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What to Do in Richmond This Week: Aug. 8-14

Settle into August with chess battles, '90s boybands and the smoothest jazz.



Monday, Aug. 8
Get your head in the game. You can join chess battles at all levels of play at the Richmond Public Library. 6 p.m. Free.

Tuesday, Aug. 9
Fire up your synapses. The Camel is host to a showcase of Richmond electronic sound manipulators with Rec Room: Live Local Beats. 8 p.m. Free.

Wednesday, Aug. 10
Travel back in recent melodic time. There are two ways today: The MY2K Tour, featuring 98 Degrees with O-Town, Dream and Ryan Cabrera, playing Innsbrook After Hours, 6 p.m. And at the National, it’s the resurrection of ’90s grunge rockers Bush.

Thursday, Aug. 11
Multiply your music. Richmond gallery owner, musician and all-round good guy B.J. Kocen celebrates the release of his double album, “Searching for Signal / Old Lake.” 8 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 12
Expand your cultural boundaries. The 11th Filipino Festival takes over Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for two days of food, entertainment, shopping and activities. Free.

Saturday, Aug. 13
Jazz it up. The Richmond Jazz Festival is underway (Aug. 11-14), featuring the Roots, Herbie Hancock and Morris Day among many artists.

Sunday, Aug. 14
Keep your seeds to yourself. A summer tradition, the Carytown Watermelon Festival has everything you need to spend a day eating, drinking, listening, exploring and shopping — and yes, eating watermelon. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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