Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Twenty-One African-American Physicians Recognized on Bon Secours Legacy Wall

Posted By on Tue, May 22, 2018 at 2:45 PM

On May 11, Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital revealed a newly created Legacy Wall of outdoor art made by local muralist Hamilton Glass and alumni from the non-profit Art 180.

The murals recognize 21 notable African-American physicians who founded Richmond Community Hospital.

Richmond Community Hospital dates back to the early 1900s and is credited with "descending from the first African-American patient care facility in Virginia," according to a press release.

You can visit the wall outside the Bon Secours Sarah Garland Jones Center located at 2600 Nine Mile Rd.

If you want to know more about these community heroes featured on the wall, a recent press release from Bon Secours had more bio information. Read on.

Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital: Twenty Physicians Biographies

1. Walton Belle: General Surgeon

Dr. Walton Belle received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Union University before enlisting in the U.S. Army in the early 1950s. He returned to attend Meharry Medical College, where he completed his medical degree and General Surgery training. Dr. Belle served as both Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Richmond Community Hospital. He contributed funds to cover the initial operating budget of the new hospital building within the Church Hill district. Once construction was complete, Dr. Belle’s knowledge of Public Health Services was instrumental in setting up the new facility.

2. Lillie Bennett: Pediatrics

Dr. Lillie Bennett is a native Richmonder and leading Pediatrician in Richmond. She completed her undergraduate degree at Virginia Union University and her medical degree at Meharry Medical College. She finished her residency in Pediatrics at Harlem Hospital. She was part of the medical staff at Richmond Community Hospital when a new, more advanced, facility was being proposed. Although the plans did not include an Obstetrics or Pediatrics ward, Dr. Bennett’s belief in supporting the community and its Black physicians was so strong, she contributed funds to make this facility a reality.

3. Elwood Boone: Urology

Dr. Elwood Boone completed his undergraduate degree at Colgate University and, with his brother Lewis, attended Meharry College of Medicine, where he graduated with his medical degree. Moving to the Medical College of Virginia (MCV), Dr. Boone trained in both Urology and Surgery. Dr. Boone was part of the medical staff at Richmond Community Hospital when construction of a new facility in the Church Hill district was being discussed. He supported that decision, citing the need for an updated facility where Black physicians could practice first-class medicine, work with their colleagues on a daily basis, and stand as a source of pride for the community. 4. Lewis Boone: Ob-Gyn Dr. Lewis Boone earned his medical degree, along with his brother Elwood, from Meharry College of Medicine. He then went to the Medical College of Virginia (MCV), where he specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He later joined the staff at Richmond Community Hospital. Though plans for the new hospital facility did not include an Obstetrics ward, a Gynecology department was proposed to take care of local women’s needs. Dr. Boone financial contribution to the new building helped cover a shortage in its initial operating budget.

5. Theodore R. Coots Brown: Family Practice

Dr. Theodore Coots Brown earned his undergraduate degree at Virginia Union University and later moved to Howard University’s College of Medicine to complete his medical degree. Dr. Brown donated not only his expertise, but financial resources towards the construction of the new hospital facility, ensuring its continuing legacy within the community.

6. James Campbell: Radiologist

Originally from Guyama, South America, Dr. James Campbell moved to the United States to complete his undergraduate degree at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL. He received his medical degree at Howard University’s College of Medicine. He continued his medical training at Nassau County Medical Center. Both Dr. Campbell and his wife, Dr. Joyce Whitaker, contributed funds to support the new building project, thereby ensuring its continuing presence within the community.

7. Wesley Carter: Psychiatry

Dr. Wesley Carter was born at Richmond Community Hospital. He earned his undergraduate degree at Virginia Union University and his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia (MCV). While practicing in Richmond, he joined the Richmond Medical Society, serving as its president for four years. Dr. Carter was enthusiastic about the plan to build a new facility for Richmond Community Hospital and provided a portion of the support needed to keep the project alive.

8. Harry Crawford: General Surgery

Dr. Harry Crawford earned his undergraduate degree from Virginia Union University before attending Meharry Medical School and Howard University’s School of Medicine, training as a General Surgeon. Being such an ardent advocate of the community, Dr. Crawford contributed funds to help cover the shortage in the initial operating budget helping make Richmond Community Hospital’s new Church Hill facility a reality.

9. Halstead Howell: General Surgery

Dr. Halstead Howell earned his undergraduate degree at Oakwood University and received his medical degree from Howard University’s College of Medicine. He joined the staff at Richmond Community Hospital and served on many committees in Bon Secours Richmond Health System. Until his retirement, Dr. Howell taught as a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University (formerly MCV). He pledged his financial support to assist with the initial operating costs for the new facility in Church Hill.

10. John Howlette: Optometry

Dr. John Howlette received his undergraduate degree at Virginia Union University and studied for his medical degree at Howard University’s College of Medicine. He completed his training with a residency in Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. Howlette was the first African-American optometrist in Richmond, establishing his practice in the Jackson Ward district in 1952.

11. Reginald Jackson: Radiologist

Dr. Reginald Jackson’s family has a long history in Richmond’s medical community; his father, Dr. Isaiah Jackson, was one of the original founders of Richmond Community Hospital; and his son, Dr. Richard Jackson, is part of the current medical staff. Dr. Reginald Jackson received his medical degree from Howard University’s College of Medicine and RCH Physicians and specialized in Radiology at Homer G. Philips Hospital. He later became Chief of the Radiology department at Richmond Community Hospital. Dr. Reginald Jakcson is recognized as one of the leading proponents of the proposal to construct a new facility for Richmond Community Hospital at its current Church Hill location.

12. Wiley and Bernice Latham: Gastroenterology and Family Practice

Drs. Wiley and Bernice Latham met while studying for their medical degree at Meharry Medical College. They interned at the Medical College of Virginia (MCV), where he studied Internal Medicine and she focused on Family Practice. They completed their residencies at Howard University’s College of Medicine, where Wiley finished his fellowship in Gastroenterology. Dr. Wiley Latham became the first African-American gastroenterologist practicing in Richmond. Both doctors were part of the medical staff at Richmond Community Hospital when they learned of the proposal for a new hospital. They contributed funds when the project’s initial operating budget came up short.

13. Frank Royal: Family Practitioner

Dr. Frank Royal trained as a Family Practitioner at Meharry Medical College. An eloquent speaker, Dr. Royal convinced the members of the Hospital Corporation of American (HCA) that a new facility was needed in Richmond’s East End. Even after the completion of Richmond Community Hospital’s new building, Dr. Royal partnered with Dr. Walton Belle to create an ICU department for the facility. He also encouraged the hospital’s eventual partnership with the Bon Secours Health System in 1995. 14. Harry Royal: Ob-Gyn Dr. Harry Royal entered Meharry Medical College two years before his twin brother, Frank. Dr. Royal also attended Temple University to specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was a member of the medical staff at Richmond Community Hospital when the new hospital facility in the Church Hill district was proposed. Dr. Royal contributed funds to help cover the initial operating costs for the new facility.

15. Lindley Smith: Ophthalmology

Dr. Lindley Smith received his undergraduate degree from Long Island University. He attended Meharry Medical College and graduated with his medical degree. He later trained in Ophthalmology at Letterman Army Medical Center. Dr. Smith remembers moving to Richmond at a time when there were no Black Ophthalmologists practicing in the city and felt that the Black community needed a representative in that discipline. He respects Richmond Community Hospital for its age, its history, and its tradition of caring for those less fortunate, and felt honored to carry on the legacy of that institution.

16. Charles Sutton: Family Practice

Dr. Charles Sutton received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Union University and earned his medical degree at Howard University’s College of Medicine; his internship and residency were spent at the District of Columbia General Hospital, where Dr. Sutton specialized in Family Practice. He served on the medical staff of many hospitals within the area, including Richmond Community Hospital. Dr. Sutton believed in the importance of having medical institutions owned and controlled by the community, as this would assure the RCH Physicians highest standards of health care for Black patients. When informed that the original bank loan would not cover the initial operating costs of the new building for Richmond Community Hospital, Dr. Sutton guaranteed to cover any outstanding gaps within the budget.

17. Valvin Sutton: Internal Medicine

Dr. Valvin Sutton received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Union University and completed his medical degree at Howard University’s College of Medicine. He remained at Howard to finish his residency in Internal Medicine. Dr. Valvin Sutton established his practice within the same office building as his uncle, Dr. Charles Sutton and became a member of the medical staff at Richmond Community Hospital. He said his motivation for supporting the new building project for Richmond Community Hospital was to follow his uncle’s lead. He understood the necessity of having community-owned institutions to assure the highest standards of medical healthcare within the Black community.

18. William Thornton: Podiatry

Dr. William Thornton received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Union University and completed his medical degree and residency at the Ohio College of Podiatry. He was co- chair of the Legislative Committee of the Richmond Medical Society, as well as president of the Podiatry Society of Virginia. He contributed funds to Richmond Community Hospital’s new building project because he believed the community would be strengthened by having an outstanding hospital facility supported by a professional medical staff.

19. Joyce Whitaker: Pediatrics

Dr. Joyce Whitaker earned her undergraduate degree from Virginia Union University and received her medical degree from Howard University’s College of Medicine. Dr. Whitaker completed her internship and residency at the Nassau County Medical Center. Both Drs. Whitaker and her husband, Dr. James Campbell were part of the medical staff at Richmond Community Hospital when the proposed new building’s budget fell short. Dr. Whitaker felt motivated to support the project financially in part because she had been born, reared, and educated within the Church Hill district.

20. Everett White: Family Practitioner

Dr. Everett White received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Union University and completed his medical degree at Howard University’s College of Medicine. Dr. White opened a private practice in Richmond, specializing in Family Practice. His commitment to the community endured throughout his career; he served as President of the Richmond Medical Society, Secretary of the medical staff of Richmond Community Hospital, and as member of both the Richmond Tuberculosis Association and the Richmond Infantile Paralysis Association. Dr. White contributed funds to help cover the outstanding balance of funds needed for the creation of Richmond Community Hospital’s new facility.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Ziggy Marley and Steel Pulse Performing at Innsbrook in September

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2018 at 11:30 AM

Ziggy Marley, son of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, and the Birmingham, England reggae group Steel Pulse will be performing at Innsbrook After Hours on Sept. 12.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 24 and there is a special early bird general admission price of $12 for one week only.

This is the 33rd season for Innsbrook after Hours, and other shows this summer include: X Ambassadors and Fitz and the Tantrums June 8, Hank Williams, Jr. on June 9, the XL102 Big Field Day June 23, Ludacris (June 30), the K95 CountryFest July 6 and 7, Chris Young (July 20), Dark Star Orchestra (Aug. 16), ZZ Top (Aug. 22) and Kool & The Gang (Aug. 23).

Here's more info from the press release on Ziggy Marley:

Eight-time Grammy award winning musician and reggae icon Ziggy Marley released his seventh full-length solo studio album, "Rebellion Rises," last week (on May 18). Fully written, recorded and produced by Marley, this passionate and indelible new collection of music encourages people to stand together in activism and love. Emmy winner, humanitarian, singer, songwriter and producer, Ziggy Marley has released thirteen albums to much critical acclaim ...

Marley’s early immersion in music came at age ten when he sat in on recording sessions with his father, Bob Marley. As front man to Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers, the group released eight best-selling albums that garnered three Grammys, with such chart-topping hits as "Look Who’s Dancing," "Tomorrow People" and "Tumbling Down." Ziggy's first solo album, Dragonfly (RCA Records), was released in 2003. His second solo release, Love is My Religion (Tuff Gong Worldwide), won a Grammy in 2006 for “Best Reggae Album.” His third solo album, Family Time (Tuff Gong Worldwide), scored him a 5th Grammy award for “Best Children’s Album.” In 2011, Ziggy released his critically acclaimed 4th studio album Wild And Free, which earned him a Grammy nomination, as well as his first ever comic book entitled MARIJUANAMAN. Ziggy Marley Organics, a GMO-free product line including flavored coconut oils and hemp seed snacks, was started in 2012. His 2012 live album “Ziggy Marley In Concert,” earned him his 6th Grammy award for “Best Reggae Album.” To coincide with the release of “Fly Rasta” in 2014, Ziggy put out his debut children’s book “I Love You Too,” a multicultural picture book based on one of Ziggy’s most beloved songs of the same title from his Grammy Award-winning album “Family Time,” which explores a child’s relationship with parents, nature and the unstoppable force of love.

More info: Gates open at 5:00 PM; showtime is 6:00 PM. All events are rain or shine. No refunds. Innsbrook After Hours is located at the SERVPRO of Richmond Pavilion, 4901 Lake Brook Dr. Glen Allen, VA.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Interview: Yeni Nostalji Has A New Album Out

Posted By on Mon, May 14, 2018 at 1:30 PM

Finding your voice is the essential personal quest for a musician. But what if you find your truest, most honest voice in a foreign language?

One answer is Yeni Nostalji, the Richmond band whose eclectic, eponymous debut CD was released by Ropeadope Records on May 4.

Fittingly for a band whose name translates to “new nostalgia,” the music is a magpie mélange of decades of international influences, including bossa nova, country, folk, German electronica, French, Turkish and Arabic pop. The mix is melded by appealing melodies, sophisticated arrangements, and the polished charisma of Roanoke-born singer Christina Marie [Gleixner]. All the lyrics are in Turkish.

The project started around the kitchen table at Church Hill’s Sub Rosa Bakery, with Christina Marie finding her way into the music with Turkey-born owner Evrim Doğu. “It is my first exploration into another language. I first heard it in watching some films. It almost sounded Eastern, and when sung traditionally more Arabesque.”

It was anything but an obvious choice for someone cites Leonard Cohen, Dolly Parton, and John Denver as key inspirations.

“I never thought about how much of a challenge it was going to be,” says Marie Gleixner, “or that it would get this far. People latch onto words. I cannot blame anyone who cannot connect, all my influences write in English. If there is not a big audience in America, I hope to find one in Europe.”

At once sweeping and intimate, the new CD features players from the Richmond Symphony, NoBS! Brass, and Bio Ritmo- notably the piano and string arrangements of Marlysse Simmons. It is a record that can be enjoyed either drifting across the polished surface, or diving into lovely sonic depths.

“She does not have a big vocabulary,” says Emre Katari, a native Turkish speaker and the drummer in her performing band. “But what she says with it is huge.”

For Christina Marie, the limitations are liberating. “It is so easy to mask things in English,” she says. “Turkish forces me to be straightforward, dramatic and intense.”

The songs are nakedly honest, treating love as a storm, a battle, at one moment immortal and eternal, at another slipping through fingers like water. For a non-Turkish speaker, the phonetics have the sibilant charm of Brazilian samba. The soulful, gently hook-laden melodies effortlessly bridge the gap of verbal comprehension.

The album was recorded in chunks over several years, with every session at Lance Koehler’s Minimum Wage studio. It took a while to find the right label before the genre-spanning Ropeadope enthusiastically snapped it up. People liked the sound, but the US market for pop records in Turkish is untested.

Moreover, even in Turkey, Yeni Nostalji is unique.

“Nobody plays music like this,” says Katari. “The records there are all conservative and traditional.”

Christina Marie said she once heard Katari describe it as “country music for Turkish people.” There are times when it sounds a bit like alt-country. “Başka Bir Sey Şöyleme” evokes “Fox Confessor”-era Neko Case.

However, Yeni Nostalji’s singular combination of styles and influences defies easy categorization. That is both its biggest strength and its greatest challenge as the group continues to evolve its sound while trying to reach audiences through tours, grants, and opportunities to play in international festivals.

“I know it is not for everyone,” Christina Marie admits.

Then again, what is that is worthwhile?

The album release party will be held on Friday, May 18 at Gallery 5. Doors are at 8 p.m. and the music starts at 9 p.m. $8 advance and $10 day of show. DJ OlNuBi spins until 9 p.m. and Keilan Creech opens the show with his striking, intimate ballads.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Review: Scott Clark's "ToNow" (Clean Feed)

Posted By on Tue, May 8, 2018 at 6:45 PM

Scott Clark’s new CD updates the drummer’s exploration of his Native American roots. His previous record, “Bury My Heart,” is an audacious, moving evocation of the Dee Brown’s survey history of the clearing of America’s original population through broken treaties and genocidal war.

“ToNow” focuses on a much more constrained conflict, the nine-month protest of the routing of the North Dakota Access Pipeline through the watershed of the Standing Rock Reservation. The band is Scott’s long-running group, with bassist Cameron Ralston, trumpeter Bob Miller, saxophonist Jason Scott, and guitarist Alan Parker, extended with Chicago guitarist Tobin Summerfield.

As in the previous record, there are moments of sylvan contemplation balanced with churning intensity. As with “The Dark Side of the Moon”/”Wizard of Oz” synchronicity, the record pairs well with the grainy footage from the actual event. Better yet, experience it in person at the Black Iris on Broad Street. Local heroes Brian Jones and JC Kuhl play the opening set.

Scott Clark performs on May 9 at Black Iris. Doors 7:30 p.m. Show 8 p.m. $6 - $10. Full Bar

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Brian Wilson "Pet Sounds" Show Postponed in Richmond

Posted By on Tue, May 1, 2018 at 4:00 PM

From the press release desk:

"(RICHMOND, VA – May 1st, 2018) –Upcoming scheduled dates on Brian Wilson’s current tour, including the May 15th show “Pet Sounds: The Final Performances with special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin” at Dominion Energy Center, have been postponed and will be rescheduled. Mr. Wilson is undergoing emergency back surgery and will be working to reschedule the shows. Current ticket holders will have their tickets honored for the new date when it is announced. Official statement from Brian Wilson below:

"Dear friends, as some of you might know I have been having some issues with my back that has very recently gotten worse. It runs in my family, Carl had back problems as well. My doctors have told me that I need to have back surgery immediately. They are optimistic that this will finally relieve the pain. Sadly, this means we must postpone the upcoming May shows. I’m very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause to everyone who was coming out to see us. I know that my agents are already in the process of rescheduling and we will have some of the make up dates to announce very soon. We will get you all the info asap. Please know that the music is in my heart and in my soul and me and the boys are looking forward to performing for you very soon.

Love & Mercy

Brian Wilson

Monday, April 30, 2018

The Shatman is Returning to Talk "Wrath of Khan" at Altria Theater

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 12:40 PM

Set your phasers to fun: Actor Bill Shatner is coming. Back. To. RVA. Baby.

Best known for his searingly dramatic performances as Capt. James T. Kirk on "Star Trek," Shatner will be coming to Altria Theater on Thursday, July 26 to speak onstage after a screening of "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan."

Obligatory shout-out video here:

Shatner will hold what's sure to be an entertaining conversation after the screening, sharing humorous stories from his 50-year career, as well as answering questions from fans. Perhaps before going, you should be required to watch this classic SNL sketch featuring Shatner at a Trekkie convention.

A limited number of VIP tickets will be available which include premium seating and a photo opportunity with Shatner. Tickets start at $39 (plus applicable fees) and go on sale Friday, May 4 at 10a.m. at AltriaTheater.com, (800) 514-ETIX (3849), and the Altria Theater Box Office.

In the meantime, check out this quick 8-minute interview we did with Shatner last time he was in town, wherein he addresses his memories of his famous 1978 performance of Elton John's "Rocket Man" at the stoniest sci-fi award ceremony ever.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Roundup: Richmond Forum, International Violin Competition, Stone's Throw Down, GBV, plus Violent Femmes return with Echo and the Bunnymen

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2018 at 12:39 PM

There have been so many event announcements lately that it's hard to keep up with them. This is the time of year when summer starts to take shape, and even fall events start going on the books.

So here's a brief rundown of recent arts news:

1.The City of Richmond has been named the host city for the international Menuhin Competition 2020, the world's leading competition for young violinists, which is often billed as "the Olympics of the Violin."

According to a release, the competition will take place May 14 - 24, 2020 in venues throughout the city, including the Modlin Center for the Arts at UR, the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts at VCU and the Carpenter Theatre at the Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts. To learn more, visit the website.

2.The Richmond Forum, which always seems to be sold out, announced its line-up for next season. The 33rd annual season which kicks off next November will include astronaut Captain Scott Kelly (Nov. 17), comedian Tina Fey (Jan. 19), CNN medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta (Feb. 23), political scientist, Ian Bremmer (March 23) and autism spokesperson, Dr. Temple Grandin (April 27).

Current subscribers have until May 19th to renew their subscriptions for next season. Any seats not purchased by current subscribers will go on sale to the public through a lottery. Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a season subscriber should visit www.richmondforum.org for details.

3. In concert news, the Violent Femmes will be returning on a co-headlining tour with Echo and the Bunnymen on Monday, July 23 at the National. And jamband heads should know that the Trey Anastasio Trio was just announced for a July 5 show in Charlottesville at the Sprint Pavilion.

4. Also, Stone Brewing announced its second annual Stone's Throwdown RVA for Sept. 8 at Brown's Island. It features headliners Drive-By Truckers, plus Antibalas, No BS Brass, Futurebirds, Spooky Cool and Kenneka Cook.

Tickets are $10 for advance and $15 at the door. VIP Tickets are available for $45 online only. All ages are welcome and kids under 12 get in free. All proceeds will be donated to local charities and you can buy tickets here.

5. Another recent announcement for concerts: indie rock journeymen Guided by Voices will be performing at the Broadberry on Monday, Aug. 13. $25-$30 and tickets go on sale this Friday, April 27.

6. And, of course, "Hamilton" is coming to Broadway in Richmond. But that's such a big deal, it gets its own blog post.

Monday, April 23, 2018

A Couple of Richmond Images from the Penultimate Episode of "Homeland" Season Seven

Posted By on Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 6:50 PM

We're winding down season seven of "Homeland," with only one more episode to go -- and the spy series already is shifting its location to events in Moscow.

Last Sunday's Episode 11,"All In," didn't have much in the way of recognizable Richmond locations, but we've included a couple nice Church Hill shots below, and the lead still above from downtown.

At this point, it's safe to say that this has been a middling season in terms of plot. It feels as if there were some interesting ideas (social media use as espionage) merely skimmed or pushed along. The show became somewhat hijacked by the parenting subplot, which meant a level of sustained tension still fell short of the acclaimed first two seasons of the show, generally cited by fans as the best.

Lead actress Claire Danes recently announced that season eight will be her final year on the Emmy-winning drama. It was reported in Variety that the network has not made a decision beyond season eight. That leaves open the question of whether the series, one of Showtime's longest running, will spin-off in another direction.

"Homeland" will run the season seven finale on April 29. We have to say that, overall, Richmond has looked amazing on the show.



"Hamilton" National Tour Coming to Broadway in Richmond

Posted By on Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 11:40 AM

Talk about your hot tickets.

The national tour of "Hamilton" is coming to Richmond during the 2019-2020 Broadway in Richmond season.

From the press release:

The national tour of the Broadway musical HAMILTON will play in Richmond as part of the 2019-2020 season, it was announced today by producer Jeffrey Seller and Jam Theatricals.

The best way to guarantee tickets to HAMILTON is to purchase a season subscription for the 2018-2019 Broadway In Richmond season. Subscribers who renew their subscription for the 2018-2019 season will be able to guarantee their seats for the premiere Richmond engagement of HAMILTON before tickets become available to the general public ...

Subscriptions for six--show packages are on sale now and start at $270. Subscription packages and group tickets are available for purchase by calling the Subscriber and Group Sales Hotline at (804) 592-3401 and by visiting www.BroadwayInRichmond.com. Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. eastern time. Tickets for individual shows will go on sale as each performance date approaches. More information about the 2018-2019 season is available at www.BroadwayInRichmond.com. Information regarding HAMILTON engagement dates and how to purchase groups and single tickets will be announced at a later time.

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.

HAMILTON’s creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award ® Winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS. HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, and casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA.

The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

The HAMILTON Original Broadway Cast Recording is available everywhere nationwide. The HAMILTON recording received a 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.

For information on HAMILTON, visit www.HamiltonMusical.com, www.Facebook.com/HamiltonMusical, www.Instagram.com/HamiltonMusical and www.Twitter.com/HamiltonMusical

Friday, April 20, 2018

Pick: "Blues for Mister Charlie" at University of Richmond, April 20-April 22

Joint production from VCU and UR of James Baldwin play is receiving raves.

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 2:40 PM

We're hearing great things about the James Baldwin play, "Blues for Mister Charlie," being staged this weekend at the University of Richmond's Alice Jepson theatre.

One of our contributing editors says its "amazing" and "intense" and by all means, people should get out to see it this weekend.

"Blues for Mister Charlie" is Baldwin's 1964 story loosely based on the murder of Emmett Till before the Civil Rights movement began. "In his award-winning play, Baldwin turns a murder and its aftermath into an inquest in which even the most well-intentioned whites are implicated –– and in which even a killer receives his share of compassion," reads a description on the Modlin Center website.

The play is a collaboration between Virginia Commonwealth University Theatre and the University of Richmond Department of Theatre and Dance, in association with the African American Repertory Theatre and the Conciliation Project. It is being co-directed in Richmond by Tawnya Pettiford-Wates, an associate professor of theater at VCU, and Chuck Mike, an associate professor of theater at the University of Richmond.

According to the Modlin Center website, "the production is a narrative to engage in a broader community dialogue around issues of racial justice, economic freedom, family, and faith. Surrounding the production of Blues for Mr. Charlie will be Community Forums and Public Dialogues around the play’s content."

To learn more about the production, read this story in Urban Views.

The play is being staged at the Alice Jepson Theatre at the Modlin Center on Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $5 to $10, for more info, go here.

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