ESSAY: Musical Riches Await

ESSAY: Musical Riches Await

(Virginia Symphony Orchestra's new music director Eric Jacobsen) By Tom Robotham  Recently, for another publication, I wrote a piece about the dawn of a new era for the now 100-year-old Virginia Symphony. As of July, the orchestra has a new music director—cellist and...

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ESSAY: Remembrance and Renewal 

ESSAY: Remembrance and Renewal 

  Words & Photo by Tom Robotham Late last month, I spent a week in New York City. It was my first visit to my hometown since 2018, and in the days leading up to the trip, I had a lot of mixed emotions. On the plus side, I was looking forward to spending time...

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Contemporary Art Museum Rebrands 

Contemporary Art Museum Rebrands 

  By Jeff Maisey Let’s spell this out so there’s no confusion: Virginia Museum Of Contemporary Art. After more than a decade, the colorful MOCA logo with a splash of gray paint serving as the letter “o” has been replaced by a more slender design stacking the...

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The Magic of the Market

The Magic of the Market

(A handy, fashionable bag is what every market-goer needs.) Old Dominion’s University Village comes alive every Saturday By Jim Roberts Opening a brick-and-mortar business in the middle of a global pandemic might not seem like a wise move, but Ty and Christine Harrell...

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ESSAY: Competition

ESSAY: Competition

(If the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games proceed, Virginia Beach’s Simon Biles, pictured on the cover of Vogue, plans to take her newly developed vault to heights unseen.) By Dr. Jerry Gaines & Sue Rowdon “You can’t claim to be good if you have never been tempted to be...

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ESSAY: A More Perfect Union

ESSAY: A More Perfect Union

  By Tom Robotham Of all the holidays we celebrate in this country, the Fourth of July is my least favorite. One reason is that it brings back unpleasant memories from childhood. Back then, in my neck of the woods, at least, it was dominated by one thing: illegal...

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Summer Music Series Return

Summer Music Series Return

(North Mississippi Allstars will perform at free show on July 7 on the 17th Street Stage at the Oceanfront.) By Jeff Maisey Summertime in Hampton Roads traditionally means outdoor concerts galore, and now that restrictions have been lifted organizers have been...

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At Long Last, Naro Reopens!

At Long Last, Naro Reopens!

(A scene from the must-see “In The Heights”) By Tench Phillips, Naro Cinema After an unexpectedly long hibernation that began all the way back in March of 2020 with the mandatory closing of the theater, the Naro Cinema has finally reawakened and opened our doors for...

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Juneteenth 2021 Celebrations

Juneteenth 2021 Celebrations

(Juneteenth now has an official flag)   Compiled by Staff On June 19, 1865, Union Army general Gordon Granger announced all enslaved people in Texas were free as announced in General Order Number 3.  Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day and Freedom Day, has...

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La Bohème, Fresh and New, at Virginia Opera

La Bohème, Fresh and New, at Virginia Opera

(Raquel González stars as Mimì.) By Montague Gammon III The Virginia Opera’s La Bohème: Rodolpho Remembers, a concentrated, intensified staging of what a poet can say about a girl who died, was born to the San Diego Opera a year ago, conceived by the necessities of...

Cheap Trick or Treat 

Cheap Trick or Treat 

  By Jim Morrison Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick has had his third COVID shot and he's happy to finally be back out on the road. It's not the 300 dates a year the band played back in the day. More like 150 to 175, but then they're not young anymore. The guy who...

THEATER: Legend of Billie Holiday Comes Alive

THEATER: Legend of Billie Holiday Comes Alive

By Jerome Langston “You literally feel like...when you walk into that theatre, that you are right there in 1959 with Billie Holiday and her band,” says Georgia native Ashley Bishop-Diggs, who portrays the iconic jazz singer in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,...

THEATER: Fall in Love with Jack and Louise

THEATER: Fall in Love with Jack and Louise

Dear Jack, Dear Louise cast members Jack (Dan Fenaughty) and Louise (Larissa Klinger) during an outdoor rehearsal on the deck of the USS Wisconsin. Photo credit: Crystal Tuxhorn By Jerome Langston Though there will be mask-wearing, and other pandemic related protocols...

ART: To the Moon and Back

ART: To the Moon and Back

(Luke Jerram, Museum of the Moon, photo by Carl Milner, Leeds, UK, Light Needs Light, October 2017) By Betsy DiJulio A muse of poets, politicians, artists, athletes, and academics, the moon has infiltrated virtually every aspect of world culture since ancient times. ...

Violins of Hope

Violins of Hope

  By Jeff Maisey If you think about, every classical music performance is a history lesson in some sense.  Generally its because the musical work was written hundreds of years ago, and quite often it expresses something about each composer, whether the point in...

Hunter’s Sunrise Live at The Z

Hunter’s Sunrise Live at The Z

(Blue-rock guitarist/singer Jason Cale (left) in the studio with Hunter Hughes. Photo courtesy of Hunter Hughes.) By Jeff Maisey Hunter Hughes, host of WHRV’s Hunter at Sunrise digital radio program, has teamed with Zeiders American Dream Theater to present the...

Boogie Wonderland

Boogie Wonderland

By Jeff Maisey What could possibly be better than hearing Earth, Wind & Fire perform their essential hit “September” in September?  That’ll happen Friday, September 24 when the supergroup performs at Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion in Portsmouth.  Last year marked...

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...

Celebrating Irish Beer

Celebrating Irish Beer

  By Jeff Maisey Once upon a time in America — think 2010 and before — there were basically two choices of beer to consume in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at local restaurants and bars: Guinness Extra Stout (draft or bottle) and mass produced lagers infused...

The Baker’s Wife Bistro + Bar: A Cinderella Story

The Baker’s Wife Bistro + Bar: A Cinderella Story

(Phillip and Dana Epstein opened The Baker's Wife, a casually-upscale, French-inspired bistro and bar in Phoebus, in January. Photo courtesy of The Baker's Wife) By Marisa Marsey Once upon a time there were two chefs... Ugh! Sorry for that saccharine start. But in my...

Reaver Beach Brewing Opens Norfolk Location

Reaver Beach Brewing Opens Norfolk Location

(Reaver Beach Brewing Co. taps will flow in Norfolk) By Jeff Maisey Get ready for some award-winning hoppy and sour beers on North Colley Avenue in Norfolk. Reaver Beach Brewing Company is set to open its second location on Friday, February 19. Operating as Reaver...

DINING REVIEW: NOLA in Ghent

DINING REVIEW: NOLA in Ghent

(Chicken & Andouille Sausage Gumbo) By Jeff Maisey In 1960, Norfolk-born singer Gary US Bonds had a hit single titled “New Orleans,” on which he sang the lyrics: “Well come on ev’rybody/Take a trip with me/Well, down the Mississippi/Down to New Orleans.” It’s fair...

New Ghanaian & Turkish Dining in Norfolk

New Ghanaian & Turkish Dining in Norfolk

(One of the most requested Ghanaian meals at Yendidi Restaurant is Beans Stew and fried sweet plantains AKA “Red Red or Gob3.” Photo courtesy of Yendidi.) By Marisa Marsey Opening a restaurant is tough. Harder still in a pandemic. Near impossible when your menu might...

1865 Brewing Company – Freedom Starts Here! 

1865 Brewing Company – Freedom Starts Here! 

HISTORIC BREW: (L-R) Whitteney Guyton, Randy Jones and William “Billy” Comer. Photo credit Diane Catanzaro.  By Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones The Phoebus section of Hampton oozes charm. Cruise down Mellen Street at the intersection with Mallory and you get the feel...