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...

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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...

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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...

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Summer of Miracles

Summer of Miracles

  By Tom Robotham  We haven’t had that spirit here since 1969 – The Eagles In July, 1979, President Carter went on national television to deliver what came to known as his “malaise speech.” At the heart of the address was Carter’s assertion that the country was...

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Takin’ It to the Streets

Takin’ It to the Streets

(LUCE owner/chef Antonio Caruana is all smiles thanks to outdoor seating) By Jeff Maisey On an early June evening my girlfriend and I were seated at a table for two within a detached outdoor cafe section on the corner of Tazewell and Granby Street in downtown Norfolk....

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Portsmouth Amphitheater Concerts to Relocate

Portsmouth Amphitheater Concerts to Relocate

(Lionel Richie will perform now at ODU's Ted Constant Center on July 10) All announced concerts for the 2019 season in Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion will be held in other locations. The change of venues is a result of structural concerns with the Portsmouth...

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Hampton Arts Announces 2019-20 Season

Hampton Arts Announces 2019-20 Season

(PICTURED: Ginger Minj will star in the the musical "Xanadu" November 2 at the American Theatre in Hampton) BY JEFF MAISEY Last evening, Hampton Arts announced its 2019-20 season during a VIP ceremony at the American Theatre. Now in its 32nd season, the programming...

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What Remains

What Remains

  By Tom Robotham  A church is there to teach you to pay attention, and to awaken the poetry in your soul. ~ Margaret Visser, The Geometry of Love.    On the afternoon of April 15, I received a call from Jeff Maisey, the publisher of this magazine. When I...

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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. ...

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...

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...