Boathouse Live!: A Memoriam

Boathouse Live!: A Memoriam

    (Restaurant guru Sean Pepe recently closed The Boathouse Live, Newport News' best live music venue) By Craig Wynne, Guest Writer This morning, I woke up to a Facebook posting from Gary.  This posting, taken from the Hampton Daily Press, read “Newport...

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Play Ball

Play Ball

By Tom Robotham  For the past year or so, my life has been marked by a series of unsettling disruptions. It all started last spring when my 15-year-old car, which I loved, finally bit the dust. In the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t that big a deal. But it turned...

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OPINION: Reparations

OPINION: Reparations

By John L. Horton For some time now, I have been struggling with the question of “reparations…owed to African Americans?”  Finally, I have decided to put pen to paper and express myself.  It has not been an easy task as I find myself still conflicted and somewhat torn...

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Politics in the Classroom

Politics in the Classroom

By Tom Robotham  Recently an old friend shared on Facebook a link to a two-year-old article in The Staten Island Advance—a paper for which I used to work—about a New York City resident who was upset by a vocabulary question on his 11-year-old daughter’s homework...

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The Attucks at 100: The Apollo of the South

The Attucks at 100: The Apollo of the South

By Jerome Langston On this unseasonably warm, mid-week day, there is little activity happening outside of Norfolk’s historic Attucks Theatre, the performing arts venue famously situated at the corner of Church Street and Virginia Beach Boulevard. That is also the case...

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A Nation in Denial

A Nation in Denial

By Tom Robotham Two years ago, I delivered a talk at the Tidewater Community College Literary Festival called “Scenes from a White Boy’s Life,” in which I reflected on my lifelong efforts to understand “the problem of the color line,” as W.E.B Du Bois put it. I talked...

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Take 5 (or 8) with Vicki Lawrence

Take 5 (or 8) with Vicki Lawrence

  By Jeff Maisey Comedian/actress/recording artist Vicki Lawrence, best known for her role as Mama on CBS’s “The Carol Burnette Show” (1967-78), will bring her “two-woman” act to Ferguson Center on June 9. (NOTE:The Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show...

PREVIEW: In Love with Little Shop of Horrors

PREVIEW: In Love with Little Shop of Horrors

  By Jim Roberts Brendan Hoyle vividly remembers seeing “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Swift Creek Mill Theatre outside Richmond when he was only 6 years old. “It was the musical that made me fall in love with theater,” he said.  “The show is this great...

Danceable Cocktails

Danceable Cocktails

  Ballets with a Twist (Brandy Alexander from Cocktail Hour The Show) Photo by Nico Malvaldi By Michael Curry What's your favorite? Brandy Alexander perhaps. Or the Singapore Sling, a Bloody Mary or a good old Manhattan? Of course you recognize the names as...

Upcoming Film Events at Naro Cinema

Upcoming Film Events at Naro Cinema

  MEETING GORBACHEV   Werner Herzog, interviews one of the world’s greatest living politicians, Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union. Now 88, living outside Moscow and battling illness, we’re offered a last chance to learn about true...

Getting a Handle on a Dream

Getting a Handle on a Dream

  By Montague Gammon III In a Summer of Shakespeare reduced and condensed, of Shakespeare symphonic and abridged and played forwards and backwards; in a world awash with the Bard bowdlerized and modernized, concertized, danced and filmed and videoed, set in outer...

Sumptuous Music for Play of Passion

Sumptuous Music for Play of Passion

  By Montague Gammon III Shakespeare’s other pair of doomed lovers – Antony and Cleopatra, the grown up ones – play out their ill fated romance alongside the Virginia Symphony in Norfolk and Newport News mid-May under the baton of VSO’s much honored, triple...

Fans Share Favorite Bob Seger Songs

Fans Share Favorite Bob Seger Songs

  By Jeff Maisey Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band were a staple on album oriented rock radio stations (AOR) across the country in the late 1970s and ‘80s with hits such as “Still the Same” and “Old Time Rock n Roll.” Seger’s music continues in heavy...

Dining à la (shopping) Cart at Wegmans & IKEA

Dining à la (shopping) Cart at Wegmans & IKEA

(Take a break from shopping at Wegman’s Burger Bar. Photo courtesy of Wegmans) By Marisa Marsey Have you heard about the Swedish meatballs at IKEA? They’re delicious. If only you didn’t have to put them together yourself. Ba-dum-CHING! I’m joking, of course. You don’t...

Reverend Spirits 

Reverend Spirits 

By Jim Roberts One thing Karl Dornemann’s restaurants have always had in common: whiskey. Lots and lots of whiskey. “The first time I had it, I fell in love with it,” he said. “At least Scotch-wise.” By way of explanation—and only half-joking—he added: “I don’t know...

Beer Conversation with Phil Smith

Beer Conversation with Phil Smith

  By Jeff Maisey Some of the best, free-flowing conversations can be had over a beer — or any cocktail, glass of wine and dinner.  I have always found this to be true, and especially when traveling.  Recently, I gave Brick Anchor Brew House owner Phil Smith a...

Vegans Can Clean-Up at Sloppy Seconds

Vegans Can Clean-Up at Sloppy Seconds

By Betsy DiJulio I don’t know that, given the meaning of the slang phrase “sloppy seconds”—which conjures up nothing appetizing—I would have necessarily chosen it as the name of my restaurant.  But, alas, that’s the name and I will go back for Thoughtless Thirds.  ...

Penang Town: One Restaurant, Many Flavors

Penang Town: One Restaurant, Many Flavors

By Marisa Marsey  If you can travel to only one European country, pick Switzerland. With French overtones in the West, Italian in the South, and German and Austrian in the North and East, it’s a veritable continental quilt. Likewise, if you can visit only one Asian...

German Wunderbar Hefe to Debut at Norfolk NATO Festival

German Wunderbar Hefe to Debut at Norfolk NATO Festival

By Jeff Maisey A traditional German hefeweizen beer will make its debut on Saturday, April 27 in Town Point Park as part of the Norfolk NATO Festival’s International Village.  Wunderbar represents the third consecutive year Norfolk NATO Festival’s Board of Directors...

Monday Morning QB-ing Saturday Morning IPA

Monday Morning QB-ing Saturday Morning IPA

By Jeff Maisey For just over one week in late February, Norfolk-based Smartmouth Brewing Company’s limited release Saturday Morning IPA with marshmallows was the most famous beer in America.  Talk about going viral: national media outlets always looking for bizarre...

Virginia Craft Beer Rising in London

Virginia Craft Beer Rising in London

By Jeff Maisey Several independent craft breweries from Virginia traveled across the pond in late February to test the waters and taste buds on consumers and pub owners during the Craft Beer Rising event at the Old Truman Brewery London, England. Craft Beer Rising is...

Samoa Soiree Merits Your Attention

Samoa Soiree Merits Your Attention

By Marisa Marsey What will they think of next? Crab cakes brightened with a surprise burst of Savannah Smiles. Torchon of foie gras in a buttery tuile fashioned from Trefoils. Baked Alaska where Thin Mint ice cream is just the tip of the iceberg. Such previous entries...