From FaceBook event page:
Tomorrow at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Richmond Public Library (Main Library)
Vivian E. Thomson’s “Climate of Capitulation: An Insider’s Account of State Power in a Coal Nation” looks at environmental policy making at the state level and offers a comprehensive analysis of the often entrenched biases toward coal and electric utilities in states’ air pollution policies.
Vivian E. Thomson is former Professor of Environmental Policy at the University of Virginia, where she also directed the Environmental Thought and Practice BA Program. She has been an air pollution policymaker at the US EPA and in Virginia. She was also a Fulbright Professor of American Studies in Denmark.
Books will be available for sale at this event, but attendees may also bring pre-purchased copies to be signed.
This event is sponsored by the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club.
From a friend- Netflix show Mindhunter has a scene with the old state penitentiary (across from Oregon Hill). I forgot about that old bridge.
Speaking of the old penitentiary…Dale Brumfield’s Virginia Penitentiary book launches October 29, 4-6 pm at Babe’s in Carytown. Everyone’s invited!
Sahba Motallebi showcasing the Persian tar
The Amazonian group Los Wembler’s were a crowd favorite.
The sun came out and there was delicious food to be had. I hope Dominion did not hack my phone while charging it. Two other things to think about- One, when will the Richmond Folk Festival join other festivals in getting rid of the plastic and styrofoam? It’s 2017, it’s past time to do so.
Two, why don’t we see permanent solar charging stations in our parks and other places? Oh, that’s right, Dominion discourages solar with things like the VEPGA contract.
Eddie Cotton, Jr. playing some high energy blues.
Romanian Nicolae Feraru and his excellent band showed what the cimbalom (hammered dulcimer) could do.
Stalking funnel cake.
Mellowing to some jazz guitar.
Kids sledding cardboard down canal embankment.
Wayne Hancock singing about reefer!
Innov Gnawa (If you liked them, there is an excellent new album out by gnawa master Maalem Mahmoud Gania called Colours of the Night that you should check out).
The Green Fields of America (playing IN the Kanawha Canal where hundreds of Irish and African laborers worked and died)
Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo (The main band led a procession down to the stage to start of their set)
Spanish flamenco was spellbinding (despite a rather noisy and disruptive audience)
The San Francisco Taiko was exuberant and fun.
The female-led go-go group Be’la Dona got the crowd going…
Soul singer Don Bryant singing “I Can’t Stand The Rain”
Thankfully, I have only saw a few parking problems in the neighborhood. And police were patrolling. On the other hand, I have heard some anecdotes from neighbors about some traffic problems that still need to be corrected.
Ready to do it again today, Richmond?
John Murden recently took this photo while visiting Belle Island.
From FaceBook event page:
To celebrate Artober, we will be exhibiting the Veterans’ Impact Project Monument at The Virginia War Memorial.
This sculpture was created in partnership with artist James Robertson.
Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, October 12th from 5-7pm. The monument will remain on display until October 27th.
About the Project:
In what is likely America’s 1st crowd-sourced veterans monument, The Veterans’ Impact Project honored over 170 veterans through a participatory process where community members and veterans operated a custom-built Roman Ballista to fire symbols of military service into a large clay panel. Those impressions were cast on site to create a large-scale relief sculpture with Principal Artist for the project, James Robertson. The resulting 5’x17’ sculpture is one of the largest in Richmond.
There will be restricted parking in Oregon Hill this year for the this year’s 13th Annual Richmond Folk Festival.
Councilperson Parker Agelasto announced this at last night’s City Council meeting and OHNA President Jennifer Hancock confirmed that they are going over plans now.
Some portions of the neighborhood will be password protected for residents and some barricaded streets will be in effect.
While many neighbors are thankful and relieved to hear this, it is somewhat curious. With the roundabout construction, the route through or into the neighborhood is going to be congested anyway. There have been a few complaints from Southside residents about the lack of a Folk Festival bus shuttle to/from Southside. While the schedule is definitely rich in fantastic talent that should not be missed, there are no huge, blockbuster, headliner names. The Tredegar Civil War Center construction will also take up a lot of space that was previously used for the Festival.
In other words, while folks should look forward to attending the Richmond Folk Festival and expect to hear some great music, and certainly encourage others do so also, it seems like it will be purposely smaller this year. It’s a good year to use mass transit or ride bicycles to the Festival.