Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Glenvar High Play Challenges Actors

Mar 13, 2013

Some Roanoke County high school students are learning first-hand what it means to be disabled, as they portray adults with physical and mental limitations in an upcoming play. 

Glenvar High theater students tackled the sensitive subject of Alzheimer’s several years ago, with a production of “My Father’s War”.  Now they’re challenging society’s view of the mentally disabled in “The Boys Next Door”.  It chronicles the lives of four men living in a group home.

Coffee Competition

Mar 8, 2013

The nation’s biggest coffee trade show is underway in New York, and three Virginians are heading that way to compete for the title of America’s Best Coffee House.

The Mudhouse in Charlottesville, which began brewing coffee for Charlottesville 20 years ago, applied to compete in this year’s contest, and after secret sippers came through, Mudhouse won the chance to show its stuff in New York, but Operations Director Dan Pabst says choosing which coffees to serve in competition was a tough task.

Soothing the Soul

Mar 6, 2013

One of every 88 children in this country has some degree of autism – up 78% over the last ten years.  It’s a puzzling psychological condition that makes it difficult to communicate, but it is possible to help these kids relate to the world around them.  One Staunton couple has made some surprising discoveries in that vein.

Barry Kolman conducts the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra – an exciting job that brings him great satisfaction.  He also teaches music at Washington and Lee University, but of all the musicians he’s encountered, one gives him the greatest joy.

The Shape of Things

Feb 19, 2013
Photo: Virginia Tech

An edgy, provocative play, that explores the nature of relationships and art, is opening at Virginia Tech.  Award- winning playwright, Neil LaBute’s, 2003 drama, The Shape of Things, has been called a modern day version of Adam’s seduction by Eve.  Robbie Harris has this preview.

Killing Lincoln

Feb 13, 2013

On the heels of Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed film about Lincoln comes another movie about the nation’s 16th president - this one airing on the National Geographic Channel February 17th. 

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