Yeah, I know I have been totally slacking on this blog but I have committed to getting my financial house in order with my new job at WNRN and so I have been working, working, working. It is time consuming but fun.
So what about some arts and culture already?
I spent some time in Richmond this past weekend and saw a play and a photography exhibit.
DETROIT by Lisa D’Amour at the theatre formerly called the Empire (now Va Rep Center) in the Theatre Gym.
This play is about the deconstruction of the American Dream as viewed through the story of two couples living in a suburb of Detroit. I love the message of how false attachment to image, escape and material things wrecks havoc on our lives. Plus pyro’s will appreciate all the fire references and, well, I don’t want to give anything away. Just go see it for some engaging, thought provoking theatre. Not one single fidget moment for me and my 14 year old was riveted.
Click here for details if you want to go see it.
On Saturday I went with daughter in tow to see POSING BEAUTY IN AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE an exhibit of African American portrait photography from the 1890’s to the present. I know what you are thinking… If you are white you are thinking that this exhibit is for African Americans and if you are African American you may be thinking that this is a ploy to get you to go to the museum. Both viewpoints are both correct and incorrect. I suggest checking it out as the photography is beautiful and the exploration of what is “beauty in terms of aesthetics, race, class, and gender within art, popular culture. and politics”. I think after seeing the exhibit it will be apparent that this exhibit is for anyone who appreciates art, beauty and/or photography and what is wrong with the museum wanting to attract people anyway?
As a special bonus the VMFA has a tandem exhibit of items from its own collection called IDENTITY SHIFTS.
For info click here.
Something to see in Charlottesville (which I have yet to attend myself but it looks so interesting I just had to mention it) is
THE MASTER AND MARGARITA at Live Arts.
This project involves two of my favorite talented people in Cville: Julie Hamberg and Peter DeMartino so it is sure to be fabulous.
Here is the description pirated from the website:
based on the novel by MIKHAIL BULGAKOV
original text adapted for the theater by JULIE HAMBERG & PETER DeMARTINO
directed by JULIE HAMBERG
The Devil has come to Moscow with a hitman and a talking cat, and will stop at nothing to ensure the perfection of his annual Ball. Mischief, magic, beheadings, and the surprisingly touching biography of Pontius Pilate permeate this unlikely love story that proves that stars can sometimes be un-crossed with enough determination.
Click here for info.
Sadly I will miss the Village People at the Paramount on Thursday night. :-( But that is the way of the world, sometimes.
Keep prodding me and I will keep writing.
And be sure to check out WNRN Culture Connection on Sunday June 1st at 11am on WNRN (just stream it from wnrn.org or the App on you smart phone, it is so much easier than me typing out all seven signal numbers thank you very much) when Matthew Slaats and I and two local artists actually do the first “Art Assignment” from the online PBS show of that same name.
Enjoy the amazing weather and get out there and get cultured already.
The Culture Maven