Friday, February 27, 2015

State Song Solution

Because really, neither approved state song can touch "Homeboy."

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 2:30 PM

August Moon, the former Mr. Wiggles, pictured here from a Style story in 2011.
  • August Moon, the former Mr. Wiggles, pictured here from a Style story in 2011.

It was reported this week that the House of Delegates joined the Senate in approving a two-song solution to Virginia's official state song crisis. Not a second too soon.

Looks like we're getting a frightening, "Wicker Man"-styled traditional song ("Our Great Virginia") and a kick-off-your-Docksiders-and-dance, white boy, dance-popular state song, ("Sweet Virginia Breeze"). CBS-6 has a breakdown of how the House voted here as if you could be bothered between the death of Spock and the hideous dress-color debate.

Assuming you buy the proposition that we need a state song, I guess this is the system's way of dealing with the new purple-headed Virginia that leans equal parts old school and new (yes, we're counting late '70s yacht rock as the new part).

But really, if we're going to break a state song into categories, I know my music-obsessive friends are wondering: Shouldn't we be doing this by genre?

We could have at least 30-odd state songs, right? Hip hop, metal, alt-country, Krautrock, shoegaze, Nintendocore -- the list goes on. I'm sure there are people out there who feel the House should debate the relative merits between cowpunk and psychobilly when it comes to a representative state song for Virginians. I mean, we live in the time of the collective Twitter conscience, and who says that squeaky clean beach tunes are for everyone?

Our annual Best of Richmond voting asks what Virginia's official state song should be here; we'll likely see some diversity in the answers. For example, I bet at least one person puts Gwar's "Sick of You."

My vote goes to a dirty old school R&B classic by the incomparable Mr. Wiggles (aka August Moon): his 1965 song "Homeboy." This song features a fine ode to southern soul food from Richmond, especially relevant now as we come into our own as an authentic foodie destination. Gotta love these lyrics: "I was born down there in Bigfoot country / where you can get those pigtails tied in knots, pork chops real, real hot / chitlin covered with mustard. ... I'm a homboy, I'm from down in Richmond, VA!"

Moon has even claimed that a young Jimi Hendrix played on the song, though that was never confirmed. Check it out.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mother of Invention

Of course Jeb Bush, Frank Zappa and Richmond are connected.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Were he still alive, Franz Zappa (pictured here in the early '70s with his band, the Mothers of Invention) would no doubt have loved hearing that he ruined Jeb Bush's wedding photos.
  • Were he still alive, Franz Zappa (pictured here in the early '70s with his band, the Mothers of Invention) would no doubt have loved hearing that he ruined Jeb Bush's wedding photos.

Vox media picked up on a story recounted by Marvin Bush in the book "My Father, My President" that is just too funny not to mention here:

Bush, who married a Richmond woman, Margaret Conway (née Molster), tells a story about the disaster that befell him when his brother, and current GOP presidential hopeful, Jeb Bush, asked him to shoot his wedding 41 years ago.

It appears that Marvin, still in high school at the time, used the same camera that he had recently used to shoot musician Frank "Hungry Freaks" Zappa in concert at the Mosque right here in Richmond. When he went to develop the film, young Bush was stunned to learn that, well, I'll let him describe it in his own words:

"Uh-oh! It hit me like a ton of bricks . . . every single photo of the Bush and Garnica families had either a photo of Frank Zappa and/or members of his band, the Mothers of Invention, superimposed onto their own images."

Turns out, only one image of Jeb and his wife was usable and he recently Tweeted it out in celebration of their wedding anniversary.

The whole thing ended well, though. As Marvin mentions in the epilogue to the story: "I submitted a picture of the bride and groom (yes, with Zappa) in an art show at school. I called the picture something clever like 'Zappa's Bride' and won third prize in the photography category."

So it appears there is a hipster in the Bush clan after all. What's next, Dubya growing out a wild beard and presenting dung art at the ICA while his daughters perform covers by the Shaggs?

Here is Zappa performing a pair of his more political songs; just imagine Jeb Bush and his wife superimposed over the images.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Reeling in the Warmth

A roundup of Richmond movie events before festival season starts.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 1:30 PM

The Byrd Theatre kicks off its new "Byrd and Beer: Midnight Features" tonight with "The Goonies." Proper ID is required for admittance. - SCOTT ELMQUIST
  • Scott Elmquist
  • The Byrd Theatre kicks off its new "Byrd and Beer: Midnight Features" tonight with "The Goonies." Proper ID is required for admittance.

If there's any time of the year to curl up indoors under a pile of blankets and watch a flick, now seems like a good time. But plenty Richmonders aren't scared of heading out into freezing temps. And a movie is even better when you can sit in a theater surrounded by warm bodies ... hacking, coughing and sneezing antibiotic-resistant strains of new viruses into each other's bloodshot eyes.

Luckily, there are a few film events this weekend and a whole bunch after that. We're just around the corner from festival season, beginning with the Richmond International Film Festival next weekend, followed by the French Film Festival and James River Film Festival [Look for more details on those soon in Style].

But first, this weekend:

"Byrd and a Beer: Midnight Features:" This new venture between Center of the Universe Brewing, XL102 and the Byrd Theatre kicks off tonight, Feb. 20, with a showing of the '80s kid classic "The Goonies." Tickets are $5.

Looking ahead, the series has announced a fan choice for April 24. So far, voting front-runners are (in order) "Pulp Fiction," "Breakfast Club," "Dazed and Confused" and "Army of Darkness." C'mon, voters. Haven't you ever heard of a real midnight movie? Something by Jodorowsky, Antonioni's "Zabriskie Point," a good horror flick ("House of the Devil"), or maybe an oddball comedy like Trent Harris' "Rubin and Ed" or anything with Crispin Glover? Those other Hollywood films are classics but also on cable TV every seven minutes. You can pick your own midnight movie by voting here.

On Saturday there's a different breed of cult film being shown at the Byrd at 1:30 p.m. From acclaimed director Sion Sonno comes "Why Don't You Play in Hell?" The host of the event is Midnight Fright’s Armistead Spottswood (Love Tractor); and before the feature comes the premiere of the short film "Black Eyes" (Drafthouse Films) featuring Spottswood's young son, Hays, just called one of the breakout stars at Sundance for "Cop Car" with Kevin Bacon. Other special guests include Rick Spears and James Callahan signing copies of their graphic novel “The Auteur." Again, all this for only five smackeroos.

With regards to the ongoing restoration at the Byrd -- for which all these movies are raising money -- I'm told by a member of the board that they've secured enough funding to restore the vertical blade sign but not enough to complete the package and restore the marquee. So they're looking for another $100k to lock in restoration of the marquee additional to the blade. I know, I know ... all you want to hear is when are the new seats coming? Go have a beer and see a movie, they'll get here quicker.

Elsewhere this weekend: On Sunday, the indie feature "Something, Anything" follows its week-long run in New York with a special screening at the Grace Street Theater at 5 p.m. There will be a Q&A with Director Paul Harrill, a "leading light of Southern regional independent filmmaking." Cinematography for the film was by VCUarts alumni Kunitaro Ohi ('07).

Also just around the corner there are some new music documentaries playing Richmond likely to draw nice turnouts.

The documentary "Records Collecting Dust" plays next Friday, Feb. 27, at Black Iris from 8-10 p.m. This film takes a fairly simple route -- asking famous underground musicians to talk about their record collections -- in order to examine the personal connection people feel toward vinyl and its influence. Check out the trailer.

Then a few weeks later: On March 15 at the Byrd Theatre, see the latest film to explore the influential early-'80s music scene just north on Interstate 95. "Salad Days: The Washington DC Punk Revolution" also will feature a Q&A with director Scott Crawford and producer Jim Saah. No start time or cost listed yet, but 400 people already have joined up on Facebook. Expect this one to be a real movie event with lots of Richmonders having a special place in their hearts for the whole DC sound.

And on March 14 (I'm stoked about this one) Movie Club Richmond proudly presents "HITS," a dark comedy debut written and directed by comedian/actor David Cross. The film, which explores the new age of celebrity, will screen Saturday, March 14 at the Byrd Theatre at 1:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets will be available starting March 1 at Chop Suey Books and the Video Fan, and will also be 'pay what you want' as requested by Cross. The Byrd Theatre box office will open for day-of-sale tickets at 1:00 pm on March 14.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Carytown Cupcakes Now Offering Live Music

Music weekends start Feb. 20 -- and you can drink too.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Carytown Cupcakes is not just for cupcakes anymore.

Starting this Friday, Feb. 20, the shop at 3111 W. Cary St. will offer live music every Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Some people might not know this, but Carytown Cupcakes also now serves alcoholic drinks.

"We wanted to create a space where people can have a nice date night," says owner Dawn Schick. "Some people after dinner want to have a sweet, maybe others with them want a craft beer or glass of Prosecco."

The owners had to have a mixed beverage law amended that would allow bakeries to serve other kinds of alcohol, she explains. They got their license last July and now alcohol sales must account for 10 percent of overall food sales.

"You know how Richmond is: if you don't fall in a checkbox on a form, its difficult to find out what the process is," says Schick. "It was somewhat time consuming, we started working in January of last year. After a bunch of legwork, it was passed unanimously."

Schick says the next few months will be a trial run for the music series and that so far, serving alcohol hasn't caused any problems.

To find out more about the performers, visit: http://www.carytown-cupcakes.com/events/

Here is the upcoming schedule:

Dickie Wood (Americana)- Feb. 20, March 27

Elana Lisa (Blues & Rock)- Feb. 22, March 1, March 15

Bernard (Celtic)- March 13

Haze (Folk & Alt-Country)- Feb. 27, March 8, March 20, March 22, March 29

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Beck Playing Charlottesville in May

First the veteran Los Angeles musician must learn to respect artistry.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Just look at him. You can tell by his stupid smirk that he doesn't respect anything. Hmph. Beck.
  • Just look at him. You can tell by his stupid smirk that he doesn't respect anything. Hmph. Beck.

Today it was announced that Beck, a musician who respects artistry so little that he learned 14 instruments, produced his own records, and released an album in the form of sheet music, will be performing --if you can call it that-- at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesvile. The show is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20.

Son of visual artist and Warhol superstar Bibbe Hansen, and grandson of founding Fluxus artist Al Hansen, the disrespectful, artist-hating Beck recently won a Grammy for album of the year with "Morning Phase" (2014). Early in his career, he was known for playing abrasive, anti-folk in a live setting. Who knows what to expect now from such a smart ass?

General admission tickets are $55 and go on sale this Friday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m.

For an example of his disrespect, check out this song he wrote about his buddy Steve Hanft (who directed the "Loser" video) and who once arranged for his his whole band, Sexy Death Soda, to sleep in my apartment while wearing a severed rubber hand around his neck.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Writing Flashes

Local teacher Valley Haggard launches her 10-minute workout plan.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Local writing teacher Valley Haggard recently launched a website, "Life in 10 Minutes," that collects writing done in ten-minute bursts. - MARY CHIARAMONTE
  • Mary Chiaramonte
  • Local writing teacher Valley Haggard recently launched a website, "Life in 10 Minutes," that collects writing done in ten-minute bursts.

It’s been said that you can’t teach someone to write well.

Whether or not you believe that, Valley Haggard doesn’t care. She’s just interested in getting people writing every day, even 10 minutes at a time.

Haggard, a former book editor at Style, has been teaching creative writing mostly to kids across Richmond for the past five years. She’s now co-director of Richmond Young Writers, located upstairs at Chop Suey Books in Carytown. During that time, Haggard says, she discovered something about her own preference for shorter, what she calls “flash nonfiction.”

“I had been writing with my students over this time so I had amassed probably 30 notebooks [of her own work],” she says. “Finally it came to me to not force trying to find my own genre. I love slice-of-life, flash nonfiction. I believe you can write and share an incredible amount in 10 minutes.”

Haggard began to put together a book of her own called “Life in 10 Minutes” that she hopes to get published some day; and in the process she decided to start a website featuring her students’ work and anyone else who wanted to submit 10 minutes of writing online. Just click on "Submit Ten" to enter your own work.

As a teacher, Haggard says she was extremely impressed by the quality of the work from her students, who are of all ages and come from all walks of life. They include waitresses, landscapers, artists, students, and a lot of clergy lately, she says.

She describes her approach as “old school.” Everyone in the class writes the first drafts by hand, in three ten-minute segments. She’s hoping the quick process will bridge a gap and be less intimidating to non-experienced writers.

“Its kind of like the bait,” she says. “You don’t have to be like Vladamir Nabakov before you start writing. You can enter the world of writing without permission.”

Already she is seeing results, she says. A number of students have gone on to craft longer works after strengthening their work ethic and skills through these exercises.

“To inspire a love of the written word is the most important thing,” Haggard says.

Here’s a ten-minute example by one of her students, Paige Fulton, titled “We Didn’t Have Much To Do.”

When I moved back in with my mom for a year I only had one friend, Nick, a clumsy, scruffy art student who managed to get brutally knifed during a trip to Lisbon after meeting a woman named Frederico at a bar, and who last year, in France, accidentally went to a brothel and got strong armed by a group of pimps after they charged him 4,000 euros for a cocktail made of orange liquid that he couldn't afford.

Nick and I had both graduated from college and moved back to the beach to live in our childhood bedrooms. I was interning at a museum by my house and teaching little kids how to appreciate the world around them, while Nick was desperately fumbling through French lessons so that he cold move to Paris and live with his girlfriend, a sculptor, among other things, who was making a living selling urns with holes in them that you could hang from trees so that the ashes would blow out with every gust of wind.

We spent most of our time together wandering in the sand underneath the bridge by the bay, driving through swamps, and talking to desolate strangers at 24 hour diners. We didn't have much to do.

One day, I saw an intriguing poster at the health food store where I often biked to buy vitamins and essential oils. I was particularly addicted to vitamins at the time; I couldn't get enough of them. I believed that they would keep me alive, or at least keep me from dying prematurely and unexpectedly like my father, his sister, his mother, his father, and probably everyone else. If I swallowed enough vitamins, I thought, then maybe everything would be okay. It was there at the health food store with a bottle of B-Complex in one hand (for my happiness) and CoQ10 in the other (for my heart), that I saw a poster for our town's UFO society chapter. They were looking for members and their next meeting was coming up soon.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Bob Dylan to Play Richmond April 12

Legendary songwriter announced spring tour today.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 2:15 PM

Bob Dylan first played the Altria when it was known as the Mosque in 1966. He'll be returning to croon a batch of songs made famous by Sinatra.
  • Bob Dylan first played the Altria when it was known as the Mosque in 1966. He'll be returning to croon a batch of songs made famous by Sinatra.

Legendary songwriter Bob Dylan will be returning to Altria Theater on Sunday, April 12. Tickets go on-sale Feb. 20 and range from $47 to $77 dollars plus fees.

Dylan just gave a widely reported speech during his acceptance of MusiCares person of the year; he also just released an album ("Shadows in the Night") featuring covers of lesser known Frank Sinatra songs that has received mostly positive critical notices.

Here are the other dates for his Spring Tour:

4/10 - The Borgata - Atlantic City, NJ

4/11 - Lyric Opera House - Baltimore, MD

4/12 - Altria Theater - Richmond, VA

4/14 - Johnny Mercer Theater - Savannah, GA

4/15 - Montgomery PAC - Montgomery, AL

4/17 - North Charleston Coliseum & PAC - North Charleston, SC

4/18 - St. Augustine Amphitheatre - St. Augustine, FL

4/19 - Walt Disney Theater - Orlando, FL

4/20 - Ruth Eckerd Hall - Clearwater, FL

4/21 - Au-Rene Theater - Fort Lauderdale, FL

4/24 - Fox Theatre - Atlanta, GA

4/25 - Durham PAC - Durham, NC

4/27 - Andrew Jackson Hall - Nashville, TN

4/29 - Saenger Theatre - New Orleans, LA

5/2 - WinStar World Casino - Thackerville, OK

5/3 - Civic Center Music Hall - Ok City, OK

5/5 - Bayou Music Center - Houston, TX

5/6- Bass Concert Hall - Austin, tX

5/7 - Majestic Theatre - San Antonio, TX

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cooler Than Cucumber Water

The reviews of "Better Call Saul" are coming in. What did you think?

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 4:30 PM

Vince Gilligan's spinoff "Better Call Saul" has aired two episodes so far on AMC this past Sunday and Monday at 10 p.m. The Sunday show was the biggest series premiere in cable history. - PHOTO COURTESY OF AMC
  • Photo courtesy of AMC
  • Vince Gilligan's spinoff "Better Call Saul" has aired two episodes so far on AMC this past Sunday and Monday at 10 p.m. The Sunday show was the biggest series premiere in cable history.

Well, the first two episodes for AMC's “Better Call Saul” are in the can. And so far I've gotta agree with most of the critics I’ve read: Looks promising, bitches.

This is coming from someone who mostly watches movies or sports on television. I've been burned with shows before. These days too many slide straight into suck-town (see Showtime’s “Homeland” or HBO’s “Girls”), tired soap operas that beat whatever strengths they had to death while barreling toward irrelevance.

Which is part of what made “Breaking Bad” unique. It only became better, peaking in its final season. Our local boy Vince Gilligan has a reliable track record. Not to mention he spent his childhood in the ‘70s watching movies at the old Cloverleaf Mall like I did, which makes me root for him for some strange reason.

First thing to know about the spinoff, fans of “Breaking Bad” will not be disappointed [warning: spoilers ahead]. That show’s mixture of well-written characters, dark humor and violence remains intact; the first episode of “Saul” features teenagers on trial for having sex with a severed head while the second has skaters getting their legs violently broken in a beautifully-shot desert by Tuco, a psychotic dealer from “Breaking Bad.”

But while former characters already are making appearances, the show seems capable of finding its way without them.

Central to the appeal is Jimmy McGill (later known as Saul), a lowlife public defender played by comedian Bob Odenkirk with rapscallion charm. Instead of charting the devolution of Mr. Chips into Scarface a la Walter White, this spinoff aims to show us how McGill transformed from struggling young attorney driving a Suzuki Esteem to the sleazy “criminal lawyer” from the commercials. Not quite the same distance to travel.

Perhaps expectedly, we’re seeing that Saul once was a man of conscience who meant well. This is a fringe character you can root for, and not least because of his “smart mouth.” So far Odenkirk is playing him with gritty resilience and almost surprising depth. His guilt over what happens to the moronic skaters in the desert is only example.

But as a recent blog in the New Yorker pointed out, “For ‘Better Call Saul’ to succeed, it will need characters like him to become as robust and fascinating as those who revolved around Walt -- because, ultimately, the show needs to tell a story that’s bigger than its protagonist. And in the second episode we got a sense of what that bigger story could be: the show could follow the money.”

There are two especially promising characters so far: Actor Michael McKean plays McGill’s older brother Chuck, an attorney being fleeced of his share of a local law firm while dealing with a psychological illness that requires him to wear a space suit after exposure to cell phones. The other is Nacho, a quietly menacing drug partner of Tuco’s who seems to share the same insidious cunning of “Breaking Bad” favorite Gustavo Fring, memorably played by actor Giancarlo Esposito.

Of course, the show looks great too, picking up where “Breaking Bad” left off with big-name directors such as Michelle MacClaren helming the ship, ratcheting the tension masterfully with sharp humor and inside nods to Gilligan’s hardcore fans.

Already we know that Saul’s path will lead to him to a sad and lonely existence as a Cinnabon employee in Omaha. Before then, Gilligan will have plenty more surprises in store.

Which really is what’s helped him become one of the highest profile television writers in the world: He respects his audience at all levels of the production. And he's always looking to upend our expectations.

When you think he’s in it for cheap thrills, his characters do something profound. And by now we know that even the tiny, subtle pieces will one day make sense.

Odenkirk was in a friend of mine’s wedding, so I asked her what she thought of his work here and she didn’t seem surprised.

“So exciting,” she said via Facebook. “I met Bob in the early ‘90s is West Hollywood when he and Andy Dick were still doing Larry Sanders, and Bob was then working on a pilot for HBO that would not take until ‘Mr. Show’ a few years later . . . Super guy -- sweet and smart and that very dry wit. Modest, too, he lived down in the Fairfax and one day I went over and saw his Emmys on the shelf. I was like, 'Wow, Bob!' and he said, 'Oh, they'll do for now.'"

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Web Startup

Rising local actor Devin Druid campaigns online to play Spider-Man.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 11:30 PM

Seventeen-year-old local actor Devin Druid, most recently seen in the HBO miniseries "Olive Kitteridge," just launched a Twitter campaign (#DevinForSpiderman) to play the famous webslinger in a new superhero movie. - SCOTT ELMQUIST
  • Scott Elmquist
  • Seventeen-year-old local actor Devin Druid, most recently seen in the HBO miniseries "Olive Kitteridge," just launched a Twitter campaign (#DevinForSpiderman) to play the famous webslinger in a new superhero movie.

With all due respect to Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire, it was always far easier to believe that the movie "Spider-Man" can spin a web any size and catch thieves just like flies than it was to swallow the fact that the two 20-something actors with five o’clock shadows were supposed to be high school students in the blockbuster films.

That’s why up-and-coming 17-year-old Richmond actor Devin Druid would like to offer an alternative web-slinger: Himself.

“I’m starting a Twitter campaign for it: #DevinForSpiderman,” says Devin. “I would love to be Spider-Man any day of the week!” After all, it wouldn’t be the first time he’s worn the red-and-blue webbed costume. As a lifelong fan of the "Spider-Man" movies and comics, he remembers being four years old and dressing up in costume as his favorite comic hero to see the first movie in theaters in 2002.

Like other Spidey fans, Devin was floored by the announcement this week that Sony Pictures Entertainment reached a deal with Marvel Studios to allow Spider-Man to appear in films alongside other Marvel super heroes such as Captain America and The Avengers. As part of the deal, Andrew Garfield will be vacating the role, which will be recast.

“When it happened last night, I started freaking out, I was so happy,” says Devin, who earned critical praise and buzz for his role in HBO’s 2014 miniseries “Olive Kitteridge” opposite Academy Award winner Frances McDormand. He recently performed in a locally filmed version of “Macbeth” written and directed by “Turn” cast member Angus Macfadyen of “Braveheart” fame and Devin will be seen later this year in the upcoming indie film “Louder Than Bombs,” the English-language debut of Norwegian director Joachim Trier.

“I got to work with amazing people like Jesse Eisenberg and Gabriel Byrne and Isabelle Huppert [on ‘Louder Than Bombs’]. Amy Ryan [played] my teacher so it was really, really cool to work with all of these people,” says Devin.

The film’s producers are hoping it will debut at the Cannes International Film Festival in May. “There’s a really high probability of it getting into Cannes,” Devin says, “so I’m very excited. I’ve never been out of the country except for going up to [the Canadian side of] Niagara Falls for three hours, so if it were to go [to Cannes] I’d be real excited if I got the opportunity to go to France.”

Devin realizes that catching the attention of Marvel’s producers and casting directors will be a long shot at best, but he adds, “There’s a part in the comics where Peter Parker says, ‘I’ve been Spider-Man since I was 15 years old,’” so Devin figures he’s still got a dog – or in this case maybe a radioactive spider – in the fight.

“Peter Parker is just a cool guy. He’s just this unassuming person but there’s more to him than just his Spider-Man powers. He’s this super-genius and he’s gone through a lot of life conflicts and he’s also very relatable. I think he was the first Marvel super hero who was just a high school kid and I think that’s what made him so relatable in the comics. … If I’m given the opportunity to read for it then I’m going to give it my all. It’s a very slim chance because they’re going to probably want somebody older, but if I am given the opportunity, I’m going to make the absolute most of it. … I think that it’s going to come down to who can be the best Peter Parker.”

May the best Webhead win.

Monday, February 9, 2015

That's Entertainment!

A rundown of this week's Richmond event announcements.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Politically incorrect comedian Bill Maher returns to Richmond this July 10 at the Carpenter Theatre. Tickets go on sale this Friday. - DAVID BECKER
  • David Becker
  • Politically incorrect comedian Bill Maher returns to Richmond this July 10 at the Carpenter Theatre. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Movie Club Richmond present "Streetmuse: Kenya" a new documentary featuring local musician Nate Rappole who performs as Gull. The film follows Rappole as he travels through Africa, performing, bonding with musicians and l-i-v-i-n!

There will be a Q&A afterword. Rappole was accompanied on his travels by director Meryl O’Connor ("The Ballad of Finn" and "Yeti"), journalist Imgard Rop and sociologist Len Albright, who will be present at the Hardywood screening.

The screening is Friday, March 13 in the tap room at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 8:00 pm. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5.

Here's a trailer:


Rising North Carolina musician MC Taylor and his band, Hiss Golden Messenger return to Richmond on April 15 at Broadberry with fellow critical darling (and recent RVA transplant) Natalie Prass as the opening act. Tickets are $10, a bargain for musicians of this caliber. Click here for more.


Dominion Rivverrock announced the musical lineup for its popular annual summer event on Brown's Island and the riverfront, May 15-17. This year's headliner is jamband stalwart, Blues Traveler. Other acts include local reggae musician Mighty Joshua, the Shack Band, Sam Reed Syndicate, American Aquarium and Major and the Monbacks. For the whole list, click here. The event is free and open to the public and it goes without saying, there will be no bottles allowed.


Cranky comedian, talk show host, pot champion and the country's most famous atheist, Bill Maher, brings his stand-up act to the Carpenter on Friday, July 10. Tickets range from $44 to $73 dollars (plus fees) and go on sale this Friday, Feb. 13 at Richmond CenterStage and Altria Theater box offices, or charge by phone at 1-800-514-ETIX (3849) or online at www.ETIX.com.

Here's a NSFW clip of Maher giving his thoughts on religious people.


Out of Town: For those rock fans looking for a trip out of town, it was also announced today that legends The Replacements are playing Echostage in DC on Friday, May 8. No info yet on tickets, except that they'll go fast.

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