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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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The Spark
1:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Spark Intern Julia

2013 Spark intern Julia Skinner has been tasked with blogging about some potentially-Sparkworthy peers. 

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The Spark
12:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

How On Earth Does This Not Sink?

Boatmaker Dave Gentry's surprisingly durable designs make the ancient gossamer "skinboat" (skin or fabric over a wooden frame) doable for home-crafters. 

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