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.

WNRN Culture Connection for Aug 22 – 28

September 24 2014, 12:55pm
Categories: Culture Connection

An awesome art exhibit, a play about a famous sex therapist and burlesque show will round out the WNRN Culture Connections for this week.  A good time regardless of your cultural take.

For information on the featured events, click on the links provided below.  To hear this week’s Culture Connection click on the podcast link below.

 

Back to School Shake-O-Rama:

http://www.valleyarts.org/performances/

 

Becoming Dr. Ruth:

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

 

Mary Ann Strandell’s Re-Material exhibit:

http://www.secondstreetgallery.org

 

Dr. Ruth

Dr. Ruth

 

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

Best,

The Culture Maven

Tech Art, Thriller Theatre and a 4tet featured on WNRN Culture Connection

September 15 2014, 6:26am
Categories: Culture Connection

Here are three really cool things to do this week to get your culture fix: Artist, Peter Traub’s Woodear exhibit, Firehouse Theatre Companies production of WAIT UNTIL DARK and a performance by the Sobel 4tet.  So get out there and get cultured, y’all.

To learn more about the featured events, click on the links below.  To listen to a podcast of this week’s CC, click on the podcast triangle below.

Woodear exhibit at UVA:

http://www.petertraub.net/2014/08/07/woodear-opening-at-uvas-ruffin-gallery-august-29-october-3rd-2014/

 

Sobel 4tet at Rockfish Lounge:

http://rockfishvalleycommunitycenter.memberlodge.com/music

 

Wait Until Dark:

http://www.firehousetheatre.org/wait-until-dark/

 

Have a fantastically cultured week!

Mary

The Culture Maven

Publicity photo for Wait Until Dark at Firehouse

Publicity photo for Wait Until Dark at Firehouse

 

Fest Up WNRN Culture Connection for September 8 – 14

September 8 2014, 2:05pm
Categories: Culture Connection

It is officially Festival season here is Central Virginia with another successful Lockin’ just ended, this week Monticello, Staunton Performing Arts Center and Charlottesville Chamber Music all have festivals that include a food and gardening, performing and fine arts and well, chamber music (as you may have guessed) themes.

For information about these events, click on the associated links below.  Click on the listening triangle to hear a podcast of this week’s Culture Connection.

Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival:

http://2014.cvillechambermusic.org/shop/sp

 

Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello:

http://www.monticello.org/site/visit/heritage-harvest-festival-monticello

 

Pac’n the Streets Festival in Staunton:

http://www.stauntonperformingarts.org/news-and-events/2014-events/35-pacn-the-street-2014

So much fun to be had so have some and get out there and get cultured.

Mary

The Culture Maven

Heirloom foods available for tasting at the Heritage Harvest Festival

Heirloom foods available for tasting at the Heritage Harvest Festival

WNRN Culture Connection for September 2 – 7

September 2 2014, 11:30am
Categories: Culture Connection

Summer decided to make a serious hot, humid statement just when most swimming pools closed and we should all be thinking about fall. But what the heck, I found some fun ways to get the heat off your brain this week with a play called  H2O, a Mountain Music and Dance Festival and an informative walking tour (because only crazy people run in this sort of weather- though we love them too) of one of my favorite parts of Richmond.

To learn more about this week’s featured events, click on the links provided below.  To hear a podcast of the actual Culture Connection, click on the podcast triangle at the bottom of this page.

Walking tour of Byrd Park:

http://www.richmondhistorycenter.com/programs-tours/walking-bus-tours

5th Wall Theatre’s production of  H2O:

http://www.5thwalltheatre.org/20142015-season/h2o-jane-martin/

Rockbridge Mountain Music and Dance Festival:

http://www.rockbridgefestival.org

 

Stay cool.

Mary

The Culture Maven

WNRN Culture Connection for August 25 – 30

August 25 2014, 10:00am
Categories: Culture Connection

Vacations are over and the calendar is beginning to fill up but this is a great week to get cultured in Central Virginia with a little Symphony, Cyrano and a grape harvest festival.

To learn more about these events, click on the links provided.  To hear this week’s Culture Connection, click on the podcast “start” triangle below.

Harvest Festival:

http://www.firstcolonywinery.com/events/2014/8/30/harvest-festival?view=calendar

 

Richmond Symphony Evening Concert:

http://www.richmondsymphony.com/events_details.asp?id=346

 

Cyrano de Bergerac:

http://www.americanshakespearecenter.com/v.php?pg=1735

 

John Harrell as Cyrano in ASC's Cyrano de Bergerac

John Harrell as Cyrano in ASC’s Cyrano de Bergerac

Read my Culturenuts blog post about Cyrano by clicking here.

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

Best,

Mary

The Culture Maven

Natural Communitas: WNRN Culture Connection for August 18 – 24

August 18 2014, 2:37pm
Categories: Culture Connection

Back to nature for the week before back to school for many area students is what I am saying in this WNRN Culture Connection.  There is a natural plant dye workshop, a book discussion of Natural Virginia: Panoramic Photographs and a dance performance uniting a creative team from San Diego, Harrisonburg and Charlottesville.

For information on these events click on the links provided below. To hear this week’s Culture Connection, click on the podcast “start” triangle below.

Communitas – dance:

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

Natural dye workshop:

www.Bellairfarm.com

Book discussion:

http://www.lva.virginia.gov/news/dayInfo.asp?calmonth=8&calyear=2014&calday=20

 

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It was great to see so many WNRN fans last night at the Old Crow Medicine Show Concert at Maymont in Richmond.  Thank you for your support.

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

Mary

The Culture Maven

Culture Connection for August 11 – 17

August 12 2014, 2:03pm
Categories: Culture Connection

Oh my, what a week!  There is improv, a foodie tour of Shockoe Slip and a performance of the children’s classic introduction to classical music, Peter and the Wolf. To listen to this week’s Culture Connection via podcast click on the podcast triangle below.  To learn more about the featured events, click on the links provided under each.

Peter and the Wolf:

 

http://charlottesvillearts.org/calendars/all-events/
Bent Hunger Games Improv:

 

http://benttheatre.weebly.com

 

Capital of Cuisine food tour of Shockoe Slip:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/559615

 

I will be going to ASC this weekend to see Cyrano on Saturday then heading to Richmond on Sunday for Old Crow Medicine Show at Maymont. Let me know what you did this week to get Cultured.

Best,

The Culture Maven

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Gelato poetry, jazz and a play are featured in this week’s WNRN Culture Connection

August 4 2014, 2:40pm
Categories: Culture Connection

This week I picked a hodge podge of activities to share on WNRN’s Culture Connections including a fast poetry writing contest, some jazz from the Richmond Jazz Festival and an interesting play about a pregnant woman and a mentally disturbed man. To hear this week’s Culture Connection click on the podcast triangle below.  To learn more about the featured events click on the links provided.

Milli Joe Gelato poetry contest:

https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=M2o1ZDFxNHZ2M2NwbjRrYjFwMWFjNTBtZzhfMjAxNDA4MDVUMjIzMDAwWiBjaGFybG90dGVzdmlsbGVhcnRzLm9yZ18xbnZsc2tzOWtsbWUzZXZzZjFjcWhlMmk2NEBn&ctz=America/New_York&sf=true&output=xml

Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun:

www.valleyarts.org

Jazz at the Hippodrome:

http://jazzatmaymont.com/show/homegrown-hipp/

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Sean Jones coming to the Hippodrome with his Quartet

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

Mary

The Culture Maven

PS:  I saw two shows this past weekend that I thought were great: The Comedy of Errors at the American Shakespeare Center and Ash Lawn Opera’s production of Fiddler on the Roof.  I am looking forward to catching ASC’s production Cyrano in the near future. caio, M

 

 

 

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

The Culture Mavenimgres

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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