Behold, The Golden Pony: Paul Somers signs lease at The Nile space

When the Blue Nile closed a few weeks ago, it was a tough time for many.  Though there were plenty of cheers, smiles and hugs going around that final weekend, it still was part celebration, part commiseration.  It was perhaps the best funeral ever.  The Nile, as a music venue, art gallery, and bastion of everything from […]

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24 Hour Project Returns: Court Square Theater seeking performers now

The first ever 24 Hour Project in Harrisonburg was hosted at Court Square Theater last January, showcasing a full 24 hours of local-ish films, poetry, live music, dance, comedy and more.  Folks brought pillows and PJs for the later hours.  Now it’s almost that time again and Court Square Theater is now accepting performance applications. […]

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Rumors Has It: Valley Playhouse Brings the Laughter to Court Square Theater

The Valley Playhouse wraps up 2014 with a rambunctious performance of Neil Simon’s farcical 1984 hit play, Rumors.  I sat in on a dress rehearsal yesterday at Court Square Theater, and even in an empty theater I found myself laughing out loud.  The script is definitely funny, and this time around the playhouse features some of the […]

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Virginia Organizing to host Movie Night Fundraiser Oct 11

On Saturday, October 11 at 7pm, you can join others in your community for a screening of El Norte/The North at Trinity Presbyterian Church.  This 1983 film tells the story of a Guatemalan brother and sister who flee persecution at home and journey north the length of Mexico with a dream of finding a new home […]

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Now That’s Good Theater: The Devil & Billy Markham at Court Square Theater

If you like dark comedy, go see this play.  And I mean now.  It’s only running tonight at 8pm and tomorrow at 2pm at Court Square Theater.  It’s darn good entertainment.  But leave your little ones at home.  It’s not for them. Written by Shel Silverstein, it’s a one man play that focuses on a […]

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A Lesson in Free Speech: Homophobic Preacher Drowned out by Love and Tolerance at JMU

At public universities, it is not uncommon to find Christian preachers “evangelizing” in common areas on campus.  Not quietly, and usually shouting and waving a bible.  I remember such antics near JMU’s D-hall in the late 90s.  There were two separate preachers that showed up at different times throughout my tenure there.  Both were typified […]

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Danny Knicely to showcase vintage Martin D-18 guitar for CD release concert, Sunday Sept 7

If you live in the Shenandoah Valley and you’re a fan of acoustic music, then you probably know about the multi-instrument virtuoso that is Danny Knicely.  If you’ve never heard of him, it may be because this pickers’ picker is one of the nicest and down-to-earth people you’ll ever meet.  He has a soft, open-hearted […]

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Guest Post: On Michael Brown & Being Privileged in America

This a guest post by Cory Kuklick.  Last week Cory participated in a vigil called Black Lives Matter with over 50 Harrisonburg residents.  On the same night, folks from over 100 communities across America gathered together to share both words and silence in response to the killing of Michael Brown.  Here’s a reflection on the […]

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Meet Jeremy Bolton, the Mayor of Moon Town

 Hopefully you’ve made your way over to Moon Town, the coolest little town you ever saw.  If not, it’s definitely worth the visit.  Just about every sunny day, Jeremy Bolton builds an intricately organized little town with vehicles, buildings, roads, parking lots and even animals in the woods.  Sometimes he chooses what to display randomly, […]

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Take a Trip to Moon Town

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a new town in town.  It’s called Moon Town, and any given sunny day you can find it set up in a gravel driveway near the corner of N. High Street and W. Gay Street.  The town is built to perfection each day it is assembled, complete with roads, […]

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