Rockn’ to Lockn’ – Battle of Virginia Bands @ The Jefferson Theater

July 15 2014, 6:10pm
Categories: Uncategorized

This Friday, July 18th don’t miss Rockn’ to Lockn’ Round 3 at The Jefferson Theater featuring Kings of Belmont, Erin and The Wildfire, Steal the Prize, and The Design. Each band will compete for the last slot in the final battle on August 9th to play Lockn’ 2014 and also receive a cash prize, a feature in Relix Magazine, and more. Event Info HERE.

 Rockn' To Lockn'

Blake Hunter

June 20 2014, 4:36pm
Categories: In-Studios + Uncategorized

6-20_Blake Blake Hunter played songs from his new album Skylights on WNRN. Take a listen to his conversation with Melissa here.

$1 for Local Produce from Relay Foods

June 2 2014, 5:20pm
Categories: Uncategorized

WNRN and Relay Foods are offering a Local County Box to WNRN listeners for just a dollar. Relay Foods’ Bounty Box is a $40 value. Simply click here to get this deal.

Wake Up Call:Life in a Wheelchair

May 18 2014, 12:14pm
Categories: Uncategorized

On the May 18th Wake Up Call, our guest Jay Hatfield discusses the rights, laws, and challenges for the physically disabled. We will also be joined by Bob Fenwick, Jay’s co-host on the local TV show, Handy Chat.

Monsters, Music and Pole Dancers?: Culture Connection for May 5 – 11

May 5 2014, 11:56am
Categories: Culture Connection + Uncategorized

MCDGODZ EC052I adore old B movies and the Godzilla franchise ranks up there with some of my favorite quirky entertainment.  This week my overgrown Japanese lizard friend makes an appearance in our area along with some great classical music and a neo-feminist play.

To learn more about this week’s featured events click on the links provided below or you can listen to a podcast by clicking on the podcast link below.

Godzilla Double Feature:

Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert:

Hypocrites and Strippers:

If you know of a great event coming up in the area in the next month or so, shoot me an email at and I will see if I can get it in the mix.


The Culture Maven

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

March 12 2014, 9:01am
Categories: Uncategorized

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:


Lang Lang in Concert:

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
Categories: Uncategorized


Culture Connection for Jan 27 – Feb 2

January 27 2014, 9:21am
Categories: Uncategorized

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

Emilie Charmy exhibit at the Fralin: 

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The Byrd Theatre:


The Garth Newel Piano Quartet:

To read about my personal cultural adventures, go to

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.