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Holiday Market Guide
12/02/2022 3:00am

For those who want to shop local and early, here is a sampler of markets. The first rule of the holiday season is not to get your tinsel in a tangle. Turning the calendar to December means that Richmonds holiday market season is cranking up, making it easier than ever to shop local. Why spend at big box stores when you can support local artists and artisans with gifts that are truly special One could even say that youre very Richmond if your gifts are made by Richmonders. Here is a list of some upcoming local holiday arts markets and events throughout December in chronological order: Maymonts Merry Market features 40 local artisans and small businesses on the carriage house lawn, with the added bonus of a crafts tent where kids can make their own special gifts and decorations. Snap a photo with St. Nicholas, snag something refreshing from the festive holiday bar, grab something to eat from one of the food vendors and sidle up to the fire pits to listen to jazz and a cappella groups setting a holiday mood. Friday, Dec. 2 from 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 from 3-9 p.m. Maymont, 1700 Hampton St., maymont.org.Quirk Hotels Holiday Market promises to be as, well, quirky as the pink and gray hotel itself. The all-local goods market features pottery, photography, arts and edibles and benefits from the glow of a shimmering pink Christmas tree and the proximity of Quirks cozy bar offering seasonal libations. Check it out Sunday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. Quirk Hotel, 201 W. Broad St., quirkhotels.com.Main Line Brewerys Artisan Market celebrates Shop Small Sunday. If your idea of shopping involves bringing Fido or shopping with a craft beer or gluten-free hard seltzer in hand, this is the outdoor market for you. Live music and food trucks add to the festive feeling, ideal for scoping out handmade home dcor, art, jewelry, apparel, and food products. The Artisan Market runs 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Main Line Brewery, 1603 Ownby Lane, mainlinerva.com.Blue Bee Ciders Christkindlmarkt takes its inspiration from German Christmas markets, named after Christkindl, the German equivalent of Santa Claus. Sip on hot and cold cider options while shopping for gifts and goods from an array of local makers and artists. Truckle Cheesemongers will be on site selling grilled cheese sandwiches to pair with your cider and keep your energy up for the outdoor event. The Christkindlmarkt is Saturday, Dec. 10 from 1-5 p.m. Blue Bee Cider, 1320 Summit Ave., bluebeecider.com.Clayworks presents their 7th Annual Holiday in the Warehouse, showcasing the work of sixteen local potters. Smaller items make terrific stocking stuffers while larger piece bowls, vases, plates- make wonderful gifts for friends and family who appreciate the beauty of hand-thrown pottery. Shop Holiday in the Warehouse on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clayworks, 2277 Dabney Rd., clayworkssupplies.com.The Carytown Artisan Market marks its 11th year with a two-day event featuring over 100 local artisans, plus food trucks, and live music at City Stadium. Hosted by the Carytown Farmers Market, the Artisan Market continues their run of outstanding local farmers markets with a holiday edition that showcases the best of local craftspeople and artisans on Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Ave., carytownmarket.com.Diversity Thrift and River City Witches co-host the 4th annual Yule Witch Market, a mischievous market that includes offerings by some of Richmonds most unorthodox creatives. With 65 vendors, youre sure to score your Winter Solstice supplies, not to mention gifts galore, food truck eats and performances. When youre through shopping, treat yourself to a Reiki session, grab some hot chocolate, tea or coffee or have your Tarot cards read. The Yule Witch Market is Sunday, Dec. 11 from noon to 6 p.m. Diversity Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Ave., diversitythrift.org.Art Works Made in RVA Holiday Shop features handmade gifts from local artists. What makes the RVA Holiday Shop unique is that theyre open daily through New Years Eve, so, you dont have to try to make it by on a Saturday when there are so many events and parties going on. Instead, you can stop by any day except Monday during the week. Besides the Made in RVA Holiday shop, you can also peruse 80 artists studios chock full of local art on display and for sale. Open Tuesday through Sunday 11-5 through Dec. 31. ArtWorks, 320 Hull St., artworksrva.com.The Bizarre Market has been around since 2004 and with good, quirky reason. The much-loved pop-up appears every year featuring the work of dozens of brilliant, funny, and talented makers who are inspired to create by their love of RVA. Once housed upstairs at Chop Suey Books, Bizarre Market Holiday 2022 now runs Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Dec. 23 at Richmond Young Writers. 2707 W. Cary St., bizarremarket.org.Studio Two Threes 7th annual Winter Market is a veritable island of misfit toys featuring over 125 artists and hundreds of handmade objects and art for gift-giving. If youre looking to support local artists, this is a festive way to do it since last years market raised over $130,000 in sales for Virginia makers. Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 24. Studio Two Three, 3300 W. Clay St., studiotwothree.org.

A Jazzy Christmas
12/01/2022 3:00am

Gathering a large slice of first-rate RVA musicians for a holiday concert is almost getting to be a holiday tradition. This is the fourth now sold out edition of A Richmond Big Band Christmas. The first two were in 2014 and 2015, and then there was a not-entirely COVID-driven gap until last year. Much has changed since, not least Barnette becoming the Virginia Commonwealth University director of jazz studies. But the essential elements have remained, including an emphasis on sacred songs, vocals from talented musicians with deep ties to the local scene, and the leadership of Taylor Barnett. This year, the singers are Desiree Roots, Laura Ann Singh, and Rufus Johnson. The concert resulted from Barnett and his wife Tiffanie Chans shared role as Worship Art directors at West End Presbyterian Church. The idea was to leverage Barnetts big band arranging chops to create a religious event for public consumption: a jazz analog of Handels Messiah. The 2022 edition, like the first, is a benefit for Church Hill Activities and Tutoring, a nonprofit serving students and families in the East End of Richmond. Barnett promises a fresh and memorable show. In addition to the new singers, we will have mostly new arrangements by Bryan Hooten NoBS Brass and myself. I think it will be some pretty exciting stuff. Which means either finding someone with a spare ticket, or acting faster next year, and reserving a space for one of the very promising December events.But if you missed out on the Big Band Christmas this year, Susan Greenbaum performs her annual holiday show on Sunday, Dec. 4 You know whats good about holiday shows in early December she writes. Its too early to be tired of Christmas music And a little later this month, you can catch a Christmas Eve performance at Gallery 5 featuring Michael Hawkins all-star Brotherhood quartet and singer Laura Ann Singh. A Richmond Big Band Christmas will take place at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Friday, Dec 2 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec 3 at 2 p.m. Susan Greenbaum appears at the Tin Pan on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. Admission is $25. Michael Hawkins and The Brotherhoods Holiday Jazz Night Special is at Gallery 5 on Dec. 23 at 7 p.m.

All The World’s A Stage
12/01/2022 3:00am

Virginia Theatre Machine brings its stage to audiences, wherever they may be. If all the worlds a stage, sometimes you must deal with inclement weather. Thats a lesson that the Virginia Theatre Machine experienced firsthand this past Sunday at a performance at the Williamsburg Christmas Market. Though the weather forecast was clear, the outdoor mobile theater was hit by a deluge at 3 oclock. We had everything all set up, so everything was getting drenched, says Mark J. Lerman, director and proprietor of the Virginia Theatre Machine, a 2,500-pound trailer that serves as a traveling stage. Dealing with the elements is a common quirk of the project: High wind can be interesting. Sometimes things can go flying off the stage.Previously, Lerman ran a theater company in Providence, Rhode Island. The trailer theater came about after Lermans wife, director, playwright and sociology professor K. Jenkins, got a job at William and Mary and the couple relocated to Williamsburg.With limited access to theater spaces in Virginias colonial capital, Lerman decided to build his own. He created the trailer theater with the help of a designer back in Providence and began staging shows in 2008. The Virginia Theatre Machine staged shows for 10 years before Lerman decided to take a break. Now, following the pandemic, VTM is ready to hit the road again.Part of the projects mission is to bring entertainment to the masses for free, instead of asking them to buy tickets and come inside a theater. The goal was to have all the accoutrements, all the production values of a small intimate theater lights, sound, costumes, scenery, puppets, special effects but on a small 8-by-8-foot stage that was movable and transportable, Lerman says. Its street theater, but its street theater with full production values.This weekend, the Virginia Theatre Machine will begin staging a run of Richmond performances of A Christmas Carol at various venues. Ive been doing it for years because its a great ghost story and its about a man and his redemption, Lerman says of A Christmas Carol.The Charles Dickens adaptation is something of the Virginia Theatre Machines calling card. Every year for 10 years, the traveling theater performed A Christmas Story with two actors and a variety of puppets. I rewrote the side story every year, and we always changed puppets every year to keep it interesting for return audiences, Lerman says. We built a big fan base over the 10 years in Williamsburg. We performed in Merchants Square in Colonial Williamsburg, and we would perform to 4,000 to 5,000 people every year.This weekend, Virginia Theatre Machine will stage two performances at Shockoe Illuminates on Friday and three shows on Saturday at Hardywood Brewerys West Creek location additional shows run through Dec. 23.This years production will star longtime VTM associate Ed Whitacre and Richmond-based actress Maggie McGurn. Lerman says acting on such a small stage is a unique experience for any performer. It teaches you a lot about acting because you have to be incredibly specific. Theres no room for wandering: Youll fall off the stage, Lerman says. Even though its street theater and we do audience participation, and we have a lot of fun, its very technical and precise.Part of the projects aim is to provide audiences with entertainment for free Lerman achieves this by securing sponsors for the performances. Past sponsors have included everything from schools and libraries to breweries and business associations. All Lerman needs, he says, is access to a common 15-amp electrical outlet to plug into thats 150 feet or less away.The project also accepts commissions. One of VTMs more interesting assignments was for an international symposium on the effects of mercury on the environment. Creating a show that had to appeal to young audiences but also entertain scientists and college students, Lerman created a War of the Worlds-style radio show, playing off the fact it was written by H.G. Wells and that mercurys elemental symbol is Hg.Next spring, Virginia Theatre Machine aims to perform a rendition of Hansel and Gretel. My goal is to eventually have a three-show season. It will primarily be a September through early May kind of season, he says, stating that both actors and audiences appreciate staying out of the heat. All the pieces need to be about 30 minutes, because when youre outside, youre competing with everything. We had a firetruck, a plane overhead if youre in Williamsburg, you may have a horse walk by with a carriage.Of A Christmas Carol, Lerman says his shows are aimed to appeal to all ages. The 30 minutes is packed full of surprises and special effects and puppetry, Lerman says. Its a great half-hour of entertainment for the holiday season.Virginia Theatre Machines A Christmas Carol will perform free shows at various locations from Dec. 2-23 in the Richmond area. Visit virginiatheatremachine.com for more information.

Ethiopian Eats
11/30/2022 3:00am

If the local legend is to be believed, todays $108 billion dollar global coffee market began with the beans discovery by a lowly goat herder named Kaldi on the Ethiopian plateau. With the opening of Buna Kurs in Jackson Ward, Lily Fasil hopes her new caf will remind Richmond of the rich cultural heritage behind everyones favorite pick-me-up.In Amharic one of dozens of languages spoken in Ethiopia, buna equals coffee and kurs translates to breakfast. Together, the words take on the meaning of a light snack to be shared during the traditional coffee ceremony. Fasils sister, Aida, suggested the name as a north star for what the caf offers customers: an authentic Ethiopian experience that is as accessible as it is delicious. Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, so we know how to enjoy it better than anyone, says Fasil. Its one of the most hospitable countries in the world. You dont just come to our homes and leave. You have to sit down, drink coffee, and eat.To recreate that welcoming tradition, Fasil plans to host a customary coffee ceremony once a week after she settles into her new storefront. Patrons will get to watch the beans be washed and roasted right in front of them and enjoy a classically Ethiopian way to connect with family and friends over a cup of coffee. Its an experience, explains Fasil. There are three rounds of coffee, so its a great time to gossip and catch up. Its not for the normal life we live right now that is very much grab your drink and go. You sit and relax, unwind, and experience every taste and smell of the coffee as it changes over the several servings.When Fasil moved to the United States from Ethiopia to get an education, she never imagined she would one day own her own caf. After graduating with a bachelors degree in communications from Virginia Commonwealth University, she spent the next few years doing office odd jobs, but those positions never felt like a good fit. I couldnt find something that fit my passion because I am bubbly and chatty and just not a corporate person that can sit behind a desk, she says.Her side hustles of photography and event planning brought her joy. The idea of opening a collaborative creative studio inspired her, but she wasnt sure what would bring in enough revenue to keep such a concept afloat.When Aida suggested adding a coffee component to her business plan while on a family trip to Ethiopia last August, the outline of Buna Kurs was born. That same month, Saadia Yasmin, owner of Saadias Juicebox, told Fasil that she was looking to close her business in Jackson Ward, and the idea suddenly morphed into a brick-and-mortar.As someone who often feels homesick for the land where she was born, Fasil also believes Buna Kurs is helping her to heal: I just wanted to bring a little bit of my first home to my second home, so I thought: Why dont I bring some of Ethiopia here so that I can feel whole againAlthough in Ethiopia folks often drink their coffee with butter or salt in a more savory fashion, Fasil is fine with cultural assimilation on this front. With Gray Fultz as Buna Kurs barista in chief, the caf is sourcing all of its beans from Ethiopia and eschews altering natural flavors except for a festive house-made syrup supplement every once in a while.Those who prefer tea will not be disappointed. Buna Kurs stocks a variety of traditional teas from Ethiopia including a keshir tea, the countrys classic cold remedy that blends ginger, honey, orange juice, and lemon to create a throat-soothing beverage. Kemem chai is another favorite its blend of tea leaves, cinnamon, clove, and cardamom is a morning must for Fasil.As the name Buna Kurs implies, along with coffee must come food as well. The breakfast combo is the best way to sample your way through the menu as it includes three dishes on one plate.Fasil loves starting her day with injera firfir, a mixture of shredded Ethiopian pancakes, paprika paste, tomatoes, and onions garnished with fresh jalapeos. Something like scrambled eggs, silsi features smaller chunks of cooked egg with olive oil, tomatoes, onions, and berbere a versatile blend of spices that makes its way into almost every East African dish.For a smoother breakfast option, try the kinche, a porridge like blend of bulgur topped with yellow onions and garlic sauted with purified Ethiopian butter and topped with fresh jalapeos. The final dish Fasil suggests is chechebsa. Made in house, these bites of fried bread are thin, crunchy, and pair well with olive oil and a pinch of honey.To serve such traditional Ethiopian food in a town that has never before had East African options for breakfast requires bravery, but Fasil is certain her menu represents the perfect pairing of authenticity and accessibility. In Ethiopia, our forks are our fingers. But dont worry, we do have silverware in house, she says.Buna Kurs is located at 402 1/2 N 2nd St Suite A. It is open Tuesday-Sunday from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Repping for Disney
11/29/2022 9:59am

Virginia Rep to bring mouse house musicals to Chesterfield elementary schools. Virginia Repertory Theatre has been awarded a $120,000 grant from the Disney Musicals in Schools program. The money will allow the nonprofit theater and education organization to assist four Chesterfield County elementary schools in producing kid-sized versions of popular Disney musicals over the next two years, as well as involving their students in all aspects of theater production.The partnership between Disney, Virginia Rep and Chesterfield County Public Schools was announced today at the Perkinson Center for the Arts and Education in Chester.Virginia Rep has been looking for new approaches to theater education, says Chris Ruth, special projects coordinator for Virginia Rep. Weve always brought educational plays performed by professionals to schools. Weve had childrens theater programs that involved children in a productions cast. For the first time with this program, well be sending two professionals to each school and teaching the teachers how to put on their own productions.Virginia Rep, created when Theatre IV merged with Barksdale Theatre in 2012, has a long history in theater education. When Theatre IV was established in 1975, it was Virginias first professional childrens theater, with educational touring shows a regular component of local public school schedules.Disney Musicals in Schools DMS was established 12 years ago and, before todays announcement, had developed programs in 19 other states and the United Kingdom according to its website. Virginia Rep will be the first theater organization in the mid-Atlantic region to partner with DMS. The initial grant will enable Virginia Rep to start the program but it has secured additional funding from the Nunnally Foundation and Petersburgs Cameron Foundation to augment it.DMS requires that the participating elementary schools be Title I schools, that is, schools with high percentages of children from low-income families, qualifying them for federal assistance. While only four schools are slated to participate next spring, Ruth says Virginia Rep is planning to add four more schools as soon as possible with a long-term goal of giving similar opportunities to schools across the Richmond metropolitan region.DMS had contacted Virginia Rep in 2019 confirming the grant but, before schools could be selected to participate, the COVID pandemic shut down after-school activities like DMS. Were very excited about this particularly because its been on hold for so long, says Ruth.After 17 weeks of instruction, each school program will perform a song or section of their production in share shows that will be held at the Perkinson Center for the Arts and Education in Chester and at Virginia Reps new performance compound at the former Scottish Rite Temple in Northside.The four schools chosen to participate are:Bensley Elementary SchoolCrestwood Elementary SchoolHarrowgate Elementary SchoolReams Elementary SchoolOne of the coolest parts of the program to me is that kids get to be involved in every part of the production, says Ruth. Its just as important to be working behind the scenes as to be on stage. Its a program that helps build a strong community and strong support for the arts.

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Mega Work Zone: I-95 reduced to one lane on both sides in Stafford County
12/01/2022 8:17am

VDOT said starting at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, a 36-hour work zone will cause major traffic impacts due to the opening of a new interstate bridge over the Rappahannock River. The new bridge is located at mile marker 132 between Fredericksburg and Stafford.

From design to landfill: the lifecycle of your $3 Shein shirt
12/04/2022 5:19pm

STACKER WSYR-TV -- That cute top you purchased for less than your morning coffee, wore twice, washed once, and threw away because it fell apart as soon as it hit the washing machine agitator will sit in a landfill, leeching pollutants for up to 200 years. To put that in context, if fast fashion and ...

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