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What better way to get stoked on spring than with awesome music, food, and art in the good ol’ South? On April 4th and 5th, the annual music conference, MACROCK, will return in its 17th year to the windy city of Harrisonburg, VA. The festival supports independent artists by featuring about 100 up-and-coming musicians and bands at venues in the downtown area, as well as hosting record labels and local vendors at a label exposition in the basement of extremely ... Read More
     What a great Valentine's Day surprise! Yesterday evening, a federal court toppled Virginia's lingering ban on gay marriage. According to an NBC report, presiding Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen wrote in her opinion:    "Justice has often been forged from fires of indignities and prejudices suffered. Our triumphs that celebrate the freedom of choice are hallowed. We have arrived upon another moment in history when We the People becomes ... Read More
  “Cute” isn’t a word I’d use to describe most street art. It also isn’t a word I’d usually apply to feminist art. Both types of countercultural expression are about breaking down prejudices and confronting the public in ways that are moving and sometimes unsettling. My favorite work of feminist art that involves menstruation is Judy Chicago’s Red Flag, a photolithograph of a woman pulling out a tampon. The image is ... Read More
 We've been following the growing controversy in Virginia regarding HB1, the so-called "personhood" bill, and SB 484, which requires women to undergo an invasive ultrasound if they are seeking an abortion. These pieces of legislation are drawing national attention, even in the current pervasive climate of assault on women's rights, and on Saturday, March 3 in Richmond, Virginia, citizens took to the capitol steps to protest. According to the Richmond ... Read More
Earlier this week, Hank the cat announced his candidacy for Virginia's soon-to-be-vacant seat in the U.S. Senate. The fluffy Maine Coon from Fairfax County has his campaign promises focus on… economic stimulation? “Other politicians may talk about how difficult it is when there aren’t enough kibbles to go around,” Hank said, “but I’ve been there. I know what you’re going through. When I’m elected to the Senate, ... Read More
Recently Virginia lawmakers threw their hat in the race for Worst State to be a Woman In when they introduced anti-choice legislation. People across the state responded on Monday, February 20th, when over 1,200 people gathered on the Capitol grounds in silent protest. Despite that message, this week the House of Delegates passed SB 484, legislation which will force women seeking an abortion to undergo an expensive and medically unnecessary (not to mention ... Read More
 Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell has changed his stance on the recent controversial bill that would have required women getting abortions to first have a transvaginal ultrasound. McDonnell must have felt the heat from opponents after he was sent a petition containing over 33,000 signatures urging him to veto the bill. “Mandating an invasive procedure in order to give informed consent is not a proper role for the state,” said McDonnell according to ... Read More

Boy's Noise

BY Sophie Johnson in Music Stuff |

In spite of losing two of their band mates in the past year, John Ptacek and Andy Cobb of The Itchy Hearts have managed to put out an impressive second album titled 'Do Ya Best'.  The tracks combine Dylan-esque folk with elements of bluegrass, zydeco, and even a little punk. Even those who normally steer clear of this type of music can find themselves swept up in the ruckus.     The Itchy Hearts will be on a tour of the US this Summer. Check the ... Read More