Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

TEDxRVA: Artful 2016 Preview

Apr 6, 2016

The fourth annual TEDxRVA is happening this Friday in downtown Richmond.

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Brian Phelps grew up outside of Richmond in the 1990s, and he says the Confederate flag was a big part of people’s lives in his community.

“Being from the Richmond area, we have a strong southern heritage—a lot of people like to call it—and I was like any kid that grew up in my area and kind of always had this ‘it's heritage not hate kind of concept.’”

But when Brian was in middle school, something changed. He says it happened when he was alone in his room, listening to a BB King CD he had bought from the cheap bin at Circuit City.

Redemption Alley

Mar 21, 2016

People who struggle with addiction often turn to Alcoholics Anonymous to help them kick the habit, but a Virginia man is touting another cure – bowling.  Bob Perry is the subject of a new book that chronicles his trip to the top of the nation’s competitive bowling mountain, his literal fall into the gutter and his remarkable return to the sport.  Sandy Hausman spoke with him at the Kegler Lanes in Charlottesville.

New Sites Added to VA Landmarks Register

Mar 18, 2016

 Virginia’s Department of Historic Resources has added five new sites to the Virginia Landmarks Register. 

 

 The western shores of the Chesapeake Bay have a deep history of slavery. One black community is memorializing its past and engaging its white community in moving forward. 

 

It's been a ten year journey for former classmates of the Holley Graded School to convert the four-room schoolhouse in Lottsburg into a museum. Two abolitionists, Sally Holley and Caroline Putnam, built the school for former slaves soon after the Civil War ended. Their efforts are documented in letters to one of their biggest financial supporters, writer Louisa May Alcott.

 

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