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Music & Arts

  • Locals go Hollywood, on screen and behind the scenes

    A Ford Double Model A truck has carried a local antique car collector into the world of independent cinema, and he’s enjoyed the ride.
    Tom Littrell’s love of antique vehicles has seen him take off on the cross-country Great Race, made him a partner in Old Cranks Museum in Galax and now garnered him a bit part in the production of “Wish You Well.”
    The movie is a screen adaptation of the 2001 book of the same name by David Baldacci.

  • Carroll hosts band competition

     

    With fall colors as a backdrop and a chilly wind blowing, Carroll County High School hosted about a dozen marching bands at Tommy Thompson field in a Saturday competition. Bands played for more than five hours. These photographs include A and AA competitors from the first half of the event. “A” schools include Bland County, Twin Springs, Northwood and Rural Retreat. “AA” schools were Fort Chiswell and Chilhowie.

    See Wednesday's print and online editions of The Gazette for more photos.

  • Galax band Cult of Dionysis mixes metal and comics

    Picking the perfect name can be a challenge, but that’s never been a problem for one Galax-based underground metal band.
    It currently has three.
    The Cult of Dionysis — aka “C.O.D.” or “Metalcult” — have created an original blend of heavy metal music that is alternately described by founder Dennis Warren as “geek thrash” (they have their own comic book, after all) and “Stache Core” (an ode to Warren’s unique facial hair, the unofficial fifth member of the band.)

  • New music school tunes up

    RICHMOND — One of the Twin Counties’ most prominent musicians may soon lend his name to a music school and economic development effort in Marion.
    Wayne Henderson of Grayson County is already the subject of the book “Clapton’s Guitar,” organizer of an annual music festival at Grayson Highlands State Park, a renowned luthier and an ambassador of mountain musical traditions. Now, the Appalachian guitarist’s name will appear on the marquee of a revitalization project in the Smyth County town.

  • School celebrates with 'Fall Into Art' event

    Art demonstrations, food, crafts, music and more were part of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts' annual "Fall Into Arts" event on Sept. 22 in downtown Galax.

  • Stories of the Stitch

    If these quilts could talk, they'd tell of their makers' inspirations and influences.

  • 'Green Man' nature spirit inspires artist's creations

    Potter and sculptor Daniel Durham will teach a nature-inspired pottery class at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts this month. His work is inspired by the leafy face of the "Green Man," a character from folklore.

  • The backstage buzz on 'Beehive'

    The Arts Council of the Twin Counties/Galax Theatre Guild production opened this week and runs through next weekend at the Rex Theater in downtown Galax. The show features "girl group" music of the 1960s, colorful costumes and big hair.

  • 'Fiddle & Plow' added to state music trail

    The Fiddle and the Plow in Woodlawn will be presented with a banner at 7 p.m. on Sept. 7 to acknowledge the weekly event’s recent inclusion as a Crooked Road affiliated venue.
    It will be represented in Crooked Road publicity and promotional materials.
    The Fiddle and the Plow is hosted by accomplished musicians Willard Gayheart and Scott Freeman.
    Visitors to The Fiddle and the Plow gather every Friday evening in the showroom of Willard’s Front Porch Gallery & Frame Shop to hear traditional old-time and bluegrass music.

  • UPDATE: Quilters to compete at Stories of the Stitch

    UPDATED 9/7/12:

    The annual Stories of the Stitch quilt show and fiber arts showcase, originally scheduled for Sept. 8, has been rescheduled to Sept. 15.
    All times and events will remain the same, said Laura Romanowski of the Arts Council of the Twin Counties. The only change is that Bill and Maggie Anderson will not be able to perform.