Artsline - Cultural History, Theatre, Music and More!
Artsline: Virtual Edition || September 14, 2020
“History... is an aggregation of truths, half-truths, semi-truths, fables, myths, rumors, prejudices, personal narratives, gossip, and official prevarications. It is a canvas upon which thousands of artists throughout the ages have splashed their conceptions and interpretations of a day and an era. Some motifs are grotesque and some are magnificent.” ~Philip D. Jordan
In addition to the substantial offerings from our art community this week, our cultural community highlights history. Whether you take an outdoor tour or participate in an online panel, you have a great opportunity to take a deep dive into the rich history of our region and beyond. There are even volunteer opportunities to help catalogue history for some of our cultural institutions. If history isn't your bag - or even if it is - remember to enjoy performances, visual art, and cosplay! It’s all on this week!
1. SUNKEN CITIES LECTURE SERIES - EGYPT & KUSH: SUPERPOWERS OF THE NILE VALLEY
Visual Art & History
September 25, 6:30pm
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts hosts Nubiologist/Egyptologist Caroline Rocheleau as she explores the complex relationship between the two superpowers of the ancient Nile Valley. Discover the similarities and differences between Egypt and its southern neighbor, the Kingdom of Kush in Nubia, and learn how differently the two were perceived by early explorers and the West.
2. HISTORY UNFOLDED: U.S. NEWSPAPERS & THE HOLOCAUST
September 26, 10am
Volunteer to help uncover history! What did Virginia newspapers report about Nazi persecution during the 1930s and 1940s? In partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Virginia Holocaust Museum, the Library of Virginia offers three virtual “research sprints” into their newspaper collection. You must REGISTER to volunteer.
3. SHOCKOE SESSIONS LIVE WITH THE LEGENDARY INGRAMETTES
September 22, 7:30pm
Join In Your Ear Studios for another awesome Shockoe Sessions Live with The Legendary Ingramettes! Inspired by the black gospel male quartets of the 1940s and 50s, The Legendary Ingramettes bring roof-raising harmonies and explosively powerful vocals, all driven by the voices of women. Check out their sound above.
4. GOBLINCON 2020: A VIRTUAL FUNDRAISER FOR FEEDMORE
September 26, 9am
Goblincon is a fun & inclusive way to support the nerdy Richmond small businesses you love. A completely virtual convention bringing together local RVA tabletop gamers, artists, musicians, cosplayers, and creators, highlighting the best that Richmond has to offer during this time of social distancing. Panels and performances will be live-streamed on Goblins & Growlers’ Twitch channel. Word on the street is that there also will be some live-play tabletop games!
5. WALKING TOUR: BEYOND THE PALISADE - UNKNOWN HISTORY AT DUTCH GAP
September 25, 11am
$20, includes admission to the park
Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Rd, Chester, VA 23836
This 90-minute walking tour will bring visitors to the Henricus bluff on the James River and will touch on the many layers of history. The tour covers the 17th-century Powhatan Indians and founding of Henricus fort, the 1781 Revolutionary War battle of Osborne’s Landing, the transformations of the early republic and subsequent landowners - including the communities and enslaved populations – and the Civil War with the Union occupation of the land. The final part of this tour will examine the remains of the lightkeeper’s house, and the monuments found on the bluff, as well as Dutch Gap’s use in WWI.
6. VIRTUAL STORY TIME WITH TARNESHIA
7. FOUNDRY SERIES: PUBLIC PROTEST, RIOT, AND RESPONSE
September 24, 6:30pm
How do protests and riots of the Civil War inform our understanding of demonstrations and ongoing racial issues in our country today? Join the American Civil War Museum as they present a panel discussion exploring the history of Americans taking to the streets to protest perceived injustice, and being met with mixed responses from communities and the government. Register for this free event HERE.
Thru October 25, Times vary
Pay what you will ($30 suggested donation)
Online AND at Firehouse Theatre, 1609 West Broad Street, Richmond, 23220
Just in time for this year’s election, Firehouse Theatre offers the Richmond premiere of Holland Taylor's ANN. The one-woman show features Jacqueline Jones in the role of Ann Richards - a revolutionary figure in American politics. Limited seats available for in-person seating. Live online option available as well. RESERVATIONS required.
9. 4TH FRIDAY ART SHOWS AND OPENING RECEPTION
September 25, 6pm & 7pm
Art Works, 320 Hull St, Richmond, VA 23224
It’s a new season and Art Works’ 17th anniversary! The reception features the All Media art show, and three solo shows open: Estamos en Mexico: A retrospective in Black and White by Tod Ramey, Muse: Abstract Paintings by Glenda M. Creamer, and Horizons by Susan Crook. REGISTER for your free ticket for the reception. Social distance is required.
10. UNCHARTED TERRITORY: HOW MAPS LAUNCHED—AND NEARLY SANK—ENGLISH COLONIZATION OF THE NEW WORLD
September 23, 7pm
Explorations of the Albemarle Sound region and the first English settlements of the Roanoke Islands in the 1580s are the topic of the 17th Annual Alan M. and Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography. Join the Library of Virginia online for a talk by best-selling author and journalist, Andrew Lawler. This is a free event, but you must REGISTER to participate.
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.