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  By Tom Robotham It is remarkable how easily and insensibly we fall into a particular route, and make a beaten track for ourselves. ~ Henry David Thoreau. For years now, I’ve started my days with the same morning routine: After resisting the urge to stay in bed...

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Game Day

Game Day

  By Tom Robotham I wanna grow up to be a politician, and take over this beautiful land.  – Roger McGuinn.   If you want to understand politics in the age of 24/7 “news” media, look no further than CNN’s “coverage” on July 30, 2019.  “It’s game day!” one...

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Criminal Justice Reform Now

Criminal Justice Reform Now

(Michael Britt being hosted as a special guest at the home of Senior Virginia State Senator L. Louise Lucas for a discussion on Criminal Justice Reform in Virginia.)  By Michael Muhammad Imagine reaching the three-and-a-half-year mark of your current probation and...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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Virginia Symphony Spans the Centuries

Virginia Symphony Spans the Centuries

(Guest conductor Edwin Outwater) By Montague Gammon III Christmas day visits to Ella Fitzgerald’s house were a family routine for young Edwin Outwater, who will conduct the Virginia Symphony’s Brahms + Pulitzer concerts this month. Having a mother who worked for “The...

Marc Cohn Happy to Have Work to Do

Marc Cohn Happy to Have Work to Do

  By Jim Morrison Marc Cohn burst out onto the charts in 1991 with his debut, "Marc Cohn," a disc that earned him a Grammy for best new artist and spun off the hits "Walking in Memphis," "Silver Thunderbird," and "True Companion." While his emergence may have...

Artists Reflect on #MeToo Movement

Artists Reflect on #MeToo Movement

(“MeToo: Intersected” by Betsy DiJulio) By Staff Local visual artists Betsy DiJulio, Knox Garvin and Anne Bousquet have collaborated on a conceptual exhibition reflecting on the #MeToo movement. Titled “Groundswell: Gender, Power & the Body Politic,” the trio of...

ART: Feeling Glass

ART: Feeling Glass

  By Betsy DiJulio Late in August, I caught up with artist Judith Schaechter and Chrysler Museum curator of glass, Carrie Needell, by phone in advance of Schaechter’s exhibition opening in late September. When, fairly early on, Schaechter said, “I’m familiar with...

Jake Clemons Has His Eyes on the Horizon

Jake Clemons Has His Eyes on the Horizon

  By Jeff Maisey The role of a true artist is to show the world in an imaginative way a mirrored reflection of reality, and Jake Clemons does exactly that in dramatic fashion on his dynamic new solo album titled “Eyes on the Horizon.”  Clemons, who grew-up in...

Guys & Dolls is the Perfect Musical

Guys & Dolls is the Perfect Musical

(Brian Ray Norris and Sam Simahk in Guys & Dolls. Photo by Samuel W. Flint.)  By Jerome Langston “He always brings me in for comedies,” says director Nicolas Minas, with a bit of a chuckle, in response to my question about how he was selected to direct Guys and...

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...