Photo: Richmond chapter of The 48 Hour Film Project
Spend the dog days of summer with your best friend–or adopt a new one
Blue Bee Cider in Manchester has quite literally gone to the dogs. In celebration of the cidery’s third birthday, Blue Bee will host a mini street festival with live music, local grub, free cake, and dogs. The parking lot will be filled with local pet adoption organizations, nonprofits, and local businesses. Dogs are welcome and the cidery will even provide water bowls, kiddie pools, and tennis balls to keep the furry ones hydrated and entertained. Barbecue will be available for sale from nearby Camden’s Dogtown Market, and patrons can enjoy free birthday cake from local desserterie Shyndigz. Live music will be provided by local guitar-bongo duo Manakins on Franklin from 3:00 – 6:00 PM. Participating local nonprofits will include Henrico Humane Society, Friends United with the Richmond Shelter (FURS), Prevent A Litter, FETCH a Cure, RVA Clean Sweep, Make It To Tomorrow Rescue Transports and Resources, and Sarah Sits-N-Stays, Inc.
When: Saturday, July 30th; noon – 7:00 PM | Where: Blue Bee Cider, 212 W. 6th Street in Manchester | Cost: FREE to attend | Learn more
Explore the history of animals and pets in Virginia
Speaking of pets, the Virginia Historical Society is hosting a pretty quirky behind-the-scenes tour of their archives this Saturday. Long before internet memes and online videos, people found other ways to express their fascination with animals. Cats both cute and ugly adorned the packaging of commercial products, dogs and birds were used to connect with people through advertising, and often the letters and journals kept by Virginians included accounts of family pets as well as farm animals. The VHS collections feature a broad and fascinating range of items that you can explore in this special behind-the-scenes tour entitled “Cats, Dogs, and Other Critters from the Collection.”
When: Saturday, July 30th; 10:30 AM – noon | Where: Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard in the Museum District | Cost: $10 for members; $17 for non-members | Learn more
Enjoy great local cider and support RPS
Across the river, another local cidery is supporting the community this Sunday. Buskey Cider in Scott’s Addition has put together an extension of the recent Raise a Pint event (in which several local breweries donated proceeds of beer sales to Richmond Public Schools) this Sunday. All volunteers of the community-sourced Building a Better RPS campaign will be entitled to a discount on cider. Additionally, the cidery will donate 50 cents from each pint sold to RPS.
When: Sunday, July 31st; noon – 9:00 PM | Where: Buskey Cider, 2910 W. Leigh Street in Scott’s Addition | Cost: FREE to attend | Learn more
Screen the best of the 48 Hour Film Project entries
If you need a little air conditioning in your life, this might be more your thing. Teams from around the area recently hustled and created short films in just two days for the 2016 48 Hour Film Project. This Sunday, you can screen the 12 finalists’ films at The Byrd Theatre in Carytown before the panel of judges selects a winner. This year’s finalists include:
- Breaking News by Team CBS 6
- But Maybe This by Mirari
- Fighting a War of Our Own by Atlantic East Motion Picture Co
- hello_emony by Unboxed Technology
- Last by Shields Shoes Productions
- Live Strong or Die Trying by Housecat
- No One by Pixel Drop
- Ringrust by The Kitchen
- Run by Golden Thrones Productions
- The Chase by Satiated Hippos
- Trolled by STOP! everything
- Water Foul by Convolution Films
When: Sunday, July 31st; 1:30 PM | Where: The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary Street in Carytown | Cost: $10.00 | Purchase tickets
Check out the Super Bowl of electric football
Are you ready for some (plastic) football?! Richmond holds host to the 2016 Electric Football World Championships. If watching folks battle it out on an electric football table versus a turf field is your thing, you can get your fill at the Four Points by Sheraton Friday through Sunday. Hey–it’s much cooler than standing out on the field at the Redskins Training Camp! Sponsored by The Miniature Football Coaches Association (yep, that’s a thing), there will be tournaments for beginners, advanced, as well as youth players. The three-day convention features players and enthusiasts from all over the world gathering for competitive play. There will be information on local, national and international electric football leagues and everything you need to start playing the game available for purchase from Tudor Games.
When: July 29th – 31st; times vary | Where: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, 4700 South Laburnum Avenue in Northside. | Purchase tickets
New VMFA exhibition portrays the majestic beauty of Virginia’s Natural Bridge
The exhibition, free to visitors, will be on view at VMFA from February 6 to August 1, 2021.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) has announced its upcoming exhibition, Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art, an exploration of the artistic portrayal of this spectacular and seemingly miraculous natural landmark. The exhibition, free to visitors, will be on view at VMFA from February 6 to August 1, 2021.
The majesty of the Shenandoah Valley’s Natural Bridge, a 400-year-old geological formation, has inspired artists, writers and explorers over the centuries. It has served as an ethereal example of the American landscape, an icon of natural history and a witness to human civilization. One of the most depicted sites in American 19th-century landscape painting, this formation captured the imaginations of artists like Frederic Church, David Johnson, Edward Hicks and Caleb Boyle, as well as many decorative artists.
“VMFA is pleased to recognize Virginia’s very own natural landmark through this exhibition,” said VMFA Director and CEO Alex Nyerges. “We hope Virginia Arcadia inspires appreciation for and interest in rediscovering the wonderful natural world here in our state, and also recognizing that the environment is a precious source of inspiration.”
“Consider a time when our very landscape sparked wonder and inspired myth,” said the exhibition’s curator, Dr. Christopher C. Oliver, VMFA’s Assistant Curator of American Art. “Artists were moved to not only capture its picturesque splendor and breathtaking sense of place, but also all that the Natural Bridge represented and idealized — the sublime divinity of the natural world, the excitement of discovery, the harmony between nature and civilization and the abundance of pastoral beauty.” The Natural Bridge is also historically relevant to western expansion, slavery, natural history, tourism and ecological conservation.
Virginia Arcadia examines the Natural Bridge through more than 60 paintings, prints, decorative art objects and photographs made between the late 1700s and the early 1900s. Highlights of the exhibition include works from VMFA’s collection including one of the earliest illustrations of the Natural Bridge, an engraving from 1787 by Baron De Turpin, a French engineer sent to document the site, one of three such engravings featured in Volume 1: Travels In North-America in the Years 1780, 1781 and 1782. Joshua Shaw’s oil painting Natural Bridge No. 1 (ca. 1820) captures the view from atop the arch of the bridge looking down into a nearby creek in Rockbridge County, Virginia. Several works in the exhibition are on loan from institutions across the country including the Chrysler Museum, the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, and the Yale University Art Gallery, as well as from private collections.
More information about Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art can be found on the museum’s website.
Photos: Preview of Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter
November 23rd is when you can check out the lights at Lewis Ginter but last night we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek.
InLight 2020: Safety and Accountability will be Spread About the City
The exhibition of contemporary light-based artworks, will take place November 12 – 15, 2020 at sites across Richmond.
Usually, the 1708 Gallery’s 13th annual InLight is held in one location allowing the various exhibits to be within easy walking distance from each other. This year the theme of Safety and Accountability hints to a new setup for InLight. The exhibition of contemporary light-based artworks, will take place November 12 – 15, 2020 at sites across Richmond and will address the paired themes of Safety and Accountability. Learn more.
Afrikana Independent Film Festival; Amy Smith; The Anderson; Barry O’Keefe; Black Matter Productions; Caitlin & Misha; Calvin Brown; Carl Patow; Christine Wyatt & Amena Durant; Dustin Klein, Alex Criqui, Miguel Carter-Fisher, & Josh Zarambo; The Kinfolk Effect; LaRissa Rogers; Mariana Parisca & Sandy Williams IV; New Negress Film Society; Performing Statistics; Stephanie J. Woods; Victor Haskins & ImproviStory
You can check out the interactive map here. Of the 18 exhibits only one is on the southside of Richmond and it’s only on Friday night.