5 Things: A vampire, a mad scientist, hundreds of zombies, and some resurrected Rams

It’s spooky season, costumes optional.

1. Science Fiction Double Feature: Nosferatu and Rocky Horror Picture Show

It’s that weird weekend that’s before Halloween and, even though Halloween itself is on an actual weekend, you’ll still have people going “Where’s your costume!?!?” if you try to go out anywhere. I’ve figured out that once you hit your 30s, that happens less, and we could all sit here and talk about how 30-somethings are more comfortable in their own skin, but there’s this fun event to talk about instead! Go see Nosferatu, the classic vampire flick, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the classic…spooky drag flick? The Richmond Symphony brings you both, giving Nosferatu a score that consists of Brahms, Dvorak, Wagner, Barber, and Norby. Super neat.

  • Saturday, October 24th • 8:00 PM
  • Carpenter Theatre at CenterStage, 600 E. Grace Street
  • $10 for each event, you’ll need one of both for each, if that makes sense. Buy one for each movie you would like to see, OK!?

2. Black & Gold Game Bonus Alumni Game

It’s VCU vs. VCU at this free game that’s an awful lot of fun for children and, really, anyone who likes seeing Rodney the Ram run around. Get ready to be excited about old favorites Mo Alie-Cox, Doug Brooks, JeQuan Lewis, and…that’s about all of my basketball knowledge. Then, see the very, very old favorites compete! Rob Brandenburg, Kendrick Warren, and Ed Nixon among others will be duking it out. They might be a little slower than they were at 17, but aren’t we all.

  • Saturday, October 24th • 3:00 PM (tip off at 4:00 PM for B&G game, alumni game to follow immediately)
  • Stuart C. Siegel Center, 1200 W. Broad Street
  • Free!

3. Restaurant Week

Oh yeah, loosen them belts. It’s Restaurant Week, and it’s coming for you. Check out menus online, make your choice, and pray to your god that tables are still available.

  • Ends Sunday, October 25th • whenever your restaurant stops serving dinner
  • Your fave place (or a new discovery)
  • $29.15 plus tip

4. Zombie Walk

A festival for the undead, because the undead are people too! Or, at least, they used to be! It’s terrifying if you’re not expecting it, which is maybe kind of the best possible scenario. Be sure to either grab your makeup and fake entrails and join the shamble, or just have a seat somewhere in Carytown to enjoy the show. The Walk goes through C-town this year, and that’s it. No variations. They are coming for your brains, Mongrel shoppers! Do not try to tempt them with Bev’s! It will not work! OK it will work.

  • Saturday, October 24th • Staging at 1:00 PM, Walk begins at 2:30 PM
  • Meet at Fountain Lake in Byrd Park for staging, start walking at Dixie Donuts, 2901 W. Cary Street (here’s this year’s map, it’s…pretty straightforward
  • Free!

5. One very Dope brunch

Feast RVA brings you a screening of Dope, a film that is rumored to be quite a good one. You’ll hang at Candela, eat brunch courtesy of Nile, Tarrant’s, and more restaurants to be announced! Grab some mimosas, bartended by James Kohler, and see this film with your pals. Discussion to follow! Or, just lying around dreamily in a day-drinking haze while other people discuss! Your call!

  • Sunday, October 25th • 11:00 AM
  • Candela Books Gallery, 214 W. Broad Street
  • $16.37
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