Arts & Culture

The Biggest & Brightest
2:11 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Richmond's Tacky Lights Tour

Credit Luke Jones/Creative Commons

Many people venture out during the holiday season to see Christmas lights. Richmonders have been doing it, too, and they have a name for it:  The Tacky Light Tour. 

Colleen Curran is a staff writer with Richmond.com, and says the holiday tradition has been going on for decades.  This year, the only criteria to make the list is that the home must have at least 40,000 lights.

Click here for a list of all the homes on the tour.

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"Toughs" by Ed Falco
12:36 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Crime Novel Based on Historical Events

83 years ago on this day, prohibition ended in the United States. During the years when it was illegal to sell alcohol, a crime syndicate was born whose tentacles still stretch to the present day.

Prohibition is the setting for Virginia Tech's Ed Falco's new book.  "Toughs" is the fictionalized, real life story of one of the first drive by shooting on record.  The result of the gangland feuds that characterized prohibition.  His new book has awful resonance with gangland drive-bys today.

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From England to Virginia
11:16 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Musical Connections

Amanda Boyd
Credit Musicians' Union, UK

This past September, British Folksong Archivist, Amanda Boyd, brought her show highlighting the musical connection between Southwest England and Southwest Virginia here for a special series of programs. 

After her performance at the Lincoln Theater in Marion, Virginia, she traveled around the region for two weeks. She retraced the steps of early twentieth century British Folklorist, Cecil Sharp, collected slightly different versions of the same folk songs, from people in Virginia and in Britain.

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A Nationwide Problem
8:04 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Rolling Stone Article Paints Ugly Picture of UVA Campus Rape Issue

The University of Virginia is again under a dark cloud – singled out by Rolling Stone Magazine for dismissing or downgrading reports of rape on campus.  

The Rolling Stone report begins with the story of a young woman it calls Jackie – now a junior at UVA. 

She says she was raped by seven young men at a fraternity party during her freshman year, but friends urged her not to report the attack because it might damage the school’s reputation and her own social standing.

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Barricades Cleared from Protest Site
4:31 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

VT Professor Offers Inside Look At Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Credit Pasu Au Yeung, Creative Commons

As authorities in Hong Kong continue removing student occupiers from ‘protest camps,’ a Virginia Tech Professor remembers her experience teaching at Hong Kong University.

Sara Jordan, Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech's  Center for Public Administration & Policy, discusses the city’s fascinating transition after its 1997 return to China by the British.

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