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Byrd Theatre participates in National Science on Screen Night with other grantee theaters across the country

The Byrd Theatre is participating in 9th National evening of Science on Screen, coming to Science on Screen grantee theaters across the nation on March 22, 2022. Participating organizations will use one of the nation’s favorite pastimes—going to the movies—to promote public understanding of science.

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The Byrd Theatre is proud to be a recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Cooledge Corner Theatre Science on Screen Grant.

The Byrd Theatre is participating in 9th National evening of Science on Screen, coming to Science on Screen grantee theaters across the nation on March 22, 2022. Participating organizations will use one of the nation’s favorite pastimes—going to the movies—to promote public understanding of science.

The Byrd Theatre will host 3 Science on Screen events this spring pairing a short lecture with a screening of a feature film.

The first film event is March 22nd at 7:00pm, during National Evening of Science on Screen.

March 22, 7:00pm

Star Trek: Today’s Technology From Yesterday’s Science Fiction

A discussion about tricorders, phasers and warp speed and how science fiction has influenced our real-world technology with at pre-film talk by Dr. Robin Ashworth, Media, Art, and Text, VCU.

April 19th, 7:00pm 

Don’t Look Up: How Don’t Look Up Has Scientists Saying “Do Listen In”

A trio of Science Museum of Virginia scientists debate the real-life threats affecting the world. Speakers include, Dr. Catherine Franssen, Life Scientist, Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, David and Jane Cohn Scientist, and Justin Bartel, Immersive Experience Manager.

May 17th, 7:00pm

Hidden Figures: When the Computer Wore A Skirt – Women in Computing and Space

Learn about the role women played in the development of computing at NASA during the Cold War, their contributions to supersonic and space research and how studying this history adds to our understanding of technology and opportunities in STEM today with the pre-film talk by Dr. Sarah McLennan, Assistant Professor of U.S. history at Virginia State University.

Science on Screen grantee theaters run three or more Science on Screen events per year, creatively pairing screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology. Each film serves as a jumping-off point for the speaker to introduce current research or technological advances in a way that engages general audiences. The grant is funded by the Sloan Foundation’s Program for Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics and administered by the Coolidge Corner Theatre, the Massachusetts art-house cinema that launched the Science on Screen format in 2005.

The Byrd Theatre is committed to bringing fun and educational film centered events to the Richmond community. Tickets are $8, and can be purchased at Byrdtheatre.org

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Photos: Juneteenth Reggae at Hardywood and Diamond Flea Market

On Sunday we took our camera to check out Mighty Joshua performing at the Hardywood Juneteenth Celebration and then walked around the Diamond Flea Market.

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Richmond Folk Festival announces first group of artists for 2022 festival

The Richmond Folk Festival returns October 7-9, 2022, and celebrates its 18th anniversary, having become one of Virginia’s largest events

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The Richmond Folk Festival returns October 7-9, 2022, and celebrates its 18th anniversary, having become one of Virginia’s largest events. The beloved festival draws fans each year to downtown Richmond’s riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness, and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling, and food.

The free, three-day event hosts 200,000 people over the weekend and is presented by Venture Richmond Events in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Virginia Folklife Program, the Center for Cultural Vibrancy, Children’s Museum, and the City of Richmond.

Featuring six stages and showcasing music and dance from more than 30 performing groups from around the nation and the world, the Richmond Folk Festival today announces eight artists of what will once again be a culturally diverse and impressive program.

“We are looking forward to showcasing downtown Richmond’s ever-changing riverfront once again for a beautiful weekend of music, dance, food, and crafts with the James River and our city skyline as the perfect backdrop,” said Stephen Lecky, director of events at Venture Richmond. “This event holds a special place in the hearts of so many, and year 18 is shaping up to be one of the best.”

Artists to be featured at the 2022 Richmond Folk Festival include:

Beòloach (Cape Breton)
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Black Umfolosi (a cappella imbube singing)
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Bnat el Houariyat & Esraa Warda (Moroccan chaabi women’s ensemble)
Marrakech, Morocco, and New York, New York

Cedric Burnside (hill country blues)
Holly Springs, Mississippi

Fran Grace (sacred steel guitar)
Toledo, Ohio

Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago (pungmul and samulnori)
Chicago, Illinois

Sideline (bluegrass)
Raleigh, North Carolina

Son Rompe Pera (Mexican marimba)
Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico

Festival Hours

  • Friday, October 7 — 6:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Saturday, October 8 — 12:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Sunday, October 9 — 12:00pm – 6:00pm

More information on the festival and additional artists performing will follow later this summer.

For more information about the Richmond Folk Festival, visit www.richmondfolkfestival.org.

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Friday Cheers Becomes Friday Tears as Weather Postpones the Show

For the second time this year weather has stopped the Friday concert from taking place.

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Message from Venture Richmond

Friday Cheers, RVA Music Night, is postponed due to severe weather concerns.
New date announced soon.
 
For the safety of our patrons, artists, and staff we must unfortunately postpone Friday Cheers on May 27, RVA Music Night, with Matthew E. White, Benét, and The Last Real Circus. We are working to reschedule the local bands to play later in the summer and will keep you informed as to the new date.
 
For Friday Cheers ticket holders, tickets will be valid for the rescheduled event, or contact Tickets-to-Buy for the face value within 14 business days.
 
Thank you for understanding this difficult decision.

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