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Urban Cyclists Battle Carmageddon

Urban Cyclists Battle Carmageddon

By Tench Phillips   It was recently announced that the American Planning Association (APA) has designated our very own Colley Avenue as the winner of the “People’s Choice” award as one of the Great Places in America in 2015. This recognition vindicates a lifetime commitment by Naro Cinema and Naro Video to the prosperity and

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Todd Turns 10

By Jeff Maisey   When Todd Rosenlieb arrived in Hampton Roads, modern dance was a rarity experienced only when the Virginia Arts Festival brought in a nationally touring company such as Mark Morris from April to May. While Michael Curry scheduled an occasional performance between September and April during the American Theatre’s season, contemporary dance

(Cast members (L-R) Teri Adams, Megan Cavanagh, Linda Boston, Judy Blue)

Breast Cancer Spotlighted in Menopause the Musical

By Jeff Maisey   Three of the four cast members of Menopause the Musical are breast cancer survivors.  The disease is duly noted when the popular musical comes to the Sandler Center on November 3 and 5. Terri Adams – a survivor – has played the part of a Baby Boomer housewife from Iowa since

(Elaine Alvarez, soprano as Mimi in Virginia Opera’s La Boheme )

A Fresh Bohème at Virginia Opera

By Montague Gammon III The opera La Bohème is a story of young love and heartbreak, and heartbreakingly young death. It’s back at the Virginia Opera’s Harrison Opera House, in a new production full of youthful energy and total respect for all that has made Puccini’s opera a classic. Young artists, “bohemians,” hard up for

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution shows October 14 at The Naro Expanded Cinema

Legacy of Neocons: A Worldwide Refugee Crisis

By Tench Phillips, Naro Cinema   In the anticipation leading up to the release this fall of Michael Moore’s first new film in six years, Where To Invade Next?, the Naro brings a series of new documentaries that explore the consequences of recent U.S. foreign policy decisions around the world. For the past 50 years

(Opera in the Park offers residents a unique opportunity to hear Virginia Opera highlights FREE of charge)

OPERA IN THE PARK: A Grand Night for Hearing Virginia Opera

By Montague Gammon III   Hell is open for (monkey) business, and even the gods are partying there. (Olympus is just sooo boring!). The Greek gods’ “Grand Galop” at that soirée, from Orpheus in the Underworld, gives Virginia Opera’s big free outdoor Opera in the Park concert in Norfolk’s Town Point Park its rousing finale


This is What a Progressive Speaker Series Looks Like

By Tench Phillips   For well over a decade The Naro has been fortunate to host some of the best regional and national voices for peace, the environment, and social justice. It hasn’t always been easy to find speakers willing to travel to Norfolk. There’s the widespread perspective of our area being a right-wing outpost

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A Summer Season of Film as Art/Art as Film

By Tench Phillips It’s only appropriate for the summer that The Naro showcase films that indulge the passions of the arts. Our New Non-Fiction Film series on Wednesday nights will feature an acclaimed film about musical mentor Seymour Bernstein, whose authenticity and wisdom transcend the competitive world of musical performance. Produced by Ethan Hawke, this