Archive for the Category ‘Arts & Culture’

In Memoriam: Vibe DJ “Dose” Was A World Traveler

In Memoriam: Vibe DJ “Dose” Was A World Traveler

(Note: the Roanoke Star first told the story of DJ Big Dose early in 2013. Christopher Thorne died in a tour bus accident on January 16 while visiting Panama. He was 45, and leaves behind a mother in South Carolina and two brothers.) Arriving on the local radio scene in October 2013, “DJ Big Dose,” […]

Artist to Showcase Paintings Inspired by Human Brain Chemistry

Artist to Showcase Paintings Inspired by Human Brain Chemistry

Nicholas Milinazzo will exhibit his electrochemically-inspired abstract paintings during the month of February in Sagacitas (Latin—roughly translated “I perceive keenly”), a solo art show at 2nd helpings Gallery in Roanoke. As a national debate champion and former aspiring lawyer, Milinazzo had always planned to make good use of his brain. Upon realizing a greater calling […]

St. John Lutheran Church to Host C.S. Lewis Conference

St. John Lutheran Church to Host C.S. Lewis Conference

Beginning on 13 February St. John Lutheran Church will host a free C.S. Lewis conference entitled “C.S.Lewis’s Big Ideas” featuring Dr. Jerry Root from Wheaton College. On Friday from 7:00-9:00 PM, the topic will be “Reality is Iconoclastic (When God is not my idea of God).” There are two sessions on Saturday. The morning session […]

Book Review: Roanoker Novelist’s “Still Fighting” Offers Plenty of Twists and Turns

Book Review: Roanoker Novelist’s “Still Fighting” Offers Plenty of Twists and Turns

When a motorcycle enthusiast, conspiracy theorist, military history buff pens a novel about a motorcycle club, the Vietnam War, and layer upon layer of corruption, secrets, and mayhem, it’s bound to be good. And when the author knows every nook and cranny of Southwest Virginia and sets much of his novel in Southwest Virginia, it’s […]

Roanoke Native Brings Breakout Progressive Blue Grass Band Back to Hometown

Roanoke Native Brings Breakout Progressive Blue Grass Band Back to Hometown

Up and coming Bluegrass fusion band “?Barnstar!” which began as the brainchild of Roanoker Zachariah Hickman (who has also performed as bassist for Josh Ritter and musical director for Ray Lamontagne) is bringing the bluegrass supergroup back to the Star City. The band features some of the Boston area’s finest musicians and songwriters including Mark Erelli (guitar), Jake Armerding (fiddle), […]

“Gods and Goddesses” Now on Exhibit at Gallery 202

“Gods and Goddesses” Now on Exhibit at Gallery 202

Impassioned local artist, Margaret Sue Turner Wright has opened her new show of nude figure paintings, ‘Gods and Goddesses’, now on exhibit at Gallery 202 on the Market Square in downtown Roanoke. “In the tradition of the great master painters throughout time the human form has served as the inspirational subject that elevates our humanity […]

Mill Mountain Theatre Announces 2015 Auditions

Mill Mountain Theatre Announces 2015 Auditions

Roanoke’s professional theatre has announced auditions for its entire 2015 season, including three main-stage productions of musicals and drama and one concert of the new Mill Mountain Music series. Auditions on Feb. 13 and 14 are for adult roles only.  Auditions for children and youth performers will be held separately in March.  Performers who are […]

One Hundred Artists to Explore “Identity” at The Market Gallery

One Hundred Artists to Explore “Identity” at The Market Gallery

“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” – Ralph Ellison The Market Gallery’s opening reception for its first 2015 theme show, “IDENTITY,” was held during Art by Night on Friday, January 2. The exhibit explores a wide variety of media and techniques on cradled 9″ x 12″ panels that reveal 100 different artists’ […]

Local Painter Gets His Own Documentary

Local Painter Gets His Own Documentary

If you’ve lived in Roanoke for more than few months you’ve probably heard of Eric Fitzpatrick, the painter and sometimes mixed-media artist voted “Best Artist” 25 years in a row by readers of The Roanoke Magazine. Fitzpatrick tackles often-popular subjects, like scenes and landscapes familiar to many – including his Texas Tavern pieces – but […]

Nancy Dahlstrom: Luminous Spirit Opens December 8 at Wilson Museum

Nancy Dahlstrom: Luminous Spirit Opens December 8 at Wilson Museum

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum will present Nancy Dahlstom: Luminous Spirit, a major exhibition showcasing a wide variety of recent and older works by Hollins University professor emerita Nancy Dahlstrom. This show will be on view in the Main and Ballator-Thompson Galleries from December 8, 2014 – February 21, 2015. There will be a reception […]



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