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Music

The Fuzz Band. Photo by Sherry Boylan

Fuzz Band Headlines American Theatre

By Jerome Langston   “Fuzz Band potential is like D’Angelo…because of the talent, all of you together is so remarkable.” ~ Jerome Langston, VEER magazine music critic, during a conversation with the band.   The Fuzz Band is like a family. Bands are often referred to as such―a family, to the point that it has

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

The Fuzz Band. Photo by Sherry Boylan

Fuzz Band Headlines American Theatre

By Jerome Langston   “Fuzz Band potential is like D’Angelo…because of the talent, all of you together is so remarkable.” ~ Jerome Langston, VEER magazine music critic, during a conversation with the band.   The Fuzz Band is like a family. Bands are often referred to as such―a family, to the point that it has

Art

Foggy Morning on the RF&P Bridge

Inspirational Landscapes

By Betsy DiJulio   Intrigued that a show by an architect turned professional landscape painter—who also happens to play award-winning fiddle and banjo—was on view this winter at Virginia Wesleyan College’s Neil Britton Gallery and would be accompanied by a roots music concert series, I contacted curator and art professor, John Rudel, for details. From

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The Utopian and Dystopian Art of Saya Woolfalk

By Jerome Langston   Exploring the multi-discipline, multi-media work of Saya Woolfalk, the buzz-heavy, highly imaginative New York City based visual artist, whose work challenges assumed notions of race, gender, and science itself, is at times both confusing and clarifying. The acclaimed artist’s work, replete with its literary allusions and dizzying array of visual stimuli,

Foggy Morning on the RF&P Bridge

Inspirational Landscapes

By Betsy DiJulio   Intrigued that a show by an architect turned professional landscape painter—who also happens to play award-winning fiddle and banjo—was on view this winter at Virginia Wesleyan College’s Neil Britton Gallery and would be accompanied by a roots music concert series, I contacted curator and art professor, John Rudel, for details. From

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

River North Dance Photo by Cheryl-Mann

River North Dance Chicago Makes Its 757 Debut

By Sheena Jeffers River North Dance Chicago is coming to Newport News for their first visit to Virginia, and they have a lot to say. A company of six men and six women, known nationally and internationally as an emotive dance company, River North is thrilled to be adding Newport News as one of their

River North Dance Photo by Cheryl-Mann

River North Dance Chicago Makes Its 757 Debut

By Sheena Jeffers River North Dance Chicago is coming to Newport News for their first visit to Virginia, and they have a lot to say. A company of six men and six women, known nationally and internationally as an emotive dance company, River North is thrilled to be adding Newport News as one of their

Photo Credit: Matt Petit

An Old Story Told Anew

By Montague Gammon III Once upon a time – and a very bad time it was too, to be male, alone and Black, and subject to Southern Police scrutiny – novelist John Ball picked up a Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best First Novel with In the Heat of the Night, his 1965

Kelly Cae Hogan also performed in Portland Opera's Salome

Opera Preview: Salome’s Last Dance?

  By Montague Gammon III Apocalypse turns operatic when the tale of King Herod’s stepdaughter Salomé comes to the Harrison Opera House clad in the raiments of the modern Middle East. While the original biblical story of John the Baptist’s murder isn’t about the end of the world, John did prophesy the end of an

Food

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Say YES, YES to B-B-Q in NoNo

Words & Photos by Joe Lowrey   I’m guessing everyone reading this has their own idea about what makes barbeque special. I’m also thinking it is a pretty safe bet that most of you have never experienced the magnificent meats served up by the two joints I’m telling you about today.  Both are off the

Drink

SHAKE ON IT: Porter Hardy of Smartmouth and Kevin O’Connor

Treaty of Ghent Brewing

By Jeff Maisey The idea of a collaboration between O’Connor and Smartmouth has been brewing beneath the surface for some time. While each of these Norfolk-based craft breweries have collaborated multiple times on one-off, specialty beers with other local breweries as well as outsiders like Green Flash, the question has been asked, “Why not these

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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