Posts Tagged Arts & Culture

Richmond Preps for 13th Annual Folk Festival

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Upwards of 200,000 people are expected to descend on Richmond this weekend for the 13th annual Folk Festival — three days of continuous music, dance, and food. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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In Light of Vetoed Bill, Literature Censorship Continues to Be A Concern

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Steve Watkins’ new book, “Great Falls.” (Credit: stevewatkinsbooks.com)

Earlier this year Governor McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have given parents of public school students a say in assigned readings. Now, it’s up to schools to make that decision. Last week, the administrators of a rural high school, in a conservative county did just that, asking an award-winning author invited to speak to leave. Pamela D’Angelo has more.

Watkins, who lives in Fredericksburg, plans to continue his tour — which includes a presentation October 20th at the Virginia Association of School Librarians Annual Conference. You can read about his books here.

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VCU Hosts Southern Film Festival

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One film featured at VCU’s Southern Film Festival tells the story of a slave who bought her freedom. (Credit: elycefeliz / Flickr)

One film featured at VCU’s Southern Film Festival tells the story of a slave who bought her freedom.

The seventh annual Southern Film Festival begins this week in Richmond. Organized by VCU, the event starts Thursday and runs through Monday. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Paintings and Poems Collide in Charlottesville Mural

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If you’ve driven through the UVA campus recently, you may have noticed a mural going up on the side of the Graduate Hotel. It’s a collaboration with the Charlottesville Mural Project, a Philadelphia artist and a prize-winning poet. Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

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CubeFest to Crank the Sound Way Beyond ’11’

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Virginia Tech, Center for the Arts, Location: Blacksburg VA, Architect: Snohetta

“Spatial Music” is an immersive roomful of sound that is so new it can be heard in only a few places on the planet. One of them is Blacksburg, Virginia, where you’ll find a venue called “The Cube” at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech.  This week, a three-day “spatial music festival” will explore the new medium with a concert series and workshops. Robbie Harris has more on what this new venue, and its 2 tons of audio equipment, can do.

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Virginia Team Finds Possible Connection between Plant Fossils and Ancient Dragon Lore

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According to research coordinated by a pair of Roanoke College professors, fossils common to coal seams may be responsible for dragon tales all around the world. Tim Thornton has more in this report.

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Virginia’s Fine Arts Museum Puts ‘Blackness’ Center-Stage, with Kehinde Wiley

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Virginia’s Museum of Fine Arts unveiled its newest exhibit this weekend. It’s a big get for the VMFA. The museum is one of only 7 stops for this particular collection, and the only in the southeast.

But it’s special for another reason. The display is a mid-career retrospective from artist Kehinde Wiley, a young black man who’s a pop star of the art world. The exhibit represents an effort by the museum to diversify both its collection, and its audience. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

While in town, Kehinde Wiley sat down at the VMFA to talk to Chioke I’Anson. I’Anson is a radio producer and professor of African-American Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. He began by asking Wiley what it means to have his works on display in Richmond…

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