Arts & Culture

Unearthing Artifacts
4:23 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Slaves of the Great Dismal Swamp

Great Dismal Swamp
Credit Dan Salyers/Archeology Archives

Most Americans have heard of the Underground Railroad - a trail that allowed Southern slaves to escape to the North, but there were other escaped slaves who stayed in the South, living in a place their masters feared - Virginia’s Great Dismal Swamp.

Archaeologists are now digging there - finding proof of sizable communities where defiant people found freedom. 

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Celebrating the Bristol Sessions
4:14 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Opens

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is opening in Bristol, Virginia this weekend. Nashville may be the mecca of this music today, but as Johnny Cash himself put it, Bristol was the site of the ‘Big Bang’ that led to the universe of country music we know today.

It was there that the now famous “Bristol Sessions” were recorded by then unknown musicians. 

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Reading List
2:07 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Girls of Summer

Meg Medina & Gigi Amateau

School summer reading lists are infamous.  Required books that you drag around all summer, taking notes and keeping journals.  Just in time for beach season, two Richmond writers are trying to give summer reading a better name. 

When writer Gigi Amateau was a child, one of her favorite stories was The Little Match Girl.

“I remember sitting in my Grammy’s lap and she would read The Little Match Girl to me and it would wreck me every time.  And I then I would ask her to read it again, like through my tears, read it again, you know.”

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VMFA
4:38 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Tale of Two Flags: Art Sparks Dialogue

Black Hair Flag
Credit Artist Sonya Clark

At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, an exhibit called “Posing Beauty” is in its final week.The show features a piece by an African American depicting the confederate and American flags woven in African hair.

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Contemporary American Theater Festival
4:43 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Taking a Chance on New Theater in West Virginia's Oldest City

CATF founder Ed Herendeen addresses artists at an early reading of this year's plays.

There are two towns in West Virginia that could, ostensibly, throw down for the title of oldest in the state.

Shepherdstown and Romney were chartered in 1762. But while both can attest to being more than 250 years old, only one can take credit for annually producing copious amounts of something distinctly new: American theater.

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