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A veritable all-star musical lineup is hitting the Jefferson Center stage Saturday. It is a group with credits that include Curtis Mayfield, Whitney Houston, Steve Miller Band and Ginger Baker. This supergroup also happens to be a pack of siblings.
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Don’t be surprised if you recognize the 12-year-old girl opening The Wooten Brothers show on Saturday at Jefferson Center in Roanoke. She has more than a million page views on Youtube.com. Jayna Brown has only been in Roanoke since February.
Mill Mountain Theatre is back with an exceptional production of the iconic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “The Sound of Music.” Perhaps the most popular American musical in the world, “The Sound of Music” as interpreted by Mill Mountain is one of the best I’ve seen. It is a simple rendering that allows the story and the music to shine forth unencumbered. The set by Jimmy Ray Ward, MMT’s resident scenic
The story may be familiar, but the message of reflection, redemption and renewal are timeless. Attic Productions in Fincastle takes on the ambitious holiday play “It’s a Wonderful Life” and rings in a wing-earning message for theatergoers. The two-hour play opens on Christmas Eve with George Bailey, the self-sacrificing proprietor of a building-and-loan company in Bedford Falls, N.Y, in desperate straits. Prepared to toss himself off a bridge to save
No matter where you live in Southwest Virginia, there’s no shortage of local shops offering unique gifts this holiday season. If you’re heading to downtown Roanoke in the coming weeks to check out Dickens of a Christmas or any of the other festivities, pop into small businesses and see what they have to offer. Here’s a guide to some of the shops’ top sellers and special products available for the
When you watch, or rewatch, the smash hit “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” keep an eye out for the dancer shoved aside by the garish Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks). That dancer happens to be Christiansburg actress Sarah Wylie, 24, making a tiny appearance in yet another major Hollywood flick. She isn’t listed in the closing credits, as she was with Stephen Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” but she and boyfriend Paul Pallante are
Each December, holiday greetings fly through the mail, depicting a common theme. Chickadees in a Virginia pine. Bluebirds in snow. Pastel mountains receding into wintry mist. Isaiah’s lion and lamb curled up in a cozy snooze, beside a barefoot child. You’ll see snowy woodlands, a red cardinal on a branch, entire quaint villages full of bare trees and evergreens, river bridges and long-scarfed skaters on a frozen pond. Nobody sends
Once upon a time, a group of artists and writers published a journal in Roanoke called Artemis. Magazine co-founder Jeri Rogers calls it "the only publication that chronicles the art and writing of the Blue Ridge Mountains." The annual Artemis Journal ceased publication in 1995 after an 18-year run. A new issue appeared in 2000, part of a purported revival that didn't take flight. Yet the artistic community that surrounded
Alysia Abbott grew up in San Francisco in the 1970s and '80s, the daughter of a single gay parent long before the national discourse on same-sex marriage and parenting went mainstream. Originally from Atlanta, Ga., now living in Cambridge, Mass., Abbott has garnered critical acclaim with her first book, "Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father." Her father, the poet and cartoonist Steve Abbott, died of AIDS in 1992. After his
La De Da in downtown Roanoke is known for its creative window displays. Even outside the holiday season, the flirty styling of their displays makes their hippie-chic clothing appear as if lifted by breezes or the twirl of a toe. During the holidays, they get more imaginative. This year's display includes a dress (above) made entirely of candy. Store owner Carole Hughes said she made the dress with employees Rachel
I traveled to Wisconsin for the first time this past summer and was pleased to experience my first “Friday Fish.” The tradition of eating fish on Fridays is one I learned from my boyfriend , who hails from the state. The practice has a religious history, but I have also heard that during Prohibition, bars and pubs that could no longer sell alcohol advertised fish on Fridays to attract customers.
It is indeed beginning to look a lot like Christmas. All over Southwest Virginia, organizations are decking the halls for their annual home and garden tours. Put these events on your calendar and you may be inspired to give your own space a seasonal makeover. SATURDAY>>SUNDAY 34th Annual Old Southwest Holiday Parlor Tour of Homes Eight homes in Roanoke's historic Old Southwest will be dressed up for the holidays. There
We don’t think of convenience stores as having great food, but we have noticed that more and more of them have restaurants attached. This is the case at the Dark Side Cafe, which is located inside a convenience store on Tyler Avenue above Radford University. Radford students refer to one side of campus as the “light side” and the other the “dark side.” An employee at Dark Side Cafe said
TODAY (THURSDAY) Wine & Pine A plated dinner with a complimentary wine glass and live music by dueling pianos The Funkeys. 5:30 p.m. $60 per person or $100 per couple. Roanoke Civic Center Exhibit Hall. 853-5483. TODAY (THURSDAY) >>SATURDAY "Scrooge" A Christmas musical presented by New Century Church. This play may not be suitable for children under the age of 6. Parental discretion is advised. Thursday and Friday, 7:30 p.m.;
TONIGHT Dar Williams Singer/songwriter Williams returns to Kirk Avenue Music Hall, supporting her 2012 record, "In The Times of Gods." The disc uses parables of Greek mythology to examine modern life, and features such Williams associates as Larry Campbell, Shawn Colvin and Charley Drayton. On a podcast in May 2012, Williams discussed her lyrical process and those great backing musicians, among other topics. Go to blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=11582 to hear the
This was a very blessed Thanksgiving that allowed me to cook and prepare a generous feast for a dear neighbor of 103 (soon to be 104) and her daughter, and to serve a couple of others in my home who had nowhere else to go. As an avid collector of far too many wonderful things from the past, I have an overabundance of 1950s and ’60s Pyrex dishes. There is
Q: A recent column mentioned statin drugs and their effect on women. In August 2008, my internist said studies had shown that statin drugs for diabetics promoted heart health. At the time, my A1c was 5.8, total cholesterol 139 and LDL 75. He prescribed 5 mg Crestor every other day. By June 2009, my total cholesterol was 104 and LDL 43. My internist still wanted me to continue with Crestor,
The flip-flop is official. Nuts are no longer bad. Thanks to new research from the New England Journal of Medicine (Nov. 21, 2013), we are now urged to eat nuts daily to reduce our risk of heart disease. This is a complete U-turn from advice Americans were given during the low-fat heydays of the 1970s and 1980s. Then, physicians told us that if we indulged in high-fat foods like nuts,
What’s something that feels amazing, is contagious and actually could save your life? Realistic optimism. Embracing that glass-is-half-full view of the world, while willing to acknowledge its challenges, can increase your happiness quotient, help you live more healthfully and roll back your RealAge. Thankfully, you don’t have to act like Pollyanna or recite wimpy affirmations like “Saturday Night Live’s” Stuart Smalley (who was good enough, smart enough and doggone it,
My husband and I often argue about whether to put replacement windows on our 90-year-old house. We are not alone — I once met a contractor who split with his business partner over this issue. My husband is for it. When the wind blows and the temperature is below 35 degrees, the fresh air exchange in our house is quite — vigorous. I am against the idea. While preservationists say
Before we were parents, my wife and I would look with disapproval at our friends who allowed their children to watch DVDs in the back of the family minivan during trips. Childless couples are experts when it comes to recognizing bad parenting. And boy, did I witness a lot of it in those days. Parents who numbed their children's brains with videos in the car. Parents who allowed their kids
Roanoke historian Scott Crawford likes to find the hidden messages in old paintings. That doesn’t mean he’s searching for secret codes. Rather, he studies images and ferrets out the meaning behind them that would have been apparent to viewers at the time they were painted, but might be lost on a viewer today. His research recently prompted the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., to change the name of
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