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James McBride

Update: Bestselling author James McBride to speak at Bridgewater College

The event featuring author, musician and screenwriter James McBride at Bridgewater College scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 18 has been postponed due to weather.

climate change

Local author addresses novel way to beat climate change

Climate Action Alliance of the Valley is hosting Erik Curren, author of Abolish Oil Now! Abolitionists Beat Slavery and Can Beat Climate Change, for an author talk and book signing at Eastern Mennonite University.

Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy

Washington and Lee University will celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy this year with a week of lectures and events beginning on Sunday. The events are free and open to the public.

death penalty chair

Implements of execution donated to Virginia Museum of History and Culture

More than a century after acquiring an oak electric chair to execute people sentenced to death, the Commonwealth has conveyed the chair and other implements of execution to the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond.

virginia tourism

Virginia Tourism Corp. highlights What’s New in 2022

The Virginia Tourism Corporation has released What’s New in 2022, the agency’s curated guide to what is new and noteworthy for the travel industry for the coming year.

virginia museum of history & culture

Virginia Museum of History & Culture receives Library of Congress grant

A Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Regional Grant will help the Virginia Museum of History & Culture create the Virginia History Day Elementary Teacher Guide.

staunton public library

Staunton Public Library reverts to curbside-only services

Citing the latest COVID surge, the Staunton Public Library is temporarily reverting to curbside-only services beginning Thursday, Jan. 13.

New Dominion Bookshop

New Dominion Bookshop to host poets Chet’la Sebree, Kiki Petrosino

New Dominion Bookshop will host a reading with poets Chet’la Sebree and Kiki Petrosino on Friday, Feb. 25, from 7-8 p.m.

the paramount theater

Paramount Theater presents The Mavericks ‘En Español’ World Tour live

The Paramount Theater welcomes Latin, country and rock ‘n’ roll band The Mavericks for their “En Español” World Tour live on stage on Sunday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Dream in a Suitcase

W&L professor publishes memoir on experiences as immigrant

Washington and Lee University literature professor Domnica Radulescu published her memoir titled “Dream in a Suitcase: The Story of an Immigrant Life.” 

Court Square Theater

Court Square Theater to host Martin Luther King Jr. tribute

Court Square Theater will host a tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday, Jan 26, featuring a recitation by Ronnie Brandon of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, poetry, and audience shout-outs for the late civil rights leader.

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Vinegar Hill Theatre’s Indie Short Film Series rescheduled to Feb. 26

The recent uptick in COVID cases locally has forced the rescheduling of the Indie Short Film Series at Vinegar Hill Theatre in Charlottesville.

Thank a Teacher Art Contest

Virginia Lottery launches Thank a Teacher Art Contest

Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist.” Building on that sentiment, the Virginia Lottery, in partnership with The Supply Room and Virginia PTA, is excited to launch its fifth annual Thank a Teacher Art Contest.

Bridgewater College

Bridgewater College, Town of Bridgewater to host MLK Day celebration

Members of the community are invited to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Bridgewater College during its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, “Celebrating the Dream, Continuing the Journey.”

New Dominion Bookshop

New Dominion Bookshop to host poets Nathaniel Perry, John Casteen

New Dominion Bookshop will host a reading with poets Nathaniel Perry and John Casteen on Friday, Feb. 11, from 7-8 p.m.

Court Square Theater

The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band to perform at Court Square Theater

Court Square Theater welcomes The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band to its stage Friday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Craig Karges

Craig Karges, the ‘Extraordinist,’ brings his mind-blowing show to the Wayne Theatre

Craig Karges reads minds, levitates tables and bends metal. His show, “Experience the Extraordinary,” combines the art of magic with the science of psychology and the power of intuition to create the impression that nothing is impossible.

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Virginians use caning, weaving to preserve pieces of history

A few modern-day artists are bringing back the centuries-old crafts of caning and weaving furniture.

Washington and Lee University

W&L’s Staniar Gallery Daily Ethics Mosaic exhibition opens Jan. 10

The Daily Ethics Mosaic is an exciting new feature of this year’s Mudd Center for Ethics program, “Daily Ethics: How Individual Choices and Habits Express Our Values and Shape Our World”.

Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA

YMCA Youth Volunteer Corps creates art for #KindnessMatters

The Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Youth Volunteer Corps teamed with Staunton City Schools and the Basement on Byers Art Studio for an art project to go with the school system’s “Kindness Matters” campaign.

Arts Council of the Valley

Arts Council of the Valley announces First Fridays of the Valley January events

The Arts Council of the Valley is giving its First Fridays program a makeover, one that sets the stage for expansion over the next few years.

Court Square Theater

Court Square Theater announces January films and live events

Court Square Theater provides a mix of film and live performances during January, with the return of The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band slated for Jan. 21, a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan. 26, and the launch of the X2 Comedy Series on Jan. 29.

Virginia Street Art Festival

All in the name of art: Festival ready to beautify Waynesboro with more murals

Nils Westergard was working out of Richmond when he painted the mural in the parking lot of The Wayne Theatre and of the girl with tulips on the icehouse near Constitution Park.