In her Easter bonnet //
Laniyah Massenburg shows off her custom-made balloon bonnet crafted at the annual Easter on Parade celebration last Sunday on Monument Avenue. The 3-year-old was right at home with the bright flowers and painted eggs adorning her bonnet. Please see more photos, B3.
Call it the new face of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The dramatic 24-foot head now dominates the sculpture garden at the public art museum on the Boulevard. Titled “Chloe,” the sculpture is the creation of Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, who will be at the museum Thursday, April 27, for the dedication. The museum commissioned the contemplative work that is made of polyester resin and marble dust placed over a stainless-steel frame. “Chloe” is one of a series of heads that Mr. Plensa has created for museums in the United States and overseas, and defines the VMFA’s ambitions to commission national and international artists to provide new works for the nearly 4-acre E. Claiborne and Lora Robins Sculpture Garden.
Pump House pedestrian bridge in the West End //
Bringing Henrietta Lacks to life
Oprah Winfrey stars as Deborah Lacks, the daughter of the title character in the HBO film “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” that premieres 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22, on HBO. Mrs. Lacks, a Virginia native who moved her family from their Halifax County tobacco farm in 1941 to Maryland, was a cancer patient at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She died in 1951 not knowing that her tumor cells, now known as HeLa cells, were harvested by hospital researchers and duplicated for use even today by scientists for medical testing around the world. The HBO movie is based on the best-selling book about Mrs. Lacks and her unknowing and uncompensated contribution to the world. Actress Rose Byrne, left, portrays the book’s author, Rebecca Skloot, in the film.
See and be seen at Easter on Parade // More than 25,000 people fill Richmond’s Monument Avenue for the annual Easter on Parade celebration. And as always, this year it was a place to see and be seen last Sunday as people of all ages strolled the avenue enjoying music, entertainment, jugglers, dancers and activities between Allen and Davis avenues.
See and be seen at Easter on Parade // Tillman and Cassie Breckenridge of Midlothian enjoy the day with their four daughters, from left, Paige, 4, Brynn, 5, Reese, 8, and Avery, 5.
See and be seen at Easter on Parade // three members of the Art Deco Society of Virginia, from left, Rita Shiang of Richmond, Anna Quilie of Carson and Christina Stewart-York of Chesterfield, draw admiring stares and some mutual admiration for their decorative parasols.
See and be seen at Easter on Parade // Colorful Easter bonnets were plentiful during the event and a favorite among the celebration’s faithful,
See and be seen at Easter on Parade // Marian Johnson of East Orange, N.J
Stations of the Cross //
Participants read prayers and sing during last Friday’s ecumenical Stations of the Cross along Brookland Park Boulevard in North Side. The Good Friday ceremony was sponsored by five churches of different denominations and started at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church on Hanes Avenue.
Stations of the Cross // At each of the 14 stops along the route, the group of nearly two dozen people stopped to sing and pray for victims of violence and abuse in the Richmond area, all those involved with the criminal justice system and for state, local and regional government officials.