NEON Festival Turns 5

NEON Festival Turns 5

(Artists descend upon the Chrysler Museum during NEON Festival) By Jim Roberts The third weekend in October—which includes the Town Point Wine Festival and the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival—is widely considered one of the best weekends of the year in Norfolk—if not...

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Burning Down The House

Burning Down The House

  By Tench Phillips, Naro Cinema I looked down upon a sea of green that spread out below me in every direction as far as my eyes could see. It wasn’t water we were flying over, it was a tightly-knit canopy of trees covering the Amazon basin. I had flown out of...

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Error Messages

Error Messages

  By Tom Robotham It is remarkable how easily and insensibly we fall into a particular route, and make a beaten track for ourselves. ~ Henry David Thoreau. For years now, I’ve started my days with the same morning routine: After resisting the urge to stay in bed...

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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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Marc Cohn Happy to Have Work to Do

Marc Cohn Happy to Have Work to Do

  By Jim Morrison Marc Cohn burst out onto the charts in 1991 with his debut, "Marc Cohn," a disc that earned him a Grammy for best new artist and spun off the hits "Walking in Memphis," "Silver Thunderbird," and "True Companion." While his emergence may have...

Artists Reflect on #MeToo Movement

Artists Reflect on #MeToo Movement

(“MeToo: Intersected” by Betsy DiJulio) By Staff Local visual artists Betsy DiJulio, Knox Garvin and Anne Bousquet have collaborated on a conceptual exhibition reflecting on the #MeToo movement. Titled “Groundswell: Gender, Power & the Body Politic,” the trio of...

ART: Feeling Glass

ART: Feeling Glass

  By Betsy DiJulio Late in August, I caught up with artist Judith Schaechter and Chrysler Museum curator of glass, Carrie Needell, by phone in advance of Schaechter’s exhibition opening in late September. When, fairly early on, Schaechter said, “I’m familiar with...

Jake Clemons Has His Eyes on the Horizon

Jake Clemons Has His Eyes on the Horizon

  By Jeff Maisey The role of a true artist is to show the world in an imaginative way a mirrored reflection of reality, and Jake Clemons does exactly that in dramatic fashion on his dynamic new solo album titled “Eyes on the Horizon.”  Clemons, who grew-up in...

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...

Bold Mariner Anchors in Ocean View

Bold Mariner Anchors in Ocean View

(Behind the scenes in the brewhouse: Michael Stacks and John O’Reilly) By Jeff Maisey There’s a famous proverb that proclaims “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”  It can be said this was true for Michael Stacks, founder and president of The Bold Mariner...

The Garage Brewery, Tradition & Big Ugly Win Gold

The Garage Brewery, Tradition & Big Ugly Win Gold

(Beach Ambassadors and the medalists in the People's Choice category. Photograph by Sean Chagnon/Eye of the Storm Photography) STAFF REPORT Beach Ambassadors presented its 7th Annual 757 Battle of the Beers competition in a festival setting on the grounds of Camp...

2019 Golden Tap Awards

2019 Golden Tap Awards

Hampton Roads’ craft breweries have enjoyed another outstanding year with accolades coming from global, national, statewide and regional sources. With all of these great things happening in our Coastal Virginia beer scene, it is our pleasure to announce the 2019 Veer...

DINING: Say 350 Grace

DINING: Say 350 Grace

(Michelle and Willie Moats offer the community a delicious gluten-free dining experience with 350 Grace in Ghent) By Marisa Marsey “When I made the commitment to go 100 percent gluten-free with this restaurant, everyone laughed,” recalls Willie Moats. “I felt like...

757 Battle of the Beers

757 Battle of the Beers

(757 Brewers and Beach Ambassadors group photo by Sean Chagnon/Eye of the Storm Photography) STAFF REPORT Heard of a food fight?  How about a beer fight instead?  Well, sorta.  On Saturday, October 12 — yes, mark your calendar and plan to attend — the Beach...

Virginia Wines Rising

Virginia Wines Rising

(Significant investments in new equipment and vineyard expansion at leading wineries such as Early Mountain are helping put Virginia on the map of great wine regions. Photo courtesy of Early Mountain) By Marisa Marsey  Have you seen the bumper sticker proclaiming:...

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...