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 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

Halloween Culture Connection for Oct 27 – Nov 2

October 27 2014, 9:07am
Categories: Culture Connection

It is the week of Halloween and La Dia de los Muertos so I chose some events that are appropriate for the season (including a ballet for those of you who are uninterested in Halloween activities for whatever reason).  There’s Carmina Burana at Richmond Ballet, a series of blaxploitation horror films at the Jefferson School in Charlottesville and Trick-or-Treating for the little monsters in your life in Lexington.  As for me,  I will be at the Tandem Friends School enjoying one of my favorite shows of all time- Spamalot.

If you would like information on the featured events in this week’s WNRN Culture Connection, click on the links provided.  To hear a podcast, click on the triangle below.

Binge Film Sessions: Blaxploitation Horror films:

http://jeffschoolheritagecenter.org/events/2014-fall-events/calendar-2/

 

 Carmina Burana:

http://www.richmondballet.com/season-tickets/performances/carmina-burana/

 

 Tricks-or-Treats in Downtown Lexington:

http://events.lexingtonvirginia.com/events.php?view=d&id=6589&m=10&y=2014&d=31

Image from Charlie Brown Halloween

Image from Charlie Brown Halloween

 Have a howling good week.

Mary

The Culture Maven

It’s All Good Culture Connection for October 13 – 19

October 13 2014, 9:06am
Categories: Culture Connection

This week you can culturally connect with some good jazz, apple butter (YUM!) and the infamous Live Arts Gala (this year with a James Bond theme) arguably the best party in town. For more information on the featured events, click on the links below. To hear this week’s Culture Connection, click on the podcast triangle at the bottom of this message.

Be on the look out for racy Russians at the Gala, “wink”.

Apple Butter Festival in Raphine:

http://wadesmill.com/events.php?view=d&id=126&m=10&y=2013&d=19

 

Jazz at the VMFA:

http://vmfa.museum/calendar/events/jazz-cafe/

 

Live Arts Gala: Party Galore in Cville:

http://www.livearts.org/gala0014/

 

Apple Butter

Apple Butter

See you while you’re getting your culture fix!

Mary

The Culture Maven

Culture Connection for October 6 – 12

October 6 2014, 10:08am
Categories: Culture Connection

You can indulge in a fantastic wine dinner for the arts, a play about a different kind of love triangle and celebrate Columbus Day by decorating cookies or zip-lining this week in Central Virginia.  To get the skinny on these events, click on the links below the event titles or you can listen to this week’s Culture Connection by clicking on the podcast triangle below.

Noel Coward’s Design for Living at RTP:

http://www.rtriangle.org

 

Columbus Day Celebrations at Wintergreen:

http://www.wintergreenresort.com/Columbus-Day/

 

New City Arts Wine Diner at Blenheim:

http://www.newcityarts.org/the-event/new-city-arts-farm-to-table-dinner/

 

 

The Cast of Design for Living at Richmond Triangle Players

The Cast of Design for Living at Richmond Triangle Players

Have a fantastic week and get out there do some hiking, pick some apples and get some culture.

Best,

Mary

The Culture Maven

 

WNRN Culture Connection for September 29 – October 6th

October 6 2014, 9:57am
Categories: Culture Connection

A mini Symphony experience, a Maker’s faire and an exhibit about America’s Founding River are the WNRN Culture Connection picks for this week.

America’s Founding River exhibit:

http://www.discoverlynchburg.org/experience-james/

Richmond Symphony Rush Hour:

http://www.richmondsymphony.com/events_details.asp?id=354

Charlottesville Mini-Maker Faire:

makerfairecville.com

 

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

Mary

The Culture Maven

WNRN Culture Connection for September 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