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Down by Downtown and Blue Ridge Marathon Announce 2015 Main Music Acts

Down by Downtown and Blue Ridge Marathon Announce 2015 Main Music Acts

Organizers of the Foot Levelers Down by Downtown Music Festival and Blue Ridge Marathon are once again expanding the schedule in Downtown Roanoke as a part of the 6th Annual event (April 16-18). The weekend of live music kicks off Thursday night at over a dozen venues, continues with a free concert Friday evening featuring […]

Grammy-nominated Jazz Vocalist to Perform Music of Judy Garland

Grammy-nominated Jazz Vocalist to Perform Music of Judy Garland

Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Jane Monheit will pay tribute to the jazzier side of the legendary Judy Garland with “Hello Bluebird, Celebrating the Jazz of Judy Garland” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Presented by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, the performance will be held in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within […]

Guest Pianist Joins Symphony for Evening of Romance

Guest Pianist Joins Symphony for Evening of Romance

The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming masterworks concert features Armenian-American pianist Tanya Gabrielian, who will perform Tchaikovsky’s romantic and inspiring first piano concerto, along with pieces from Mozart and Ralph Vaughn Williams. The program is set for 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 and is presented by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech. It will be […]

Healing Strides of VA Instructors Now USHJA Certified Trainers

Healing Strides of VA Instructors Now USHJA Certified Trainers

Healing Strides of VA (HSVA), a 501©3 non-profit organization, has announced that two of their instructors are now USHJA Certified Trainers. Head Trainer, Stacey Fitzgerald and Ferrum College Equestrian Coach, Margaret Cornwell have completed the process to gain their certification. These ladies are the only USHJA Certified Trainers within a fifty (50) mile radius. HSVA […]

Exhibitions Present Ideas Through Fusion of Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, And Craft

Exhibitions Present Ideas Through Fusion of Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, And Craft

The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech’s  latest presentation of three one-person exhibitions highlights internationally recognized artists who reinvent and merge various disciplines, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and craft, through inventive uses of thread and fabric. This suite of exhibitions, titled “Threaded,” debuts with an opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 12, from 6 p.m. to […]

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), […]



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