Arts & Culture

Law & Crime
10:17 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Captain Phillips Movie Hits Close to Home

John Flood, assistant director of the University of Virginia’s Office of Emergency Preparedness
Credit Dan Addison

The  latest Tom Hanks film, Captain Phillips, opened last month – taking in $26 million in its first weekend at the box office.  Here in Virginia, some people take a special interest in the tale of a U.S. cargo ship from Norfolk captured by pirates off the Somali Coast in 2009 – its captain held hostage. 

Captain Phillips is an action-adventure film, showing how four heavily armed Somali Pirates boarded the Maersk Alabama.  Most of the crew was locked in a safe room, but the captain was taken hostage – removed from the ship and placed on board a lifeboat”

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100+ Films in 4 Days
9:43 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Virginia Film Festival

The Virginia Film Festival is underway, offering the public more than a hundred films and lectures over the weekend.  Friday night's show promises to be a thriller for many fans of Alfred Hitchcock, with a film that was released 50 years ago, and events are planned in Richmond and Charlottesville to mark the occasion.

The 1963 trailer for The Birds begins with a mild mannered introduction.

“How do you do?  My name is Alfred Hitchcock, and I would like to tell you about my forthcoming lectures.  It is about the birds, and their age-long relationship with man.”

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Blacksburg Children's Chorale
3:23 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Opening Night at Moss Arts Center

Credit Virginia Tech

The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech held its first ever performance on Friday in the new ‘Street –Davis Theater.’

The Philip Glass Ensemble played live as a powerful film, Powaqquatsi,  flickered across a large screen.  Joining the ensemble at the arts center’s debut was a children’s  from Blacksburg. 

Artistic Director Patrice Yearwood prepared the singers in Blacksburg Children’s Choral for their big night.

They practiced to accompany the renowned Philip Glass ensemble known for ambitious cutting edge productions.

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Arts & Culture
5:53 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Highlander Festival Celebrates Celtic History & Culture

Credit www.radford.edu

The mountains regions of South Western Virginia were settled by a large number of Scottish, English and Irish people.  Today, their stories and songs can still be heard -in the mountains and ridges of this area - and at this weekend’s 18th annual Radford Highlanders Festival. The festival not only celebrates ancient traditions, but also offers evidence that Celtic Culture is alive and well in American society and continues to evolve today.

Admission to the The Radford Highlanders Festival is free.  It’s a joint project of Radford University and the City of Radford.  

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October 12 & 13, Rebec Vineyards
2:23 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Chic to Reek: The Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival

Let's talk about Allium Sativum. Don’t know what it is?   How about an introduction to the family—it’s related to the onion, the shallot, leek and chive….we’re talking about garlic.

It’s time for the 23rd Annual Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival at Rebec Vineyards in Amherst.

You can find out more about the Virginia Wine & Garlic festival here.

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