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Music

(Brian Setzer's lively Christmas show will include a rockabilly set this year)

Setzer Struts Holiday Tunes, Rockabilly Riot

By Jeff Maisey The Brian Setzer Orchestra has embarked upon its 13th annual Christmas Rocks tour while also touting a new DVD called “Rockabilly Riot: Osaka Rocka – Live in Japan 2016.” Fans of the neo-rockabilly/big band singer/guitarist/arranger will get a full evening of Setzer’s recorded holiday classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas

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Symphonic Tribute to Ella & Louis

By Jerome Langston   When virtuoso trumpet player and singer, Byron Stripling, was just a young-un in his twenties, he had the unique honor of being lead trumpeter and soloist in the iconic Count Basie Orchestra, which at the time was led by Thad Jones and Frank Foster. This interests me mainly because of the

(Brian Setzer's lively Christmas show will include a rockabilly set this year)

Setzer Struts Holiday Tunes, Rockabilly Riot

By Jeff Maisey The Brian Setzer Orchestra has embarked upon its 13th annual Christmas Rocks tour while also touting a new DVD called “Rockabilly Riot: Osaka Rocka – Live in Japan 2016.” Fans of the neo-rockabilly/big band singer/guitarist/arranger will get a full evening of Setzer’s recorded holiday classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas

Art

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ART REVIEW: Stickwork is a Fantastical Fortress

By Betsy DiJulio Little boys build forts in the woods.  When they grow up, one of them at least builds fortresses. Although fortress isn’t quite the right term for what Patrick Doughtery builds.  Birds nest, indigenous tribe dwelling, boma, nor “folly”—those nonsensical structures erected on the estates of wealthy English and Scotsman—are exactly it either. 

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ART: “Almost so bad it’s good”

By Jim Roberts Erin Wendell is a self-taught artist under no pretense that her work will ever hang in the Louvre—but she’s OK with that. To be sure, when asked to describe her style, she smiled and said: “Almost so bad it’s good.” “It’s definitely not sophisticated,” she continued. “But arrogantly, I like it more

stickwork hermitage museum norfolk

ART REVIEW: Stickwork is a Fantastical Fortress

By Betsy DiJulio Little boys build forts in the woods.  When they grow up, one of them at least builds fortresses. Although fortress isn’t quite the right term for what Patrick Doughtery builds.  Birds nest, indigenous tribe dwelling, boma, nor “folly”—those nonsensical structures erected on the estates of wealthy English and Scotsman—are exactly it either. 

"Cuba & Che” by Dick Rawls as part of the “Faraway Places” exhibit at the Artists Gallery, Virginia Beach

Fall Visual Art Calendar

ART MUSEUMS   Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk) “Women and the Civil Rights Movement,” Through October 30 “In the Box: Brian Bress,” Through January 8 “Wendy Maruyama: The WildLIFE Project,” Through January 8 “The Agrarian Ideal,” October 7 through January 8 Permanent Collection, ongoing www.chrysler.org   Virginia MOCA (VA Beach) “Turn the Page: The First

Stage & Film

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PREVIEW: A Christmas Carol

By Montague Gammon III Virginia Stage Company’s Associate Producer (and long time Assistant Artistic Director) Patrick Mullins, who directs the 2016 restaging of VSCs’ annual, family-friendly production of A Christmas Carol, took some time between directing his own adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and the opening of the same author’s Christmas Carol to answer

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Top Fall Dance Performances

Compiled by Staff   Masterworks: Lily & the Gypsies October 7-8 Sandler Center This is a story ballet about a beautiful young girl who suffers the loss of her parents and is sent to live at fancy private girls’ school only to be bullied into running away. Lost in the deep forest, she encounters a

va stage-christmas-carol

PREVIEW: A Christmas Carol

By Montague Gammon III Virginia Stage Company’s Associate Producer (and long time Assistant Artistic Director) Patrick Mullins, who directs the 2016 restaging of VSCs’ annual, family-friendly production of A Christmas Carol, took some time between directing his own adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and the opening of the same author’s Christmas Carol to answer

David Merino as Angel. RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Credit Carol Rosegg, 2016.

BROADWAY: Rent Still Going Strong after 20 Years

By Jerome Langston It’s pretty fascinating to witness the return of Rent into our current politically polarized and media obsessed Zeitgeist. The rock musical, a loose adaption of Puccini’s La Bohème, was one of the defining theatrical phenomenons of the nineties, winning both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for Best Musical in 1996.

Food

Herb salad and sandwich (Courtesy of The Bee & The Biscuit)

The Bee & The Biscuit Deserves Great Buzz

By Marisa Marsey The Bee & The Biscuit is a honey of a place, corny as that sounds. Not just because those titular flakey, cakey quick breads are graced by butter compounded with local honey. Or because this picturesque Pungo bungalow dishing up breakfast and lunch bustles like a hive (expect a wait most weekends

Drink

(Green Flash COO Chris Ross in the Virginia Beach tasting room)

Green Flash Opens in Virginia Beach

By Jeff Maisey Green Flash Brewing Company’s official Virginia Beach grand opening is Sunday, November 13. The long awaited date is the day after the brewery’s breast cancer awareness event, Treasure Chest Fest, which has been held the past two years on the field where the San Diego-based craft brewery now stands. But if you’re

Travel

(The Russian Tea room is ornate dining at its finest)

Eat ‘em, er, Autumn in New York 

By Marisa Marsey I didn’t want to leave New York. Then I fell in love, and it was easier for me to move to his home in Virginia Beach than vice versa (then I fell in love with Hampton Roads, too). But he vowed we’d always return to the City, and most recently, we went

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