5 things

Let’s all just ignore the forecast for the weekend and pretend we can go outside without suffocating, m’kay? So! Here we go, 5 things (with a little giveaway thrown in there just because).

Let’s all just ignore the forecast for the weekend and pretend we can go outside without suffocating, m’kay? While we’re at it, let’s also all look forward to the day that I don’t introduce this weekly feature with “ZOMGBBQ IT’S HOT” sentiments. So! Here we go, 5 things (with a little giveaway thrown in there just because).


The Richmond Justice Initiative is hosting a special screening of CALL + RESPONSE, a first-of-its-kind feature documentary film that reveals the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history. The film features appearances by Cornel West, Madeleine Albright, Daryl Hannah, Julia Ormond, and Ashley Judd, along with music from Moby, Cold War Kids, Tom Petty, Imogen Heap, and more. Following the screening, Christa Hayden (from International Justice Mission) and Janet Polarek (Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia) will speak with the audience.

  • Thursday, July 22 (7pm)
  • The Byrd Theatre (2908 W. Cary Street)
  • $7

2. Movies & Mimosas: To Kill a Mockingbird

Only the best movie ever, which happens to be an adaptation of the best book ever — at least in my opinion, and I’m the one writing this thing, so there. Also: Gregory Peck. Need I say more? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

  • Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25 (doors open at 10:30am; movie starts at 11am)
  • Movieland (1301 N. Boulevard)
  • $5.50 ($4.50 with your Criterion Club Card)

3. Save Our Food Festival

I know by this point in the summer we’re all kind of OD’ing on food festivals, but this one is new and specifically in support of local foods. Goodies and wares will be showcased in a farmers market-like setting, and the Children’s Museum of Richmond will host a play area for the wee ones. You’ll also get the chance to enjoy tunes from the likes of Venture Rays, Susan Greenbaum, and Jackass Flats.

  • Sunday, July 25 (noon to 6pm)
  • Farm Bureau Center exhibition hall, The Meadow Event Park (13111 Dawn Boulevard in Doswell)
  • $10 per carload

But wait! We’ve got five passes for free admission (remember, it’s per carload) to the Save Our Food Festival that we’re giving away to five lucky winners. Enter to win here. We’ll be picking the winner at 2pm TODAY and you must be able to come by the RVANews office (1520 W. Main Street, Suite 102) to collect your winnings. Hop to it.

4. Music for Massey: Chris Isaak

I personally can’t wait to hear everyone singing, “No IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII don’t wanna fall in love” at once. It’s gonna be great! Plus, proceeds benefit VCU Massey Cancer Center, so you can help those in need while you’re at it.

  • Sunday, July 25 (doors open at 3pm, music starts at 4pm)
  • Innsbrook Pavilion (4901 Lakebrook Drive)
  • $25

5. Antony and Cleopatra: Tweet from Your Seat

This is an interesting concept, and I’m wondering how it will all play out. (Get it? PLAY out? Shut up, Valerie.) Basically, rather than telling audience members to put their cell phones away once the house lights go down, Richmond Shakespeare is inviting them to tweet, text, and post on Facebook during the Sunday evening performance of Antony and Cleopatra. The hope is to get folks talking about the show and its themes, language, costumes, etc. Twitterers should use the hashtags #TonyAndCleo10 #RVA #Shakespeare and direct comments to @RichmondShakes.

  • Sunday, July 25 (8pm)
  • Agecroft Hall (4305 Sulgrave Road)
  • $13-$27

None of these sound good? Check out our Events Calendar for more fun stuff going on around town.

As always, if you know of something that deserves a shout out, please do so in the comments OR submit it to the calendar yourself!

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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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