Musicians from around the world gather August 10-19 at the Staunton Music Festival to perform classical and modern music. Many of the artists, such as UVA’s I-Jen Fang (shown performing a John Cage piece last year), return thanks to the festival’s unique programming and performance opportunities. Photo by Les Kipp

Staunton Music Festival pushes past tradition

What do two cellists, one percussionist, and a tennis match have in common? The answer is “a lot,” if you ask UVA faculty member and distinguished percussionist I-Jen Fang. On Sunday at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, as part of the Staunton Music Festival, Fang will be joined by cellists Jan Müeller-Szeraws and Michael Unterman. […]

An American farmhouse in the 1740s was often a one- or two-room log cabin built by family members. Husband-and-wife teams used crosscut saws to clear the forest where they intended to live and grow crops. Courtesy Frontier Culture Museum

Day trip: The Frontier Culture Museum brings history home

Just like America, the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton is big, complicated and beautiful. It’s one of my favorite places to take my two girls—a museum where almost anything can be touched and very little is written down. Creative writing professors often exhort students to “show, don’t tell,” and this museum nails that concept, presenting […]

ARTS Pick: Shenandoah Fringe Festival takes center stage

The force and fearlessness of art takes center stage with Shenandoah Fringe Festival’s diverse lineup of film, theater, music, puppetry and more. Local and national artists unite with the declaration, “We can be students and painters and refugees and baristas and mothers and mimes and waitresses and vaudevillians all in one without invalidating the others.” […]