More What’s Booming RVA: January 12 +

January 12th, 2023

MLK Day, birding, music, fun runs, and event news

mourning dove on barbed wire. Image by Glavaty. More of What’s Booming in Richmond, Virginia, beginning January 12: MLK Day, birding, music, fun runs, event news, and more.
More of What’s Booming in Richmond, Virginia, beginning January 12: MLK Day, birding, music, fun runs, event news, and more.

January 12 to 19

Thursday, January 12

FREE Admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. No charge through Jan. 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond.

Sorrow Songs in an Exuberant City: How Manhattan Influenced the Guitar Imagery of Elizabeth Catlett. Examine the art and activism of the African American artist. January 12, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Leslie Cheek Theater, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.

Friday, January 13

Happy Friday the 13th!

“Friday the 13th.” Shiver to the 1980 classic slasher film. Have you met Jason yet? Jan. 13, 7 p.m., at the Byrd Theatre, Richmond.

The Hot Seats. A fun, wild, non-traditional take on old-time string band music. Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m., at Jimmy Dean Theater at Perkinson Center, Chester.

Joe Enroughty and the Royal Virginians. Virginia’s premiere 14-piece Big Band dance orchestra specializes in the music of the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s and beyond: classic tunes, waltzes, Latin styles, society numbers, swing, and Dixieland. Henrico Theatre, Henrico.

Cabaret Nights: Grey in Red. Grey Garrett performs a variety of songs, from classics to show tunes and pop. Jan. 13 and 14 at Swift Creek Mill Theatre, South Chesterfield.

Saturday, Jan. 14 

Birding with Richmond Audubon Society at Dutch Gap. The variety of habitats at the park supports many bird species. This expert-led walk focuses on waterfowl. Jan. 14, 8 to 11 a.m., meeting at Henricus Historical Park parking lot.

Meg’s Miles 5k, Kids Run, and Virtual Run. Run – or walk – in honor of Meg Cross Menzies and support the work of Meg’s Miles. Jan. 14, 8:30 a.m. to noon at Atlee High School, Mechanicsville.

“Three Amigos!” A hilarious trio of unemployed silent film actors (Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, and Martin Short) are mistaken for real heroes by a small Mexican village in search of someone to stop a malevolent bandit. Jan. 14 and 19, 7 p.m., at the Byrd Theatre, Richmond.

Butcher Brown with the Richmond Symphony. Richmond’s internationally acclaimed progressive jazz master fuses his jazz sounds with the Richmond Symphony. Jan. 14, 8 p.m., at Dominion Energy Center, Richmond.

Sunday, Jan. 15

RRRC Frostbite 15k. The in-person Frostbite 15k (9.33 rolling RVA miles) will be run – or walked – in the Byrd Park/Randolph area. Virtual option, anytime from Jan. 14 to 16. Jan. 15, 8:30 a.m., at Amelia Street School, Richmond.

Richmond Jewish Food Festival. Nosh on traditional Jewish dishes from around the world, like latkes, matzo ball soup, kugel, knish, brisket, shawarma, and falafel. Jan. 15 (dine on site, plus live music and vendors) and 16 (take away only), 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. both days, at the Weinstein JCC, Richmond.

Richmond Symphony: Celebrate MLK. A concert honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrating his inspiring message. Featuring spirituals, hymns, and other stirring compositions by Black artists of the past and present, with an emphasis on Virginia voices, plus a performance from Brown Ballerinas for Change. Jan 15, 3 p.m., at Perkinson Center, Chester.

Vanessa Collier. The master musician and multi-instrumentalist weaves funk, soul, rock, and blues with soulful vocals, searing saxophone, and witty songwriting. Jan. 15, 7 p.m. at The Tin Pan, Richmond.

Monday, Jan. 16

MLK Day: Day of Service & Remembrance. Beginning with presentations by Mayor Levar Stoney and Dontrese Brown of Hidden in Plain Site, moving into a variety of service projects. Jan. 16, 9 to 11 a.m., followed by projects from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m., meeting at The Black History Museum and Cultural Center, Richmond.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

National Day of Racial Healing Concert. Coming Together Virginia welcomes Desirée Roots and the Weldon Hill Ensemble. Jan. 17, 7 p.m. at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Richmond.

Wednesday, Jan. 18

Live at The Branch: Dominic Rotella. Take in the notes of the professional horn player while enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres. Jan. 18, 6 p.m. at The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, Richmond.

Thursday, Jan. 19

Bird Watching 101. Henrico Libraries and Recreation and Parks invites participants to learn basic bird watching skills during a group stroll on the boardwalk. Binoculars will be provided while supplies last. Jan. 19, 9 to 10 a.m. at Tuckahoe Creek Park, Old Coach Lane entrance, Henrico.

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Last Chance! 

“Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity.” The exhibition on the most shape-shifting, color-changing, thought-provoking, ever-evolving human organ – skin – closes on Jan. 15. Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.

News & Announcements 

The Valentine’s Grown-Up Field Trip Returns. Enjoy a scavenger hunt, make winter crafts, and play games, paired with adult beverages. Jan. 26, 5 to 7 p.m. at The Valentine, Richmond.

“Uncle Vanya.” Vanya and his niece receive an unexpected visit from his brother-in-law and alluring wife. Hidden passions and tumultuous frustrations come to a boil. A comic, cutting, and true-to-life translation of the Anton Chekhov drama. Jan. 26 to Feb. 12 at the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse at Dominion Energy Center.

Anything Goes Gala. Celebrate and support the Virginia Repertory Theatre with dinner, auctions, and musical entertainment. Feb. 25, 6 p.m., at The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond.

“A Soldier’s Play.” In a segregated Louisiana army camp in 1944, the murder of a rancorous Black sergeant stirs animosity and corruption among the soldiers. When a Northern captain arrives to investigate, truths and a shocking secret come to light. The play was a 1982 Pulitzer Prize winner. (Includes strong language, racial slurs, and the physical violence attendant to the play’s storyline, time, place, and message and contains gunshot sound effects.) Jan. 28 to March 4 at Swift Creek Mill Theatre, South Chesterfield.

Down the Road

Did you know comedian Jim Gaffigan is coming to town? How about Hollywood Love Songs from Richmond Symphony Pops and Dancing with the Stars Live!? Or the Poe Museum birthday bash with the Goosebumps guy? These and so much more are just around the corner and down the road.

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