Arts & Culture

Steeped in Tradition
3:54 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Senate Bean Soup

With this wintry weather, many of us will be chowing down with a steaming bowl of hot soup.  Pay a visit the nation’s capital though and you’ll find the signature soup of the United States Senate.

Not to be outdone by the Senate, the House instituted its own version of bean soup. The major difference between the two chambers’ bean soups is onions. The Senate iteration has them; the House version does not.

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Ever-Evolving Male Trends
3:56 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Introducing the Lumbersexual

Credit The Atlantic/Tim Causa/Shutterstock

Many doctoral dissertations languish in libraries – their subject matter of little interest to the general public, but the work of UVA history student Willa Brown has caught the attention of men everywhere. 

Willa Brown has spent months in the North Woods, talking with lumberjacks about their lives and 

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Artist Celebrates Life
4:30 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Noah Scalin's Skull-A-Day

Silver Wire Skull
Credit Artist Noah Scalin

It’s been seven years since Richmond artist Noah Scalin launched a project that would bring him international fame.  The mission: to draw, paint or sculpt a skull a day.  Now, those works are collected in a new book that illustrates how one idea can jump start a career. 

Some artists discover their true nature late in life.  At 42, Richmond resident Noah Scalin says he’s always known art was his calling.  After all, both of his parents were artists.

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The Biggest & Brightest
2:11 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Richmond's Tacky Lights Tour

Credit Luke Jones/Creative Commons

Many people venture out during the holiday season to see Christmas lights. Richmonders have been doing it, too, and they have a name for it:  The Tacky Light Tour. 

Colleen Curran is a staff writer with Richmond.com, and says the holiday tradition has been going on for decades.  This year, the only criteria to make the list is that the home must have at least 40,000 lights.

Click here for a list of all the homes on the tour.

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"Toughs" by Ed Falco
12:36 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Crime Novel Based on Historical Events

83 years ago on this day, prohibition ended in the United States. During the years when it was illegal to sell alcohol, a crime syndicate was born whose tentacles still stretch to the present day.

Prohibition is the setting for Virginia Tech's Ed Falco's new book.  "Toughs" is the fictionalized, real life story of one of the first drive by shooting on record.  The result of the gangland feuds that characterized prohibition.  His new book has awful resonance with gangland drive-bys today.

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