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Someday is Now for Major and the Monbacks

By Jim Morrison There was nothing to debate about where Neal and Cole Friedman, the twins who helped form Major and the Monbacks, were headed after graduating from college last spring. It was on the road with the band With two key members sprung from the ivied walls of academe (William & Mary for Neal;

Composer Bela Bartok

Chihuly Meets Bartok

Music, mystery and excitement in a glass filled castle By Montague Gammon III   When JoAnn Falletta calls any musical event “one of the most exciting things I’ve ever been a part of, in my entire life of making music,” it’s time to take notice. That’s how she characterized the upcoming Virginia Arts Festival/Virginia Symphony

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Wynton Marsalis: The Jazz Messenger

By Tom Robotham As a longtime jazz fan, I feel blessed to have lived in New York City in the early 1980s. Many of America’s greatest jazz pioneers were still alive, and I was fortunate enough to catch them in concert: Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Bill Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, among others.

Art

1.	Kawase Hasui Japanese, 1883–1957 Mt. Fuji from Narusawa, 1936 Color woodblock print on laid paper Gift of Momotaro Yanagida, Mayor of Moji, Japan, sister city of Norfolk

Gifts from Japan Rediscovered

By Jeff Maisey   Imagine looking through your attic or closet and uncovering a gift from long ago – like 54 years ago. That’s essentially what happened to Alex Mann, Brock Curator of American Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art, when he happened upon a series of woodblock prints at the museum. “As I

1.	Kawase Hasui Japanese, 1883–1957 Mt. Fuji from Narusawa, 1936 Color woodblock print on laid paper Gift of Momotaro Yanagida, Mayor of Moji, Japan, sister city of Norfolk

Gifts from Japan Rediscovered

By Jeff Maisey   Imagine looking through your attic or closet and uncovering a gift from long ago – like 54 years ago. That’s essentially what happened to Alex Mann, Brock Curator of American Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art, when he happened upon a series of woodblock prints at the museum. “As I

Ryan McGinness, Art History Is Not Linear (VMFA) 6, 2010, Acrylic on panels. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. National Endowment for the Arts Fund for American Art. © 2014 Ryan McGinness / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

McGinness and New Waves Shine at MOCA

By Betsy DiJulio “Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit” is a uniquely seductive concept for an exhibition, as visitors are made to feel as though we are walking through his studio space.  Organized by the VA Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, MOCA’s installation of the components makes it work beautifully. McGinness, a native son of Virginia

Along the Eastern Road: Hiroshige's Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido
Through September 15
Hermitage Museum
 
This outstanding exhibition features 55 revolutionary wood-block prints by Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858), recording the scenic views along the famous "Eastern Road" that linked Edo (now Tokyo) with Kyoto, the ancient imperial capital of Japan. This popular series, known as the Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road, was published in 1834 and established Hiroshige's reputation as the foremost artist of the topographical landscape.
 In 1832, Hiroshige journeyed along the historic Tokaido, visiting the fifty-three towns and villages that dotted the road, which provided lodging, refreshments, and souvenirs for travelers. The route was traveled frequently by noblemen, merchants, religious pilgrims and tourists. Hiroshige stayed at these overnight stations and recorded numerous views of the surrounding landscape, towns and people.
 Hiroshige was trained in the tradition of the ukiyo-e - "floating world"-wood-block print making. As a genre, landscape developed late in the ukiyo-e period and was greatly influenced by the prints of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).

Art Exhibits

Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk) “Libensky and Brychtova,” Through August Permanent Collection, ongoing www.chrysler.org   Mayer Fine Art Gallery (Norfolk) 803-4749   Virginia MOCA (VA Beach) “Multiplicity,” Through August 17 425-0000, www.VirginiaMOCA.org   Peninsula Fine Arts Center (Newport News) “Emerging Virginia Artists,” Through October 12 www.pfac-va.org   Charles H. Taylor Center (Hampton)  “Virginia Artists 2014

Stage & Film

Harajuku, Tokyo, a scene from Planetary, showing April 22 at The Naro

‘Planetary’ Film Event on The 45th Earth Day

By Tench Phillips   I find it somewhat revealing how media and business attach the label  “environmentalist” to describe anyone who resists the corporate exploitation and degradation of nature, as if a concern for the planet goes counter to reasonable social norms. This kind of subtle marginalization of the green movement has over the years

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VA Arts Fest Opens with Ballet Hispanico

By Montague Gammon III   Ballet Hispanico’s visit to the Virginia Arts Festival swirls (and leaps, struts, slides and lifts) through a Latino flavored look at matters as tangible as a kiss or as surreal as a Magritte painting. The sweet and spicy Salsa vocals of the late Celia Cruz, the Havana born, New York

Cast of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Killer Fun Anglo-American Duo

By Montague Gammon III The greatest English writer’s bloody tragedy of ancient Scottish royalty, in company with the greatest American humorist’s fanciful tale of an ancient English court, comes to Christopher Newport’s Ferguson Center a few days after the Ides of April in new productions by The Acting Company in association with The Guthrie Theater.

:  The exceptional party scene from La Traviata. Photo courtesy of Des Moines Metro Opera in a co-production with Virginia Opera

La Traviata: Beautiful, Young, Sexy and Dying

By Montague Gammon III What can you say about a beautiful young courtesan who dies? Well, oodles of folks have been saying – and singing and even dancing – quite a lot of things about one such star-crossed lass, variously named Marie/Marguerite/Camille/Violetta, since 1848. That’s when French novelist and playwright Alexandre Dumas turned out what

Food

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Grilled Cheeseheads

Words & Photos by Marisa Marsey Say, “Cheese!” That’s almost all you can say at hot-off-the-press Grilled Cheese Bistro in downtown Norfolk where, true to its name, the menu lists seven iterations of the feel-good, security blanket of a sandwich. If, like me, you’re sometimes overwhelmed by eateries whose vast array of options induces an

Drink

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Virginia Distillery Company

By Jim Roberts According to Andrew Shand, a master distiller who worked in Scotland’s whisky industry for 35 years before moving to Virginia two years ago, the most important qualification in his trade is patience. “We always say: If you want gin or vodka, you order it on Monday, it’s made on Tuesday, you get

Travel

Husk is Southern through-and-through (Photo by Marisa Marsey)

Charleston Kicks

By Marisa Marsey     It took three passes along fabled East Bay Street in a driving rain and a blur of antebellum manses before I finally espied tiny Unity Alley, home to McCrady’s – the historic restaurant where James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock launched his upward professional trajectory – but GPS-stress evaporated the

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