What’s Booming RVA: Upsetting the Apple Cart

By Annie Tobey | June 20th, 2024

Boomer’s top 5 picks for the week ahead

apples falling out of a basket. for What's Booming RVA: Upsetting the apple cart. Image by Rikard Stadler

Throw out everything you thought you knew about apples, remember the Forgotten Soldiers, take in cool jazz on a hot summer night, and laugh with the ladies of “9 to 5” and old timey radio. In “What’s Booming RVA: Upsetting the Apple Cart.”

The Forgotten Soldiers of Juneteenth

June 20 to 23 at Henricus Historical Park, Chester

Take in the informative re-creations of this 17th-century fort and Native village alongside the temporary exhibition, which showcases photography of the 116th United States Colored Troops (USCT) while they were at the Dutch Gap Canal. See reproduction clothing, gear, and weaponry – touch, examine, feel, or wear it. On June 22, Henricus Interpretation Supervisor John Pagano leads discussions and answers questions. FREE.


“9 to 5, The Musical”

June 21 to Aug. 4, 2024, at the November Theatre, Richmond

The classic film about revenge and empowerment comes to life on a Richmond stage, still featuring the original score by the queen of country music, Dolly Parton.


Summer Nights at the Perk: Chan Hall Trio

June 26, 6 to 8 p.m., at Perkinson Art Center, Chester

Hot music, cool drinks, art activities, and food trucks. This night featuring a Richmond-based smooth jazz recording artist who has shared the stage with Ramsey Lewis, Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Al Jarreu, and others.


Cosmic Chronicles: A Sci-Fi Radio Show

June 26 to 27, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. both nights, at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen

On the Air Radio Players are onstage once again, presenting an old-time radio show filled with live voices, live sound effects, and music. All ages.


“Wild, Tamed, Lost, Revived: The Surprising Story of Apples in the South”

June 27, noon, at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Richmond, and online

Leader in the cidery industry and apple expert Diane Flynt upsets the apple cart! Conventional wisdom locates apples and cider firmly in regions outside the South. Flynt offers a new history of apples, one that begins in the American South, transforms the region, and spreads southern apples across the globe. She describes how the South’s rich apple culture faded and how she founded the first modern cidery in the South. In person or live-streaming.


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