Here’s a roundup of event announcements from around Southwest and Southside. Send yours for possible inclusion to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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New gallery and living history day announced at Salem Museum
Through Their Eyes, a new permanent history gallery at the Salem Museum, opens March 25 with a living history day.
The gallery highlights 16 major events, dating back to 1671, that have shaped Salem and the Roanoke Valley, with personal narratives, pictures, maps, artifacts, hands-on elements and augmented reality technology accessible with smart phones.
To celebrate the gallery opening, the museum will host a free living history day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when two dozen costumed interpreters representing the 17th through the 20th centuries will be on hand.
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Little Texas coming to Harvester Performance Center in July
Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount will host Little Texas on July 16.
The country act debuted in 1992 with the album “First Time for Everything.” It racked up 12 Top 20 singles and won the Academy of Country Music award for top vocal group of 1993
Tickets start at $57 and go on sale at 10 a.m. March 17 at harvester-music.com.
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Comedy on tap for Wytheville Community College spring theater performance
“Men Are Dogs,” a comedy by Joe Simonelli, will be performed at Wytheville Community College March 24, 25, 31 and April 1.
The play revolves around Dr. Cecelia Monahan, a relationship counselor attempting to help her
troubled clients while dealing with problems of her own.
All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Snyder Auditorium in Grayson Hall on the WCC campus. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $7 for senior citizens and students (any age, any school) and free for WCC students with ID. Tickets will be available at the box office in the Johnson Lobby (adjacent to the Snyder Auditorium), which opens 30 minutes before each performance. Tickets may also be reserved by calling 276-223-4795 or emailing email@example.com.
This show is not appropriate for young children due to adult language and content. For additional information about the performance, check the WCC Theatre Facebook page.
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Fundraiser for Roanoke community farm slated for April 8
A farm bike ride and Easter egg hunt to raise money for a Roanoke community farm will be held April 8.
The Southwest Virginia Agrarian Commons has been raising money to complete the purchase of the 3.5-acre Lick Run Farm on 10th Street Northwest in Roanoke, where Garden Variety Harvests already is growing vegetables, flowers and fruits.
The fundraiser is open to the public and will include community art projects, a food truck and farm tours. General admission is free, as is a kids’ egg hunt from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets for an adult egg hunt at noon are $10. Tickets for a farm bike ride led by Roanoke Mountain Adventures are $25.
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Flute and cello duo to play Park Avenue in Norton
Terra Voce, a flute and cello duo, will perform live in concert at 7 p.m. March 22 at Park Avenue Theater in Norton.
Cellist Andrew Gabbert and flutist Elizabeth Brightbill explore musical styles from Baroque to tango, Brazilian choro and European folk. Terra Voce has appeared on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, in the Christ Chapel Chamber Series at New York City’s Riverside Church and as prize-winners in the National Flute Association’s chamber music competition. Terra Voce performs throughout Virginia as a part of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Performing Arts Touring Program.
Tickets are $10 at the door, and children and students may attend free. More information and reservations are at proartva.org.
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‘Shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade’ coming to Clifton Forge
Clifton Forge Main Street is hosting its annual Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Virginia on March 17.
The parade will begin at Church Street at the garden next to the Clifton Forge School of the Arts at 6 p.m., then cross the street to the Masonic Amphitheatre for an “Ugliest Knees” competition. Snacks and a cash bar will be available in the Underground.
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March brings a play about Black voting rights and a talk by a children’s author to University of Lynchburg
A play about African American voting rights and a reading by an author of books for children and young adults are on tap at the University of Lynchburg this month.
Actress and singer Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye will present her one-woman play, “The Fannie Lou Hamer Story,” at 6:30 p.m. March 28 in Hall Campus Center’s Memorial Ballroom.
The 90-minute play, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2021, highlights the journey of Fannie Lou Hamer, an unsung hero who became a catalyst for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The next day, March 29, author Kathryn Ormsbee will read from her work at 7:30 p.m. in Hall Campus Center’s Memorial Ballroom.
Ormsbee is the author of several books for children and young adults, including “Tash Hearts Tolstoy” and “The House in Poplar Wood.” Her upcoming novel, “Vivian Lantz’s Second Chances,” comes out in June.
Both events are free and open to the public.