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Friday 11/27/2015
Posted: November 27, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Woman who inspired photographer inspires new show

Joy Njuguna inspired Roanoke photographer Laura Richards to make art and to keep sharing it.

Tuesday 11/24/2015
Posted: November 24, 2015 - 3:15 pm
Arts & Extras: New River Valley high school students craft Minecraft opera

High school students are blazing a path between arts and technology, creating an opera within the virtual world of the popular video game Minecraft. Experience OPERAcraft, a first-of-its-kind produ...

Friday 11/13/2015
Posted: November 13, 2015 - 1:00 pm
Arts & Extras: Hollins art professor to open painting exhibition at Liminal gallery

Liminal Gallery and Community High School are proud to announce an exhibition of paintings by Elise Schweitzer,  "New Work: Hunt Seat and Equitation," on view Wednesday, Nov. 18 to Dec. 2...

Posted: November 13, 2015 - 10:00 am
Arts & Extras: Showtimers reports sold out shows of "Bloody Murder" this weekend

Showtimers Community Theatre in Roanoke County reports that its production of Roanoke playwright and actor Ed Sala's whodunnit comedy "Bloody Murder" is selling out its shows.

Thursday 11/12/2015
Posted: November 12, 2015 - 7:30 pm
Bug out at the science museum

The Bug Zoo is scheduled to open to the public Dec. 5, but visitors to the garden can see a few of its residents already on display inside terrariums nestled amid the plants.

Monday 11/09/2015
Posted: November 09, 2015 - 12:00 am
Nonprofits seek good Samaritan to give them space

A group of cultural nonprofits in Roanoke hopes someone will give them some space.

Friday 11/06/2015
Posted: November 06, 2015 - 8:00 am
Arts & Extras: JAX celebrates 20th anniversary in Roaring 1920s style

The Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd is celebrating its 20th year with an anniversary gala on the evening of Saturday, November 14, featuring a “Roaring Twenties” theme. Attendees are enco...

Thursday 11/05/2015
Posted: November 05, 2015 - 9:00 pm
Arts & Extras: Roanoke sculptor makes underwater tribute to cancer patient

By day, Tom McDonald works as CEO for Physicians to Women in Roanoke.

Wednesday 11/04/2015
Posted: November 04, 2015 - 2:00 pm
Arts & Extras: Virtuoso musician Wu Man and Shanghai Quartet perform at Virginia Tech

Traditional Chinese music will be presented through a contemporary lens when the Shanghai Quartet, one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles, joins pipa virtuoso Wu Man for “A Night in Ancient ...

Posted: November 04, 2015 - 12:00 am
Out and About: Roanoke photographer explorers 'The Feminine Landscape'

Roanoke photographer Michele Sons has gotten her wish.

Friday 10/30/2015
Posted: October 30, 2015 - 12:45 pm
Arts & Extras: Artemis Journal calls for submissions, holds fall poetry reading

Floyd County-based literary magazine Artemis Journal is calling for poetry, photography and art submissions for its 2016 issue. Submission guidelines and requirements can be found here. Artemis req...

Posted: October 30, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Diva dresses personify tragic opera sopranos

The New York City Opera asked artist E.V. Day to create an installation for its grand promenade space that would celebrate the company’s energetic new leadership and direction.

Monday 10/26/2015
Posted: October 26, 2015 - 4:15 pm
Arts & Extras: A radio theater rendition of 'Dracula'

Experience a world where people fly like bats at night and, at any moment, someone could be turned into a creature of the undead during the theatrical production of Bram Stoker’s gothic horror clas...

Posted: October 26, 2015 - 12:00 am
Out and About: Opera Roanoke's steampunk 'Sweeney Todd'

Opera Roanoke is going Goth for its production of Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway smash “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”

Friday 10/23/2015
Posted: October 23, 2015 - 11:00 am
Arts & Extras: History museum opens show on black farmers in America

The History Museum of Western Virginia has opened “Distant Echoes: Black Farmers in America” by photojournalist John Francis Ficara, on loan from the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African Am...

Posted: October 23, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: 'Tobacco People': One project, three museums (with video)

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Wednesday 10/21/2015
Posted: October 21, 2015 - 11:35 am
Arts & Extras: Final weekend to see Off the Rails' 'The Pillowman'; 'pay what you will' admission Thursday

Off the Rails Theatre's production of Irish playwright Martin McDonagh's darkly demented play "The Pillowman" runs for one more weekend at the June M. McBroom Theater inside Community Hig...

Posted: October 21, 2015 - 12:00 am
Out & About: Botetourt artists and guests open studios to public

The Open Studios-Botetourt tour Saturday and Sunday invites art lovers to explore the landscapes of Botetourt County as they visit the home bases of several prominent Roanoke Valley artists.

Tuesday 10/20/2015
Posted: October 20, 2015 - 3:30 pm
Arts & Extras: Opera Roanoke celebrates 40th anniversary with fundraiser gala

Opera Roanoke is holding a black-tie optional dinner fundraiser Saturday evening at the Taubman Museum of Art to celebrate the nonprofit’s 40th anniversary. Tickets are $250 a seat. The Ruby Annive...

Monday 10/19/2015
Posted: October 19, 2015 - 12:00 am
Mill Mountain's 2016 season aims for crowd pleasing

Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke last week unveiled its 2016 season, demonstrating that it has no intention of fixing what ain’t broke.

Friday 10/16/2015
Posted: October 16, 2015 - 3:30 pm
Arts & Extras: Roanoke photographer Sarah Hazlegrove speaks at 3 museum openings

Roanoke photographer Sarah Hazlegrove's "Tobacco People," an epic international project documenting people who work in the tobacco industry in Virginia, Brazil, Africa and Indonesia, is o...

Posted: October 16, 2015 - 10:40 am
Arts & Extras: Peter Wreden's daughter Alexis remembers his art

Alexis Wreden, daughter of the late Roanoke artist Peter Wreden, provided me with a wealth of information about and reflections on her father, only a fraction of which fit in today's column about t...

Posted: October 16, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Roanoke gallery honors artistic legacies in back-to-back shows

New York photographer O. Winston Link, famous for his works documenting the lost era of the Norfolk & Western steam locomotives, is permanently tied to Roanoke by the museum that bears his ...

Thursday 10/15/2015
Posted: October 15, 2015 - 4:35 pm
Arts & Extras: Greenbrier Resort hosts free art invitational

Posted: October 15, 2015 - 2:15 pm
Arts & Extras: National Book Award finalists have Roanoke Valley ties

The National Book Foundation released the short list for the 2015 National Book Awards earlier this week, and at least three finalists have Roanoke Valley ties.

Tuesday 10/13/2015
Posted: October 13, 2015 - 4:00 pm
Arts & Extras: Attic Productions to hold auditions for 'A Christmas Carol'

Announcing Auditions for “A Christmas Carol” as adapted by Doris Baizley at Attic Productions on Sunday, October 25th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pmand Monday, October 26th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm!

Monday 10/12/2015
Posted: October 12, 2015 - 11:50 am
Arts & Extras: Hollins grad Helena Brown, now opera singer, returns for performance

Mezzo-soprano Helena Brown, a 2012 graduate of Hollins University, has gone on to sing in productions of Porgy and Bess and Madama Butterfly, among many others. This Thursday she returns to campus ...

Friday 10/09/2015
Posted: October 09, 2015 - 10:30 am
Arts & Extras: Virginia Tech hosts the plucky Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Comedy, singing, occasional whistling, and the sounds of an assortment of ukuleles converge in a performance by the eclectic Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.

Posted: October 09, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: 20 seasons of David Stewart Wiley

David Stewart Wiley recently reflected on two decades of concerts he’s conducted for the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, trying to pick a favorite. “Wow,” he said. “There have been so many.”

Thursday 10/08/2015
Posted: October 08, 2015 - 4:30 pm
Roanoke Cultural Endowment gets executive director

Roanoke Vice Mayor David Trinkle introduced Shaleen Powell, the newly hired executive director of the Roanoke Cultural Endowment, at Thursday’s city council meeting.

Tuesday 10/06/2015
Posted: October 06, 2015 - 12:00 am
Out & About: Salem dance company brings Richmond Ballet to Roanoke

Southwest Virginia Ballet artistic director Pedro Szalay once danced in the Richmond Ballet.

Monday 10/05/2015
Posted: October 05, 2015 - 5:15 pm
Historical Society of Western Virginia hires new leader

The Historical Society of Western Virginia has a new executive director after more than two years without one.

Posted: October 05, 2015 - 12:30 pm
Arts & Extras: North Carolina museum offers autumn foliage excursion to Charlottesville

Now in its ninth year, one of the N.C. Transportation Museum’s most popular offerings combines the romance of rail travel, a great destination and the convenience of a day trip. Autumn Train Excurs...

Friday 10/02/2015
Posted: October 02, 2015 - 2:30 pm
Arts & Extras: Aurora opening postponed, some Art by Night receptions still on

Today's weather has caused new downtown Roanoke apartment and art studio complex Aurora, the subject of my Arts & Extras column this week, to postpone the official opening of their first ga...

Tuesday 09/29/2015
Posted: September 29, 2015 - 1:55 pm
Arts & Extras: Mill Mountain Theatre's 'On Golden Pond' ties in domestic violence forums

Mill Mountain Theatre continues its Golden Anniversary Season with one of the classics of American drama, "On Golden Pond". The conveys a serious message with a wry sense of humor, will b...

Monday 09/28/2015
Posted: September 28, 2015 - 2:15 pm
Arts & Extras: upcoming Wilson Museum show displays books as art

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum is excited to present a panel discussion in conjunction with the opening reception for Unbound: Contemporary Prints Inspired by Books. The exhibition presents the work ...

Friday 09/25/2015
Posted: September 25, 2015 - 8:00 am
Arts & Extras: Richmond artist's flame-worked glass sculptures at 16 West

On Oct. 2, Fleda A. Ring Artworks in downtown Roanoke will open “MICRO\COSMIC,” an exhibition of glass sculpture by Richmond artist Rachel Van Liere. The opening reception starts 6 p.m. in the gall...

Posted: September 25, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Southwest Virginia celebrates science Saturday

The Virginia Science Festival returns for the second year on Saturday with a full day of free science- and technology-related demonstrations in Roanoke and Blacksburg.

Tuesday 09/22/2015
Posted: September 22, 2015 - 7:00 pm
Arts & Extras: Virginia Film Office to hold film industry training seminar in Daleville

The Virginia Film Office in partnership with the Virginia Western Community College recently announced that a film industry training seminar will be held October 17 and 18 at the Greenfield Educati...

Friday 09/18/2015
Posted: September 18, 2015 - 11:50 am
Arts & Extras: Sweded Horror Film Fest at Grandin Theatre seeks entries

The Sweded Horror Film Fest was once a Halloween staple at the former Shadowbox Community Microcinema in downtown Roanoke. Organizer Jason Garnett is bringing the event back this year, with The Gra...

Posted: September 18, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: New Taubman Museum installation paints with sunlight

The sun will paint the interior of the Taubman Museum of Art in kaleidoscopic colors as it shines through a new sculpture hanging in the atrium skylight of the downtown Roanoke museum.

Thursday 09/17/2015
Posted: September 17, 2015 - 3:42 pm
Ann Compton to speak at Taubman fundraiser

A much-honored television journalist with Roanoke ties will be the keynote speaker at the Taubman Museum of Art’s annual Women’s Luncheon fundraiser.

Wednesday 09/16/2015
Posted: September 16, 2015 - 3:45 pm
Arts & Extras: Meet the artist behind the Taubman Museum's high-flying installation

Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m., New Mexico artist Rachel Hayes will give a talk about "Not Fade Away," her installation opening this week in the Taubman Museum of Art atrium. Her presen...

Monday 09/14/2015
Posted: September 14, 2015 - 12:00 am
"A Walk in the Woods" helps raise awareness of hiker responsibility

When I was younger, my elementary school teachers used “The Oregon Trail” computer game from Gameloft to teach students the dangers and difficulties of manifest destiny. Now there is a similar tabl...

Friday 09/11/2015
Posted: September 11, 2015 - 5:30 pm
Arts & Extras: auditions for Star City Playhouse 2015-16 season

Marlow Ferguson, director of Roanoke's tiny yet determined Star City Playhouse, tells me he's looking to fill the casts for all of the company's upcoming shows in 2015-16.

Posted: September 11, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: performing arts add color to the fall

Fall is almost here, and in the arts world that means new performance seasons are upon us, with shows piling up faster than autumn leaves.

Friday 09/04/2015
Posted: September 04, 2015 - 8:00 pm
Arts & Extras: Virginia Western student exhibition shows art, science connections

Virginia Western Community College invites the public to a free opening reception with refreshments for a unique student art exhibit that will highlight the connection between the sciences and art.

Posted: September 04, 2015 - 4:45 am
Perry F. Kendig Awards honor excellence in Roanoke Valley arts

The winners of the 2015 Perry F. Kendig Arts and Culture Awards were honored Tuesday in a ceremony at Roanoke College, which administers the awards jointly with Hollins University. Now in their 30t...

Posted: September 04, 2015 - 12:00 am
Arts & Extras: Hollins Theatre, Roanoke Public Libraries seeking to stage 'Star Stories'

If the Mill Mountain Star could talk, it would have many stories to tell about about 66 years’ worth of scenes that have played out beneath its neon glow.

Wednesday 09/02/2015
Posted: September 02, 2015 - 12:00 pm
Arts & Extras: TV Guide profiles actress Jen Lilley

A recent issue of TV Guide devoted a two-page spread to Roanoke County native Jen Lilley, who appears weekdays on NBC in the long-lived soap opera Days of Our Lives.

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  • Mike Allen blogs about the regional arts community, as well as those curious and quirky things that can only be classified as "culture."
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