Archive for the Category ‘Arts & Culture’

Local Organists Stay Busy Through Church and Guild Performances

Local Organists Stay Busy Through Church and Guild Performances

Consider the plight of the church musician. As a professional worship leader, this musician often has no colleagues – unless you count the pastor. So when the musician is an organist, you’ll often find him or her in the American Guild of Organists, AGO for short. Although a strong national organization with many local groups, […]

Think You Don’t Know Opera?

Think You Don’t Know Opera?

Opera Roanoke will bring a multi-media production to Smith Mountain Lake, entitled “OPERA 101 — Think You Don’t Know Opera? You’ve been listening to it all your life.”  This highly entertaining program will be staged at Trinity Ecumenical Parish on Friday, September 5th, at 7:00 p.m., and will highlight the following: Question:  What do Placido […]

Life Is Beautiful . . .

Life Is Beautiful . . .

A dog leaping. A dancer tangled in black coral. An abandoned house. A cloud of dandelion fluff. A single teardrop. These are just a few of the more than a hundred images depicting unexpectedly beautiful moments that are on display at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine through October as part of the school’s […]

Factory Man Becomes Non-fiction Bestseller For Macy

Factory Man Becomes Non-fiction Bestseller For Macy

First, a review: If a non-fiction book about the rise and fall – and survival – of the furniture making industry in Southside and Southwestern Virginia can be a page turner, then Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Off-shoring, Stayed Local and Helped Save an America Town is it. The Little, Brown book is […]

Crow Rocks The Joint; Floydfest Spreads Out

Crow Rocks The Joint; Floydfest Spreads Out

Two local music venues made a comeback in recent days: the July 31 Sheryl Crow concert at the new Elmwood Park Amphitheater – billed as a shakeout for larger acts – seemed to prove that the renovated facility could handle a crowd of 4000-plus. The concession and bathroom lines were manageable; parking nearby did not […]

Jeff Center’s New Season Maybe “Stronger” Than Ever

Jeff Center’s New Season Maybe “Stronger” Than Ever

Coming off a year in which there were more sellouts than ever – the entire Star City Series was sold out – Jefferson Center has announced the 2014-2015 lineup of performers. The Jeff Center and its Shaftman Performance Hall also got a national boost earlier this year when a live jazz performance by Snarky Puppy […]

“Dream Boy” Young Adult Novel Will Debut At Museum

“Dream Boy” Young Adult Novel Will Debut At Museum

Two long time friends have collaborated on a new book written for young adults – although one of the authors says people of any age may enjoy reading it. Dream Boy is a novel revolving around a teenage girl, a small town dreamer. Then the boy of her dreams shows up and all sorts of […]

Foundation for Roanoke Valley Awards Second Year Grants from “Educate – Inspire – Create”

Foundation for Roanoke Valley Awards Second Year Grants from “Educate – Inspire – Create”

The Foundation for Roanoke Valley has announced that it has awarded $60,000 in grants as part of its three-year Arts & Culture Initiative.  This initiative, funded through the Foundation’s Community Catalyst Funds, provides grants to non-profit organizations or local school districts based on two objectives: 1) Educate. Inspire. Create. and 2) Arts at Work.  The […]

Virginia Chosen as Location For Meg Ryan Film Produced by Tom Hanks

Virginia Chosen as Location For Meg Ryan Film Produced by Tom Hanks

Ryan will direct and star in an adaptation of William Saroyan novel Officials have announced that the upcoming movie “Ithaca” will be filmed in Virginia this June and July. Actress Meg Ryan will direct and play a role in the movie along with Sam Shepard and Ms. Ryan’s son, Jack Quaid. Tom Hanks and his […]

“Friends” Present The Blue Ridge Parkway – A Most Visionary Thing!

“Friends” Present The Blue Ridge Parkway – A Most Visionary Thing!

FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway begins its Summer 2014 Saturday Workshops on the Parkway with a presentation on parkway history by Peter Givens, a National Park Service interpretive specialist. “The Blue Ridge Parkway – A Most Visionary Thing!” delves into the minds of the parkway’s original planners as we examine the elements that guided […]



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