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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our monthly guide to live theater in the Roanoke Valley.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Saturday 04/04/2015
Cornershot: Hollins art show examines life for women in Mormon faith
Posted: April 04, 2015 - 12:00 am

The women are posed in pairs beneath bell jars, dressed in 19th-century frontier clothing. One pair, holding hands, appears to be shouting for joy. Another pair bends over a child-sized coffin.

Friday 04/03/2015
Arts & Extras: intriguing gallery shows open this Art by Night
Posted: April 03, 2015 - 8:15 am

Roanoke's Art by Night downtown gallery tour tonight features another bumper crop of interesting shows at its various stops. Last week I highlighted Wonderland Gallery's quirky "Impressionistagram" show. Here are a few others:

Arts & Extras: Virginia Tech opens doors to Islamic worlds with new festival
Posted: April 03, 2015 - 12:00 am

“You never see us laugh on American television,” laments Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani in a TED Talk video as he discusses perceptions of Middle Easterners in the United States. “We like to laugh. We like to celebrate life.”

Thursday 04/02/2015
Arts & Extras: Dance Espanol performance free tonight at William Fleming
Posted: April 02, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Dance Español, a program run by Southwest Virginia Ballet for Roanoke City Public Schools, takes place tonight (Thursday), 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. tomorrow (Friday), in the William Fleming High School auditorium.

Sunday 03/29/2015
Live theater calendar for April
Posted: March 29, 2015 - 12:00 am

Our monthly guide to live theater in the Roanoke Valley.

Friday 03/27/2015
Arts & Extras: beer and books Sunday at Parkway Brewing Co. in Salem
Posted: March 27, 2015 - 4:00 pm

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.

Arts & Extras: Roanoke painter finds art in celebrity Instagrams
Posted: March 27, 2015 - 12:00 am

Gerry Hubert turns fan art into fine art.

Friday 03/20/2015
Arts & Extras: poetry and art board the bus in Roanoke
Posted: March 20, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Friday 03/13/2015
Arts & Extras: Clock strikes in Roanoke for Cinderella
Posted: March 13, 2015 - 12:00 am

Cinderella’s time has arrived.

Thursday 03/12/2015
Arts & Extras: Off the Rails Theatre pulls into "Middletown"
Posted: March 12, 2015 - 4:40 pm

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.

Friday 03/06/2015
Arts & Extras: Roanoke photographer returns from memorable Antarctic journey
Posted: March 06, 2015 - 12:00 am

Black mountains 1,000 feet tall silhouetted in strange morning light as the wind howls.

Thursday 03/05/2015
Arts & Extras: Taubman Musuem, Ronald McDonald House team for charity cause
Posted: March 05, 2015 - 2:45 pm

Ronald McDonald House in Roanoke has added a new dimension to its annual call for holiday card designs from regional artists.

Arts & Extras: Sidewalk Art Show back to two day event, deadline to apply March 15
Posted: March 05, 2015 - 11:45 am

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.

Monday 03/02/2015
Arts & Extras: Roanoke Arts Commission member honored for support of arts industry
Posted: March 02, 2015 - 3:00 pm

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.

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