Artsline - Spring is bursting with local dance, music, and theatre!
Artsline: Virtual Edition || March 21, 2022
“In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four-and-twenty hours.” ~Mark Twain
Spring in Virginia is certainly an adventure – but one worth the ride! With air warming and so many venues opening both inside and out, there’s a lot of opportunity to experience the many faces of Spring and the glorious art, history, and culture that this region provides. Set your sites on something new this month – and don’t forget your umbrella (just in case.)
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1. SWINGTIME FEATURING THE JIVE ACES
Saturday, March 26, 7pm
Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen, 23060
Direct from London, The Jive Aces are internationally renowned for their superior musicianship, spectacular stage show and their energetic renditions of fresh arrangements of Swing/Jive/R&B classics by such greats as Louis Prima, Cab Calloway, Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. The Hollywood Hotshots, representing four Swing Dancers will join The Jive Aces on stage! Presented by The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Purchase tickets online.
March 25-27 at Shafer Street Playhouse 221 Shafer Street, Richmond, 23284
Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm
April 1-3 at VCU Park Plaza, behind Hibbs Hall, 900 Park Ave, Richmond, 23284
Friday & Saturday at 5:30pm, Sunday at 2pm
General Admission $10 | Students, Alum, & Seniors $5
VCU Department of Theatre presents Macbeth3, a one-hour whirlwind play based on Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Macbeth that follows the bloody rise and fall of a Scottish noble in a thrilling tale of passion and betrayal—charged with the supernatural. Purchase tickets online.
3. AN EVENING OF JAZZ WITH THE USAF RHYTHM IN BLUE JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Saturday, March 26, 7:30pm
Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education, 11810 Centre Street Chester, 23831
An Evening of Jazz with the USAF Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble will keep you swinging and dancing all night long at this FREE show! Made up of outstanding Air Force enlisted professional musicians, Rhythm in Blue presents exciting and uplifting music to tell the Air Force story while making you dance in your seats. Enjoy an evening of classic and modern jazz hits while supporting our armed forces! Register online for this free event.
4. THE 2022 RVA BURLESQUE FESTIVAL
Friday & Saturday, March 25-26, 8pm
Dogtown Dance Theatre, 109 West 15th Street, Richmond, 23224
The inaugural RVA Burlesque Festival is a 2-day event featuring burlesque performers from across the US and Canada, as well as some local RVA favorites. This event is dedicated to celebrating the art of burlesque. RVA Burlesque strives to cultivate awareness while continuing the support of our thriving burlesque and performing arts community in Richmond. The weekend of entertainment promotes their values of artistic expression, inclusivity, diversity, and empowerment. Different acts and performers each night! Purchase passes online.
5. THE VOTE: MAYMONT HONORS WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
Friday, March 25, 10am
Just over 100 years ago, the question of women’s right to vote was hotly contested, even among leading women of the day. Then, as today, women were divided by issues of race and economic class. Hear the arguments on all sides of the women’s suffrage debate in a free virtual program presented by Maymont and featuring a dramatized fictional conversation among four influential Richmond women: Society maven and philanthropist, Sallie May Dooley; her niece Nora Houston, an artist, educator and prominent activist; Ora Brown Stokes Perry, a community organizer and African American suffragist; and Maggie L. Walker, the pioneering banker and businesswoman. The conversation will be followed by a panel discussion on the history of the women’s suffrage movement, with historian Elvatrice Parker Belsches, author of the book, Richmond, Virginia. Register online for this free event.
6. 4TH FRIDAY ART SHOWS AND OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, March 25, 6pm reception
Exhibit through April 16
Art Works, 320 Hull Street, Richmond, 23224
At last, it’s Spring and Art Works is breaking out of the winter with colorful exhibits featuring abstract expressionism, perceptions, and trees. Dawnette Renee’s exhibit, Revival, opens in the main gallery. Her work is abstract with an impressionist and expressionist flair. Two new solo shows open: On Thresholds of Perception: Liminal Spaces, States, and Feelings by Joseph Gottlich and Out on a Limb by Mary Stone. The monthly All Media Show features Virginia artists as they exhibit a variety of subject matter and mediums. No registration required.
7. AMERICAN STUDIO FURNITURE PANEL
Thursday, March 24, 6pm
Online and at The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue, Richmond, 23220
In-person: Adults $20 | Students $10
Live Stream: $5
Join The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design for a lively discussion about the Studio Furniture Movement in America. The panelists will discuss Forrest, his work, and their own in relation to a lineage of renowned furnituremakers from Wharton Esherick (d. 1970) to designers of our time, all of whom push the envelope of wood technique and craft. Purchase tickets online.
8. AN ILIAD
March 24 – April 16
Thursdays – Saturdays, 8pm
Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse, Dominion Energy Center, 600 E Grace St, Richmond, 23219
Visionary creators Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare have reimagined Homer’s tragic poem with dazzling theatricality and dark humor. As our community emerges from a global pandemic, join Quill Theatre for this sweeping account of humanity’s unshakeable attraction to war and the heroes that rise and fall in times of chaos. Purchase tickets online.
9. SCIENCE ON SCREEN: STAR TREK
Tuesday, March 22, 7pm
The Byrd Theater, 2908 W Cary Street, Richmond, 23221
The Byrd Theatre is proud to be a part of the nationwide Science on Screen® initiative which delivers creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine. Join them for Star Trek: Today's Technology from Yesterday's Science Fiction with speaker Dr. Robin Ashworth. A discussion about tricorders, phasers and warp speed and how science fiction has influenced our real-world technology. Purchase tickets online.
10. STUDIO THREE
Tuesday-Friday, March 22-25, 6:30pm
Saturday, March 26, 5pm & 8pm
Sunday, March 27, 1:30pm & 4:30pm
Richmond Ballet, 407 E Canal Street, Richmond, 23219
This Women’s History Month Richmond Ballet highlights the creativity and innovation of women with an evening of new works by three distinct female choreographers. New York-based Arch Dance Company Artistic Director Jennifer Archibald and California-based LA Dance Moves Artistic Director Nancy Paradis bring their fresh voices to the Studio Theatre stage in their Richmond choreographic debuts. A world premiere by Polish contemporary choreographer Katarzyna Skarpetowska rounds out the program. Purchase tickets online.
11. KADENCIA ORCHESTRA
Friday, March 25, 7:30pm
Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education, 11810 Centre Street Chester, 23831
$0-$20 (pay what you can)
The Perkinson Center proudly presents their resident band, Kadencia Orchestra, in a pay-what-you-can live show! Dedicated to conserving and promoting Afro-Puerto Rican music, Kadencia delivers heavy-hitting original music and uses Bomba, Plena, and Salsa to promulgate Puerto Rican culture, educate audiences on the island’s native musical expressions, and make audiences move in ways they never knew possible. 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.
Quill Theatre, Richmond Ballet, and VCU School of the Arts are sponsors for VPM.