Arts & Culture

Language Academy at W&L
2:00 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

No English Allowed!

Credit Washington & Lee University

For some kids, this summer was all about relaxing and having fun,  but  for 165 students from Virginia high schools, it was a time for some hard mental work. 

They  gave up their cell phones, laptops and iPads to take  part in the annual Language Academy at Washington and Lee – hearing and speaking only French, Spanish or German and – through that language – learning one more language.  

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4 Day Music & Camping Event
10:04 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Changes for Interlocken Festival

The upcoming Interlocken Music Festival now has a new name.... just Lockn’.  Festival co-founder Peter Shapiro says the new logo took on a life of its own, as he says the music and other elements are locked into one another.

The festival takes place September 5-8 at the Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse have canceled their Lockn’ appearance, as well as three other North American dates, due to guitarist Poncho Sampredo’s hand injury.

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Artist Suzanne Stryk
4:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Notes on the State of Virginia

Blue Spiral
Credit Suzanne Stryk

Thomas Jefferson’s influence on Virginia is the inspiration behind an exhibit currently on display at the Taubman Museum of Art in downtown Roanoke.  

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Arts & Culture
4:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Trail of the Lonesome Pine

Jason Barnette

A novel set in southwestern Virginia was enormously popular when it came out – in 1908.  “Trail of the Lonesome Pine” is the story of a young engineer who goes to that mountain region to develop its underground resources.  He finds himself in the middle of a blood feud between two powerful local clans ---and falls deeply in love with one of their daughters.  

The novel, based on true events, has been made into a move three times. The 1936 version starred Henry Fonda and Fred McMurray.  

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Big Stone Gap
4:00 am
Tue August 6, 2013

End of An Era: Mutual Drug Closing

It’s the end of the line for the last privately owned drug store –slash- cafeteria in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. “Mutual Pharmacy” was immortalized in the novel, “Home to Big Stone Gap” as the beating heart of a fictional mountain community in southwestern Virginia.

People are flocking in to say their goodbyes on the last day before Mutual Pharmacy and Cafeteria closes its doors for good after 60 years in downtown Big Stone Gap.  The CVS drug store chain bought the business but not this building, which for now, will add to the growing number of vacant shops here.

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