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Music

Big Pink Music at The Big Pink – An Evolving Dream

By Michael Curry Chris Jacobson, the owner of the venerable Victorian Station in Hampton and a fiddler in the band Mason Brown and the Shiners, always dreamed of a venue that was home for local musicians, a spot like The Bluebird in Nashville or The Continental in Austin. Then he met a rocket scientist, Kelly

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

K’bana Blaq: Musical Chameleon

By Jerome Langston It is quite fitting to find my friend, the multi-hyphenate himself―K’bana Blaq – preparing for his debut at VA Fashion Week, as a designer, during our scheduled time to talk about his big headlining concert at The NorVa. The man wears so many creative hats, it’s hard to keep track. Yet what

Art

ART: Dining with Death

By Jeff Maisey A mixed media art exhibit examining a diverse perspective of death isn’t what you might expect to find displayed on the walls of a trendy downtown Norfolk restaurant, but, as it turns out, “The Art of Dying” is just the conversation starter for date night chow at Commune NFK. The exhibit is

ART: Dining with Death

By Jeff Maisey A mixed media art exhibit examining a diverse perspective of death isn’t what you might expect to find displayed on the walls of a trendy downtown Norfolk restaurant, but, as it turns out, “The Art of Dying” is just the conversation starter for date night chow at Commune NFK. The exhibit is

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

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

Stage & Film

FILM: Naro Cinema Schedule

By Tench Phillips   Why do we humans care so much for certain living creatures and not so much for others? Obviously, we care most about our closely related flesh and blood, followed by the ethnic groups we were born into. Our identification expands out to include our schools, churches, teams, political parties, and our

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

STAGE: Parchman Hour is Right on Time

By Jerome Langston Oddly enough, it was a conversation on a porch in Maine, with television writer Bill Svanoe about the music of the sixties, which eventually lead Virginia native, Mike Wiley, to create The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders. This was back in 2009, and Mike was blown away

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

O’Connor Invades Raleigh/Durham Market

By Jeff Maisey We at Veer Magazine have enjoyed covering O’Connor Brewing Company’s many stages of growth since its humble beginnings in 2010 producing Green Can, Norfolk Canyon and Red Nun from a small warehouse to its position today as one of the most successful craft breweries in Virginia. And now, in November, O’Connor Brewing

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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