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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Charlottesville The Paramount Theater Tickets link: here
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.
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.