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RVA Magazine
RVA Magazine

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Richmond Free Press
Richmond Free Press

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(804) 644-0496

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Richmond Times-Dispatch
Richmond Times-Dispatch

300 E Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23219   Directions

(804) 649-6000

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(804) 358-0825

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Accentuate the Positive
03/25/2020 1:18pm

As humans the world over continue to grapple with a new normal, restaurants, coffee shops and markets are doing their best to survive. In turn, theyre keeping us sane, and adding a bit of levity to the dire day-to-day. From community-supported agriculture to cocktail kits, here are some bits of good news:Coffee shop Pulp Fiction is holding a Cleanse for a Cause. Its worked with Rudys Mushrooms to create immunity-supporting juices, with proceeds benefiting Richmond Restaurants United. Juice orders can be placed online. Charles City-based Amys Organic Garden has reopened its CSA program, which typically runs from May to August. Email amyamysorganicgarden.com for details, and look out for an online ordering system from the certified organic farm. Seven Hills Food has got the meats. Starting Friday, March 27, it will be set up in Longovens parking lot from noon until it sells out. Place your order by emailing Bobby at bmaddoxsevenhillsfood.com. Meat prices will range from $60-$120 with higher end and value cuts available. Reservoir Distillery is offering small amounts of free liquid hand sanitizer. The limit is 10 ounces per person. Bring your own bottle. Cavalier Produce wants to help support local farms and industry when you buy a box of produce and specialty foods you can opt to donate one to a restaurant industry worker. We cannot emphasize enough that there are many area restaurants, coffee shops and markets offering take-away specials. You can pick up freshly baked croissants from Sub Rosa and bacon- and egg-topped burgers from Jack Browns with cheap, fast delivery to boot. The Richmond Times-Dispatch has an updated, comprehensive list of what is on offer, but here are a few recent highlights:Broken Tulip is offering quarts of nourishing food for just $10 from pozole to sweet potato and chard daal curry. Each order comes with your choice or red rice or grits. It sold out of almost everything within a couple hours on Monday, but check back Thursday for new quart options and suggested wine pairings. Piccola Italy Pizza and Subs is selling homemade dough in addition to calzones, pies, wine, cheesesteaks and wings. Give it a ring at 355-3111 and pick up from the takeout window or order delivery. A build-your-own-calzone should keep the little ones busy for at least five minutes. Brenner Pass knows that grocery store shelves have been barren, so its offering a Market Menu in addition to rotating family meals. Orders can be placed starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday for pickup on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Options range from salad kits to house-made pasta and steaks. The Roosevelt is selling its Seersucker for two cocktail mix, sans the booze. Add to your online dinner order, then mix in your own brown water at home. Starr Hill has pickup and delivery brews and snacks. Staffers double bag your order, then a friendly, gloved hand passes it off. It just restocked on Tuesday, so you should be able to find all your fave brews.Adarra is spreading natural wine love around the city. For $65, get three organic/biodynamic/natural bottles of wine hand-selected by your friendly Adarra somms, brought to your door with descriptions and our contact info to keep the conversation going if you have any questions. Each order gets one red, white and orange or rose. Order your vino for Thursday delivery by emailing inforestaurantadarra.com with name, phone number and address. In addition to small plates and mains, Helens is also offering some do-it-yourself options. Order pancake mix with instructions and Michelada mix with a six-pack of Pacifico for an at home boozy brunch. The Answer wants to take your mind off of dire news for a moment with its new double India pale ale. Heh Heh Heh Hrr Rrr Heh Heh Heh Heh Huh Rakau Ha Hrr. Eight percent alcohol should do the trick. Stop by from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Order online from locally owned grocery Libbie Market. Its quick, easy and workers bring your bags to your car, no contact involved. Say thanks Last we checked, it even had paper towels. Fancy Biscuit has been offering daily deals including half-off alcohol. On Wednesday spend $5 and get a free cake cup or mocha latte with your purchase. Check its social feeds for updated specials.Kudzu is taking orders through Thursday at 6 p.m. for its first ramen kit pickup starting Friday.

Full Spectrum
03/25/2020 3:00am

A new arts education program for LGBTQ youth program teams with SPARC. When Deejay Gray was in high school, he was so scared of people finding out he was gay that he kept to himself and kept quiet.These days, as program director with Spectrum, a theater arts education program for high school LGBTQ youth, he, curriculum director Lucretia Anderson and program manager Paul Major are getting a front row seat for how todays 14- and 15-year-olds are handling the same issues. Theyre less concerned about what peoples perceptions are about them and more interested in their own journey than outside pressure, Gray explains. The facilitators say its empowering for LGBTQ kids to have a safe spaces.We say that being queer is a magic power and that they have superpowers when theyre in this room, Gray says. With that sense of safety and acceptance, he says hes not surprised to notice a student vogueing in the mirror between exercises and rehearsals, clearly living their best life. Theres no judgment or fear in here, so nothing can touch them.Originally conceived in 2014 byRichmond Triangle Playersand TheatreLab as a partnership, Spectrum is modeled after the national program True Colors, created by the Theater Offensive. The program took a hiatus last year and returned in 2019 with the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community, known as SPARC, as a third partner. Using exercises, master classes and workshops, students learn the basics of storytelling, performance, production and playwriting, the better to collectively produce a completely original piece of theater. According to Gray, Spectrum is the only program of its kind in Virginiaand one of only 25 in the country.It can be intimidating for young people working through gender issues to tell their personal stories, so Spectrum aims to give each ensemble member a safe, supportive and creativeenvironment paired with proper artistic training and support. Just dont get the idea that this is some kind of Richmonds Got Talent set-up, because Gray says it doesnt bring young people in based on talent. Our main focus is to facilitate community, empowerment and advocacy, he says. Luckily for us, they happened to be talented.Part of the reason that young people feel so comfortable being themselves during the Spectrum sessions is because the first order of the ensemble-building process is to establish a community agreement that lays out the agreed-upon rules of the room. Zucchini is the safe word for students to use when they just need to get out of the room by themselves for whatever reason. Participant Jaesean Plummer recalls the rule-writing process as memorable. It stuck with me because of the way it was presented, he says, grinning. Rules were worded humorously, so it was funny, but they also reminded us all to respect each other in this space.Through fall and spring sessions, the seven students meet twice weekly with a goal of creating a piece of devised theater as an ensemble and presenting it in the spring. This years piece, Wardrobia: into the Closet and Back Again involved a young person named Max being shoved into the janitors closet at school, which results in a magical journey of self-discovery to the mystical land ofWardrobia where Max meets colorful, complicated characters. Were not trying to take these kids to Broadway, Gray explains. Our goal is to help them be comfortable walking down Broad Street. Through the process of writing the story, Gray encouraged them to think about creating a protagonist for dramatic tension. When he asked them who the bad guys should be, the answer surprised him. They said their biggest issues are with the mean gay kids, that they even bully the straight kids, he recalls. Lucretia, Paul and I listen to them and marvel at how different our experiences were.Morgan Howard was one of the attendees in Spectrums first session in 2014, where she was the only participant of color. It helped that one of the facilitators was also black and she looked to her as a role model. Since then, Howard has filled the youth director role of the group, which this year has two black members, Plummer and Alana Anderson.Getting to be in the facilitator role now and hearing about their journeys from them made me want to cry, Howard says.Spectrum allows these young people to regularly spend time with like-minded individuals. Working with these kids reminds me that Im no longer the young one and to be the old guy is kind of jarring, the 31-year-old Gray admits. But the stuff weve learned from them is amazing. I think to myself: Wow, how different would I have been in school if Id lived in this world

Week of March 25
03/25/2020 3:00am

ARIES March 21-April 19 Your oracle comes from Aries poet Octavio Paz: The path the ancestors cleared is overgrown, unused. The other path, smooth and broad, is crowded with travelers. It goes nowhere. Theres a third path: mine. Before me, no one. Behind me, no one. Alone, I find my way. APRIL FOOL Although the passage by Octavio Paz is mostly accurate for your destiny during the rest of 2020, its off-kilter in one way: Its too ponderously serious and melodramatic. You should find a way to carry out its advice with meditative grace and effervescent calm.TAURUS April 20-May 20A century ago, fiery writer Maxim Gorky and hard-ass Taurus politician Vladimir Lenin were listening to a Beethoven sonata together. I cant listen to music too often, Lenin told his companion. It affects your nerves, makes you want to say stupid, nice things. This is crucial advice for you to heed in the coming weeks, Taurus. You need to be as smart and tough as possible, so dont you dare listen to music. APRIL FOOL Lenin was half-mistaken, and I half-lied. The fact is, music makes you smarter and nicer, and those will be key assets for you to cultivate in the coming weeks. So yes, do listen to a lot of music.GEMINI May 21-June 20By the time he was 55 years old, Gemini author Thomas Hardy had written 18 novels and many poems. His stuff was good enough to win him two separate nominations for a Nobel Prize in Literature. But during the last 32 years of his life, he never wrote another novel. According to one theory, it was because he was discouraged by the negative reviews he got for his last novel. I suspect you may be at a similar juncture in your life, Gemini. Maybe its time to give up on a beloved activity that hasnt garnered the level of success youd hoped for. APRIL FOOL The truth is, it is most definitely NOT time to lose hope and faith. Dont be like Hardy. Rededicate yourself to your passionate quests.CANCER June 21-July 22Cancerian theologian John Wesley 17031791 was a Christian who embodied the liberal values that Christ actually taught. He advocated for the abolition of slavery, prison reform, the ordination of women priests, and a vegetarian diet. He gave away a lot of his money and administered many charities. To accomplish his lifes work, he traveled 250,000 miles on horseback and preached 40,000 sermons. Lets make him your role model for the coming weeks. Be inspired by his life as you vividly express your care and compassion. APRIL FOOL I lied a little bit. Although most of what I just recommended is a good idea, the part about traveling long distances, either on horseback or by other means, is not.LEO July 23-Aug. 22The neurotic but talented French novelist Marcel Proust observed, Everything vital in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded religions and composed our masterpieces. With that in mind, and in accordance with current astrological omens, I urge you to cultivate your own neurotic qualities in their extreme forms of expression during the coming weeks. Youre due for some major creative breakthroughs. APRIL FOOL I was kidding. The fact is, you can generate creative breakthroughs in the coming weeks by being poised and composednot extra neurotic.VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22Virgo author Leon Edel wrote a five-volume biography of renowned author Henry James. In the course of his research, he read 15,000 letters that were written by James. He came to have a profound familiarity with the great man. In accordance with current astrological omens, I recommend that you choose a worthy character about whom you will become equally knowledgeable. APRIL FOOL I half-lied. Its true that now is an excellent time to deepen your understanding of people you care about. But dont get as obsessed as EdelLIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22About 2,000 years ago, a Roman woman named Sulpicia wrote six short love poemsa total of 40 linesthat are still being analyzed and discussed by literary scholars today. I bring her to your attention because I think that in the next four weeks you, too, could generate a small burst of beauty that will still be appreciated 2,000 years from now. APRIL FOOL I lied about the small part. The burst of beauty you create in the immediate future could actually be quite large, as well as enduring.SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21French poet Louis Aragon 18971982 was an influential novelist and a pioneer of surrealistic poetry. Much of his writing had a lyrical quality, and many of his poems were set to music. He also had a belligerent streak. Before the publication of one of his books, he announced that he would thrash any writer who dared to review it in print. Success There were no critical reviews at all. I recommend his approach to you in the coming weeks. Make it impossible for anyone to criticize you. APRIL FOOL I lied. I would never suggest that you use violence to accomplish your aims. And besides that, the coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to solicit feedback of all varieties, even the critical kind.SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21I hesitate to be so blunt, but its my duty to report the facts. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you should have as many orgasms as possible in the next 15 days. You need to tap into the transformative psychological power thats available through monumental eruptions of pleasure and releases of tension. P.S. Spiritual orgasms will be just as effective as physical orgasms. APRIL FOOL What I just said is true, but I left out an important component of your assignment: Be loving and responsible as you pursue your joyous climaxes, never manipulative or exploitative or insensitive.CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19Ancient Greek orator Demosthenes was renowned for his skill at delivering powerful, charismatic speeches. While he was still learning his craft, he resorted to extreme measures to improve. For example, there was a time when he shaved just half of his head. It made him ashamed to go out in public, forcing him to spend all his time indoors practicing his speeches. Would you consider a similar strategy right now APRIL FOOL I was just messing with you. Its true that the coming weeks will be a good time to minimize your socializing and devote yourself to hard work in behalf of a beloved dream. But shaving half your head isnt the best way to accomplish that.AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18The coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to tell as many lies as possible if doing so helps you get what you want. I hereby authorize you to engage in massive deceptions, misrepresentations, and manipulative messages as you seek to impose your will on every flow of events. APRIL FOOL I lied. In fact, everything I just said was the exact opposite of your actual horoscope, which is as follows: You have a sacred duty to tell more of the truth than you have ever been able to tell before. As you dig deeper to discover more and more of whats essential for you to understand and express, dedicate your efforts to the goal of gliding along with the most beautiful and interesting flow you can find.PISCES Feb. 19-March 20Fifteen minutes before the Big Bang occurred, where was the matter that now constitutes your body and my body And if, as seems to be true, the Big Bang was the beginning of time, what time was it fifteen minutes earlier Questions like these are crucial for you to ponder in the next two weeks. APRIL FOOL I lied. The questions I articulated should in fact be very low priority for you. In the immediate future, youll be wise to be as concrete and specific and pragmatic as you can possibly be. Focus on up-close personal questions that you can actually solve, not abstract, unsolvable riddles.

How Bad Will It Get?
03/24/2020 12:00am

VIDEO: An interview with Virginias state epidemiologist, Dr. Lillian R. Peake. Epidemiology is basically the study of incidence, distribution and control of diseases. Dr. Lillian R. Peake, Virginias state epidemiologist, is at the forefront of efforts to fight the COVID-19 virus that as of March 27 has infected 604 people, killed 14 and forced the hospitalization of 83 in the state. Peake has a masters degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University and a medical degree from the University of Virginia. She also has been South Carolinas director of public health. She gave a telephone interview to Style Weekly:Heres a video of the phone interview provided by Firstline media: Style Weekly: How bad do you think this is going to think this is going to getLillian R. Peake: Right now we are tracking the virus. We started that in January when we first heard about it. Weve followed whats gone on in other countries and in other states. Were looking at how to apply that knowledge here. We do expect the numbers to increase and were going to follow that until we have a sense of whats going on. Theres been a lot of talk in Virginia about the lack of personal protective equipment and other things such as ventilators. How serious are the shortagesVirginia has set up what is called a unified command, which is a coordinated approach to bring all the different sectors together to respond to this health crisis. They have a health care coordination committee that is looking right now at what resources they have and they are actively looking at addressing those issues. They are the best group to really talk about the situation now in Virginia. Do you know when it might peak We dont have that information but we are following the numbers. We are looking at different models. But it depends on how much social distancing and how much we are able to keep people apart, so the virus spreads more slowly. So the more slowly it spreads, the less steep that curve will be of increasing cases. At some point it will level off and decrease. We are watching it every day and we are looking at what happened elsewhere and applying that and just taking it one day at a time. One thing thats come up in recent weeks, especially with Donald Trumps talks, there seems to be a balance here between whether you want to support the economy or you want to work on the health side and contain the virus. What are your viewsWe have to do both. It is a health crisis and we also have to look at the economic impacts of that no matter what policies are put into place. We are tracking the disease, we are looking at whats going on, we are providing information to the public and to policy makers and well continue to do that. Theres news today that at a hospital in Boston, a lot of the health care workers there have gotten the disease more than 100. Could that happen here in VirginiaWe are providing information to health care providers about infection control and this is something we are doing every day. There are many infectious diseases and health care systems can control these diseases. So they are using the resources and knowledge that they have. They are responding to the information. They are tracking the information. They are providing up-to-date information to health care providers. Some people have suggested that with warmer weather that the spread of the disease might lessen somewhat. Is that trueWe dont know that yet. There are studies that have been done but they are not conclusive. We hope they will be. But we dont know that. We are watching that to see what happens. If the disease ends, does it somehow mutate It depends on how easily it spreads from person to person. There arent people in Virginia who have had this disease before, so right now it can spread through our population. Its more when people have been exposed to it and they recover, then theyre immune, it slows down the spread in the future. You say they could be immuneYes. We are tracking this. You can go to our website, its vdh.virginia.gov. It has a lot of information about this. It is a great place to track this and get tips of how to protect yourself and your family.

Creative Separation
03/24/2020 12:00am

A look at how some local artists and teachers are helping people connect while isolated. The impact of the coronavirus on the arts community in Richmond has been swift and unforgiving. With the closure of theaters, galleries, pop-up markets, farmers markets and community arts centers and other venues across town, local working artists are among the many experiencing a financial crisis in addition to the international health crisis. Its been pretty scary. Fifteen thousand dollars in 24 hours just evaporated, says artist Michael-Birch Pierce, who makes most of their income embroidering portraits at events and parties with 300 to 1,000 attendees. Pierce, who uses the pronouns they, them and their, had been hoping to make up for a dry winter and get ahead for the coming months with the lost income. Ive got another one coming up in June which is weird though, because is that far enough away to actually plan on being able to do stuff again Who knows, Pierce says.The artists travel plans, which included exhibiting and embroidering portraits in Hyres, France, for the 35th International Festival of Fashion, Photography and Fashion Accessories, are also canceled, as is the festival. Pierce is a board member at Diversity Richmond and co-chair of the Iridian Gallery, a project of Diversity, and is mourning the loss of an audience for artist Mac McCusker, who also uses the pronouns they, them and their, whose work is currently on display in the gallery.They were going to sell their work, and they were going to have their work in front of curators and really make their statement about trans and gender nonconforming artists making space in their work, Pierce says. Having that silenced really feels like a huge hit. The Iridian Gallery is working to make McCuskers work available online and has extended the show, Trans-cendent: The T is Not Silent until May 23, hoping to open again before then. Looking forward, Pierce says it has canceled one show completely and some shows that were planned for April and May have been postponed to September. We just dont know whats going to happen, Pierce says. This is having a huge impact on anyone involved in the gig economy, says Stefanie Fedor of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. The big questions for us have been, How do we continue to pay our teachers who are working artists in our community And how can we keep people feeling creative, feeling connected, from home They will need this now more than ever, this connection to creativity. People will be seeking it out.Fedor and VisArts staff were quick to respond to the crisis, making the decision to close March 13. To close those studios was more emotional than I had anticipated, she explains. People come to the VisArts Center for connection with the community and to work side by side with other people who have these shared interests. Its a place where a lot of people come for personal healing.Fedor and the staff are turning their attention to finding new ways to connect and new ways to keep artists paid and communities in touch.Over 200 teachers over the course of the year, and these are all local artists in our community, and its important to keep them employed, Fedor says.She and her staff are looking into which classes can be taught online creative writing and digital media, for example in hopes they can help both artists and community members who might need a creative outlet. Similarly, local weaver Emily Nicolaides is leaning in to serving her community remotely. Like Pierce, Nicolaides also relies on in-person events for much of her income. But she also offers an online weaving membership, through which subscribers can order supplies and follow along with her lessons at their own pace from the comfort of their own homes. Nicolaides says she thought it might be a good time to open up registration. I received messages on Instagram, and I thought, Oh, there is some interest. Its a great activity to do while people are practicing social distancing, Nicolaides says. Students are asking for more ways to be together, we all need more connection right now. Pierce, too, is moving to online instruction for Virginia Commonwealth University students and says more online instruction opportunities arent off the table. But Pierce is also concerned for those impacted in other industries. My sister-in-law runs a wedding planning business and all of the weddings are off, Pierce says. Working in the event industry, I work with event planners, DJs, singers, drag queens Ive got several drag queen friends whose job is drag, six shows a week. Literally all gone. Nicolaides echoes Fedors sentiment that the role of the arts community is to foster connection. This whole experience so far has been an exercise in problem solving, looking at new ways to support my community and my students, Nicolaides says. We are all going to have to get very creative, and there are more online opportunities, which will present themselves, for however long we need to do this.I think anybody who works in the arts, we defy that idea of working in isolation, Fedor adds. We thrive on community, we thrive on being together, its what keeps us going. So to be physically separated from one another is hard, but luckily we are in the business of being creative so we can make a lot with so little. Ways to Help ArtistsIf youve purchased a ticket to a canceled event or paid for a canceled class, and if you can afford to do so, consider the cost of the ticket or class a donation to that arts organization. Buy local art online. Check the artists websites and social media outlets to find out how you can do so. Spread the word about local artists you like. Share their work on social media and with your friends and family. Take advantage of digital and online learning options like webinars, video lessons, live stream or prerecorded classes. Purchase gift certificates to be used in the future. Buying gift certificates says, We support the organization and it also says that we know we are going to be back. We will be back together someday. Stef Fedor

WCVE-TV
WCVE-TV

23 Sesame St
Richmond, VA 23235   Directions

(804) 320-1301

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WRIC-TV
WRIC-TV

301 Arboretum Pl
Richmond, VA 23236   Directions

(804) 330-8888

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Northam issues stay-at-home order for Virginia as coronavirus cases top 1,000
03/30/2020 9:58am

Gov. Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order for Virginia during Mondays press briefing on the states response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Open or closed: How Governor Northam’s stay-at-home order affects you
03/30/2020 3:00pm

Governor Ralph Northams stay-at-home executive order took effect immediately and will change what you are and arent allowed to do. Heres a guide to what is permitted under the order

Virginia gets one step closer to canceling state SOL testing
03/30/2020 3:09pm

Virginia is expected to cancel its SOLs, which are federally mandated under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, after the U.S. Department of Education waived the testing requirements due to the coronavirus pandemic.

First coronavirus death in Piedmont Health District
03/30/2020 2:29pm

The Virginia Department of Healths Piedmont District announced it had its first coronavirus death on Monday.

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WRLH-TV

1925 Westmoreland St
Richmond, VA 23230   Directions

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Richmond, VA 23230   Directions

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Richmond, VA 23225   Directions

(804) 230-1212

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