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She Lives Here
Book art for Kristina Hamlett's new book She Lives Here.

Artsline: Virtual Edition || March 15, 2021

"To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful, and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams." ~ Hillary Clinton

This week, in celebration of Women’s History Month, Artsline features local arts and culture programs featuring strong women who’ve pursued and achieved their dreams! Not only will you find Queens and First Ladies, but also local writers and artists from diverse backgrounds. Get out (or stay in) and immerse yourself in women’s history this month in the RVA and beyond!


1. MOVIE MYTHBUSTING - ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE
History, Film
March 16, 7pm
Online

Elizabeth I

Join the Virginia Museum of History and Culture for Women’s History Month as they “mythbust” the movie, Elizabeth, depicting Queen Elizabeth I early life as she faces threats abroad and at home. Watch the film in advance, whenever or however works best for you, and then log into an interactive Zoom presentation where educators will chat about what’s true, what’s not, and make some interesting connections to the VMHC collection. Registration required for this free program.


2. READING UNDER THE INFLUENCE: MUSIC, HISTORY & RACE
History, Music, Literature
March 15, 7pm discussion, 8pm music
Online

Reading Under the Influence

The Virginia Festival of the Book brings Regina Bradley, Adam Gussow, and Claudrena Harold to discuss the ways music, history, and race intersect in the creation of American identity, with a focus on blues, southern hip-hop, and late-century gospel music. After the discussion, enjoy a set of live music from The Blues Doctors, a two-man band out of Oxford, Mississippi, featuring Adam Gussow and Alan Gross. You must register to attend this free event.


3. MARTHA JEFFERSON AND THE VIRGINIA CAMPAIGNS
History
March 18, 6pm
Online
$10

Martha Jefferson Campaigns

Join The Wilton House Museum for their annual lecture series. In this virtual presentation, Diane Ehrenpreis, Curator of Decorative Arts at Monticello introduces new information regarding the Ladies of the Revolution, women in PA, MD, NJ, and in this case, Virginia, who undertook a public campaign to raise funds and distribute aid to the Virginia soldiers in 1780. You must register to attend this Zoom event.


4. COLLECTORS NIGHT: TOGETHER APART
Visual Art
March 20, 6pm
Online
$10/bidding only (dinner options available for additional fees)

Collectors Night

Celebrate the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s 35th Annual Collectors’ Night, Presented by Dominion Energy from home this year! The live auction will stream on GiveSmart. Silent auction ticket-holders can bid online on more than 50 items, including art and experience packages. Both live + silent auction art are on view in VisArts’ True F. Luck Gallery. All ticket proceeds and a portion of auction sales benefit VisArts. Buy tickets online.


5. ST. PADDY'S (EVE) LIVESTREAM!
Music
March 16, 7pm
Online

St. Paddy's

It's time for Matthew O'Donnell's second annual St. Paddy's livestream concert! Raise a glass and sing along to your favorite traditional Irish songs and pub tunes. Watch on Facebook Live.


6. COMMUNITY DANCE CLASS WITH CLAVES UNIDOS
Dance
Saturdays, 9am
Online 

Claves Unidos

Free, weekly African Roots Reunion community dance class on Zoom with Kevin LaMarr Jones of CLAVES UNIDOS. Come get your groove on and share in the fun of dances with African roots between your couch and the Caribbean. Space is limited. Register online with Dogtown Dance Theatre.


7. A ROOF ABOVE MY HEAD
History, Architecture
March 20, 10am
Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester, 23836
$9/adults, $7/children ages 3-12

Roof Head

Ever wonder how the timber post and beam structures you see at Henricus Historical Park were built? A Roof Above My Head explores how skilled carpenters, sawyers, and woodsmen arriving from England 400 years ago constructed houses, churches, and more - all without recourse to modern power tools. Register online.


8. HAPPY HOUR AT QUIRK GALLERY
Visual Art
March 18, 4pm
Quirk Gallery, 207 W Broad Street, Richmond, 23220

Quirk Happy Hour

Join the Quirk Gallery every Thursday from 4 – 6 pm for a Happy Hour event celebrating their current exhibitions. This month, they feature the work of Ana Rendich (Main Gallery) and David Amoroso (Pink Gallery). The Lobby Bar at Quirk Hotel will offer $5 drink specials on select cocktails, rosé, and beer and all in-store purchases made during Happy Hour will be 15% off. These shows will run concurrently at Quirk's Richmond location through May 2. All available work may be viewed online at quirkgallery.com/exhibitions. Masks are required at all times while on the premises of Quirk Hotel and Quirk Gallery. Occupancy in the gallery is limited to 8 guests at a time. All guests are required to observe safe social distancing measures.


9. SHE LIVES HERE BOOK RELEASE PARTY
Literary Arts
March 19, 5pm
Online

She lives here

Join Life in 10 Minutes to celebrate the release of She Lives Here, Kristina Hamlett’s debut collection of poetry and prose. The collection moves toward a jubilant celebration of womanhood, Blackness, strength, and finding your own kind of joy. Hamlett will read an excerpt from her book and will open a live Q&A following. Watch this event on Facebook Live.


10. LAUGHTER YOGA MEDITATION SERIES
Comedy
March 21, 11am
Online

Laughter Yoga

This free 45-minute virtual session taught by US Laughter Yoga Ambassador, Slash Coleman, and hosted by Heartfulness Meditation Centre is an approach to meditation that combines laughter with compassionate action and moment-to-moment awareness. Go to the website for the link to join in the class.

 


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.