Arts & Culture

The arts have a unique ability to embrace complexity; to hold a variety of ideas at once. They can foster exploration not always possible through other routes. That’s the idea behind the Islamic Worlds Festival at Virginia Tech’s Center for the Arts, which opens next month. 

"There’s such a cultural clinging to tradition that is both admirable and sometimes problematic, but that’s in every culture; if you hold too strongly to tradition."

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In 1949, the merchants of Roanoke decided to hype the holiday season with a giant star.  Made from 2,000 feet of neon tubing, the star sits atop a mountain - visible for sixty miles from the air, and this summer it has a new claim to fame - standing at the center of a theater festival.  

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This summer, thousands of tourists will visit the Civil War battlefields of Virginia, its premiere national park, the ornate capital in Richmond and a quirky little spot nearby, the Edgar Allan Poe Museum.  Most expect to learn more about a guy reputed to be depressed, disheveled and often drunk.  In fact, Poe was also known in his time for comedy, and the ladies found him charming.

The Grandin Theatre

Since it opened in the 1930s, Roanoke’s historic Grandin Theatre has offered both entertaining and educational moviegoing experiences. Now the theater is giving budding filmmakers a shot at a more active role.

Ninja Librarians Fight for Your Right to Read

Aug 3, 2016

This is a busy time for the nation’s libraries, as kids out of school for the summer discover just how entertaining books can be.  Two popular volumes for teens and pre-teens were written by a Virginia woman, and they feature some unlikely super heroes – librarians.

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