Monday, February 14, 2011

Puppet Shows and Rookery Tours

Okay kids, we're already mid-way through February - only five more weeks until spring is officially here! As winter wanes be sure to check out the following fun around town...

1. The Listening Room is at its new home, the Firehouse Theatre Project, on Tuesday, February 15! Free, acoustic, local music - the doors open at 7:30 pm and the show begins at 8 pm.

2. On Friday, February 18, stop by Balliceaux to hear the music of Miramar. If you have yet to hear Miramar you owe it to yourself to see this show! $5 gives you an evening of fabulous music - be there by 10:30 pm to hear Laura Ann Singh, Reinaldo Alvarez and their talented band.

3. The View from Here Is Fine is Chris Milk's latest show at Ghostprint Gallery. Visit before February 26 to see a range of whimsy, color and thoughtful expression. Oh, and if you're like me and it's been a good two decades since your last puppet show, check out the artist and his sister as they delight young and old on Friday, February 25, at 7 pm with the Huckiddy Puppet Show. The artist says, "... a puppet show about a brother and sister, Huckle and F'funia, who love each other, but sometimes kill each other. Sometimes there is a robot. Despair and whiskey and family and screaming all play pivotal roles. Also, they sing songs, and there is a band." Also performing at Ghostprint on February 26, Frank Rourk (Frankzig)!

4. Last but not least, whether you know every rock and root along the James River or just enjoy the view from your car window, join the JRPS (James River Park System) for a Heron Rookery Tour on Saturday, February 26 and again on Sunday, February 27. I first saw this particular heron rookery a few months ago while walking along the pipeline trail. With all the leaves gone from the trees it was impossible to miss the giant nests dotting the tops of the island trees. They looked a bit like lollipops with their tenants swooping in from time to time. Bundle up, get some fresh air and be amazed at the the annual courtship dances along the river beaches which are happening this time of year. $5 for adults and $1 for children - see the JRPS site for tour times and where to meet!

Emily Smith

1 comment:

Kristen said...

Love this post ES! Somehow it brought springtime just a little bit closer.