As part of the exhibition Edward Hopper and the American Hotel, opening Oct. 26, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will recreate Western Motel—one of Edward Hopper’s best-known paintings—as a three-dimensional motel space. The “Hopper Hotel Experience” affords visitors the opportunity to book a night in this room-size replica of Western Motel.
The program at this year’s festival features a mix of long-standing crowd favorites — from blues, Cajun, and Irish to Tuvan throat-singing and gospel brass “shout bands”– as well as seven cultural traditions never before presented at the festival. The latter include several that festival organizers have long hoped to present, such as traditional music and dance from Syria and a steel pan orchestra.
Venture Richmond Events, working in partnership with Unlocking RVA, is launching a new event this year prior to the 2nd Street Festival. Jackson Ward on Wheels is a trolley tour of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood with five stops along the way at popular restaurants for passengers to experience tastes of Jackson Ward.