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The Last Word on the Last Bison

By Jim Morrison   It’s tempting to say The Last Bison is doing the traditional music industry path in reverse. But, then, there’s no longer anything resembling a traditional music industry path. The Chesapeake band of family and close friends scored a major label deal within two years of first playing shows. Then, just as

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

web Music Last Bison

The Last Word on the Last Bison

By Jim Morrison   It’s tempting to say The Last Bison is doing the traditional music industry path in reverse. But, then, there’s no longer anything resembling a traditional music industry path. The Chesapeake band of family and close friends scored a major label deal within two years of first playing shows. Then, just as

Art

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Visual, Environmental Impact

By Betsy DiJulio   To be sure, this traveling exhibition of 75 pieces in a wide range of media by some 32 artists accomplishes its dual stated goals: 1) to recognize, document, and share the work of leading contemporary artists who chose to focus their work on global as well as local environmental issues; and

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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,

Web Art Betsy 2

Visual, Environmental Impact

By Betsy DiJulio   To be sure, this traveling exhibition of 75 pieces in a wide range of media by some 32 artists accomplishes its dual stated goals: 1) to recognize, document, and share the work of leading contemporary artists who chose to focus their work on global as well as local environmental issues; and

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

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Push Comedy Theater: November Laughs

It’s Hampton Roads titans of comedy in the area’s newest comedy venue!!! Get ready as The Pushers unveil two new sketch and improvs show at the brand new Push Comedy Theater. In honor of the Push’s grand opening, we are performing a brand new comedy show every weekend in November. All new sketches. All new improv. This

Travis Wall is left of Jaimie Goodwin.  Goodwin is also from Virginia Beach and trained at Denise Wall's dance studio.

Dance Star Travis Wall to Make Hometown Performance

By Jeff Maisey   Emmy Award-nominated choreographer Travis Wall returns to his hometown for a rare performance with his dynamic Shaping Sound dance company featuring contemporary performers from “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” The October 30 performance at Ferguson Center is one of 36 cities across America for the

Web Pushers

Push Comedy Theater: November Laughs

It’s Hampton Roads titans of comedy in the area’s newest comedy venue!!! Get ready as The Pushers unveil two new sketch and improvs show at the brand new Push Comedy Theater. In honor of the Push’s grand opening, we are performing a brand new comedy show every weekend in November. All new sketches. All new improv. This

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Food

Westminster Canturbury Executive Chef Peter Tseng with Top Chef Fabio Viviani in the Westminster Canterbury kitchen prepping the gnocchi

Westminster Canterbury Hosts Top Chef Fabio Viviani

By Steve Marsey Combine a celebrity chef with an audience of 150 appreciative attendees for dinner at the upscale LifeCare retirement community Westminster Canterbury abutting the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia Beach (event open to the public and benefitting the Westminster-Canterbury Foundation, tickets starting at $100), and the result is a recipe for eatertainment. On September

Drink

O'Connor Brewing Company

O’Connor Brewing Crowned 2014 Brewery of the Year

By Diane Catanzaro & Chris Jones   It has been a stellar year for beer in the 757. The 2014 VEER Golden Tap Awards list is a veritable feast of breweries, restaurants, and retailers that are helping to make Hampton Roads a beer destination and a much more fun place to live than back in

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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