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Ruthie Foster (Photo by Riccardo Piccirillo)

Brand New Day for Ruthie Foster

By Jim Morrison   On the opening cut of her superb recent release, “Promise of a Brand New Day,” Ruthie Foster sings of her love for the blues, music she grew up with in a small Texas town. “Yeah, I’ve been in and out of soul Even rock and roll But a little Bobby Blue

Sara Davis Buechner, piano

All Mozart and more for VA Symphony

By Montague Gammon III A jam packed month with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra brings four significant classical concerts, filled with big name composers and highly regarded visitors. Violinist Cho-Liang Lin visits Oct. 17-19 for an All Mozart concert, which he will also guest conduct. “He’s a wonderful violinist,” says VSO Music Director JoAnn Falletta, “known

Ruthie Foster (Photo by Riccardo Piccirillo)

Brand New Day for Ruthie Foster

By Jim Morrison   On the opening cut of her superb recent release, “Promise of a Brand New Day,” Ruthie Foster sings of her love for the blues, music she grew up with in a small Texas town. “Yeah, I’ve been in and out of soul Even rock and roll But a little Bobby Blue

Art

Art Hermitage Web

Hermitage Turns on Light

By Betsy DiJulio   As Norfolk and the larger community prepares for a British invasion—the opening of Bruce Munro: Light—at the Hermitage Museum or “The Herm,” as it is quickly becoming known in it’s new, ever more progressive, and relevant form, I had an opportunity to conduct an e-interview with both Jen Duncan, the museum’s

Art Hermitage Web

Hermitage Turns on Light

By Betsy DiJulio   As Norfolk and the larger community prepares for a British invasion—the opening of Bruce Munro: Light—at the Hermitage Museum or “The Herm,” as it is quickly becoming known in it’s new, ever more progressive, and relevant form, I had an opportunity to conduct an e-interview with both Jen Duncan, the museum’s

Art Mayer Fine Art web

Timeless Work of Tanja Softic Circles Back

By Betsy DiJulio   Tanja Softic has long been of my most admired contemporary artists; and she happens to live in Richmond where she is Professor of Art at the University of Richmond.  I discovered her in a group show at CAC, now MOCA-VA, and gripping lecture when I was education director.  Since then, I

Along the Eastern Road: Hiroshige's Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido
Through September 15
Hermitage Museum
 
This outstanding exhibition features 55 revolutionary wood-block prints by Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858), recording the scenic views along the famous "Eastern Road" that linked Edo (now Tokyo) with Kyoto, the ancient imperial capital of Japan. This popular series, known as the Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road, was published in 1834 and established Hiroshige's reputation as the foremost artist of the topographical landscape.
 In 1832, Hiroshige journeyed along the historic Tokaido, visiting the fifty-three towns and villages that dotted the road, which provided lodging, refreshments, and souvenirs for travelers. The route was traveled frequently by noblemen, merchants, religious pilgrims and tourists. Hiroshige stayed at these overnight stations and recorded numerous views of the surrounding landscape, towns and people.
 Hiroshige was trained in the tradition of the ukiyo-e - "floating world"-wood-block print making. As a genre, landscape developed late in the ukiyo-e period and was greatly influenced by the prints of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).

Art Exhibits

Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk) “Libensky and Brychtova,” Through August Permanent Collection, ongoing www.chrysler.org   Mayer Fine Art Gallery (Norfolk) 803-4749   Virginia MOCA (VA Beach) “Multiplicity,” Through August 17 425-0000, www.VirginiaMOCA.org   Peninsula Fine Arts Center (Newport News) “Emerging Virginia Artists,” Through October 12 www.pfac-va.org   Charles H. Taylor Center (Hampton)  “Virginia Artists 2014

Stage & Film

Web Stage Bookclub

PREVIEW: Book Club Play

By Montague Gammon III Two young veterans of local stages return to Norfolk as stars of Virginia Stage Company’s upcoming comedy, The Book Club Play. Brian Monihan, whose talents stood out during his days at Virginia Wesleyan College, and Ashton Heyl, late of Hurrah Players and Governors School for the Arts (and Carnegie Mellon and

Travis Wall is left of Jaimie Goodwin.  Goodwin is also from Virginia Beach and trained at Denise Wall's dance studio.

Dance Star Travis Wall to Make Hometown Performance

By Jeff Maisey   Emmy Award-nominated choreographer Travis Wall returns to his hometown for a rare performance with his dynamic Shaping Sound dance company featuring contemporary performers from “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” The October 30 performance at Ferguson Center is one of 36 cities across America for the

Web Stage Bookclub

PREVIEW: Book Club Play

By Montague Gammon III Two young veterans of local stages return to Norfolk as stars of Virginia Stage Company’s upcoming comedy, The Book Club Play. Brian Monihan, whose talents stood out during his days at Virginia Wesleyan College, and Ashton Heyl, late of Hurrah Players and Governors School for the Arts (and Carnegie Mellon and

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Food

Westminster Canturbury Executive Chef Peter Tseng with Top Chef Fabio Viviani in the Westminster Canterbury kitchen prepping the gnocchi

Westminster Canterbury Hosts Top Chef Fabio Viviani

By Steve Marsey Combine a celebrity chef with an audience of 150 appreciative attendees for dinner at the upscale LifeCare retirement community Westminster Canterbury abutting the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia Beach (event open to the public and benefitting the Westminster-Canterbury Foundation, tickets starting at $100), and the result is a recipe for eatertainment. On September

Drink

Web Drink Young Vets Centerfold

Brewery Blitzkrieg: Young Veterans Brewing Co

 Words by Jeff Maisey Photos by Kathy Keeney   In the theater of war battle plans must often be reassessed once the bullets start to fly. This is a concept Iraq War veterans Tom Wilder and Neil McCanon understand. In October 2013, Wilder and McCanon realized their post-war dream of operating a brewery in Virginia

Travel

A close encounter with a baby kangaroo at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

The Best of Times on the Alabama Gulf Coast

By Jeff Maisey   Doctors say owning a pet can lower your blood pressure. I would second that notion and add a visit to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo for a delightful dose of happiness that is guaranteed to leave you and your family smiling for weeks. “We wanted to create the kind of zoo

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