“Oh, it’s a contemporary setting,” said the woman in front of me, who claimed formation at a conservatory in her earlier days. She sounded disappointed, so I shared with her my own disappointment, “And it’s in English, too.”
As an HIV/AIDS pandemic ravages lives in South Africa, a group of women - now tasked with becoming parents to their orphaned grandchildren - has organized to hold their communities together in the face of an enormous care deficit. Their stories will be told in their own words in October, when five South African visitors bring "The Nevergiveups" photo exhibition and book launch to Old Dominion University.
This week I gave my students their first quiz.
The paths artists take are often as fascinating as the art they create.
She sings with the voice of a summer sunset, she dances with the effortless grace of a swan, and CAN SHE EVER rock a red dress! She is Lianne Marie Dobbs, and she's playing Lorelei Leigh in Swingtime Salute, a USO-style musical review written and directed by Patrick Mullins of Virginia Stage Company, running now through July 6 aboard the USS Wisconsin in Downtown Norfolk.
This past Thursday, the Museum of Contemporary Art held an opening for five fantastic new summer exhibitions: Brian Dettmer’s Elemental, Stacey Steers’ Night Hunter, Stacey Steers' select films, Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project, and Wade Mickley’s Terribly Wonderful.
I was a music composition major in college. You know those band geeks with closet-sized speakers who blasted manly classical music with tons of tympani and gongs that rattled your heart in your chest cavity?
“Mercy! Mercy! Lulu’s Back in Town!” - Fats Waller 1935
The town in this case is Williamsburg and the band serving up the hot Trad Jazz for a New Depression will be none other than New York City’s famed Hot Sardines!
A delicate handmade curtain separates the lightly scented homemade soaps, fabric-covered buttons and hand-stitched makeup bags from the dust-covered tables, worn claw hammers and messy paint buckets. Despite the disarray of construction, crafty awesomeness lies ahead.