Artsline: Virtual Art, History and Culture for RVA and beyond
Artsline: Virtual Edition || April 27, 2020
"Art is the triumph over chaos." ~John Cheever
The best thing about RVA’s arts and culture community is their creativity - and their determination to keep doing the good work they do. Stay connected to local arts and culture while still keeping social distance - check out these virtual events and classes!
1. RDF 2020 - Isolation to Creation
May 1, 5pm
Dogtown Dance Theatre is moving their Richmond Dance Festival into an exciting online platform. RDF 2020 - Isolation to Creation will showcase brand new works from artists answering the prompt: How do you turn your isolation into creation in a 6 foot by 6 foot space? All videos will be available on Dogtown's website and Vimeo channel.
2. Puccini's La Bohème Watch Party
April 30, 7 pm
Virginia Opera partners with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra to present Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème via their YouTube channel, Facebook page, and website. The performance will include an introduction with Maestro Adam Turner and Stage Director Kyle Lang feature interviews from the cast and backstage footage during intermission.
3. Virtual History Happy Hour: Limbs Lost and Found
April 27, 6:30 pm
Kelly Hancock of The American Civil War Museum speaks about the approximately 60,000 amputations that were performed during the American Civil War. Most limbs were buried in mass graves, but a few received special attention. Uncover what became of some as this virtual happy hour delves into amputation and its aftermath. Registration required for streaming access.
4. Architectural Details: Virtual Tour of The Byrd Theatre
April 29, 6 pm
Get an inside look at Richmond's premiere movie palace from Susan Reed, Architect and Director of Historic Preservation at Glave & Holmes Architecture, as she takes you on a virtual tour of the amazing architectural details of The Byrd Theater via Facebook live!
5. Wonder Wednesdays
Wednesday’s thru May, 11 am
Ęlęgba Folklore Society offers a virtual weekly storytime for children. Join them every Wednesday now through May on Facebook live to explore African folktales and contemporary children’s stories from throughout the African Diaspora.
6. Premiere of Polina Nazayskinskaya
May 2-4, 4 pm
The Garth Newell Music Center in Warm Springs, VA presents the virtual world premiere of Polina Nazayskinskaya’s solo piano piece Ricercare égaré, with Jeannette Fang on piano. Join Fang on May 2nd as she interviews Nazayskinskaya about her new piece and her creative process. Then enjoy Fang's performance on May 3rd and 4th. All video streams from The Garth Newell Music Center's YouTube channel.
7. Quarantine Paint Night
April 29, 6 pm
Paint together virtually at Dathúil Art’s LIVE Quarantine Paint Night. To sign up, just respond to their Facebook event. In an effort to maintain social distancing protocols, Dathúil Art asks that participants only attend if they have painting supplies in their home or that they can order online.
8. Interfaith Ramadan Iftar
May 2, 8:30 pm
Richmonders for Peace in Israel-Palestine and the Arab American Association of Central Virginia will hold a virtual Interfaith Ramadan Iftar - the evening meal which ends the daily Ramadan fast at sunset. This year's celebration features special guest comedian Amer Zahr, and musicians Michael Ibrahim and Layth Sidiq. Contributions from the event go to support the American Near East Refugee Aid distribution of food and humanitarian relief. Register here to receive a Zoom link.
9. Friday Dance Party
Fridays thru May, 6 pm
Presented by Pinecamp Cultural Arts Center’s HOMEBOUND program, Shanel the DJ will stream a kid’s dance party LIVE - playing music that is sure to get you ready for the weekend! HOMEBOUND is an extension of Pine Camp’s STEM and STEAM classes, available via their Facebook page to round out homeschool curriculum.
If you are an arts or cultural organization with social-distance-safe events such as online classes, virtual exhibitions or concerts, or even book readings, submit your events to Artsline here. If you are an artist or an arts or culture organization in need of resources and tools during the COVID-19 pandemic, check out the list of local and national resources from Richmond CultureWorks.