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There's something irresistible about seeing the edginess of Nobel Prize-winning English playwright Harold Pinter performed in the warmth of an Afton-area theater named for The Waltons creator Earl Hamner. Local theater maven Boomie Pedersen directs A Slight Ache, which was written in 1958. Head to Nelson while it's still light and have dinner at a local brewery, like the nearby Blue Mountain.
March 8, 9, 10, 7:30pm; March 11, 2pm, Hamner Theater, $15
A Slave in the White House
Not everyone was enthralled with Dolley Madison; and her former slave, Paul Jennings, was one with misgivings, according to his own memoir of working for President James Madison. Barboursville author Elizabeth Dowling Taylor, who has worked at both Monticello and Mon...
A grassroots protest of a controversial women's health care bill recently approved by the state Senate brought hundreds to the state Capitol grounds in Richmond March 3 and ended with the arrest of 30 people on the Capitol steps.
"This is like Star Wars," said one attendee of the black-clad, shield-carrying Virginia State Police officers, who lined up to keep people away from the building that houses Virginia's General Assembly.
The demonstration was in response to a bill that originally required a transvaginal ultrasound for women seeking abortions– and which quickly became a national controversy and target of derision among satirists including Saturday Night Live.
After Governor Bob McDonnell signaled his discomfort, House Bill 462 was modified to require a less-invasive abdominal ultrasound and passed the Senate this week and awaits McDonnell's signature.
Supporters say the measure helps women make a more informed decision; opponents say the ultrasounds are medically ineffective, a thinly-veiled attempt to thwart a woman from obtaining an abortion.
Organizers from a group called Speak Loudly with Silence, which led an estimated 1,200 women in silent protest on the Capitol grounds nearly two weeks earlier, estimated the crowd of Saturday's attendees at 900.
"This is a diverse group- they're not from any one political group," said organizer Molly Vick. "I think [the General Assembly] went so extreme, they brou...