The Hollins University Dance Department will be performing a Spring Dance Concert at 8 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday, with guest artists Jamie Lynn Chandler, Clarice Young and the Shenandoah Cont...
The Open Studios of Roanoke self-guided tour provides visitors with a chance to see artists in the environment where they create, to speak with them and sometimes even watch them work.
The Harrison Museum of African American Culture in Roanoke will open a new photography exhibition 3 p.m. Sunday. “Moments in Time” contains significant moments in history captured over a 41-year ca...
A former New York City public school teacher who has written more than 20 children’s books has been named the winner of the first annual Margaret Wise Brown Prize in Children’s Literature.
The thousands of Cave Spring High School students who have ridden the bus past the Stonehenge replica at Chaparral Drive and Londonderry Lane likely have no notion of its artistic pedigree.
Opera Roanoke has raised the required $200,000 to doubly match a $100,000 challenge issued in January by a private foundation. The challenge deadline was June 30, the end of the fiscal year, and th...
Roanoke College wants to grow a new flower garden.
A Roanoke artist is helping to commemorate the late NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt’s 65th birthday.
"Healing Through Art: Art of Contrast," a show curated by Virginia Tech senior Victoria Javier, doesn't explicitly reference the upcoming anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre.
Hollins Theatre is using humor to examine a serious subject: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Cirque du Soleil is coming back to Roanoke for a fourth round of beautiful music, adorable clowning and jaw-dropping acrobatics.
The Roanoke College choir program could be starting a new Roanoke Valley tradition.
More than 200 wooden synagogues decorated on the inside with large-scale, intricate wall paintings once cut peaked silhouettes across the landscape of Poland.
Ronald McDonald House Charities in Roanoke is extending its deadline for artists to submit holiday card designs until April 29. Director of Community Development Jeanne Bollendorf shard the followi...
Tenor Scott Williamson and soprano Amy Cofield Williamson first met 10 years ago during a production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata.”
Roanoke audiences have seen many photographs of trains, but what about landscapes shot looking out from trains as they travel the country?
Meighan Sharp has learned important things about bus etiquette this March as she’s been riding Valley Metro routes on a quest for poetic inspiration.
A round face peers out from inside a wooden box, the top of which is labeled with the word “foreigner.”
Consider the age-old idiom “as American as apple pie.”
“For me, it’s a better way to channel energy,” said Otis Ailsworth, carefully turning an elegant clay bowl, using his hands to shape it. “It’s also kind of spiritual.”
The Virginia Film Festival has announced the launch of its 2016 Call for Entries, inviting filmmakers from around the state, region, and throughout the world to submit feature films, documentaries,...
Life Out Loud Films, the company behind Southwest Virginia-based productions like “Lake Effects” and “Wish You Well,” has eyes on their next prize, a film about a legendary Lynchburg boys’ football...
Roanoke’s Art by Bus program disembarked on its second year of activities Thursday morning.
Roanoke fiber artist Meridith Entingh learned of a wonderful surprise when a friend from Chicago left a phone message that began “Hey Cover Girl!”
Covington-raised movie producer and Hollywood studio president Dana Brunetti has a new, timely show poised for a television campaign.
Roanoke Ballet Theatre is hosting trainee auditions for its Roanoke City Ballet program from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 1318 Grandin Road S.W. in Roanoke. Audition fee is $25, photos and resu...
Roanoke’s railroad history gets explored in “TIES,” an original ballet performance choreographed by Pedro Szalay, artistic director of Salem’s Southwest Virginia Ballet.
David Stewart Wiley is half a free agent after the orchestra he conducted in New York abruptly shut down earlier this month.
Hordes of fans of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” will occupy Roanoke this weekend for a chance to meet the show’s creator, best-selling fantasy novelist George R.R. Martin.
Carilion Clinic Foundation has put out a call to artists to create “Boxes for Hope and Healing” for an auction to be held May 23. Half the proceeds of any boxes sold would benefit the Dr. Robert L....
Correction: Mary MacIlwaine lives in Roanoke. Jude Prashaw is a Hollins University graduate. MacIlwaine’s last name and place of residence and Prashaw’s status with the university were incorrect in...
For train lovers looking for a chance to ride behind the rejuvenated Norfolk & Western Class J 611, the call to board is nigh.
Tip Toland’s striking ceramic sculptures are as realistic as photographs.
How long would you want to stay friends with someone who repeatedly subjected you to public humiliation?
The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech is sending off two of its current art exhibitions with a casual “coffee break” from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7.
“Déesse de Chocolat” isn’t a new brand of Valentine’s Day bon-bons.
The words of the great American novel “Moby-Dick” are brought to life on the stage by Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theater for the premiere of the work, “In the Shadow of Moby Dick” at 7:30 p....
Floyd County artist Charlie Brouwer is one of the 12 Virginia artists this year who have received an $8,000 professional fellowship from the the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.
The watercolor paintings of Zheng Liang Feng combine an expressive freedom with an astonishing amount of detail, whether the subject is a beautiful landscape or an arresting face.
The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra has officially renamed its box office at 128 Campbell Ave. S.E. in recognition of the financial support given by Member One Federal Credit Union in Roanoke. Officials...
The Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd has announced the schedule of its 2016 concert series, featuring classical music and jazz.
Perhaps no American Founding Father has been lionized and mythologized more than George Washington.
Once we're thawed from the snow, a bit of soul warming may well be in order.
An author finds romance with the lady of his dreams on a talking subway car. A grieving couple sues a pharmaceutical company over their daughter’s death.
Showtimers Community Theatre seeks to populate New York City's East Village for its first-ever production of the smash hit musical of the 1990s, "Rent."
Marlow Ferguson, the director of Star City Playhouse, called to let me know he's looking to complete the cast an upcoming production of Woody Allen's 1969 comedy "Play It Again, Sam," abo...
Roanoke Arts and Culture Coordinator Susan Jennings has let me know that the deadline to submit proposals for the city's Little Free Library project has been extended to Jan. 29 at 2 p.m.
Mill Mountain Theatre will hold auditions for regional performers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30. The Equity theater company is seeking to fi...
The "local person scoring good in showbiz" is staple of the Arts & Extras beat; prominent examples since I came on board in 2009 include Jen Lilley (Roanoke County) joining the ca...
Charlottesville artist Rod Marshall-Roth, a Roanoke native, is the featured artist at 2nd Helpings Gallery at 1502 Williamson Road in Roanoke for the month of January. He uses watercolor and pastel...
Mrs. Marie Maxie Harrison, 75, of Roanoke, a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, went to be with her Lord on Tuesdaym May 3, 2016. She is preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, John T. Harrison; her son, Timothy Wayne Harrison; parents, Tommie and Leonard Maxie; one sister; and six brothers. She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Tina and Barry Thornhill of Kernersville, N.C.,Amy and J.R. Stacy of Roanoke; and one granddaughter, Ashlyn Harrison. She has one surviving brother, Jessie Maxie of Dublin, Va.; and many nieces and nephews. She leaves behind a beloved dog and grand dog, Bentley and Duncan. A private service will be on Friday, May 6, 2016 at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem, Va. Hayworth Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the family.
Fuller Diane CeciliaDiane Cecilia (Robinette) Fuller, 67, of Fincastle, passed away Monday, May 2, 2016. Diane was born November 23, 1948 in Washington, DC to the late Robert Francis Fuller and Margaret Smith Fuller and lived in Fincastle since 2007.She was a graduate of Immaculate Conception Academy in 1966 and attended the University of Maryland. Diane was employed by the Department of Veteran Affairs in Washington, retiring in 2007 after 39 years of service. She was a member of Soroptimist International of Washington, DC for over 20 years.In addition to her parents, Diane was preceded in death by her sister, Elaine Mary Fuller Dudley. She is survived by her husband, Lt. Col. Warren S. Robinette Jr., USMC (Retired); nephews, Donald Tiffany, Frank (Joann) Tiffany, Matthew Tiffany, and Glen Dudley; three grandnieces, Heather, Kaitlyn, and Jennifer Tiffany.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Monday, May 9, 2016 at Church of the Transfiguration, 7624 Roanoke Road, Fincastle. Burial will follow at Godwin Cemetery. There will be no public visitation.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to her beloved parish, Church of the Transfiguration, 7624 Roanoke Road, Fincastle, Virginia 24090. Online condolences may be made to Diane's family at www.rader-funeralhome.com.
Solomon Elijah "Eli" Bridgen, 26, died Monday, April 25, 2016 at the home of his "Auntie T" in Randleman, N.C. Eli was born in Roanoke, Va. on July 28, 1989. Right from the beginning Eli was a free spirit, charming those around him with his gregarious personality, contagious laughter, dancing blue eyes, mischievous grin and head full of wild curls.The majority of his life was spent growing up and running wild in Buchanan, Va. Eli loved animals, music, and spending time outdoors, especially playing in the creek or floating down the James River. At the time of his death, Eli was living in Randleman, N.C. where he had moved to make a fresh start. He was a full-time student, pursuing a degree in Computer Integrated Machinery at Guilford Technical Community College and working part-time at Randolph Stair and Rail Company. Eli knew no strangers. He is remembered by family and friends for being funny, kind-hearted, generous, and protective; the kind of person who was always willing to lend a hand or give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. But there was also a darker side to him. Behind his smile, Eli struggled with depression and addiction. In the end they took him from us far too soon.Eli was preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Nancy Bridgen and Jesse and Norma Adams; aunt, Lacondia Jo "Jodi" Hill; and niece, Alexis Bridgen. He is survived by his parents, William and Janet Bridgen, of Daleville, Va.; brother, Eric Bridgen and his fiancé, Lindsey Barton, of Burnt Chimney, Va.; sister, Julia Bridgen, of Daleville, Va.; aunt and uncle, Meade and Kathie Coulson, of Roanoke, Va.; aunt, Teresa Anderson, of Randleman, NC; uncle, Chip Anderson, of Randleman, N.C.; aunt and uncle, Ramona and Jonathan Elmore, of Chesterfield, Va.; Forever sister-n-law, Angela Lane, of Roanoke, Va.; nephew and nieces, Jonathan Smith, of Roanoke, Va., Trinity Bridgen of Roanoke, Va. and Dalilah Bridgen of Burnt Chimney, Va.; cousins, Galen Coulson of Roanoke, Va., Jesse Anderson, of Washington, D.C. and Jake and Kate Elmore, of Chesterfield, Va.; very special friends, Nicholas and Chalee Juba and their daughter, Laci, of Roanoke, Va., Shane Craighead of Roanoke, Va., Paige Collings Barham of Roanoke, Va., the Rancer Family of Summerfield, N.C., and numerous other family members and friends.A memorial service honoring Eli's life will be held at the Buchanan Chapel of Botetourt Funeral Home on Saturday, May 7th, 2016. Visitation will be held 2 to 3 p.m., with the service immediately following. In lieu of flowers, Eli would have liked donations to go towards helping animals. The family suggests Forever Home Animal Rescue, online at fharva.org or by mail at P.O. Box 20156, Roanoke, VA 24018. Online condolences may be made at www.botetourtfuneralhome.com 540-254-3000.
Clyde Rigney, 86, of Rocky Mount, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016. He was born September 26, 1929 a son of the late Sam and Lillie Hodges Rigney. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Roy "Buster" Rigney, Charles Wayne Rigney, Arthur "Peanut" Rigney, George Cleatis Rigney; sister, Virginia Foley; nephew, Troy Foley; and niece, Sandra Rigney.Surviving are his brother, Sam Rigney; sister, Nancy Thompson; brother-in-law, Alvin Foley; nieces; nephews; cousins; and church family.Funeral Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2016 at Henry Fork Church of the Brethren with Pastor Ronald Coleman officiating. Interment will follow in the Rigney Family Cemetery. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to Henry Fork Church of the Brethren. His family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Henry Fork Church and other times at the home of Nancy Thompson, 1380 Goldmine Road, Glade Hill, Virginia 24092.