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Artsline - Giving thanks for RVA's arts & culture this season!

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Tree House GardenFest of Lights
The Tree House during Dominion Energy's GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  (Photo Credit: James Loving. Used with permission.)

Artsline: Virtual Edition || November 22, 2021

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” ~ William Arthur Ward

How lucky are we that our society sets aside one day a year to collectively offer thanks for all the good in our lives? And how lucky could we be if we continued to find gratitude all year long? This week, RVA offers wonderful opportunities to laugh and cry and stand in awe of the creativity right here in our community. Take a moment to breath it in – and to find a place in your heart for gratefulness to take root.

To list your events on Artsline, go to vpm.org/artsline.

November 27
Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester, 23836
$10/adult, $8/children ages 5-12

Friendship, Trade, & Feast at Henricus Historical Park
Photo Credit: Chris Beasley (Image used with permission from Henricus Historical Park)

From 1607-1622, the English and Powhatan people had moments of what the English called “Thanksgiving” characterized by trade, gift giving, and the sharing of food and drink. Henricus Historical Park interpreters and volunteers will faithfully recreate and share several colonial English and Powhatan Indian recipes. Visitors will observe how food was prepared and examine typical items that would have been exchanged between the two cultures. If you enjoy the smell of wood fires, iron-pot cooking over hot coals, and clay oven bread baking, come to this annual autumn event! Event free with admission, purchased at the park.

Online, on demand through December 1

Bifocals Autumn Showcase at CAT
Image used with permission from CAT

Watch the Bifocals at CAT Autumn Showcase, featuring two one-act plays, from the comfort of your own home! Presented by Chamberlayne Actors TheatrePurchase tickets online.

Improvisational Comedy
November 27, 7:30pm
CSz Richmond Theatre, 8906-H W. Broad Street, Richmond, 23294


Comedy Sportz Richmond
Image used with permission from CSz Richmond Theatre

Comedy Sportz is improvisational comedy played as a sport, with two teams and a referee taking suggestions from the loyal fans and creating scenes, games and songs with those suggestions. Always hilarious improv comedy for everyone - bring your date, your bachelorette party, your kids or your grandma. Everyone laughs. Purchase tickets online.

November 29, 7:30pm
Modlin Center for the Arts, 410 Westhampton Way, University of Richmond, 23173
$10 – Adults, $7 - Students

University of Richmond Chamber Ensemble at the Modlin Center
Image used with permission

The University of Richmond  chamber ensembles will present an evening of music performances by student instrumentalists, vocalists, and pianists. The groups are coached by Department of Music faculty members. Tickets are free, but you must register.

Visual Art
November 26, 6pm reception
Exhibits through December 30
Art Works, 320 Hull Street, Richmond, 23224

Untitled by Glenda Creamer Art Works 4th Friday Art Show
Painting by Glenda Creamer (Image used with permission from Art Works)​​​

Made in RVA Holiday Shop at Art Works opens for Black Friday. Find handmade gift items by local artists—things that bring comfort, joy and celebrate the season. Art Works offers workshops for children to make holiday crafts while you shop. That evening, the 4th Friday art shows’ reception begins with new exhibits: Recurring Dreams by Glenda Creamer, Dimensional Work by Mary F. Vivo, and the annual SMALL WORKS All Media Show—tiny masterpieces—perfect for gift giving. Enjoy music and door prizes. Free and open to the public. No registration required.

November 23, 6:30pm & 8pm
The Byrd Theater, 2908 West Cary Street, Richmond, 23221

Tapestry Live in Concert - The Byrd Theater
Image used with permission from The Miller Studio

Join The Byrd Theater for the 50th anniversary celebration of Carole King’s masterpiece album, Tapestry. From “I Feel the Earth Move” all the way to “Natural Woman,” audiences will be swept away by Richmond’s best vocal talent, a live band, and sparkling production elements provided by Leviathan-AVC and Gretta Daughtrey, LLC. Come journey through the album of generations! Presented by The Miller Studio. Purchase tickets online.

Improvisation Comedy
November 27, 7:30pm
Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St, Richmond, 23220

Night of 1,000 Laughs The Firehouse Theatre
Image used with permission from The Firehouse Theatre

Nick Leveski and Eric Gordon are up to their improv comedy hijinks again at Firehouse Theatre. With solo sketch by Stanley Sievers to open. Featuring Leveski & Gordon and Ketchup Taco. Purchase tickets online.

Fiber Art
Tuesdays, 10:30am
North Courthouse Road Library, 325 Courthouse Rd, Richmond, 23236

NCR Fiber Artists Chesterfield County Library
Image used with permission

Are you a knitter, crocheter, sewer, quilter, or fiber artist? Don’t know how? Join the NCR Fiber Artists at their weekly meetup to learn and share with each other. Bring ideas, tools, and materials. All ages and all skill levels welcome. Presented by Chesterfield County Library. No registration required.

Landscape Art

November 22 – January 9
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, 23228
Nov. 22-Dec. 16: $14 adults; $8 youth (age 3-12)
Dec. 17-Jan. 2: $18 adults; $12 youth (age 3-12)
Jan. 3-9: $14 adults; $8 youth (age 3-12)

GardenFest of Lights Tree House Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Photo Credit: James Loving (Image used with permission from LGBG)

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring lights, decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, hot chocolate (for purchase); & more. The region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza, presented by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! Purchase tickets online.

November 27, 8pm
Dominion Energy Center, 600 E Grace St, Richmond, 23219
$10 - $82

Let it Snow Richmond Symphony
Image used with permission from Richmond Symphony

It’s time for Richmond’s favorite holiday musical tradition – now on Thanksgiving Weekend! Celebrate the season with family and friends and with The Richmond Symphony at the Carpenter Theatre. Carols, classics, and sparkling holiday favorites – even a visit from Santa! 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.