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Boating Life Reimagined

Imagine that you have access to a private fleet of clean, well-maintained vessels: bow riders, deck boats, center consoles, pontoon boats and more. Visualize arriving at your local boat club. You’re greeted by a dock concierge who relieves you of…

Hunger for Change

By Clayton Singleton Too often, I scroll food delivery apps on my phone, begrudge which grocery to visit or stare into my fridge indecisively like the cereal aisle scene in the film The Hurt Locker. I commonly refer to these…

K’bana Blaq Releases New Album

On Feb. 11, the multi-hyphenate K’bana Blaq released his newest and most progressive body of work, Death to Mindless Music. The 15-song album is composed of a symphony of musical genres including soul, R&B and funk. Complementing these dance-worthy melodies…

New Musical on Edgar Cayce Premieres at Zeiders

“The audience will be traveling through time and space over a period of several thousand years,” says Bart Kuebler, music and artistic director of Zeiders American Dream Theater, of the new musical Remembering Tomorrow: The Lives of Edgar Cayce. An enigmatic…

46th Annual Glass Art Society Conference

A thousand glass artists, experts and collectors swarmed Norfolk in early June for the Glass Art Society’s (GAS) 46th annual conference, hosted by the Chrysler Museum of Art and Perry Glass Studio. The conference partly focused on a specialty being pioneered…

One Flock at Paradise Creek Nature Park

Scottish artist Rob Mulholland, known for his creations depicting the interplay between humans and nature, has displayed his environmental sculptures around the world—Russia, France, South Korea—and now, in Portsmouth. Mulholland had been invited to install projects in the U.S. before…

Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art

Organized by the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Pa., Mindful is no typical “craft show.” Rather, using traditional craft materials in unexpected ways, the 14 artists in Virginia MOCA’s latest exhibition explore the often subterranean and misunderstood range of…

Urban Theory Studios

A little bit of West Coast cool is infusing East Coast tradition in the form of Urban Theory Studios. There since 2015, artist-owner Kelly Seeber, a transplant from the San Francisco Bay Area, creates energetic paintings with an urban edge…

The Gift Shop at Decorum

What do you get when you have an art museum shop but no museum? The Gift Shop at Decorum. With the sleek but fun and accessible boutique-y vibe of a museum store, this special place feels like the hip love…

Brushstrokes of the Bay

Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, with deep familial ties dating back several generations to both art and to the Chesapeake Bay, Wesley Carter’s memories of family get-togethers are permeated by the salty air and water of the mighty Chesapeake in the…

Greatest Oyster Contest

Residents of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula and Tangier are eligible to enter the Greatest Oyster Contest. Bring the largest live native oyster (Crassostrea Virginica) you can find to Lancaster By the Bay Chamber of Commerce in Kilmarnock by…

Studio 17

Virginia Beach’s STUDIO 17 recently announced the completion of a hand-painted building mural, the first new mural in the Virginia Beach Arts District. Troy Summerell, creator of OnieTonie™ Co. Designs and founder of STUDIO 17, spent a month on the…

It’s Fun To Reopen The YMCA

After being closed for nearly four years after Fort Monroe was deactivated as a U.S. Army installation in Sept. 2011, the Fort Monroe Authority has reached an agreement with the YMCA to reopen its fun-filled fitness center location on the…

Pump Up and Pedal On

If you like to bike, Norfolk is a good place to be. The Downtown Norfolk Council is working hard to help promote cycling, including recently installing the region’s first maintenance facility, funded by Traffix, adjacent to the MacArthur Center light…

One Gutsy Grandma

If you spotted kayaker Dr. Deb Walters paddling her way through Hampton Roads in mid-November, you probably didn’t think much about it. Little did you know that she was traveling our waterways (in Yorktown, Poquoson and Norfolk) on days 60 and…

New Virginia Beach Golfing Facility Up To Par

Get ready to swing in style. TopGolf International, Inc. began construction on a 65,000-square-foot facility in December off Greenwich Road in Virginia Beach. The entertainment center, slated to open in fall 2015, will offer competitive golfing games for all ages…

Little Libraries

Coastal Virginia’s latest “little free library” opened recently in James City County (4601 Minutemen Way in Liberty Crossing), the first one of its kind in this area. Little libraries are a national movement that encourages patrons to a take a…

Inaugural Beard and Mustache Competition

The time has come to celebrate the ’stache, bless the beard and have a festive time all in the name of facial hair as Hampton Roads Beard & ‘Stache Society hosts its Inaugural Beard and Mustache Competition to benefit Wounded…

6th Annual House of Blues and Brews

Nothing knocks off the November chill like a piping hot bowl of hearty stew; even better if it’s paired with a refreshing brew. Indulge in these two favorites while participating in a silent art auction and listening to live music…

Cape Charles Harbor for the Arts Festival

Art shows, dance workshops, evening concerts in the park and live music are just a few of the highlights of the second annual Cape Charles Harbor for the Arts Festival along the beautiful Eastern Shore. The event runs from Aug.…