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Music

Music Classical Emanuel Ax

Opening Night with Emanuel Ax

By Montague Gammon III Theatricality, rarity and, of course, virtuosity will distinguish Opening Night with Emanuel Ax, the Virginia Symphony’s season opening concerts. (Sept. 19-21)   Ax, one of the world’s premiere piano players, solos with the VSO in two pieces, the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 14 and Richard Strauss’ Burleske.   He took time

Music Classical Emanuel Ax

Opening Night with Emanuel Ax

By Montague Gammon III Theatricality, rarity and, of course, virtuosity will distinguish Opening Night with Emanuel Ax, the Virginia Symphony’s season opening concerts. (Sept. 19-21)   Ax, one of the world’s premiere piano players, solos with the VSO in two pieces, the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 14 and Richard Strauss’ Burleske.   He took time

Music ShovelsAndRope

Swingin’ with Shovels & Rope

By Jim Morrison   For Cary Ann Hearst of the dark and raucous duo, Shovels & Rope, the first sign she and now husband Michael Trent created powerful music together was a cover of a Ramones tune. “For me, there’s a recording of us singing “Judy is a Punk,” a Ramones song in, like, trucker

Art

Top Art #3 MOCA

Recommended Art Exhibit

Virginia MOCA Gabriel Dawe: Plexus 28 Through December 28 757.425.0000 2200 Parks Avenue, VA Beach www.virginiamoca.org   Texas-based installation artist, Gabriel Dawe creates one of his Plexus series of installations onsite at Virginia MOCA. Dawe separates and fills space with multi-colored thread, weaving and mimicking vast prisms of light. The completed works present innumerable contradictions.

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Variations of Clay McGlamory

By Jeff Maisey   Fall is sure to be a busy season for multi-medium visual artist Clay McGlamory. In addition to his work as an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University and an instructor of public art, installation, printmaking, papermaking and book arts at the Governor’s School for the Arts, the Norfolk-based artist has solo

Harris Johnson: “Abstract Painting I (DeKooning Room), 2014. Johnson is earning an MFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Emerging Virginia Artists

By Betsy DiJulio   Next provides a platform for 10 Commonwealth-connected “emerging” artists to share their latest work; exciting for them and important for their artistic careers.  While I’m not completely certain that the show completely delivers on Pfac’s self-proclaimed “peek into what’s next in art”—quite a lofty and prophetic goal—it certainly provides a glimpse

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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New on Fall Television

By Larry Bonko CBS this fall gives us Tea Leoni as a University of Virginia history professor who forsakes Charlottesville’s bucolic life to become Secretary of State. The CW introduces Virginia-born Grant Gustin as a masked superhero. NBC brings Katherine Heigl back to primetime as a CIA analyst in the agency’s Virginia headquarters. The Virginia

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Richard Alston Dance Company is Music on Motion

By Leona Baker It would seem a no-brainer for a choreographer to be described as musical. After all, dance, in the most basic sense, is human movement set to music—be that “music” classical, contemporary, avant-garde or something as elemental and spare as the sounds of a dancer’s breath. Yet there are certain choreographers who are

Stage Venue 35

Open Stage for Actors

By Montague Gammon III   A new opportunity for local actors to get stage time, professional coaching and make professional connections has been operating under the radar at Norfolk’s Venue on 35th for the better part of a year. It’s called Actors Open Stage, currently scheduled for the first three Sunday nights of each month,

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Food

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Going To Extremes

Words by Marisa Marsey Photos by Renee Comet   Connie Weis is one tough cookie. Which is funny because she makes the most luscious brownies as revealed in her hot-off-the-press cookbook “Extreme Brownies: 50 Recipes for the Most Over-the-Top Treats Ever.” In it, she gives glam make-overs to the humble baked good, creating tuxedo brownies, crème

Drink

Lisa and Mike Hinkley of Green Flash

Virginia Beach Readies for Green Flash

San Diego-based brewery to host Treasure Chest fundraiser, break ground in October By Jeff Maisey   San Diego-based Green Flash Brewing Company is set to officially break ground for its East Coast brewery in Virginia Beach on Monday, October 13. The ceremony will take place the day after a fundraising event called Treasure Chest 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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