Wes Freed’s art always had a gothic bent.
Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, whose show "Poetics of Perception" is on display at the Taubman Museum of Art, has a portrait series called "Pictures of Garbage." Those images, which art part of the Taubman show, recreate famous paintings using recyclable objects picked from the Rio de Janeiro landfill. The Oscar-nominated documentary "Waste Land" depicts the project and the garbage pickers who took part in it.
Hollins University is holding a free concert 7 p.m. Sunday, July 26, featuring its 47-bell carillon. Set up a lawn chair on the front quadrangle and take a tour of the duPont Chapel bell tower afterward.
RADFORD — Ballet is a universal language.
Below you'll find the final installment of 16-year-old Glenvar High School student Callaway Turner's account of how the Southwest Virginia Ballet dancers fared at the New Prague Dance Festival in the Czech Republic. As you'll see, they did quite well for themselves and deserve hearty congratulations. My thanks to Alexis Helms for posting the first installments while I was on vacation. —Mike Allen
The Taubman Museum of Art has announced that it will extend its hours to open on Sundays. The museum's regular hours have been Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours until 9 p.m. for First Fridays and Third Thursday.
As promised, Callaway Turner, a 16-year-old dancer with Southwest Virginia Ballet, has sent us a guest blog entry from Prague, where she and 16 other dancers are competing in the New Prague Dance Festival. Read on to find out how the trip is going so far, and check back on this blog for further updates from the students.
Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke’s professional regional theatre, is seeking actors, dancers and singers for the final two scheduled productions of its 50th Anniversary Season, On Golden Pond and 42nd Street. Auditions will be held in Roanoke on Aug. 1 and 2 and are open to performers who are members of Actors Equity Association and also to non-members of Equity.
Pedro Szalay, artistic director of Southwest Virginia Ballet in Salem, is taking 17 dancers to Prague in the Czech Republic to compete in the New Prague Dance Festival. The festival begins on our Independence Day and lasts through July 20.
Some Roanoke fans of the CW show “Supernatural” might have done a double-take this past month.
No Shame Theatre, an anything-goes variety show that was once a big to-do in the downtown Roanoke art scene, returns for the summer starting at 11 p.m. Friday, June 26 in the Upstairs Studio Theatre at Hollins University. The shows continue 11 p.m. Fridays through July 31.
A Gift of the Heart: Original Children’s Book Illustrations from the Collection of Nancy Ruth Patterson, on view at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, June 22 – September 12, 2015
Here's a factoid that will make folks of a certain age feel very old indeed: 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the cult movie phenomenon The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Brazilian-born artist Vik Muniz tricks the eye.
Anna Goodwin with Hollins Theatre has sent me a timely reminder that the university theater department's summer programming is about to get underway, and now I'm passing that reminder on to you. Here's where I must disclose that I've been (as an actor) a participant in past incarnations of "Overnight Sensations," in which six short plays are created from scratch in 24 hours, and I've also been a guest responder for a previous Festival of New Works. Both events are fun, and the latter is often thought-provoking to boot. This year both events take place at Mill Mountain Theatre.
The Perry F. Kendig Arts and Culture Awards, which this year celebrates 30 years of recognizing exemplary individuals, businesses, and organizations in the Roanoke Valley that support excellence in the arts, is now welcoming nominations for its 2015 honors.
Center in the Square in downtown Roanoke intends to launch a time travel experiment.
Roanoke's next 2nd Sunday Art Market takes place this Sunday, June 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. inside the Roanoke City Market Building downtown.
The Virginia Museum of Transportation has added two extra passenger cars to the excursion rides happening June 13-14 and July 3-5 that will be pulled by the restored Norfolk & Western Class J 611 steam locomotive.
The Norfolk and Western J Class 611 steam engine returned to Roanoke on May 30 to the cheers of scores of onlookers.
William King Museum of Art will open its newest exhibition, Into the Green: The Art of Charles Vess on June 5, 2015 with an opening reception on Thursday, June 4 from 6-8 p.m.
While I've been off to the land of classic steam locomotives, Roanoke high school students have won arts-related honors.
Correction: Salem artist Harriett Stokes died in 2014. She participated in Roanoke’s Sidewalk Art Show until 2011. Those years were incorrect in an earlier version of this story. This story has been updated.
New sculptures, 10 in all, comprise the latest round of temporary art installations in Roanoke's "A.I.R. Art in Roanoke" public art program. Visitors to Festival in the Park this weekend will be asked to vote for their favorite, and the winning artist gets a $1,000 Best in Show prize. We are also curious about which sculptures will be favorites, so take our poll just for fun! To vote in the official pool, go to artinroanoke.com, or click here
The North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, N.C., released the footage below, taken this morning of the classic Norfolk & Western Class J 611 steam engine in motion after a $1 million restoration. The video above is from Greensboro television station WXII, also taken today.
Center in the Square in downtown Roanoke is offering visitors a glimpse of a Roanoke River fish on the federal endangered species list.
Mill Mountain Music, the mini-series of one-performance live music concerts, takes to the stage with a tribute to special women who made American country music its own genre. Opry Divas on June 6 will showcase the big voices of an international musical-theatre singer plus two favorites of recent MMT productions.
Carrie Smith’s hands held a cellphone, and displayed on its screen was a picture of her children.
French native and Roanoke resident Pierrette Williams has a show of colorful landscape paintings on display at the Grandin Theatre through May 31. Many of her paintings are rooted in memories of her homeland. To learn more, click this link.
The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Chorus have a momentous responsibility on their tuxedo- and evening gown-clad shoulders.
This year’s Local Colors Festival will be the first in its 25-year history without Roanoke icon Pearl Fu running the show behind the scenes, but those who attend may not know the difference — Fu will still be present on the Elmwood Park stage in full Chinese regalia.
Opera Roanoke concludes its Comedy Tonight season with "A Weekend in the Country," An Apprentice Artist Showcase of Sondheim and Weill, May 14 and 15, 7:30 p.m., on the Waldron Stage at Center on Church.
At first glance, the art of Atlanta resident Jiha Moon looks like tributes to the traditional culture of her native Korea.
Saturday, May 9, the Blacksburg Master Chorale will give a concert at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech that includes the premiere of “The Turning Time,” an original work written by chorale acting music director Jeffrey Anthony.
Starting today, tickets are on sale for the upcoming summer train excursions that will be pulled by the restored Norfolk & Western Class J 611 steam engine.
Two teams of students from the Timesland area have had their work selected for the first ever Virginia High School League Film Festival. The first new competition created by the league in 16 years, the organizers encouraged students to make use of widely available digital camera technology to create their movies.
Our monthly guide to live theater in the Roanoke Valley.
Bedford's Little Town Players will present a free preview of their next production, "Grease," 7 p.m. on Friday, May 8 at the The Electric Company Artists’ Co-op on Depot Street as part of the town's Second Friday events.
Romanian native Cornelia Marin makes paintings related to women and women’s issues. A resident of Saint-Lo, a sister city of Roanoke, she’ll be on hand Friday at the Wilson Hughes Gallery on Campbell Avenue in Roanoke, along with her ethereal paintings of evening dresses.
The events lined up for the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech’s 2015-2016 performance season look as diverse as they come.
In the mood for a pastoral interlude? The Hollins University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will perform “Music from the Mountains” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to the front quad about 6 p.m. so you won’t miss out on the ice cream.
Southwest Virginia Ballet takes the stage for the final performance of its 25th season with “Cinderella,” the classic story of the servant girl who wins the handsome prince with a little help from some fairy magic.
A host of regional artists (plus Cornelia Marin, a visitor from Roanoke's Sister city in France, Saint-Lo) will participate in a fundraiser for the Taubman Museum of Art's education programs this Thursday. Details below, courtesy of the museum's web site and the event's Facebook page:
Roanoke County music historian Gary Reid, owner of Cooper Creek Records, will reprise his one man show "A Life of Sorrow, the Life and Times of Carter Stanley" with upcoming appearances in Clifton Forge and Bent Mountain.
If you have a favorite kind of art, odds are good that at least one of the artists on the 2015 Open Studios of Roanoke tour makes it.
The Market Building Foundation in Roanoke has put out a call for artists to participate in the first-ever 2nd Sunday Art Market, which takes place May 10 (Mother’s Day). The entry fee is $25, though artists receive a $25 gift certificate to spend at the event.
Sunrise: May 17, 1932 Sunset: July 24, 2015On Friday, July 24, 2015, our beloved mother, sister and grandmother slipped away to be with the Lord Jesus Christ. Odessa Barnes Williams was born in Wilson County, N.C., and was the daughter of the late Elijah Sr. and Lenora Barnes.Odessa was a devoted life-long member of Pilgrim Baptist Church. She served on many church organizations to include the Progressive Adult Club and Senior Choir; she was inspirational in starting the "Teens in the Limelight" program. She was also employed by the Roanoke City Public School System for 33 years and a member of the Order of The Eastern Star.Odessa is survived by her five sons, Joe G. Williams Jr. of Roanoke, Duncan H. (Otilia) Williams of New Jersey, Gregory (Janice) Williams of Maryland, Ramon (Doncella) Williams of Salem and Damon (Florence) Williams of Roanoke; grandchildren, Stacy Johnson, Natasha (Ruchaun) Akers, and LaTisha Williams; stepgrandson, Jackie Walker, Zachery Fogg, Sarah Williams (mother Gloria Evans Williams), Trey and Mia Williams, Jarhon Williams, Marcus and Isaiah Williams; great-grandchildren, LaErika Wiley, Malcolm Jones, Shakaila Carson, Checaura Faulkner, Cuneria Fraction, Kiera Walker and Nikyah Williams; sisters, Jeanette Sherrod of Monroe, N.C., Mary (SL) Whitfield of Micro, N.C., and Sarah (Jean) Chappell of Clayton, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Clara Barnes of Blythewood, S.C., and Elizabeth Barnes of Jacksonville, Fla.; god daughter, Tamika Waller; friend, Anthony Waller of Maryland; friend, Gladys Vaughn of Floyd, Va.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and the Pilgrim Baptist Church family.Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1415 8th Street, NW, Roanoke with Pastor Dwight O. Steele Sr. officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday one hour prior to services. A Wake will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015 also at the church.
Chad Eric O'Neill, 33, of Radford, Va., passed away suddenly at his home on July 26, 2015.Chad was born on December 21, 1981 to Barry Edward & Kim Marie O'Neill.He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Margaret Carolyn Maynard.He is survived by his sister, Brandie Hinkley and her husband, Kenneth; his brother, Sean O'Neill and his wife, Angela; his paternal grandfather, Gene Maynard; his aunt and uncle, Marcie and Tom Connell; two very special nieces, Jenna and Sophie O'Neill; and one very special friend, Josed Limon Antuna.The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 30, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m. at DeVilbiss Funeral Home in Radford, Va. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested those desiring make memorial contributions to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, P.O. Box 62596, Baltimore, MD 21264.DeVilbiss Funeral Home in Radford, Va., is in charge of arrangements.
Thomas "Tom" Howard Perdue, 90, of Radford, passed away on July 27, 2015.Tom was born on March 18, 1925, to the late Jackson and Addie Perdue.He is preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Vivian and Babe Robinson; and his brother, James Perdue.He is survived by many loving cousins, especially, Roger and Peggy Palmer and Jamie Jones.The famly wishes to send a heartfelt 'thank you' to the staff and nurses of Heritage Hall in Blacksburg and Good Samaritan Hospice for all their special care.A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2015, at the Walton Family Cemetery in Montgomery County with Pastor Russell Gordon officiating.DeVilbiss Funeral Home in Radford is in charge of arrangements.
"Rick" was born in Roanoke, Va., on November 10 1975. He is the son of Rebecca Taylor of Roanoke, Va., and Richard Basham, deceased, formerly of Roanoke, Va. Rick was a long term resident of Greenville, S.C. He was employed by Dedicated Transportation. He will be greatly missed by his co-workers and many friends. His family includes his daughter, Brooke of Concord, N.C., his mother, Rebecca Taylor of Roanoke, Va., sister, Stacey Vicente and nephew, Evan, of Orange Park, Fla. He has an aunt he was especially close to, Carole Webb of Vinton, Va. Uncle and aunt, Wayne and Mary Padgett of Salem, Va., also survive. He has an uncle, Ray Dickerson, and aunt, Cathy, deceased, of Anderson, S.C. He has several cousins such as Mark Snodgrass of Stafford, Va., Angela Williams, and Cierra of Sarasota, Fla., and Doug Williams of Anderson S.C. Rick had a love for fishing, hunting and NASCAR. Rick was called to be with the Lord on July 27, 2015, in Greenville, S.C. Rick was a hard worker and inspired others with his resilient nature to reach your goals and never give up. He will be greatly missed, forever loved and remembered by all who knew him.Viewing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at Lotz Funeral Home in Salem, Va.Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015, at Lotz Salem Chapel.Interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park.