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Keep On Keepin' On:  The protagonist in the film is a hometown boy, Justin Kauflin in Va Beach. He will be attending the screenings on Dec 20 and 21. The film just made the Shortlist for Academy Award for Best Documentary.

Movies That Could Change The World: The Best Non-Fiction Films of 2014

Movies That Could Change The World: The Best Non-Fiction Films of 2014

By Tench Phillips, co-owner Naro Cinema   Since the annual rankings of the “best films of the year” lists are now so prolific, my own focus has been on non-fiction documentaries that don’t receive nearly as much media attention. Below is a list of some of the deserving films that received a local booking at

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Getting Theatrical with K’bana Blaq

Words by Jerome Langston Photography by Kevin Higgins   Within the mid-sized room being used to rehearse his new play, writer/director K’bana Blaq is giving scene notes to one of his actresses, Coryn LaVeist, who portrays Taylor in the production. Once the well lit room is darkened for her scene, Coryn delivers an emotionally wrenching

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The Fresh Push on Granby Street

By Montague Gammon III   The freshest venue in Norfolk’s Granby Street Arts District might be The Push Comedy Theater, which opened, after about a year of development and preparation, in early November as the new and first permanent home of Norfolk’s almost venerable comedy troupe, The Pushers. At nine years old and counting, this

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Push Comedy Theater: November Laughs

It’s Hampton Roads titans of comedy in the area’s newest comedy venue!!! Get ready as The Pushers unveil two new sketch and improvs show at the brand new Push Comedy Theater. In honor of the Push’s grand opening, we are performing a brand new comedy show every weekend in November. All new sketches. All new improv. This

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By Larry Bonko Do you watch the local TV news? Do you feel close to the reporters and anchors? Feel connected? Yes, you say? Well, then, you might like to know that Erica Greenway of WTKR and Jason Marks of WAVY were married earlier this year. They wed in Virginia Beach at the Cavalier Golf

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PREVIEW: Book Club Play

By Montague Gammon III Two young veterans of local stages return to Norfolk as stars of Virginia Stage Company’s upcoming comedy, The Book Club Play. Brian Monihan, whose talents stood out during his days at Virginia Wesleyan College, and Ashton Heyl, late of Hurrah Players and Governors School for the Arts (and Carnegie Mellon and


A Personal Journey from NAROPA to NARO

By Tench Phillips, co-owner, Naro Cinema October marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of Naropa University and the occasion has given me pause to reflect upon my own personal journey. In the winter of 1975 I moved to Boulder, Colorado and enrolled in the new Buddhist university to study philosophy and psychology. I had

Travis Wall is left of Jaimie Goodwin.  Goodwin is also from Virginia Beach and trained at Denise Wall's dance studio.

Dance Star Travis Wall to Make Hometown Performance

By Jeff Maisey   Emmy Award-nominated choreographer Travis Wall returns to his hometown for a rare performance with his dynamic Shaping Sound dance company featuring contemporary performers from “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” The October 30 performance at Ferguson Center is one of 36 cities across America for the