Arts & Culture en Girls of Summer <p></p><p>School summer reading lists are infamous.&nbsp; Required books that you drag around all summer, taking notes and keeping journals.&nbsp; Just in time for beach season, two Richmond writers are trying to give summer reading a better name.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>When writer Gigi Amateau was a child, one of her favorite stories was <em>The Little Match Girl.</em></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:07:22 +0000 Allison Quantz 24746 at Girls of Summer Tale of Two Flags: Art Sparks Dialogue <p>At the<a href=""> </a><a href="">Virginia Museum of Fine Arts</a> in Richmond, an exhibit called <a href="">“Posing Beauty”</a> is in its final week.The show features a piece by an African American depicting the confederate and American flags woven in African hair.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:38:16 +0000 May-Lily Lee 24625 at Tale of Two Flags: Art Sparks Dialogue Taking a Chance on New Theater in West Virginia's Oldest City <p>There are two towns in West Virginia that could, ostensibly, throw down for the title of oldest in the state.</p><p>Shepherdstown and Romney were chartered in 1762. But while both can attest to being more than 250 years old, only one can take credit for annually producing copious amounts of something distinctly new: American theater.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:43:11 +0000 Rebecca Sheir 24039 at Taking a Chance on New Theater in West Virginia's Oldest City Give War and Peace a Chance <p></p><p>If you’re looking for some good summer reading, a professor at the University of Virginia has the answer.&nbsp; He’s read War and Peace 15 times, and he wants you to enjoy it at least once.&nbsp; To help you tackle that 1,500 page tome, he’s written a book called <em><strong>Give War and Peace a Chance. </strong></em></p><p><br />&nbsp;</p><p>It’s easy to see why people would be scared away from Tolstoy’s classic story.&nbsp; It has 361 chapters, nearly 600 characters, and in its time UVA Lecturer Andrew Kaufman says, it broke all the rules.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:31:52 +0000 Sandy Hausman 24292 at Give War and Peace a Chance An Elevated Park in Richmond? Why Not? <p>Five years ago, New York surprised the world with a new park, known as the High Line.&nbsp; It was built on an elevated railroad bed that once carried freight, but with lush landscaping, benches, bridges and stairs, it’s become a popular hangout for urban residents in search of nature.&nbsp; Now, the city of Richmond is planning a similar venture.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:29:17 +0000 Sandy Hausman 24027 at An Elevated Park in Richmond? Why Not?