Arts & Culture

Richmond Draws Crowds with Garden of Lights

Nov 24, 2015
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

For most gardeners, this is a quiet time of year, but for one Virginia garden, this is the busy season.  Sandy Hausman reports on why about 60,000 people from around the state will be showing up there over the next few weeks.

On a cold autumn night, you wouldn’t expect crowds to gather in a garden, but executive director Shane Tippett says that’s exactly what you’ll find at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond.

The chorus of holiday songs will reach a fever pitch in the next few weeks.  But there are other ways to celebrate the season.  Every year, the Radford University music department rekindles a holiday tradition known as the “Madrigal Dinner.”

The four cemeteries at Evergreen include East End Cemetery, a children's cemetery, and what some believe is a cemetery for black Confederate soldiers. Edit | Remove

Making Art Public in Richmond

Nov 16, 2015
(Image credit: Dave Parrish/1708 Gallery)

Richmond has grand plans for building up more public art in the city. Just this past weekend a two-day free art exhibit outside the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts drew more than 20,000 visitors.

Even though it was dark and cold outside Friday night, the entire back lawn of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts was filled with people, wandering among large-scale, light-inspired sculptures, projections and performances. The event, called InLight, is put on by 1708 Gallery.

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From neglect to the rise of Netflix to general lack of funds, several of the opulent, old movie palaces across the Commonwealth have closed or have been repurposed altogether. But Kelsea Pieters looks at two of Virginia’s historic theaters that have survived – and thrive from support of those in their communities.