What’s Booming: Fools and Foods and Creatives

September 8th, 2022

Laugh, eat, support the James River, and be amazed

chicken kebabs. Elena Veselova, Dreamstime. Irrelevant satirists, beloved food festival, talented artists, masterful guitarist, James River love, all in What’s Booming: Fools and Foods.

This week, you can laugh and ruminate with a team of irrelevant political satirists. You can excite and expand your palate at a beloved ethnic festival. You can be awestruck at talented regional artists and artisans and at a masterful acoustic guitarist. And you can contribute to celebrating and supporting a treasured local landmark – the James River. All in this week’s What’s Booming: Fools and Foods and Creatives in Richmond, Virginia.

DC’s Reflecting Fools

Sept. 9 and 10 at the Cultural Arts Center, Glen Allen

Let yourself laugh to keep from crying – at contemporary politics. Former members and writers of the Capitol Steps have teamed up as DC’s Reflecting Fools to continue poking fun at crazy politicians. Through satirical songs, spoonerisms, and impressions, these “equal-opportunity” humorists elicit belly laughs and guffaws.


Armenian Food Festival

Sept. 9 and 10, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. each day, at St. James Armenian Church, Richmond

Kebabs, pilaf, stuffed grape leaves, Armenian meat pizza, a lamb and sirloin hye burger, not to mention phyllo desserts like bourma, kataif, and paklava – these and other delicious authentic foods can be yours! Richmond’s longest-running food festival returns for two days of delicacies and culture.


43rd Street Festival of the Arts

Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 43rd Street and Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond

At this juried show of fine arts and crafts, from six-dozen local and regional artisans, you can find some amazing art to display at your home, jewelry to display on your person, or gifts to wow your loved ones. Or just browse and be amazed at the local talent. Oh, and enjoy the live music and food.


James River Week

Sept. 10 to 17 from Lynchburg to Williamsburg

Recreational, educational, and culinary experiences on, along, and near the James in celebration of the river. Locally, participants can dine at regional restaurants to contribute to the cause, take guided pontoon boat trips, assist with river cleanup, enjoy kids’ story times and activities, learn environment-loving tips on composting and rain barrels, celebrate and contribute at local breweries, and more.


Leo Kottke live

Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. at the Tin Pan, Richmond

The acoustic guitar legend wows audiences with his masterful fingerpicking, reaching into the blues, jazz, and folk music. He began performing professionally in 1966 and has captured the ear of many new fans in partnering with other performers, including Mike Gordon, the bassist from Phish.


Check with individual venues for COVID-19 policies.

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