Arts & Culture

Ash Lawn's "Susannah"
11:35 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Opera Set in Appalachia

Many operas are set in Europe – sung in Italian or German, but the Ash Lawn Opera in Charlottesville plans to bring the art form closer to home with a performance of Susannah -- a story set in Appalachia. 

Susannah is a role prized by sopranos like Renee Flemming, who performed it at the Met.  Critics described composer Carlisle Floyd as the American Pucini for the passionate lyrics and music he wrote.  He tells the story of a beautiful woman who lives in a small town – New Hope Valley, Tennessee.  She sings of her longing to leave and make something of her life.

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Arts & Culture
11:49 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Dog Lovers Film Festival Makes Charlottesville Debut

Jeff and his service dog Jasper.
Credit Service Dogs of Virginia

A film festival for dog lovers will be held this Saturday  in Charlottesville to raise money for an area service dog organization. 

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Arts & Culture
3:51 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Virginia Disney Fans Raise Money for Charity

Credit photo by Beverly Amsler

Disney fans are gathering in Roanoke for a 2-day festival to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.  Beverly Amsler spoke with Chuck Lionberger, author or the Disney Daddy blog.

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Allegory of No Region
5:49 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Artist Bill Rutherfoord

Capital, 2008-2013, oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Artist

Artist Bill Rutherfoord has long been one of the region’s most respected artists.  This week, he showcases eight years of work with a massive painting and sculpture exhibit titled "Allegory of No Region" at Roanoke’s Taubman Museum.

"Allegory of No Region" by artist Bill Rutherfoord will be featured at Roanoke's Taubman Museum Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Saturday, September 13, 2014

 
 

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Jefferson and His Maps
7:22 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Thomas Jefferson: More Than Just a President

Thomas Jefferson is well known as the author of the Declaration of Independence and as this country’s third president, but a new book shows him in another important role, as a geographer. 

In the age of GPS, few of us give much thought to maps, but in Thomas Jefferson’s time, they were rarely used to find your way.  More likely, you’d have a series of written directions describing landmarks where you should turn or go straight.  But Thomas Jefferson knew that nations vying to control North America needed accurate, way-finding maps.

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