Archive for March, 2012

Broadway in Richmond 2012-13 Season Announced

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

The recent run of “the Lion King” drew 96,000 people to Richmond’s Landmark Theater. That success is driving the 2012-13 Broadway in Richmond series to bring top-notch productions to Richmond. The season opens in November and includes 5 shows with universal appeal.  The season opens November 27th with Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” which will run through December 2.

Landmark Theater - Home to the 2012-13 Broadway in Richmond Series

“Billy Elliott, the Musical” follows February 1 through 3rd. Elton John provided the musical score for the story about a young boy from a mining community who gives up his boxing gloves to become a ballet dancer – changing his life, his family dynamic, and, even, his community.

“Mary Poppins” opens on February 19 with its new dance numbers and stagecraft – but it ends February 24th.

The 25th anniversary production of “les Miserables” begins March 26 and runs through March 31. This performance will feature new staging and re-imagined scenery inspired by paintings of Victor Hugo.

May 10 and 11th will feature “West Side Story,” one of the greatest love stories of all time.

Five-show subscription tickets are $200 to $335. Individual tickets will go on sale in the fall. All performances will be at the Landmark Theater, 6 N Laurel Street, in the historic Fan District.

The Landmark Theater opened in 1927 after seven years of planning and two years of construction. The theater was purchased by the City of Richmond from the Shriners in 1940 and the City embarked on a renovation to restore its splendor in 1994/5. Some of America’s greatest entertainers have appeared on stage beneath its towering minarets and desert murals. The Landmark is also home to the Richmond Forum, featuring topics to stimulate and inspire.

The Landmark Theater, at 6 N. Laurel Street, is within walking distance, just blocks from Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast, located in the historic Fan District. When events at the Landmark are on your schedule, make an overnight at our urban inn part of the plans for a very special treat. INFO on Broadway in Richmond!

Snorkeling in the City?

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Yes, of course! The James River runs right through the middle of Richmond and the James River Park System is managed by the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks. If you’d like to explore the underwater world of the James River, here are a few tips:

Follow these tips for getting the most out of snorkeling the James River in Richmond

1. Stop by the Visitor Center at Hillcrest and Riverside Drive for detailed information, maps, and guides. Many have been written by Ralph White, Park Manager and Senior Naturalist for the James River Park System. There’s even a map for $2 printed on Tyvek, so it’s waterproof! You may call (804) 780-5311 to reach the visitor center.

2. Be SAFE! Wear tennis shoes to protect your feet from sharp objects; wear a life jacket to improve your mobility and protect you from rough rocks; and, use sunscreen especially on the back of your neck! Long sleeved shirt and lightweight long pants will protect you from abrasive surfaces and sharp rocks.

3. It’s best to use a snorkel and face mask and crawl or walk upstream with your face in the water. Choose shallow rocky areas (6 inches to 24 inches deep). You’ll find the best viewing is in slow-moving water. Search the shadows – many creatures hide or attach themselves under rocky overhangs.

4. Pick your place! Pony Pasture is easily reached but is also the most heavily used area. The broad stretch of rocks at the 43rd St Entrance offers more variety and is generally less crowded.

5. AVOID sandy or muddy areas that cloud up, fast water such as Hollywood Rapids (north of Belle isle) and the “Pipeline” between Belle and Mayo’s Islands.

6. CAUTION: If you are pulled into fast water (waist deep or knocks you off your feet) float through it with your feet up and pointed downstream!

7. Protect the environment! Please……no glass. Do not  bring glass into the park and place all trash in the proper receptacle. Leave plants, animals and artifacts where you find them for others to enjoy!

Some creatures like clams, mussels, snails and fish nests are easy to find. Some creatures like crayfish, insects, nymphs, Dragonflies. mayflies, etc will be found in and around rocks. Other creatures like small, medium, and large fish move quickly, but if you lie in a shallow rapid (6 inches deep or so) with your arms outstretched, small fish will often use you as their new territory. Or, bend over so your head is underwater, place your face up close to a rocky overhang — you just might come face-to-face with a large fish!

So start your river-focused adventure at the James River Park System Visitor Center at Hillcrest and Riverside Drive to get the latest information. If you’re lucky you’ll find Ralph White — the James River Park System’s head guru who is scheduled to retire January 2013! And, if you need overnight accommodations check out Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast, home of the hearty gourmet breakfast that will stick to for ribs all day long! More information is available from these experts:

City of Richmond Info

Friends of James River Park Info

Richmond Forum announces Block Buster Line Up for 2012-13 Season

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Saturday, the Richmond Forum ended its current season with Robert Reich and Charles Krauthammer debating the American Social contract.  In addition, organizers announced the next line-up of speakers for the next season beginning in the Fall of 2012 and extending into Spring 2013. The Richmond Forum takes place in the Landmark Theater in Richmond’s historic Fan district, just three blocks away from Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast.

The season opens with Platon, internationally known photographer, whose portraits of key figures have appeared in Rolling Stone, the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, and the Sunday Times – in addition to his Person of the Year covers for Time Magazine. He published “Platon’s Republic” in 2004 and to coincide with publication his work was exhibited in New York. HIs second book “Power” was published last year and includes portraits of over 100 leaders. Platon will appear on November 17 and discuss “International Portraits of Power.”

On January 5, 2013 Steven Spielberg, acclaimed filmmaker, returns to Richmond to take the stage with Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer-Prize-Winning historian to speak about “Bringing History to Life on Film.” Spielberg recently wrapped up filming his biopic on Abraham Lincoln here in Richmond, which was based in part on Goodwin’s book “Team of Rivals:The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.”

For the first ever Friday Forum, Former President Bill Clinton will take the stage at the Landmark to discuss “Embracing Our Common Humanity” on February 8th.

Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman, who was severely injured in an assassination attempt in 2011, will appear at the Forum with her husband, Mark Kelly, to discuss “American Spirit” on March 9th.

The series will close with Jane Goodall, famed anthropologist who studied chimpanzees in East Africa, on April 13th.

Current forum subscribers have until May 5, 2012 to renew their subscriptions for the next season.  Any available new subscriptions will go on sale May 14th. Season tickets for the five programs range from $160 to $260. Contact the Richmond Forum through their website www.RichmondForum.org.

Originally conceived by members of the First Unitarian Church in Richmond in 1964, the Richmond Public Forum brought internationally and nationally known speakers to Richmond to enlighten, educate, and entertain audiences. Speakers included notables like Henry Kissinger, Shirley Chisholm, and Moshe Dayan – to name a few. In 1980, after 16 years, the Forum ceased operations. In 1986, the Richmond Forum revived as a nonprofit educational organization presenting Ted Koppel, ABC news journalist, as its first program. For over twenty years, The Richmond Forum has presented and produced programs that stimulate, inspire, and inform its patrons.  Many of which have been “one and only” type events – available no where else. Tickets are available on a subscription basis, but often single event tickets are available.

The Landmark Theater opened in 1927 after seven years of planning and two years of construction. The theater was purchased by the City of Richmond from the Shriners in 1940 and the City embarked on a renovation to restore its splendor in 1994/5. Some of America’s greatest entertainers have appeared on stage beneath its towering minarets and desert murals. The Landmark is also home to the Broadway in Richmond series, featuring Broadway plays and musicals.

The Landmark Theater, at 6 N. Laurel Street, is within walking distance, just blocks from Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast, located in the historic Fan District. When events at the Landmark are on your schedule, make an overnight at our urban inn part of the plans for a very special treat.

Mike’s French Macron cooking class

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Link to Mike’s class

Learning to make Croissant’s in Paris!

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

The basis of the class is/was to learn to make the basic Croissant dough, which become the foundation for many other pastries, like Chocolate Croissant, Almond Croissant, Apple Croissant, etc.  I think you can see where we are headed.

The process starts with the Détrempe or basic dough (this rests for 6-hours).  This is followed by the fun step, called the barrage, or incorporating the butter in to the dough, in steps, it best to have a glass or wine in between each step, which takes about 20-minutes.

Next we cut to croissants into their recognizable shape and roll them up. Then they proof for about 2-hours are 75-80 degrees.

Ready for the proof box

Now comes the hard part, you have to bake for 20-minutes, you can imagine baking a two ovens full of croissants, and the aroma of the melting butter.  If you were a serial killer you would have to cut someone up!Now they are ready, oh wait that have to cool!  Well not that long especially if you have an asbestos mouth.

The bottom line YUM!

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