Arts & Culture

The Biggest & Brightest
2:11 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Richmond's Tacky Lights Tour

Credit Luke Jones/Creative Commons

Many people venture out during the holiday season to see Christmas lights. Richmonders have been doing it, too, and they have a name for it:  The Tacky Light Tour. 

Colleen Curran is a staff writer with Richmond.com, and says the holiday tradition has been going on for decades.  This year, the only criteria to make the list is that the home must have at least 40,000 lights.

Click here for a list of all the homes on the tour.

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"Toughs" by Ed Falco
12:36 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Crime Novel Based on Historical Events

83 years ago on this day, prohibition ended in the United States. During the years when it was illegal to sell alcohol, a crime syndicate was born whose tentacles still stretch to the present day.

Prohibition is the setting for Virginia Tech's Ed Falco's new book.  "Toughs" is the fictionalized, real life story of one of the first drive by shooting on record.  The result of the gangland feuds that characterized prohibition.  His new book has awful resonance with gangland drive-bys today.

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From England to Virginia
11:16 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Musical Connections

Amanda Boyd
Credit Musicians' Union, UK

This past September, British Folksong Archivist, Amanda Boyd, brought her show highlighting the musical connection between Southwest England and Southwest Virginia here for a special series of programs. 

After her performance at the Lincoln Theater in Marion, Virginia, she traveled around the region for two weeks. She retraced the steps of early twentieth century British Folklorist, Cecil Sharp, collected slightly different versions of the same folk songs, from people in Virginia and in Britain.

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Arts & Culture
3:01 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Skateboard Hero

The 360 Fingerflip Crossfoot
Credit Hollis Brumfield

A Richmond man is celebrating a national win in his sport of choice - skateboarding. 

Connor Burke has been skateboarding since the age of 8, and this year - at 22 - he won the acclaim he’s been hoping for, taking top honors in the national freestyle skateboard championships.  Unlike others who speed, bump and spin down city streets and stairways, freestylers skate on flat surfaces but do tricks with the board.

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Donation Pays it Forward for Founding Father
3:42 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

A Gift for Montpelier

Credit The Montpelier Foundation

November 15th, tomorrow, is National Philanthropy Day, as President Ronald Reagan first deemed it back in 1986. It’s a time to recognize those who give and volunteer in our communities.

With that, the story now of a wealthy fan of American history. 

While the homes of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington are multi-million dollar tourist attractions for Virginia,  a $10 million donation now means the managers of James and Dolley Madison’s home, Montpelier, will be stepping up their game as well.
 

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