Friday, September 16, 2011

Weekend Events!

Somewhere between a hurricane and a monsoon, it's turned into fall. Hello hats, scarves and the coveted boot-wearing weather! This weekend is full of awesome events and great music to help you celebrate the changing season.


Rufio sporting his new Fall duds: a cream and tan houndstooth scarf.

1. The current season at the Firehouse Theatre Project (home of the amazing Listening Room) is playing Cat on Hot Tin Roof this evening, and the following two weekends as well. It's been far too long since I've been to the theatre and I think it's about time I make a reappearance. The Firehouse Theatre is such a cozy wonderful atmosphere as well. Check it out, if you haven't already. Show starts at 8 pm tonight and Saturday, and tickets are $26. Grab one here.

2. DJ Big Chair at Balliceaux tonight will be "...reanimating stationary vinyl platters in a rotational manner, bringing forth the sounds contained therein. Most of them will likely cause a toe tapping sensation at the terminus of the right or left foot, depending on how you're standing. It's an amazing sensation that really should be experienced in person." Dancing starts at 10:30 pm and is free for 21+. RSVP on Facebook here.

3. From 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, you can get your fill and more of arts and crafts at the Annual 43rd Street Festival in Forrest Hill organized by the 43rd Street Gallery. This year is the festival's 20th Anniversary and they will feature over 70 artists, while maintaining a "casual feel". From Richmond.com, "Since 1991, the event has attracted art aficionados from all over central Virginia to the quaint quarter. Over time, the festival has gained a reputation for bringing compelling efforts from local artists and craftspeople to the forefront." The variety of mediums will include jewelry, paintings and sculpture and include materials from glass to metal to wood. The festival is free and family friendly!

4. After you finish buying all the art and jewelry you can ever want, head over to the Museum District for St. Benedict's Oktoberfest 2011. This festival will actually be taking place all weekend, Friday evening from 5 pm to 10 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm, and again on Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm, also free! This festival is full of music, dancing, activities for the whole family, along with numerous food vendors, German and local breweries and wineries. From the website, "Chosen due to the strong German roots of our parish, this German-themed celebration allows attendees the opportunity to enjoy German music, dancing, food, and their beverage of choice." Definitely might have to make a detour for some German brew this evening... (Raj - thanks again for the info!)

5. Should you desire something a little more bloody on Saturday, the 2nd Annual GWAR-B-Q will be held at The National starting at 2 pm. In addition to Richmond's own GWAR and multiple other bands, there will be BBQ cook-offs, the return of The Spew-O-Lympics and American A-hole competitions, a jousting exhibition from the Cutthroats Bike Gang, a Bloody T-Shirt contest, and more. Doors open at 1 pm and tickets are $25 at the door. I've never seen a GWAR show, but I've heard nothing less than epic stories. I mean it's only a few times a year you get to have alien blood spewed on you from a band. Anyone who makes it out to this BBQ music fest, let us know how awesome it is!

6. Balliceaux will be holding it down, yet again, for your dance party needs on Saturday night with SOULPOWER. Mr. Felty and DJ Pari will be spinnin' Funk and soul on 45 rpm vinyl for as long as your feet can handle it. Head on over to Balliceaux at 10:30 pm for this free show. RSVP on Facebook here.

7. Lastly, bring your weekend to a close on Sunday night with the always fun and ever-Irish folks of Flogging Molly at The National. I've seen a couple Flogging Molly shows and I've never left dissatisfied. Put on your kilt and get ready to jig. Show starts at 8 pm and is $25 at the door.

Enjoy the fall weather folks and be safe! See you next week!

Christie Thompson

1 comment:

Kristen said...

Rufio should be in a kitty fashion mag.