Arts & Culture

A Monticello Tradition
2:24 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Independence Day Naturalization Ceremony

July 4, 1947 President Truman Speaks at Monticello
Credit Monticello

It’s an annual Independence Day tradition at Monticello—and this year marks the 51st Naturalization Ceremony in Charlottesville.

80 people from 38 countries will become U-S citizens at the event.

Musician Dave Matthews, who heads the Dave Matthews band, will be a featured speaker at the event.  Born in South Africa in 1967, he became a naturalized American citizen in 1980.

The Independence Day Ceremony at Monticello, presided over by the Western District Court of Virginia, is the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony outside of a courtroom in the country.

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A Cell with a View
8:50 am
Fri June 14, 2013

A Photographer's Project: The View Outside from the Inside

The Bridge: Some Other Places We've Missed
Credit Mark Strandquist

More than 33,000 people live behind bars in Virginia, and from their cells few have a view of the outside world, but a Richmond artist aims to change that.

If you were locked up for months, years or a lifetime and could look out a window, what would you most like to see?  That’s the question Mark Strandquist has put to inmates in Virginia jails and prisons.

“And then I go to that place, photograph it and bring the image to them, and then they write about it.”

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Arts & Culture
1:55 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

In Memory of a Civil Rights Activist

One of the nation’s most controversial artists has announced a surprising new work. It's a  living tribute to W.E.B. Dubois. Carrie Mae Weems is a photographer who has reached back in history to honor millions of people who never got their due – women, people of color, and now the early civil rights activist W.E.B. Dubois. 

On the 50th anniversary of his death, she began thinking about her favorite flower – and an unusual way to preserve the memory of Dubois.

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Public Invited to the Pool Party
5:10 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Blue Ridge Swim Club Celebrates a Century

Credit Blue Ridge Swim Club

This weekend, Charlottesville celebrates a surprising birthday and is inviting the public to a party.

Even for residents of nearby Charlottesville, the Blue Ridge Swim Club may be a surprise – a one-of-a-kind place where cicadas, tree frogs and birds provide a natural soundtrack. 

At the end of an unpaved, single lane off Owensville Road in Ivy, you park in the grass and follow a winding path down a hill, through a forest of old growth trees to a fresh water pool the length of a football field.  

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Filming in Richmond Scheduled
1:36 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Killing Kennedy Movie Seeks Extras

National Geographic is looking for extras to work on the film Killing Kennedy, filming in Richmond next week.

The production company was most recently in Virginia filming last year’s Killing Lincoln.

Killing Kennedy stars Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin.  They’re looking for background players of all shapes and sizes, including many Caucasian males and Hispanic men and women.

There’s one scene that takes place in Mexico City, even though it will be shot in Richmond.

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