On November 16, 2013, The Richmond Forum brought together three noted voices on Islam to tackle the question: Is Islam a religion of violence or peace? Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim and the author of Infidel, speaks and writes widely about what she believes is the inherently violent nature of Islam and its subjugation and abuse of women.
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This opera recounts the true story of the World War I Christmas Eve truce. For one magical evening on December 24, 1914, French, German and Scottish soldiers laid down their arms and joined in a spontaneous celebration reflecting the peace, fellowship and humanity of the season.
In August, a rover named Curiosity touched down inside Mars’ Gale Crater, carrying 10 new instruments that will advance the quest for signs that Mars might once have been suitable for life. But Curiosity’s mission is risky. After parachuting through the Martian atmosphere at twice the speed of sound, Curiosity was gently lowered to the planet’s surface by a “sky crane.” This first-of-its-kind system has been tested on Earth, but there was no guarantee it would work on Mars.
Help the Community Idea Stations kick off it’s 50th Anniversary Year with the Masterpiece: Classic “Downton Abbey Season 4” Preview Celebration at the Byrd Theatre on January 2, 2014.
Howard Levy is one of the most creative and innovative musicians on the planet. This multiple Grammy winner and harmonica master also knows his way around the 88’s. And his National resophonic guitarist partner Chris Sielbold is always in the right place at the right time. Sit back and experience a full hour of the artistry of Howard Levy and Chris Sielbold.
We’ll start off with two members of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame for their roles in the groundbreaking band, the Country Gentlemen, influential banjo man Eddie Adcock and legendary bassist Tom Gray. Eddie and Tom were joined by Eddie’s wife and musical partner of nearly forty years, Martha Adcock, to bring the memories home. We’ll hear from world-class harp guitarist Stephen Bennett with his brother Jim on piano.
Wil Maring is a past Chris Austin songwriting winner at MerleFest. She is joined by past Winfield, Kansas-winning guitarist Robert Bowlin on guitar and fiddle for an enchanting evening in Studio A from November of 2009. Then we’ll enjoy meaty jazz fusion from Kip Williams’ Richmond-based super group BopNation.