Artsline - Escape Summer Heat with Local Music, Theatre, and Art!
Artsline: Virtual Edition || August 2, 2021
“Painting is my escape from reality. I can literally create any kind of world that I want — with tranquility and peace. All my little animal friends, they all live right here with me.” ~Bob Ross
What kind of world do you want? A world filled with vibrant music and dancing in the streets? A world filled with meaningful stories and blooming gardens? A world of images reflecting who we are and who we can become? This week explore all the ways that you can participate in creating the world you want to see.
1. RHYTHM ON THE RIVER '21
Music, Spoken Word, Visual Art
August 6, 6pm
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, 23220
Rhythm on the River is a celebration of the arts, both performance and visual to be offered at the Sculpture Garden at Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts. The evening features live performances (music & spoken word) as well as visual artists - an amazing event for the whole family. Register online for this free event.
2. GALLERY 5 FIRST FRIDAYS
Music, Visual Art
August 6, 5pm
Gallery 5, 200 W Marshall Street, Richmond, 23220
This August, Gallery 5 be using their walls to share local art themed around food. Check out some of Richmond's best food-related illustrations, photos, music, and more! On their stage, a healthy serving of Richmond's finest: Classical Revolution RVA, The Sweet Potatoes, Ben Butterworth & the Bajas.
3. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Theatre, Landscape Art
August 4, 6:30pm
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, 23228
Enjoy an abbreviated youth performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream set against Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's Cochrane Rose Garden. This event is part of the Garden’s Wednesday Alfresco. Rain date is August 11th. Performance is free with your admission. Purchase admission online.
4. AUGUST MUSICALES CONCERT SERIES: ORGANIST TED DAVIS
August 4, 7pm
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1627 Monument Avenue, Richmond, 23220
Theodore Davis, organist kicks off Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church’s August Musicales Concert Series with Impromptu, Op. 78, No. 1; Samuel Coleridge Taylor Lied (from 24 Pièces en style libre); Louis Vierne Suite No. 1 for Organ; Florence Price Peter and the Wolf (1936); and Sergei Prokofiev. John Harris will narrate. No registration required.
5. LOCAL AUTHORS PANEL: INDEPENDENT & SELF-PUBLISHING!
August 7, 11am
Online and at bbgb Books, 3003 West Cary Street, Richmond, 23221
Love to write? Ever dreamed of publishing your own book? bbgb gathered an amazing group of local independent and self-published children's book authors to chat about their passions for writing, their experience with the self-publishing process, and their unique, inspiring journeys to get their words out into the world. This in-person event is free to attend – please wear a mask. If you can’t come in the shop, don’t fret! They will livestream the event on crowdcast, just make sure you’re registered.
6. CARMEN LYNCH
August 6, 8:30pm
Perkinson Center for the Arts and Education, 11810 Centre Street Chester, VA 23831
Pearl Street Comedy is proud to present Carmen Lynch – who has had guest apperances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Conan. She is featured in the newly-released documentary Hysterical (Hulu) and on HA Festival: The Art of Comedy (HBO Max). Her new comedy album Vertically Obese and podcast The Human CentiPOD are available on all mainstream platforms. Presented at the new Perkinson Center for the Arts and Education. Purchase tickets online.
7. EXPERIENTIAL LECTURES FROM EXODUS: SCHOOL OF EXPRESSION
August 6, 5pm
Institute of Contemporary Art, 601 W Broad St, Richmond, 23220
This summer, six Richmond-based artists participated in Exodus: School of Expression’s Seed Summer Residency. Artists-in-residence participated in artist-led workshops centered on Afro-futurism, internal archives, speculative practices, sonics, and visual languages. Join the Institute for Contemporary Art for a culminating salon that centers around the premise of eco-systems in relation to community. Works, process materials, and individual practices will be shared through presentation and discussion. Capacity is limited, so please register for this free event.
8. CHILLIN' AT UNITY: HYMNS AND HEARTSONGS
August 5, 6:30pm
Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd, Richmond, 23235
Unity Church of Bon Air brings Dr. Theresa Steward to use music to soothe, heal, comfort, encourage, and uplift. This program tells a story of spiritual music that has provided peace and solace, comfort and care, joy and gratitude over the last year and a half in the lives of the faith community of Grace Baptist Church in Richmond and beyond. Some are soothing arrangements of beloved hymn tunes, and others are heartsongs or familiar pieces that provide peace or a burst of joy in much needed moments in our lives. No registration required – just show up!
August 7, 8pm
Dogwood Dell Amphitheatre, 600 S Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, 23220
City of Richmond’s Festival of the Arts brings the Latin styles of Kadencia to Dogwood Dell. Come out for a night full of Salsa, Bomba, and Plena. Bring a lawn chair, some blankets, and a picnic dinner to enjoy live music and dance. This event is free, family-friendly, and open to the community.
10. ARTISTIC VARIATIONS
August 6, 5pm
Uptown Gallery, 1305 West Main Street, Richmond, 23220
The Chester Artists Association, known for their creativity, offers Artistic Variations at Uptown Gallery. Their risk-taking work inspires the viewer. Opening reception on First Fridays, exhibit runs through August.
August 7, 6pm
Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 428 N Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, 23220
Celebrate Virginia Craft Beer Month with the Virginia Museum of History & Culture as it hosts the fourth annual BrewHaHa craft beer festival. This year’s event will feature beer selections from a wide variety of Virginia breweries from across the commonwealth, live music, and food trucks. Free admission to the museum with ticket purchase.
If you are an arts or cultural organization with lectures, exhibitions, performances, 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, check out the list of local and national resources from Richmond CultureWorks.