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Rhetoric and Gender Studies


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Concerts and Catching Up

April 23, 2018

Not too long ago, my sister (aka Kelsey) texted me and was like, “hello, I’m in town next weekend, let’s hang out!” I glanced at my schedule and remarkably everything lined up for me to hit the town with her. She was planning on going to a Betty Who concert at The National, a historic theater downtown built in the 1920s. We had both gone to see Betty Who my freshman summer, so it made for a great throwback.

I got out of class on Friday afternoon, grabbed my phone charger and hopped on the downtown shuttle. The shuttle drops students off at UR Downtown, which is also just one block away from The National. Not having to think about parking is always a plus!

After a dramatic street side reunion, Kelsey and I decided to be those fans who wait at the front of the line (we happened to be second in line to go into the concert). We were joined by some of Kelsey’s friends a little while later, and basically just stood in line for an hour, as one does.

It was a little chilly outside, so we took turns running to a nearby cafe to grab warm drinks. Not a moment too soon, it was time to head inside, and we all bolted to the front of the auditorium (where we would spend the rest of the evening feeling crushed).

Image of Betty Who singing

This was Betty Who’s Party in the Valley Tour, featuring Spencer Ludwig and DJ Pretty Sister as opening acts. Never heard of them? Same. But they were pretty cool! There were a ton of people at the concert, and I’m pretty sure I was the only person who didn’t know the all the words to the songs everyone was singing. I think I peaked as a super fan when I was standing with my coffee at the front of the line.

Picture with DJ Pretty Sister

The concert wrapped up around 11:30, and we grabbed a bunch of pictures. Above is me and Zak Waters, aka DJ Pretty Sister. I was absolutely convinced he looked like Paul W. Downs, but not everyone else saw the resemblance.

Group picture at The National

Who Crew strong! Kelsey’s all the way on the right.

The Who Crew peaced out of The National and headed next door to Vagabond — a modern restaurant on the first floor with a 1920s speakeasy in the basement. Vagabond is a great place to get drinks, catch a jazz performance, or just eat chicken and waffles.

Vagabond was a little busy, so we just had drinks before walking a few blocks to Penny Lane Pub. Penny Lane Pub can only be described as a pub with strong pub vibes. With the multicolored overhead lamps, the well worn trivia games, Beatles memorabilia, and rows of Pilsner glasses and beer steins, Penny Lane Pub was the perfect place to catch up with everyone on a chilly evening.

The concert was awesome, as was spending time with my sister and her friends. Richmond is a great place to be, on a short notice and a chilly night.

-Cory, ‘19

Hey Spiders! My name is Cory, and I’m a sophomore and transfer student. I’m a double major in Rhetoric and Communication and Women, Gender, and Sexuaity Studies. My goal in life is to one day work at Olivia Pope & Associates, or at least work in crisis management or public relations. I grew up between Florida, Colorado, and Virginia, and similar to Cady Heron in Mean Girls, I was homeschooled. I love traveling, shopping at Target, spending time with my cat (named Soren Kittegaard), attempting to keep up with the Kardashians, reading Albert Camus, and hanging out with friends. Keep an eye out for some posts specifically about the transfer life! Sneak peek: so far it’s been fantastic.

Why UR?

I didn’t really get connected to University of Richmond until I was a freshman in college. I met some amazing alumni and visited the campus and honestly fell in love with everything about Richmond. Michael Scott once said in The Office, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take - Wayne Gretzky,” and I knew that I had to take a shot and apply as a transfer student. I’m thrilled to be a Spider, to be at a university that feels like home, and to conquer my arachnophobia for once and for all.