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09 Dec 2013

Noisy Neighbors: Venture Richmond’s Amphitheater Proposal Raises Concerns in Historic Community

Venture Richmond is in need of new land to house their 10,000 person venue for the Richmond Folk Festival. A desired location has been found but a nearby historic community is concerned about the merits of the project and how such a venue may impact their life on the hillside.

31 Oct 2013

Richmond preps for Halloween 2013

Premiere Costumes was doing wicked business the Monday before Halloween.

04 Aug 2011

Community Celebrates at 22nd African-American Cultural Arts Festival

“Sankofa”, meaning “to go back or take” in a Ghanian language, was the theme for this year’s African-American Cultural Arts Festival at Booker T. Washington Park, now in its 22nd year.

03 Aug 2011

For Indian Family, Adaptation and Assimilation in America

Anitha Bhuvaneswaran, a recent high school graduate, is worried about the stress her Indian culture is putting on her life. By Sean Collins-Smith.

03 Aug 2011

‘Latin Ballet’ Keeps Dance, Culture Alive

Bringing a forgotten culture back to life in Richmond was the inspiration behind the creation of the Latin Ballet of Virginia. Ana Ines King is the Artistic Director of the company, which she founded in 1997.

03 Aug 2011

In US, African ‘Bride Price’ Tradition Controversial

Fulfilling customary obligations prior to marrying a Ghanaian girl doesn’t seem to have lost its relevance at a time when many cultures are fading away.

03 Aug 2011

Line Dancing Showcases Filipino Culture in Hampton Roads

After more than a quarter century, the Filipino line dancing group known as the 5th Dimension is still performing and bringing Filipino culture to the Hampton Roads

25 Jul 2011

Preparing Monique for the Stage

“All’s Well that Ends With Monique,” a co-production between Amy Berlin, Ann Bucci, and the Richmond Triangle Players, will open on July 28.

12 Apr 2011

First Fridays Art Walk Galleries Hope For a District

Every first Friday of the month, a sleepy section of Broad Street here in downtown Richmond experiences a frenzy of activity.

12 Apr 2011

Almost through the cracks

By Zakia Williams Richmond, Va. – A year ago, Ja’Quan Hicks,16, found himself falling through the cracks. “I really didn’t go to class. I used to skip all the time,” Hicks said. Hicks attended Armstrong High School located in the East End. His empathy was a result of the faculty and staff not caring, Hicks […]

12 Apr 2011

The First Laugh: Stand-Up Comedy in Richmond’s Museum District

As Brian Mann steps off the stage at Café Diem, fresh from performing a joke which ended with him in the arms of a burly bar employee, he heaves a sigh.  “That felt good.” he said. Before Mann is able to take his seat the bearded MC is already on stage, insulting the crowd before […]

12 Apr 2011

After 15 Years, Short Pump Marches Onward

In 1996, many of Short Pump’s major landmarks were completed, setting off a wave of development that takes it closer and closer to being a business and leisure destination.

11 Apr 2011

Neighborhood Story: Centerville

By: Saquoia Freeman WILLIAMSBURG,Va. – Freedom Park, a place where families from all over come to visit. Just like Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and Jamestown Settlement, Freedom Park is a tourist attraction.   A serene county park in Williamsburg, Virginia with two miles of hiking trails and 15 miles of mountain bike trails. However, what visitors do […]

11 Apr 2011

Carytown Prepares to Host Richmond’s First Riesling Crawl

11 Apr 2011

Church Hill community comes together, promotes unity

It may appear like just a basketball court from the outside but Hosea Bland, a minister at Mount Olivet Church in Church Hill, has a bigger plan. “Basketball itself attracts a lot of attention and we want everybody to come and just play,” Bland said. “A basketball court– we feel like that’ll be a catch.”

19 Feb 2011

From Paris to Richmond: Picasso Comes to the River City

Hundreds of people lined up outside the doors of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on a beautiful Saturday morning to attend the opening of the long-awaited Pablo Picasso exhibition. The works, on loan from the Musée National Picasso, Paris, will be on view until May 15.

19 Feb 2011

Opening day at VMFA Picasso Exhibit draws hundreds

Hundreds of people came to the opening of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’s Pablo Picasso Exhibit. The exhibit was made possible because The Musee Picasso National in Paris, where the paintings are normally stored, is being renovated until 2012. Richmond marks the only stop on the East Coast, out of the seven-city world tour.

19 Feb 2011

Picasso comes to Richmond’s VMFA

Over 3,000 people flocked to the opening of the Pablo Picasso exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday, February 19. The exhibit features 176 works from Picasso’s own personal collection assembled during the artist’s lifetime, according to Robin Nicholson, the VMFA’s deputy director for art and education, adding, “It’s the finest collection of Picasso’s work in the world.”

23 Oct 2010

Church Hosts Annual Fall Festival

The Ginter Park United Methodist Church looks to its annual Fall Festival to not only raise money but also to expand its membership. The event included children’s activities, independent vendors, food, a silent auction and live music.

09 Oct 2010

Va. Beekeeping Buzzing As New Hobby

Beekeeping, a profession nearly as old as humanity itself, is changing as new keepers raise bees as a hobby and veteran keepers rethink how to raise their bees in order to combat what is known as colony collapse disorder.

09 Oct 2010

Comic Books and the Digital Realm

By Christian Wright wrightcp83@gmail.com RICHMOND, Va.– At the VA Comic-Con, people mill through stacks of comic books, their fingers running over plastic covers protecting classic comics. Among first issues of Mad Magazine and Iron Man, artists draw sketches and caricatures for a fee, while in a group promoting a documentary blast their trailer on a loop. Scenes like these […]

09 Oct 2010

Refugees Find a Home in the Unlikeliest of Places

The refugees are Nepalese-speaking Bhutanese who lived in the Southern part of Bhutan. Bhutan is a small country in Southeast Asia near Nepal and India. In the early ’90s the Southern Bhutanese were forced to leave Bhutan when the government cited that they were residing in the country illegally. Some left voluntarily because they feared for their safety. Most of the refugees ended up in refugee camps in Nepal, where some of them have lived for more than 20 years.