Thursday, June 23, 2016

Book Talk Featuring Plunky: Juju Jazz Funk & Oneness by James "Plunky" Branch
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free but registration required.

Saxophonist James "Plunky" Branch will discuss his new memoir, Plunky: Juju Jazz Funk & Oneness, in an interview with Peter Solomon, host of Jazz with Peter Solomon on WCVE 88.9 FM. A 2015 Strong Men and Women honoree, Branch has released more than 20 albums through his independent record label; worked as a studio musician, including for the hit sitcom The Cosby Show; composed hundreds of songs; and produced a documentary, Under the Radar: A Survey of Afro-Cuban Music. The talk will begin with a brief musical set from Branch. Plunky & Oneness will perform starting at 5:30 PM followed by the interview at 6:15 PM, a question-and-answer session, and a book signing.

First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom
Monday, April 18, 2016 — Thursday, March 02, 2017
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free

No one familiar with today's public and political debates about religious liberty and the relationship of church and state can doubt that Thomas Jefferson's Statute for Religious Freedom holds lasting significance. The Library of Virginia's exhibition First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom explores the intent and interpretation of the statute, one of the most revolutionary pieces of legislation in American history.

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