Thales Piano Trio at RPL’s Gellman Room Saturday

Concert is happening this Saturday at 2 pm in the Gellman Room at the Main branch of the Richmond Public Library.

From the FaceBook event page:

The Thales Piano Trio is proud to present music written by three women from three different countries and eras: Jennifer Higdon, Rebecca Clarke, and Clara Schumann.

This concert is FREE and open to the public!

Thales Piano Trio
Ellen Cockerham Riccio, violin
Sara Bennett Wolfe, cello
Daniel Stipe, piano

The Thales Piano Trio has performed as part of concert series’ across the Eastern seaboard, at venues including Washington College in Chestertown MD, Trinity Lutheran Church in Richmond VA, and St. Paul’s on the Green in Norwalk CT. In addition, they have presented house concerts at numerous private residences.

Now in their second season as an ensemble, the Thales Piano Trio is the product of more than a decade of musical collaboration between Ellen, Sara, and Daniel in all possible duo combinations: Ellen and Sara won a fellowship to study and perform as half of the Heiligenstadt Quartet at the Brevard Music Center; Sara and Daniel performed sonata repertoire together at Princeton University Chapel; since meeting in 2013, Daniel and Ellen have shared the stage frequently, including as part of the Belz-Parker Artists Ascending Concert Series in Memphis and the Forest Hill Recital Series in Richmond. The trio is named for the famous mathematician Thales (THAY-lees) of Miletus. Thales’ theorem states: If A, B and C are points on a circle where the line AC is a diameter of the circle, then the angle ∠ABC is a right angle. The musicians are thrilled to be “completing the triangle” by joining together to form a trio; as such they found Thales’ name particularly appropriate.

‘Hidden Figures’ CodeRVA Event At Main RPL Wednesday Night

There’s another powerful movie event Wednesday at the main branch of the Richmond Public Library.

From FaceBook event page:

The Richmond Public Library, Bijou Film Center, and CodeVA are holding a very special, family-friendly celebration of Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 4-10) with a free public viewing of the acclaimed film, HIDDEN FIGURES.

Virginia, the Digital Dominion, is home to many “hidden figures” in Computer Science – both past and present. Computer Science Education Week each year also marks the birthday of Admiral Grace Hopper, a Navy officer, WWII hero, and longtime Virginia resident who invented the first computer compiler and discovered the first software “bug.” It is also home to NASA Langley, where the heroic human “computers” depicted in HIDDEN FIGURES worked to launch America ahead in the Space Race.

Come early for a special speaker panel discussing the important roles Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan played, not only in manned spaceflight, but also in helping launch modern computer science.

Worried about dinner? We have that covered! There will be pizza, popcorn and Tang!

Panel discussion starts @ 5:30PM

Movie starts @ 6:00PM

‘The Promised Land’ at Main Street RPL Tomorrow Night

Tomorrow night, downtown will be abuzz with First Friday/holiday celebrations. One event that might be of interest is a documentary screening at the Main Richmond Public Library at 6:30 pm, The Promise Land: The Story of Pocahontas Island. It tells the true story of one of if not the oldest free African American communities in the United States, as well as the life of the Island’s caretaker, Mr. Richard Stewart.

Pocahontas Island is down in Petersburg. It’s an interesting, historic enclave, something that Oregon Hill knows about. And some people may not know that Oregon Hill has a bit of ‘free African American’ history as well.

Author Talk At Library Tomorrow: Climate of Capitulation

From FaceBook event page:

Tomorrow at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Richmond Public Library (Main Library)

Vivian E. Thomson’s “Climate of Capitulation: An Insider’s Account of State Power in a Coal Nation” looks at environmental policy making at the state level and offers a comprehensive analysis of the often entrenched biases toward coal and electric utilities in states’ air pollution policies.

Vivian E. Thomson is former Professor of Environmental Policy at the University of Virginia, where she also directed the Environmental Thought and Practice BA Program. She has been an air pollution policymaker at the US EPA and in Virginia. She was also a Fulbright Professor of American Studies in Denmark.

Books will be available for sale at this event, but attendees may also bring pre-purchased copies to be signed.

This event is sponsored by the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Richmond Zine Fest Coming Up

Coming up at the Main branch of the Richmond Public Library (Oregon Hill’s branch, 101 E. Franklin St.):

Richmond Zine Fest! Featuring over 100 zine makers.

September 29th: Workshops
September 30th: Tabling

11 am – 11:45 – Homie to Homie: dismantling strangers, documenting kinship, resisting through community
12 pm – 12:45 – Organizing Zine Fest: Trials, Errors & Lessons
1 pm – 1:45 – a very long mixtape
2:30 pm – 3:00 – Zines in the classroom
3:15 pm – 4:30 – Supporting All Choices: Full-Spectrum Doula Care for Pregnant People
4:45 pm – 5:30 – Quick Zines + Comics as Icebreakers

Come and buy zines directly from their makers! Bring cash and small bills and enjoy!

Year 11 <3

Chinese Cooking As A Second Language

From Main Street librarian Patty Parks:

Doing a stay-cation on Labor Day weekend? Join us as we travel, cook and eat with Xiamin Wu, our guest chef from China, for Cooking as a Second Language! Next Sunday, Sept. 3, 11-1. This is my favorite collaborative program of RPL and @richmondhostel. Xiaomin(Showme) was a student with the VCU Global Studies program when I met her 5 years ago, I’m thrilled to catch up with her again! Join us as we learn how to make dumplings and hear her stories about cooking, family recipes and culture! What a great way to meet and engage with our diverse community. Call the library for reservations, 647-7223, class size is limited to 24.

Urban Lit Fest ’17

One thing easy to love about Richmond is its rich, independent, literary life. There is a wide spectrum, from this neighborhood and all over, well-known and not so-well-known.

Tomorrow, help celebrate that at the Main Richmond Public Library downtown for Urban Lit Fest ’17. The Richmond Public Library will be hosting their second annual celebration of Richmond’s independent authors.

Meet 50 authors, find the latest, greatest locally grown urban fiction, poetry, and memoir. Enjoy readings, discussions, and find out how to “make it” as a self-published author.

Workshop Schedule:
10:30 Live Streaming Strategies for Authors
11:30 Self-Love and Walking in Your Purpose
12:30-1:00 Panel Discussion
1:00 Books are a Business
2:00 How to Turn Your Book into a Best Seller
3:00 The Poet Tree Workshop
4:00 What is Urban Fiction?
4:00 Introduction to Self-E

Workshops are free and open to the public. Registration not required but space is limited.