The arts have a unique ability to embrace complexity; to hold a variety of ideas at once. They can foster exploration not always possible through other routes. That’s the idea behind the Islamic Worlds Festival at Virginia Tech’s Center for the Arts, which opens next month.
"There’s such a cultural clinging to tradition that is both admirable and sometimes problematic, but that’s in every culture; if you hold too strongly to tradition."
The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton is known for being traditional, but you might be surprised by what constitutes tradition when it comes to the bard.
In Shakespeare’s time, the lights did not go down as the curtain came up. That’s why the Blackfriar Theater’s racy motto is, “We Do It with the Lights On.” And during the current five-show series, performers are taking just 48-hours to find costumes and rehearse. Theater spokeswoman, Cathy Bagwell Marsh, says for the Bard, it was all about business.
“Because the more you did, the more money you made.”
This month, Charlottesville sculptor Susan Bacik shows works created over the past 25 years using found objects. Some of the works will be on display at the Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, while other pieces will be featured at Les Yeux Du Monde.
Bacik is a master of recycling, creating intriguing sculptures from things she finds in junk shops.
Using random objects is nothing new for Susan Bacik. As she looks back on her career, she recalls an early urge to build.
Artist Ryan McGinness spent his teen years surfing, riding skateboards and making art in Virginia Beach.
Today, his brightly colored works - which incorporate strong graphics, signs and logos from popular culture, hang in museums around the world. He’s based in Manhattan, but next month he comes back to share his ideas and techniques with kids from his hometown.
When it comes to Civil War history, many people hear about places like Gettysburg and Manassas, but much of the suffering during that war occurred in small towns like Scottsville which - this weekend - will mark the anniversary of a Union invasion and celebrate the fact that the Yankees are NOT coming back.
When Evelyn Edson, president of Scottsville’s Museum Board, announced plans to observe the 150th anniversary of General Philip Sheridan’s ride through town, some residents were appalled. They figured the coming of the Yankees was nothing to celebrate.