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Cheer-up the Friday Cheers Line-up is Here

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Friday Cheers, presented by Pacifico, returns May 1 for its 36th season! Richmond’s longest running outdoor concert series is on Brown’s Island on downtown’s historic and picturesque riverfront. Produced by Venture Richmond Events, Friday Cheers boasts a stellar line-up that you won’t want to miss, featuring breakout bands, national acts and RVA’s hometown talent. Children 12 and under are free!

2020 Lineup

May 1 – Jade Bird (8:00) with Sweet Potatoes (6:30) $10
Jade Bird on YouTube

May 8 – Billy Strings (8:00) with Andrew Alli & Josh Small (6:30) $10
Billy Strings on YouTube
Andrew and Josh on YouTube

May 22 – RVA Music Night: Palm Palm (8:00), Erin and the Wildfire (7:00) and Shormey (6:00) $5
Palm Palm on YouTube
Erin and the Wildfire on YouTube
Shormey on YouTube

May 29 – Jay Som (8:00) with Angelica Garcia (6:30) $10
Jay Som on YouTube
Angelica Garcia on YouTube

June 5 – Mdou Moctar (8:00) with Jouwala Collective (6:30) $5
Modou Moctar on YouTube
Jouwala Collective on YouTube

June 12 – The Growlers (7:30) with Deathbirds Surf Club (6:15) $10
The Growlers on YouTube
Deathbirds Surf Club on YouTube

June 19 – Tank and the Bangas (8:00) with Kenneka Cook (6:30) $10
Tank and the Bangas on YouTube
Kenneka Cook on YouTube

June 26 – Futurebirds (8:00) and The Nude Party (6:30) $10
Futurebirds on YouTube
The Nude Party on YouTube

Advance tickets for individual shows and season passes to Friday Cheers are NOW available to purchase online at Ticketstobuy.com.
Season Passes cost $45 for a LIMITED TIME and $55 after.

For more insider and behind-the-scenes info and back stories on the artists, visit the Friday Cheers blog or Venture Richmond’s website.

To be entered in a weekly drawing to win tickets to Friday Cheers, like Friday Cheers on FacebookInstagram and Twitter! Be sure to use #CheersRVA all season long to be a part of the conversation!

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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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‘Tis the Season for Spooky Science!

Science Museum of Virginia features Halloween-Inspired activities on October 28th through the 31st.

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Halloween is on a Saturday. And it’s a full moon. And clocks roll back the next day. The universe is practically begging everyone to celebrate, so the Science Museum of Virginia is doing just that with some spooky science fun!

 

Activities include:

  • Ghostly Galleries
    • Chills, thrills and hopefully no spills as educators perform spine-tingling science experiments in the galleries, including spooky spiders, sickening slime, cool bubbles and even a Frankenstein-inspired organ dissection or two!
  • Frightful Forge
    • Guests can light up their Halloween with holiday-inspired glowing LED jewelry workshops in The Forge. Additionally, on October 31, there will be special workshops to help guests accessorize their disposable masks.
  • “Phantom of the Universe”
    • Space isn’t spooky – or is it?! Guests can learn about unlocking the mysteries of dark matter in a special showing of this planetarium show every day at 2 p.m. on the 76-foot screen in the Dome theater.

 

 

When:
Wednesday, Oct. 28, through Saturday, Oct. 31

In addition to the special activities happening inside the building, the Museum’s next Science on Tap kicks off the Halloween festivities. The adults-only virtual event is Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 8:30 p.m. Whether it’s spiders, zombies, snakes or blood suckers, guests are invited to step into the web of terror and enjoy some strange science stories during Fright Night. This event is free and open to the first 300  adult registrants.

Who:
Curious-minded guests of all ages are invited to enjoy the in-Museum activities. Science lovers who can’t visit in-person but want to join in the Halloween-themed fun can find spider, pumpkin and bat STEM at Home activities posted on the Museum’s website and social media pages.

Science on Tap is for adults (18+).

Why:
The Museum has a long tradition of creating holiday-themed content and activities. It is another way for the Museum to remind Virginians that science is all around them, and highlight ways we’re all connected to STEM. Plus, it’s fun for both staff and guests!

Where:
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220

Museum operating hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How:
Gallery and Forge activities are included with Museum admission. Museum members and children two and under are admitted free. “Phantom of the Universe” requires an additional Dome ticket. The Museum offers discounts for military, teachers and EBT cardholders. Call 804.864.1400 for details about reserving tickets with the discount code.

The Museum has adjusted operating procedures, including purchasing tickets online in advance, to help ensure a safe environment for all who enter the building. Guests are encouraged to review the reopening policies on the Museum’s website at www.smv.org/welcome  before their visit.

Science on Tap is presented by WestRock.

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Black Bear Spotted in James River Park

I can barely contain my excitement about a bear.

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The black bear is not the bear being reported but rather a placeholder bear from Wikipedia until someone gets a picture.

Reported by Stephanie on the Woodland Heights Facebook group:

My husband was out on a long ramble with our dog and the dog became very keyed up as they got to the top of the pedestrian bridge at 42nd st. Husband looked down in time to catch a glimpse of a bear.
The bear was seen entering the underbrush near the bottom of the steps. This was at 11:40 this morning.
Sorry, no photos. 😕
This is not the first time that they have seen bears in the park at about this time of year.
So, heads up, neighbors!
While not common black bears in James River Park are not unheard of. As recently as this past June there was a black bear on the North Bank trail that eventually wandered into town. Full story on the June bear here.

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Richmond BizSense.com Reporting Krusty Krab Moving into Metro Grill Spot

Don’t get excited Spongebob fans.

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Richmond BizSense.com has the details on this non-Nickelodeon cartoon-themed restaurant.

The Krusty Krab will be the first for Yenci Lemus and her mother, though the co-owners have prior experience working in the industry.

“My mom always wanted to have a restaurant, and we’re trying to make that dream come true,” Lemus said early this week.

Lemus said her mother picked out the restaurant’s name because she liked the sound of it. Lemus said the name wasn’t a reference to the burger joint by the same name seen in the Nickelodeon cartoon Spongebob SquarePants and therefore wouldn’t be themed as such.

The restaurant will serve a wide variety of food including, seafood, burgers, pizza and more.

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