Arts & Culture

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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VFH Apprenticeship Program
5:06 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Master of the Accordion

Over the years, Virginia has nurtured a variety of arts and crafts - from beekeeping  and quilting to making farm implements and mole sauce. 

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities wants to keep these traditions alive through an apprenticeship program pairing young people with old masters willing to share their skills. 

“No, no.  They’re below the finished or special export they call it now, but anyway they’re decent.”

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Maitreye Loving Kindness Tour in Charlottesville
4:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Buddhist Relics on Tour

Credit http://www.maitreyarelictour.com/

Buddhists from around the state are expected in Charlottesville this weekend, where an unusual traveling exhibit opens – promising peace and medical miracles. 

The source -- mysterious bead-like objects that remain when spiritual leaders are cremated. 

A video posted online tells the tale of the Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour featuring relics taken from the cremated remains of Buddhist masters.  Leena Rose Miller, who organized the event here, says these pearl-like objects promote peace, healing and inspiration.

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