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Just Chills, No Frills

As the title to this week’s World Music Show (1-6) implies, it’ll be a bare-bones sort of show. Now, does this mean that there won’t be any spark or fire beneath the beats I’ve cooked up for us? Not at all. It just means that with all the hoopla and rigermorale of the holiday season behind us, it’s a good time to just take a step back and enjoy the show.

VMFA Exhibit Brings Chinese Emperor Qin’s Underground World to Richmond

In 1974, farmers in a rural Chinese province came upon some shards of pottery. Their discovery led to one of the biggest archaeological finds of the 20th Century -- several football-stadium sized pits that housed the Terracotta Army. Part of the find is on display at the VMFA. And as Ian Stewart reports for Virginia Currents, the exhibit is a window into an ancient Chinese dynasty.

The Top 14 Songs/Bands of 2017

Well, here it is—the end of the road for 2017. Which means it’s time for the final Best of the Best for this week’s World Music Show (12/20). If you’ve been reading the blogs for the past month, then you’ll remember that we’ve been highlighting some of the best music that we were lucky enough to receive. And with that, I’m not going to delve into each band/or song too much, since you can go back and see all my notes from the past month.

Stuffing the Stockings with World Music Cheer

Well, it’s that time of year—the time in which I try to think of some cliche that will combine the theme of holidays with world music in order to pique your interest to unwrap this blog—there, there’s the cliche.

Not that cliche’s are that bad—it’s just they’re so easy during this time of year. Visions of “Unwrapping,” or “stockings full of…” or even, “gifts filled with…” are just a tad too easy. However, don’t let the lack or overstuffing of cliches on this week’s World Music Show (12/23) stop you from continuing. Because I may lapse into a few here and there.

No White Elephant Gifts Here

If you’re not familiar with the term “White Elephant Gift,” then let me explain. It’s basically regifting a gift you’re not too thrilled with. And they’re usually given during holiday parties, where most of the gifts are unusually tacky, funny or downright strange (that’s right, I’m talking to you Talking Bass Wall fixture!). Some of the gifts can be very cool, though, and thus during the gift exchange part of the party, participants can “take” a gift they like better than the one they opened—usually up to three times. It’s a fun party to be at.

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