VA Arts Fest Readies 25th Anniversary

VA Arts Fest Readies 25th Anniversary

(American Ballet Theatre opens the 25th anniversary season of the Virginia Arts Festival) By Jeff Maisey For its silver anniversary season, the Virginia Arts Festival (VAF) has unveiled some returning fan favorites, first-time performers, and an impressive roster of...

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ESSAY: My Life in Nine Songs

ESSAY: My Life in Nine Songs

  By Tom Robotham Music…is not simply a distraction or a pastime, but a core element of our identity. – Daniel Levitin, The World in Six Songs The other day, I pulled from one of my bookshelves a volume that I’ve revisited often over the last few years: Daniel...

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ESSAY: Achieving the Dream

ESSAY: Achieving the Dream

By John L. Horton The most dangerous person in the world is a person who is sincerely ignorant and conscientiously stupid. You have a moral obligation to be intelligent. — Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.   If Dr. King were alive, he would have been 93 years old on...

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ESSAY: My Life in Nine Songs

ESSAY: A Christmas Meditation

  By Tom Robotham So this is Christmas, and what have you done? – John Lennon When I was a kid, the Christmas season was the most exciting time of the year. Ushering it in, shortly after Thanksgiving, was the arrival of the Sears Christmas catalogue—or “Wish...

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BREAKING: NRHA Settles St. Paul’s Lawsuit

BREAKING: NRHA Settles St. Paul’s Lawsuit

(A copy of the agreement) BY JIM MORRISON, Correspondent  The Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the city have settled a lawsuit brought by residents of three public housing projects in the St. Paul's area near downtown who said demolishing their homes...

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757 Rugby Academy Inspires Youths

757 Rugby Academy Inspires Youths

(Francois du Cluzel instills encouraging value of rugby into young player. Photo by Stephanie Davenport.)  By Jim Roberts The 757 has turned into an incubator for world-class athletes, producing famous personalities in football, basketball, baseball, boxing and a...

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ESSAY: My Life in Nine Songs

OPINION: Rushing to Judgment

      By Tom Robotham As the holidays approach, I find myself thinking about my all-time favorite movie for the season—Holiday Inn (1942), starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, which I’ve loved for nearly 50 years. The movie’s biggest claim to fame is that it...

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ART REVIEW: Four Friends Shine Soul Finger Project

ART REVIEW: Four Friends Shine Soul Finger Project

(“Sade,” Anthony Burks, Sr) By Betsy DiJulio Delayed for two years due to the global pandemic, Soul Finger Project was worth the wait. Conceived by Ramel Jasir, (FL) the show brings together for the first time his work and that of three friends: Anthony Burks, Sr....

A Different Type Of Richmond Ballet

A Different Type Of Richmond Ballet

  By Jim Roberts Jennifer Chapman lives in Virginia Beach but works for Richmond Ballet. Her job—even before the rest of the world embraced telecommuting—is to help the dance company build an audience beyond Richmond and specifically in Hampton Roads. In the...

Jack White Supplies the Rock

Jack White Supplies the Rock

By Jim Morrison Jack White recently released one album, "Fear of the Dawn," with another, "Entering Heaven Alive," arriving July 22. He's also rehearsing about 100 songs for his Supply Chain Issues Tour that stops in Portsmouth on April 23. What's the secret to the...

Dreamgirls Brings Glitz and Glamor 

Dreamgirls Brings Glitz and Glamor 

(The Dreamettes. Photo by Sam Flint.) By Jerome Langston “I was holding on to this,” says Anthony Stockard, the producing Artistic Director of Norfolk State University Theatre Company, regarding his theatre company’s latest collaboration with Virginia Stage Company,...

STAGE: Witness The Great Gatsby Anew 

STAGE: Witness The Great Gatsby Anew 

(Aamira Challenger, Katie Housley, Palymyra Mattner, Joshua Liburd, and Conner Keef. Photo by Darryl Estrine. Aquila Theatre’s The Great Gatsby.)   By Montague Gammon III The Aquila Theatre’s casting of The Great Gatsby, coming to the Norfolk’s Attucks Theatre...

Down In the Weeds with Bright Eyes

Down In the Weeds with Bright Eyes

By Jim Morrison It was nine years since Bright Eyes, the trio featuring frontman Conor Oberst, had released an album when "Down In the Weeds Where The World Once Was" hit the streets in 2020.  You're forgiven if Oberst came across as something of a dystopian mystic....

Beethoven’s Ninth is Sauced with Joy and Hope

Beethoven’s Ninth is Sauced with Joy and Hope

(Virginia Symphony Orchestra Music Director Eric Jacobsen) By Montague Gammon III The Virginia Symphony opens the month of April with that most exuberantly glorious piece of symphonic and choral music, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and its particularly timely message of...

Bela Fleck Returns to Bluegrass Roots

Bela Fleck Returns to Bluegrass Roots

(Banjo great Bela Fleck. Photo by William Matthews) By Jim Morrison Bela Fleck is on the phone ruminating about why he dips in and out of so many genres from bluegrass to newgrass to jazz to classical, from his mind-blowing creations with The Flecktones to his work...

Still Tasty After All These Years

Still Tasty After All These Years

TASTE OF SUCCESS: (L-R) Peter and Jon Pruden have enhanced and expanded the specialty gourmet food brand known for its delicious sandwiches, prepared food items, and spot-on wine selection By Marisa Marsey As nightmarish as the past year and a half was, Hampton Roads...

RESTAURANT NEWS: 1608 Crafthouse Rebounds

RESTAURANT NEWS: 1608 Crafthouse Rebounds

(1608 Crafthouse’s Bacon Cheeseburger is a popular menu item.)  By Jeff Maisey Kevin Sharkey was prepping for the fifth anniversary of his 1608 Crafthouse on Pleasure House Road in Virginia Beach when the pandemic struck in March 2020. He’s been battling ever since...

Fountain Flows into 757

Fountain Flows into 757

By Jeff Maisey There’s a new hard seltzer in town — Fountain. Made in New York City, this new, upstart brand is fun — from the well-carbonated bubbles, zesty citrus and berry flavors to the eye-catching packaging — screams fun. After enjoying a few cans over a recent...

RESTAURANTS: Local Brands Expand

RESTAURANTS: Local Brands Expand

(Owner Bob Roberts has Redwood Smoke Shack expanding with a new Virginia Beach location. Photo courtesy of Redwood Smoke Shack.) By Marisa Marsey Some of our favorite homegrown eateries are expanding – opening a new location, introducing a new concept – making us...

A Coterie of Charcuterie

A Coterie of Charcuterie

(Katie Huger, owner of Long Board Charcuterie, curates exquisite, customized boards to celebrate special events as well as every day.) By Marisa Marsey There’s a joke circulating at fromageries: “How do you irritate a cheesemonger? Ask for a charcuterie board with no...

NATO Festival Beer Brings People Together

NATO Festival Beer Brings People Together

(Brew Day at The Bold Mariner Brewing Company in Norfolk) By Jeff Maisey In what has now become a Norfolk NATO Festival tradition — born five years ago — a collaboration beer pairing The Bold Mariner Brewing Company and NATO Headquarters will be featured at the...

COASTAL FERMENTORY: New Brews in the ‘News

COASTAL FERMENTORY: New Brews in the ‘News

(L-R) Coastal Fermentory’s Mike Reppert and Brandon Samuels. Photo by Diane Catanzaro.    By Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones “I’m goin’ to Newport News, mama, gonna catch a battleship across the doggone sea.” The Memphis Jug Band immortalized the ‘News in their...