VIEWPOINT: Keeping Up With Our Joneses 

VIEWPOINT: Keeping Up With Our Joneses 

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  By Tench Phillips, Naro Cinema I like to do my writing in the mornings when I feel most clear-headed. I sit with my laptop accompanied by my cats and a hot cup of black coffee. My daily java ‘jones’ requires freshly ground French dark roast beans placed in our...

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Virginia ABC Stores Reduce Hours

Virginia ABC Stores Reduce Hours

The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) will reduce operating hours at all of its stores statewide beginning Friday, March 27, due to the expanding nature of the COVID-19 outbreak. Like the reduced store hours already in place for 24 Virginia ABC...

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Utopian Visions and Harsh Realities

Utopian Visions and Harsh Realities

  By Tom Robotham Much of the discussion about socialism…is entirely pointless, because of the failure to agree on terminology. ~ Theodore Roosevelt.    In today’s political arena, no word is bandied about more carelessly than “socialism.” Diehard supporters...

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Utopian Visions and Harsh Realities

The Future of Journalism

  By Tom Robotham Recently I had the opportunity to moderate a panel discussion on the state of journalism. The event was timely. That very day, news had broken that The Virginian-Pilot building had been sold to a condo developer, and that longtime PBS news...

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2020 Veer Music Awards Results

2020 Veer Music Awards Results

(Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos, pictured with Bob Seger at Madison Square Garden, won the live performance and blues categories. Photo courtesy of the band.) By Jeff Maisey On Tuesday night, The Vanguard Brewpub in Hampton hosted the 2020 Veer Music Awards —...

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Move Over 757, Here Comes the 948

Move Over 757, Here Comes the 948

The State Corporation Commission (SCC) announced today that the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) has assigned a new area code to the Hampton Roads region. The new 948 area code will relieve the future exhaustion of phone numbers in Virginia’s 757...

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Utopian Visions and Harsh Realities

The Trouble with The 757

  By Tom Robotham When you hear the name Nashville, what comes to mind?  It’s safe to say that “country music” would be a common response. How about New York? Broadway, perhaps, or Wall Street. Likewise, mention Los Angeles, and most people will think,...

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Black History Year-round: Who Are we?

BY JOHN L. HORTON “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” — Marcus Garvery “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the...

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FILM: The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

FILM: The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

  By Tench Phillips, Naro Cinema Towering over me was a massive elongated head whose six-foot-long neck stretched down to meet us. This giant creature was so strange and intimidating when experienced up close that it might as well have been an alien being. And...

MUSIC: Songs In The Attic

MUSIC: Songs In The Attic

  Billy Joel’s original band will bring hits—and some deep cuts—to Newport News By Jim Roberts Liberty DeVitto played drums for Billy Joel for 30 years—a time span that included nine Platinum albums, three of which won Grammy Awards. In 2014, DeVitto and the...

Queen of Bluegrass Headlines in Hampton

Queen of Bluegrass Headlines in Hampton

  By Jim Morrison Rhonda Vincent tried to turn away from bluegrass and to the green fields of country, but the transformation didn’t hold. She’s blue through and through. Over a three-decade career, Vincent has been dubbed “The Queen of Bluegrass” by the Wall...

Veer Music Awards Nominees: Live Photography

Music Video of the Year Nominees

The following are the nominees for Music Video of the Year category for the upcoming 2020 Veer Music Awards. Good Shot Judy, “Love” Travelers, “Uh-Oh” The Purge, “Rain” Buckshot, “Freedom Ain’t Free”  Tornado Bait, “Teacup’s Half Full”  Carlos Armon, “Nothing” ...

2019 Distilled

2019 Distilled

(In 2020, make it your New Year’s Resolution to tour Virginia’s distilleries. Photo by Revel Photo Co.) BY JIM ROBERTS General Assembly Increases Commission For Distillery Stores The Virginia General Assembly passed a bill in March raising the commission for licensed...

Brews News and Clues 

Brews News and Clues 

(New Realm Brewing Co will be expanding distribution of its popular products like Hazy Like a Fox IPA to the Roanoke region. Photo courtesy of New Realm.) By Chris Jones and Diane Catanzaro Does spending a billion dollars to buy a brewery bring you beer bliss?...

Coelacanth to Close in Norfolk

Coelacanth to Close in Norfolk

STAFF REPORT Days before its fourth anniversary celebration (December 14), Norfolk independent craft brewery Coelacanth announced on Facebook it will close its doors at year's end. "It’s been an amazing, crazy, fun, hard, interesting, fulfilling and stressful 4 years....

Catch the Vibe at Vibrant Shore Brewing Company 

Catch the Vibe at Vibrant Shore Brewing Company 

(Exterior of Vibrant Shore Brewing Company in Virginia Beach) By Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones Let’s go back, back into time, back to 1995. “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio was number 1 on the Top 100 songs of the year, and somehow Van Halen was number 100 with, we...

Sly Clyde Hosts CoVA Cider Fest

Sly Clyde Hosts CoVA Cider Fest

(Cider will flow in many varieties during the Coastal VA CiderFest. Photo by Michael Williams) By Jeff Maisey How ‘bout them apples? In the last five year demand for what was once referred to as British pub cider, or hard cider, has dramatically increased across the...

Bold Mariner Anchors in Ocean View

Bold Mariner Anchors in Ocean View

(Behind the scenes in the brewhouse: Michael Stacks and John O’Reilly) By Jeff Maisey There’s a famous proverb that proclaims “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”  It can be said this was true for Michael Stacks, founder and president of The Bold Mariner...

The Garage Brewery, Tradition & Big Ugly Win Gold

The Garage Brewery, Tradition & Big Ugly Win Gold

(Beach Ambassadors and the medalists in the People's Choice category. Photograph by Sean Chagnon/Eye of the Storm Photography) STAFF REPORT Beach Ambassadors presented its 7th Annual 757 Battle of the Beers competition in a festival setting on the grounds of Camp...

DINING: Say 350 Grace

DINING: Say 350 Grace

(Michelle and Willie Moats offer the community a delicious gluten-free dining experience with 350 Grace in Ghent) By Marisa Marsey “When I made the commitment to go 100 percent gluten-free with this restaurant, everyone laughed,” recalls Willie Moats. “I felt like...