Arts & Culture

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Sounds of the Mountains Storytelling Festival

Apr 15, 2016

It's time for the Annual Sounds of the Mountains Storytelling Festival, a celebration of stories, music, and nature. The festival begins Friday, April 15th and runs through Saturday, April 16th.  Among the many performers, the lineup includes  Kevin Kling, Barbara McBride Smith, and Bill Lepp.

For information about tickets and schedules, visit here. 

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The term “bird brain” is used to imply stupidity, but a new book by Jennifer Ackerman suggests our feathered friends are anything but.  It's called the Genius of Birds.

Since childhood, when she had a pet parakeet named Grisgris, Jennifer Ackerman has marveled at the intelligence of birds.

Last month, Wisconsin Public Radio decided to end production of Whad'Ya Know. For more than a quarter of a century, Michael Feldman's quick wit and timely humor brought the Midwest to Virginia with comedy, conversation, music and current events.    

TEDxRVA: Artful 2016 Preview

Apr 6, 2016

The fourth annual TEDxRVA is happening this Friday in downtown Richmond.

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Brian Phelps grew up outside of Richmond in the 1990s, and he says the Confederate flag was a big part of people’s lives in his community.

“Being from the Richmond area, we have a strong southern heritage—a lot of people like to call it—and I was like any kid that grew up in my area and kind of always had this ‘it's heritage not hate kind of concept.’”

But when Brian was in middle school, something changed. He says it happened when he was alone in his room, listening to a BB King CD he had bought from the cheap bin at Circuit City.

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