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Artsline - Dance, Music, and Fun for Pups during the Dog Days of Summer!

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Dogtown Dance Theatre brings A Cabaret of Integrative Witnessing: A Collective Experience Hosted by Ali Cramer. See details below.

Artsline: Virtual Edition || August 23, 2021

“Art is the triumph over chaos.” ~John Cheever

The RVA arts and culture community continues to bring our city amazing variety and talent in performance, history, and art. After the past year, they’ve adapted and found ways to keep us and our neighbors safe. Even as we face the Delta variant, we have the great good fortune to live among creatives that inspire our region to beauty and meaning. Take the opportunity to enjoy it – and stay safe for yourself and for others.


1. THE KOS BAND
Music
August 28, 8pm
Dogwood Dell Amphitheatre, 600 S Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA 23220

KOS Band

City of Richmond’s Festival of the Arts brings the pop and beach sounds of The KOS Band to Dogwood Dell. Come out for a night full of danceable, singable pop oldies. Bring a lawn chair, some blankets, and a picnic dinner to enjoy. This event is free, family-friendly, and open to the community.


2. THE WIZARD OF OZ
Theatre, Music
August 29, 2pm
September 1-2, 7pm
Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Avenue, Richmond, 23226
$15

Wizard of Oz

Jewish Family Theatre’s Second Stage presents the classic family favorite musical, The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. This Young Performers' Edition is a shorter adaptation of the popular musical specially tailored for elementary school and middle school-aged children. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy's imagination. Check website for COVID protocols. Purchase tickets online.


3. 4TH FRIDAY ART SHOWS AND OPENING RECEPTION
Visual Art
August 27, 6pm
Exhibits run through September 18
Art Works, 320 Hull Street, Richmond, 23224

Guardian
Guardian of the Pop Bottles by Heidi Nunnally

It’s August and the dogs are back for Art Works’ Dog Days of Summer fundraiser for local animal shelters. Guests are invited to bring their dogs for photo shoots and special treats. The All Media Show will be in the main gallery and special awards will be presented including best-dog entry. James River Renderings 2021 opens, displaying the essence of Richmond’s greatest natural resource, the James River. Heidi Nunnally gives us a perspective on the impact of climate change on icebergs with her exhibit, Death of an Iceberg, and Cathey Cazares shares the beauty in the rustic and worn in her exhibit, Faces and City Sites. No registration required. Parking is free.


4. THE WRITING SHOW: PATHS TO PUBLISHING
Literary Art
August 25, 6pm
Online
$15

Paths to Publishing

The opportunities for getting your words out into the world are greater than ever–and also even more confusing. The expert panel from James River Writers help you explore the various ways you can get published, including through traditional publishing, small presses, or indie pub. This topic is a perennial favorite, and we keep coming back to it because it keeps changing! Get the latest scoop from our experts. Register online.


5. LUMINAR
Magic, Illusion Arts
August 27, 7:30pm
August 28, 3pm
Perkinson Center for the Arts and Education, 11810 Centre Street Chester, VA 23831
$35-$40

Luminar

Professional magician Michael Rangel stars in an intimate evening of magic, mysticism, and storytelling. The show speaks to serendipitous moments in life and the magic that is woven throughout. It's been said this is not just a magic show but a show that is magical where Michael Rangel will touch your heart and your mind.  His message is this: life itself is magical. Presented at the Perkinson Center for the Arts and Education. Purchase tickets online.


6. FIDO’S AFTER 5 WITH PAUL URBAN & FRIENDS
Landscape Art, Music
August 26, 4pm
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, 1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, Virginia 
$14/adults, $11/seniors, $8/youth
Suggested $2 pet admission benefits the Richmond SPCA

Jozy
Jozy Butterfly by Annie Goldman

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens partners with the Richmond SPCA to allow guests to bring their dogs for a summer night of music and fun with musical guests Paul Urban & Friends. Dogs must be leashed and have a current rabies vaccination. Guests are invited to bring their own chairs and blankets. Food and drinks (including wine and beer) are available for purchase in the Garden Cafe. Outside food is not allowed. Refer to the Garden’s protocol for dog visitation. Purchase tickets online.


7. BOOK CLUB - BIG STONE GAP
Literary Art, History
August 28, 10:30am
Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 428 N Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, 23220

Big Stone Gap

Join the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in a book club conversation about Big Stone Gap. Synopsis: Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the tiny town of Big Stone Gap is home to some of the most charming eccentrics in the state. Ave Maria Mulligan is the town's self-proclaimed spinster, a thirty-five year old pharmacist with a "mountain girl's body and a flat behind." She lives an amiable life with good friends and lots of hobbies until the fateful day in 1978 when she suddenly discovers that she's not who she always thought she was. Register online for this free event.


8. OPEN AIR OPEN MIC: POETRY NIGHT
Poetry, Spoken Word
August 27, 7pm
Café Zata, 700 Bainbridge St, Richmond, 23224

Zata Patio

River City Poets brings a poetry open mic night in Café Zata's patio garden welcoming new voices and seasoned performers alike. No language or theme restriction. No registration required. Masks are requested on entering the building.


9. A CABARET OF INTEGRATIVE WITNESSING: A COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCE HOSTED BY ALI CRAMER
Dance
August 27, 7pm
Dogtown Dance Theatre, 109 West 15th Street, Richmond, 23224
Sliding Scale Pricing, $5 minimum

Cabaret

Dogtown Dance Theatre brings a unique experience to witness the human ability to take a moment to objectively observe without judgment. Oftentimes we may experience the feeling of being overwhelmed of are emotions of our daily lives. "We" also as humans can experience a vast failure to impress or feel like we have disappointed someone. A feeling of detachment from our emotions, experiences, and daily lives. “Being your own witness” allows you to take a half step back and have the opportunity to look at the present moment with fresh eyes. For audiences 18+. Purchase tickets online.


10. THE MALTESE FALCON
Film
July 26, 7pm
The Byrd Theatre, 2908 West Cary Street, Richmond, 23221
$8

Maltese Falcon

The Byrd Theatre brings the John Huston 1941 classic The Maltese Falcon, staring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, and Peter Lorre. Synopsis: A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a beautiful liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. Purchase tickets online.


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.