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FRINGE FEST: National Theater of Scotland

FRINGE FEST: National Theater of Scotland

By Montague Gammon III   At the eerie border between this world and the next, wrapped within the blurry boundary that separates what’s natural from what’s not, traveling near the snow bound Scottish-English border in the uncommonly frigid winter of 2010, academic Prudencia Hart found her “Strange Undoing.” The wholly fictional tale of Professor Prudencia

Photos from the Virginia International Tattoo at Scope Arena in downtown Norfolk, Virginia April 25-27, 2013.

20 Things You Need To Know About Virginia International Tattoo

By Jim Roberts The Virginia International Tattoo, like the Virginia Arts Festival, is celebrating its 20th year in 2016. Scott Jackson, a percussionist in the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, has produced and directed the show since 2003. In an interview with Veer Magazine, he talked about what he’s learned over the last 14 years and how

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A Two-Fold Tempest on One Stage

By Montague Gammon III   William Shakespeare’s late career verbal enchantments meet Jean Sibelius’ late career musical magic on the Chrysler Hall stage this spring to give Hampton Roads a new look at the Jamestown-old, spell-rich play, The Tempest. Stage director Patrick Mullins, whose work at the Virginia Stage Company, formerly as Assistant and currently

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FILM: Igniting the Solar Revolution in Virginia

By Tench Phillips, Naro Cinema   I was recently invited to speak on a panel at Norfolk State University. The topic was ‘The Film Industry: Its Celluloid Past, Its Digital Present, Its Limitless Future’ sponsored by the Mass Communications and Journalism Department. I’m rarely asked by academia to speak or consult with any class or

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Appreciating Buddy Holly: It’s So Easy!

By Jim Roberts   Charles Hardin “Buddy” Holly had a legendary run of hit songs before his untimely death on Feb. 3, 1959—from “That’ll Be The Day” and “Peggy Sue” to “Maybe Baby” and “Rave On.” But it was the song “It’s So Easy!” that got Robbie Limon most excited during a recent interview to

Wayne Tigges, bass-baritone, as The Dutchman in Virginia Opera’s upcoming production of The Flying Dutchman. Photo courtesy Rion Photography

Flying Dutchman: Virginia Opera’s season finale will not be your ancestors’ Wagner

By Montague Gammon III   That is very much the message that comes through when talking to Virginia Opera’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Adam Turner, about the upcoming production of The Flying Dutchman, which got grand reviews at the Glimmerglass Festival in New York State, and at Hawaii Opera Theatre. For one thing, the

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Military Drone Piloting Comes to Life in Grounded

By Jerome Langston   “I got wild in New York!” That’s almost the opening line of director Laley Lippard’s part of our recent conversation about Grounded, the last full run play of Virginia Stage Company’s current season. Lippard is not yet here, of course ─ she flies into Norfolk tomorrow, but more importantly, the New

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Battle Leads Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to New Heights

By Jerome Langston Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people. ~Alvin Ailey   “I take probably even more risks,” remarks Robert Battle, artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, with a slight chuckle. He’s currently in DC,

Lawrence Wilkerson (pictured) is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA.  His last positions in the US Government were chief of staff to Colin Powell at the U.S. Department of State (2002-2005) and Associate Director and member of that department’s Policy Planning staff under Ambassador Richard Haass (2001-2002). He will speak following the film “Drone” March 9 at the Naro Expanded Cinema

FILM: Whistleblowers Hold Obama Accountable for Drone Killings

By Tench Phillips, Naro Cinema   It’s not every day that former Air Force drone operators go public and hold a press conference to give their accounts of the killing of innocent people. But that’s just what happened in December when four brave young men issued an impassioned plea and an open letter to President Obama, defense

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