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Music

Top Spring Classical Music Performances

Compiled by Staff   tenThing Presented by Virginia Arts Festival March 23 Attucks Theatre Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth has won rave reviews in recital and headlining orchestra concerts from the BBC Proms to Carnegie Hall. She also leads a unique all-female, ten-member ensemble of brass players in transcriptions of the classics that reveal new

Art

ART: Shape-Shifted Dream House

By Betsy DiJulio Twenty-five years after the exhibition Dream House quickly became one of the most memorable and historic in Peninsula Fine Arts Center History, and even the region, the exhibition concept has shape-shifted into the 21st century as Dream House Remix, and includes many of the original artists as well as many more new

ART: Shape-Shifted Dream House

By Betsy DiJulio Twenty-five years after the exhibition Dream House quickly became one of the most memorable and historic in Peninsula Fine Arts Center History, and even the region, the exhibition concept has shape-shifted into the 21st century as Dream House Remix, and includes many of the original artists as well as many more new

Art of Burning Man

Words by Betsy DiJulio Photo by Eleise Theuer   On Saturday, May 3, Hampton Roads proudly flew its Freak Flag…and I mean that in the most positive way.  It was Norfolk like you’ve never seen it.  And it was awesome. Some of us looked like we got lost on the way to dinner on Colley

ART: Shape-Shifted Dream House

By Betsy DiJulio Twenty-five years after the exhibition Dream House quickly became one of the most memorable and historic in Peninsula Fine Arts Center History, and even the region, the exhibition concept has shape-shifted into the 21st century as Dream House Remix, and includes many of the original artists as well as many more new

Stage & Film

REVIEW: Second to Nun is First Rate Play

By Montague Gammon III   The world premiere of the new one woman musical Second to Nun at Zeider’s American Dream Theater provides a thoroughly entertaining bit of short theater that manages the neat trick of being truly informative while remaining unfailingly entertaining and genuinely interesting. It’s a monologue with songs, delivered by the Heaven

Swan Lake Soars in from Canada

By Montague Gammon III   The magic of true love conquers all the vicious and deceptive spells that a malicious sorcerer can conjure up when the balletic and spectacular enchantments of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Swan Lake officially open the 2017 Virginia Arts Festival. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s tale of boy meets girl, hunter meets bird

REVIEW: Second to Nun is First Rate Play

By Montague Gammon III   The world premiere of the new one woman musical Second to Nun at Zeider’s American Dream Theater provides a thoroughly entertaining bit of short theater that manages the neat trick of being truly informative while remaining unfailingly entertaining and genuinely interesting. It’s a monologue with songs, delivered by the Heaven

Food

Carlyle Bland: Hampton’s Pioneering Restauranteur

By Michael Curry The restaurant business is notoriously a tough one requiring major investments, long hours and sometimes a fickle clientele. “Until you own one, you never know what it is all about” says Carlyle Bland with knowledge and a quiet authority that he has developed over the years. While it might be true that

Drink

Néktar For The Gods (And Those Who Aspire To Such Heights)

By Marisa Marsey Gucci, Ferrari, Lamborghini. To such sigh-inducing, lavish lifestyle names, Robert Dozier Jr., aims to add Néktar. And why not? While his business is based here in Hampton Roads, his ultra-premium, 100% natural liqueur comes from Italy, too. “Italy evokes luxury,” he says, and that’s where he found a hundred-year old, family-owned distillery

Travel

Nusbaum Launches Nuz Travel

By Jeff Maisey There are many enlightened views of travel. All are worthy of exploring. In the early 1600s, it was the duty of every able-bodied young English gentleman to travel as a means of enhancing his knowledge of the world and thus his education. Today, travel writer and public television travel guru Rick Steves

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