Arts & Culture

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

Monumental Women


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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Arts & Culture
2:55 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Eddie Mullins: Artisanal Filmmaker

Hollywood has always lured people with dreams of stardom or creative satisfaction behind the camera, but few Americans actually get there, and an even smaller number succeed. 

Career counselors might advise starting young, doing entry-level jobs, but a Virginia man took a whole different path to his first feature film.

Growing up in Richmond, Eddie Mullins loved movies.

“I do, somewhere in my folks’ attic, have an illustration of every single scene from Empire Strikes Back.  I mean I labored over that thing and wore out so many magic markers you wouldn’t believe.”

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Writer Alysia Abbott
3:57 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Fairyland: A Memoir of Her Father

Writer Alysia Abbott did not have the most ordinary of childhoods.

Her mother died when she was two years old, so she was raised by her father—a gay writer—in San Francisco’s bustling cultural scene of the 1970s.   Then the 80s saw the plague of AIDS sweep through her father’s community of friends.

Now, Abbott has written a memoir about her childhood, called “Fairyland”—and she’s also planning speaking engagements this weekend in Roanoke.  She hopes her story will spark more lead to more open minds and hearts about different lifestyles.

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Social Hub during Segregation
11:42 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Remembering Dreamland

In the 1930s and 1940s, African-Americans in Roanoke were restricted to just a few neighborhoods.  One was Gainsboro, just over the tracks from downtown.  Among the many businesses started by black entrepreneurs in Gainsboro was "Dreamland," a swimming pool and dance hall.  Dreamland is gone, but Jesse Dukes and Allison Swaim spoke to a few Roanoke residents who still remember.

This radio documentary was produced by Jesse Dukes and Allison Swaim for WVTF and Big Shed Media, with support from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. It was edited by Shea Shackelford.

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New Educational Video
1:49 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

The Virginia Indians: Meet The Tribes

With the relatives gone, and the turkey and leftovers digested, this might be a good time to kick back and catch a video.

One new release is short, free, downloadable, entertaining, informative, and all about your neighbors in the Commonwealth.  "The Virginia Indians: Meet the Tribes" video is not only a new classroom resource that's making the rounds, but it could also inspire some outdoor event planning.

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