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.
Our monthly guide to live theater in the Roanoke Valley.
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.
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.
The events lined up for the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech’s 2015-2016 performance season look as diverse as they come.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On April 5, 1956, Barbara Dickinson boarded a boat bound for Europe, embarking on the first of a lifetime of world travels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
“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.”
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.
Our monthly guide to live theater in the Roanoke Valley.
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.
Gerry Hubert turns fan art into fine art.
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.
Cinderella’s time has arrived.
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.
Black mountains 1,000 feet tall silhouetted in strange morning light as the wind howls.
Ronald McDonald House in Roanoke has added a new dimension to its annual call for holiday card designs from regional artists.
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.
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.
Choreographer Liz Lerman's newest theatrical dance piece, "Healing Wars," investigates the impacts of war through the experiences of healers who treat the physical and psychic wounds of battle. Virginia Tech faculty and student veterans, who met with Lerman and her creative team during a visit to Virginia Tech in 2012, contributed to the creation of the work.
Our monthly guide to live theater in the Roanoke Valley.
SPENCER, NORTH CAROLINA — Not every rail fan wants to wait for the Norfolk & Western J Class 611 to roll back into Roanoke before seeing it again.
This weather-related notice arrived in my Inbox today from Roanoke Children's Theatre spokeswoman Lindsay Tolar:
Theatergoers who attended Virginia Tech’s “Fool for Love” might wonder why the older fellow in the cowboy hat sitting off to the side of the stage looks so familiar, even if they can’t quite place where they’ve seen him before.
To make up for performances canceled because of inclement weather, Showtimers Community Theatre in Roanoke County has added 2 p.m. Saturday matinees to the performance schedule for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
Norfolk Southern executive David Helmer shared a passion for trains with his good friend O. Winston Link. The famed photographer often told Helmer he wanted a museum to house his photographs that glorified the age of steam engines.
Poet Fred D'Aguiar, a member of the English department faculty at Virginia Tech, wrote a powerful poem called “Wish,” that begins, “I wish those tall ships at Africa's shore / Had dropped anchor to plant crops there … Instead they filled the hungry bellies / Of hulls with Africans and set sail …”
In commemoration of Black History Month, the Harrison Museum of African American Culture in Roanoke will open a new exhibition on Monday, Feb. 23. "Faces of Africa: A Mystical View of Tribal Heritage," replicates masks, murals, sculptures and other examples of African tribal art.
Unhealthy eating habits can be a delicate topic for a parent to broach with a child. The newest play from Roanoke Children’s Theatre aims to make that conversation easier.
Kirk Carter finds art in places most people wouldn’t spare a second glance.
As the multimillion-dollar adult fiction phenomenon “Fifty Shades of Grey” ties up movie theaters this weekend, don’t forget that a hometown-boy-made-good helped enable it.
Theatre Roanoke College's winter production, “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward, plays at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, through Saturday, Feb. 21, in Olin Theater.
“Tenderly will I use you curling grass,
Casimir A. "Casey" Pawlowski, 80, of Erie, PA., and formerly of Virginia, passed away on Friday, May 1, 2015 at the VA Medical Center. He was born in Erie on December 14, 1934, a son of the late John and Mary Skrypczak Pawlowski.
Reynold Arthur Wolfarth III, 66, of Roanoke, passed away Monday, May 4, 2015. Arrangements by John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home and Crematory in Salem, 540-389-5441.
Gladys Mae Simmons, 88, of Boones Mill, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015. She was born November 20, 1926 to the late William H. and Augustine Allen Napier. A son, Robert Howard Simmons has preceded her in death.Survivors include her husband, Robert E. Simmons; children, Christopher Eugene Simmons (Arlene), James Simmons, both of Roanoke, Cheryl Tunstall of Charlotte, N.C., Pamala Morris (Christopher) of Roanoke; daughter-in-law, Joyce Simmons of Nashville, Tenn.; sister, Janie Patterson of Blue Ridge; grandchildren, Shawn Simmons, of Nashville, and Ashley Royal (Givenchy) of Charlotte, N.C., other relatives of friends. A funeral service will be held Friday, May 8, 2015, 2:30 p.m. at Serenity Funeral Home, Interment will follow in Williams Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Friends may call at Serenity Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m. for viewing. Arrangements by Serenity Funeral Home and Cremation Service
Calvin Cofer Overstreet, of Salem, passed away on Monday, May 4, 2015. Calvin was retired as VP of Sales with Shelton-Witt Equipment Corporation. He was a former member of Hidden Valley Country Club where he enjoyed golfing and playing cards with his buddies. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lillian and Graham Overstreet; his siblings, Billy, Christine, and Edward; and a devoted stepson, Rodney Brown. Left on earth to miss him and cherish his memory is his wife of 35 years, Nellie; his sons, Timothy and his wife, Joyce, of Charlotte, N.C., and Christopher and his partner, Bill, of Salem; his sister, Patsy Burk and her husband, Bud, of Durham, N.C.; his grandchildren, Christin Overstreet of Greensboro, N.C., Chip Brown and his wife, Meghan, of Ashville, N.C., and Tyler Brown and his fiancée, Jenny Williams, of Salem; and one great-grandson, Wade Brown of Ashville, N.C. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Nola J. Wheeler. A heartfelt thank you from the family is extended to Terry, Sabrina, Sondra, Andrea, Sandra, and Cliff of Amedisys for their wonderful care and support during this difficult time. A period of visitation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2015 in the funeral home's chapel with the Rev. Kristin Holbrook officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. Online condolences to the Overstreet family may be expressed at www.johnmoakey.com.