Located in the historic Shockoe Bottom district, longtime venue Hat Factory plays host to an extensive variety of live entertainment. For 13 days in October, the club morphs into Fear Factory, a ghoulishly gleeful haunted house spotlighting themed events every night. Scare-seekers may glimpse the spirit of clown Thurman "Laughing Man" Ray, whose undeadness adds a chilling layer to a seemingly innocent profession. The eerie extravaganza commences on Tuesday, October 19 with a special Halloween edition of the club's popular RVAlution with Dave Nada, a study in social interaction co-chaired by live performers and professional DJs. The Massacre-ade Ball on Saturday, October 30 provides the perfect excuse to wear that plainclothes police officer costume you've been storing all these years. The visually inclined can experience the spine-tingling Fear Factory teaser video here.
Led by the graceful, ear-captivating vocals of Lumiri Tubo, "A Tribute to Nat King Cole" pays homage to the music legend with an evening of inspired renditions. Tubo's stunning serenades drape audiences in a melody-woven blanket of nostalgia as she channels Cole's enchanting aura, belting out classics such as "Unforgettable," "Mona Lisa," and "Ramblin' Rose." As the performance delves deeper into Cole's colorful catalog, Tubo combines her own dynamic style, subtle phrasing, and ability to ignore loudly sobbing trombone players to infuse each memorable hit with a dose of modern flair. Although not included with today's deal, a full menu of food and drink offers to fuel spirited toe tapping and armrest drumming throughout the show.
Comprised of more than 70 professional musicians, the Richmond Symphony orchestra has put on stirring classical concerts since 1957, blending timeless classics with contemporary pieces for audiences of all aural preference. The Jefferson: In His Own Words performance will feature the masterwork of composer Judith Shatin, who's managed to string together an earful of crowd-moving tales through the inspiration of Thomas Jefferson's own writings, political passions, personal correspondences, and deep love for foosball. Narrated by former Governor of Virginia Gerald L. Baliles, the performance also includes works from Copland, Saint-Saëns, and Dvorák.
The Barksdale Theatre puts on professional productions with the intimate and historic Hanover Tavern. Dan Goggin’s Nunsense details the fundraising efforts of the little sisters of Hoboken, who need cash to bury fallen sisters poisoned by the convent cook. This screwball comedy has been outfitted with new jokes, new lyrics, a brand-new song, and a snazzy new bouffant hairdo for the Hanover Tavern stage. Check the schedule for show times. As musical theater is a dish best served alongside edible dishes, reservations for brunch and dinner in the Tavern’s old dining rooms are available separately and offered prior to performances.
Disney's Daytime Emmy Award–winning Imagination Movers will perform their In a Big Warehouse concert in the grand interior of the Lisner Auditorium, playing their most popular songs and bringing the magic of their eponymous TV series to life. The popular New Orleans–based rock band bridges all generation gaps with fun and educational songs chock-full of memorable melodies and bounding rhythms that adults love as much as kids, fueling long van drives and kindergarten karaoke. With an extravagant set and ecstatic energy, the Imagination Movers give a performance that gets audiences dancing, clapping, and singing along, with guest appearances from Playhouse Disney favorites Choo Choo Soul, Nina, and Warehouse Mouse.
The menu at Strange Matter has plenty of meaty offerings, but chef Paul Webb prefers to focus on vegan food. Diners averse to animal products can munch on mango donut holes, house-made lentil burgers, and even vegan grilled-cheese sandwiches. Visit Strange Matter’s graffiti-decorated space during the day, and you’ll feast amid the blips and bleeps of an arcade stocked with classic games including Space Invaders, and Street Fighter II, where players see how hard they can punch a cobblestone road. At night, the restaurant transforms into a music venue for indie acts such as Jeff the Brotherhood and Titus Andronicus.