Arts & Culture

Surf's Up!
4:00 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Artist Ryan McGinness

Art History is Not Linear, 2014

Artist Ryan McGinness spent his teen years surfing, riding skateboards and making art in Virginia Beach. 

Today, his brightly colored works - which incorporate strong graphics, signs and logos from popular culture, hang in museums around the world.  He’s based in Manhattan, but next month he comes back to share his ideas and techniques with kids from his hometown.

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Civil War Milestones
9:04 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Scottsville Observes 150th Anniversary of Sheridan's Raid

When it comes to Civil War history, many people hear about places like Gettysburg and Manassas, but much of the suffering during that war occurred in small towns like Scottsville which - this weekend - will mark the anniversary of a Union invasion and celebrate the fact that the Yankees are NOT coming back. 

When Evelyn Edson, president of Scottsville’s Museum Board, announced plans to observe the 150th anniversary of General Philip Sheridan’s ride through town, some residents were appalled.  They figured the coming of the Yankees was nothing to celebrate. 

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Islamic Worlds Festival
7:35 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Explore the World of Islam in Blacksburg

Moroccan-born artist Lalla Essaydi’s stunning, large-scale photographs of Arab women confront gender and cultural stereotypes in powerful images that explore female identity through both Arab and Western lenses. Her photographs are on display now in the Francis T. Eck Exhibition Corridor through the festival.

Even though Muslims make up nearly a quarter of the world's population, the political, religious, historical, and cultural aspects of Islam are not known or understood by most Americans. The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech is hoping to play a part in changing that with an "Islamic Worlds Festival."

It will be a 360-degree view of the large and diverse world of Islam. Impossible to do, that is unless you focus the lens of the arts on this rich topic. 

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4:34 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

MacBeth in Richmond

Virginia is known as the state for lovers, the location of many historic sites and a national park.  This year, it adds another credit - the place where a new and edgy version of MacBeth is played out on film. 

Angus McFadyen is a Scottish actor and a cast member for TURN, the AMC series about American Revolutionary spies.  That brought him and his ambition to Richmond.

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A Crown On Her Head
8:13 am
Mon March 2, 2015

The Dignity of Cleaning

Despite advancements in gender equality, women still do the majority of housework in the U.S.  It’s known as the ‘Second Shift’ - when they find themselves working late, like some secret, unpaid workforce. But some say it’s time to bring cleaning out of the closet, appreciate it for what it is, and treat it with the dignity it deserves. 

So what’s the secret to getting your house clean? Invite people over.  Something about the idea of company on the way focuses the mind. 

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