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Weekend Radar: Legwarmers, Dirty South, Free Lewis Ginter, Acro-Cats, Latin Jazz

The pedantic will say it’s not the last weekend of the summer but we all know that Labor Day marks the end of summer funtime. Best make the most of this weekend and hit up some or all of these events.

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The Legwarmers – Break out your Members Only jacket and head down to the National to rock to this 80’s tribute band. That sentence either greatly appeals to you or makes you roll your eyes. there is no middle ground. If you give them a shot this band might spin your right round baby right round.

  • The National | 708 E. Broad Street | 8 PM,  Friday, Sept 3rd | $18 | Tickets

Dirty South – This is the last weekend of the VMFA’s exhibit Dirty South. Featuring more than 140 works of art, drawing from the visual imagery found in music videos, song lyrics and cultural ephemera, The Dirty South looks deeply into the frameworks of landscape, belief systems and the Black body. Through the contributions of artists – both academically trained as well as those creative intellectuals relegated to the margins as “folk artists” – the foundational aesthetics that gave rise to the shaping of our contemporary expression are uncovered.

  • VMFA | 200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard |  10 am – 5 pm,  Daily, Last Day is Sept. 6th | Free for Members $10-$12 Non-members | Tickets

Free Lewis Ginter Monday – There is no arguing that Lewis Ginter is worth the price of admission. When the admission is FREE and the forecast is perfect there is no reason not to head over. Admission to the Garden on this day includes exhibits including M&T Bank RESTORE: The Healing Power of Nature. This is sponsored by Genworth

  • Lewis Ginter | 1800 Lakeside Avenue | 9 AM – 5 PM,  Monday, Sept 6th| Free | Website

Under the Radar

The Amazing Acro-Cats – Cats “playing” music. What more do you need to know? How about the band line-up? The current band lineup features St. Clawed on guitar, Bue on drums, Nue on keyboard, and NOW some brand-new members: Ahi on woodblocks and Albacore on cowbell, Roux on trumpet, and Oz on Saxophone. There is even a chicken – Cluck Norris – rockin’ the tambourine! All this to help out  Rock Cats Rescue that has saved the lives of over 230 cats and kittens.

  • Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse | Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts 600 East Grace Street | Shows Various Times,  Sept 2 – 6th | $25 – $48 | Tickets

Latin Jazz Fest – Get ready to swing those hips at the 14th-annual Latin Jazz Fest.  Artists include Orquesta Fuego with its salsa hit “Piensa Con El Corazon,” Grammy nominees Marcus Hernandez and Miss YaYa, HipHop Jibarito out of New York, Richmond’s own “Sweet Lou” Luis Hidalgo, and the salsa band Rafael Ortiz y El Tumbao Urbano All-Stars.

  • Dogwood Dell | 1300 Blanton Ave | Saturday,  Sept 4th | Free

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