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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WNRN Culture Connection: May 18th – 24th

May 18 2015, 10:11am
Categories: Culture Connection

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
Categories: Culture Connection

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
Categories: Culture Connection

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
Categories: Culture Connection

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
Categories: Culture Connection

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
Categories: Culture Connection

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
Categories: Culture Connection

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
Categories: Culture Connection

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
Categories: Culture Connection

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
Categories: Culture Connection

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!

 

WNRN Culture Connection December 29 – January 4

December 29 2014, 6:29am
Categories: Culture Connection

Winter.  Either play outside or hide inside. For the former, ice skating in Richmond.  For the latter, Die Meistersinger von Nurnburg via The Met Opera Live and the premier of Season 5 of Downton Abbey (my personal favorite winter sport).

For more information on these vevejtnts you can click on the links provided or on the “play” button to hear a podcast of this week’s WNRN Culture Connection.

If you know of a cool event coming up, shoot me an email at culture maven at WNRN dot org and help me to help you make a WNRN Culture Connection.

Met Opera Live:

http://www.theparamount.net/2014/met-die-meistersinger-von-nurnberg/

Downton Abbey Season 5 premier party:

http://www.valleyarts.org/court-square-theater/

Ice Skating Outside in Richmond:

http://rvaonice.net/

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Stay warm but get out there and get cultured!

Mary

The Culture Maven

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