You might not expect Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to have anything in common with Angela Davis, a counterculture activist and radical in the1960s, but a unique program at the University of Virginia finds qualities that many black leaders share.
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.