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Music

Music Jeff German

Introducing Jeff German and the Blankety Blanks

By Katie Cooper   Jeff German and the Blankety Blanks could be called the working man’s band.  Hailing from Columbus, OH, German balances a full time job, roles as dad, grandfather, and hockey coach with traveling musician hitting the road at least twice a month with his band the Blankety Blanks.  This self-described Blue Collar,

Art

Robert Lang, “Vertical Pond II”

Origami Exhibit is Above the Fold

By Betsy DiJulio   The Hermitage is an historic house museum.  But it’s not just an historic house museum, nor even the same historic house museum that it once was. While it could be said that any museum is never quite the same as the day before, the staff and board of “The Herm”—a new

“Fully Faded,” Mickael Broth, is on display at Work|Release

Physical Graffiti

By Jeff Maisey   The world of graffiti art comes to life in a new exhibition at Work | Release. Dubbed “Nobody Writes Letters Anymore,” outsider artists such as Mickael Broth, Noah Larmz, “Frank Ape” creator Brandon Sines, and Chris “Apes” Peters provide a taste of the underground and a view of the public spaces

Robert Lang, “Vertical Pond II”

Origami Exhibit is Above the Fold

By Betsy DiJulio   The Hermitage is an historic house museum.  But it’s not just an historic house museum, nor even the same historic house museum that it once was. While it could be said that any museum is never quite the same as the day before, the staff and board of “The Herm”—a new

Robert Lang, “Vertical Pond II”

Origami Exhibit is Above the Fold

By Betsy DiJulio   The Hermitage is an historic house museum.  But it’s not just an historic house museum, nor even the same historic house museum that it once was. While it could be said that any museum is never quite the same as the day before, the staff and board of “The Herm”—a new

Stage & Film

Film 2

A Summer Season of Film as Art/Art as Film

By Tench Phillips It’s only appropriate for the summer that The Naro showcase films that indulge the passions of the arts. Our New Non-Fiction Film series on Wednesday nights will feature an acclaimed film about musical mentor Seymour Bernstein, whose authenticity and wisdom transcend the competitive world of musical performance. Produced by Ethan Hawke, this

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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

Chicken Con Fit featuring Giraffe

Remember Mom’s Cinnamon Toast?

Words & Photos by Stef Wasko From the two entrepreneurs who introduced Norfolk to The Handsome Biscuit and Field Guide, comes a third culinary phenomenon serving the best thing since sliced bread— Toast. This newest member of the David Hausmann and John Porter family of Norfolk restaurants finds its home in the old Buddy Baker

Drink

Drink Diane

Summertime is Session Time

By Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones   Summertime in Hampton Roads, when air temperatures are in the 90s and the percent relative humidity is also in the 90s, no sane person wants a barley wine or an Imperial Stout.  What we want is a session beer, a relatively low alcohol quencher of both thirst, and

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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