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Friday 04/29/2016
Posted: April 29, 2016 - 12:55 pm
Arts & Extras: Hollins dance department performs Friday and Saturday

The Hollins University Dance Department will be performing a Spring Dance Concert at 8 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday, with guest artists Jamie Lynn Chandler, Clarice Young and the Shenandoah Cont...

Posted: April 29, 2016 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Open Studios of Roanoke tour honors co-founder with memorial

The Open Studios of Roanoke self-guided tour provides visitors with a chance to see artists in the environment where they create, to speak with them and sometimes even watch them work.

Friday 04/22/2016
Posted: April 22, 2016 - 5:36 pm
Arts & Extras: Harrison Museum opens 'Moments in Time' Sunday

The Harrison Museum of African American Culture in Roanoke will open a new photography exhibition 3 p.m. Sunday. “Moments in Time” contains significant moments in history captured over a 41-year ca...

Posted: April 22, 2016 - 10:55 am
Arts & Extras: Hollins announces winners of first Margaret Wise Brown Prize in Children’s Literature

A former New York City public school teacher who has written more than 20 children’s books has been named the winner of the first annual Margaret Wise Brown Prize in Children’s Literature.

Thursday 04/21/2016
Posted: April 21, 2016 - 7:15 pm
Arts & Extras: Stonehenge replica in Roanoke County gets face-lift

The thousands of Cave Spring High School students who have ridden the bus past the Stonehenge replica at Chaparral Drive and Londonderry Lane likely have no notion of its artistic pedigree.

Wednesday 04/20/2016
Posted: April 20, 2016 - 4:46 pm
Arts & Extras: Opera Roanoke announces successful fundraiser, new season

Opera Roanoke has raised the required $200,000 to doubly match a $100,000 challenge issued in January by a private foundation. The challenge deadline was June 30, the end of the fiscal year, and th...

Friday 04/15/2016
Posted: April 15, 2016 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Folding flowers

Roanoke College wants to grow a new flower garden.

Thursday 04/14/2016
Posted: April 14, 2016 - 2:30 pm
Arts & Extras: Roanoke artist aids in Dale Earnhardt celebration

A Roanoke artist is helping to commemorate the late NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt’s 65th birthday.

Wednesday 04/13/2016
Posted: April 13, 2016 - 5:15 pm
Arts & Extras: Virginia Tech student assembles art show about healing

"Healing Through Art: Art of Contrast," a show curated by Virginia Tech senior Victoria Javier, doesn't explicitly reference the upcoming anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre.

Posted: April 13, 2016 - 12:00 am
Out & About: Hollins Theatre looks at ADHD in world full of distractions

Hollins Theatre is using humor to examine a serious subject: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Tuesday 04/12/2016
Posted: April 12, 2016 - 12:00 am
Cirque du Soleil returns to Roanoke with 'OVO'

Cirque du Soleil is coming back to Roanoke for a fourth round of beautiful music, adorable clowning and jaw-dropping acrobatics.

Friday 04/08/2016
Posted: April 08, 2016 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: 'Night of Stars' benefits Roanoke Rescue Mission

The Roanoke College choir program could be starting a new Roanoke Valley tradition.

Monday 04/04/2016
Posted: April 04, 2016 - 12:00 am
Out & About: Grandin screening depicts restoration of lost Jewish history

More than 200 wooden synagogues decorated on the inside with large-scale, intricate wall paintings once cut peaked silhouettes across the landscape of Poland.

Friday 04/01/2016
Posted: April 01, 2016 - 2:24 pm
Arts & Extras: Ronald McDonald House seeks holiday card designs

Ronald McDonald House Charities in Roanoke is extending its deadline for artists to submit holiday card designs until April 29. Director of Community Development Jeanne Bollendorf shard the followi...

Posted: April 01, 2016 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Real-life meet cute adds sentimental value to 'La Traviata'

Tenor Scott Williamson and soprano Amy Cofield Williamson first met 10 years ago during a production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata.”

Friday 03/25/2016
Posted: March 25, 2016 - 10:50 am
Arts & Extras: A train window's view of the world

Roanoke audiences have seen many photographs of trains, but what about landscapes shot looking out from trains as they travel the country?

Thursday 03/24/2016
Posted: March 24, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Arts & Extras: Public art meets public transportation

Meighan Sharp has learned important things about bus etiquette this March as she’s been riding Valley Metro routes on a quest for poetic inspiration.

Friday 03/18/2016
Posted: March 18, 2016 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Making art outside the box

A round face peers out from inside a wooden box, the top of which is labeled with the word “foreigner.”

Sunday 03/13/2016
Posted: March 13, 2016 - 12:00 am
Norman Rockwell: American icon

Consider the age-old idiom “as American as apple pie.”

Friday 03/11/2016
Posted: March 11, 2016 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Sculpting clay, rebuilding lives

“For me, it’s a better way to channel energy,” said Otis Ailsworth, carefully turning an elegant clay bowl, using his hands to shape it. “It’s also kind of spiritual.”

Wednesday 03/09/2016
Posted: March 09, 2016 - 4:45 pm
Arts & Extras: Virginia Film Festival calls for competition entries

The Virginia Film Festival has announced the launch of its 2016 Call for Entries, inviting filmmakers from around the state, region, and throughout the world to submit feature films, documentaries,...

Friday 03/04/2016
Posted: March 04, 2016 - 2:00 pm
Arts & Extras: Life Out Loud Films gears up to tackle Lynchburg football legends

Life Out Loud Films, the company behind Southwest Virginia-based productions like “Lake Effects” and “Wish You Well,” has eyes on their next prize, a film about a legendary Lynchburg boys’ football...

Posted: March 04, 2016 - 11:37 am
Art by Bus rolls out new year of paintings and poetry

Roanoke’s Art by Bus program disembarked on its second year of activities Thursday morning.

Posted: March 04, 2016 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Roanoke weaver creates pattern of success

Roanoke fiber artist Meridith Entingh learned of a wonderful surprise when a friend from Chicago left a phone message that began “Hey Cover Girl!”

Monday 02/29/2016
Posted: February 29, 2016 - 4:30 pm
Arts & Extras: Hollywood studio head from Covington gets presidential on CNN

Covington-raised movie producer and Hollywood studio president Dana Brunetti has a new, timely show poised for a television campaign.

Friday 02/26/2016
Posted: February 26, 2016 - 10:45 am
Arts & Extras: Roanoke Ballet Theatre holds Roanoke City Ballet auditions Saturday

Roanoke Ballet Theatre is hosting trainee auditions for its Roanoke City Ballet program from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 1318 Grandin Road S.W. in Roanoke. Audition fee is $25, photos and resu...

Posted: February 26, 2016 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Southwest Virginia Ballet revisits 'TIES' to railroad history

Roanoke’s railroad history gets explored in “TIES,” an original ballet performance choreographed by Pedro Szalay, artistic director of Salem’s Southwest Virginia Ballet.

Posted: February 26, 2016 - 12:00 am
David Stewart Wiley says loss of New York orchestra job won't affect RSO

David Stewart Wiley is half a free agent after the orchestra he conducted in New York abruptly shut down earlier this month.

Thursday 02/25/2016
Posted: February 25, 2016 - 2:00 am
'Game of Thrones' author George R.R. Martin coming to Roanoke this weekend

Hordes of fans of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” will occupy Roanoke this weekend for a chance to meet the show’s creator, best-selling fantasy novelist George R.R. Martin.

Friday 02/19/2016
Posted: February 19, 2016 - 1:45 pm
Arts & Extras: Carilion calls for artists to make 'Boxes for Hope and Healing'

Carilion Clinic Foundation has put out a call to artists to create “Boxes for Hope and Healing” for an auction to be held May 23. Half the proceeds of any boxes sold would benefit the Dr. Robert L....

Posted: February 19, 2016 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Carilion gallery compliments the art of healing

Correction: Mary MacIlwaine lives in Roanoke. Jude Prashaw is a Hollins University graduate. MacIlwaine’s last name and place of residence and Prashaw’s status with the university were incorrect in...

Friday 02/12/2016
Posted: February 12, 2016 - 4:30 pm
611 excursion tickets on sale Monday

For train lovers looking for a chance to ride behind the rejuvenated Norfolk & Western Class J 611, the call to board is nigh.

Posted: February 12, 2016 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Hollins museum showcases photo-realistic ceramic sculptures

Tip Toland’s striking ceramic sculptures are as realistic as photographs.

Wednesday 02/10/2016
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 12:00 am
'Impractical Jokers' will humiliate each other on Berglund Center stage

How long would you want to stay friends with someone who repeatedly subjected you to public humiliation?

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...

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