Artsline - Leave Room for Local Music, Theatre, and Art as You Launch into Fall!
Artsline: Virtual Edition || August 31, 2020
“September days are here,
With summer's best of weather,
And autumn's best of cheer.”
~Helen Hunt Jackson
We can almost feel the shift in the air - from lazy summer days to schools and schedules and art seasons. Of course, routines don’t look the same as they did even a year ago. But our arts and culture community continues to re-vision how we can experience all that our creative region has to offer. We have at our fingertips museums, galleries, performances - online and socially-distanced. As the weather turns cooler and we ease into our new normal once again, take time to step away from the stress and enjoy our amazing local arts and culture community.
1. VIRGINIA REP THEATRE IN THE PARK
September 13, 2pm & 5pm
The Springs Recreation Center, 302 Lee Avenue, Henrico, 23075
Share the joys, sorrows, and challenges Harriet Tubman faced while courageously freeing herself and hundreds of others from the bonds of slavery. As Harriet and her friend, Sarah Bradford, narrate her adventurous life, we get a closer look at this brave woman whose determination changed the world. See the show in Henrico County’s beautiful parks. Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre. Perfect for kids!
2. RIFF PRESENTS: WORLD SPOTLIGHT
September 13, 7pm
The Byrd, 2908 W Cary St, Richmond, 23221
Experience some of this year's cutting edge international shorts as a part of the Richmond International Film Festival, followed by a 15 Minute Q & A. Social distancing protocols required. Get tickets HERE.
3. COMMONWEALTH’S VIRTUAL PATRIOT DAY CEREMONY
September 11, 7pm
The Virginia War Memorial hosts Commonwealth’s Patriot Day program, commemorating our national day of mourning, to honor and remember the 2,997 persons who died and the over 6,000 individuals injured as a result of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Following the program, the VWM will share their new documentary, A New Century, A New War.”
4. COCKTAILS AND CHOREO
September 9, 7pm
Kanawha Plaza, 801 East Canal Street, Richmond, VA 23219
UnlockingRVA presents their signature hip hop dance class where you learn a full dance routine to Chris Brown's 'Go Crazy' taught by Studio 4 Dance Agency! At the end of the class you will walk away with one of Belle Isle Moonshine new canned cocktails. This is an outdoor space with plenty of room to social distance. Masks are encouraged and they will have bottled water on site. All ages welcome, but you must REGISTER and you must be 21+ years old to consume alcohol.
5. PICKIN’ IN THE PARK WITH CASSIDY SNIDER & THE WRANGLERS
September 11, 8:30pm
Brambly Park, 1708 Belleville Street, Richmond, 23230
Brambly Park and Baripete Productions want you to come be mesmerized by the amazing Cassidy Snider & The Wranglers. Reserve your table for music under the stars!
6. DRIVE-IN DRAG WITH A LATIN FLAIR
September 11, 6pm & 8pm
Diversity Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Ave, Richmond, Virginia 23220
In honor of Latin Heritage Month, Diversity Richmond offers their Drive-in Drag show. Get ready for some fierce performances and great music with a Latin flair. Go HERE for tickets. Social distancing protocols required.
7. GODS AND GHOSTS
September 10, 7pm
Eric Schindler Gallery brings "Gods and Ghosts,” a new exhibit in ceramics by Julie Elkins. During September, in person viewings are by appointment, with masks and social distancing required.
8. VINO AND VERSE UNDER THE STARS
September 10, 7pm
15 N 17th St, Richmond, 23219
River City Poets are back in Shockoe Bottom with their open-air poetry readings at C'est Le Vin! This is an outdoor event and social distancing is required. Space is limited. To reserve a table, call C'est Le Vin at 804-649-9463. Sign up to read/perform in advance by emailing [email protected].
9. MY EX-RELIGION: HIP-HOP, SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION
September 9, 7pm
Join Richmond Hill for an online conversation around the documentary My eX-Religion, a documentary that offers a generational glance into Black spirituality, humanism, the 2016 Presidential Election, and Hip-hop culture. View the documentary HERE prior to the conversation. Register HERE for the event.
10. VIRTUAL LITERARY VIRGINIA BOOK GROUP
September 9, 6pm
Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and finalists in fiction and nonfiction. This month, they discuss Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom (a 2020 People’s Choice Nonfiction finalist). Check your local public library for curbside checkout or digital download, or purchase from your local bookstore.
11. BECAUSE WE HAVE MUSIC - A VIRTUAL LIVE CONCERT SERIES WITH KID PAN ALLEY
September 13, 7pm
Kid Pan Alley presents the “Because We Have Music” series featuring some of the finest musicians from Virginia — every other Sunday evening at 7pm. Hosted by KPA’s Paul Reisler & Cheryl Toth, each concert features local artists performing from their homes in an “in-the-round” format. This week artists are Howard Levy and May Bloomfield with hosts Paul Reisler & Cheryl Toth.
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.