Artsline: Get Outdoors for Movies, Music, Tours and More!
Artsline: Virtual Edition || July 20, 2020
To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie –
True Poems flee –
July is a great time to spend your evenings outdoors under the twinkle of stars and fireflies, while trying out a great new adventure! Several organizations are offering drive-in and outdoor movie options, as well as live music al fresco. And there are still several online options for classes, concerts, and tours that you can enjoy in your backyard or on your porch!
See below for a curated list of what our local arts & culture community has to offer.
1. A BLACK UNION SPY IN RICHMOND: WHO WAS MARY JANE RICHARDS?
July 25, noon
Historic St. John’s Church is partnering with Richmond Battlefield Park and Civil War Trails, Inc. to host Park Ranger Nathan Hall as he gives a Virtual Bus Tour exploring the life of Civil War spy Mary Jane Richards, sometimes known as "Mary Bowser." Nathan shares his knowledge of Mary, tracing historical evidence of her life from the Van Lew House on Church Hill, her service as a Union agent in the Confederate capital, and determining whether the often told story that she worked for Jefferson Davis in the Confederate White House is really true. This is a free event but you must REGISTER to participate.
2. 4TH FRIDAY ART SHOWS AND OPENING RECEPTION
July 24, 6pm & 7pm
Art Works, 320 Hull St, Richmond, VA 23224
Art Works is excited to bring their new exhibits for the month: Mark Price’s “Many Faces,” and Theresa Armstrong’s “Evenings at North Bend,” a group exhibit from The Richmond Photography Meetup Group, and Tim Harper’s June exhibit “Deconstruct/Reconstruct” continues for another month. They offer two small receptions with live music at 6pm and 7pm. Please join us July 24th, for the opening reception. You must REGISTER to attend and don’t forget to wear your face mask!
3. DOREY PARK DRIVE-IN: ALADDIN
July 24, 7:30pm
Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road, Henrico
Henrico’s Dorey Park offers a FREE drive-in movie night, featuring the film Aladdin (2019) with Will Smith and Mena Massoud. Gates open at 7:30pm. Movie begins at 9pm. Spaces are limited and first come, first served.
4. JOHN MOE ON CROWDCAST
July 23, 6:30pm
Partnering with St. Martin’s Press, The Fountain Bookstore brings John Moe, host and creator of the award-winning hit podcast, The Hilarious World of Depression. His latest book of the same name is a funny but honest look at his and others journeys with the disease. You must REGISTER to participate in this free event.
5. SUMMER READING PROGRAM 2020: JONATHAN AUSTIN JUGGLING & TRICKS
July 21, 11am
The Amazing Jonathan Austin returns to Richmond County Public Library in another fantastic juggling, magic, jokes and storytelling show. Parents of children registered for Richmond County Public Library’s Summer Reading 2020 will receive links to each program in advance by e-mail. You must REGISTER to participate.
6. BEETHOVEN 2020 SUMMER SERIES ONLINE CONCERT
July 23, 6:30pm
The Richmond Symphony is hosting an online weekly concert series this summer in collaboration with the University of Richmond Department of Music and VCU | School of the Arts | Department of Music. This year's theme is Beethoven, honoring his 250th birthday, and will be made up of six one-hour duets, featuring a single instrument paired with piano. These intimate performances will be live-streamed on a private, secure channel. Tickets for the online concert experience are $12 each or $60 for a subscription to all six! This week features Schuyler Slack on Cello and Ingrid Keller on the Piano. They will be playing Cello Sonata in A Major, Opus 69 and Cello Sonata in C Major, Opus 102, No. 1.
7. GENEALOGY WORKSHOP | MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY PICTURE, PART 1
July 24, 10am
Library of Virginia’s senior map archivist, Cassandra Farrell, discusses the types of maps that are helpful in genealogical research in this two-part webinar series. In Part 1, learn why maps are critical to genealogical research and how to read and analyze materials such as military maps, topographic maps, and nautical and U.S. Coast Survey charts. Go HERE for tickets.
8. MOVIES IN THE OUTFIELD AT THE DIAMOND
July 23 at 7:35pm and July 25 at 6:05pm
The Diamond, 3001 N Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond
The Diamond is showing movies on its video board on Thursday and Saturday nights. What’s playing this week:
- Thursday, July 23- Remember the Titans 7:35pm (6:35pm gates)
- Saturday, July 25- Space Jam 6:05pm (5:05pm gates)
Pay admission at the gate, but The Diamond offers pre-orders for concessions.
9. ARTSPACE JULY/AUGUST EXHIBITIONS VIRTUAL OPENING
July 24, 7pm
See the livestream opening for new exhibitions at Artspace featuring Kim Llerena and Nancy Daly, the Kon Kons, Marc Dessauvage and Artspace Artist Members. Shows run through August 23. Visit Thurs.-Sun., noon to 4pm and by appointment.
10. CHILDREN SALSA DANCING CLASSES
RVA Dance Studio, 6115 Staples Mill Rd, Henrico
RVA Dance Studio offers a progressive Salsa class with Boris for children 10+. Due to the circumstances under COVID19; these will be non-partnering classes. Students will learn musicality, techniques, and footwork.
11. DEAD LETTER OFFICERS LIVE
July 25, 7pm
Tang & Biscuit, 3406 Moore Street, Richmond, Virginia 23230
Tang & Biscuit offers a large back patio for The Dead Letter Officers to bring live music to Scott’s Addition. There is no cover charge and no reservations required. Social Distancing and masks required. Seating is assigned at entry.
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.