Folk art from the hills of central India will fill galleries at Radford University and Virginia Tech, introducing Southwest Virginia to an artistic tradition still largely unknown in the U.S.
“Game of Thrones” creator George R.R. Martin has a reputation for surprises. Fans of the hugely popular HBO show, and the bestselling books on which they’re based, know that no character in his world is safe.
The Salem Museum is about to go “Against the Grains.”
The Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts announces its 2015-16 season of music, theatre, and cinema events. Over 75 performances are scheduled throughout the season, featuring guest artists, faculty, and students.
Thirteen artists and arts advocates are among the nominees for the 2015 Perry F. Kendig Arts and Culture Awards.
Eight panels depicting the history of Roanoke’s Gainsboro neighborhood stand in a sculpture plaza across Wells Avenue from the Hotel Roanoke. Now, the community volunteers who spent two years creating those panels have had their efforts recognized with a statewide award.
The Virginia Association of Museums has once again asked the public to choose "Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts."
Patrons now can purchase tickets to individual performances for the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech's 2015-16 season. Choose from a season full of events featuring performers who will bring stories from around the world to campus.
The National Vietnam Education Center wants to put a face to each of the names on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. When The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall stops at the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center in September, veterans and their families in the Roanoke and New River valleys can help do just that.
The Virginia Association of Museums has released the 2015 list of candidates for its Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts designation. The promotion is meant to draw attention to items in museum collections that need restoration and preservation funding. The Top 10 are selected in part by popular vote.
American Revolutionary War martyr Crispus Attucks was the first to die in the Boston Massacre.
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.
Raymond C. Felty Sr., 84, known to many as "Pinto" of Wytheville, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. He was born May 13, 1931 in Wytheville, the son of the late Herman C. and Lena M. Umberger Felty. He was preceded in death by his brother, Julian C. Felty and sister, Martha Sue Dickens.
Richard Wayne Long, 65, of Elk Creek, passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home.
Gerald Thomas Wingo, 72, of Roanoke, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2015. Visitation will be 6 to 8 P.M. Friday, August 28, 2015, at Oakey's North Chapel.
Gloria F. Campbell, 74, of Axton, died Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Otis and Viola Ferguson, and brother, Donald.