Friday, June 29, 2018

Yo, Check Out This Photo of Adam Sandler's Wedding Crashing T-shirt

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 2:10 PM

A photo by Mlle Sana Photography caused a stir yesterday, earning a lot of media coverage: It showed comedian and actor Adam Sandler crashing a wedding in downtown Montreal recently.

But check out his shirt, though. He's down with Ram ball.

Makes sense considering Sandler just performed in Richmond on April 20. He must've left town with some serious local swag.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Art180 Places Local Art on GRTC Buses

Social media contest seeks to raise awareness of these artists.

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2018 at 1:00 PM

So you're out there enjoying your free ride on GRTC this week -- why don't you also help out a local arts non-profit celebrate its 20th anniversary while you're at it?

All it takes is a snap and a post.

Art180 is featuring art on all the buses from the generous artists who work with young people at their nonprofit, in hopes of celebrating all they do. So take a photo of the art when you see it on your bus and post it to social media with the hashtag #IRideWithART180. Do that and you'll be automatically entered in a drawing for a chance to win:

1st place: VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Family Membership

2nd place: $100 gift card to Max's on Broad

3rd place: 5 pounds of coffee beans from Black Hand Coffee Company, in bags featuring art by 5 of our program leaders

Among the local artists featured are names such as Heidi Trepanier, Hamilton Glass, Mickael Broth, Diego Sanchez, S. Ross Browne, and many more. You can see the full list at the link below.

The winners will be announced on Aug. 17, and as Art180 reminds us, don't forget the more pieces of art you spot, the more chances you have to win. Visit art180.org/takesthebus to learn more.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Parents Give $10,000 to Kick Off WCVE NPR Fund in Honor of Former Journalist

One day fund drive will be held June 26.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 10:20 AM

Sarah Portlock Fellman was making strides in journalism.

The local Collegiate alumnus and Columbia School of Journalism graduate had been working at The Wall Street Journal when she suddenly passed last year during a recovery from a brain aneurysm she suffered while seven months pregnant. Her daughter, Aviva Portlock Fellman, survived and is a healthy one-year-old today.

On June 26, WCVE NPR will celebrate Fellman's life by raising funds for internships in her memory. Fellman's parents, Nancy Raybin and Bill Portlock, are giving a gift of $10,000 in her honor to kick off the day-long effort. A release from the station noted that her parents felt that their daughter listening to WCVE NPR while growing up inspired her to become a journalist.

Fellman's parents, Nancy Raybin and Bill Portlock, are honoring their daughter's life with a $10,000 challenge donation
  • Fellman's parents, Nancy Raybin and Bill Portlock, are honoring their daughter's life with a $10,000 challenge donation

You can go here to donate to the cause.

The station recently doubled its news/talk and music programming, creating the need for new talent. Its website lists how the funds will help, including engaging more students from local colleges, and helping the radio news team better understand how to serve younger listeners.

"The funds raised will help us support our already successful internship program that has been a significant asset to our news operation and provided valuable, real-life experience to students developing their news-gathering skills," says Bill Miller, vice-president and general manager for Radio, Community Idea Stations. "Interns have represented our station in the community by recording events and press conferences to provide sound for later broadcasts. They have bolstered our digital presence by gathering material for online stories. Without them, there would have been many stories over the years that our news department was unable to cover and unable to bring to our community."

Monday, June 18, 2018

1708 Gallery Names New Royall Family Curator

Posted By on Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 10:35 AM

A recent press release notes that 1708 Gallery has named Park Christopher Myers as the Royall Family Curator. This three-year position, supported by Pam and Bill Royall, with foundational assistance from CultureWorks, "reflects the gallery’s aim to expand its programming, to forge stronger relationships with artists, to invest more intentionally in artists’ development, and to thoughtfully engage our diverse audiences," according to the release.

Executive Director Emily Smith said in a statement that "Myers’ contributions will extend beyond the exhibitions and programs that he presents through 1708. He will be an advocate for and ally of emerging artists and also established artists working in an emerging way. We are thrilled to welcome him to our team."

"As 1708 Gallery approaches its 40th Anniversary I am excited to tap in to the long history of artists and supporters," Myers said in the release. "In addition, I look forward to broadening the scope at 1708 both in exhibitions and public programming. I aim to bring a dynamic, multidisciplinary, and inclusive approach to each aspect of this position, and to dive in to the vibrant contemporary art community of Richmond and 1708 Gallery."

Here's a little more on Myers' background:

Park Myers is a curator from Houston, TX, formerly based in New York City. He studied Film and Video at the Maryland Institute College of Art and holds an M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. He has organized exhibitions and worked on projects in many places, among them Actual Size, LA, Komplot, Brussels, the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Steamboat, CO, the Hessel Museum of Art in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, and the Copenhagen Art Festival. Publications include The Cure, published by Komplot, and Dear Helen published by CCS Bard. He is a co-founder of aCCeSsions an online journal for exploration in interdisciplinary curatorial practice. Myers’ current research directions involve embodied cognition, complex systems, non-traditional forms of exhibition contextualization, and the interaction of these fields of study with contemporary art.

Friday, June 15, 2018

PICK: Brunswick CD Release Party at the Camel, Saturday, May 16

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 9:00 AM

With overlapping members and a beefed-up sax section, Brunswick is a bit like NoBS! Brass’ big little brother. Over the past half-decade, the band has built a following with a book of music featuring brassy covers of songs from the likes of Daft Punk and Frank Ocean. Perhaps sensitive to licensing costs, their new CD, “Five Years, is exclusively originals composed by trombonist/bandleader John Hulley. The multi-leveled architecture of the melodies shines clearly through on the recording. But you would have to play it lease-breaking loud to capture the sonic power of the band live. To do an A-B comparison, attend the release party at the Camel this Saturday. The all-ages show starts at 8PM. Chance Fischer and CGI Jesus open. Admission is $5.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Watch the Trailer for "The Yellow Birds" Based on Chesterfield Native's Powerful War Novel

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 12:30 PM

The trailer for the film version of "The Yellow Birds" is out. The movie is based on the highly acclaimed war novel by VCU grad and Chesterfield native, Kevin Powers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Directed by Alexandre Moors, the film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Tye Sheridan, Toni Collette, Jason Patric and Jennifer Aniston. Reviews have been mixed; it opened in limited release and video on demand this week. But the New York Times did make it a critic's pick, see their review here.

We recently spoke to Powers, who now lives in Austin, when he was in town promoting his new book, "A Shout in the Ruins," which is set in his hometown.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Video: Check out the latest from Angelica Garcia

Garcia and Lobo Marino perform this Thursday at Valentine's Music in the Garden; plus a cool show at Black Iris.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 1:50 PM

One of the most naturally gifted musicians on the local scene, Angelica Garcia has released a new video, done by veteran videographer Nate Griffith.

The festive song, "Karma the Knife," shows off Garcia's genre-bending skills and her obvious vocal talents and lyric-writing chops. Just from this one song, it's clear that she's willing to experiment with various styles and that she could go in damn near any direction she pleases in the future. Also, this young woman may have the sweetest collection of boots in town. My god.

You might recall from previous media coverage that Garcia, a California native, scored a Warner Brothers deal for her first, well-received album. Or that her stepdad, who was a music manager associated with Los Lobos and Dwight Yoakam, taught her all about good musical influences at an early age -- and it definitely shows. Here's an article the New York Times did on her back in 2016.

If you'd like to check out this gem of a performer live, you can catch Angelica Garcia and the great duo Lobo Marino performing at the Valentine's 2018 Music in the Garden series on Thursday, June 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.

According to a press release from the Valentine, "Music in the Garden is a free, family-friendly concert series that pairs musicians of different genres and encourages diverse audiences to come together in the beautiful Valentine Garden. Admission to the garden and the Valentine Museum are both free during the event. Wine and local beer will be on sale and Garnett's at the Valentine will be open. Note: The final entry in the series on Thursday, June 21 will include performances by Dave Watkins and the Prabir Mehta Trio.

Also that night, Black Iris is hosting a cool show with State Champ (solo) from Kentucky and Pirahna Rama, an awesome band of local music studs that has included Garcia in recent shows. Here's what Style contributor James Toth (Wooden Wand) had to say on Black Iris' page about that show:

Spend some time in Louisville, Kentucky and you will find it is one of the most unassumingly strange places in America. The ratio of grown folks to millennials in attendance at any rock gig seems roughly 3:1. Such events take place in places like caves and chicken coops, among other nontraditional venues. Hip, transgressive people don't seem to outgrow hip, transgressive things here; no one seems very eager to settle for a life less weird.

Singer and head honcho Ryan Davis is a sharp, astute lyricist, the kind of songwriter who probably gets tired of people asking him why he doesn't try his hand at short story writing. Indeed, Fantasy Error's depictions of postmasters and county coroners, Dickensian drinkers and "teardrop pushers" are as vivid as they are familiar, sung with the conviction of a Drag City-damaged Chris Knight.

That show runs from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

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