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Weekend Event Picks: Cider for charity, the 48 Hour Film Project, and electric football

Enjoy two charity events at local cideries, screen the 48 Hour Film Festival finalists’ productions, check out the Super Bowl of electric football, and more.

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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 SocietyFriends United with the Richmond Shelter (FURS)Prevent A LitterFETCH a CureRVA Clean SweepMake 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

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Friday Cheers Announces 2021 Concert Series

Each event in May and June features socially-distanced outdoor concerts with physically-spaced two, four and eight-person pods. Tickets must be purchased in advance, with no on-site ticket purchase available.

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Friday Cheers, presented by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, returns May 7 for its 36th season of live music. Richmond’s longest running outdoor concert series is held on Brown’s Island on downtown’s historic and picturesque riverfront.

Each event in May and June features socially-distanced outdoor concerts with physically-spaced two, four and eight-person pods. Tickets must be purchased in advance, with no on-site ticket purchase available.

This year Cheers is celebrating all things local! Local bands, local food and local beer! Produced by Venture Richmond Events, this season’s Friday Cheers boasts a stellar line-up in a format designed to be safe for attendees.

“We are thrilled to present these shows in a safe and responsible way. Invite your friends and family out to enjoy the warm weather in one of Richmond’s most beautiful outdoor event venues,” said Stephen Lecky, director of events for Venture Richmond.

“Venture Richmond has helped make downtown Richmond a true cultural gem, and the team at Hardywood is thrilled for the opportunity to partner with them to bring people together over great music and delicious beer,” said Eric McKay, president and co-founder, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.

2021 Season Lineup

May 7 – Cris Jacobs Band (8:00) with Deau Eyes (6:30) 

Watch Cris Jacobs Band on YouTube: https://youtu.be/hEKpHKXO8ZM

Watch Deau Eyes on YouTube: https://youtu.be/kq_cE6RS1rc

 

May 21 – Agents of Good Roots (8:00) with Leon III (6:30) 

Watch Agents of Good Roots on YouTube: https://youtu.be/KMYLnohwSos

Watch Leon III on YouTube: https://youtu.be/q0EVYI-WWTE

 

May 28 – An evening with Art of Noise RVA (6:30)

Watch Art of Noise on YouTube: https://youtu.be/wyGKMd4L40w

 

June 4 – NO BS! Brass (8:00) with Piranha Rama (6:30) 

Watch NO BS! Brass on YouTube: https://youtu.be/-O7-djsBv5g

Watch Piranha Rama on YouTube: https://youtu.be/69ozz5M6yDY

 

June 11 – An evening with Suggesting Rhythm (6:30)

Watch Suggesting Rhythm on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Nd1rMllrwL8 

 

June 18 – Mighty Joshua (8:00) and Erin & the Wildfire (6:30) 

Watch Mighty Joshua on YouTube: https://youtu.be/sqQL756RT9E

Watch Erin and the Wildfire on YouTube: https://youtu.be/mGHVPXo7ftA

 

June 25 – Butcher Brown (8:00) with (6:30) Shormey

Watch Butcher Brown on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Oune3jVNHEs

Watch Shormey on YouTube: https://youtu.be/hcY9VHzLwG0 

Advance tickets for individual shows to Friday Cheers are now available to purchase online at Ticketstobuy.com. Tickets must be purchased in advance online only. There will be no box office on site. Pods will be limited to two, four and eight-persons including children. A two-person pod is 4′ x 8′. A four-person pod is 8′ x 8′. An eight-person general admission pod is a 20ft circle, located in the back section of the island with limited views of the stage. Reserve your pod now to get your choice of spots on the island!

All ticket holders must agree to comply with safety precautions put in place during the event, as outlined on our website. All public health protocols will be strictly enforced, and contactless practices have been implemented for the safety of our guests and staff. Face masks or coverings are required and no admittance will be allowed without one. Social distancing and a face mask are required any time a patron is outside their pod including while walking to the entry points and waiting in line for check-in, porta-johns and beverage and food pickup. All food and beverage purchases will be online and contactless.   

Friday Cheers is Presented by: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Friday Cheers is Sponsored by: CoStar Group, Dominion Green Power, 103.7 Your Variety,  NBC12, CW Richmond and Cucumbers on Fire.

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VMFA acquires portrait by iconic 16th-century woman artist Lavinia Fontana

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) announced their recent acquisition of Portrait of a Lady (1585) by Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614), a celebrated woman artist from Bologna. 

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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) announced their recent acquisition of Portrait of a Lady (1585) by Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614), a celebrated woman artist from Bologna.

“Lavinia Fontana was a pioneer during her lifetime. The discovery and acquisition of this piece elevates VMFA’s collection of late Renaissance art,” says Alex Nyerges, VMFA’s CEO and Director. “Her work demonstrates the significant yet often unrecognized artistic contributions women have made throughout history.”

Fontana was one of the first women artists in Italy to work alongside her male colleagues. Owing to her talent and business acumen, she later became a trailblazer in her role as head of a successful studio. As early as the 1580s, Fontana’s portraiture was highly favored among Bolognese noble families. In the early 1600s, she moved to Rome where she became a painter at the papal court.

Best known for her portraits, Fontana was a renowned painter of the Mannerism movement during the Late Renaissance period. Her paintings reflect a maturation of the conventions of the Mannerist style and she plays an important role in the chapter of art history following the High Renaissance and immediately preceding the Baroque period. Despite the superficial naturalism that this portrait presents at first glance, the artist has cleverly manipulated the dimensions within the composition by subtly exaggerating the proportions of her sitter’s costume to give it a monumental aspect. The effect is magnified by the way that Fontana flattens the obscure background with its curiously positioned table, making the figure stand out in stark relief while simultaneously creating an image that is both spiritually intense and enigmatic. These contrivances, all of which are typical of earlier Mannerist artists such as Veronese and Tintoretto, allowed Fontana to create elegant compositions that flaunted her technical virtuosity.

The young woman in the portrait is dressed in an extravagant amount of gold, jewels, precious stones and pearls. During this era, pearls symbolized the purity of both body and soul. To further emphasize this aspect of her sitter’s moral character, Fontana depicts her toying gracefully with a rosary that is attached to her belt, a gesture that reminds the viewer of her pious dedication to daily prayer. Portraits of this kind were often part of the traditions surrounding aristocratic marital engagements. Fontana’s indulgence in representing the luxurious ornamentation, combined with her use of compositional elements intended to convey the Catholic piety and chastity of the sitter, ensure that the future bride is portrayed as a paragon of both wealth and virtue.

Although no evidence remains that might attest to the sitter’s identity, recent research has proposed that it could be an early portrait of Isabella Gonzaga (1565–1637). A member of a prestigious princely family of Mantua, Isabella inherited the minor principality of Sabbionetta from her father, and she was an influential presence at the courts of the duke of Milan and the king of Naples.

“Here is a woman’s regard for another woman during an era when the very contours of womanhood were principally being delineated by men. A noble woman in this society had to struggle to affirm her place, her dignity and her authority,” says Dr. Sylvain Cordier, VMFA’s Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art. “This representation of a confident and charismatic young noble woman will play a vital role in the development of the spectacular Grand Portrait Gallery that we are preparing for 2025. This gallery will assist our visitors to interrogate the constantly changing conventions governing gendered representation in European art over the course of several centuries.”

Portrait of a Lady is currently on view in VMFA’s Atrium. For more information about the museum’s collection of Renaissance art, visit www.VMFA.museum.

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Library of Virginia’s Weinstein Author Series celebrates Poetry Month in April

The Library of Virginia’s 2021 Carole Weinstein Author Series celebrates April as Poetry Month with a free virtual talk by poet, literary historian, and editor Kim Roberts on April 15 at 6:00 pm.

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The Library of Virginia’s 2021 Carole Weinstein Author Series celebrates April as Poetry Month with a free virtual talk by poet, literary historian, and editor Kim Roberts on April 15 at 6:00 pm. Her book By Broad Potomac’s Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation’s Capital uncovers great but hidden literature from lesser-known poets, including women, writers of color, LGBTQ+ writers, working-class writers, and those who were born enslaved.

The Carole Weinstein Author Series supports the literary arts by bringing both new and well-known authors to the Library of Virginia. Free and open to the public, the series focuses on Virginia authors and Virginia subjects across all genres.

2021 schedule:

April 15, 2021 (Virtual) KIM ROBERTS

By Broad Potomac’s Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation’s Capital

June 10, 2021 (In Person/Virtual as pandemic restrictions allow) VANESSA M. HOLDEN

Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner’s Community

September 14, 2021 (In Person/Virtual as pandemic restrictions allow)  KAREN L. COX 

No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice

November 17, 2021 (In Person/Virtual as pandemic restrictions allow)  ALEXIS COE 

You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington

To learn more, visit the Library of Virginia website here.

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