Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
7:01 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Virginia Historical Society Looks to the Past with Cider from Colonial Times

Credit Virginia Historical Society

The Virginia Historical Society is preparing to take people back in time through their taste buds with an unusual spring fundraiser. 

Once upon a time, colonial women depended on a book called the Complete Houswife - a compendium of advice on how to clean your house, prepare food and make cider.  That, says Virginia Historical Society CEO Paul Levengood, was critical to keeping families alive. 

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Sweet Briar College Property
5:37 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Future of the Virginia Center for Creative Arts

A state court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14 related to the announced closing of Sweet Briar College.  Amherst County attorney, Ellen Bowyer, will ask the judge to issue an order blocking the closure of Sweet Briar College for one year. However, Attorney General Mark Herring says Bowyer has just limited authority to intervene. Sweet Briar's closing will have a yet unknown impact on an internationally recognized artist community on property owned by the college.

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Storytelling Festival
4:53 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Sounds of the Mountains

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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Arts & Culture
8:16 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Beard Wars: Civil War Generals and their Bewhiskered Modern-Day Counterparts

General Ambrose Burnside

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.

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Part 4 of 4
5:22 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Islamic Worlds Festival: The Language of Music

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.

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