Culture Connection

WNRN’s Culture Connection is hosted by local Arts & Culture journalist/blogger/culturenut, Mary Burruss. Listen for WNRN’s Culture Connection and get details and more information below. Get inspired and make your own Culture Connection with WNRN.

Regional Arts & Culture journalist, Mary Burruss, aka The Culture Maven, is a veteran Arts & Culture reporter who is currently the Music Correspondent for Art Times. She has written for US Airways, Virginia Living, Richmond Magazine, Boomer, Style Weekly, The Hook and C-Ville Weekly, and hosts two blogs on wordpress.com. Culturenuts, her A&C blog is in the process of becoming a website with the mission of promoting A&C in Central Virginia.

Opera, Dragon Boats & Patsy Cline make up this week’s WNRN Culture Connection

July 28 2014, 10:25am
Categories: Culture Connection

The second show of Ash Lawn Opera’s season and the Dragon Boat Festival at Rockett’s Landing are hallmarks of summer rolling right along.  Plus a tribute to Patsy Cline rounds out this week’s WNRN Culture Connection.

For information on these events, click on the links below.  To hear this week’s WNRN Culture Connection, click on the podcast triangle at the bottom of this post.

Always Patsy Cline in Lynchburg:

http://www.newsadvance.com/calendar/performing_arts/endstation-theatre-company-s-always-patsy-cline/event_7ca0f750-e115-11e3-a650-10604b9ffeb6.html

Fiddler on The Roof in Charlottesville:

http://www.ashlawnopera.com/summer/fiddler-on-the-roof/

Dragon Boat Races in Richmond:

http://www.gwndragonboat.com/Default.asp?id=161&l=1

FYI:  I saw Avenue Q (part of the Heritage Theatre Festival) over the weekend at it was very good.  If you like irreverent musicals you might want to check it out.

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

Mary

The Culture Maven

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Walgreens Richmond International Dragon Boat Race

WNRN Culture Connection for July 21 – 27

July 21 2014, 2:19pm
Categories: Culture Connection

One of my favorite musicals (that’s right, I said, “musical”) opens this week in Charlottesville while a different musical plays at one of my favorite summer venues in Richmond.  The weather is so nice right now, it is just great to be outside in general so two of my picks are night time outdoor events.  To learn more click on the podcast below.  For information about featured events, click on the corresponding link.

Lawn Chair Movies:

http://quirkgallery.com/events/lawn-chair-movie-series/

Avenue Q:

http://tickets.artsboxoffice.virginia.edu/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=3846

42nd Street:

http://www.richmondgov.com/parks/documents/BrochureDogwoodDell.pdf

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

Mary

The Culture Mavenavenueq

 

WNRN Culture Connection for July 14 – 20

July 14 2014, 10:21am
Categories: Culture Connection

This week: a historical distorted iPhonetography Culture Connection.  More information on these events available via the links underneath the event titles.  To hear this week’s Culture Connection, click on the podcast below.

Ghostbusters… Bent Improv:

http://benttheatre.weebly.com/

I-Distort:

www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152508690366092&set=pcb.10152508698876092&type=1&theater

Quoit tour:

http://www.historicrichmond.com/about-quoit-events.php

 

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Photo by Marc Borzellica

Have a great week getting out there and getting cultured.

And..

Stay Cool!

Mary

The Culture Maven

Full Disclosure:  Apologies to Big Blue Door.   We found your event listed on another website and initially included it in this week’s Culture Connection.  We now understand that you will be taking the summer off and coming back in the fall to tell more stories and award more jam.

Sheer Monkey Coffee Madness: WNRN Culture Connection for July 7 – 13

July 7 2014, 2:18pm
Categories: Culture Connection

This week you can talk about theatre, see some theatre and be a part of the creation of a new piece of theatre (well, a  sort of opera anyway) right here in Central Virginia.

Click on the link provided under the event titles for information.

Or

Click on the podcast triangle to hear this week’s WNRN Culture Connection.

Coffee and Conversations: The Color Purple:

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

Shear Madness:

http://tickets.artsboxoffice.virginia.edu/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=3828

Monkey Circus 2014:

www.spacemonkeyodyssey.com

 

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A Thoroughly Modern WNRN Culture Connection for June 30 – July 6

June 30 2014, 2:36pm
Categories: Culture Connection

Get set for a thoroughly modern version of The Little Red Hen (The Little Bread Hen), Millie and some Fireworks on the James to celebrate the birth of our nation.  For more information about these events click on the link provided.  To hear this week’s WNRN Culture Connection, click on the podcast triangle at the bottom of this page.

The Little Bread Hen:

http://www.visitharrisonburgva.com/events/detail/barefoot-puppet-theater-presents-little-bread-hen

Fireworks on the James:

http://www.fireworksonthejames.com/

Thoroughly Modern Millie:

http://www.virginia.edu/heritagetheatre/season.htm

 

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Let me know if you have a cool event coming up by emailing me at theculturemaven@wnrn.org (please allow at least a month’s notice for best results).

Have a safe and celebratory Forth of July!

Mary

The Culture Maven

WNRN Culture Connection June 23-29

June 23 2014, 2:57pm
Categories: Culture Connection

Summer is full on so it is time to get outside and do stuff at night while the weather is warm.  This week, catch a movie under the stars at a winery, watch a recreation of a Civil War Battle and then go back in time with the musical HAIR.

To learn more about these events, click on the link provided.  Click on the triangle below to listen to a podcast of this week’s Culture Connection.

Trevillian Station:

www.trevbattleva.com

Hair:

http://www.firehousetheatre.org/hair/

 

Movie Under the stars:

http://www.firstcolonywinery.com/cement-suitcase-movie-under-the-stars-june-27-830pm/

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

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An Historical Culture Connection for June 16 – 22

June 16 2014, 1:32pm
Categories: Culture Connection

Even though school is out this is a good week for a little historical study in Central Virginia.  Learn how goods were transported in Virginia in the 1700′s, attend a jousting tournament ( like, with horses and everything) and Celebrate the abolishing of slavery at events featured on WNRN’s Culture Connection.

To hear this week’s Culture Connection just click on the magic podcast triangle below.  To learn more about the featured events, click on the links provided.

Juneteenth:

http://efsinc.org/event/juneteenth-2014-a-freedom-celebration-the-symposium/

Hall of Fame Jousting Tournament:

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/1332Chimneys081603_DavidOliver

Scottsville Batteau Festival:

http://www.visitcharlottesville.org/includes/events/index.cfm?action=displayDetail&eventid=10633

 

Have a fantastic week and remember to keep me posted of your cool upcoming event (at least a month’s notice is ideal).  Thanks,

Mary

The Culture Maven

Buy Local WNRN Culture Connection for June 9 – 15

June 9 2014, 10:58am
Categories: Culture Connection

I am a big proponent of the Buy Local movement and have selected a sampling of local arts and culture for you to sample this week starting with works by local writers, some art at the Anderson Gallery in Richmond by a couple of local artists ( along with  one from Tel Aviv) and with a play produced at a very local theatre company.

To hear a this week’s Culture Connection click on the podcast triangle below.  To learn more about the curated events, click on the associated links then get out there and get cultured.

Gidion’s Knot and ShenenArts:

https://www.facebook.com/shenanarts

Writer House Spring Reading:

http://www.writerhouse.org/index.php/component/content/article/192-news/latest-news/1151-spring-2014-reading-and-open-house

Happy Hour at VCU’s Anderson Gallery:

http://arts.vcu.edu/andersongallery/events/

Have a great week!

Mary

The Culture Maven

 

 

2 Plays and an Historical Walk: WNRN Culture Connection for June 2 – 8

June 2 2014, 2:04pm
Categories: Culture Connection

An adaptation of a Russian novel, an original play about a father’s path to acceptance of his son’s homosexuality and a walk through historical Richmond are my picks for this week’s things to do in Central Virginia.

To hear this week’s Culture Connection click on the podcast below.  To learn more about this week’s featured events, click on the provided links.

Learning to Play: http://www.valleyarts.org/court-square-theater/

Historical Walk on the Liberty Trail:  http://www.richmondhistorycenter.com/calendar/directors-tour-rva-liberty-trail

The Master and Margarita:

http://www.livearts.org/event/the-master-margarita-4/2014-06-04/

 

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

xx,

MaryMM_website

The Culture Maven

 

Improv, Drive-In and deconstruction the American Dream- all part of the May 19 – 25 WNRN Culture Connection

May 19 2014, 4:28pm
Categories: Culture Connection

Ever dream of being an actor/actress?  This week start your road to stardom by joining an improv group then observe the pro’s in action in the theatre then at the movies (at a real drive-in movie theater).  They will all be fun adventures, I promise.

To learn more about the featured events just click on the provided link.  To hear this week’s Culture Connection, simply click on the podcast below.

Rio 2 and The Other Woman at the Drive-in: http://www.hullsdrivein.com

Improv Group in Afton: http://www.hamnertheater.com

Detriot: http://va-rep.org/show_detroit.html

(I saw this play over the weekend and really enjoyed it!)

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Raven Paintings, Blackfriars Tour and a Drunken Triathlon: Culture Connection for May 26 – June 1

May 19 2014, 6:42am
Categories: Culture Connection

This week’s Culture Connection offers up some interested contrasts.  A triathlon of trivia, drinking and running, a tour of the only replica of Shakespeare’s indoor theater and some paintings inspired by Edger Allen Poe’s poem THE RAVEN.

For information regardign th featured events, click on the links provided.

Think, Drink, Run Triathlon: https://www.facebook.com/ThinkDrinkRun

Blackfriars Tour: http://www.americanshakespearecenter.com/

Poe inspired Paintings: http://www.poemuseum.org/event/2014/05/18

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

Mary

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Electrofunk, Parrots and tiny paintings: Culture Connection for May 12 – 18

May 12 2014, 2:38pm
Categories: Culture Connection

Fun stuff happening in the WNRN listening area: Chromeo in
Richmond, small paintings at BozArt Gallery in Charlottesville and a chance to meet some parrots up close and personal.

If you would like details on this week’s featured events click on the links provided.  To hear the Culture Connection click on the podcast button below.

Chromeo: http://www.thenationalva.com/events/detail/chromeo

Small Paintings Exhibit: http://www.bozartgallery.com/

Project Perry (parrots): http://projectperry.com/

Matthew Slaats and I are cooking up a fun summer art project for June’s Culture Connection radio show so be prepared…

Have a great week and get out there and make a Culture Connection.

Mary

The Culture Maven

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The Business of Art: May 4th Culture Connection Show

May 5 2014, 3:24pm
Categories: Culture Connection

Most people rarely think about the arts and business simultaneously.  Audiences see finished products at live performances often without an understanding of the large number of people behind the scenes that made that performance happen. Viewers appreciate a sculpture or painting in a gallery without calculating the number of hours and dollars the artist spent on marketing efforts to get that piece into that gallery in the first place. Yet anyone who has seen Thierry Guetta’s  (aka Mr. Brainwash’s) documentary film, EXIT THROUGH THE GIFTSHOP, must note that there is a very serious business aspect involved with “successful” Art.

Since my usual co-host, Matthew Slaats was busy with the Revel this week, I got to do the show on my own. In my first interview  I had the pleasure of talking with David Fisk, Executive Director of The Richmond Symphony with Michelle Krisel, Executive and Artistic Director of The Ashlawn Opera offering insights on the business side of the performing arts.  During the second half of the program, Steve Tayler, Director of Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville and I chat about some of the challenges and rewards of operating a fine arts business.

Matthew will be back with me next month when we will investigate some cool art projects.

Thanks for listening.

Mary

The Culture Maven

*Tad Abbey is the Producer of Culture Connection

 

 

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:

http://www.c-ville.com/events/monsters-double-feature/

Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert:

http://brco.avenue.org/

Hypocrites and Strippers:

http://www.rtriangle.org/the-season.html

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

Mary

The Culture Maven

Garden Party, Puppets and May Day: Culture Connection for April 28 – May 4

April 28 2014, 11:56am
Categories: Culture Connection

A well deserved Spring has sprung here in Central Virginia and I must say, the flowers and variations of greens in the leafing trees is stunning.  So it is understandable why I chose two outdoor events and one really fun indoor one for this week’s WNRN Culture Connection.

To hear the Culture Connection click on the podcast below.  To learn more about the featured events click on the links provided.

Thomas Woltz at Monticello: http://www.monticello.org/site/visit/events/conversation-garden-thomas-woltz

May Day Celebration: https://tickets.frontiermuseum.org/Info.aspx?EventID=9

African Trickster Tales:  http://www.richmondcenterstage.com/event/barefoot-puppets-african-trickster-tales

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Remember to tune in to WNRN on Sunday at 11:00am to hear this week’s Culture Connection radio show when I speak with David Fisk, Executive Director of Richmond Symphony, Michelle Krisel, Executive and Artistic Director of Ash Lawn Opera and Steve Taylor of Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville about the Business of Art.

Then stay tuned to find out what happens when seven teenagers from the Tandem Friends School put on a LIVE version of 30 Minute Throwdown at 11:30 – Oh the suspense!

Have a great week and make sure to make a WNRN Culture Connection.

Mary

The Culture Maven

Culture Connection for April 21 – 27: Digi-Molten-Stella

April 21 2014, 12:20pm
Categories: Culture Connection

Digital Music, Hot Glass and a steamy Production of A Streetcar Named Desire help to fill this gorgeous Central Virginia week of Spring time Culture.

To learn more about the featured events click on the links provided.  To hear this week’s WNRN Culture Connection click on the podcast below.

Digitalis at UVA:  http://www.music.virginia.edu/digitalis-14

A Streetcar Named Desire: http://www.firehousetheatre.org/posta-streetcar-named-desire/

Hot Glass Festival: http://www.sunspots.com/VA_Hot_Glass_Fest.htm

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Remember to tune in to WNRN on May 4th for the Culture Connection Radio show at 11:00am when Matt and I will explore  the topic: The Business of Art. Then stay tuned at 11:30 when the pilot Radio Resource program culminates with a live broadcast of 30 Minute Throwdown, yep, that’s right, LIVE.  The kids from Tandem Friends School are so good we are letting them take over WNRN for 30 minutes and run the show in real time – a true test of the skills they’ve been learning all year.

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

Mary

The Culture Maven

* Photo: Lauren Marie Hafner as Stella Kowalski and Joseph Carlson as Stanley Kowalski in Firehouse Theatre Project’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Photos by WLS Photography.

Culture Connection for April 14 – 20

April 14 2014, 3:13pm
Categories: Culture Connection

This week you can meet the Coaches of VCU and U of R, hear some New Chamber Music and learn about sheep sheering to stimulate you mind.

To learn more about each event click on the link below and to hear this week’s WNRN Culture Connection click on the podcast below.

Frontier Culture Museum Wool Days: https://tickets.frontiermuseum.org/Info.aspx?EventID=9

The New Music Ensemble: http://music.virginia.edu/newmusic-sp14

Coaches Cook off: http://positiveviberva.com/the-coaches-cook-off/

 

Have a fabulous week!

Stay Cultured,

Mary

The Culture Maven

Levenson & Gordon talk about the State of Arts and Humanities on WNRN Culture Connection April 5, 2014

April 7 2014, 2:39pm
Categories: Culture Connection

Stanford University describes humanities as,

“the study of the myriad of ways in which people, from every period of history and from every corner of the globe, process and document the human experience.”

In tight economic times, the first cutbacks are always made around the Arts and Humanities. In recent years this trend has been named, the Humanities Crisis. On Today’s Culture Connections,  Michael Levenson, professor of English  and director of the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures and Bonnie Gordon associate professor in the McIntire department of music at the University of Virginia explore the supposed devaluation of creative thought in every day life and offer up a defense of how vital the arts and humanities are in everyday activities.

To hear a podcast of this discussion click on the link below.

Tune in to WNRN on May 4th when the topic of the show will be the Business of Art.

Thanks for listening.

Mary

The Culture Maven

Music, Dance, Theatre: This week’s WNRN Culture Connection (April 7 – 13)

April 7 2014, 12:24pm
Categories: Culture Connection

A world renowned string quartet, Balinese dancers and some Fish Eyes make up this week’s Culture Connection.

For more information about the featured events, click on the corresponding links below.

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

Takacs Quartet at UVA: http://tickets.artsboxoffice.virginia.edu/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=3092

Gamelan Raga Kusuma: www.ragakusuma.org

Fish Eyes: http://www.tedandcompany.co

More on Fish Eyes: http://www.valleyarts.org/performances/

 

Remember if you missed Sunday’s Culture Connection you can check it out via podcast right here on the Culture Connection blog.

Have a great week and stay cultured.

Mary

The Culture Maven

Get Mental with this week’s Culture Connection (March 31 – April 6)

March 31 2014, 2:29pm
Categories: Culture Connection

This week match wits with Dr. Faustus and Reverend Martin Luther, eat oysters and BBQ and listen to some good music.

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

For more information about the individual events featured click on the links provided:

Wittenberg: http://henleystreettheatre.org/wittenberg

 

Rockbridge Bull and Oyster Fest: https://www.facebook.com/events/552027901571965/

 

Paul Reisler: http://www.pvcc.edu/news/2014/03/21/folk-music-and-fine-instrument-makers-april-5

Have a fabulous week!

Mary

The Culture Maven