Artsline - Stories, music & art for warm days, cool nights!
Artsline || September 19, 2022
“The child began reading favorite stories of magic to the river, believing the tales would be carried to someone in need.” ~Dr. SunWolf
As the days grow shorter and the nights grow cooler, our hearts turn toward campfires and stories and the sounds of whispers in the leaves. This week RVA is filled with storytellers – from the page, from the podium, and from a puppet stage. If your plans for fall include good books, great music, and lots of time outdoors – check below for wonderful ways to do all three.
To list your events on Artsline, go to vpm.org/artsline.
1. FOLKLORE AND FAIRY TALES WITH GENNAROSE NETHERCOTT
Literary Art, Puppet Theatre
Thursday, September 22, 6pm
Fountain Bookstore, 1312 East Cary Street, Richmond, 23219
GennaRose Nethercott brings the legend of Baba Yaga to life with a unique puppet show, live, at the Fountain Bookstore. Nethercott’s book, Thistlefoot, is an enchanted adventure illuminated by Jewish myth and adorned with lyrical prose as tantalizing and sweet as briar berries. This creative and lyrical event is sure to captivate you. Local author Kris Spisak leads this chat. This event is for ages 14+ due to some mature themes. No registration required for this free event.
2. UNHAPPY HOUR - POE-STOCK
Music, History, Literary Art
Thursday, September 22, 6pm
The Poe Museum, 1914 E Main St, Richmond, 23223
Join the Poe Museum for a far-out night full of live music, libations, and after-hours access to the grooviest museum in town! Jam to the tunes of Elizabeth Wise & Her Guys. Can you dig it, man? Author Clay McLeod Chapman will perform a reading of his new book Ghost Eaters, which takes place in Richmond. It’s a miserable time from six to nine! Purchase tickets online.
Music, Culture, History
Friday, September 23, 6pm
Saturday, September 24, 11am
Maymont, 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond, 23220
$10 General Admission | $5 Kids | Members & EBT Free
Toast the arrival of autumn at Maymont with Bier-Garden, a two-night Bavarian-style festival. Hoist a stein filled with authentic Paulaner bier, local craft beer or cider, while enjoying mouth-watering brats by The Mayor Meats, and schnitzel, sauerkraut, pretzels and more by Capital Ale House. Revelers of all ages will find a festive outdoor scene amidst Maymont’s historic European-style buildings while enjoying live music, yard games, fire pits and more. Lederhosen and dirndls encouraged. Kids are welcome, especially on Saturday, with their own crafts, games and entertainment in the Kinderzone from 11am – 6:30pm. Purchase tickets online.
4. SWEET BITTER BLUES | A CONVERSATION WITH AUTHORS PHIL WIGGINS & FRANK MATHEIS
Music, History, Literary Art
Friday, September 23, 5pm
Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, 23219
The Library of Virginia hosts authors Phil Wiggins and Frank Matheis in a conversation about Sweet Bitter Blues, a compelling and personal narrative about the Piedmont blues scene in the Washington, D.C. area. Many of the region’s best-known traditional bluesmen and women had deep roots in Virginia, including Flora Molton, Archie Edwards, and Wiggins’s long-time musical partner, John Cephas. Audience members will also be treated to a performance of Piedmont blues by Wiggins, a widely acknowledged master of the Piedmont style and a blues harmonica legend. Free parking is available beneath the Library. Registration required for this free event.
5. STEVE HACKMAN’S BRAHMS X RADIOHEAD
Saturday, September 24, 8pm
Dominion Energy Center, 600 East Grace Street, Richmond 23219
Take Radiohead’s Ok Computer and the First Symphony of Brahms. Orchestra and vocalists present this fusion of masterworks by two pivotal voices, both played simultaneously. Brahms brings out the romance in Radiohead. Radiohead brings out Brahms’s sonic power. Presented by Richmond Symphony. Purchase tickets online.
6. AUTHOR TALK WITH SIMON WINCHESTER
Tuesday, September 20, 2pm
Simon Winchester, bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman weaves everyday life into historical examination and uses his keen intellect to leave his readers feeling awestruck at the world surrounding them. This author talk will cover many aspects of his work including his path to becoming the acclaimed bestselling author he is today. Presented by Chesterfield County Library. Register online for this free event.
7. MUSIC UNDER THE STARS: THE TATERS
Friday, September 23, 6pm
The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education, 17205 Mountain Road, Montpelier, 23192
Montpelier Center for Arts & Education’s outdoor concerts feature local and up & coming bands in their beautiful Village Green, along with several food trucks that rotate out each concert! In September, The Taters come to get the crowd moving with their eclectic mix of roots rock, pop, country, skiffle, & Americana! Purchase tickets online.
8. THE WRITING SHOW | INDIE PUBLISHING MYTHS: GET THE TRUTH ABOUT SELF-PUBLISHING
Tuesday, September 20, 6pm
$12 Members | $17 Non-members | $5 Students
Bypassing the traditional Big Five (Four?) publishing houses is easier and more profitable than ever, but what can you really expect if you go the self-publishing route? Is it true only certain genres are successful? Can you make it work on a shoestring, or is it more expensive than traditional publishing? Will your book be available in brick-and-mortar stores? The experts at James River Writers shed light on the aspects of self-publishing that have been puzzling you. Moderator Rebekah Pierce is joined by speakers Hollee Freeman, David Kazzie, and Sharvette Mitchell. Register online.
9. GELLMAN ROOM CONCERT: JUST KIDDING
Saturday, September 24 2pm
Main Branch, Richmond Public Library, 101 East Franklin Street, Richmond, 23219
The Richmond Public Library brings their Gellman Room Concert,"Just Kidding" presented by the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia. Celebrating the lighter side of life in this concert of chamber music by Haydn, Heinrich von Biber, and the fictitious P. D. Q. Bach. No registration required for this free event.
10. HISTORY OF CHURCH HILL WALKING TOUR
Sunday, September 25, 2pm
Patrick Henry Park, on the corner of East Broad and 24th Streets
$20 Adults | $10 Members | Free for children 18 & under
American Revolutionary Patrick Henry once shouted the legendary words, “Give me liberty or give me death!” in this iconic Richmond district. Join The Valentine’s experienced guides to explore the evolving history of one of Richmond’s oldest neighborhoods, from historic St. John’s Church and beautiful examples of Queen Anne architecture to modern renovation efforts, scenic parks and a thriving restaurant scene. Purchase tickets online.
11. 4TH FRIDAY ART SHOWS AND OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, September 23, 6pm – reception
Exhibits run through October 22
Art Works, 320 Hull Street, Richmond, 23224
It’s Art Works’ anniversary—19 years of 4th Friday exhibits, artists’ solo shows from all over the world, the country and local artists too. To celebrate, some see new exhibits especially curated for the occasion—ceramic artist Lee Hazelgrove, photographer Heidi Nunnally, the monthly All Media Show and a special Train show—a partnership with the Train Museum. Meet these extraordinary artists, enjoy live music, and celebrate with refreshments, libations. Parking is free. No registration required.
12. VMFA X CHILALAY POP UP AT SUMMER BREEZE
Visual Art, Music
Thursday, September 15, 6pm
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, 23220
Celebrate the end of summer at the latest VMFA x Chilalay capsule collection. Grab a drink, shop, and dance to the sounds of Shanel the DJ and DJ Markus Gold. Enjoy free admission to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts exhibition Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits. No registration required for this free event.
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 The Valentine are sponsors of VPM.