Of Youth and Age

Of Youth and Age

By Tom Robotham I am not going to make age an issue in this campaign. I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent’s youth and inexperience. – Ronald Reagan   Now that 2019 is underway, it won’t be long before the next presidential campaign begins...

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Black History Month Guide

Black History Month Guide

Compiled by Staff Following is a variety of concerts, art exhibitions, theater productions, and various events in celebration of Black History Month in Hampton Roads.    Portraits of Service: Portsmouth African Americans in the Military, 1946-67 January 18...

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Bier Garden to Open on Shore Drive

Bier Garden to Open on Shore Drive

(Kevin Osfolk stands proud of his traditional beer selection at The Bier Garden.) Photo by Kathy Keeney By Jeff Maisey Craft breweries aren’t the only one’s opening additional locations. In January, Portsmouth-based The Bier Garden plans to unveil its Bier Garden...

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A Kinder, Gentler Nation

A Kinder, Gentler Nation

When George H.W. Bush died, I watched with mixed feelings as pundits lionized him. I couldn’t help thinking about a book I’d read while W. was president: American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush, by Kevin Phillips, a...

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Shaking Will’s Shows Down to Basics

Shaking Will’s Shows Down to Basics

  By Montague Gammon III The Reduced Shakespeare Company returns to the Arts Festival to put yet another unique, hilarious, high pressure squeeze on the greatest playwright of the Western World. Reducing to 97 minutes a body of work that totals 867,711 words...

Bluegrass Meets Jazz

Bluegrass Meets Jazz

  By Jim Morrison The list of Bela Fleck's collaborators is a head-spinning kaleidoscope through modern music. Sam Bush and John Cowan in New Grass Revival, a group that redefined acoustic music. The out-there rhythm section of Roy and Victor Wooten and the...

Pilobolus Is a Fungus and a Dance Company

Pilobolus Is a Fungus and a Dance Company

  By Montague Gammon III Pilobolus, that truly unique dance company whose choreography melds the athletic with the aesthetic, offers its Virginia Arts Festival audiences a program of recently made works joined to pieces from its long established repertory, said...

Virginia-centric New Waves for 2019

Virginia-centric New Waves for 2019

By Betsy DiJulio Juried art shows are peculiar animals.  They are one person’s vision of what the viewing public needs to see from what was submitted, usually during an open call for entries, often with a fee, sometimes that includes a museum membership.  In the case...

Joan Osborne Pays Homage to Dylan

Joan Osborne Pays Homage to Dylan

By Jim Morrison Joan Osborne's "Songs of Bob Dylan" album grew out of a need to fill a demand. The Cafe Carlyle, the storied Upper East Side Manhattan jazz club, asked her to sit in for a two-week residency in 2016. American Songbook standards, a natural choice,...

FILM: Hallelujah! Zen For Nothing

FILM: Hallelujah! Zen For Nothing

By Tench Phillips, Naro Cinema I’ve recently come across a few popular artists who followed a calling to walk along the Buddhist path. They include the recently departed singer-songwriter-poet Leonard Cohen, known for such beautiful ballads as “Suzanne,” “Hallelujah,”...

Dog-n-Burger Grille to Become Redwood Smoke Shack

Dog-n-Burger Grille to Become Redwood Smoke Shack

By Cindy Mackey Dog-n-Burger Grille, a Ghent favorite established in 1969, will be transformed into the popular barbeque restaurant Redwood Smoke Shack. The property at 2001 Manteo Street has been an institution over the decades for fresh-cooked hamburgers, hot dogs,...

VEGAN REVIEW: The Egg Bistro

VEGAN REVIEW: The Egg Bistro

By Betsy DiJulio Recent posts on the Vegans of Hampton Roads Facebook page had The Egg Bistro brightly lit-up on my personal “run don’t walk” radar screen.  Though they have locations with vegan options in VA Beach and Suffolk, I chose the Chesapeake location from...

5 Years of Home Republic Brewpub

5 Years of Home Republic Brewpub

By Jeff Maisey Five years ago, Barbara and Joe Curtis opened what was only the second brewpub in Hampton Roads.  Their decision proved insightful given the ever-expanding cast of breweries in the region.  At the time, nationally-known Gordon Biersch operated a...

Proper Lager Debuts

Proper Lager Debuts

By Jeff Maisey O’Connor Brewing Company will unveil its ultra-clean, Helles-style lager dubbed Proper Lager on Saturday, February 16 with a party that includes music from The Janks (4:30 PM) and Mosquito Cabaret (7 PM).  Proper Lager will replace the brewery’s R&R...

Cape Charles Shining Bright with Brewery

Cape Charles Shining Bright with Brewery

By Jeff Maisey Virginia’s Eastern Shore has long been known for its bountiful harvest yielded from the endless fields of potatoes, watermelons, soybeans, corn, and other vegetables as well as the freshest seafood found anywhere — especially oysters.  In the past...

Bold Mariner to Focus on OV, Close Lambert’s Point Location

Bold Mariner to Focus on OV, Close Lambert’s Point Location

Norfolk-based Bold Mariner Brewing Company is excited to announce the completion of a deal that now allows the former Bank of The Common- wealth building at 1901 E. Ocean View Ave. to be transformed into the new Bold Mariner Brewing Company. In addition, Bold Mariner...

Getting In The Spirits

Getting In The Spirits

(Kara King gazes out to a bright future for craft spirits in Virginia.) Photo courtesy of Ironclad Distillery Co. By Jim Roberts By all measures, the spirits industry in Virginia is booming. While the number of distilleries grew 19 percent from 2016 to 2017, sales...

Benchtop Wins VEER’s 2018 Golden Tap Award

Benchtop Wins VEER’s 2018 Golden Tap Award

  By Staff Benchtop Brewing Company won the overall Golden Tap when Veer Magazine presented its annual Local Beer Awards at O’Connor Brewing Company in Norfolk. Gold, silver and bronze medals were given out in 50 categories ranging from various beers styles to...