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Snuff Presented Lifetime Achievement Award

Virginia Beach-based country-rock band Snuff was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Veer Music Awards on February 10. This mini-documentary was shown during the ceremony. Produced by Jay Sanchez

(Joshua Bell. Photo by Eric Kabik)

Bell’s Beethoven Recital a Must-see

By Montague Gammon III   A one-time subway busker – tall, good-looking and possessed of a multi-million dollar 1713 Stradivarius violin, a six-figure valued Tourte bow and prodigious, priceless talent – kicks off the classical music part of Virginia Arts Festival’s 20th year January 28 at the Roper Performing Arts Center on Granby Street. Actually,

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Beach Boys Still Ride Musical Wave

  By Jeff Maisey   Everyone knows a Beach Boys melody. Name a song instantly the tune is recognizable – “Good Vibrations,” “Surfer Girl,” “I Get Around,” “Surfing USA.”  It’s a list as long as an endless summer! When Bruce Johnston joined the band in 1965, Beach Boy-mania rivaled Beatlemania in America. I recently caught

Art

This Jimi Hendrix inspired guitar art is from painter Clayton Singleton. It’s titled “Bold as Love” and is part of the Instruments of Art exhibit and fundraiser for Tidewater Arts Outreach.

Visual Art Guide Through March 15

Instruments of Art “Havana Nights” February 6 7 PM Decorum Furniture Art and music aficionados will be celebrating in nostalgic Cuban-inspired style at “Havana Nights,” the Tidewater Arts Outreach (TAO) 2016 Instruments of Art event at Decorum Furniture, 301 W. 21st St. in Ghent on Saturday, February 6, from 7-10 p.m. The Decorum galleries will

(American Tiki, Hal Weaver)

Unmasking Small Works of Hal Weaver

By Jeff Maisey   Each year, Charles H. Taylor Art Center in Hampton challenges local artists to think small. Really small. Miniature. As a result, dozens of painters, sculptures and mixed media artists rise to the occasion by submitting itty bitty work exhibited as Small Works: Miniatures by Tidewater Artists. One of this year’s participants

Tseng Kwong Chi
East Meets West Manifesto, 1983.

East Meets West ‘80s Style

By Jerome Langston   Whether he is staring at the camera stoically, wearing mirrored sunglasses, or laughing with Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, or Ann Magnuson at Danceteria, Tseng embodies the essence of the 1980s; not only its extravagant social life but also its attention to issues of identity and race. ― Amy Brandt, the Chrysler

This Jimi Hendrix inspired guitar art is from painter Clayton Singleton. It’s titled “Bold as Love” and is part of the Instruments of Art exhibit and fundraiser for Tidewater Arts Outreach.

Visual Art Guide Through March 15

Instruments of Art “Havana Nights” February 6 7 PM Decorum Furniture Art and music aficionados will be celebrating in nostalgic Cuban-inspired style at “Havana Nights,” the Tidewater Arts Outreach (TAO) 2016 Instruments of Art event at Decorum Furniture, 301 W. 21st St. in Ghent on Saturday, February 6, from 7-10 p.m. The Decorum galleries will

Stage & Film

Marie-Eve Munger as Juliet

Love it to Death: Virginia Opera stages the romantic Romeo and Juliet

By Montague Gammon III   “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!” is hardly the sort of comment that the French born and accented, multi-lingual, multi-talented stage director-actor-designer-librettist-novelist-online journalist-educator-manager and all around theatre person Bernard Uzan would utter. Yet that familiar pseudo-hick cautionary aphorism might be considered a fair way of summarizing his attitude toward

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Todd Turns 10

By Jeff Maisey   When Todd Rosenlieb arrived in Hampton Roads, modern dance was a rarity experienced only when the Virginia Arts Festival brought in a nationally touring company such as Mark Morris from April to May. While Michael Curry scheduled an occasional performance between September and April during the American Theatre’s season, contemporary dance

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PREVIEW: The Hampton Years

By Jerome Langston   I’ve always been deeply passionate about theater,” explains playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton during a recent phone call about her fascinating new play, The Hampton Years, which is being produced and presented by the Virginia Stage Company later this month. Lawton is detailing how she used to write stories to entertain her

Marie-Eve Munger as Juliet

Love it to Death: Virginia Opera stages the romantic Romeo and Juliet

By Montague Gammon III   “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!” is hardly the sort of comment that the French born and accented, multi-lingual, multi-talented stage director-actor-designer-librettist-novelist-online journalist-educator-manager and all around theatre person Bernard Uzan would utter. Yet that familiar pseudo-hick cautionary aphorism might be considered a fair way of summarizing his attitude toward

Food

(Rob McGraw trimming the beast)

Class is in Session at Lynnhaven Pub

By Elizabeth Erschens Rob McGraw, owner of The Lynnhaven Pub in Virginia Beach, recently found out I was serious when I said I would invite myself over for anyone that loves beer and can cook great food. Like Arlo Guthrie sang in a song about another restaurant, “I’m not proud…. or tired.” So, at a

Drink

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Buckle Up for Smartmouth Bottle

By Jeff Maisey Norfolk’s Smartmouth Brewing Company debuts its Bright Ideas Series on Saturday, February 6 with a big, 22-ounce bottle of Buckle Up, an imperial Belgian coffee stout. “It is the first in our Bright Ideas series of 750 ml bottled beers,” said Port Hardy IV, the brewery’s founder.  “We have partnered with Robert

Travel

Husk is Southern through-and-through (Photo by Marisa Marsey)

Charleston Kicks

By Marisa Marsey     It took three passes along fabled East Bay Street in a driving rain and a blur of antebellum manses before I finally espied tiny Unity Alley, home to McCrady’s – the historic restaurant where James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock launched his upward professional trajectory – but GPS-stress evaporated the

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