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Introducing Jeff German and the Blankety Blanks

By Katie Cooper   Jeff German and the Blankety Blanks could be called the working man’s band.  Hailing from Columbus, OH, German balances a full time job, roles as dad, grandfather, and hockey coach with traveling musician hitting the road at least twice a month with his band the Blankety Blanks.  This self-described Blue Collar,

Art

Robert Lang, “Vertical Pond II”

Origami Exhibit is Above the Fold

By Betsy DiJulio   The Hermitage is an historic house museum.  But it’s not just an historic house museum, nor even the same historic house museum that it once was. While it could be said that any museum is never quite the same as the day before, the staff and board of “The Herm”—a new

“Fully Faded,” Mickael Broth, is on display at Work|Release

Physical Graffiti

By Jeff Maisey   The world of graffiti art comes to life in a new exhibition at Work | Release. Dubbed “Nobody Writes Letters Anymore,” outsider artists such as Mickael Broth, Noah Larmz, “Frank Ape” creator Brandon Sines, and Chris “Apes” Peters provide a taste of the underground and a view of the public spaces

Robert Lang, “Vertical Pond II”

Origami Exhibit is Above the Fold

By Betsy DiJulio   The Hermitage is an historic house museum.  But it’s not just an historic house museum, nor even the same historic house museum that it once was. While it could be said that any museum is never quite the same as the day before, the staff and board of “The Herm”—a new

Robert Lang, “Vertical Pond II”

Origami Exhibit is Above the Fold

By Betsy DiJulio   The Hermitage is an historic house museum.  But it’s not just an historic house museum, nor even the same historic house museum that it once was. While it could be said that any museum is never quite the same as the day before, the staff and board of “The Herm”—a new

Stage & Film

GUY LALIBERTE, DAVID SHINER, SERGE ROY, STEPHANE ROY, JEAN-FRANCOIS COTE, CLARENCE FORD, MARIE-CHANTALE VAILLANCOURT, MARTIN LABRECQUE, JONATHAN DEANS, LEON ROTHENBERG, FLORENCE CORNET, ANDRE SIMARD, DANNY ZEN, ROGE FRANCOEUR, BENOIT MATHIEU

Kooza is Cirque Du Soleil at its Core

By Jeff Maisey   With Kooza, which sets up under the big tent for a full month in Virginia Beach, Cirque Du Soleil returns to its roots: acrobatics and clowning. I recently caught up with Colin Heath to learn more from a clown’s perspective.   Acrobatics and clowning are core ingredients of Cirque Du Soleil.

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VA Arts Fest Opens with Ballet Hispanico

By Montague Gammon III   Ballet Hispanico’s visit to the Virginia Arts Festival swirls (and leaps, struts, slides and lifts) through a Latino flavored look at matters as tangible as a kiss or as surreal as a Magritte painting. The sweet and spicy Salsa vocals of the late Celia Cruz, the Havana born, New York

Cast of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Killer Fun Anglo-American Duo

By Montague Gammon III The greatest English writer’s bloody tragedy of ancient Scottish royalty, in company with the greatest American humorist’s fanciful tale of an ancient English court, comes to Christopher Newport’s Ferguson Center a few days after the Ides of April in new productions by The Acting Company in association with The Guthrie Theater.

:  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

The Netherlands National Liaison Representative Capt.Maarten Lutje Schipholt and wife Edith will return to The Hague in August after three years in Norfolk, VA.

Indonesian Cuisine is Dutch Staple in Norfolk

  By Jeff Maisey   Think of food from Holland and what comes to mind? Typically, Gouda cheese, pancakes with powdered sugar, pickled herring and fried potatoes (pomme frites) served with mayonnaise, right?  While the answer is a resounding “yes” for traditional Dutch food, an equally important selection is Indonesian cuisine. In the Dutch colonial

Drink

DoG Street Pub General Manager Michael Claar

Whistle Belly Festival in Williamsburg

  By Jeff Maisey   The popular DoG Street Pub Craft Beer Festival has gotten a new name this year. Scheduled for Sunday, August 2 (12:30 PM to 5:00 PM), the event is now dubbed Whistle Belly and will be presented by The Juniors Woman’s Club of Williamsburg with DoG Street Pub in Colonial Williamsburg.

Travel

Husk is Southern through-and-through (Photo by Marisa Marsey)

Charleston Kicks

By Marisa Marsey     It took three passes along fabled East Bay Street in a driving rain and a blur of antebellum manses before I finally espied tiny Unity Alley, home to McCrady’s – the historic restaurant where James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock launched his upward professional trajectory – but GPS-stress evaporated the

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