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12:43 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Festival of The Book Organizer Nancy Damon

Nancy Damon
George Loper

Charlottesville’s Nancy Damon talks about directing her beloved literary mayhem, the Virginia Festival of the Book.  

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The Spark
12:29 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Web-Music To Air on Local TV

Some folks watch TV shows on the web. It is rare though for a web-based show to go onto TV. Doug Stanford’s production, "Aux Send,"  is getting picked up by local public television. 

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The Spark
11:49 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Shoe, Hiking Boot Fixer David Young

Photo credit: Charlie Woodroof

David Young, songwriter, retired hobo, cobbler, all around interesting guy operates Graham’s Shoe Service in Waynesboro.  The shop has long welcomed trail-hikers and accepted unusual repair requests. 

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(VFOTB Event Fri 22 Mar)
10:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

WMRA Alumna leads Festival of the Book Panel

Hey Andifans! Past classical music announcer Andi Arndt is moderating a Virginia Festival of the Book panel about audiobooks

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The Spark
12:19 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

PBS Picks Up JMU Prof's Film

Film crew at Graham Greene's gravesite.

British film and theater heavyweights appear in the documentary Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene. Martha chats with director Tom O’Connor --long-time filmmaker and JMU professor.   

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The Spark
12:05 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

The Author of The Altarpiece

What fun, historically speaking:  Lexington’s Sarah Kennedy’s first novel, The Alterpiece, is a sixteenth century whodunit.  Her sleuth?  A comely and opinionated, twenty-year-old nun.  

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The Spark
1:08 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

NomNomNomNom

Image courtesy of Cakes By Rachel's blog (MountainGirlCakes.BlogSpot.com)

She who custom-designs cakes including eggs from her own chickens, Rachel Willis of Cakes By Rachel joins us.   

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The Spark
6:28 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Meet Professah Blues

For decades Greg Versen has spun vinyl (and then CDs) live on one of the region's only on-air blues music shows: Blues Valley (on WMRA Saturday nights, eight 'til late).  And to begin with: 

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The Spark
12:03 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Scholarly Journal's Twittery New Look

Image: WMRA News (tw) composite illustration from VQR sources

The grand old academic journal, the Virginia Quarterly Review, has boldly uploaded itself into the iPhone era with a zazzy website brimming with eyecandy.  We'll meet the VQR web-editor, Jane Friedman. 

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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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