A Jazz Non-Profit Is Born

A Jazz Non-Profit Is Born

(Jae Sinnett suits-up to build a jazz legacy for Hampton Roads. Photo courtesy of Jae Sinnett. By Jeff Maisey While the Hampton Roads region — known as Tidewater back in the day — gave birth to the great vocalist Ella Fitzgerald and saxophonist/arranger Tommy Newsom,...

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ESSAY: The Flame of Faith

ESSAY: The Flame of Faith

By Tom Robotham Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.’ On these two commandments hang all...

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Big Ugly Wins 2023 Golden Tap Award

Big Ugly Wins 2023 Golden Tap Award

Big Ugly Brewing won the 2023 Golden Tap Award in a region-wide competition where the tally was picked by readers and our committee of judges — including Diane Catanzaro, Chris Jones, Brian Koski, and Jen McDonald — provided expert analysis.  The 757 region craft...

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Iceland: An Ultimate Roadtrip

Iceland: An Ultimate Roadtrip

(A horse riding tour stops for a photo-op at Skogafoss in southern Iceland) By Jeff Maisey PBS travel guru Rick Steves was motoring around Iceland the past July. Steves posted daily blogs from the road, proclaiming the country’s scenic highway to be the “ultimate...

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ESSAY: The Flame of Faith

ESSAY: The Killing Fields

By Tom Robotham Last month, after Hamas fighters bulldozed their way into Israel and slaughtered some 1,400 people—including children and the elderly—I struggled to come to terms with the horrific news. Over the next few weeks, I watched CNN coverage for hours on end...

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2023 HOLIDAY CHILDREN/FAMILY EVENTS

2023 HOLIDAY CHILDREN/FAMILY EVENTS

“A Christmas Carol” December 2 The American Theatre hamptonarts.org  Perhaps the best loved holiday story of all time, this adaptation of Dickens’ classic is particularly suited to children. Watch Mr. Scrooge have a change of heart from stone to gold as he is visited...

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2023 HOLIDAY CONCERTS

2023 HOLIDAY CONCERTS

(Good Shot Judy bring their swingin' Noel show to Kimball Theatre in Williamsburg December 14-17)   Mannheim Steamroller November 28 Ferguson Center for the Arts fergusoncenter.org Mannheim Steamroller Christmas has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for...

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2023 HOLIDAY THEATER

2023 HOLIDAY THEATER

  “A Drag Queen Christmas” November 24 Sandler Center for the Performing Arts sandlercenter.org For the 9th consecutive year, Murray & Peter present, “A Drag Queen Christmas," the longest running drag tour in America. Get ready for Host Miz Cracker plus your...

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2023 HOLIDAY DANCE

2023 HOLIDAY DANCE

(The Hip Hop Nutcracker returns to Chrysler Hall)   “Nutcracker: Magical Christmas Ballet” November 26 Sandler Center for the Performing Arts sandlercenter.org Gather your loved ones for the warm-glow-nostalgia of America’s favorite Christmas celebration....

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Black Friday Record Store Day

Black Friday Record Store Day

By Jeff Maisey Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — was once the busiest sales day of the year for retailers across the spectrum. While that’s not necessarily the case any longer as brick-and-mortar retail has declined over the last decade, record stores are...

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Virginia Chorale Honors NATO For Holiday Concert

Virginia Chorale Honors NATO For Holiday Concert

(The members of Virginia Chorale. Photo by Steve Budman) By Jeff Maisey If choral music has a high season, surely it’s the holidays. Over the past thousand years, the most ancient of all music forms — vocal — has been composed for religious ceremonies as well as...

McCartney’s Gift of Photography

McCartney’s Gift of Photography

(Self-portrait. London, 1963 © 1963 - 1964 Paul McCartney under exclusive license to MPL Archive LLP) By Jeff Maisey Paul McCartney has provided longtime fans a gift this holiday season. First there was the brilliant roll out of “Now and Then” — mini-documentary,...

MUSIC: Winter Winds 

MUSIC: Winter Winds 

(Vocalist Amanda Batcher coming home to sing with the Tidewater Winds) By Jim Roberts John Brewington got his Christmas wish back in August—when Amanda Batcher agreed to sing at the Tidewater Winds’ upcoming holiday concert. Brewington is the musical director for the...

STAGE: A Larger Christmas Carol

STAGE: A Larger Christmas Carol

(Beatty Barnes Jr. portraying Ebenezer Scrooge in Virginia Stage Company's “A Merry Christmas Carol.” Photo by Sam Flint. By Jerome Langston  "We’ve been able to build this – for the last 3 years,” says Tom Quaintance, Virginia Stage Company’s producing Artistic...

ART NEWS: Remembering Anne Iott

ART NEWS: Remembering Anne Iott

(Anne Iott’s “Fallen Tree II,” Watercolor, 1998) By Betsy DiJulio On October 8, this community lost someone who has been called a “lodestar of my better self,” “a force of nature” and “a pit bull for her faculty.”  As five people who worked with Anne Iott for decades...

A Symphony Concert of Profound and Positive Hope

A Symphony Concert of Profound and Positive Hope

(Thomas Wilkins, conductor) By Montague Gammon III Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s Brahms and Dvořák with Thomas Wilkins November concert features “music that is going to make you feel better about yourself at the end of the evening,” says the VSO’s Principal Guest...

All Things Equal is Unequalled Theatre

All Things Equal is Unequalled Theatre

(Michelle Azar stars as Ruth Bader Ginsburg Photo courtesy of Bay Street Theater.) By Montague Gammon III The most important play that anyone in Hampton Roads will see this year, and probably for many years to come, crops up for just one single early November night...

Beloved Aladdin Brings Joy to Chrysler Hall

Beloved Aladdin Brings Joy to Chrysler Hall

(Adi Royas as Aladdin. Photo by Deenvan Meer/Disney.)  By Jerome Langston “To me, it kind of feels like destiny. It’s like a full circle moment for me,” says actor Adi Roy, who plays the title role of Aladdin, in the Broadway touring production of Disney’s “Aladdin,”...

Virginia Opera’s Edge of the Seat Comedy

Virginia Opera’s Edge of the Seat Comedy

Mezzo soprano Hilary Ginther    By Montague Gammon III One of the most popular and well known of all operas, Gioachino Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” comes to the Harrison Opera House the first weekend of November in a brand new Virginia Opera production that...

Filibuster bourbon

Filibuster bourbon

By Marisa Marsey Heading to Derby Day, my fancy races to mint juleps and the bourbon that braces them. (Of course, my fancy races to bourbon many a day, anyway). A good bet for those juleps – if you want to stay true to Virginia while toasting Kentucky – is...

Return of The Belvedere

Return of The Belvedere

By Marisa Marsey Were you as ecstatic as I when you heard that the beloved Belvedere Coffee Shop & Diner was being resurrected in the spanking new Moxy Hotel at the Oceanfront? If you possess any VaBeachVa history, I’m guessing that’s a resounding, fist-pumping...

Afterglow Brewing Shines in Norfolk’s Railyard District

Afterglow Brewing Shines in Norfolk’s Railyard District

(Josh Evans and Jeff Hartline. Photo by Diane Catanzaro.) By Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones Here’s some exciting news for beer lovers! Norfolk’s newest brewery held their Grand Opening the weekend of July 8. Afterglow Brewing is now open for business at The Railyard...

Winning Big with Aloha State of Mind

Winning Big with Aloha State of Mind

(Matt Topping enjoys the taste of success — and Hawaii — at COVA Brewing Company.) By Jeff Maisey It’s a big deal to win an award — gold, silver or bronze — at the World Beer Cup competition. For a brewery to garner consecutive golds for the same entry is nothing...

Dogs Come First at Pups and Pints

Dogs Come First at Pups and Pints

(Wasserhund craft beers are to bark for at Pups & Pints in Virginia Beach.) By Marisa Marsey Woof, woof! Arf! Bark! Bark! That’s Sheepish Onyx, my seven-month-old Mini Sheepadoodle, tail wagging in prestissimo tempo because she’s at Pups and Pints. I’d better turn...

New Realm Expands Virginia Beach Capacity

New Realm Expands Virginia Beach Capacity

By Jeff Maisey In 2018, New Realm Brewing Company acquired the gigantic, short-lived brewing facility of San Diego-based Green Flash Brewing Co. in Virginia Beach. The brewing capacity at that time was 40,000 barrels/year.  New Realm had only recently opened its...

La Patrona Taqueria is All About The Food

La Patrona Taqueria is All About The Food

By Betsy DiJulio In a landscape dotted with mostly fungible Mexican restaurants, Taqueria La Patrona is a welcome respite for the hungry traveler, even if you just traveled from down the street, even if you crave far more than tacos, and even if you subscribe to an...

Run For The Roads

Run For The Roads

(Blackened yellowfin tuna over cauliflower rice risotto, spinach, citrus gremolata and orange hoisin served up at The Roads Bistro. Courtesy photo.)  By Marisa Marsey Michael Baldwin, who recently opened The Roads Bistro, radiates joy. Even over the phone, you sense...

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