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities and will include music, face painting, balloon artists, arts and crafts, and a hunt for over 30,000 candy-filled eggs. Bring your own basket!

  • Saturday, March 27, 10am to 2pm (there will be three hunts for three different age groups with kids 4 and under kicking things off at noon)
  • Forest Hill Park (41st Street and Forest Hill Avenue)
  • Free!

3. Cafe Gutenberg One Year Anniversary & Tofu Eating Contest

Help Cafe Gutenberg celebrate with a day snacking on goodies from local vendors while catching a little live music. Top the day off with, yes, that’s right, a tofu eating contest. Our very own food writer Holly Gordon will be taking part in this event, and… well, that’s just hilarious to me.

  • Saturday, March 27, 12pm until Sunday, March 28, 2am (tofu eating happens at 8pm)
  • Cafe Gutenberg (1700 E. Main Street)
  • See event website for details

4. Bouncing Betties Burlesque Presents: A Time to Give!

A monthly, non-profit burlesque show. I love Richmond. This month the ladies are shaking what their mamas gave them to raise funds and awareness for kidney research. Ages 18 and up.

  • Saturday, March 27, 8pm
  • Gallery 5 (200 W. Marshall Street)
  • $10

5. Glows in the Dark’s premiere performance at Balliceaux

Who doesn’t love a little free avant garde jazz at one of the best spots in town? Silly, silly people who probably also hate little kitties, that’s who. Sunday’s show is Glows in the Dark‘s first performance at Balliceaux, so give them some support so this will hopefully turn into monthly gig. All ages welcome!

  • Sunday, March 28, 7pm
  • Balliceaux (203 N. Lombardy Street)
  • Free!

If none of these look particularly compelling (although I can’t imagine why), perhaps I can interest you in our Events Calendar for more ideas?

And as usual, if you’d like to give special shout-outs to happenings this weekend, leave them in the comments!

(Don’t forget: If you’ve got an event in the works that you’d like to see featured, send it our way.)

*I hope the phrases “lesser-known” or “little(r)” don’t insult anyone. I didn’t mean for them to. See my previous comment about being stressed out.
**Do you see what I did there? By talking about not featuring them, I featured them. That’s what we editors call “a cop out.”

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Valerie Catrow

Valerie Catrow is editor of RVAFamily, mother to a mop-topped first grader, and always really excited to go to bed.

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