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Music

MUSIC: Bring on the Sunrise

By Tom Robotham If you listen to NPR, you’re familiar with BJ Leiderman’s work. For nearly 40 years, his theme music has introduced the public-radio network’s signature program, Morning Edition. Subsequently, the longtime Virginia Beach resident—who now lives in Asheville, NC—composed the musical intros to several other popular NPR shows, including Car Talk, Marketplace and

Top Spring Classical Music Performances

Compiled by Staff   tenThing Presented by Virginia Arts Festival March 23 Attucks Theatre Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth has won rave reviews in recital and headlining orchestra concerts from the BBC Proms to Carnegie Hall. She also leads a unique all-female, ten-member ensemble of brass players in transcriptions of the classics that reveal new

Meet the Monbacks

Norfolk band makes national debut on Yep Roc Records on June 17 By Jim Morrison “It started as a half joke,” Neal Friedman says. Major and the Monbacks, the Norfolk-based band of high school buddies, were starting to think about recording their second album. They were listening to an album by Virginia Beach’s Natalie Prass

Art

Landscape Photography from Maine to Mexico

By Jeff Maisey Two local photographers — Meg Ryan Wright and Susan Hirschbiel – combine their recent foray into landscapes into a beautiful exhibit titled “From Maine to Mexico.” The work will be on display from May 5 – yep, Cinco de Mayo – through May 31 at Gallery 21 in the Ghent section of

Landscape Photography from Maine to Mexico

By Jeff Maisey Two local photographers — Meg Ryan Wright and Susan Hirschbiel – combine their recent foray into landscapes into a beautiful exhibit titled “From Maine to Mexico.” The work will be on display from May 5 – yep, Cinco de Mayo – through May 31 at Gallery 21 in the Ghent section of

Mindful is Engaging at MOCA

By Betsy DiJulio The word “mindful” has become part of today’s lexicon verging on a trendy buzz word.  I first encountered it on my yoga mat, but it has eased out of yoga studios and begun to flow through society at large. At Virginia Beach’s MOCA, Mindful is the title of a new exhibition (shown

Landscape Photography from Maine to Mexico

By Jeff Maisey Two local photographers — Meg Ryan Wright and Susan Hirschbiel – combine their recent foray into landscapes into a beautiful exhibit titled “From Maine to Mexico.” The work will be on display from May 5 – yep, Cinco de Mayo – through May 31 at Gallery 21 in the Ghent section of

Stage & Film

The Veneer of Civil Society and the Hidden Roots of War

By Tench Phillips How does a civilized society disintegrate into civil war and murder within a short span of time? Throughout the last century, state backed violence has been waged time and again by modern industrial societies against their own citizens. Germany’s descent into fascism is the most notorious example but there’s been many more

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: Wonderful Wiz It Is

By Jerome Langston It’s quite fitting that it’s Anthony Stockard, who shows up first. The Wiz is being rehearsed at Brown Memorial Hall, on the campus of Norfolk State University, and I’m here to interview key members of the cast, along with the ambitious production’s co-directors. As Norfolk State University Theatre Company’s producing artistic director,

Food

If You’ve Gone Vegan, Go to Yorgo’s

By Betsy DiJulio For years, when my schedule allowed, I would head to Norfolk from VA Beach on Saturdays after exercising to slip into a favorite shop to two and then into Yorgo’s Bageldashery to snag lunch for the drive home.  My to-go order was perennially the same three items: an 8 ounce tub of

Drink

Dead Reckoning: Norfolk distillery aims to make waves in the craft rum market

  By Jim Roberts Dead Reckoning Distillery draws its name from the method of navigation sailors use as a last resort. “It can be said that this method is about trusting your instincts,” the distillery’s website explains. “About trusting your gut.” It has probably felt that way at times for Derek Ungerecht since he founded

Travel

Paris, je t’aime

Words & Photos by Tom Robotham How is anyone ever gonna come up with a book, or a painting, or a symphony, or a sculpture that can compete with a great city? You can’t. Because you look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form. ~ Woody Allen, ‘Midnight in Paris.’

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