Author Archives: Jeff Maisey

Significance of Watch Night and New Year’s Day Celebrations For African Americans

Significance of Watch Night and New Year’s Day Celebrations For African Americans

By John L. Horton “Free at last, free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I shall try to give you some anecdotal background on my experience with “Watch Night – Freedom’s Eve,” and the like:My first experience with and knowledge of “Watch Night – Freedom’s

Amber Ox Crafts Beer and Food

Words by Chris Jones & Diane Catanzaro Photos by Diane Catanzaro   The Amber Ox Public House in Williamsburg is a new brewpub that is in many ways a game-changer in Hampton Roads.  Creative, seasonally-inspired cuisine, top-notch beers brewed on premises, guest beers from many of your local favorite breweries, craft cocktails and Virginia wines,

Lights in the Darkness

By Tom Robotham   Here and there does not matter / We must be still and still moving / Into another intensity / For a further union, a deeper communion. ~ T.S. Eliot   As we enter the final days of 2017, I find myself reflecting on the past 12 months. It was a difficult year,

UPDATED: Visual Arts Center to NEON Makes Sense at Portsmouth’s Expense

By Jeff Maisey Back on October 23, Tidewater Community College (TCC) notified Portsmouth city officials it planned to move the school’s Visual Arts Center, located at 340 High Street in Olde Towne Portsmouth. The move, according to Marian Anderfuren, TCC’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement/Public Information Officer, will take place in phases and be completed

TCC Faculty Shine in Annual Exhibit

  By Betsy DiJulio Exhibitions at the TCC VAC are always a pleasant viewing experience.  Shelley Brooks knows how to edit and install beautiful shows in that attractive facility.  And the faculty members and administrators—past and present—are practicing, accomplished artists. Included is the work of both adjunct and full-time faculty, former full-time faculty, and prior

PREVIEW: The Santaland Diaries

By Jerome Langston As most Hampton Roads theater patrons know, Virginia Stage Company’s long-running production of A Christmas Carol is considered a holiday tradition that families must partake in—every, single, holiday season. Well this year, VSC is also producing a largely different holiday show for this busy season, one that is specifically targeted at adults