Arts & Culture

Maintaining & Researching Family Plots
9:59 am
Mon March 31, 2014

The Graves of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway, Floyd County

There are about 70 graveyards along the Blue Ridge Parkway from around Roanoke south to the North Carolina border. Back in the 30s the state bought the land and “homeplaces” and then in turn donated it to the federal government for the parkway.

Steven Kidd, an Archeologist for the Blue Ridge Parkway, says they are now wanting to both maintain and research the family plots.

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For Curd Nerds
9:16 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Cheese Whiz

There are now 250 vineyards in Virginia feeding the state’s appreciation for wine, and to go with the grape, there’s a growing cheese trade here.  

It’s Sunday, and 27-year-old Nadjeeb Chouaf is preaching the gospel of good cheese – leading members of the Afton Mountain Vineyard  Club in a wine and cheese tasting event – one of  three scheduled for this afternoon alone.  He offers freshly cut wedges with a word of introduction:

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Roanoke Marginal Arts Festival
7:56 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Marginal Arts Festival Yields Unique Public Transit Project

Credit www.tripinterpretationproject.com

Once again, Downtown Roanoke is hosting the Marginal Arts Festival, the weekend-long festival that features the best of alternative arts. 

One artist participating in the festival this year is using public transit as a means of art interpretation. 

Patrick Greene is a Florida-based artist, whose ties to Roanoke bring him to this year’s Marginal Arts Festival.

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Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Artist Joseph Cornell, Honorary Virginian

Joseph Cornell, “Untitled (Juan Gris Series, Black Cockatoo Silhouette),” c. 1954-1965. Box construction, 19 5/8 in. x 12 x 4 3/8 in. Gift of The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia. Art © The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

The artist Joseph Cornell spent almost every day of his life in New York City, but he’s becoming an honorary Virginian.  The foundation he left behind has given millions to causes in the Commonwealth, and this spring his work will be shown and discussed in Charlottesville and Richmond. 

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Global Engagement at VT
5:22 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

From Child Soldier to Peace Activist

Emmanuel Jal, Performer

A performance by former child soldier who became a musician as a way to tell his story, kicks off a Forum on Global Engagement at Virginia Tech. Internationally known hip-hop artist and social justice advocate, Emmanuel Jal will perform a rare, free concert in Blacksburg. 

Emmanuel Jal was born in 1980s war torn South Sudan. He was swept up into a child soldiers’ brigade before a British Aid worker rescued him and brought to the UK.  What happened to him haunted his dreams until he began to turn it into music.

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