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Artsline - So much RVA art, history, and theatre to be thankful for!

Ruby Richards
From VMFA's latest exhibit, Man Ray: The Paris Years: Ruby Richards with Diamonds, ca. 1938, gelatin silver print, Man Ray (American, 1890–1976), Collection of Michael and Jacky Ferro, Miami, © Man Ray 2015 Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris 2021) (Used with permission from the VMFA.)

Artsline: Virtual Edition || November 1, 2021

"Though right it is to  give Thanks,
True Gratitude will  live Thanks."
                      ~Arthur Guiterman

Truly there is much to be thankful for in our corner of the world – especially RVA’s arts and culture community. Through thick and thin over the past eighteen months of pandemic, they have found creative ways to keep us connected, entertained, and challenged by art, music, stories, and dance. This week is no exception. For November, let’s remember the amazing work they do – and go out and live into all RVA has to offer!

To list your events on Artsline, go to

Visual Art
November 5, 6:30pm
Main Branch, Richmond Public Library, 101 East Franklin St., Richmond, 23219

The Richmond Public Library’s Main Branch offers four new exhibits for First Fridays RVA: Ellis Island Immigrants:  Faces of America by Sandra Nardone featuring 24 portraits in oils from black-and-white photos taken on Ellis Island from the late 1800s to 1925; City Street Life: Seen by Three by Steve Ferretti, Lisa Lezell Levine, and Ed Tepper, featuring six street experiences, presented through the personal expression, artistic style and preferred medium of the artists; Friends in the Streets: An Artist's View on Homelessness by Connie de Bordenave presenting her four-year project that the dignity, diversity and worth of each of the people she met on the streets; and Full Circle by Gina Catlin featuring collages ranging from natural sciences, the nocturnal sky, and surreal scenarios on printed photography taken from parks and places in Richmond, Virginia, and Chicago, Illinois. No registration required.

Visual Art, History
November 2, 10am
Online forum
Pick up boxes at Agecroft Hall, 4305 Sulgrave Road, Richmond VA 23221

The season of hearth and harvest comes alive for kids with Agecroft Hall’s Crafting History Boxes that bring the museum home to you! Open the box and be carried away through eight (8) crafts celebrating fall and history. Access to their online forum with additional instructions and assistance from their Education Department is included with each box. The online forum that accompanies each fun-filled box will be available for two weeks following Election Day to fit with all attention spans and schedules. These projects and adventures will take kids from the kitchen to the back yard and to the art easel for a fun day bringing the museum to your doorstep! Recommended for kids ages 5-11. Purchase boxes online.

November 3 & 12, 7pm
November 13, 3pm
The Ashland Theatre, 205 England St, Ashland, 23005
November 3 – Pay what you can
November 12-13 - $10

Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize classic takes center stage in the center of the universe, Ashland. Presented by Whistle Stop Theatre Company. Guests are required to present proof of vaccination at the door and remain masked unless consuming concessions. Guests may choose their own seats upon arrival and are encouraged to consider social distancing. Purchase tickets online. (Disclosure: Cast members, Craig Keeton and Louise Keeton are employed at VPM.)

Visual Art
November 4, 6pm
Corporate & Museum Frame Gallery, 301 West Broad Street, Richmond, 23220

An exhibition of paintings by Jo Kennedy, former director of the Visual Arts Center; Carol Meese, and Jeannie Weissglass. Curated by Geraldine Duskin. No registration required.

November 5, 7pm
The 4 Cyber Café, 4 W Broad St, Richmond, 23220

The Writer's Den is back! WEEKLY starting November 5th – there will be writing workshop networking, a poetry slam and/or open mic, then an after party with house band Vybehouse. Mark your calendars and get your poems ready. Opportunities to make the poetry slam team representing Richmond, VA nationally! No registration required.

History, Festival
November 6, noon
Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester, 23836

The Henricus Foundation presents the sixth annual Hops in the Park, a national award-winning hops and harvest festival celebrating the long and rich history of brewing in Virginia! Hops in the Park features dozens of Virginia craft beers, brewing demos, farmers market, music, food, children’s activities, and of course – Virginia history. No registration required.

November 3, 8pm
Perkinson Center for the Arts and Education, 11810 Centre St., Chester, 23831
Tickets: $25-$30

Born in New York, but raised in Florida, Lynne Koplitz never lost her Long Island bite. Since following her passion into comedy, she has experienced a whirlwind of success on both stage and television. Lynne is a featured comedian in Jenny McCarthy’s Epix comedy special Dirty, Sexy, Funny, and her 2016 Netflix special Hormonal Beast is getting rave reviews! She is one of the most respected comedians in New York, and has recently opened for both Chris Rock and Louie CK. Presented by the Perkinson Center for the Arts and Education. This event is for mature audiences, 18 & up. Purchase tickets online.

Visual Art
November 5, 5pm reception
Exhibit runs through December 23
Reynolds Gallery 1514 W Main Street Richmond, 23220

Reynolds Gallery is pleased to present Beam Us Home, an exhibition of recent photographs by Brittany Nelson; and Alive in the Superunknown, an exhibition of Ron Johnson’s latest works. Both shows open with a reception for the artist on First Fridays. No registration required.

Through February 21, 2022
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, 23220
$16 for adults; $12 for seniors 65+, and $10 for youth 7-17 and college students with ID. Free for VMFA members, children 6 & under, and active-duty military personnel and their immediate families

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ latest exhibit, Man Ray: The Paris Years, focuses on the innovative portrait photographs that the American artist Man Ray made in the French capital between 1921 and 1940. Shortly after his arrival in July 1921, Man Ray embarked on a sustained campaign to document the international avant-garde in Paris between the two world wars in a series of remarkable portraits that established his reputation as one of the leading photographers of his era. Purchase tickets online.

Theatre, Dance
November 7, 3pm
November 8 & 9, 7:30pm
Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St, Richmond, 23220

Now in its 8th year, Firehouse Theatre presents K Dance Shorts: Moving Monologues, by Irene Ziegler, and featuring Adam Turck and Kaye Weinstein Gary. Meet the characters of Kitty, Martha and Rodney as they explore their isolated worlds. As the monologues unfold, the relationship of these three characters is revealed. 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.

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