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The Carpenter Center is a place where you go to a play or some fancy classical concert. Sometimes they have really GOOD entertainment. One time, I went to see (columnist, author and comedian) Lewis Grizzard do a live performance. Tragically, it was 6 months before he died.
Dress Code: It depends on the event. For the theatre, opera, or some concert, I'm guessing overalls won't do. However, no need to put on the dog for a performance of a comedian or some such thing as that.
Jazz band at Emilio's
Emilio's is a very good restaurant as mentioned in the restaurant tip, but it a night spot in its own right. They have a nightclub every night at 10:30pm to 2am. Every night is different with jazz, blues, karaoke, reggae, ritmo, Latin...even bluegrass, and the list of live music, as well as the beat, goes on. When Lee and I happened upon this place, they had a jazz band. The music wasn't bad, but the low ceilings and small space (which make it a cozy eating place) led to an acoustical nightmare from my stand point (even in small places like this, they crank up the amps as though they were playing in the Richmond Coliseum). Our table in the non-smoking section was right in front. It would have been okay to have a pianist tinkling softly in the background. While I wasn't used to the volume of the music, Lee was really getting into it.
Dress Code: Well, Lee and I were dressed casually from two earlier events that evening, however I saw people dressed a lot less formally than we were. The one style of music not seen on their live entertainment roster was opera, or any other type of classical music, for that matter. So, I don't know of any real dress code other than shirt and shoes.
Address: 1847 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: (804) 359-1224
Theme: Live Music
The building's name drew criticism because it looks almost exactly like a Moslem temple. In the 1990s, it had to change its name to the Landmark Theater after much controversy. It was built in the 1920s and took 2 years to build. Imported tile, curtains and paintings were imported from all over and suggest a Middle Eastern theme. There are more than 3500 seats in the building which is used for concerts, theatre performances, and special events. One of those special events was my high school graduation on 12 June 1987. It came up a cloud that evening which put out the lights for 45 minutes, proportionately delaying the ceremony.
Dress Code: It depends on the event.
Address: 6 North Laurel Street, Richmond, VA 23220
The Byrd Theatre in Carytown was built in the 1920s. The movie house still has its original red velvet drapes, crystal chandelier and an organ that rises out of the stage. The only bummer is that the seats are small and there isn't much leg room but the ambience of this old-time movie house makes it worth that minor inconvenience. The Byrd shows second-run films, so don't turn up expecting to catch the latest release. The good news, however, is that fact that you'll only pay $1.99 for one of the best movie experiences in town. Its location in Carytown puts it a stone's throw from various eateries of all price ranges, so you can make an entire night of it.
Dress Code: Shirt and shoes is the only thing they're probably asking at the Byrd, but if you're bringing a date, I wouldn't go dressed like a bum.
Address: 2908 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221
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