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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.

Arts & Extras: Modern dance performance at Virginia Tech explores traumas of war
Posted: March 02, 2015 - 12:30 pm

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.

Sunday 03/01/2015
Live theater calendar for March
Posted: March 01, 2015 - 12:00 am

Our monthly guide to live theater in the Roanoke Valley.

Saturday 02/28/2015
611 steam engine's return to glory
Posted: February 28, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Friday 02/27/2015
Arts & Extras: Roanoke Children's Theatre cancels Saturday 2k run
Posted: February 27, 2015 - 4:00 pm

This weather-related notice arrived in my Inbox today from Roanoke Children's Theatre spokeswoman Lindsay Tolar:

Arts & Extras: Emmy winner Stuart Margolin adds character to Virginia Tech's 'Fool For Love'
Posted: February 27, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Thursday 02/26/2015
Arts & Extras: Showtimers adds makeup matinees to "Charlie Brown" schedule
Posted: February 26, 2015 - 6:00 pm

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.”

Tuesday 02/24/2015
David Helmer's energy, expertise connected the O. Winston Link Museum to Roanoke
Posted: February 24, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Saturday 02/21/2015
Out & About: Free concert at Virginia Tech remembers the Middle Passage
Posted: February 21, 2015 - 12:00 am

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 …”

Friday 02/20/2015
Arts & Extras: Harrison Museum to open 'Faces of Africa'
Posted: February 20, 2015 - 6:00 am

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.

Arts & Extras: Roanoke Children's Theatre takes frank yet funny look at healthy eating
Posted: February 20, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Monday 02/16/2015
Christiansburg photographer finding art where no one would look twice
Posted: February 16, 2015 - 12:00 am

Kirk Carter finds art in places most people wouldn’t spare a second glance.

Friday 02/13/2015
Arts & Extras: Covington-raised Dana Brunetti tied to 'Fifty Shades of Grey'
Posted: February 13, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Wednesday 02/11/2015
Arts & Extras: Theatre Roanoke College demonstrates 'Blithe Spirit'
Posted: February 11, 2015 - 6:10 pm

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.

Sunday 02/08/2015
What do battlefields remember?
Posted: February 08, 2015 - 12:00 am

“Tenderly will I use you curling grass,

Friday 02/06/2015
Cornershot: Roanoke native's graphic novel illuminates black history
Posted: February 06, 2015 - 12:00 am

Roanoke native Joel Christian Gill believes that when it comes to commemorating black history, #28daysarenotenough, as the Twitter hashtag goes.

Arts & Extras: Black railroad workers forge history in 'From Cotton to Silk' at Virginia Museum of Transportation
Posted: February 06, 2015 - 12:00 am

Members of the African American Norfolk & Western Heritage Group in Roanoke stepped behind a curtain Tuesday morning and took their first look at how the Virginia Museum of Transportation will present their history.

Thursday 02/05/2015
Arts & Extras: Blacksburg fiber artist curates show for Virginia Quilt Museum's 20th anniversary
Posted: February 05, 2015 - 6:30 pm

Blacksburg fiber artist Paula Golden alerted me that the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, Virginia, celebrated its 20th anniversary this week by opening three new exhibits.

Sunday 02/01/2015
Live theater calendar for February
Posted: February 01, 2015 - 12:00 am

Our monthly guide to live theater in the Roanoke Valley.

Friday 01/30/2015
Arts & Extras: FOX Business Network show revisits Salem family's $3 million nickel
Posted: January 30, 2015 - 1:00 pm

One of the most fascinating "lost treasure" stories to come out of the Roanoke Valley in recent times will get the television treatment on the next episode of "Strange Inheritance," broadcasting 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2 on FOX Business Network.

Arts & Extras: Virginia Tech arts center opens 'Threaded' show of fabric-related art
Posted: January 30, 2015 - 10:45 am

The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech's latest presentation of three one-person exhibitions highlights internationally recognized artists who reinvent and merge various disciplines, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and craft, through inventive uses of thread and fabric.

Arts & Extras: Signature 9 gallery goes out with artistic flourish
Posted: January 30, 2015 - 12:00 am

Five friends — all artists — decided 11 years ago that they wanted a place to showcase their works.

Monday 01/26/2015
Arts & Extras: 'Interstellar' art show next month at Roanoke's Wonderland Gallery
Posted: January 26, 2015 - 4:10 pm

The Wonderland Gallery will be featuring 'Interstellar', a color and light interactive installation by sculptor Darcy Meeker from Feb. 1-28, 2014. Meeker's latest work features alcohol inks on metal as it relates to subtractive/additive color theory. The Opening Reception will take place on Friday, February 6 from 5-9 pm.

Saturday 01/24/2015
Out & About: Kandinsky Trio offers 'The Russian Experience'
Posted: January 24, 2015 - 12:00 am

Salem’s ever-versatile Kandinsky Trio offers to provide “The Russian Experience” this evening, with a performance of 20th century composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Quartet in G Minor.

Cornershot: Roanoke County historian's Stanley Brothers expertise evident in new book
Posted: January 24, 2015 - 12:00 am

The weight of Gary Reid’s knowledge of the lives, times and music of the Stanley Brothers is evidenced by the heft of his new book.

Friday 01/23/2015
Arts & Extras: World War II journal inspires new stage musical
Posted: January 23, 2015 - 12:00 am

Amy VanKirk discovered a treasure hidden in plain sight amid her late grandfather’s possessions.

Thursday 01/22/2015
Arts & Extras: Opera Roanoke apprentices sing Feb. 8 at Hollins
Posted: January 22, 2015 - 3:45 pm

Please join us as Opera Roanoke's Apprentice Artists present, "Something Familiar, Something Peculiar," an afternoon of comedic arias and scenes from the operas of Mozart, Rossini and Gilbert and Sullivan, on Sunday February 8, 3 p.m. Talmadge Recital Hall. Following the performance there will be an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy hearing about the beginnings of their careers as young opera singers. A reception follows in the Green Drawing Room.

Roanoke Symphony Orchestra to make television debut
Posted: January 22, 2015 - 12:00 am

Roanoke Symphony Orchestra conductor David Stewart Wiley’s outsized persona and distinctive mane of hair will beam into living rooms across Southwest Virginia this coming Monday.

Tuesday 01/20/2015
Arts & Extras: Artemis Journal calls for examples of 'the courage of our convictions'
Posted: January 20, 2015 - 5:05 pm

Artemis Journal editor Jeri Rogers has reminded me that the Floyd County-based magazine is seeking art, photography, fiction and essay submissions for its 2015 issue. The deadline is Feb. 15.

Monday 01/19/2015
Arts & Extras: 'Sister Act' in Roanoke and Charlottesville
Posted: January 19, 2015 - 12:45 pm

Broadway's habit (so to speak) of adapting movies with musical elements to the stage continues with "Sister Act," based on the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg comedy. Goldberg herself produced the musical version. Both movie and book tell a tale of a disco singer who witnesses a mob murder. To protect her, the authorities disguise her as a nun and hide her at a convent, where at first there's culture clash, then bonding, with her new sisterhood.

Sunday 01/18/2015
Roanoke Valley Children's Choir heads to national championship
Posted: January 18, 2015 - 12:00 am

On a cold January evening, 80 teenagers warmed up for a national championship.

Friday 01/16/2015
Arts & Extras: Hollins and Mill Mountain theaters' new festival has offerings for all
Posted: January 16, 2015 - 12:00 am

The Hollins Theatre faculty hope to see Roanoke rise to stardom as a birthplace for remarkable new plays.

Thursday 01/15/2015
Arts & Extras: 'It's just a flesh wound' - Roanoke dancer choreographs W&L's 'Spamalot'
Posted: January 15, 2015 - 12:15 pm

The folks at Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke sent me a tidbit about one of their own venturing into the dangerous forest of the Knights Who Say "Ni!" (Yes, I am a Monty Python fan.)

Opera Roanoke hires new executive director
Posted: January 15, 2015 - 12:00 am

Opera Roanoke has hired a new executive director. Linda Webb, 53, started work Wednesday.

Tuesday 01/13/2015
Roanoke Arts Commission seeks artist feedback, sculptures for Elmwood Park show
Posted: January 13, 2015 - 12:00 am

The Roanoke Arts Commission is seeking input from artists on two upcoming projects.

Monday 01/12/2015
Arts & Extras: Washington & Lee opens new show from cutout artist
Posted: January 12, 2015 - 5:00 pm

New York-based artist Mark Fox returns to Southwest Virginia for a show that just opened in Washington and Lee University's Staniar Gallery, "Not in This Fool's House."

Arts & Extras: Taubman Museum of Art introduces new Thursday evening schedule
Posted: January 12, 2015 - 2:40 pm

The Taubman Museum of Art's resolutions for 2015 include a rotating schedule of Thursday evening activities that encompass beer, music, dancing, and of course art. This coming Thursday evening (the 15th) will feature the museum's first trivia night.

Friday 01/09/2015
Arts & Extras: Little Town Players calls for auditions for 'Barefoot in the Park'
Posted: January 09, 2015 - 1:30 pm

Karen Hopkins, publicity chairwoman for Little Town Players in Bedford, passed this audition notice along this morning:

Arts & Extras: artists explore meaning of identity in new downtown Roanoke show
Posted: January 09, 2015 - 12:00 am

A stunning breadth of artistic techniques spreads across rows of 9-by-12-inch panels in a new downtown Roanoke art show that’s small in size but huge in scope.

Thursday 01/08/2015
Arts & Extras: Roanoke Arts Commission seeks sculptures for next public art display
Posted: January 08, 2015 - 12:50 pm

The Roanoke Arts Commission has called for applications for its next temporary exhibition of outdoor sculpture.

Tuesday 01/06/2015
Norfolk & Western 611 should steam back into Roanoke this spring
Posted: January 06, 2015 - 12:45 am

Plans to send the Norfolk & Western Class J 611 rolling down the rails again remain on track.

Mike Allen
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