Why We Started WINDSdays

Why We Started WINDSdays

(THE ANSWER IS BLOWING IN THE WIND: A group of environmental activists share a fun moment with their hand-fans promoting wind energy.)  By Joel Rubin When you are a public relations professional, you yearn for clients as large and established as Dominion Energy. You...

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Mermaid Winery On The Move

Mermaid Winery On The Move

  By Jeff Maisey Early next year, Mermaid Winery, which opened in 2012 as Virginia’s first designated Urban Winery, will move its original Ghent location to bustling downtown in the former Norfolk Taproom location at the corner of Main and Granby Street.  For...

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101 Things to Do This Summer in Coastal Virginia

101 Things to Do This Summer in Coastal Virginia

(Symphony By The Sea will feature Virginia Symphony Orchestra on July 28 at 31st Street park at the Oceanfront. Free admission. Presented by Neptune Festival)) By Staff Three and six years ago we published lists of 101 Things to Do in Hampton Roads Before You Die. The...

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ESSAY: This Old Man

ESSAY: This Old Man

  By Tom Robotham Well, it’s official: I’m an old man.  I could have claimed that status last year, when I turned 65—the age at which one traditionally earns the title of senior citizen. But this year, I passed a more significant milestone: a week before my...

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ESSAY: This Old Man

ESSAY: Angell on My Shoulder

  By Tom Robotham On the evening of May 21, I was watching the Mets play the Colorado Rockies. It turned out to be a disappointing game: an 11-3 rout that decisively deprived the Mets of a double-header sweep. But as I headed for bed, it wasn’t the loss that was...

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Reflections on Pride

Reflections on Pride

(Claus Ihlemann and Robert Roman, pictured recently at Decorum Furniture, are pillars of the community. ) By Jeff Maisey As Pride Month approaches during a time of continued social fluidity, it seemed this might be a good opportunity to reach out to Claus Ihlemann and...

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PRIDE MONTH EVENTS

PRIDE MONTH EVENTS

(John Childers of MJ’s Tavern prepares for his 10th Pride Month Kick Off on June 4.)   Staff Report On June 4, MJ’s Tavern in Norfolk marks its 10th year producing its Pride Month Kick Off, an all-day celebration of unity and diversity. Much of the parking lot...

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ESSAY: Bourdain’s Enduring Resonance

ESSAY: Bourdain’s Enduring Resonance

By Tom Robotham When CNN announced the launch of its new streaming service, I immediately subscribed—primarily because, at $2.99 a month, it offered an inexpensive way of bingeing on Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain’s enormously popular travel show. I was disappointed,...

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2022 Spring & Summer Festival Guide

2022 Spring & Summer Festival Guide

(The Parade of Nations is part of Norfolk NATO Festival on Saturday, April 30 at 10 AM in Downtown Norfolk) Compiled by Staff After two years enduring pandemic restrictions, things are back to normal and everyone’s ready to get back to enjoying life. Perhaps the best...

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Dwight Rhoden’s Choreography Comes to Hampton Roads 

Dwight Rhoden’s Choreography Comes to Hampton Roads 

(Choreographer Dwight Roden) By Kate Mattingly  Dancers form unique friendships. Endless hours spent training, rehearsing, performing, plus partnering and sharing dressing rooms, lead to bonds that are long-lasting and steadfast. A perfect example is the friendship...

Smooth Jazz High Notes with Paula Atherton

Smooth Jazz High Notes with Paula Atherton

By Jeff Maisey Paula Atherton’s “Summer Song,” featuring Nathan Mitchell, hit #1 on the Billboard’s Smooth Jazz National Airplay for two consecutive weeks.  During normal times such top-charting success would translate into immediate increased ticket sales for...

THEATER: Making It Count

THEATER: Making It Count

(Lucy with Dracula lurking in the background. Photo by J. Stubbs Photography.) By Jim Roberts Sandra Epperson has directed “Dracula” three times over the last 50 years. If there’s one thing she’s learned, it’s this: “No existing theater company will allow you to cut a...

Jazzy Take on Bacharach

Jazzy Take on Bacharach

(Singer Liz Terrell to perform selections from pop composer Burt Bacharach’s extensive songbook.)  By Jerome Langston  This year’s Miller Jazz series concludes September 22 at the Sandler Center’s intimate Miller Studio Theatre, with a show titled The Music of Burt...

ART:  Hot 100

ART: Hot 100

(Kumud Vanderveer is stunning colors) By Jeff Maisey Renowned Norfolk-based photographer Glen McClure has made a career of capturing people and landscapes in the most dramatic lighting imaginable. His portrait projects have included working tools, people on the...

Jazz Fest Time in Norfolk

Jazz Fest Time in Norfolk

(Pieces of a Dream bring their dedicated smooth jazz in Norfolk) By Jeff Maisey Festevents will present its 39th annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival in Town Point Park with some major players in the popular smooth jazz format.  The musical lineup over two evenings...

ART: If Not Now is Environmentally Focused

ART: If Not Now is Environmentally Focused

By Betsy DiJulio The most recent exhibition in an ongoing series of environmentally-themed shows curated by Gayle Paul at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, If Not Now, brings together the work of eight artists from upstate New York to Washington state with a...

Backroad Blues Stops in Portsmouth

Backroad Blues Stops in Portsmouth

Blues great Kenny Wayne Shepherd is excited for audiences to hear up-and-coming star Christone "Kingfish" Ingram (pictured).    By Jim Morrison Kenny Wayne Shepherd was about 13 the first time he hung out with Buddy Guy. His father was a disc jockey and general...

LOCAL MUSIC REVIEWS: Jonah Ross, Roberta Lea & more

LOCAL MUSIC REVIEWS: Jonah Ross, Roberta Lea & more

Jonah Ross “These Days” (Self-Release) Jonah Ross, the lead singer and guitar player of Court Street Company, will unveil a new three-song EP as a solo recording artist.  Ross made a slash when his kickoff single “Close to Me” received airplay on Paul Shugrue’s “Out...

REVIEW: Crudo Nudo is a Delight 

REVIEW: Crudo Nudo is a Delight 

(A vegan’s dream come true dish. Photo courtesy of Crudo Nudo.)  By Betsy DiJulio  Sadly, I was late to the Crudo Nudo party.  Until recently, I was under the mistaken impression that the storefront restaurant, open for four years, was charcuterie-heavy with little to...

DINING: Comforts of Ireland

DINING: Comforts of Ireland

(Robert McGregor Wallace, the general manager at Grace O’Malley’s, displays the house-made fish and chips. The Scotland native said, “That’s the real thing.”) Local pubs serve fish and chips and other traditional dishes By Jim Roberts There may be a friendly rivalry...

Chef Jae in Your Kitchen

Chef Jae in Your Kitchen

(Jae Sinnett prepares everything from scratch in your kitchen. Photo by Mark Robbins    By Jeff Maisey Let’s say you enjoy the good things in life and within your social circle are likeminded friends who equally appreciate the sounds of jazz, savor a select bottle of...

Twin Restaurant Weeks

Twin Restaurant Weeks

(Restaurant Week is a great way to explore creative culinary creations at Mermaid Winery on Shore Drive. Photo courtesy of Mermaid Winery.) By Jeff Maisey Restaurant Weeks serve as a promotion for dining establishments during what would otherwise be a slow period and...

Benchtop Brewing Wins 2021 Golden Tap Award

Benchtop Brewing Wins 2021 Golden Tap Award

(Benchtop Brewing celebrates its 3rd Golden Tap Award) Staff Report Norfolk’s Benchtop Brewing Company took home 10 medals and earned the most cumulative points to make it Veer Magazine’s 2021 Golden Tap Awards overall winner. Gold, silver and bronze medals were...

TRAVEL & DRINK: Sixteen Days in Belgium 

TRAVEL & DRINK: Sixteen Days in Belgium 

(Wife and husband beer writers Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones at Cafe Den Obelix in Hall, Belgium. Photo by Kate Keese.) By Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones When you’re sitting there in your silk upholstered chair and thinking about your next beer-focused “Vayca,”...

Get a Taste of Smithfield at Red Point Taphouse

Get a Taste of Smithfield at Red Point Taphouse

A welcoming sign in Smithfield: (L-R) Nick Hess, Julie Hess and Tim Ryan. Photo by Diane Catanzaro    By Chris Jones and Diane Catanzaro Farm-to-table dining AND craft beer brewed on premises in a small-town historic building? Yes, please! If this sounds good to...

Prepare for 757 Battle of the Beers

Prepare for 757 Battle of the Beers

The Garage Brewery won the last Battle of the Beers event. Photo by Eye of the Storm Photography courtesy of Beach Ambassadors.  By Jeremy Bender More than 30 regional breweries will vie for this year’s 757 Battle of the Beers crown. The event is held on the grounds...

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...