The Science Museum of Virginia is back with the second virtual Science on Tap, this time with the theme Tropical Nights. Just as the name suggests, the SNL-inspired event will be full of steamy STEM fun tied—even if loosely—to the tropics. But instead of being at the Museum, guests will be at home enjoying the hot programming.
- The Museum’s very own historian of all things morbid and weird, Jim Blow, will tell guests about five terrible ways to die in the tropics.
- You can’t explain the tropics—or nights, for that matter—without astronomy, so Museum astronomer Justin Bartel will head to space to show how our planet feels the heat as the seasons change.
- Dr. Jeremy Hoffman will surf for the hottest late-breaking t(r)opics in science and culture and host a trivia contest guests are shore to enjoy.
- Museum staff will also throw in random waves of salty notes throughout the night to keep everyone on their toes.
Just because Science on Tap is now on Zoom does not mean the rules change: as with the in-person events, the content is aimed at an adult audience and is not kid friendly.
Thursday, June 25, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Curious-minded adults are invited to seas the day by joining the Museum from home for this happy hour packed with science fun.
Guests are welcome to enjoy their favorite pineapple and coconut-flavored tiki adult beverages during the program, and are encouraged to dress in hula skirts, beach gear and gaudy shirts. The best outfit wins a prize (but, ahem, all bathing suit areas should be covered!).
Science on Tap is presented by WestRock.
Guests should register on the Museum’s website before noon on June 25. They will be emailed the link to access the Zoom program at 3 p.m. the day of the event. Space is limited to 300 spots. Guests should register per device access, not per person.
Museum staff are working hard to keep people entertained and enriched while socially distant. The Museum is not charging for this event, but—as Science on Tap events don’t create themselves—guests are highly encouraged to make a suggested donation of $5 to the Science Museum of Virginia Foundation when they register.
The Museum hosted the first virtual Science on Tap in late May. Survey feedback from guests who joined said they enjoyed the show’s humorous and informative content, and wanted the Museum to offer more adults-only digital programs while the building remains closed. The Museum is happy to oblige as providing a reminder about the importance of science in people’s lives has never been more important, and continues to be paramount to the organization’s mission.
Virginia Opera Cancels Main Stage Performances for the 2020-2021 Season
VO General Director and CEO Peggy Kriha Dye: “Taking into consideration the serious circumstances surrounding the pandemic, we regrettably acknowledge the impossibility of producing our 2020-2021 Season.”
Today, Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, announces cancellation of all scheduled 2020–2021 Season productions due to the public safety concerns caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The determination follows a complete VO staff and Board review affecting statewide presentations in the Hampton Roads, Central Virginia, and Northern Virginia markets scheduled to begin February 2021.
VO General Director and CEO Peggy Kriha Dye: “Taking into consideration the serious circumstances surrounding the pandemic, we regrettably acknowledge the impossibility of producing our 2020-2021 Season. Our dedication to following the necessary guidelines to ensure the safety of our patrons and artists overwhelms our immense desire to perform. In the coming months we will chart our path for the 2021-2022 Season and beyond, while doing all we can to stay connected to the communities we serve; digitally in the schools, virtually for everyone, and in safe environments.“
Virginia Opera Artistic Director, Adam Turner: “The performing arts have been particularly hard-hit by the pandemic. In the short-term we have compensated those artists affected by the season cancellation to the best of our ability. We now turn to providing new opportunities for much-needed work in our industry. This includes building on the success of our fall artist “Stayin’ Alive” residency, with a second initiative geared towards providing more outdoor performances and digital content beginning in spring 2021. We were able to reach a whole new audience this fall by taking opera out of the Opera House and to the streets, opening a door to this incredible art form for so many new faces, and we look forward to serving our communities again as soon as possible.”
Season ticketholders are already being contacted to address the disposition of their tickets with options that include early renewal for the 2021-2022 Season, the conversion of the fair value of the tickets to a donation in support of the VO, and a full-value refund of Season ticket purchases.
“Stayin’ Alive” – Virginia Opera’s Alternate Fall artist residency included multiple digital performance and artist-driven content to be shared by the VO throughout the coming winter months. Additional online programs will also be forthcoming and information and schedules on all will be updated at Virginia Opera’s website – vaopera.org, as well as on the company’s Social Media channels.
Tacky Lights Carwash at Tommy’s
Clean car and check out over 50,000 lights at Tommy’s.
Fresh off their successful haunted carwash Tommy’s Express (7048 Forest Hill Ave) is getting all lit up for the holidays.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and Tommy’s Express Richmond is going to ensure you get into the Christmas spirit!
Starting Friday, December 11th the express car wash will be hosting a Tacky Lights Car Wash! Decked out in thousands of lights and holiday décor, the wash will be transformed into a winter wonderland! There will be over 50,000 lights, animations, music, and even a mail box to send
your Christmas wish list to Santa!
For $20 per car you can get a top wash and experience a magical event! TommyClub Members admission will be included in the cost of their monthly wash membership.
A unique experience and Covid safe.
Tommy’s Express Tacky Light Car Wash will be taking place daily, starting Friday, December
11th, to Sunday, December 27th; 5pm – 8pm. Closed on Christmas.
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.