Artsline - Stories, Books, and Music to Brighten Your Spring!
Artsline: Virtual Edition || April 26, 2021
“Timeless literature keeps infinitely expanding, like the universe.” ~Terri Guillemets
RVA offers a lot around story this week - written stories, spoken histories, and words set to music. You will find fantastic workshops, super-interesting book clubs, and fun author chats - especially for kids. So while there are really amazing opportunities that get you outside and into the beautiful weather all Spring, Richmond offers other, more solitary pursuits to deepen your experience here.
1. MEET AUTHOR ANDY GRIFFITHS OF THE 130-STORY TREEHOUSE SERIES!
April 27, 7pm
Join Andy live from Australia as he celebrates his new book! This may be a virtual event, but Andy's high-energy fun will shine through the screen. This event is FREE. Register for the event, then purchase a book with a 10% discount on all of the Treehouse series books, along with a bookplate signed by Andy, while supplies last! Presented by bbgb books.
2. THE WRITING SHOW – COLLECTIONS & ANTHOLOGIES
April 28, 6pm
Writing that can be consumed in one sitting is perfect for our fast-paced lives. What’s the best way to put together a collection of your own short works? the experts at James River Writers will give you the ins and outs of creative compilations. Register online by April 27th.
3. EYEWITNESS TO HISTORY: WWII VETERANS IRVING LOCKER & HAL URBAN
April 26 & 27, 11am
Join The Virginia War Memorial for two very special days of interviews with World War II veterans. On Monday, April 26, they bring Irving Locker, who served with the 116 AAA Gun Battalion that landed on Utah Beach on June 7, 1944 and played a role in liberating the Gardelegen Concentration Camp. And on Tuesday, April 27, they speak with Sgt. Hal Urban, who served with the 11th Armored Division in the Battle of the Bulge. Sgt. Urban also took part in the liberation of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp. Register online for this free event.
4. 4000 DAYS
April 29 - May 15, 8pm (May 9th at 4pm)
Online and at Richmond Triangle Players at the Robert B. Moss Theatre, 1300 Altamont Avenue, Richmond, 23230
Richmond Triangle Players presents the show 4000 Days. Synopsis: What would you do if you forgot the last decade of your life? After a blood clot unexpectedly formed in his brain, Michael has been in a coma for three weeks. Watching over him in hospital is his bitter mother Carol and his dull but well-meaning partner Paul. They are united in their grief over Michael, and in their intense dislike of each other. This production will feature a reduced capacity of 27 seats per performance, in accordance with CDC guidelines. A streaming version will also be available. Buy tickets online.
5. ORGANIST ALCEE CHRISS IN CONCERT
April 30, 7:30pm
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1627 Monument Avenue, Richmond, 23220
First place winner of the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition and silver medalist at the 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. Presented by The Richmond Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. Masks and advance reservations required. Due to social distancing, admission is limited to 100 individuals.
6. JUNIOR LEAGUE OF RICHMOND'S 76TH ANNUAL BOOK & AUTHOR EVENT
April 29, 7pm
Held annually since 1947 and the longest event of its kind, renowned authors will discuss their creative process, inspirations, and latest best sellers. Hosted once again by Bob Deans, this virtual event will feature an all female author panel for the first time in years. This year’s Book & Author Event will allow you to discover new authors and books while supporting the Junior League of Richmond and its mission. Purchase tickets online.
7. WOMEN IN THE WICKHAM HOUSE
April 28, 10am
The Valentine guides you in real time through the Wickham House as you 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. Register for this free event.
8. BETWEEN THE LINES BOOK CLUB: YELLOW WIFE
Literary Art, History
April 27, 7pm
Join Virginia Museum of History and Culture and author Sadeqa Johnson in an evening book club conversation about her novel, Yellow Wife. Sadeqa will discuss the process of researching and writing the book, and members of the VMHC Education team will show some related objects from the collection. Purchase the book and read it on your own. Register online for this free event.
9. GELLMAN ROOM CONCERT: A MUSICAL AVIARY
May 1, 2pm
Richmond Public Library offers their virtual Gellman Room Concert, A Musical Aviary--a celebration of our feathered friends with music from composers Camille Saint-Saens, Somei Satoh, Howard Swanson, and Jen Sichler presented by the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia. Register online for this free event.
10. ECOLOGICAL RESILIENCY AND DESIGN INSPIRATION
April 29, 6pm
The Branch Museum Of Architecture and Design presents moderator John Crouse in conversation with Mr. Farrokh Derakhshani, Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Established in 1977, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture is presented every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation, and landscape architecture. Through its efforts, the Award seeks to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of societies across the world, in which Muslims have a significant presence. This webinar will present several award-winning projects, each focusing on elements of ecological resilience and sustainability within their environment. Register online for a Zoom link.
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.