Students across the country are celebrating graduation in a variety ways – but none quite like a troupe of dancers at Washington & Lee here in Virginia. They’ll be dancing on air – literally, with a performance 40 feet above the ground.
They dangle from ropes far above the theater floor, swinging and spinning, turning flips or hanging upside down, tapping their toes on the wall and flapping their arms as if to fly. Aerial dancing is an art form pioneered in the 70s and taught at just one university in the nation.
Recently, one of the nation’s best-known religious leaders announced that his 27-year-old son had committed suicide.
Rick Warren , pastor of a mega-church in Southern California and author of the best-selling Purpose Driven Life said Matthew Warren had suffered from depression. Here in Virginia, the son of another church superstar says he can relate.
Thousands of people will converge on Staunton this week for what will, no doubt, be the hottest event in the nation.
Thirteen years ago, Caroline Sheridan and her husband Doug opened a glass blowing studio in an old Staunton warehouse, and despite a lengthy recession that bankrupted many a business, their enterprise – called Sunspots Glass Studios – has grown steadily as tourists ventured off the highway.
Up to 5,000 visitors are expected during this weekend’s Hot Glass Festival – a free event that will showcase two dozen glass artists from around the country.
In an emergency, some people turn to drink, while others rely on prayer, but for a small and committed group at the University of Virginia, there’s nothing better in a crisis than poetry.
It was a warm spring night on the University of Virginia campus, and dozens of students and faculty members had gathered outside to celebrate Humanities Week and the power of poetry to soothe and console in a crisis.
Professors Lisa Russ Spaar, Michael Levinson , Clare Kinney and Stephen Cushman organized the event and offered personal definitions of the emergency poem.