The Spark

The Spark
3:29 pm
Sat January 19, 2013

Free Trombonapallooza (or Something)

Sat 19 Jan 4pm free at JMU: more trombones than you can wiggle a spitvalve at, exuberantly blatting and fronking-out jazzy tunes (see pic).  In the spirit of this event, WMRA's The Spark  replays a chat with trombonist Robert Mott.  Brass music "takes strong lips" and skilled raspberry-blowing ability.    

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The Spark
1:01 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Stained Glass Designer Zac Nafziger

Image credit: ZNstainedGLASS.com

Zac finds artsy inspiration everywhere. He and Martha chat about glass and color and life. 

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The Spark
12:16 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Strolling with Alzheimer's

Kim Johnson and her father.

Another essay from Kim Johnson.

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The Spark
12:18 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

The once and future Cuban Burger

After a couple months last year spent running a tiny, one-person eating space housed inside a wine shop in downtown Harrisonburg,  Steve Pizarro is taking the plunge into a full-time restaurant ownership.  Martha talks with the jolly owner of the once-and-future Cuban Burger.  

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The Spark
2:03 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Hands Off The Speleothems

Highland County’s Rick Lambert is a project caver.  Rick has been caving for decades and tells about some of the changes along the way --and about the joys of mucking about in the mud while wearing a hard hat. 

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The Spark
11:58 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Reason OR Intuition? Why not BOTH?

Photo credit: JMU / State of Virginia

Past NASA scientist Dave Pruett wishes it weren't so often thought of as an either/or choice when it comes to  intuition  and  reason.  He spent a dozen years trying to get his thoughts down on paper.  And the book is ready. 

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The Spark
6:03 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Coach Laslie's Biographer

Laslie (left) in team uniform, and (right) alongside Bear Bryant cutting a 1960s 'Bama team cake.

The "right hand man" of epic football coach "Bear" Bryant was coach Carney Laslie.  Leslie's granddaughter, Carey Keefe, is working on a memoir of him.  The ending has an odd twist --and she reads us part of it. 

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The Spark
10:26 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Meet "Eve" from GardenOfEveSkincare

Photo credit: GardenOfEveSkincare.com

Sickened by exposure to chemicals used in restoration of the building where she worked, past dancer and mathematician Eve Stahl was inspired to create a line of natural skin-care products with no toxic ingredients. 

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The Spark
2:06 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Violinist Daniel Heifetz

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons user Tener

Retired concert violinist Daniel Heifetz founded the Heifetz International Music Institute in 1996 with a mission to draw “the sacred fire” from the world’s brightest and best young classical musicians. Daniel sat down recently with Martha to talk about life, virtuosity, technical precision, and passion. 

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The Spark
12:10 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Photographer Art Pekun

Art with a flag of Belarus at the Harrisonburg International Festival

Photographer Artem Pekun is a discount world-traveler with an eye for interesting scenes --whether picturesque or serious-minded. Originally from Belarus, Art is now in the Harrisonburg area, advising a top language-software company on their stock-photography choices. 

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