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Erin and the Wildfires

Artsline: Virtual Edition || May 4, 2020


"The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where [they] live or a few feet away. It is always on [their] doorstep." ~Paul Strand

RVA continues to rise up - and our arts and culture community is leading the way by finding creative ways to reach out and reach us.  While many of us are still hunkered down, we hope you enjoy the rich variety RVA brings to your doorstep!

1. Virtual Happy Hour House Show: Ellen Cockerham Riccio

Music
May 6, 5pm

Ellen Cockerham Riccio

Richmond Grid brings Ellen Cockerham Riccio, known as the Backyard Violinist, for its Virtual Happy Hour series, live on Facebook and Instagram, supporting Richmond Symphony! Ellen has served as Principal Second Violin of the Richmond Symphony since 2009, but with the recent cancellations of the Symphony's concerts, Riccio has served as A Violinist in Your Backyard.


2. Online Swing Dance Classes

Dance
Mondays at 6pm and Thursdays at 6, 7, & 8pm thru May

Swing dance

RVA Swing helps you relieve stress as you learn some fun moves in your very own living room. Dance instruction streams live from their Facebook page so you can follow along and ask questions in real time.  Lessons are FREE and anyone can join in!


3. Cabal!  The Plot against General Washington

History
May 7, 12pm

Cabal

The Virginia Museum of History and Culture brings Dr. Mark Edward Lender to discuss his new book, Cabal! The Plot Against George Washington, on Facebook Live. In the spring of 1778, General George Washington wrote to his friend Landon Carter about a rumored “disposition in the Northern Officers to see me superseded in my Command.” This was as candid a statement as the general ever made about the so-called “Conway Cabal” of patriot officers and politicians critical of his leadership.


4. Crozet Spring Arts & Crafts Virtual Festival

Visual Art
May 9-10, 10am-4pm
 

Crozet arts & crafts

Although the Spring Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival this year had to be canceled, the show will go on - VIRTUALLY! This year, the fun will be hosted on the Crozet Festival website and will include links and photos to all artists and exhibitors.


5. Student Art Gallery & Contest

Visual Art
Until May 15th

Child coloring

The Virginia War Memorial is calling on K-12 students across Virginia to help create a digital art gallery for this year’s Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 16.  Submissions should address the question:  What did "home" mean for those from your community who served their country?  Entries may be submitted through the Virginia War Memorial’s website until Friday, May 15. Go HERE for details.


6. Villains Live Stream

Literary
May 8, 7pm

villains

Alpha Comics hosts a Livestream discussion about bad guys in comic books - whether we hate to love them or love to hate them!  Bri, Alex, and Josh from Goblins and Growlers talk about the questionable choices in "Our Favorite Heroes" and the villains who make their struggle possible.


7. Point of Departure: 2020 Virtual Senior Exhibition

Visual Art
May 5, all day

Point of Departure

Longwood Center for the Visual Arts presents the culminating works of Longwood’s visual arts majors in a virtual exhibition.  Point of Departure: Longwood University Department of Theatre, Art, and Graphic & Animation Design 2020 Senior Exhibition celebrates the next stage of their students’ journey, the time they have spent at Longwood, and their growth as individuals, artists, and citizen leaders.


7. Virtual Story & Nursery Rhyme Time

Literary
Mondays in May, 11am

Child with Dad

Join Ellen Victoria from Victoria’s Kitchen as she invites toddler, preschool and elementary school children to explore some of her favorite books and to sing-a-long with some fun songs.


8. First Thursdays (At Home) with Erin & The Wildfire

Music
May 7, 7pm

Erin and the Wildfires

Join most of the members of Erin & The Wildfire from your home as they play some songs while practicing the state-mandated guidelines for social distancing! And they plan to have some hella-cool giveaways because everyone loves free stuff!


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 cultural organization in need of resources and tools during the COVID-19 pandemic, check out the list of local and national resources from Richmond CultureWorks.