Artsline - Music, Poetry, and Historic Tours to Satisfy Spring Fever!
Artsline: Virtual Edition || April 12, 2021
“There's an illness that has been documented by poets for centuries. Its symptoms include a flushed face, increased heart rate, appetite loss, restlessness and daydreaming. It's spring fever, that wonderfully amorphous disease we all recognize come April and May.” ~Christie Nicholson
Happy National Poetry Month! To celebrate there are lots of great literary opportunities this week - as well as music! And with the beautiful weather, many of our historic and cultural sites are open for outdoor tours and activities. There’s lots to choose from now that Spring has sprung - get outside and enjoy your city!
1. SEASONAL GARDEN WALK
April 17, 10am
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, 23228
Enhance your understanding and appreciation of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with this specialized garden walk featuring seasonal aspects of the collection. Come dressed for the weather and walking in the Garden. Purchase tickets online.
2. BY BROAD POTOMAC’S SHORE: GREAT POEMS FROM THE EARLY DAYS OF OUR NATION’S CAPITAL
April 15, 6pm
To celebrate April as Poetry Month, please join the Library of Virginia online for a talk by poet, literary historian, and editor Kim Roberts on her book By Broad Potomac’s Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation’s Capital. This comprehensive anthology features poems by both well-known and overlooked poets working and living in the capital from the city's founding in 1800 to 1930. Register online for this free event.
3. COUNTRY CLASSICS WITH BRAD SPIVEY
April 17, 3pm
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, 23060
$30 per 1-2 person pod, $50 per 3-4 person pod and $20/person at the door
Join The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen as Brad Spivey, front man of The Honky Tonk Experience, performs country classics in a socially distant outdoor, solo, acoustic concert. Purchase tickets over the phone at 804-261-ARTS or online.
4. CHURCH HILL TUNNEL TOUR
Libby Hill Park, 2801 E Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23223
Suggested donation $1-$20
The Church Hill Tunnel is a century-old story of triumph and tragedy - and the final resting place for a locomotive and her occupants after the tunnel collapsed in 1925. Richmond Story House brings this story to your smart device, as you take a self-guided (and self-distanced) walking tour around the area of the Church Hill Tunnel collapse, with clear and timed directions. The download is free, with a recommended donation of $1-20.
5. FROM SALZBURG AND GUADELOUPE
April 16, 7pm
April 17, 8pm
April 18, 3pm
Online and at Dominion Energy Center, 600 E Grace St, Richmond, 23219
Join the Richmond Symphony for a concert celebrating two superstars of their time: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Led by their Associate Conductor Chia-Hsuan Lin, this concert will feature violinist Kevin Zhu, winner of the 2018 Paganini Competition and 2012 Menuhin Competition. Join the Symphony for a safe, socially-distanced in-person concert or watch from home. Buy tickets online.
6. HENRICUS TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY
Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester, 23836
$7/educator, $9/regular admission
Henricus Historic Park offers all educators $2 off their regular site admission for Teacher Appreciation Day. They will also have an education table from 10 am – 2 pm, displaying a variety of educational programs available for students and families. Purchase tickets online.
7. THE POST-REVOLUTION EVOLUTION OF DINING IN AMERICA AND GREAT BRITAIN
April 15, 6pm
Although fundamental to daily life, the consumption of food is nonetheless in a near-constant state of flux, especially when taken in company with others. Every aspect of dining—from what and where we eat, to how food is served, and even how it is conveyed to our mouths—has changed dramatically over time. As a part of Wilton House Museum’s annual lecture series, Colonial Williamsburg’s senior curator of metals Janine Skerry will explore shifting tabletops and refurbished rooms as service à la Française gave way to service à la Russe during the post-Revolutionary evolution of dining in America and Britain. Register online.
8. THE CLASSICAL VIOLIN
April 18, 4pm
Online and at Trinity Lutheran Church 2315 North Parham Road, Henrico, 23229
Richmond native Delaney Turner is joined by Daniel Stipe to present lovely, dramatic violin sonatas by Schubert and Beethoven, as well as a piece by Richmond native composer Mason Bates. Presented by Trinity Lutheran Church. To attend in-person and socially distanced, you must register online. Or you can watch virtually through Facebook Live.
9. HAUNTED HANOVER TAVERN TOURS
April 15, 8pm
Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road, Route 301, Hanover, 23069
Join Historic Hanover Tavern as they share tales of paranormal happenings at the Tavern, both new and old. The tour lasts for approximately 1 hour. All ticket sales benefit the Hanover Tavern Foundation. Purchase tickets online.
10. VIRTUAL LITERARY VIRGINIA BOOK GROUP
April 14, 6pm
Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and finalists in fiction and nonfiction. This month, they discuss a Poetry Roundup including Colonize Me by Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley, Honeyfish by Lauren Alleyne, and My Surly Heart by David Huddle. In May they discuss One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski. Find the link for the free online discussion here.
If you are an arts or cultural organization with social-distance-safe events such as online classes, virtual exhibitions or concerts, 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 during the COVID-19 pandemic, check out the list of local and national resources from Richmond CultureWorks.