Arts & Culture

Making Art Public in Richmond

Nov 16, 2015
(Image credit: Dave Parrish/1708 Gallery)

Richmond has grand plans for building up more public art in the city. Just this past weekend a two-day free art exhibit outside the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts drew more than 20,000 visitors.

Even though it was dark and cold outside Friday night, the entire back lawn of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts was filled with people, wandering among large-scale, light-inspired sculptures, projections and performances. The event, called InLight, is put on by 1708 Gallery.

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From neglect to the rise of Netflix to general lack of funds, several of the opulent, old movie palaces across the Commonwealth have closed or have been repurposed altogether. But Kelsea Pieters looks at two of Virginia’s historic theaters that have survived – and thrive from support of those in their communities.   

Ruff Cut Film Festival Benefits Service Dogs of VA

Oct 15, 2015

You’ve heard of the Cannes Film Festival.  Now, get ready for the Canine Film Festival, an event taking place in Charlottesville this Saturday.  The night’s emcee  is a woman who came up with Stupid Pet Tricks for David Letterman’s show and has made a career by combining canines and comedy.

Merrill Markoe has made the most of her comedic skills and her love of dogs - writing 8 books, including Walking in Circles Before Lying Down.  Markoe knows dogs well.  She has, at times, had eight of them.

Tobacco People: Beyond the Smoke

Oct 8, 2015
Sarah Hazlegrove

Virginia-and-France based photographer Sarah Hazlegrove has a new exhibit opening Saturday, October 10 at Roanoke’s Taubman Museum of Art. It’s a collection called “Tobacco People".

For many, it may be a very different view of the tobacco world--  as this exhibit culminates a four-year-international journey around the rapidly-disappearing world of tobacco cultivation.

Hazlegrove, whose family owned a tobacco farm in Virginia for 200 years, visited countries where the majority of tobacco is still harvested by hand.

The movie, “Big Stone Gap” opens in 250 theaters across the country today.  And for its writer and director, it’s a very personal project. Adriana Trigiani grew up in that southwestern Virginia town and she was determined to make this film there.

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