$40 Worth of Organic Produce for a Dollar from Relay Foods and WNRN

March 12 2014, 9:01am
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Treat yourself to a Organic Produce Box from Relay Foods for just $1! Get Relay Food’s signature Tasting Box, bursting with artisinal products delivered to your door when you enter promo code 1122. This is for new Relay Foods customers only and is only good through Friday, March 14th.

A Fracking, French, Piano Culture Connection for Feb. 10 – 16

February 10 2014, 9:26am
Categories: Culture Connection + Uncategorized

Happy Middle of February, Y’all.

This is the time of year when our solar batteries run out and we should all be taking vacations to islands with white sands, palm trees and turquoise-blue water. But alas, some of us must find a way to recharge right here in Central Virginia.  This week, I suggest re-igniting your fight for the planet, teasing your intellect regarding your faith and rediscovering creative exuberance.

Click below to hear a podcast of this week’s Culture Connection then for more information on the featured events, click the appropriate provided link or links.

Screening of Gasland 2:  http://www.valleyarts.org/court-square-theater/

Tartuffe: https://va-rep.org/show_tartuffe.html

Lang Lang in Concert: http://www.theparamount.net/2013/lang-lang/

Culture Maven Trivia:

I played Mariane in Tartuffe in DC in the early 1990′s so you know I am going to check out the show at VA Rep.

Lang Lang knocked my socks off  in one of  his first appearances in the US at a fundraiser gala for the Washington Performing Arts Society.










Have a great week and be sure to get out there and get cultured.


The Culture Maven


The Beatles A-Z

February 9 2014, 12:01pm
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Culture Connection for Jan 27 – Feb 2

January 27 2014, 9:21am
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Variety is the spice of life so to spice up these cold days and long nights, this week’s Culture Connection features paintings, an old-time movie experience and an unusual Quartet.

To hear this week’s Culture Connection, click on the podcast below.

To learn more about this week’s featured events, click on the appropriate link below.

To let me know about a cool upcoming event (two weeks in advance minimum) shoot me an email at mary@wnrn.org.

Emilie Charmy exhibit at the Fralin: 

http: //www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/exhibition/


The Byrd Theatre:  http://byrdtheatre.com/


The Garth Newel Piano Quartet:


To read about my personal cultural adventures, go to culturenuts.wordpress.com.

Have a great week, stay warm and I’ll see you out and about.

The Culture Maven

PS: Tune in to WNRN at 11:00am on Sunday February 2nd to hear the second ever Culture Connection Extended, a show about how Virginia Artists and Arts Orgs influence the world at large. Then listen to 30 Minute Throwdown, a radio show produced by students from Tandem Friends School as part of Radio Resource, a radio broadcast education program created by Music Resource Center and WNRN.  It’s a fun way to start your Sunday!


Wake Up Call: Local Economy and Real Estate

January 26 2014, 12:12pm
Categories: Sunday Morning Wake Up Call + Uncategorized

On the January 26th edition of the Wake Up Call, host Rick Moore talks local economy and real estate with Jim Duncan, Real Estate Agent and Partner of Nest Realty and Matt Hodges, Charlottesville Sales Manager and Loan Officer of Presidential Mortgage Group.  Rick and his guests discuss the things you want to consider before buying and selling a home, plus much more.

Jim Duncan is the author of Real Central VA.  A blog site on data and real estate analysis. 

Online Stream

January 23 2014, 2:00pm
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We are experiencing some difficulties with our online stream. Our technicians are working to resolve the issue and we hope to have it up and running quickly.

Culture Connection January 20 -26

January 20 2014, 2:38pm
Categories: Culture Connection + Uncategorized

This week you can make a culture connection and catch a free movie, some comedia dell’arte and some funky Afro-Cuban sounds.

To listen to this week’s WNRN Culture Connection, click on the podcast below.

To learn more about the events featured, click on the links below.

Pedro Martinez Group: http://modlin.richmond.edu/events/modlinarts-presents/pedrito-martinez.html

Servant of Two Masters: http://www.americanshakespearecenter.com/v.php?pg=1561

Free screening of Captain Philips: http://events.pvcc.edu/EventList.aspx?fromdate=1/20/2014&todate=2/2/2014&display=&type=public&eventidn=43433&view=



Have a great week and get out there and get Cultured.

:-) ,

The Culture Maven

Top 100 Songs of 2013

December 31 2013, 6:40pm
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Thank you for voting for your favorite songs of 2013. Here they are as voted by you! Listen on January 1, 2014 to hear them all, starting at noon.

100. Camera Obscura – Do It Again

99. Boy – Little Numbers

98. Bear’s Den – Agape

97. Atoms for Peace – Judge, Jury, Executioner

96. Willy Mason – Talk Me Down

95. The Neighborhood – Sweater Weather

94. Thao and the Get Down Stay Down – We the Common

93. Steve Earle – Invisible

92. Patty Griffin – Ohio

91. Josh Ritter – Joy to You Baby

90. Jack Johnson – Radiate

89. Iron and Wine – Grace for Saints and Ramblers

88. Deer Tick – Big House

87. Dawes – Just Beneath the Surface

86. Blitzen Trapper – Thirsty Man

85. Ben Harper – Crazy Love

84. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sacrilege

83. The National – Sea of Love

82. The 1975 – Chocolate

81. Rilo Kiley – I Remember You

80. Kings of Leon – Temple

79. Joy Kills Sorrow – Such Great Heights

78. James Blake – Retrograde

77. Dawes – Someone Will

76. Cayucas – High School Lover

75. Billy Bragg – No One Knows Nothing Any More

74. Atlas Genius – If So

73. The Head and the Heart – 10,000 Weight in Gold

72. Serena Ryder – Stompa

71. San Fermin – Sonsick

70. Phoenix – Entertainment

69. John Mayer – Wildfire

68. Aloe Blacc – Wake Me Up

67. Steve Martin and Edie Brickell – Love Has Come for You

66. Laura Marling – Master Hunter

65. Junip – Line of Fire

64. Joseph Arthur – Saint of Impossible Causes

63. Fitz and the Tantrums – The Walker

62. Elvis Costello and The Roots – Sugar Won’t Work

61. Broken Bells – Holding on for Life

60. Chamomile and Whiskey – Wandering Boots

59. Willie Nelson and Mavis Staples – Grandma’s Hands

58. Valerie June – You Can’t Be Told

57. The Wild Feathers – The Ceiling

56. The National – Graceless

55. The Head and the Heart – Another Story

54. The Civil Wars – From this Valley

53. Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart

52. Franz Ferdinand – Right Action

51. Fitz and the Tantrums – 6AM

50. Brett Dennen – Wild Child

49. Beck – I Won’t Be Long

48. Portugal. The Man – Modern Jesus

47. Old Crow Medicine Show – Dixieland Delight

46. Jason Isbell – Travelling Alone

45. Ha Ha Tonka – Rewrite Our Lives

44. Dr. Dog – Broken Heart

43. David Bowie – The Stars are Out Tonight

42. Valerie June – Workin’ Woman Blues

41. Jake Bugg – Lightning Bolt

40. Donna the Buffalo – I Love My Tribe

39. Dawes – From a Window Seat

38. Cage the Elephant – Come a Little Closer

37. Neko Case – Man

36. Milo Green – 1957 (Live In Studio)

35. Little Green Cars – The John Wayne

34. Dawes – Most People

33. Amos Lee – The Man Who Wants You

32. Vance Joy – Riptide

31. The Avett Brothers – Bring Your Love to Me

30. Phosphorescent – Song for Zula

29. Coldplay – Atlas

28. The XX – Chained

27. Dr. Dog – The Truth

26. Vampire Weekend – Unbelievers

25. Jason Isbell – Stockholm

24. The National – Don’t Swallow the Cap

23. Tame Impala – Elephant

22. Michael Franti and Spearhead – I’m Alive

21. The Wild Feathers – Left My Woman

20. Capital Cities – Safe and Sound

19. Tedeschi Trucks Band – It’s So Heavy

18. Pearl Jam – Sirens

17. The Avett Brothers – Another is Waiting

16. The Mowgli’s – San Francisco

15. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Better Days

14. Fitz and the Tantrums – Out of My League

13. Vampire Weekend – Diane Young

12. Neko Case – Night Still Comes

11. Of Monsters and Men – King and Lionheart

10. The Avett Brothers – Morning Song

9. Lorde – Team

8. Lord Huron – She Lit a Fire

7. The Head and the Heart – Shake

6. The Civil Wars – The One That Got Away

5. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

4. Haim – The Wire

3. Shovels and Rope – Birmingham (Live In Studio)

2. Bastille – Pompeii

1. Lorde – Royals

Thirty Minute Throwdown, December 1, 2013

December 18 2013, 11:43am
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Check out the first installment of of the Thirty Minute Throw Down, our partnership with Music Resource Center, to give local students the opportunity to host their own radio show and showcase local music.

Holi-daze Culture Connection for December 16 – 22

December 16 2013, 1:51pm
Categories: Culture Connection + Uncategorized

As the holiday gets closer things get a little spicier to counter the effects of all that sweet stuff.  This week I have chosen something gay, something snarky and something with a love message for everyone- even aging Pop Stars.

Listen to the podcast below for the current WNRN Culture Connection.

For more information on the events featured in this week’s Culture Connection, click on the following:

It’s a Fabulous Life

The Santaland Diaries

Love Actually

I would love to have my Culture Connection stocking filled with your great upcoming events.  Email me with information at mary@wnrn.org.

Be safe and stay warm.


The Culture Maven