Friday, September 23, 2022

Burning Man artist to premiere work at Lewis Ginter in 2023

Joint work between artist and poet who met at Burning Man in 2000.

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2022 at 3:33 PM

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden announced today that Burning Man artist Kate Raudenbush will premiere her new exhibit "Incanto: An Oasis of Lyrical Sculpture" at the Garden in 2023. In collaboration with poet Sha Michele, the exhibit will feature five monumental sculptures and will run from April 28 through Oct. 29, 2023, according to a release.

According to Lewis Ginter's website, Raudenbush is "an award-winning sculpture artist who emerged out of the creative vanguard of Burning Man to exhibit her work widely in the U.S. and internationally at art fairs, civic squares, arts festivals, galleries and museums." While poet Sha Michele has experience as "a former actress and designer in Los Angeles, working with Spike Lee, Jamie Foxx and Gita Salem, in addition to her talent as an internationally exhibited designer of exotic, nature-inspired, totemic jewelry."

The release notes that this was a "collaborative effort born out of the legendary Burning Man community," and it will offer a "quest for self-inquiry inside the Garden's peaceful oasis." The artists' friendship started in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada at Burning Man in 2000.

The artists, who both currently live in New York City, are designing the experience with Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in mind and the Garden will share the work in progress "with exclusive content" in the months before the show's debut. People are invited to follow the journey through the Garden's social media accounts @LewisGinter; learn more at bit.ly/INCANTOLGBG

Per the site, the five monumental sculptures "will explore profound concepts of identity and the higher self, the energy of ancestry, the transformational present moment, the perspective of the past, and finally, the balance between technology and the source code of our Earth."

You can read more details about the art below:

Intricately and beautifully designed from a range of laser-cut, mixed metals such as weathered steel; mirror-polished, hammered stainless steel; and patinated bronze, most sculptures will invite visitors to step inside. With heights reaching up to seventeen feet, they will serve as portals to other worlds of thought, meaning, and healing.

Each piece is being created in dialogue with the landscape to embrace companion plantings and water features developed in collaboration with the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Horticulture team. Dramatically lit from within and paired with poetry, the art will create multi-sensory experiences inviting further exploration at night. As a result, the Garden will offer many related events, classes, and even extended hours on select evenings.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Sonic Liberation

Veteran sax man Roger Carroll explores the music of Pharoah Sanders, Tom Waits and Carla Bley at Gallery5.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2022 at 4:00 AM

After four-plus decades of performance, in blues, rock, swing, and jazz ensembles, saxophonist Roger Carroll is focusing in on the adventurous music he always loved. This Friday at Gallery 5, his new ensemble, the Sonic Liberation Ensemble, will debut new interpretations of a set of songs celebrating women, grounded in the Chicago Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) scene, a seminal 1960s-to-present reinvigoration of modern improvisational music.

Affably gruff, and moderately larger than life, Carroll has a voice full of character, like a Tidewater-washed Tom Waits. The first concept for the show was a Waits tribute set, but an ear infection prevented sufficient practice, which opened the door for an exploration of equally adventurous but more open-ended arrangements. (A Waits cover still remains part of the planned set list.)

“I know I should be doing this project, because I have always wanted to,” Carroll says. “Especially after the political and COVID upheavals of 2020. In my career I have always played it safe, with music people could dance to and all that. That’s okay, but I am getting older. Now I just want to do what I want to do.”

He has assembled a first-rate sextet with the adventurous rhythm section of drummer Scott Clark, bassist Adam Hopkins, and pianist Michael McNeill, augmented by Rattlemouth saxophonist Danny Finney, and Jouwala Collective percussionist Kevin Johnson. In a practice session upstairs at Martin Johnson’s Forinstance Gallery on Cary Street, the group sketched out the outlines of the songs, leaving the coloring for the actual performance.

It has been a long road to this point for Carrol, starting as a Mechanicsville high school student who dis covered music was a socially acceptable educational alternative to the academic grind. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University in the early years of the jazz program, then went on the road for a decade as a sideman to various blues legends.

He returned to Richmond to raise his daughter, working a day job repairing accordions at Hohner and continuing to perform and record as freelance musician. He met and married his wife, corporate attorney Sharon Glover, and moved with her to Chicago in 2015. Carroll welcomed the opportunity to meet and play with longtime heroes. But things didn't pan out there and, in 2016, Glover took a job with Capitol One back in Richmond.

“We’ve been together for 15 years,” Carrol says. “Sharon’s such a strong, powerful woman. Her stories over the years made me really aware of what BS women go through in the workplace. And with the Supreme Court overturn of Roe vs. Wade, it is not getting better.”

Hence the feminist theme of the upcoming program on Friday.

“That is one of the things that draws me [in], it’s music with a meaning,” Carroll explains. “It has roots in caring about the world. I feel it more than hear it. I see colors. I love bebop and all that, but this kind of jazz is my true love. It’s protest music, but it has it all, the beauty and the tension.”

He says the music has become more important the older he’s gotten, adding that “music needs to encompass social awareness. We can only try to bring light to the darkness, to comfort someone, or motivate them, or whatever they need.”

While it may be a different facet of a familiar player, it maintains Carroll’s long-honed ability to charm an audience. For decades, most recently at regular small group gigs at The Savory Grain and Lady N’awlins, the saxophonist has engagingly delivered the songs people love to hear. This Friday, it is all about the songs he loves to play.

Roger Carroll's Sonic Liberation Organization, featuring the music of Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Carla Bley, Tom Waits, and many more, plays Gallery 5, Friday, Sept. 23. Doors open at 7 music at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Friday, September 16, 2022

You’re Very Richmond If … call for submissions extended

Send us your submissions for publication through Friday, Sept. 23.

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2022 at 2:00 PM

Good people, we need your help! As part of Style Weekly's 40th anniversary year, we're bringing back a popular feature from the early days called "You're Very Richmond If ... " and we want your submissions for publication.

If you know anything about Richmond, you probably know that locals are proud of her many peculiarities, and of what makes the city and her denizens different. Some clearly have more of a love/hate relationship going on with the river city. But by reading what a bunch of people think makes someone "very Richmond," it can be illuminating in a strange way, or maybe worth a laugh or two ... or at the very least, a Richmond eye roll.

In the spirit of inclusion, we're expanding the deadline for submissions from the public through next Friday, Sept. 23. That means you have one more week to email those little slivers of genius to us. We’re looking for more clever, more funny, more RVA. You can do it. Note: If we choose your submission to be published, it will run with your name by it (if you choose to include it). Your prize? Prestige worldwide and flexing rights. Making the world laugh is always a noble goal.

We do ask that you keep submissions relatively short; most should be a sentence or two, or three (or a small paragraph at the most). However, you can compile and send as many different entries as you like by email with the subject head "VERY RVA" to editor@styleweekly.com. It's OK to stack them all in one email, you really don't need to send 22 different emails with one sentence each.

Here’s a few examples from readers that ran in 2015:

You’re Very Richmond If …

“The second a drop of rain hits your windshield, you let go and let Jesus take the wheel.” — Nick Leveski

“You came for art school, stayed for the PBR.” — Sleeves Barnesafunks

“You’ve never been to the Metro Richmond Zoo.” — Shamoniki Ellison

“You are Tim Barry.” — Brandon Favaro

Still need inspiration? Read more from this 2015 issue. Don't hesitate to send us your A-list material. C'mon, everybody's doing it. Remember, life favors those who can laugh at themselves ... or at least we do.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Original Human Beatbox Doug E. Fresh playing RPAA fundraiser

Alternate Routes: A Night in NYC to be held Nov. 3 at Dominion Energy Center.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2022 at 1:13 PM

Hip-hop original Doug E. Fresh, of "The Show" and "La Di Da Di" fame, will be headlining the nonprofit Richmond Performing Arts Alliance (RPAA)'s annual gala and benefit concert.

Titled "Alternate Routes: A Night in NYC" the old school hip-hop party will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3 at Dominion Energy Center, and proceeds will benefit RPAA's BrightLights Education initiatives, which "aims to serve educators, students, and families from across the Richmond region, working to increase equity in access to the arts and arts in education."

According to a press release, "gala guests will experience a moveable feast and performances by local artists and arts organizations throughout the venues of Dominion Energy Center (Rhythm Hall, Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse, and Genworth BrightLights Education Center). After a main stage performance by the legendary Doug E. Fresh in the historic Carpenter Theatre, guests will conclude their evening with a dessert reception in Rhythm Hall featuring live entertainment. The event also features a silent auction."

Note: Tickets can be purchased for the full gala experience or for the Doug E. Fresh concert only. You can purchase the gala tickets here. And you can purchase concert-only tickets here ($24-$100).

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Cult Musical "The Rocky Horror Show" Returning to RTP stage

Fourteen performances only Oct. 5 through Oct. 22

Posted By on Tue, Sep 6, 2022 at 1:37 PM

Time to do the time warp again, live and in person! The cult classic musical, "The Rocky Horror Show," is returning to the Richmond Triangle Players' stage on Oct. 5 for 14 performances only, as part of the theater group's 30th anniversary season.

Richard O’Brien’s "The Rocky Horror Show" will play a strictly limited run, according to a press release, opening Friday Oct. 7, at 8 p.m., following two low-priced previews on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. The production will run just fourteen performances through Oct. 22.

RTP’s production, which takes place at the Robert B. Moss Theatre at 1300 Altamont Ave. in Scott’s Addition, is being directed by Chelsea Burke with music direction by Ben Shaver and choreography by Kate Belleman. Tickets for all performances are on sale now.

Per the press release: "Playing the central role of Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter is Durron Marquis Tyre, who recently starred in RTP’s productions of 'Falsettos' and 'Sugar in Our Wounds'. Newlyweds Brad and Janet are played by August Hundley and Nora Ogunleye, with Frank’s attendants Riff Raff, Columbia and Magenta played by Elle Meerovich, Madison Cox and Kasey Britt. "Frank’s creation, Rocky Horror, is played by Wayne Parker, the mysterious Eddie (as well as Brad and Janet’s mentor Dr. Scott) by Travis Williams, and Jim Morgan (who played Frank ‘N’ Furter in RTP’s previous production) as the Narrator who holds the evening together. The Phantoms and Transylvanians are played by Mara Barrett, Robert Gallant, Rachel Garmon-Williams and DeVon Mosby."

Here's more information about the musical from the release:

The musical opened in 1973 in London and played for over seven years, winning critical and audience acclaim in the process. It is probably best-known for its film version, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which premiered in 1975 and became a midnight-show cult classic for multiple generations of movie-goers all over the globe. The Rocky Horror Show is also widely hailed to have been an influence on the countercultural and sexual liberation movements that followed on from the 1960s. It was one of the first musicals to depict fluid sexuality, during a time of division between generations and an old-world lack of acceptance towards gender variance. At the time of its release, it pushed boundaries and has become a cultural icon which promotes empowerment of self-creation and all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Safety note: "For the safety of the performers, our patrons, and the staff, masks are required to be worn inside the venue – completely covering the nose and mouth -- anytime you are not actively eating and drinking. Patrons are asked to please bring a mask that is comfortable enough to wear throughout the evening."

RVA East End Festival Announces Lineup of Performers

Festival to be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Henry Marsh Elementary School.

Posted By on Tue, Sep 6, 2022 at 12:34 PM

Organizers have announced the lineup for the annual, community-wide celebration of music and the arts, The RVA East End Festival, which is scheduled to be held Saturday, Sept. 24 from noon to 9 p.m. at Henry Marsh Elementary School, 813 N. 28th St. in Richmond.

The festival is free to attend with entertainment coming from local youth musicians, visual artists from Richmond Public Schools, and local professionals. Festival-goers can also enjoy 10 food trucks and about 20 vendors on-site.

“Since 2016, the RVA East End Festival has raised over $400,000 to support music, visual arts and performing arts programs at five elementary schools, two middle schools and one high schools in the East End communities of the Richmond Public Schools system,” said James “Saxsmo” Gates, festival co-chair, in the release.

This year's lineup includes:

Richmond Public Schools All City Marching Band

Woodville, Fairfield, Redd, and Overby-Sheppard combined bands

Musicians from the Richmond Symphony

Mr. Chubby and Sugarfoot

James “Saxsmo” Gates

Dap Mallory Band

Johnny Lee Long Band

Tre Charles

Richmond Urban Dance

Artistry in Motion/Performing Arts Center

Decori and NXD


Ban Caribe

Legacy Band

“We invite the entire Richmond region to join us on Sept. 24 for an exciting and inspirational event to support our amazing students in the East End,” said Rev. Marilyn Heckstall, festival co- chair, in a press release. “The festival kicks off at noon with a rousing intro by the RPS All City Marching Band followed by a spectacular lineup of some of the best national and local artists in the Richmond music scene.”

Donations to support the festival can be made online here. And to learn more about the RVA East End Festival, contact rvaeastendfest@gmail.com.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Stuff to do: Peaches at the National, RVA Outdoor Flea Market, 15th Latin Jazz and Salsa Fest at the Dell, and Crabs and Beer by the James.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2022 at 12:51 PM

Peaches and Kalifa at the National on Thursday, Aug. 25

What else is in the teaches of Peaches? Huh, what? Come to the National on Thursday night and find out when the boundary-pushing feminist musician, producer, and performance artist, Merill Nisker (aka Peaches), brings the circus to town for what surely will be a memorable performance with flashy dance moves, fried guitar and myriad costume changes. The Berlin-based, Canadian musician has collaborated with artists from Yoko Ono and Kim Gordon to Daft Punk and the Flaming Lips, and on this tour she’ll be celebrating the 20th anniversary of her electro-rock classic, “Teaches of Peaches,” which barely contains her most recognizable song, “Fuck the Pain Away” (NPR said the album “shifted the window for sex in pop”). Pretty safe bet that this show will be the most theatrical, sex-positive thing happening in RVA on Thursday night. 7:30 p.m.

RVA Outdoor Flea Market at Merchant’s Walk Shopping Center on Saturday, Aug. 27

Vendor spaces are sold out, but on Saturday there should 70 outdoor vendors and 100 indoor vendors at this RVA outdoor flea market featuring antiques, collectibles, toys, jewelry, arts and crafts, spring and home décor, clothes and more. It's being hosted by Odd Balls Antiques and Claire’s Antiques at Merchant’s Walk, located at 7580 W. Broad St. in Henrico. The sidewalk sale starts at 8 a.m. Admission is free, but remember to bring cash for vendors. Also, pets are welcome, and there will be fresh popped kettle corn, fresh lemonade, funnel cakes, corn dogs, fried Oreos, chicken tenders, cheese fries and the like. Runs until 3 p.m

Salsa legend Herman Olivera headlines the 15 annual Latin Jazz and Salsa Festival at Dogwood Dell.
  • Salsa legend Herman Olivera headlines the 15 annual Latin Jazz and Salsa Festival at Dogwood Dell.

15th Annual Latin Jazz and Salsa Festival at Dogwood Dell amphitheater on Saturday, Aug. 27

A day of highly danceable music headlined by the legendary Herman Olivera, a Puerto Rican “sonero” from Newark, NJ who started out leading the salsa group, Conjunto Libre, and later performed with Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, and performed lead vocals for the Eddie Palmieri Orchestra. He’s won two Grammys, been nominated for four, and performed on over 45 albums. The day also includes Rafael Ortiz and Su Tumbao Urbano All Stars, Kevin Davis, Mike Davidson and the Latin Jazz Messengers, and special guest Beverly Perez. With DJs Rudy Rivera, RVA Bachata, William Estramera Stop the Madness. 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free parking. To donate or for more info, visit here: https://oasisbroadcastingnetwork.com.

Third annual Crabs and Beer by the James at Brown’s Island on Saturday, Aug. 27

It’s a final, big summer blowout and all-you-can-eat crab fest by the river with headline performances by some all-star Richmond area performers, including the jazz-funk fusion of Butcher Brown and reggae from Mighty Joshua and soul from Legacy Band VA. Others spinning on the bill include DJ Joe Fu, Sir RJ, DJ Drake, DJ MG and more. Rain or shine, lawn chairs are allowed. Tickets range from $10 to $750 (wow, that’s quite a range) and are available here. Runs from noon to 7 p.m. For more info, visit crabsandbeerbythejames.com.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Library of Virginia, Can Can Opening Cafe

Will be open weekdays in the downtown lobby of the Library.

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2022 at 2:02 PM

Going to the downtown library just got more swanky, y'all.

The Library of Virginia recently announced a partnership with popular Carytown restaurant Can Can Brasserie to open a Parisian-style bistro and bakery in the lobby of the Library on Monday, Sept. 19.

"We are thrilled to help bring one of the city's best-loved restaurants to downtown Richmond," said Scott Dodson, executive director of the Library of Virginia Foundation, in a press release. "Paul and John Kincaid and their team at Can Can are excellent partners. We cannot wait for our patrons and the downtown community to enjoy their amazing food in the Library as we head into our 200th anniversary year."

Hours of operation are as follows: Can Can Café will be open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with indoor and outdoor seating. The breakfast items will include: "fresh-baked pastries and lunch will feature soup, salad and sandwiches, as well as to-go pastries, desserts and other items. Can Can’s signature coffee service will be available throughout the day."

Kincaid, co-owner of Can Can, noted in the release that, post-COVID, people have been asking about their morning coffee service.

“Countless people missed a beautiful location, quick coffee and pastries, and a chance to get out of the office and have a quick meeting," he said in the release. "Opening Can Can Café in the Library of Virginia, we're happy to be able to offer all of those things!”

The release notes that limited free parking for Can Can Café will be available on Level B1 of the Library’s parking garage accessed via entrances on 8th and 9th Streets.

For more information on the café, visit www.cancanrva.com.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Richmond Folk Festival Announces More Artists

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2022 at 11:07 AM

The Richmond Folk Festival, which returns Oct. 7-9 for its 18th anniversary, is one of the largest parties of the year. The free, three-day event often draws 200,000 people over the weekend to the downtown riverfront.

Today they announced ten more artists for this year's fest, eight of which have never been featured before at the festival.

“While each year the Richmond Folk Festival provides a new artistic program, this year—the event’s 18th—promises to really stand out as a feast for the senses,” said Blaine Waide, associate director for the National Council for the Traditional Arts, in a release. “Whether featuring a longstanding local institution like the Art of Noise for the first time or numerous artistic traditions that are new to the festival—polyphonic singing from Epirus, Mauritanian griots, the haunting sounds of Bentonia blues, and many more—the 2022 festival will amaze and captivate audiences.”

Here they are:

79rs Gang (New Orleans Black Masking Carnival music)

New Orleans, Louisiana


Andre Thierry (zydeco)

Richmond, California


Art of Noise (deejaying)

Richmond, Virginia


Felipe Hostins (Brazilian forró)

Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil, by way of New York


Gene Tagaban (Guuy Yaau) (Tlingit storyteller, musician, and dancer)

Ruston, Washington


Isokratisses (polyphonic singing from Epirus)

Deropoli and Politsani, Albania


Jesse Daniel (honky-tonk country)

San Marcos, Texas


Jimmy “Duck” Holmes (Bentonia blues)

Bentonia, Mississippi


Nani Noam Vazana (Ladino traditional song)

Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritanian griot)

Nouakchott, Mauritania

Monday, August 15, 2022

PICK: Elizabeth Wise and Her Guys at Shockoe Sessions Live, Tuesday, Aug. 16

CD release for "Reckless Sophistication" to be held at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2022 at 10:54 AM

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Elizabeth Wise is an authentic 21st century blues troubadour.

For over a decade, she’s traveled the world, from Memphis to New Zealand as a solo act, playing covers and classics in festivals, bars, and living rooms.

Her new CD, “Reckless Sophistication,” expands on the one-person charisma in the best way possible, backing her with an all-star RVA band, including pianists Daniel Clarke and Carlos Chafin, bassists Rusty Farmer and Brian Cruise, drummer Scott Milstead, and the killer horn section of trumpeter Bob Miller, trombonist and arranger Toby Whittaker, and saxman J.C. Kuhl.

The production is both restrained and satisfying, providing a varied sonic accompaniment to a set of songs finding individual paths into the archetypical blues themes of romantic longing, anger, disappointment, resignation, and hope.

Wise’s guitar, fittingly, is the first among equals in the overall mix. The Shockoe Sessions Live event at Hardywood features both sides of her talent with an opening set of just Wise and her guitar and a second set with the full band.

Elizabeth Wise and her guys perform for Shockoe Sessions Live, at the Richmond Pizza Kitchen and Taproom at Hardywood Brewery, on Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 6-9 p.m. RSVP via Facebook.

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