Arts & Culture

Draper is for Dreamers
12:54 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Draper Mercantile & Trading Company

Credit Draper Mercantile

As the slogan says, Virginia is for lovers.  
But have you heard the one that goes, “Draper is for Dreamers”?

It often happens that you can be someplace for a long time and sort of not really see it anymore.  It can take newcomers to help re-open your eyes to what’s right in front of you.  Take those abandoned buildings still standing at forgotten crossroads southwestern Virginia; whitewash fading, boarded up windows, beautiful and compelling in their decay. That’s what led Debbie Gardner and her husband Bill to purchase the Draper Mercantile, 5 years ago.

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Arts & Culture
6:41 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Local Groups Pin Hopes on Kickstarter Campaign

Kickstarter is a website that allows people to raise money for their favorite cause, and two Virginia groups have gone online, hoping to save historic art forms using this 21st century tool. 

“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore. “

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Law & Crime
10:17 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Captain Phillips Movie Hits Close to Home

John Flood, assistant director of the University of Virginia’s Office of Emergency Preparedness
Credit Dan Addison

The  latest Tom Hanks film, Captain Phillips, opened last month – taking in $26 million in its first weekend at the box office.  Here in Virginia, some people take a special interest in the tale of a U.S. cargo ship from Norfolk captured by pirates off the Somali Coast in 2009 – its captain held hostage. 

Captain Phillips is an action-adventure film, showing how four heavily armed Somali Pirates boarded the Maersk Alabama.  Most of the crew was locked in a safe room, but the captain was taken hostage – removed from the ship and placed on board a lifeboat”

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100+ Films in 4 Days
9:43 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Virginia Film Festival

The Virginia Film Festival is underway, offering the public more than a hundred films and lectures over the weekend.  Friday night's show promises to be a thriller for many fans of Alfred Hitchcock, with a film that was released 50 years ago, and events are planned in Richmond and Charlottesville to mark the occasion.

The 1963 trailer for The Birds begins with a mild mannered introduction.

“How do you do?  My name is Alfred Hitchcock, and I would like to tell you about my forthcoming lectures.  It is about the birds, and their age-long relationship with man.”

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Blacksburg Children's Chorale
3:23 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Opening Night at Moss Arts Center

Credit Virginia Tech

The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech held its first ever performance on Friday in the new ‘Street –Davis Theater.’

The Philip Glass Ensemble played live as a powerful film, Powaqquatsi,  flickered across a large screen.  Joining the ensemble at the arts center’s debut was a children’s  from Blacksburg. 

Artistic Director Patrice Yearwood prepared the singers in Blacksburg Children’s Choral for their big night.

They practiced to accompany the renowned Philip Glass ensemble known for ambitious cutting edge productions.

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