Style Weekly reviewed Fan Noodle Bar on W. Main Street (not to be confused with the very similarly-named My Noodle & Bar on Monument Avenue at Stuart Circle), and found the restaurant to be a “decidedly fresh” and welcome addition to The Fan.
Like most Asian-influenced places, this is a pick-your-own protein deal with choices of chicken, tofu and mixed vegetables ($12), beef, shrimp or squid ($14). Crusted lo mein with crispy chicken ($12) breaks no new ground, but the onions, carrots and scallions taste decidedly fresh. Better yet is Singapore spaghetti ($12/$14) which takes its sass from red curry sauce, alongside broccoli and the ubiquitous bell pepper — a dish that leads to a chopsticks battle for the remaining bites.
Science Museum Debuts Two New Features in The Dome
This fall, the Science Museum of Virginia is featuring two new shows in The Dome that guests may add to their visit: “Birth of Planet Earth” and “Antarctica.”
At more than 9,000 square feet—or almost a quarter acre—the Science Museum has the only Dome theater in Central Virginia, and the largest Dome screen in the state. Stadium-style seating, a wrap-around screen, the world’s first “8K” digital full-dome system and an ever-changing lineup of features combine to create a thrilling, immersive experience that helps curious-minded guests of all ages connect to the world and beyond.
Released in 2019, the planetarium show “Birth of Planet Earth” debuted Oct. 1. It is currently playing Tuesday through Friday at 1 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at noon. It has a 25-minute runtime, and is followed by a live guided journey through the cosmos hosted by a Science Museum educator.
Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, “Antarctica” is a giant-screen film released earlier this year that recently took home Best Cinematography at the Jackson Wild Media Awards. It will begin playing at the Science Museum Nov. 1, and runs approximately 45 minutes.
“Birth of Planet Earth” uncovers what it took to achieve Earth’s wonder by exploring the formation of our solar system and the origins of our planet that occurred some 5 billion years ago. Guests will learn how the aftershocks of a supernova, the violence of Jupiter, a chance collision with the proto-planet Theia, the gift of a moon and water combined to make life possible. The cosmic journey also examines the possibility that our galaxy is filled with solar systems that have planets similar to our own, both in size and in their ability to sustain human life.
“Antarctica” investigates the mysterious and hostile—but beautiful—continent at the bottom of the world. Virtually untouched by humans because of its extreme conditions, Antarctica is home to an abundance of exciting creatures that thrive. However, climate change is threatening the arctic and the wildlife living there, and it is up to communities around the globe to protect it. Guests explore pristine, frozen mountain peaks to the otherworldly arctic sea floor to learn about how the world plans to preserve Antarctica.
During regular operating hours, admission to “Antarctica” or “Birth of Planet Earth” is available through a combination ticket that includes access Science Museum exhibits. Admission is $20.50 for adults; $18.50 for youth (ages 6–12) and seniors (ages 60 and older); and $15 for preschool-aged children (ages 3–5). Discounts are available for teachers, military personnel and EBT cardholders. Infinite members receive free admission to the Science Museum and all Dome shows.
“Antarctica” was created by BBC Earth and distributed by SK Films. It received support from the National Science Foundation and the British Antarctic Survey, an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council.
“Birth of Planet Earth” was produced by Spitz Creative Media, NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab, Thomas Lucas Productions, Inc., in association with Tellus Science Museum. The project is supported by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, and was funded in part by the National Science Foundation.
The Science Museum is located at 2500 West Broad St. in Richmond.
Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival is Back
Scotts Addition is turning into pumpkin town this Saturday, plan accordingly.
The festival takes place in Scott’s Addition, on Arthur Ashe Boulevard on Saturday October 16th from 12-6 PM, and features something for everyone. From live music by local bands to delicious fall treats and the best craft beer from local breweries. Plus, the very popular costume contests for kids, adults and our four-legged friends. The event is FREE. More info here or here.
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children: Science Q&A
The Science Museum of Virginia is collaborating with local Virginia Department of Health districts for a question-and-answer session about children and the COVID-19 vaccine.
Neurobiologist and Science Museum Life Scientist Dr. Catherine Franssen and board-certified physician and Director of the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts Dr. Danny Avula will address questions submitted by community members that relate to the science behind the vaccine development, the way it works in the body, the impacts it will have on children in the future, and more.
This live event is free and open to the public.
The webinar takes place Thursday, Oct. 14, from noon to 1 p.m.
Community members interested in joining the Zoom-based event must register on the Science Museum’s website. Registration will be open until 10:30 a.m. Oct. 14 and is available to the first 1,000 registrants.
Pre-registered attendees will be emailed the link to access the webinar at 11 a.m. on the day of the event. Attendees can submit questions for Dr. Avula and Dr. Franssen after they register and using the Q&A feature during the event.
There will be a Spanish-language translator at the event.
The program will be recorded and posted to the Science Museum’s YouTube channel so those unable to attend may access the content at a later date.
The Science Museum has always encouraged Virginians to question their world. With emergency use authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine for children just around the corner, the Science Museum recognizes that parents, caregivers, and guardians have questions about the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine for their loved ones.
Both organizations want to ensure adults have the scientific information they need to feel comfortable getting their children inoculated against COVID-19 once authorization is granted, and are excited to collaborate on a project that advances public health in our community.
This event is part of the Communities for Immunity initiative. Communities for Immunity is made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information, visit www.communitiesforimmunity.org