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.

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

French Film and Surreal Collage for the March 24 – 30 WNRN Culture Connection

March 24 2014, 6:26am
Categories: Culture Connection

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Bon Jour!  French Film and Surreal Collage Art are featured in this week’s Culture Connection.  Also- Hull’s Drive-In is open in Lexington if you want herold in spring by catching a movie in the great outdoors.

To hear this week’s featured events click on the podcast button below.  To learn more about the events, click on the associated links.

Joseph Cornell: http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/exhibition/

French Film Festival: http://www.frenchfilmrichmond.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/2014_FrenchFilmFestival_program.pdf

Have a great week and keep me posted on your upcoming events.

Mary

The Culture Maven

 

Islamic Art, Jazz and Biography make up WNRN’s Culture Connection for March 17 – 23

March 17 2014, 3:04pm
Categories: Culture Connection

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You can learn about Islamic Art, how to write at biography and get into “tasting” some poetry and jazz this week in the WNRN listening area.

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

To learn more about featured events click on the corresponding link.

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World: http://www.valleyarts.org/court-square-theater/

Poetry and Jazz tasting: http://rivercityrapids.com/#/?i=4

Writing Biography Workshop: http://www.writerhouse.org/index.php/writing-class-schedule/writing-classes/1085-seminar-writing-biography

Happy Spring on March 20th!

Mary

The Culture Maven

Velvet St. Patti’s Day Culture Connection for March 10 – 16

March 10 2014, 3:12pm
Categories: Culture Connection

This week gets fun with a musical, a classic film and a little of the Irish.

Click on the podcast below to hear this week’s featured WNRN Culture Connections then for the specifics click on the links associated with the event.

Patti Issues, a musical:

http://www.rtriangle.org/index.html

 

St. Patrick’s Day Beer Tasting:

https://www.facebook.com/naturalbridgeva/photos/a.168015559802.118254.146826054802/10152250637159803/?type=1&theater

 

National Velvet:

http://www.theparamount.net/2014/national-velvet-unrated/

 

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Have a fantastic week and enjoy the warmer weather.

Mary

The Culture Maven

 

Culture Connection for March 3 – 9

March 4 2014, 3:59pm
Categories: Culture Connection

Warm it up with some bird watching, some good Blues and a Circus type show.

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

To learn more about the featured events click on the links provided below.

Bird watching 101: http://www.monticello.org/site/visit/events/bird-walk-beginners

Clarence “The Blues Man” Turner: http://www.theellington.org/events/event-calendar/112-events/eventsformenu/1395-clarence-the-blues-man-turner-sat-mar-8-8-30pm

Cirque de la Symphony:

http://www.richmondsymphony.com/events_details.asp?id=262

 

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Have a great week!

Mary

The Culture Maven

 

Food as Art/Art as Food? Culture Connection

March 4 2014, 3:43pm
Categories: Culture Connection

This week Matt and I explore the similarities and uses of food in art and art in food with Executive Director of New City Arts, Maureen Brondyke and International Performance/Mulit Media Artist, Claude Wampler.

Click on the podcast below to listen to the show.

Tune in on April 6th at 11:00am to hear our take on Arts and the Humanities.

Take care and stay cultured.

30 Minute Throwdown #4

March 4 2014, 3:23pm
Categories: 30 Minute Throwdown + Culture Connection

The fourth ever 30 Minute Throwdown features lots of local music PLUS and interview with David Wax Museum!

Check it out by clicking on the Podcast below.

Be sure to tune in to WNRN or listen online at wnrn.org on April 6th at 11:30am for episode #5.

30 Minute Throwdown is an audio broadcast training program for teens made possible through a partnership with Music Resource Center, WNRN and The Tandem Friends School.

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Sing for Spring Culture Connection for Feb 24 – March 2

February 24 2014, 3:48pm
Categories: Culture Connection

Spring fever is coming on strong so this week’s Culture Connection are geared to provide a variety of  distractions from the remaining cold weather….

You can sing your heart out at Live Band Kareoke in Charlottesville, get mental in Richmond and see the play, Death and the Maiden or get all giggly over one of Shakespeare’s liveliest love stories, As You Like It.

To listen to a podcast of this week’s CC click below.

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

Live Band Kareoke:  http://fellinis9.com/calendar/live-band-karaoke/

Death and the Maiden: http://henleystreettheatre.org/death-and-the-maiden

As You Like It: http://www.americanshakespearecenter.com/v.php?pg=1560

Have a great week!

Best,

The Culture Maven

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From Feb 17 – 23, Culturally Connect to Jello, Irish traditions & your inner Downton

February 17 2014, 12:20pm
Categories: Culture Connection

Jello paintings, Dervish and a Downton like tour for this week’s WNRN Culture Connections.

Click on the podcast below to hear about featured events then click on the links below to learn more.

Jello Paintings: http://news.blogs.wlu.edu/2014/02/07/new-exhibit-to-open-at-mccarthy-gallery-in-holekamp-hall-at-wl-2/

Dervish: http://www.theparamount.net/2013/virginia-organizing-presents-dervish-with-schuyler-fisk/

Tour of Maymont: http://maymont.org/calendar?cid=2&ceid=1451&cerid=0&cdt=2%2f23%2f2014

Have a great week!

Mary

The Culture Maven

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

Tartuffe: https://va-rep.org/show_tartuffe.html

Lang Lang in Concert: http://www.theparamount.net/2013/lang-lang/

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.

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

Mary

The Culture Maven

 

Art for Social Change

February 3 2014, 12:59pm
Categories: Culture Connection

This month Matthew and I explore Art as an instigator for social change.  Matt interviews Richmond based artist, Mark Strandquist, a trained photographer who has been working on a series of projects that address issues of incarceration and the way in which local histories are shared.  Playwrights, Leslie Baskfield and Chris Baumer, chat with me about their new play, I SHALL NOT BE MOVED, which tells the story of Claudette Colvin and her role in the Civil Rights Movement with the intention of igniting interest in re-organizing the second wave of Civil Rights activism.

Click on the podcast below to here the show which was aired on WNRN on    February 2, 2014.

The next Culture Connection will be broadcast on March 2nd at 11:00am on WNRN.  Topic:  Art as Food/Food as Art?

Thanks for listening!

Mary

The Culture Maven

Culture Connection for Feb 3 – 9: food, fashion and show tunes

February 3 2014, 10:38am
Categories: Culture Connection

Happy Chinese New Year!  This is the year of the horse which means lots of energy and getting things done.  So this week I have selected events that suit a variety of tastes to encourage you to trot yourself out of your winter hide out and experience a winter farmer’s market, a fashion show and a concert of show tunes.

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.

Fashion Show:  http://www.afcville.org/calendar.html

Winter Farmers Market:  http://www.afcville.org/calendar.html

Andrea Rivette Concert: http://www.firehousetheatre.org/live-at-firehouse-andrea-rivette/

To let me know about a cool upcoming event (two weeks in advance minimum, please) shoot me an email at mary@wnrn.org.

 

Thirty Minute Throwdown, January, 2014

January 22 2014, 8:23pm
Categories: Culture Connection

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Check out the second installment of of the Thirty Minute Throw Down, our partnership with Music Resource Center, to give local students the opportunity to host their own radio show and showcase local music.

Culture Connection January 20 -26

January 20 2014, 2:38pm
Categories: Culture Connection + Uncategorized

This week you can make a culture connection and catch a free movie, some comedia dell’arte and some funky Afro-Cuban sounds.

To listen to this week’s WNRN Culture Connection, click on the podcast below.

To learn more about the events featured, click on the links below.

Pedro Martinez Group: http://modlin.richmond.edu/events/modlinarts-presents/pedrito-martinez.html

Servant of Two Masters: http://www.americanshakespearecenter.com/v.php?pg=1561

Free screening of Captain Philips: http://events.pvcc.edu/EventList.aspx?fromdate=1/20/2014&todate=2/2/2014&display=&type=public&eventidn=43433&view=

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

:-) ,

The Culture Maven

Stepping, Rocketing and Molting Culture Connection for January 13 – 19

January 13 2014, 1:59pm
Categories: Culture Connection

Some things a little different for your WNRN Culture Connection for Jan. 13 – 19 with a step show in Harrisonburg, a film screening in Richmond and an artsy “yard sale” in Charlottesville.

For more information on the featured events click on the links below:

Step Afrika: http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/01/14-step-afrika.shtml

Bottle Rocket Screening: http://www.lva.virginia.gov/news/calendar.asp

Molt at Chroma Gallery: http://chromaprojects.com/

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

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

The Culture Maven

Culture Connection for January 6 – 12

January 6 2014, 9:55am
Categories: Culture Connection

This is the week of craft beer, high society and an orchestral celebration of swordsman. Listen to the podcast below to get the 411.

To learn more about the featured events click on the appropriate listing:

Sunken Brewing Company Beer Tasting

The Philadelphia Story

Richmond Symphony

To read more about The Culture Maven’s antics click here.

Thank you for listening to the first full Culture Connection Hour on Sunday with an Arts and Culture show produced by myself and Matthew Slatts of The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative in Charlottesville AND the 30 Minute Throwdown. The next installment will be February 2nd from 11:00am to noon on WNRN.

Have a great week!

Mary

The Culture Maven

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A Deer New Year: Culture Connection for Dec.30 – Jan. 5

December 30 2013, 1:03pm
Categories: Culture Connection

deercohl It is time to welcome 2014 and this week’s WNRN Culture Connection focuses on two different sorts of New Year’s Eve do’s and one last glimmer of lights before putting the holiday season to bed.

Click the Podcast below to hear the Culture Connection for December 30 – January 5.

For more information about the events featured just click on the name below: Celebration of Lights at Gypsy Hill Park

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Magic & Ecstacy: A Dogtown New Year’s Eve Gala

To hear the New extended version of Culture Connection, tune in this Sunday January 5th at 11:00am when Mathew Slaats, Executive Director of The Bridge and yours truly premier the first Arts and Culture Program designed especially for WNRN.  Then stay tuned at 11:30 to noon for 30 Minute Throwdown, a radio show designed and delivered by teens from the Tandem Friends School – it is totally fun.

You can also check out my Culturenuts blog at culturenuts.wordpress.com.

Have a Happy and Safe New Year!

Cheers,

Mary

The Culture Maven