WNRN Culture Connection for Oct 27 – Nov 3

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.

Binge Film Sessions: Blaxploitation Horror films:



 Carmina Burana:


 Tricks-or-Treats in Downtown Lexington:


Image from Charlie Brown Halloween

Image from Charlie Brown Halloween

 Have a howling good week.


The Culture Maven

Virginia Film Festival on the horizen


Virginia Film Festival to return to Charlottesville November 6-9 with more than 100 films and stellar lineup of special guests including Hal Holbrook, Jenna Elfman, Barry Levinson, Frank Langella, Richard Roundtree, Katie Couric, Patrick Wilson, and Jasmine Guy

2014 Festival To Open with World Premiere of Virginia-Themed and Made Big Stone Gap And Feature Live Performance of Legendary Actor Hal Holbrook’s Enduring One-Man Show Mark Twain Tonight!

Wide-Ranging Program To Include Top Festival Circuit Titles Wild,Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, and Mr. Turner – Plus Dynamic New Discoveries, Powerful Documentaries, Timeless Classics.

The above is information from the VFF website. For more information on this years festival click here. This should be a stellar film festival this year so get your tickets now!

WNRN Culture Connection Oct 13 – 19

The leaves are showing color here is central Virginia and that means: All things apple and the Live Arts Gala is coming soon. Here are a few things I found that might help you get your culture on this week…

On Thursday you can Groove to the jazz stylings of the Bruce Sullivan Trio as part of nonprofit VMFA’s Jazz- Cafe series in Richmond.

Then on Saturday you can indulge in a local favorite treat during the 18th Annual Apple Butter Festival at Wades Mill in Raphine. GLENN WILSON will be stirring up some wonderful old timey Apple Butter in his copper pot and You can take a turn at the stirrer if you like.

On Saturday night you can enter a world of martinis, tuxedos, exotic locales, and amazing gadgetry when nonprofit Live Arts presents its annual Gala, Party Galore. Warning: Espionage, intrigue, and absurdly complicated chase scenes will ensue.

For information about these events click on the links embedded in the text above or go to wnrn.org, click on the features bar then on Culture Connection.

Apple Butter with apples

Full Disclosure:  I will be performing as a Russian Assassin during the Live Arts Gala in a couple of James Bond skits.  Hope to see you there.


A big THANK YOU  to everyone who volunteered and donated during the WNRN fund drive last week!



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WNRN Culture Connection for October 6 – 12

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 the features bar at wnrn.org and searching Culture Connection.

Noel Coward’s Design for Living at RTP:


Columbus Day Celebrations at Wintergreen:


New City Arts Wine Diner at Blenheim:


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.



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