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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

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

Britain’s Vinny Peculiar to Play Colley Cantina This Saturday

By Jeff Maisey Britain’s Vinny Peculiar will perform an intimate gig Saturday, March 18 at Colley Cantina. He’ll be joined by a backing group of Norfolk musicians tasked with learning a variety of his works, including tracks from his critically acclaimed concept album, “Silver Meadows (Fables from the Institution).” In 2014, Uncut Magazine called Peculiar

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

Top Spring Musical Theater Performances

Compiled by Staff   Turandot Virginia Opera March 17, 19, 21 Based on an ancient fable set in China, this story of the legendary Princess Turandot, so desirable that men risked their heads for her hand in marriage, weaves the quest for love with the ultimate consequences. From the opening moments of Puccini’s extravagant and

Top Spring Dance Performances

Compiled by Staff   Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Swan Lake Presented by Virginia Arts Festival March 31 – April 2 Chrysler Hall Granted its “Royal” title in 1953 by the just-crowned Queen Elizabeth II, this legendary troupe is one of the world’s oldest premier dance companies and the longest continuously operating ballet company in North

Top Spring Musical Theater Performances

Compiled by Staff   Turandot Virginia Opera March 17, 19, 21 Based on an ancient fable set in China, this story of the legendary Princess Turandot, so desirable that men risked their heads for her hand in marriage, weaves the quest for love with the ultimate consequences. From the opening moments of Puccini’s extravagant and

Food

Sunnyside Up as d’Egg Diner Reopens

By Jeff Maisey First there was the gas-line explosion in Selden Arcade that zapped the historic building’s electrical system and created structural damage. Then came the delayed construction of the adjoining hotel/conference center project of The Main and refurbishment of the front façade of Selden Arcade. But after a three-month closing period, a complete interior

Drink

An Evening of Rare Beers

By Jeff Maisey Craft beer festivals and events are all the rage these days, but with everyone and his brother producing such festivities offering an experience that is unique and enticing is harder to pull off. Greg White knows a thing or two about this. White is the craft beer and import brand manager at

Travel

Paris, je t’aime

Words & Photos by Tom Robotham How is anyone ever gonna come up with a book, or a painting, or a symphony, or a sculpture that can compete with a great city? You can’t. Because you look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form. ~ Woody Allen, ‘Midnight in Paris.’

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