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Art Works Halloween Reception Unkindness of Ravens Chris Semtner
An Unkindness of Ravens by Chris Semtner as a part of three exhibits opening at Art Works on Friday. See details below. (Image used with permission.)

Artsline || OCTOBER 24, 2022

"The farther we've gotten from the magic and mystery of our past, the more we've come to need Halloween." ~ Paula Curan

Get ready for ghosts and goblins and long-legged ghoulies! Halloween is here – with all the pumpkin carvings, face paintings, and walking zombies that makes this holiday so much fun. Check out spooky family-friendly events happening near you – you might even learn something new amid all the silliness! Beyond the All Hallows Eve festivities, you’ll find music, literature, and local art to warm the chilly (and chilling) nights!

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


1. SHOCKOE HILL CEMETERY WALKING TOUR
History
Saturday, October 29, 10am
Shockoe Hill Cemetery gate nearest Hospital & 4th Streets
$20 Adult | $10 Members | Children under 18 Free

Hebrew Cemetary The Valentine Tour
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Enjoy the grounds, botanical variety, sculptural artworks, and stories of notable tenants laid to rest in the circa 1822 Shockoe Hill Cemetery, as well as neighboring Hebrew Cemetery and Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground. Presented by The Valentine. Advanced tickets required. Purchase online.


2. SCARYTOWN!
Culture
Saturday, October 29
Carytown, 3400 West Cary Street, Richmond, 23221

Scarytown Carytown
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Bring your family for a fun-filled Halloween day!  Paint a pumpkin or your face at Ellwood Thompsons from 12:00p-2:00p. Witness the living dead 17th Annual Richmond Zombiewalk starting at Sen Organic & ending at The Byrd Theatre from 2:30p-3:00p. Trick-or-Treat as participating businesses (look for the treat pumpkin in the window) pass out candy from 4:00p-6:00p - and more of course! It's a truly unique day in Carytown! No registration required for this free event.


3. GELLMAN ROOM CONCERT: A CLASSICAL ROMANCE, A STORY RECITAL
Music
Saturday, October 29, 2pm
Main Branch, Richmond Public Library, 101 East Franklin Street, Richmond, 23219

Lisa Ruth Gellman Room Concert
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The Richmond Public Library brings their Gellman Room Concert,“A Classical Romance, a Story Recital”— a performance including works by Schubert, Granados, Chopin, Ravel, and Liszt by Lisa Ruth, pianist, who has developed her own personal stories in her interpretation of these classics ranging  from the classical to the romantic to the modern impressionist periods. No registration required for this free event.


4. SEA MONSTERS! “O BRAVE NEW SEAS THAT HAVE SUCH MONSTERS IN THEM”
History, Literary Art
Thursday, October 27, 7pm
Sadler Center Commonwealth Auditorium, 200 Stadium Drive, Williamsburg, VA

Sea Monsters William & Mary
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Inspired by her course "Why Water Matters" and her research on the history of science, William & Mary Professor Georgia Irby will explore ancient to modern biological and mythological creatures of the sea. Reception to follow. RSVP online for this free event.


5. THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW WITH YES, AND!
Film, Culture
Sunday, October 30, 8pm & 11pm
The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W Cary Street, Richmond, 23221
$23-$34

Rocky Horror Picture Show Yes And The Byrd
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How do you do? Welcome to a night of absolute pleasure! The event you’re about to experience is an interactive screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show featuring a full cast and a live band performing the songs in real-time. Expect audience participation and alien invasions. Costumes ENCOURAGED! Yes And! Theatrical Company and The Byrd Theatre partner to bring this science fiction double feature, directed by Monica Moehring. Purchase tickets online.


6. SEPTURA BRASS SEPTET
Music
Wednesday, October 26, 8pm
Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, 147 Warsaw Avenue, Harrisonburg, 22801
$39

Septura Forbes Center James Madison University
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Featuring seven of London’s leading players, all-brass band, Septura, brings this rousing concert to James Madison University’s Forbes Center features the work of four early 20th-century composers—Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Edward Elgar and Gerald Finzi—who helped to define American and British music. Purchase tickets online.


7. I WON'T GROW UP -- CREATIVITY WORKSHOP WITH NOAH SCALIN
Visual Art
Thursday, October 27, 7pm
Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Avenue, Richmond, 23226
$25-32

Noah Scalin I won't Grow Up Weinstein JCC
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For the Weinsten JCC’s Women’s Night Out, learn the techniques that artist Noah Scalin uses every day to turn ordinary objects into extraordinary works of art. Following Noah’s awe-inspiring presentation, participants will use their newly found inspiration to create their own unique work of art in this hands-on, interactive workshop. Light dinner and wine included. Fun and laughter guaranteed! Purchase tickets online.


8. UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND SCHOLA CANTORUM & WOMEN'S CHORALE
Music
Sunday, October 30, 3pm
Modlin Center for the Arts, University of Richmond, 455 Westhampton Way, Richmond, 23173

Schol
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Enjoy the Modlin Center’s annual Fall concert performance by the University of Richmond’s student choral ensembles. No registration required for this free event.


9. THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES
Theatre
Sunday, October 30, 3pm
Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, 23060

Emperors New Clothes Virginia Rep Cultural Arts Center Glen Allen
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Bring your lawn chair or blanket to the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen for this free outside event for children, sponsored by Henrico Recreation & Parks. Virginia Repertory Theatre, will present the classic, The Emperor’s New Clothes. This literary folktale written by Hans Christian Andersen, is about a vain emperor who gets exposed before his subjects. A fun and funny story for the entire family! Mark your calendar to attend! In case of inclement weather, these performances will be moved inside to their theatre. No registration required for this free event.


10. HARVESTFEST
Visual Arts, Landscape Art, Music
Saturday, October 29
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue Richmond, 23228
Free with Garden Admission: $8-$17

HarvestFest Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
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Experience Fall Flair at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden during HarvestFest. Enjoy family-friendly activities, Spooky Storytime, pumpkin carving artists, live music, and festive food and drink. They won’t discourage lederhosen or costumes, so come dressed to celebrate this festive season! Purchase admission online.


11. 4TH FRIDAY ART SHOWS AND OPENING RECEPTION
Visual Art
Friday, October 28, 6pm – reception
Exhibits run through October 22
Art Works, 320 Hull Street, Richmond, 23224

Unkindness of Ravens Chris Semtner Art Works
An Unkindness of Ravens by Chris Semtner (Image used with permission)

Winter is approaching. Soon days will be short and nights long. Art Works invites everyone to go up in the attic and dust off their scariest Halloween get-up and join them for the 4th Friday reception and opening of new exhibits. Prizes for best costumes. It’s not all scary stuff, as they invite children (and adults love this too) to an artful scavenger hunt and pumpkin decorating activity. And the new exhibits will put you in the Halloween mood including:  Phantasmagorium by Chris Semtner, Spontaneous Markings by George Hughes, The Magical World of Little Lamzy Divy by Andrea Danner and the All Media Show with a dark art theme. No registration required for this free event.


12. MEMORY'S JOURNEY: ADDRESSING DIFFICULT FAMILY HISTORY
History
Wednesday, October 26, 6pm
Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, 23219

Memory's Journey Library of Virginia
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For Archives Month, join the Library of Virginia to explore how family histories are preserved by archival institutions throughout the commonwealth and how to encounter and interpret these histories today. What do you do when the difficult history you need to cope with is within your own family tree? How do you make peace with the actions of your ancestors? Does uncovering difficult history change life in the present? These themes will be examined with Memory Wars podcast host Mallory Noe-Payne, Virginia author Timothy Kilby (Gourdvine Black and White: Slavery and the Kilby Families of the Virginia Piedmont) and public historian and genealogist Karice Luck-Brimmer (community initiatives program consultant with Virginia Humanities). Registration required 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.

Bianca Bryan, an employee at VPM, will perform in The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Yes And!

The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, the Library of Virginia, the Modlin Center for the Arts, and Virginia Repertory Theatre are sponsors of VPM.