Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
4:58 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

MetroSongs

A Virginia-based singer-songwriter has found musical inspiration in a rather unlikely place: The Metro system.

Jason Mendelson just released the fourth volume of his "MetroSongs" series -- all featuring songs inspired by different Metro stations.

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"MetroSongs Volume 4: Multi-tracking" is out now.

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Artist Suzanne Stryk
4:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Notes on the State of Virginia

Blue Spiral
Credit Suzanne Stryk

Thomas Jefferson’s influence on Virginia is the inspiration behind an exhibit currently on display at the Taubman Museum of Art in downtown Roanoke.  

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Arts & Culture
4:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Trail of the Lonesome Pine

Jason Barnette

A novel set in southwestern Virginia was enormously popular when it came out – in 1908.  “Trail of the Lonesome Pine” is the story of a young engineer who goes to that mountain region to develop its underground resources.  He finds himself in the middle of a blood feud between two powerful local clans ---and falls deeply in love with one of their daughters.  

The novel, based on true events, has been made into a move three times. The 1936 version starred Henry Fonda and Fred McMurray.  

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Big Stone Gap
4:00 am
Tue August 6, 2013

End of An Era: Mutual Drug Closing

It’s the end of the line for the last privately owned drug store –slash- cafeteria in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. “Mutual Pharmacy” was immortalized in the novel, “Home to Big Stone Gap” as the beating heart of a fictional mountain community in southwestern Virginia.

People are flocking in to say their goodbyes on the last day before Mutual Pharmacy and Cafeteria closes its doors for good after 60 years in downtown Big Stone Gap.  The CVS drug store chain bought the business but not this building, which for now, will add to the growing number of vacant shops here.

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Shenandoah Harmony: A New Four-Shape Tune Book
2:44 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Shape Note Singing

Credit Shenandoah Harmony

Since the mid 18th century, Americans throughout New England and the South have been gathering for shape note singing, a form of a capella sung mostly from a popular tune book called The Sacred Harp.

Now there's a new tune book that captures some of Virginia's musical past.

Click here for more information about Shenandoah Harmony.
 

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