5 Things: Pop stars, acrobats, video game soundtracks, films, and jokes

Here are some things to do this weekend (and maybe next week) that are not at all related to bread and milk and sledding.

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Update #1 — January 21, 2016; 1:32 PM

Video Games Live has been rescheduled!

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Original — January 21, 2016

1. An Evening with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

From “Thrift Shop” to “Can’t Hold Us,” there are at least five Macklemore & Ryan Lewis songs that everyone knows all of the words to, whether they want to or not. And now this famous pop duo is back on tour! And coming to Richmond! Check it out for a guaranteed night of fun, and a guaranteed week of their “Downtown” song stuck in your head. And hey, if you’re one of those people that likes to donate to charity, one dollar from every ticket sold will go to Youth Speaks, Equal Justice Initiative, and the 30/30 Project.

  • Friday, January 22nd, 8:00 PM
  • Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel Street
  • $39.50 – $69.50

2. Ricochet, A Circus of Two, Smoke and Mirrors

This insanely talented duo from New Mexico travels all over the world doing trapeze-artisty things. Their act combines acrobatics, dance, and a whole bunch of things in the air that I can’t even do on the ground. It’s kind of like a circus performance, but without the terrifying clowns. And it’s all very poetic, so while it may make you feel out of shape, you’ll at least feel cultured.

  • Friday, January 22nd & 23rd, 7:30 PM
  • Modlin Center for the Arts, 28 Westhampton Way
  • $16 – $32

3. Video Games Live


To be completely honest, at first I thought this meant participating in a live video game. Then I thought about the implications of having to avoid fireballs and banana peels. Then I thought I should start playing more modern video games, because these references are all really outdated. Then I thought, wait, this actually has nothing to do with participating in live video games, but instead is a concert put on by the Richmond Symphony featuring music from some of the most popular video games ever. Which sounds much safer.

  • Originally scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd, now February 20th at 8:00 PM
  • Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel Street
  • $20 – $70

4. Afrikana Film Festival’s Evening with an Icon: Sonia Sanchez

This weekend, the Afrikana Film Festival brings you the RVA premiere of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, a documentary about the groundbreaking educator and poet. They also bring you Sonia Sanchez herself, for a Q&A and meet-and-greet after the film! What! Neat!

  • Saturday, January 23rd, 7:00 PM
  • Grace Street Theater, 934 W. Grace Street
  • $15 ($25 for 2) in advance, $20 at the door

5. A Comedy Show with Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butler, and Mary Jane French

Richmond loves comedy, and luckily for us, comedians love Richmond. Next Wednesday, comedian Cameron Esposito is coming to entertain Richmonders with an iconic personality and great jokes. If you’re not sure about her credibility, she’s been a guest star in late night talk shows hosted by really famous funny people, a guest star in podcasts hosted by really famous funny people, and is in fact a really famous funny person herself. She’ll also be joined by Rhea Butler, a contestant on Last Comic Standing, AND our very own local-and-just-as-hilarious comedian, Mary Jane French. Get tickets here. Or if tickets are sold out, I know a guy.

  • Wednesday, January 27th, 9:00 PM
  • Strange Matter, 929 W. Grace Street
  • $15
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Rachel Marsh

Rachel Marsh wishes brunch was more than a weekly occurrence.

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