‘Hidden Figures’ CodeRVA Event At Main RPL Wednesday Night

There’s another powerful movie event Wednesday at the main branch of the Richmond Public Library.

From FaceBook event page:

The Richmond Public Library, Bijou Film Center, and CodeVA are holding a very special, family-friendly celebration of Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 4-10) with a free public viewing of the acclaimed film, HIDDEN FIGURES.

Virginia, the Digital Dominion, is home to many “hidden figures” in Computer Science – both past and present. Computer Science Education Week each year also marks the birthday of Admiral Grace Hopper, a Navy officer, WWII hero, and longtime Virginia resident who invented the first computer compiler and discovered the first software “bug.” It is also home to NASA Langley, where the heroic human “computers” depicted in HIDDEN FIGURES worked to launch America ahead in the Space Race.

Come early for a special speaker panel discussing the important roles Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan played, not only in manned spaceflight, but also in helping launch modern computer science.

Worried about dinner? We have that covered! There will be pizza, popcorn and Tang!

Panel discussion starts @ 5:30PM

Movie starts @ 6:00PM

Saturday Happenings

From Rev. Bailey:

Santa Breakfast this Saturday at St. Andrew’s School hosted by St. Andrew’s Church. Pancake and sausage breakfast, pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and Christmas shop. Breakfast is $3/person; $10 for immediate family. 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Come on over!

Keep in mind that the Dominion Energy Christmas Parade is happening and Broad Street will be closed.

Also, Water is Life Rally and Concert, in protest against the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley fracked gas pipelines, is being held at the State Capital and then the National Theater. A state wide coalition of over 30 environmental organizations are collaborating to pull this event together.

Sunday Folk Festival

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.

Photos from Folk Festival Saturday

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).

Wild Horses

The Green Fields of America (playing IN the Kanawha Canal where hundreds of Irish and African laborers worked and died)

Accordians!

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?

Enjoy The Folk Festival But Don’t Park In Oregon Hill

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.