Arts & Culture

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
12:22 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing

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This week, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts  will paint the town red, opening a massive new show from China.   The Forbidden City offers  a look inside the palace that two dozen Chinese emperors called home.

Chinese music, paintings, sculptures and calligraphy will take center stage at the Richmond museum when The Forbidden City show opens Saturday, October 18.  Director Alex Nyerges has been to the real thing many times to marvel at 1.8 million works of art on its walls and grounds.

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Tickets on Sale October 10
9:21 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Virginia Film Festival 2014

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This year’s Virginia Film Festival will feature some very big names – directors and actors coming to Charlottesville to talk about their work.

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Inventive Instruments
4:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Making Music Out of a Cigar Box

Steve Armstrong

Hard economic times sometimes give rise to remarkable products, and here in Virginia one of them is making a comeback. 

The cigar box guitar was especially popular during the Great Depression, and these days you’ll find YouTube videos showing how to make your own. 

We talked with a retired plumber who’s devoting his life to the instrument.

Steve Armstrong has been many things in his life – a Marine who served in Vietnam, a biker with heavy tattoos, a plumber who supported a wife and kids, and a musician who was well-known in Richmond, Virginia.

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The Xponauts Converge
4:56 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Cityworks (X)po: Big Ideas for Better Places

CityWorks (X)po starts this week in downtown Roanoke.  It’s an annual event, a summit actually, for people passionate about creating vibrant and dynamic communities.

CityWorks (X)po is dubbed as a place-making event—bringing together entrepreneurs, community organizers…really, anyone interested in boosting connectivity within and between localities.

This year's speakers include new media scholars, investors, authors, a chef, experts in recreation and transportation.

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A Jazz Documentary
11:51 am
Thu September 25, 2014

The Music Never Dies

Jimmy Norman at Roth's Steakhouse in New York

“The Music Never Dies: A Jazz Documentary” will tell the story of several legends of jazz and blues as the movie producers catch up with them in their later years.

Some of them are in their 60s and 70s and still laying gigs entertaining jazz and blues loving audiences around the country and beyond.

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