OPINION: America Needs Leadership

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BY JOHN L. HORTON An army of sheep led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by a sheep. — Alexander the Great To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and...

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Living with Books

Living with Books

  By Tom Robotham  As my friends and family members know, I own a lot of books—somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,000, by my estimate. Many people have a lot more than that, of course. Years ago I did a feature story on a retired Norfolk librarian who had about...

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FOREVER STAMP: Norfolk Botanical Garden

FOREVER STAMP: Norfolk Botanical Garden

BY JEFF MAISEY Beginning May 13, Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG) will be featured on a United States Postage Forever stamp as part of the upcoming "American Gardens” series. The image from the NBG features the beautiful Bicentennial Rose Garden. “The honor of being on...

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Vanguard Offers Sanitizer, Masks & More

Vanguard Offers Sanitizer, Masks & More

By Jeff Maisey In the following video interview, Amelia Emr, general manager of The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery, tells Veer Magazine how the Hampton business has converted part of its operation to producing hand sanitizers. The Vanguard is also offering...

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Norfolk Purchases Military Circle Mall

Norfolk Purchases Military Circle Mall

The Norfolk Economic Development Authority (EDA) voted unanimously to move forward with the purchase of the Military Circle Shopping Mall, located on North Military Highway. The deal was closed on Thursday, April 30. In 2014, the EDA purchased the former JC Penney’s...

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Boardwalk Art Show Moves to October 23-25

Boardwalk Art Show Moves to October 23-25

By Brad Tuggle The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Boardwalk Art Show presented by PNC Bank is being rescheduled from the weekend of June 19-21 to October 23-25 given the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. This signature Virginia Beach event, now in its 65th...

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VIDEO: Interview with Muralist Adam Stanton

VIDEO: Interview with Muralist Adam Stanton

VIDEO: Interview with Muralist Adam Stanton Veer Magazine caught up with muralist Adam Stanton as he was putting the final touches on the Virginia Maritime Association's 100th Anniversary Mural in downtown Norfolk on Plume Street. Stanton is a resident of Chesapeake...

Museums & Galleries Offer Virtual Exhibitions

Museums & Galleries Offer Virtual Exhibitions

(Kristin Skees’ “The Musgraves” digital photograph is part of Virginia MOCA’s “New Waves 2020” exhibition) By Jeff Maisey Several local visual arts museums and galleries are now offering virtual views of their current spring exhibitions. Virginia MOCA and The Artists...

JAZZ: Joel Futterman and Creative Music

JAZZ: Joel Futterman and Creative Music

(Virginia Beach jazz pianist/composer Joel Futterman) By Al Markowitz I wish I could live in that place of ecstasy between the notes in that malleable moment where time stands still These are the times that try our sanity for reasons I usually write about and that I...

Glen McClure: Capturing the Light of Ireland’s West Country

Glen McClure: Capturing the Light of Ireland’s West Country

(Light at Loughros Bay,  County Donegal, by Glen McClure) By Jeff Maisey Some 50 captivating images from Norfolk-based photographer Glen McClure were to be exhibited through May 21 at the Sandler Center Art Gallery in a show titled “Apprentice to Light: The West of...

ART PREVIEW: Unknown Outcomes

ART PREVIEW: Unknown Outcomes

(Sheila Giolitti: Sketch for Atlantis Project #1) By Betsy DiJulio By December 15, 2019, more than 50 artist’s proposals had landed in education and contemporary  art exhibitions curator Carrie Spencer’s inbox.  Via the release of a call for proposals and the hosting...

K’Bana Blaq: Death to Mindless Music

K’Bana Blaq: Death to Mindless Music

  By Jeff Maisey K’Bana Blaq is perhaps one of the most prolific songwriters and creative music video artists in the 757.  Known to many as one of the three dynamic upfront singers in the award-winning R&B group The Fuzz Band, K’Bana has also indulged fans...

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...

Mead: The Drink of Ancient Kings & Warriors

Mead: The Drink of Ancient Kings & Warriors

(Glenn Lavender says everyone needs mead. Photo by Sarah Harris)  By Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones When you think of mead, what picture do you see in your mind’s eye? Some Thor-ish fellow downing a skull-chalice of mead after an epic battle? Beowulf, wolfing down...

Takeaways from VA Beer Co’s 4th Anniversary

Takeaways from VA Beer Co’s 4th Anniversary

(The crew from Virginia Beer Company celebrate curbside. Photo courtesy of the brewery) By Jeff Maisey Virginia Beer Company co-founders Robbie Willey and Chris Smith could never have imagined celebrating the fourth anniversary of their successful Williamsburg brewery...

The O’Connor Decade

The O’Connor Decade

(Penny & Kevin O’Connor in February 2020. Photo by Jeff Maisey)  By Jeff Maisey A little luck of the Irish and a determined can-do attitude on St Patrick’s Day 2010 got O’Connor Brewing Company up and running with its first batch of beer.  In our mid-March 2010...

Tour de ’Burg: A drinking tour of Williamsburg 

Tour de ’Burg: A drinking tour of Williamsburg 

(Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones treat their out-of-town guests to a tour of Williamsburg, including this scenic stop on the deck of Billsburg Brewery.) By Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones When you think of Williamsburg, VA, what pops into your mind? A bonny burg...

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....