Game Changer for Smartmouth

Game Changer for Smartmouth

By Jeff Maisey It’s summertime.  Most of Team Smartmouth’s starting lineup is batting like champs. There’s Alter Ego Saison, the team’s home run leader. Murphy’s Law Amber is good for an on-base hit every time at bat. Notch 9 Double IPA always scores with RBIs (and...
Sly Clyde’s: Coastal Virginia’s First Cidery

Sly Clyde’s: Coastal Virginia’s First Cidery

By Michael Curry Joining the ever growing number of craft breweries in the region, Sly Clyde’s Ciderworks in Phoebus is totally unique, becoming the first brewery making only cider — not the juice to be found on the shelves of the grocery store but the delicious...
MOCA’s Debi Gray: Last Words (almost)

MOCA’s Debi Gray: Last Words (almost)

By Betsy DiJulio Debi Gray began her tenure as executive director at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)—then the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia—with three of her small staff on maternity leave in the midst of the 2009 recession.  Furloughs and lay-offs...
OPINION: Shining A Light On Dark Money

OPINION: Shining A Light On Dark Money

By Tench Phillips, Naro Cinema At the time of the founding of the nation, political democracy in the U.S. was extremely limited. The root meaning of ‘democracy’ is rule by and for the people. But exactly who is included in the term ‘the people’? The founding fathers...
Finding Hope in Hard Times

Finding Hope in Hard Times

By Al Markowitz This  has been a tough time for me. News of Anthony Bourdain’s suicide hit me particularly hard. Here was a man I could relate to, both as a cook who loved to create and to taste great food, and as someone who understood that there is no “them.”...