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77 Days of Summer 

Make the most of your summer with this Richmond bucket list.

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Day 30: Monday, July 20
Get inside Jefferson’s head. You haven’t seen the newly restored State Capitol? Guided tours run Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. virginiacapitol.gov.

Day 31: Tuesday, July 21
Get centered. Richmond Hill offers a spiritual experience called Listening to the Silence the third Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch is included. Cell phones are banned. $20. richmondhillva.org.

Day 32: Wednesday, July 22
Laugh out loud. The Triangle Players bring “Psycho Beach Party” to life with tonight’s opening, running through Aug. 15. Set in Malibu Beach around 1962, the story promises “bikini babes, surfer hunks and Gidget goes nuts!” Directed by Penny Ayn Maas. rtriangle.org.

Day 33: Thursday, July 23
Enjoy folk among the flowers. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Thursday evening summer series features Exebelle and the Rusted Cavalcade. Wine and beer are available. And, appropriately enough with today being National Hot Dog Day, leashed pets are allowed for this particular night, called Fidos After 5. lewisginter.org.

Day 34: Friday, July 24
Reclaim your youth. TheatreLab explores the lives of five young radicals, asking: “Are they a destructive power in a pretty package, or are they simply addicted to consumption and dysfunction, conducting orgies of cheap wine and non-ideas?” Sex, drugs, guns and deep questions — and some promised laughs — combine for opening night of “The Altruists,” directed by K.B. Saine, through Aug. 8 at the Basement. With McLean Jesse, Chandler Hubbard, Evan Nasteff, Morgan Meadows and Joshua Gutierrez. theatrelabrva.org.

Day 35: Saturday, July 25
Watch some homemade movies. You may have heard of the 48 Hour Film Project. Teams compete to make short films in a two-day time limit. That happened July 17-19, and now begins two days of premiere screenings at the Byrd Theatre. 48hourfilm.com/en/richmond.

Day 36: Sunday, July 26
Pull for the underdog. You’ve read the book, you’ve seen the movie. Now the Stephen King novel is “Carrie the Musical.” Will you get splattered like a Gallagher show? Who knows? But you can see the 5th Wall Theatre production starring Brittany D. Simmons today at 4, at RVA Event Space, 1 E. Fourth St. (Runs July 9-Aug. 8). 5thwalltheatre.org.

Day 37: Monday, July 27
Sing karaoke. Your options are many, though hours vary. Here are a bunch of places where it’s happening tonight: Fan Noodle Bar, L’s Place Café, Penny Lane Pub, the Halligan Bar in Short Pump, 25 Watt, Buddy’s Place, Cary Street Café, Caddy’s in the South Side and Lakeside Tavern. And don’t sign up for a slow country ballad, OK? Let’s keep things upbeat, shall we?

click to enlarge “Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition” continues at VMFA through September. - KIP FULBECK
  • Kip Fulbeck
  • “Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition” continues at VMFA through September.

Day 38: Tuesday, July 28
Gaze at body art. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts exhibit, “Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition,” showcases the work of seven modern tattooists who draw their inspiration from the Japanese traditions of flesh art, calligraphy and ukiyo-e woodblock printmaking. Organized by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. vmfa.museum.

Day 39: Wednesday, July 29
Order a new fish. Try the fried tripe at Rancho T, the restaurant from Tuffy Stone, Ed Vasaio and chef Aaron Cross. We can’t guarantee it’ll be there. But it’s a special that runs on a regular basis. Check the chalkboard. ranchot.com.

Day 40: Thursday, July 30
Go out for dinner and a show. It was a hit last year, and it’s back again. “The Dixie Swim Club” opens tonight, and runs through Aug. 29 at Swift Creek Mill Theatre. The story follows five women who became friends as college swim-team members and “set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships.” Tip: Spend $17 bucks more for your ticket and enjoy a lovely dining experience before the show in the historic Swift Creek Mill. swiftcreekmill.com.

Day 41: Friday, July 31
Let your hair down. The country’s best Dead cover band, Dark Star Orchestra, starts a two-night run at the amphitheater on the grounds of Pocahontas State Park. Feel the spirit of Jerry Garcia rustling through the trees. pocahontaslive.com.

Day 42: Saturday, Aug. 1
Visit Highland Park for music and merriment. The St. Elizabeth Jazz and Food Festival “blends traditional and contemporary jazz with delicious soulful cuisine in a Christian, family oriented atmosphere.” Runs noon to 7:30 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, at Second Avenue and Victor Street. steliz3c.com.

Day 43: Sunday, Aug. 2
Learn a new way to watch football. The 2015 Electric Football World Championships and Convention closes out its weekend in Richmond (things started Friday). This is a game, an art form, an obsession. Style contributor Chris Bopst also is host of the Electric Football Game Art Show at ADA Gallery, running through Sept. 15. tudorgames.com.

Day 44: Monday, Aug. 3
Skip work. You know how people get hit by those “bad summer allergies.”

Day 45: Tuesday, Aug. 4
Show support. National Night Out is “an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.” Sit out on your deck, meet the neighbors, chat with police, keep the porch lights on. natw.org.

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