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August 2017

One Love: LGBT Families

August 1 - September 4
The Valentine*, 1015 East Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219 United States
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This exhibition questions the traditional definition of a family through portraits of LGBT families in the Richmond region. Sponsored by Altria Group, Virginia is for Lovers, Capital One, Richmond Region Tourism, and Michael Simon Photography.

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Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s

August 1 - September 5
Virginia Historical Society, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Gumby. Barbie. Slinky. Mr. Potato Head. Wham-O. Spirograph. Hot Wheels. Experience the toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms that bring the decades back to life. ($, Free for members)  

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Wild Art: A Journey Off Canvas

August 1 - October 1
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden*, 1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, VA 23228
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A collaborative community art experience inspired by nature, combining the efforts of regional artists and thousands of Garden visitors to transform the Garden into a living tapestry of natural art.

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Butterflies LIVE!

August 1 - October 15
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden*, 1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, VA 23228
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Tropical beauties transform the Conservatory into a wonderland of vibrant colors, captivating sights and extraordinary discoveries. Get up close and personal as hundreds of butterflies feed, flutter, and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats, and lifecycles.  

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Musical of Musicals

August 1 - August 19
Swift Creek Mill Theatre, 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
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In this clever and funny satire of musical theatre, one classic story about a beautiful ingénue who can’t pay the rent that her dastardly landlord demands becomes five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form – from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim.

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WaterPlay

August 1 - September 30
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden*, 1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, VA 23228
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Bring your bathing suit and water shoes to enjoy the gentle water sprays. WaterPlay is open when the air temperature is 70 degrees or higher.

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Design the Teen Space

August 1 - August 31
Fairfield Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave
Henrico, VA 23223
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Free

Fairfield Library will be getting a new building in 2019. Do you have ideas on what you would like to see the Teen Room? Stop by all summer long to submit your ideas. Top 3 submissions by August 31, 2017 will receive gift cards.

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A Special Kind of Soul: The Historic Barnett Aden Gallery and Its Artists

August 1 - October 14
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Explore paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from 22 leading and lesser-know artists examine mid-century themes of identity, migration, and place.  Look into the artistic production of the Barnett Aden Gallery in Washington, DC, a collection that was dispersed after the deaths of principal collector and curator in the late sixties, but later restored by Richmonders Margaret and John Gottwald.

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Washington: The Myths and the Man

August 1 - October 15
Virginia Historical Society, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Free

This exhibition presents 13 original paintings by Ferris along with 17 historical records that reveal facts about Washington’s life and about the man behind the myth. The exhibition also features items that have rarely left the grounds of his Virginia home, Mount Vernon, such as his presidential chair and inaugural sword.  

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The Story of Virginia

August 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018
Virginia Historical Society, 428 N Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia 23220
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Free

This newly renovated 10,500 square-foot exhibition interprets 16,000 years of Virginia history and features more than 500 artifacts, maps, letters, and diaries ranging from the earliest stone tools shaped by humans to a satellite built by high school students in 2013. Objects in the exhibition are supplemented by images from the VHS collection, soundscapes, video, and digital and hands-on interactives.

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