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Artsline - Enjoy the Outdoors with Performances, History, and Art!

Sankofa Danzafro
Dance troupe, Sankofa Danzafro, is offering a free workshop through The Modlin Center for the Arts.

Artsline: Virtual Edition || April 5, 2021

“The window is open and a warm, delicious little breeze comes wandering in. It smells of magnolias and dogwood and it whispers in our ears enticing little stories of gurgling brooks and cool woods. Yes, we have got spring fever and got it bad.” ~Country Life, June 1922

Feeling a bit of Spring Fever? Yearning to get outside and discover something new? There are lots of opportunities this week for both outside and inside local performances, art, and workshops - from theatre to history to music. Channel all that Spring energy into finding a new favorite this season!


1. THE DENTIST
Theatre
April 8-16, times vary
VCU’s Park Plaza, located behind Hibbs Hall, east of the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts located at 922 Park Ave, Richmond, 23284

The Dentist

VCUarts Theatre presents The Dentist, a zany tale of love, vengeance......and slapstick! This comedy uses elements of the traditional commedia dell’arte style to create a rowdy and fun experience for the audience. This is the department’s first in-person production since February 2020! All performances are outdoors, socially distanced, and masks required for all audience members. Register for this free event.


2. YOM HASHOAH 2021
Culture, History
April 11, 3pm
Online

Hom Hashoah

The Virginia Holocaust Museum invites you to their 2021 Yom HaShoah commemoration, a yearly opportunity to remember and honor the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. This year, the Museum’s Day of Remembrance will feature special guest, Dr. James Grymes, an internationally respected musicologist and author of Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour. Register online for this free event.


3. RICHMOND'S HISTORIC CEMETERIES
History
April 8, Noon
Online

Historic Cemeteries

Virginia's capital holds one of the most dramatic landscapes of death in the nation, with graveyards dating from the city's founding through the Civil War, emancipation, and the long road that followed. Yet too often they are treated in isolation. Join historian Ryan K. Smith, author of Death and Rebirth in a Southern City, for an  exploration of the history and recovery of the burial grounds of Richmond, Virginia, through the lens of race. Presented by The Virginia Museum of History and Culture as a part of their Banner Lecture Series. Register online for this free event.


4. 3 IN 30: THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPHY, 1839-1939
Visual Arts
April 6, 11am
Online
 

Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree by Edward Weston, from the VMFA Collection

Join the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ as they discuss works from the current exhibition, Masterpieces From The VMFA Collection: The First Hundred Years of Photography, 1839-1939, by photographers, Timothy O'Sullivan, Eugene Atget, and Edward Weston. Learn their stories and why these works are considered masterpieces. Register online for this free event.


5. THE GOONIES
Film
April 10, 10am
The Byrd Theatre, 2908 West Cary Street, Richmond, 23221
$10

Goonies

The Byrd Theatre offers the 1980’s kids classic, The Goonies! Synopsis:A young teenager named Mikey Walsh finds an old treasure map in his father's attic. Hoping to save their homes from demolition, Mikey and his friends Data Wang, Chunk Cohen, and Mouth Devereaux run off on a big quest to find the secret stash of Pirate One-Eyed Willie. With Bob Gulledge on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. This public screening is limited to 75 attendees. Purchase tickets online.


6. STORYTELLING TRUE STORIES 2021
Storytelling
2nd Friday, monthly, 7:30pm
Online
$4

Storytelling

Rappahannock Rap presents a storytelling swap to tell your own true story or listen. Maximum length of your true story is 8 min. This storytelling event is held every second Friday of every month. Each show has a theme and participants tell true stories in front of an online audience. Theme for April is Freedom. Register online.


7. GELLMAN ROOM CONCERT: MOISES CUNHA & FRIENDS
Music
April 10, 2pm
Online

GRC Moises

Richmond Public Library brings music by Beethoven, Sibelius and Mozart featuring Moises Cunha on violin, Jake Fowler on cello, Luke Fleming on viola, and Tyler Sieh on viola. Register for this free event.


8. PATRICK HENRY, LIBERTY OR DEATH, AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
History
Saturdays thru April 24, beginning at 10:30AM
Historic St. John's Church, 2401 E. Broad Street, Richmond, 23223
$10

Patrick Henry

Come inside Historic St. John's Church with Interpreter Andrew Keehan to see the location of the Second Virginia Convention of March 1775 where Patrick Henry delivered his 'Liberty or Death" speech in the heady days on the eve of the American Revolution. The program lasts approximately 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A session. Indoor programming is limited to 10 people, masks and social distancing required. Register online.


9. SANKOFA DANZAFRO VIRTUAL DANCE WORKSHOP
Dance
April 7, 7pm
Online

Sankofa

Join members of Sankofa Danzafro to learn this popular Afro-Colombian urban dance form based in Salsa and hip-hop. This virtual workshop is open to all skill levels and is presented by Modlin Center for the Arts. Wear comfortable clothes, make some space to move, and experience something new! Register online for this free workshop.


10. GENEALOGY VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: PRIVATE PAPERS
History
April 9, 10am
Online
$15

Private Papers

In addition to state and county records, the Library of Virginia holds nongovernment papers such as Bible records, family papers, letters, organization records, and business records. Library staff members introduce you to the Private Papers Collection and the valuable information they contain. They will also share tips on how you can preserve your own family papers. Register online.


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.