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Music & Arts

  • Galax Theatre Guild takes final bow

    The Galax Theatre Guild celebrated 40 years of making memories on stage with a 40th Anniversary Gala at the Galax Golf Course country club on April 24.

    Following a dinner, the guild presented a musical revue featuring some of its finest performers over the years.

  • HoustonFest celebrates 'Big Bang' of country music

    HoustonFest celebrates its fifth year with a stellar lineup of artists this weekend in Galax’s Felts Park.

    More than 40 bands will perform on three stages, along with special workshops, the Camp Houston youth stage, exhibits, instrument making displays, food, art and craft vendors.

  • Robinson rides onto the silver screen

    HOLLYWOOD, Cal. — Local movie fans might have spotted a familiar face this month when the Nicholas Sparks-inspired date movie “The Longest Ride” made its debut in theaters on April 10.

    The movie, which tells two different love stories, kicks up plenty of dust with one of the main characters: Luke, a professional bull-rider who is making a comeback after suffering a serious injury at the horns — and hooves — of a quasi-demon bull named “Rango.”

  • Meet the cast and crew of 'Some Enchanted Evening'

    “Some Enchanted Evening,” the 40th anniversary production and final performance by the Galax Theater Guild, opens April 23 at the Rex Theater, with two more shows on April 25 and 26.

    The production is a revue featuring the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein, from Broadway musicals like “The Sound of Music,” “South Pacific,” “Oklahoma,” “The King and I” and more.

    The cast of the production includes:

  • Art school draws more to Galax

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is seeing more revenue and attracting more people to Galax, according to a yearly report given at Galax City Council’s March 23 meeting.

    CCSA Executive Director Chris Pollins-Shackelford told council that the school has continued to increase its revenue from sales, classes and donations since last year, which also followed their aim to increase exposure.

  • Mary Holland is acting funny

    LOS ANGELES, Cal. — “Starry-eyed, small-town girl goes to Hollywood and makes it big” is such a staple of popular imagination that it’s doubled back on itself – it seems like something we (or maybe somebody’s PR people) must have made up.

  • Metal festival spotlights growing music scene

    INDEPENDENCE — Ten metal bands from across the southeast threw down their heaviest tracks for the Leprechaun Bash Metal Festival at the Independence VFW Post 7726 from March 6-7. The event was the first-ever two-night heavy metal festival in Southwest Virginia.

  • Two-day metal fest to rock Independence

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — While the Grayson County area regularly receives recognition for its bluegrass and country music, heavy metal and rock have a Grayson following also worth noting.

  • Visual journals a medium for art, reflection

    Journal Fodder Junkies came to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts last weekend, providing visual journal enthusiasts with lots of ideas and hands-on experience in two day-long workshops.

    “Journal Fodder Junkies is just myself and David [David R. Modler],” said Eric Scott, JFJ’s other co-founder. “Dave got me into visual journals, and we’ve been doing it for the last 17 years now.”

  • Annabelle's Curse blessed with help, fans

    Annabelle’s Curse sounds like a dark family secret, or maybe a play regarding the same. In fact, it’s the name of a band based out of Bristol, started in 2010.

    What kind of music comes from having such a spooky name? According to guitarist and occasional pianist Zack Edwards, a Galax native: “Annabelle’s Curse isn’t tied to any one particular genre. We all have different influences and very different backgrounds.”

    (The band’s Facebook page uses the descriptor “alt-folk.”)