Artsline - Outdoor music, tours, and more to welcome spring!
Artsline: Virtual Edition || April 4, 2022
"The April 's in her eyes: it is love's spring,
And these the showers to bring it on. Be cheerful."
~William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
With the April beginning, RVA’s outdoor arts, festivals, and fun begin! Look for family-friendly opportunities to fill Spring Break with rolling hills and gardens. And there’s plenty of culture, music, and dance to excite the winter-weary heart in us all! Enjoy!
To list your events on Artsline, go to vpm.org/artsline.
1. SPRING BREAK WEEK
Landscape Art, History
Maymont, 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond, 23220
Robins Nature Center and Mansion Tours $8
Nature Tours & Animal Encounters $15
While schools are closed April 4–8, come to Maymont to unplug and get back to nature! Maymont has packed Spring Break Week with guided nature tours and animal encounters for the whole family. Celebrate spring while the gardens are bursting with blooms, and The Robins Nature Center and the Mansion are open, too. Purchase tickets online.
2. PAMUNKEY INDIAN MUSEUM OPENING WEEKEND
Saturday & Sunday, April 9 & 10
Pamunkey Indian Museum, 175 Lay Landing Road, King William, 23086
$5 Adults | $3 Seniors and Children
Saturday, April 9, 3pm
Westhampton Green, University of Richmond, 410 Westhampton Way, Richmond, 23173
Created in 1967 by John Cage, Musicircus is a multimedia happening that invites artists to perform in the same place, at the same time. The result is a dizzying, kaleidoscopic soundscape that invites performers and audiences to reimagine what music can be. Musicians will perform at intervals over the hour, their sounds mingling with others, and will be invited to wander through the soundscape while not playing. Enjoy this family friendly event, including food truck Boka Taco. No registration required. Presented by Modlin Center for the Arts.
4. SHAKESPEARE AND THE GARDEN: KIDS' ACTIVITY EVENT
History, Literary Art, Landscape Art
Wednesday, April 6, 10am
Agecroft Hall & Gardens, 4305 Sulgrave Road, Richmond, 23221
Explore Agecroft Hall’s beautiful gardens and learn more about Shakespeare and his plays at our next onsite kids’ crafting event. Kids ages 7-11 will learn about Shakespeare’s life and garden legacy while in Agecroft’s gardens. They will enjoy three make-and-take craft activities with museum educators, go on a garden scavenger hunt, and may even come home having memorized a Shakespearean quote or two! Purchase tickets at Agecroft.
5. POURS AND PASTIES BURLESQUE AND VARIETY SHOW
Friday, April 8, 8:30pm
Strangeways Brewing 2277A Dabney Rd, Richmond, 23230
$12 Advance | $15 Door | $20 VIP
Burlesque Right Meow is back at Strangeways Brewing with a cast full of glorious entertainers to excite and delight you all night long! Enjoy burlesque, comedy, and flow arts while enjoying the unique and delicious craft brews! This month's dazzling performers: Ricky Rosé, Ryatt Flair, Benjamin Braman, Ellie Quinn, Poppy la Fae, and Santobella Spark Scarlet Starlet. Hosted by Murphy Lawless. This show is for audiences 18+. Purchase tickets online.
6. NORTHERN NECK ORCHESTRA SPRING STRINGS CONCERT
Saturday, April 10, 2pm
Good Luck Cellars, 1025 Goodluck Rd, Kilmarnock, 22482
The Northern Neck Orchestra presents Spring Strings, a concert of chamber music trios by Mozart and Schubert. The concert features three stellar musicians: Northern Neck Orchestra Concertmaster and Principal Violinist Moises Cunha, violist Alexander Smith and cellist Jake Fowler. All three musicians are based in New Orleans. The performance includes Schubert’s much-loved String Trio in B-Flat Major D. 471 and Mozart’s enduring Divertimento in E-Flat Major. Purchase tickets online.
7. BOOK BREAK WITH KRIS SPISAK | THE BABA YAGA MASK
Friday, April 8, noon
Library of Virginia, 800 E Broad St Richmond, 23219
Get the weekend started by joining a local author at the Library of Virginia for a book talk, casual conversation, and book signing. Reading the book beforehand is encouraged, but never required—just bring your curiosity and a desire to meet new people. In this multigenerational story of endurance and survival, a supermom and her free-spirited sister are swept into a quest across eastern Europe when their Ukrainian grandmother is lost on a trans-Atlantic flight. The Baba Yaga Mask links past and present through folk art’s rich traditions. In addition to her career in effective communication for search engine optimization and her role on the James River Writers Advisory Board, Spisak has an extensive background in creative writing—poetry, short fiction, novels, and reference books. Registration is optional for this free event.
8. HAYDEN’S CREATION
Friday, April 9, 8pm
Saturday, April 10, 3pm
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Energy Center, 600 E Grace St, Richmond, 23219
$30 On Demand
“Let there be…LIGHT!” The Richmond Symphony Chorus commemorates its 50th Anniversary with these performances of Haydn’s crowning masterpiece, The Creation. Hear the entire world created before you. Chorus Director and Conductor Erin Freeman lead the Richmond Symphony and Chorus. Purchase tickets online.
Friday & Saturday, April 8 & 9, 7pm
Dogtown Dance Theatre, 109 West 15th Street, Richmond, 23224
$20 Adults | $15 Students & Youth
RVA Dance Collective RETURNS to the stage after a two-year hiatus from performing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Join them for an evening of choreography by the entire collective, with works that exude thoughtfulness, humor, and strength. Featuring choreography by Margaret Allen, Shannon Comerford, Helene Leichter ,Katy McCormack, LaWanda Raines, and Eric Rivera. Purchase tickets online.
10. ARTSPACE HOSTS A WINE-TASTING BY EMILIO
Saturday, April 9, 4pm
Artspace, 2833-A Hathaway Road, Richmond, 23225
Emilio Peiro, well-known Richmond restauranteur, will be at Artspace to provide tastings of a selection of his recently launched brands of wine from the Rioja and Rueda regions of Spain. Hors d’oeuvres by Natalie’s Taste of Lebanon. Ticket covers tasting samples and 2 glasses of wine Bottles of the featured wines will also be available for purchase. Live music! Come and enjoy a glass of wine while putting the last bid at Artspace’s silent auction “Hang It All.” Purchase tickets at the door.
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.
The Library of Virginia, Richmond Symphony, and University of Richmond Communication are sponsors of VPM.