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Top five weekend events

Top five weekend events

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There’s plenty to do this weekend with the Richmond International Film Festival, RVA Festival of the Laugh, RVA Bootlegger’s Ball, Avers and Mozart Festival in Carytown all clamoring for your attention.



Richmond “it” band Avers swings through town with Nashville-based indie pop collective ELEL. Last year, the Richmond band opened for the Foo Fighters at The National. This week, they’ll be debuting new material from their upcoming album recorded at Richmond’s own Montrose Recording Studio. Then it’s off to Brooklyn and on to the South by Southwest music festival. Sleepwalkers open. $10. 9 p.m. Strange Matter, 929 W. Grace St. 447-4763.

Richmond International Film Festival


The Richmond International Film Festival kicks off with complimentary beverages and Swedish appetizers for the Swedish drama “Force Majeure” at Bowtie Movieland. Four days of more than 120 international films follow at venues all over town. A few other standouts include author David Baldacci’s “Wish You Well,” a coming-of-age drama set in 1940s Southwest Virginia, and “Sewing Hope,” a documentary about a Ugandan nun narrated by Forest Whitaker, both at the Byrd Theatre. Individual screenings $10, seniors and students $7, daily pass $35. Check for films, times and locations. Call 219-0675 for tickets.

RVA Festival of the Laugh


Richmond has plenty of food festivals, music festivals and beer festivals. Now, finally, a comedy festival — featuring 17 of RVA’s finest comedians who just want to make you laugh. Expect standouts such as Ray Bullock, Micah “Bam-Bamm” White and Jon D. Miller. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 7 and 10 p.m. Capital Ale House, 623 E. Main St. 780-2537.

RVA Bootlegger’s Ball


A popular Richmond event where partygoers dress up in vintage 1920s attire and party like it’s Prohibition at the Bull & Bear Club overlooking downtown Richmond. Hosted by Richmond radio personalities Jack Lauterback and Kelli Lemon, with music from The Trongone Band and Piano Mike. 21 and older only. $35. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. 901 E. Cary St., 21st floor. Purchase tickets at

Mozart Festival in Carytown


Amadeus, Amadeus! All over Carytown. Free performances and kid-friendly events at Carytown restaurants and shops all day. For example, you can check out a cello performance at Babe’s at 2 p.m., Mozart’s Toy Symphony for the kids at Sweet Frog at 3 p.m., and arias with full orchestra backup at Can Can Brasserie at 7 p.m. Organized by Classical Revolution RVA, a Richmond group of musicians promoting classical music around town. Free. Events start at noon and run until 11 p.m. Find the full schedule of events at

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Colleen Curran covers arts and entertainment for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She writes the weekly column Top Five Weekend Events.

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