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Stuff to do: The 63rd Armenian Food Festival, Take Me To The River, 43rd Street Festival of the Arts and more


Friday, Sept. 8

The 63rd Annual Armenian Food Festival at St. James Armenian Church – runs Friday and Saturday

Billed as Richmond’s oldest and longest-running food festival, this cultural food event near the corner of Pepper and Patterson Avenue provides a family-friendly atmosphere and delicious Armenian cuisine, from chicken shish kabobs and cheese boreg to stuffed grape leaves and mouthwatering pastries. Admission is free. Both days, the festival runs from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more, check out their website.

Stephen McCarthy and Kevin Pittman at Plan 9 Music

Read our feature story here. Free show at 6 p.m. in Carytown at the undisputed OG of local record stores.

John D’Earth at Reveler

The legendary jazz trumpeter performs two shows, the first at 7 p.m. and the second at 9:30 p.m. D’Earth has appeared on over 100 albums and played with everyone from Miles Davis and Buddy Rich to Tito Puente, Joe Henderson, and pop stars like Dave Matthews and Bruce Hornsby. Tickets $15 to $20. 3108 W. Cary St.

No BS! Brass at the Get Tight Lounge

It’s hard to resist when that brass attack hits. Yes, the crew is back to rock the VCU area with the finest in homegrown party music. 7:30 p.m. Admission is $12.12, go here.

Saturday, Sept. 9

43rd Street Festival of the Arts

It’s the 32nd annual festival of art that tries to offer a little something for everyone, including a juried show with 75 regional craftspeople and artisans. There will be food trucks, live music, and family fun. According to their social media page: “Street parking is available around the Forest Hill neighborhood. Food trucks and music will be set up in the parking lot of Good Shepherd Episcopal School.” This free event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1410 W. 43rd St. Donations are encouraged, all of which goes to CARITAS Richmond, which provides a safe space and time to heal and rebuild for people who are unhoused or dealing with addiction.

Take Me To The River at Brown’s Island

We live in the age of the tribute band – people want to hear the hits, dammit, so they can dance into the apocalypse without exorbitant ticket fees tacked on. But rarely do you get three of Richmond’s most popular tribute bands on one bill: Three Sheets to the Wind (yacht rock), Full Moon Fever (Tom Petty) and Fear of Music (only the best Talking Heads). Of course, most of these musicians involved, if not all of them, have original projects, too. Don’t forget to check those out. Doors at 4 p.m. and music at 5 p.m. Go here for tix.

Speaking of Talking Heads, they just had some group healing time during a press reunion for the new reissue of "Stop Making Sense," which has some hopeful fans speculating they'll tour again. Maybe don't hold your breath, David Byrne seems to be doing fine on Broadway, but one can always hope. And you can check out some crap-a-licious old cellphone footage we took of Fear of Music performing a Talking Heads deep cut, "Pulled Up," (1977) at the old Balliceaux in 2013. (Ahh, those were the days ... after those other days).