Murals turn Richmond into free open air museum

By: Diane York
Posted on: June 09, 2020

Hungry for art? Due to the coronavirus, the VMFA is closed, art exhibits and festivals are cancelled, and galleries are shuttered. It’s hard to get your visual stimulation fix.  But RVA is home to an incredible collection of street mural art, accessible all day, every day. From three-story murals to tiny gems tucked in alleyways, murals have popped up in the Fan, the Carytown... READ MORE

A dash of Bobby Bright Side positivity

By: Bob Levey
Posted on: June 08, 2020

Before COVID, I would place a phone call and silently think about ending it after a couple of minutes. Let’s get on with it. Too much else to do. Before COVID, I would take on a household chore and do only the bare minimum (sorry, dear). Deep cleaning would have taken far too long. Before COVID, reading a book was a sometime thing. Re-reading an old favorite was a never thing. Press ... READ MORE

Mary Cliff, folk music and radio legend

By: Glenda C. Booth
Posted on: June 02, 2020

Growing up in the 1950s, Mary Cliff sang along to the radio with her mom while doing the dishes at their home in Arlington, Virginia. “Radio was the thing in our house,” she said. “I learned all my music from the radio.” She also sang along to 78 records played on a wind-up turntable, which she still owns.  Cliff, 77, started working in radio in 1966 as a stenographer, and... READ MORE

Novelist’s unique take on crime

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: June 01, 2020

George Pelecanos is the award-winning writer of 21 novels set in and around Washington, D.C. — all researched, he said, “in the street rather than the library.”  Pelecanos, 63, prides himself on prowling mean inner-city streets to get the most accurate descriptions for his crime novels. Lately, though, the resident of Silver Spring, Maryland, has been relegated to the woods of... READ MORE

A life filled with spooky work and stories

By: Ivey Noojin
Posted on: May 20, 2020

Columbia resident Alma Katsu cannot be constrained to one occupation. She’s a former analyst for the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency. She’s a consultant for emerging technologies in the government and private industry.  But she’s also an award-winning author who can’t even be contained within one literary genre, with novels in romance, historical... READ MORE

For 40 years, journalist pursues her love

By: Susan Ahearn
Posted on: May 19, 2020

“From WYPR, I’m Sheilah Kast. We’re On the Record.” That’s the line Sheilah Kast delivers each morning as she introduces her daily public radio program, “On the Record,” on WYPR in Baltimore.  Kast has hosted daily programs at the station since 2006. But she has been a journalist working in newspapers, network television news and public radio for 40 years.  The... READ MORE