Arts & Culture

Artist Celebrates Life
4:30 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Noah Scalin's Skull-A-Day

Silver Wire Skull
Credit Artist Noah Scalin

It’s been seven years since Richmond artist Noah Scalin launched a project that would bring him international fame.  The mission: to draw, paint or sculpt a skull a day.  Now, those works are collected in a new book that illustrates how one idea can jump start a career. 

Some artists discover their true nature late in life.  At 42, Richmond resident Noah Scalin says he’s always known art was his calling.  After all, both of his parents were artists.

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Help Document History
3:24 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

The Library of Virginia's Novel Project for Volunteers

The Library of Virginia, on E. Broad Street in Richmond

If you’re interested in history and have a little spare time, the Library of Virginia wants you!  Sandy Hausman reports on a novel project for volunteers.

The Library of Virginia has scanned thousands of handwritten letters, diaries and documents – go to their website and have a look. But you can’t find them through a typical word-search. For that to happen, someone must type their content in the library’s database. So the state has put out a call for help.  

Manager Cathy Jordan says there’s no pay for this digital initiative, but volunteers make a priceless discovery.

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The Biggest & Brightest
2:11 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Richmond's Tacky Lights Tour

Credit Luke Jones/Creative Commons

Many people venture out during the holiday season to see Christmas lights. Richmonders have been doing it, too, and they have a name for it:  The Tacky Light Tour. 

Colleen Curran is a staff writer with Richmond.com, and says the holiday tradition has been going on for decades.  This year, the only criteria to make the list is that the home must have at least 40,000 lights.

Click here for a list of all the homes on the tour.

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"Toughs" by Ed Falco
12:36 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Crime Novel Based on Historical Events

83 years ago on this day, prohibition ended in the United States. During the years when it was illegal to sell alcohol, a crime syndicate was born whose tentacles still stretch to the present day.

Prohibition is the setting for Virginia Tech's Ed Falco's new book.  "Toughs" is the fictionalized, real life story of one of the first drive by shooting on record.  The result of the gangland feuds that characterized prohibition.  His new book has awful resonance with gangland drive-bys today.

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From England to Virginia
11:16 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Musical Connections

Amanda Boyd
Credit Musicians' Union, UK

This past September, British Folksong Archivist, Amanda Boyd, brought her show highlighting the musical connection between Southwest England and Southwest Virginia here for a special series of programs. 

After her performance at the Lincoln Theater in Marion, Virginia, she traveled around the region for two weeks. She retraced the steps of early twentieth century British Folklorist, Cecil Sharp, collected slightly different versions of the same folk songs, from people in Virginia and in Britain.

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