vol. 72 / sláinte
vol. 72 / sláinte ☘


This week, we've got nothing about green beer or magic leprechauns. At Here. we believe that the good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.

We designed this newsletter to require participation. Less reading, more doing. Pick which unexpected St. Patrick's Day items appeal to you, then grab some friends and get out there!

James River

Film Festival

The James River Film Festival, an annual event since 1994 designed for the cinematic soul, is upon us once again. Organized by James River Film Society, this year’s festival runs through March 18 and is dedicated to the art of film and film as art. Betzy Bromberg, who’s made experimental films since 1976 and is one of the most important voices in avant-garde cinema today, will serve as a distinguished guest this year. You can catch an exhibition of her early works (in 16mm) at VCU’s Grace Street Theater on Friday and her later works on Saturday at the Byrd Theatre. On Sunday there will be a St. Patrick’s Day edition of Strange Projections at Gallery5 with live mixing of Leprechaun (1993), on VHS starring Jennifer Aniston, and The Cranberries on CASSETTE! The plan is to fade the sounds of both in and out throughout the film! Not to mention, a Silent Music/Revival, Fraggle Rock with puppet creators, experimental double features, and more throughout the weekend. 



A plethora of cinematic adventures runs through March 18 at VMFA, The Byrd Theatre, The Circuit Arcade Bar, VCU's Grace Street Theater, and more! 
26th Annual James River Film Festival

Historic Evergreen


Before your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, consider a giveback initiative in this place we love to call home. On Saturday, Enrichmond Foundation will meet at Historic Evergreen Cemetery for a volunteer cleanup day. Evergreen Cemetery is a historic African-American cemetery, created in 1891 and located in Richmond’s East End. It is the resting place for many of Richmond’s African-American leaders of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Maggie L. Walker, John Mitchell Jr., and Rev. J. Andrew Bowler. There are an estimated 10,000 plots in Evergreen, most of which have become overgrown after over 40 years of neglect. Join the crew by signing up at HandsOn Greater Richmond! Volunteer tasks include clearing overgrowth, trash pickup, and grave marker recording. Tools will be provided.   



Saturday, March 16, 23, and 30
9 a.m - 12 p.m.
Historic Evergreen Cemetery Volunteer Days


Love RVA

Sure, you can hit up the traditional St. Patrick’s Day celebrations (Shamrock the BlockSt. Paddy’s Day Street Festival at Sine, Traditional Irish Wake at O'Toole'sSt. Paddy’s Day Parking Lot Party at District 5, and Gold Rush Opening Day at Kabana Rooftop). But while you're out and about looking for shenanigans, swing by the Richmond Coin Laundry (2501 N. 25th Street) and share a few quarters with Laundry Love RVA. This ongoing event is about doing community differently, being with neighbors, and sharing your spare change and time. Designed to help neighbors who could use an extra hand with their laundry expenses, Laundry Love requires no special skills or time commitment. Simply drop off change or detergent, pass out some change, dispense soap, help fold laundry, or just offer a listening ear. We guarantee it will be better than green beer.


The third Saturday of every month
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Laundry Love RVA

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vol. 70 / go south
vol. 70 / go south ↘️


March, here we come! Our advice, go south. Cross the raging James this weekend and you'll be rewarded with oysters, donuts, and craft cocktails. 

Venture forward …



The first ever Dogtown Winter Beer and Oyster Festival is this Saturday at The Butterbean, a newly opened neighborhood café on Hull Street by Michael and Laura Hild. This Manchester celebration promises a hearty selection of craft beer, cider, wine and kombucha on tap, a raw oyster station from Anderson's Neck Oyster Company, oyster stew, crab muffins, and made from scratch eats by The Butterbean. Not to mention, there will be plenty of live music, outdoor fire pits to keep you warm, outside beer stations (serving Ardent IPA, Trapezium Oyster Stout, Potter's Farmhouse Dry Cider, and Center of the Universe Kolsch) and an inside bar pouring a variety of beer, cider, and wine. 


Hot Diggity


Because on Richmond’s south side, donuts are served warm and with a cocktail. Sometimes they're even turned into sandwiches! So when you’re venturing over the river this weekend for the Dogtown Oyster Festival, make sure to skip across the street to Hot Diggity Donuts to see what we’re talking about. Here you can indulge in sweet and savory donuts, all made to order, with a cocktail or shooter in hand if you’re so inclined. We’re talking Maple Bourbon donuts (topped with salty peanuts), Grasshopper Pie donuts (pistachio, mint, chocolate shavings), and Bittersweet Mocha (dark chocolate espresso glaze, turbinado). And if you’re looking for something a bit more substantial but equally adventurous, consider one of their signature sandwiches served between two sourdough yeast donuts.

Perk: Tell them Here sent you and receive a free cup of Blanchard's Coffee with the purchase of a donut this weekend at Hot Diggity! 




Round out your South Side jaunt with a pit stop at Little Nickel, a jewel of a restaurant that invites you to pretend you’re on vacation with a playful mix of tropical dishes and plenty of tiki-inspired and neo-tropical cocktails. Brought to you by Johnny and Katrina Giavos, of Stella’s fame, this Forest Hill destination is all about taking guests to another land with its vacation food, punch bowls designed for two or more, and a retro vibe unlike anything you’ll find in RVA. We suggest starting with a Walk the Plank cocktail (pictured) and the Pu-Pu platter, a house favorite that’s served flaming with General Tso’s wings, pineapple skewers, pork bbq skewers, and lumpia. 

Little Nickel offers Happy Hour, from 3-6 p.m., with eclectic cocktail specials and an unforgettable Sunday brunch. On a recent Sunday visit we went for the El Cortez (cheddar waffles, braised pork, queso, sliced jalapeno, and crispy bacon). But really, when you’re on a vacation that's south of the James everything is a winner. Book your trip now.   
Perk: Ask for the Here Special to receive a surprise tropical cocktail at $2.00 off this weekend. 



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vol. 71 / perky
vol. 71 / perky

VOL. 70  /  PERKY

This week we’re feeling extra perky about our lineup. Members, get ready for a feel-good weekend from start to finish. Read on for some tasty ideas and fun Richmond perks along the way. 

Let’s go!  



Don’t walk, crawl to your favorite watering hole in Scott’s Addition this weekend. The SABD Collaboration Crawl starts at noon on Saturday. Each participating alcohol producer will work with a friendly neighbor to make a beer recipe and then work together to create a cider, mead, or spirit. Some of the pairings include Ardent Craft Ales & Buskey Cider, Three Notch'd RVA Collab House & Reservoir Distillery, Väsen Brewing Co. & Blue Bee Cider, Isley Brewing Company & Blue Bee Cider, Black Heath Meadery & Bingo Beer Co., and Courthouse Creek Cider & Strangeways Brewing Co. The finished collaborations will be released at each location. Make sure to grab a stamp card at your first stop and then hop around the neighborhood to try all 11 releases. Once you've received four stamps, turn in your card at any location to be entered to win a $25 gift certificate at that location. 

Double Perk: Drop off your stamped Collab Crawl card at Blue Bee Cider and write Here.Weekly member next to your name. If your card is selected at Blue Bee for the $25 gift certificate drawing we’ll match it, giving you a chance to double your Blue Bee bucks! And after you’re finished with the boozy crawl, use the Lyft code HereCrawl19 for 25% off (up to $5) your ride home.


SABD Collaboration Crawl takes place Saturday, 12 p.m to 10 p.m. 


Black Restaurant Experience

There’s still time to enjoy Richmond Black Restaurant Experience, a celebratory week dedicated to supporting RVA’s black-owned restaurants, food trucks, and catering companies. Now in its third year, Richmond Black Restaurant Experience was created to promote awareness of minority-owned businesses while showcasing the culinary talent Richmond has to offer. This year’s event boasts 29 local restaurants serving a variety of cuisines and surprise events. Some of the businesses participating include Soul Taco (pictured), Mama J’s (which was recently named as a James Beard award semi-finalist), Brewer’s Café, Croaker Spot, Vagabond, Urban Hang Suite, and more. 

On Friday we suggest checking out the live music, food trucks, beer, and wine at Studio Two Three as you browse the work of 30 African American visual artists at Art for the Soul. On Saturday hop on the UnlockingRVA Brunch Trolley at 11 a.m. to travel to three restaurants for brunch samples, specialty drinks, and a chance to get to know new friends along the way. Close out Richmond Black Restaurant Experience on Sunday at Stick a Fork in It, with small plates, tasting contests, cooking demonstrations, and music. 



The Brunch


The Brunch Market, Richmond's first curated monthly market + brunch, is set for this Sunday and we’re coming at you with an extra special perk for Here. members! Founded by a local maker/designer, the Brunch Market is a monthly pop-up catering to Richmond’s love of small business and handcraft. Hosted at the Urban Roost Event Space by Lunch.SUPPER!, the market takes a playful twist to shopping in a casual atmosphere with plenty of biscuits, mimosas, DJ Ant Boogie, and good vibes. 
This Sunday’s lineup includes vendors like Figure Form, makers of beautiful body positive prints; WhichWick, offering super fresh soy candles perfect for spring; Raising Green Kids, suppliers of eco-chic goods; JermanMade, a local maker with an eye for home décor; and more.
Perk: The first ten readers to tell The Brunch Market that they’re a Here. Weekly member will receive a FREE BISCUIT. If you happen to be the very first member to drop a Here. reference you'll also score a FREE TOTE. 




Richmond Love Letter

Our talented photog Kate Magee's images are a love letter to our city - and now you can bring them home. Shop our prints and other Here. collaborations online!