Author Archives: Jeff Maisey

A Year in Review with Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander

A Year in Review with Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander

By Jeff Maisey At the end of last year, I sat down with Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander to discuss a wide array of topics. Mayor Alexander had succeeded longtime mayor Paul Fraim. For Alexander, his new role was quickly made more challenging than anyone realized as the city manager and most of its key department

Smartmouth’s Pilot House Takes Flight

By Jeff Maisey What better way for Smartmouth Brewing Company to complete 2017 – a year that marked its 5th anniversary and a year in which it won Best of Show at the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild annual Virginia Beer Cup competition – than with the highly anticipated opening of its Pilot House in Virginia

Alewerks Wins Veer’s 2017 Golden Tap Award

By Jeff Maisey Williamsburg-based Alewerks won Veer Magazine’s 2017 Golden Tap Award, unseating 3-time champ O’Connor Brewing Company. The competition this year was extremely close among the top four points-earning local breweries. While Alewerks took top honor with a score of 23 total points, O’Connor and Benchtop Brewing tied for second place with 22 points

Matney Gallery Brings Amazon to Williamsburg

By Jeff Maisey   A colorful collection of photographs exhibited by Williamsburg’s Linda Matney Gallery (LMG) titled “ANCIENT TRADITIONS, MODERN LIVES: Amazonian Indigenous Peoples in the 21st Century” is really quite something to view as it provides a unique glimpse into the world of people who aren’t as primitive in their thinking as one might

CONCERT PREVIEW: Nellie McKay

  By Jim Roberts Halfway through a 20-minute phone interview—about eight of them spent talking about politics—Nellie McKay stopped herself and asked: “How much of the human body is water? Is it 70 percent? … Well, even more of a percentage of our show is music. It’s 95 to 99 percent. “But then you have

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

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