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CD REVIEW: Deist Requiem

Deist Requiem “The Happiness Delusion” (Sacrifice Records) Veteran local metal/industrial recording artists Deist Requiem return with a hard-pounding collection of 10 songs powered by the relentless Jodi Joy (drums), Kyzer Kooper (vox/keys), Brance Arnold (guitar) and Brian Powers (bass). Recorded at GWAR’s Slave Pit Studio in RVA and produced by h3 of hERETICS iN tHE

Olga Kern. Photo by Chris Lee

Fleming & Kern: World Class Recital

By Montague Gammon III Pianist Olga Kern loves to share what she loves, and what she loves is music.   The sheer unbridled joy she takes in making music and sharing it with her “friends and her fans,” comes through in the champagne-worthy effervescence with which she talks about playing the piano.   This Van

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CCR: The Travelin’ Band

By Jeff Maisey From 1968 to 1970, no band was as prolific as American rock ‘n’ roll act Creedence Clearwater Revival. In 1969 alone, the quartet released three full-length studio albums – “Bayou Country,” “Green River” and “Willy and the Poor Boys.” But all was not blissful peace, love and understanding in the utopian hippie

Art

Ryan McGinness, Art History Is Not Linear (VMFA) 6, 2010, Acrylic on panels. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. National Endowment for the Arts Fund for American Art. © 2014 Ryan McGinness / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

McGinness and New Waves Shine at MOCA

By Betsy DiJulio “Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit” is a uniquely seductive concept for an exhibition, as visitors are made to feel as though we are walking through his studio space.  Organized by the VA Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, MOCA’s installation of the components makes it work beautifully. McGinness, a native son of Virginia

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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,

Ryan McGinness, Art History Is Not Linear (VMFA) 6, 2010, Acrylic on panels. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. National Endowment for the Arts Fund for American Art. © 2014 Ryan McGinness / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

McGinness and New Waves Shine at MOCA

By Betsy DiJulio “Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit” is a uniquely seductive concept for an exhibition, as visitors are made to feel as though we are walking through his studio space.  Organized by the VA Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, MOCA’s installation of the components makes it work beautifully. McGinness, a native son of Virginia

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

:  The exceptional party scene from La Traviata. Photo courtesy of Des Moines Metro Opera in a co-production with Virginia Opera

La Traviata: Beautiful, Young, Sexy and Dying

By Montague Gammon III What can you say about a beautiful young courtesan who dies? Well, oodles of folks have been saying – and singing and even dancing – quite a lot of things about one such star-crossed lass, variously named Marie/Marguerite/Camille/Violetta, since 1848. That’s when French novelist and playwright Alexandre Dumas turned out what

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

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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

:  The exceptional party scene from La Traviata. Photo courtesy of Des Moines Metro Opera in a co-production with Virginia Opera

La Traviata: Beautiful, Young, Sexy and Dying

By Montague Gammon III What can you say about a beautiful young courtesan who dies? Well, oodles of folks have been saying – and singing and even dancing – quite a lot of things about one such star-crossed lass, variously named Marie/Marguerite/Camille/Violetta, since 1848. That’s when French novelist and playwright Alexandre Dumas turned out what

Food

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Grilled Cheeseheads

Words & Photos by Marisa Marsey Say, “Cheese!” That’s almost all you can say at hot-off-the-press Grilled Cheese Bistro in downtown Norfolk where, true to its name, the menu lists seven iterations of the feel-good, security blanket of a sandwich. If, like me, you’re sometimes overwhelmed by eateries whose vast array of options induces an

Drink

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NORFOLK NATO FESTIVAL’S Wines of the World

By Jeff Maisey Savoring a glass of Old World vino is without question one of life’s most enjoyable experiences. American travelers vacationing in France, Italy, Spain and Portugal are accustomed to trying fine wines found at every café, brasserie and restaurant throughout Europe. Travel, of course, is a learning experience and all senses are on

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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