Author Archives: Jeff Maisey

Motley Crew: Crizti Walsh paints a cast characters for her first solo art show

Motley Crew: Crizti Walsh paints a cast characters for her first solo art show

By Jim Roberts Crizti Walsh has spent many of her nights and weekends the last two and a half years painting an eclectic bunch of characters. Among them: a trapeze artist, a voodoo priestess, a woman with progeria and a Tanzanian albino. She said that painting these people—and creating individual backstories for them—is cathartic. “It’s

Norfolk Chamber Consort Opens 2017-18 Season with Baroque Drama

By Jeff Maisey The duels and competition of ideas among some of America’s early political leaders are famously documented in historical written accounts, but it is perhaps even more fascinating to think of composers from the Baroque period nearly impaling the other. Such is the background for Norfolk Chamber Consort’s 2017-18 season opener, “George Frederick

What To Do About Public Housing As A Means Of Affordable Housing  

By John L. Horton   “There but for the grace of God, go I.”  (Biblical Proverb) (John Bradford, 1510-1555)   The recent (Pilot) front-page headline, “Most of Norfolk’s public housing could be gone in a decade under new plan,” caught my interest. It reported that the three public housing communities (Tidewater Gardens, Calvert Square and

CONCERT PREVIEW: The Black Lillies

By Ron Wray Cruz and Sam, it felt like we could go on for hours, and we almost did. I had a great talk with these guys who are in great part the centerpiece of the salty-sweet band, The Black Lillies. They’re coming to Jim Morrison’s North Shore Point House Concert Series, in conjunction with

What Makes a City Great?

By Tom Robotham   Recently The Virginian-Pilot ran a story headlined, “Virginia Beach is the Greatest City in the Country, says a new survey.” The survey in question was conducted by WalletHub, a financial-information website—not exactly in the same league as the Pew Research Center, but ok: I’ll leave that alone for now.  There are

BOOK REVIEW: Open Heart by Elie Wiesel

By Rabbi Israel Zoberman Prolific author Ellie Wiesel’s book, which originally was published in France in 2011 and became a bestseller, is light only in size. Open Heart is a generous gift from a truly loving heart of the most distinguished representative of the generation of Holocaust survivors. Wiesel has risen from Auschwitz’s hell, which

ALBUM REVIEWS: Galaxy Dynamite, Skip Friel, Uglyography, Astral

Uglyography “Evil Rays” (Steamy Attic Records) If the producers of the TV sitcom “Bang Bang Theory” are looking for new soundtrack material in future I’d suggest giving Newport News-based Uglyography a listen. My first impression of the quirky 18-song album is they’ve really tapped into the sounds of Barenaked Ladies, They Might Be Giants and