When it comes to ethnicity, the largest group of people in Virginia—about 20% -- trace their ancestry back to Africa, but kids in our schools learn relatively little about African history, arts and culture. Now, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will offer a lively supplement to the curriculum -- taking children on a virtual trip to Mali, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Just as Thomas Jefferson did nearly 200 years ago, restoration experts for the University of Virginia's Rotunda have turned to history to bring this iconic building into the 21st Century.
Besides launching a Revolution in government, Thomas Jefferson launched a revolution in education. When founding the University, he placed at center not a church, as then the custom, but a library. However, the book collection eventually outgrew the space, and a 1970s renovation let the school's governing body, the Board of Visitors, claim nearly half the central floor.
Some big names are gracing the University of Virginia’s art museum this month.
Lucian Freud was the grandson of Sigmund Freud, who encouraged him to become an artist. The younger Freud left Germany with his family when Hitler came to power and settled in England, where he painted a diverse group of people; from the civil servant he called Big Sue to Mick Jagger’s fashionable wife.
“He had a fascination for pregnant women, and he painted Jerry Hall and Kate Moss, who were best known as tall, sleek models, in the third trimester of their pregnancy.”
The power of love, and its not so distant relative, hate, are explored in one of Sam Shepard’s most enduring plays. “Fool for Love” opens next week on the main stage at Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts.
Sam Shepard's plays tend to roam the vast spaces of the wild west and the small spaces of the human psyche; His characters, larger than life, his themes reminiscent of Greek theater, though set in the present day.
Two movies about people searching for love open this Valentines Day weekend. Fifty Shades of Gray features the torture that is both real and metaphorical when it comes to some relationships. And a low budget ‘Indy’ film, called, Old Fashioned is marketing itself as the ‘ antidote’ to Fifty Shades.
Call it serendipity., but when the producers of Old Fashioned saw that their movie could have a release date the same weekend as Fifty Shades of Gray, it was an opportunity too good to let go