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vol. 75 / connected
vol. 75 / connected


There’s no place like here. The degree to which Richmonders are connected reflects the strength and resiliency of our community. But community connection doesn’t just happen, it’s the result from having connections on multiple levels — starting with one’s connection to self. 

Sydney Lester, this week's guest editor, has rounded up three suggestions to help you connect with this place we call home. Sydney is the CEO of Chic Stripes, a personal styling company and the founder of Style Camp, a transformative 6-week guided virtual program to help women find, hone or reset their personal style. Take it away, Sydney! 



Sometimes all you need is a good book, comfy chair, strong drink, no talking and … a bunch of other people? Silent Reading Party, created by Sarah Choi, encourages you to create an intentional quiet space in your calendar for reading the old fashioned way and made more fun with a few twists, like eclectic drink menus ordered via paper and pencil and the presence of people who do not talk to each other ... at all. The demand for the Silent Reading Party has turned into a set-your-alarm type situation and now has enough silent readers for two groups in Richmond and one in Charlottesville. Reading has never been a more fun - or silent - way to connect. Follow @silentreadingpartyrva and @silentreadingpartycville on Instagram to find out about the date and location of the next Silent Reading Party.



Sign up for the next Silent Reading Party in Richmond or Charlottesville



The Rebelle Community calls itself a club without a clubhouse and is made up of women who are seeking an alternative to the traditional networking and women's group experiences. From panels featuring women sharing the nitty gritty behind all the things they quit (six figure jobs, marriages), to creative workshops tuning into one’s physical body to make life decisions, to mixers (with both lots of bubbly and thoughtful nonalcoholic options), this is the place to connect authentically and build relationships.


Rebelle Community



This is not your ordinary meditation center. Brought to life as a collaboration between two women-owned businesses, Shockoe Slip Yoga and Fantastically Fit, the Mindfulness Bar is committed to “making silence sexy.” From a menu that lets you book a “shot” of meditation, “by the bottle” group workshops, or a “total detox” that brings on-site consulting + meditation to you, you’ll find that connecting mindfully doesn’t have to be taken so seriously. Want to ease in? Schedule a seasonal “On the Rocks,” a 45-minute walking meditation to the James River and back. 


Mindfullness Bar

Grid is here.

The spring issue of Richmond Grid, a collaboration with Coffee With Strangers RVA, is now available! This issue of Grid was co-produced with guest editors, Matt Pochily and Kelli Lemon, and is designed to explore the positive impact of strangers throughout the Richmond community. Contact us if you'd like Richmond Grid delivered to your local business, organization, or good cause. And follow Richmond Grid on Instagram and Facebook for daily news that celebrates RVA. 
vol. 74 / from there to here
vol. 74 / from there to here 🌱

VOL. 74
Let's get to it! Meet this week's guest editor: Jason Roop, the former editor in chief of Style Weekly. He's also the founder of the public relations and content marketing firm Springstory. We're honored to have Jason share his tips for exploring this place we call home. Take it away, Jason!  

March will go out like a lamb this weekend, with temperatures heading back to the mid-70s and the promise of bright days ahead. Last week’s vernal equinox, with the arrival of spring, passed through the constellation Pisces. Years ago it came through Aries — in Greek mythology, a golden ram, for you VCU fans. Time, space and distance can intertwine in fascinating ways — elements of storytelling that stick in the mind and linger through generations. Some Richmond experiences bring faraway places and ideas into our own galaxy this weekend, traveling from there to here.

The Women's

Theatre Festival

One story starts in Africa, with a 17-year-old named Chaku. She’s sold into slavery in the play “Message From a Slave,” written by Margarette Joyner, artistic director of the Heritage Ensemble Theatre Company. It’s “a moving tale of love and resilience that would deliver a powerful message at any time,” theater critic Julinda Lewis writes. “In My Chair” features Richmond performer Eva DeVirgilis sharing her own story in a one-woman show. Both plays are among those featured in The Women’s Theatre Festival, featuring four local theater companies and Richmond’s talented female artists. It kicked off Wednesday and runs through April 20. Photo by Destiny Martinez Photography. 



The Women's Theatre Festival

March 27 - April 20


Film Festival

In 1993, Peter and Françoise Kirkpatrick started what has become an internationally renowned festival. Directors, cinematographers, actors and fans travel to Richmond each year along with a massive portfolio of work. You could feast on these films till you no longer need the subtitles. Pick a feature off the full schedule and go. Or try out the short film series, which runs Saturday and Sunday mornings at The Byrd Theatre. Stay to wander through a perhaps star-studded Carytown. If Can Can Brasserie is full, head across the street for other international flavors at Tulsi Indian Cuisine. Get started with an order of warm garlic naan, with its fresh cilantro, and rosemary & thyme kulcha.


27th French Film Festival
Thursday, March 28 - Sunday, March 31



From San Diego to Charlotte, masters of motion bring their new choreography to Richmond for a unique showcase. Among the artists traveling to town is one who’s already here — Lauren Lambert, a senior at the University of Richmond, whose work recently was featured at the University Dancers’ spring concert, “In/Motion.” Check out three performances of eclectic dance works on Saturday and Sunday at The Grace Street Theater. Photo by Christopher Risch Photography.  


17th Annual Mid-Atlantic Choreographers Showcase
Saturday, March 30 - Sunday, March 31

Bonus Tip

Sometimes you need to get on the road. For a day trip and the best gouda you’ll ever taste in your life, head to Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Crozet. I visited the other week, where Sister Claire told me about the milk that came from Mennonite diary farmers in the Shenandoah Valley, and the cheese that’s been made at the monastery since 1990. You can buy a 2-pound wheel (cash or check) and take it to the nearby Stinson Vineyards to enjoy with your wine tasting. 

Do you have a Virginia road trip you’d like to recommend? Send it along to Jason and sign up for his free Springstory newsletter for communication tips, resources and advice on storytelling.
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vol. 68 / connect
vol. 68 / connect 💌


We’re back from hiatus! Thanks to your support, our little newsletter has grown. Starting this month, Here. is now part of Richmond Grid magazine! Otherwise, our mission remains the same: to thoughtfully connect you to the best of Richmond. Now let’s get back to exploring this place we call home.

Happy Valentine’s Day. We love ya! 


& Biscuit

L-O-V-E is in the air at Tang & Biscuit, RVA’s first shuffleboard social house, in Scott’s Addition. We're talking 10 regulation-size, floor shuffleboard courts, a 50-foot bar serving up Tang-inspired cocktails and beer, an innovative kitchen, and multiple games like giant Connect Four, Jenga, ping-pong, and more. Tonight, Tang & Biscuit will kick things off with their first Singles Shuffleboard Mixer. Grab a tang and some biscuits and hit the courts; everyone is invited to mix and mingle. Maybe you’ll meet your match. They'll have plenty of themed drinks and $2 off all shareables. 

And get this, if you head over to Tang & Biscuit this weekend and tell them Here. sent you, they'll give you a big ol' scoop of Tang Sorbet, an exclusive flavor they created with Gelati Celesti, for free! Because nothing says love like free dessert. 




Virago Spirits, a hidden gem in RVA, is keeping things sweet for Valentine’s Day with a rum and chocolates pairing with Gearharts Fine Chocolates tonight in their tasting room. Virago offers luxe lounge seating and a cozy fireplace with an inspiring panoramic mural by Richmond artist Emily Herr. Throughout February, Virago is featuring special cocktails by guest bartender from the Shaved Duck, Craig Gordon. One sip and you’ll see why Virago’s Four-Port Rum just won the Gold Medal in the 2019 World Beverage Competition in the Gold Rum category!

Tip: We recommend going with the Old Fashioned or Milk Punch paired with Be Mayan, Maya, dark chocolate accented with cinnamon, orange, and smoky ancho chile.




If you're looking to spread some love far beyond RVA, head to the center of Monroe Park and look for a large shipping container painted gold. Here you'll find the Richmond Portal, a new public art initiative designed to spark dialogue between communities that wouldn’t otherwise find an opportunity to interact. Richmonders are invited to step inside the shipping container, outfitted with video conferencing, for an immersive audiovisual experience that connects you with someone else in one of over 40 portals around the world. 

The Richmond Portal, as with all Portals, is free and open to the public for 20-minute sessions. Upcoming opportunities include a chance to talk, collaborate, debate, and play with others in Portals located in Gaza City; Berlin, Germany; Herat, Afghanistan; and Erbil, Iraq. And if you have ideas about special programming and ways to use the Richmond Portal to further connect, reach out to



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