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Heather Massie is back.  The Blacksburg native is a professional actress who’s been living in New York, but a fringe theater-festival in Staunton caught her eye – the perfect place for her one-woman show about a beautiful and brilliant Hollywood star.  

Pocahontas, written and illustrated by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire

At this time of year, many people discover the wonderful world of children’s books as they search for holiday gifts.  At the Virginia Historical Society, visitors can view some of the most beautiful illustrations from kids books as part of a show called Illustrated Treasures.  

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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.  

Carilion Clinic Combines Healing and Art

Sep 21, 2016
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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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