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“Weird Al” Yankovic will bring his 2019 Strings Attached tour with the Richmond Symphony, to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Thursday, June 27th.

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Richmond Raceway (Richmond) and AEG Presents announce “Weird Al” Yankovic will bring his 2019 Strings Attached tour, a high-energy, rock and comedy show featuring costumes, props, a video wall, and for the first time, the Richmond Symphony, to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Thursday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale to the public online at vaculive.com, via phone at 804-612-1900, or inperson at The National Box Office at 708 East Broad Street in Richmond, Va. on Friday, November 16 at 10 a.m. Virginia Credit Union and RICHMOND NATION members will receive an exclusive pre-sale for the “Weird Al” Yankovic concert on Thursday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

On his 2018 Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, Yankovic wanted to reward his hardcore fans with an intimate, scaled-down show that showcased a rotating setlist of semiobscure deep-cut non-parody album tracks, many of which he and his band had never performed live before.

“I wanted to follow up my most bare-bones tour ever with my most elaborate and extravagant tour ever,” said “Weird Al” Yankovic, the four-time GRAMMY® award winner. “We’re pulling out all the stops for this one.”

For his 2019 Strings Attached tour, he’s back to playing the hits and classics – but this time his band will be supported by background singers and the Richmond Symphony.

“The Richmond Symphony is thrilled to be performing with a quadruple threat in the industry — singer-songwriter, author, satirist, and film/record producer, “Weird Al” Yankovic in June 2019,” said Scott Dodson, Director of Advancement and Patron Communications. “What a perfect way to wrap up our 2018-19 season by showcasing the Symphony’s unique talents with a wonderfully unique artist at the Richmond Raceway.”

“Weird Al” Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history, earning four Grammys and fifteen career nominations. He is best known for his hilariously irreverent parodies of hit songs, including “Eat It,” “Like A Surgeon,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise,” “White & Nerdy,” and “Tacky.”

Yankovic’s 14th studio album Mandatory Fun (2014) made headlines when it became the first comedy album in history to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, and the first comedy album to even reach the top of that chart in over 50 years. The single “Word Crimes” debuted in the Billboard Top 40, making Al one of only four artists to have had Top 40 singles in each of the last four decades (the other three being Michael Jackson, Madonna and U2). He recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Commonwealth Mall at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! will feature concessions, displays, and merchandise on the day of the event, with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. Parking for the event is located in Lot D, at the corner of Laburnum and Carolina Avenues, and can be accessed through Gate 4 on Laburnum Avenue. Parking is $10 for the public and free for Virginia Credit Union members with lots opening at 5:30 p.m.

Virginia Credit Union LIVE! continues to bring top musical acts and superior concert experiences to music fans in the Richmond region. The venue has hosted top national recording artists such as Aerosmith, Sting, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews Band, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant, and Florida Georgia Line.

To purchase tickets and learn more about Virginia Credit Union LIVE!, visit vaculive.com or connect on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. To learn more about “Weird Al” Yankovic, visit weirdal.com.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Glen Allen mosque hoping to clear misconception about Islam at community open house this Saturday

“Muslims are opening the doors of our Mosques to our neighbors to provide them with an opportunity to get to know the Muslim community,” said GainPeace Director Dr. Sabeel Ahmed.

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On Saturday, December 4th, a Glen Allen mosque is inviting the community to a Mosque Open House. The purpose of the open house, says the Islamic Center of Richmond, is to address the increase in Islamophobia and to provide an opportunity for the neighbors to get acquainted with Muslim neighbors while at the same time deepening their understanding of the Islamic faith.

Two Muslim organizations are hosting this event: GainPeace and the Islamic center of Richmond Mosque. GainPeace is a national Islamic organization that conducts several educational forums and provides literature and opportunity for our fellow Americans to learn the facts about Islam.

“Muslims are opening the doors of our Mosques to our neighbors to provide them with an opportunity to get to know the Muslim community,” said GainPeace Director Dr. Sabeel Ahmed. “The current political climate has created an environment of mistrust, and also a curiosity in public to learn more about Islam and these Mosque Open Houses will educate them and take any questions on Islam.” Dr. Ahmed added, “The open house will also create opportunities to form alliances between the Muslim-Americans and their neighbors to better the community.”

The Mosques will serve lunch to guests.

The Islamic Center of Richmond is located at 8481 Hungary Road in Glen Allen. The event takes place Saturday, December 4, 11 am to 1:30 pm.

What to expect:

  • The social hour includes Henna design for ladies, face painting for kids, Islamic Artifacts table, Ask Imam Booth, try the Hijab booth, and exclusive VR (Virtual Reality) glasses to let viewers experience Islam in 360 degrees
  • Break for lunch
  • Presentation on Islam, common misconceptions, working together with other faiths, etc.
  • Question and answer session
  • Tour of the Mosque, witnessing of the Congregation Prayer, and gift-giving to guests

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Hermitage Richmond hosting second annual “Illumination on the Lawn”

From December 4 until January 6, the grounds at Hermitage Richmond will be transformed into a spectacular winter wonderland display of holiday lights and reindeer from 6-9 p.m. each evening. This ongoing event is free to attend for the whole family — including pets.

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This holiday season, Hermitage Richmond is inviting the community to bundle up and enjoy some festive fun and holiday magic.

The senior living community in Ginter Park is inviting the community to join them for their second annual holiday tradition at Hermitage Richmond — Illumination on the Lawn.

From December 4 until January 6, the grounds at Hermitage Richmond will be transformed into a spectacular winter wonderland display of holiday lights and reindeer from 6-9 p.m. each evening. This ongoing event is free to attend for the whole family — including pets.

“We are thrilled to once again bring to life our new Richmond annual tradition, and look forward to bringing the joy of the holidays to everyone with our festive light displays,” said Amy Chapman, Executive Director of Hermitage Richmond. “There are brand new displays this year that are sure to amaze our residents, as well as new and returning guests of all ages!”

Hermitage Richmond is located at 1600 Westwood Ave., Richmond, VA 23227.

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Life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs arriving in Richmond for area’s largest drive-thru exhibit

The Richmond Raceway Complex will come to life starting Friday, September 24 with over 55 static and animatronic dinosaurs, fossils and 26 different species, as part of the Jurassic Encounter.

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The Richmond Raceway Complex will come to life starting Friday, September 24 with over 55 static and animatronic dinosaurs, fossils and 26 different species, as part of the Jurassic Encounter. This life-sized dinosaur drive-thru exhibit is the largest to hit the area in 2021 and brings a new attraction that is a blend of entertainment and education suited for all ages.

The Richmond Raceway Complex will be transformed into a prehistoric setting with dinosaurs and fossils of all sizes, a paleontological camp, and even an erupting volcano.

The Jurassic Encounter kicks off Friday, September 24, and runs through Sunday, October 10. The event is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Hours are as follows:

  • Friday and Saturday 9am-9pm (Friday 9/24 opens at Noon)
  • Sunday 9am-7pm
  • Wednesday and Thursday 1pm-7pm
  • Closed Monday and Tuesday

Guests remain in their vehicle for the duration of the tour and are able to visit the “Dino Village” at the end to browse gifts and souvenirs.  The tour is complemented by a free audio narration which is written with a focus on education and humor for all ages.

Timed tickets must be purchased in advance online and are priced per vehicle. There is the option to add on Dino Packs that include crafts and dinosaur-theme souvenir surprises.  More information can be found at www.drivethrudinos.com.

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