5 Things: RVA jams, soccer, cookies, books, parties, and humorous improv

It feels like yesterday that we were all “SPRING MUST COME ONE DAY, RIGHT?” and now we’re all “I PERSPIRE FROM EVERY PORE. SUMMER IS ON THE HORIZON.” Thus, there are some things to do this weekend—the most wonderful weekend of all.

1. Friday Cheers RVA Music Night

Ross Catrow said it best when he said everything within his Friday Cheers write-up for this week. Experience RVA greats HonkyTonk Heroes, The Milkstains, and Bio Ritmo. Alert: if you live in Richmond and have never experienced a live Bio Ritmo show, you’re like an unrooted blade of grass that could blow away at any time.

  • Friday, May 22nd • 6:00 PM
  • Brown’s Island
  • $5

2. Richmond Famous feat. Prabir Mehta

Prabir, lover of science, singer of songs, helper of nonprofits, and all-around fantastic person with a personality that just won’t quit! He is beloved around these parts because he is ALWAYS available to consult about a scientific subject, and now you can discover the magic too with a night of improv dedicated to…acting out his stories, I guess? And oh man, this should be good.

  • Friday, May 22nd • 10:00 PM
  • Coalition Theater, 8 W. Broad Street
  • $10

3. Richmond Kickers vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Oh, it is ON, Riverpooches. We may have tied you last time, but that was just a warm-up, to see what you’re made of. You may have a bunch of rivers running through your burgh, but we have one MIGHTY river, with URBAN RAPIDS, and I’d like to see you dog-paddle your way out there and try to survive our wrath.

  • Saturday, May 23rd • 7:00 PM
  • City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Avenue
  • $12

4. Michael Hearst Reads and Performs Extraordinary People

VCU grad and Big Apple success story Michael Hearst comes to Chop Suey this Saturday, armed with his guitar and–I’m pretty sure this is not a joke–Tollhouse cookies to share?? Hearst’s book Extraordinary People profiles people who have done abnormal things–but abnormally amazing things! That’s all fine and dandy and you should read the book, etc., but the real excitement begins when Hearst performs songs in an adorable fashion about some of the very people he profiles. What! With cookies? Why can’t all book tours be this fun!

  • Saturday, May 23rd • 4:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Chop Suey, 2913 W. Cary Street
  • Free!

5. Richmond Day at the Sugar Pad

So much happens at this East End Community Collaboration event that I don’t even know where to start. Here are the highlights: Richmonds around the world! Random prizes! Talent showcase extravaganza! Mini-golf! Let’s celebrate Christopher Newport sailing up the James and saying, “Right ho, what’s this, then?” when he discovered our majestic beauty.

  • Sunday, May 24th • 12:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Sugar Pad, end of Dock Street next to Rockett’s Landing
  • Free!

Bonus Thing: Throw a Memorial Day party

Although I guess some of you should just attend parties. Otherwise we’d each of us be throwing parties with no one available for partygoing. I volunteer to partygo!

Photo by: pegwinn

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