Jan 282018
 

Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art

Today on Home Grown, Leslie and Clinton spend time with two great guests. First, we welcome New York curator and choreographer Rashida Bumbray (speaking by phone from the Overcrowded Overpriced Apple). She and her group, The Dance Diaspora Collective have partnered with Dancing While Black to bring their latest work RUN MARY RUN to UVA. RUN MARY RUN utilizes a dance form created by enslaved African Americans called “the Ring Shout,” Bumbray takes 15 minutes out of her rehearsal to talk about how she mixes this old form with modern elements. Then we’re lucky to have the cast and director of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, Live Arts Theatre‘s next play. Gretchen York, Jess Kristensen, Claire Chandler, and director Betsy Tucker chime in on their processes, the issues of the play, and how Churchill’s Thatcher-inspired 80s play is still relevant today. You can always hear artists talking about their art here on Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art.

Home Grown is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Jan 212018
 

Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art

Today on Home Grown, David and Leslie talk to two women artists, one mature and one just starting. First, poet Patsy Asuncion returns to the show. Right now she’s working with The Bridge Progressive Arts Institute to organize their upcoming Women’s History Month festivities. (And you know we ask her to read some of her recently published work.) Then singer/songwriter Maria DeHart visits the show for the first time. She’s about to release her first EP. The release concert is at UVA, and we listen to a song from it and talk to Maria about what it takes to step out of the band that she also plays with and put out her own stuff. We’re soldiering on without Delores O’Riordan on Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art.

Home Grown is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Jan 142018
 

Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art

Today on Home Grown, we talk a little music history and a little Art Park future. First, Horace Scruggs visits the show for the first time. He is a musician and the adjunct instructor of choral music at Piedmont Virginia Community College and the man behind entertaining and informative concerts/lectures on African American music at PVCC. His latest is A View from the Train: Decoding the Stories and Music of the Underground Railroad, and so we talk a little about spirituals and their role in enslaved African American communities. Next, we check in with Brian Wimer, Executive Director of the Ix Art Park and look back at what the Art Park has been in 2017 and what it could be in 2018. It’s two great conversations with two great guests on Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art.

Home Grown is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Jan 072018
 

Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art

Today on Home Grown, we touch on three art forms for the price of one show. (And considering that the show is free for you to listen to, that’s a pretty good price.) First, Deborah McLeod from Chroma Projects Art Lab returns with two interesting artists. We have painter Martha Saunders ruminating over the loss of language in her current exhibit Transmutations. Also, for the month of January, Chroma is showing filmmaker Richard Knox Robinson’s documentary Orwell’s Revolution. Then dance returns to Home Grown as Belly Dance master Joy Rayman from Fire in the Belly returns to talk about their next round of classes coming up at The Dance Spot. We’re trying to get you all the art we can on Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art.

Home Grown is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Dec 312017
 

Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art

Today on Home Grown, it’s a special First Night Virginia Show, where we talk to two of the acts that you can catch tonight Downtown during the First Night festivities. First, our fast and furious friend of the show Andy Davis from Bent Theatre Comedy Improv returns to the show. We talk about what it’s like to do improv with First Night audiences and talk @#$% about Jeff Sessions and traitor-to-the-people FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Next, singer-songwriter Chloe Ester visits the show for the first time. She’s a new singer-songwriter, who is nice enough to talk about how she started down that path and how such sad songs can come from such a cheery young person. She also shares a song with us. Remember, even though there’s no booze during First Night, you can always turn our show into a drinking game. We’ll start — drink every time David has to work on Sunday mornings. Speaking of which, welcome to our new guest host, Brandon Lee! Usher in the Georgian calendar new year with this week’s Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art.

Home Grown is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Dec 172017
 

Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art

Today on Home Grown, David and Leslie get on the phone to talk to two great sets of guests. First, Kristen Chiacchia Executive Director and Chief Curator of Second Street Gallery sits in the studio while New York/C’Ville artist Ivy Nate calls in from the Big Apple. Ivy is one of 12 local artists in Second Street’s current exhibit, Drawn to Charlottesville. With Kristen fresh from NYC and Ivy bouncing back and forth between us, we have a great chance to discuss the difference between big city and small town art. Then David and Leslie call over to Richmond to catch C’Ville ex-pat Sarah White after her first cup of coffee and before she heads over here to rehearse for this year’s Sarah White and Friends Christmas Show at the Southern Cafe and Music Hall. Sarah’s been doing the show for fifteen years or more making it a bona fide Charlottesville holiday tradition. Who says we can’t get into the holiday spirit in between strident attacks at racism. Remember, say “Okay” to a white Christmas but “No Way!” to white supremacy. We’re keeping it holly jolly real on this week’s Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art.

Home Grown is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Dec 102017
 

Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art

Today on Home Grown, David and Leslie both have been pulled away, so we bring in the big guns with guest host Chris Baumer. As far as our guests are concerned, the third time’s a charm with one of our favorite people, Carmel Clavin, Staunton’s Empress Empressaria. It’s time for her and her crew to start collecting artist submissions for the Third Annual Shenandoah Fringe Festival. We talk to her about how the Fringe Fest has gone in the past three years and maybe get her to drop a few bon mots about art and culture. Then … we rock out with Bianca Vee and David D from Butterfly Vendetta. Their third album Loud and Clear is out. We play a couple of songs from it and talk about their writing process. Three is definitely a magic number on this week’s Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art.

Home Grown is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Dec 032017
 

Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art

Today on Home Grown, we talk to artists from two very different plays. First, local pastor Xavier Jackson from Chapman Grove Baptist Church visits the show. He’s part of the cast of Justice on Trial: Black Lives Matter Too and talks about what it’s been like to be part of a show that’s Broadway bound. Next, we greet a trio of artists from Live Arts’ current production of Sweet Charity. Director, Maria Reiff, Musical Director Kristin Baltes, and Costume Designer Miriam Halpern grace our airwaves to give us the ins and outs of bringing a 1966 musical about taxi dancers to life on our town’s favorite small stage. It’s another theater double shot on Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art.

Home Grown is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Nov 262017
 

Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art

Today on Home Grown, Sarah Hamfeldt, the Reference and Adult Services Manager at the Jefferson Madison Regional Library returns to the show talking about how the Humanities can enrich our lives. Specifically, she’s talking about how a UVA professor and the JMRL put together UVA students and Murray High School students with classic Russian Literature. It’s Connecting Lives through Literature: Russian Classics. Next, our man Jamal Millner brings his knowledge and talent to the show. He’s joining with Robert Jospe and Pete Spaar to do a Tribute to Jimi Hendrix on His 75th Birthday. Neither sleep deprivation nor allergies keep us from celebrating the celebration of art on Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art.

Home Grown is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Nov 192017
 

Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art

Today on Home Grown, our man Greg Brown returns and brings the guitar phatness!. He’s got so many irons in the fire we almost confused him for a blacksmith. We take the entire hour to talk about a bunch of his projects — everything from his previous post-cancer rock project Chemobrain to his classical CD Wanderings that he releases 11/17/17 to January’s Chemobrain follow up Another Dose to next year’s thrash metal project Age of Fire. We talk about Greg’s creative process, his inspriations, his multiple genre personality, and more. On top of it all, we play tracks from many of his projects, and even have Greg playing live. If you don’t like music, you need to come back for another episode. For the rest of us, our only regret is that Greg didn’t bring his ukelele. It’s Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art.

Home Grown is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Nov 122017
 

Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art

Today on Home Grown, David’s day job steals him away from us yet again, but Clinton and Leslie soldier on with two different directors of two different types of musical performance. First, Home Grown says hello to Benjamin Rous the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra’s new Music Director. We jump right into the weeds talking about why he loves symphonic music and the difference between invention and interpretation. We also talk about the CSO’s latest offering in its series of masterworks The Americans. Next, Geri Carlson Sauls returns to the show representing Four County Player’s. She’s directing their holiday show, A Christmas Story: The Musical giving us a chance to talk both about working with material that is both familiar and new. It’s more artists talking about their art on Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art.

Home Grown is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Nov 052017
 

Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art

Today on Home Grown we soldier on through another show without David by talking about some dance, some theater, and some music — variety, bitches! First it’s been way too long since we’ve talked to The Charlottesville Ballet. Operations Manager Nina Staeben takes care of that talking about how their upcoming performance UpFront: Satute! moves both the audience and the dancers. Next it’s time to dip into what Leslie does in her free time when Brandon Lee, Kevin Minor, and Chiquita Melvin join her to talk about Seven Guitars opening soon at UVA. It’s an intense and fun interview where black theater people talk about being black and in theater. Finally, it’s artistic collaboration time with The Bridge PAI and UVA’s McIntire Department of Music. Bridge director Alan Goffinski and UVA’s Technical Director of Composition & Computer Technologies Travis Thatcher visit the show to talk about the Bridge/UVA joint, monthly, new music series Telemetry. Alan, especially, drops some knowledge about what art can do, aaaaaand they bring pickles! It’s a show packed full of fun on Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art.

Home Grown is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.