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Music

Veer Music Awards Results

By Jeff Maisey Indie-pop group Feral Conservatives took home three trophies in Veer Magazine’s annual Music Awards program held at the Naro Expanded Cinema in Norfolk. The band’s “Here’s to Almost” was named Album of the Year, while their hooky, melodic “Last Light” earned “Song of the Year” honors. They were also top choice in

Symphonic Tribute to Ella & Louis

By Jerome Langston   When virtuoso trumpet player and singer, Byron Stripling, was just a young-un in his twenties, he had the unique honor of being lead trumpeter and soloist in the iconic Count Basie Orchestra, which at the time was led by Thad Jones and Frank Foster. This interests me mainly because of the

Setzer Struts Holiday Tunes, Rockabilly Riot

By Jeff Maisey The Brian Setzer Orchestra has embarked upon its 13th annual Christmas Rocks tour while also touting a new DVD called “Rockabilly Riot: Osaka Rocka – Live in Japan 2016.” Fans of the neo-rockabilly/big band singer/guitarist/arranger will get a full evening of Setzer’s recorded holiday classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas

Art

Mindful is Engaging at MOCA

By Betsy DiJulio The word “mindful” has become part of today’s lexicon verging on a trendy buzz word.  I first encountered it on my yoga mat, but it has eased out of yoga studios and begun to flow through society at large. At Virginia Beach’s MOCA, Mindful is the title of a new exhibition (shown

Human Scale Paintings by Angelo Mesisco

By Betsy DiJulio   In anticipation of the January 26 opening of New Works: Paintings by Angelo Mesisco, I had the distinct pleasure of visiting the artist in his spacious studio in an old commercial building on E. 25th Street in Norfolk the day before our early January snow storm.  Located on an upper floor

Mindful is Engaging at MOCA

By Betsy DiJulio The word “mindful” has become part of today’s lexicon verging on a trendy buzz word.  I first encountered it on my yoga mat, but it has eased out of yoga studios and begun to flow through society at large. At Virginia Beach’s MOCA, Mindful is the title of a new exhibition (shown

Human Scale Paintings by Angelo Mesisco

By Betsy DiJulio   In anticipation of the January 26 opening of New Works: Paintings by Angelo Mesisco, I had the distinct pleasure of visiting the artist in his spacious studio in an old commercial building on E. 25th Street in Norfolk the day before our early January snow storm.  Located on an upper floor

Stage & Film

Shakespeare in Motion in Detail

By Ricardo Melendez “Shakespeare in Motion” is a combination of two of my greatest passions: the power and wit of Shakespeare’s stories and my dedication to the awe- inspiring beauty and physicality of the language of Dance. When art inspires art there is both a responsibility and a pleasure; a pleasure of immersing oneself into

Shakespeare in Motion in Detail

By Ricardo Melendez “Shakespeare in Motion” is a combination of two of my greatest passions: the power and wit of Shakespeare’s stories and my dedication to the awe- inspiring beauty and physicality of the language of Dance. When art inspires art there is both a responsibility and a pleasure; a pleasure of immersing oneself into

Harlem Renaissance  Comes to Life in Raisin’ Cane

By Jerome Langston It is early in my phone conversation with actress Jasmine Guy that I remember what I’d loved about our first time chatting, back in 2014, when the triple-threat performer first brought her Harlem Renaissance show to the 757. Jasmine keeps it extra real. The Atlanta native and preacher’s kid, famously known for

BROADWAY: Rent Still Going Strong after 20 Years

By Jerome Langston It’s pretty fascinating to witness the return of Rent into our current politically polarized and media obsessed Zeitgeist. The rock musical, a loose adaption of Puccini’s La Bohème, was one of the defining theatrical phenomenons of the nineties, winning both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for Best Musical in 1996.

Food

40 Years (and counting) of Todd Jurich

By Marisa Marsey “What’s the best restaurant in Hampton Roads?” I’ve been asked that question countless times over the decades. Invariably, before I can hone my inquisitors’ focus (special occasion, seafood, Italian, French, Indian, etc.) to reply most meaningfully, they’ll supply: “Todd Jurich’s Bistro, right?” That’s what happens when you get a reputation. And as

Drink

New Beer from Coastal Virginia Breweries

Compiled by Staff Looking for something new to try from your favorite Coastal Virginia Breweries? Here’s a healthy sampling to get you started. Alewerks: Bitter Valentine Release Date: Early February Double IPA.  8.3% Alc by Vol Our Double IPA starts with strong citrus and stone-fruit aroma and flavor, then finishes dry and cleansing. A bitter

Travel

What We Did On Our Summer Beercation

By Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones Virginia has caught quite a beer buzz in the past few years! Since July 2012 when breweries were able to begin selling beer by the glass directly to the public in on-site tasting rooms, thanks to State Bill 604, Virginia has seen dozens of brewery start-ups, expansion of existing

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