Arts & Culture

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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100+ Films in Four Days
9:46 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Virginia Film Festival 2014 Opens

For 27 years in Charlottesville, the Virginia Film Festival has provided an annual showcase of movies, everything from independent films to classics to documentaries, along with panel discussions and other special events.  Not to mention an opportunity for local folks to rub elbows with some big names in film. 

In this era of smartphones and streaming, when you can pretty much watch whatever whenever from the comfort of wherever, do movie theaters matter anymore? Jody Kielbasa thinks so.

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Apple Cider Rules
6:25 am
Tue November 4, 2014

VA Apple Cider Makers are Getting Serious About Their Craft

There’s a new appreciation for well known fruit and Virginia is leading the way.  Heirloom apples, coveted for their nuanced flavor, are in demand for making hard cider.  And if a recent tasting is any indication, that demand will surely grow. 

Megan McGuire: So this one is called, “Serious Cider.”  We compare it to like a brewed Champagne.

Megan McGuire is pouring 5 different varieties of hard apple cider made here at Foggy Ridge Cidery .

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Tonight at Virginia Tech
6:25 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Alien Invasion: An Event, a Controversy and an Opportunity for Important Dialogue

The flyer used to promote the event is raising eyebrows and causing concern.

A woman, who served as Treasurer of the United States under President Ronald Reagan, will speak at Virginia Tech tonight on the topic of illegal immigration.  A flyer promoting the event has sparked controversy over the language it uses.  

Bay Buchanan was the youngest ever treasurer of the United States, at 32 serving from 1981 to 1983.  Fliers have gone up on the campus of Virginia Tech promoting her talk.  The flyers caught the eye of several students, including Juan De La Rosa Diaz, a freshman studying political science and Spanish.

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