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Culture Connection – May 4th – May 10th, 2015

May 4 2015, 9:02am
Categories: Culture Connection

This is Beryl Solla, your culture monkey, with the WNRN Culture Connection for the week of May 4th- May 10th

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in Richmond, offers up “Organic: Photographs of the Natural World” From the scientific to the symbolic, these intimate studies are more like photographic portraits than landscapes. Much of this natural beauty will look familiar, as nearly a third of the photographers in this exhibition have roots in Virginia. The exhibit runs through Oct 12th.

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia presents “What is a line?” Inspired by the artist Paul Klee’s statement that “a line is a dot that went for a walk,” this exhibition will examine the diverse ways 20th- and 21st-century artists have used lines—both found and created—in their art.

The Kluge Ruge Museum in Charlottesville is featuring “New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press”. This selection of fourteen prints are the result of an eight year partnership between an art center in a remote aboriginal desert community , and the Cicada Press, a print workshop at the University of New South Wales Art & Design, in Sydney.
Sara Schneidman Gallery in Culpepper is showing recent paintings and sculpture by Patte Ormsby. The work is colorful and full of whimsy.

Culture Connection is brought to you in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. This is Beryl Solla, Chair of PVCC’s Art Department. If you have an interesting event coming up in the next month or so, send me an email at and let me share your WNRN culture Connection

Spring Dance Gala at PVCC’s Dickinson Theatre

May 2 2015, 9:00am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Gary Hart from Albemarle Ballet Theatre (ABT) and the Studio for the Performing Arts (SFTPA). We present our 11th Spring Dance Gala at PVCC’s Dickinson Theatre on Saturday, May 16th at 6pm. The gala opens with “The Doll Shop,” a story about a little girl who discovers a German toy maker’s mechanical dolls are alive. The show finishes with classical and contemporary ballet, and a Jazz version of “Sing, Sing, Sing.” Co-sponsors include Charlottesville Self Storage at Crozet, Crozet Lions Club, Morning Glory Gardeners and The Paramount. Proceeds from this production support SFTPA’s need-based scholarship program. More information including tickets.

University of Virginia Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Center – Mimi’s 5K Run

May 2 2015, 8:57am
Categories: Community Connection

On May 16th Trump Winery will host Mimi’s Run 5 K. The race begins at 8:30 am and will lead runners through the rolling hills of the vineyards. All proceeds from this event will go directly to support our efforts to discover new and better medications, therapies and treatments for cardiovascular diseases.  Information about registration and how money raised helps heart health research can be found online.

YMCA of Central Virginia – 6th Storming of Thunder Ridge

May 2 2015, 8:54am
Categories: Community Connection

Hi I’m Paula Dahl from the YMCA of the Central Virginia.. We, Centra, and Beacon Credit Union invite you to join your friends and fellow cyclists in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Central Virginia on Sunday, May 17th for the sixth annual Storming of Thunder Ridge road ride. This event offers camaraderie and challenge for every rider’s ability with a choice of four routes lengths, to allow you to ride at your own pace along safe and well-marked country roads.  Registration helps fund the Annual Fund of the YMCA of Central Virginia. Click here for more information and to register. 

The Haven – The Run for Home 8k / 4k

April 28 2015, 4:47am
Categories: Community Connection

Hi I’m Eleis Lester from The Haven. The Haven is a safe and welcoming day shelter for the homeless and very poor of Central Virginia. Serving over 85 people daily, The Haven provides respite for the weary and transformation for the ready. In this spirit of help we invite you to the Run for Home 8K Run or 4K Walk. Runners, walkers, families, baby joggers are all invited to participate in The Run for Home 8k run/ 4k walk to benefit The Haven, located in downtown Charlottesville. The race will kick off at 8am on Saturday, May 23rd on the Downtown Mall. All participants will receive a Haven fleece cap, a homemade breakfast will be served during an awards ceremony in The Haven’s sanctuary immediately following the race. This year’s race is sponsored by Virginia National Bank. For more information on the race including registration or volunteering, click here.

Main St. Lexington – Rock the Bridge

April 28 2015, 4:44am
Categories: Community Connection

On Sunday, May 17th, we present Rock the Bridge, 2015. This event is a one day open air music, food & arts festival happening on the Nelson Street Bridge in Downtown Lexington. Rock the Bridge is a party for the entire family featuring activities for children, regional foods, Virginia beers, and local merchants. There will also be a performance by DJ Williams Projekt. Rock the Bridge is sponsored by Kendal at Lexington, Atlantic Bay Mortgage, and other community partners.  More Information.

The International Rescue Committee

April 28 2015, 4:42am
Categories: Community Connection

The IRC Charlottesville office is hosting a citizenship information session for immigrants who are thinking about applying for U.S. citizenship. This information session, which begins at 6:30pm, on Wednesday, May 13th at the Northside Library, will include a presentation on citizenship services offered by the International Rescue Committee. These services are available to any legal permanent resident. There will also be a question and answer period.  IRC’s low-cost immigration services are accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals.  There will also be information on citizenship preparation classes in the area, which help people prepare for the naturalization interview and test. For more information you can contact Debbie Tuler, IRC’s Immigration Outreach Specialist, 434-979-7772, extension 119.

WNRN VIP Member Offers – April 27, 2015

April 27 2015, 8:44am
Categories: Uncategorized

Supporting your favorite radio station is easy and only takes a few minutes. Each week we send you a list of offers for tickets to shows, movies, art, food, and more. We also provide exclusive access to member only events. Below is a list of offers our members can choose from this week. 

$5/Month or more will put you on the VIP list and support WNRN!

1. A pair of weekend passes to Carbon Leaf’s Ragtime Carnival, featuring Carbon Leaf, Mandolin Orange, Trigger Hippy, and many more at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield on May 15 and 16.

2. Two tickets to North Branch School’s BandFair XIII, featuring Andy Waldeck, Blake Hunter, & Lord Nelson at Cardinal Point Winery on Sunday, May 10.

3. A walking tour of the Barton Heights neighborhood in Richmond from the Valentine Museum for you and a friend on Saturday, May 9.

4. A pair of tickets to the premiere of Heaven Adores You, a film about the life and music of Elliott Smith, at Ovation Cinema 10 in Midlothian on Thursday, May 7 at 7 PM.

5. Tickets for you and a friend to the No Scrubs 90s Dance Party at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville on Saturday, May 2.

6. Tickets for you and a friend to Easy Star All Stars at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville onWednesday, May 6.

7. Tickets for you and a friend to see the Charlottesville Derby Dames‘ Belmont Bruisers take on the Five Forty Rollergirls of Fredericksburg at the Main Street Arena in Downtown Charlottesville on Saturday, May 2.

8. Two tickets to Low Cut Connie at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville on Friday, May 1.

9. Two tickets to see The Southern Belles at The Camel in Richmond on Friday, May 1.

10. Two tickets to see Black Water Gold at The Camel in Richmond on Saturday, May 2.

11. A pair of passes to see Two Gallants at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville on Sunday, May 3.

12. A pair of passes to see The Good Steal at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Thursday, May 7.

13. A $10 gift certificate for Fardowners in Crozet.

14. A $10 gift certificate to Pasture in Charlottesville.

15. A $10 gift certificate for Telegraph Gallery on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.

16. A $25 gift card to use at Ellwood Thompson’s grocery store in Richmond.

WNRN Culture Connection: April 27 – May 3

April 27 2015, 8:02am
Categories: Culture Connection

PVCC’s Graphic Design students present Graphics-Con at the Bridge in Charlottesville on Friday, May 1st 5-7pm. Activities include portfolio displays and a variety of hands-on interactive design events.

Woodberry Forest School presents a “Closing “ on May 3rd  2-4pm. The exhibit, “Russ Warren:Works” features a range of the artists work produced over the past 30 years.

The Light Well in Orange presents The “Tree of Life” and “Community: Our Common Thread”. The show is on display through May 31st.  These two collaborative pieces feature the work of Leslie Barham, Frances Lacy and Patricia Temples.

The Jefferson School in downtown Charlottesville features a photo installation entitled Vinegar Hill 1963: Life in the Neighborhood. The exhibit runs through May 30th.

The McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville presents 4 different exhibitions including  Bolanie Adeboye and Polly Breckenridge in the Smith Gallery. Resident artists studios are also open during the week featuring a variety of media and styles.

Don’t for get to Check out First Fridays on the 1st.

Culture Connection is brought to you in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. This is Beryl Solla, Chair of PVCC’s Art Department. If you have an interesting event coming up in the next month or so, send me an email at and let me share your WNRN culture Connection

Charlottesville/Albemarle Relay For Life

April 23 2015, 8:16am
Categories: Community Connection

The Charlottesville/Albemarle Relay for Life is an overnight fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  This year’s event takes place at Albemarle High School on May 16th from 6PM until 6AM, preceded by a survivor’s reception at 4PM.  Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. We are looking for teams and participants to walk, as well as cancer survivors to be recognized at a reception.  We are also interested in entertainment, if you would like to perform at the event. More information online or by calling 434-978-7423.

Belmont Bruisers vs Five40 Roller Girls

April 22 2015, 9:31am
Categories: Community Connection



On April 30, the Charlottesville Derby Dames present  their first home game of the year, a roller derby bout between Charlottesville’s own Belmont Bruisers, and the Five 40 Roller Girls from Fredricksburg, VA. This bout will take place at Main Street Arena (the old ice park) on the Downtown Mall; doors open at 6pm, bout starts at 7pm. As always this is a family friendly event, so bring your all of your favorite people! Get your tickets in advance at Blue Moon Diner, Brown Paper Tickets, or from your favorite Dame. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program.
For more information

The Richmond Academy of Medicine Alliance Foundation, RAMAF

April 22 2015, 8:09am
Categories: Community Connection

We are hosting our 2015 annual fundraising event, Physicians Got Fashion. This event will be held at 7pm on Saturday May 2nd at the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club. The fashion show will feature a cocktail plus an Hors d’oeuvres Reception and a charity auction to benefit Access Now, Sexual Assault Crisis Kits (SACKs) and Nursing and Allied Health Scholarships in the Richmond area.  The 2015 Physicians Got Fashion Show will feature physician models from the greater Richmond area showcasing looks in formalwear, sportswear,  spirit-wear, loungewear, jewelry, accessories and more. More details and ticker information is available online.

Alliance Française of Charlottesville

April 22 2015, 8:00am
Categories: Community Connection

The City of Charlottesville is a sister city with Besançon, France. The Alliance Française of Charlottesville welcomes Loic Mazet, a 22-year-old student in International Trade from Montbeliard, France. Loic will be in Charlottesville for two months as the recipient of the Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission Grant to give presentations at the Alliance Française de Charlottesville and local schools in order to foster relationships and promote the Sister City mission. As host to Loic, the Alliance Française of Charlottesville is offering his presentations every Monday from 12-1pm and Thursday from 5:30-6:30 through May 25th. The presentations will be held at the Alliance’s offices located at 700 Harris Street, Suite 105.
More information on this event and our other programs.

Commonwealth of Music w/ Sleepwalkers @ In Your Ear Studio

April 19 2015, 11:10am
Categories: Uncategorized

We’re recording the next Commonwealth of Music with SLEEPWALKERS at In Your Ear Saturday, April 25 – FREE!

RSVP to guarantee your spot by emailing 


Commonwealth of Music is made possible by the Charlottesville Area Community FoundationIn Your Ear Studio & Route 11 Potato Chips.

PVCC Kids College

April 17 2015, 11:10am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Becky Thys from Piedmont Virginia Community College. Kids College at PVCC College offers eight weeks of enriching and educational Summer Academies for students in third through ninth grade.  There are over eighty different academy choices  that provide project-based exploration into the STEM and Arts areas. This summer our week long academies offer courses in computer software, apps, video game design, three-D printers, fashion, architecture, dance, drama, and language among others. We offer half and full day options at PVCC and offsite in Fluvanna and other locations. Scholarships are available.  More Information.

North Branch Band Fair

April 17 2015, 11:06am
Categories: Community Connection

Hi I’m Bonnie Holliday from North Branch School. On Sunday, May 10th  1-6PM, we present BandFair Thirteen at Cardinal Point Winery with music by Andy Waldek and Friends, Lord Nelson, and more. The day also includes acrobatic performances, children’s activities, food and wine, cake walk, and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit North Branch’s financial assistance and scholarship funds. Founded in 1983, North Branch is an independent, not-for-profit school for children ages 3 – 14 in Afton.  For tickets and more information, 540-456-8450.

The Rivanna Conservation Society

April 14 2015, 3:23pm
Categories: Community Connection

We and our community partners are hosting the annual Rivanna River Sojourn on Saturday, April 25th. This event is a professionally guided, family-friendly paddle on the Rivanna Reservoir including exploration of the South Fork of the Rivanna River. We will be launching at nine am from the UVa Boathouse located on Woodlands Rd in Charlottesville; lunch will be provided at the conclusion of our paddle. You can find more information including registration online.

Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA)

April 14 2015, 3:20pm
Categories: Community Connection

We present the Twenty-Eighth Annual Men Who Cook, which is occurring during the 50th Anniversary of MACAA.  The event takes place April, 25th between 6:00 and 11:00pm at the Fry’s Spring Beach Club.  There will be sample bite-sized dishes provided by fifty amateur Chef’s wand alcoholic beverages.  The group 180 will provide live music. There will also be a silent auction. All proceeds from this event benefit MACAA. MACAA’s overarching goal is to improve people’s lives by helping them become self-reliant. More information on this event and tickets.

Boxerwood Nature Center

April 14 2015, 3:14pm
Categories: Community Connection

Throughout the month of April we present Earth Arts, a month-long celebration of visual and performing arts, all nature-inspired.  The festival is co-presented by Boxerwood and Fine Arts In Rockbridge. There are events all month long including an afternoon of Family Art Adventures on April 26th which will include nature journaling with Phyllis Fevrier to tai chi with Karen Price. An Earth Art tent sale will also be held on April 26th from 4:00 to 6:00pm, showcasing work produced at Boxerwood. A calendar of events will be posted and continually updated on the Boxerwood website and Boxerwood Facebook page.

Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

April 14 2015, 3:11pm
Categories: Community Connection

We will be hosting a 50th anniversary celebration in Lee Park on May 2nd from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.  There will be activities for kids, adults and teens including various food trucks. Uncle Henry’s Band and students from the Music Resource Center will entertain and Peter Jones of “Tell Us a Tale”  will tell stories. Plus we will hold an auction of books of local interest which will not have appeared in our sale. More information.