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Artsline - Socially-Distanced Performances, Art and History for the Winter Holidays!

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Artsline: Virtual Edition || December 14, 2020

"What a severe yet master artist old Winter is.... No longer the canvas and the pigments, but the marble and the chisel." ~John Burroughs

Winter is upon us and the beauty of fullness gives way to the beauty of spareness. The greens and yellows of Summer become the grays and silvers of Winter, working their magic in our psyches to embrace the hearth and home of hibernation. This year, sheltering at home means something more. It means keeping ourselves and our neighbors safe during the continued pandemic. But that doesn’t mean that merry music and beautiful colors cannot be a part of our Winter experience. Check below for great opportunities to enjoy arts and culture during this holiday season - safe from home.


1. THE NUTCRACKER
Dance, Music
Through December 26
Online
$25/stream (Bonus packages are extra)

Nutcracker 2020

For the first time in history, The Richmond Ballet is releasing a recording of their beloved production of The Nutcracker that will allow you to bring its magic home this holiday season. To purchase your virtual tickets, please visit etix.com or call their Nutcracker hotline at 804.344.0906 x161.


2. WOMEN IN THE WICKHAM HOUSE
History
December 16, 10am
Online

wickham Women

The Valentine guides you a real time tour through the Wickham House where you can explore the fascinating stories of the women who inhabited the historic home during the 19th century. During this virtual tour, you will hear about new research into the lives of the women who lived and worked in the home, and the stark contrasts between their lives as mothers, daughters and enslaved laborers. This is a free event, but REGISTRATION is required.


3. THE NEWISH JEWISH ENCYCLOPEDIA
Literary Arts, Culture
December 16, 7:30pm
Online
$10/stream

Newish Jewish

The Weinstein JCC welcomes Unorthodox podcast hosts Stephanie Butnick, Liel Leibovitz and Mark Oppenheimer to discuss their deeply knowing, highly entertaining and just a bit irreverent book, The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia - an encyclopedia of all things Jewish and Jew-ish covering culture, religion, history, habits, language and more.  Get your TICKETS online.


4. STUDIO TWO THREE’S WINTER MARKET
Visual Art
Through December 24
Studio Two Three, 3300 West Clay Street, Richmond, 23230 

winter Market

In non-pandemic years, Studio Two Three hosts a wild and wondrous three-day event with tons of folks crammed in their space to buy local art. This year, they converted their event space into a Winter Market so the community can shop safely distanced and masked. Studio Two Three’s Winter Market is open daily 11am-5pm and features an avalanche of artwork created by a bevy of local artists.


5. IN-PERSON/VIRTUAL WEEKLY BACHATA FOOTWORK
Dance
Tuesdays, 8:30pm
Online and at Dogtown Dance Theatre, 109 West 15th Street, Richmond, 23224
$10/class

Salsa Connect

Bachata is a popular dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. This class, offered by Salsa Connection Dance Company, is open to all skill levels of dancers. Footwork will start out easy and become progressively more challenging throughout the hour. In-person spots are limited to 18 people so don't wait to REGISTER if you want to attend in person!


6. ACOUSTIC CONCERT SERIES: BOB WADSWORTH
Music
December 17, 7pm
Online

blue Christmas

Enjoy seasonal selections during this holiday concert featuring Bob Wadsworth and his hammered dulcimer on The Chesterfield County Library’s YouTube channel.


7. BLING IT OUT 3! ART AUCTION
Visual Art
Through December 17
Online

Bling it Out

Iridian Gallery at Diversity Thrift presents their biannual fundraiser auction Bling it Out 3! Thirty-six artists selected items from Diversity Thrift to transform into brilliant new pieces of art. This work is on display at Iridian and is available to bid on their Instagram account. One Best in Show piece will be selected by Quirk Gallery and Hotel's Katie Ukrop and one Audience Favorite award will be decided by Instagram likes.


8. HISTORY HAPPY HOUR: THE HOMESTEAD ACT OF 1862 AND THE BLACK EXODUS OF 1879
History
December 14, 6:30pm
Online

Homestead Wide

In 1879, thousands of emancipated African Americans made use of 1862’s Homestead Act and migrated to Colorado, Oklahoma, and especially Kansas, seeking a way out of the repressive conditions in the South. Discover how John Brown’s memory inspired this migration to Kansas “because of the sacredness of her soil washed by the blood for the cause of black freedom.” Presented by The American Civil War Museum. REGISTER online.


9. GELLMAN ROOM CONCERT:  PHANTASIE AND HERITAGE
Music
December 19, 2pm
Online

violin

Violinist Becca Longhenry, cellist David Raposo, and pianist Matthew Booth explore some of the treasures in piano trio literature, featuring works by Frank Bridge, Joaquim Turina, and Felix Mendelssohn. Register for Zoom access or watch live at the Richmond Public Library YouTube channel.


10. HEADHUNTER – 5/73 CAV AND THEIR FIGHT FOR IRAQ’S DIYALA RIVER VALLEY
History, Literary Arts
December 15, 2pm
Online

Headhunt

The Virginia War Memorial brings author Pete Svoboda to talk about his new book, Headhunter - 5/73 CAV and Their Fight for Iraq’s Diyala River Valley, a unique account of the Global War on Terror. It’s a story of paratroopers, told by the airborne cavalry scouts, infantry riflemen and support troops who fought the enemy insurgents who were terrorizing the people of Diyala Province. Although free, space is limited, REGISTER early.


11. THE TATERS' SHINY & BRITE HOLIDAY PARTY
Music
December 18 & 19 - 7pm, December 20 - 3pm
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, 23060
$20/advance, $25/door

taters

The Taters holiday concert is coming to the Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen for three socially-safe shows. Enjoy songs old & new including hits by Elvis, Roy Orbison, the Everly Brothers, and Roger Miller, as well as several new originals from their first-ever holiday album, Shiny & Brite. Call 804-261-ARTS to reserve your tickets.

 


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.