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.

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 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.

Oct 292017
 

Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art

Stories. Telling true stories. Telling funny stories. Telling stories to connect us. Telling stories to self-express. Today on Home Grown we talk with related but different artistic cousins. First Joel Jones, co-founder of Big Blue Door, returns to the show to talk about the latest incarnation of their class Telling True Stories. Joel’s one of the smartest artists that we know so we always love talking to him, though we always feel like we barely scratch his surface. Next we continue our serious talks (or sort of serious) about being seriously funny. Stand-up Chris Alan returns and brings with him fellow comedian Winston Hodges. They’re going to be hosting The Ante Up Comedy Show (Host Battle Edition), and we take the opportunity to talk about the craft of stand-up. It’s a look at the side of art that’s all about stories. (At least that’s our story, and we’re sticking to it.) Of course, all sides of art have a home 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.

Oct 222017
 

Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art

Today on Home Grown our man David is A.W.O.L. leaving us with the great Leslie M. Scott-Jones and the less than adequate Clinton Johnston. Fortunately, they’ve got great guests. First it’s the power duo of Danny Shea, Event Booker from The Southern Cafe and Music Hall as well as The Jefferson Theater and Kat Dillon, Events Coordinator for The Shelter for Help in Emergency. They’re here to talk about the 2017 Mock Stars Ball and how it’s the first Mock Stars Ball to be a benefit. That’s right. You can go to the best costume party around and also be donating money to S.H.E. in honor of Whitney French. Next, producing powerhouse Carmel Clavin returns to the show to bring the good news! The Virginia Burlesque and Sideshow Fest is coming to The Kettle in Staunton! Hear Carmel talk about how small towns deserve good art as well as cities — music to our ears. Art producers and presenters need love too, and they get that love 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.

Sep 242017
 

Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art

Today on Home Grown we soldier on for a second week without the winsome (or lose some, buh-dumb-bump) Leslie M. Scott-Jones, and, even worse, David has to pop in and out due to his day job, leaving Clinton mostly on his own with two great guests. First, Deborah McLeod, director of Chroma Projects Art Laboratory returns to the show. She’s been working since April on organizing the first FLOW: The Rivanna River Renaissance Festival, a multi-genre collection of art installations connecting us to the Rivanna River, which Clinton reveals is rarely on his mind. Then author Sharon Harrigan visits the show for the first time to talk about her moving upcoming memoir, Playing with Dynamite. She reads a little from her work, and we fall into talking about the importance of and danger in telling personal stories and how memoirs can be so much more than old politicians rewriting their histories or celebrity tell-alls. It’s another window into upcoming art this Sunday morning 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.

Sep 172017
 

Home Grown: Your Show about Local Art

It’s another Sunday morning talk about upcoming art on Home Grown except this time, David and Clinton attempt to do it without Leslie’s class and charm. First, we welcome to the show for the first time Beryl Solla, Professor of Art from Piedmont Virginia Community College and curator of their art galleries. Both their North and South galleries have shows opening up, but David and Clinton get so sidetracked immediately talking art with Beryl that we almost don’t get to them. Fortunately our next guest is an old friend of the show, Edward Warwick White from Four County Players, and he knows how to keep us on track … somewhat. (There was the moment where Clinton and David pitched their musical version of Othello.) Four County’s about to launch their anniversary show The Best of Barboursville: A 45th Anniversary Musical Revue. It’s two great guests that guest great together as David and Clinton struggle to get the Facebook Live Feed to work in the background. That means it’s just another Sunday morning 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.