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From Brokenness Comes Beauty

Author Ross Alan Hill does not consider himself an art aficionado. However, in his latest book, “Broken Pieces: Nothing Is Wasted,” Hill tells the story of how he found solace in a specific style of art known as Redento Raffinato while attempting to overcome many obstacles in his personal life. Redento Raffinato, Italian for “redeemed elegance,” is a special type of blown glass art created from broken pieces of glass that fall onto the studio floor.


Iran Day at U.Va.

The Persian Cultural Society will host Iran Day on Saturday in celebration of the Persian new year — called Norooz — which takes place at the vernal equinox and means “new day.” The event will feature a series of performances that showcase Iranian culture, including song and dance performances and a skit.


A New Twist on an Old Fairytale

When I attended a matinee showing of Disney’s “Cinderella” I brought along a child I was babysitting so I would have an excuse in case I happened upon any of my friends at the same theater.


Latest from Purity Ring soars

Alternative band Purity Ring has finally returned with its second studio album, “Another Eternity.” The duo, comprised of Megan James and Corin Roddick, has frequented Charlottesville in the past and is known for its dream pop sound and poetic lyricism.


Madonna stays catchy and relevant on “Rebel Heart”

After months of leaks and demos surfacing online, Madonna has finally released her long-awaited 13th studio album, “Rebel Heart.” Despite the controversy leading to its release, the album isn’t as bad as one might expect — somehow, Madonna’s music has found a way to transcend all the controversy surrounding her career.


Kelly Clarkson delivers a hit-and-miss new album

Kelly Clarkson’s latest album, “Piece by Piece,” finds the pop rock singer playing with EDM and synthesizers, while exploring the same themes of self-empowerment and heartbreak present on 2011’s “Stronger.” Because Clarkson recycles so many themes from her previous work, the new album contains too many unexciting, mid-tempo songs that fail to impress.


“Survivor” keeps on surviving

“Survivor,” the once-groundbreaking reality game show, returned last Wednesday for its 30th season, “Survivor: Worlds Apart.” After a lackluster 29th season, “Survivor” seemed to finally be running out of steam — but the latest season premiere proved that the reality show still has some fight left. The premise: 18 strangers are stranded in remote Nicaragua, divided into three tribes and left to fend for themselves against the harsh elements.


Fashion Fridays: The denim deluge

If you thought denim was done, you thought wrong. The famed material certainly peaked during the mid-90s and early 2000s, but it only left us for a short time before returning with a vengeance.


Tim’m West on FOX’s “Empire”

Tim’m West, a hip-hop artist, poet and the new director of Teach for America’s LGBTQ Initiative, presented “Empire: A Talk on the Intersectionality of Race, Sexuality and Hip-Hop” last week during his first visit to the University. The architecture of West’s talk was supported by FOX’s knockout drama, “Empire,” which focuses on a family choosing the next executive of a hip-hop entertainment company when the current head is diagnosed with ALS.

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Today, we sit down with both the president and treasurer of the Virginia women's club basketball team to discuss everything from making free throws to recent increased viewership in women's basketball.