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Garden Glow Maymont 2022
The 5th Annual Garden Glow opens at Maymont this week. See details below. (Image used with permission.)

Artsline || OCTOBER 10, 2022

“But men are so serious. Why? Why violence? Why hatred? Why war? If people want to make war, they should make a colour war, and paint each other’s city up during the night in pinks and greens.” ~Yoko Ono

As the leaves paint new colors on RVA’s landscape, colors erupt in our city’s gardens, on canvas, through music, and with words. The weather is markedly cooler, the days are a little busier, and we have an eye for the holidays. But before we step into the winter season, make space for autumn’s temperate days and special hues. Enjoy your favorite expression of the season – or discover something new. There’s plenty of opportunity for both this fall!

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Sunday, October 16, 7:30pm
Firehouse Theatre, 1609 West Broad Street, Richmond, 23220
$10 Advanced | $15 Day of

The Firehouse Radio Players are back, once again presenting the infamous radio drama The War of The Worlds! The legendary show staged in 1938 by Orson Welles and The Mercury Theater On The Air will be performed live onstage at Firehouse Theatre by a cast of voice actors and sound effects artists as they recreate one of the most famous radio plays of all time. Purchase tickets online.

Music, Comedy
Sunday, October 16, 3pm
Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, 23060

Bring your lawn chair or blanket and join The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen for this free outside event for children, sponsored by Henrico Recreation & Parks. Hang onto your hats! The positive, organic sound and fun ventriloquism from this musical Daddy is something kids of all ages will be growing on for years to come. Chris Campbell is a singer, songwriter, musician, and ventriloquist who has released two CD’s for children and developed a loyal fan base with his interactive family shows and fun characters for kids. You won’t want to miss out on this very fun experience. No registration required.

3. CRAFT + DESIGN 2022
Visual Art
Friday, October 14 – Sunday, October 16
Main Street Station, 1500 East Main Street, Richmond, 23219

Craft + Design is a contemporary craft show, produced by the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, that has garnered a reputation for showcasing the finest in museum-quality craft. Craft + Design is held in the historic Main Street Station’s train shed and draws more than 10,000 people to shop the work of over 150 artists from all over the country. Join us for a splendid weekend of craft art, local food, fun and free artful activities for all ages and craft brews provided by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery at the Craft + Design beer garden. Purchase tickets online.

Friday, October 14, 8:30pm
Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education 11810 Centre Street, Chester, 23831
$25 General | $20 Military & Seniors

The Perkinson Center and Pearl St. Comedy are proud to present "Yas, Queen!", a comedy show for LGBTQ+ History Month! Hosted by Richmond comedian Lucy Bonino, and featuring  comedians Anthony Oakes and Patrice DeVeaux. Be ready for a special performance by drag performers Frieda Poussay and Melanin "Moneybag" Monroe! Yas Queen! Purchase tickets online.

Literary Art
Thursday, October 13, 4pm

Join Chesterfield County Public Library for a talk with Dr. Aziz Gazipura, author of Not Nice: Stop People Pleasing, Staying Silent, & Feeling Guilty, and one of the world’s leading experts on social confidence as he discusses how to stop being too nice and worrying about what others might think. Register online for this free event.

Monday, October 10, 6:30pm
Capital Ale House 623 East Main Street Richmond, VA 23219

Americans in the Civil War Era loved their puns, jokes, and low humor. Loyal citizens mobilized that sense of humor to define the cause of the union 1861. Their mail is funny, but the writers also tell us a great deal about what mattered to them as the war broke out. Join Chris Graham of the American Civil War Museum for this fun and informative night. Registration required for this free event.

History, Music
Tuesday, October 11, 7pm
Agecroft Hall & Gardens, 4305 Sulgrave Rd, Richmond, VA 23221
$10 Adults | $7 Students

Sweet sounds emanate from the orchestra–drums, strings, oboes, bassoons and brass fill the space with the sparkling noise of new music by 21-year-old Thomas Linley, Jr. The curtain rises again, this time to an ensemble of dancers ambling across the raked stage. It smells overwhelmingly of sulfur from explosions representing a fierce sea storm. It’s a chilly night in late December, 1777 at London’s Drury Lane theater at the premiere of the most popular eighteenth-century version of The Tempest. Agecroft Hall explores four centuries of music used for Shakespeare’s most musical play with a lecture from Sarah Schilling. Purchase tickets online.

Literary Art
Wednesday, October 12, 6pm

Join the Library of Virginia live on Facebook or YouTube as host of The Stacks podcast Traci Thomas moderates a discussion with nonfiction award finalists John Woodrow Cox, author of Children Under Fire, and Carolyn Eastman, author of The Strange Genius of Mr. O. The winners will be announced during the Literary Awards Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. No registration required for this free event.

Friday, October 14, 8pm
Sunday, October 16, 2:30pm
Dominion Energy Center, 600 East Grace Street, Richmond, 23219

Immerse yourself in the drama as the saga of the Ring enters the mortal realm. Following the hit production of Das Rheingold last year, Virginia Opera continues the story with The Valkyrie! Adapted from the vivid landscape of Norse mythology (think Thor!), Valkyrie explores a hero’s destiny and a confrontation between gods that places human emotion at center stage. The journey of Wagner’s four-opera Ring cycle will continue, with Siegfried in 2023 and Twilight of the Gods in 2024. Sung in German with English surtitles. Purchase tickets online.

Sunday, October 16, 7pm
Gallery5, 200 West Marshall Street, Richmond, 23220

Join Classical Revolution RVA for their monthly classical variety show featuring favorite local performers at Gallery5! This event is free, but donations are welcome!

Visual Art, Landscape Art
Thursday, October 13 – Sunday, November 6
Times vary
Maymont, 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond, 23220
$15 Adults | $10 Kids | Ages 2 & under free

Don’t miss the 5th annual Garden Glow at Maymont! Starting at sunset, dramatic lighting transforms the historic architecture and gardens into a magical experience for all ages.  This year’s spectacle will be bigger than ever, illuminating the iconic Italian Garden, the WestRock Woodland Trail and the Japanese Garden presented by Colesville Nursery. On the Carriage House Lawn, find expanded seating and art installations at the Glow Village, along with food trucks, fire pits, a Glow Bar and Glow Shop – fun for friends, family or date night in an unforgettable setting. The event has capacity limitations and time slots fill quickly! Purchase tickets online in advance so you don’t miss your chance to experience this year’s Garden Glow.

Saturday, October 15, 6:30pm
Lancaster Middle School, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock, 22482
$40 adults | Students free

The Northern Neck Orchestra kicks off its 2022-2023 concert season with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Georges Bizet and Virginia composer Adolphus Hailstork.  The program includes Hailstork’s moving Fanfare on Amazing Grace, Mozart’s delightful Horn Concerto No. 4, featuring soloist Emma Potter, and Bizet’s lively L’Arlesienne Suites Nos. 1 and 2. The concert is preceded by a pre-concert talk hosted by Music Director Michael Repper. Purchase tickets online or 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, Virginia Opera, and the Visual Art Center are sponsors of VPM.

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