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...

read more
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...

read more
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,...

read more
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...

read more
Telling Our Story

Telling Our Story

  By Al Markowitz I have dedicated much of the last twenty years to reclaiming and publishing the literature of working people. As a poet, the emphasis of my publishing efforts have been through the “Blue Collar Review, Journal of Progressive Working Class...

read more
Deep Ecology: How Life Works

Deep Ecology: How Life Works

  By Tench Phillips, Naro Cinema I’ve been conflicted about the message I want to convey in this month’s column. How do I tackle the most important issues of our time. What is the tone or spirit I want to express that would make some kind of a contribution for...

read more
Change for All the Wrong Reasons on NPR

Change for All the Wrong Reasons on NPR

(NPR theme music composer and former Virginia Beach resident BJ Leiderman) By Jeff Maisey Let’s set the record straight: National Public Radio (NPR) has made a mockery of BJ Leiderman’s theme music composed for its “Morning Edition” news program.  The new version is...

read more
Upcoming Film Events at Naro Cinema

Upcoming Film Events at Naro Cinema

  WATER LILIES OF MONET   Claude Monet was an art-world disruptor at the turn of the 20th century whose obsession with capturing light and water broke all convention. This is an exclusive tour led by Monet scholars through the French museums that house the...

Local Music Reviews: July 2019

Local Music Reviews: July 2019

Suburban Key Party “2nd Place Medals” (Self-Release) Alternative rock band Suburban Key Party could very well unlock the doors to success with this new 6-song EP. Two songs stand out big time: “Sticks & Stones” and “Secrets.” “Sticks & Stones,” for one, has...

Keepin’ It Real with Marcus King Band

Keepin’ It Real with Marcus King Band

  By Jeff Maisey In talking with guitarist/singer Marcus King, it doesn’t take long to realize his heart, soul and head are all in the right place.  King learned to play guitar by watching his father, bluesman Marvin King, and absorbing the music he heard on...

Modern Exhibition Redefines Asian Art

Modern Exhibition Redefines Asian Art

  By Betsy DiJulio It all started—and ended—with a donut.   In the spring, my good friend and Hermitage Museum board member, Trish Pfeifer, excitedly shared with me the roster of artists for their summer show, which includes Jae Yong Kim of South Korea.  I was so...

The Last Bison’s Musical Evolution

The Last Bison’s Musical Evolution

  By Jeff Maisey And then there were three… Back in 2011, local alternative rock radio station 96X began airing “Switzerland,” an infectiously melodic song full of emotion blending what seemed to be a marriage of Appalachian mountain music, classical and pop. ...

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...

Coastal Virginia Brewery Alliance Festival

Coastal Virginia Brewery Alliance Festival

(Porter Hardy IV is President of the Coastal Virginia Brewery Alliance and Smartmouth Brewing Co) By Jeff Maisey The 30 independent craft breweries counting themselves as members of the recently formed Coastal Virginia Brewery Alliance (CVBA) are hosting a party and...

Precarious Beer Hall – Ale, Arcade, and Americana

Precarious Beer Hall – Ale, Arcade, and Americana

(Spacious Precarious Beer Hall is fun, fun, fun) Words & Photos by Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones What are the sounds you associate with Colonial Williamsburg? Pumpa-rum pumpa-rum twee twee tweeee…that’s a fife and drum corp as they march through the pedestrian...

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...