The Road Not Taken 

The Road Not Taken 

By Tom Robotham Thirty years ago this month, I moved from New York City to Norfolk. When I told my friends and co-workers of my plans, they thought I was nuts. One senior executive at Hearst Magazines, where I was working at the time, went so far as to call me a...

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Practicing

Practicing

(Tom Robotham -- on the left -- has been perfecting his French with Duolingo so he can better converse in the future with local Parisians like this street vendor selling books and art along the River Seine) By Tom Robotham  J’apprends Français. Well, a little bit each...

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Marine Corps Veteran Recalls V-J Day

Marine Corps Veteran Recalls V-J Day

(NOW & THEN: 95-year-old Gary Crane with his 1943 Marine Corps portrait)  By Jeff Maisey September 2 of this year commemorated the 75th Anniversary of V-J Day — Victory over Japan — marking the end to the Pacific theater of war and effectively bringing the horrors...

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Producing A Christmas Carol in COVID Times

Producing A Christmas Carol in COVID Times

(The Virginia Stage Company set begins to take shape.) By Jeff Maisey Sorry, Mr. Scrooge, but humbuggery won’t entirely dampen Christmas this year if the Virginia Stage Company has a say in the matter. And it seems they do. From December 16-24, the professional...

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Big Ugly Brewing Wins Golden Tap Award

Big Ugly Brewing Wins Golden Tap Award

(Big Ugly Brewing stacked up well against the competition in 2020) By Jeff Maisey Chesapeake’s Big Ugly Brewing edged-out two-time defending champion Benchtop Brewing Company to take home Veer Magazine’s 2020 Golden Tap Award. Breweries from across the 757 region were...

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ARTfull Pops Up for the Holidays

ARTfull Pops Up for the Holidays

(Gail Juren returns to the Ghent retail scene with ARTfull exclusively for the holiday season.) By Jeff Maisey One of the unexpected gifts of the 2020 holiday season is the return of retailer Gail Juren.  In late October, Juren popped-up with ARTfull in a familiar...

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BONKO: And This Just In….

BONKO: And This Just In….

(WEATHER REPORT: Meteorologist Steve Fundaro joins WAVY 10. Photo courtesy of WAVY 10) By Larry Bonko   Hello, Steve Fundaro. Welcome to our world of tolls and tunnels.   And hello to you, too, Alex Littlehales and to you, too, Eugene Daniel.   They are the three...

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Art and Food Pair to Nourish at MOCA

Art and Food Pair to Nourish at MOCA

(Richard Nickel, “Pea Pod Family,” 2020, Ceramic and low fire glaze, 46 x19 x15 inches, Courtesy of the artist) By Jeff Maisey Since the beginning of the pandemic, visual art museums and galleries as well as the food and beverage cultures of Hampton Roads have...

Light Brings Black Art in Focus

Light Brings Black Art in Focus

(Artwork by Chesapeake-born Julian Haskins) By Betsy DiJulio “How about not me?” quipped Clayton Singleton in a recent Zoom interview. “I wanted to put some brothers and sisters up on the wall…to have that feeling of being in the background,” explained the VEER...

Mural Artist of the Year: Clayton Singleton

Mural Artist of the Year: Clayton Singleton

(MURAL, MURAL ON THE WALL: Artist Clayton Singleton stands with the Black Lives More Than Matter mural he collaborated on with Nicole Harp. Photo by Jeff Maisey) By Betsy DiJulio Since the pandemic began in earnest, evenings and weekends have found Clayton Singleton,...

Best Local Music of 2020

Best Local Music of 2020

(Bennett Wales & The Relief's dynamic sophomore album, "II."  By Jeff Maisey Way back in 1980 — 40 years ago — MTV debuted with The Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star,” and thus entered a new threat to a medium in which recording artists made a career for...

SURREAL: Pfac Goes Out on Top

SURREAL: Pfac Goes Out on Top

(Peninsula Fine Arts Center Executive Director Courtney Gardner)  By Jeff Maisey When the Peninsula Fine Arts Center (Pfac) presents Masters of Surrealism: Picasso, Dalí and Miró November 21 through December 20 it astonishingly marks the visual arts center’s...

MUSIC REVIEWS: Sinnett, Lucky 757 & More

MUSIC REVIEWS: Sinnett, Lucky 757 & More

Jae Sinnett & Brittany Burrell “All the Lights We See” (Single) (J-Nette Music) How do you cap off a year when your “Just When You Thought…” album continues to reel-in great reviews and remains high on jazz recording charts?  When you’re Jae Sinnett, you drop an...

MUSIC REVIEWS: Lori Creek, Koren Grace, Myra Smith & More

MUSIC REVIEWS: Lori Creek, Koren Grace, Myra Smith & More

Myra Smith “Walking on the Moon” (Single) (Self-Release) With life during the pandemic heavy on her mind, R&B vocalist Myra Smith put her frustrations and depression into the best creative outlet available — her music — and release the cosmic “Walking on the...

Fall For Restaurant Wines

Fall For Restaurant Wines

(At Voilà, delicious red wines from South Africa, Sonoma, and the Burgundy region of France pair perfectly with the ever-popular entree, Beef Wellington.) By Marisa Marsey When 2020 began, the biggest headaches in the wine world were tariffs and hard seltzer. Then...

757 Breweries Win Awards

757 Breweries Win Awards

(Elation Brewing Company of Norfolk scores a silver in the Fruit/Vegetable category) By Jeff Maisey Breweries from Hampton Roads scored medals in Richmond on Monday where the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild announced the 2020 winners in its ninth annual statewide...

Kings of Their New Realm

Kings of Their New Realm

(New Realm’s canned beers are everywhere these days in the Hampton Roads region)  By Jeff Maisey One year after opening its production brewery in Virginia Beach, New Realm Brewing Company conquered the Commonwealth by winning the 2019 Virginia Craft Beer Cup when...

Meet New Sly Clyde Cidermaker Edan Valkner

Meet New Sly Clyde Cidermaker Edan Valkner

(Edan Valkner is the new head cider maker at Sly Clyde Ciderworks in Hampton) By Jeff Maisey There’s a new head cider-maker in town. By late August, Sly Clyde Ciderworks will introduce Edan Valkner as its new cider-maker, tasked with producing the award-winning...

Experience Voila During Restaurant Week

Experience Voila During Restaurant Week

(John & Maggie Tsouris prepare for Downtown Norfolk Restaurant Week. Photo by Jeff Maisey)   By Jeff Maisey Downtown Norfolk Restaurant Week, scheduled August 16-23, couldn’t have come at a better time. Restaurants have been on the frontline of businesses most...

REVIEW: Dine Local at Lokal Cafe

REVIEW: Dine Local at Lokal Cafe

(As healthy as it gets salad bowl at Lokal Cafe in Williamsburg. Photo by Betsy DiJulio) By Betsy DiJulio It doesn’t get a whole lot more local or scratch-made than the casual eats at Lokal.  Heck, they even make their own kombucha, complete with alcohol warning.  ...

Cider Talk with Sly Clyde’s Doug Smith

Cider Talk with Sly Clyde’s Doug Smith

(Sandbar provides layers of flavor enhanced by raspberry and lemon. Photo by Sly Clyde.)  By Jeff Maisey Like craft breweries, Sly Clyde Ciderworks in Hampton has a rotating series of seasonal beverages to compliment its core brands and provide a level of quality...

Something’s Always Brewing at COVA 

Something’s Always Brewing at COVA 

(COVA Brewing Co in the 757’s newest craft brewery. Photo by Diane Catanzaro)  By Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones To brew or not to brew? That is the question.  For Scott and Susan Bateman, the answer was “two brew.” Blending the family’s love of craft beer and...

PREVIEW: Syd’s Fish Pig Cafe

PREVIEW: Syd’s Fish Pig Cafe

BY JEFF MAISEY In June, Chef Sydney Meers is set to open his seventh restaurant in a storied culinary career spanning 46 years. In this video interview, with most of the twisted folk art paintings hung on the walls and kitchy, Americana-cool figurines strategically...

Catching Up with Wasserhund’s Aaron Holley

Catching Up with Wasserhund’s Aaron Holley

(Bee-Thoven Honey Hefeweizen is one of Wasserhund's springtime special releases) BY JEFF MAISEY In this video interview Wasserhund Brewing Company owner/brewer Aaron Holley shares his viewpoints regarding operating a brewpub under state government mandated...