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When Rockstar, David Bowie, died two years ago at the age of 69, he left behind a parting gift. He’d been secretly working on a new album, knowing it would be his last.  “Blackstar” is Bowie’s message from the great beyond. The singer’s death, and his last work, so moved a Boston based musician that he composed a symphonic homage to him. The group called, “The Ambient Orchestra,” will perform it Friday Night at the Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg. 

After the mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland last February, survivors vowed to work for gun violence prevention. Several of them hit the road last month for their “Road to Change” tour.  This week they’ll stop in some Virginia towns, including Blacksburg, for a town hall gathering at the Lyric Theater.

Humans are social creatures, but these days, many people say they feel socially isolated.  In Blacksburg a group of guys is taking things into their own hands to put the ‘social’ back in ‘life. 

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Last month was one of the warmest Mays ever, with a few locations across Virginia seeing record average temperatures.

A small army of water rights advocates is holding a summit on water justice in Blacksburg June 1st and 2nd. They're looking to share skills and bring people together around what they call 'the human right that is water.'