Ben Venue races on Saturday
The Old Dominion Hounds Point-to-Point is Saturday, April 9, with races starting at noon. Traditionally marking the true beginning of spring in Rappahannock, the races at Ben Venue have a setting that many longtime horse people consider the most beautiful of all the Virginia point-to-points and steeplechases. You don’t have to be “horsey” to enjoy them; rather, the spring scenery and people-watching are worth just about any price of admission. For more information, call (540) 364-4573 or (540) 636-1507.
Olivia Maxwell casts her spell
“Macbeth Unhinged,” famous actor and first-time director Angus Macfadyen’s feature premiering Saturday night at this weekend’s Little Washington Film Festival, has one other Rappahannock connection: Actress Olivia Maxwell, daughter of Flint Hill-based feature film director Ron Maxwell (“Gods and Generals,” “Gettysburg”), has a substantial supporting role in the film. Pictured here in the stretch limo where much of Macfadyen’s adaptation takes place, Olivia Maxwell plays Witch No. 1, the most visible of the three strange sisters whose prophesies launch Macbeth on his climb to power and descent to you-know-where.
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Heile and Wiberg at Middle Street Gallery
Middle Street Gallery, the Sperryville-based artists’ cooperative, is showing works by local artists Barbara Heile and Joan Wiberg through May 8. The gallery is holding an opening reception for the public to meet the artists on Saturday, April 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. Heile, a long-standing member of the gallery, will show paintings from her “Convergence” portfolio, in which appreciation for both the painting process and product are important. Painter and printmaker Wiberg, a new member of the gallery, will offer her views of trees in the local landscape and their placement in relation to each other. The gallery is next to River District Arts, 3 River Lane. Hours are Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 540/987-9330 or visit www.middlestreetgallery.org for more information.
‘Castleton in Performance’
Castleton in Performance presents the fourth annual “A Time to Break Silence” on Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m., at The Theatre House. The program shines a spotlight on a range of social issues. April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. Princeton Professor Gary J. Bass will speak about the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh, which he writes has become “forgotten.”
Renowned photographer Kay Chernush will speak about what can be done against slavery today. Chernush is founder and artistic director of ArtWorks for Freedom, an organization that uses the power of art to raise awareness about modern day slavery and human trafficking.
Performers include rising opera star (and Warrenton native) Davone Tines, Rappahannock County musician Forrest Marquisee, and two Bangladeshi musicians: songwriter Nazmus Saquib and tabla player Syed Arefinul Haque. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit ArtWorks for Freedom and Doctors Without Borders. After the performances and talks, there will be complimentary refreshments and an art exhibit. Tickets: adults $30; students $15. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.castletonfestival.org or contact the box office at 866-974-0767.