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Family Day African American Arts VMFA
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts celebrates African American Arts at Family Day this Saturday. See below for details. (Image used with permission.)

Artsline: Virtual Edition || Jun 6, 2022

“It's not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted.” ~ Mary O'Connor

As summer takes hold of RVA, consider your busyness. What does your busyness the impact? What does it gain for you and your community? And if there is a moment’s breath, what time to you give to enjoying the beautiful and richly diverse place we live? After all, even in the bee’s busyness, she makes honey and communes with her other bees. This week, take a lesson from our busy friends who support a rich ecosystem and make something sweet for their community. Check out this week’s opportunities below!

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


1. JAMMIN' ON THE JAMES FEATURING PAULO FRANCO & THE FREIGHTLINERS
Music
Saturday, June 11, 6pm
Wilton House, 215 South Wilton Road, Richmond, 23226

$5 Advance | $10 Door

Wilton House Museum Jammin' on the James Paulo Franco
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Join the Wilton House Museum this summer for an outdoor concert series on the grounds of Wilton. Bring a picnic dinner and your favorite lawn chair for family-friendly music on our scenic terrace overlooking the James River. Enjoy complimentary evening tours of Wilton before the concert as well as face-painting and games. Purchase tickets online.


2. FEARLESS FEST 2022!
Literary Art, Visual Art
Sunday, June 12, 10am
Neighborhood Resource Center, 1519 Williamsburg Road, Richmond 23231
$0-$75 tuition (sliding scale, scholarships available)

Fearless Fest 2022
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Getting to know yourself is a fearless act! Fearless Fest is an annual collaboration between Richmond youth organizations with the shared value of exploring what fearlessness means - on the page, on the mat, on the board, and on the canvas. We bring kids age 13-18 together to find themselves using these transformative tools and to support and encourage each other as they find expression using them. Participants choose their own fearless path. Lunch, a t-shirt, a tote bag, and other goodies are included in the tuition for the event. Tuition assistance levels are offered on the registration form for families who face financial barriers. Full scholarships are also available. Register online.


3. SUNDAY FUNDAY WITH RIVER CITY OPERA
Music, Theatre
Sunday, June 12, 3pm
Bingo Beer Company, 2900 West Broad Street, Richmond, 23230

$35

Sunday Funday River City Opera
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All those Price is Right reruns are finally going to pay off this June! Join River City Opera as they present operatic favorites on Bingo Beer Company's cozy patio. Come eat and drink while you test your opera trivia knowledge, play opera bingo, and win some fun prizes. Your ticket includes Super Amazing Singing, one of Bingo's delicious beers, and an array of Bingo's delicious food items. Come ready to play! Purchase tickets online.


4. NEIGHBORHOOD NATURE WALK
History, Visual Art, Landscape Art
2nd & 4th Saturdays each month, 10:30am
Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 428 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, 23220
$10 Adults | $8 Senior | $5 Youth 6-17 | Children 5 & under free

Neighborhood Nature Walk VMHC
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Aimed at elementary learners, these educator-led Neighborhood Nature Walk program feature a walk around the block to explore the natural community around the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. Each session includes a variety of activities that differ each week, from crafts and stories to scavenger hunts and simple science experiments. Tickets include museum admission. Advance registration required. Purchase tickets online.


5. LITERARY VIRGINIA BOOK GROUP: THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA
Literary Art, History
Wednesday, June 8, 6pm

Online

House in the Cerulean Sea Library of Virginia
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Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—including books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and finalists in fiction and nonfiction. On the second Wednesday evening of each month, join a book group discussion either in person at the Library or online through Zoom. This month, the Library will discuss The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (a fiction finalist in the 2021 People’s Choice Awards). Register online for this free event.


6. POURS AND PASTIES BURLESQUE AND VARIETY SHOW!
Comedy, Dance, Theatre
Friday, June 10, 8:30pm
Strangeways Brewing, 2277A Dabney Road, Richmond, 23230
$12 Advance | $15 at Door | $20 VIP
18+

Pours and Pasties Burlesque
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Burlesque Right Meow brings a spectacular lineup of fabulous burlesque and variety entertainment to amuse and dazzle you for the evening! This month's stunning entertainers: Featured out of town performer-Rebecca Porter, Baby Briiyana, Jay Eric Koucheravy, Rica Grande, Sally Stardust, Scarlet Starlet, & Murphy Lawless. Hosted by Ego Von Hubris. This show is for audiences 18+. Purchase tickets online.


7. CELEBRATE WITH CHOPIN
Music
Saturday, June 11, 2pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1000 Blanton Avenue Richmond, 23221
$15 suggested donation

Eliot Norman Chopin First Unitarian Universalist
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First Unitarian Universalist Church brings Eliot Norman and Friends to play Chopin's favorites in a cabaret-style concert with light refreshments. Solo piano and special arrangements of Mazurkas, Etudes, Polonaises and more for Soprano, Flute, Cello and Piano. No registration required.


8. EVERYBODY
Theatre
Through Sunday, June 19, times vary
Theatre Gym at Virginia Rep Center, 114 West Broad Street, Richmond, 23220
$40

Everybody Cadence Theatre Company
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Everybody’s time is up. But Everybody doesn’t want to greet Death alone, so Everybody seeks the company of their friends Stuff, Kinship, Friendship, Cousinship, and Love to make the trip bearable. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ (Appropriate, Gloria) modern riff on the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman follows Everybody (chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance) as they journey through life’s greatest mystery — the meaning of living. 2018 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Drama. Presented by Cadence Theatre. Purchase tickets online.


9. FAMILY DAY – CELEBRATE AFRICAN & AFRICAN AMERICAN ART: GLOBAL COMMUNITY
Visual Art, Culture
Saturday, June 11
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, 23220

Family Day African American Art VMFA
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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ next Family Day is right around the corner! This season's theme is "Celebrate African & African American Art: Global Community." Come to the museum to enjoy a series of free live performances and art activities or participate virtually. Family Day is the perfect opportunity to gather the whole family together and experience the richness of cultures from around the world, the science behind art-making, and the stories of the artists and their art. Become an artist for the day while exploring traditional art objects, art activities, and performances and entertainment related to VMFA’s collection and special exhibitions. Activities are recommended for children ages 3–12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All ages welcome. Free; no registration required.


10. STACEY WILSON IN CONCERT
Music
Saturday, June 11, 2pm
Forest Hill Presbyterian Church, 4401 Forest Hill Avenue, 23225

Stacey Wilson Forest Hill Presbyterian Church
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Forest Hill Presbyterian Church brings a solo vocal Concert by Stacey Wilson, contralto, and Dr. Patrick Carlin, Pianist. They will present works by A. Scarlatti, Gluck, Handel, Schumann, Faure, & Songs from Musicals. A reception to follow. No registration required.


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 Library of Virginia, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Virginia Rep Theatre, and Wilton House Museum are sponsors of VPM.