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Artsline: Virtual Edition || February 14, 2022
“Winter is on my head, and eternal spring is in my heart.” ~Victor Hugo
Perhaps you’ve seen the crocus and daffodils peeking through the gray ground. In a few shallow places, they may even be in bloom! Spring is coming, but it’s not quite here yet. We live in the murky in-between – sometimes cold, sometimes warm, sometimes both. Regardless of the weather, RVA has some amazing arts & culture for you to explore – inside and outside, online and in person. Check out what’s going on this week!
To list your events on Artsline, go to vpm.org/artsline.
1. SYMPOSIUM 2022: THE SOLDIER'S CIVIL WAR
Friday & Saturday, February 18 - 19
Online and at Historic Tredegar, 480 Tredegar St, Richmond, 23219
Symposium: $75, Livestream Option: $35, Reception & tours are extra
The American Civil War Museum 2022 Symposium, The Soldier’s Civil War, will be held at Historic Tredegar for the first time ever. The impressive slate of speakers will examine how ordinary men, faced with violence, loneliness, fear of death, and for Black men racism, coped during the War and how the impact of war affected their postwar lives. Register online.
2. 2022 RVA ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
Friday, February 18 – Friday, March 4
The annual Richmond Environmental Film Festival showcases films that bring awareness to environmental issues facing our city, region, and the planet. All 2022 Festival Films are free and will be presented in-person, virtual and/or as simulcast events. Register online for this free event.
3. ROMEO & JULIET
Friday & Saturday, February 18 & 19, 7pm
Sunday, February 20, 2pm
Dominion Energy Center, 600 East Grace Street, Richmond, 23219
Wide-eyed youth, overwhelming emotions, and tragic heartbreak take center stage as audiences are transported by the greatest love story ever told, Romeo & Juliet. Malcolm Burn’s passionate choreography and Sergei Prokofiev’s soaring score will bring William Shakespeare’s iconic tale of love and loss to life for three performances only this February. Presented by Richmond Ballet. Purchase tickets online.
4. A CONVERSATION WITH ROHULAMIN QUANDER: THE QUANDERS
Thursday, February 17, 6pm
Join The Library of Virginia for a virtual conversation with Rohulamin Quander, author of the inspiring new book The Quanders: Since 1684, An Enduring African American Legacy about the sustained history of one of America’s oldest African American families. From trials and tribulations, to turning stumbling blocks into stepping stones, the Quander story is one of triumph and sustained accomplishment, despite racially imposed obstacles as inhibitors to success. Register online for this free event.
5. NIGHT OF 1,000 LAUGHS
Wednesday, February 16, 7:30pm
Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad Street, Richmond, 23220
Nick Leveski and Eric Gordon are up to their improv comedy hijinks again at Firehouse Theatre. With stand up by Sarah Ahmed to open. Featuring sketch comedy from Leveski & Gordon and Ketchup Taco. Purchase tickets online.
6. MUSIC FOR MISSION: THE AMERICAN SPIRITUAL ENSEMBLE
Monday, February 14, 7:30pm
First Presbyterian Church, 4602 Cary Street Road, Richmond, 23226
The American Spiritual Ensemble is a critically-acclaimed professional group composed of some of the finest singers in the classical music world. First Presbyterian Church presents this concert in support of the Armstrong Leadership Program, an outreach program of Richmond Hill that has supported the students of Armstrong High School for two decades. Admission is free and open to all. No registration required.
7. THE GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT
Saturday, February 19, 9am
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Henrico, 23228
Free with Admission: $14/Adults, $11/Seniors, $8/Children 3-12. Children under 3 free
This global community science project helps the general public and scientists learn more about the year-to-year bird populations and distributions. Bird watchers of all ages can count birds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are. Purchase admission online.
8. DAVID FINCKEL, CELLO | WU HAN, PIANO | PHILIP SETZER, VIOLIN
Friday, February 18, 7:30pm
Modlin Center for the Arts, Camp Concert Hall, 410 Westhampton Way, University of Richmond, VA 23173
$35 General, $10 Youth & Students
It is no exaggeration to say that David Finckel, Wu Han, and Philip Setzer are three of the finest musicians in the world. Finckel and Setzer were longtime peers in the brilliant Emerson String Quartet while Finckel and Han are arguably the first couple of classical music. Together, they share an unmatched musical connection—a connection into which they welcome the audience each time they perform. Performance presented by Modlin Center for the Arts. Purchase tickets online.
9. INTIMATE APPAREL
Friday – Sundays, February 18 – February 27
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3pm
Singleton Performing Arts Center, 922 Park Avenue, Richmond, 23284
$5 - $15
VCUarts Theatre presents Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage. Set in New York City at the turn of the twentieth century, Intimate Apparel is a tale of love and heartbreak centered around Esther, a skilled and independent Black seamstress who dreams desperately of finding love. Purchase tickets online.
10. STORY OF VIRGINIA VOLUNTEER DOCENT TRAINING
History, Volunteer Opportunity
Tuesday from February 15 – March 22, 10:30am
Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 428 N Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, 23220
Do you love Virginia history? Do you love sharing stories about events and individuals in Virginia’s history with audiences of all ages? Are you comfortable working with school-age children? If so, the Virginia Museum of History and Culture’s education department wants you as part of our volunteer docent team! Our docents work with primarily K-12 students, as well as adult groups, for guided tours of our permanent exhibition The Story of Virginia. This six-session course is designed to be an introduction to our tours program. Each session will include content about a specific time period, activities designed to strengthen teaching techniques, and tips from veteran docents! By the end of this course, participants should be able to give a guided tour of The Story of Virginia. Interested individuals must be able to commit to attending at least five of the six sessions. Contact Maggie Creech to learn more or register.
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.
First Presbyterian Church, The Library of Virginia, The Modlin Center for the Arts, The Richmond Ballet, The RVA Environmental Film Festival, VCU School of the Arts, and The Virginia Museum of History & Culture are sponsors for VPM.