Win tickets to see the smash hit musical Mamma Mia at the Roanoke Civic Center. Two winners will each receive four tickets!
Not two full weeks into December, plenty of folks are already tired of hearing Christmas carols. In their defense, these songs have been piped into the subconscious mind of anyone who has stepped foot inside a mall or grocery store in the past several weeks — since before Thanksgiving, in many cases. Don’t want to hear one more rendition of “Silent Night” or “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”? Is it beginning to feel a lot like torture, these songs in every store? If you’re counting down the 12 days to insanity, we have a better gift for you than a pair of hop-along boots or a pistol that shoots. We have the ultimate holiday season mix, complete with a pile of Christmas-related tunes that may be new to you. Some of these (such as “Christmas in Prison”) are a bit removed from the reason for the season.
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When I first moved to Roanoke from Charlottesville, I missed the ethnic restaurants. Roanoke had fine dining places and plenty of chains , but the choices in between were limited.
FRIDAY>>SUNDAY “The Nutcracker” Presented by the Shenandoah Ballet. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. Adults, $10 advance or $12 door; students and children, $5 advance or $6 door. Lenfest Center for the Arts, Washington & Lee University. www.shenandoahballet.com. FRIDAY 10th Annual Ecumenical St. Lucia Concert The Festival of Lights program features the choirs of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Roanoke, Resurrection Catholic in Moneta, St. Francis of Assisi in Rocky
FRIDAY Stephane Wrembel With Dr. Z & the Riff Raff This gypsy jazz guitar beast, a Frenchman based in New York, has scored Woody Allen movies including “Midnight in Paris.” Wrembel and his band show great taste, style and chops on the act’s most recent CD, “Origins.” A Martinsville-area group opens the show. Details: 8:30 p.m. (doors 7:30 p.m.) The Rives Theatre, Martinsville. $8 advance, $10 door; all ages. rivestheatre.wordpress.com,
TODAY (THURSDAY) l “’Tis the Season” A planetarium show about the legends associated with the stars and constellations that appear during the Christmas season, narrated by Noah Adams of NPR’s “All Things Considered.” When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Radford University Planetarium Cost: Free Contact: email@example.com l “It’s a Wonderful Life” The heart-warming saga of George Bailey, the everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, who dreams of escape and adventure.
Several years ago, Tom Burford warmed himself by a stove at the back of an orchard packing barn and looked into the future. Outside, rows of recently planted apple trees gripped the Albemarle County soil with rooted firmness. Most of the varieties, such as the Baldwin, American Beauty and Arkansas Black, had become all but unknown since the consolidation in the apple industry had reduced choice to a handful of
New-school country music hit-meisters Brantley Gilbert and Thomas Rhett are scheduled to headline next year’s Blue Ridge Music Festival at Salem Football Stadium. Also on the bill for the May 31 event are Colt Ford, Parmalee, Jukebox Mafia, DeeJay Silver and host Storme Warren, with more acts to be announced, according to a news release. Next year’s version will feature more on-site parking, a second off-site parking lot, with shuttle, and
Looking through (snail) mail this time of year, we often see the “dreaded” Christmas letter — a detailed account of the perfect family, their activities and accomplishments. In recent years, we have also been entertained by a new twist — humor in a letter making fun of the troubles and inevitable foibles that every family experiences through the year. On our coffee table each Christmas season is a scrapbook filled
Pondering what to give the special children in your life this holiday season? Let this collection of distinctive books help you select a gift that will be treasured for a lifetime. Little ones A wordless picture book, “Journey” by Aaron Becker (ages 4-8, 40 pages, Candlewick Press, $15.99) will transport children to that magical junction where wonder meets imagination. A girl and her red crayon traverse the world by boat,
Roanoke Children’s Theatre’s production of “A Little House Christmas” may be the perfect antidote to the stress of modern consumer-based holidays. Adapted by James DeVita from two of the novels of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the hour-long play is set in the 1800s in the newly finished home of the Ingalls family. Eight days before Christmas, Charles (Pa), Caroline (Ma), Mary and Laura are preparing a celebratory dinner for family and
Lou Ann and Dwayne Hightower are not-quite-but-almost trailer trash. There’s no rusty car on cinderblocks in their yard. Their deck furniture didn’t used to be the back seat of someone’s Chevy. However, there is a refrigerator on the porch of their doublewide , and it’s at the center of “Messiah on the Frigidaire,” the John Culbertson comedy that pokes gentle fun at Southern redneck stereotypes. It’s currently playing on the
We were sitting on our screened patio at our Florida home recently when my attention was drawn to a large hawk, standing on the lawn about 50 feet away, midway between two medium-large trees. It looked a little nonplussed. Nearby, a squirrel scampered (not running flat-out) in the direction of one tree. Once the squirrel had run about four feet up its trunk, the hawk leapt off the ground and
Q: The problem of nonallergic rhinitis apparently affects a lot of people, yet I cannot recall seeing it mentioned in your column. In our case, my wife has had sinus problems for almost 20 years. She has tried every over-the-counter as well as prescription antihistamine, several antibiotic treatments, three surgeries (deviated septum, tonsil removal, sinus cleaning) and even prednisone. Prednisone is the only drug that helps, but with the serious
When the sniffle season arrives, cold sores may accompany it. Cold sores, fever blisters or the more technical herpes labialis — regardless of the terminology, these red, painful spots are unpleasant. The lesions usually crop up on the outer edge of the lips. They hurt and they look bad, often undermining the sufferer’s confidence for the week or two they take to clear up. A person with a cold sore
There’s been a lot of debate about the new Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Guidelines targeting cholesterol management and heart disease risk, which came out recently from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. At the heart of the controversy is the less-than-perfect risk calculator they use, as well as their resulting recommendations for taking statins, such as Lipitor — or what we call atorvastatin. The risk calculator (it’s
With Christmas more than two weeks away, sugar plums might not yet be dancing in your head, but the Sugar Plum Fairy is about to take the stage again at the Roanoke Civic Center. Two Sugar Plum Fairies, in fact. Salem company Southwest Virginia Ballet has kept the traditional holiday ballet "The Nutcracker" full of tiny mice and en pointe sweets for 17 years at the civic center, but this
Contemporary jazz act The Yellowjackets has been around long enough to be old-school. But when the 32-year-old band hits Jefferson Center on Friday night, it will have a new look. Gone is the band's original bassist, Jimmy Haslip, who took hiatus recently to do new projects and spend more time with family, according to the band. In his place is a young lion and more-than-suitable replacement, Felix Pastorius. That name
There is nothing quite like a family band. And among family bands, there is nothing quite like The Wooten Brothers. But for the vagaries of the music business, the brothers might be a household name as a group. But a 1985 major label album — stripped of brother Victor’s bass playing — rose nowhere near the pop music radar. Instead, Victor Wooten and siblings Regi, Roy and Joseph found other
At 89 years of age, I would like to express my angst at being relegated, by my progenies' progeny, to becoming "Mee-maw," "Maw-maw" or "Nanna," for crying out loud! I have always been "Billie," since the day that I emerged from the womb, and at the advent of birthing our children, as far as I was and am concerned, I did not evolve into anyone else! Maybe all this is
She leafed through the contents of a manila folder from the driver’s seat of her truck, which idled in the parking lot of a squat motel on a lonely autumn night. The whiff of bygone cigarettes clung to the interior air. A trail of exhaust drifted languidly against red taillights and off into the clear night. Teresa St. Clair-Lavender paused to examine a photo. Donald P. Ward, a ruddy man
Everyone who has heard the stereotypes of Appalachian hillbillies and every “misguided individual” who has described Appalachian speech as incorrect should take a look at “Talking Appalachian,” edited by two English professors who have lived in the mountains. In a series of essays, Amy Clark of the University of Virginia at Wise and Nancy Hayward, a Virginia native at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, explore the diversity of dialects, “the way
“The Carpet People” is Terry Pratchett’s first novel, written when he was 17 and working for a newspaper. The characters first appeared in the newspaper in 1971 in serial form for children, and that story is reprinted in the book, which also includes Pratchett’s illustrations. After Pratchett’s Discworld novels became popular, he revised “The Carpet People” for republication. It is the story of microscopic beings who live in different tribes
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