What’s Booming RVA: A Thereminist in Concert

By Annie Tobey | February 8th, 2024

Boomer’s top 5 picks for the week ahead

Caroline Scruggs, thereminist, will perform at Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, Richmond, Virginia

Laugh, cry, and learn, with Galentine’s Day hilarity, a moving opera, two thought-provoking panel discussions, and an instrument that can be played without touch (and without a chip installed in someone’s brain!). All in “What’s Booming RVA: A Thereminist in Concert.”

“Sanctuary Road”

Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 11, 2:30 p.m., at Dominion Energy Center at Carpenter Theatre, Richmond

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer’s Paul Moravec’s opera based on the experiences of William Still, abolitionist, historian, and conductor for the Underground Railroad. Virginia Opera accompanied by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.


A Conversation on Racial Healing

FREE. Feb. 10, noon to 2 p.m., at River Road Church, Baptist

Find insights and action steps during a panel discussion with Rev. Dr. Lance Watson of Saint Paul’s Baptist Church, The Rev. Ben Campbell of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and Ms. Kristen Green, author of “The Devil’s Half Acre.”


Galentine’s Day: Ladies Night Comedy Show

Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m., at Perkinson Center, Chester

Headliner Sonya White and guests march out some hilarious, lady-loving, PG-13 humor. White combines Southern charm with city-wise street smarts to create a show that won her multiple appearances on Star Search (CBS), promo spots on Last Comic Standing (NBC), national tour in Southern Fried Chicks (CMT), and more.


Beyond the Information Age: Supporting Truth-Based Media

FREE, no registration needed. Feb. 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at The Valentine Museum, Richmond

Part of the Valentine Museum’s “Controversy / History” series looks at the history of media and how it’s been used both to perpetuate bias and spread truth. The panel features digital and print professionals who will share their visions for a more equitable future in news coverage.


Caroline Scruggs: Mini-Concert at The Branch

Feb. 14, 6 p.m., at The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, Richmond

Featuring the thereminist, vocalist, and songwriter from Hampton Roads, Virginia: upon “discovering” the theremin five years ago, she became completely enamored with the instrument – the first electronic instrument invented and one of the few played without physical touch – as its ethereal, string-like sound feels like a second voice under her hands. Tickets include light hors d’oeuvres and a selection of wines.


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

More of What’s Booming in Richmond besides …

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