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Richmond Jewish Food Festival returns to Weinstein JCC this Sunday and Monday

If you’ve got a hankering for some delicious food, the Weinstein JCC is the place to be this weekend. It’s the return of the Richmond Jewish Food Festival, and it runs Sunday through Monday. You’ll find traditional favorites like potato latkes, knishes, brisket, and more over the course of the two-day event.

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If you’ve got a hankering for some delicious food, the Weinstein JCC is the place to be this weekend. It’s the return of the Richmond Jewish Food Festival, and it runs Sunday through Monday. You’ll find traditional favorites like potato latkes, knishes, brisket, and more over the course of the two-day event.

There will also be live music and other entertainment throughout the day. The event is free to attend and all booths are a la carte.

The festival runs Sunday, January 19th through Monday, January 20th from 11:30 AM until 7:30 PM both days. The Weinstein JCC is located at 5403 Monument Avenue.

Here’s a look at this year’s menu.

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PHOTOS: Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival on the James

This morning Dragon Boat Races took place on a 500m course with events for Mixed, Women’s, and Open teams. Local crews battled it out for the coveted Community Championship trophy. 

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The Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival featured teams from all over the eastern seaboard and local businesses. Races take place on a 500m course with events for Mixed, Women’s, and Open teams. Local crews battle it out for the coveted Community Championship trophy.













































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5th annual RVA East End Festival set for September 24th

The event, canceled for the past two years due to the pandemic, celebrates music and the arts and supports Richmond Public Schools in the East End.

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Organizers of the RVA East End Festival have announced that the fifth celebration of music and the arts supporting Richmond Public Schools in the East End is scheduled for Saturday, September 24th, from noon until 9:00 pm at Henry Marsh Elementary School, 813 N. 28th St. in Richmond. The festival has been on hiatus for two years due to the pandemic.

Co-chairs of the festival are James “Saxsmo” Gates and Marilyn Heckstall.

James “Saxsmo” Gates is one of Richmond’s premier musicians. A talented saxophonist, he has played in the U.S. and abroad with notable artists including Dizzy Gillespie, The Temptations, Roberta Flack, Marvin Gaye and many others. He is the director/coordinator of the Dr. Billy Taylor Jazz Studies Program in the Department of Music at Virginia State University.

Marilyn Heckstall is the former pastor of Asbury Church Hill United Methodist Church in Richmond and most recently served as pastor of Saint Paul United Methodist Church in Roanoke. She has served as chair of the RVA East End Festival since 2017.

“Mark your calendars now because our fifth RVA East End Festival will be a special occasion to celebrate the artistic excellence of RPS students and the amazing talent in our community,” said Saxsmo Gates. “Music and the arts have been pivotal in my life. I want our students to have the same chances as I did to unlock their creative potential and even discover career pathways.”

“This event is a communitywide investment of love in our children because it creates opportunities for them to succeed,” added Marilyn Heckstall.

Since 2016, the RVA East End Festival has raised over $400,000 to support music, visual arts and performing arts programs at eight elementary, middle and high schools in the East End communities of the Richmond Public Schools system. The free family event will feature performances by local professionals including members of the Richmond Symphony, as well as some of RVA’s most talented youth musicians, dancers and visual artists.

Local musicians can click here to complete an application to perform at the RVA East End Festival. The deadline for applications is August 8, 2022.

Cheryl Burke, who serves on the School Board for Richmond Public Schools, noted that past proceeds from the festival have been used by the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation to acquire or repair musical instruments and to create a dance studio at Armstrong High School, as well as to purchase choral risers, concert attire and visual art supplies such as pottery kilns. “The festival’s financial goal for 2022 is $100,000 to be used for a variety of purchases to benefit music, performing arts and visual art programs at our wonderful East End schools,” she said.

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DJ Grandmaster Flash to headline 2022 Second Street Festival

Over the years, the Second Street Festival has grown to be one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest street festivals. Thousands visit historic Jackson Ward each year to reminisce about the days when 2nd Street was the heart and soul of Richmond’s African American community and was known as “the Harlem of the South.”

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The 2nd Street Festival will return this fall, Saturday-Sunday, October 1-2. Marking its 34th year, the festival celebrates the rich culture of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood in Downtown Richmond. This free event is produced by Venture Richmond Events.

Over the years, it has grown to be one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest street festivals. Thousands visit historic Jackson Ward each year to reminisce about the days when 2nd Street was the heart and soul of Richmond’s African American community and was known as “the Harlem of the South.” Today, Jackson Ward continues to be a thriving neighborhood and community. The 2nd Street Festival is an annual celebration over two days that features three stages of live musical entertainment along with a Kidz Zone, popular food vendors, a marketplace and Artists Row to shop, and the Richmond Metropolitan Antique Car Club.

This year’s festival features headliner DJ Grandmaster Flash on Saturday, October 1, and many other great artists will be showcased over the two-day event.

Saturday’s Headliner, DJ Grandmaster Flash

The career of DJ Grandmaster Flash began in the Bronx with neighborhood block parties that were the start of what would become a global phenomenon — the dawn of a musical genre. He was the first DJ to physically lay his hands on the vinyl and manipulate it in a backward, forward or counterclockwise motion. He laid the groundwork for everything a DJ can do with a record today. In 1978, he started his own group, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. They went Platinum with their single, “The Message,” and their single, “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel,” introduced DJing to a larger listening audience than it had ever known before. The group’s fame continued to grow with “Superappin,” “Freedom,” “Larry’s Dance Theme,” and “You Know What Time It Is.” In 2007, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five became the first hip hop group ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2021, the Smithsonian

In honor of Black History Month, the Museum of American History opened its exhibit RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture that Grandmaster Flash and other hip hop artists such as LL Cool J, Erykah Badu, and Common are featured in. And in 2022, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five were awarded the Music Educator Award, presented by the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum.

Sunday’s Closing Performance, I Would Die 4U: A Musical Tribute to Prince

As a returning crowd favorite, this musical tribute band brings the electric joy and eclectic funk of Prince’s music to the stage with the recreations of Prince’s greatest hits, funkiest jams, and most soulful ballads. Accompanied by his incredibly talented band, Anthony Cosby, Jr. takes you on an unforgettable musical journey. Anthony is a musical theatre performer based in Richmond who has performed in over 30 musical productions, including The Wiz, A Chorus Line, Sister Act, Dreamgirls, The Color Purple, and many more. He also has appeared in several episodes of AMC’s Channel hit series “TURN,” the PBS series “Mercy Street,” and Hulu’s latest production, “Dopesick.”

More information on the 2nd Street Festival and additional artists performing will follow later this summer. For up-to-date information about the 2nd Street Festival, visit: https://venturerichmond.com/our-events/2nd-street-festival-2022/

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