What’s Booming RVA: En Garde!

By Annie Tobey | November 30th, 2023

Boomer’s top 5 picks for the week ahead

Women's foil event, October NAC - USA Fencing, CREDIT: Serge Timacheff, USA FENCING. Used for "What's Booming RVA: En Garde!"

Sure, ’tis the weekend of RVA Illuminates and the annual Christmas parade, so Boomer highlights five other diverse events that should also be on your radar, in “What’s Booming RVA: En Garde!”

USA Fencing Competitions

Dec. 1 to 4 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond

Catch the excitement of clashing fencers across all three fencing weapons – epee, foil, and saber – including the most competitive division to youth competitors. FREE admission for spectators.


“Both Sides Now”

Dec. 2, 8 p.m., and Dec. 3, 2 p.m., at Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse, Richmond

Robbie Schaefer and Danielle Wertz perform a theatrical concert exploring the music and lives of long-time friends and one-time lovers, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. Includes songs such as “A Case of You,” “Hallelujah,” “Big Yellow Taxi,” and “Suzanne,” offering us a story about the messiness of being human, the struggle to stay connected, and the importance of truly seeing one another.


Holiday Home Tours in Historic Petersburg

Dec. 3, noon to 5 p.m., in Historic Petersburg

Tour beautifully decorated, private historic homes decorated for the season. Explore early 19th-century homes, an Egyptian Revival house, a High Street row house, the Archibald Graham McIlwaine House (1794), and more. Also open will be Centre Hill and recently transformed Battersea (1768). If you have not seen Battersea lately, you will be amazed at the transformation. Tickets available on Eventbrite or day of at The McIlwaine House, tour headquarters. Parking is plentiful in that area and you may use the trolleys for the tour.


Created Equal Film Series: “The Space Race”

Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m., at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Richmond

The documentary from National Geographic weaves the stories of Black astronauts seeking to break the bonds of social injustice to reach for the stars, including Guion Bluford, Ed Dwight, and Charles Bolden. The film is followed by a moderated Q&A with Leland Melvin, Virginia astronaut and the film’s executive producer. FREE, registration required.


Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Dec. 7, 11 a.m., in the outdoors Shrine of Memory – 20th Century, at the Virginia War Memorial, Richmond

The 82nd remembrance ceremony marking the bombing of Pearl Harbor honors the more than 2,400 Americans killed – including 41 native Virginians – and more than 1,100 wounded on Dec. 7, 1941. Keynote speaker, roll call and presentation of wreaths, with showing of the documentary “Pearl Harbor” shown throughout the day. FREE.



Check websites for more details, including prices and registration requirements.

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