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River North Dance Chicago Makes Its 757 Debut

River North Dance Chicago Makes Its 757 Debut

By Sheena Jeffers River North Dance Chicago is coming to Newport News for their first visit to Virginia, and they have a lot to say. A company of six men and six women, known nationally and internationally as an emotive dance company, River North is thrilled to be adding Newport News as one of their

Kelly Cae Hogan also performed in Portland Opera's Salome

Opera Preview: Salome’s Last Dance?

  By Montague Gammon III Apocalypse turns operatic when the tale of King Herod’s stepdaughter Salomé comes to the Harrison Opera House clad in the raiments of the modern Middle East. While the original biblical story of John the Baptist’s murder isn’t about the end of the world, John did prophesy the end of an

Laurie Metcalf, in the role of Juliana, won wide acclaim and an Obie award, as well as garnering a Tony nomination when the show went to Broadway.

VA Stage Company: Puzzler of a Play

  By Montague Gammon III   Call The Other Place, the upcoming Virginia Stage Company production, a “thriller” or a “psychological thriller” or a “Hitchcock style psychological thrill ride” or the term director Chris Hanna likes best, “a puzzle play,” the script arrives bearing a host of good reviews, and the cast is earning high

Lucia Metzbauer of the Nautical Channel discovers Norfolk’s greatest asset – water.

Norfolk Spotlighted on Nautical Channel

By Larry Bonko Hello, 2015. I begin a new year of covering television with a question. Is Norfolk really “a blue-collar town constantly fighting for respect among more elite coastal communities.”? Lucia Metzbauer of the Nautical Channel thinks so. Those are her words. While visiting Norfolk last May to produce and host an hour-long special

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Crimes Against Nature: Seismic Testing and Proposed Drilling Off Virginia Beach

By Tench Phillips   I walk my dogs on many early mornings along the beach and often watch the bottlenose dolphins right offshore cavorting and playing in the waves. These peaceful and intelligent creatures who inhabit another world will soon be needlessly harmed by corporate and government powers unconcerned with their wellbeing. Nor with yours.

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

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