Saturday, July 29, 2006

"Shrew" Really Showplaces Poplar Lawn Talent

Sycamore Rouge's opening of "The Taming of the Shrew" last night not only provided the town with a wonderful and imaginative interpretation of Shakespeare but also helped remind us of the wellspring of creativity in our neighborhood. Chris Shorr, who can sometimes be seen lazing on his park-facing porch, is the producer. Susan Brown, of Adams Street, did an amazing job of painting Robin Armstrong's equally amazing puppets. This is not meant to be a review, but the production and the energetic cast are exceptional. Just go see it.
----Jeff A.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Not Petersburg but still wonderful

I love Elegba Folklore Society. Go check them out if you have a chance!

Elegba Folklore Society presents
Sunu: A Marriage of Traditions
from Africa to America

African Dance, Music
& the Oral Tradition
Dogwood Dell
Thursday • July 20, 2006
8:30pm • Free
Bring a Basket Dinner!

Enjoy Elegba Folklore Society's
Performing Company
with Popular Spoken Word Artists
Under the Stars!

Save the Date!
16th Annual Down Home Family Reunion
August 18 - 19

Featuring Activist/Author/Comedian, Dick Gregory!

Elegba Folklore Society
101 E. Broad Street • Richmond, VA
804.644.3900 •
Richmond's Cultural Ambassador
Embrace the Spirit!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Meeting Wednesday, June 19, 7:00 pm @ 211 Marshall St

HPLA Meeting with Downtown Petersburg Incorporated for the Downtown Harbor Initiative and R/UDAT

Please bring your ideas, questions, concerns and excitement about the R/UDAT

This meeting is open to all. Please bring, nay, DRAG friends and neighbors. Make sure Poplar Lawn is informed and heard!

Plus, as an additional attraction, there will be some tasty fare courtesy of your fabulous board members. We're not just good looking, we can cook too! So, you'd better show up, lest you hurt our feelings.

~Mady and the HPLA board

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Here Comes the Army, Just in Time?

According to NBC News, Army reps from Fort Lee will be holding public meetings on Monday and Tuesday at Union Station downtown, at 5:30 PM each day. The report says that the Army is interested in ways to improve the downtown area to serve the many additional troops being stationed at Fort Lee. It also said that the feds plan to condense an existing (and obviously absurd) 20-year improvement plan with a five year plan. (Clearly, a 20 year plan is a way of saying "let's do nothing.") But now, it seems, some federal higher ups have seen the true potential that lay among the ruins.