ESSAY:Tangled Up in Blue 

ESSAY:Tangled Up in Blue 

NO EASY BEAT: Tom Robotham’s “backstage/all access pass” to the frontlines of NYC’s crime and fire scenes in the late 1970s.    By Tom Robotham Recently on Facebook, I saw a meme asserting that there’s no such thing as a good cop: they’re either dirty, clean but...

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ESSAY: Powerless

ESSAY: Powerless

  By Tom Robotham On the morning of September 30, when hurricane Ian started to make its presence felt in Norfolk, I was watching CNN’s coverage of the devastation in Florida. Since my oldest friend lives in Fort Myers—ground zero, as it turned out—I was worried...

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ART NEWS: Shooting Stars

ART NEWS: Shooting Stars

  By Jeff Maisey Award-winning international celebrity/fashion photographer and director Markus Klinko is best known for capturing some of the most iconic images of the stars.  Klinko’s extensive portfolio includes captivating images Beyonce, Lady Gaga, David...

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NEWS: Diana Blanchard Gross Lands in Hampton

NEWS: Diana Blanchard Gross Lands in Hampton

(Diana L. Blanchard Gross preparing for the 2022 Virginia Artists Juried Exhibition.) By Betsy DiJulio Coming under the umbrella of Hampton Arts—aka the Hampton Arts Commission, which was created by Hampton City Council in 1987—together with The American Theatre and...

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ESSAY: Young and Free

ESSAY: Young and Free

(My childhood home, shortly before my family moved in, in 1959.)  By Tom Robotham  During this summer’s heatwave, when I stayed home as much as possible, I spent a few afternoons binge-watching The Andy Griffith Show. I loved the program when it aired in primetime,...

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BUSINESS: Matthew Stewart Rides into Retirement

BUSINESS: Matthew Stewart Rides into Retirement

(Matthew Stewart hits the retirement road) By Jeff Maisey After 43 years, Coastal Import Repair founding owner Matthew Stewart has decided to ride off into the sunset of retirement. To many in Hampton Roads, and especially in Norfolk, Coastal Import Repair has been a...

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ESSAY: Powerless

ESSAY: In My Travels

By Tom Robotham This summer, for the first time in a long while, I haven’t ventured outside of Hampton Roads. There are a number of reasons for that, a tight budget chief among them. If all goes well, I’ll wander farther afield in 2023. Meanwhile, I’m moved to reflect...

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Top 5 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard albums of 2022

Top 5 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard albums of 2022

By Nate Sacks Australian Psych-rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard had yet another prolific year in terms of official album releases. The band previously released 5 albums in 2017, and now 5 years later they repeated the madness. There's plenty of smaller...

London Calling and Gourmandizing NEON 

London Calling and Gourmandizing NEON 

Artist Matthew McGuiness   By Betsy DiJulio Look beneath the surface of most community murals and there you will find a rich backstory—a stew if you will—of historical context and contemporary perspective.  The newest mural in Norfolk’s NEON district boasts that...

A Magical Paradox: When Students Become Teachers

A Magical Paradox: When Students Become Teachers

  By Kate Mattingly  Learning a dance is a lot like playing a game of telephone: movement leaves one body and is passed to another, transformed by that person’s anatomy and style, and then transmitted and transformed again, and again. For Eli Motley, a...

Romantic Christmas with Dave Koz

Romantic Christmas with Dave Koz

  By Jeff Maisey Smooth jazz saxophonist Dave Koz has made a successful seasonal career hitting the road for the past 25 years in the month leading up to Christmas Eve with his critically acclaimed Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour. When the Silver...

The Nigerian Connection

The Nigerian Connection

      By Jerome Langston   While a fellow at the Newark Museum of Art back in 2015, curator Kimberli Gant, PhD, discovered a significant connection between African-American painter Jacob Lawrence, regarded by some as the most celebrated black...

PREVIEW: Mummenschanz 

PREVIEW: Mummenschanz 

(The avant-garde mime troupe has a distant connection to Norfolk) By Jim Roberts Mummenschanz, the avant-garde mime troupe celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, has a distant but meaningful connection to Norfolk: Floriana Frassetto, one of the group’s founders,...

Bruce Hornsby Preview: My Fecund Years

Bruce Hornsby Preview: My Fecund Years

(Bruce Hornsby Photo by Sarah Walor) By Jim Roberts Bruce Hornsby, the Grammy Award-winning musician from Williamsburg, is in the midst of the most prolific phase of his career, releasing three solo albums over the last four years. While he still tours with his band,...

Local Music Reviews

Local Music Reviews

Jae Sinnett’s Zero to 60 Quartet With Symphonicity “Live at the Sandler Center (Self-Release) Back in April, Jae Sinnett’s Zero to 60 Quartet performed live at Sandler Center with the backing of Symphonicity, Virginia’s official orchestra conducted by Daniel Boothe....

STAGE: A Norfolk Hobbit

STAGE: A Norfolk Hobbit

A group shot of the cast: From Left to Right (starting with the first row): Jeffrey A. Haddock, Kristina VanPeeren, Billy Bustamante, Jayden Adams-Ruiz, Anna Sosa, and Kennedy Savage. Second Row (starting with woman in the grey sweater); Emma Emde Savanna Stone, Zia...

757 Battle of the Beers Celebrates 10 Years in September

757 Battle of the Beers Celebrates 10 Years in September

By Jeff Maisey Over the last decade, craft beer festivals have come and gone in the Hampton Roads.   Today the 757 Battle of the Beers, celebrating its 10th anniversary on September 24, is the longest running beer event in the region.  The 757 Battle concept was...

RESTAURANT NEWS: A Gateway to India

RESTAURANT NEWS: A Gateway to India

  By Marisa Marsey Paul Chhabra, the civic-minded, seasoned restaurateur who’s been broadening Hampton Roadsters’ palates with biryanis, bharthas and basmati for over three decades, is pulsing with boyish energy early this morning as he pulls up in a U-Haul to a...

BEER: Crossing the Thin Brew Line 

BEER: Crossing the Thin Brew Line 

(Beer-tender Cara and Thin Brew Line’s new brewer, Raf Corredor. Photo by Chris Jones.) By Diane Catanzaro & Chris Jones There you are in Virginia Beach, looking for a place to get a libation, a sip of suds, a beer. You’d like something fresh, delicious, and...

The Grey Goose Turns 40

The Grey Goose Turns 40

(The Grey Goose now serves brunch six days a week. Photo by Grey Goose ) By Marisa Marsey “That was really tasty,” said Phillip Epstein as he and his wife Dana exited The Grey Goose Tea Room in Downtown Hampton. “But I don’t need to go back again.” The year was 2007....

Mexican-Inspired for Cinco de Mayo

Mexican-Inspired for Cinco de Mayo

  By Jeff Maisey Mexican lagers have been a favorite amongst local beer lovers, especially on Hampton Roads’ notoriously humid, hot days of spring and summer. Beer brands from South of the Border like Modelo, Dos Equis, Tecate, Cerveza Pacifico Clara have...