Culture Connection December 22 – 28

December 22 2014, 11:30am
Categories: Culture Connection

Chanukah is in full swing, Christmas begins in a few days and Kwanza is on the horizon so I have selected three holiday oriented events to get your festive on: Christmas tea at the Boarshead, the ogling of decorative lights on Monument Avenue and an opportunity to learn about Kwanza at the Legacy of African American History.

Click on the provided links to learn more about these featured events or click on the “play” triangle to hear a podcast of this week’s WNRN Culture Connection.

Tea:

http://www.boarsheadinn.com/holiday/

Kwanza Workshop:

http://www.discoverlynchburg.org/events/

Glitter Walk on Monument Ave:

http://thevalentine.org/calendar/holiday-glitter#

 

decorated for the holidays on Monument Ave

decorated for the holidays on Monument Ave

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Mary

The Culture Maven


Culture Connection For December 15 – 21

December 15 2014, 10:16am
Categories: Culture Connection

Ahhh the Holiday splendor abounds and this week’s Culture Connection reflects the season with a little naughty and a little nice theatre at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, a tour of Victorian Christmas splendor at Maymont Mansion in Richmond and a concert by the Oratorio Society of Virginia at the Paramount in Charlottesville.

To learn more about these events, click on the provided links below.  To hear a podcast of this week’s WNRN Culture Connection, click on the “play” triangle at the bottom of the page.

Virginia Oratorio Society Christmas at the Paramount:

http://www.theparamount.net/2014/oratorio-society-virginia-christmas-paramount-concert/

 

Maymont Mansion tours:

http://www.maymont.org/holidays

 

12 Dates of Christmas and A Christmas Carol at ASC:

http://www.americanshakespearecenter.com/

 

Victorian style Christmas decor at Maymont

Victorian style Christmas decor at Maymont

Have a wonderful week!

Mary

The Culture Maven

 

 

 


Culture Connection December 8 – 14

December 8 2014, 3:28pm
Categories: Culture Connection + Uncategorized

Tiz the season of a hundred parties but if you can squeeze some other fun in I suggest :An interactive game of clue, Monticello after dark and We Three Lizas (an Oh, So FABULOUS spin on A Christmas Carol where the three ghosts are three versions of Liza Minnelli) – my picks for things to do in the WNRN listening area this week.

To learn more about these events click on the links provided below.  To hear a podcast of this week’s WNRN Culture Connection, click on the “play” button at the bottom of the page.

Interactive Clue Game:

http://threenotchdbrewing.com/events/

Monticello after dark tour:

http://www.monticello.org/site/visit/tours/holiday-evening-tours

We Three Lizas:

http://www.rtriangle.org/

 

A scene from We Three Lizas at Richmond Triangle Players

A scene from We Three Lizas at Richmond Triangle Players

Have a fantastic week!

Mary

The Culture Maven


Culture Connection December 1 – 7

December 1 2014, 6:04am
Categories: Culture Connection

More holiday stuff this week (the Grand Illumination party at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond and a Holiday Parade in Harrisonburg) plus the opening of Live Arts production of Les Miserables to get your cultural juices flowing.

To learn more about this week’s featured events, click on the links below.  To hear a podcast, click on the “play” triangle button at the bottom of the page.

Grand Illumination at the Jefferson Hotel:

http://www.jeffersonhotel.com/pdf/Holiday-News-2014.pdf

Le Miserables:

http://www.livearts.org/

Harrisonburg Holiday Parade:

http://www.harrisonburgva.gov/holiday-parade

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Remember to bundle up for those parades, y’all and get out there and get cultured.

Mary

The Culture Maven


Culture Connection for Nov 24 -30

November 24 2014, 10:42am
Categories: Culture Connection

Yippy! It is the week of my favorite holiday- Thanksgiving- and I have cooked up a Culture Connection to entertain you and  your holiday guests. You can mix at IX, Parade through Lexington or get lit at the Grand Illumination of the Festival of Lights in Richmond.

To get the details on this week’s featured events, click on the links below.  To hear a podcast, click on the “Play” triangle at the bottom of this page.

Of course, if you were coming to my house for Thanksgiving, you would be watching the Macy’s parade in the morning and Miracle on 34th Street following a post feast hike.  Whatever your holiday traditions are Happy Thanksgiving and remember to take some time between feasting, football and shopping to get out there and get cultured.

Christmas Parade at Lexington:

http://events.lexingtonvirginia.com/events.php?view=d&id=5200&m=11&y=2014&d=28

Illumination of the Festival of Lights:

http://www.lewisginter.org/events/event_detail.php?event_id=543

Mix at IX:

http://alhamraa.net/

Of course, if you were coming to my house for Thanksgiving, you would be watching the Macy’s parade in the morning and Miracle on 34th Street following a post feast hike.  Whatever your holiday traditions are Happy Thanksgiving and remember to take some time between feasting, football and shopping to get out there and get cultured.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens


Culture Connection for November 17th – 23rd

November 17 2014, 2:18pm
Categories: Culture Connection

This week I have picked an exhibit of treasures from the Forbidden City, A film festival and the theatrical version of one of my favorite stories, Little Women - just the thing to get you cultured up for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

To learn more about these events, click on the links provided.  To hear a podcast of this week’s Culture Connection, click on the “play” button below.

If you know of a cool event coming up in the next month, shoot me a text at culturemaven at WNRN dot org and help me to help you make a WNRN Culture Connection.

 

Forbidden City Exhibition at the VMFA:

http://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/forbidden-city/

Little Women:

http://www.fourcp.org/SitePages/currentseason.aspx

Super Gr8 Film Festival:

http://www.valleyarts.org/films/

 

 

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Have an awesome culture filled week!

Mary

The Culture Maven


A Sweet WNRN Culture Connection for Nov 10 – 16

November 10 2014, 9:04am
Categories: Culture Connection

Ahhhh November.  The month that ushers in  the sugarfest that is commonly referred to as “The Holidays”.  This week I have sweets on the brain and have curated three plays that have some sweet related thing about them.  The first is Edward II at the Blackfriars in Staunton. King Ed has an obsession similar to a sugar addiction which ruins his reign.  Then aptly titled, The Sugar at Live Arts in Charlottesville, is all about a woman trying to kick the glucose habit just when her world seems to be falling to pieces. Lastly but definitely not least, Clay Chapman brings his Pumpkin Pie Show to Richmond.

For information on the featured events, click the links below.  To listen to this week’s Culture Connection, click on the “play” triangle at the bottom of this post.

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Edward II:

http://www.americanshakespearecenter.com/v.php?pg=1746

 

The Sugar:

http://www.livearts.org/

 

The Pumpkin Pie Show:

http://claymcleodchapman.com/performances/the-pumpkin-pie-show

 

So get your sweets fix without the calories this week and have a cultured good time.

All the best,

Mary

The Culture Maven

PS: Caught Fed Up at the Virginia Film Festival this past weekend and am working on a blog post about it on culturenuts.wordpress.com.

 


Nov 3rd – 9th Culture Connection

November 3 2014, 11:00am
Categories: Culture Connection

Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is on the way so this is a good time to learn or try something new. The story of a Cold War spy, a children’s world music concert and lessons in dances popular during the Civil War are what I found to share with you for this week’s WNRN Culture Connection.  For more information, click on the links below.  Click on the “play” triangle at the bottom of the page to hear a podcast of this week’s Culture Connection.

 

“The Life of  Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior:

http://www.vahistorical.org/

 

Civil War dancing when nonprofit Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox:

http://www.moc.org/page/museum-confederacy?mode=appomattox

 

Daria: World Music for Children:

http://www.valleyarts.org/

 

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Have a fantastic week and get out there and get cultured!

Mary

The Culture Maven


Halloween Culture Connection for Oct 27 – Nov 2

October 27 2014, 9:07am
Categories: Culture Connection

It is the week of Halloween and La Dia de los Muertos so I chose some events that are appropriate for the season (including a ballet for those of you who are uninterested in Halloween activities for whatever reason).  There’s Carmina Burana at Richmond Ballet, a series of blaxploitation horror films at the Jefferson School in Charlottesville and Trick-or-Treating for the little monsters in your life in Lexington.  As for me,  I will be at the Tandem Friends School enjoying one of my favorite shows of all time- Spamalot.

If you would like information on the featured events in this week’s WNRN Culture Connection, click on the links provided.  To hear a podcast, click on the triangle below.

Binge Film Sessions: Blaxploitation Horror films:

http://jeffschoolheritagecenter.org/events/2014-fall-events/calendar-2/

 

 Carmina Burana:

http://www.richmondballet.com/season-tickets/performances/carmina-burana/

 

 Tricks-or-Treats in Downtown Lexington:

http://events.lexingtonvirginia.com/events.php?view=d&id=6589&m=10&y=2014&d=31

Image from Charlie Brown Halloween

Image from Charlie Brown Halloween

 Have a howling good week.

Mary

The Culture Maven


It’s All Good Culture Connection for October 13 – 19

October 13 2014, 9:06am
Categories: Culture Connection

This week you can culturally connect with some good jazz, apple butter (YUM!) and the infamous Live Arts Gala (this year with a James Bond theme) arguably the best party in town. For more information on the featured events, click on the links below. To hear this week’s Culture Connection, click on the podcast triangle at the bottom of this message.

Be on the look out for racy Russians at the Gala, “wink”.

Apple Butter Festival in Raphine:

http://wadesmill.com/events.php?view=d&id=126&m=10&y=2013&d=19

 

Jazz at the VMFA:

http://vmfa.museum/calendar/events/jazz-cafe/

 

Live Arts Gala: Party Galore in Cville:

http://www.livearts.org/gala0014/

 

Apple Butter

Apple Butter

See you while you’re getting your culture fix!

Mary

The Culture Maven