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Music

50 Golden Years of The Hampton Jazz Festival  

By Michael P. Curry It was the Summer of 1968. The very first Hampton Jazz Festival was presented (after the idea had been gestating for about a year) on Armstrong Field at (then) Hampton Institute. That first  Festival included performances by  Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Mann, Theolonius Monk, Nina Simone, Dionne Warwick, Muddy Waters

Top Spring Classical Music Performances

Compiled by Staff   tenThing Presented by Virginia Arts Festival March 23 Attucks Theatre Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth has won rave reviews in recital and headlining orchestra concerts from the BBC Proms to Carnegie Hall. She also leads a unique all-female, ten-member ensemble of brass players in transcriptions of the classics that reveal new

50 Golden Years of The Hampton Jazz Festival  

By Michael P. Curry It was the Summer of 1968. The very first Hampton Jazz Festival was presented (after the idea had been gestating for about a year) on Armstrong Field at (then) Hampton Institute. That first  Festival included performances by  Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Mann, Theolonius Monk, Nina Simone, Dionne Warwick, Muddy Waters

Art

Maizelle Puts Spotlight on African American Art

By Jerome Langston “Something has to really grab me―catch the eye,” says award-winning Norfolk artist, Maizelle Brown, during a recent conversation at her spacious apartment, a spot that seems ideally suited for the display of paintings and sculptures. Known professionally as just Maizelle, the acclaimed visual artist, one of the most prominent in the Commonwealth,

Maizelle Puts Spotlight on African American Art

By Jerome Langston “Something has to really grab me―catch the eye,” says award-winning Norfolk artist, Maizelle Brown, during a recent conversation at her spacious apartment, a spot that seems ideally suited for the display of paintings and sculptures. Known professionally as just Maizelle, the acclaimed visual artist, one of the most prominent in the Commonwealth,

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

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

Stage & Film

Indigenous Earth Wisdom and Shamanic Healing

By Tench Phillips   Once upon a time–not that long ago–we were all indigenous peoples who lived intimately with nature on what was essentially a very different planet than the one we inhabit today. There were countless numbers of land and sea animals and a vast diversity of plant species. Man was self-sufficient and used

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

STAGE: Wonderful Wiz It Is

By Jerome Langston It’s quite fitting that it’s Anthony Stockard, who shows up first. The Wiz is being rehearsed at Brown Memorial Hall, on the campus of Norfolk State University, and I’m here to interview key members of the cast, along with the ambitious production’s co-directors. As Norfolk State University Theatre Company’s producing artistic director,

Food

If You’ve Gone Vegan, Go to Yorgo’s

By Betsy DiJulio For years, when my schedule allowed, I would head to Norfolk from VA Beach on Saturdays after exercising to slip into a favorite shop to two and then into Yorgo’s Bageldashery to snag lunch for the drive home.  My to-go order was perennially the same three items: an 8 ounce tub of

Drink

The Vanguard Announces the Hiring of Head Brewer and Distiller!

Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones You heard it here first….breaking news about the Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery, the venue and music hall that will occupy the former Armory in Hampton. They have just hired a Head Brewer and Distiller, Todd Emr. Todd has brewed for the last three years at the award-winning Half Moon Bay

Travel

Paris, je t’aime

Words & Photos by Tom Robotham How is anyone ever gonna come up with a book, or a painting, or a symphony, or a sculpture that can compete with a great city? You can’t. Because you look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form. ~ Woody Allen, ‘Midnight in Paris.’

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