Arts & Culture

A Cultural History of American Christmas Songs
2:05 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells & Silent Nights

It is that time of year—when you just might have a Holiday Jingle Ear Worm….maybe you picked it up in a department store, or from a humming co-worker.  Maybe even from this radio station.  'Tis the season for Christmas tunes.

A writer from Appomatox is actually an expert on American Christmas music and with his just-released book, Ronald Lankford attempts to reconcile the sacred and the profane.  He studies music ranging from hymns to warbling chipmunks.

 

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Arts & Culture
9:46 am
Thu December 19, 2013

So This Is Christmas

At Christmas time in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono embarked on their famous Peace Campaign.  A few months ago, we told you about an exhibition at the Taubman museum in Roanoke that explores the work that went into it.  Soon after their ‘year of peace’ they collaborated on another song on the same theme.
 

This demo recording of the song John Lennon and Yoko Ono worked on together offers us a chance to hear the precursor of what was to become a Christmas Classic.

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Culinary Challenges
4:42 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Following Food Fashions

Pine smoked local mushrooms with bourbon and herbs over rosemary grits at Pasture, Charlottesville.

With cooler weather here, many people look forward to new fashions – designs that often come from Paris, New York or Rome.  But fashions are also changing in the kitchens of Virginia, with new dishes and ingredients popping up on menus.

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Annual Birthday Baking
4:00 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Happy Birthday, Emily Dickinson!

In the Ober/Alexander Kitchen

This week, we celebrate Emily Dickinson’s 183rd birthday.  What better way to celebrate the poet than by baking her famous Black Cake?   A group of Charlottesville poets-turned-bakers let us join them for their “Fourth Annual Emily Dickinson Birthday Party.”

Emily Dickinson was not only a prolific poet, but she was also a very industrious baker.  A few years ago, cultural historian Addeane Kelley came across a newspaper article that had a recipe for Emily’s “Black Cake”.

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Women of Virginia Commemorative Commission
2:31 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Monumental Women

Credit http://womensmonumentcom.virginia.gov/

After scouring four centuries of Virginia history—a dozen women have been selected to be memorialized with a bronze monument on Richmond’s Capitol Square.

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