Culture Connection

Beryl Solla is Chairperson of the art department and gallery curator at PVCC. She has taught there for ten years and previously taught at JMU and Barry University, in Miami. She received her MFA from the University of Miami and has been making large-scale public tile projects for the past twenty-five years. Solla is active in various organizations including Piedmont Council for the Arts’ Cultural Planning Committee.

Contact by emailing culture@wnrn.org

 

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Culture Connection: July 27th – August 2nd

July 27 2015, 11:08am
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The Virginia Museum of Art’s Studio School in Richmond presents The Alchemy of Pots & Prints: Number Ten. This annual summer Studio School exhibition showcases monotypes, relief prints, and pottery by advanced students.

The Page Bond Gallery in Richmond ends their season with two exhibits “EMERGING/EMERGED: RECENT VCUARTS MFA CANDIDATES, GRADUATES, AND FACULTY & REFRESH: GROUP EXHIBITION”, featuring work by several regional artists including local painters Robin Braun and Tim O’Kane.

The Larkin Art Center in Harrisonburg presents Flora, Fauna and Food, a thematic group exhibition that will fill all three of their galleries.

Second Street ends it’s 41st season with an exhibition by Look 3 photographer, Alec Soth. The exhibition “Songbook” presents poignant photographs that offer a lyrical depiction of the tension between American individualism and an unfulfilled yearning for community.

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 bsolla@pvcc.edu and let me share your WNRN culture Connection.

Culture Connection: July 20th – 26th

July 20 2015, 8:48am
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The Bridge Arts Initiative in Belmont offers up “Tactics of Collaboration: A Participatory Playbook”.  This is an exhibit, classroom, and workshop space that shares the collaborative tactics that socially engaged photographers are employing to address human rights issues. The exhibit ends July 24th.

The VMFA in Richmond closes the “Fusion-Art of the 21st Century this week. Showing works by an increasingly diverse roster of global artists, VMFA’s 21st-Century Art Gallery reflects the expanded nature of contemporary art.

The Academy of Fine Arts in Lynchburg is accepting applications for their juried photography exhibit. More information and the application is available online.

The  Staunton Augusta Art Center presents two ceramics exhibitions. Sukjin Choi’s show is called Regression and Lynn Hilton Conyors show includes Ceramics and mixed media pieces in her exhibit entitled Conception.

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 bsolla@pvcc.edu and let me share your WNRN culture Connection.

 

Culture Connections: July 13th-July 19th

July 13 2015, 10:08am
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The Amazement Square museum in downtown Lynchburg is home to the states largest tile mural measuring forty-eight-hundred square feet. Located on Jefferson Street across from the museum, the mural chronicles the history of Lynchburg’s riverfront from before the area was settled to a view of Lynchburg in the future.

The African American Heritage Center located in the Jefferson School City Center in Charlottesville is featuring the work of Zun Lee in its exhibition “Father Figure: Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood” Through intimate black-and-white images, the viewer gains access to often-overlooked moments in the lives of African American men.

The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton features Winter’s Tale on Tuesday July 16th at 7:30 pm. Shakespeare’s play is a tale from romance to tragedy to comedy and finally to a place of beauty.

In Richmond, the 1708 Gallery features “10 x 10 – Richmond Takes the Gallery”. 1708 will open its doors to 10 artists and community organizations. Each of these individuals or groups will occupy the gallery for one week, for a total of 10 weeks. 10 x 10 is an experiment—an open platform that treats the gallery as a communal space. Across these 10 projects, a picture of the originality and creativity of Richmond’s community will be highlighted.

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 bsolla@pvcc.edu and let me share your WNRN culture Connection.

Culture Connection: July 6th – July 12th

July 6 2015, 9:46am
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Mcguffey Art Center presents an artist talk by L. Michelle Geiger on July 7th from 12:30-1:30 in The Sarah B Smith Gallery.

Kluge-Ruhe presents the ARTinstead Festival to help the Charlottesville community explore their role in the ongoing local, national, and international dialogues about race. This event will include drop-in art workshops, community dialogue, and a panel discussion. This event takes place on Saturday, July 11 from 10:30 am – 4 pm and lunch will be provided.

The Mcguffey Art Center in Charlottesville is featuring Michelle Geiger in the Smith Gallery as well as a large group show in the hallway gallery featuring resident McGuffey Artists.

There are also new exhibits at the Ann White Academy Gallery and the Upfront Gallery at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lynchburg.
The Virginia Museum of Art in Richmond is featuring “Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition” through September. The exhibition focuses on the work of Japanese tattoo artists, all of whom were inspired by the art of calligraphy and woodblock printmaking.

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 bsolla@pvcc.edu and let me share your WNRN Culture Connection.

Culture Connection: June 29th – July 5th

June 29 2015, 9:24am
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Washington and Lee University in Lexington present “Life’s Moments”  an art exhibit by Fran R. Peppers.  Mon-Fri 9:00am-5pm, in the Williams Gallery, at Huntley Hall. The exhibition runs through June 30th.

In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship program, an exhibition featuring the work of three past VMFA Fellowship recipients is being presented at Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virgina. The exhibition will include the work of Pam Sutherland, Fiona Ross, and Kendra Wadsworth.

The Kluge Ruhe Museum in Charlottesville presents Art and Country,  a diverse selection of works on canvas, paper and eucalyptus bark drawn from the Kluge-Ruhe’s permanent collection. The exhibition features several new acquisitions and explores the range of ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists develop and maintain relationships with their homeland

This Wednesday, IX Mix at Six welcomes creative types to their weekly soiree at the Alhambra restaurant in the IX complex from 6pm – 9pm. The event is held every weds night, always at 6pm.

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 culture@wnrn.org and let me share your WNRN culture Connection.

Culture Connection: June 22nd – 28th

June 22 2015, 9:35am
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Chroma Projects, in Charlottesville, presents Boundless Forces: Nina Ozbey & Robert Stuart through June 27th.   Boundless Forces presents a range of dynamic and formal abstract paintings.

The  Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton features Antony and Cleopatra. Look for the play on June 27th, at 7:30 pm.  It is considered by many to be one of history’s most powerful and famous love stories.

The Up Front Gallery in Lynchburg will show oil paintings by Dave Keebler and nature photography by Stephanie Keebler. The exhibition runs through the 27th.

The McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville  partners with LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph to present the work of David Alan Harvey. His images from the books Cuba and Divided Soul capture the effects of the blood and sweat of a cultural migration to the Americas. The exhibition runs through the 28th.

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 culture@wnrn.org and let me share your WNRN culture Connection

 

Culture Connection June: 15th- 21st

June 15 2015, 10:52am
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This Thursday June 18th from 12-1pm, The Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Wayneboro invites you to make, share and trade your tiny baseball card sized art cards. Bring your own supplies and join the fun.

The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton presents A Midsummers Night Dream on June 16th at 7:30 pm. On the 18th they offer up a pay what you will night featuring Macbeth.

In conjunction with the Look 3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Chroma Projects & SCS present: American Dream:  Greta Pratt & Gordon Stettinius at Southern Cities Studio,  on Water Street.
The Exhibition closes on June  20th.

In Lynchburg, The Ann White Academy Gallery Presents the acrylic paintings of Mike Twery. The show is entitled “Lynchburg Landscapes” and runs through June 27th.

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 culture@wnrn.org and let me share your WNRN culture Connection

 

Culture Connection: June 1st – 7th

June 1 2015, 10:32am
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The Virginia Museum of Art in Richmond presents Understanding the Art of Tattoo: The Perseverance of Traditions in Contemporary Japanese Art with Dr. Margaret Richardson, from the Department of Fine Art and Art History at  Christopher Newport University. The lecture will be presented Thursdays, Jun 4 & 11, 6:30 – 8 pm.

The Palette Art Gallery in Stanardsville will host an Open House & Reception Sunday, June 7th  2-4 pm,  featuring their gallery artists.

The University of Virginia’s  Museum Internship Class has been given the opportunity to curate an exhibition at the museum. After searching the Museum’s permanent collection, the young curators assembled a collection of photographs of the body in motion. This exhibit, called “The Body in Motion” is currently on display and will run through August 2nd at the Fralin Art Museum.

The Lynchburg Art Club and Gallery are accepting applications for their annual Fall Art Festival. Check out their website for more information.

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 culture@wnrn.org and let me share your WNRN culture Connection

 

WNRN Culture Connection: May 25th – May 31st

May 25 2015, 9:59am
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The Kluge Ruhe Museum in Charlottesville  opens a new exhibit on May 30th. Art and Country is a diverse selection of thirty-four works on canvas, paper and eucalyptus bark drawn from the Kluge-Ruhe’s permanent collection.

This is the last week to check out Howard Zehr’s exhibition “Autumn Leaves, Reflections of Again”. The work is featured at Spitzer Art Center in Downtown Harrisonburg

The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton presents Dr. Faustus, Christopher Marlow’s tale of the struggle between good and evil. The matinee is on May 31st at 2:00pm.

Catch Amy Sherald’s show, “Off the Chain: American Art Unfettered” at the Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville. Sherald’s large, compelling portraits deal with issues of race and social order.

McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville  shows two of their own in the Lower Hall South gallery.  Andy Faith and Nina Burke present some of their latest pieces.

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 bsolla@pvcc.edu and let me share your WNRN culture Connection

 

WNRN Culture Connection: May 18th – 24th

May 18 2015, 10:11am
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UVA’s Fralin Museum in Charlottesville  presents  Portrait of the Artist, 1525-1825. This exhibit features prints from the Collection of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation. Among the artists featured in this exhibition are Baccio Bandinelli, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Hogarth, and Goya. The selection of prints will be complemented by three painted self-portraits by Dutch artists, which will be on loan from The Leiden Collection in New York. The show runs through June 7, 2015

1708 Gallery in Richmond is showing Ira Equardovna: A thousand years, a video installation by New York-based artist, Ira Eduardovna. Largely informed by her upbringing in Uzbekistan in the 80s, Eduardovna’s work addresses ideas about family, memory, history, storytelling, and the human experience while appropriating common tropes from television and film.

The Central Virginia Watercolor Guild is presenting a Watercolor Workshop May 19 – 22  with Jan Ledetter entitled “Energize Your Paintings by Working on Gessoed Paper” at Zehmer Hall Conference Center in Charlottesville. More information is on their website.

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 bsolla@pvcc.edu and let me share your WNRN culture Connection

 

WNRN Culture Connection: May 11th-17th

May 11 2015, 9:38am
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The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton presents Much Ado About Nothing Wednesday, May 3rd at 7:30 In this powerful comedy full of sparkling wit, Shakespeare gives us the joy of love won and the ache of love lost.

The McCarthy Gallery at Washington and Lee University in Lexington presents Tania Karpowitz ‘s “Holding History”. “Holding History,” features portraits and still lifes. The paintings began with the painter’s memories of her grandfather. The objects and reflections tell stories about family relationships from the past and into the future.

May 15th is the deadline to apply for an artists residency at The VCCA in Amherst. The residency includes a quiet place to work for 3-4 weeks and a small stipend. More information is available on their website.

Warm Springs Gallery off the downtown Mall reopen this Spring with a full roster of new paintings by local and regional favorites. Check their website for schedules.

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 bsolla@pvcc.edu and let me share your WNRN culture Connection

 

 

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

May 4 2015, 9:02am
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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 bsolla@pvcc.edu and let me share your WNRN culture Connection

WNRN Culture Connection: April 27 – May 3

April 27 2015, 8:02am
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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 bsolla@pvcc.edu and let me share your WNRN culture Connection

Culture Connection for February 23 – March 1

February 23 2015, 6:14am
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February wraps up with a theatrical world premier in Richmond, a collection of Chekhov shorts (not to be confused with a collection for shorts for Chekhov – spring IS coming after all) in Charlottesville and an art show in Staunton.

To learn more about these events you can click the links provided or play a podcast of this week’s WNRN Culture Connection.

The World We Know:

http://www.firehousetheatre.org/this-world-we-know-world-premiere/

Vodka Variations: An Evening of Chekhov Shorts:

http://tickets.artsboxoffice.virginia.edu/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=4042

Mixed media art show:

http://saartcenter.org/

 

THIS WORLD WE KNOW

THIS WORLD WE KNOW

Have a cultured week!

Best,

Mary

The Culture Maven

 

 

Culture Connection for February 16 – 22

February 16 2015, 6:01am
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One play, on ballet and some art on display.  Thus is this week’s WNRN Culture Connection- A musical version of Jane Austin’s Mansfield Park, the ballet version of Don Quixote and portraits by Lucian Freud.

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

 

Don Quixote:

http://www.richmondballet.com/event/don-quixote-feb-20-2015-7pm/

Lucien Freud:

http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/exhibition/lucian-freud

Mansfield Park:

http://svu.edu/news/2015/professor-writes-directs-original-musical-mansfield-park-feb-13-14-19-21/

 

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Enjoy the week and… get out there and get cultured.

Mary

The Culture Maven

Culture Connection for February 9 – 15

February 9 2015, 6:07am
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This week you can celebrate winter with Shakespeare’s THE WINTER’S TALE, explore the metamorphosis of  Southern social structure in post-Civil war Richmond, and warm up with thoughts of summer at a multi-media art exhibition at PVCC.

For more information on featured events click on the links below.  To hear a podcast click on the “play” triangle at the bottom of the page.

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Winter’s Tale

http://www.americanshakespearecenter.com/calendar.php?d=%272015-02-11%27

The Whipping Man:

http://va-rep.org/show_whipping_man.html

Summer of Love:

http://www.pvcc.edu/fine-arts-and-performance/gallery/necessary-fiction-summer-love

Have a fabulous week!

Mary

The Culture Maven

Culture Connection for February 2 – 8

February 2 2015, 10:19am
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Punksatawney Phil master groundhog prognosticator has deemed we are in for six more weeks of winter which means it is a good time to explore some history.  This week’s WNRN Culture Connection features three events that offer you that chance:  Henley Street Theatre Company’s production of The Lion in Winter,  music from the swinging ‘60’s at Four County Players’ Songs in the Cellar: Broadway by the Decade, and a chance to view the VMI Cadets parade on post is full dress.

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

The Lion in Winter:

http://henleystreettheatre.org/

Songs in the Cellars:

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

VMI Dress Parade:

http://events.lexingtonvirginia.com/events.php?view=d&id=6951&m=02&y=2015&d=6

 

Stay warm and have a great week!

Mary

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Culture Connection for Jan 19 – 25

January 20 2015, 8:14am
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Its January and loosing weight is on many people’s minds so now is a great time to learn about GMO’s via a film at the Central Branch of the Library, work off some calories biting your nails at Arena Racing or give it up altogether and have a great meal and watch a funny play.

For more information on the featured events, click on the links provided. To hear a podcast of this week’s Culture Connection, click on the “play” triangle at the bottom of the page.

Arena Racing:

http://richmondcoliseum.net/events/

The Drowsy Chaperon Dinner Theater:

http://roberteleehotel.com/

GMO-OMG: Film at the Library:

http://www.jmrl.org/cgi-bin/calendar.pl?view=Event&event_id=4860&datestring=20150122

 

Arena Racing Champion

Arena Racing Champion

If you know of a cool event coming up, shoot me an email at culturemaven@wnrn.org.

Also, on Saturday you can witness the production of seven, ten-minute plays created less than 24 hours earlier when Live Arts presents: 24/7.  More at livearts.org.

Have a culturally fabulous week!

Mary

The Culture Maven

WNRN Culture Connection for January 12 – 18

January 12 2015, 9:11am
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Photographic portraits of Middle Eastern women, Pianist Adam Golka, and the VCCA open house are on this week’s cultural radar as winter keeps us indoors for the most part.  But the days are getting longer and before you know it little green leaves will appear on trees, flowers will bloom and birds will be making a racket in the wee hours of the morning.

If you would like more information on the featured events, click on the links below.  To hear a podcast of this week’s Culture Connection, click on the “play” triangle at the bottom of the page.

Adam Golka plays with the Richmond Symphony:

http://www.richmondsymphony.com/events_details.asp?id=303

VCCA open house:

http://www.vcca.com/main/index.php

Beyond Western Borders at W& L:

http://events.lexingtonvirginia.com/events.php?view=d&id=7132&m=01&y=2015&d=15

 

Adam Golka on the piano

Adam Golka on the piano

 

Note: Over the weekend I went to see Taming of the Shrew at ASC in Staunton and it was a hoot.  I totally recommend it.

Stay warm and get some indoor culture in this week.

Mary

The Culture Maven

WNRN Culture Connection January 5 – 11

January 5 2015, 6:06am
Categories: Culture Connection

January is the time to make resolutions and try new things.  This week is all about creative energy including making glass art, writing and/or sharing poetry and learning life lessons from Mame Dennis, the mistress of avant gaurd, in the musical, MAME.

To get details on this week’s featured events, click on the links provided below.  To hear this week’s WNRN Culture Connection, click on the  “play” triangle at the bottom of the page.

MAME at Va Rep:

http://va-rep.org/show_mame.html

Live Poets Society:

http://thelivepoetssociety.blogspot.com/

Glass making class:

http://renegadeartglass.net/events/

 

Mame at Va Rep

Mame at Va Rep

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

Mary

The Culture Maven

 

 

Note: Emily Skinner was a dancer in The Byrd Theater Christmas Celebration when I produced the shows back in the mid- 19890’s.  She has come a long way from the Byrdettes Chorus Line!