Friday, November 11, 2011

The Weekend {list}

This weekend, Richmond will be full of runners, walkers, joggers, and exercisers galore. The bad part, traffic and parking will be jammed up all day Saturday; the good part, there will be an excess of seriously toned legs in the city. Whether you're into that runner's high or not, there is plenty going on to help you savor the weekend.

On Friday, the James River Film Society will be hosting a juried competition of short films (30 minutes or less) at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The James River Shorts competition will bring the best in short films from all over the globe, competing to win $2,000 in prizes. Noted filmmaker Roger Warren Beebe will be judging the competition. The films begin screening at 6:30 pm and the event will run you $8 for admission.

Saturday morning bright and early, the Richmond Marathon will be taking over the city... we're not kidding! Runners from 48 states and 15 countries (including our very own Emily Jones) will be racing down Broad Street, through the Museum District, down Riverside Drive, across the Belvidere Bridge, up towards Bryan Park... pretty much all over the place. Emily, my legs hurt just thinking about this. For all of you that are running, good luck! For the rest of you lazy types (myself included), camp out with your booze and radios and cheer on these brave souls - they will definitely need it. You can also visit the designated "party zones" for official race spectating. If you're planning on being out along the race course, leave your location in the comments - Emily sure will appreciate the extra support and fans! And if you really must know how that special runner in your life is progressing as the marathon unfolds, the event is offering free runner tracking through RaceIt.

Look for Emily as she sets out to complete her first ever marathon! P.S. - How awesome is that bib number? 2621... 26.2 with an extra 1/100th of a mile!

If you aim to completely avoid all marathon-related activities on Saturday, there is a comprehensive list of all road closures provided by the event coordinators; if you're more of the visual type, see the chart below, courtesy of RVANews.

After you buy your exhausted, noodle-legged amigos a round for finishing the marathon, head over to the Empire Theatre to see Richmond's own Jennifer Lemons, also known as The Checkout Girl, premiering her solo show, Loosely Based on a Real Girl. Her show tells the story of her backwards journey into a world where women in telephone headsets pretend to be anything you want them to be, for only $4.99 per minute. Jennifer Lemons currently writes the weekly column Off the Clock for and is one of the best tweeter's of all time (seriously, she was voted the best by Style Weekly and Richmond Magazine). The doors and bar open at 8 pm and the show starts at 9. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door.

Later on Saturday night, hit up Balliceaux to dance off the extra calories from your day drinking. Starting at 10:30 pm, DJs Mike Albrecht and Alan Smith will be hosting BEARD, a new alternative queer dance party. Beats will include indie, new wave, dance, electro, punk, riot-grrl, and everything inbetween. Show is free for 21 and up.

Happy Friday!

Christie Thompson

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