This week’s calendar

Imagimania! at Chop Suey; Theatre VCU”s The Elephant Man; FilmRoasters @ Firehouse; End of an Era: The Photography of Jack Jeffers; Flight Night @ Secco; FAT TUESDAY at F.W. Sullivan’s & Lady N’awlins; Free movie at Grace Street Theater; The Moonbees, Chris Kasper at Listening Room; Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority; VCU Southern Film Festival; MORE…

Imagimania! at Chop Suey

Sat Feb 18 5:00 pm
The good folks at Quail Bell Magazine present Imagimania! — a reading of fantastic works by Quail Bell contributors. In our upstairs gallery.

Theatre VCU”s The Elephant Man

Sat Feb 18 7:30 pm
The Elephant Man Written by Bernard Pomerance • Directed by Casey Biggs What is normal? Do you feel different? John Merrick was so grotesquely deformed that women fainted in horror at the sight of him. Dr. Federick Treves rescues John Merrick, n the world of 1880’s Victorian England’s freak shows. Merrick is discovered to be a highly intelligent, sensitive and artistic man. Based on fact, this Tony award-winning play, explores the notion of what and who is normal and how in a world of hypocrisy we may be persuaded to question our own quality of mercy. Feb. 16 -18 – 7:30 pm • Feb. 19 – 3:00 pm

FilmRoasters @ Firehouse

Sun Feb 19 8:00 pm
Once a month, the FilmRoasters slowly incinerate a cinematic achievement over a pit of microphone-fueled mockery. November’s guest of honor is The Day the Earth Stood Still. As usual, the FilmRoasters will be helping to cushion the pain of sitting through the movie by providing our own improv comedy commentary track during the film.

The next show is February 19. Tickets to the show are only $5, and all proceeds will be donated to the Firehouse Theatre Project. Doors will open at 8 p.m. and the movie will begin within the hour.

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End of an Era: The Photography of Jack Jeffers

Mon Feb 20 8:00 pm
This exhibition displays large-format black-and-white prints of people and landscapes from the Appalachian region of western Virginia taken by award-winning photographer Jack Jeffers. Before Jeffers moved to Wyoming, the Virginia artist donated 123 monumental images to the Virginia Historical Society. Jeffers stated in 1996, “What you have represents almost thirty years of my life. Much of what I have recorded is already past history and most of the people I photographed are either dead or close to it.” Opens February 20, 2012 @ Virginia Historical Society

Flight Night @ Secco

Mon Feb 20 7:00 pm
Trying new things is like hitting the refresh button on our existence: it delivers us from complacency, engages our senses and forces us to question our tastes, values and, in turn, our very nature. Yet, more often than not, most of us will opt for the familiar over the unknown. Every Monday.

FAT TUESDAY at F.W. Sullivan’s & Lady N’awlins

Tue Feb 21 8:00 pm
Celebrate FAT TUESDAY this Tuesday at the corners of Stafford and Main. We’ll be celebrating Rio style at F.W. Sullivan’s and New Orleans style across the street at Lady N’awlins.

Noon: Doors open at Lady N’awlins, Full Cajun menu served ’til 11pm
4pm: Crawfish Broil at Lady N’awlin begins
4:30pm: Doors open at F.W. Sullivan’s – Special: Brazilian Gaucho Steak with Chimichurri
All Night: Beads, Masks, Hurricane’s, etc. at Sullivan’s and The Lady
2am: That’s all folks

Free movie at Grace Street Theater

Tue Feb 21 7:00 pm
The Princess of Montpensier (2010)
by Bertrand Travernier – February 21, 2012 – 7pm
Area: The Masters

The Moonbees, Chris Kasper at Listening Room

Tue Feb 21 7:30 pm
The Moonbees, Chris Kasper at Listening Room at The Firehouse Theater

Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority

Wed Feb 22 7:00 pm
Tom Burrell, celebrated founder of the nation’s largest marketing firm owned by African Americans, will discuss and expand upon ideas presented in his book, “Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority”. Burrell has dedicated his life to positive advertising for the African American community and to challenging stereotypes and other harmful images in the media.

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VCU Southern Film Festival

Fri Feb 24 7:00 pm
Founded in 2010 to explore how the distinctiveness of the South has been portrayed onscreen, the Southern Film Festival brings together films and those involved in their making with constructive commentary. This year’s theme considers a diverse cross-section of southern rebels from the Civil War to the present. Feb.24-25 at VMFA


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