Game Day

Game Day

  By Tom Robotham I wanna grow up to be a politician, and take over this beautiful land.  – Roger McGuinn.   If you want to understand politics in the age of 24/7 “news” media, look no further than CNN’s “coverage” on July 30, 2019.  “It’s game day!” one...

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Criminal Justice Reform Now

Criminal Justice Reform Now

(Michael Britt being hosted as a special guest at the home of Senior Virginia State Senator L. Louise Lucas for a discussion on Criminal Justice Reform in Virginia.)  By Michael Muhammad Imagine reaching the three-and-a-half-year mark of your current probation and...

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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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Guys & Dolls is the Perfect Musical

Guys & Dolls is the Perfect Musical

(Brian Ray Norris and Sam Simahk in Guys & Dolls. Photo by Samuel W. Flint.)  By Jerome Langston “He always brings me in for comedies,” says director Nicolas Minas, with a bit of a chuckle, in response to my question about how he was selected to direct Guys and...

Painting Rocketman

Painting Rocketman

Michael Kagan's With All The Fucking Force (2011) By Jeff Maisey Ground control to Major….Kagan. If pop star David Bowie were alive today we can only assume he’d have a strong interest in the paintings of Michael Kagan. Bowie, like many recording artists of the late...

Artimus Pyle Keeps Skynyrd Legacy Alive

Artimus Pyle Keeps Skynyrd Legacy Alive

  By Jeff Maisey Now that Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd has retired from recording and touring, it may be more important than ever to experience The Artimus Pyle Band in concert. Artimus Pyle became Lynyrd Skynyrd’s drummer in late 1974 when the band was preparing...

FILM: Blue Note Records at 80

FILM: Blue Note Records at 80

  By Tench Phillips, Naro Cinema It’s been a rewarding summer for a greying audience of baby boomers who have been rediscovering their hippie roots from the sixties and seventies. I’m not referring to CBD oil. The Naro has shown a number of new documentaries...

Virginia Beach Art Center Takes Root in the ViBe

Virginia Beach Art Center Takes Root in the ViBe

  By Betsy DiJulio Not to be confused with the old Virginia Beach Center for the Arts which, over the past few decades, evolved into MOCA, the Virginia Beach Art Center (VBAC) is its own thing, though a similarly long time in coming. VBAC’s home, a beautiful...

A Tribute to Pink Floyd

A Tribute to Pink Floyd

  By Jeff Maisey Tribute bands can be fun when a group such as Pink Floyd is not likely to reunite key surviving members Roger Waters and David Gilmore.  Concert tributes like Australian Pink Floyd not only dedicate themselves to performing the music...

Ohio Players Rekindle the Fire

Ohio Players Rekindle the Fire

  By Jeff Maisey While Ohio Players released their debut single, “Neighbors,” in 1967, it wasn’t until 1973 and “Funky Worm” that the Dayton, Ohio band experienced Billboard success on the R&B and top pop albums and singles charts.  Ohio Players were...

Oktoberfest Beers to Enjoy

Oktoberfest Beers to Enjoy

Erdinger Oktoberfest This seasonal beer offers a synergistic combination of two classic German styles, Oktoberfest and wheat beer; a surprising alliance that works very well together. Cloudy body with some amber hints. The head is frothy, pleasantly white and with a...

OKTOBERFEST 2019

OKTOBERFEST 2019

(Portsmouth Mayor John Rowe poses with Mrs. Osfolk of the Bier Garden at last year’s Oktoberfest celebration)  By Jeff Maisey If beer has a national — make that multi-national — holiday then surely it is Oktoberfest. Celebrations abound, including right here in...

Rah Rah for Ray Ray’s

Rah Rah for Ray Ray’s

  By Marisa Marsey If April showers bring May flowers…what do May flowers bring? When it comes to the one that’s an apartment high-rise at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, the answer is Ray Ray’s at the Mayflower, a new breakfast/lunch eatery by consummate chef Ray...

Wine Spectator Recognizes Local Wine Lists

Wine Spectator Recognizes Local Wine Lists

(Jennifer Eichert’s Mermaid Winery locations in Norfolk and Virginia Beach each received Wine Spectator’s 2019 Best of Award of Excellence) By Jeff Maisey Several Hampton Roads restaurants were honored in Wine Spectator’s 2019 Restaurant Awards, which highlights...

New Realm Beers Coming to Northern Virginia

New Realm Beers Coming to Northern Virginia

Virginia Eagle Distributing Company (VED) announced this week that a formal distribution agreement has been signed with New Realm Brewing (New Realm).  Beginning immediately, New Realm will be offering their award-winning brand to the entire VED territory. “This is an...

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...