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Music

Righteous and Right-On is Ani DiFranco

By Jim Morrison Ani DiFranco turns 47 a week before her Sept. 30 show at The NorVa. She has a couple of kids, ages four and 10. They’ve radically changed her work life, though not in the ways you’d expect. She’s working on a memoir, chipping away at telling her past rather than writing anthems

Symphony Takes Flight

By Montague Gammon III Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s NASA Langley Centennial celebration concerts soar from Newport News to Neptune and beyond, going galactic after a brief orchestral orbit. Of course, the race to space did not start a century ago, but it was in 1917, as World War 1 was raging, that the Langley Memorial Aeronautical

Righteous and Right-On is Ani DiFranco

By Jim Morrison Ani DiFranco turns 47 a week before her Sept. 30 show at The NorVa. She has a couple of kids, ages four and 10. They’ve radically changed her work life, though not in the ways you’d expect. She’s working on a memoir, chipping away at telling her past rather than writing anthems

Art

Magnifique Lalique

By Betsy DiJulio Enchanted by Glass is, to be sure, a story about legendary designer, craftsman, and businessman, René Lalique (1860-1945), and his seemingly enchanted career that burgeoned during a time of artistic, scientific, and technological flourishing in France.  But it is also a story about thoughtful exhibition design, carefully crafted to not only present

Motley Crew: Crizti Walsh paints a cast characters for her first solo art show

By Jim Roberts Crizti Walsh has spent many of her nights and weekends the last two and a half years painting an eclectic bunch of characters. Among them: a trapeze artist, a voodoo priestess, a woman with progeria and a Tanzanian albino. She said that painting these people—and creating individual backstories for them—is cathartic. “It’s

Magnifique Lalique

By Betsy DiJulio Enchanted by Glass is, to be sure, a story about legendary designer, craftsman, and businessman, René Lalique (1860-1945), and his seemingly enchanted career that burgeoned during a time of artistic, scientific, and technological flourishing in France.  But it is also a story about thoughtful exhibition design, carefully crafted to not only present

Magnifique Lalique

By Betsy DiJulio Enchanted by Glass is, to be sure, a story about legendary designer, craftsman, and businessman, René Lalique (1860-1945), and his seemingly enchanted career that burgeoned during a time of artistic, scientific, and technological flourishing in France.  But it is also a story about thoughtful exhibition design, carefully crafted to not only present

Stage & Film

FILM: Naro Cinema Schedule

By Tench Phillips   Why do we humans care so much for certain living creatures and not so much for others? Obviously, we care most about our closely related flesh and blood, followed by the ethnic groups we were born into. Our identification expands out to include our schools, churches, teams, political parties, and our

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

STAGE: Parchman Hour is Right on Time

By Jerome Langston Oddly enough, it was a conversation on a porch in Maine, with television writer Bill Svanoe about the music of the sixties, which eventually lead Virginia native, Mike Wiley, to create The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders. This was back in 2009, and Mike was blown away

Food

Not Your Father’s Orapax

By Marisa Marsey When I called Orapax’s owner Nick Seretis to schedule an interview for the scoop on the treasured neighborhood Greek restaurant’s makeover – its refreshing new Santorini-styled look, a liquor license to unleash creative cocktails (I’ll have a Mediterranean Mule, please) and menu updates – he made sure I met with his daughter,

Drink

Deadline Brewing Project: Read All About It

By Diane Catanzaro & Chris Jones Deadline Brewing Project is a brand new “nanobrewery” in Virginia Beach near the intersection of West Great Neck Road and Shore Drive.  Anchored by two television news reporters and one former print journalist, Deadline’s grand opening was just a few news cycles ago on September 29. With the Lynnhaven

Travel

TRAVEL: Isle of Islay, Queen of the Hebrides, Scotland

Words & Photos by Cindy Mackey If you enjoyed Local Hero, the 1983 movie about the oil businessman who finds himself on a Scottish island inhabited by stubborn locals, then you’ll love the real-life version during a vacation on the Isle of Islay (EYE-luh), part of the Inner Hebrides. Just a 20-minute flight from Glasgow

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