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Music

Veer Music Awards

The 2018 Veer Music Awards will he held Tuesday, February 13 at the Waterside District in downtown Norfolk. The presentation of awards in 34 categories ranging from R&B, hip hop, jazz, country, rock and folk to World Music, blues, indie-pop and open mic night will begin at 7 PM sharp. The estimated two hour program

Christmas from Vienna

By Jeff Maisey   The Virginia Arts Festival will present the Vienna Boys Choir’s programmed called “Christmas in Vienna” December 20 at St. Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg and December 21 at Virginia Beach’s Sandler Center. There are four touring groups under the Vienna Boys Choir name. While based in Vienna, Austria and trained 10

10,000 Maniacs to Play Favorites on New Year’s Eve

By Jim Morrison Sometimes fans either don’t realize — or don’t want to realize — that Mary Ramsey became the lead singer for 10,000 Maniacs nearly 25 years ago, nearly twice as long as Natalie Merchant. “At a gig recently, I had a woman come up and say she had no idea that Natalie Merchant

Art

Portrait a Master Painter, Teacher & Curator – James Warwick Jones

By Michael Curry   With a gentle smile, James Warwick Jones likes to say that he has three jobs — painter, teacher and gallery manager. He is a thoughtful, reflective and wise creator and mentor to many – with an amazing eye for detail and technique to back it up. Any kind of praise makes

Matney Gallery Brings Amazon to Williamsburg

By Jeff Maisey   A colorful collection of photographs exhibited by Williamsburg’s Linda Matney Gallery (LMG) titled “ANCIENT TRADITIONS, MODERN LIVES: Amazonian Indigenous Peoples in the 21st Century” is really quite something to view as it provides a unique glimpse into the world of people who aren’t as primitive in their thinking as one might

TCC Faculty Shine in Annual Exhibit

  By Betsy DiJulio Exhibitions at the TCC VAC are always a pleasant viewing experience.  Shelley Brooks knows how to edit and install beautiful shows in that attractive facility.  And the faculty members and administrators—past and present—are practicing, accomplished artists. Included is the work of both adjunct and full-time faculty, former full-time faculty, and prior

TCC Faculty Shine in Annual Exhibit

  By Betsy DiJulio Exhibitions at the TCC VAC are always a pleasant viewing experience.  Shelley Brooks knows how to edit and install beautiful shows in that attractive facility.  And the faculty members and administrators—past and present—are practicing, accomplished artists. Included is the work of both adjunct and full-time faculty, former full-time faculty, and prior

Stage & Film

PREVIEW: The Santaland Diaries

By Jerome Langston As most Hampton Roads theater patrons know, Virginia Stage Company’s long-running production of A Christmas Carol is considered a holiday tradition that families must partake in—every, single, holiday season. Well this year, VSC is also producing a largely different holiday show for this busy season, one that is specifically targeted at adults

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

PREVIEW: The Santaland Diaries

By Jerome Langston As most Hampton Roads theater patrons know, Virginia Stage Company’s long-running production of A Christmas Carol is considered a holiday tradition that families must partake in—every, single, holiday season. Well this year, VSC is also producing a largely different holiday show for this busy season, one that is specifically targeted at adults

Sleeker Scrooge Returns to the Wells

By Montague Gammon III Skinflint Scrooge is back at the Wells Theatre, along with his ghostly and human companions, in a new Virginia Stage Company production of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol that features new music, new costumes, a new set, and a make-over for the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. “Our new take

Food

Alkaline: From Pop-Up to Permanent

By Marisa Marsey “Take less than you need. Lean in close,” Kevin Ordonez hunches over a steaming bowl to demonstrate proper ramen etiquette, plunging chopsticks into the insanely aromatic Japanese broth with noodles. “SLURP LOUDLY. Let it splatter all over your face.” “Don’t wear white,” counsels longtime pal Paolo Obcemane, who has visually chronicled the

Drink

Coelacanth Brewing Expands Distribution to Richmond and OBX

  By Jeff Maisey Norfolk-based Coelacanth Brewing is expanding its distribution of draft and packaged craft beers into the Richmond mark with its core brands such as Passion Fruit Gose, ENEFKAY (India Pale Lager), and CBPB (British Pub beer). The brewery will also send specials edition and seasonal beers. The Richmond expansion is a coming

Travel

TRAVEL: Isle of Islay, Queen of the Hebrides, Scotland

Words & Photos by Cindy Mackey If you enjoyed Local Hero, the 1983 movie about the oil businessman who finds himself on a Scottish island inhabited by stubborn locals, then you’ll love the real-life version during a vacation on the Isle of Islay (EYE-luh), part of the Inner Hebrides. Just a 20-minute flight from Glasgow

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