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  By Jim Roberts Halfway through a 20-minute phone interview—about eight of them spent talking about politics—Nellie McKay stopped herself and asked: “How much of the human body is water? Is it 70 percent? … Well, even more of a percentage of our show is music. It’s 95 to 99 percent. “But then you have

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

20 Things You Need To Know About Virginia International Tattoo

By Jim Roberts The Virginia International Tattoo, like the Virginia Arts Festival, is celebrating its 20th year in 2016. Scott Jackson, a percussionist in the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, has produced and directed the show since 2003. In an interview with Veer Magazine, he talked about what he’s learned over the last 14 years and how

Cross Reflects on 20th Anniversary of Virginia Arts Festival

By Jeff Maisey On April 24, 1997, the Virginia Waterfront International Arts Festival made its debut as an 18-day event that included performances by Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Mark Morris Dance Group, contemporary musician Steve Reich, and jazz legends Ramsey Lewis and Billy Taylor. Executive Director Rob Cross was quoted at the time saying, “We

St. Paddy’s Week: Chieftains headline a weeklong celebration of Irish music and events

  By Jeff Maisey EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to an injury, The Chieftains concert has been cancelled. The Virginia Arts Festival has helped make Norfolk front-and-center during a week-long celebration of St. Patrick’s Day by scheduling the legendary traditional Irish music group The Chieftains on March 15 at Chrysler Hall. On the plaza before the concert

Bell’s Beethoven Recital a Must-see

By Montague Gammon III   A one-time subway busker – tall, good-looking and possessed of a multi-million dollar 1713 Stradivarius violin, a six-figure valued Tourte bow and prodigious, priceless talent – kicks off the classical music part of Virginia Arts Festival’s 20th year January 28 at the Roper Performing Arts Center on Granby Street. Actually,

Todd Turns 10

By Jeff Maisey   When Todd Rosenlieb arrived in Hampton Roads, modern dance was a rarity experienced only when the Virginia Arts Festival brought in a nationally touring company such as Mark Morris from April to May. While Michael Curry scheduled an occasional performance between September and April during the American Theatre’s season, contemporary dance

Wailin’ Jennys Jumpstart VA Arts Festivals 20th Season

By Jim Morrison   The arresting three-part harmonies flowing from the current lineup of The Wailin’ Jennys were born in a bathroom. Founding member Ruth Moody sought recommendations for the departing Annabelle Chvostek from a friend, Aoife O’Donovan of Crooked Still and more recently a brilliant solo debut. Donovan suggested Heather Masse, a New York-based