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Hear Together: The Muse Writers Center

The Muse Writers Center is Hampton Roads’ very own literary center, and since the early 2000s, they have grown into one of the top-10 writers centers nationally, with a vibrant space in central Ghent featuring five classrooms, a semi-private writers room, a recording studio, a library, and an auditorium for readings and special literary events as well as art exhibits.

They encourage using writing as an outlet for trauma and grief, offering tuition assistance for adult classes, with many free classes for youth. They have several monthly programs in senior and assisted living centers as well as for veterans, service members, and their families, both at The Muse and in military libraries and bases.

Listen to our segment with Muse Writers Center’s Michael Khandelwal below and learn more at the-muse.org.

Community Connection: Wayne Theatre’s Studio Wayne

The Wayne Theatre in Downtown Waynesboro invites you to explore their arts education programs through Studio Wayne. Studio Wayne is filled with opportunities for learners of all grade levels. Whether it’s learning about performing or what happens behind the scenes, Studio Wayne has a variety of classes on music, vocals, movement, sound, lighting, makeup and more.

You can learn about Studio Wayne and register students for available classes by selecting the ‘Studio Wayne – Arts Education’ tab on their website — WayneTheatre.org.

The Wayne Theatre is a proud financial supporter of WNRN.

John Morrison on Cibo Matto on World Cafe

Twenty-five years ago, Cibo Matto released an album that somehow encapsulated the sound of summer, while also addressing some more serious themes – like the stereotypes the leaders of the band, Japanese expatriates Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda, faced. On the next World Cafe, commentator John Morrison gives his take on Cibo Matto and that album, Stereo Type A.

Shabaka on World Cafe

Shabaka Hutchings is a phenomenal saxophone player, revered for his work in Sons of Kemet and The Comet is Coming. On his debut solo album, he did something wild; Shabaka took a hiatus from the sax and picked up a flute. On the next World Cafe, Shabaka joins us to talk about making Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace, and how starting over made him a better player. Plus, Shabaka performs a series of improvised musical sketches in the studio.