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Music

Jae Sinnett’s First Noel

By Jim Morrison When Jae Sinnett first was asked if he’d be interested in playing a Christmas show, he said sure. A day later, he thought, “What did I get myself into?” He realized that if the straightforward jazz quartet from his latest disc, “Zero to 60,” was going to do songs “that have been

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

Jae Sinnett’s First Noel

By Jim Morrison When Jae Sinnett first was asked if he’d be interested in playing a Christmas show, he said sure. A day later, he thought, “What did I get myself into?” He realized that if the straightforward jazz quartet from his latest disc, “Zero to 60,” was going to do songs “that have been

Art

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

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

Magnifique Lalique

By Betsy DiJulio Enchanted by Glass is, to be sure, a story about legendary designer, craftsman, and businessman, René Lalique (1860-1945), and his seemingly enchanted career that burgeoned during a time of artistic, scientific, and technological flourishing in France.  But it is also a story about thoughtful exhibition design, carefully crafted to not only present

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

Stage & Film

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

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

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

Smartmouth’s Pilot House Takes Flight

By Jeff Maisey What better way for Smartmouth Brewing Company to complete 2017 – a year that marked its 5th anniversary and a year in which it won Best of Show at the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild annual Virginia Beer Cup competition – than with the highly anticipated opening of its Pilot House in Virginia

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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