Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Ninja Librarians Fight for Your Right to Read

Aug 3, 2016

This is a busy time for the nation’s libraries, as kids out of school for the summer discover just how entertaining books can be.  Two popular volumes for teens and pre-teens were written by a Virginia woman, and they feature some unlikely super heroes – librarians.

CubeFest to Crank the Sound Way Beyond '11'

Aug 1, 2016

“Spatial Music” is an immersive roomful of sound that is so new it can be heard in only a few places on the planet. One of them is Blacksburg, Virginia, where you’ll find a venue called "The Cube” at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech.  This week, a three-day "spatial music festival" will explore the new medium with a concert series and workshops. Robbie Harris has more on what this new venue, and its 2 tons of audio equipment, can do.

WHAT: An evening of storytelling, music, and more at one of Richmond's most storied theaters.

WHEN: Saturday, July 9th from 6:30 - 10:30

WHERE: The Hippodrome Theater, 528 North Second Street, Richmond 23219

Creative Commons/Ron Dollete

You can tell a lot about a culture from its cuisine: what it values, what challenges it faces. In Appalachia, where people have lived off the land for centuries, it was common practice to ‘eat local’ way before that was cool. Now that the rest of the world is trying to do the same, people are looking anew at this region’s cooking. Instead of seeing it as a food of poverty, some are suggesting it’s an undiscovered gem in American regional cooking.

"It's a great day to be alive in the Commonwealth": WVTF's first broadcast

Jun 7, 2016

WVTF's first broadcast happened in August of 1973, when the station was still operated by Virginia Western Community College. It was originally located on the second floor of Fishburn Hall on the VWCC campus.  In 1975, that transmitter was moved from Fishburn Hall to the top of Poor Mountain.