HRM Datebook - Upcoming Events and Things to do in and around Hampton Roads




HRM Datebook Upcoming events in Hampton Roads.

January is a time for new beginnings, new experiences and making new memories. Out with the old, boring weekends of nothing to do, and in with an extravagant mix of artful exhibits, positively rousing performances and especially special events.

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One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and in this case, one man’s rubbish is another’s resource. During the month of January, Blue Skies Gallery turns into a Green Galleria for a unique exhibition, Myeco Visions, which will feature works of art created by recycling and up-cycling post consumer materials and re-purposing objects otherwise destined for landfills. Come marvel at this transformative art that not only is beautiful to behold but also reduces our carbon imprints. Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. Noon–5 p.m. An opening reception will be held Jan. 7 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Blue Skies Gallery, Hampton. 757-727-0028. www.blueskiesart.com. We now offer classes! Pictured: Autumn’s Whisper by Juliette Marshall

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For years, racing fans have watched cars zoom around a track in competition to see which car is the fastest, which racer is the best driver and who will win. Imagine this same concept with a track covered in ice. The extreme and exotic world of championship ice racing will take place in Hampton as the top professional ice racers battle it out on the treacherous solid ice oval track to compete in the 36th Annual World Championship Ice Racing series. Races will include Nitro X-Karts, mini-bikes, motorcycles, quads and more for unleashed, lightning-fast ice racing at its best! This will be the coolest (literally) event to hit Hampton this January. $5–$20. 7:30 p.m. Hampton Coliseum, Hampton. 757-838-4203. www.hamptoncoliseum.org

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With so many bridal shows in Hampton Roads, how does a girl decide which ones to attend? Here’s a hint: Hampton Roads Magazine’s 9th Annual Winter Bridal Showcase! Ours is the first bridal show of the year, meaning that our vendors will have open availability, so book your special date early! We’ll unite you with the area’s top vendors, samples and helpful information that will assist you in planning a memorable wedding in Hampton Roads. Plus, brides attending the show will enjoy the special privilege of viewing a spectacular bridal fashion show highlighting the newest trends and timeless looks from local bridal boutiques. Don’t forget to pre-register online. $5. Noon–4 p.m. Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk. www.hamptonroadsbride.com/bridalshows

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With the cold weather hindering most outdoor activities, January is the optimal time to be inside catching up on your culture and watching a stunning performance in the process. Head to ODU’s University Theatre for the Governor’s school for the Arts Winter Dance Concert, and watch young dancers celebrate the season with their annual winter recital. These graceful performers will steal your attention and leave you with a great appreciation of the magic of winter wonder. $15. University Theatre, Norfolk. 757-628-2746. www.gsarts.net

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Laughter is the glue that holds life together, so if you’re in need of a serious chuckle, here’s a happening that’s nothing short of hilarious. Legendary comedian Martin Short is coming to Hampton Roads and bringing a slew of humorous standup comedy and on-the-mark impressions with him. Short has been a part of the cast of Saturday Night Live and has appeared in the comedies Three Amigos, Innerspace and Father of the Bride. He describes his dynamic, hilarious live performances as a “Party with Marty.” $37–$70. 7:30 p.m. Sandler Center for Performing Arts, Virginia Beach. 757-385-2787. www.sandlercenter.org

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If you haven’t yet made a New Year’s resolution, why not pledge to make the world a better place? The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center has partnered with TFC Recycling and Creative Recycling for their semi-annual E-cycling event. Bring your regularly recycled materials such as newspapers, bottles and cans, and also drop off your personal computers and laptops, cell phones, printers, TVs, fax machines, stereos and games systems. This E-cycling program received the 2011 Virginia Green Travel Star Most Innovative Green Project Award, and so far, the program has collected 130 tons. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Virginia Aquarium East Parking Lot, Virginia Beach. 757-385-0262. www.virginiaaquarium.com

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Watching a movie is great, but to truly experience a story up close, consider attending an opera. Virginia Opera proudly presents Philip Glass’ Orphée, a remarkable and powerful opera that is an emotionally intriguing, psychological journey. The opera features melodic music, dramatic singing and themes of neglected love, inspired passion and fevered obsession. Glimpse into the mirror to see the frightening truth. $32–$114. 8 p.m. Performances will also be held Feb.1, 3 and 5. Harrison Opera House, Norfolk. 757-623-1223. www.vaopera.org


Special Events

DOWNTOWN HAMPTON ON ICE
Ongoing: Take to the ice on the Peninsula’s only covered outdoor ice skating rink next to the Virginia Air & Space Center. $6–$7. Hours vary. 757-727-0900. www.vasc.org

VISIONS OF THE UNIVERSE: FOUR CENTURIES OF DISCOVERY
Ongoing: This event features a colorful exhibit with striking images of planets, stars, comets, nebulae and galaxies taken by NASA’s powerful astronomical observations and spacecraft. Free. Grissom Library, Newport News. 757-369-3190. www.nngov.com/library

CREATIVE WRITING CLASSES
Ongoing: Interested in expressing your creative side? Attend classes this winter and spring focused on poetry, fiction, food writing, screenplays, comedy, non-fiction, memoir, teen classes. The Muse Writers Center, Norfolk. 757-818-9880. www.the-muse.org

JANUARY READING SERIES
Through January: Join The Muse Writers Center for a series of inspiring and entertaining readings by their talented students and professional writers, featuring work they created in their classes and seminars. Free. The Muse Writers Center, Norfolk. 757-818-9880. www.the-muse.org

13TH ANNUAL MILLENNIUM GOLF CLASSIC
Jan. 7­–8: The tournament consists of 36 holes; Saturday’s format is captain’s choice while Sunday’s is four ball. Entry fee includes tournament rounds and carts, practice rounds, practice balls, tee gift and continental breakfast both days. $410. Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, Williamsburg. 757-220-7696

AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE DAY
Jan. 14: Celebrate the heritage of a people in this annual event. Explore the history of a culture with interactive drumming, stories, games and crafts. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Children’s Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth. 757-896-1241. www.childrensmuseumva.com

PINK IN THE RINK
Jan. 14: Join the Norfolk Admirals as they face off against the Connecticut Whales on their pink ice rink. You will have the option to learn Hockey 101 from a former Admirals player along with supporting Komen Tidewater through many action-packed events. $12–$17.50. 7:15 p.m. Scope, Norfolk. 757-490-7794. www.norfolkadmirals.com

UNIQUELY YOURS BRIDAL SHOWCASE
Jan. 14–15: Celebrity event planner and nationally-renowned floral designer Preston Bailey will be sharing his top design tips at the VIP Event featuring specialty drinks and hors d’oeuvres. $50. Sat. 7 p.m. Virginia Beach Hilton Oceanfront Hotel. The next day, the bridal showcase will highlight all the sparkle, romance and excitement that surrounds one of the most important days in the life of every girl: her wedding! Brides free. Guests $10. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Norfolk Scope Exhibition Hall & Arena. www.uniquelyyoursbridalshowcase.com

2012 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. COMMUNITY LEADERS’ AWARD BREAKFAST
Jan. 16: The Urban League of Hampton Roads in partnership with Regent University will host this remarkable event where attendees at the breakfast will recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as community leaders from the past, present and future. $30. 7:30 a.m. Regent University, Virginia Beach. 757-627-0864. www.regent.edu

OPSAIL BICENTENNIAL SPEAKER SERIES
Jan. 19: This month’s lecture will be Spencer Tucker and David Healy, “Chesapeake-Leopard Affair” and “Heroes and Villains of the War of 1812.” Free. 7 p.m. Virginia Arts Festival Theatre. 757-441-5198. www.festevents.org

VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF JEWISH FILM
Jan. 21–29: $10 per film. 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Roper Theater, Norfolk. www.simonfamilyj.org

DOWNTOWN NORFOLK RESTAURANT WEEK
Jan. 22–29: Enjoy a 3-course dinner or 2-course lunch at participating restaurants. $9–$30. Downtown Norfolk. 757-623-1757. www.downtownnorfolk.org

CABIN FEVER CONCERT SERIES
Jan. 26: This month features the Jazz group Doug Dunn. Wipe the winter blues away as local musicians engage and interact with audience members. Free. 7 p.m. Yorktown Freight Shed. www.yorkcounty.gov


COPACABANA: A NIGHT IN OLD HAVANA FEATURING ARTURO SANDOVAL
Jan. 28: Join us for Chesapeake Regional Health Foundation’s annual black tie fundraising gala! This year’s proceeds will benefit Radiology at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, and guests will be treated to a special performance by six-time Grammy award-winning jazz musician Arturo Sandoval. $185–$2,000. Chesapeake Conference Center. 757-312-6314. www.chesapeakegala.com

THE CHILD: TAA ARTISTS CELEBRATE CHILDREN AND THE ARTS
Beginning Jan. 28: The tidewater Arts Alliance offers a juried portfolio exhibit based upon the theme of the statewide initiative Virginia Celebrates Children and the Arts. Courthouse Galleries, Portsmouth. 757-393-8543. www.courthousegalleries.com

SCHOLA CANTORUM WINTER SERIES
Jan. 28–29: Schola Cantorum of Virginia proudly enters its 17th season with its 2012 Winter Series, Glorious Creation, featuring a major work by Rene Clausen. Sat. 7:30 at Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach. Sun. 3 p.m. at 1st Presbyterian Church, Hampton. www.scholacantorumofva.org


ART

CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART
245 W. Olney Rd., Norfolk. 757-664-6200.
www.chrysler.org
Through Jan. 22: Mark Rothko: Perceptions of Being
Through Jan. 29: Portraits of a City: Views of Norfolk by Kenneth Harris. A selection of 30 of Harris’s beautifully crafted watercolors from the Chrysler Collection provides a nostalgic glance at the bustling seaport in the 1950s.
Jan. 25: Embrace: 17 Artists Take Over the Libeskind Building lecture

D’ART CENTER
208 E. Main St., Norfolk. 757-625-4211.
www.d-artcenter.org
Jan. 8: Custom Jewelry Workshop. $73. 5 p.m.
Jan. 14: Incognito—New Art, New Wine 2012, an annual wine and champagne tasting reception with a new twist—a Benefit Art sale!
Jan. 15: Intro to Precious Metal Clay Workshop. $100. 1­–4 p.m.
Jan. 21: Paint & Wine Workshop. 5:30–8 p.m.

PENINSULA FINE ARTS CENTER
101 Museum Dr., Newport News. 757-596-8175.
www.pfac-va.org
Through Jan. 8: Living with Art: Selections from the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Stiles. Featuring both two-and three-dimensional objects, all selected from the home of Dr. and Mrs. Stiles with an outstanding collection of contemporary crafts including wood, glass, clay and mixed media.
Through Jan. 8: Beyond Form: Exploring the Ceramic Surface. This eclectic and engaging exhibition features artists’ diverse approaches to the surface of their ceramic vessels and other forms.
Beginning Jan. 21: 51st Annual Art and the Animal Exhibition of The Society of Animal Artists. Pfac begins an unprecedented year of exhibitions in celebration of their 50th anniversary with a treasure trove of exceptional works by the world’s foremost talents in animal art.
Beginning Jan. 21: Linda Mitchell—Selections from Big Muse and Other Series. This Atlanta-based artist has a passion for animals, and her work shows that passion through brilliant color, textured surfaces and large scale. A closer look at many of the pieces reveals another narrative, focusing on the artist’s keen sense of memory, fantasy and mystery.

VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
2200 Parks Ave., Virginia Beach. 757-925-0448.
www.cacv.org
Beginning Jan. 26: Jared Lindsay Clark takes an experimental approach to the objects he creates using everyday items such as cutting boards, found paintings, soap, Styrofoam and ceramic figurines.
Beginning Jan. 26: Robert Sites combines stylized motifs with realistic imagery, creating results that are both sensual and dynamic.

VISUAL ARTS CENTER
340 High St., Portsmouth. 757-822-1878.
www.tcc.edu/vac
Jan. 28: Charles Gick and Sigrid Zahner present a site specific installation that explores memory, the body, emotions and the sensory experiences that are shared with the natural environment. 7 p.m.


MUSEUM

ABBY ALDRICH ROCKEFELLER FOLK ART MUSEUM
325 West Francis St., Williamsburg. 757-220-7554.
www.history.org
Ongoing: The Old Plantation: The Artist Revealed
Ongoing: Art in Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware
Ongoing: The Art of Steve Harley
Ongoing: Material Witnesses: Quilts and Their Makers
Ongoing: Sidewalks to Rooftops: Outdoor Folk Art
Ongoing: Cross Rhythms: Folk Musical Instruments
Ongoing: Down on the Farm
Ongoing: Inspiration and Ingenuity: American Stoneware
Ongoing: Conserving the Carolina Room
Ongoing: Introduction to American Folk Art

COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG
800-HISTORY. www.history.org
Jan. 22–25, 26–29: Working Wood in the 18th Conference. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation partners with George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Fine Woodworking magazine to present this magnificent conference. $325.

GLOUCESTER MUSEUM OF HISTORY
6539 Main St., Gloucester. 804-693-1234.
www.co.gloucester.va.us
Ongoing: Favorite Things, a display of favorite old Christmas decorations

HERMITAGE MUSEUM AND GADENS
7637 North Shore Rd., Norfolk. 757-423-2052.
www.hermitagefoundation.org
Through Feb. 14: Blossoming: Works by Tory Fair. Featuring sculpture, wall reliefs and drawings, this exhibition showcases the work of this contemporary, cutting-edge sculptor and mixed media artist.

JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT
State Route 31, James City County.757-253-4838.
www.historyisfun.org
Ongoing: The 17th Century: Gateway to the Modern World

MARINERS’ MUSEUM
100 Museum Dr., Newport News. 757-596-2222.
www.marinersmuseum.org
Jan. 5: Library Exhibition Opening––Civil War Blockade. This exhibit highlights the Union blockade of the southern states during the Civil War.
Jan. 28: Civil War 150th Lecture––Launching a Ship, Launching a Sanctuary. Free. 1 p.m.

NORFOLK BOTANICAL GARDEN
6700 Azalea Garden Rd., Norfolk. 757-441-5830.
www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org
Through Jan. 31: Watercolor Florals and Landscapes by Eileen Stouter


STAGE

AMERICAN THEATRE
125 E. Mellen St., Hampton. 757-722-2787.
www.hamptonarts.net
Jan. 21–22: Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo. $40. Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m.
Jan. 24: Chucho Valdes. The “dean of Latin jazz” performs with the Afro-Cuban Messengers. $13.75–$32.50. 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 27: MacBeth. Aquila Theatre Company presents William Shakespeare’s dark masterpiece. $13.75–$32.50. 8 p.m.

ATTUCKS THEATRE
1010 Church St., Norfolk. 757-622-4763.
www.attuckstheatre.org
Jan. 14: Discovery Music Series presents Ruthie Foster. $95–$170. 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28: Discovery Music Series presents Laura Gibson. $95–$170. 7:30 p.m.

CNU FERGUSON CENTER FOR THE ARTS
1 University Place, Newport News. 757-594-7448.
www.fergusoncenter.cnu.edu
Jan. 13: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Enjoy “roof raising performances” from the leading London orchestra. $39–$69. 8 p.m.
Jan. 19: Larry King. Take the opportunity to experience Larry King live, dubbed as “the most remarkable talk show host on TV ever” by TV Guide. $42–$72. 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 21: Damn Yankees. Enjoy a musical comedy homerun as this show performs a Broadway musical of one of the favorite teams in baseball, the New York Yankees. $37–$62. 8 p.m.
Jan. 27–29: King & I (Lyric Opera)

CHRYSLER HALL
215 St. Paul’s Blvd., Norfolk. 757-664-6464.
www.sevenvenues.com
Jan. 6–7: Broadway Series: Rock of Ages. Don’t miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on!
Jan. 10: Norfolk Forum presents: Edward Ayers. Enjoy a presentation from the president of the University of Richmond and previous Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. 8:15 p.m.
Jan. 13: The Dog Whisperer. Featuring the world’s most renowned dog behavior specialist Cesar Millan. This performance is sure to leave you drooling as Cesar shares his secrets on how to transform dogs and their owners. $35–$75. 8 p.m.
Jan. 21: Gill Shaham Plays Barber. $20–$85. 8 p.m.
Jan. 28: Rodney Carrington: Laughter’s Good Tour. Enjoy laughter from one of the greatest stand-up comedians. 7 p.m.
Jan. 29: An All American Salute featuring the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. A red, white and blue salute to the USA. Enjoy a tribute to the men and women in uniform that serve our country. $12. 3 p.m.

GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS
1542 W. 49th St., Norfolk. 757-451-4711.
www.gsarts.net
Jan. 6: Winter Music Concert with the Instrumental Music Department. $15. 7:30 p.m.

HAMPTON COLISEUM
100 Coliseum Dr., Hampton. 757-838-4203.
www.hamptoncoliseum.org
Jan. 13–15: Virginia Duals Wrestling Tournament. Fri., Sun. 9 a.m., Sat. 8 a.m.
Jan. 21: Hampton Reggae Fest. This festival is created as a family event to celebrate the reggae culture and the lifestyle of positive spirit, love, peace and fitness. Enjoy the liveliness of the performances, cultural- themed vendors, exhibitions and fun activities for the entire family. $5–$15. Begins at noon.
Jan. 28: 97.3 The Eagle Country Winterblast. Enjoy the festivities as this Winterblast showcases an array of the hottest up and coming national country artists as well as local country artists. This year’s headliner will include Josh Turner along with other national recording artists. $15–$35. 2:30 p.m.

HARRISON OPERA HOUSE
160 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk. 757-623-1223.
www.vaopera.org
Jan. 28: Orphee. Enjoy the musical performance in the beautiful setting of Paris, France of the journey of the famous French Poet Orphee. 8 p.m.

REGENT UNIVERSITY THEATRE
1000 Regent University Dr., Virginia Beach. 757-352-4468.
www.regent.edu/theatre
Jan. 27–29: Tartuffe. A clever play performance regarded as one of the best comedies that is sure to leave you laughing.

SANDLER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
201 Market St., Virginia Beach. 757-385-2787.
www.sandlercenter.org
Jan. 6, 8: Lyric Opera: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King & I. $22–87. Fri. 8 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m.
Jan. 21: Symphonicity: Carnival of the Animals. $5. 3 p.m.
Jan. 25: Clifford the Big Red Dog—Live! 10 a.m.

SCOPE ARENA
201 E. Brambleton Ave., Norfolk. 757-664-6464.
www.sevenvenues.com
Jan. 21: Ring of Honor, a mixed martial arts event. $21–$51. 7:30 p.m.

TED CONSTANT CONVOCATION CENTER
4320 Hampton Blvd., Nofolk. 757-683-5762.
www.constantcenter.com
Jan. 24: Rise Against & A Day To Remember. Come listen to the extraordinary sound from one of the greatest bands. Rise Against is an American punk rock/hardcore punk band from Chicago. $20–$35. 7 p.m.

VIRGINIA WESLEYAN COLLEGE
1584 Wesleyan Dr., Norfolk. 757-455-2101.
www.vwc.edu
Jan. 8–15: On-Campus Winter Homeless Shelter. Be part of something bigger than yourself as you help prepare an evening meal, serve it, socialize, provide overnight security, make new friends and learn firsthand about the root causes of homelessness. 5 p.m.–7 a.m.

THE WELLS THEATRE
110 East Tazewell St., Norfolk. 757-627-1234.
www.vastage.com
Beginning Jan. 17: Black Pearl Sings! This selected piece reminds everyone that although we may have different characteristics, we are still just the same. $38–$55. Tues. 7 p.m., Wed.–Fri. 8 p.m.  Sat. 4, 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.

WILLIAMSBURG LIBRARY THEATER
515 Scotland St., Williamsburg. 757-259-4070.
www.wrl.org
Jan. 21: Mercy Creek, a Virginia-based band performing original aggressive folk rock. $8–$15. 7:30–10 p.m.


MUSIC

NANDUA HIGH SCHOOL
23350 Lankford Hwy., Onley. 757-302-0366.
www.acesva.org
Jan. 28: ACES presents The Bowen McCauley Dance Company. This troupe expands the boundaries of contemporary dance through an innovative blend of classical and contemporary styles. $5–$25. 8 p.m.

NORVA
317 Monticello Ave., Norfolk. 757-627-4547.
www.thenorva.com
Jan. 6: A New Day Rising. $10. 7 p.m.
Jan. 13: Marsha Ambrosius. $25–$30. 7 p.m.
Jan. 14: G. Love & Special Sauce. $25–$30. 8 p.m.
Jan. 18: Rebelution. $20–$25. 8 p.m.
Jan. 20: ZOSO—Led Zeppelin Experience. $12.50. 8 p.m.
Jan. 21: Badfish—a Tribute to Sublime. $15–$20. 8 p.m.
Jan. 27: Robert Earl Keen. $18–$22. 8 p.m.
Jan. 28: The Legwarmers—Ultimate 80s Band. $12.50–$15. 8 p.m.

TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
201 Cedar St., Smithfield. 757-375-9140.
www.visitsmithfieldisleofwight.com
Jan. 29: Sundays at Four presents The Saxophone Goes Classic, a mesmerizing performance of contemporary music rarely heard in Hampton Roads.

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF THE PENINSULA
415 Youngs Mill Lane, Newport News. 757-369-1098.
www.uufp.org
Jan. 15: Young’s Mill Music presents LGBT artist Tret Fure in concert.

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