WriterHouse: From the Page to the Stage with James Magruder

James Magruder reading from his novel, Let Me See It, at WriterHouse
James Magruder reading from his novel, Let Me See It, at WriterHouse

On June 26, 2014, James Magruder, who started his first short story in 2001 after sixteen years in show business as a dramaturg, translator, and musical book writer, discusses of his new story collection, Let Me See It, and how his career in professional theatre has both warped and enhanced his writing. Thanks to our moderator, Gare Gailbraith

Salsa Dancing in Charlottesville

Salsa dancers in action in Charlottesville

Some Charlottesville residents have found a way to brush up on their Spanish…and their dancing — at the same time. And all without travelling to a South American country. Reporter Deepak Singh takes us to a salsa dance club. This piece was originally aired on NPR affiliate WVTF

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From the Gallery to the Street: Artists Talk Politics

On Friday, September 26, 2008, the Arlington Arts Center held a discussion to supplement Picturing Politics 2008, an exhibit which explores the relationship between contemporary art and politics.

Director of Exhibitions Jeffry Cudlin moderates a panel that includes:

  • Rex Weil, Curator of the Exhibit
    Kriston Capps, arts writer for Sculpture Magazine, Art in America, Art Papers, and countless other publications–including his own influential arts blog, Grammarpolice.
  • Welmoed Laanstra, public art projects curator for Arlington. As an independent curator, Laanstra is known for the Found Sound and Street Scenes public art projects she organized in Washington, D.C.
  • Josh Shannon, professor of contemporary art history and theory at the University of Maryland, College Park. His book, The Disappearance of Objects: New York Art and the Rise of the Postmodern City, 1960, will be published by Yale University Press in Spring, 2009.

Topics discussed: What’s the difference between political expression out in the world and inside the gallery environment? Is political speech in the gallery protected? Does it have teeth, or does it exist simply to be consumed or marginalized? How does contemporary art speak to pop culture and to the media–and vice-versa?

Live Arts presents Doubt

Live ArtsLive Arts opens its 2008/09 season with John Patrick Shanley’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning play DOUBT: A Parable.

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I had a chance to talk with Fran Smith, the director of the show, and all the cast members, Doris Safie, Amada Lacy Pierson Finger, Tim Reid and Simona Holloway-Warren. I also talked with Grady Smith and Cheryl Haley who were there painting the set. It was just 2 days before opening night. We talked in the lobby of Live Arts.

For more information or tickets:
Live Arts Box Office: 434-977-4177 x 108

Slowpoke cartoonist Jen Sorensen at WriterHouse

Local cartoonist Jen Sorensen was the inaugural guest in the WriterHouse Summer Reading Series on Wednesday, June 11, 2008. Sorensen gave a talk illustrated with slides from her newest collection of Slowpoke comic strips, Slowpoke: One Nation, Oh My God! Afterward, she answered questions from the audience and signed copies of her book.

Kluge-Ruhe: A Safe Keeping Place: Shifting Museum Spaces and Embedded Aboriginal Cultural Protocols

On April 25th, 2008, Kimberly Christen, Assistant Professor in Comparative Ethnic Studies at Washington State University, gave a lecture entitled A Safe Keeping Place: Shifting Museum Spaces and Embedded Aboriginal Cultural Protocols. She discussed her work in developing cultural protocols to protect sacred and sensitive information while creating a community digital archive in collaboration with the Warumungu community in Tennant Creek, Northern Territories. The archive, called Mukurtu, contains thousands of photographs, recordings and other historical documents from this community in central Australia. Much of the material was supplied by missionaries, museums and even local cattle stations. A demonstration of the Mukurta archive can be seen online at www.mukurtuarchive.org . You can also visit Christen’s blog, Long Road, at www.kimberlychristen.com