Main Street Community Partnership
11:04 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Mural Artist Wanted

This is the blank canvas. The mural is to fill the area bounded by the black lines.
Credit ValleyArts.ORG

The parking deck behind the old post office is to get a makeover: Harrisonburg wants an artist to design a mural.  The competition will favor artists residing in (or at least with a connection to) the city or surrounding county.

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Main Street Community Partnership
12:53 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

State's Only Worker-Owned Restaurant Turns Ten

Credit The Little Grill Collective

Harrisonburg's oldest restaurant, The Little Grill, has been running since the 1940s as a "greasy spoon" and then as a neo-hippie cafe with a lively live music scene. The old diner fare was gradually replaced with farm-to-table sorts of offerings.

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Main Street Community Partnership
2:55 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Rockingham Fracking-Leases Issued?

Generic photo of a typical hydrofracking site. Image credit: US Geological Survey.

That and other lesser-known drilling and fracking tidbits (including the occasional Bergton drilling boom/s) are in an OldSouthHigh article by Andrew Jenner. 

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Main Street Community Partnership
2:47 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Big City Graffiti Mural Under Harrisonburg

WMRA News (tw) screencap of Paul Somers / OldSouthHigh video of the BMBPRF duck mural creation

The street artist known in cities as "Bombproof" or just "BMBPRF" has Harrisonburg roots (EMHS Class of 2000) and in November of 2013, he returned to paint a tribute mural.   Apparently, the picture is in the Black's Run tunnel system. The image is a little edgy, a little funky, and a lot of: duck.

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5:16 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

A Giant Dies in Bridgewater

Risner in early 1965 (Time magazine cover) , in 1973 (USAF photo), and in the 2010s (POWnetwork.org). Composite: WMRA News (tw)

In the fall of 2013, veterans were in the news a lot. First, vets were in the headlines when denied access to the National World War II Memorial during the Government Shutdown of 2013. Shortly afterward, during Veterans Day activities, televised tributes to vets poured in. Between these peaks of veteran-awareness, a giant of military history (and also of sheer human willpower) quietly passed away in Bridgewater, Virginia: General James "Robbie" Risner, age 88.

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2:30 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

McAuliffe & Clinton Stumping in Virginia

Democractic Candidate for Virginia Governor, Terry McAuliffe on stage at JMU with former President Clinton
Terry Ward

Early Tuesday morning, October 29, 2013, Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, along with President Bill Clinton, made a campaign stop at James Madison University in Harrisonburg as part of their “Putting Jobs First” tour.

Future Campaign Stops:

Wednesday, October 30 at 10:45am
The Paramount Theater
Tickets link: here

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Main Street Community Partnership
12:34 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Harrisonburg Gets More Artsy Films

Frame of the 1929 film Man with a Movie Camera by Dziga Vertov.

Downtown Harrisonburg's Court Square Theater has ramped up the number of films it shows. Now they often have movies daily.  They favor artsy cinema unlikely to appear at chain multiplex moviehouses. Woody Allen's latest film, Blue Jasmine, is hitting their screen.

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2:23 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

MLK Street-Rename Opponents (And A Typo?)

Harrisonburg city officials have decided to rename Cantrell Avenue in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., but the decision was not without controversy.

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The Spark
8:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Artistic Appropriation or Just Inappropriate?

At Harrisonburg arthouse café,  The Artful Dodger, a painting in a Rashidi Barrett art exhibit struck one visitor as  disturbingly familiar --maybe another artist’s concept.   It was.  Soon news media from Norfolk to Richmond to the Shenandoah Valley were noticing.

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