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Step Afrika Drumfolk Modlin Center for the Arts
Step Afrika! | Drumfolk comes to the Modlin Center for the Arts. See details below. (Photo credit: Rachel Papo, The New York Times. Image used with permission.)

Artsline || OCTOBER 17, 2022

“Beth at last touched the great instrument, and straightway forgot her fear, herself, and everything else but the unspeakable delight which the music gave her, for it was like the voice of a beloved friend.” ~Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

With RVA Folk Festival behind us, where shall we go for music? Just like love – music is all around us. RVA has tons of music happening this week and throughout the fall. Plus spooky history for Halloween and lots of great ways to get involved in workshops, lectures, and performances! Check out below what this week brings!

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


1. TEST PATTERN 05: KINLAW
Sound Art, Movement, Visual Art
Friday, October 21, 7pm
The ICA at VCU, 601 West Broad Street, Richmond, 23220

Test Pattern Kinlaw ICA at VCU
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The Institute for Contemporary Art’s Test Pattern presents Kinlaw, an audio composer, choreographer, and artist focusing on empathic potential and agency developed by performance. Kinlaw will present Circuit 3, a work that transforms the ICA auditorium into a living sound installation––using choreography, controlled feedback systems, sound sculpture, and moving speakers to generate a real-time audio composition. Register online for this free event.


2. JAYLIN BROWN | LIVE AT THE BRANCH
Music
Wednesday, October 19, 6pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue, Richmond, 23220
Table for two $70 | Table for four $140

Jaylin Brown Live at the Branch Museum
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Singer songwriter & musician, Ms. Jaylin Brown, hails from Richmond, Virginia and has a mission to capture your heart with songs of love. As a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Opera Program, Brown combines neo-soul and jazz influences with her classical training, allowing her to skillfully maneuver and carry you throughout her melodies. Presented by The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design. Tickets include wine and hors d’oeuvres. Purchase tickets online.


3. HAUNTED HISTORY TOURS
History
Friday, October 21 & Saturday, October 22, 7pm
The John Marshall House, 818 East Marshall Street, Richmond, 23219
$15

John Marshal House Haunted History Tour
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Join the historic John Marshall House for a haunted history tour. During your 30-minute guided tour of the 1790 home of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall, your docent will immerse you in 18th Century haunted Richmond history and friends from the Center for Paranormal Research & Investigation will share spooky occurrences witnessed inside the home. Face masks are encouraged, but not required. Purchase tickets online.


4. ART FOR UKRAINE
Visual Art
Saturday, October 22, 9am - 5pm
Sunday, October 23, 12:30 - 4pm
Grace Baptist Church, 4200 Dover Road, Richmond, 23221

Art for Ukraine Grace Baptist Church
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A two-day art sale featuring 100+ works donated by more than 85 outstanding professional & amateur artists. Visit their website to preview artwork. The event is free to attend. All proceeds go to humanitarian aid for Ukraine. No registration required.


5. REDWARE ON THE FIRE: COOKING WITH EARTHENWARE
History
Thursday, October 20, 6pm
Online

Redware on the Fire Wilton House Museum
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What comes to mind when you think about cooking over an 18th century hearth fire? A cast iron pot or maybe a brass kettle? Early American cooks used a lot of metals for cooking such as cast iron, brass, bronze and copper but some of the earliest cooking tools were made of red earthenware, a clay found readily throughout the colonies in North America. The Wilton House Museum brings Carrie Blough, Registrar/Asst. Curator with the DAR Museum to discuss "Redware on the Fire: Cooking with Earthenware." This is a 'donate what you can' virtual event, with proceeds going to the Wilton House Museum. Register online for this free event.


6. ROSETTE - SO HOT RIGHT NOW!
Music
Friday, October 21, 7:30pm
Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education 11810 Centre Street, Chester, 23831
$10-$20

Rosette So Hot Right Now John Luther Adams Perkinson Center
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So Hot Right Now is an innovative concert series created by Rosette. The series brings new and exciting music to Richmond audiences by highlighting the work of one living composer for an entire month. Rosette is a Richmond-based string quartet comprised of four women who love to make meaningful connections through music. This performance shares the music of John Luther Adams. Purchase tickets online.


7. AUTHOR TALK: ZAIN E. ASHER - WHERE THE CHILDREN TAKE US
Literary Art
Tuesday, October 18, 4pm
Online

Zain Asher Author Talk Chesterfield County Public Library
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Join Chesterfield County Public Library for a talk with popular CNN Anchor, Zain E. Asher, as she discusses her moving and inspiring memoir Where the Children Take Us, the story of her mother's harrowing fight to raise four children as a widowed immigrant in South London. Register online for this free event.


8. FANCY ME MAD
Theatre, Literary Art, History
Saturday, October 22, 6:30pm
Historic St. John's Church, 2401 East Broad Street, Richmond, 23223
$15 adults | $10 youth

Fancy me Mad Historic St. John's Church
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Historic St. John’s Church annual graveyard tour featuring historical characters performing in the graveyard and followed by a reading with Edgar Allan Poe inside the church. Purchase tickets online.


9. STEP AFRIKA! | DRUMFOLK
Dance, Music, History, Culture
Friday, October 21, 7:30pm
Modlin Center for the Arts, University of Richmond, 453 Westhampton Way, Richmond, 23173
$35 Adult | $30 Senior | $10 Non-UR Student/Youth | $5 UR Student

Step Afrika Drumfolk Modlin Center for the Arts
Photo credit: Rachel Papo, The New York Times. Image used with permission.

In Drumfolk, Step Afrika! – the first professional company dedicated to the African American tradition of stepping – shares a tale of resistance, resilience, and reclamation. Grounded in the South Carolina Stono Rebellion of 1739, which led to the banning of drums among enslaved Africans, Drumfolk celebrates the beat of the drum embedded in the very bodies of persecuted people. Join the Modlin Center for the Arts for a Pre-Show Artist Talk featuring C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika! founder and executive producer, Alicia Diaz, and Deandra Clarke. And on Wednesday, October 19th, Modlin Center partners with the Black History Museum and Cultural Center to discuss the meaning behind the tradition of stepping and the development of the art form. Members of Step Afrika! will also lead a hands-on demonstration, and informal presentations from local stepping groups will be woven throughout the program. Register online for the free discussion at the Black History Museum and purchase tickets online for the Modlin Center performance.


10. GENEALOGY WORKSHOP | NEWSPAPER RESEARCH AT THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA
History
Friday, October 21, 9:30am
Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, 23219
$25 Registration | $20 Members

Geneology Workshop Library of Virginia
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From birth, graduation, and marriage announcements to general articles and obituaries, newspapers offer a rich supply of material for genealogical research. Discover how to access the Library of Virginia’s many newspaper resources. This in-person workshop will provide instruction on searching the Library’s collection of original and microfilmed newspapers, as well as the newspaper collections of other large libraries throughout Virginia. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to put your new knowledge to the test, with time set aside for research and questions. 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 ICA at VCU, Library of Virginia, Modlin Center for the Arts, and Wilton House Museum are sponsors of VPM.