Douglas Jones is one of Richmond’s best-known playwrights and actors. He was written a chilling adaptation of Henry James’ Turn Of The Screw which had its world premiere at historic Hanover Tavern several years ago and many shows aimed at children for both Virginia Rep and the Science Museum Theatre. Acting roles have seen him taking on both Shakespeare and Dylan Thomas, as well as more contemporary roles.
On July 18th, 88.9 WCVE Public Radio’s Vice-President Bill Miller, News Director Wayne Farrar, and I hosted visitors from Pakistan and the US State Department. Freelance writer and Islamabad radio host Murtaza Solangi, radio executive Zulfiqar Ali Shah ,and State Department producer Peter Spatharis were here as part of the State Department’s Co-op program which brings international media personnel to the USA to visit media outlets and report on a variety of topics.
Back Roads: People, Places and Pie around Virginia is the collaborative effort of Bob Brown, the award-winning photographer at the Richmond Times-Dispatch and first photojournalist inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame and Bill Lohmann, a Richmond native who has written for the Richmond Times-Dispatch since 1992. Back Roads’ text is genial, concise, and astute, while the photos tell their story in the same succinct, observant manner.
Recently, my friend Julia and I had lunch at a local Latin restaurant. While eating, we discussed how the Richmond area has become more culturally varied in the 23 years we have been friends. We agreed that our lives are enriched by knowing about the food, arts, and thought of the distinctive groups who make our area home.
This week the Governor’s School and Campus Safety Task Force heard recommendations on dealing with guns in schools.