Arts & Culture

Ash Lawn's "Susannah"
11:35 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Opera Set in Appalachia

Many operas are set in Europe – sung in Italian or German, but the Ash Lawn Opera in Charlottesville plans to bring the art form closer to home with a performance of Susannah -- a story set in Appalachia. 

Susannah is a role prized by sopranos like Renee Flemming, who performed it at the Met.  Critics described composer Carlisle Floyd as the American Pucini for the passionate lyrics and music he wrote.  He tells the story of a beautiful woman who lives in a small town – New Hope Valley, Tennessee.  She sings of her longing to leave and make something of her life.

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Humane Society Complaints
12:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Natural Bridge Zoo Protest

Animal rights activists rallied Sunday at the Natural Bridge Zoo-- an attraction that boasts the most complete collection of animals in Virginia.  The Humane Society of the United States has a different description of the zoo, and federal officials say it's now under investigation.

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Arts & Culture
11:49 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Dog Lovers Film Festival Makes Charlottesville Debut

Jeff and his service dog Jasper.
Credit Service Dogs of Virginia

A film festival for dog lovers will be held this Saturday  in Charlottesville to raise money for an area service dog organization. 

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Arts & Culture
3:51 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Virginia Disney Fans Raise Money for Charity

Credit photo by Beverly Amsler

Disney fans are gathering in Roanoke for a 2-day festival to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.  Beverly Amsler spoke with Chuck Lionberger, author or the Disney Daddy blog.

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4th Annual Event
3:34 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Floyd Artisan Trail Tour

Part of the beauty of finely crafted objects is seeing where they’re made and meeting the people who make them. More than fifty artisans, galleries, farms and shops, all over Floyd County will open their doors, give demonstrations, and discuss their work this weekend.  It’s the fourth Annual Floyd Artisan Trail Tour and you’re invited.

Pat Sharkey is coordinating this weekend’s Floyd Artisan Trail, a self tour of the area that highlights what’s so captivating about this rural mecca for music, art, and personality.  

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