ESSAY: The Slow Creep of Dementia

ESSAY: The Slow Creep of Dementia

By Tom Robotham Recent speculations that President Biden is afflicted with dementia have caused me to reflect on the disturbing experience of watching my mother descend into her own delusional state of mind.  I’m not sure exactly when she began to show signs of it. I...

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Top 20 Ways To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Top 20 Ways To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

As we approach St. Paddy’s Day, local businesses, concert promoters and the arts have offered a pot of golden opportunities at the end of the rainbow with many ways to enjoy the Irish-themed holiday and culture of the Emerald Isle.  1  Shamrockin’ In Ghent What began...

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ESSAY: The Slow Creep of Dementia

ESSAY: Fast Times at Wagner High

By Tom Robotham It’s hard to believe, but it’s fact: This year, my high-school graduating class will celebrate its 50-year reunion. In recognition of this occasion, I find myself reflecting on my high-school experience.  From the beginning, it was pretty grim. My...

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RESULTS: 2024 Veer Music Awards

RESULTS: 2024 Veer Music Awards

(Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos scored three 2024 Veer Music Awards following a phenomenal year of touring, Billboard Blues album charting, and rave reviews nationwide for the album "Cheat The Devil.")   By Jeff Maisey Blues rockers Anthony Rosano & The...

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Norfolk Wood Shop Celebrates One Year in Business

Norfolk Wood Shop Celebrates One Year in Business

By Jim Roberts Opening a small, brick-and-mortar woodworking supply store in the age of Amazon and “big box” competition might not seem like the wisest business decision, but James Brooks is making it work. His Norfolk Wood Shop—located across the street from Elation...

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ESSAY: The Slow Creep of Dementia

Growing Up with The Beatles

By Tom Robotham In December, 1963, my sister received a package from her “pen pal” in Scotland. Inside, was a 45 rpm record made exclusively for the “official fan club” of a band called The Beatles. Although Beatlemania had not yet come to America, and I was only 7 at...

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Amanda Knox: Still Clearing Her Name

Amanda Knox: Still Clearing Her Name

By Jeff Maisey Most Americans know the name Amanda Knox and her story of being a young woman studying abroad in Italy, and who’s British college roommate and friend was raped and murdered in their home.  Knox, in a highly publicized trial in an Italian court, made...

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VOTE! 2024 VEER MUSIC AWARDS!

VOTE! 2024 VEER MUSIC AWARDS!

As you can see below, 2023 was a sensational year for bands and musicians in the 757 region.  Voting is now live through January 21.   Note: Most of the categories required potential nominees to have released a single, EP, album, or music video in 2023. We also...

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Announcing 2024 Veer Music Awards Nominees

Announcing 2024 Veer Music Awards Nominees

As you can see below, 2023 was a sensational year for bands and musicians in the 757 region.  Voting will begin this week. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for announcement. Note: Most of the categories required potential nominees to have released a single, EP, album,...

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Music Video of the Year Nominees

Music Video of the Year Nominees

Below are the 2024 Veer Music Awards nominees for Music Video of the Year Celeste Kellogg, “Save a Dance For Me This Christmas”   tyler donavan, “Crescendo”   Magg Dylan, “GTFO”   Sunny Moonshine, “2Tone” featuring Lex Lucent   Jarrett Beeler,...

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Lessons From The O’Jays

Lessons From The O’Jays

(Eddie Levert of The O’Jays) By Jeff Maisey The O’Jays are one of America’s most beloved old school soul and R&B groups.  You no doubt know the songs from radio play and television commercials: “Love Train,” “I Love Music,” “Use Ta Be My Girl,” and...

Justin Kauflin Headlines The Z

Justin Kauflin Headlines The Z

(Justin Kauflin performing at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. Photo by Andrea Palmucci.)  By Jerome Langston The first time I heard acclaimed jazz pianist and composer, Justin Kauflin, actually play — was in support of legendary jazz vocalist, Sheila Jordan, whose...

Hornsby + yMusic = BrhyM

Hornsby + yMusic = BrhyM

By Jeff Maisey Grammy-winning piano man Bruce Hornsby, known for his pop hits “The Way It Is” and “Mandolin Rain,” has a new collaboration project where he teamed with experimental chamber ensemble yMusic for a refreshing new album — “Deep Sea Vents.” Pop artists such...

ODU Students Shine in 2024 Exhibition

ODU Students Shine in 2024 Exhibition

(Avery Keys’ Static ) By Betsy DiJulio “Is it my imagination or is ODU student work considerably stronger than in the past?” I asked John Roth, professor and chair of the ODU art department, via messenger, pressing further, “If the latter, to what do you attribute...

Threshold Rides Symbolism

Threshold Rides Symbolism

By Betsy DiJulio Janus, the two-faced Roman god, is featured on the discreet, but rather baroque, medallion mounted above the entrance to the American Academy in Rome’s main building (c. 1914) with its austere, symmetrical, and orderly Renaissance architectural...

World Premiere, Mozart and a Monumental Work

World Premiere, Mozart and a Monumental Work

(Composer Juhi Bansal was commissioned by Virginia Symphony Orchestra to create a new classical music work — To Call the Rain.) By Montague Gammon III The Virginia Symphony Orchestra again gives Hampton Roads audiences the honor of being the planet’s first to hear a...

Overnite Lows High on Original Songwriting

Overnite Lows High on Original Songwriting

(Larry Berwald and Scott McMahan) By Jeff Maisey Musicians Larry Berwald and Scott McMahan, in collaboration with The Roads Bistro in Virginia Beach, have started a new series they call Songs & Stories: An Evening of Original Music.  Presented on the fourth...

Stuff Their Stockings…And Yourself

Stuff Their Stockings…And Yourself

(FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Brian Brinson’s popular Lizard Café is the perfect lunch combo with Prince Books in downtown Norfolk.)   By Marisa Marsey Time for the holidays. Yay! Time for holiday shopping. Ugh! I love pretty much any festive tradition (more mistletoe, please)...

WINE REVIEWS: Reds To Splurge On

WINE REVIEWS: Reds To Splurge On

By Jeff Maisey I’m normally a $25-$50/bottle wine guy at home, but during the festive fall and holiday season this year I’ve splurged a bit, and the upgrades have been noticeable.  Moone Tsai Howell Mountain 2018 Red Blend  Napa Valley Lynn and I recently hosted a...

Restaurant Reverie

Restaurant Reverie

(Daily menu additions like this Roasted Red Pepper Bisque w/fried basil and smoked peppercorn have business booming for chef/owner Kevin Sharkey at 1608 Crafthouse in Virginia Beach.)   By Marisa Marsey Heading west on I-64 for a business meeting in Richmond last...

A Wine Education at Crystal Palate

A Wine Education at Crystal Palate

(Crystal Cameron-Schaad enjoys sharing an education in wine culture with patrons.)   By Jeff Maisey For the more sophisticated traveler, experiencing a destination through its culinary and winemaking culture is an essential ingredient in understanding the uniqueness...

Top Shelf Service

Top Shelf Service

(Annie Rostov) By Jeff Maisey Few industries seem to be as impacted coming out of the pandemic as the restaurant business.  While customers have returned to near pre-Covid numbers, restauranteurs in Hampton Roads and across the nation have seen their food costs and...

Filibuster bourbon

Filibuster bourbon

By Marisa Marsey Heading to Derby Day, my fancy races to mint juleps and the bourbon that braces them. (Of course, my fancy races to bourbon many a day, anyway). A good bet for those juleps – if you want to stay true to Virginia while toasting Kentucky – is...

Return of The Belvedere

Return of The Belvedere

By Marisa Marsey Were you as ecstatic as I when you heard that the beloved Belvedere Coffee Shop & Diner was being resurrected in the spanking new Moxy Hotel at the Oceanfront? If you possess any VaBeachVa history, I’m guessing that’s a resounding, fist-pumping...

Afterglow Brewing Shines in Norfolk’s Railyard District

Afterglow Brewing Shines in Norfolk’s Railyard District

(Josh Evans and Jeff Hartline. Photo by Diane Catanzaro.) By Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones Here’s some exciting news for beer lovers! Norfolk’s newest brewery held their Grand Opening the weekend of July 8. Afterglow Brewing is now open for business at The Railyard...

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