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Speaker lineup announced for 2017 TEDxRVA event to be held June 23rd

This year’s diverse range of speakers include surgeons, professors, entrepreneurs, performers, and even presidential aides.

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Organizers of TEDxRVA have announced the speaker lineup for the fifth consecutive annual event set for June 23rd, a day that will bring a diverse range of individuals with varied backgrounds to the city to share insights exploring this year’s theme, “Change.”

As put by the event producers:

From shifting seasons to greying hairs, Change is a force that shapes our future and an ever-present part of life. Whether on a global scale, at the community level, or in our personal lives, change happens either because or in spite of us. So what does great Change take, what does it look like and how can it lead to meaningful transformation? How do you become a change-maker rather than a witness? And where do we begin?

The speaker lineup includes a former aide to President Barack Obama, a virtual reality artist, a hand transplant pioneer, a former marketing manager at Cadillac, a surgeon practicing in fetal medicine, and many more.

As in years’ past, TEDxRVA will include both the speaker series and multiple interactive experience elements throughout the day designed to engage audience members through creative collaboration and strategic thinking. A curated selection of breakfast, lunch, and snack items for attendees will be provided by local businesses. TEDx Talks and sessions will revolve around the concept of activating change: to one’s self, one’s community, and the world at large.

“TEDxRVA has become an annual institution in Richmond and offers an immersive, connective experience for attendees, and the speakers selected for the Change event will no doubt continue on this tradition,” said Katie Shea, producer of the event. “These speakers both from inside the Richmond region and outside of Virginia will offer those at the conference and others following along online with inspiring and creative insights, and no doubt change the way all of us view the world.”

This year’s TEDxRVA conference speakers and performers include:

  • Eneuri Acosta: Communication Strategist
  • Melody C. Barnes: Co-Founder, MB2 Solutions, Senior Fellow in Presidential Studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, Former Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council under President Barack Obama
  • Carlos Betancourt: Multi-Disciplinary Visual Artist
  • Arthur Burton: Executive Director, Kinfolk Community Empowerment Center
  • Linda C. Cendales, M.D.: Hand Transplant Pioneer, Associate Professor of Surgery and Director, Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation, Duke University Medical Center
  • Courtney D. Cogburn: Assistant Professor, Columbia University
  • Tom Doland: Founder and Producer, Spiral Richmond Arts Collective
  • Elda Stanco Downy, Ph.D: Global Citizen and Educator, Founder and CEO of Roanoke Spanish
  • Lindsay Ellyn & Taylor Alexander: Singer-Songwriters, Musical Artists
  • Mark England: Co-Founder, Procabulary
  • Dave McCormack: President, Waukeshaw Development, Inc.
  • Tressie McMillan Cottom, Ph.D.: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth
  • University and Faculty Affiliate at Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
  • Amber J. Phillips and Jazmine “Da K.O.S.” Walker: Podcasters, The Black Joy Mixtape Podcast
  • Oluyinka Olutoge: Professor of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine and Co-Director, Texas Children’s Fetal Center
  • Rachel Pater: Founder, Richmond Story House
  • Amy Pruden, Ph.D: Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of Interdisciplinary Graduate Education in the Graduate School at Virginia Tech
  • Mo Regulinski: Richmond Artist and Designer
  • Semi Ryu: Korean Shamanism Puppetry Artist
  • Jen Siomacco: Creative Director and Co-Owner, Catalyst Wedding
  • Ben Sollee: Cellist, Composer, and Creative
  • Vida Williams: Data Scientist
  • Dean Whitbeck: Photographer Covering the RVA Refugee Population
  • Desiree Roots:Performer, Musician
  • Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company: Performer, Richmond Dance Group

TEDxRVA will be held June 23rd at the Dominion Arts Center from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The performing arts center can seat about 1,800, and those who can’t make it are invited to join a free, livestream viewing party to take place at dozens of participating venues across the area, and can follow along on social media at #tedxrva.

Check out the event website for more information and to purchase tickets.

 

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Winners announced in fourteenth annual Artsies, with Swift Creek Mill and Virginia Rep sweeping gala

Swift Creek Mill and Virginia Rep swept the night, with 6 awards for “Murder for Two” and 5 for “Mamma Mia!”

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The 14th Richmond Theatre Community Circle Awards (Artsies) (formerly, Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards) was back as an in-person black-tie event to recognize excellence in Richmond-area theater. The theme of this year’s event – “We’re Still Here” – speaks to the remarkable tenacity and resilience of the arts and arts organizations throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Not only are the Artsies the community’s recognition of excellence in Richmond-area theater, but they are the primary fundraising event for the Theatre Artist Fund of Greater Richmond (Fund). The Fund provides emergency financial assistance to theater artists who have experienced an exceptional financial need related to a specific crisis beyond their control. Since its inception, the Artsies have raised $89,446.24 for the Fund, which has written 21 grants totaling $30,468 for artists in need.

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Richmond-area professional theaters staged a number of remarkable productions – and audiences turned out to see them. Swift Creek Mill Theatre came away with an impressive seven wins, including six for its production of “Murder for Two,” which was also the production that won the most Artsies. The production captured the award for Best Musical and both awards in the new Best Lead Performance in a Musical category, which went to Emily Berg-Poff Dandridge and Mark Schenfisch. Anne Michelle Forbes also earned an award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical for her performance in “Winter Wonderettes.”

Virginia Repertory Theatre (Virginia Rep) took away ten Artsies, most of them for its production of “Mamma Mia!”. “Mamma Mia!” received five awards, including Best Supporting Performance in a Musical, which went to Grey Garrett. The show also picked up awards for Best Choreography for Ashleigh King; Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design in a Musical for Sue Griffin’s and Marcia Miller Hailey’s costumes; Outstanding Achievement in Set Design in a Musical for Josafath Reynoso’s set; and Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design in a Musical for Jacob Mishler’s sound. Two Artsies went to Virginia Rep partner Cadence Theatre, whose cast won the Ernie McClintock Best Acting Ensemble Award for their performance in “Small Mouth Sounds,” which was also honored for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design in a Play for Joey Luck’s sound. All three awards for Best Supporting Performance in a Play went to Virginia Rep: one to Laine Satterfield for her performance in “Pipeline,” one to Catherine Schaffner for her role in “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” and one to Joy Williams for her work in “Barefoot in the Park.”

All three of Richmond Triangle Players’ awards recognized its production of “Sugar in Our Wounds,” including Best Play, Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design in a Play for Steven Koehler’s lighting, and Outstanding Achievement in Set Design in a Play for William Luther’s set.

Firehouse Theatre’s production of “The Barber of Moville” was honored as Outstanding Original Work. Firehouse also took away awards for Best Lead Performance in a Play for Jamar Jones’ performance in “Fires in the Mirror” and Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design in a play for Margarette Joyner’s costumes for the same show.

The other award for Best Lead Performance in a Play went to Alec Beard for his performance in Quill’s one-man show, “An Iliad.” Although two theatre companies did not survive the pandemic, they each won an award. The Illuminated Stage Theatre Company was honored with Best Direction of a Play for Julie Fulcher-Davis’ work on “Every Brilliant Thing.” Mikayla LaShae Bartholomew was recognized for Breakout Performance for her role in TheatreLAB’s “The Niceties.”

“’I’ve come through the fire. I’ve come through the flood. I’ve made it through, and so have you.’ The words of this old spiritual could have been written to describe the resilience of the Richmond theatre community,” said Julinda Lewis, RTCC President. “We have been through a lot these past two years. We’ve taken some blows, but we’re still here, standing strong, together.”

Best Musical

“Murder for Two”

Swift Creek Mill Theatre

Best Direction, Musical

Tom Width

“Murder for Two”

Best Lead Performance – Musical

Emily Berg-Poff Dandridge

“Murder for Two”

 

Best Lead Performance – Musical

Mark Schenfisch

“Murder for Two”

 

Best Supporting Performance – Musical

Anne Michelle Forbes

“Winter Wonderettes”

 

Best Supporting Performance – Musical

Grey Garrett

“Mamma Mia!”

 

Best Musical Direction

Mark Schenfisch

“Murder for Two”

Best Choreography

Ashleigh King

“Mamma Mia!”

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design, Musical

Sue Griffin and Marcia Miller Hailey

“Mamma Mia!”

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design, Musical

Joe Doran

“Murder for Two”

 

Outstanding Achievement in Set Design, Musical

Josafath Reynoso

“Mamma Mia!”

 

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design, Musical

Jacob Mishler

“Mamma Mia!”

Best Play

“Sugar in Our Wounds”

Richmond Triangle Players

Best Direction, Play

Julie Fulcher-Davis

“Every Brilliant Thing”

 

Best Lead Performance, Play

Alec Beard

“An Iliad”

Best Lead Performance, Play

Jamar Jones

“Fires in the Mirror”

 

Best Supporting Performance, Play

Laine Satterfield

“Pipeline”

Best Supporting Performance, Play

Catherine Schaffner

“A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design, Play

Margarette Joyner

“Fires in the Mirror”

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design, Play

Steven Koehler

“Sugar in Our Wounds”

 

Outstanding Achievement in Set Design, Play

William Luther

“Sugar in Our Wounds”

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design, Play

Joey Luck

“Small Mouth Sounds”

2022 Ernie McClintock Best Acting Ensemble Award

The cast members of the Cadence Theatre, in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre, production of “Small Mouth Sounds” are honored for their notable performance as a cohesive and compelling ensemble:

 

Larry Cook

Marisa Guida

Jenny Hundley

Lauren Leinhaas-Cook

Maura Mazurowski

Jim Morgan

Adam Valentine

Breakout Performance

Mikayla LaShae Bartholomew

“The Niceties”

Outstanding Original Work

“The Barber of Moville”

Firehouse Theatre

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Burning Man artist Kate Raudenbush to premiere exhibit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in 2023

A collaborative effort born out of the legendary Burning Man community, the exhibit will offer a quest for self-inquiry inside the Garden’s peaceful oasis.

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has announced Burning Man artist Kate Raudenbush will premiere her enchanting and evocative new exhibit Incanto: An Oasis of Lyrical Sculpture at the Garden in 2023. In collaboration with poet Sha Michele, the show will feature five monumental sculptures and runs from April 28 through October 29, 2023.

A collaborative effort born out of the legendary Burning Man community, the exhibit will offer a quest for self-inquiry inside the Garden’s peaceful oasis. The artists are designing the experience with Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in mind in this first showing of their art in a botanical garden setting.

Intricately and beautifully designed from a range of laser-cut, mixed metals such as weathered steel; mirror-polished, hammered stainless steel; and patinated bronze, most sculptures will invite visitors to step inside. With heights reaching up to seventeen feet, they will serve as portals to other worlds of thought, meaning, and healing.

Each piece is being created in dialogue with the landscape to embrace companion plantings and water features developed in collaboration with the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Horticulture team. Dramatically lit from within and paired with poetry, the art will create multi-sensory experiences inviting further exploration at night. As a result, the Garden will offer many related events, classes, and even extended hours on select evenings.

The Garden will share the work in progress with exclusive content in the months before the show’s debut. Everyone is invited to follow the journey as these two artists create an experience specially designed for the community. Learn more here.

Currently living and working in New York City, Kate Raudenbush and Sha Michele’s friendship began in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada at Burning Man in 2000. The idea for Incanto was born in the silent spaces of solitary self-inquiry during the global pandemic of 2020. @KateRaudenbush @ShaMicheleArts.

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VMFA, Starr Hill Brewery team up on limited edition beer to celebrate upcoming ‘Storied Strings’ guitar exhibition

The exclusive brew will debut at an evening launch party being held from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at Starr Hill Beer Hall & Rooftop in Richmond.

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Starr Hill Brewery and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) recently announced the launch of a limited-edition beer, Storied Strings Lager, developed to celebrate the museum’s upcoming exhibition, Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art.

The exclusive brew will debut at an evening launch party being held from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at Starr Hill Beer Hall & Rooftop in Richmond. Storied Strings Lager will be available for purchase by guests ages 21 and older with IDs. For more information about the Storied Strings Lager release party, visit www.VMFA.museum.

“To expand the awareness of our institution and to reach new audiences, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts thoughtfully engages local community businesses in smart and unique collaborations,” said Jan Hatchette, VMFA’s Deputy Director for Communications and Marketing. “Working with Starr Hill’s talented brewers to develop Storied Strings Lager has been an exciting creative experience. This carefully crafted beer in its distinctive can will help to introduce VMFA and our upcoming exhibition, Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art, to a new generation of visitors.”

Storied Strings Lager, available starting October 1, 2022, is a harmonious fusion of Starr Hill and VMFA’s shared passion for music and art. The special brew is a light-bodied beer prominently featuring German malts, which provide its pale amber color and notes of biscuit and toffee on the palate. This subtle malt sweetness is balanced by German Hallertau hops and a crisp, clean finish. It is perfect for a concert or backyard jam.

Available in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans and draft, Storied Strings Lager will be sold across Virginia at Starr Hill’s six breweries and at VMFA’s Best Café and Amuse Restaurant for a limited time — until March 19, 2023, or supplies sell out.

Storied Strings Lager’s eye-catching can features Jessie with Guitar (1957), a work by eminent American artist Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975). The iconic painting is one of more than 150 works of art and instruments that will be included in the exhibition Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from October 8, 2022 to March 19, 2023.

“Since its inception, Starr Hill has strived to create a connection between high-quality beer and great music. The brewery has supported and will continue to support local artists and musicians across the Commonwealth,” said Allie Hochman, General Manager at Starr Hill Richmond. “Starr Hill is thrilled to partner with VMFA on this collaboration, and we look forward to sharing Storied Strings Lager with art and beer fans everywhere!”

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