Good Morning, RVA: The gray calm before the theoretical weekend storm

Tune in tomorrow to see what this weekend’s weather holds.

Photo by: pledford1965

Good morning, RVA! It’s 74 °F, and whoadang that was a lot of rain last night. I guess the weather needed some sort of release after holding it in all week for the Big Bike Race™? Things should chill out today, with a mostly cloudy sky, as we prepare for this weekend’s weather–which could be a mighty big thing. We’ll know more tomorrow, but for now, let’s just say: milk and bread.

Water cooler

Here’s a video of large parts of JMU under water due to this week’s serious rain out in that part of the state. Dear college students: fast-moving flood waters are dangerous! Do not grab an air mattress and use it to white water raft your way through a flooded college campus.

The Richmond Ballet is one of our town’s Seriously Great Things but can seem impenetrable or inaccessible. However, that is decidedly innacurate on both accounts, my friend! To prove it to you, Susan Howson has written just the best beginner’s guide to learning to love the ballet. With their Studio Series beginning anew, now is the perfect time to become a ballet addict. A balleddict.

This piece, by Graham Moomaw, about James Monroe’s birdcage tomb topper is super interesting. I had no idea the thing was in need of repair or that it’d take so much time, effort, and money to repair it! History!

Richmond has a tiny house scene(!), Rachel Anne Warren reports for Style Weekly. Whenever I read or watch a thing about tiny houses, it makes me want to Konmari my life and move into my closet.

I do not know what it is to “gack out”, but you can do it at a couple coffee shops around town says Jason Tesauro for Richmond Magazine.

This is not how charts work!


  • Nats fell to the Braves, 1-2. The series continues tonight at 7:10 PM.

This morning’s longread

Cycling Redefined: Rwanda’s Joan of Arc

That’s what makes the deeply symbolic and utterly historic accomplishment of one single cyclist all the more important. Her first name, improbably and ever so cinematically, is Joan of Arc. In full, it is Jeanne D’Arc Girubuntu, and over the weekend she became the first Rwandan woman to ever race in a world competition when she competed at the 2015 Union Cycliste Internationale (International Cycling Union) Championships in Richmond, Virginia.

This morning’s Instagram

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