Welcome to Grace Street Theater

Virginia Commonwealth University's Grace Street Theater is a little known but successful example of renovation and adaptive use of a historic property. The building originally opened in 1935 as the Lee Theatre, a neighborhood movie theater showing second-run films. It served for a brief period in the late 1950s/early 1960s as an art house theater. In 1965 it became known as the Lee Art Theatre and began presenting adult films along with burlesque style dancers. VCU purchased the property in 1993 and after extensive renovations the building re-opened in 1996 as VCU's Grace Street Theater. The theater is now the primary performing venue for VCU's Department of Dance and Choreography which operates the building and the box office. VCU's Department of Art History and Cinema Program also uses the building for many of its classes and screenings. In addition to its University uses, the 225 seat theater is available to the Richmond community to rent for dance performances, films, lectures, and other events.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

COME CELEBRATE THE

VCU GRACE STREET THEATER’S

20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY &

2016-2017 SEASON!

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FALL 2016

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VISIONS OF MARK PETTAWAY PRESENTS:

“LOST TO THE STREETS”

August 13th at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

August 14th at 4:30pm

Admission: $21.50/general admission

Tickets are available at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lost-to-the-streets-tickets-26576138947?aff=eac2

(Tickets are not available at the Grace Street Theater Box Office)

About:

“An amazing Urban stage play based on a true story that follows the lives of two boys abused by their mother who loves her boyfriend more than her own children. The captivating stage play will take you on an emotional but yet a hilarious elevator ride of some true life things happening in the world today.”

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CENTER CHURCH

August 21st, 2016 – 10:00am Service

http://www.centerchurchrichmond.com/

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WE ARE ARTISTS 2016

August 27th, 2016 at 8:00pm

Admission: $15 / $10 students + seniors (Reserved Seated Event)

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Tickets are available at:  https://www.showclix.com/event/weareartists2016 or at our Grace Street Theater’s Box Office, M-F 12-4pm at 804-828-2020 and 1 hour before the scheduled performance.

About WE ARE ARTISTS:

Founded by siblings Autumn I. Waddell and Blake Roeder in 2006, WE ARE ARTISTS has produced the most innovative choreographic work in the Richmond area for the past nine years. We bring high-level performing arts training to children, teens, and pre-professional dancers. WAA is also a professional company who mentors younger dancers throughout their process.

WE ARE ARTISTS 2016 is an eclectic performance with a diverse palette of new choreographic works involving collaborative input from local professional and aspiring young artists.

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BREWER HARBOUR PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS:

“THE COURT” SCREENING

August 28th, 2016

Doors open at 3:30pm /  Film Screening starts at 4:00pm

SQDRN The Court Respect

Q&A with Cast and Crew immediately following

Free Admission and Refreshments

Directed By: Sewell Brewer    Written By: Payton Harbour

Synopsis:

“A young black kid from a privileged lifestyle who was recently forced to move into the hood must prove himself to his new peers on the basketball court. “

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SOOP NATION CONCERT

September 3rd, 2016

Doors open at 6pm / Performance starts at 6:30pm

Admission: $11/advanced tickets – $15/ door

Advanced Tickets are available at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soopnation-concert-2016-tickets-26597463730

(Tickets are not available at the Grace Street Theater Box Office)

About:

”Supa Soop Reppa Ton Winners Circle and Company FTL bring you Soop Nation Concert 2016 Saturday September 3rd at VCU Grace Street Theater. Soop Nation Concert is a Hip Hip Concert and the Last stop of the Freedom Tour which touched Los Angeles California and Brooklyn New York earlier this summer. Soop Nation Concert will feature Richmond Virginia’s top talents such as Tuch Og Illa Big No Roger Tyler Lyriq Mikey AK Finch Habeeb and Halph Breed. Some of the artist will be displaying exclusive video content with a snap chat station and more surprises. ”

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CENTER CHURCH

September 4th, 2016 – 10:00am Service

http://www.centerchurchrichmond.com/

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VCUarts CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS:

“A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING EXISTENCE”

September 6th, 2016 at 7:00pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

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Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, embark on a tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy that unfold in a series of absurdist episodes.

Director: Roy Andersson, 2014

Run Time: 101 min

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGwGyo5Ywpo

For more information about VCUarts Cinema’s Cinematheque Series,

please visit: http://arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque

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VCUarts CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS: “EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT”

September 13th, 2016 at 7:00pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

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The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

Director: Ciro Guerra, 2015

Run Time: 125 min

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ff7TcnqHUc

For more information about VCUarts Cinema’s Cinematheque Series,

please visit: http://arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque

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THE AFRIKANA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS:

” SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT “

September 16th, 2016

Doors open at 7:30pm / Screening at 8:00pm

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Early Bird All Access – VIP Passes that include access to the entire 3 day event (September 15th-17th) are currently available at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-afrikana-independent-film-festival-tickets-27138325462

( Tickets are not available at the Grace Street Theater Box Office)

“Afrikana is a film festival dedicated to showcasing the cinematic works of people of color from around the the world. We place a special focus on the global Black narrative. Our mission is to present high-quality, well-crafted stories that celebrate the diaspora and encourage people to connect.

Join us as we celebrate the 30 year anniversary of the indie film classic, She Gotta Have It. We will have 40 Acres and a Mule founding member, Monty Ross in attendance to talk about the creation of this seminal work that changed the course of Black indie cinema!”

For more information about the Afrikana Independent Film Festival and the amazing 3 day event, please visit: http://www.afrikanafilmfestival.org/

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September 18th, 2016 -10:00am Service

http://www.centerchurchrichmond.com/

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VCU SOUTHERN FILM FESTIVAL

September 19th, 2016

Admission: Free and open to the public

4:00pm – VCU Student, Alumni and Faculty Filmmakers Showcase

Moderator: Mary Beth Reed

6:00pm – Christmas Wedding Baby (2014)

With special guest, writer/director Kiara Jones.

Moderator: Brandi Summers

About Christmas Wedding Baby:

A bride to be discover that her first love has been hired as her wedding photographer, while her two sisters reach similar crossroads in their personal and professional lives.

Christmas Wedding Baby explores the distance between the perception of happiness and actual joy. Through these three women and their eccentric mother, it questions the societal definitions of success and reevaluates the roles and responsibilities of today’s woman. it also examines the depth of passion and commitment of men who are often struggling and confused in this gender non-specific landscape. There are no villains in this film, just men and women who love each other, yet somehow fail terribly at communicating their emotions.

Shot on location in the director’s hometown of Jacksonville, Florida and funded through a Kickstarter campaign, Christmas Wedding Baby is a touching story with a stellar cast, and an inspirational example of independent filmmaking in the current landscape.

For more information about the VCU Southern Film Festival, please contact: eeraymond@vcu.edu.

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VCUarts CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS: “LI’L QUINQUIN”

September 20th, 2016 at 7:00pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

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A murder mystery that opens with the discovery of human body parts stuffed inside a cow on the outskirts of a small channel town in northern France.

Director: Bruno Dumont, 2014

Run Time: 206 min

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ_-U6msBio

For more information about VCUarts Cinema’s Cinematheque Series,

please visit: http://arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque

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VCU DANCE PRESENTS: “DANCE ON CAMERA”

September 26th, 2016 at 8:00pm

Admission: $8 /$5 students

Tickets become available September 6th, 2016 at 8:00am via showclix.com.

An engaging evening of dance films, co-curated by VCU Dance Professor Martha Curtis and Cara Hagan, Director of American Movies By Movers festival.

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STARR FOSTER DANCE PROJECT

September 29th, 30th, + October 1st, 2016 at 7:30pm

October 2nd, 2016 at 2:00pm

Tickets become available September 8th, 2016 at 8:00am via showclix.com.

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VCUarts CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS: “HARD TO BE A GOD”

October 4th, 2016 at 7:00pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

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A group of scientists is sent to the planet Arkanar to help the local civilization, which is in the Medieval phase of its own history, to find the right path to progress. Their task is a difficult one: they cannot interfere violently and in no case can they kill. The scientist Rumata tries to save the local intellectuals from their punishment and cannot avoid taking a position. As if the question were: what would you do in God’s place?

Director: Aleksey German, 2013

Run Time: 177 min

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11sMDQIgggA

For more information about VCUarts Cinema’s Cinematheque Series,

please visit: http://arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque

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CHRYSALIS INSTITUTE PRESENTS:

INTERNATIONAL GUEST SPEAKER DEVDUTT PATTANAIK

THE MYTH WE LIVE IN

IDEAS OF TRUTH AND THE STORIES THAT UNITE AND DIVIDE

October 6th at 7:00pm

Admission: Pay What You Can

$25 Members / $35 Non-Member / Recommended Admission

To register please visit chrysalisinstitute.org or call 804-359-0834

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"My truth is my truth, your truth is your truth, and six billion people on this planet have six billion truths" -- Devdutt Pattanaik

“My truth is my truth, your truth is your truth, and six billion people on this planet have six billion truths” — Devdutt Pattanaik

The Myth We Live In:

“In our contentious political landscape, there is often anger and hostility between those with different worldviews. Our own cultural story and the subjective truth we believe shapes our worldview: bringing us together or tearing us apart. Our stories, our subjective truth, is the myth we live in.

Take an eye-opening look at the stories that shape our worldview and examine your own subjective truth. In an inspiring talk, author and mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik delves into how we bridge the divides of our cultural and personal myths; whether those divides arise between cultures on opposite sides of the world, the other side of town, or across our own kitchen table.”

About Devdutt Pattanaik:

“Traveling all the way from Mumbai, India, for this event, popular TED presenter, Devdutt Pattanaik, author, mythologist and leadership consultant, presents internationally on the management insights derived from mythology, and has written extensively on mythological stories and symbols to shine light on our modern life. He has written over 600 articles and 30 books on the relevance of sacred stories, symbols and rituals in modern times.”

To learn more about guest speaker, Devdutt Pattanaik, please visit: http://devdutt.com.

To learn more about the Chrysalis Institute, please visit: http://chrysalisinstitute.org/

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VCUarts CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS: “ABOUT ELLY”

October 11th, 2016 at 7:00pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

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The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers.

Director: Asghar Farhadi, 2009

Run Time: 119 min

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdqMICWhxuA

For more information about VCUarts Cinema’s Cinematheque Series,

please visit: http://arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque

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VCUarts CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS: “HORSE MONEY”

October 18th, 2016 at 7:00pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

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The time is now, a numbing and timeless present of hospital stays, bureaucratic questioning, and wandering through remembered spaces… and suddenly it is also then, the mid ’70s and the time of Portugal’s Carnation Revolution, when Ventura got into a knife fight with his friend Joaquim.

Director: Pedro Costa, 2014

Run Time: 103 min

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-ohQlmpC8E

For more information about the VCUarts Cinema’s Cinematheque Series,

please visit: http://arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque

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VCUarts CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS:

“A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT”

October 25th, 2016 at 7:00pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

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In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014

Run Time: 101 min

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YGmTdo3vuY

For more information about the VCUarts Cinema’s Cinematheque Series,

please visit: http://arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque

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VCU DANCE PRESENTS:

“Nora Chipaumire: portrait of myself as my father”

Friday & Saturday, October 28 & 29, 2016 at 8:00pm

Admission: $15/$10 students

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***Location: Dogtown Dance Theatre (109 W. 15th Street  Richmond, VA)***

Tickets become available via showclix.com on October 7th, 2016 at 8:00am.

Tickets can be purchased during Grace Street Theater Box Office hours from 12-4pm M-F at 804-828-2020 or showclix.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase at Dogtown Dance Theater  1 hour before each performance.

About:
Fierce, charismatic choreographer Nora Chipaumire has been described by dance critic Deborah Jowitt as “thrilling… a powerful woman with a strong message.” In this visceral exploration of African masculinity, Zimbabwe-born, Brooklyn-based choreographer Chipaumire is joined by the specters of her estranged father (performed by Senegalese dancer Pape Ibrahima Ndiaye, also known as Kaolack, and Jamaican-born dancer Shamar Watt). In a makeshift boxing ring, under the harsh glow of halogen worklights, the three trade jabs steeped in Chipaumire’s trademark synthesis of contemporary African movements.

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VCUarts CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS: “LEVIATHAN”

November 8th, 2016 at 7:00pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

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In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man’s arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014

Run Time: 140 min

Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi869838617/

For more information about the VCUarts Cinema’s Cinematheque Series,

please visit: http://arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque

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VCU DANCE PRESENTS: FALL SENIOR PROJECT 2016

Program A: November 16th & 18th at 8:00pm

Program B: November 17th & 19th at 8:00pm

Admission: $15/$10 students

Tickets become available October 26th, 2016 at 8:00am via showclix.com.

The Senior Project concert serves as a capstone experience in both performance and choreography for graduating Dance majors.

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VCUarts CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS: “RIVER OF GRASS”

November 22nd, 2016 at 7:00pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

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Cozy, a dissatisfied housewife, meets Lee at a bar. A drink turns into a home break-in, and a gun shot sends them on the run together, thinking they’ve committed murder.

Director: Kelly Reichardt, 1994

Run Time: 76 min

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okyt4MUTKPc

For more information about the VCUarts Cinema’s Cinematheque Series,

please visit: http://arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque

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VCUarts CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS: “L’ECLISSE”

November 29th, 2016 at 7:00pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

A young woman meets a vital young man, but their love affair is doomed because of the man’s materialistic nature.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962

Run Time: 126 min.

Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ki1EnDlzVuo

For more information about the VCUarts Cinema’s Cinematheque Series,

please visit: http://arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque

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SPRING 2017

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VCU DANCE PRESENTS: “PATHFINDERS:  STUDENT CONCERT”

January 27th & 28th, 2017 at 8:00pm

Tickets become available January 6th, 2017 at 8:00am via showclix.com.

This professionally produced concert features new work choreographed and performed by talented dance majors from freshmen to seniors.

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7th ANNUAL RVA ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL

February 9th, 2017 at 6:00pm

Films: TBA

Admission: Free and open to the public

The festival will showcase local and national films selected to raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond region, our nation, and our planet.

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VCU DANCE NOW

February 16th, 17th, & 18th, 2017 at 8:00pm

February 18th at 2:00pm

Admission: $15/$10 students

Tickets become available January 26th, 2017 at 8:00am via showclix.com.

For 2017, this concert features guest artist Liz Lerman’s iconic work, Still Crossing, along with new works by VCU Dance faculty members, all performed by VCU Dance majors.

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CHESTERFIELD DANCE PERFORMANCE

March 18th, 2016 at 7:00pm

Information: TBA

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15th ANNUAL CHOREOGRAPHERS SHOWCASE

April 1st at 4:00pm & 7:30pm

April 2nd at 2:00pm

Tickets become available March 11th, 2017 at 8:00am via showclix.com.

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JAMES RIVER FILM FESTIVAL

April 6th, 2017 & April 8th, 2017

Films: TBA

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VCU DANCE PRESENTS: SPRING SENIOR PROJECT 2017

Program A: April 19th and 21st, 2017 at 8:00pm

  Program B: April 20th and 22nd, 2017 at 8:00pm

Admission: $15/$10 students

Tickets become available March 29th, 2017 at 8:00am via showclix.com.

The Senior Project concert serves as a capstone experience in both performance and choreography for graduating Dance majors.

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VCU DANCE PRESENTS: FRESHMAN REP CONCERT

May 3rd, 2017 at 7:00pm

Admission: Free

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