Play Ball

Play Ball

By Tom Robotham  For the past year or so, my life has been marked by a series of unsettling disruptions. It all started last spring when my 15-year-old car, which I loved, finally bit the dust. In the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t that big a deal. But it turned...

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OPINION: Reparations

OPINION: Reparations

By John L. Horton For some time now, I have been struggling with the question of “reparations…owed to African Americans?”  Finally, I have decided to put pen to paper and express myself.  It has not been an easy task as I find myself still conflicted and somewhat torn...

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Politics in the Classroom

Politics in the Classroom

By Tom Robotham  Recently an old friend shared on Facebook a link to a two-year-old article in The Staten Island Advance—a paper for which I used to work—about a New York City resident who was upset by a vocabulary question on his 11-year-old daughter’s homework...

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The Attucks at 100: The Apollo of the South

The Attucks at 100: The Apollo of the South

By Jerome Langston On this unseasonably warm, mid-week day, there is little activity happening outside of Norfolk’s historic Attucks Theatre, the performing arts venue famously situated at the corner of Church Street and Virginia Beach Boulevard. That is also the case...

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A Nation in Denial

A Nation in Denial

By Tom Robotham Two years ago, I delivered a talk at the Tidewater Community College Literary Festival called “Scenes from a White Boy’s Life,” in which I reflected on my lifelong efforts to understand “the problem of the color line,” as W.E.B Du Bois put it. I talked...

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Of Youth and Age

Of Youth and Age

By Tom Robotham I am not going to make age an issue in this campaign. I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent’s youth and inexperience. – Ronald Reagan   Now that 2019 is underway, it won’t be long before the next presidential campaign begins...

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Black History Month Guide

Black History Month Guide

Compiled by Staff Following is a variety of concerts, art exhibitions, theater productions, and various events in celebration of Black History Month in Hampton Roads.    Portraits of Service: Portsmouth African Americans in the Military, 1946-67 January 18...

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Take 5 (or 8) with Vicki Lawrence

Take 5 (or 8) with Vicki Lawrence

  By Jeff Maisey Comedian/actress/recording artist Vicki Lawrence, best known for her role as Mama on CBS’s “The Carol Burnette Show” (1967-78), will bring her “two-woman” act to Ferguson Center on June 9. (NOTE:The Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show...

PREVIEW: In Love with Little Shop of Horrors

PREVIEW: In Love with Little Shop of Horrors

  By Jim Roberts Brendan Hoyle vividly remembers seeing “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Swift Creek Mill Theatre outside Richmond when he was only 6 years old. “It was the musical that made me fall in love with theater,” he said.  “The show is this great...

Danceable Cocktails

Danceable Cocktails

  Ballets with a Twist (Brandy Alexander from Cocktail Hour The Show) Photo by Nico Malvaldi By Michael Curry What's your favorite? Brandy Alexander perhaps. Or the Singapore Sling, a Bloody Mary or a good old Manhattan? Of course you recognize the names as...

Upcoming Film Events at Naro Cinema

Upcoming Film Events at Naro Cinema

  MEETING GORBACHEV   Werner Herzog, interviews one of the world’s greatest living politicians, Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union. Now 88, living outside Moscow and battling illness, we’re offered a last chance to learn about true...

Getting a Handle on a Dream

Getting a Handle on a Dream

  By Montague Gammon III In a Summer of Shakespeare reduced and condensed, of Shakespeare symphonic and abridged and played forwards and backwards; in a world awash with the Bard bowdlerized and modernized, concertized, danced and filmed and videoed, set in outer...

Sumptuous Music for Play of Passion

Sumptuous Music for Play of Passion

  By Montague Gammon III Shakespeare’s other pair of doomed lovers – Antony and Cleopatra, the grown up ones – play out their ill fated romance alongside the Virginia Symphony in Norfolk and Newport News mid-May under the baton of VSO’s much honored, triple...

VEGAN REVIEW: The Egg Bistro

VEGAN REVIEW: The Egg Bistro

By Betsy DiJulio Recent posts on the Vegans of Hampton Roads Facebook page had The Egg Bistro brightly lit-up on my personal “run don’t walk” radar screen.  Though they have locations with vegan options in VA Beach and Suffolk, I chose the Chesapeake location from...

5 Years of Home Republic Brewpub

5 Years of Home Republic Brewpub

By Jeff Maisey Five years ago, Barbara and Joe Curtis opened what was only the second brewpub in Hampton Roads.  Their decision proved insightful given the ever-expanding cast of breweries in the region.  At the time, nationally-known Gordon Biersch operated a...

Proper Lager Debuts

Proper Lager Debuts

By Jeff Maisey O’Connor Brewing Company will unveil its ultra-clean, Helles-style lager dubbed Proper Lager on Saturday, February 16 with a party that includes music from The Janks (4:30 PM) and Mosquito Cabaret (7 PM).  Proper Lager will replace the brewery’s R&R...

Cape Charles Shining Bright with Brewery

Cape Charles Shining Bright with Brewery

By Jeff Maisey Virginia’s Eastern Shore has long been known for its bountiful harvest yielded from the endless fields of potatoes, watermelons, soybeans, corn, and other vegetables as well as the freshest seafood found anywhere — especially oysters.  In the past...

Bold Mariner to Focus on OV, Close Lambert’s Point Location

Bold Mariner to Focus on OV, Close Lambert’s Point Location

Norfolk-based Bold Mariner Brewing Company is excited to announce the completion of a deal that now allows the former Bank of The Common- wealth building at 1901 E. Ocean View Ave. to be transformed into the new Bold Mariner Brewing Company. In addition, Bold Mariner...

Getting In The Spirits

Getting In The Spirits

(Kara King gazes out to a bright future for craft spirits in Virginia.) Photo courtesy of Ironclad Distillery Co. By Jim Roberts By all measures, the spirits industry in Virginia is booming. While the number of distilleries grew 19 percent from 2016 to 2017, sales...

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...