Arts & Culture

Earlier this year Governor McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have given parents of public school students a say in assigned readings. Now, it's up to schools to make that decision. Last week, the administrators of a rural high school in a conservative county did just that, asking an award-winning author invited to speak to leave. 

An art exhibit in Blacksburg features the work of Lynn Hershman-Leeson, a feminist artist who explores the places where art and technology meet.  One piece in the show is actually something you see every day - it's a bio-engineered human ear sitting inside a glass box.  

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The success of physical healing is dependent on a patient’s emotions and mood, and art impacts those in wonderful ways. Carilion Clinic in Roanoke is one of many health care facilities in the country that is integrating art into healing.

Both in and out patients at Carilion Clinic are encouraged to explore, among other things, painting, crafts, music and literary arts.

Marie Webb, a consultant with the Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program at the clinic, says the outcomes are remarkable. 

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This season the American Shakespeare Center features King Lear and the Rise of Queen Margaret – stories of political people in olden times, but the Blackfriar’s Theater also offers a surprise – the tale of a rude, bawdy politician who promised a big change in Washington and became America’s president.

It’s been said music is the language of the heart, something able to break down barriers between people with different politics, cultures or beliefs. WVTF/Radio IQ’s Robbie Harris visited a rehearsal of a unique ensemble learning to play Arabic music, in Blacksburg. It will debut at the Islamic Worlds Festival at Virginia Tech later this month.