Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Bijou To Offer Two Screenings of Sharon Jones Documentary

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Miss Sharon Jones.
  • Miss Sharon Jones.

The Bijou Film Center will be offering two screenings of the Sharon Jones music documentary, "Miss Sharon Jones," on Saturday, Sept. 10 at its new screening room at 304 E. Broad St.

The showtimes are 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. and the cost is $9 for the public, $7 for members. Tickets are available only at the door, no advance sales.

Jones, who has been called the "female James Brown," is a widely acclaimed soul performer and former Rikers prison guard who has delighted Richmond audiences for years, most recently with another high-energy show at Innsbrook this summer (a week after completing a round of chemo).

The documentary, which follows her fight with cancer, was directed by Oscar-winner Barbara Kopple, known for the legendary 1970s documentary "Harlan County, USA" which covered violent coalminer strikes in Kentucky.

Check out the trailer for "Miss Sharon Jones" and for more on the film, read the Bijou press release here.

And here she is five years ago at Friday Cheers, working the audience like only Miss Sharon Jones can:

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Country Legend Loretta Lynn Performing at Beacon Theater

Singer joined by Old Dominion Barn Dance; Hopewell theater announces updated scheduled

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 4:50 PM

Loretta Lynn touring in 1975 with Coke.
  • Loretta Lynn touring in 1975 with Coke.

Country legend Loretta Lynn will be performing on May 13, 2017 at the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell as part of the Jimmy Dean Music Festival, along with the Old Dominion Barn Dance.

The show was announced as part of a schedule update you can read below:

The Robert Cray Band

THIS Friday August 26, 2016

Doors: 6:30pm

Performance: 7:30pm

Tickets: $30-$45 Advance/$35-$50 Door


Molly Hatchet

Saturday September 3, 2016

Doors: 6:30pm

Performance: 7:30pm

Tickets: $25-$35 Advance/$30-$40 Door


Neal McCoy

Thursday September 15, 2016

Doors: 6:30pm

Performance: 7:30pm

Tickets: $25-$37 Advance/$30-$42 Door


Pure Prairie League

Saturday September 17, 2016

Doors: 6:30pm

Performance: 7:30pm

Tickets: $22-$37 Advance/$27-$42 Door


Tanya Tucker

Friday September 23, 2016

Doors: 6:30pm

Performance: 7:30pm Tickets: $35-$50 Advance/$40-$55 Door http://tanyatucker.com/

Marty Stuart

Thursday September 29, 2016

Doors: 6:30pm

Performance: 7:30pm

Tickets: $22-$37 Advance/$27-$42 Door


Lez Zeppelin

Friday September 30, 2016

Doors: 6:30pm

Performance: 7:30pm

Tickets: $15-$25 Advance/$20-$30 Door


Jonny Lang

Thursday October 6, 2016

Doors: 6:30pm

Performance: 7:30pm

Tickets: $35-$50 Advance/$40-$55 Door


Sammy Kershaw

Friday October 7, 2016

Doors: 6:30pm

Performance: 7:30pm

Tickets: $22-$35 Advance/$27-40 Door


Phil Vassar

Friday October 14, 2016

Doors: 6:30pm

Performance: 7:30pm

Tickets: $22-$37 Advance/$27-$42 Door


Asleep At The Wheel

Friday October 21, 2016

Doors: 6:30pm

Performance: 7:30pm

Tickets: $20-$35 Advance/$25-$40 Door


Rhonda Vincent

Saturday November 12, 2016

Doors: 6:30pm

Performance: 7:30pm

Tickets: $25-40 Advance/$30-$45 Door


The Black Jacket Symphony Presents:

“Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon”

Friday November 18, 2016

Doors: 6:30pm

Performance: 7:30pm

Tickets: $22-$32 Advance/$27-$37 Door


Lita Ford

Friday December 2, 2016

Doors: 6:30pm

Performance: 7:30pm

Tickets: $25-$40 Advance/$30-$45 Door (On Sale Friday August 26th @ 10am)


The Jimmy Dean Music Festival Featuring: Loretta Lynn

With Special Guests The Old Dominion Barn Dance

Saturday May 13, 2017

Doors: 6:00pm

Performance: 7:00pm

Tickets: $65-$125 Advance/$70-$130 Door


Humor: The Literal TV Guide

Just the facts please, whoever writes these things.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 3:45 PM

A group of three amateur surfers must learn American history in order to party at the prom from the action blockbuster, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."
  • A group of three amateur surfers must learn American history in order to party at the prom from the action blockbuster, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."

Ever wish that your cable info guide would just get to the point?

There’s always going to be mistakes sure, but all we need are the basics, people. It’s not hard. The golden rule here is simplicity. Props to TCM writer Rick Polito for leading the way with his viral “Wizard of Oz” preview years ago.

It made us think of a few other descriptions for movies currently running on cable.

“Vacation” (Crime)

Suburban family murders a dog by tying it to their station wagon bumper then takes a security guard hostage at a theme park.


A researcher played by Jodie Foster intercepts an outer space transmission from Hitler who tells her to build a large transportation pod to rid the world of Matthew McConaughey’s southern accent. The plan hits a setback after Gary Busey’s son blows himself up to impress Foster.

“Fast Times at Ridgemont High”(Action)

A small-time fast food manager is caught masturbating at his high school sister’s pool party and, after driving his sister to an abortion clinic, is nearly killed in a convenient mart hold-up.

“Aliens” (Comedy)

Popular sci-fi sequel about a precocious little girl named Newt who teaches a ragtag squad of space marines how to handle a large rodent infestation. Hilarity ensues.

“Xanadu” (Musical)

Touching ‘80s musical about a failed muralist kissed by a flaming rollerskater who then suffers from hallucinations as his life spins out of control.

“Sixteen Candles” (Thriller)

A maturing teenager (Molly Ringwald) is harassed by an Asian exchange student then lashes out, attempting to woo a jock named Jake who once sexually harassed her grandmother.

“Breakfast Club” (Action)

A group of high school kids in detention torture the school geek then smoke pot and ransack the school library.

“Rocky III” (Romance)

In an attempt to win the love of Talia Shire, Mr. T knocks the stuffing out of the Italian Stallion, played by Frank Stallone. Burgess Meredith co-stars as an elderly poet named Ammon who presents a riddle to Mr. T.

“One-Hour Photo” (Documentary)

A revealing look at the common practice of Walmart employees copying family photos and worshipping them in weird home sex cults. Robin Williams narrates.

“Drive” (Mystery)

Ryan Gosling’s big break as a mentally challenged stunt driver who thinks he is a member of German hair metal group, the Scorpions. Falls in love with his married neighbor only to lose her after a bizarre elevator accident.

“The Shining” (Comedy)

A struggling author and caretaker at a mountain resort is hounded by his wife and schizophrenic child, eventually choosing to freeze to death in a garden maze.

“The Karate Kid”(Drama)

A wise-cracking janitor played by Pat Morita (Happy Days) cons young Ralph Macchio into a life of manual labor by pretending to teach him martial arts.

“Bad Santa”(Documentary)

Moving portrait of an alcoholic mall Santa shot by California police after attempting to help an abandoned child.

“Straight Outta Compton” (Biography)

The rags-to-riches tale of how rapper Dr. Dre founded his lucrative Beats headphone company after physically assaulting numerous women.

“Pretty in Pink” (Drama)

Jon Cryer plays a delusional stalker named Duckie obsessed with waging class warfare against the one percent. After his fixation (Ringwald) leaves him for a girlish preppie, he seeks advice from Andrew Dice Clay, playing himself. Guest starring Harry Dean Stanton as a kitchen-bound heroin junkie.

“Return of the Living Dead”(Comedy)

A group of Hot Topic punks party naked in a cemetery after learning the world is coming to an end. Notable soundtrack features the Cramps, Roky Ercikson, TSOL and The Damned performing the songs of Burl Ives.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Trailer Released for Locally-Filmed Daniel Radcliffe Movie "Imperium"

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 10:50 AM

Here's the trailer for Daniel Radcliffe's new feature film, "Imperium" -- filmed in Central Virginia and showing off the talent of hot young local actor Devin Druid. The Byrd Theatre announces that the film will show in limited theatrical release starting Friday night at 9:30, and will screen through next Thursday. You can find more information here.

In the movie, Radcliffe plays an FBI agent who inflitrates a white supremecist terrorist organization. It's a far cry from his "Harry Potter" days. The trailer is possibly NSFW.

In other local movie news: The Bijou Film Center's first weekend of operation in its new home at 304 E. Broad St. will be Sept. 2 for First Friday. Reception from 6-10:30 p.m., with silent Charlie Chaplin shorts. Free till 9, when the Bopcats will play. Saturday is Chaplin's "Modern Times" at 7:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Gospel Superstar Kirk Franklin Coming To VSU on Oct. 20

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Gospel sensation Kirk Franklin.
  • Gospel sensation Kirk Franklin.

Multi-platinum gospel recording artist Kirk Franklin will be performing at the VSU Multi-Purpose Center on Oct. 20. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m.

Here's more from the press release:

Petersburg, VA- August 15, 2016- For nearly two decades, Kirk Franklin has been one of the most prominent voices in gospel music. His unique way of combining hip-hop, pop, R&B, and gospel has garnered him fans across multiple genres as well as critical acclaim. Don’t miss this opportunity to see him when he comes to the VSU Multi-Purpose Center on Thursday, October 20, 2016. Special guest includes The Virginia State University Gospel Chorale. Tickets on sale Friday, August 19 at 10am and are available at www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000 and the Tri-City Designs Box Office located at the Multi-Purpose Center.

Kirk Franklin has been a multi-platinum-selling purveyor of majestic fusions of gospel and contemporary music. His music has resulted in albums that consistently top both Billboard's Gospel and Christian charts, as well as ascend into the Top 10 of the R&B/Hip Hop chart.

His unprecedented penetration into the mainstream has fortified him to also become a New York Times bestseller author for The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life’s Storms. Franklin is also the host and executive producer of the gospel talent show "Sunday Best," the highest-rated gospel program in BET network history now heading into its tenth season.

To date, Kirk has garnered ten Grammy® Awards; an American Music Award; 39 Stellar Awards: 16 Dove Awards (CCM); eight NAACP Image Awards; three BET Music Awards, three Billboard Music Awards, a Soul Train Award and numerous others.

Kirk Franklin Live is being presented locally at the VSU Multi-Purpose Center by Spectra Presents. With offices in Nashville and Philadelphia, Spectra Presents promotes live entertainment throughout North America.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Garber Richmond Music Documentary Released Online

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 12:20 PM

A month ago we wrote about a former Richmond musician, Allison Apperson, who was making a short film on the history of the Garber building at 2201 E. Franklin St. and its significance to the local music scene.

While Apperson says she and local Lindsey Spurrier are still planning some kind of local screening, you can now see the video online at Vimeo.

If you've been involved in Richmond music, you're likely to see a few familiar faces here.

Goodbye Garbers Documentary from apperson on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Black Iris Announces Tiny Bar Schedule For August

Starts this Friday with the amazing cellist and vocalist, Audrey Chen.

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Chinese-American cellist and vocalist, Audrey Chen pictured. David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet has described her work as "fascinating and gripping" and "possessing something extremely vital and vivid...."
  • Chinese-American cellist and vocalist, Audrey Chen pictured. David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet has described her work as "fascinating and gripping" and "possessing something extremely vital and vivid...."

Black Iris Gallery, the gallery and performance space at 321 W. Broad Street known for eclectic line-ups and brilliant experimental performers, recently sent us a quick press release with their August music schedule.

If you've never seen a show at the cozy Tiny Bar adjoining their gallery, you owe it to yourself. We know, outdoor summer shows are great (especially on rooftops at sunset) but it's all about creating a unique experience: at Tiny Bar you feel like you're in a warmly lit, wood-paneled practice space with the artist.

Plus there's something else unusual: people who want to listen.

We'd like to check out Audrey Chen this Friday, a Chinese-American cellist and vocalist who courageously explores the voice-as-instrument like few other performers out there. What an honor to have her in RVA from Berlin.

Below check out the gallery calendar (their words), along with a little video action (our selections). And if so inclined, support a boundary-pushing local gallery that keeps it real with everything from American primitive to the avant-garde.

Friday, Aug. 12

Chen + Fleisenberg + Nørstebø

Doors 7:30pm | Show 8pm

Wednesday, Aug. 17

Black Iris is honored to be presenting a hot summer night of music with the Chicago-based group Jackie Lynn and an opening set by James Jackson Toth (Wooden Wand)

Doors: 7:30pm - $6 - $10 | Show: 8:00pm

Sunday, August 21

Marian McLaughlin Trio and Katie Weissman, plus Richmond's Wester Green.

7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m

Join us at Black Iris for Tiny Bar Session 020 with The Marian McLaughlin Trio and Wester Green. The Marian McLaughlin Trio is the newest form McLaughlin's music has taken for live performance, as McLaughlin (vocals, nylon-string guitar) and Foote (double bass, 12-string guitar) are joined by the immensely talented cellist-vocalist Katie Weissman. Achieving a remarkable range of sound for its small size, the trio distills the lush instrumentation of McLaughlin's recording output (strings, winds, percussion, electric guitars) into concentrated form, offering a musical experience at once intimate and expansive. The group has toured the eastern United States extensively, drawing widespread praise for its exceptional musicianship and adventurous interpretations of McLaughlin's songs.

Richmond's own Wester Green offers up melodic freak folk sounds that are simultaneously full of beauty and completely heart aching Doors: 7:30pm - $10 | Show: 8:00pm

Saturday, Aug. 27

Black Iris is excited to welcome back Daniel Bachman and Jake Fussell with added guest Nathan Bowles for Tiny Bar Session 021.

Doors 7:30pm | Show: 8:00pm

Daniel Bachman (Virginia)

Virginia native Bachman, [who Wikipedia says is 22] has been widely recorded and received comparisons to guitar greats such as John Fahey and generally is described as a virtuoso. Bachman's performances are instrumental events that weave together a narrative from the melodies and rhythms of the picking and strumming style often referred to as American Primitivism.

Jake Fussell (Durham, N.C.) Fussell's music blends together the best parts of country, blues, folk and old timey without ever giving into the cliches of any of these genres. His 2015 debut album, "Jake Xerxes Fussell" has received critical acclaim and we're excited to hear these songs stripped down to their bones in the intimate setting of the Tiny Bar.

Nathan Bowles

Nathan Bowles is a multi-instrumentalist musician and teacher living in the mountains of southwestern Virginia. His work, both as an accomplished solo artist and as a sought-after ensemble player, explores the rugged country between the poles of Appalachian old-time traditions and ecstatic, minimalist drone. Although his recent solo recordings prominently feature his virtuosic banjo, Bowles is also widely recognized as a masterful and versatile drummer, and he considers himself first and foremost a percussionist, with banjo as a natural extension of his percussive practice.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Willie Nelson Added to Innsbrook Lineup

Posted By on Fri, Aug 5, 2016 at 12:15 PM


After losing Motley Crue's Vince Neil this week to god-knows-what kind of scheduling conflict, Innsbrook After Hours announced an additional show featuring country legend Willie Nelson with guest Aaron Lewis for Sept. 15.

Tickets go on-sale Wednesday, Aug. 10, with $20 low dough early bird general admission tickets available for one week only from Aug. 10-16 at innsbrookafterhours.com.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

VCUArts Alumnus Designs Scarf for Hillary Clinton

Posted By on Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 2:45 PM

Clinton wearing her scarf designed by a VCU fashion grad.
  • Clinton wearing her scarf designed by a VCU fashion grad.

A former VCU fashion grad, Anna Johnson, got a thrill in Denver recently.

After Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton decided to stop at Knotty Tie Company in the Santa Fe Art District of Denver, the company decided to create her a custom chiffon scarf.

Johnson, who works for the company, got busy.

"I designed one using the 'H' campaign logo made up of layered florals to show her feminine side as the first female presidential candidate and the other was a Colorado flag made up of her slogans 'I'm with her' and 'Stronger Together', all in her campaign colors" says Johnson, a 2012 VCU Fashion Design graduate, via a press release.

Here's more from Johnson:

"When the democratic presidential nominee arrived at Knotty she took a tour of the facility and made a point to say hello and shake the hand of each and every employee. She spoke briefly, shining a light on American manufacturing and the importance of social enterprise. Upon her departure she purchased a tie for her husband Bill, and the Knotty Tie crew presented her with the scarves they had designed, about five different styles.

Hillary and her campaign quickly left for her rally in Commerce City, CO. As the energy and excitement continued inside of Knotty Tie, the design team tuned in to the live feed of her rally and what did they see? Hillary Rodham Clinton had draped around her neck the floral 'H' logo scarf Anna designed and not only that, she spoke about the scarf for a good portion of her speech. Hillary grabbed the scarf as she addressed thousands of her supporters saying, "One thing I really like about it is, printed right here on the scarf it says 'Made in Colorado, Not China'". Anna had added that custom tag message to her scarf design referring back to her DNC speech. This detail is one of the many reasons why Knotty Tie's accessories are commonly given as customized gifts.

Most of Knotty Tie's sales are via online custom sales on their website at www.KnottyTie.com. You can find the Hillary Collection including the scarves designed by Anna at www.knottytie.com/collections/hillary-clinton.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Interview: Author Kathleen Grissom

Posted By on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 1:50 PM

Lynchburg author Kathleen Grissom.
  • Lynchburg author Kathleen Grissom.

Every year, great books are published that languish on bookshelves across the country. In 2010 it looked like Virginian Kathleen Grissom’s debut, “The Kitchen House” (Touchstone), might do the same.

But an initial small printing had to be repeated many times over in years to come, as the book slowly became a best seller, largely through word-of-mouth and book clubs.

“I just kept talking to book clubs because they were asking if I’d speak with them,” Grissom says. “And then one person has a friend in Colorado or a sister in California. That’s the way it spread.”

The book followed Livinia McCarten, an Irish indentured servant, and the slaves and masters of an 18th century Virginia plantation. “I was so happy people wanted to talk about it. They were talking about my family and they loved my family.”

The family is her characters, and many are back for her follow-up novel, “Glory Over Everything” (Simon & Schuster). Grissom had another novel in the works when “one of the characters from ‘The Kitchen House’ blocked me and told me I had to write about him next.”

It was Jamie Pyke, who has run from the plantation and established himself in Philadelphia. A plea for help from an old friend takes him back south and threatens to expose his past.

Like her first book, “Glory Over Everything” doesn’t shy from the era’s realities, and is fast-paced, chock full of vivid characters. “They came to me fully formed, and I followed behind with my pencil,” Grissom says.

She’s not neglecting the books clubs this time around either. “I’m so grateful to them. They seem to be just as happy to be involved in Jamie’s family as they were in Lavinia’s.”

The Canadian native has lived in Virginia for 23 years, in a restored plantation tavern outside Lynchburg that helped inspire her first book.

Grissom will be at North Courthouse Road Library in Chesterfield County on Friday, Aug. 5. Copies of both books will be available for purchase.

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