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January 2020

Free

We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia

January 13 @ 9:00 am - December 5 @ 5:00 pm

The coming year marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution guaranteeing women’s right to vote. The story of Virginia’s suffragists and their contributions to the fight for woman suffrage is little known. “We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia” reveals how women created two statewide organizations to win the right to vote. Virginia suffragists were a remarkable group of talented and dedicated women who have largely been forgotten. They were artists and writers, business and professional…

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$45 – $75

Winter Session, Open University

January 16 @ 9:45 am - March 5 @ 2:30 pm

Weekly classes each Thursday from 1/16/2020 through 3/5/2020 at First Presbyterian Church, For older adults.

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$4 – $6

Half-Price Admission Days, January 20 – February 29, 2020

January 20 @ 9:00 am - March 7 @ 5:00 pm

All Garden visitors enjoy half-price admission Monday, January 20, 2020 – Saturday, February 29, 2020. During this time only, Garden admission is $6 for adults and seniors and $4 for children. There is plenty to see at the Garden in January and February. The warm and cozy Conservatory beckons with aromatic orchids, blooming cactus, birds-of-paradise and other tropical flowers. Did you know that we have over 200 orchids and winter is one of the best times to see them flowering?…

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Free

January/February 2020 Exhibitions

January 25 @ 12:00 pm - February 23 @ 4:00 pm

To kick off the 2020 exhibition season at artspace Gallery in Manchester, we chose four Virginia artists to show their work: painters, Duane Cregger (Marion, VA) and Sean McClain (Richmond, VA), ceramicist, Anna Freeman (Virginia Beach, VA), and installation artist, Lou Haney (Charlottesville, VA). A group exhibition of work by Artspace Artist Members will also be on view. Work will be on display until February 23, 2020. A closing talk by the artists will take place on Sunday, February 23,…

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February 2020

Free

Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop

February 1 - June 14

Inspired by the archive of Richmond native Louis Draper, VMFA has organized an unprecedented exhibition that chronicles the first twenty years of the Kamoinge Workshop, a group of African American photographers he helped to found in 1963. More than 180 photographs by fifteen of the early members—Anthony Barboza, Adger Cowans, Danny Dawson, Roy DeCarava, Louis Draper, Al Fennar, Ray Francis, Herman Howard, Jimmie Mannas Jr., Herb Randall, Herb Robinson, Beuford Smith, Ming Smith, Shawn Walker, and Calvin Wilson—reveal the vision…

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FREE

VPM PBS KIDS presents – Xavier Riddle and The Secret Movie: I Am Madam President

February 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join George Washington, VPM PBS KIDS and families with children 4 – 7 y.o. to explore fun adventures of Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, learn about real-life historical heroes including Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Leonardo da Vinci and George Washington, and enjoy the premiere screening of Xavier Riddle and The Secret Movie: I Am Madam President at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on February 22. FREE! In the Xavier Riddle series, Xavier, his…

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Free

Closing Artist Talks for January/February exhibitions

February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Hear our January/February exhibitors speak about their artwork, processes and more in an informal setting with an opportunity for questions at the end of each talk. Featuring Duane Cregger, Anna Freeman, Sean McClain, and Lou Haney.

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$35 – $150

Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

February 23 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Being a princess can be exhausting! At least becoming one can… You get a mean stepfather (yep), meaner stepsisters (check), and a whole lot of chores to do! Of course, you also get a grand ball, instant and undying love, and a really great bracelet too (glass slippers are so yesterday and way too breakable). Break out your tiara and set a date with this ultimate Virginia Opera rags-to-riches tale, and get ready for a larger-than-life operatic fairytale that’ll have…

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$10 – $15

An Evening with Chance Fischer & Friends

February 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

AN EVENING WITH CHANCE FISCHER AND FRIENDS Tues, Feb 25 @ 7:30pm $10 adv / $15 day of Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Chance Fischer has quickly garnered a following through his energetic live performances and clever lyricism. His music is pensive and speaks to the duality of man in a journey through life, fusing elements of classic east coast lyricism with drum and bass, soul, electronica, and southern trap. Fischer’s technique hasn’t gone unnoticed by rap’s frontline tastemakers.…

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The Barter Players present “The Red Badge of Courage” at the Louisa Arts Center

February 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Civil War had been raging for two years when young Henry Fleming decides to enlist in the Army. On the eve of his first big battle, Henry fears what he will do when the bullets start to fly. Will he run or will he fight? Witness this timeless and intimate look at the Civil War from a young man’s perspective. The event is sponsored by the Louisa Rotary Foundation. The Louisa Rotary Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity with…

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March 2020

$8

POET-TREE: TAKING ROOT

March 8 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us in the Library as we “plant” the Poet-Tree with a day of youth and adult nature poetry workshops and readings! In the depths of winter, the skeleton of a tree appears in the Robins Library: it’s a new Poet-Tree! We invite you to compose original poems on paper leaves and attach them to the Poet-Tree. With your help, it will grow and flourish as winter gives way to spring. OPEN MIC Whether your talent is poetry, spoken word,…

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$15 – $20

Aura CuriAtlas presents DREAM LOGIC

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Two shows: Saturday, March 14, 7:00 pm and Sunday, March 15, 2:00 pm Kimball Theatre, Colonial Williamsburg Aura CuriAtlas is known for its exciting blend of acrobatics, dance, and theatre. The company’s joyfulness, athleticism, and reliance on physical storytelling are engaging to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. DREAM LOGIC is a curious collection of delightful short stories that find enchantment in ordinary situations explored in unexpected ways. These pieces include beloved favorites and exciting new works: Witness a Tarot…

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$15 – $20

Aura CuriAtlas presents DREAM LOGIC

March 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Two shows: Saturday, March 14, 7:00 pm and Sunday, March 15, 2:00 pm Kimball Theatre, Colonial Williamsburg Aura CuriAtlas is known for its exciting blend of acrobatics, dance, and theatre. The company’s joyfulness, athleticism, and reliance on physical storytelling are engaging to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. DREAM LOGIC is a curious collection of delightful short stories that find enchantment in ordinary situations explored in unexpected ways. These pieces include beloved favorites and exciting new works: Witness a Tarot…

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$15

A Single Prayer

March 19 @ 7:30 pm - April 18 @ 10:30 pm

A SINGLE PRAYER a new play by K. Jenkins world premiere Thu March 19 – Sat April 18, 2020 $35 general admission / $25 military/rvata / $15 students Thu, March 19 @ 7:30pm Fri, March 20 @ 7:30pm Sat, March 21 @ 7:30pm (media opening) Fri, March 27 @ 7:30pm Sat, March 28 @ 7:30pm Fri, April 3 @ 7:30pm Sat, April 4 @ 7:30pm Sun, April 5 @ 4pm Fri, April 10 @ 7:30pm Sat, April 11 @ 7:30pm…

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$45 – $150

Aida

March 27 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

War. Egypt versus Ethiopia in the days of the pharaohs. She is a princess and he a soldier; if only they were on the same side… Verdi’s epic masterpiece is the spectacle of opera on the grandest scale, yet focuses on the most basic human emotion-love. Sung in Italian with English Supertitles The orchestra for this production is provided by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Featuring The Richmond Ballet and choreography by Malcolm Burn.

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$13

VIRGINIA DAFFODIL SOCIETY SHOW

March 28

Included with Regular Garden admission The daffodil show features hundreds of delightful prize-worthy daffodils and expert growers.

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$45 – $150

Aida

March 29 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

War. Egypt versus Ethiopia in the days of the pharaohs. She is a princess and he a soldier; if only they were on the same side… Verdi’s epic masterpiece is the spectacle of opera on the grandest scale, yet focuses on the most basic human emotion-love. Sung in Italian with English Supertitles The orchestra for this production is provided by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Featuring The Richmond Ballet and choreography by Malcolm Burn.

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$15 – $25

Buck Deitz Presents: Some Enchanted Evening

March 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Buck Dietz presents SOME ENCHANTED EVENING Tues, March 31 @ 7:30pm $15 adv / $25 day of Buck Dietz – winner of the prestigious Manhattan Association of Cabaret Awards – comes to Firehouse, bringing his Broadway and cabaret experiences to an evening that celebrates the magical legacy of America’s most beloved songs in “Some Enchanted Evening.” Conceived and directed by Cheryl E. Grant, with Hope Armstrong Erb at the piano, this two-act performance features classic Broadway show tunes by the…

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April 2020

$13

A MILLION BLOOMS!

April 1 @ 9:00 am - June 1 @ 5:00 pm

The Garden’s celebration of spring! A parade of blooms unfurls as the weather warms: daffodils, tulips, peonies, roses and many more. Events throughout the season include Peek-a-Bloom with Peter Rabbit, Mother’s Day Weekend, Spring PlantFest, M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!, and activities in the Children’s Garden. BLOOM CALENDAR April: Daffodils, tulips, bluebells May: Peonies, iris, azaleas, pitcher plants June: Lotuses, roses Conservatory: Orchids, tropicals, cacti BLOOM CALENDAR April: Daffodils, tulips, bluebells May: Peonies, iris, azaleas, pitcher plants June: Lotuses, roses Conservatory:…

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FREE

RICHMOND AFRICAN VIOLET SOCIETY SHOW & SALE

April 3 - April 5

Interesting and unusual African violet varieties on display and for purchase. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 3 – 5, 2020 Hours: SALE: Friday, 1 – 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. SHOW: Saturday, 1 – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Show and Sale are free to the public; Regular admission to visit the Garden Interesting and unusual African violet varieties on display and for purchase. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 3 – 5, 2020 Hours:…

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$8 – $13

WATERPLAY at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

April 11 - September 30

APRIL 11 – SEPTEMBER 30 (WEATHER PERMITTING) During warm spring, summer, and fall days, WaterPlay the Children’s Garden is the coolest place to be! Bring or wear your bathing suit and water shoes to enjoy the gentle water sprays. Don’t forget a towel and remember that swimming diapers are required for those not potty-trained. WaterPlay operates during scheduled times when the air temperature is 70° or higher and there is no threat of a thunderstorm or severe weather. WaterPlay is…

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$13

PEEK-A-BLOOM WITH PETER RABBIT

April 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come to meet Peter Rabbit as he poses for photographs in the Children’s Garden on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Join us for activities in the Children’s Garden, including drawing with sidewalk chalk, hula hooping, and making garden hats out of materials such as bags and ribbons. Families can also borrow a basket from our Story Tree — inside the basket is a book, a blanket to spread out on and an activity related to the book. Food…

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$8

M&T BANK BUTTERFLIES LIVE!

April 17 - October 12

Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Tropical beauties — fascinating and showy — transform the Conservatory’s North Wing into a wonderland of vibrant colors, captivating sights and extraordinary discoveries. The exhibit is ever-changing, so every time you visit, you’re likely to see something new. M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit filled with fun family activities for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their…

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$13

WIND, WAVES AND LIGHT: ART IN MOTION BY GEORGE SHERWOOD

April 24 - October 18

April 24 – Oct. 18, 2020 Wind, Waves and Light: Art in Motion by George Sherwood This unconventional exhibition features large-scale, stainless steel sculptures that move and change with the wind. View the sculptures and learn more about their connections to art, science, and nature. An artist and engineer, George Sherwood creates kinetic sculptures that evoke shimmering leaves, flocks of birds, schools of fish, and waves of light and water. American sculptor George Sherwood explores aesthetic systems of space, time,…

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$13

POET-TREE: IN MOTION

April 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Celebrate the growth of the Poet-Tree and National Poetry Month with writing sessions, indoor and outdoor poetry readings, and more! Scroll down for event details. EVENT DETAILS Included with Garden admission; free for members Poetry Storytime 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Join us for a poetry-themed storytime and activity in the Library! Ginko with Artist and Poet Heidi Reszies 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Meet in the Kelly Education Center Lab classroom Ginko (not to be confused with the ginkgo…

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May 2020

$8 – $13

CHRISTINE DRAKE’S FLORILEGIUM OBSERVATION AND PAINTING TO UNDERSTAND A LOCAL ECOSYSTEM

May 1 - June 21

Christine Drake uses the visual arts to explore the interaction between human beings and the natural world. She has been a curious gardener since 1974 and continues to study the environments around her. After 20 years as a painter/printmaker, she was inspired to try botanical illustration. She received a certificate in botanical illustration from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden where she teaches. Christine Drake has a master’s degree in studio art from New York University. Her work has been exhibited at…

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FREE admission to sale, regular admission for the Garden

LEWIS GINTER SPRING PLANTFEST PLANT SALE

May 1 - May 2

PlantFest is rain or shine! No admission fee required; regular Garden admission to visit the Garden Exclusive, Members only pre-sale Thursday, April 30, 4 – 7 p.m. Not a member? Join Now! Friday, May 1, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Garden’s plant sales are among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics and other garden-related items. Plus, join us…

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$8 – $13

MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION

May 9 - May 10

Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has many opportunities to spend time with mom and loved ones. Enjoy the popular M&T Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, live music, Children’s Garden activities, shopping, dining and more. Plus this year, you can enjoy Wind, Waves and Light, kinetic sculptures by George Sherwood. Saturday and Sunday M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Enjoy activities in the Children’s Garden 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. “Make-and-take” for mom! Throughout the Day…

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$8 – $13

WEEKEND EARLY MORNING HOURS AT LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN

May 23 @ 8:00 am - May 24 @ 5:00 pm

Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend Saturday, May 23 – Sunday, September 6 The early morning access is for the gardens only. Programming and M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! exhibit do not begin until 9 a.m. and dining and shopping will follow their usual schedules. Guests should also be aware there may be some routine tasks in the mornings as the Garden prepares for the day. The earlier hours are designed to provide garden experiences away…

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$10

An American Landscape

May 23 @ 7:30 pm - May 24 @ 2:00 pm

AN AMERICAN LANDSCAPE a script-in-hand workshop written by Neal Gallini-Burdick directed by Patrick Regal Sat, May 23 @ 7:30pm Sun, May 24 @ 4pm Tickets: $10 Art, love, and life. The three are with an indissoluble tie forever knit. When two people meet each other in college, they don’t expect to grapple with any high moral issues for many years, but the depth of their feeling leads them down the road to truly living their lives.

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