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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.

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.

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