Arcadia Project launches Music at the Movies series
Each month features a different movie and artist combo. It kicks off Thursday, February 3 with “Straight Outtta Compton” hosted by local hip-hop artist Austin Fox.
Fox will start the evening with original music, followed by a post-film discussion.
“The goal is to bring music to Staunton, even during COVID, and to do so safely,” said Arcadia Project Executive Director Pamela Mason Wagner. “So we invited five famous local musicians, each from a different musical genre, to host a party on the first Thursday of every month.”
People can either purchase a series pass or attend a single event. You must show your vaccination card for admission.
ARCADIA PROJECT AND VISULITE CINEMA PRESENT “MUSIC AT THE MOVIES”
(STAUNTON, VA) January 31, 2022 – A year in the planning, local partners Arcadia Project and Visulite Cinema are proud to present a new series, Music at the Movies, a huge event spanning several months.
The first edition takes place on Thursday February 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Cinéma Visulite and continues on the first Thursday of each month until June 2022.
What is music in cinema? Well, it’s just a way to see new movies with music as the central theme. Each month, a local musician or band will play a mini concert, followed by a music film of their choice. After the film, the public will have the opportunity to join the musician in an open discussion about the film, why the artist chose it and what it means to him. The event takes place at the Visulite Cinema in downtown Staunton on the first Thursday night of each month.
“At a time when political strife threatens to tear communities apart, music can be the glue that brings us together again to find inspiration and common ground. With this series, we intend to celebrate artists local music, as well as the power of music to transform hearts, lives and even history,” said Pamela Mason Wagner, Executive Director of the Arcadia Project.
Current Music at the Movies programming begins with:
On February 3, Austin Fox, a local hip-hop artist, will perform several raps and then present the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton. On March 3, Molly Murphy of Judy Chops will join us to play a few tunes and then introduce Wild Rose, about a country western singer from Glasgow who dreams of going to Nashville. Next, on April 7, George Hunter will perform jazz and gospel tunes, followed by a screening of the 2008 Cadillac Records film. Daniel Heifetz, the founder of the Heifetz Institute, will present a film (TBD) on May 5 on his passion for classical music. Linda and Robin Williams perform several songs from their latest album, before screening the 2020 documentary Without Getting Killed or Caught on June 2, 2022.
Series passes ($75.00) or individual tickets ($20.00) can be purchased at thearcadiaproject.org. In order to ensure the safety of the artists and the public, proof of vaccination will be required at the entrance.
Part of the proceeds will go to the Arcadia project.
About The Arcadia Project The Arcadia Project is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that advances the renovation and reopening of the historic old Dixie Theater in downtown Staunton. Created in 2019, the Arcadia Project has brought together more than 70 volunteers who have donated 1,560 hours of work, won several grants totaling $80,000 and completed four major building improvement projects thanks to contributions from more than 60 new donors. . Additionally, The Arcadia Project has brought over a dozen COVID-free live performances and virtual performances to the Staunton community through its Artists Interrupted series. Independent market research has positively identified the revenue potential and strength of the historic theatre. With this validation in hand, the Arcadia Project will continue to “keep the community alive” through the eventual opening of a space in downtown Staunton where all visitors can bring who they are! Visit https://thearcadiaproject.org/.
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