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Artsline - Theatre, music and magic brighten fall evenings!

Richmond Philharmonic Bicentennials
The Richmond Philharmonic presents the free concert "Bicentennials." See details below. (Image used with permission.)

Artsline || November 7, 2022

“The rich death-colours of autumn were like an infinitely sad melody, like a sad song of unavailing regret; but in those passionate tints, in the red and the gold of the apples, in the varied hue of the fallen leaves, there was still something which forbade one to forget that in the death and decay of nature there is always the beginning of other life.” ~W. Somerset Maugham

So much music this week – and theatre and literature! It’s as if the fall opened up her bag of art and spilled it into the Richmond skyline. Plus, we commemorate Veterans Day with stories and songs of honor and sacrifice. Check out all the offerings this week and enjoy all that RVA has to offer!

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History, Culture
Friday, November 11, 11am
Virginia War Memorial, 621 South Belvidere Street, Richmond, 23220

Join The Virginia War Memorial for the 66th annual Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony honoring Virginia’s men and women who have served and who are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. There will be guest speakers, patriotic music, and recognition of the winners of the Virginia War Memorial’s Veterans Day Student Essay Contest. The ceremony will be held in the Virginia War Memorial’s E. Bruce Heilman Amphitheater, rain or shine. The Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony will also be broadcasted live and live-streamed on CBS Channel 6 beginning at 11:00 am and viewable on the Virginia War Memorial’s Facebook page.

Saturday, November 12, 3:30pm & 7:30pm
Firehouse Theatre, 1609 West Broad Street, Richmond, 23220
$10 advanced | $15 day-of | $5 off for ages 14 & younger

Magic is Wes Iseli's life.  In 2020 he stumped Penn & Teller with one of his tricks. He drives around the country in his RV with his family, who also help him on stage with his illusions. Join Wes for a small group magic class before the main event. Presented by Firehouse Theatre. Purchase tickets online.

Saturday, November 12, 8pm
Sunday, November 13, 3pm
Dominion Energy Center, 600 East Grace Street, Richmond, 23219

The Richmond Symphony presents of the most beloved, most passionate Piano Concertos in the entire repertoire. Alexandra Dariescu plays Grieg’s popular Piano Concerto. Valentina Peleggi conducts Prokofiev’s intoxicating, impassioned Romeo and Juliet, plus Preludio sinfonico by the 18-year-old Giacomo Puccini, music that would wait a century to be discovered! Purchase tickets online.

Friday, November 11 – Saturday, November 12, 8pm
Sunday, November 13, 2pm
Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, 147 Warsaw Avenue, Harrisonburg, 22801

This neoclassical English operatic gem by celebrated composer Igor Stravinsky is based on a series of 18th-century paintings by William Hogarth that depict the hellish rise and fall of the merchant and heir Tom Rakewell, a young man to whom it all comes too easily—and the inevitable price he has to pay. Presented by James Madison University’s Forbes Center for the Performing Arts.   Purchase tickets online.

Literary Art, History
Thursday, November 10, 5:30pm
Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia, 122 West Leigh Street, Richmond, 23220

Join The Black History Museum for a special program featuring Richmond native, Michael Paul Williams. In 2021, Williams was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary “for penetrating and historically insightful columns that guided Richmond, the former capital of the Confederacy, through the painful and complicated process of dismantling the city’s monuments to white supremacy.” As a storied journalist he will also discuss the importance of the Black press.  Registration required for this free event.

Saturday, November 12, 7pm
Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, 23060

Georgia Rogers Farmer invites you to "Come on Over" to her specialty cabaret on the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen’s main stage! Always full of surprises, this southern songstress will perform an eclectic mix of songs – ranging from standards to Broadway to popular music. The evening is sure to be funny, poignant and pleasantly unexpected. You’ll hear stories and, since she’s a domestic goddess, there will be crafts and special prizes galore!  She’ll be accompanied by the fantastic, Josh Wortham. Sit back and relax for this fun-filled evening! Purchase tickets online.

Comic Art
Sunday, November 13, 10am – 6pm
The Commons at VCU, 907 Floyd Avenue Richmond, 23220

The third annual Richmond Indie Comic Expo (RICE) is fully run by a team of passionate VCU students who work hard to create a fantastic experience. They feature VCUarts alumni and current students alongside local artists tabling to sell their work! Experts in the field of art host educational panels and new merch is launched! RICE is open to the general public and free to attend for everyone. No registration required.

Fridays, 7:30pm
Saturdays & Sundays, 3pm
Through November 20
Westmoreland Players Theatre, 16217 Richmond Road, Callao, 22435
$25 adult | $15 student

The Westmoreland Players present Ira Levine’s mystery-thriller, Deathtrap. Synopsis: Sidney Bruhl, a washed-up playwright who has been living off his wife’s money, receives a sure-fire hit script in the mail from a former student, Clifford Anderson, and immediately begins ruminating about killing Clifford and passing the play off as his own. The plan is disrupted when Sidney’s neighbor, the Dutch psychic and minor celebrity Helga ten Dorp, arrives without warning to announce that she senses great danger and mortal pain in the Bruhl cottage. WARNING: Deathtrap includes mature themes and simulated violence, including gunfire. Purchase tickets online.

Sunday, November 13, 4pm
St. Christopher’s School, 711 St. Christopher's Road, Richmond, 23226

This Richmond Philharmonic concert showcases the beauty and drama of 19th-century music. Franz Schubert’s 7th symphony is called Unfinished, but it’s also unforgettable. Composed during the beginning of his decline in health (he died in 1828 at age 31), the symphony has only two movements. Packed into those 25 minutes are some of the most riveting melodies and harmonies to flow across concert halls for the next two hundred years. In Autumn and The Accursed Huntsman round out the show. Maestro Wilson gives a pre-concert talk at 3:00 p.m. No registration required for this free event.

History, Literary Art
Thursday, November 10, 6pm
Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, 23219

In honor of National Native Indian Heritage Month, learn how indigenous peoples of Virginia resisted erasure and built their identities as Native Americans. Join the Library of Virginia as author Laura J. Feller and Dr. Gregg Kimball discuss Feller’s book Being Indigenous in Jim Crow Virginia: Powhatan People and the Color Line. Explore the critical strategic work that tidewater Virginia Indians, descendants of the 17th-century Algonquian Powhatan chiefdom, undertook to sustain their Native identity in the face of deep racial hostility from segregationist officials, politicians and institutions.  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 Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, Library of Virginia, and VCUarts are sponsors of VPM.

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