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Artsline - Light up your nights with RVA art & performance!

Inlight Public Exhibition from 1708 Gallery
1708 Gallery brings InLight, their annual public exhibition of light-based art. (Image provided by 1708 Gallery)

Artsline: Virtual Edition || November 8, 2021

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
~ Eckhart Tolle

RVA is abundant with arts, culture, history, stories – and we can see this week a smattering of each. And as the weather turns cooler, we’re finding more and more opportunities indoors – with COVID protocols in place. So stay safe and dive deep into your local favorites!

To list your events on Artsline, go to

November 13, 7pm
November 14, 4pm
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall, W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Avenue, Richmond, 23220

VCU Opera is back! Enjoy this free, fully-staged and costumed gala of duets, trios, and three outstanding guest artist alumni performers presenting scenes and arias from: Mozart;s The Marriage of Figaro, Donizetti's The Elixir of Love, Handel's Giulio Cesare, Strauss' Die Fledermaus, Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado, Massenet's Manon, Puccini's La Rondine, Gounod's Faust, and Mozart's Don Giovanni. Come in-person with a mask or enjoy the livestream experience at home. No registration required.

Visual Art
November 13 & 14
Tour Map provided online

On the second weekend every November, artisans in Central Virginia open their doors for you to explore their working spaces. This year, experience 45 artisans in 21 studios. Many visitors make the Tour a two-day experience so they can enjoy other offerings while in the area. What a great way to spend a fall weekend! The Tour will monitor Covid status and protocols. Find the map online. No registration required.

Film, Culture
November 8, 6pm
The Byrd Theater, 2908 West Cary Street, Richmond, 23221

The Highland Support Project brings a double feature of Guatemalan films highlighting the struggles of indigenous Guatemalan women for justice. Women of the Highlands by French filmmaker Marie Prugnat tells the story of Guadalupe Ramirez and the organization she founded in Guatemala. Guadalupe Ramirez is a current resident of Richmond and the owner of AlterNatives Boutique. La Llorona by the Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante was the first Central American film to be nominated for an Oscar. Though technically classified as a horror, this film’s most frightening elements are rooted in the reality and human rights violations of the Guatemalan Civil War. Purchase tickets online.

Theatre, Music
November 14-15, 7pm
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, 23060

Join The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen for an evening of some of your favorite Broadway hits, performed by some of your favorite Henrico Theatre Company performers! Songs will include such hits as “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast, “Somewhere That’s Green” from Little Shop of Horrors, “Children Will Listen” from Into the Woods, and many more! Let’s all get together now and celebrate local theatre! This exciting musical review is part of a national effort to raise recovery funds for local theaters. Purchase tickets online.

Literary Arts
November 6, noon
Online and at the Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, 23219

On the second Wednesday of each month, read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature in person or online—including books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and finalists in fiction and nonfiction. November’s book is Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford (a fiction finalist for the 2021 People’s Choice Award). Next month, it’s Daylight by David Baldacci (a fiction finalist for the 2021 People’s Choice Award.) Online access through Zoom (passcode: 469804). No registration required.

Visual Art
November 12 opening, 6pm
Exhibit runs through December 23
Perkinson Center for the Arts and Education, 11810 Centre Street, Chester, 23235

The luminous work of Ed Hatch is so connected to his subjects, so rooted in his environs, that one feels an immediate sense of place and wonder. An acute observer, Ed's home is an ideal spot for exploration and discovery - whether it's the creeks nearby or the mountains further afield. He gently, yet powerfully conveys his curiosity, finding the extraordinary in the 'ordinary.'  Above all, his appreciation for beauty in nature springs from each of his works. No registration required.

November 12, 8pm
Richmond Music Hall at Capital Ale House, 619 E. Main Street Richmond, 23219
$10 – includes free digital download of the album

The Haze & Dacey Collective releases their debut album, Letters from Gilead, a collection of songs inspired by the novel, The Handmaid's Tale. Special guests Susan Greenbaum, Rob Williams, Dickie Wood, and Tina Marie will open the show with a round of Naked Songs!  Purchase tickets online.

Film, Culture
November 13, 7:30pm
The Byrd Theatre, 2908 West Cary Street, Richmond, 23221

The Byrd Theatre invites you to enjoy all things Dude at the Big LeBYRDski Fest! Doors open at 7:30. Don your bathrobe or best Big Lebowki Character costume for the costume contest. Then watch the 1998 Coen Brothers' classic,  The Big Lebowski, in 35mm.   Purchase tickets online.

Visual Art
November 12 & 13, 7pm
Great Shiplock Park (2803 Dock Street, Richmond, 23223), Chapel Island, Virginia Capital Trail, and The Low Line

InLight is 1708 Gallery’s annual public exhibition of contemporary light-based art. InLight takes place at night and features multimedia, sculpture, installation, performance, community-based works, and more. InLight 2021 will exhibit at Great Shiplock Park, Chapel Island, and nearby sites along the Virginia Capital Trail and Low Line. Artworks will engage the multiple themes and histories that can be found at these and surrounding sites. No registration required.

November 11, noon
Online & The Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 428 N Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond 23220

In her dramatic new history of the weeks and months after Appomattox, Ends of War: The Unfinished Fight of Lee’s Army after Appomattox, Caroline E. Janney reveals that Lee’s surrender was less an ending than the start of an interregnum marked by military and political uncertainty, legal and logistical confusion, and continued outbursts of violence. Janney takes readers from the deliberations of government and military authorities to the ground-level experiences of common soldiers. Ultimately, what unfolds is the messy birth narrative of the Lost Cause, laying the groundwork for the defiant resilience of rebellion in the years that followed. Presented by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. Due to current limitations on capacity, in-person tickets are available for VMHC members only. The lecture will also stream live on Facebook and YouTube for public viewing.


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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