Last week at The Shop, the Richmond Comedy Coalition debuted The Lab; RVA’s first open mic improv show. This is a brand new opportunity for local improv crews to do their thing – in front of a live audience – FOR FREE. That’s right — this is a free show! Don’t have a improv crew? No problem – just volunteer for improv games as part of the open improv jam. It’s a great night of free comedy. The inagrual night featured two new acts; College for Bears & Faking it. The night also featured the RCC improv crew Karate Practice followed by a “open improv jam” Below are some photos from the successful night. CLICK HERE (or the phot0s below) to see all the photos from the debut of The LAB.
FAKING IT [Kristin Kirkley, Rachel Weatherly, Emilie Tweeddale & Townsend - not pictured] Side note: Faking it are four of the funniest girls I know — I was lucky enough to be in an RCC improv class with them last year — so proud of y0u!
College for Bears: Steve Howze & Josh Blubaugh. Both Steve and Josh are what I call duel threats — the are great at improv and also very funny stand-up comics. Laugh at Josh and Steve at Cafe Diem’s Open Mic Comedy Night.
The article posted on Facebook last night and most will see it this week in the print edition of Style Weekly but one of RVA’s biggest unsolved mysteries is no more. That is because Keeley Laures decided it was time to end the mystery and talk about her amazing site Graffiti Richmond. I met Keeley last year while she was displaying art at Steady Sounds. We just started talking and became friends. I’m proud to say that she is a friend of the site and was instrumental in the 3 Part Graffiti Adventures photo series posted last year. I’m going to spend the rest of the week begging her to do an interview with me. I’ll keep you posted – Congrats Keeley!
A 2012 Cheats Movement project is to post new music, artwork, and videos from RVA’s creative community. Therefore, I’m starting The Cheats Movement Club. A series of picks from “friends” of the Cheats Movement. If you are an artist and would like you new work considered for the club, send it to TheCheatsMovement@gmail.com.
THIS WEEK IN THE CLUB: DAMAGED ANDY, SUPERSTAR SPITAZ, ARTIK PHREEZE, SMOOTHMATIC, RYAN EASTER
ARTIST: DAMAGED ANDY ALBUM: PSYCHOSIS TRACK: ROMANS WHY: Damaged Andy is a RVA hip-hop vet. He took some time off to focus on what he wanted to accomplish in music and the result of his internal joureny was Psychosis. Check out the track Romans below and check out the album by clicking here.
ARTIST: SUPERSTAR SPITAZ X ARTIK PHREEZE VIDEO: YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS WHY: What’s next in RVA hip-hip? You can never tell but these two gentleman, Phreeze and Spitaz are working hard to carve out their spot. They were kind enough to invite me down to West Coast Kix to shoot some behind the scenes – check that out by clicking here. Below is the official video.
ARTIST: SMOOTHMATIC VIDEO: 2011 YEAR END PROMO WHY: I give credit where credit due and Robert Roby AKA SmoothMatic absolutely killed the 2nd half of 2011 with video after video. He is always doing quality work for RVA artist. Check out his year end promo below.
ARTIST: RYAN EASTER VIDEO: RORSCHACH’S JOURNAL WHY: I’ve only met Ryan Easter one time (and it was brief) - after he killed a show at the camel last year before he went to Berklee College of Music. I ran across this video on my facebook feed and really loved the RVA visuals and the groove. Salute to Ryan Easter reppin RVA.
Again, if you want your work considered for the club send it to: TheCheatsMovement@gmail.com — all art, music and videos.
It’s been a great year for Graffiti in RVA. I’ve had a great time going out and taking photos of the RVA graffiti scene. Another S/O to the best graffiti site in the city Graffiti Richmond. More photos coming in 2012 — CLICK HERE to see the final installment of Graffiti Adventures. And check the graffiti tab on the home page to see all my graffiti photos.
First and foremost, S/O to MizzUndastood and Black Liquid for organizing, hosting, and promoting such a good cause in RVA. Homelessness is a problem in our city, especially during this holiday season. We all must do our part to help our community. RVA Hip Hop has really presented a strong – positive showing with community events throughout the year. With that said, last night’s Hip Hop For The Hungry went hard with performances by: Artik Phreeze, Black Liquid, Bobby Capri, The Big League, Divine Profitz, Illa Scorsese, Kleph Dollaz, Radio B, Ms Proper, NickelusF (with Conrizzle), Sleaze, and more (If I left you off — my bad –holla at me).
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Hip Hop For the Hungry – Click Here to see all the photos!
West Coast Kix is one of the most stylish clothing boutiques in RVA. Located in the heart of Carytown, West Coat Kix is owned and operated by Ben Margolis. Recently celebrating their 1 year anniversary, I was able to chat with Ben about the shop and running a small business in RVA. Make sure you support and visit Ben at West Coast Kix in Carytown.
On October 21, 2011, RVA HOT SAUCE was introduced to the city of Richmond. The Cheats Movement, Just Plain Sounds, and The Shop brought together some of the hottest talent in RVA for a night of entertainment, diversity, and fun. The RVA HOT SAUCE web series is scheduled to debut in December 2011.
Check this out – I caught up with the man behind RVA Mag and RVA Music Fest Tony Harris at the end of night 1. It was about 2:00 AM and he was wrapping up a great night and moving into day 2. Check out his perspective on RVA Hip-Hop and why RVA Music Fest is important. Cheats Movement X RVA Mag at it finest. S/O to everyone standing up for the River City. WE R-VA.
I love photos of empty roads — it reminds me of the choices we all must make in life. What are YOU going to do to make your road great? ll of us! Click HERE to see all of my Maymont Park photos.
RSVP by clicking HERE!!! We just landed Chris Ryan too. All kinds of interviews will be happening!
Everyone knows that if you want to get the real feel of the community you go to one of two places: church or the barber shop. I’m not taking my camera into church just yet (not the place) BUT the barber shop is fair game. Meet “my” barber; Big Red at Eugene’s Barber Shop on Broad Street. This week’s topics are the BET Hip-Hop Awards and President Obama!
Last Sunday was a picture perfect afternoon in RVA. Though I love football, the Skins were on a bye week so I got out of the house and went to Maymont Park. I’m really working on expanding my range as a photographer so I took a lot of shots in different settings and speeds. I want The Cheats Movement’s content to be as diverse as RVA; these photos show a very magical part of the city. Take a look at all my shots from Maymont Park by clicking HERE.
Click HERE to see Part 1.
Hands down my favorite Graffiti site is Graffiti Richmond. I know what you’re thinking and calm down – Graffiti Richmond does not write graffiti. It is a site – very similar to mine – in which it highlights “other” people’s amazing art. With that said – the site is dope AND I was lucky enough to link up with the crew. In part 1 of this exclusive series of RVA graffiti pics — I went out with Graffiti Richmond for some of the coolest shots I’ve ever done . Click here and enjoy the first part of Graffiti Adventures.
Well, October has hit RVA — letting its presences known with an awesome October breeze. New seasons, new months, and new days, provide everyone a chance to do something new — and that’s no different for The Cheats Movement Blog. This month, I am going to try something completely new — hopefully taking The Cheats Movement to a higher level. In collaboration with The Shop (at Artspace) and Just Plain Sounds …and all of my good friends in RVA. I’m going to film a season of short vids for the blog — taking the concept of The Cheats Movement to what I call the new public access — the internet. The goal is to really have fun with the diversity and talent in RVA – same as the goal of the blog. Everything is still in the works BUT October 21st at the Shop will be the first filming — We hope to present a great experience for anyone that comes through — We NEED everyone to come through! Trust me – I will be calling you. Stay tuned for details and of course, Stay Focused!!!
Here it is; the second part of my interview with VCU Men’s Basketball Coach Shaka Smart. He talks about his favorite music, his feelings on becoming a father, his favorite basketball player of all-time, and more. It has been a pleasure to spend time with Coach Smart. I wish him, his “growing” family, his team, and VCU continued success. He is a role model to have in RVA. Check it out.
Just in case you missed this a while back, my man Iain over a Grape Cloth — hooked up this video on the Grape Blog. Check it out – BCMusic1st, Black Liquid, and Emphasys of the Mighty New Juice Crew. RVA Stand Up!