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Weekend Radar: Jewish Food Festival, Poe’s Birthday Bash, the Weinermobile, and Betty White’s Birthday Bash

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Welcome to the Weekend Radar–the evolution of our Weekend Event Picks! In it, we hope to give you some events that might already be on your radar that you might want to check out (on the radar), some that are a bit under the radar, and at least one or two that’s a bit out there and zany. You know, the stuff that makes Richmond so uniquely…Richmond! Let’s go.

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Richmond Jewish Food Festival – This weekend marks 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, plus live music and other entertainment throughout the day both days. The event is free to attend and all booths are a la carte.

  • Weinstein JCC | 5403 Monument Avenue | Sunday, January 19th through Monday, January 20th, 11:30 AM until 7:30 PM | FREE | MENU

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Poe’s 211th Birthday Bash – Come out and enjoy a party for Poe with the Poe Museum. The museum’s annual Birthday Bash is the largest birthday celebration in the world for Edgar Allan Poe, who was born on January 19, 1809. The event will have a walled, heated tent and feature live music, tours, living history, theatrical presentations, readings, and much more.

  • Poe Museum | 1914 E. Main Street | Sunday, January 19th, 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM | $10 | TICKETS

The Weinermobile Takes Richmond – The famous Oscar Mayer Weinermobile will be posted up at venues around Richmond through Saturday evening. Bone up on all the places you can catch the beloved, oversized traveling sausage at the link below!

  • Various locations | Through Saturday evening | FREE | LOCATIONS

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Betty White Birthday Bash at Wonderland RVA – It’s Betty White’s 98th birthday, and a local haunt is joining in on the festivities and celebrating the silver screen icon. Wonderland is hosting a Betty White Birthday Bash, saying “basically it’s another reason for us to dress up like The Golden Girls again. The Golden Girls will be on the big screen all night, so she can regale us with her stories of growing up in St. Olaf.” Prizes will be awarded for the top costumes. Bring a buddy, but be sure to thank them for being a friend first.

  • Wonderland RVA |1727 E. Main Street | Friday, January 17th, 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM | FREE | FACEBOOK EVENT

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Weekend Radar: Valentine’s events, Auto Show, and sheep heart dissection at the Science Museum

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Virginia International Auto Show – Check out new cars, trucks, and SUVs throughout the Greater Richmond Convention Center at the 2020 Virginia Motor Trend International Auto Show. The show runs Friday, February 14th through Sunday, February 16th. You can view the latest models and concept cars under one roof in a non-selling environment.

  • Greater Richmond Convention Center | 403 N. 3rd Street | Friday and Saturday, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM; Sunday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Tickets start at $5 | SHOW INFO

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Valentine’s Day events for gals, pals, and lovebirds alike – Whether you’re looking to hit the town with a gal, a pal, or your significant other, there’s something for everyone this Valentine’s Day. We won’t bore you with an exhaustive list of all the restaurant offerings, but here are a few unique events that caught our eye. There’s a Desserts & Rose flight at Blue Bee Cider, a special Palentine’s Day menu at Perch in Scott’s Addition, a five-course Hogs & Kisses dinner at Brunch, and even a Haunts of Richmond tour, if you’re into that.

  • Various locations | Various times through Sunday, February 16th | Prices vary

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Sheep Heart Dissection at the Science Museum – How does the Science Museum of Virginia celebrate Valentine’s Day? With hearts, of course. But, the Museum is not celebrating the iconic red symbol representing love; it is celebrating the organ that pumps blood throughout the body. On Valentine’s Day, the Museum is offering special sheep heart dissection demonstrations to help guests understand the structure and function of the vital organ.

  • Science Museum of Virginia | 2500 W. Broad Street | Friday, February 14th, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 3:30 PM | $15.50 | EVENT LISTING

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Weekend Radar: Cats the Musical, Environmental Film Festival, ChinaFest, and the Dirtwoman Documentary

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Welcome to the Weekend Radar–the evolution of our Weekend Event Picks! In it, we hope to give you some events that might already be on your radar that you might want to check out (on the radar), some that are a bit under the radar, and at least one or two that’s a bit out there and zany. You know, the stuff that makes Richmond so uniquely…Richmond! Let’s go.

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Cats The Musical – The movie might have been the ultimate flop, but Cats the Musical is one of the longest-running, most successful Broadway shows of all time. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking 2015 Olivier award-nominated musical Cats comes to Richmond direct from its sell-out seasons at the London Palladium. Adapted from TS Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, this “groundbreaking musical” (Daily Express) comes together in a sparkling fusion of music, dance, and verse, and has now taken on a new life for a new generation.

  • Altria Theater | 6 N. Laurel Street | Various times through Sunday, February 9th | $48.50 and up | TICKETS

RVA Environmental Film Festival – The annual Richmond Environmental Film Festival showcases films that raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond region, our nation. The festival runs February 7th through the 14th.  The festival started way back in 2008 as The Biggest Picture: Richmond’s First Environmental Film Festival under the James River Film Society. In 2011, the Sierra Club – Falls of the James Group backed the event as the RVA Environmental Film Festival. Support from the community for the Festival grows with each passing year.

  • Various locations | Various times through Sunday, February 9th | FREE | SCHEDULE

ChinaFest: Year of the Metal Rat – Join VMFA in a celebration of the Lunar New Year and ChinaFest: Year of the Metal Rat. Explore Chinese art and culture through art-making activities, demonstrations, and performances. Create your own lion dance-inspired mask and create a Tao Tie-inspired paper vessel. Watch the dynamic Lion Dance, beautiful performances by Yu Dance Arts, and so much more.

  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts | 200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard | Saturday, February 8th, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM | FREE | EVENT WEBSITE

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Studio Two Flea – Get out of the house and into a midwinter mart of vintage and handmade goods, a curated collection of some useful stuff, some lovely stuff and some weeeeird stuff. Not your average market. Our own Richard Hayes will be selling his wares, too!

  • Studio Two Three | 3300 W. Clay Street | Saturday, February 8th, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | FREE | EVENT WEBSITE

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Spider Mites of Jesus: The Dirtwoman Documentary –When he was an infant, he suffered from the ‘Spider Mites of Jesus’ (his mother couldn’t pronounce spinal meningitis). This caused mental challenges that resulted in his lifelong illiteracy. At 13, he began selling his body on the streets as a drag prostitute. When he was arrested, he took a dump in the back of the police car, leading the cops to give him the moniker: Dirtwoman. Since then he’s run for mayor, gotten kicked out of the inauguration of America’s first black governor (Douglas Wilder), posed for his own pin-up calendar (weighing in at 350 pounds), offered crabs from his crotch for a GWAR video and hosted the annual Hamaganza fundraiser that provided ‘Hams for the Hamless.’ When he died last year at 65, it was on the front page, top-of-the-fold of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and was featured nationally on NPR.

  • Bowtie Movieland Theatre |1301 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard | Various showtimes throughout the weekend | FREE | MOVIE LISTING

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Weekend Event Picks: Flying Squirrels homestand, BIG Taco Festival, Down Home Family Reunion, and more

This weekend, enjoy the Down Home Family Reunion in Jackson Ward, the BIG Taco Festival at the Hanover Vegetable Farm, an entire weekend of baseball at The Diamond, and more. Start your weekend here!

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Down Home Family Reunion at Abner Clay Park – The city’s biggest celebration of African American folklife takes place this weekend at Abner Clar Park in Jackson Ward. The Down Home Family Reunion, put on by the Elegba Folklore Society, will feature world music and dance, demonstrations, down-home food, and much more. It’s free to attend and kicks off at 4:00 PM on Saturday, August 17th. Learn more.

Richmond Flying Squirrels homestand at The Diamond – It’s the next-to-last homestand of the Richmond Flying Squirrels’ 2019 season this weekend. The Squirrels are home Friday through Wednesday at The Diamond beginning with a retirement party for COTU’s Chin Music beer on Friday. Learn more and get your tickets here.

First-ever BIG Taco Festival at Hanover Vegetable Farm – The first-ever BIG Taco Festival, presented by BIG 98.5, takes place this Saturday, August 17th at the Hanover Vegetable Farm starting at 11:00 AM. There will be lots of food trucks serving up tacos, a cornhole tournament with a $500 prize, bounce houses, and more. Admission is $10 for both entry into the site and for the cornhole tourney. Get them online here.

Honey Bee Day at Blue Bee Cider in Scott’s Addition – Where would we “bee” without bees? Celebrate International Honey Bee Day with Blue Bee Cider in Scott’s Addition by sampling their Wild Honey cider and enjoy food from Boni Roni BBQ, area vendors, and more. The fun kicks off at noon on Saturday, August 17th. “Bee” there! More here.

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