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Culture Club Headlines American Music Festival

  By Jeff Maisey Few pop bands have made the dynamic one-two punch Culture Club did in the early ‘80s. The London-based group debuted in 1983 with the album “Kissing to be Clever,” which spawned three hit sings in “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “Time (Clock of My Heart)” and “I’ll Tumble 4

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Symphony Pays Tribute to Bowie

By Jeff Maisey By early January, I had been in touch with Virginia Symphony cellist Jacob Fowler about a possible pairing with a local musician for Veer Magazine’s Local Music Awards. I’m a fan of mash-ups, especially when musicians from opposite perspectives get together and make magic happen. A few years ago, I asked the

Music Culture Club

Culture Club Headlines American Music Festival

  By Jeff Maisey Few pop bands have made the dynamic one-two punch Culture Club did in the early ‘80s. The London-based group debuted in 1983 with the album “Kissing to be Clever,” which spawned three hit sings in “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “Time (Clock of My Heart)” and “I’ll Tumble 4

Art

Paul Gauguin
(French, 1848–1903)
The Loss of Virginity, 1890–91
Oil on canvas 
Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.

Meet Chrysler Museum’s Lloyd DeWitt

By Betsy DiJulio In January, Lloyd DeWitt, Ph.D., was named chief curator of European Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art. Hailing from a post as curator of European Art at the Gallery of Ontario, Toronto’s leading art museum, DeWitt is recognized as a 17th century Dutch art specialist, a broad based scholar, and a

Mark Ryden, Rosie's Tea Party, 2005 | Oil on Canvas, 51 x 51 inches
Private Collection | Courtesy of Lio Malca, New York ©Mark Ryden

Hi-Fructose Opens at MOCA

By Betsy DiJulio  The opening of this long-awaited (and now controversial) exhibition, in the making for over three years, occurs after press-time.  So Alison Byrne, Director of Exhibitions and Education, and Heather Hakimzadeh, Curator, agreed to provide a preview of what’s in store via an email Q & A. This ten-year retrospective of Hi-Fructose: The

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ART REVIEW: Transforming Black & White

By Betsy DiJulio   Elegant and austere, Norwood Viviano’s gracefully attenuated and pendant and occasionally funnel-like “plumb bob” forms are, in fact, three-dimensional graphs of population growth and decline in 25 US cities from New York to Flint, Michigan, including Norfolk. The artist has transformed “black and white” census data into glossy black, smoky gray

Mark Ryden, Rosie's Tea Party, 2005 | Oil on Canvas, 51 x 51 inches
Private Collection | Courtesy of Lio Malca, New York ©Mark Ryden

Hi-Fructose Opens at MOCA

By Betsy DiJulio  The opening of this long-awaited (and now controversial) exhibition, in the making for over three years, occurs after press-time.  So Alison Byrne, Director of Exhibitions and Education, and Heather Hakimzadeh, Curator, agreed to provide a preview of what’s in store via an email Q & A. This ten-year retrospective of Hi-Fructose: The

Stage & Film

(Soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird has been appointed to the new position of Executive/Artistic Coordinator)

OPERA: This Bird in the Office Flew in from the Stage

By Montague Gammon III   The Virginia Opera’s 8th annual, free and open admission, “Opera in the Park” concerts this year showcase the talents of the company’s chorus, whom VO Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Adam Turner calls “the hardest working singers in the business,” of recent and current members of the Opera’s internationally recognized

(Maggie Darlington)

Former Busch Gardens Dancer Stars in Riverdance

By Jim Roberts   It’s no secret that Busch Gardens’ “Celtic Fyre” show was inspired by “Riverdance,” which debuted in 1995 and popularized Irish stepdancing all over the world. Lesser known is the fact that Maggie Darlington, who danced lead in the original “Celtic Fyre” show in 2010, is now the lead in the 20th

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FRINGE FEST: National Theater of Scotland

By Montague Gammon III   At the eerie border between this world and the next, wrapped within the blurry boundary that separates what’s natural from what’s not, traveling near the snow bound Scottish-English border in the uncommonly frigid winter of 2010, academic Prudencia Hart found her “Strange Undoing.” The wholly fictional tale of Professor Prudencia

(Soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird has been appointed to the new position of Executive/Artistic Coordinator)

OPERA: This Bird in the Office Flew in from the Stage

By Montague Gammon III   The Virginia Opera’s 8th annual, free and open admission, “Opera in the Park” concerts this year showcase the talents of the company’s chorus, whom VO Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Adam Turner calls “the hardest working singers in the business,” of recent and current members of the Opera’s internationally recognized

Food

(A busy night at Los Cuates Taqueria.  Courtesy photo)

FOOD REVIEW: Los Cuates Taqueria & Tienda

By Joe Lowrey Luis Sanchez is an energetic fellow. He scurries through the aisles at Los Cuates Taqueria, head on a swivel, soaking in every detail and checking out the action at the tables. From across the crowded room he sees the kitchen door swing open and catches a glimpse of his reason for being,

Drink

Drink Release Smartmouth FreeThought

Craft Beer: Aug/Sept Releases & Seasonals

Compiled by Staff   Each month we’ll turn you on to the scheduled new release and seasonal beers on tap at our regional breweries. Often there is some fanfare, party atmosphere connected to release dates at the brewery.   O’Connor Brewing Company: Punkelweisse Release date: August 12 @ 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm The Punkelweisse,

Travel

Edinburgh Castle (Photo by Tom Robotham)

Rocks of Ages

By Tom Robotham    The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see. ― G.K. Chesterton   The first time I visited England, in 1979, most of the people I encountered were British. That may seem like a terribly obvious statement. But during a visit to the United Kingdom

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