Archive for February, 2009

It’s Time to Dust off Those Old Bowties.

Posted in Film with tags , on February 28, 2009 by kozmicdogz

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Last night we attended the grand opening of MOVIELAND, brought to us by BowTie Cinemas at Boulevard Square. I was going to take some photographs but the batteries died in my camera on the first shot, so I have scanned our ticket stubs from the premier.

At 6pm the parking lot was almost full, Channel 12 had their satelite truck there, and the theatre was filled with smiling Richmonders with cash in their hands. I believe the Bowtie father and son duo were there, as there were lots of people in charge standing around grinning from ear to ear.

We chose to see “The Reader” with Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, and David Kross.  Winslet won the Academy Award for best Actress. An intense film with great acting that leaves one with questions and deep thought.

The theatre was very clean (of course), the seats roomy and comfortable. We were in Auditorium 4 which had seats on the floor level as well as stadium seating. We choose the floor seating, I am not a big fan of stadium seating in a movie theatre.

Before the feature there were no Coke or Fandango ads, only coming attractions. The projection was flawless, bright and in focus, and the audience behaved themselves as adults. I have joined the Criterion Club and look forward to all of the amenities that brings as well as what  this theater will be offering Richmond. It has been a long dry season for the movie going public in Richmond. There have been lots of closings and few openings. It was a great night for the city.

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Who Wants to be A Millenare?

Posted in Film on February 23, 2009 by kozmicdogz

200px-slumdog_millionaire_poster“Slumdog Millionaire” took home 8  Oscars last night at the 81st Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles including Best Director (Danny Boyle) and the coveted Best Picture Award.

Sean Penn won for his portrayal of Harvey Milk in “Milk,” and Heath Ledger won posthumously for his fantasticly evil Joker in “The Dark Knight” for Best Supporting Actor. The only other posthumously awarded Oscar one of the major acting catagories went to Peter Finch for “Network” (1976).

Penelope Curz won for Best Supporting Actress in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (blogged about earlier this month) and Kate Winslet won for her reading skills in “The Reader.”

Hugh Jackman hosted the ceremony and once again (for me at least) it did not fail to entertain. I am already counting the days till the 82nd award ceremony.

Now get out of your house and go see a movie!

RVAjazzfest 2009

Posted in Music with tags , on February 21, 2009 by kozmicdogz

poster February 21st @ the Camel.

8pm  – $10.00 all ages.

For details go to rvajazz.com.

Support Live Music in Richmond VA.

We all need it.

Dreamgirls & Ukes

Posted in Art with tags on February 21, 2009 by kozmicdogz
"Song of the Sea" by Amy Crehore

"Song of the Sea" by Amy Crehore

Artist and friend, Amy Crehore is back home from her show at Thinkspace Gallery in LA, “Dreamgirls & Ukes.” Amy and Lou (The Hokum Scorchers) played music together in public for the first time in many years and it looks like everyone had a great time.

Congratulations, Amy!

For more pictures & video try the links below:

http://amycrehore.blogspot.com/2009/02/back-home.html

http://www.artnewyorkcity.com/category/amy-crehore/

http://sourharvestblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/amy-crehore-in-studio-getting-ready-for.html

The 4th Annual Chinese Film Festival

Posted in Film on February 19, 2009 by kozmicdogz

2009-poster_2February 19-22. Screening events are at the University of Richmond, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Byrd Theatre.

Films at UR and VMFA are free and only $3.00 at the Byrd.

Schedule and location of screening and events for the Chinese Film Festival.

UR’s International Film Series continues into April.

Richmond Theatres Old and New!

Posted in Film with tags , , on February 14, 2009 by kozmicdogz

February is my favorite month of the year and this year it is even more special because of the new theater openings in Richmond, Virginia.

The Robinson Theater in Church Hill has been renovated and will have its’ grand opening February 21st. The Robinson, named after Richmond native, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson will be a community resource center with classes and performances.

MovieLand on the Boulevard built by the father & son duo, Bowtie Cinemas, has created quite a stir in Richmond and is set to open for business on Friday, February 27th. Be There! Various neighborhood blogs have been reporting on Movieland almost weekly.

In other movie news:

Don’t forget the Academy Awards which will air live on February 22nd!

The Byrd Theatre now owned by the non-profit, The Byrd Theatre Foundation, has a new website. You can check it out for times and events at Richmond’s Landmark movie Palace. Continuously in operation since 1928!

At a great theater site, Cinema Treasures, you can search for photos and information on old and current movie theaters. If you search by zip code, 23220 within 10 miles, and you will see just about every theater that has ever been in Richmond. You do have to create an account to post a comment.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

I Feel Like Dancing…

Posted in Music with tags , on February 11, 2009 by kozmicdogz

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That’s right it’s Buttercup at Bottoms Up on Thursday night!

You can also see The Happy Lucky Combo @ O’Tooles tonight! The Happy Combo will be playing this Saturday in the far West End, beyond Willow Lawn and out of the city limits all the way in Short Pump as a part of the Richmond Symphony “Music Marathon” @ 1pm.

Don’t forget Saturday is Valentine’s Day!

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