Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Pocahontas, written and illustrated by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire

At this time of year, many people discover the wonderful world of children’s books as they search for holiday gifts.  At the Virginia Historical Society, visitors can view some of the most beautiful illustrations from kids books as part of a show called Illustrated Treasures.  

The Collection of Josh Meltzer

Between the end of the Civil War and the start of the Civil Rights Movement, African-Americans in the South lived under restrictive laws known as Jim Crow.  Journalist Beth Macy has written about that era as it shaped the lives of two black men who were taken from their home near Roanoke as kids and forced to work in the circus. 

stevewatkinsbooks.com

Earlier this year Governor McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have given parents of public school students a say in assigned readings. Now, it's up to schools to make that decision. Last week, the administrators of a rural high school in a conservative county did just that, asking an award-winning author invited to speak to leave. 

Executive Office of the President of the United States

This season the American Shakespeare Center features King Lear and the Rise of Queen Margaret – stories of political people in olden times, but the Blackfriar’s Theater also offers a surprise – the tale of a rude, bawdy politician who promised a big change in Washington and became America’s president.

It’s been said music is the language of the heart, something able to break down barriers between people with different politics, cultures or beliefs. WVTF/Radio IQ’s Robbie Harris visited a rehearsal of a unique ensemble learning to play Arabic music, in Blacksburg. It will debut at the Islamic Worlds Festival at Virginia Tech later this month.

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