Arts, Leisure and Sports

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A new community theatre launches in Roanoke tonight. Exit Pursued By a Bear, makes its home on the Community High School stage. As WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno reports Crimes of the Heart is the Bear Theatre’s first production.

Roanoke’s newest community theatre debuts tonight with their production of the pulitzer prize winning play Crimes of the Heart. WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno has more the the troop’s launch.

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

After a two-year hiatus as it moved to a new location in Floyd County – a shorter drive from Roanoke – FloydFest 2024-Horizon returns next week beginning on Wednesday. The music and outdoors festival off Bent Mountain Road is bigger, but will be less crowded. CEO John McBroom and COO Sam Calhoun spoke with WFIR’s Gene Marrano and here is a “Longer Listen” segment:

The Ballyhack Golf Club is hosting the 2nd annual Charlotte’s Play Yellow Invitational this Friday through Sunday, in partnership with the Life Ring Foundation and Carilion Clinic. Charlotte’s Play Yellow International started last year when the founders of the Life Ring Foundation launched the “Fighting Kids Cancer Campaign” that works to shorten the distance between means and needs for local kids suffering from pediatric cancer and blood disorders. Jordan Bousman, Vice President of Philanthropy for the Life Ring Foundation.



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Jefferson Rose otherwise known as “The Magnificent Lefty” is a Roanoke-based street performer/ busker who’s traveled all over the country entertaining. Recently, Rose has been working on balloon art for an online contest with pieces you can see at City in the Square, which is also the location of the first Roanoke “Street Performance Workshop” on Friday, which features other artists, musicians, and performers.

Picture from her Facebook page.

Shenandoah artist P. Buckley Moss has died at age 91. Via an online obituary from Faulkner Funeral Home, it’s reported that the artist and philanthropist, of which the Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg is named, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday.

The Taubman Museum of Art is starting a new program called Happy HeArts. As WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno reports the goal is to make the museum accessible to every one.

A new program at the Taubman Museum of art is an effort to make art accessible to children of all abilities. WFIR’s Denise ALlen Membreno has more on Happy Hearts.

Happy Hearts

Deputy Director of Community Engagement
(540) 204-4131


The Salem Museum has a new exhibit and it’s all about summers of the past. As WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno reports you might be surprised at the way summer was celebrated in the early days of Salem.

A new exhibit at the Salem Museum offers a look into summers of yester-years. WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno has more on When Salem Sizzles: Tales of Summers Past.

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