International Photographer Lalla Essadyi in Harrisonburg

Lalla Essadyi, Photographer

The James Madison University’s (JMU) School of Art, Design, and Art History will partner with the Arts Council of the Valley to bring the photography of internationally known artist, Lalla Essadyi, to the Darrin-McHone Gallery in the Smith House.


March 7, 2014

Too Human with Ellen Schwartz and Roger Bruno, March 15

Boenel Records recording artists, Too Human with Ellen Schwartz and Roger Bruno, will return to WTA’s Gateway on Saturday, March 15 at 8:00pm. The trio plays extensively across the United States and will share their jazz repertory at the Wayne Theatre Alliance’s Gateway at 329 West Main in Downtown Waynesboro.

Too Human comes to the Gateway


March 7, 2014

Heart of the Arts gets Video and Companion Brochure

Art of the Arts

The Arts Council of the Valley (ACV) recently obtained a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts through their Cultural Tourism Marketing Program to produce a video and companion brochure showcasing the arts in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. The main purpose of this promotion is to familiarize the out-of-town visitor with the vast array of visual and performing arts and cultural venues our area has to offer.


March 5, 2014

A Different Brush : the pottery of Rudy Tucker

What might happen to your work if you replaced every single one of your raw materials, and your main production tools, in one fell swoop? As a surgeon, it might strike fear in the hearts of your clients, not to mention yourself. However, as an artist, taking those risks would put you in the “exciting, I’ve got to see this” category for the community. (more…)

February 19, 2014

Women Facing Violence in their Intimate Relationship

The One Love Foundation has launched the One Love MyPlan mobile application for smartphones. The One Love MyPlan app, a safety decision aid for survivors of Relationship Violence, determines if a relationship is unsafe and helps to create the best action plan by weighing an individual’s unique characteristics and values. In addition, the MyPlan app provides a safety decision aid for friends who are concerned about the safety of a female friend’s relationship. The One Love MyPlan app comes in addition to the One Love Danger Assessment app launched in 2012, and is the latest tool in the One Love Foundation’s “Be 1 for Change” initiative, with a mission of ending Relationship Violence through education and technology. (more…)

February 16, 2014

February at Court Square Theater

Have your Valentine’s plans been snowed out?  We have the perfect gift – $5 off  tickets for next Friday’s concert. GRAMMY-award winner and six-time GRAMMY nominee, Peter Rowan, brings his Bluegrass Band to Court Square Theater for one night only, Friday February 21.   (more…)

February 13, 2014

Intelligence Programs Should Protect Civil Liberties and National Security

Goodlatte Congress Security For the last several months, the House Judiciary Committee has conducted an ongoing review of our nation’s intelligence-gathering programs. Last summer’s unauthorized public release of these classified programs by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has sparked a national debate about the extent of the programs and whether they pose a threat to Americans’ civil liberties and privacy. Since then, there have been numerous proposals to significantly reform or end these programs operated under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA.


February 8, 2014

Swinging Time at WTA’s Gateway

The ACME Swing Mfg. Co, an ecstatically fun band, will return to WTA’s Gateway with its unique version of  hot swing on Saturday, January 18. Noted for their “jazz music that you can dance to!” ACME’s powerhouse lineup will provide the best hot jazz combo this side of The Cotton Club.

The ACME Swing Band

January 10, 2014

Is Edward Snowden a hero, criminal, mole?

Thousands of people were appaled when they first saw the image — of an advertisement thanking NSA leaker Edward Snowden which supposedly appeared on the side of a Metrobus in downtown Washington, D.C., in November. This was in an article in both the New York Times and Guardian. Then the NPR Facebook entertained over 3,000,000 Facebook users with this photo and a newspaper story. But under close scrutiny, it looks very much like a Photoshop spoof.

Edward Snowden's face on the side of a DC Metro Bus . . .


January 9, 2014

Dessert Trucks : Something sweet and delicious may be coming to a location near you!

Like most other places around the country, the fastest-growing segment on the American dining scene is mobile kitchens . . . or food trucks! Harrisonburg is not immune to this movement, and our food trucks are downright delicious. For desserts and coffee you won’t go wrong with any of these . . . try one today!


December 20, 2013