Wasserhund to Open Chesapeake Location

Wasserhund to Open Chesapeake Location

BY CINDY MACKEY  Wasserhund Brewing Company has leased 4,000 square feet of prime, street-level space at Summit Pointe, in Chesapeake’s Central Business District. The second location for the brewery, located at 510 Belaire Avenue, is scheduled to open in June 2021....

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Rumble On

Rumble On

  By Jeff Maisey Rick Rumble, host of WNOR-FM99’s mega-popular “Rumble in the Morning” show, recently celebrated 25 years at the radio station, and slathered a little extra icing on the cheesecake by signing a five-year extension.  Several former interns,...

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ROBOTHAM: See You at the Pub

ROBOTHAM: See You at the Pub

(Columnist Tom Robotham was among the first to enjoy the patio when Taphouse Grill in Ghent reopened in late summer) By Tom Robotham  Ten years ago, I wrote an essay in this space called “The Soul of the Pub”—my reflections on the appeal of pubs in general, and The...

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ODU School of Music Tunes in Despite COVID

ODU School of Music Tunes in Despite COVID

(Dr. Nancy K. Klein conducting Old Dominion University’s symphony and chorus. Photo courtesy of ODU.) By Montague Gammon III The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic hit ODU’s F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music last March, when this descendent of the University’s 62 year old...

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OPINION: Reparations, To Be or Not to Be

OPINION: Reparations, To Be or Not to Be

BY JOHN L. HORTON I just finished reading the latest issue of TIME Magazine (double issue, September 21/28, 2020). The magazine has a feature/society piece about the “Rosewood massacre” (circa 1923), where nine survivors and descendants have been awarded some...

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The Myth of Individualism 

The Myth of Individualism 

  By Tom Robotham No man is an island, / Entire of itself, / Every man is a piece of the continent,  A part of the main. ~ John Donne  I didn’t watch this year’s Republican convention—I couldn’t stomach the thought—but I did see the opening montage, which...

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The Myth of Individualism 

ESSAY: Thoughts and Prayers

  By Tom Robotham Let me ask you a question: Do you pray? If so, for what and to whom?  I used to pray a lot. Throughout my childhood, I attended services at a lovely old Episcopal Church virtually ever Sunday, and for several years I served as an acolyte. In...

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CANCELED: 2020 Boardwalk Art Show

CANCELED: 2020 Boardwalk Art Show

Virginia MOCA announced today the cancellation of the 2020 Boardwalk Art Show scheduled for the weekend of October 23. "It was a tough but necessary call given public safety concerns,” said Virginia MOCA Executive Director, Gary Ryan. “The good news is that we have...

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My Story

My Story

(Jerry Gaines, pictured clearing 25-feet in the long jump, was Virginia Tech’s first full-scholarship black athlete. Courtesy photograph.)  By Dr. Jerry Gaines The circumstances across our nation being what they are, it seems appropriate to share this story now.  Back...

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A Family of Painters Shine at PFAC

A Family of Painters Shine at PFAC

  By Betsy DiJulio Since 2008, Bank of America’s Art in Our Communities program—just one of their many initiatives supporting the arts—has offered to museums and nonprofit galleries worldwide entire exhibitions from the Bank’s extensive and diverse art collection...

ART: Murals of Love Pop Up in ViBe District

ART: Murals of Love Pop Up in ViBe District

(Amber Robinson-Pierce’s mural expresses beauty from within.) By Betsy DiJulio There are some new faces in the crowd.  Faces of color by people of color projecting love, healing, connection, and understanding when it is needed most. As racial protests roiled around...

A Soldier’s Play in the Open Air

A Soldier’s Play in the Open Air

  By Jerome Langston Since being officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization back in March, COVID-19 has dramatically disrupted our society’s social norms—temporarily ending our unrestricted enjoyment of concerts and theme parks, indoor fine...

High Art from The Vatican

High Art from The Vatican

  By Jeff Maisey Millions of visitors over the centuries have stood on the ground floor of the Sistine Chapel within Vatican City in Rome and marveled at the ancient frescos painted on the ceiling by Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti...

REVIEW: Prophetic Unknown Outcome a Must-See

REVIEW: Prophetic Unknown Outcome a Must-See

(Sheila Giolitti (Norfolk ,VA), Atlantis Project #1, Mixed media, Plexiglas, pigment) By Betsy DiJulio A year ago, as the Hermitage staff prepared for an August public forum announcing calls for proposals for their summer 2020 exhibition, Unknown Outcome, they had no...

ART REVIEW: Shifting Gaze in Focus

ART REVIEW: Shifting Gaze in Focus

Ebony G. Patterson, Untitled IV (Khani + di Krew) from the Disciplez Series, 2009. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago. By Betsy DiJulio They didn’t see it coming.  But it is almost as though they did.  Not Covid-19 and the global pandemic, but...

MUSIC: Local New Releases

MUSIC: Local New Releases

Bobby “Blackhat” Walters “America, How Great Do You Feel Today” (Self-Release Single) Bluesman Bobby “Blackhat” Walters in recent years has been keen on quickly capturing a current event or an issue in song. These studio recordings include “Gudment Shutdown” and “HRBT...

ART: Eccentric Delves into the Surreal

ART: Eccentric Delves into the Surreal

(Caroline Russell, “By Air Mail”) By Betsy DiJulio As we enter Phase II of the reopening of the economy in the Commonwealth, art centers and museums are maintaining their reinvigorated virtual personas stronger than ever as they simultaneously return to their...

TBT: Remembering Norfolk’s Boathouse Music Venue

TBT: Remembering Norfolk’s Boathouse Music Venue

(A crowd lines up to enter The Boathouse in the 1990s. Photo courtesy of Jeff Moore) BY JEFF MAISEY "We were backstage and there was a buffet spread out with chicken, roast beef and all kinds of good stuff," recalled singer David Middleton, whose local band, the...

ART CONVERSATION with Virginia MOCA

ART CONVERSATION with Virginia MOCA

(Pictured: MOCA's Director of Audience Development Brad Tuggle and Executive Director Gary Ryan) By Jeff Maisey For this video interview we are joined by Virginia MOCA's Director of Audience Development Brad Tuggle and Executive Director Gary Ryan for a conversation...

Meet New Sly Clyde Cidermaker Edan Valkner

Meet New Sly Clyde Cidermaker Edan Valkner

(Edan Valkner is the new head cider maker at Sly Clyde Ciderworks in Hampton) By Jeff Maisey There’s a new head cider-maker in town. By late August, Sly Clyde Ciderworks will introduce Edan Valkner as its new cider-maker, tasked with producing the award-winning...

Experience Voila During Restaurant Week

Experience Voila During Restaurant Week

(John & Maggie Tsouris prepare for Downtown Norfolk Restaurant Week. Photo by Jeff Maisey)   By Jeff Maisey Downtown Norfolk Restaurant Week, scheduled August 16-23, couldn’t have come at a better time. Restaurants have been on the frontline of businesses most...

REVIEW: Dine Local at Lokal Cafe

REVIEW: Dine Local at Lokal Cafe

(As healthy as it gets salad bowl at Lokal Cafe in Williamsburg. Photo by Betsy DiJulio) By Betsy DiJulio It doesn’t get a whole lot more local or scratch-made than the casual eats at Lokal.  Heck, they even make their own kombucha, complete with alcohol warning.  ...

Cider Talk with Sly Clyde’s Doug Smith

Cider Talk with Sly Clyde’s Doug Smith

(Sandbar provides layers of flavor enhanced by raspberry and lemon. Photo by Sly Clyde.)  By Jeff Maisey Like craft breweries, Sly Clyde Ciderworks in Hampton has a rotating series of seasonal beverages to compliment its core brands and provide a level of quality...

Something’s Always Brewing at COVA 

Something’s Always Brewing at COVA 

(COVA Brewing Co in the 757’s newest craft brewery. Photo by Diane Catanzaro)  By Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones To brew or not to brew? That is the question.  For Scott and Susan Bateman, the answer was “two brew.” Blending the family’s love of craft beer and...

PREVIEW: Syd’s Fish Pig Cafe

PREVIEW: Syd’s Fish Pig Cafe

BY JEFF MAISEY In June, Chef Sydney Meers is set to open his seventh restaurant in a storied culinary career spanning 46 years. In this video interview, with most of the twisted folk art paintings hung on the walls and kitchy, Americana-cool figurines strategically...

Catching Up with Wasserhund’s Aaron Holley

Catching Up with Wasserhund’s Aaron Holley

(Bee-Thoven Honey Hefeweizen is one of Wasserhund's springtime special releases) BY JEFF MAISEY In this video interview Wasserhund Brewing Company owner/brewer Aaron Holley shares his viewpoints regarding operating a brewpub under state government mandated...

St George Unveils Rare Beers

St George Unveils Rare Beers

By Jeff Maisey St. George brewmaster Andy Rathmann unearthed several bottle-aged Imperial stouts stored as far back as 2005. A limited number of these are available at the brewery and packaged as the St George Vertical Sampler Series. Watch our video interview below...

Audacious Bold Mariner Unveils NATO Fest Beer

Audacious Bold Mariner Unveils NATO Fest Beer

  By Jeff Maisey The COVID-19 global pandemic has sunk many plans this spring, but it was unable to divert The Bold Mariner from completing its charted mission for this year’s Norfolk NATO Festival beer collaboration celebrating Italy.  The beer is called Audace,...