Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Sounds of the Mountains

Apr 13, 2015

The annual Sounds of the Mountains Festival is coming up this weekend, April 17-18, at Fincastle’s Camp Bethel. It’s a national festival featuring story-telling, music, the spoken word, along with campfires and nature walks.

A new feature of the festival this year, the 14th annual, is a Story Slam with eight storytellers and cash prizes. The topic of the slam?  “From this I learned the importance of friendship..."

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Like other forms of fashion, styles of facial hair come and go.  Today, beards are back -- and a history museum in Richmond is celebrating by pairing modern-day men with Civil War generals who look something like them in an exhibition called “Beard Wars.” 

The Show at Richmond’s Valentine History Center features photos of union and confederate generals, side by side with members of the RVA Beard League - a philanthropic group that celebrates whiskers.

It’s been said music is the language of the heart, something able to break down barriers between people with different politics, cultures or beliefs. WVTF/Radio IQ’s Robbie Harris visited a rehearsal of a unique ensemble learning to play Arabic music, in Blacksburg. It will debut at the Islamic Worlds Festival at Virginia Tech later this month.

The World Beyond Your Head

Mar 31, 2015

Virginia’s Festival of the Book recently wrapped up in Charlottesville, but one of its featured authors didn’t go far.  Matthew Crawford returned to his workshop in Richmond, where he produces custom motorcycle parts and meditates on the distractions of modern life. 

If you knew Matthew Crawford in high school, you might be surprised to hear that he got a PhD in political philosophy at the University of Chicago - a school deeply committed to scholarship.  At age 16, scholarship was the last thing on Crawford’s mind.

A group of thirty students from the University of Virginia were among the first Americans to visit Cuba after President Obama announced plans to normalize relations with the island nation. The group from UVA’s Darden School of Business made some surprising discoveries.

Professor Greg Fairchild has been to plenty of Third World countries, and arriving at their airports can produce culture shock.

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