Arts & Culture

Inventive Instruments
4:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Making Music Out of a Cigar Box

Steve Armstrong

Hard economic times sometimes give rise to remarkable products, and here in Virginia one of them is making a comeback. 

The cigar box guitar was especially popular during the Great Depression, and these days you’ll find YouTube videos showing how to make your own. 

We talked with a retired plumber who’s devoting his life to the instrument.

Steve Armstrong has been many things in his life – a Marine who served in Vietnam, a biker with heavy tattoos, a plumber who supported a wife and kids, and a musician who was well-known in Richmond, Virginia.

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The Xponauts Converge
4:56 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Cityworks (X)po: Big Ideas for Better Places

CityWorks (X)po starts this week in downtown Roanoke.  It’s an annual event, a summit actually, for people passionate about creating vibrant and dynamic communities.

CityWorks (X)po is dubbed as a place-making event—bringing together entrepreneurs, community organizers…really, anyone interested in boosting connectivity within and between localities.

This year's speakers include new media scholars, investors, authors, a chef, experts in recreation and transportation.

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A Jazz Documentary
11:51 am
Thu September 25, 2014

The Music Never Dies

Jimmy Norman at Roth's Steakhouse in New York

“The Music Never Dies: A Jazz Documentary” will tell the story of several legends of jazz and blues as the movie producers catch up with them in their later years.

Some of them are in their 60s and 70s and still laying gigs entertaining jazz and blues loving audiences around the country and beyond.

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Graphic Novel is Stage Play
5:58 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

The Intergalactic Nemesis

What happens when a reporter and her assistant set off on a story...and what if that story is told in a way that really brings it alive? No, it’s not Public Radio. It’s a Stage Play/Graphic Novel.  It’s called “ The Intergalactic Nemesis” and it’s playing tonight and tomorrow night at the Moss Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech.

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Marion's Lincoln Theatre
7:07 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Show Highlights English Appalachian Musical Connection

A multimedia production highlighting the musical connection between Southwest England and Southwest Virginia has a limited run at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia starting this weekend.

The show, which is from England, mixes archival music and film to cross the sea between the old world and the new. 

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