2017

February

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5pm-9pm ~ Drink N' Draw - Special Under the Gun Edition
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5pm-9pm ~ Dinner & Exhibition9pm-2am ~ Canrock & Friends
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11am-4pm ~ Cereal Surreal Art Brunch12pm ~ Chrysler Closing Tour & Poster Contest8pm-12am ~ Under the Gun Closing Night w/ Anthony and the Conqueroos
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5pm ~ New Menu + Wine Night
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11am-2pm ~ W|R Lunch9pm ~ "The Official" w/ DJ Bee & Friends
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5pm ~ Heart Strings: Valentines Date Night w/ Mike deMoss
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9pm ~ Chrysler 3rd Thursday Afterz w/ Opal & Fake Uzumi
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11am-2pm ~ W|R Lunch9pm ~ FREE FRIDAYS w/ Max Fullard
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CLOSED FOR INSTALL
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6pm ~ PRO-FORMA Exhibition Opening Night w/ Mike deMoss9pm ~ ROLODECKS PRO-FORMA EDITION w/ LRDMRCY & CANROCK
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4pm ~ PRO-FORMA Artist Talk8pm ~ Cheap Thrills & Friends
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February Events

Feb 2 5pm-9pm ~ Drink N' Draw - Special Under the Gun Edition Thursday February 2nd 5:00pm View more info
Feb 2 5pm-9pm ~ Drink N' Draw - Special Under the Gun Edition Thursday February 2nd 5:00pm
ALL AGES UNTIL 9PM. HAPPY HOUR 5PM-7PM.
Dinner & Drinks served all night.
 
**NON-DRAWING GUESTS ARE FREE & WELCOME**
$5 DRAW // $2 BORROW SUPPLIES // HONOR SYSTEM!
 
5PM: DOORS OPEN for EXHIBITION + DINNER & DRINKS – CLAIM YOUR SEAT!
6PM-9PM: DRINK N DRAW
Drink n Draw – Get here early, space fills up fast!

This month’s theme and models will pay tribute to our military veterans and work in conjunction with the current exhibition, “Under the Gun.”

 
Work | Release hold’s a monthly Drink N’ Draw w/ awesome models, wild themes, crazy costumes and weird props and positions. Long time member and coordinator of the Norfolk Drawing Group, Devon Lawrence helps lead these sessions where we aim to allow you to practice and perfect your talents with a live model in a less traditional setting or just have fun with pencil and paper. Music, dinner, drinks and fellowship available all night.
 
Your small contribution for participation goes towards the model, the coordinator and a little aside for new costumes, props and supplies. Easels and paint are highly discouraged at this time due to space constraints and cleanliness so bring your sketchbooks and cozy up in a couch or at a table with friends. In-house supplies can be used for an additional $2/person or bring your own!
Feb 3 5pm-9pm ~ Dinner & Exhibition Friday February 3rd 5:00pm View more info
Feb 3 5pm-9pm ~ Dinner & Exhibition Friday February 3rd 5:00pm
Feb 3 9pm-2am ~ Canrock & Friends Friday February 3rd 9:00pm View more info
Feb 3 9pm-2am ~ Canrock & Friends Friday February 3rd 9:00pm
Feb 4 11am-4pm ~ Cereal Surreal Art Brunch Saturday February 4th 11:00am View more info
Feb 4 11am-4pm ~ Cereal Surreal Art Brunch Saturday February 4th 11:00am
Feb 4 12pm ~ Chrysler Closing Tour & Poster Contest Saturday February 4th 12:00pm View more info
Feb 4 12pm ~ Chrysler Closing Tour & Poster Contest Saturday February 4th 12:00pm

Feb 4 8pm-12am ~ Under the Gun Closing Night w/ Anthony and the Conqueroos Saturday February 4th 8pm View more info
Feb 4 8pm-12am ~ Under the Gun Closing Night w/ Anthony and the Conqueroos Saturday February 4th 8pm

FREE // 18+ // 8pm

Join us for closing night of “Under the Gun” as we celebrate with a live performance from Anthony and the Conqueroos!

https://www.facebook.com/Anthonyandtheconqueroos

Feb 9 5pm ~ New Menu + Wine Night Thursday February 9th 5:00pm View more info
Feb 9 5pm ~ New Menu + Wine Night Thursday February 9th 5:00pm

Check out our new menu and throw back a bottle of wine with your friends. Happy hour till 7pm.

Feb 10 11am-2pm ~ W|R Lunch Friday February 10th 11:00am View more info
Feb 10 11am-2pm ~ W|R Lunch Friday February 10th 11:00am
Feb 10 9pm ~ "The Official" w/ DJ Bee & Friends Friday February 10th 9pm View more info
Feb 10 9pm ~ "The Official" w/ DJ Bee & Friends Friday February 10th 9pm

COMMONWEALTH VA & FRESH RADIO PRESENT “THE OFFICIAL” w/ DJ BEE & FRIENDS

Please join us as we celebrate the return of “The Official”. A night dedicated to honoring the life & times of James Dewitt Yancey.

*A portion of the proceeds will go to “Dilla’s Delights” (A donut shop in Detroit, MI run by the daughters of James “J. Dilla” Yancey)

18+ | 9PM

DJ Bee (Fresh Radio)
www.djbeeonline.com/
www.itsfreshradio.com
@djbeeonline

Nottz Raw (Raw Koncept/DMP)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nottz
@nottzraw

Blood Diamond
https://www.mixcloud.com/blooddiamondbtym
@tashawnjones

J. Clyde
https://jclyde.bandcamp.com/
@jclyde757

Mike Rizzy
http://www.djmikerizzy.com/
@djmikerizzy

Co-Pilot
soundcloud.com/jordancopon
@coponjg

James Dewitt Yancey (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006), better known by the stage name J. Dilla was an American record producer who emerged from the mid-1990s underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. According to his obituary at NPR.org, he “was one of the music industry’s most influential hip-hop artists, working for big-name acts like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, The Pharcyde and Common.”

Renowned producer Pete Rock placed J Dilla on his list of the top five producers of all time, while the editors of About.com ranked him #15 on their list of the Top 50 Hip-Hop Producers. Andy Kellman of Allmusic stated that—by 2004, after being active for well over a decade as a producer J. Dilla had accomplished enough to be considered “an all-time great.” J. Dilla made the “Elite 8” in the search for The Greatest Hip-Hop Producer of All Time by Vibe. Also, The Source placed him on its list of the 20 greatest producers in the magazine’s twenty-year history.

www.itsfreshradio.com
www.commonwealth-ftgg.com

Flyer by Tashawn Jones
http://tashawnjones.com/

TICKETS ONSALE SOON!
$7 EARLYBIRD. $10 PRESALE. $15 AT THE DOOR.

Feb 11 5pm ~ Heart Strings: Valentines Date Night w/ Mike deMoss Saturday February 11th 5:00pm View more info
Feb 11 5pm ~ Heart Strings: Valentines Date Night w/ Mike deMoss Saturday February 11th 5:00pm

SPECIAL VALENTINES DATE NIGHT
Dinner begins at 5pm w/ our full regular menu or special 3-course menus & wine specials.

7PM – Acoustic set by Mike deMoss (http://www.mikedemoss.com/)

3-COURSE VALENTINES MENU – $30 per person

FIRST COURSE (choice of one)
+ House Salad w/ tomatoes, onion, cucumber, apple cider vinaigrette & house croutons
+ She Crab Soup
+ Brie Plate w/ fig preserves & warm baguette

SECOND COURSE (choice of one)
+ Roasted Pomegranate Glazed Duck Breast over mashed sweet potatoes w/ wilted spinach
+ Blackened Salmon Fettuccine w/ blue cheese cream sauce, roasted red peppers & fresh arugula
+ Roasted Porkloin w/ bourbon braised apples over mashed sweet potatoes & brussel sprouts
+ Winter Vegetable Lasagne w/ alfredo

THIRD COURSE (choice of one)
+ Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
+ Salted Chocolate Flourless Cake
+ Coconut Chess Pie

Feb 16 9pm ~ Chrysler 3rd Thursday Afterz w/ Opal & Fake Uzumi Thursday February 16th 9:00pm View more info
Feb 16 9pm ~ Chrysler 3rd Thursday Afterz w/ Opal & Fake Uzumi Thursday February 16th 9:00pm
Feb 17 11am-2pm ~ W|R Lunch Friday February 17th 11:00am View more info
Feb 17 11am-2pm ~ W|R Lunch Friday February 17th 11:00am
Feb 17 9pm ~ FREE FRIDAYS w/ Max Fullard Friday February 17th 9:00pm View more info
Feb 17 9pm ~ FREE FRIDAYS w/ Max Fullard Friday February 17th 9:00pm
Feb 24 6pm ~ PRO-FORMA Exhibition Opening Night w/ Mike deMoss Friday February 24th 6:00pm View more info
Feb 24 6pm ~ PRO-FORMA Exhibition Opening Night w/ Mike deMoss Friday February 24th 6:00pm

PRO-FORMA OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION
FREE // ALL AGES UNTIL 9PM

Curated by Dr. Vittorio Colaizzi

Early acoustic sets by Mike deMoss
Late Night DJ sets by CanRock & LRDMRCY

Pro-Forma assembles nine painters and sculptors who work around, with, and through abstraction. They exploit the ways in which abstraction not only is, in itself and for itself, but pictures things, touches the past, tells stories, and creates meaning.

ARTISTS:
+ Trudy Benson
+ Jamison Brosseau
+ Stacy Fisher
+ Leigh Anne Chambers
+ Jason Stopa
+ Paul Behnke
+ Nikki Leone
+ Ron Johnson
+ Matthew F Fisher

Abstraction itself is old news. And yet it is still viewed with suspicion from across the political spectrum for seeming to flee from reality. This is because traditionally abstraction has been tied to the impulse for autonomy, to art’s yearning to stand on its own, to be its own justification, to refuse to serve kings or popes.

It turned out to be pretty good at this latter task, but we shouldn’t mistake the particulars of abstraction’s history for any indelible quality, especially with regard to specific artists.

The artists in Pro-Forma take part in a new chapter in abstraction’s history; its refusal to sit back and be pretty, its muscling into our everyday lives. They do this through their imagery, which ranges from explicit to suggestive, and also through their materials and processes, which invite and sustain myriad connections. In the spaces of energy and contemplation their work will create among and between the walls of Work Release, the viewer will encounter their distinct wills and personalities. Unapologetic in their decisions, wanting their work to be itself, most fully and richly, they have not given up on modernism’s old dream of autonomy. But autonomy is not exclusionary, and while the paintings and sculptures, placed in a space that calls for contextual, conversational engagement, welcome and invite close concentrated looking, they also reach out to one another and their situation.

As is often the case when a curator grafts a thin idea onto real-world working artists, abstraction as a theme is not always the first thing on any of these artists’ minds. Instead they are thinking about color, pattern, process, myth, desire, books, street lamps, laundry, and everything else specific to artists and common to humans. Hopefully, it is not too much of a stretch to say that the very self-absorption of these artists, their commitment as whole human beings to their work, is what makes it also about the viewer. The conflict—here admittedly emphasized for the sake of drama—between the participatory and contextual orientation of Work Release, and the inwardly-directed, formalist and visual orientation of abstraction, collapses and reconciles, and the myth of “passive” viewing explodes.

Feb 24 9pm ~ ROLODECKS PRO-FORMA EDITION w/ LRDMRCY & CANROCK Friday February 24th 9:00pm View more info
Feb 24 9pm ~ ROLODECKS PRO-FORMA EDITION w/ LRDMRCY & CANROCK Friday February 24th 9:00pm
Feb 25 4pm ~ PRO-FORMA Artist Talk Saturday February 25th 4:00pm View more info
Feb 25 4pm ~ PRO-FORMA Artist Talk Saturday February 25th 4:00pm

PRO-FORMA OPENING WEEKEND CONTINUES w/
CURATOR & ARTIST TALKS

FREE // ALL AGES

4PM – Exhibition Opens (happy hour specials until 7pm)
5PM – Artist / Curator Talks
8PM – Cheap Thrills & Friends w/ RBLE + Big Bacon & Chee + Brandon Jarod

Speakers:
Curator Vittorio Colaizzi
Paul Behnke
Ron Johnson
Nikki Leone
Leigh Anne Chambers

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
Pro-Forma assembles nine painters and sculptors who work around, with, and through abstraction. They exploit the ways in which abstraction not only is, in itself and for itself, but pictures things, touches the past, tells stories, and creates meaning.

Abstraction itself is old news. And yet it is still viewed with suspicion from across the political spectrum for seeming to flee from reality. This is because traditionally abstraction has been tied to the impulse for autonomy, to art’s yearning to stand on its own, to be its own justification, to refuse to serve kings or popes.

It turned out to be pretty good at this latter task, but we shouldn’t mistake the particulars of abstraction’s history for any indelible quality, especially with regard to specific artists.

The artists in Pro-Forma take part in a new chapter in abstraction’s history; its refusal to sit back and be pretty, its muscling into our everyday lives. They do this through their imagery, which ranges from explicit to suggestive, and also through their materials and processes, which invite and sustain myriad connections. In the spaces of energy and contemplation their work will create among and between the walls of Work Release, the viewer will encounter their distinct wills and personalities. Unapologetic in their decisions, wanting their work to be itself, most fully and richly, they have not given up on modernism’s old dream of autonomy. But autonomy is not exclusionary, and while the paintings and sculptures, placed in a space that calls for contextual, conversational engagement, welcome and invite close concentrated looking, they also reach out to one another and their situation.

As is often the case when a curator grafts a thin idea onto real-world working artists, abstraction as a theme is not always the first thing on any of these artists’ minds. Instead they are thinking about color, pattern, process, myth, desire, books, street lamps, laundry, and everything else specific to artists and common to humans. Hopefully, it is not too much of a stretch to say that the very self-absorption of these artists, their commitment as whole human beings to their work, is what makes it also about the viewer. The conflict—here admittedly emphasized for the sake of drama—between the participatory and contextual orientation of Work Release, and the inwardly-directed, formalist and visual orientation of abstraction, collapses and reconciles, and the myth of “passive” viewing explodes.

Feb 25 8pm ~ Cheap Thrills & Friends Saturday February 25th 8:00pm View more info
Feb 25 8pm ~ Cheap Thrills & Friends Saturday February 25th 8:00pm
PRO-FORMA OPENING WEEKEND CONTINUES
FREE // 18+

4PM – Exhibition Opens (happy hour specials until 7pm)
5PM – Artist / Curator Talks
8PM – Cheap Thrills & Friends w/ RBLE + Brandon Jarod + Big Bacon & Chee + more!

Cheap Thrills (https://www.facebook.com/CheapThrillsVA/)
RBLE (https://soundcloud.com/rble)
Brandon Jarod (https://www.bjarod.com/)
Big Bacon & Chee (https://soundcloud.com/bigbaconandchee)

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
Pro-Forma assembles nine painters and sculptors who work around, with, and through abstraction. They exploit the ways in which abstraction not only is, in itself and for itself, but pictures things, touches the past, tells stories, and creates meaning.

Abstraction itself is old news. And yet it is still viewed with suspicion from across the political spectrum for seeming to flee from reality. This is because traditionally abstraction has been tied to the impulse for autonomy, to art’s yearning to stand on its own, to be its own justification, to refuse to serve kings or popes.

It turned out to be pretty good at this latter task, but we shouldn’t mistake the particulars of abstraction’s history for any indelible quality, especially with regard to specific artists.

The artists in Pro-Forma take part in a new chapter in abstraction’s history; its refusal to sit back and be pretty, its muscling into our everyday lives. They do this through their imagery, which ranges from explicit to suggestive, and also through their materials and processes, which invite and sustain myriad connections. In the spaces of energy and contemplation their work will create among and between the walls of Work Release, the viewer will encounter their distinct wills and personalities. Unapologetic in their decisions, wanting their work to be itself, most fully and richly, they have not given up on modernism’s old dream of autonomy. But autonomy is not exclusionary, and while the paintings and sculptures, placed in a space that calls for contextual, conversational engagement, welcome and invite close concentrated looking, they also reach out to one another and their situation.

As is often the case when a curator grafts a thin idea onto real-world working artists, abstraction as a theme is not always the first thing on any of these artists’ minds. Instead they are thinking about color, pattern, process, myth, desire, books, street lamps, laundry, and everything else specific to artists and common to humans. Hopefully, it is not too much of a stretch to say that the very self-absorption of these artists, their commitment as whole human beings to their work, is what makes it also about the viewer. The conflict—here admittedly emphasized for the sake of drama—between the participatory and contextual orientation of Work Release, and the inwardly-directed, formalist and visual orientation of abstraction, collapses and reconciles, and the myth of “passive” viewing explodes.

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