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Music

Righteous and Right-On is Ani DiFranco

By Jim Morrison Ani DiFranco turns 47 a week before her Sept. 30 show at The NorVa. She has a couple of kids, ages four and 10. They’ve radically changed her work life, though not in the ways you’d expect. She’s working on a memoir, chipping away at telling her past rather than writing anthems

Symphony Takes Flight

By Montague Gammon III Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s NASA Langley Centennial celebration concerts soar from Newport News to Neptune and beyond, going galactic after a brief orchestral orbit. Of course, the race to space did not start a century ago, but it was in 1917, as World War 1 was raging, that the Langley Memorial Aeronautical

Righteous and Right-On is Ani DiFranco

By Jim Morrison Ani DiFranco turns 47 a week before her Sept. 30 show at The NorVa. She has a couple of kids, ages four and 10. They’ve radically changed her work life, though not in the ways you’d expect. She’s working on a memoir, chipping away at telling her past rather than writing anthems

Art

Wayne White’s Experimental Monitorium is Fall Visual Art Highlight

By Betsy DiJulio Recently, I was treated to a preview of Wayne’s World.  No, not that Wayne’s World.  Not even close. No, this is the world that Wayne White, of Pee Wee’s Playhouse fame, has created for MOCA based on the two-day  Battle of Hampton Roads when, in 1862, the ironclads known as the Monitor

Motley Crew: Crizti Walsh paints a cast characters for her first solo art show

By Jim Roberts Crizti Walsh has spent many of her nights and weekends the last two and a half years painting an eclectic bunch of characters. Among them: a trapeze artist, a voodoo priestess, a woman with progeria and a Tanzanian albino. She said that painting these people—and creating individual backstories for them—is cathartic. “It’s

Art of Burning Man

Words by Betsy DiJulio Photo by Eleise Theuer   On Saturday, May 3, Hampton Roads proudly flew its Freak Flag…and I mean that in the most positive way.  It was Norfolk like you’ve never seen it.  And it was awesome. Some of us looked like we got lost on the way to dinner on Colley

Wayne White’s Experimental Monitorium is Fall Visual Art Highlight

By Betsy DiJulio Recently, I was treated to a preview of Wayne’s World.  No, not that Wayne’s World.  Not even close. No, this is the world that Wayne White, of Pee Wee’s Playhouse fame, has created for MOCA based on the two-day  Battle of Hampton Roads when, in 1862, the ironclads known as the Monitor

Stage & Film

Virginia Opera Opens with Visually Lush, Thematically Challenging Samson & Delilah

By Montague Gammon III The incandescent fury of a seductress scorned, fueled by ethnic hate, lights up the Harrison Opera House stage when Camille Saint-Saens’ Samson and Delilah opens Virginia Opera’s 2017-18 Season. Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Adam Turner describes a visually lush, thematically challenging show that moves the familiar Biblical tale of Hebrew

Swan Lake Soars in from Canada

By Montague Gammon III   The magic of true love conquers all the vicious and deceptive spells that a malicious sorcerer can conjure up when the balletic and spectacular enchantments of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Swan Lake officially open the 2017 Virginia Arts Festival. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s tale of boy meets girl, hunter meets bird

Virginia Opera Opens with Visually Lush, Thematically Challenging Samson & Delilah

By Montague Gammon III The incandescent fury of a seductress scorned, fueled by ethnic hate, lights up the Harrison Opera House stage when Camille Saint-Saens’ Samson and Delilah opens Virginia Opera’s 2017-18 Season. Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Adam Turner describes a visually lush, thematically challenging show that moves the familiar Biblical tale of Hebrew

Food

Not Your Father’s Orapax

By Marisa Marsey When I called Orapax’s owner Nick Seretis to schedule an interview for the scoop on the treasured neighborhood Greek restaurant’s makeover – its refreshing new Santorini-styled look, a liquor license to unleash creative cocktails (I’ll have a Mediterranean Mule, please) and menu updates – he made sure I met with his daughter,

Drink

VEER’s 2017 Golden Tap Local Beer Awards

The Vanguard presents VEER’s 2017 Golden Tap Local Beer Awards Sponsored by City of Norfolk Department of Economic Development, Cavalier Land, and Draft Services of Virginia. The nominees are below. Use inside right scroll bar to go through each category. Vote for one nominee per category. (Worth mentioning: votes cast from duplicate IP addresses are

Travel

Nusbaum Launches Nuz Travel

By Jeff Maisey There are many enlightened views of travel. All are worthy of exploring. In the early 1600s, it was the duty of every able-bodied young English gentleman to travel as a means of enhancing his knowledge of the world and thus his education. Today, travel writer and public television travel guru Rick Steves

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