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Amazing how the spotlight illuminates us all. We’re proud to support the cultural arts in Hampton Roads and are honored to play our part. Music, dance, theatre, art - join us this season for a rich and varied line-up of the best this region has to offer. For a schedule of upcoming events in Hampton, including performances and shows at The American Theatre, the Hampton University Museum, The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center and galleries throughout Hampton, visit us at www.visithampton.com.


Welcome from the Cultural Alliance The Cultural Alliance’s founders believed that arts and cultural organizations must work together for the good of the industry and to assure the health of individual organizations. That was never more true than it is today. Organized in 1983, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads this year celebrates 25 years of arts advocacy and service. We are one of the earliest members of the national local-arts agency movement. Participants in the 1983 conference that created the Cultural Alliance concluded that they had to work together to ensure that the arts were recognized as a key contributor to our economy and quality of life. Serving all of Hampton Roads, the Cultural Alliance is uniquely positioned to advance and represent the region’s arts and cultural community, assure its well being and promote the industry as a primary attraction for tourism. We encourage membership from arts organizations, artists and individuals. Like most of the organizations it serves, the Cultural Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and depends on grants, membership dues, and corporate and private donations to provide programs and services. We celebrate the diversity of our industry by welcoming all arts organizations and artists to our table – traditional and familiar, new and experimental. Arts education is getting renewed attention in our advocacy efforts as well. I invite you to renew your membership or join the Cultural Alliance for the first time. We are the only organization working exclusively to stimulate cultural vitality and facilitate a healthy cultural industry. Join us in “speaking with one voice” for more than 300 Hampton Roads arts and cultural organizations. Our programs and services are many. Our web site, www.culturalli.org, includes a resource directory of all regional organizations, a comprehensive regional arts events calendar, a list of venues, grant opportunities and much more. Visit the site – members can edit their own information at any time. Special member discounts are provided at workshops and forums. Group and Individual Health Insurance is now available to our members through a partnership with Optima Health. Hampton

Roads BRAVO! magazine, a collaboration between the Cultural Alliance and Darden Publishing, is dedicated to the promotion of our arts and cultural community. Events such as the ALLI Awards provide opportunities to recognize the many businesses and individuals that support the arts and artists. Forums and roundtable discussions occur several times a year around the region for convenient access, providing opportunities to network, collaborate and learn best practices and current information about industry-related topics. Municipal arts commissions gather twice annually at the Commissioners Roundtable, the only opportunity for the region’s commissioners to gather and share ideas. The Cultural Alliance provides information to member organizations to help everyone become better arts advocates. Advocacy efforts are enhanced by Cultural Alliance activities and our relationships with the Virginians for the Arts and Americans for the Arts. The Cultural Alliance promotes its members through an online newsletter, e-CONNECTIONS, and other printed materials. A recent member survey provides new data to plan and design new services and programs. Together we make the world of creativity and the making of art more vibrant. Together we sow the seeds of a region rich in culture by taking a seat at many tables – school boards, local governing boards, legislatures, board rooms and statewide committees. Through a cultural plan that began almost 30 years ago under the guidance of the great visionary, Ralph Burgard, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads works to sustain the arts community – and by extension the region’s quality of life. JOIN US – KEEP THE ARTS STRONG IN HAMPTON ROADS!

Patricia Rublein is executive director of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads. She can be reached at 889-9479 or patricia@culturalli.org.

SINCE 1983 THE CULTURAL ALLIANCE HAS BEEN THE REGIONAL ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF ARTS AND CULTURE.


OVERTURE

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Gradually and quietly, but surely, Hampton Roads has become one of the premiere centers for cultural arts in the country. Over the past two decades or so, the arts has reinvented the region, as virtually every city and county has seen the opening of performance venues, museums, galleries or arts centers. There are more than 300 arts organizations in Hampton Roads. With venues in Chesapeake, Hampton, the historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown not to mention Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach – Hampton Roads has more live performance theatres per capita than any market in the country. One of the nicest things about having so much variety, is, well … the variety. With all these centers have come performances as varied as Wayne Newton at the Ferguson Center for the Arts and Dionne Warwick at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts to The Virginia Opera’s Tales of Hoffman at the Harrison Opera House. So if you’re not into opera, but you love the (Grand Ole) Opry, chances are, your definition of art will be accommodated. There is no definitive meaning for art; it is subjective, and it fills our lives everywhere. As Tolstoy says, “We are accustomed to understand art to be only what we hear and see in theatres, concerts and exhibitions, together with buildings, statues, poems, novels . . . But all this is but the smallest part of the art by which we communicate with each other in life. All human life is filled with works of art by which we communicate with each other in life. All human life is filled with works of art of every kind – from cradlesong, jest, and mimicry, the ornamentation of houses, dress and utensils, up to church services, buildings, movements and triumphal processions. It is all artistic activity.” In other words, art is the evidence of our expression. Some of us are compelled to express art on canvas, others with pen (or computer) to paper, others on stage. Some are schooled in their art, others are self-taught; but the art literally bursts forth from them, honestly but “primitively,” in a form we call folk art. Just imagine if we embraced our call to express the art inside us, without selfconsciousness, judgment or fear – what we could do! Perhaps that expression would take the form of making paintings or poems, but it’s just as likely that we might learn to play the piccolo, take up bonsai or make a really great crème Brule. Whatever your definition of art, we hope you enjoy this issue of Hampton Roads Bravo! We also hope you will find helpful the major venues and events calendar. Look for our next edition in February 2010. And while you’re deciding how you will express the art inside yourself, choose a few performances, and go experience someone else’s art. BRAVO!

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Paul Quillin Darden ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Shannon Curtin ART DIRECTOR

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CHESAPEAKE 1. Chesapeake Conference Center 900 Greenbrier Circle 757-382-2500 www.chesapeakeconference.com

F O RT M O N R O E 2. Casemate Museum 20 Bernard Road 757-788-3391 www.monroe.army.mil/Monroe/sites/insta llation/museum/Casemate_Museum.aspx

22. Virginia Living Museum 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard 757-595-1900 www.thevlm.org

32. Granby Theatre 421 Granby Street 757-961-7208 www.granbytheater.com/

12. Virginia Air & Space Center 600 Settlers Landing Road 757-727-0900 www.vasc.org

23. Virginia War Museum 9285 Warwick Boulevard 757-247-8523 www.warmuseum.org

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24. Yoder Barn 660 Hamilton Drive 757-594-7448 http://fergusoncenter.cnu.edu/ yoderbarn/

33. Harrison Opera House c/o Virginia Opera 160 East Virginia Beach Boulevard 757-623-1223 www.sevenvenues.com/about/ history/harrison

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13. Christopher Newport Univ. Theatre 1 University Place 757-594-7448 http://theater.cnu.edu/

3. The American Theatre 125 E. Mellon Street 757-722-ARTS www.hamptonarts.net

14. Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center 2410 Wickham Avenue 757-247-2429

4. Blue Skies Gallery 26 South King Street 757-727-0028 www.blueskiesart.com

15. Endview Plantation 362 Yorktown Road 757-887-1862 www.endview.org

5. Charles H. Taylor Arts Center 4205 Victoria Boulevard 757-727-1490 www.hamptonarts.net

16. Ferguson Center for the Arts Christopher Newport University One University Place 757-594-7448 www.fergusoncenter.org

6. Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium Thomas Nelson Community College 99 Thomas Nelson Drive c/o Virginia Premier Theatre Toll Free: 866-430-1630 www.vptheatre.com 7. Hampton Coliseum 1000 Coliseum Drive 757-838-5650 www.hampton.gov/coliseum/ 8. Hampton History Museum 22 Lincoln Street 757-727-8311 www.hampton.gov/history_museum/ 9. Hampton Roads Convention Center 1610 Coliseum Drive 757-315-1610 www.thehrcc.com 10. Hampton Univ. Convocation Center 700 Emancipation Drive 757-728-6800 www.hamptonu.edu/convocation_center

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17. Lee Hall Mansion 163 Yorktown Road 757- 888-3371 www.leehall.org 18. The Mariners’ Museum 100 Museum Drive 757-591-7702 www.mariner.org 19. The Newsome House 2803 Oak Avenue 757-247-2360 www.newsomehouse.org 20. Peninsula Community Theatre 10251 Warwick Boulevard 757-595-5728 www.peninsulacommunitytheatre.org 21. Peninsula Fine Arts Center 101 Museum Drive 757-596-8175 www.pfac-va.org

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34. The Hermitage Museum and Gardens 7637 North Shore Road 757-423-2052 www.hermitagefoundation.org

25. The 40th Street Stage 809 West 40th Street 757-423-4084 www.40thstreetstage.com

35. Hope House Foundation 801 Boush Street, Suite 302 757-625-6161 www.hope-house.org

26. The Attucks Theatre 1010 Church Street 757-622-4763 www.attuckstheatre.org

36. The Little Theatre of Norfolk 801 Claremont Ave 757-627-8551 www.ltnonline.org

27. Chrysler Hall 201 East Brambleton Avenue 757-664-6464 www.sevenvenues.com/about/ history/chrysler

37. Nauticus, The National Maritime Center One Waterside Drive 757-664-1000 www.nauticus.org

28. Chrysler Museum of Art 245 West Olney Road 757-664-6200 www.chrysler.org

38. Norfolk Botanical Gardens 6700 Azalea Gardens Road 757-441-5830 www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/

29. Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads 5200 Hampton Boulevard 757-889-9479 www.culturalli.org

39. Norfolk Scope 201 East Brambleton Avenue 757-664-6464 www.sevenvenues.com/about/ history/scope

30. d’Art Center at Selden Arcade 208 East Main Street 757-625-4211 www.d-artcenter.org

40. The Norva 317 Monticello Avenue 757-627-4547 www.thenorva.com

31. Generic Theatre 912 West 21st Street 757-441-2729 www.generictheater.org/

41. ODU University Theatre Old Dominion University Hampton Boulevard 757-683-5135 www.odu.edu/al/theatre


42. TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center 340 Granby Street 757-822-1450 www.tcc.edu/roper 43. The Ted Constant Convocation Center 4320 Hampton Boulevard 757-683-4444 www.constantcenter.com 44. Virginia Ballet Theatre 134 W. Olney Road 757-622-4822 www.virginiaballettheatre.com/ 45. Virginia Wesleyan College Theatre 1584 Wesleyan Drive 757-455-3200 www.vwc.edu 46. Virginia Zoo c/o Virginia Zoological Society 3500 Granby Street 757-441-2374 www.virginiazoo.org 47. Wells Theatre 110 East Tazewell Street 757-627-6988 www.vastage.com/wellstheatre/

P O RT S M O U T H 48. The Children’s Museum of Virginia 221 High Street 757-393-5258 www.childrensmuseumva.com 49. The Courthouse Galleries 420 High Street 757-393-8543 www.courthousegalleries.com 50. Jewish Museum & Cultural Center 607 Effingham Street 757-391-9266 jewishmuseumportsmouth.org 51. NTelos Pavilion 901 Crawford Street 757-393-8181 www.pavilionconcerts.com/

52. Virginia Sports Hall of Fame 206 High Street 757-393-8031 www.vshfm.com 53. Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College 340 High Street 757-822-1888 www.tcc.edu/students/specialized/VAC/ 54. Willett Hall 3701 Willett Drive 757-393-5369 www.willetthall.com

SMITHFIELD 55. The Smithfield Cultural Arts Center 346 Main Street 757-357-7707 www.smithfieldarts.org 56. Smithfield Little Theatre 210 North Church Street 757-357-2501 www.smithfieldlittletheatre.com

SUFFOLK 57. The Red Thread Studio 153 West Washington Street 757-923-9832 http://theredthreadstudio.com/ 58. Shooting Star Gallery 118 North Main Street 757-934-0855 www.shootingstargallery.net 59. Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts 100 West Finney Avenue 757-923-0003 www.suffolkcenter.org 60. Suffolk Museum & Art League 118 Bosley Avenue 757- 923-2371 www.suffolk.va.us/parks/rec_ctrs/ctr_ 10.html

VIRGINIA BEACH 61. The Artists Gallery 608 Norfolk Avenue 757-425-6765 www.theartistsgallery.org

62. Contemporary Art Center of Virginia 2200 Parks Avenue 757-425-0000 www.cacv.org 63. Little Theatre of Virginia Beach 550 Barberton Drive 757-428-9233 http://ltvb.com/ 64. Military Aviation Museum 1341 Princess Anne Road Virginia Beach, VA 23320 (757) 721-PROP (7767) www.militaryaviationmuseum.org 65. Sandler Center for the Performing Arts 201 East Market Street 757-385-2787 www.sandlercenter.org 66. Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center 717 General Booth Boulevard 757-385-3474 www.virginiaaquarium.com 67. Virginia Beach Convention Center 1000 19th Street 757-385-2000 www.vbfun.com/conventioncenter 68. Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre c/o Live Nation, 3550 Cellar Door Way 757-368-3000 www.livenation.com/venue/verizon-wireless -virginia-beach-amphitheater-tickets

WILLIAMSBURG 69. Kimball Theatre 424 Duke of Gloucester Street 757-565-8588 www.kimballtheatre.com 70. Muscarelle Museum Lamberson Hall on Jamestown Road The College of William and Mary 757-221-2710 www.wm.edu/muscarelle/

71. Nancy Thomas Gallery Merchants Square 757-259-1938 www.nancythomas.com 72. This Century Art Gallery 219 North Boundary Street 757-229-4949 www.thiscenturyartgallery.org/ 73. Virgnina Regional Ballet 1228 Richmond Road 757-229-2553 www.danceVRB.com 74. William and Mary Theatre College of William and Mary 757-221-2660 www.wm.edu/theatre/

YORK COUNTY 75. The Gallery at York Hall 301 Main Street 757-890-4490 www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism 76. Gallery on the York 7907 George Washington Memorial Hwy. 757-898-3076 77. Nancy Thomas Gallery 145 Ballard Street 757-898-3665 www.nancythomas.com 78. Riverwalk Landing in Historic Yorktown 425 Water Street 757-890-3500 www.riverwalklanding.com


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Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News, the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts and the Sandler in Virginia Beach still impress the casual observer. The hard facts may reveal a down economy yet we are still among the best in the country. When viewed as an industry, arts and cultural organizations have employed more than any hospital or bank in the region. Including the impact of visitor spending, the combined economic impact has been as much as $563 million a few years ago– more than half of all arts spending in the entire state. Yes the arts have grown as an economic engine. “We have been blessed with a local government that has a vision that includes the arts,” says Gus Stuhlreyer, general director and CEO of the Virginia Opera. Stuhlreyer spoke about Norfolk, but his comment could be echoed by any number of

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Hampton Roads arts folk. The budgets may be smaller but the support is still alive. Although it’s not always that cut and dried, studies show that money spent on arts organizations all over the region – in fact, in almost any region in the country – more than returns to local government and is multiplied as it ripples through the local economy. Past studies have revealed that arts audiences have returned over $193 million per year to the economy on items such as meals, lodging and beverages before and after a show or exhibition. Artists, technicians and management


Explore the arts! From opera and ballet to bluegrass and folk art, Hampton Roads is rich in choices. Every Hampton Roads community has its favorite arts groups. Every one has some unique event or institution, and every one has a rich variety of art for residents and visitors. Space doesn’t allow mention of all 350-plus arts organizations, but here is just a sampling of the many fine options available. With so much available, broaden your interests! Make 2009 the year to try something new! Listed in alphabetical order:

Chesapeake Chesapeake is the place to find summer concerts “Under the Stars” and fresh air Shakespeare freshly done. It’s where a nascent public arts program sprouts and is home to one of Hampton Roads’ most worthy dance companies.

The Second Wind Dance Company seems one of the last two surviving modern dance troupes, at least on a professional level. This 15-year-old company produces its own highly praised concerts and provides dance talent and movement creativity to a host of other arts groups. Lively, insightful and charming performances have earned Shakespeare in the Grove, at the Tidewater Community College Chesapeake Campus, a place at the head of the Hampton Roads

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staff spend money where they live or tour. And arts groups themselves need supplies and services. Yes even with a down economy, the art lovers of Hampton Roads have not given up on their favorite past time Arts patrons are typically educated and possess disposable income. Industries benefit when their sponsorship of the arts captures patrons’ attention and, perhaps more importantly, their emotional loyalty. Bill Biddle, executive director of Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News, offers persuasive anecdotal evidence about how arts support spreads through the community. Restaurant owners in his vicinity tell him that their tables are full before and after each show. In the post 9/11 world, the weekend getaway is increasingly the vacation travel of choice. A short trip to see a show, visit a festival or attend a special museum exhibition fits perfectly. Rob Cross, Virginia Arts Festival director, said that hotel and motel occupancy rates have risen as the Festival has matured. The Virginia Tattoo pulls folks in by the busload. Cross also cites visits by internationally acclaimed companies that have made Hampton Roads their only American stop. If you wanted to see them, you came here or went abroad. Biddle also sees quality as being the factor that draws audience’s long distances. A noticeable fraction of the Ferguson Center audience comes from Richmond, North Carolina and the Middle Peninsula, he says. Biddle disputes the perceived impediment of travel across Hampton Roads. People from the South Hampton Roads, he asserts, aren’t discouraged by uncertainties of tunnel timing; they simply arrive in Newport News very early, and have dinner before the show. All across Hampton Roads a fertile mix of municipal, commercial and popular support has created an environment that richly supports a region-wide, vibrant arts industry.

The Virginia Symphony, Robert G. “Buddy” Bagley Stage, City Park, Chesapeake

summer theatre table. During the school year, TCC, like other area schools, has a regular series of genuinely worthwhile student shows. Summer in Chesapeake also brings the Symphony to the Robert G. “Buddy”Bagley Stage at City Park for a mix of popular and classical works. The park also hosts a “Sundays Under the Stars” music series. Another of those adaptive reuse accomplishments that seem a signature of local arts, the 1908 Portlock School #5 building was reworked in 2004 as the PortLock Galleries at SoNo, which offers exhibitions of Virginia and local artists and art classes, and is a focal point for the rejuvenation of Historic South Norfolk. The Virginia Arts Festival comes to the Chesapeake City Hall each spring, traditionally bringing the Virginia Wind Symphony. The Courts Complex annually hosts the City Court Student Art Gallery, and Chesapeake’s Department of Parks and Recreation has introduced Town Place at Greenbrier, a summer concert series public arts program. Sponsoring such arts events at the very seat of municipal government speak profoundly for the City’s commitment to culture. Chesapeake’s museums include the Chesapeake Planetarium, which offers free public programs each week including telescope observations.

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The Virginia Symphony plays almost everywhere, and one of its newest spots is the Palace Theatre, a renovated art deco, former movie house in Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The Palace is the home of Arts Enter, a determined small group of artists and arts advocates who are enlivening this small town near the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula. Further up the shore in Onancock, the North Street Playhouse produces three series of shows every year. At 10 to 15 productions, it is two to three times more prolific than most of its urban theatrical cousins. It offers an eclectic mix of original scripts, children’s shows, music and dance, along with dance, theater and art classes. The vacant storefront next door is it’s art-gallery-to-be. This charming rural area has a number of small museums, including the Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center, which houses artifacts from the town since its founding in 1884; a Country Store Museum, also in Cape Charles; and Custis Tombs and Arlington, the site of a former plantation whose name was used for a plantation in Northern Virginia that later became Arlington National Cemetery.

Hampton Hampton arts start with The American Theatre and its compatriot under the Hampton Arts Commission banner, the Charles H. Taylor Arts Center. The neighboring Hampton University Museum stands among the best of its kind anywhere. Thomas Nelson Community College not only has its own student productions, but is also hosting the fully professional Playwrights Premiere Theatre from Williamsburg. The Hampton Roads Civic Ballet marks its 61st year of preprofessional training for students who perform semi-annually in shows blending traditional and contemporary choreography. At 141 years old, the Hampton University Museum is America’s

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Eastern Shore

Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton

oldest African-American museum, one of the oldest museums in Virginia and arguably the senior museum in Hampton Roads. Its collection of traditional African, Native American, Pacific Island and Asian art, and African-American folk and fine art, is housed in a former library, the newly restored Huntington Building. The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center serves the Peninsula with juried shows, a permanent collection, changing exhibits, classes and workshops and arts events. The American Theatre is routinely picked by subscribers of Hampton Roads Magazine as their favorite place to experience the performing arts. Director Michael Curry books an extraordinarily rich array of music, theater, dance, modern vaudeville, mini-circuses and every sort of performance one can conceive into the one-time vaudeville house/movie theatre/porn palace. Museums include Fort Monroe’s moat-surrounded Casemate Museum, the Army’s coast artillery museum that also exhibits Fort Monroe’s role in the Civil War; the Hampton History Museum that preserves and exhibits artifacts from the city’s historic past; and St. John’s Church & Parish Museum, the oldest English-speaking parish in America; and the Virginia Air & Space Center, a nationally recognized science museum and home of the Apollo 12 Command Module.

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Apollo 12 Command Module, Virginia Air & Space Center, Hampton

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Colonial Williamsburg is a great museum, an exercise in historically accurate scenic, prop and costume design and realistic acting, and it’s just one of several places to encounter the arts in the Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown. The world-class Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center celebrates the extraordinary efforts and accomplishments of untutored, creative souls who expressed themselves outside the mainstream of traditional art. The Aldrich and its side-by-side companion, the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum – which preserves, presents and interprets examples of artistic ability put to the service of practicality in the 17th- through19th- centuries – are both part of Colonial Williamsburg. Merchants Square, just between the restored area and the College of William & Mary, often plays host to outdoor-


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Jamestown Settlement Exhibition Galleries

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concerts and art shows. A converted movie house, the Kimball Theatre, faces the Square, too. A venue for lots of events, its home to the Playwrights Premiere Theatre, a fully professional troupe specializing in small, newly written shows. On the campus itself, the Virginia Shakespeare Festival fires up a couple of productions from the quill of the Sweet Swan of Avon every summer. Next door to Phi Beta Kappa Hall, where the Virginia Shakespeare Festival holds sway and where William & Mary students perform during the school year, are Lamberson Hall and a rare gem called the Muscarelle Museum of Art. Just turned 26, this art gallery and museum serves up a treasure trove of visual arts in a mix of touring exhibitions and permanent collections showcasing artists as important as Picasso and O’Keefe. Shifting from gown to town, the Williamsburg Players are also celebrating a significant anniversary. Fifty-one years old this year, this all-volunteer troupe of enthusiastic community actors and support staff routinely brings folks from all over the region to see its mix of popular plays. Also in Williamsburg, the St. Bede Catholic Church hosts the Virginia Symphony and Arts Festival performances. The Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg treats its audiences to visits by artists from all over the globe. One of the most fertile of all Historic Triangle venues is the Williamsburg Regional Library & Arts Center. Its 260+ seat auditorium is equally likely to present the Virginia Symphony, a nationally renowned opera recitalist or a jazz concert and forum. In Yorktown, the Riverwalk Landing Outdoor Performing Arts and Art Shows program along the York River serves up a healthy mix of art year-round. And no visit to the Historic Triangle is complete without a stop at the Jamestown Glasshouse, where contemporary artisans replicate the colony’s first attempt at artscentric industry. Museums include the Watermen’s Museum, Yorktown Arts Foundation and Colonial National Historical Park in Yorktown, and just across the York River in Gloucester is the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Aquarium Visitors Center.

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Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News

Newport News Only Newport News has designated a thoroughfare as The Avenue of the Arts. It passes the Virginia Living Museum, sends a spur to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center and The Mariners’ Museum, and then curves onto the campus of Christopher Newport University and to the Ferguson Center for the Arts. While this is the heart of the arts scene in Newport News, other spots, such as the Yoder Barn up the road a piece, the Peninsula Community Theatre in historic Hilton Village, and the neighboring Poquoson Island Players are also vital elements. There’s also a Peninsula Youth Orchestra, plus the usual profusion of small cultural museums and art outlets. The Virginia Choral Society, turning 78 this year, is a 130-member choral group that does three concerts annually. Its repertoire runs from light vocal music through holiday tunes to the works of the great masters of serious art music. “Art is what you make it,” proclaims the motto of the Peninsula Fine Arts Center. What it is making is available and lively. Its exhibitions, each a mix of shows linked by a common theme, are supplemented by a hands-on Gallery for Kids, distance learning and an audio-visual collection. Christopher Newport University’s Theatre & Dance Department, now at home in the Ferguson Center, has a long-standing reputation of excellence and innovation. The well-regarded Art and Music Departments have their homes there, too. The Ferguson Center itself, hosting everything from the Virginia Symphony to European opera companies, has almost single handedly put the Peninsula on the national map of sizeable, first-rate performance facilities. It’s a triple-treat place. Smallest and most versatile of its three theaters is a “black box space” seating about 200, where the audience and staging areas may be almost infinitely rearranged. The intimate 440-seat Music and Theatre Hall is a lush rework of the old Ferguson High School theater. Grandest of all is the Concert Hall,

Only Newport News has designated a thoroughfare as The Avenue of the Arts.


seating as many as 1,700. Executive Director Bill Biddle voices a commitment to quality programming, because quality seems to be the determining factor in what does and does not draw audiences, he says. Having taken over the Yoder Barn, Christopher Newport University is doing a total renovation to meet the most stringent occupancy codes. Soon we will see a fully professional, equity company in residence there. Yoder would then possess the first such professional summer program in Hampton Roads. One of the main attractions near the Ferguson Center for the Arts and the Peninsula Fine Arts Center is the world-renowned Mariner’s Museum, one of the largest and most comprehensive maritime museums in the world, which houses artifacts from the USS Monitor. Just up the road is the Virginia Living Museum, a hands-on education center that brings people in contact with more habitats, wildlife and plant species than would be encountered in a lifetime of outdoor adventures in Virginia. Other museums include the Virginia War Museum, the U.S. Army Transportation Museum at Ft. Eustis, Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center and Lee Hall Mansion. A new addition to the art scene of Newport News is The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center. The center houses the Ella Fitzgerald Theater, 276-seat venue that honors the “First Lady of Song,” who was born in Newport News in 1917. The center was originally built as the Walter Reed School, and after restoration was reopened to the public in October of 2008.

Norfolk Home to the most prominent Hampton Roads professional arts groups – the Symphony, Opera, Chrysler Museum, the Stage Company and the Arts Festival – Norfolk anchors the Hampton Roads arts scene. Multiple dozens of smaller part-time professional, semi-pro and community arts endeavors, profit-making entertainment and art ventures and a concentration of presenting venues join this quintet, which are informally called The Big Five. The Symphony was just turning 70 in 1991, when the arrival of Musical Director JoAnne Falletta led this locally appreciated group to wider regard. It’s now included in every list of the continent’s top regional symphony orchestras. This year the VSO will crisscross all of Hampton Roads with over 100 classical, pops, family, education and outreach concerts, including side-by-side concerts with the student musicians of Peninsula Youth Orchestra, the Williamsburg Youth Orchestra and Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia. The Virginia Symphony Chorus is another element in the mix of fine music it creates. Besides playing Symphony concerts at venues across the region, it also provides orchestral support for the Virginia Opera, Virginia Arts Festival and Virginia Ballet Theatre. The Chrysler Museum of Art vaulted to national prominence – and changed its name from The Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences – in 1971 when grand

Norfolk anchors the Hampton Roads arts scene.

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Cruise Norfolk Terminal


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collector Walter P. Chrysler Jr. brought it the acquisitions of his lifelong, global search for the finest art works. Its collections of American and European painting and sculpture, contemporary art and decorative arts, photography, and Chrysler’s special passion, art glass, are nothing less than world-class, as are the touring exhibitions. The Virginia Stage Company, housed in downtown Norfolk’s historic Wells Theatre, is the area’s only fully professional, resident theater group. Each annual season of shows, produced here with first-rate, national professional talent, aims at high theatrical art and keeps in mind the unique makeup and interests of Hampton Roads. The production of new scripts is an important part of the VSC mission. The Wells is also a venue for the occasional visiting performance, for shows by the Governor’s School for the Arts, and for joint ventures like recent events in conjunction with the Arts Festival. The Virginia Opera Association got national praise with its first show, La Traviata, back in 1975, and has never looked back. The VOA first does lovely productions of classic grand operas and the occasional operetta in Norfolk, then tours to Richmond and Fairfax. The Virginia Arts Festival, the youngest of the five, is the sole, strictly presenting organization of the bunch. Though its headquarters and a significant bulk of its events are in Norfolk, the Festival vies with the Symphony to be the most widely regional. In 2007, more than 30 separate groups played in nine cities at some 24 venues. Founded with the purpose of presenting Hampton Roads with top-notch musical, theatrical, dance and mingled arts from all over the world, the Festival has spurred arts and cultural tourism and raised Hampton Roads’ cultural profile worldwide. Norfolk’s resident Virginia Ballet Theatre, another of its venerable institutions, has historically been the leading light among local

Harrison Opera House, Norfolk

dance troupes and schools. Its students routinely go on to significant professional careers, and it has strong ties to great companies such as the Joffrey Ballet. Norfolk is also home to the region’s culturally focused mass

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media. WHRO Television brings Hampton Roads a wealth of PBS, children’s, educational and locally produced shows from its Norfolk headquarters. WHRO radio – our classical station – has a sister station in WHRV, devoted to public broadcasting for music, news and commentary. Few regions in the country can tune in two culturally attuned radio stations, and these voices of culture and the arts pull the region’s offerings together, and help it all gel, as no one else could. Norfolk offers other sources of serious art music. The Feldman Chamber Music Society presents Hampton Roads concerts by nationally and internationally important chamber ensembles. The Hampton Roads Chamber Players approaches the same repertoire with local musicians, including a resident quartet of the best pros around. The ODU Music Department offers symphonic and small group performances, and it’s Diehn Fine and Performing Art building hosts concerts by internationally known artists. The Virginia Wesleyan College Concert Series offers opportunities to hear performances by exceptional musicians at its intimate Hofheimer Theatre, including performances by the Virginia Wesleyan College Choir and The Wesleyan Singers. ODU, Norfolk State, Tidewater Community College and Virginia Wesleyan College theatre programs are just a part of Norfolk’s theatrical richness. The 82-year-old Little Theatre of Norfolk, the professionally minded Generic Theater, and the family- and youth-oriented Hurrah Players have well defined audiences. These well-established groups have paved the way for the recently debuted Workshop Theatre Company, the innovative 40th Street Stage, the new Venue at 35th and for a series of small ad-hoc troupes. The Workshop Theatre shares space in a converted downtown Norfolk storefront with Todd Rosenleib Dance, a boldly professional modern dance company with a New York feel. Big venues like Chrysler Hall, Scope and the ODU Ted Constant Convocation Center host celebrity performers, touring professional shows and local artists. The finely renovated Crispus Attucks Cultural Center presents national and regional performers who target the African-American community, while fostering artistic accomplishments that cut across social and ethnic boundaries. The TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center, another downtown venue, not only serves the Norfolk TCC Campus, but gives artists a medium-sized performance venue. In the rapidly self-rejuvenating downtown, the D’Art Center gives visual artists a place to work and sell their product and the public a way to watch them in their studios. The Selden Arcade – the City’s Cultural Arts Center and home to offices of its Cultural Affairs activities – houses D’Art and two other city-run galleries. Newest of all Norfolk’s galleries are The Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries at ODU. The Baron and Ellin Gordon Gallery of SelfTaught Art display various selections from the recently donated Gordon collection, some 350-plus nationally significant pieces. The University Gallery is a changing gallery of works by contemporary artists of international, national and regional repute. Museums include Nauticus, a contemporary global maritime commerce museum; Hampton Roads Naval Museum, featuring a


Museum, Railroad Museum of Virginia, Lightship Museum and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame are among the museums in Portsmouth.

real battleship and various military displays; the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, 20 theme gardens covering 155 acres; and The Hermitage Foundation Museum, offering contemporary art exhibitions, 12-acre gardens, seasonal events and multi-media art classes. Others include the MacArthur Memorial Museum, the final resting place of the General and Mrs. MacArthur; and various historic houses including Hunter House Victorian Museum, the Moses Myers House and the Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House.

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Lightship Museum, Portsmouth

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Community theater, an array of museums and small arts galleries, and one of the least-recognized, almost accidental, collections of one of the most practical of all art forms. That’s Old Towne Portsmouth, a locally unique concentration of early 18th-century homes and historic buildings that escaped the wrecking ball of urban renewal. Among the lower High Street’s neat old facades is the Courthouse Galleries. This big red brick ante-bellum building shows off its collections in two sizeable galleries and a courtyard. Workshops, art classes and programs as varied as magic shows, theatrical readings and show and tell observations on local history, all supplements and enrich the offerings. City-operated Willett Hall, a couple of miles up the road, books in everything from R&B to Italian opera, from touring shows to local children’s theater. It’s the venue of choice for Portsmouth Community Concerts Inc., a 71-yearold group that brings in artists of note, and the site of the Todi Music Festival’s annual opera. The Little Theatre of Portsmouth has soldiered on through fire and flood to remain one of Children’s Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth Hampton Roads most long-lived arts groups. LTP performs at the former Manor High, now the Woodrow Wilson High School, in an auditorium recently rebuilt – thanks to the commitment of Portsmouth Public Schools – after arson and a sprinkler system devastated the playing space. The Children’s Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Smithfield Little Theater has produced a regular series of well received plays annually since 1962. Besides a host of commercial arts and crafts galleries, the town also has lively visual arts programs under the auspices of the Isle of Wight Arts League. The Arts League is responsible for the Smithfield Cultural Arts Center, a converted mansion in the Historic District. The Center hosts arts classes for all ages, presents rotating arts exhibits in three galleries and provides studio space

to resident artists. The Arts League co-sponsors a Summer Concert Series with The Smithfield Times and joins with Smithfield Music to produce concerts at the Smithfield Little Theater. The Virginia Symphony Chamber Orchestra Series also makes regular visits to the Little Theater. There are a number of historic homes and museums in town, including the Hattie Drummond House, the Schoolhouse Museum, the Old Courthouse of 1750, Isle of Wight Courthouse of 1800, Historic St. Luke’s Shrine, Boykin’s Tavern Museum and Historic Fort Boykin. The Isle of Wight County Museum has galleries dedicated to the history of the Civil War, the Smithfield Ham an the early meatpacking industry, Native American artifacts and other rotating exhibits.

Suffolk

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Portsmouth

Smithfield

The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is the one-time Suffolk High School reworked to house a state-of-the-art theater, art galleries, teaching studios, rehearsal Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts space, administrative offices, a small restaurant space and a ballroom/meeting hall. The renovations are on the level of art themselves. The Suffolk Museum displays visual art works of all sorts in a one-time library, and gives the Suffolk Art League, the culmination of a long city and private partnership, a base for its workshops and classes. The Center, now going into its third full year of operation, host stars including Percy Sledge and Dionne Warwick, touring entertainers, professional shows for young people, and national tours of Shakespeare. Classes and workshops in pottery, photography, ballroom dancing or shag are part of the mix; so is a film series. Hampton Roads Bravo!

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Virginia Symphony, Governor’s School for the Arts and Hurrah Players are on the guest list. Big outside acts stop by as well. The Chorale, at 51, is the oldest continuously active performing group in the city, serving up semi-annual performances. The VMT is the professional troupe devoted to the quality production of musical theater, mixing imported pros with local talent to conspicuous success. Symphonicity is the biggest of the Beach-based classical groups, but Bellissima, a Women’s Choral ensemble, deserves mention too, as do the widely regional Cantata Chorus and the Virginia Art Song Society. The Little Theatre of Virginia Beach is going strong at its home on Barberton Lane. The Hampton Roads Shakespeare Festival, one of several performance and educational projects offered by Summer Shakes Inc., thrives in the open air a few blocks away. Regent University students, many of them just a step from full-time careers in the arts, stage plays that routinely draw nearcapacity audiences. For cutting-edge visual arts in Hampton Roads, the Contemporary Arts Center of Virginia, just a few blocks from the Oceanfront, is the place to go. CACV presents exhibitions, studio classes and workshops, and special events that bring the most forward-thinking artists to the region. Museums include the Francis Land House, a 201-year-old plantation now open to the public; the Adam Thoroughgood House, one of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia; the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum that displays wildfowl art and artifacts including extensive exhibits of decoys; the Military Aviation Museum; and the Old Coast Guard Station.

Sandler Center, Virginia Beach

Two other art galleries, the Shooting Star Gallery and Red Thread Studios, join with the Suffolk Museum and the Art League for semiannual joint exhibitions and art-centric events. The Seaboard Station Railroad Museum, the restored Main Street train station, displays a two-room HO-scale model of Suffolk in 1907, as well as other railroad memorabilia.

Virginia Beach

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All eyes in Virginia Beach and across the region as well, are on the Sandler Center, the newest of Hampton Roads big city-centric performance venues. It’s a long-awaited home for the Virginia Beach Chorale, the Virginia Musical Theatre and Symphonicity (formerly the Virginia Beach Symphony). The Norfolk-based Virginia Arts Festival,

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Beach Museum, Virginia Military Aviation

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Events 2009-10

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August

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Great American Family Dog & Cat Photo Contest ~ Pet Parade Party, d’ART will announce the winners of the d’ART Center’s Dog & Cat Photo Contest at this fun family event, d’ART Center at Selden Arcade, 208 East Main Street, Norfolk, 10 am, Noon, Free, 757-625-4211, www.d-artcenter.org

John McCutcheon, America’s master of folk music, John McCutcheon is also grand master of no fewer than 10 different instruments, The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, 8 pm, $25-$30, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net

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Pictures of People: Contemporary Portrait Photography, This national invitational exhibition explores a variety of approaches to early 21st century portrait photography, Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College, 340 High Street, Portsmouth, 9 am–8 pm daily, free and open to the public, 757-822-1888, www.tcc.edu/vac/

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Great American Family Dog & Cat Photo Exhibition, Celebrating dogs and cats through the photography of their owners, d’ART Center at Selden Arcade, 208 East Main Street, Norfolk, Tue- Sat 10-5 pm & Sundays 1-5 pm, Free, 757-625-4211, www.d-artcenter.org

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SummerFest, Beach and Boardwalk waterfront area sets the stage for family fun with great music, top local talent, pool activities, volleyball, games, and Daisy the Clown, Fort Monroe Outdoor Pool, Fort Monroe, 490 Fenwick Road, Hampton, Free, Fridays, 757-788-3151, 757-727-1102, 800-800-2202.

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Common Ground, Uncommon Vision, Exhibit featuring over thirty works of various media completed by Four Howard University Trained Artists, Hampton University campus, Hampton, Open year round, Mon-Fri 8 -am- 5pm, Sat, noon-4pm, Free. 757-727-5309, www.hamptonu.edu/museum

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Chesapeake Bay Decoys at the Hampton History Museum, An exhibit of some of the finest area decoys culled from the collections of the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, Royal Swan Farm and John Moran Quarstein, Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, 757-727-1610. Open Mon-Sat, 10 am-5pm, Sun, 1-5pm, Admission fee.

Saturday Night Street Fest Series, Street fair featuring live musical entertainment, cold refreshments and plenty of activities, 6-11pm, Free, Queen’s Way, Downtown Hampton, 757-727-0900.

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Risk! – Traveling Exhibit at the Virginia Air & Space Center, A hands-on traveling exhibit that explores life experiences, decision-making, and the science, mathematics, and technology that support life, Virginia Air & Space Center, 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, Regular exhibit admission, 757-727-0900, www.vasc.org

1– Downtown Hampton Farmer’s Market, A rain or shine event and Sep 26 includes fresh produce, herbs, cut flowers, handmade soaps, jams, jellies, cheese, seafood, fine art and more, Carousel Park, 600 Settlers Landing Road, Free, Saturdays, 8 am-noon, 757-727-1271, www.downtownhampton.com 1– NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Racing, Late Model, Grand Oct 17 Stocks, Modifieds, Legends, Wolf Trucks, Super Trucks, UCARS, Super Street, Pro Wing Champ Karts and Pro 6 racing, Gates open Noon, race starts at 7 pm, Admission fee, Langley Speedway, 11 Dale Lemonds Drive, Hampton, 757-865-7223, www.langley-speedway.com 1– Halls of Art at Hampton Roads Convention Center, Multi-media Nov 13 gallery is comprised of work by more than 40 regional artists. Art featured is available for purchase, Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, 757-315-1610, info@thehrcc.com 1, 8, 15 Yorktown Market Days at the River, The 3rd annual farmer’s market 22, 29 season at Riverwalk Landing features local produce, fresh meats and seafood, baked goods, and more, Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water Street, Yorktown, 8 am-12 pm, Free, 757-890-3500, www.riverwalklanding.com 2, 9 Groovin’ By The Bay, A Summer concert series with a musical mix 16, 23 including everything from beach, pop, oldies, Motown and swing, Buckroe Beach, 6 – 9 pm, Free, 757-727-8311, www.hampton.gov/parks

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Bucket of Monkeys, The Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads, resident company of Norfolk’s 40th Street Stage, is pleased to announce its summer line up of Saturday morning Family Stage shows for audiences of all ages, These are original plays and interactive improv stories, crafted to be enjoyed by ages 3 and up, 809 W. 40th Street, Norfolk, All shows are at 11 am, and all tickets are just $5, 757-423-40th, www.40thstreetstage.com

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4, 7, 14 Towne Place at Greenbrier Summer Concert Series, Summer 21, 28 Concert Series Sponsored by ABNB Federal Credit Union, Town Place at Greenbrier, 725 Eden Way North, Chesepeake, 5:30-8:30 pm, Free, 757-373-3293, www.towneplaceatgreenbrier.com.

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4, 11 USAF Heritage of America Band “Airwaves” Concert Series, 18, 25 This award winning group from Langley Air Force present an exciting program of musical entertainment, Lawn chairs and blankets welcome, Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water Street, Yorktown, 6:30pm, Free, 757-890-3500, www.heritageofamericaband.af.mil 4, 5–7 The Mystical Arts of Tibet, Nine Tibetan lamas from the renowned 8 Drepung Loseling Monastery, founded in 1416, create a unique sand painting over the course of four days,The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, 4 at 7pm, 5-7 10am-6pm, 8 10 am-noon, Free, 757-722-2787 www.HamptonArts.net

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14–16 84th Annual Hampton Cup Regatta, North America’s oldest continuouslyrun hydroplane boat race! East Mercury Bridge at Fort Monroe, The bridge opens to pedestrians at 10am and racing is noon-5pm daily, Free, 757-870-5020, 757-727-8311. 15

Under African Skies, The Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads, resident company of Norfolk’s 40th Street Stage, is pleased to announce its summer line up of Saturday morning Family Stage shows for audiences of all ages, These are original plays and interactive improv stories, crafted to be enjoyed by ages 3 and up, 809 W. 40th Street, Norfolk, All shows are at 11 am, and all tickets are just $5.00, 757-423-40th, www.40thstreetstage.com

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Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crosby, Stills & Nash will perform, Concert, nTelos Pavilion, 901 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, 8 pm, $80 / $60 / $30 - $1 added for Guacamole Fund, 757-393-8181, www.pavilionconce

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Virginia Artists 2009 Juried Exhibition & Elizabeth Menges: Recent Paintings, Over 115 works of art created by the artistic talents of many of Virginia’s finest artists and craftsmen, The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, 4205 Victoria Blvd., Hampton Exhibit Hours: 10AM-6PM, T-F; 1PM-5PM, Weekends, Opening Reception, Sunday, July 19, 3-5 pm, Free, 757-727-1490 www.HamptonArts.net

5, 12 Symphonicity, A free summer Pops Concert, 24th Street Park, Virginia 19, 26 Beach Oceanfront, 7:30 pm, Free, 757-671-8611, www.symphonicity.org 6

Beyond Ego: The Great Void and the Gateway to Freedom, A lecture given by the spiritual director of the Drepung Loseling Monastery, Geshe Lobsand Tenzin, The American Theatre, 25 E. Mellen St., Hampton, 7pm, Free, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music/Sacred Dance, The monks perform ancient dances and chants, The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, 8pm, $25, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net

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Shagging on the Riverwalk Beach Music Concert Series, Join us for the 4th annual concert series featuring a variety of beach music suited for all ages, Lawn chairs & blankets welcome, Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St., Yorktown, 6-9 pm, Free, 757-890-3500, www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism

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“Noises Off!” by Michael Frayn, Called the funniest farce ever written, Little Theatre of Virginia Beach, 550 Barberton Drive (at 24th Street), Virginia Beach, Fri & Sat- 8pm; Sundays (call for times), $15 – adult; $12 – seniors, active duty military, students w/ID; all seats $12 on Sundays, 757-428-9233, www.ltvb.com

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First Friday of each month Port Hampton Lecture Series, Features authors, living historians, and local history buffs discussing topics from Hampton’s past as well as related historical subjects of a regional and national flavor, Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, 7pm, Members, Free; Non-members, $3, 757-727-1610

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Steve Miller Band, The Steve Miller Band will perform, nTelos Pavilion, 901 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, 8pm, $59.75 / $46.75 / $38.75 / $25, 757-393-8181, www.pavilionconcerts.com

Elizabeth Menges, Ora, oil Rosa Gema Doughty, Queen Elizabeth, photograph

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The Mystical Arts of Tibet, A lecture on the topic of the symbolism of the Sand Mandala by Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, The American Theatre,125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, 1 pm, Free, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net Of Jesters & Dragons, The Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads, resident company of Norfolk’s 40th Street Stage, is pleased to announce its summer line up of Saturday morning Family Stage shows for audiences of all ages, These are original plays and interactive improv stories, crafted to be enjoyed by ages 3 and up, 809 W. 40th Street, Norfolk, All shows are at 11 am, and all tickets are just $5, 757-423-40th, www.40thstreetstage.com

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Poisoned Dwarf, Celtic music focusing primarily on Irish traditional music, Bring a lawn chair or blanket and pack a supper for this free outdoor concert, Grace Episcopal Churchyard, 111 Church Street, Yorktown, 5 pm, Free, 757-890-4490, www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism

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The Soul of India, Film Screening followed by question and answer session with the director, Rick Ray, The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, 7pm, $10, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net

Hampton Roads Bravo!

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Robynne Redmon, A performance by renowned mezzo soprano currently appearing at the Metropolitan Opera, Jewish Museum & Cultural Center, 607 Effingham St, Portsmouth, 7:30pm, $20, 757-391-9266, www.jewishmuseumportsmouth.org

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Of Jesters & Dragons, The Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads, resident company of Norfolk’s 40th Street Stage, is pleased to announce its summer line up of Saturday morning Family Stage shows for audiences of all ages, These are original plays and interactive improv stories, crafted to be enjoyed by ages 3 and up, 809 W. 40th Street, Norfolk, All shows are at 11 am, and all tickets are just $5. 757-423-40th, www.40thstreetstage.com

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Loggins & Messina with The Gabe Dixon Band, Loggins & Messina perform with The Gabe Dixon Band, nTelos Pavilion, 901 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, 8 pm, $59 / $43 / $25, 757-393-8181, www.pavilionconcerts.com

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Chickenfoot, Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony join Red Hot Chili Peppers members Joe Satriani and Chad Smith, nTelos Pavilion, 901 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, Concert time and ticket cost TBA, 757-393-8181, www.pavilionconcerts.com


Summer Music Series: JoAnn Falleta & Friends, Enjoy an evening of chamber favorites featuring JoAnn Falletta, guitar, Robert Alemany, clarinet, and Debra Wendells Cross, flute, Jewish Museum & Cultural Center, 607 Effingham Street, Portsmouth, 7:30 pm, $20, 757-391-9266, www.jewishmuseumportsmouth.org

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Joann and Friends, An evening of chamber favorites, Jewish Museum & Cultural Center, 607 Effingham St, Portsmouth 7:30pm, $20, 757-391-9266, www.jewishmuseumportsmouth.org

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History Hounds Kids Club,Children age’s six to ten are invited to solve historical mysteries throughout the Hampton History Museum, Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, 10 am–noon, Last Sat of each month, Fee, 757-727-1610

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Waterman: The Lighthouse Keepers, The Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads, resident company of Norfolk’s 40th Street Stage, is pleased to announce its summer line up of Saturday morning Family Stage shows for audiences of all ages, These are original plays and interactive improv stories, crafted to be enjoyed by ages 3 and up, 809 W. 40th Street, Norfolk, All shows are at 11 am, and all tickets are just $5.00, 757-423-40th, www.40thstreetstage.com

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First Friday of each month Port Hampton Lecture Series, Features authors, living historians, and local history buffs discussing topics from Hampton’s past as well as related historical subjects of a regional and national flavor, Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, 7pm, Members, Free; Non-members, $3, 757-727-1610

11–13 Twentieth Century, adapted by Ken Ludwig, A Broadway director 18–20 encounters his former discovery, now a temperamental Hollywood star on 25–27 the Twentieth Century, Little Theatre of Virginia Beach, 550 Barberton Drive (at 24th Street), Virginia Beach. Fri & Sat-8pm, Sundays (call for times), $15 – adult; $12 – seniors, active duty military, students w/ID; all seats $12 on Sundays, 757-428-9233, www.ltvb.com 11–13 Hampton Bay Days, Celebrating its 26th year, this annual festival is a combination of free entertainment on three stages, a family friendly area with a children’s stage, rides for kids under twelve, Downtown Hampton, Fri, noon-11pm; Sat, 10 am-11pm; Sun, noon-6pm, 757-727-1641, www.baydays.com 12– New Art/ New Territory, Five established and emerging artists will be Oct 18 exhibiting thoughtful and innovative art works in a variety of contemporary media, The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, 4205 Victoria Blvd., Hampton, September 12, 5:30-7:30 pm, 10am-6pm, T-F; 1pm-5pm, Weekends, Free, 757-727-1490, www.HamptonArts.net 12

18–20 UMOJA Festival, Concert, nTelos Pavilion, 901 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, time of event and ticket price TBA, 757-393-8181, www.pavilionconcerts.com 19– Nov 5

spaces/places/senses/places/senses/spaces, Elizabeth Mead (Williamsburg, VA) joins London-based artists Henrietta Simson and Jo Volley in presenting works in various media, Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College, 340 High Street, Portsmouth, 9 am–8 pm daily, free and open to the public, 757-822-1888, www.tcc.edu/vac/

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The Fab Faux, The Fab Faux as the most definitive Beatles tribute band on the circuit, Ferguson Center for the Arts, 1 University Place, Newport News, 8pm, $42/$52/$57, 800-745-3000, www.fergusoncenter.org

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Memorial Concert Series / Virginia Handbell Consort, Virginia Handbell Consort presents On Vacation, a program that takes the audience to Japan, Norway, Russia and Spain, as well as locations across America, First Presbyterian Church, 514 S. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, 3pm, Free, 757-722-0006, www.firstpreshampton.com

Virginia Symphony Concert, A free outdoor concert beneath the stars, Enjoy a pre-concert performance by The Fifes and Drums of York Town, Yorktown Victory Monument, Yorktown, 6-10pm, Free, 757-890-3500, www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism

11, 18 Rhythms of the Riverwalk Concert Series, Join us for the 5th 25 annual concert series featuring some of the area’s finest in jazz, big band, swing, and patriot music, Lawn chairs and blankets welcome, Rhythms of the Riverwalk Concert Series. Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water Street, Yorktown. 6:30 -8:30pm, Free, 757-890-3500, www.yorktcounty.gov/tourism

Towne Place at Greenbrier Summer Art Show, Local artists will exhibit and sell artwork, jewelry and more, The show will be located in the center’s open grassy area, 725 Eden Way North, Chesapeake, 10 am -6pm, Free, 757-373-3293, www.towneplaceatgreenbrier.com

Alive and Well by Kenny Finkle, A heartbroken Civil War re-enactor and an emotionally desperate New York journalist search for the oldest living Civil War veteran, The Wells Theatre, 110 E. Tazewell, Sundays – 2pm, Tuesdays – 7pm, Wed./Thur./Fri.–8:00pm, Saturdays–4:00/8:00pm Weeknights - $28-$37 / Weekends - $40-$45, 757-627-1234, www.vastage.com

23–27 Feld Entertainment Presents: Disney on Ice, Disney on Ice, Hampton Coliseum, Call for ticket prices and show times, 757-838-5650. 26

History Hounds Kids Club, Children age’s six to ten are invited to solve historical mysteries throughout the Hampton History Museum, Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, 10 am–noon, Last Sat of each month, Fee, 757-727-1610

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Jeff Foxworthy, Jeff Foxworthy is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history, Ferguson Center for the Arts, 1 University Place, Newport News, 7pm and 9:30pm, $52/$62/$82, 800-745-3000, (Ticketmaster)/www.ticketmaster.com www.fergusoncenter.org Jeff Foxworthy COURTESY OF THE FERGUSON CENTER


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Yorktown Market Days at the River, The 3rd annual farmer’s market season at Riverwalk Landing features local produce, fresh meats and seafood, baked goods, and more, Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water Street, Yorktown, 8 am-12 pm, Free, 757-890-3500, www.riverwalklanding.com

10 October 2

Career Day, This series of presentations introduces students to careers in the visual arts, rooms 208 & 209, Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College, 340 High Street, Portsmouth, 11 am-5pm, free and open to the public, 757-822-1888 www.tcc.edu/vac/

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First Friday of each month Port Hampton Lecture Series, Features authors, living historians, and local history buffs discussing topics from Hampton’s past as well as related historical subjects of a regional and national flavor, Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, 7pm, Members, Free; Non-members, $3, 757-727-1610

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Twentieth Century, adapted by Ken Ludwig, A Broadway director encounters his former discovery, now a temperamental Hollywood star on the Twentieth Century, Little Theatre of Virginia Beach, 550 Barberton Drive (at 24th Street), Virginia Beach. Fri & Sat-8pm, Sundays (call for times), $15 – adult; $12 – seniors, active duty military, students w/ID; all seats $12 on Sundays, 757-428-9233, www.ltvb.com

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Rhythms of the Riverwalk Concert Series, Join us for the 5th annual concert series featuring some of the area’s finest in jazz, big band, swing, and patriot music, Lawn chairs and blankets welcome, Rhythms of the Riverwalk Concert Series. Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water Street, Yorktown. 6:30 -8:30pm, Free, 757-890-3500, www.yorktcounty.gov/tourism

2– Nov 1

Nexus: Visual Kinship, An exhibition featuring the work of Hampton University and Christopher Newport Professors in sculpture, prints and paintings, d’ART Center at Selden Arcade, 208 East Main Street, Norfolk, Tues - Sat 10-5 pm and Sundays 1-5 pm, Free, 757-625-4211, www.d-artcenter.org

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Five Alarm & Festival Chili Cook-off, Enter your own famous chili recipe or bring your friends and sample some of the best tasting chili in the area, Cooks can compete for prizes in a variety of categories, Carousel Park, 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, Noon-4pm, 757-727-1210.

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Shoalin Warriors, In a fully choreographed theatrical production complete with dazzling costumes and incredible feats of strength, Ferguson Center for the Arts,1 University Place, Newport News, 8 pm, $32, $37, $47, 800-745-3000, www.fergusoncenter.org

Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble Concert, Band concert featuring local musicians, Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall, Thomas Nelson Community College, 99 Thomas Nelson Dr, Hampton, 7:30pm, $10 adults, free for children, 757-856-2152, www.cbwe.org

Hampton Roads Bravo!

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The Bacon Brothers, Kevin and Michael Bacon perform, The American Theatre, 125 E.Mellen St., Hampton, 8pm, $40, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net

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Yorktown Wine Festival, Sample wines from premier wineries throughout Virginia, Rain or shine. Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water Street, Yorktown, 12-6pm, For more information or tickets contact Village Events, 757-877-2933, www.villatgeevents.org

The Bacon Brothers

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Puccini’s LA BOHÈME, Christmas in Paris is magical, especially for Mimi and Rodolfo, Can their young love survive the cold reality of bohemian life as Mimi grows ill?, Harrison Opera House, 160 East Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk, Check website for time, $25 - $115 (Student, Military & AAA Discounts available), 757-627-9545, www.vaopera.org

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Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble Concert, Band concert featuring local musicians, Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, 2410 Wickham Ave, Newport News, 3pm, $10 adults, free for children, 757-856-2152, www.cbwe.org

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Widespread Panic & The Allman Brothers, Concert, nTelos Pavilion, 901 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, 7:30 pm, $45 to 75, 757-393-8181, www.pavilionconcerts.com

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Joan Kwuon, Violinist, Born and raised in Los Angeles, violinist Joan Kwuon is one of the most exciting and dynamic rising superstars in the classical world today, The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, 8 pm, $25 or $30, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net

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Yorktown Market Days at the River, The 3rd annual farmer’s market season at Riverwalk Landing features local produce, fresh meats and seafood, baked goods, and more, Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water Street, Yorktown, 8 am-12 pm, Free, 757-890-3500, www.riverwalklanding.com

10-–11 47th Annual Ocean View Art Show, Join Chesapeake Bay Art Association for their annual art show, Ocean View Beach Park, 100 Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, 10am -5 pm, Free, 757-588-4805/277-2360, www.chesapeakebayartassociation.com/6.html 10

4th Annual Great Pumpkin Fall Fling, Experience a beautiful fall day in Downtown Hampton with live entertainment and specialty fall brews, Carousel Park, 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, Noon-6 pm, 757-727-0900.

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d’ART Gala Art Auction ~ Taffeta and Tulle - The ART of the Prom, Prom themed Live Art Auction fund-raising event, d’ART Center at Selden Arcade, 208 East Main Street, Norfolk, 6:30pm – 11pm, $50 in advance and $60 at door, 757-625-4211, www.d-artcenter.org

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42nd Annual Phoebus Days, The festival includes parade, vendors, live music and the third annual Peninsula Beer Festival, Check out www.phoebusdays.com for more information and dates on the Miss Phoebus Pageant and Phoebus Days Run, Mellen Street, Hampton, 757-727-0808.

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Yorktown Day, Patriotic ceremonies, a parade, fifes and drums performances, and tactical demonstrations by the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard, Historic Main Street Yorktown Victory Monument, 301 Main Street, Yorktown, 9 am -5 pm, Free, 757-890-3500, www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism

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The Jae Sinnett Trio featuring Justin Kauflin, Pianist, Jae Sinnett is joined by pianist Justin Kauflin and bassist Terry Burnham, The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, 8 pm, $25 or $30, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net

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Author Talk With David Baldacci, The No. 1 New York Times bestselling novelist appears to give author talk, question and answer session and book signing, Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall, Thomas Nelson Community College, 99 Thomas Nelson Dr., Hampton, 7pm, Free, 757-926-1350, http://library.cnu.edu/vplc.html

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare, In this bold new staging, the social revolution takes over the Wells Theatre as Shakespeare’s text is brought to life with the innovative use of technology and digital media, The Wells Theatre, 110 E. Tazewell Sundays – 2pm, Tuesdays – 7pm, Wed./Thur./Fri.–8pm, Saturdays–4/8pm Weeknights - $28-$37 / Weekends - $40-$45, 757-627-1234, www.vastage.com

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Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds), Los Cenzontles mix electric bass and drums with traditional Mexican instruments, The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, Children’s performance, 2pm, $8 adult performance, 8pm, $25 or $30, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net

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The Golden Boys: Frankie Avalong, Bobby Rydell and Fabian, Three of the most popular teen idols of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, have been performing together as The Golden Boys, Ferguson Center for the Arts, 1 University Place, Newport News, 8 pm, $49, $54, $ 64, 800-745-3000 www.fergusoncenter.org

16–17 Basic Training, Written and performed by Kahlil Ashanti, this hilarious piece chronicles his military experience and his amazing tour as a member of the elite entertainment troupe Tops in Blue (US Air Force), The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, 8pm, $25 or $30, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net 17

Langley Speedway’s 4th Annual Night of Destruction, Events include the 50-lap survival of the fittest Enduro Race, the Appliance Race with teams racing to haul a set number of appliances across the finish line, the exciting Reverse Race where drivers do 5 laps in reverse, and much more! Adults $10, Children 6-12 $5, Military/Seniors $8, Langley Speedway, 1pm- close, Rain date: Sunday Oct. 18, 757-865-7223

17–18 Hope House Foundation’s 2009 Stockley Gardens Fall, Arts Festival Featuring more than 150 artists, specialty food items, live music and kids activities, Stockley Gardens Park, Stockley Gardens & Bossevain Ave, Ghent, Norfolk, Sat 10am5pm & Sunday Noon--5pm, Free & Open to the public, 757-625-6161, www.stockleygardens.com 18

Symphonicity-Pianist Kyu Yeon Kim, Aron String Quartet, Subscription Concert featuring Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No 1, Finlandia by Sibelius, Rodeo by Copland, and Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, Sandler Center, 201 Market St, Virginia Beach, 3pm, $29, $24, $19-group, student, military rates available, 1-8883-COXTIX, www.symphonicity.org Basic Training COURTESY OF THE AMERICAN THEATRE

25– Small Works: Miniatures by Hampton Roads Artists, Over 400 Nov 29 pieces of artwork less than twenty-five square inches in many mediums, The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, 4205 Victoria Blvd., Hampton, October 25, 2-5 pm, Exhibit hours, 10am-6pm, T-F; 1pm-5pm, Weekends, Free, 757-727-1490, www.HamptonArts.net 26

18th Annual Halloween Bash, Enjoy safe trick-or-treating, costume contests, the wacky wizard’s castle, spooky make-n-takes, and Child Identification from the Hampton Sheriff’s Department, Virginia Air & Space Center, 4pm-7pm, Free, 757-727-0900.

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Alessio Bax, Pianist, Italian born pianist Alessio Bax, The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, 7:30pm, $25 or $30, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net

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Herb Alpert & Lani Hall, Herb Alpert and his wife, internationally renowned singer Lani Hall, grace our stage to present an intimate evening of American and Brazilian jazz and American popular standards, Ferguson Center for the Arts, 1 University Place, Newport News 7:30pm, $32, $37, $42 , 800-745-3000, www.fergusoncenter.org

31– Nov 1

American Revival, Acoustic, folk, country and bluegrass music, The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, Oct 31-8pm, Nov 1-2:30 pm , $25 or $30, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net

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History Hounds Kids Club,Children age’s six to ten are invited to solve historical mysteries throughout the Hampton History Museum, Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, 10 am–noon, Last Sat of each month, Fee, 757-727-1610

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November 2

Caribbean 1500 Cup, The Caribbean 1500 commences in Hampton and sails to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, Participation fee, 757-788-8872.

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Rhythms of the Riverwalk Concert Series, Join us for the 5th annual concert series featuring some of the areas finest in jazz, big band, swing, and patriot music. Lawn chairs and blankets welcome, Rhythms of the Riverwalk Concert Series. Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St., Yorktown, 6:30-8:30pm, Free, 757-890-3500, www.yorktcounty.gov/tourism

Hampton Roads Bravo!

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First Friday of each month Port Hampton Lecture Series, Features authors, living historians, and local history buffs discussing topics from Hampton’s past as well as related historical subjects of a regional and national flavor, Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, 7pm, Members, Free; Non-members, $3, 757-727-1610

11

Veterans Day Ceremony, Wreath laying ceremony at the York County War Memorial, York Hall, 3012 Main Street, Yorktown, 12pm, Free, 757-890-3500, www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism

11

Jim Brickman, Jim Brickman revolutionized the sound of Adult Contemporary music with his pop-style solo piano and the romantic popular song, Ferguson Center for the Arts, 1 University Place, Newport News, 8pm, Ticket prices TBD, 800-745-3000, www.fergusoncenter.org

George Jones, One of the finest voices in the history of country music performs, Ferguson Center for the Arts, 1 University Place, Newport News, 8pm, $39, $49, $52, 800-745-3000, www.fergusoncenter.org

13–15 Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 20–22 “Oklahoma!”, Classic musical, Little 27-29 Theatre of Virginia Beach, 550 Barberton Drive (at 24th Street), Virginia Beach, Fri & Sat 8 pm, Sundays (call for times) $15 – adult; $12 – seniors, active duty military, students w/ID; all seats $12 on Sundays, 757-428-9233, www.ltvb.com 14

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Portfolio Day, Four professional visual artists come to the VAC to review portfolios and conduct one-on-one discussions with second year VAC students, rooms 202, 251, & 302, Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College, 340 High Street, Portsmouth, 11am-5pm, free and open to the public, 757-822-1888, www.tcc.edu/vac/

21– Jan 7

40th Annual Art Faculty Exhibition, An exhibition of current work by more than 20 Visual Arts Center faculty members, the program opens during the 14th Annual Olde Towne Arts & Antiques Festival and Open House, Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College, 340 High Street, Portsmouth, 9am–8pm daily, free and open to the public, 757-822-1888, www.tcc.edu/vac/

21– Apr 4

Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship, The true story of the Whydah a real pirate ship that sank off the coast of Cape Cod nearly 300 years ago, Nauticus, One Waterside Drive, Norfolk, Prices TBD, here will be extra fee for this special exhibit Tues-Sat 10 am-5 pm.; Sun Noon- 5 pm, 800-664-1080, www.nauticus.org

21– d’ ART Holiday Gift Shop, The d’ART Center artists and numerous Dec 31 area artists transform the d’ART’s Decker Gallery with pottery, ornaments, jewelry and many other great gift ideas under $20.00, d’ART Center at Selden Arcade, 208 East Main Street, Norfolk, Tues- Sat 10-5 pm and Sundays 1-5 pm, Free, 757-625-4211, www.d-artcenter.org 21

As You Like It, The Aquila Theatre Company’s production of William Shakespeare ‘s classic play, The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, 8pm, $25 or $30, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net

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Coliseum Central Holiday Parade, Enjoy the holiday season during this much-anticipated seasonal day-time parade, Featuring helium balloons, floats, clowns, marching bands and Santa, Coliseum Central, Hampton, 757-826-6351

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Symphonicity-Duo Pianists Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn, Subscription Concert featuring Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto for 2 Pianos, 201 Market St., Virginia Beach, 3pm, $29, $24, $19-group, student, military rates available 1-888-3-COXTIX, www.symphonicity.org

George Jones

Yorktown Market Days at the River, The 3rd annual farmer’s market season at Riverwalk Landing features local produce, fresh meats and seafood, baked goods, and more, Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water Street, Yorktown, 8 am-12 pm, Free, 757-890-3500, www.riverwalklanding.com

14, 18 Donizetti’s THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT, Raised by a French 20, 22 Regiment, Marie happily traverses the Alps eventually falling in love with Tonio, Harrison Opera House, 160 East Virginia Beach Blvd. Norfolk, Check website for time, $25-115 (Student, Military & AAA Discounts available), 757-627-9545, www.vaopera.org

26– Ice Skating in Hampton, The peninsula’s only, covered, outdoor ice Mar 14 skating rink, 1073 W. Mercury Blvd., Hampton, 757-727-0900, www.vasc.org 28

History Hounds Kids Club, Children age’s six to ten are invited to solve historical mysteries throughout the Hampton History Museum, Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, 10 am–noon, Last Sat of each month, Fee, 757-727-1610

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That Puppet Guy in Pinocchio, Lee Bryan, That Puppet Guy performs the story of Pinocchio using masks, audience participation and found-object puppetry, The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, 11am and 2pm, $8, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net

Sara Tavares, Cape Verde Singer/Guitarist, Sara Tavares performs, The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, 2:30pm, $25 or $30, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net COURTESY OF THE AMERICAN THEATRE

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Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company, The ensemble presents the exquisite charm of Ukrainian folk dancing, Ferguson Center for the Arts, 1 University Place, Newport News, 8pm, $29, $34, $39, 800 745-3000, www.fergusoncenter.org

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Heritage Aire Celtic Ensemble From the USAF Heritage of America Band, Traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and England with traditional instruments, The American Theatre, 25 E. Mellen St., Hampton, 7:30pm, Free, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net

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The Puppet Guy in Pinocchio

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Hampton Roads Bravo!


COURTESY OF VIRGINIA STAGE COMPANY, PHOTO BY ANNE PETERSON

29–30 Johnny Mathis Christmas, One of North America’s most popular entertainers, the legendary Johnny Mathis hits the stage to perform favorite holiday classics in his trademark velvety voice, Ferguson Center for the Arts, 1 University Place, Newport News, 7:30pm, $49, $69, $82, 800-7453000, www.fergusoncenter.org

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4–6

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”, Classic musical, Little Theatre of Virginia Beach, 550 Barberton Drive (at 24th Street), Virginia Beach, Fri & Sat 8 pm, Sundays (call for times) $15 – adult; $12 – seniors, active duty military, students w/ID; all seats $12 on Sundays, 757-428-9233, www.ltvb.com

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21st Annual Lighted Boat Parade, Experience the joy of the holiday season as more than consisting of more than 30 lighted power and sailboats as they pass along Hampton’s waterfront, Downtown Hampton Waterfront, 7:15pm, Free, 757-727-1271 or 1-866-556-9631.

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4th Annual Winter Wonderland Tree Lighting, Enjoy live holiday entertainment, arts and crafts, horse and carriage rides, winter treats, a tree lighting, fireworks and more, Downtown Hampton, 6-9pm, Free, 757-727-0900.

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Christmas Market on Main Street, Yorktown’s 4th annual Christmas Market featuring demonstrations, roasted chestnuts and hot cider, entertainment, living history, arts and crafts, and more, Historic Main Street, 301 Main Street, Yorktown, 10am- 4pm, Free, 757-890-3500, www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism

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Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade, Decorated in holiday spirit, area boaters parade the York River in competition for “Best of Show,” Yorktown Waterfront, 425 Water Street, Yorktown, 7pm, Free, 757-890-4970, www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism

A Christmas Carol

Johnny M athis

Illumination and Christmas Tree Lighting, The holiday lights go on and the festive season begins at 6:30pm with entertainment at the Victory Monument, Yorktown Victory Monument/Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water Street, Yorktown, 7:30pm, Free, 757-890-3500, www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism

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d’ARTini Night ~ a Holiday Shopping Party, The d’ART Center’s Gift Shop and 28 Art Studios are open for great buys on unique art for anyone on your shopping list, d’ART Center at Selden Arcade, 208 East Main Street, Norfolk, 6-8 pm, Free, 757-625-4211, www.d-artcenter.org

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First Friday of each month Port Hampton Lecture Series, Features authors, living historians, and local history buffs discussing topics from Hampton’s past as well as related historical subjects of a regional and national flavor, Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, 7pm, Members, Free; Non-members, $3, 757-727-1610

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A Wesleyan Christmas, Sounds of the season fill Hofheimer in this annual classic, Virginia Wesleyan College, Hofheimer Theatre, 1584 Wesleyan Drive, Norfolk, Dec 4 - 7:30pm, Dec 5 - 4pm & 7:30pm, Dec 6 - 3pm, $5, 757-455-2101, www.vwc.edu/news_events/concert_series/

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29– A Christmas Carol by Dec 24 Charles Dickens, The holiday classic is back and better than ever! Dickens’ timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his encounters with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, The Wells Theatre, 110 E. Tazewell, Sundays – 2pm, Tuesdays – 7pm, Wed./Thur./Fri.–8pm, Saturdays–4/8pm Weeknights - $30-$39 / Weekends, $42-47, 757-627-1234, www.vastage.com

5– Peninsula Glass Guild 22nd Annual Juried Exhibition & Ali Jan 10 Roga: Recent Work, Annual juried exhibition presents the many forms of glass created by members of the Peninsula Glass Guild (PGG), The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, 4205 Victoria Blvd., Hampton, Exhibit Hours: 10am-6pm, T-F; 1pm-5pm, Weekends, Free, 757-727-1490, www.HamptonArts.net 6

Cookies with Santa, Enjoy cookies with Santa in the Gallery at York Hall, Children and parents can visit with Santa and do some holiday shopping, York Hall, 301 Main Street, Yorktown, 1-4 pm, Free, 757-890-4490, www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism

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Dave Koz & Friends, A Smooth Jazz Christmas, Six-time, Grammy-nominated saxophonist and composer Dave Koz performs, Ferguson Center for the Arts, University Place, Newport News, 7pm, $42, $52, $59, 800-745-3000, www.fergusoncenter.org

Dave Koz & Friends COURTESY OF THE FERGUSON CENTER

Hampton Roads Bravo!

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Danu: Christmas in Ireland, Danu celebrates a traditional Irish Christmas in An Nollaig in Eirinn, The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, 7:30pm, $25 or $30, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net

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The Shoemaker & The Christmas Elves, A delightful yuletide spin on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale – the magical story of the poor shoemaker and his elves who show him the true meaning of Christmas, The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, 11am and 2pm, $8, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net

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Hampton Holly Days Parade, Enjoy the magical beauty of an illuminated parade featuring marching bands, floats, balloons, drill teams, and beauty queens along with everyone’s favorite elf, Santa Claus, Downtown Hampton, 7 pm, Free, 757-727-6784.

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The Holmes Brothers

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Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble Concert, Christmas theme band concert featuring local musicians, St Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church, 3800 Big Bethel Road, Yorktown, Hampton Holly Days Parade 7:30pm, $5 adults, free for children, 757-766-3800, www.cbwe.org Toyland Parade, Enjoy seasonal activities, holiday music, and a parade, participate by decorating a stroller or wagon, dress in seasonal attire, and join in the festive parade, Riverwalk Landing, Historic Yorktown, 425 Water St, Yorktown, 1pm, Free, 757-890-3500, www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism Mildred McDaniel Concert Series / Virginia Handbell Consort, Virginia Handbell Consort presents Holiday Favorites, a program of contemporary and classic holiday selections to ring in the holiday season, Reformation Lutheran Church, 13100 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, 7pm, Free, 757-249-0374, www.reformationlc.org

Virginia Handbell Consort

COURTESY OF VIRGINIA HANDBELL CONSORT

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Yorktown Market Days at the River, The 3rd annual farmer’s market season at Riverwalk Landing features local produce, fresh meats and seafood, baked goods, and more, Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water Street, Yorktown, 8 am-12 pm, Free, 757-890-3500, www.riverwalklanding.com

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Candlelight Concert Series / Virginia Handbell Consort, Virginia Handbell Consort presents Holiday Favorites, a program of contemporary and classic holiday selections to ring in the holiday season, Great Bridge Presbyterian Church, 333 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, 4pm, Free, 757-547-4706, www.gbpres.org

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Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble Concert, Christmas theme band concert featuring local musicians, Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall, Thomas Nelson Community College, 99 Thomas Nelson Dr, Hampton, 3pm, $10 adults, free for children, 757-856-2152, www.cbwe.org

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Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble Concert, Christmas theme band concert featuring local musicians, Kimball Theatre, 428 West Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, 7:30pm, $12 adults, $10 seniors and free for children, 757-565-8588, www.cbwe.org

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A Gospel Christmas with the Holmes Brothers, The Holmes Brothers mix Saturday night’s roadhouse rock with the gospel fervor of Sunday’s church service, The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, 8pm, $25 or $30, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net

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Brandon Wood, Tenor, I’ll Be Home For Christmas, Hampton’s own Brandon Wood comes home in this very special Christmas celebration, The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, 8pm, $25 or $30, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net

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Parks Memorial Fine Arts Series / Virginia Handbell Consort, Virginia Handbell Consort presents Holiday Favorites, a program of contemporary and classic holiday selections to ring in the holiday season, Old Donation Episcopal Church, 4449 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, 7pm, Free, 757-497-0563, www.olddonation.org/music.htm

19–20 Nutcracker/American Youth Ballet Company, Full length classical holiday ballet, based in the original Kirov Russian ballet with over 100 performers and guest artist from American Ballet Theater, NYC, Ferguson Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Christopher Newport University, Dec 19-2 & 7pm, Dec 20-2pm, 757 229-8535, www.capafund.org 20

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Hampton Roads Bravo!

Blessed Sacrament Concert Series / Virginia Handbell Consort, Virginia Handbell Consort presents Holiday Favorites, a program of contemporary and classic holiday selections to ring in the holiday season, Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, 6400 Newport Avenue, Norfolk, 7pm, Free, 757-423-8305, www.blessed-sacrament.com


27th Annual Messiah Sing Along, The audience is the chorus in this Sing Along with area professional soloist, Sandler Center, 201 Market St, Virginia Beach, 8pm, Free, 757-671-8611, www.symphonicity.org

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History Hounds Kids Club, Children age’s six to ten are invited to solve historical mysteries throughout the Hampton History Museum, Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, 10 am–noon, Last Sat of each month, Fee, 757-727-1610

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Meet me in Paris The Hot Club of San Francisco with Isabelle Fontaine, Chanteuse, Celebrate the New Year in style with the famed Hot Club of San Francisco, The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, 9pm, $40 (includes reception and dancing), 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net

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The Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble

January 2010 1

First Friday of each month Port Hampton Lecture Series, Features authors, living historians, and local history buffs discussing topics from Hampton’s past as well as related historical subjects of a regional and national flavor, Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, 7pm, Members, Free; Non-members, $3, 757-727-1610

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An Act of the Imagination by Bernard Slade, A masterful suspense tale involves a successful mystery writer’s latest work which has strangely turned into a romance: a vivid and adulterous romance, Little Theatre of Virginia Beach, 550 Barberton Drive (at 24th Street), Virginia Beach Fri & Sat 8pm, Sundays (call for times) $15 – adult; $12 – seniors, active duty military, students w/ID; all seats $12 on Sundays, 757-428-9233, www.ltvb.com

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Symphonicity-Larry VanNostrand, Narrator, Lollipop Concert for Children-program TBA, Sandler Center, 201 Market St, Virginia Beach, 3pm, TBA, 757-671-8611, www.symphonicity.org

16– Hampton Arts League Open Members Exhibition, This annual Feb 21 exhibition features the art work of over 200 Hampton Arts League members, The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, 4205 Victoria Blvd., Hampton, Exhibit Hours: 10am-6pm, T-F; 1pm-5pm, Weekends, Free, 757-727-1490, www.HamptonArts.net 16–17 Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, An all male troupe of excellent dancers who excel in the classics – complete with toe shoes and tutus, The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, Jan 16-8 pm, Jan 17-2:30pm, $40, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net 19– Feb 7

Billy Bishop Goes to War by John MacLachlan Gray and Eric Peterson, An unlikely champion, Billy Bishop stumbled his way into the Royal Canadian Flying Corps and unexpectedly became its most decorated officer, Wells Theatre, 110 E. Tazewell, Sun – 2pm, Tues – 7pm, Wed./Thur./Fri.–8pm, Sa–4/8pm Weeknights - $28-$37 / Weekends, $40-$45, 757-627-1234, www.vastage.com

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Band of the Irish Guards & The Royal Regiment of Scotland, This tour marks The Band of the Irish Guards and Royal Regiment of Scotland debut in the United States, Ferguson Center for the Arts, 1 University Place, Newport News, 7:30pm, $42, $47, $52, 1 (800)745-3000, www.fergusoncenter.org

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Incognito – New Art New Wine 2010, Incognito, a unique art sale where the artists’ names are withheld until after purchased, d’ART Center at Selden Arcade, 208 East Main Street, Norfolk, 6-8:30pm, $30 in advance, $35 the day of the event, 757-625-4211, www.d-artcenter.org

23–24 A Night of Magic – The Rob Lake Magic Show, Rob Lake mesmerizes performs with his unique blend of amazing grand illusions and spellbinding theatrics, The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, Jan 23-2:30 & 8pm, Jan 24-2:30 pm, All seats $20; Children under 12, $10, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net 24– Women In Design, The VAC joins other arts institutions in Virginia in the Mar 11 recognition and celebration of women in the arts, Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College, 340 High Street, Portsmouth, 7pm, free and open to the public, 757-822-1888, www.tcc.edu/vac/ 26

Masters of the Fiddle- Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Come experience the sheer joy and virtuosity of two of the world’s most celebrated fiddlers, The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, 7:30pm, $25 or $30, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net

29– New Art 2010, This exhibit showcases new work of d’ART Center artists Feb 28 in a variety of mediums, d’ART Center at Selden Arcade, 208 East Main Street, Norfolk, Tues– Sat 10-5pm,Sun 1-5pm, Free, 757-625-4211, www.d-artcenter.org 29–30 Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Founders Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden awaken audiences to a new exciting genre of ballet, The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton, 8pm, $30 or $35, 757-722-2787, www.HamptonArts.net 30

History Hounds Kids Club, Children age’s six to ten are invited to solve historical mysteries throughout the Hampton History Museum, Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, 10 am–noon, Last Sat of each month, Fee, 757-727-1610

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Festivals 2009

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8 Annual Classics at Lee Hall Car Show, Newport News, 888-3371

47TH Annual East Coast Surfing Championship, Virginia Beach, 800-822-3224 Franklin-Southampton County Fair, Franklin, 526-3765

Fridays @ The Fountain, Newport News, 282-2822 or 873-2020 Gloucester County Fair and Carnival, Gloucester, 804-693-2355

84th Annual Hampton Cup Regatta, Hampton, 719-0642 Latino Festival, Norfolk, 441-2345 Nansemond Indian Tribal POW WOW, Suffolk, 514-7250 Saturday Summer Street Fest Series, Downtown Hampton, 727-0900 Seawall Art Show, Portsmouth, 393-8983 Soul Music BeachFEST, Virginia Beach, 800-822-3224 Summer Sounds Concert Series, Newport News, 875-9351

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September

American Music Festival, Virginia Beach, 800-822-3224 A Taste of Suffolk: A Downtown Street Festival, Suffolk, 514-4130

Blues at the Beach, Virginia Beach, 800-822-3224 Chamber of Commerce Seafood Outing, Portsmouth, 664-2558 Denbigh Day Parade & Festival, Newport News, 877-4000 FestaItaliana, Virginia Beach Oceanfront, 491-SUNN Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, Chesapeake, 382-6411 Fridays @ The Fountain, Newport News, 282-2822 or 873-2020 Garden Club of VA 71st Annual Rose Show, 653-2211 Guinea Jubilee, Gloucester, 804-693-3215 26th Annual Hampton Bay Days, Hampton, 727-1641 Heritage Day Festival, Southampton County, 654-9554 Isle of Wight County Fair, Isle of Wright , 357-2291 Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, Norfolk, 664-6620

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Mount Vernon’s 18th-Century Craft Fair, Mount Vernon, 703-780-2000

22nd Annual Town Point Virginia Wine Festival, Norfolk, 441-2345

Naval Air Station Air Show, Norfolk, 427-3580

Virginia Children’s Festival, Norfolk, 441-2345

Neptune Festival, Virginia Beach, 498-0215

7th Annual Virginia Fall Classic, Newport News, 867-6336

47th Annual Peanut Festival, Emporia, 434-634-4744

Yorktown Day, Yorktown, 898-2410

Rendezvous, Mile Marker One, Portsmouth, 393-2525

Yorktown Reenactment, Yorktown, 253-4838

Richmond Beach Music Festival, Richmond, 804-201-1900

Yorktown Victory Day Celebration, Yorktown, 253-4838

Seafood & Beach Music Festival, Norfolk, 441-2345

Yorktown Wine Festival, Yorktown, 877-2933

Summer Sounds Concert Series, Newport News, 875-9351 Symphony Under the Stars, Portsmouth, 382-6411 UMOJA Festival, Portsmouth, 393-8181 Vineyards by the Fountain, Newport News, 282-2822 or 873-2020 The Virginia Garden Festival, Richmond, 540-382-0943 th

36 Annual Virginia Scottish Games Festival, Delaplane, 703-912-1943 34th Annual Virginia Wine Festival, Manassas, 703-823-1868 Williamsburg Scottish Festival, Williamsburg, 865-0115

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November

100 Miles of Lights, Hampton Roads, 888-493-7386, ext. 100 Celebration in Lights, Newport News, 926-1400 Chesapeake Heritage Arts Festival, Chesapeake, 382-6411 Grand Illumination & Parade, Portsmouth, 623-1757 Holiday Lights at the Beach, Virginia Beach, 800-822-3224 Indian River Christmas Craft Show, Chesapeake, 382-6411 Oyster Point Oyster Roast, Newport News, 926-1400

October

Oyster Festival, Urbanna, 804-758-0368

A Celebration of Heritage: A Festival to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Portsmouth, 671-8100

“Star of Wonder: The Mystery of the Christmas Star” Holiday Planetarium Show, Newport News, 595-1900

African-American Festival, Virginia Beach, 498-0230

Veteran’s Day Ceremony, Newport News, 247-8523

Apple Harvest Festival, Mt. Jackson, 540-477-3275

Veteran’s Day Parade, Virginia Beach, 468-2357

37th Annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival, Chincoteague Island, 336-6161 Drivers Day Festival, Suffolk, 538-3820 th

36 Annual Fall Festival of Folk Life, Newport News, 926-1400 Fall Foliage Festival Art Show, Waynesboro, 540-943-8292 Fleet Week Concert, Norfolk, 441-2345 Franklin Fall Festival, 562-6900 th

4 Annual Great Pumpkin Fall Fling, Hampton, 727-0900 18th Annual Halloween Bash, Downtown Hampton, 727-0900 Neighbors and Nations, Newport News, 926-1400

Winter Wonderland in Olde Towne, Portsmouth, 393-8543

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December

Celebration in Lights, Newport News, 926-1400 Christmas Parade, Williamsburg, 800-363-6511 Grand Illumination, Williamsburg, 800-HISTORY Grand Illumination Parade, Norfolk, 623-1757 Hampton Holly Days Parade, Hampton, 727-8311 Holiday Parade & Grand Illumination, Suffolk, 923-2360 Hometown Holiday Parade, Virginia Beach, 800-822-3224

October Brew fest, Virginia Beach, 800-822-3224

Hollydazzle, Newport News, 926-1400

Oktoberfest at Fort Monroe, Hampton, 788-3151

21st Annual Lighted Boat Parade, Hampton, 727-8311

PDCCC Antique Car & Truck Show, 569-6791 Peanut Festival, Suffolk, 539-6751 42nd Annual Phoebus Days, Hampton, 727-0808 29th Annual Poquoson Seafood Festival, Poquoson, 868-3000 5th Annual Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival, Newport News, 875-9351 Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival, Norfolk, 625-6161, ext. 20

Veteran’s Day

Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival, Portsmouth, 393-5111 “Star of Wonder: The Mystery of the Christmas Star” Holiday Planetarium Show, Newport News, 595-1900 4th Annual Winter Wonderland Tree Lighting, Downtown Hampton, 727-0900

COURTESY OF CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH

State Fair of Virginia, Richmond, 804-569-3200

King Neptune

COURTESY OF HOPE HOUSE FOUNDATION

5th Annual Storytelling Festival, Williamsburg, 800-HISTORY

Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival

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of Hampton Roads Bravo! CHESAPEAKE Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce 400 Volvo Parkway 757-664-2591 www.hamptonroadschamber.com

FORT MONROE Casemate Museum 20 Bernard Road 757-788-3391 www.tradoc.army.mil/museum

HAMPTON The American Theatre 125 E. Mellon Street 757-722-ARTS www.theamericantheatre.com Blue Skies Gallery 26 South King Street 757-727-0028 www.blueskiesart.com Charles H. Taylor Arts Center 4205 Victoria Boulevard 757-727-1490 www.hamptonarts.net/arts _ center/ Hampton Convention and Visitor Bureau 1919 Commerce Drive, Suite 290 757-722-1222 Main office www.hamptoncvb.com Hampton University Museum 100 East Queen Street 757-727-5308 www.hamptonu.edu/museum Hampton Visitor Center 120 Old Hampton Lane 757-722-1222 c/o Hampton CVB www.hamptoncvb.com Phoebus Art Gallery One East Mellen Street 757-722-7469 Phoebus Coffee House 33 East Mellen Street 757-224-8406 www.phoebuscoffee.com Virginia Air & Space Center 600 Settlers Landing Road 757-727-0900 www.vasc.org Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce 21 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 100 757-262-2000 www.vpcc.org

The Hermitage Museum and Gardens 7637 North Shore Road 757-423-2052 www.hermitagefoundation.org

Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce 200 High Street, Suite 305 757-664-2561 www.hamptonroadschamber.com

Naya Spa Sanctuary 707 Mariner’s Row, Suite 103 757-271-8813 www.nayaspasanctuary.com

Hope House Foundation 801 Boush Street, Suite 302 757-625-6161 www.hope-house.org

Portsmouth Community Concerts Performances at Willett Hall 3701 Willett Drive 757 686-5447 Call for info

Newport News / Williamsburg International Airport 900 Bland Boulevard 757-877-0221 www.nnwairport.com

The Hurrah Players, Inc. 935 Woodrow Avenue 757-627-5437 www.hurrahplayers.com

Portsmouth Visitor Center 6 Crawford Parkway 757-393-5111 www.visitportsva.com

Norfolk Botanical Gardens 6700 Azalea Gardens Road 757-441-5830 www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/

Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College 340 High Street 757-822-1888 www.tcc.edu/students/specialized/VAC/

Newport News Visitor Center 13560 Jefferson Avenue (757) 886-7777 www.newport-news.org Peninsula Fine Arts Center 101 Museum Drive 757-596-8175 www.pfac-va.org Publick Times Chorus 65 Saunders Road 757-566-8600 www.publicktimeschorus.tni.net Red Star Tavern 711 Lakefront Commons 757-596-0308 www.redstartavern.net Retail Alliance 11815 Fountain Way, Suite 300 757-926-5306 www.retail-alliance.com Virginia Living Museum 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. 757-595-1900 www.thevlm.org

NORFOLK 40th Street Stage 809 West 40th Street 757-423-4084 www.40thstreetstage.com The Attucks Theatre 1010 Church Street 757-622-4763 www.attuckstheatre.org Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads 5200 Hampton Boulevard 757-889-9479 www.culturalli.org

Retail Alliance 500 Plume Street East, Suite 500 757-466-1600 www.retail-alliance.com Selden Arcade Gift Shop 208 East Main Street 757-664-6880 www.theselden.com

Willett Hall 3701 Willett Drive 757-393-5369 www.willetthall.com

SMITHFIELD

Todd Rosenlieb Dance Center 325 Granby Street 757-626-3262 www.trdance.org

Isle of Wight-Smithfield-Windsor Chamber of Commerce 100 Main Street 757-357-3502 www.theisle.org

Town Point Club 101 West Main Street, Suite 300 757-625-6606 www.town_point.com

The Smithfield Cultural Arts Center 346 Main Street 757-357-7707 www.smithfieldarts.org

Virginia Arts Festival 220 Boush Street 757-282-2800 www.virginiaartsfestival.com

SUFFOLK

Virginia Ballet Theatre & Academy 134 West Olney Road 757-622-4822 x 304 www.virginiaballettheatre.com Virginia Wesleyan College Theatre 1584 Wesleyan Drive 757-455-3200 www.vwc.edu WHRO 5200 Hampton Boulevard 757-889-9400 www.whro.org Wells Theatre 110 East Tazewell Street 757-627-6988 www.vastage.com/wellstheatre/

Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce 127 East Washington Street, Suite 100 757-664-2611 www.hamptonroadschamber.com Shooting Star Gallery 118 North Main Street 757-934-0855 www.shootingstargallery.net

Sandler Center for the Performing Arts 201 East Market Street 757-385-2787 www.sandlercenter.org Virginia Beach Visitors Center 2100 Parks Avenue Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451 (800) 822-3224 (757) 437-4919 www.vbfun.com

WILLIAMSBURG Aromas Coffeehouse 431 Prince George St. Merchant Square 757-221-6676 www.aromasworld.com Kimball Theatre 424 Duke of Gloucester Street 757-565-8588 www.kimballtheatre.com Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance 421 Boundary Street 757-229-6511 www.williamsburgcc.com Nancy Thomas Gallery Merchants Square 757.259.1938 www.nancythomas.com Virginia Regional Ballet 1228 Richmond Road 757-229-2553 www.danceVRB.com Williamsburg Regional Library 7770 Croaker Road 757-259-4040 www.wrl.org/programs

YORK COUNTY The Gallery at York Hall 301 Main Street 757-890-4490 www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism

Suffolk Museum & Art League 118 Bosley Avenue 757- 923-2371 www.suffolk.va.us/parks/rec_ ctrs/ctr_10.html

Gallery on the York 7907 George Washington Hwy. 757-898-3076

d’Art Center 208 East Main Street 757-625-4211 www.d-artcenter.org

Aromas Coffeehouse 706 Town Center Drive, Suite 104 City Center at Oyster Point 757-240-4650 www.aromasworld.com

Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce 420 Bank Street 757-664-2524 www.hamptonroadschamber.com

PORTSMOUTH

The Artists Gallery 608 Norfolk Avenue 757-425-6765 www.theartistsgallery.org

Harrison Opera House C/o Virginia Opera 160 East Virginia Beach Boulevard 757-623-1223 www.vaopera.org/html/venues/norfolk

Contemporaty Art Center of Virginia 2200 Parks Avenue 757-425-0000 www.cacv.org

Create Bistro 10417 Warwick Boulevard 757-240-2776 www.createbistro.com

Antique Adventures LTD. 507 High Street 757-398-8763 www.antiqueadventuresltd.com Courthouse Galleries 420 High Street 757-393-8543 www.courthousegalleries.com

Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce 222 Central Park Avenue, Suite 1010 757-664-2575 www.hamptonroadschamber.com

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Little Theatre of Virginia Beach 550 Barberton Drive 757-428-9233 www.homestead.com/ltvbonline

Suffolk Center for Culteral Arts 100 West Finney Avenue 757-923-0003 www.suffolkcenter.org

Young Audiences • Arts for Learning • Virginia 420 North Center Drive, Suite 239 757-466-7555 www.yav.org

NEWPORT NEWS

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Ferguson Center for the Arts Christopher Newport University One University Place 757-594-7448 www.fergusoncenter.cnu.edu

VIRGINIA BEACH

Nancy Thomas Gallery 145 Ballard Street 757-898-3665 www.nancythomas.com Riverwalk Landing in Historic Yorktown 425 Water Street 757-890-3500 www.riverwalklanding.com


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