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A Day in Old Towne Petersburg

As a true South of the James girl (shout-out to Chester!), I have long appreciated the history that Petersburg – just a short drive down I-95 from Richmond – has to offer. Known for its pivotal Civil War battles, visiting…

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Meet Rayvon Owen! Native Son and Music Man

Rayvon Owen bounds into the green room backstage at Altria Theatre during rehearsals for SPARC’s Live Art: Love show, held earlier this summer. Grammy award-winning artist Jason Mraz and the show’s choreographer get swept up in the whirlwind and ask…

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Passions and Possibilities for Kids

Brendan Easter of Midlothian was about seven years old when he discovered the world of speedcubing and eight when he got bit by the theatre arts bug. The two passions collided when Brendan brought his cubes to a CharacterWorks play…

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Best of RVA! Staycation Adventures

Funny story. Not funny ha-ha, funny stupid. For years, I lived about fifty minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge. I walked the wide, inviting paths overlooking the sparkling San Francisco Bay twice. I toured Alcatraz once. I might have ridden…

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Meet Elsa the Therapy Dog

Goldendoodle Elsa is a rock star at VCU Medical Center, even though there’s no red carpet underneath her paws. The calm-natured, 55-pound sandy blonde fluffball strolls alongside her handler, Margaret Popik, down the halls of the pediatric inpatient unit at…

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Try Out an Underdog City!

Over the years, Cleveland, Ohio, has become an underdog city, and that’s putting it politely. With the burning river, brutal winters, and often-frustrating sports teams, the city has been burdened with the harsh nickname Mistake on the Lake. You know…

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Jazz to the World! Meet Charles Overton

Virtuoso Charles Overton didn’t find the harp. It found him. It’s such a warm instrument. You can feel the vibrations as you play. They reverberate through you,” says the talented 23-year-old, explaining his interest in the harp. “It’s one of…

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How to Stress Less as a Family

Have you ever seen that parenting meme with Gandalf from Lord of the Rings staring stoically and bravely off into the distance? Beneath him are the words: “When you hear your kids wake up in the morning … so it…

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Welcome to Kid City!

Full disclosure: I am not wild about theme parks. That said, I adore LEGOLAND Florida. If your kids are under twelve and are LEGO-fanatics, they’ll also fall in love with a park that’s dedicated to their age group and their…

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