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Culture Connection

This is the WNRN Culture Connection for the week of October 16th– Oct 22nd   

This Saturday night, Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Pottery Club presents a fundraiser in conjunction with the Tres Vidas show. The pottery club will offer a handmade bowl filled with delicious soup donated by local restaurants. All proceeds directly benefit Sin Barreras, a small Charlottesville-based non-profit that focuses on outreach to the immigrant community, connecting individuals to services.

This Wednesday, The Staniar Gallery at Washington and Lee University in Lexington presents Ann Hepler’s Artist Talk and Reception at 5:30pm in
Wilson Hall’s Concert Hall. Hepler’s exhibit, Hard-wired conducts non-thematic experiments in ceramic, wood, metal, and paper, both hand-held and monumental. Allowing each new piece to be informed by the last, Hepler coordinates a series of mutations that turn a collage into a woodcut, a woodcut into a print, a carved woodblock into a sculpture, and a wooden sculpture into a clay form.

This is the final week for Richmond’s 1708 Gallery’s exhibition of work by Chicago-based artist Bethany Collins. Of a piece translates and transposes, drawing and installation. Collins’ work explores the multiplicities and contradictions in language as a lens for considering racial identity.   The exhibit features two major installations including Between Green and Violet, a twenty-nine part work of all the definitions of “blue” from a 1950’s dictionary and  America: The Hymnal.  America: The Hymnal is made up of 100 versions of My Country ‘Tis of Thee from the 18th-20th c. While the differing lyrics remain legible, the hymnal’s unifying tune has been all but burned away. In its many lyrical variations, America: The Hymnal is a chronological retelling of American history, politics and culture through one song.  Also check out the 1708 website for lantern making activities in support of their annual InLight event.

In Lynchburg, Riverviews Artspace is screening the horror noir classic, Dawn of the Dead, October 18th 7:30 to 10.

Culture Connection is a service of Hear Together on WNRN.

October 16th, 2017|Culture Connection|

Boxer World: “Sustaining the Vibes” A Benefit Concert for Boxerwood

Boxerwood Nature Center and Lex Collective and invite you to Boxer World, “Sustaining the Vibes” A Benefit Concert for Boxerwood, on Saturday, November 4th at 7pm- midnight at Salerno’s Bar, Bistro and Pizzeria. There will be performances from Marshall Nix, Debra Guy, Blue Nx, and Spacecase. All proceeds will go toward Boxerwood’s mission to connect people of all ages to the natural world through education and outreach. To find out more information, you can visit the event page on Facebook, or you can go www.lexcollective.org.


October 12th, 2017|Community Connection|

Hear Together: The Blue Trunk Foundation

It was on a return visit to Paris when Rupa Valdez discovered how different the experience could be when traveling with a disability. Having been to the city during her college years, she hadn’t given much thought to wheelchair access, or specifically the fact that many of the bathrooms in the restaurants were housed in the basement. When she decided to go back again with her husband years later, she realized how much it would have helped to know where to go that would have access ahead of time. So began her path to starting the Blue Trunk Foundation. Along with her friend Claire, she began to work out a way to crowdsource that information, not just for people with mobility issues, but disabilities of all kinds.

Listen as we talk with Rupa about the mission of the non-profit and the way she saw firsthand what a difference the information she wants to share can make:

To find out more about the Blue Trunk Foundation you can check out their Facebook page or you can email info@bluetrunk.org

They plan to launch their website bluetrunk.org at the end of 2017.

October 6th, 2017|Hear Together|

Hear Together: The Richmond Symphony

The Richmond Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia. Their ticketed performances range from performances at the Carpenter Theatre featuring orchestral classics and contemporary composers, a Symphony Pops Series, and chamber orchestra performances to the Lollipop Series for children, Casual Fridays, Rush Hour at Hardywood, and a Big Tent that allows them to play in parks and neighborhoods.

For this Hear Together, Erin Frye with the Richmond Symphony shares some  of the creative ways the non-profit works to connect and perform for the community.


October 4th, 2017|Hear Together|

Shelter Offers Confidential Services For Domestic Violence Victims

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. One in four women and one in nine men will be abused by an intimate partner in their lifetime. The Shelter for Help in Emergency offers their help for victims of domestic violence and their families in the greater Charlottesville area. The services are confidential, and are aimed to help victims move toward a safer future. For help or information you can reach their 24-hour hotline at 434-293-8509 or you can visit www.shelterforhelpinemergency.org.


October 3rd, 2017|Community Connection|

Hear Together: Lynchburg Community Market

It’s all about the beat. Or, the beet. If it takes a hip hop beat to get the kids in the Lynchburg area to talk about vegetables (or better yet, eat them) then the Friends of the Community Market were willing to go there.

If you haven’t hear this catchy tune yet, listen to our Hear Together below.

Find out more about the beet and what you can do to support the local growers and market, click here.

October 3rd, 2017|Hear Together|

Charlottesville Ballet Honoring Veterans with Performance

Charlottesville Ballet invites you to their Veterans Day production: UpFront – Salute on Saturday, November 11 at 4pm and 7pm. Sponsored by the Shebeen Pub & Braai, the event includes wine and hors d’oeuvres, and a performance featuring the WWII theatre ballet: “A Letter to My Love.” For tickets and more information, you can visit www.CharlottesvilleBallet.org.

September 22nd, 2017|Community Connection|

Haunted Open House at Jefferson School City Center

The Jefferson School City Center is hosting a Haunted Open House event with the help of the University of Virginia Service Fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. They invite you to come walk the hallways of the historical school and trick or treat with their resident organizations. There will be Halloween activities for the children, mummy wrapping, pumpkin games, music and more. The event is open to everyone and parking is available. You can enjoy this scary treat before heading over to the Downtown Safe event. For more information you an email crystal@literacyforall.org or visit www.jeffersonschoolcitycenter.org.

September 15th, 2017|Community Connection|

Wildrock: New Non-Profit Natural Playscape In Albemarle County

Wildrock is a new nonprofit natural playscape in Albemarle County. Wildrock promotes nature play for health and happiness. Nature can be a place of inspiration and healing, and Wildrock offers its healing land to the community through its public days, field trips, and ecotherapy programs. Kids can interact with a number of elements on the playscape, including a mud kitchen and hobbit house. Families can participate in special programs such as the veterans retreat or the treasure adventure. Schools and faith groups can schedule field trips. And we’re available for birthday parties. We hope you’ll join us at Wildrock on Wednesday or Saturday, our public days or check out www.wildrock.org for more special offerings.



September 15th, 2017|Community Connection|

Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center (Rockbridge)

“Horses helping people” is their mantra, and Hoofbeat’s has been making that happen since they began in 1993. They work with the community to offer therapeutic horseback riding services to adults and children. Hoofbeats serves people with mental, physical, or emotional disabilities, trauma, or chronic diseases. For this Hear Together, we visited the grounds of the Virginia Horse Center, where they work to talk with an instructor about what she has seen during her twenty years with the program.

September 8th, 2017|Hear Together|