2016 Richmond Fall Arts Preview 

Inspiration from classics and the world around us in music, theater, dance, books and visual art.

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If there’s any theme to be gleaned from the fall’s arts and culture season, it’s something of a return to the classics — or at least looking to them for inspiration.

Maybe something about a big political season makes us contemplate who we are as a culture and consider what we’ve accomplished and what the future holds. Kind of like those black balloons you get for your 50th birthday. Celebratory, but reflective.

Either way, you’ll have plenty of choices for enjoyment.

On the following pages our team of writers and reviewers provides their early picks for the season, which include political photographs (“Stump” at Candela) and political dramas (“1776” and “Mother Courage and her Children”). There’s also Belle Boggs, a Richmond-raised writer whose celebrated new book explores motherhood. And the intertwining work of two famous painters at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

“The arts and culture momentum we have is tremendous,” says Scott Garka, president of the nonprofit CultureWorks. “I’m behind the place-making strategy — the idea that if you make a city an attractive place that retains talent, the jobs will follow. You do that through arts and culture, the river, the restaurant scene, and people will come.”

8 Can't-Miss Richmond Fall Arts Picks

Richmond Community Arts Groups Attempt Record-Breaking Print to Honor Cancer Survivors

A Fine Art Critic Looks at Some of Richmond's Most Interesting Fall Events

A New Richmond Art Fair Takes Aim at the Next Generation

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ Beloved Fabergé Eggs Get the Deluxe Treatment

16 Richmond Concerts to Consider for the Fall

The Quick and Dirty Guide to Richmond Opera

Autumn Stages: Style's Theater Critics Discuss Their Picks For Richmond's Fall Season

Race, Gender and Family Themes Mark a Prolific Season for Virginia Writers

Richmond's Fall Dance Season Travels From Feminist Mode to Examining Black Maleness

Fall Movie Preview: Time For the Hollywood Prestige Films to Step Forward

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