The Roanoke Reading Series, free author readings organized by Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University, has moved its next event to an unusual but enticing location: Parkway Brewing Co. in Salem. At 2:30 p.m. Sunday, novelist Jay Varner will read, followed by an open mic.
Gerry Hubert turns fan art into fine art.
The Roanoke bus system regularly hosts riders, but through the end of April they will host a different kind of passenger: a writer-in-residence.
Cinderella’s time has arrived.
Off The Rails Theatre pulls up to the station at the June M. McBroom Theatre in Community High School with its April production of Middletown by Will Eno.
Black mountains 1,000 feet tall silhouetted in strange morning light as the wind howls.
Ronald McDonald House in Roanoke has added a new dimension to its annual call for holiday card designs from regional artists.
The Sidewalk Art Show, a 57-year old Roanoke tradition overseen by the Taubman Museum of Art, experimented last year with limiting the event to one day rather than two. Well, the experiment is over: this year's show takes place over two days, Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31.
The Artisan Center of Virginia in August County has announced that Roanoke Arts Commission member Doug Jackson will receive the center's 2015 Award for Excellence at a March 17 ceremony in Charlottesville.
Choreographer Liz Lerman's newest theatrical dance piece, "Healing Wars," investigates the impacts of war through the experiences of healers who treat the physical and psychic wounds of battle. Virginia Tech faculty and student veterans, who met with Lerman and her creative team during a visit to Virginia Tech in 2012, contributed to the creation of the work.
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SPENCER, NORTH CAROLINA — Not every rail fan wants to wait for the Norfolk & Western J Class 611 to roll back into Roanoke before seeing it again.
This weather-related notice arrived in my Inbox today from Roanoke Children's Theatre spokeswoman Lindsay Tolar:
Theatergoers who attended Virginia Tech’s “Fool for Love” might wonder why the older fellow in the cowboy hat sitting off to the side of the stage looks so familiar, even if they can’t quite place where they’ve seen him before.
To make up for performances canceled because of inclement weather, Showtimers Community Theatre in Roanoke County has added 2 p.m. Saturday matinees to the performance schedule for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
Norfolk Southern executive David Helmer shared a passion for trains with his good friend O. Winston Link. The famed photographer often told Helmer he wanted a museum to house his photographs that glorified the age of steam engines.
Poet Fred D'Aguiar, a member of the English department faculty at Virginia Tech, wrote a powerful poem called “Wish,” that begins, “I wish those tall ships at Africa's shore / Had dropped anchor to plant crops there … Instead they filled the hungry bellies / Of hulls with Africans and set sail …”
In commemoration of Black History Month, the Harrison Museum of African American Culture in Roanoke will open a new exhibition on Monday, Feb. 23. "Faces of Africa: A Mystical View of Tribal Heritage," replicates masks, murals, sculptures and other examples of African tribal art.
Unhealthy eating habits can be a delicate topic for a parent to broach with a child. The newest play from Roanoke Children’s Theatre aims to make that conversation easier.
Kirk Carter finds art in places most people wouldn’t spare a second glance.
As the multimillion-dollar adult fiction phenomenon “Fifty Shades of Grey” ties up movie theaters this weekend, don’t forget that a hometown-boy-made-good helped enable it.
Theatre Roanoke College's winter production, “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward, plays at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, through Saturday, Feb. 21, in Olin Theater.
“Tenderly will I use you curling grass,
Roanoke native Joel Christian Gill believes that when it comes to commemorating black history, #28daysarenotenough, as the Twitter hashtag goes.
Members of the African American Norfolk & Western Heritage Group in Roanoke stepped behind a curtain Tuesday morning and took their first look at how the Virginia Museum of Transportation will present their history.
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One of the most fascinating "lost treasure" stories to come out of the Roanoke Valley in recent times will get the television treatment on the next episode of "Strange Inheritance," broadcasting 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2 on FOX Business Network.
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.
Five friends — all artists — decided 11 years ago that they wanted a place to showcase their works.
The Wonderland Gallery will be featuring 'Interstellar', a color and light interactive installation by sculptor Darcy Meeker from Feb. 1-28, 2014. Meeker's latest work features alcohol inks on metal as it relates to subtractive/additive color theory. The Opening Reception will take place on Friday, February 6 from 5-9 pm.
Salem’s ever-versatile Kandinsky Trio offers to provide “The Russian Experience” this evening, with a performance of 20th century composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Quartet in G Minor.
The weight of Gary Reid’s knowledge of the lives, times and music of the Stanley Brothers is evidenced by the heft of his new book.
Amy VanKirk discovered a treasure hidden in plain sight amid her late grandfather’s possessions.
Please join us as Opera Roanoke's Apprentice Artists present, "Something Familiar, Something Peculiar," an afternoon of comedic arias and scenes from the operas of Mozart, Rossini and Gilbert and Sullivan, on Sunday February 8, 3 p.m. Talmadge Recital Hall. Following the performance there will be an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy hearing about the beginnings of their careers as young opera singers. A reception follows in the Green Drawing Room.
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra conductor David Stewart Wiley’s outsized persona and distinctive mane of hair will beam into living rooms across Southwest Virginia this coming Monday.
Artemis Journal editor Jeri Rogers has reminded me that the Floyd County-based magazine is seeking art, photography, fiction and essay submissions for its 2015 issue. The deadline is Feb. 15.
Broadway's habit (so to speak) of adapting movies with musical elements to the stage continues with "Sister Act," based on the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg comedy. Goldberg herself produced the musical version. Both movie and book tell a tale of a disco singer who witnesses a mob murder. To protect her, the authorities disguise her as a nun and hide her at a convent, where at first there's culture clash, then bonding, with her new sisterhood.
On a cold January evening, 80 teenagers warmed up for a national championship.
The Hollins Theatre faculty hope to see Roanoke rise to stardom as a birthplace for remarkable new plays.
The folks at Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke sent me a tidbit about one of their own venturing into the dangerous forest of the Knights Who Say "Ni!" (Yes, I am a Monty Python fan.)
Opera Roanoke has hired a new executive director. Linda Webb, 53, started work Wednesday.
The Roanoke Arts Commission is seeking input from artists on two upcoming projects.
New York-based artist Mark Fox returns to Southwest Virginia for a show that just opened in Washington and Lee University's Staniar Gallery, "Not in This Fool's House."
The Taubman Museum of Art's resolutions for 2015 include a rotating schedule of Thursday evening activities that encompass beer, music, dancing, and of course art. This coming Thursday evening (the 15th) will feature the museum's first trivia night.
Karen Hopkins, publicity chairwoman for Little Town Players in Bedford, passed this audition notice along this morning:
A stunning breadth of artistic techniques spreads across rows of 9-by-12-inch panels in a new downtown Roanoke art show that’s small in size but huge in scope.
The Roanoke Arts Commission has called for applications for its next temporary exhibition of outdoor sculpture.
Plans to send the Norfolk & Western Class J 611 rolling down the rails again remain on track.
Roanoke’s professional theater 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.
Snead, Carolyn Jane, 66, of Christiansburg, died, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Heritage Hall Health Care Center. She was born in Blacksburg, Va. on May 17, 1948 to the late Ralph Palmer and Annie Mae Kanode Linkous. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Verlin Linkous.
Lena Quinn Thurman, 87, of Martinsville, Va., passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015. Funeral Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Norris Funeral Services, Martinsville, Va., 276-638-2778 .
In Loving Memory of
Carl H. Hall, 96, of Redwood, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015. Arrangements by Lynch Conner Bowman Funeral Home, Rocky Mount, Va., 540-483-5533.