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Wednesday 07/01/2015
Posted: July 01, 2015 - 3:50 pm
Arts & Extras: Southwest Virginia Ballet returns to Prague for competition

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.

Friday 06/26/2015
Posted: June 26, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Short film made in Roanoke explores 'Forgiveness'

Some Roanoke fans of the CW show “Supernatural” might have done a double-take this past month.

Thursday 06/25/2015
Posted: June 25, 2015 - 6:00 pm
Arts & Extras: No Shame Theatre returns to Roanoke on Friday

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.

Monday 06/22/2015
Posted: June 22, 2015 - 2:30 pm
Arts & Extras: Roanoke children's author bequeaths illustrations to Wilson Museum

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

Friday 06/19/2015
Posted: June 19, 2015 - 7:00 am
Arts & Extras: Roanoke to commemorate 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'

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.

Posted: June 19, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Brazilian artist makes touching masterpieces out of trash

Brazilian-born artist Vik Muniz tricks the eye.

Thursday 06/18/2015
Posted: June 18, 2015 - 4:30 pm
Arts & Extras: Overnight Sensations, new works festival waiting in wings at Hollins

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.

Monday 06/15/2015
Posted: June 15, 2015 - 11:15 am
Arts & Extras: nominations open for 2015 Perry F. Kendig Awards

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.

Friday 06/12/2015
Posted: June 12, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Pinball wizardry at Center in the Square

Center in the Square in downtown Roanoke intends to launch a time travel experiment.

Thursday 06/11/2015
Posted: June 11, 2015 - 3:00 pm
Arts & Extras: Northside High School graduate posts spectacular drone footage of Star City

Photographer and videographer Tyler Mark Henderson, a Los Angeles resident who hails from Roanoke, shot spectacular drone footage of the Star City during a a recent visit. Enjoy!

Posted: June 11, 2015 - 2:30 pm
Arts & Extras: Roanoke's next 2nd Sunday Art Market happens June 14

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.

Monday 06/08/2015
Posted: June 08, 2015 - 3:20 pm
Arts & Extras: Transportation museum adds more coach seats to 611 rides

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.

Friday 06/05/2015
Posted: June 05, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: No rest yet for the 611

The Norfolk and Western J Class 611 steam engine returned to Roanoke on May 30 to the cheers of scores of onlookers.

Thursday 06/04/2015
Posted: June 04, 2015 - 11:30 am
Arts & Extras: Award-winning fantasy illustrator Charles Vess exhibits in Abingdon

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.

Monday 06/01/2015
Posted: June 01, 2015 - 12:15 pm
Arts & Extras: artistic kudos for Roanoke high school students

While I've been off to the land of classic steam locomotives, Roanoke high school students have won arts-related honors.

Friday 05/29/2015
Posted: May 29, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Things you didn't know about the Sidewalk Art Show

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.

Friday 05/22/2015
Posted: May 22, 2015 - 4:00 am
POLL: What's your favorite new sculpture at Festival in the Park?

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, or click here

Thursday 05/21/2015
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 2:30 pm
Arts & Extras: 611 steam engine video from North Carolina Transportation Museum

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.

Tuesday 05/19/2015
Posted: May 19, 2015 - 1:15 pm
Arts & Extras: Endangered Roanoke River fish on view at Center in the Square

Center in the Square in downtown Roanoke is offering visitors a glimpse of a Roanoke River fish on the federal endangered species list.

Monday 05/18/2015
Posted: May 18, 2015 - 4:00 pm
Arts & Extras: Mill Mountain Theatre to host night of 'Opry Divas'

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.

Sunday 05/17/2015
Posted: May 17, 2015 - 12:00 am
'Stories We Hold' shares photos, stories of Rescue Mission residents

Carrie Smith’s hands held a cellphone, and displayed on its screen was a picture of her children.

Friday 05/15/2015
Posted: May 15, 2015 - 11:45 am
Arts & Extras: French artist brightens Grandin Theatre with landscape paintings

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.

Posted: May 15, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Roanoke Symphony Orchestra premieres state song on capitol steps

The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Chorus have a momentous responsibility on their tuxedo- and evening gown-clad shoulders.

Thursday 05/14/2015
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 12:00 am
Local Colors Festival to celebrate 25 years

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.

Monday 05/11/2015
Posted: May 11, 2015 - 11:15 am
Arts & Extras: Opera Roanoke apprentices to sing musical comedy selections

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. 

Thursday 05/07/2015
Posted: May 07, 2015 - 11:18 pm
Arts & Extras: Art explores connections between East and West

At first glance, the art of Atlanta resident Jiha Moon looks like tributes to the traditional culture of her native Korea.

Posted: May 07, 2015 - 2:00 pm
Arts & Extras: Blacksburg Master Chorale debuts music inspired by poetry

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.

Wednesday 05/06/2015
Posted: May 06, 2015 - 12:45 pm
Arts & Extras: Norfolk & Western Class J 611 excursion tickets on sale now

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.

Tuesday 05/05/2015
Posted: May 05, 2015 - 12:15 pm
Arts & Extras: Timesland students make cut for Virginia High School League Film Festival

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.

Monday 05/04/2015
Posted: May 04, 2015 - 11:45 am
Arts & Extras: RIDE Solutions announces 2015 Bike Shorts Film Festival winners

Sunday 05/03/2015
Posted: May 03, 2015 - 12:00 am
Live theater calendar for May

Our monthly guide to live theater in the Roanoke Valley.

Friday 05/01/2015
Posted: May 01, 2015 - 3:15 pm
Arts & Extras: Little Town Players offer preview of 'Grease'

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.

Posted: May 01, 2015 - 12:00 am
French artist returns to downtown Roanoke gallery

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.

Posted: May 01, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech offers season of storytelling

The events lined up for the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech’s 2015-2016 performance season look as diverse as they come.

Thursday 04/30/2015
Posted: April 30, 2015 - 5:30 pm
Arts & Extras: Music, ice cream and (hopefully) sunshine Thursday, May 7 at Hollins

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.

Tuesday 04/28/2015
Posted: April 28, 2015 - 12:00 am
O&A: SWVA Ballet presents 'Cinderella'

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.

Monday 04/27/2015
Posted: April 27, 2015 - 2:30 pm
Arts & Extras: Taubman holds "Monster Art Rally" fundraiser, live car-crushing unlikely

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:

Friday 04/24/2015
Posted: April 24, 2015 - 1:15 pm
Arts & Extras: Gary Reid takes tale of bluegrass legend Carter Stanley on tour

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.

Posted: April 24, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Open Studios of Roanoke tour offers art for all tastes

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.

Thursday 04/23/2015
Posted: April 23, 2015 - 5:45 pm
Arts & Extras: Franklin County actor with Broadway ambitions at last getting his due?

Boones Mill native Josh Grisetti just received an Outer Circle Award nomination for best featured actor for his performance in the Broadway musical “It Shoulda Been You.”

Friday 04/17/2015
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 10:15 am
Arts & Extras: Roanoke City Market Building seeks artists for new event

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.

Posted: April 17, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: "Hairspray" actor arrives at Edna role well-heeled

There’s a saying about the classic silver screen couple Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers that goes like this: However great a dancer Fred Astaire may have been, his partner had to do the same steps backwards and wearing high heels.

Tuesday 04/14/2015
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 12:00 am
Bestselling author to speak at dinner

Garth Stein’s artistic career track began as co-producer of an Oscar-winning film and arrives in the present day as author of a novel about a NASCAR-loving dog that sold more than 4 million copies.

Monday 04/13/2015
Posted: April 13, 2015 - 5:30 pm
Arts & Extras: Showtimers calls for auditions for 'To Gillian on her 37th Birthday'

The latest call for auditions from Showtimers Community Theatre, for the upcoming drama "To Gillian on her 37th Birthday." Michael Brady's play, published in 1984, was adapted into a 1996 movie starring Peter Gallagher and Claire Danes.

Friday 04/10/2015
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: a lifetime of travel inspires profusion of art

On April 5, 1956, Barbara Dickinson boarded a boat bound for Europe, embarking on the first of a lifetime of world travels.

Posted: April 10, 2015 - 12:00 am
Taubman Museum offers tour of downtown life and art

The Taubman Museum of Art has launched a new fundraiser, “Urban Spaces/Urban Tastes,” to coincide with the debut of the museum’s new sculpture garden across from the Wells Fargo courtyard on Market Street Southeast in downtown Roanoke.

Thursday 04/09/2015
Posted: April 09, 2015 - 12:45 pm
Arts & Extras: Actress Jen Lilley talks up hometown of Roanoke in Soap Opera Digest

Fans of Roanoke County native Jen Lilley, who plays villainous Theresa Donovan on NBC's "Days of Our Lives," should grab the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest, due out on shelves today. As part of a special look back on 50 years of "Days," there's an interview with Lilley in which she becomes a one woman visitors bureau as she talks up the Roanoke Valley.

Wednesday 04/08/2015
Posted: April 08, 2015 - 3:00 pm
Video - Rhiannon Giddens plays 'Spanish Mary' at Harvester Performance Center

Typically, a Carolina Chocolate Drops show has so many moving parts that it is difficult to focus on just one person. But it was always obvious that singer and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens has a world class voice.

Tuesday 04/07/2015
Posted: April 07, 2015 - 4:00 pm
Arts & Extras: bad weather results in free concerts for classical music lovers

Monday 04/06/2015
Posted: April 06, 2015 - 2:18 pm
Arts & Extras: Carilion's Employee Art Show announces prize winners

Last year, as part of its Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program, Carilion Clinic founded an annual employee art show (which is also open to family members0. This year's show will remain on display through April 16 in the south lobby of Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Mike Allen
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