Artsline - October weather brings outdoor performances, gardens, and more!
Artsline: Virtual Edition || October 19, 2020
“October was a beautiful month at Green Gables, when the birches in the hollow turned as golden as sunshine and the maples behind the orchard were royal crimson and the wild cherry trees along the lane put on the loveliest shades of dark red and bronzy green, while the fields sunned themselves in the aftermaths. Anne reveled in the world of color about her.... ‘I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn't it?...’" ~Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
We can hardly skip October, with its crisp weather, colorful leaves, and grinning jack-o-lanterns. This week, there are many arts and culture events designed to enjoy the beautiful weather and get into the Halloween spirit. Be on the lookout for socially-distanced festivals and performances to keep you engaged throughout the season!
1. DRESSING DREADFULLY
Literary Arts, History
October 24 & 31, 5pm
$5-7, with costume ($7-9, without)
Edgar Allen Poe Museum, 1914 East Main Street, Richmond, 23223
Are you bummed that work has canceled the office Halloween party and you’re looking for somewhere to show off your new Plague Doctor digs? Don your costume and visit the The Poe Museum during regular hours on Saturday, October 24 or Saturday, October 31, and they’ll knock $2 off the general admission price. Bring the family!
2. "SUPPRESSED: THE FIGHT TO VOTE"
October 20, 6pm
The Richmond Public Library offers a virtual film screening of Suppressed: The Fight to Vote followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A. This is a free program, but REGISTRATION is required. This program is in partnership with the Right to Vote Coalition and VCU's Common Book program.
3. 4TH FRIDAY ART SHOWS AND OPENING RECEPTION
Visual Art, Music
October 23, 6pm & 7pm
Art Works, 320 Hull St, Richmond, 23224
Breakthrough by Sara Henry is Art Works’ featured exhibit in October. Sara is from Alaska, now lives in Arkansas and brings her three dimensional ceramic paintings to our city this fall. You will see ceramic paintings in the form of towers, walls, orbs, and tiles. Also exhibiting Richmond artists: Robert Pfeifer, Libby Clark and Robert Wynne. At the opening reception, Art Works invite you to be creative and draw, paint, sew, attach, and reconstruct your face covering to depict your favorite Halloween ghoul, creature, famous person, animal, etc. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place creations. This event is free and open to the public, but you must REGISTER.
4. POSITIVE THINKING
October 25, 3pm
Historic Mankin Mansion, 4300 Oakleys Lane, Richmond, 23223
The Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia kicks off an unusual 16th season with "Positive Thinking," a concert of music for flute, guitar and cello. The focus is joy and energy - from a charming 19th take on Austrian folk tunes, to the sophisticated groove of French composer Guillaume Connesson, to an exhilarating lesson on the history of the tango by Astor Piazzolla. This concert is socially distanced in the gallery space at Historic Mankin Mansion. Go HERE for more information and tickets.
5. GARDEN GLOW
October 23 - November 8, 6pm
Maymont Historic Estate Entrance, 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond, 23220
Brighten your autumn nights on a wondrous light-filled journey through Maymont. The scenery will shine with dramatic light displays for an enchanting experience to delight guests of all ages. Capacity is limited - advance purchased TICKETS recommended. COVID-19 safety guidelines will be in place, based on the Commonwealth’s applicable regulations at the time of the event, for a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all guests.
6. ON THE ROAD - PUMPHOUSE BLUES
October 25, 3pm
Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, 23223
Since you can't come to the Henrico Theatre, Henrico Theatre comes to you! This concert features local favorites PumpHouse Blues. From soulful originals to putting their own creative spin on traditional Chicago Jump/Swing Blues, this Richmond-based group cover songs will bring you to your feet. The concert will be held outdoors on the lawn at Dabbs House.
7. THE BRANCH HOUSE - RESTORATION FOR THE SECOND CENTURY: ITS SIGNIFICANCE ARCHITECTURALLY AND FOR RICHMOND
Architectural Arts, History
October 21, 6:30pm
Designed by John Russell Pope, the Branch House and Gardens occupy half a block in Richmond’s Fan District. This webinar will explore the history of the House and Monument Avenue, critical choices for the location of the House and the architect; the significant role the House and the Branch family have had in Richmond’s history. Participants will begin to explore the challenges of restoring one of Richmond’s great architectural treasures. Register HERE.
8. SONGS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT
October 25, 2pm
Good Luck Cellars, 1025 Goodluck Road, Kilmarnock, 22482
The Northern Neck Orchestra presents an afternoon outdoor concert with music by Bach, Donizzeti, Vivaldi and Clara Schumann. The program will be performed by a trio of exceptional musicians –soprano Jessica Noël Wakelyn, mezzo-soprano Erin Wind and pianist Hope Armstrong Erb. Purchase tickets HERE.
9. BAROQUE FURNITURE OF THE LOWER JAMES RIVER REGION 1690 - 1750
Visual Arts, Makers, History
October 22, 6:00pm
Join Wilton House Museum's first lecture of the season, featuring Sumpter Priddy, Southern Furniture Scholar. Norfolk was the greatest metropolis in Colonial Virginia and the eight largest city in Colonial America. The city’s vibrant economy supported a significant network of joiners and cabinet makers creating furniture and interiors with a distinct regional aesthetic across the region of the lower James River. Purchase tickets HERE.
10. WITH STRINGS ATTACHED
October 25, 4pm
Online and In-Person at Tabernacle Baptist Church Community Life Center, 418 Halifax Street, Petersburg, 23803
Join the Petersburg Symphony Orchestra’s String Quartet for performances from Baroque to Ragtime - featuring music by Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart, Joplin and a work that resulted from Dvorak’s visit to America. Limited in-person and livestream tickets are available. No tickets sold at the door.
11. AUTHOR CHAT WITH DONNA RUSSO MORIN
October 22, 7pm
12. THE SUPER SUGAR BEATS
October 25, 3pm
$30 for 1-2 people per pod, $50 for 3-4 people per pod
Day-of tickets: $20 per person
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, 2306
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen brings their first outdoor concert of the new season, featuring The Super Sugar Beats performing groovy tunes that rock from the '60s and '70s! This hour-long concert takes place at The Cultural Arts Center's Center Field with social distancing. Enjoy a fun afternoon of bubblegum rock in your own private pod. Chairs, blankets, and coolers are welcome (alcohol prohibited.) See social distancing information HERE. To purchase tickets call 804-261-ARTS.
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.