Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
3:01 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Skateboard Hero

The 360 Fingerflip Crossfoot
Credit Hollis Brumfield

A Richmond man is celebrating a national win in his sport of choice - skateboarding. 

Connor Burke has been skateboarding since the age of 8, and this year - at 22 - he won the acclaim he’s been hoping for, taking top honors in the national freestyle skateboard championships.  Unlike others who speed, bump and spin down city streets and stairways, freestylers skate on flat surfaces but do tricks with the board.

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Donation Pays it Forward for Founding Father
3:42 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

A Gift for Montpelier

Credit The Montpelier Foundation

November 15th, tomorrow, is National Philanthropy Day, as President Ronald Reagan first deemed it back in 1986. It’s a time to recognize those who give and volunteer in our communities.

With that, the story now of a wealthy fan of American history. 

While the homes of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington are multi-million dollar tourist attractions for Virginia,  a $10 million donation now means the managers of James and Dolley Madison’s home, Montpelier, will be stepping up their game as well.
 

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Writer Christopher Linforth
1:30 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Around the World in 12 Short Stories

“When You Find Us, We Will Be Gone,” is the title of a new collection of short stories by Christopher Linforth.   The title is also an example of the kind of paradox Linforth likes to explore in his writing. 

The twelve stories in this slim volume take the reader all over the world, from the American Midwest of the 1950s, and Germany in the 40s, to modern day Japan and Eastern Europe.

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Made in Virginia
3:24 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Hometown Films Featured at Festival

The Virginia Film Festival brings some big-name actors, directors and producers to town, but it also gives some local people a chance to show their work. 

As a young, single woman living in Richmond, Amanda Patterson  knew that Hollywood rarely portrayed sexual encounters accurately.

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The Berlin Concert that Changed the World
10:15 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Rocking the Wall

Crowds climbed onto the barrier and surged from East to West.
Credit BBC/Corbis

On Sunday the world will remember a startling event.  Twenty-five years ago, East Germany announced it would no longer stop its people from passing through a wall that had divided Germany for a generation. 

Historians point to the impending collapse of the Soviet Union, supposing the new leader of that country, Mikael Gorbachov, would no longer  support East German leaders, but there’s another theory going around – a claim that rock and roll music helped topple the wall.

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