Joseph Gray in "Shooting the Prodigal," a faith-based comedy in which an Alabama pastor decides that making a movie would be a good way to reach young people. (Photo by Paul Bickford)
What’s happening this weekend? Two film festivals, a collection of First Friday art openings, an album release party with indie rocker Lucy Dacus, the A-10 Women’s Basketball Championship and some dynamite stage productions give us plenty to choose from.
Richmond International Film Festival, 3/3-6
Heading into its fifth year, the Richmond International Film Festival is putting forth what director Heather Waters calls its largest and most diverse lineup yet. Screenings will be held March 3 to 6 at The Byrd Theatre and Movieland at Boulevard Square. Those include the world premieres of “Shooting the Prodigal” (shot in Richmond) and the Civil War drama “Josephine,” filmed in Halifax County, plus regional premieres of “Coming Through the Rye” and “Texas Rein.” For more about the festival, see our preview.
ReelAbilities Film Festival, 3/3-6
This festival features award-winning films, accompanied by discussions to explore and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. Weinstein JCC and other venues. $10 per film or $36 for a festival pass. 285-6500 or richmond.reelabilities.org.
A-10 Women’s Basketball Championship 3/2-6
Lucy Dacus, 3/4
The indie rocker, tagged by Rolling Stone as one of “10 New Artists You Need to Know” is releasing her debut album “No Burden” at The Broadberry, with Rikki Shay and Spooky Cool. $10. 9 p.m. 353-1888 or thebroadberry.com.
“Fine Art and Furniture” 3/3-4/30
This show at Ashland’s Gallery Flux pairs paintings by a variety of artists with artisan-made furniture and pottery. 307-B England St. 752-3540 or galleryflux.com.
“Triangle, Circle, Square” 3/3-26
New York City-based artists Jennifer Lauren Smith and Andrew Brehm collaborate to create a multi-channel video installation at Gallery5 consisting of three video-graphic vignettes, each depicting a geometric sculpture or shape inserted by the artists into a natural environment. Opening reception March 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. 200 W. Marshall St. 510-0488 or gallery5arts.org.
“Greg Osterhaus: New Works” 3/4-26
Known for his vibrant rural Virginia landscapes and cow paintings, Osterhaus will give a gallery talk at 11:30 a.m. March 12. An opening reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. on March 4. Glavé Kocen Gallery. 1620 W. Main St. 358-1990 or glavekocengallery.com.
“Constructing from Life” and “Resting On Is Relying On” 3/4-26
Paintings by Peri Schwartz and sculpture by Jere Williams at Page Bond Gallery. 1625 W. Main St. 359-3633 or pagebondgallery.com.
“Annual Judged Art Show 2016” 3/4 -28
About 40 artists are participating in the show, judged by professional artist Jos Biviano, with an opening reception set for March 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. All works are for sale, and 15 percent of proceeds will benefit Easter Seals. For Art’s Sake Gallery & Studio, 9770 Gayton Road. 740-1400 or forartssakegallery.com.
“Subject to Change” 3/4-4/23
Works by David Emitt Adams, K.K. DePaul, Heidi Kirkpatrick, Lisa Kokin, Tarrah Krajnak, Rachel Phillips and Kris Sanford at Candela Books + Gallery. 214 W. Broad St. 225-5527 or candelabooks.com.
“Different Trends” opening 3/4
Works by Ugandan artist Hassan Mukiibi at Elegba Folklore Society. 101 E. Broad St., 644-3900 or efsinc.org.
“Within Reach,” through 3/12
This exhibition curated by Michael Pierce and Elaine Rogers at Artspace features artists renowned in the Richmond area and beyond. It culminates March 12, 6:30 to 10 p.m., with a live auction. 232-6464 or artspacegallery.org.
“Rodin: Evolution of a Genius” through 3/13
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts exhibition features 200 sculptures, sketches and watercolors, and 70 photographs by Eugène Druet, who worked with Rodin. $15. 340-1400 or vmfa.museum. Take a tour through the exhibition with The Hat (aka Harry Kollatz Jr.).
“The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design” through 4/17
Organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation, this exhibition at the Virginia Historical Society features 44 chairs from the early 19th century to the present, chosen for their beauty and historical context. $20. 358-4901 or vahistorical.org. Read more about it in our preview by Rebecca Fradkin.
“Thomas R. Schiff: Virginia 360°” through 6/19
Contemporary photographer Thomas R. Schiff made these 40 panoramic images in Virginia between 2004 and 2013. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Free. 340-1400 or vmfa.museum.
Also check out our Art Guide for a directory of Richmond-area museums, galleries and exhibition spaces.
“Creating Claire” 3/4-13
Science and faith come into conflict in HATTheatre’s production of “Creating Claire,” running March 4 to 6 and 11 to 13. Claire, a docent at a natural history museum, receives pushback after diverging from her script about evolution to consider intelligent design. $10 to $25. 1124 Westbriar Drive. 343-6364 or hattheatre.org.
“I Do! I Do!” now through 4/3
This intimate musical by the creators of “The Fantasticks” follows two soul mates as they navigate the joys and challenges of a 50-year marriage. Hanover Tavern. $40. 282-2620 or va-rep.org. Read our interview with the real life husband-and-wife duo starring in the show.
“The Little Lion” though March 5
Nancy Wright Beasley’s young adult novel, adapted for the stage by Irene Ziegler, tells the story of a Jewish teenager named Laibale Gillman, who defied the Nazis by slipping through barbed wire enclosing the ghetto at night to bring back food and medicine. It’s playing through March 5 as part of the 50th anniversary season at Swift Creek Mill Theatre in Chesterfield County. For more about the book and play, read our preview.
“The Mountaintop” through March 12
What happened the night of April 3, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stayed in Memphis, Tennessee, is imagined in Katori Hall’s play, “The Mountaintop,” a production by Cadence Theatre in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre at Virginia Rep’s Theatre Gym. Here, director Laine Satterfield talks about the play's message.
“Lazarus Syndrome” through March 19
In Richmond Triangle Players' production of "Lazarus Syndrome," a former concert pianist living with HIV is visited by his father and brother, bearing brisket, a bottle of Manischewitz and family baggage. Here, Holly Speck talks with RTP's managing director, Philip Crosby.