Bier Garden to Open on Shore Drive

Bier Garden to Open on Shore Drive

(Kevin Osfolk stands proud of his traditional beer selection at The Bier Garden.) Photo by Kathy Keeney By Jeff Maisey Craft breweries aren’t the only one’s opening additional locations. In January, Portsmouth-based The Bier Garden plans to unveil its Bier Garden...

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A Kinder, Gentler Nation

A Kinder, Gentler Nation

When George H.W. Bush died, I watched with mixed feelings as pundits lionized him. I couldn’t help thinking about a book I’d read while W. was president: American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush, by Kevin Phillips, a...

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HOLIDAY THEATER & DANCE

HOLIDAY THEATER & DANCE

Great Russian Nutcracker  Moscow Ballet November 27-28, 7 PM Sandler Center Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker. Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting...

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HOLIDAY EVENTS CHILDREN/FAMILY

HOLIDAY EVENTS CHILDREN/FAMILY

Dickens Christmas Towne November 17 through December 31 Nauticus/Half Moone Cruise Terminal Dickens’ Christmas Towne, a magical holiday village in the Decker Half Moone Center, opens on November 17 and establishes a festive mood from the moment you walk in, with...

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HOLIDAY LIGHTS & PARADES

HOLIDAY LIGHTS & PARADES

Million Bulb Walk Norfolk Botanical Garden November 10-30 www.NBGholidays.org    Olde Towne Holiday Market & Tree Lighting Portsmouth Cultural Center/High Street November 16 www.portsvaevents.com    34th Annual Grand Illumination Parade...

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My Trouble with Food

My Trouble with Food

By Tom Robotham When it comes to food, people generally fall into two camps: those who live to eat, and those who eat to live. Those, in other words, who regard food as the greatest pleasure in life, and those who think of it as necessary fuel, in the same way that...

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Virginia-centric New Waves for 2019

Virginia-centric New Waves for 2019

By Betsy DiJulio Juried art shows are peculiar animals.  They are one person’s vision of what the viewing public needs to see from what was submitted, usually during an open call for entries, often with a fee, sometimes that includes a museum membership.  In the case...

Joan Osborne Pays Homage to Dylan

Joan Osborne Pays Homage to Dylan

By Jim Morrison Joan Osborne's "Songs of Bob Dylan" album grew out of a need to fill a demand. The Cafe Carlyle, the storied Upper East Side Manhattan jazz club, asked her to sit in for a two-week residency in 2016. American Songbook standards, a natural choice,...

FILM: Hallelujah! Zen For Nothing

FILM: Hallelujah! Zen For Nothing

By Tench Phillips, Naro Cinema I’ve recently come across a few popular artists who followed a calling to walk along the Buddhist path. They include the recently departed singer-songwriter-poet Leonard Cohen, known for such beautiful ballads as “Suzanne,” “Hallelujah,”...

VA ARTS FEST: Fond Farewell for Jessica Lang Dance

VA ARTS FEST: Fond Farewell for Jessica Lang Dance

By Montague Gammon III One Virginia Arts Festival audience will get the world’s last look at the works of the Jessica Lang Dance Company, as the multiple award-winning troupe wraps up eight years of performing with their final concert as a company. Their Chrysler Hall...

Back by Popular Demand: Storm Large

Back by Popular Demand: Storm Large

By Jeff Maisey Storm Large is best known for her appearances as a contestant on “Rock Star: Supernova,” the second season of the reality television show.  Following her elimination as a finalist in 2006, Storm released three studio albums — “Ladylike Side One” (2007),...

Benchtop Wins VEER’s 2018 Golden Tap Award

Benchtop Wins VEER’s 2018 Golden Tap Award

  By Staff Benchtop Brewing Company won the overall Golden Tap when Veer Magazine presented its annual Local Beer Awards at O’Connor Brewing Company in Norfolk. Gold, silver and bronze medals were given out in 50 categories ranging from various beers styles to...

Samichlaus Tapping at the Bier Garden 

Samichlaus Tapping at the Bier Garden 

Words by Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones Photos by Chris Jones So, St. Nicholas’ Day is coming up on Thursday, December 6. How are you going to ring in that holiday?  Traditionalists will have the kinder place their shoes or a special boot by the fireplace, to...

A Trailblazing 10 Years for Devils Backbone

A Trailblazing 10 Years for Devils Backbone

By Jeff Maisey It’s been 10 years since Devils Backbone Brewing Company opened its well-known brewpub in rural Nelson County, and today the brewery is remembered as a trailblazer that helped raise the bar for all craft breweries in Virginia.  "Looking back on my 25...

The Bunker Saves Young Veterans’ Dream Brewery

The Bunker Saves Young Veterans’ Dream Brewery

By Jeff Maisey The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger famously sings, “You can't always get what you want/But if you try sometimes you might find/You get what you need.” And, sometimes, you get even more. Such is the case for the Virginia Beach craft brewers at Young...

Back Bay’s Farmhouse Brewing Company

Back Bay’s Farmhouse Brewing Company

  By Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones If you’ve lived in the Tidewater area for many years you’ve seen a lot of changes in the landscape. In days of yore most of Virginia Beach, where Chris spent his formative years, was farmland instead of suburban sprawl. Now...

Waging the 2018 757 Battle of the Beers

Waging the 2018 757 Battle of the Beers

By Jeff Maisey What better location to wage battle than at a military reservation. That’s where this year’s 757 Battle of the Beers will be held — Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. Camp Pendleton was constructed in 1912 and served primarily as a riffle range for the...

Behind The Scenes At Blanca Food + Wine

Behind The Scenes At Blanca Food + Wine

By Marisa Marsey Dining is theater; everyone plays a role. There are settings, choreography, presentations. Open kitchens bring backstage to center. But most folks rarely see preproduction; the late-night set-building and rehearsals leading to the invitational dress...

Norfolk Day Brewing for 2019

Norfolk Day Brewing for 2019

  By Jeff Maisey Ring, ring. Hello, this is Norfolk calling. Wait a minute, this is Norfolk — Norfolk, Virginia.   At the beginning of August, Smartmouth Brewing Company president Porter Hardy IV was contacted by David Holliday, founding brewer and owner of Norfolk...

Oktoberfest Celebrations Abound

Oktoberfest Celebrations Abound

By Jeff Maisey If beer has a national — make that multi-national — holiday then surely it is Oktoberfest. Celebrations abound, including right here in Hampton Roads.  So how did it all begin? Way back on October 12, 1810, King Ludwig I married Princess Terese of...