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Events Coming Up in Our Spring 2018 Season!

Exciting events are always happening at the Grace Street Theater. In addition to our weekly films from the Film Department through Cinematheque, this semester we will be hosting a film screening of “Bombshell” through the VCU Engineering Department, New Works by VCU’s iCubed Fellow Meghan Abadoo through the VCU Dance Department, and the VCU Dance Spring Senior Concert.

“Bombshell,” directed by Alexandra Dean, portrays “Hedy Lamarr, a Hollywood movie star who was hailed as the most beautiful and glamorous in the world. However, that was only the surface that tragically obscured her astounding true talents. Foremost of them was her inventive genius that a world blinded by her beauty could not recognize as far back as her youth in Austria with her homemade gadgets. This film explores Lamarr’s life which included escaping a loveless marriage on the eve of Nazi Germany’s conquest of her nation to a new career in Hollywood. However, her intellectual contributions were denied their due even when she offered them in the service of her new home during World War II. Only after years of career and personal decline in her troubled life would Lamarr learn that her staggering aptitude created brilliant engineering concepts that revolutionized telecommunications, which forced the world to realize the hidden abilities of a woman it had so unfairly underestimated.” This screening will be free an open to the public. Be sure to mark it on your calendars for February 20th at 3pm-5pm!

The VCU Dance & Choreography Department is pleased to be presenting New Works by VCU’s iCubed Fellow Meghan Abadoo. VCU iCubed builds a trans-disciplinary community of scholars who provide innovative solutions to challenges in urban environments. “Meghan K. Abadoo is a choreographer, educator and writer based in Mount Rainier, MD. Her work explores the gatekeeping roles of dance artists in communities and the capacity for dance events to sustain transformative social movements. She is currently a leading associate artist with the Dance Exchange and a 2016-2017 U.S. Fulbright Fellow, where she recently conducted eight months of creative research at the Noyam Institute of Performing Arts in Dodowa, Ghana. Prior to this period she performed for over a decade with internationally renowned dance companies and choreographers including the Dance Exchange, Gesel Mason, Liz Lerman, David Dorfman Dance and Urban Bush Women. She has taught as a guest artist at Brown University, James Madison University, East Carolina University, Dickinson College and the University of Virginia. She also loves to draw with loose ink and fountain pen, and compose contact improvisation duets with her daughter in the comfort of their living room.” You can see Abadoo’s latest work March 23rd & 24th at 8pm at the Grace Street Theater. Tickets will be $15 ($10 for students) and will be available for purchase starting Friday March 2 through www.showclix.com or at the Grace Street Theater during our box office hours.

Every year, the Grace Street Theater hosts the fall and spring Senior Projects Concert for the VCU Dance & Choreography Department. The Senior Projects concerts serve as a capstone experience in both performance and choreography for graduating Dance majors. This year’s spring concert will take place April 19-21 at 8pm. We will be continuing to update our blog and website with more information about the show as current dance seniors go through the process of naming the show, releasing marketing material, and launching their Kickstarter!

VCU to Celebrate Black History Month with Events Recognizing the Past and Looking Toward the Future

The Grace Street Theater is proud to be part of VCU’s celebration of Black History Month. We will be hosting Generation Dream 2018 on February 11 at 5:30pm-7:30pm.

“On Sunday, Feb. 11, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Grace Street Theater, the Richmond Peace Education Center and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will host “Generation Dream 2018,” featuring a diverse cast of talented Richmond youth and adult artists performing original poems, music and dance pieces in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and vision of peace, nonviolence and social justice.”

For more information about Black History Month celebrations at VCU, click here.

Callie Moore Joins the Grace Street Theater Team

Hello VCU Dance and Choreography, VCUarts, and VCU. My name is Callie Moore and I am the new box office assistant at the Grace Street Theater. You may have seen me on stage in the past when I was a dance and choreography major. I have a background in choreography, film, and dance performance and I graduated VCU with my BFA in Dance and Choreography in May 2017. In addition to my Grace Street Theater position, I am a film maker, teacher, performer, and I am starting my own dance company in fall 2018, so stay tuned! I am thrilled to be working at the Grace Street Theater and you can expect to see me at nearly all dance and film events. See you soon!

~Callie

Picture by Steven Casanova

CINEMATHEQUE SPRING 2018 SEASON ANNOUNCED

Please join us this Spring 2018 for Cinematheque presented by VCUarts Cinema.

Please join us at The Grace Street Theater this season on Tuesday evenings at 7pm, starting tonight, January 16th, 2018. Admission is free and open to the public.

Spring 2018 Lineup:
1/16 – Nine Lives directed by Rodrigo Garica
1/23 – An OverSimplification of Her Beauty directed by Terence Nance
2/13 – Women Without Men directed by Shirin Neshat
2/20 – Black Power Mixtape directed by Goran Olsson
2/27 – Frances Ha directed by Noah Baumbach
3/13 – Touki Bouki directed by Djibril Diop Mambety
3/20 – Following directed by Christopher Nolan
3/27 – The Wind Journeys directed by Ciro Guerra
4/24 – Gleaners and I directed by Agnes Varda
[ Image description: Poster Image of the Cinematheque Spring 2018 Film Lineup including photography and text ]

 

LESS THAN $500 NEEDED FOR THE VCU DANCE FALL SENIORS TO REACH THEIR KICKSTARTER GOAL

Virginia Commonwealth University dance majors presenting senior projects this fall in need of less than $500 to achieve their goal of $3,000.  If less than $3,000 is raised, they DO NOT receive any of the donations!  Help them produce a successful and professional production by donating to their kickstarter today!

A note from the fall seniors:

“In order to produce our show, we must create costumes, original music, promotions and marketing as well as any set design and extras needed to fulfill our visions. As ten emerging choreographers, we have combined our expenses to work together and cohesively fund our show. The risk is that Kickstarter is all or nothing, so if we do not raise the full amount of our goal, we receive nothing. We hope that you are excited to work with us through this amazing process so the we may graduate on our expected date!”

Tickets are now available for the 2017 Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation!

November 30th, 2017

Doors 5:00pm/ Event: 6:00pm

The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation returns for its eighth annual festival! This year’s festival will be screening in Richmond at VCU’s Grace Street Theater, featuring two programs of classic and contemporary animated films. Blending an appreciation of classical animation with the sensibilities of avant-garde cinema and the visual culture of alternative comics, the short films in this year’s programs feature historical CG works, animated essay films, unconventional stop-motion, and experimental collage methods.

Eyeworks programs are intended for adult audiences.

Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation Tickets:

Program 1: https://www.showclix.com/event/eyeworks17program1

Program 2: https://www.showclix.com/event/eyeworks17program2

Program 1 & 2 Ticket Package: https://www.showclix.com/event/eyeworks17program12

Schedule:

Program 1 Lineup (6:00pm-7:30pm)

1. Hans Richter, Filmstudie, 5:00, 16mm, 1926 (silent)
2. Johan Rijpma, Extrapolate, 2:00, video, 2017
3. Annapurna Kumar, Mountain Castle Mountain Flower Plastic, 3:08, video, 2017
4. Jan Švankmajer, A Game With Stones, 8:30, video, 1965
5. Nora Rodriguez, Animation That Makes A Sculpture, 0:40, video, 2016
6. Ruth Lingford, What She Wants, 5:00, video, 1994
7. Sabrina Ratté, Créteil, 4:02, video, 2017
8. Simon Gerbaud, saVer, 8:00, video, 2014
9. Robert Darroll, Feng Huang, 10:30, video, 1988
10. Steve Reinke & Jessie Mott, Eat Your Secrets, 4:08, video, 2017
11. Shelley Lake, Polly Gone, 3:00, video, 1988
12. Jaakko Pallasvuo, Soft Body Goal, 3:30, video, 2017
13. Sam Bell, Krell Experiment, 3:34, video, 2017
14. Jacolby Satterwhite, Healing in My House, 9:27, video, 2017

Total Runtime: 72 minutes

Program 2 Lineup (8pm-9:30pm)
1. Chris Bishop, No Stories Now, 4:24, Video, 2017
2. Run Wrake, Jukebox, 5:00, video, 1994
3. Ted Wiggin, Lo, 3:10, video, 2017
4. Ben Russell, Black and White Trypps Number One, 6:30, 16mm, 2005 (silent)
5. Barbara Hammer, No No Nooky T.V., 12:00, 16mm, 1987
6. Elisabeth Belliveau, Troisième, 4:15, video, 2017
7. Sarina Nihei, Rabbit’s Blood, 4:45, video, 2017
8. Pat O’Neill, Easyout, 9:00, 16mm, 1972
9. Lilian Hardouineau, Invocation, 4:00, video, 2017
10. Wojciech Bąkowski, Dry Standpipe, 13:00, video, 2013
11. Jon Gillie, Austerity Cycle, 3:30, video, 2016

Total Runtime: 70 minutes

To learn more about the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation, please visit: http://eyeworksfestival.com/.

To learn more about the Grace Street Theater and our 2017-2018 season, please visit: arts.vcu.edu/gracestreet

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*Illustration by Stefanie Leinhos

POE FILM FESTIVAL TO PRESENT COLLEGE SHORT FILM AWARDS NOVEMBER 4th

Please join us November 4th at 1:00 pm as the Poe Film Festival presents College Short Film Awards.  Admission is $15 and seating is general admission.  Tickets may be purchased at showclix.com.

“Film students from major Virginia colleges and universities will compete for top prizes at
the College Short Film Awards, hosted by Poe Film Festival at the historic Grace Street
Theater on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, 934 West Grace Street,
Richmond, on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

Twenty colleges with highly regarded film studies programs throughout the
Commonwealth have been invited to compete in the ten-hour event, during which their
students’ short movies will be shown, discussed and honored at a red carpet
awards ceremony.

Tickets may be purchased online for $15 at www.showclix.com after October 16. Seating is
limited to 225 ticket holders. More information is available at www.poefilmfestival.com.”

Starr Foster Dance Project to present work October 5th-8th

Richmond modern dance company, Starr Foster Dance Project, will present an evening of work choreographed by Starr Foster at the The Grace Street Theater.  The company performs three world premieres; Sleep of the Guilty, Animal, and The Shaking Season.  Foster’s 2013 creation, Nineteen43 will also be presented.

October 5th, 6th and 7th, 2017 at 8pm
October 8th, 2017 at 2pm

Tickets: $25 General Admission/ $20 Students & Seniors

Tickets are available at www.showclix.com or at our Grace Street Theater Box Office, Monday-Friday from 12-4pm at (804) 828-2020.

New to the team

Hi! My name is Sierra and I am the newest face in the box office

I am a Junior in Sculpture and Extended Media. My work usually involves textiles, ceramics, a bit of performance, and what ever else I can get my hands on. You will probably see me knitting in the office, whenever possible.  I have always had a love and appreciation for performance, especially dance, which is why I’m so excited to join the Grace Street Theater team!

~Sierra McLeod

VCUarts Cinema awarded “Outstanding Cinematography Training” by MovieMaker Magazine

“Images are paramount at Virginia Commonwealth University, one of the only schools in the world where undergrads shoot projects on 35mm film. Tuition covers all shooting expenses, so that students can concentrate on their craft. Visual storytelling is at the heart of every course, and the list of equipment on hand (including three Arri cameras and two AJA Cion 4K cameras) would make a professional cinematographer swoon.”

Check out the full article!