Arts & Culture

A Cautionary Tale

Feb 25, 2013

I’m about to tell you a cautionary tale involving food, phones, fighting and fire. 

One evening while preparing dinner, I was on the phone arguing with my oldest son.  I don’t remember the subject, I just know I was right and he was wrong.  And, I told him so as I lay green beans on a metal steamer in a pot, forgot to add water, then placed the pan over high heat on the stovetop.

The Shape of Things

Feb 19, 2013
Photo: Virginia Tech

An edgy, provocative play, that explores the nature of relationships and art, is opening at Virginia Tech.  Award- winning playwright, Neil LaBute’s, 2003 drama, The Shape of Things, has been called a modern day version of Adam’s seduction by Eve.  Robbie Harris has this preview.

"Fakes"- A Creative Writing Forum

Feb 15, 2013

We navigate the modern world through language:  Texts, tweets, forms, documents and disclaimers of all sorts.  But a new anthology raises a powerful question. question.

Matthew Vollmer reads from the introduction to his new collection titled “Fakes”.

“Fakes” is anthology of short essays by acclaimed writers including George Saunders, Lorrie Moore, Donald Bartleme and others.  Each one, a fictionalized or fantastical take on a familiar form.

“So I’ve been thinking about forms for another form of writing.”

Killing Lincoln

Feb 13, 2013

On the heels of Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed film about Lincoln comes another movie about the nation’s 16th president - this one airing on the National Geographic Channel February 17th. 

A Valentine's Day Gift of Song

Feb 13, 2013

For many, Valentine’s Day is a time to remember a loved one with a special gift. 

This year a Roanoke firefighter decided to surprise his fiancée a little early with a song. 

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