February 3rd, 2014 by RichmondBargains

Not one but two free film festivals in Richmond this week!

rva enviromental film festvial '14

“On February 5th – 9th, 2014, several local organizations will partner to present the Fourth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival at Tuckahoe Library, VCU’s Grace Street Theater, the Visual Arts Center, and the Byrd Theatre. The festival will showcase local and national films selected to raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond region, our nation, and our planet. This event is free and open to the public” – find the full film schedule here.

vcu southern film festival 2014

The theme of this year’s VCU Southern Film Festival is Sports and the South. A highlight is a screening of Remember the Titans on Friday, February 7, at 3 p.m. with special guest Coach Herman Boone. (VCU Campus, Academic Learning Commons, 1000 Floyd Avenue, Room 1107). Other films cover baseball, tennis, stock car racing and roller derby – see the full Friday and Saturday schedule here. The only film with admission cost is Secretariat at the VMFA ($8).

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January 28th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

vcu arts film fest

The VCUarts Cinematheque will show 35mm films at the VCUarts Grace Street Theatre on (many) Tuesday nights this spring. All screenings are 35mm print projections, free of charge, Tuesday nights at 7 PM. The VCUarts Cinematheque also presents Cine-Club screenings every Wednesday evening at 7pm in the Cinema Studio in the Pollak Building.

934 W. Grace St. Richmond, VA 23284-3048
Phone: (804) 828-2020

Tonight’s film is The Earrings of Madame De… by Max Ophuls (France 1953)

    “The most cherished work from French master Max Ophuls, The Earrings of Madame de… is a profoundly emotional, cinematographically adventurous tale of deceptive opulence and tragic romance. When an aristocratic woman known only as Madame de. . . (Danielle Darrieux) sells a pair of earrings given to her by her husband (Charles Boyer) in order to pay some debts, she sets off a chain reaction of financial and carnal consequences that can end only in despair. Ophuls’ adaptation of Louise de Vilmorin’s incisive fin de siècle novel employs to ravishing effect the elegant and precise camera work for which the director is so justly renowned.” (Janus Films)

The rest of the schedule:

    by Pirjo Honkasalo (Finland 2004)

    by Laetitia Masson (France 1995)
    (With LA VIS, a short film by Didier Flamand)

    by Wong Kar-wai (Hong Kong 1994)

    by Chantal Akerman (France, Belgium 2013)

    by Bruno Dumon (France 2011)

    by Stanley Donen (USA 1952)

    by Larisa Sheptiko (Russia 1977)

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October 17th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

vcu book sale

VCU Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale
October 21-25, 2013
James Branch Cabell Library
Basement, Room B7
901 Park Avenue
Richmond, VA 23284

    2013 Book Sale Hours
    Monday, October 21: Noon–8 p.m.
    Tuesday, October 22: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
    Wednesday, October 23: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Thursday, October 24: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. **Special ½ price sale
    Friday, October 25: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.**Special ½ price sale
    Preview sale for VCU Friends of the Library donors: Monday, October 21: 9 a.m.–Noon

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January 22nd, 2013 by RichmondBargains

VCU’s and UR’s free film series are kicking off spring sessions in the next week, including a screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild which received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and was produced by Collegiate grad Michael Gottwald.

beast of the sourthern wild

The VCUarts Cinematheque programs are shown Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the VCUarts Grace Street Theatre. (934 W. Grace St)

    1/29/2013 24 CITY
    by Zhang Ke Jia
    Eight characters are affected when the state owned factory 420 shuts down to give way to give way to a complex of luxury apartments called 24 CITY.

    by Joshua Marston
    Rudia and her brother Nik are forced to face adversities beyond their age when their family is shaken up by murder.

    2/26/2013 PINA
    by Wim Wenders
    Dance, dance, or we are lost. Choreographer Pina Bausch’s final words inspired this Wim Wenders documentary on the art and influence of dance.

    3/12/2013 FISH TANK
    by Andrea Arnold
    Fifteen year old Mia’s life is turned on its head when her Mum brings home a new boyfriend.

    by Benh Zeitlin
    Six year-old Hushpuppy must desperately repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home in order to survive an unstoppable catastrophe of epic proportions.

    3/26/2013 35 SHOTS OF RUM
    by Claire Denis
    The relationship between a father and daughter is complicated by the arrival of a handsome young man.

    4/2/2013 ALEXANDRA
    by Alexander Sokurov
    An elderly woman takes a train trip to visit her grandson at his army camp inside Chechnya

    4/16/2013 JLG/JLG (DOUBLE FEATURE)
    by Jean-Luc Godard
    Director Jean-Luc Godard reflects in this movie about his place in film history, the interaction of film industry and film as art, as well as the act of creating art.

    4/16/2013 THE COW (DOUBLE FEATURE)
    by Karel Kachyna
    Adam sells his only cow to pay for his mother’s medicine. Meanwhile, a young girl finds a safe place in their home after fleeing sexual abuse.

    5/7/2013 WINGS OF DESIRE
    by Wim Wenders
    An angel tries overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.

    5/14/2013 TURIN HORSE
    by Béla Tarr & Ágnes Hranitzky
    A rural farmer is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse.

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University of Richmond International Film Series:

All films are shown in the Ukrop Auditorium in the Robins School of Business (except where noted) at the University of Richmond. Friday showings are at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday showings are at 7:30 p.m. The films are shown in the original language with English subtitles.

    Friday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 27 Nobody Else But You
    France, 2012, directed by Gérald Hustache-Mathieu
    Billed both as a post-noir excursion with a “pulp feel” and a romantic whodunit, this feature was produced as homage to various thriller writers and to Marilyn Monroe. David, a crime author with writer’s block, winds up stranded in snowy Mouthe, a place where the locals all have something to hide. The director toys with the conventions of the traditional thriller while lacing the movie with wit and visual influence from the Coen brothers’ Fargo.

    Friday, Feb. 1 and Sunday, Feb. 3 Craft, aka Riscado
    Brazil, 2010, directed by Gustavo Pizzi
    Bianca is an actress waiting for her big break while working for an event agency that sends her out clothed like Carmen Miranda and Betty Paige. Despite these humiliations, Bianca is a woman who excels at her craft and has the drive and determination to make the camera love her. Will she get her break? And, will that break give her the opportunity to develop her artistry?

    Friday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 10 The Loneliest Planet
    **Friday Location to be Announced, check this website for updates**
    Germany, 2012, directed by Julia Loktev
    An apparently healthy relationship dives into crisis in this drama about a 20-something couple hiking on holiday through the wilderness near the Caucasus Mountains. They cross paths with a group of hunters, leading to a shocking incident after which nothing is the same.

    Friday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 17 Life, Above All
    **Friday screening will be held in Jepson Hall, Rooms 118/120**
    South Africa, 2011, directed by Oliver Schmitz
    A 12-year-old child tries to hold her family together against prejudice, disease, and ignorance in this drama from South Africa. Chanda has already been forced to take on many of the responsibilities of an adult in her household. Despite her dire circumstances, most of her neighbors offer little sympathy and think the best solution is to separate her from her mother. Adapted from a novel by Allan Stratton, Life, Above All was an official selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

    Friday, March 22 and Sunday, March 24 The Double Hour
    Italy, 2011, directed by Giuseppe Capotondi
    Love and danger unexpectedly meet in this Hitchcockian, offbeat thriller with comic elements. Sonia arrives in Turin looking for a boyfriend. She soon finds Guido, a security guard who shares her belief that when the hour and minute hands of the clock strike the same numbers, it’s a sign of good luck. What do they do when luck takes a turn for the worse? The Double Hour was an official selection at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival.

    Friday, March 29 and Sunday, March 31 The Fat, Bald, Short Man
    Colombia, 2011, directed by Carlos Osuna
    Lonesome, middle-aged, shy Antonio is picked on and ridiculed. Joining a self-improvement group almost by accident, he slowly confirms what this sly and involving animated story illustrates: everything is in motion, and change is all but inevitable. The question becomes what use one might make of it.

    Friday, April 5 and Sunday, April 7 Still Walking
    Japan, 2009, directed by Hirokazu Kore-edaLarrain
    A family drama unfolds over the course of a single summer day as the Yokoyama family gathers for a rare reunion held to commemorate the death of their son and brother who was taken before his time. As the festive gathering commences, and the family matriarch lays out a lavish meal, it gradually becomes obvious that resentment and sorrow bond this family as powerfully as love.

    Friday, April 12 and Sunday, April 14 Corpo Celeste
    Italy, 2012, directed by Alice Rohrwacher
    A girl has her world turned upside down in this comedy-drama when she moves from Switzerland to Calabria, Italy. Desperate to fit in, 12-year-old Marta delves into Catholicism and begins to study for her confirmation. Hoping to win the local priest’s favor, she tags along to help him pick up a cross for an upcoming festival, but the day doesn’t go smoothly for either of them. Corpo Celeste was an official selection at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

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October 16th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

vcu friends book sale

VCU Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale starts next Monday, October 22, 2012 at the James Branch Cabell Library.

    Monday, October 22: Noon–8 p.m.
    Tuesday, October 23: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
    Wednesday, October 24: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Thursday, October 25: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. **Special ½ price sale
    Friday, October 26: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.**Special ½ price sale
    Preview sale for VCU Friends of the Library donors: Monday, October 22: 9 a.m.–Noon

The preview sale is open only to current VCU Friends of the Library donors. Friends donations must be received by noon on Monday, October 15, 2012 in order to be processed in time for the preview sale. You must present your current Friends donor card for admission to the preview sale. Everyone at the preview sale must have his or her own donor card.

To enter the preview sale, you must line up in the designated area in the basement. You must be present in the line to hold your place and cannot use a box, coat or other object as a placeholder. At 9 a.m., a volunteer will begin checking VCU Friends of the Library membership cards and allowing entrance to the preview sale.

You may not use scanners and other hand-held devices to check the barcodes and values of donated materials during the preview sale.

You may not remove books from the sale shelves and put them aside to sort through them. This practice is unfair to other guests. If you form a pile of books, fill a box with books, cover books with a blanket, or in some other way stake claim to items in a way that discourages other shoppers from looking through books, we will consider the books yours and expect you to pay for them.

You may not block the aisles with piles of books, boxes, blankets, etc.

You may not remove books from the sale area until they have been purchased.

We will have reusable VCU Libraries tote bags for sale at the pay window, but if you would prefer to keep your purchases in boxes, please bring your own.

Payment can be made by credit card, cash, RamBucks or a personal check. For personal checks, you will need to show a photo ID.

James Branch Cabell Library
Basement, Room B7
901 Park Avenue, Richmond, VA 23284

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September 7th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

A major benefit to having several colleges in the area is access to lots of affordable cultural events.

In this case, it’s independent and international films shown throughout the fall at UR, VCU, and R-MC, all FREE screenings!

randolph macon film festival

Randolph-Macon College Open Air Film Festival:

The Randolph-Macon College Film Studies program is proud to host the third annual Open-Air Film Festival, which showcases the work of film directors from around the world.

This four-week series begins on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. with an Opening Reception in the Courtyard of the Copley Science Building. Light refreshments will be served. The film will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The first film is Gabriele Salvatores’ “I’m Not Scared” (“lo non ho paura”), an Italian film about a young boy who makes a shocking discovery. (Rain Location: Andrews Hall Multi-purpose Room.)

In addition to the Friday-night showings, each film in the series will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ashland Firehouse Theater.

Film dates: 9/7 & 9/8 (Italy), 9/14 & 9/15 (“Elle s ‘appelait Sarah,” France), 9/21 & 9/22 (“Dreiviertelmond,” Germany), 9/28 & 9/29 (“La Source des Femmes,” Italy, Morocco, France, Belgium). All films begin at 7:30 p.m. and all have English subtitles.

The film festival and reception are free and open to the public. Bring your own chair. Popcorn will be provided.

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University of Richmond International Film Series:

All films are shown in the Ukrop Auditorium in the Robins School of Business (except where noted) at the University of Richmond. Friday showings are at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday showings are at 7:30 p.m. The films are shown in the original language with English subtitles.

Friday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 9
Sound of Noise – Sweden, 2012, directed by Johannes Stjärne Nilsson and Ola Simonsson

Friday, Sept. 14 (No Sunday screening)
Before Your Eyes – Turkey, 2009, directed by Miraz Bezar

Friday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 30
Protektor – Czech Republic, 2009, directed by Marek Najbrt

Friday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 7
I Wish – Japan, 2012, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

Friday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 21
Trishna – U.K., 2012, directed by Michael Winterbottom

Friday, Oct. 26 (The showing for this date is located in Jepson School of Leadership, Jepson Hall – Building #17, Rooms 118/120.) and Sunday, Oct. 28
Amador – Spain, 2011, directed BY Fernando Leòn de Aranoa

Friday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 4
Post Mortem – Chile, 2012, directed by Pablo Larrain

Friday, Nov. 9 and Sunday, Nov. 11
Elena – Russia, 2011, directed by Andrei Zvyaginstev
107 min., NR

Cinematheque at Grace Street Theatre (VCU):

Many Tuesday evenings at 7pm. 934 West Grace Street

I already posted the fall 2012 schedule here.

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March 8th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

campus special

CampusSpecial.com targets university students by offering coupons to nearby restaurants and other businesses in which they might be interested, as well as menus.

VCU is one of the campuses Campus Special serves, and has both printable coupons and a mobile coupon app available.

What’s neat is that anyone can use (most of) the coupons. I checked with Campus Special and was told “Yes, anyone can use our coupons unless it specifically states so on the coupons.” A few require student ID.

And there are some good coupons, a number of “buy one, get one free” such as you find in Entertainment Books.

Some of the discounts that caught my eye:

Also plenty for salons, car repair, etc.

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August 24th, 2011 by RichmondBargains

vcu ur

College is back in session! We were shopping Libbie Place Target last Saturday and it was PACKED with college students and their parents stocking up on dorm supplies.

For all you University of Richmond and VCU matriculants, and others, I’ve collected a few local discounts offered to college students. This is by no means a comprehensive list; lots of places offer special savings to college students, so it’s always worth asking (and carrying your ID!).

    ReStore Richmond – From now until Aug. 31st all college students receive a 10% discount on purchases! Show your college ID to the cashier at checkout!

    Carytown Cupcakes – Students, bring your student ID to Carytown Cupcakes and get 10% off your cupcake purchases!

    Richmond Symphony – We offer a $5 – $7 college student ticket at-the-door ONLY, with valid college I.D.

    Strawberry Street Cafe – Tuesday is College Night; college students and faculty get 20% off food purchase after 4pm with valid ID

    Swift Creek Mill – Offers 50% off rush tickets at the box office on day of the show for all students with a valid ID

    Barksdale Theatre – U-Tkts are designed to enable and encourage more college and university students to attend our productions. Tickets cost $10 each for most productions. ($20 each whenever the full price of tickets is over $40) Students can reserve U-Tkts in advance over the phone or in person for any performance, pending availability. A student may purchase two U-Tkts to be used by himself/herself and a guest. The guest may be a student or a non-student. To purchase, call (804) 282-2620.

Brad’s Deals has a list of 39 national retailers and restaurants that offer discounts to collegians.

Would love to expand the list, let me know if you know about others!

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March 31st, 2011 by RichmondBargains


How exciting to have a hometown team in the Final Four – Lots of local businesses celebrating!

Here’s my list so far:

    Moe’s – Any burrito for $4 if you’re wearing VCU apparel all day this Friday and Saturday. One per customer. All 3 Richmond locations

    Jason’s Deli – Free cookie for wearing VCU apparel on Friday

    Joey’s Hot Dogs – FREE hot dog to first 200 VCU students with ID tomorrow (Friday) Innsbrook

    Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe – If you have a VCU ID, you can stop in the shoppe anytime this week for one FREE cupcake

    Richmond Metro Habitat for Humanity – In honor of our hometown team making it to the Final Four, the ReStore will be offering a special Final Four Sale: from now until gametime Saturday, get 40% off ALL regularly priced merchandise in the store

    Save Recess – Today (Thursday) is the start of our Rams’ jersey number sale! In honor of #21 Jamie Skeen, recieve 21% Off today on one regular priced item. (Look for another tomorrow)

    P.F. Chang’s – Enter “HOOPS” for online orders on 4/2, 4/3 or 4/4 and get 20% Off. 1-time use only!


    Monkey Joe’s – Saturday from 6pm untill 8pm for .99 popcorn and .99 sodas

    Eurotrash – To celebrate VCU in the Final Four, come in between now and Saturday, mention the Rams and get 25% off of one Spring item!


    Willow Lawn – To help celebrate VCU’s Final Four appearance, come out and wear your VCU apparel on Friday morning during breakfast and receive a FREE 4-mini with a purchase! Or wear it on Saturday and receive a FREE 4-strips with a purchase

    Virginia Center Marketplace – 2 offers: 40% off on any Nugget or Strip Tray purchases for pick-up on Saturday OR Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 7 p.m. wear VCU apparel to receive a FREE Chick-fil-A Sandwich

    Mechanicsville – To help celebrate VCU’s Final Four appearance, come out and wear your VCU apparel on Friday morning during breakfast and receive a FREE 4-mini with a purchase! Or wear it on Saturday and receive a FREE 4-strips with a purchase

    Chesterfield Towne Center – This Saturday, from 11-2, get a Free Spicy Sandwich when you buy a Med Drink. (Which you’ll need). Just come in & say “VCU is on FIRE!”

Chick-fil-A Short Pump Crossing – Final Four Fever – Combo #1 for $4.44, is open to all who visit today (Fri, 4/1) or tomorrow (Sat, 4/2) 10:30-10pm

Update: Gap Stony Point and Short Pump offer 25% off this weekend to any customer wearing VCU “swag”! We will do the same for anyone wearing University of Richmond gear. Refer to this facebook post and share with your friends

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