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Erlene Hendrix image Art Works
This image by Erlene Hendrix will be a part of the 4th Friday Art Show and Reception at Art Works in Manchester. (Image used with permission)

Artsline: Virtual Edition || January 24, 2022

“Our destiny often looks like a fruit-tree in winter. Who would think from its pitiable aspect that those rigid boughs, those rough twigs could next spring again be green, bloom, and even bear fruit? Yet we hope it, we know it.” ~Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Even with the snow and the cold, RVA’s arts and culture community is green and blooming and bearing fruit! This week, we’ve got a little bit of everything from performance to history to writing – both in-person and online. Plus there are two new art exhibits from Art Works and the ICA. Bundle up or snuggle up and enjoy all that RVA has to offer!

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


1. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
Dance
January 29, 2pm & 6pm
January 30, 2pm

Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education, 11810 Centre Street Chester, 23831
$25

Sleeping Beauty Stavna Ballet
Image used with permission

Join Stavna Ballet in bringing back the magic of Sleeping Beauty to the stage! In this magical ballet you will be transported to a land far away with a sleeping princess, a brave prince and an unexpected guest with a malicious plan. You are granted a unique arts experience that is shareable with family and friends while also supporting local artists and businesses in your area. Don’t miss this chance to experience the magic of ballet. Purchase tickets online.


2. ROUGH CUT: FILM SCREENING
Film
January 28, 7pm
Grace Street Theater, 934 West Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23284

Rough Cut Film Screening VCU
Image used with permission

New films by VCUarts students across disciplines, adjudicated by faculty and students. Register online for this free event.


3. CURATOR'S TALK: WHEN MAN RAY MET WALLIS SIMPSON
Visual Art, History
January 26, 6:30pm

Online

Wallis Simpson Man Ray Exhibit VMFA
Wallis Simpson, 1936, Man Ray (American, 1890–1976), gelatin silver print. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Endowment, © Man Ray 2015 Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY/ADAGP, Paris 2021, ​​used with permission

The many discoveries uncovered in curatorial research for the Virginia Museum of Fine Art exhibition Man Ray: The Paris Years include one involving American socialite Wallis Simpson, who visited Man Ray's Paris studio in 1936, only a few years before the start of World War II. At that time, Simpson, who was married to her second husband, the Anglo American shipping executive Ernest Aldrich Simpson, was having an affair with England's King Edward VIII. King Edward's declaration of his intention to marry Simpson created a constitutional crisis that would lead to his abdication later that year. Please join Dr. Michael Taylor, curator of Man Ray: The Paris Years, for this fascinating lecture on the role that Man Ray's portraits of Simpson played in the scandal that forever changed the course of British history. Register online for this free event.


4. THE JUNIOR WILSON
Music
January 25, 7pm
Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education, 11810 Centre Street Chester, 23831

Junior Wilson Chesterfield Public Library
Image used with permission

As part of its Acoustic Concert Series, Chesterfield County Public Library and The Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education present The Junior Wilson in a free concert. Junior’s heavily influenced gospel and blues childhood shines through in his own blend of gospel, blues, folk, rock and soul. Reserve your tickets for this free event.


5. HOW IMPERFECT IS OUR PAST? A CONVERSATION WITH CHARLES BRYAN
History

January 25, Noon
Online

How Imperfect Is Our Past Virginia Museum of History & Culture
Image used with permission

The late southern writer John Egerton observed that there are three kinds of history: what actually happened, what we are told happened, and what we finally came to believe happened. It is that third type that author and former VMHC president and CEO Charles Bryan addresses in many of the essays in Volume 2 of Imperfect Past. Bryan challenges many of the assumptions about the past his generation was taught in schools some sixty years ago. Presented by Virginia Museum of History and Culture. In-person tickets available for VMHC members only. Also streamed live on Facebook and YouTube for public viewing. No registration required.


6. THE WRITING SHOW – GET OUT OF THAT RUT!
Literary Art

January 25, 6pm
Online
$12/Members, $17/Non-members, $5/Students

The Writing Show January James River Writers
Image used with permission

How can you shake up your writing practices for 2022 and make the most of your available time and creativity? Whether it’s jumpstarting your ideas with smaller pieces, trying a new genre, getting an accountability partner, or bribing yourself with chocolate, tips from James River Writer experts will get you ready to tackle your writing projects. This panel discussion, moderated by Melissa Scott Sinclair, will include Rachel Douglas, Derek Kannemeyer, and Noah Scalin. Register online for this virtual event.


7. SILA CHANTO AND BELKIS RAMÍREZ: AQUÍ ME QUEDO/HERE I STAY
Visual Art
January 28 – June 19
Institute for Contemporary Art, 601 West Broad Street, Richmond, 23220

Mujer herida III by Belkis Remirez Institute of Contemporary Art
Mujer herida III [Wounded Woman III] by Belkis Ramírez, woodblock on paper (Image used with permission)

The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University brings an exhibition featuring the work of Sila Chanto & Belkis Ramírez: Aquí Me Quedo/Here I Stay. The show presents Chanto (Costa Rica, 1969-2015) and Ramírez (Dominican Republic, 1957-2019) in direct exchange, emphasizing their experimental printmaking techniques, embodied feminism and political dissent, which defined the exceptional work of both women. No registration required.


8. VIOLIN VIRTUOSITY
Music
January 29, 8pm
January 30, 3pm
Dominion Energy Center, 600 E. Grace Street, Richmond, 23219
$28-$82

Violin Virtuosity Richmond Symphony
Stefan Jackiw (Image used with permission)

At the age of 14, The Strad reported, “he took the music world by storm.” Today, Stefan Jackiw stands among the finest violinists of our time. Experience his artistry in the colorful Violin Concerto of Hollywood master Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Plus, Brahms’ passionate Firs Symphony and the world premiere of a new work by Roxanna Panufnik, her memorial to Gustav Mahler’s wife: Alma’s Songs Without Words. Presented by Richmond Symphony. Purchase tickets online.


9. 4TH FRIDAY ART SHOWS AND OPENING RECEPTION
Visual Art
January 28, 6pm reception
Exhibits through February 19
Art Works, 320 Hull Street, Richmond, 23224

Erlene Hendrix Image Art Works 4th Friday
Image by Erlene Hendrix (Used with permission)

It’s Art Works 19th year of the annual Simply Photography exhibit. Artists from all over Virginia submitted photography showcasing a variety of subjects and photographic methods. Also featured this month is Richmond Reframed—a very different photographic view of Richmond. Jeff Morris, a Richmond artist will present From RVA to Virginia Beach and Karen Palmer will present Notes from the Guitar Strings. Enjoy music and door prizes. Free and open to the public. No registration required.


10. OPERATION URGENT FURY: THE INVASION OF GRENADA, 1983
History

January 27, 1pm
Online

C Company Operation Urgent Fury
C Company from Operation Urgent Fury (Image used with permission)

Virginia War Memorial Director, Clay Mountcastle, is joined by Appomattox native and VWMF Board Director Major General Robert “Bo” Dyess, USA, Ret. to examine the U.S. invasion of Grenada in October 1983. General Dyess served with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division during the operation and will share his experiences in Grenada and serving in an Army that was rapidly evolving in the 1980s. Register online for this free event.


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.


The Richmond Symphony, VCU ICA, VCU School of the Arts, The Virginia Museum of History & Culture, and the Virginia War Memorial Foundation are sponsors for VPM.