Thursday, November 30, 2017

Video: Danica Roem Shouts Out Richmond Metal Band on Comedy Central

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 2:00 PM


Danica Roem, the first openly transgender person elected to the Virginia legislature, is already doing her part to promote Virginia metal. Appearing on Comedy Central's "The Opposition with Jordan Klepper" she was asked about her favorite music.

The award-winning Northern Virginia journalist's quick answer was "old school thrash metal." She then gave a proper shoutout to Richmond band, Municipal Waste, for bringing the kick-ass genre back to prominence.

Before that, the host tried to entice Roem into bashing her vanquished opponent, Del. Bob Marshall. But she took the high road instead, noting that voters of the 13th district did not elect her "to be rude" but rather to fix Route 28, to fight Dominion Energy's power tower proposal and to insure 3,000 uninsured people. Or in her words, to "make some damn progress" as opposed to singling out and stigmatizing people she was elected to serve.

You can watch the entire segment below:

Waste's latest album, "Slime and Punishment" is available here.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Quill Theatre Adds Two New Positions

Looks to expand educational outreach in the future.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 3:30 PM

James Ricks and Melissa Shorey.
  • James Ricks and Melissa Shorey.

Quill Theatre announced today that it has hired James Ricks to the position of associate artistic director and Melissa Shorey to the position of development coordinator.

A press e-mail noted that these new additions "mark an exciting transition for Quill Theatre, as [we] look to expand [our] educational reach and strive to produce truly exceptional theatre."

Producing Artistic Director Jan Powell notes: "We are delighted to welcome these two professionals to our team. James is well-known in Richmond for his brilliant artistry and daring as a director, and our productions will be enriched by his incisive sensibility. It's such a pleasure to welcome Melissa back home to Richmond. Her expertise will greatly enhance our patrons' involvement in the Quill family. We feel so lucky to have them both."

Here is more biographical info from a press release:

James Ricks has been working as an actor, director, and educator for twenty years in New York City, Washington, D.C, West Virginia, and Richmond.

Locally, James has directed for Quill Theatre, Henley Street Theatre, Firehouse Theatre, TheatreLAB, SPARC, and Sycamore Rouge Theatre. This summer, he directed Quill Theatre’s critically acclaimed "Love’s Labour’s Lost," which garnered nominations for Best Play and Best Direction from the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle. Most recently he directed Quill’s 2017-18 season opener, "Lysistrata," at the Dominion Arts Center, and will be directing "As You Like It" for the 20th annual Richmond Shakespeare Festival.

He served as the Artistic Director of Henley Street Theatre from 2009-2013, before Henley Street and Richmond Shakespeare merged to form Quill Theatre. He is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, The Actor’s Fund and is certified with the Society of American Fight Directors. Ricks received his BFA from the University of Oklahoma and his MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre’s Academy of Classical Acting in Washington, DC.

Melissa Shorey joins the company from New York City, where she began her fundraising career with Lighthouse Guild, a vision services organization. While at Lighthouse Guild she oversaw the first million dollar grossing gala in the organization’s history, increased the average annual fund gift by 15 percent, and cut direct mail costs by 12 percent.

Though she is currently on hiatus from the stage, she has experience in stage acting, production design, dance, costuming, playwriting, painting, and sculpture. She is a graduate of Henrico County Center for the Arts, and holds a BA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Preview: Love Cycles at One Wellness Studio

Courtney Love's mom to give relationship advice workshops.

Posted By on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 12:15 PM

Linda Carroll was briefly married to Grateful Dead hanger-on, Hank Harrison, in the early 1960s -- their daughter, Courtney Love, was born in 1964 and spent her early years in the Haight-Ashbury district.
  • Linda Carroll was briefly married to Grateful Dead hanger-on, Hank Harrison, in the early 1960s -- their daughter, Courtney Love, was born in 1964 and spent her early years in the Haight-Ashbury district.

When you’ve been a couples counselor for 38 years and happily married for 33, you know a thing or two about relationships.

After years of giving talks about the seasons of a relationship, Linda Carroll compiled the essence of her talks into the book “Love Cycles: The Five Essential Stages of Lasting Love,” which is now in its fourth printing.

Carroll is the daughter of award-winning novelist Paula Fox and the mother of musician Courtney Love.

She is bringing her talk to Richmond at One Wellness Studio for two workshops geared at all ages and gender identifications.

“It’s for anyone interested in love,” Carroll says by telephone from her home in Oregon. “Even single people. The cycles don’t just apply to married people, they apply to all relationships.”

Carroll refers to that first cycle of falling in love as the merge stage - two people coming together to spend as much time as possible together - but it’s also the most disorienting. Falling in love, she says, is not a choice but rather a whole set of biological chemicals being released and they tend to wear off in the doubt and denial stage. She chalks this up to fundamental human nature: we want to form connections but also want to keep our independence.

Conflicts grow in the disillusionment cycle, followed by the decision cycle of whether or not a couple wants to stay together and work on the relationship. The wholehearted loving cycle is only for those willing to work hard on all aspects of the relationship, both the joyous and the challenging.

“I don’t try to get people to stay together if they don’t want to,” she explains. “But people who want to stay together and need a road map, I can help them.”

For many couples, dissatisfaction is a function of the marriage “rules” having changed since the ‘60s and ‘70s when no one worried about connection or intimacy. “Now people want to be married to their best friend and have sex into their ‘90s. You need a different skill set for that.”

Elizabeth Krusen, owner of One Wellness, has known Carroll for three years and says this workshop is aligned with their mission to provide services, instruction and experts in their fields who can help further the intention of a mindful life.

“Linda is one of those rare teachers who embody both real world spirituality and other worldly wisdom,” Krusen says. “She allows us to understand our relationships as our greatest teachers and a means of self-discovery.”

According to Carroll, relationships have seasons and there are ways to get through the difficult times while holding on to the good parts. “I give people a tool kit and a sense of hopefulness for what’s possible in a relationship.”

Love Cycles One, Dec. 2, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Love Cycles Two, December 3, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. at One Wellness, 4110 Fitzhugh Ave., 303-2869

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Pick: the Dustbowl Revival at Tin Pan on Thursday, Nov. 16

Watch a video for the LA group's new song, "Call My Name."

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 1:55 PM

They've previously been awarded the best live band in Los Angeles by LA Weekly, and tonight you can see them at the Tin Pan.
  • They've previously been awarded the best live band in Los Angeles by LA Weekly, and tonight you can see them at the Tin Pan.

There's been so much happening musically in Richmond lately that it's hard to keep track of everything, much less write about it.

One venue that continues to step up and deliver a steady flow of quality shows is the Tin Pan in Quioccasin Station Shopping Center. Former Richmonder Aimee Mann is coming in January.

But first there's tonight's gig: acclaimed Los Angeles ensemble the Dustbowl Revival, whose self-titled album from last summer debuted at number one on Amazon's Americana/Alt. Country and Top 200.

The eight-piece group's album, produced by Grammy winner Ted Hutt and featuring a guest turn from Keb'Mo', offers an infectious blend of vintage American sounds -- including swingin' New Orleans jazz, funk, blue-eyed soul and Stax R&B. Mostly it's high-energy, feel-good music likely to get Tin Pan listeners out of their dinner chairs and onto the dance floor. Just the thing people may need to get out of the November doldrums.

Check out a new video from the group:

Music writer Rob Sheffield, in Rolling Stone, hailed it as a great band “whose Americana swing was so fun I went back to see them again the next day.” The LA Weekly noted the “upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear.”

If you check out more of their material, you get a sense of a band taking those old-school pleasures and hybridizing them with new school attitude, searching for a vibrant sound with a nod towards the future.

Dustbowl Revival performs tonight, Nov. 16 at the Tin Pan, 8982 Quioccasin Road, at 8 p.m. $20-$25. 447-8189.

Roben Farzad's "Hotel Scarface" Acquired for Television Series

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 11:40 AM


Roben Farzad, the Richmond-based author, producer and host of NPR One's "Full Disclosure," has sold the rights to his new book, "Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami."

As reported by Deadline, Stone Village Television has picked up TV and film rights to the book, which Style wrote about in this recent feature by Kate Andrews, and plans to create a limited series. Farzad will executive produce with Stone Village’s Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell.

The book is centered around the Mutiny at Sailboat Bay, an infamous hotel and club in Miami's Coconut Grove neighborhood. When the New York Times asked Farzad to persuade someone to read "Hotel Scarface" in 50 words or less, he responded: "The Mutiny was where the Cold War crashed into reefer madness and the cocaine wars. To this day, I can’t tell you if it was operated as a front company for the C.I.A. How many places do you find where all of those things happened?"

According to its website, past work by Stone Village Television includes the syndicated NBC series “Las Vegas” with James Caan and Josh Duhamel and the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries “Empire Falls” which starred Paul Newman, Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Helen Hunt, Joanne Woodward and Robin Wright.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Popular New Hoodie Features Altered Lee Monument

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 3:20 PM

Model DJ Mentos wears the New Legacy hoodie designed by artist Noah Scalin.
  • Model DJ Mentos wears the New Legacy hoodie designed by artist Noah Scalin.

Visions of the future are everywhere these days.

Case in point: One of the most vocal proponents of local hip-hop culture, popular blogger Marc Cheatham of the Cheats Movement, has teamed with award-winning local artist Noah Scalin for a new hoodie design they hope will spark conversation.

The New Legacy Hoodie, available for $45 here, features an image of the Lee monument pedestal, minus the Confederate commander and his horse, with a rainbow background.

According to the website, the collaborators hope that "these hoodies will spark artistic dialogue about what the future can be on Monument Avenue." They were printed locally by Triple Stamp press and organizers note that "not only will [it] be your favorite hoodie, but it will send a strong message of activism."

Cheatham tells Style that the design started with Scalin, after he appeared on a former Cheats Movement podcast to discuss the monument issue the week that Mayor Levar Stoney's Monument Commission was announced.

"We had pretty intense talks. I think it's a great, artistic design that is right up the alley of what we believe in," says Cheatham. "Noah and I are both fathers, and collectively what we're seeing around the debate, it's so polarizing, a lot of good people won't feel comfortable showing activism on the front lines. So what's another effective way to show activism? [The design] is thought-provoking."

Scalin says he was inspired to create the image after seeing the empty Confederate pedestal in New Orleans.

"I wanted to make an image that normalized the idea of a Richmond without the monuments. I feel like many people are afraid of change, but they can embrace it better if they can see what it might look like," he explains. "For me, the colors of the background has two meanings: it's the sun setting on the old Richmond and its veneration of the Confederacy as well as a representation of the diversity and inclusion of the new Richmond that's being built right now."

Cheatham notes that the image is more symbolic and not exactly how they envision the future of the Lee Monument. He's more for the monuments being relocated to museums or battlegrounds, he says, where descendants can visit them.

The first limited run of 40 hoodies sold out, and Cheatham says the second run of 50 is about halfway sold. He imagines there will eventually be around 150-200 of them on the streets. Cheatham adds that without promotion, the pair is receiving orders from all over the country, from the Midwest to California. The image is also available on stickers at World of Mirth in Carytown.

"I'm convinced the monuments are gonna go," Cheatham says. "The only question is when -- and what event is going to cause that?"

Part of the profits for the hoodies will be donated to the Richmond Peace Education Center. For more info you can email Cheatham at thecheatsmovement@gmail.com.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Check Out the Trailer for "Permanent" Filmed in Richmond

Comedy set in the 1980s stars Patricia Arquette and Rainn Wilson.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 6:30 PM

A still from the trailer for "Permanent" by Virginia-raised director and writer, Colette Burson.
  • A still from the trailer for "Permanent" by Virginia-raised director and writer, Colette Burson.

A trailer has been released for "Permanent," the coming-of-age comedy which was filmed last summer in Central Virginia, including Richmond.

Written and directed by University of Virginia graduate Colette Burson ("Hung"), it stars Rainn Wilson ("The Office") and Oscar-winner Patricia Arquette ("Boyhood").

Set in the 1980s, the story is based on a memorable moment from Burson's high school career at E.B. Stanley Middle School in Abingdon.

Last August, the movie filmed on Pump House Drive near Maymont, according to the Times-Dispatch.

Review: Richmond Ballet's Trio, Nov. 5 at Carpenter Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Maggie Small and Fernando Sabino in "Silence" by Gina Patterson.
  • Maggie Small and Fernando Sabino in "Silence" by Gina Patterson.

When I close my eyes to remember Richmond Ballet’s 2017 Trio program, I see Eri Nishihara’s sprightly and expansive performance in Dennis Spaight’s “Gloria,” set to the exuberant Antonio Vivaldi score, “Gloria in D.”

Nishihara’s “Qui Sedes” solo revealed every step as a joyful surprise. But I’m only one voice from Sunday's crowded, enthusiastic house at the Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center. The program of three dances showcased the company’s range along with the too-rare delight of live music paired with dance, thanks to the Richmond Symphony and Virginia Commonwealth University's Commonwealth Singers.

In “Gloria,” Spaight’s choreography embodied the music’s crystalline complexity. The curtain rose on dancers in action, skimming the floor, weaving among each other to the breathless opening movement, “Gloria in Excelsis Deo.” The work revealed a tension between precision and abandon in the dancers. At times, the speed demanded of them inhibited complete surrender to the music’s joy -- witness a hint of brittleness across the shoulders or through the torso. In the slower “Et in Terra Pax Hominibus,” however, the women’s developpés unfolded achingly slowly to point skyward, never stopping until the next movement began.

During the last section of Gina Patterson’s “Silence” (2009), snow falls in slow motion over two winter trees in a projected backdrop, along which a woman in a trailing red dress paces with glacial slowness. Against this meditative vision, the world of the stage beats on - some dancers fling themselves into frenetic partnerships, some stand, some lie down to sleep. The choreography looks lustrous on RB’s dedicated performers. Patterson’s work, set to minimalist composer Arvo Pärt’s “Tabula Rasa” and “Für Alina,” asks questions (via a program note) about finding peace within ourselves. I found myself looking for those struggling, and those offering or finding peace, among the dancers onstage. Also I was drawn to the quiet of that meditative landscape, as the downstage world felt overfull with activity and ideas.

Perhaps unrelated to the theme but demanding attention nonetheless, the partnering in “Silence,” almost all between men and women, often made me uncomfortable. Always the women appeared conflicted when picked up. Shaking, struggling against their partners’ grips, they seemed agonized. Granted, agony permeated the work, presumably as counterpoint to an elusive inner peace. But as the primary mode for partnering, it distracted from the work’s stated purpose and hinted at more sinister ideas of struggle, resistance, and dominance.

Salvatore Aiello’s ground-breaking 1979 work, premiering with the Richmond Ballet this year, for an all-male cast, “Journey” closed the show. With New York City Ballet’s season recently featuring same sex, romantic pas de deux between men, the celebration of male ballet dancers’ virtuosity in "Journey" felt both dated and on time. The work opened to Sir Malcolm Arnold’s Concerto for Organ and Orchestra with dancers running, jogging, sprinting back and forth across the stage -- all shirtless, by the way. The first section’s athleticism -- great leaps, raised fists, all the running -- was tempered by thoughtful partnering in the second section.

Initially, partnerships appeared utilitarian, focused on shape-making or dancers using each other as levers. But gradually, some sequences unfolded in which men lifted each other as they usually lift ballerinas, one highlighting the other’s delicacy and grace, the other his courtesy and strength. This expansion of gender roles helped offset the traditionalism of the other works in “Trio,” and offered the ballet’s men some well-earned, and uninterrupted time in the sun. The crowd loved it.

Richmond Spiders Men’s Basketball Preview: 2017-2018

Expect shifting defenses, offensive movement, and a quick freshman guard.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 1:00 AM

Freshman guard Jacob Gilyard will likely start this Friday due to caution over a left tibia injury to starting point guard, Khwan Fore. So far, Gilyard has impressed teammates with his speed and defense.
  • Freshman guard Jacob Gilyard will likely start this Friday due to caution over a left tibia injury to starting point guard, Khwan Fore. So far, Gilyard has impressed teammates with his speed and defense.

The big question going into this season for the Richmond Spiders is how to make up for the departure of two great senior leaders, point guard ShawnDre Jones and power forward and center T.J. Cline, who both signed to play pro ball in Europe.

Last season the Spiders started wobbly out of the gate, losing some games that would cost them come tournament-selection time. But they finished strong at third place in the Atlantic 10 with some solid performances against top-tier teams.

Already this year before tip-off they’re facing some adversity after a stress reaction (precursor to a break) was revealed in the left tibia of explosive point guard Khwan Fore. The junior leader will likely miss at least the first two games but could be back in time for a Nov. 20 game in the Cayman Islands against the University of Alabama at Birmingham, according to the team. Fore is being monitored now twice a week for improvement.

This season the Spiders will rely heavily on two local products, tough and athletic forward De’Monte Buckingham (Henrico High), who was the A-10 rookie of the year last season, and sharpshooting guard Nick Sherod (St. Christopher’s).

Coach Chris Mooney, now in his 13th season, says that he hopes a go-to player emerges organically.

“The way we play we really move the ball a lot, we wouldn’t call a play for a guy’s number. But Buckingham and Sherod can score,” he says. “I think they have a good feel for how to do that. I think we’d probably have something where the ball has a great chance to end up in their hands.”

Regarding the opening night line-up against Delaware on Nov. 10, Mooney says he will likely start 5-foot-9-inch freshman point guard Jacob Gilyard in place of Fore. He’ll be joined by 6-foot-4-inch sophomore Sherod at shooting guard, 6-foot-4-inch sophomore Buckingham at small forward, 6-foot-7-inch red-shirt junior Solly Stansbury (son of NBA dunker Terence Stansbury), and at center, 6-foot-10-inch freshman Grant Golden, who collapsed last year during a game, underwent a cardiac ablation procedure and was granted a medical red-shirt season.

The Spiders are known for their matchup defense, but look for Mooney to continue the experimentation with switching defenses he started last season. “We had strictly played the matchup for such a long time and introduced man-to-man last year and it was really good for us,” he says. “I think we’ll play both and find one that’s stronger. But the nature of switching defenses could be beneficial.”

Rebounding is always a problem for the undersized Spiders, but Mooney doesn’t sound overly concerned, noting that Golden has improved physically, as well as in his fluidity and mobility, and he expects him to be “a really good player.”

“We’ve always had a commitment to not give up transition baskets, so we haven’t been a good offensive rebounding team,” Mooney admits. “But De’Monte and Nick and Grant have a good nose for the ball. I feel like we’ll have some guys who will be good at hunting [rebounds].”

Longtime fans of the pesky Spiders – who last made the NCAA tournament in 2011, advancing to the Sweet 16 – should be excited to get a first look at many new faces on the team. There’s Jordan Madrid-Andrews, a 6-foot-8-inch graduate transfer who played one season with Chicago State and is expected to help on the boards. Plus numerous freshmen including 6-foot-8-inch forward, Phoenix “A.J.” Ford, 6-foot-6-inch rebounding guard Nathan Cayo, and 6-foot-7-inch Tomas Verbinskis, a three-star recruit from Lithuania known for his shooting.

But the first extended glimpse will be of Gilyard running the point, and Mooney seems high on the Kansas City, Missouri, native who once scored 50 points in a high school game. “I’ve been surprised by Gilyard, he really has a chance. A little small but a great defender, really quick and can score in a lot of ways,” Mooney says. “I’m surprised how far along he is for someone his age.”

Things may take awhile to gel for these relatively inexperienced collegiate players, but they have a strong foundation moving forward. Add Mooney’s steady concept of team basketball and loading up with shooters and smaller guards with oversized hearts, and the Spiders always seem to provide thrills and close games.

They will have Georgetown, with new Coach Patrick Ewing, heading into the Robins Center later this month.

The Richmond Spiders play Delaware this Friday, Nov. 10 at the Robins Center at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

VCU Rams Men's Basketball: 2017-2018 Preview

With a fresh roster comes expectation and speculation.

Posted By on Tue, Nov 7, 2017 at 4:00 PM

New Coach Mike Rhoades has a daunting challenge in front of him this season with 10 new players in Ram uniforms on opening night, this Friday, Nov. 10.
  • New Coach Mike Rhoades has a daunting challenge in front of him this season with 10 new players in Ram uniforms on opening night, this Friday, Nov. 10.

The Virginia Commonwealth University men's basketball program has enjoyed 11 consecutive seasons with at least 20 wins. More important, it has made seven consecutive postseason appearances in the NCAA’s national championship tournament. Top those numbers off with 99 consecutive sell-outs at the Siegel Center, and it adds up to lofty expectations.

The Rams’ new head coach, Mike Rhoades, 45, doesn't need to be told that Rams fans have developed high expectations. That, in spite of the number 10 factor, which is how many players on the roster who'll be playing their first game in a VCU uniform at the Nov. 10 season opener: Grambling State at home at 7 p.m. on MASN.

Before Rhoades' three-year stint as head coach at Rice University (2014-17), he spent five years as an assistant on former Rams head coach Shaka Smart's bench. So, Rhoades also knows loyal Rams fans want to see a fast tempo, and he has already promised to deliver exactly that.

The likely starting five for that first tilt includes the four men who played for Rhoades' predecessor, Will Wade, last season. They are: 6-foot-7-inch senior Justin Tillman, a preseason all-conference pick, 6-foot-1-inch senior point guard Jonathan Williams, 6-foot-5-inch sophomore De'Riante Jenkins, and 6-foot-4-inch sophomore Malik Crowfield. The fifth man will probably be 6-foot-7-inch Khris Lane, a senior transfer with one season of eligibility.

At a recent news conference, Rhoades said he plans to play 10 or 11 men in his regular rotation. The most likely sixth man could be 6-foot-6-inch sophomore Issac Vann. He red-shirted last season, meaning he practiced with the team but didn't play in games. He looks like a scorer.

It appears the next four off the bench will be (in alphabetical order): freshman Lewis Djonkam, freshman Tyler Maye, freshman Marcus Santos-Silva, sophomore transfer Mike'l Simms. Of those four, look for Maye and Simms to develop into significant contributors.

The Atlantic-10 Conference's beat reporters rated VCU as No. 4 in their preseason poll. With a new head coach on hand, plus so many new players being counted on to make important contributions, that prediction says something about media respect for the VCU program.

Looking ahead, the two biggest home games of VCU's non-conference schedule are: Virginia on Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. (CBSSN) and Texas on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. (ESPN2). No doubt, with that Longhorns game on national television, the return of Shaka Smart to Broad St. will draw lots of attention.

As senior leaders, Tillman and Williams need to become more steady and dependable for the Rams to reach their goals this season. Judging from its two exhibition games, the team's full-court press and its half-court defense need to improve, a lot, but that's to be expected. Most players coming out of high school are better on offense than defense. That will change.

Speaking of expectations, what's the best thing about having so many new players? With a smile, Rhoades said to the reporters, “They're going to get better.”

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