VIEWPOINT: The Joy of Eating Safely

VIEWPOINT: The Joy of Eating Safely

(O’Connor Brewing Company’s Harvest Market features a wide array of organic produce on the first and third Sunday of each month through October. Photo courtesy of O’Connor Brewing Co.) By Al Markowitz Good food is one of life's greatest pleasures. Due the obstacles of...

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VIEWPOINT: Busing and Politics

VIEWPOINT: Busing and Politics

  By Tom Robotham  In the wake of the recent Democratic debates, the widespread consensus was that there was one clear winner: Kamala Harris. And there was one moment above all others that made her stand out—her confrontation with Joe Biden over his opposition to...

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5 Great July 4th Celebrations

5 Great July 4th Celebrations

Lights of Freedom July 4, All day/night Colonial Williamsburg www.merchantssquare.org    Stars & Stripes Explosion The Deloreans, 31st St Park @ Oceanfront, 7-11 PM Chester B’s Motown Revue, 17th St @ Oceanfront, 7-10 PM Tidewater Winds, 24th St @ Oceanfront,...

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Battle of the Bar-Arcades

Battle of the Bar-Arcades

(Gaming like its 1989. Photo by Josh Howell) By Josh Howell When I first heard Norfolk was going to soon gain a bar-arcade (BARCADE is trademarked), I was excited. I have fond memories of blowing through quarters at Aladdin’s Castle and Flipper McCoys, but I also...

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Telling Our Story

Telling Our Story

  By Al Markowitz I have dedicated much of the last twenty years to reclaiming and publishing the literature of working people. As a poet, the emphasis of my publishing efforts have been through the “Blue Collar Review, Journal of Progressive Working Class...

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Deep Ecology: How Life Works

Deep Ecology: How Life Works

  By Tench Phillips, Naro Cinema I’ve been conflicted about the message I want to convey in this month’s column. How do I tackle the most important issues of our time. What is the tone or spirit I want to express that would make some kind of a contribution for...

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Change for All the Wrong Reasons on NPR

Change for All the Wrong Reasons on NPR

(NPR theme music composer and former Virginia Beach resident BJ Leiderman) By Jeff Maisey Let’s set the record straight: National Public Radio (NPR) has made a mockery of BJ Leiderman’s theme music composed for its “Morning Edition” news program.  The new version is...

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Modern Exhibition Redefines Asian Art

Modern Exhibition Redefines Asian Art

  By Betsy DiJulio It all started—and ended—with a donut.   In the spring, my good friend and Hermitage Museum board member, Trish Pfeifer, excitedly shared with me the roster of artists for their summer show, which includes Jae Yong Kim of South Korea.  I was so...

The Last Bison’s Musical Evolution

The Last Bison’s Musical Evolution

  By Jeff Maisey And then there were three… Back in 2011, local alternative rock radio station 96X began airing “Switzerland,” an infectiously melodic song full of emotion blending what seemed to be a marriage of Appalachian mountain music, classical and pop. ...

Call for Artists: Hampton Arts Project

Call for Artists: Hampton Arts Project

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS:      The Hampton Arts Foundation, in partnership the Kroger Company, will commission a professional artist to create indoor artwork for the new Kroger grocery store located at 1090 West Mercury Boulevard in Hampton. The artwork will be...

PREVIEW: Anyone For “Chess?”

PREVIEW: Anyone For “Chess?”

  By Jim Roberts If the mark of a good chess player is the ability to see and plan many moves ahead, Shon M. Stacy may qualify as a grand master with his staging of “Chess,” the musical. While he’s ruminated on the show since he heard the music as a teen-ager,...

Dumpstaphunk Brings Cajun Funk to Boogaloo

Dumpstaphunk Brings Cajun Funk to Boogaloo

  By Jim Morrision Ivan Neville is in Boston this afternoon, having just arrived for the second of a series of shows with his band, Dumpstaphunk, on what could be called the Masters of Funk tour, but is George Clinton's long, fond farewell. They're out with...

TASTE Acquires Cuisine & Co

TASTE Acquires Cuisine & Co

(Jon Pruden, TASTE co-owner/president, with a Ghent location manager) Staff Report Taste Unlimited, the gourmet/speciality foods business operating TASTE stores throughout Hampton Roads and Richmond, recently acquired the popular full-service catering company known as...

New ABC Laws Go Into Effect July 1

New ABC Laws Go Into Effect July 1

Below is the list of new ABC laws that go into effect July 1.  Happy Hour Advertising (HB 2073 and SB 1726) This law allows retail on-premise ABC licensees to advertise both the alcoholic beverages featured during a happy hour and the beverage prices. Creative...

Coastal Virginia Brewery Alliance Festival

Coastal Virginia Brewery Alliance Festival

(Porter Hardy IV is President of the Coastal Virginia Brewery Alliance and Smartmouth Brewing Co) By Jeff Maisey The 30 independent craft breweries counting themselves as members of the recently formed Coastal Virginia Brewery Alliance (CVBA) are hosting a party and...

Precarious Beer Hall – Ale, Arcade, and Americana

Precarious Beer Hall – Ale, Arcade, and Americana

(Spacious Precarious Beer Hall is fun, fun, fun) Words & Photos by Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones What are the sounds you associate with Colonial Williamsburg? Pumpa-rum pumpa-rum twee twee tweeee…that’s a fife and drum corp as they march through the pedestrian...

Dining à la (shopping) Cart at Wegmans & IKEA

Dining à la (shopping) Cart at Wegmans & IKEA

(Take a break from shopping at Wegman’s Burger Bar. Photo courtesy of Wegmans) By Marisa Marsey Have you heard about the Swedish meatballs at IKEA? They’re delicious. If only you didn’t have to put them together yourself. Ba-dum-CHING! I’m joking, of course. You don’t...

Reverend Spirits 

Reverend Spirits 

By Jim Roberts One thing Karl Dornemann’s restaurants have always had in common: whiskey. Lots and lots of whiskey. “The first time I had it, I fell in love with it,” he said. “At least Scotch-wise.” By way of explanation—and only half-joking—he added: “I don’t know...

Beer Conversation with Phil Smith

Beer Conversation with Phil Smith

  By Jeff Maisey Some of the best, free-flowing conversations can be had over a beer — or any cocktail, glass of wine and dinner.  I have always found this to be true, and especially when traveling.  Recently, I gave Brick Anchor Brew House owner Phil Smith a...