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

VCU GRACE STREET THEATER’S

20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY &

2016-2017 SEASON!

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SPRING 2017

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 VCU CHINESE STUDENT ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CULTURE SHOW:

‘THE WAR OF THREE KINGDOMS”

March 25th, 2017

3:00pm-6:00pm

Admission: Free and Open to the Public

“Our annual Culture Show is an exhibition of Chinese culture as we showcase both traditional and modern aspects of the Chinese and Chinese American community. In addition, our Culture Show aims to create an atmosphere on preserving rich cultural traditions by allowing members as well as the Richmond community who pursue the means of gathering Chinese, Chinese-Americans, and all of those who are interested in Chinese culture to unite as one. During the Culture Show, we plan to educate VCU students and the Richmond community about cultural significance and showcase Chinese culture overall through, performances with dancing, singing, and instruments.”

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VCU DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY DISTINGUISHED SERIES – GUEST LECTURER

March 28th, 2017 at 4:00pm

Admission: Free and Open to the Public

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VCU CINEMA’S CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “MASTER CLASS WITH NICOLE BRENEZ”

March 28th, 2017 at 7:00pm

Admission: Free and Open to the Public

“Join us in learning from Nicole Brenez, renowned French cinema critic and writer. This event is FREE and open to the public!

Nicole Brenez will present on The Conquest of a Visual Autonomy: Historical Examples and Contemporary Filmic Initiatives.

Visual Autonomy can be understood as a free image made by the people for the people, in opposition to any attempt to take, steal, use or impose pictures on individuals or groups in a predatory manner. Historical examples lead from 1913 and the People Cooperative to René Vautier during the Algerian War and Armand Gatti and Helene Chatelain in the 1970s. Today we can observe the triumph of self-reification. So the process of autonomization can not be related only to the so-called “democratization” of technical recording devices, but must be inscribed in a political conception of representation and a history of figurativity. Thanks to a survey of some of the most singular contemporay documentary works, notably Mory Coulibaly, Anne-Laure de Franssu, Mounir Fatmi, Clarisse Hahn, Bijan Anquetil, Jérôme Schlomoff, Mauro Andrizzi, we will observe how people are conquering an effective visual Autonomy.

NICOLE BRENEZ teaches Film Studies at the University of Paris 3 Sorbonne nouvelle. Graduate of the Ecole Normale Superieure, agrégée of Modern Literature, she curates the Cinémathèque française’s avant-garde film series and the Cinéma du Réel’s À l’œuvre / At Work section.

Among her publications are: De la Figure en général et du Corps en particulier (1998), Abel Ferrara (2007), Cinémas d’avant-garde (2008), Cinéma d’avant-garde mode d’emploi (2012), Jean-Luc Godard théoricien des images (2015).
She is the scientific editor or co-editor of the writings of Masao Adachi, Edouard de Laurot, Jean Epstein.
With Philippe Grandrieux, she produces the collection “It May Be That Beauty Has Strengthened Our Resolve”, devoted to revolutionary filmmakers forgotten or neglected by the histories of cinema. She worked for Chantal Akerman and Jean-Luc Godard.
She has organized many film events and retrospectives, in Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Tokyo, Vienna, London, Madrid, Singapore…

The Master Class of Nicole Brenez is made possible by the 25th French Film Festival – Richmond, Virginia, UR Tucker Boatwright Festival and VCUarts Cinema.”

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15th ANNUAL RICHMOND CHOREOGRAPHERS SHOWCASE

April 1st at 4:00pm & 8:00pm

April 2nd at 2:00pm

Admission: $10/General Admission

Admission: $10/General Admission

Tickets:

April 1st at 4:00pm: https://www.showclix.com/event/SFDP15SAT4PM

April 1st at 8:00pm: https://www.showclix.com/event/SFDP15SAT8PM

April 2nd at 2:00pm: https://www.showclix.com/event/SFDP15SUN2PM

“For 15 years the Richmond Annual Choreographers Showcase has been bringing established and emerging choreographers to Richmond, Virginia and has continually been the only dance festival on the east coast that provides support for new works by dance artists. Through an adjudication process, the choreographers are selected for the Showcase with the ultimate goal of providing three performances of eclectic and engaging dance works in one weekend.

Produced by Starr Foster Dance Project, admission to the Showcase is set at the low cost of $10 to encourage the general public to come out, experience and support the performing arts. It is our goal to recognize and promote other dance companies and expose them to the flourishing dance scene in Richmond.

SELECTED CHOREOGRAPHERS:

eSKay Dance Company – New York, NY

ColemanCollective – Brooklyn, NY

Emily Cargill and Dancers – Atlanta, GA

Samantha Nelson – Richmond, VA

Tarik O’Meally – Baltimore, MD

Maeve Talbot & Emma Stewart – Staunton VA & Astoria NY

Starr Foster Dance Project – Richmond, VA

Follow us online for Showcase updates:

www.twitter.com/StarrFosterDanc

www.facebook.com/SFDProject

instagram/starrfosterdance

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JAMES RIVER FILM FESTIVAL

Schedule:

April 6th, 2017  at 7:30 pm-9:00pm

Admission: $8/ General Admission

The Very Best of Rural Route 2016-2017: “takes the road less traveled over 7 continents”

w/ Alan Webber, curator, Rural Route Tour Life outside the mainstream is the stuff of this recent, refreshing touring collection—it sold out the Cheek Theatre at the VMFA last year. This year the package features films from Netherlands, Iceland, Georgia, Hungary and several states in the U.S. TRT 85 min.

April 6th, 2017 at 9:30pm-11:00pm

Admission: $8/ General Admission

Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red in It (Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai)(2015) / Dir: Chris Kirkley / TRT: 75 min.

Praised as the “African Purple Rain”, this film features hot “desert blues” guitarist-pop icon Mdou Moctar in a Prince-like autobiographical role, following the guitarist’s rise to stardom in Niger, Africa, and the world, and is the first film in the Tuareg dialect.

April 8th, 2017 at 8:30pm

Admission: $10/ General Admission

Zero for Conduct (1931)—Vigo/ Cowards Bend the Knee (aka the Black Hands)(2003) Heart of theWorld (2000)-w/guest filmmaker Guy Maddin

Guest filmmaker Maddin introduces a personal favorite–Jean Vigo’s classic revolt film, screened with live sound courtesy of Jamison Price and Silent Music Revival; Maddin will also screen his film Cowards…shot on super-8 for $30,000, and Heart…., containing over 500 shots in its five minute RT, and winner of a Genie for “Best Short Film”. TRT 120 min.

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VCU CINEMA’S CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “RUSSIAN ARK” (2002)

April 11th, 2017 at 7:00pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

Run time: 1 hr 39 min

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov

“A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years.” -IMDb

For more information about the Cinematheque screenings, please visit:  arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque/

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VCU PHOTO & FILM PRESENTS, “OJ : MADE IN AMERICA”  (EPISODES 1-3)

April 15th, 2017 at 12:00pm-4:30pm

Admissions is free but registration is required.

Please register at: https://www.showclix.com/event/OJAPR15PARTI

Join us for the award winning feature O.J.: Made in America (2016), a 5-part documentary on what many have come to know as the trial of the century: The People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson. Widely Considered the birth of the 24-hour news cycle, this trial marked a clear and present divide between White America and Black America in the mid-Nineties. O.J.: Made in America is both O.J.’s story and ours—a narrative that transcends to directly address issues facing contemporary American society.

Director Ezra Edelman dissects the football legend’s image while incorporating a comprehensive history of race relations, situating the O.J. we now know in a historical context. Like an elegant Russian doll, Edelman crafts a scenario that repeatedly reveals levels of complexity as it unmasks aspects of American culture: wealth, privilege, policing, self-creation, domestic violence, the judicial system and the news media.Edelman suggests a connective tissue through history that serves to spin a journalistic masterpiece of cinematic art so completely and poignantly on target.Following the screening of episode 4 & 5 on April 22nd, Director and Oscar winner, Ezra Edelman will be present to field questions and have a discussion.

Oscar winner for best documentary and 4 Critics Choice Documentary Awards including Best Documentary and Best Director, and Winner of the Gotham Award for Best Documentary. Nominated for four Cinema Eye Honor Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking, Direction, Editing, Production, and Original Score.

This event is funded by the VCUarts Inclusion Infusion Initiative. The initiative funds visiting artists, designers, performers and scholars whose work offers a catalyst for student dialogue about diverse aspects of identity–culture, class, race, gender, sexuality, religion.

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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 PHOTO & FILM PRESENTS, “OJ : MADE IN AMERICA”  (EPISODES 4-5)

April 22nd, 2017

12:00pm-3:00pm – Episodes 4-5

3:00pm-4:30pm – Discussion with Director Ezra Edelman,

moderated by Nicholas Forster

Admissions is free but registration is required.

Please register at: https://www.showclix.com/event/OJAPR15PARTI

Join us for the award winning feature O.J.: Made in America (2016), a 5-part documentary on what many have come to know as the trial of the century: The People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson. Widely Considered the birth of the 24-hour news cycle, this trial marked a clear and present divide between White America and Black America in the mid-Nineties. O.J.: Made in America is both O.J.’s story and ours—a narrative that transcends to directly address issues facing contemporary American society.

Director Ezra Edelman dissects the football legend’s image while incorporating a comprehensive history of race relations, situating the O.J. we now know in a historical context. Like an elegant Russian doll, Edelman crafts a scenario that repeatedly reveals levels of complexity as it unmasks aspects of American culture: wealth, privilege, policing, self-creation, domestic violence, the judicial system and the news media.Edelman suggests a connective tissue through history that serves to spin a journalistic masterpiece of cinematic art so completely and poignantly on target.Following the screening of episode 4 & 5 on April 22nd, Director and Oscar winner, Ezra Edelman will be present to field questions and have a discussion.

Oscar winner for best documentary and 4 Critics Choice Documentary Awards including Best Documentary and Best Director, and Winner of the Gotham Award for Best Documentary. Nominated for four Cinema Eye Honor Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking, Direction, Editing, Production, and Original Score.

This event is funded by the VCUarts Inclusion Infusion Initiative. The initiative funds visiting artists, designers, performers and scholars whose work offers a catalyst for student dialogue about diverse aspects of identity–culture, class, race, gender, sexuality, religion.

 

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VCU CINEMA’S CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “IDA” (2013)

April 25th, 2017 at 7pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

Run time: 1 hr 22 min

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

“Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the German occupation.” -IMDb

For more information about the Cinematheque screenings, please visit:  arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque/

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VCU DANCE PRESENTS: FRESHMAN REP CONCERT

May 3rd, 2017 at 7:00pm

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HENRICO HIGH SCHOOL CENTER FOR THE ARTS SENIOR PERFORMANCE

June 2nd, 2017 at 7:30pm

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