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Dominion Energy GardenFest Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens brings back the Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights for the holiday season. See details below. (Photo credit: Tom Hennessy.) (Image used with permission.)

Artsline || November 21, 2022

There’s so much to be grateful for this year – especially the return of local in-person performances for theatre, music, festivals, and so much more! While the past two years have been difficult – for artists in particular – our loss has made us that much more excited to see our favorite art and be once again with the people we love. May you all find joy this Thanksgiving season and may your heart find home – in RVA and beyond!

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1. CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCKS
Theatre
Wednesdays – Sundays, through December 18
Times vary, No show November 23 or 24 for Thanksgiving
Richmond Triangle Players, 1300 Altamont Avenue, Richmond, 23230

Christmas on the Rocks Richmond Triangle Players
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Richmond Triangle Players’ twisted holiday hit returns! It’s Christmas Eve in a rundown local bar. Expecting a silent night, the bartender finds himself mixing drinks for a parade of surprising guests – your favorite kids from your favorite Christmas specials and movies – all grown up, shaken, stirred, and served with a twist. Join them as they pour out their Christmas woes in this delightful parody -- this time with two new tales to delight you! Purchase tickets online.


2. SNOW MAIDEN
Dance, Music, Theatre
Saturday, November 26, 3 PM & 7:30 PM
Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education, 11810 Centre Street, Chester, 23831
$25 adults | $20 seniors/military | $15 kids

Snow Maiden Synetic Theatre
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The Perkinson Center is excited to present Snow Maiden by Synetic Theater!  In a frozen silver world, a man wakes up and builds a woman from snow. Based on the beloved Russian folk tale Snegurochka and created by Helen Hayes Award-winning choreographer and Synetic Co-Founder Irina Tsikurishvili, Snow Maiden is a mystical story of love, hope, and the power of dreams. This enchanting show for all audiences is performed by Vato Tsikurishvili and Maryam Najafzada. Purchase tickets online.


3. TAPESTRY: LIVE IN CONCERT
Music
Wednesday, November 23, 6:30 & 8 PM
Henrico Theatre, 305 East Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs 23075
$10

Tapestry Live in Concert - Henrico Theatre
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A celebration of Carole King’s masterpiece album, Tapestry, returns live at Henrico Theatre, featuring Susan Greenbaum and Desiree Roots! 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. Purchase tickets online.


4. 4TH FRIDAY ART SHOWS AND OPENING RECEPTION
Visual Art
Friday, November 25, 6pm – reception
Exhibits run through January 21
Art Works, 320 Hull Street, Richmond, 23224

Small Works 4th Friday Art Show Art Works
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Celebrate the holidays with Art Works. It’s Black Friday and the Centre gallery has been transformed into a Made in RVA Holiday Shop. The 4th Friday art shows’ reception begins with The Mix—a display of mixed media, collage and assemblage by local artists and current and vintage works by Chuck Scalin and collage works by Mim Golub. The annual Small Works exhibit and George Tisdale’s H2Oh My are also featured this month. No registration required for this free event.


5. THE NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS MEMORIAL
History
Tuesday, November 22, 7 PM
Online

National Native American Veteran's Memorial Virginia War Memorial
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Despite a legacy of broken treaties, cultural suppression, and racial discrimination, Indians have served this country in every conflict and more Indians continue to serve in the U.S. military than any other ethnic group. Join the Virginia War Memorial as they bring Dr. Herman J. Viola, a curator emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution, and Harvey Pratt, the designer of the memorial as they discuss the new memorial, its creation, and what it means. Registration required for this free event.


6. CAPITAL COMEDY SHOWCASE
Comedy
Tuesday, November 22, 8 PM
Richmond Music Hall, 619 East Main Street, Richmond, 23219
$20

Capital Comedy Showcase Richmond Music Hall
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The Capital Comedy Showcase returns to Richmond Music Hall with host Charlie Waring. Don't miss Headliner Mu Cuzzo with featured comics Mary Jane French, Jack Gerow, Gabe Popescu and Avi Tiwari! Purchase tickets online.


7. 45TH ANNUAL MODEL RAILROAD SHOW
Culture
Friday, November 25 – Sunday, November 27
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, 23220
$10-$16

Model Railroad Show Science Museum of Virginia
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The Science Museum of Virginia hosts The Model Railroad Show for its 45th annual year! Entry time slots will be open for the general public from 9:30 a.m. up until the last time slot of 4:15 p.m. You don't want to miss the eight different train displays, a ride on the Teddy Bear Express, or the live steam engine demos! Purchase tickets online.


8. COCOA WITH JACK FROST & THE SNOW QUEEN
Music, Crafts
Sunday, November 27, 1:30 PM
Dominion Energy Center, 600 East Grace Street, Richmond, 23219
$35

Jack Frost and Snow Queen Let it Snow Richmond Symphony
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As the seasons change, there’s a nip in the air! It must be Jack Frost and the Snow Queen arriving in Richmond! Families, The Richmond Symphony invites you to join these delightful mischief makers before the “Let It Snow” concert, for a truly blustery afternoon of delicious winter-inspired treats, crafts, games, songs, and more. Start a new holiday tradition in 2022! Purchase tickets for Cocoa with Jack Frost & the Snow Queen online. (“Let It Snow” concert tickets must be purchased separately.)


9. DOMINION ENERGY GARDENFEST OF LIGHTS
Landscape Art, Visual Art
Monday, November 21 – Sunday, January 8
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, 23228
Ticket prices vary

Dominion GardenFest Tom Hennessy Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
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Millions of lights line Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens’ paths and twinkle in trees under the night sky. Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is a walk-through experience designed so you and your loved ones and friends can relax, have fun and make special memories in a magical outdoor setting. This year, Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights celebrates their wonder with the theme: “Seeds of Light.” Through the sparkle of more than a half-million lights, imaginative displays, and memorable experiences, GardenFest takes inspiration from seeds and fruits to reveal an interconnected world of incredible diversity, amazing strategies, and enduring beauty. Purchase tickets online.


10. CREEPY TALES ON CAMPUS TOUR
History

Sunday, November 27, 7 PM
17 North Laurel Street, Richmond, 23220

$20 advance | $25 walk-up

Creepy Tales on Campus Richmond Haunts
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Beneath the opulent veneers of Richmond's gilded age architecture and the day-to-day life of academia, bubble tales of chilling haunts, macabre murders, and bizarre paranormal activity. Join The Haunts of Richmond for a spooky stroll around the Monroe Park campus as they explore stories that are often left out of your typical college brochures. 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.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens and Richmond Triangle Players are sponsors of VPM.