ABCD Photography exhibit opening at The Bridge in Cville

This event intrigues me because I think I might learn something about feeling culturally alienated regardless of a specific background.

This info is taken directly from the Bridge PAI website.

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Photography Exhibition Opening: Friday, March 6 at 5:30

That ABCD Life

ABCD=American Born Confused Desi. That’s what they call American kids of Indian descent. Why are they confused? Are they actually confused? What goes on in the minds of these people, split between two cultures? “That ABCD Life,” a photo exhibit by Madhavi Reddi, seeks to share the sentiments of Indian-Americans from all over the country. Join Madhavi and some of the models in the photos on March 6 and discover what “That ABCD LIfe” is all about.

This exhibition will be open weekdays until March 27.

This program was created in partnership with The Big Read. The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. The current Big Read book is The Namesake By Jhumpa Lahiri. With penetrating insight, Jhumpa Lahiri follows the Ganguli family from their traditional life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans.

WNRN Culture Connection for Feb 2 – 8

Punksatawney Phil master groundhog prognosticator has deemed we are in for six more weeks of winter which means it is a good time to explore some history.  This week’s WNRN Culture Connection features three events that offer you that chance:  Henley Street Theatre Company’s production of The Lion in Winter,  music from the swinging ‘60’s at Four County Players’ Songs in the Cellar: Broadway by the Decade, and a chance to view the VMI Cadets parade on post is full dress.

To learn more about these featured events click on the links below. To hear a podcast of this week’s Culture Connection go to wnrn.org and click on the “features” tab to find Culture Connections.

The Lion in Winter:

http://henleystreettheatre.org/

Songs in the Cellars:

http://www.fourcp.org/SitePages/index.aspx

VMI Dress Parade:

http://events.lexingtonvirginia.com/events.php?view=d&id=6951&m=02&y=2015&d=6

Stay warm and have a great week!

Mary

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WNRN Culture Connection Jan 12 – 18

Photographic portraits of Middle Eastern women, Pianist Adam Golka, and the VCCA open house are on this week’s cultural radar as winter keeps us indoors for the most part.  But the days are getting longer and before you know it little green leaves will appear on trees, flowers will bloom and birds will be making a racket in the wee hours of the morning.

If you would like more information on the featured events, click on the links below.  To hear a podcast of this week’s Culture Connection, go to: http://www.wnrn.org/2015/01/wnrn-culture-c…-january-12-18/ and click on the “play” triangle at the bottom of the page.

Adam Golka plays with the Richmond Symphony:

http://www.richmondsymphony.com/events_details.asp?id=303

VCCA open house:

http://www.vcca.com/main/index.php

Beyond Western Borders at W& L:

http://events.lexingtonvirginia.com/events.php?view=d&id=7132&m=01&y=2015&d=15

Adam Golka on the piano

Adam Golka on the piano

Note: Over the weekend I went to see Taming of the Shrew at ASC in Staunton and it was a hoot.  I totally recommend it.

Stay warm and get some indoor culture in this week.

Mary

The Culture Maven

The Culture Maven Report 2014

Because I am an Arts & Culture media person people imagine that I am out all the time at cultural events.  This is not true.  As a single mom without a familial support system close by with a full time job, I often in my PJ’s by 8pm snuggled up with a good book or binge watching whatever TV series I have chosen to view in order to stay conversant with people (this past year I binge watched GAME OF THRONES and HOUSE OF CARDS and kept up with season 4 of DOWNTON ABBEY).  But looking back over 2014 I was able to glean, through saved ticket stubs, roughly how much culture I absorbed.

I thought it would be fun to share the tally with you, though I am certain it is not entirely accurate as there were events I attended without tickets like THE HERITAGE HARVEST FESTIVAL at Monticello and other events I attended purely as part of my job at WNRN like THE RED WING ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL.

So here is most what I saw/did/experienced in 2015:

1 Opera – I wish I had seen more.  I was sad to miss two different productions of LA BOHEME along with Va. Opera’s entire season. 😦

7 Concerts– That seems way off but often I am on the guest list and I have the memory of a goldfish.  I can tell you that the best concert I attended this year was Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings– positively awe-inspiring!

13 museums/exhibits– This does not include art galleries.  My favorite exhibit was a guilty pleasure viewing of Hollywood Glamour at the MFA in Boston- I know it should be something loftier like the Goya, Jamie Wyeth or Gordon Parks but hey, I was a fashion major in art school and am a big sucker for old movies.

14 Films – And I think I never go to the movies- Hah! My favorite film I saw this year…GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE, an Iranian vampire movie in black and white. Caught it at the Virginia Film Festival. Tender love story with a twist. Adorable.

25 Plays– Excluding a production of SPAMALOT at Tandem Friends School in which my daughter played Patsy, my favorite play this year was CYRANO DE BERGERAC at American Shakespeare Center.  I have said it before, John Harrell’s portrayal of the title character was the performance of a life time. I feel privileged to have witnessed it. 🙂

John Harrell as Cyrano at ASC

John Harrell as Cyrano at ASC

Not bad for 52 weeks.

Here’s to a Culture filled 2015!

What is your culture tally for 2014? Do you have a favorite play, movie, exhibit or other cultural experience to share?

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.

Also..

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

Best,

Mary

The Culture Maven

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This week’s WNRN Culture Connection

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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.  You can hear a podcast at wnrn.org- just click on “features” then “Culture Connections” to find it.

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

WNRN Culture Connection features H2O, a tour of Byrd Park and a Mountain Music and Dance Festival

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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 here to go to the post at wnrn.org.

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

This Week’s WNRN Culture Connection: The Symphony, Cyrano and grape stomping

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 here.

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

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More from Wintergreen Performing Arts after a stellar summer series Amazonia

Wintergreen Performing Arts
 
Tomorrow . . . 
 
The 9th Annual
Blue Ridge Mountain Music Fest
 
Sierra Hull - Tell Me Tomorrow
Sierra Hull sings Tell Me Tomorrow
 
Saturday, August 16
Noon-7:00 pm
 
Dunlop Pavilion
Wintergreen Resort
Wintergreen Resort, Virginia
 
Featuring . . .
 
Nothin’ Fancy
Sierra Hull
The Virginia Ramblers
Kim & Jimbo Cary and Pete & Ellen Vigour
 

Ticketing will be by wristband purchase 

on the day of the Fest at the Dunlop Pavilion Ticket Booth.

 

Ticket prices:

ADULTS – $25

STUDENTS (6-17) – $10

CHILDREN (UNDER 6) – FREE

 

Click here for details!

 

Click here for the complete schedule!

 

BRMMF  

 
   
 
 
Wintergreen Performing Arts
P.O. Box 816
Wintergreen, Virginia 22958

WNRN Culture Connection for August 11 – 17

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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