Arts & Culture

Photographer Ben Greenberg
9:10 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Natural Virginia: Capturing the Beauty of the Old Dominion

Early Fall Morning Panorama from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Nelson County, VA
Credit Ben Greenberg

At a time when almost every American carries a cell phone camera, it takes courage to try and publish a book of photographs, but a Virginia man was determined to celebrate the beauty of this state in print.
 

Ben Greenberg began taking pictures as a new father – 44 years ago -- but was quickly drawn to landscapes in Virginia.

“All the way from the Eastern Shore to the mountains, from Southwest Virginia Highlands all the way to the Potomac.  There’s so much to be seen and to be photographed.”

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Location Negotiations
4:33 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Slavery Museum Closer to Becoming a Reality

First African Baptist Church, Richmond, VA

Former Governor Doug Wilder says he's received lots of inquiries regarding the future of a proposed National Slavery Museum, so he's revealed what he hopes to be its new location. 

While Fredericksburg is no longer a consideration, Wilder says a historic church now owned by Virginia Commonwealth University would be ideal.

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Perfect Pitch
2:52 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

The Family That Tunes Together

Credit Stock Photo

There was a time when a piano was the heart of many homes. In some it still is. But sales of acoustic pianos have been dropping steadily over the last 35 years.  And as more people move to digital instruments, the number of piano tuners is also shrinking.  Some worry it may become a lost art.

“When I was a kid they asked, ‘What’s your daddy do?  He goes ding ding ding," said David Allen.

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Shockoe Bottom
9:40 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Richmond Wrangling Over Future of Historic Slave Trade Site

Ana Edwards, the chief opponent of the Shockoe Bottom stadium proposal, talks about historical markers at the Lumkin Jail historical site in Richmond.
Credit Steve Helber/AP via NPR

On a warm spring night, more than 150 people gathered in Shockoe Bottom, a name taken from the Native American word for a site in Richmond.

This part of town, bounded by I-95 and bisected by railroad lines, was central to a city that prospered from the slave trade.

"The best guesstimate is several hundred thousand people were sold out of Shockoe Bottom," says Phil Wilayto, a leader of the grassroots movement to establish a memorial park here. "Probably the majority of African-Americans today could trace some ancestry to this small piece of land."

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Virginia Museum of Fine Art
10:04 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Monuments Men: The Richmond Collection

South Seas Landscape, Emil Nolde, 1914
Credit Gift of Dr. George and Mrs. Marylou Fischer, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

The film Monuments Men raised public awareness about what happened to important works of art in Nazi Germany. 

Some of it was destroyed, while other pieces were hidden away.  One especially valuable collection made its way to Richmond, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts says it just got one of the missing paintings back.

Between 1910 and 1930, one family in Germany - the Fischers --  collected the works of modern painters.  Robin Nicholson, Deputy Director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts says the Nazis disliked and often destroyed such work.

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