Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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Virginia’s State Fair is less than a month away, and organizers are gearing up to host nearly a quarter of a million people at the Meadow Event Park near Richmond.  

In addition to rides, music and agricultural competitions, the fair will offer its usual selection of junk food – corn dogs, funnel cakes, cotton candy and something new.

“This year we have deep fried butter – a hunk of butter with batter, dropped in the deep fryer.”   

That’s the Farm Bureau Federation’s Kathy Dixon.  She says there isn’t much call for healthier fare.

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They’re often called, ‘the new old fashioned neighborhoods of the future’ planned communities, where the focus is on collaboration, cooperation and sustainability.  It’s an idea that came from Denmark and it’s beginning to take hold in Virginia. 

“This is sort of the periphery of the building area, the actual building area is a little further in.”

Art Turns Housing into Homes

Aug 25, 2015
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Shelter is a big problem for many people in Virginia. Up to 40,000 may be homeless for some period of time during any given year, with many cycling through housing and back to the streets.

Now, a Central Virginia group is using art and interior design to attack the problem.

The Haven day shelter is one block from the popular pedestrian mall in Charlottesville, in a stately, brown-brick church built in 1837. The sign out front reads, “The Haven, everyone needs a place to start.”

Don't Buy This Book!

Aug 21, 2015

When eleven professional writers from Smith Mountain Lake decided they wanted to do something out of the ordinary they considered their options and finally settled on trying to produce the worst novel ever written.

With the work now complete they believe they may have attained their goal.

Sound of Music Singalong

Aug 20, 2015

 This weekend, Charlottesville joins a growing number of American cities where fans of the movie The Sound of Music can indulge their passion by singing along.   

The Paramount Theater was on the lookout for ways to use its new HD projector when it learned that a singalong version of the 1965 film Sound of Music could be theirs for a day.  Marketing Director Katherine Davis recalls the moment.

“We saw this title that was available with the words on the screen -- the little bouncing dot, and we said, ‘We have to have this at the theater.’”

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