Usually today is the last day of the RVA Environmental Film Festival. The Virginia Environmental Film Contest entries and winners will be screened at the Byrd Theatre this afternoon (along with two excellent features).
However the festival keeps growing and there are at three events next week that extend the film festival. So, tomorrow night, come enjoy short films and a filmmakers’ forum at the VCU Grace Street Theater.
For the full schedule, go to www.rvaeff.org. As always, these events are free and open to the public.
The RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) kicks off tonight at the Science Museum of Virginia. It goes on all this week and part of next week at venues around the area. All the shows are FREE (thanks to generous sponsors)!
Please take the time to look over the full schedule by going to the website.
Tomorrow it will be at VCU in the afternoon and then at the Main City Public Library in the evening.
The City sent this message:
Note: Due to weather conditions, Idlewood Avenue and the off ramp will remain closed until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6.
For Immediate Release
February 1, 2018
For more information, contact:
Paige Hairston – (804) 646-3659
Street Closure – Idlewood Avenue and Belvidere Street Off-Ramp
WHO: City of Richmond Department of Public Works
WHAT: Street Closure
WHEN: Starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, January 29 through ending at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6
· Idlewood Avenue from Harrison to Cherry streets and
· Belvidere Street off ramp at the I-95 Downtown Expressway
BACKGROUND: The aforementioned areas will be closed to complete the final stages of paving and to convert two-way traffic and pavement markings for the roundabout construction at the intersection of Idlewood Avenue, Grayland Avenue and the I-95 off ramp. Please use caution and follow the detour signs.
In addition, as related by neighborhood association president Todd Woodson:
The following message was just received from the location manager of the Showtime TV series Homeland:
“The 2nd Street downtown exit off the Lee Bridge and S 2nd Street between S Pine and Spring St will be closed next Monday, Feb 5th from 4am until about 2pm.The bike path going underneath the Lee bridge from Oregon Hill will remain open.”
A bit cryptic with the 2nd street location between Pine and Spring but you get the gist. The show must go on!
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
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.
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?