5 things…

Thursday = pretty much the weekend. Here’s what’s up…

I don’t know about you, but I’m still confused about what day it is. Three-day weekends do that to a person. I probably spent a good two minutes this morning saying, “Is it Thursday? No. Yes. Yes, it’s Thursday. Isn’t it?”

But alas, it is. I only know this after checking the calendar on my MacBook though. Thank you, technology.

I’m rambling. Thursday = pretty much the weekend. Here’s what’s up…

1. The Writing Show: The Irrational World of Children’s Literature

With the coming Fall 2009 release of the film version of Maurice Sendack’s Where the Wild Things Are, there seems to be a resurgence in people’s love for children’s books, so this event comes at just the right time. Join authors Gigi Amateau, Erica Kirov, and Meg Medina for an in-depth discussion on writing and publishing contemporary children’s lit, hosted by book reviewer and 2009 Caldecott committe member, Lucinda Whitehurst. In case you don’t know, the Caldecott Medal is given to the “most distinguished” picture book in a given year. Trust me, this *might* sound like a snooze-fest to some of you, but James River Writers always does a fantastic job with these panel discussions. Even if you’re not actually a writer, it’s sure to be interesting. Thursday, May 28th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Children’s Museum of Richmond (2626 W. Broad Street), $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 for students. Go here to buy tickets.

2. Punk Rock Prom

Punk Rock? Proms? BOWLING? It’s the trifecta of fun! Hosted by Richmond Women’s Collective, the Punk Rock Prom gives you a chance to get all decked out in your snazziest threads and head on out for an evening that’s sure to offer some quality people-watching and good times. The event promises a photo shoot upon arrival, local DJ’s, bowling, AND a surprise band!. Hope CAPS doesn’t ruin everything! Thursday, May 28th, 8pm, 521 East Southside Plaza, $5.

3. 33rd Annual Greek Festival

OOPAH! Ok, now that THAT is out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff, namely BAKLAVA. I seem to remember them running out right away the last couple years, so get your caboose over there if you want to partake in that goodness. And that’s not all! They’ve got wine, dancing, and various other festivities. Also also! You can get lunch AND dinner via their drive-thru. Thursday, May 28th thru Sunday, May 31st, 30 Malvern Avenue, FREE!

4. Stride Through Time

RVANews will be there STRIIIIIIIDING through TIIIIIIIIME. Will you? In case you don’t know what the deal is with this, go here to read our preview on it. But, if you’re too lazy to click, here’s the deal: walking (some would say “striding”) through 10k of Richmond’s most historical spots. Fresh air, striding, yesteryear. WIN. Saturday, May 30th, 9am (packet pickup starts at 7am), Brown’s Island, $25 for adults, $15 for kids. Go here to register.

5. Firehouse Fireball Benefit

Should I attend this event, I think I would spend the majority of the time shouting “FIREBALL” in a rock/metal/raspy voice. I would also be challenging everyone to see who could keep a fireball in their mouth the longest, presuming fireballs were being provided. Wow, that sounded like all kinds of inappropriate, and I didn’t even mean for it to. But, yes, the Fireball benefiting Firehouse Theatre. This year’s event has a “Roaring Twenties” theme, complete with a hooch bar, flapper girls, and all kinds of dancing and entertainment. Saturday, May 30th, 7pm, 1609 W. Broad Street, $50 for singles, $75 for couples. Call 355-2001 for more information.

Know of anything else going on this week? Leave it in the comments.

(If you have an event coming up that you want help promoting, let us know. It just might end up making the list!)

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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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