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Artsline - Dance, music and art sparkle for November nights!

Richmond Ballet Studio Two 2022
Richmond Ballet brings eight performances of their Studio Two series. See details below. (Image used with permission.)

Artsline || OCTOBER 31, 2022

“It was November — the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines.” ~L. M. Montgomery

As we release spooky nights and embrace gratitude, keep in mind that there are arts and culture events throughout RVA for every season. Nights continue to lengthen, making November the perfect time for glittering performances and gallery openings. Check out this week’s fantastic line-up!

To list your events on Artsline, go to

Visual Arts
Friday, November 4, 6:30pm reception
Main Branch, Richmond Public Library, 101 East Franklin Street, Richmond, 23219

The Richmond Public Library’s Main Branch offers three new exhibits for First Fridays RVA: The Archies collection from seven Richmond artists bonded by their love of plein air painting; Flower Fantasy featuring dreamy and iridescent acrylics by Richmond-based Ukrainian-American artist Olga Rokhmanyuk; and Music for the Eyes with works from the F-22 photography group. No registration required for this free event.

Thursday – Saturdays, 8pm
Sundays, 2pm
Through November 13
Gottwald Playhouse at the Dominion Energy Center, 600 East Grace Street, Richmond, 23219
$37 adult | $22 Student

No challenge can match the power of a determined woman! Helena is in love with Bertram, a young man who does not return her affections. But she will go to any length to turn her visions of romance into reality—only to discover that happy endings are never as simple as they seem in fairy tales. Shakespeare’s rarely produced dark comedy is brought to new life with live music, modern staging, and an all-star cast of Richmond favorites. Produced by Quill Theatre (now Richmond Shakes.) Purchase tickets online.

Saturday, November 5, 8pm
The Shady Grove Coffeehouse at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Road, Glen Allen, 23059
$20 advanced | $25 door | Age 13-18 half price | Children 12 & under free

Born in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, Anya Hinkle’s music is steeped in the tones of folk and bluegrass and seasoned by travels across the world with her vivid storytelling, vibrant musicianship, and arresting honesty. A big hit with the Shady Grove Coffee House audience as part of Tellico, they present Anya again with her trio this season. Purchase advance tickets online, or reserve tickets by sending e-mail to [email protected] or by calling (804) 323-4288.

Visual Art
Thursday, November 3, 7pm artist talk & reception
Exhibit runs through December 30
Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Avenue, Richmond, 23226

Paper Jewels is a collection of work from three shows that took place during the COVID pandemic. While staying with her parents before the official lock down, Julia was "cleaning house" and treasure hunting through her family photo albums and dusty book collections. She started collaging, using whatever she had at hand - pages out of books, old crayons and colored pencils and paper pieces including old letters and sketchbooks. This became the show, Peace & Love, which conveyed peace through a dove and a nod to Matisse using paper cut outs. Next came Good Juju which explored Julia’s long haul COVID symptoms of loss of smell and taste. Here she explored how to imagine a palette that could replace her palate and a collection of colors that would be fragrant. And finally, out of this thought process, Paper Jewels evolved, one with a much brighter outlook, lifting the darkness and letting the light in. Showing at the Weinsten JCC. No registration required for this free event.

Theatre, Music
Tuesday, November 1 – Friday, November 4, 8pm
Saturday, November 5, 2pm & 8pm
Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, 147 Warsaw Avenue, Harrisonburg, 22801

Celebrate 25 years of Rent with songs like “Seasons of Love” and “One Song Glory” in this pulsating production featuring students from James Madison University’s School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music! This Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical follows a year in the life of a group of bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling to survive and create amidst the HIV/AIDS crisis. Purchase tickets online.

Thursday, November 3, 7:30pm
Dominion Energy Center, 600 East Grace Street, Richmond, 23219
$27 - $102

Experience hip hop icon Doug E. Fresh – Richmond Performing Arts Alliance's Alternate Routes: A Night in NYC annual gala and benefit concert headlining artist! Doug E. Fresh’s peers have dubbed him “The World’s Greatest Entertainer.” Chuck D, co-founder of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted group Public Enemy, coined the moniker after touring with Fresh and marveling at his unrivaled ability to electrify any crowd, of any age, race or gender, night after night. Purchase tickets online.

Visual Art, Music
Tuesday, November 1, 5:30pm
Online and The ICA at VCU, 601 West Broad Street, Richmond, 23220

This lecture, a part of VCUart Faculty Lecture Series, will explore the life and music of the composer and the cultural and political climate in Poland and Central Europe in the 19th century. It will also address how certain pivotal life events shaped the composer’s artistic viewpoint and contributed to the creation of masterpieces, which are cherished among audiences across the globe. This is a hybrid event. To participate virtually, register online. No registration required to attend in person.

Visual Arts
Saturday, November 5
Woodland Heights Baptist Church, 611 W. 31st Street, Richmond, 23225

Once again, Woodland Heights Civic Association is sponsoring its 3rd annual Makers Day Arts and Crafts Show. The show this year is a benefit for the Church’s Community Food Closet which provides food free of charge to people in need. There will be 40+ local vendors selling unique, handcrafted artifacts, a raffle, children’s crafts and food for purchase from Brekkie Belgian Waffle and Happy Arepas. No registration required for this free event.

Dance, Theatre, Music
Tuesday, November 1 – Friday, November 4, 6:30pm
Saturday, November 5, 5pm & 8pm
Sunday, November 6, 1:30pm & 4:30pm
Richmond Ballet, 407 East Canal Street, Richmond, 23219
$26 - $51

Richmond Ballet’s Studio Two explores the triumphs and trials of love. Under a starlit sky, three couples dance to Chopin’s soothing nocturnes in Jerome Robbins’ In the Night. Witness young love, enduring commitment, and contentious drama in this stunning masterpiece work of the 20th century.  Renowned choreographer Jennifer Archibald returns to fully realize Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, a ballet that had its beginnings in last spring’s New Works Festival. Inspired by the iconic 1967 film of the same name, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner addresses the intolerances faced by interracial couples and highlights the fortitude, simplicity, and beauty of love. Set to music by soul legends such as Donny Hathaway and Ray Charles, this world premiere will breathe new life into a vintage Hollywood story. Purchase tickets online.

Saturday, November 5 – Sunday, November 6
Firehouse Theatre, 1609 West Broad Street, Richmond, 23220
$10 day pass | $15 weekend pass | $5 day pass for VPA members

The Magic of Horror is a festival for independent films and art in the genre that orchestrates your nightmares. Official Selection films and trailers will be screening throughout the day with Q&A sessions with the attending filmmakers. There are also special interest blocks that include music videos, horror artwork, screenwriters, and the top films in our “Give Us Your Worst” film contest. The Big Awards Show takes place at the very end of the two-day event when judges reveal the winners of this year’s jury awards and hand out the skeleton trophies. Presented by Firehouse Theatre. 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.

The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, Richmond Ballet, and VCUarts are sponsors of VPM.

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