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Roanoke historian Scott Crawford likes to find the hidden messages in old paintings. That doesn’t mean he’s searching for secret codes. Rather, he studies images and ferrets out the meaning behind them that would have been apparent to viewers at the time they were painted, but might be lost on a viewer today. His research recently prompted the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., to change the name of
Our monthly guide to live theater in the Roanoke Valley. Be sure to check out the Calendar in Inside Out every Thursday for the most current information. If you’ve got a play to list in January, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. — Mike Allen Mill Mountain Theatre Event: “The Sound of Music,” by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse Venue: Trinkle Main Stage, Center in the Square, Roanoke
Mill Mountain Theatre hasn’t put on a big scale musical in four years. If ticket sales for “The Sound of Music” are any indication, theatergoers are eager to see the professional theater’s return to the form after a string of small casts and children’s shows. MMT board President Jack Avis said the theater had sold 45 percent of the available tickets for the show’s entire run as of Nov. 20,
The Taubman Museum of Art’s longest running exhibition has a new look — appropriate for a collection of fashion accessories. The museum has revamped the Rosalie K. and Sydney Shaftman Gallery that permanently displays its collection of Judith Leiber designer handbags. The original custom-designed stand in the gallery, which resembled an abstracted tree, has been replaced with more traditional stands that allow the Taubman to showcase the handbags to better
Greeting cards are a traditional way to connect with loved ones near and far during the holiday season. This year, consider purchasing cards that will give back to our community from one of these nonprofits. Here is our annual guide to some of those cards. Ronald McDonald House The 2013 card was designed by local artist Marie Campbell . The inside message reads: “Warmest wishes for peace and joy during
Roanoke’s Star City Playhouse goes out on a limb with its holiday offering, daring to reshape a Charles Dickens Christmas story for the stage. Unfortunately, the limb snaps under the combined weight of an uninspired script and poor casting of the central role. The play in question is “The Bargain,” Karon Sue Semones’ adaptation of a long Dickens story titled “The Haunted Man.” Her version captures the spirit of the
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra executive director Beth Pline will step down after her contract ends in June, after seven years at the helm of the 60-year-old symphony. "She's made a big difference," said RSO board President Joseph Ferguson. Pline oversaw budget cuts that allowed the symphony to weather the recession that began in 2008 without reducing its programming. She also supervised a cost-saving office move from RSO's longtime home at Jefferson
RIOT Rooster , the yearly independent and alternative crafts bazaar, has gotten too big for its former home at The H2O Heater in Roanoke, according to event organizer Beth Deel. This year, the fair takes place at 16 West Marketplace in Roanoke. The vendors sell handmade jewelry, hand-knitted clothing, silk screened T-shirts and accessories made from items that have been “upcycled.” For example, FolkThreads will offer hats and frocks made
*** UPDATE Nov. 17: Dish Network, Media General agreement restores WSLS *** Today, Channel 10 has been off the air for Dish Network customers for 47 days. The blackout has been terrible for viewers who have been unable to watch WSLS-TV’s newscasts, their favorite NBC programs and NFL games. Being off the air has been more than just an inconvenience for Channel 10, however. It could have a tremendous financial
The Virginia Film Festival set another all-time record high at the box office, with $120,156 in sales this year, an 11 percent increase from last year, the event’s organizers said Tuesday. More than 27,000 tickets were issued and 35 screenings were sold out during the festival’s 26th annual run, which ended Sunday. In 2012, the festival tallied $108,043 at the box office, about 27,000 visits to events and 42 sellouts.
A Southwest Virginia doctor will have a starring role on television Friday and Saturday, re-enacting a dramatic incident from his days working in the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital emergency room. Carilion Clinic emergency physician John Lucas of Vinton will play himself in this week’s episode of “Untold Stories of the ER ” in a segment titled “Rattled!” about a woman bitten by a venomous snake. The show airs tonight at
It’s not easy to make a movie. Once you’ve made one, it can be even harder to get it out into the world where it can be seen. Roanoke Valley natives Billy and Thomas Sample have experienced that challenge with their flick, “Reunion 108.” You may have heard of Billy Sample — a star athlete for Andrew Lewis High School, he played major league baseball from 1978 to 1986, mostly
Sally Struthers says that touring with a travelling show is a great way to see the country. The 66-year-old actress stars as busybody matchmaker Dolly Levi in the 50th anniversary revival tour of “Hello, Dolly!” At the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre tonight, she’ll belt out standards like “Just Leave Everything to Me,” “Before the Parade Passes By” and the famous title song. Struthers remains best known for her portrayal of
Some 60 years ago, the Roanoke Symphony gave its very first concert in what was then Jefferson High School. On Sunday, the orchestra returned to the same building, now Jefferson Center, for a program titled "Homecoming" to commemorate that historic event. An almost full house of more than 700 audience members heard a generally Romantic program of works by Weber, Liszt and Sibelius under the direction of Maestro David Stewart
A little boy holding an American flag sits with a group of protesters on the front steps of the Mississippi governor’s mansion. The cluster of women and children hold a sign that reads “No More Police Brutality.” A series of black and white photographs recorded what happened next on that day in 1965 — police officers surrounded the group, and one wrestled away the crying boy’s flag. As heart-wrenching as
In Blacksburg artist Jane Lillian Vance’s newest paintings, doctors perform surgery and review X-rays in a dramatic montage. Gloved hands plant a bulb in the soil, surrounded by magnified views of blood cells and biochemical diagrams. Vance is known for large, hyper-detailed artwork using motifs from Asian cultures, so it’s no surprise that she’d bring the same density and attention to detail to work addressing themes of modern medicine. What’s
“Mitzi’s Abortion: A Saint’s Guide to Late-Term Politics & Medicine In America” opened Friday night in the Hollins University Theatre. A very rich and multilayered play, it is a must-see for anyone debating the efficacy of abortion. Seattle playwright Elizabeth Heffron, a member of the Hollins College MFA Playwright’s Lab, was asked during a Q&A after the performance why she wrote a play about a hot-button issue that breeds controversy.
Emissaries from fairyland will visit Pulaski during the month of November, courtesy of a Dublin photographer. At first glance, the tableaus of tiny winged children at the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley look like illustrations from fairy tales, but in fact they’re photographic portraits, digitally enhanced to add that extra sparkle. A professional photographer and designer for many years, Susan Gibas started creating her fairy portraits in
The soothing sound of the Virginia Gentlemen Barbershop Harmony Chorus will soon charm audiences at the Jefferson Center. The 44-year-old Roanoke-based male a capella singing group also happens to be the Roanoke chapter of the international Barbershop Harmony Society, and they’ve opted to sing at the Shaftman Performance Hall for the first time in more than a decade to celebrate their parent organization’s 75th anniversary. Founded in 1930, the Barbershop
Starting Monday, visitors to the Ruth C. Horton Gallery at the brand new Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech will be greeted by a wall filled with moving flowers. This is California artist Jennifer Steinkamp’s “Madame Curie,” a panoramic animated loop that sets blooms in motion in tribute to Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, in physics. Curie, who also won a Nobel Prize in chemistry,
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