Arts & Culture

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.

Seeing homelessness with greater clarity is the goal of an exhibit of photographs taken by homeless women and children.  They were given disposable cameras and asked to take pictures through their days. Tab O'Neal went to the exhibit in Lynchburg and spoke with David Neumeyer, Vice President of the James River Council for the Arts and Humanities and Sarah Quarantotto, executive director of Miriam's House, about the women and photographs that tell so many stories.

It’s early to be thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas, but one Richmond company is in full holiday mode.  

On a quiet afternoon, Mark Sauer sits in the large executive office of a company founded by his great, great grandfather.  There’s an old  photo of his uncle delivering products from a donkey cart, and color portraits that underscore the history of the firm.

“This is CF Sauer.  This is CF Sauer, Junior.  That’s my father, CF Sauer, the third, and this is my brother, CF Sauer, the fourth.”

Over the years, each has overseen the manufacture of pure vanilla.

Meg Ryan Headlines VA Film Festival

Sep 30, 2015
(Photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision/AP)

The Virginia Film Festival is bringing some big names to Charlottesville this fall.  Sandy Hausman spoke with the event’s director at a preview for the event and  filed this report.

In the summer of 2014, Meg Ryan was in Virginia, directing a film in which she starred, along with Tom Hanks, Sam Shepherd, and her son Jack Quaid.  That film, called Ithaca, is based on William Saroyan’s novel The Human Comedy, and festival director Jody Kielbasa says it will premiere here.

Bring Mary Home

Sep 28, 2015

When the western Virginia Frontier was being settled in the 1750s, a young pioneer woman was captured during an Indian raid. Mary Draper Ingles was taken from her home near what is today, the Blacksburg campus of Virginia Tech.

People have been fascinated by the story of her escape and her harrowing 400-mile trek back home. In those days, many people were captured during Indian raids and not very many ever escaped or returned to their homes. A museum in Radford is looking to create a monument to Mary and her story.

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