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The Undefeated

Artsline: Virtual Edition || July 27, 2020

“What was any art but a mold in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself — life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose.” ~Willa Cather

In some ways 2020 seems interminably long, and in other ways it is blowing by us at warp speed. Stop and consider that elusive element that is life, even now, even amid change and pandemic. And look for ways that our local artists are capturing these moments filled with questions, with change, with life. 

Check out Artsline’s curated list of local arts & culture both online and in person.


1. AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’: 1920S RICHMOND
History/Fashion Art
Thru March 21, 2021
The Valentine, 1015 East Clay Street, Richmond, 23219

Ain't Misbehavin'

The Valentine’s Ain't Misbehavin': 1920s Richmond exhibit marks the 100th anniversary of a decade of innovation, social change and conflict. The new exhibition uses the lens of fashion to explore subjects ranging from the explosion of youth culture to the dramatic increase of women in the workforce. At the same time, 1920s Richmond represented the height of the Jim Crow era, with new laws and old traditions targeting the city’s Black population. Admission is free for Summer, 2020. Reserve your timed ticket and review The Valentine’s social distancing and safety guidelines HERE.


2. SHELF LIFE: GREAT READS FEATURING THE UNDEFEATED WITH KWAME ALEXANDER
Literary Arts
July 28, 10am
Online

Shelf Life

As part of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress “Discover Great Reads Initiative,” author Kwame Alexander will discuss the poem “The Undefeated,” originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated,  as “a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes.” Register for this free event HERE.


3. NAVIGATING NEXT: HOW IS THE ARTS COMMUNITY SHIFTING THROUGH COVID?
Visual, Performing, Maker Arts
July 28, 7pm
Online

Navigating Next

Presented by the Richmond Night Market this Virtual Town Hall is for artists, makers, musicians, festival producers, and more! Register HERE.


4. DISCOVERY DAYS:  HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW
History
July 30, 10am
$12/children, $8/adults
Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester, 23836

Garden Grow

Discovery Days are three-hour family programs offered by Henricus Historical Park and designed for children ages 3-10 and their parents. All programs run from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and include a story, interactive tour of our living history site, and a make-and-take craft!  July’s theme is “How Does Your Garden Grow?” Discover how the Powhatan Indians and English colonists relied on domesticated and wild plants to survive and flourish in Virginia. Register HERE.


5. BEETHOVEN 2020 SUMMER SERIES ONLINE CONCERT
Music
July 30, 6:30pm
$12/stream
Online

Beethoven Summer Series

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 Daisuke Yamamoto on Violin and Michelle Huang on the Piano. They will be playing Violin Sonata in C Minor, Opus 30, No. 2 ("Eroica") and Violin Sonata in F Major, Opus 24 ("Spring").


6. THE WRITING SHOW:  MAINTAINING MOMENTUM
Literary Art
July 29, 6pm
$10/members, $12/non-members, $5/students
Online

Maintaining Momentum

James River Writers offer their monthly Writing Show online. This month it’s all about maintaining momentum.  Many writers find middles are a muddle of lost momentum and branching paths. What kind of map is useful for finding your way? Is it better to plot or feel your way out? Writing experts will help participants build the most effective bridge from your beginning to your end. Register HERE.


7. EYEWITNESS TO HISTORY: FORMER GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA, L. DOUGLAS WILDER
History
July 27, 11am
Online

Eyewitness to History

The Virginia War Memorial commemorates Korean War Veterans Armistice Day by interviewing Korean War Veteran and former Governor of Virginia L. Douglas Wilder, who was the recipient of a Bronze Star for his service during the Korean War. Although free, space is limited - save your spot, REGISTER early.


8. REALISTIC DRAWINGS OF PAST & FUTURE GENERATIONS AND OTHER EXHIBITS
Visual Arts
Thru September 13
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, 23060

Future Generations

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is open to the public and happy to present the several new exhibits. Roger Lacy brings attention to some of the great singers, actors, and talented people who inspire and entertain us throughout the years with Realistic Drawings of Past & Future Generations, The James River Art League artists offer paintings that reflect a song, poem, anthem, or an inspirational quote that is meaningful to them in A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words, and The Center’s pottery students bring 28 juried ceramic pieces in their exhibit G.A.S.P.  All exhibits are family-friendly with no cost for admission. Pieces are available for purchase. Please review The Center’s COVID-19 social distancing requirements HERE.


9. PUPPET TEATIME
Theatre/Puppets
July 30, 4pm
Online

Puppet Teatime

Barefoot Puppet Theatre wants to connect with puppets! Register HERE for some free, online puppet time!  For ages 5-9 and their families.


10. MOVIES IN THE OUTFIELD AT THE DIAMOND
Film
July 30 & August 1 at 7:35pm (6:35 gates)
$8/person (Kids 3yo and younger are free)
The Diamond, 3001 N Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond

Movies in the Outfield

The Diamond is showing movies on its video board on Thursday and Saturday nights. What’s playing this week:

Pay admission at the gate, but The Diamond offers pre-orders for concessions.


11. BEETHOVEN & BEACH
Music
August 2, 4pm
Online

Beethoven & Beach

The Garth Newel Music Center presents the YouTube premiere of Beethoven and Beach, featuring a pre-concert talk, James Stern on Violin playing Beethoven’s Sonata no.1 in D major, op. 12 no.1, and Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Minor, Op. 34 with Amy Beach and James Stern on violin and Audrey Andrist on piano.


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.