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Friday 08/28/2015
Posted: August 28, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Radford, Tech bring folk art from central India to Southwest Virginia

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.

Sunday 08/23/2015
Posted: August 23, 2015 - 12:00 am
George R.R. Martin, 'Game of Thrones' creator, to conquer Roanoke

“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.

Friday 08/21/2015
Posted: August 21, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Salem Museum makes room for 'outsiders'

The Salem Museum is about to go “Against the Grains.”

Tuesday 08/18/2015
Posted: August 18, 2015 - 11:30 am
Arts & Extras: Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts 2015-16 season

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. 

Monday 08/17/2015
Posted: August 17, 2015 - 3:15 pm
Arts & Extras: 2015 Kendig Award nominees announced

Thirteen artists and arts advocates are among the nominees for the 2015 Perry F. Kendig Arts and Culture Awards.

Friday 08/14/2015
Posted: August 14, 2015 - 1:00 pm
Arts & Extras: High school classmates exhibit their art in Pulaski show

The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley in Pulaski will be showing work by Vinton artist Billy Bob Beamer and his Pulaski High School classmate Beth Shumate through Sept. 23.

Posted: August 14, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Gainsboro history project wins award

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.

Friday 08/07/2015
Posted: August 07, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Old 'Nipper' joins pack of endangered artifacts

The Virginia Association of Museums has once again asked the public to choose "Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts."

Tuesday 08/04/2015
Posted: August 04, 2015 - 12:30 pm
Arts & Extras: tickets available for Center for the Arts 2015-16 shows at Virginia Tech

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.

Monday 08/03/2015
Posted: August 03, 2015 - 6:00 pm
Arts & Extras: regional Vietnam War commemorative project seeks photos, volunteers

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.

Friday 07/31/2015
Posted: July 31, 2015 - 3:00 pm
Arts & Extras: regional museums publicize 'endangered' artifacts

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.

Posted: July 31, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Harrison Museum celebrates 30 years with Smithsonian exhibition

American Revolutionary War martyr Crispus Attucks was the first to die in the Boston Massacre.

Friday 07/24/2015
Posted: July 24, 2015 - 12:00 am
Drive-By Truckers artist Wes Freed rocks Floyd art center

Wes Freed’s art always had a gothic bent.

Thursday 07/23/2015
Posted: July 23, 2015 - 6:00 pm
Arts & Extras: Taubman Museum invites visitors to help create trash portrait

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.

Monday 07/20/2015
Posted: July 20, 2015 - 3:35 pm
Arts & Extras: Bells to chime in free Hollins concert

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.

Friday 07/17/2015
Posted: July 17, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Ballet crosses cultural boundaries

RADFORD — Ballet is a universal language.

Thursday 07/16/2015
Posted: July 16, 2015 - 2:30 pm
Dispatch from Prague, Part III: Dancers win awards

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

Thursday 07/09/2015
Posted: July 09, 2015 - 10:30 am
Dispatch from Prague, Part II: The festival begins!

The Roanoke Times has received another update from 16-year-old Callaway Turner, as she and other dancers with the Southwest Virginia Ballet visit Prague for the New Prague Dance Festival:

Wednesday 07/08/2015
Posted: July 08, 2015 - 12:00 pm
Taubman announces extended hours

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.

Tuesday 07/07/2015
Posted: July 07, 2015 - 12:00 pm
Dispatch from Prague: SWVA Ballet dancers

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.

Thursday 07/02/2015
Posted: July 02, 2015 - 3:30 pm
Arts & Extras: Mill Mountain Theatre holding auditions for 'On Golden Pond' and '42nd Street'

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.

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.

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