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Friday 02/05/2016
Posted: February 05, 2016 - 2:30 pm
Arts & Extras: Coffee break for art at Virginia Tech

The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech is sending off two of its current art exhibitions with a casual “coffee break” from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7.

Thursday 02/04/2016
Posted: February 04, 2016 - 7:00 pm
Arts & Extras: Yes, that's a real live chocolate-covered woman

“Déesse de Chocolat” isn’t a new brand of Valentine’s Day bon-bons.

Posted: February 04, 2016 - 2:45 pm
Arts & Extras: Puppet theater animates whale of a tale

The words of the great American novel “Moby-Dick” are brought to life on the stage by Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theater for the premiere of the work, “In the Shadow of Moby Dick” at 7:30 p....

Monday 02/01/2016
Posted: February 01, 2016 - 5:30 pm
Arts & Extras: Floyd County artist awarded VMFA fellowship

Floyd County artist Charlie Brouwer is one of the 12 Virginia artists this year who have received an $8,000 professional fellowship from the the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.

Friday 01/29/2016
Posted: January 29, 2016 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Radford professor demonstrates watercolor mastery

The watercolor paintings of Zheng Liang Feng combine an expressive freedom with an astonishing amount of detail, whether the subject is a beautiful landscape or an arresting face.

Thursday 01/28/2016
Posted: January 28, 2016 - 4:30 pm
Arts & Extras: Roanoke Symphony Orchestra honors Member One support

The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra has officially renamed its box office at 128 Campbell Ave. S.E. in recognition of the financial support given by Member One Federal Credit Union in Roanoke. Officials...

Wednesday 01/27/2016
Posted: January 27, 2016 - 8:00 am
Arts & Extras: Jacksonville Center in Floyd announces concert schedule

The Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd has announced the schedule of its 2016 concert series, featuring classical music and jazz.

Sunday 01/24/2016
Posted: January 24, 2016 - 12:00 am
A well-rounded portrait of George Washington

Perhaps no American Founding Father has been lionized and mythologized more than George Washington.

Friday 01/22/2016
Posted: January 22, 2016 - 11:35 am
Arts & Extras: Fight the cold with the fire of poetry

Once we're thawed from the snow, a bit of soul warming may well be in order.

Thursday 01/14/2016
Posted: January 14, 2016 - 11:15 pm
Arts & Extras: New Works Festival brings comedy, tragedy to Mill Mountain stage

An author finds romance with the lady of his dreams on a talking subway car. A grieving couple sues a pharmaceutical company over their daughter’s death.

Posted: January 14, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Arts & Extras: Showtimers calls for auditions for "Rent"

Showtimers Community Theatre seeks to populate New York City's East Village for its first-ever production of the smash hit musical of the 1990s, "Rent."

Wednesday 01/13/2016
Posted: January 13, 2016 - 6:15 pm
Arts & Extras: Star City Playhouse seeks actors to "Play It Again, Sam"

Marlow Ferguson, the director of Star City Playhouse, called to let me know he's looking to complete the cast an upcoming production of Woody Allen's 1969 comedy "Play It Again, Sam," abo...

Tuesday 01/12/2016
Posted: January 12, 2016 - 6:30 pm
Arts & Extras: Arts commission extends deadline for Little Free Library project

Roanoke Arts and Culture Coordinator Susan Jennings has let me know that the deadline to submit proposals for the city's Little Free Library project has been extended to Jan. 29 at 2 p.m.

Posted: January 12, 2016 - 1:00 pm
Arts & Extras: Mill Mountain Theatre calls for auditions to 2016 shows

Mill Mountain Theatre will hold auditions for regional performers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  on Saturday, Jan. 30. The Equity theater company is seeking to fi...

Saturday 01/09/2016
Posted: January 09, 2016 - 10:30 am
Arts & Extras: Covington-raised Hollywood producer now studio president

The "local person scoring good in showbiz" is staple of the Arts & Extras beat; prominent examples since I came on board in 2009 include Jen Lilley (Roanoke County) joining the ca...

Friday 01/08/2016
Posted: January 08, 2016 - 2:00 pm
Arts & Extras: Charlottesville artist exhibits landscapes at 2nd Helpings

Charlottesville artist Rod Marshall-Roth, a Roanoke native, is the featured artist at 2nd Helpings Gallery at 1502 Williamson Road in Roanoke for the month of January. He uses watercolor and pastel...

Thursday 01/07/2016
Posted: January 07, 2016 - 7:00 pm
Arts & Extras: Roanoke projectionist rides with 'Hateful Eight' roadshow

Roanoke projectionist Jason Garnett jumped at the chance to take part in film history — that’s why he spent Christmas and New Year’s in Davie, Florida, running 400 pounds of extra-wide film through...

Posted: January 07, 2016 - 2:15 pm
Arts & Extras: Little Town Players holds auditions for 'On Golden Pond'

New year, new arts to showcase! For starters, Little Town Players in Bedford has put out all call for auditions for its own production of the classic family drama “On Golden Pond” (a play recently ...

Thursday 12/24/2015
Posted: December 24, 2015 - 7:00 pm
Arts & Extras: Artist's memories of Henry Street decorate city hall

David Ramey peered closely at two of his own drawings, which hung on the wall outside the Roanoke city manager’s office.

Wednesday 12/23/2015
Posted: December 23, 2015 - 5:26 pm
Arts & Extras: Hollins, Mill Mountain theaters ring in new year with new plays

It's never too early, here at The Roanoke Times, to start thinking about what happens after the ball drops and the new year begins. In that spirit, Hollins Theatre has shared details with me of wha...

Friday 12/18/2015
Posted: December 18, 2015 - 8:30 am
Arts & Extras: Q&A with Broadway actor Josh Grisetti

Franklin County actor Josh Grisetti turned the heads of national critics earlier this year with his performance in the Broadway musical "It Shoulda Been You." Roanoke Valley residents can...

Posted: December 18, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Broadway star comes home to Roanoke Valley for concert

A “local boy made good” who earned rave reviews on Broadway will share his singing and acting talent during a free Sunday concert in Roanoke.

Friday 12/11/2015
Posted: December 11, 2015 - 12:30 pm
Arts & Extras: Pulaski photography show explores everyday life

The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley in Pulaski has opened the second annual “I Am Pulaski” exhibition, subtitled “A Photographic Exploration of Place.” The show focuses on the artists’ pe...

Thursday 12/10/2015
Posted: December 10, 2015 - 3:45 pm
Arts & Extras: Carilion Clinic calls for applicants for artist-in-residence program

The Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program at Carilion Clinic is looking for artists who enjoy sharing their work with others to provide bedside activities for patients, demonstrations in publ...

Posted: December 10, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Local ballet companies offer 'The Nutcracker' in abundance

The Roanoke Valley will have no shortage of toy nutcrackers to defend against invading mouse armies this Christmas season.

Monday 12/07/2015
Posted: December 07, 2015 - 12:30 pm
Arts and Extras: Deadline Thursday to apply for 2016 'Writer by Bus' honorarium

The Roanoke Arts Commission and Ride Solutions seek applicants for the 2016 Writer by Bus program. The deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. The writer who is selected gets a $1,000 honorarium. You...

Friday 12/04/2015
Posted: December 04, 2015 - 9:05 pm
RSO contracts for 5 more years of David Stewart Wiley

David Stewart Wiley is set to break the record for longest term as Roanoke Symphony Orchestra’s music director and conductor.

Posted: December 04, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Branch sculpture captures moving tale

Roanoke sculptor Betty Branch is celebrating the 35th anniversary of her downtown studio this month.

Thursday 12/03/2015
Posted: December 03, 2015 - 6:10 pm
Arts & Extras: Ladders climb into 'Known/Unknown' at Virginia Tech

Floyd County woodworking artist Charlie Brouwer uses a collection of orchard ladders as a motif. His temporary installations making use of them have included "Rise Up Roanoke" in the Taub...

Wednesday 12/02/2015
Posted: December 02, 2015 - 3:50 am
Lexington church to display more than 300 nativity sets from around the world

Nativity scenes provide artistic charms at Christmas, from the live ones enacted outside churches to the carved or cast ones set up in homes near the Christmas tree.

Tuesday 12/01/2015
Posted: December 01, 2015 - 4:30 pm
Haley Toyota to co-sponsor Taubman general admission in 2016

The Taubman Museum of Art has an additional sponsor helping to ensure that the museum continues to offer free general admission.

Friday 11/27/2015
Posted: November 27, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Woman who inspired photographer inspires new show

Joy Njuguna inspired Roanoke photographer Laura Richards to make art and to keep sharing it.

Tuesday 11/24/2015
Posted: November 24, 2015 - 3:15 pm
Arts & Extras: New River Valley high school students craft Minecraft opera

High school students are blazing a path between arts and technology, creating an opera within the virtual world of the popular video game Minecraft. Experience OPERAcraft, a first-of-its-kind produ...

Friday 11/13/2015
Posted: November 13, 2015 - 1:00 pm
Arts & Extras: Hollins art professor to open painting exhibition at Liminal gallery

Liminal Gallery and Community High School are proud to announce an exhibition of paintings by Elise Schweitzer,  "New Work: Hunt Seat and Equitation," on view Wednesday, Nov. 18 to Dec. 2...

Posted: November 13, 2015 - 10:00 am
Arts & Extras: Showtimers reports sold out shows of "Bloody Murder" this weekend

Showtimers Community Theatre in Roanoke County reports that its production of Roanoke playwright and actor Ed Sala's whodunnit comedy "Bloody Murder" is selling out its shows.

Thursday 11/12/2015
Posted: November 12, 2015 - 7:30 pm
Bug out at the science museum

The Bug Zoo is scheduled to open to the public Dec. 5, but visitors to the garden can see a few of its residents already on display inside terrariums nestled amid the plants.

Monday 11/09/2015
Posted: November 09, 2015 - 12:00 am
Nonprofits seek good Samaritan to give them space

A group of cultural nonprofits in Roanoke hopes someone will give them some space.

Friday 11/06/2015
Posted: November 06, 2015 - 8:00 am
Arts & Extras: JAX celebrates 20th anniversary in Roaring 1920s style

The Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd is celebrating its 20th year with an anniversary gala on the evening of Saturday, November 14, featuring a “Roaring Twenties” theme. Attendees are enco...

Thursday 11/05/2015
Posted: November 05, 2015 - 9:00 pm
Arts & Extras: Roanoke sculptor makes underwater tribute to cancer patient

By day, Tom McDonald works as CEO for Physicians to Women in Roanoke.

Wednesday 11/04/2015
Posted: November 04, 2015 - 2:00 pm
Arts & Extras: Virtuoso musician Wu Man and Shanghai Quartet perform at Virginia Tech

Traditional Chinese music will be presented through a contemporary lens when the Shanghai Quartet, one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles, joins pipa virtuoso Wu Man for “A Night in Ancient ...

Posted: November 04, 2015 - 12:00 am
Out and About: Roanoke photographer explorers 'The Feminine Landscape'

Roanoke photographer Michele Sons has gotten her wish.

Friday 10/30/2015
Posted: October 30, 2015 - 12:45 pm
Arts & Extras: Artemis Journal calls for submissions, holds fall poetry reading

Floyd County-based literary magazine Artemis Journal is calling for poetry, photography and art submissions for its 2016 issue. Submission guidelines and requirements can be found here. Artemis req...

Posted: October 30, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Diva dresses personify tragic opera sopranos

The New York City Opera asked artist E.V. Day to create an installation for its grand promenade space that would celebrate the company’s energetic new leadership and direction.

Monday 10/26/2015
Posted: October 26, 2015 - 4:15 pm
Arts & Extras: A radio theater rendition of 'Dracula'

Experience a world where people fly like bats at night and, at any moment, someone could be turned into a creature of the undead during the theatrical production of Bram Stoker’s gothic horror clas...

Posted: October 26, 2015 - 12:00 am
Out and About: Opera Roanoke's steampunk 'Sweeney Todd'

Opera Roanoke is going Goth for its production of Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway smash “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”

Friday 10/23/2015
Posted: October 23, 2015 - 11:00 am
Arts & Extras: History museum opens show on black farmers in America

The History Museum of Western Virginia has opened “Distant Echoes: Black Farmers in America” by photojournalist John Francis Ficara, on loan from the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African Am...

Posted: October 23, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: 'Tobacco People': One project, three museums (with video)

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Wednesday 10/21/2015
Posted: October 21, 2015 - 11:35 am
Arts & Extras: Final weekend to see Off the Rails' 'The Pillowman'; 'pay what you will' admission Thursday

Off the Rails Theatre's production of Irish playwright Martin McDonagh's darkly demented play "The Pillowman" runs for one more weekend at the June M. McBroom Theater inside Community Hig...

Posted: October 21, 2015 - 12:00 am
Out & About: Botetourt artists and guests open studios to public

The Open Studios-Botetourt tour Saturday and Sunday invites art lovers to explore the landscapes of Botetourt County as they visit the home bases of several prominent Roanoke Valley artists.

Tuesday 10/20/2015
Posted: October 20, 2015 - 3:30 pm
Arts & Extras: Opera Roanoke celebrates 40th anniversary with fundraiser gala

Opera Roanoke is holding a black-tie optional dinner fundraiser Saturday evening at the Taubman Museum of Art to celebrate the nonprofit’s 40th anniversary. Tickets are $250 a seat. The Ruby Annive...

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