ESSAY: My Life in Nine Songs

ESSAY: My Life in Nine Songs

  By Tom Robotham Music…is not simply a distraction or a pastime, but a core element of our identity. – Daniel Levitin, The World in Six Songs The other day, I pulled from one of my bookshelves a volume that I’ve revisited often over the last few years: Daniel...

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ESSAY: Achieving the Dream

ESSAY: Achieving the Dream

By John L. Horton The most dangerous person in the world is a person who is sincerely ignorant and conscientiously stupid. You have a moral obligation to be intelligent. — Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.   If Dr. King were alive, he would have been 93 years old on...

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Read the entire December 15 Issue

Read the entire December 15 Issue

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ESSAY: My Life in Nine Songs

ESSAY: A Christmas Meditation

  By Tom Robotham So this is Christmas, and what have you done? – John Lennon When I was a kid, the Christmas season was the most exciting time of the year. Ushering it in, shortly after Thanksgiving, was the arrival of the Sears Christmas catalogue—or “Wish...

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BREAKING: NRHA Settles St. Paul’s Lawsuit

BREAKING: NRHA Settles St. Paul’s Lawsuit

(A copy of the agreement) BY JIM MORRISON, Correspondent  The Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the city have settled a lawsuit brought by residents of three public housing projects in the St. Paul's area near downtown who said demolishing their homes...

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757 Rugby Academy Inspires Youths

757 Rugby Academy Inspires Youths

(Francois du Cluzel instills encouraging value of rugby into young player. Photo by Stephanie Davenport.)  By Jim Roberts The 757 has turned into an incubator for world-class athletes, producing famous personalities in football, basketball, baseball, boxing and a...

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ESSAY: My Life in Nine Songs

OPINION: Rushing to Judgment

      By Tom Robotham As the holidays approach, I find myself thinking about my all-time favorite movie for the season—Holiday Inn (1942), starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, which I’ve loved for nearly 50 years. The movie’s biggest claim to fame is that it...

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Holiday Happenings in the 757

Holiday Happenings in the 757

(Get out and enjoy the spectacular Million Bulb Walk at Norfolk Botanical Garden through January 2. ) HOLIDAY LIGHTS & PARADES Million Bulb Walk Norfolk Botanical Garden November 12 through January 2 5-9:30 PM Nightly NBGlights.org  Get out and enjoy the...

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Satirical Thanksgiving Play is Spot-On

Satirical Thanksgiving Play is Spot-On

( Director Jessica Holt) By Jerome Langston  “It’s been an incredibly challenging 20 months to be a theater artist,” says Jessica Holt, early on in our conversation about her latest directorial work for Virginia Stage Company, The Thanksgiving Play. A bit earlier in...

Art from Guantanamo Bay

Art from Guantanamo Bay

Muhammad Ansi, Untitled (Hands Holding Flowers through Bars), 2016, acrylic on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches   By Betsy DiJulio   Six artists. Over 100 artworks.  Fifteen years, give or take.  The artists in this rare exhibition include both current detainees at...

2022 Veer Music Awards Nominees Announced

2022 Veer Music Awards Nominees Announced

Ongoing pandemic aside, last year saw music venues finally come back to life and local musicians once again played stages big and small throughout the 757 region. Below are this year's nominees for the 2022 Veer Music Awards. We considered the following when selecting...

Forward with Native American Art

Forward with Native American Art

CARA ROMERO, American (Chemehuevi, born 1977), “Water Memory,” 2015, Archival pigment print on Legacy Platine paper, Acquired with funds from the Board of Visitors, Muscarelle Museum of Art Endowment   By Jeff Maisey If you think you know Native American art,...

MUSICAL: A Soulful Christmas

MUSICAL: A Soulful Christmas

  By Jeff Maisey Anthony Wayne, the former Norfolk resident who scored success on Broadway performing in  “Tootsie: The Musical,” “Pippin,” “Once On This Island,” and “Anything Goes,” as well as Broadway nationwide touring productions of “The Color Purple” and “A...

Twin Restaurant Weeks

Twin Restaurant Weeks

(Restaurant Week is a great way to explore creative culinary creations at Mermaid Winery on Shore Drive. Photo courtesy of Mermaid Winery.) By Jeff Maisey Restaurant Weeks serve as a promotion for dining establishments during what would otherwise be a slow period and...

Benchtop Brewing Wins 2021 Golden Tap Award

Benchtop Brewing Wins 2021 Golden Tap Award

(Benchtop Brewing celebrates its 3rd Golden Tap Award) Staff Report Norfolk’s Benchtop Brewing Company took home 10 medals and earned the most cumulative points to make it Veer Magazine’s 2021 Golden Tap Awards overall winner. Gold, silver and bronze medals were...

TRAVEL & DRINK: Sixteen Days in Belgium 

TRAVEL & DRINK: Sixteen Days in Belgium 

(Wife and husband beer writers Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones at Cafe Den Obelix in Hall, Belgium. Photo by Kate Keese.) By Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones When you’re sitting there in your silk upholstered chair and thinking about your next beer-focused “Vayca,”...

Get a Taste of Smithfield at Red Point Taphouse

Get a Taste of Smithfield at Red Point Taphouse

A welcoming sign in Smithfield: (L-R) Nick Hess, Julie Hess and Tim Ryan. Photo by Diane Catanzaro    By Chris Jones and Diane Catanzaro Farm-to-table dining AND craft beer brewed on premises in a small-town historic building? Yes, please! If this sounds good to...

Prepare for 757 Battle of the Beers

Prepare for 757 Battle of the Beers

The Garage Brewery won the last Battle of the Beers event. Photo by Eye of the Storm Photography courtesy of Beach Ambassadors.  By Jeremy Bender More than 30 regional breweries will vie for this year’s 757 Battle of the Beers crown. The event is held on the grounds...

Still Tasty After All These Years

Still Tasty After All These Years

TASTE OF SUCCESS: (L-R) Peter and Jon Pruden have enhanced and expanded the specialty gourmet food brand known for its delicious sandwiches, prepared food items, and spot-on wine selection By Marisa Marsey As nightmarish as the past year and a half was, Hampton Roads...

RESTAURANT NEWS: 1608 Crafthouse Rebounds

RESTAURANT NEWS: 1608 Crafthouse Rebounds

(1608 Crafthouse’s Bacon Cheeseburger is a popular menu item.)  By Jeff Maisey Kevin Sharkey was prepping for the fifth anniversary of his 1608 Crafthouse on Pleasure House Road in Virginia Beach when the pandemic struck in March 2020. He’s been battling ever since...

Fountain Flows into 757

Fountain Flows into 757

By Jeff Maisey There’s a new hard seltzer in town — Fountain. Made in New York City, this new, upstart brand is fun — from the well-carbonated bubbles, zesty citrus and berry flavors to the eye-catching packaging — screams fun. After enjoying a few cans over a recent...