JoAnn Falletta Leaves a Legacy with Virginia Symphony Orchestra

In 1991, when JoAnn Falletta landed in Norfolk for the first time, she momentarily thought she’d taken the wrong plane. “I saw a sign that said, ‘Welcome to Hampton Roads,’” she recalled during a recent conversation, “and I thought, WAIT! What am I doing in Hampton Roads? I’m supposed to be going to Norfolk, Virginia.” [...]

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ECMC Aims to Make Coastal Virginia the Indie Music Capital

Dreadnot, performer at ECMC 2019 The East Coast Music Conference (ECMC) is being held May 9­–12 at various venues in Downtown Norfolk. The four-day event is comprised of sessions geared to musicians and industry professionals and will feature live performances and networking opportunities along with local, national and international musicians performing throughout the city. On Friday, [...]

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Mark Your Calendar for These Outstanding Outdoor Concerts

Kat Wright First Fridays Downtown Street Party May 3, June 7, Aug. 2, Sept. 6 from 5–8:30 p.m. Downtown Norfolk The Sounds: On May 3 the headliner is Kat Wright, a gritty and emotive rock ‘n’ roll performer (300 Block of Granby St.). On June 7 the opening act is Illiterate Light, rock with gritty [...]

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Peninsula Fine Arts Center Artini

What does an art organization do when it’s undergoing construction but still hosting a fabulous event? Spin it into the theme, that’s what. Peninsula Fine Arts Center (PFAC) hosted their annual Artini fundraiser on Friday, March 8 at Christopher Newport University’s Peebles Theatre. Construction is currently underway to move the Arts Center to CNU’s campus [...]

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New Realm Brewing’s New Restaurant

Spanish-Style Tomato Braised Pork Meatballs over Ashland Mill Grits with basil and mozzarella The beloved Atlanta-based brewery that joined the Virginia Beach brew scene last August has added a new and very tasty component to its offerings. In mid-April, New Realm opened their full-service restaurant with a diverse, flavorful and local-focused menu to attract diners [...]

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CoVa Battle of the Burgers 2019

CoVa Battle of the Burgers returned for its second year to crown Coastal Virginia’s best burger on the Southside and Peninsula with two separate events on Saturday, April 27 at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach and Saturday, May 4 at Mill Point Park in Hampton. Local restaurants battled it out as they served [...]

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Terrapin Restaurant Remodels

Terrapin Chef-owner Rodney Einhorn’s Oceanfront fine dining exemplar, Terrapin, recently got a major facelift, its first since opening in 2006. Designed by Einhorn’s wife, Amanda, and Elizabeth Blackmon, wife of managing partner Brian Williams, the look is lighter, brighter. Color pops in artwork depicting soundwaves from the Grateful Dead's Terrapin Station and a psychedelic print [...]

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2019 CoVa Idea House: Double the Details

What’s better than a houseful of great ideas? Why, two housefuls of great ideas. With one house taking shape in Williamsburg and the other on the Southside, we’ve got you covered, Colonial to Coastal. The Rose Eleganza The creation of Jack and Sindy Clifton of Lawson Homes and located in Upper York County in The [...]

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5 Great Up-and-Coming Bands

Paul Shugrue’s WHRV 89.5 FM program, “Out of the Box,” is unique among mainstream American radio. Unlike most DJs, he plays nothing but brand-new music and has complete control over playlists. Launched in 2004, the show’s title alludes to “an inside-radio term meaning that you play a track from a new album as soon as [...]

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Jazz Drumming Icon Jae Sinnett is the King of Tidewater Rhythm

Photo by David Uhrin Sixty-two-year-old jazz drumming icon Jae Sinnett has backed some of the biggest names in the genre—including legends like late sax pioneer Joe Henderson and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard; contemporary staples like Branford Marsalis and New York sax slinger Ralph Bowen; jazz-rock guru Chuck Mangione; bossa nova guitarist Charlie Byrd; and many more. [...]

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How to Recognize the Warning Signs of a Stroke

According to the National Stroke Association®, a stroke is a “brain attack” that can happen at any time and to anyone. It occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off, depriving the affected brain cells of oxygen, which can lead to muscle and/or memory control issues. Stroke is the fifth [...]

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CycleBar Indoor Cycling Studio in Virginia Beach

I consider myself a spinning enthusiast, spending an average of three exercise sessions per week dedicated to indoor cycling. When I can't make it to the gym for a class, I rely on my internal motivation and the bike I stash in my attic at home for a crushing cardio workout and major calorie burn [...]

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Canvas Coffee House in Newport News

Photo courtesy of Inside Virginia When Daniel Haskett and Rahat Hossain were scouting locations for their indie cafe (a rarity on the Peninsula) and walked into the loft-like spot on picturesque Styron Square in Newport News’ Port Warwick, Haskett recalls, “It was like a blank canvas.” So, they called it (drumroll, please) Canvas. As Haskett [...]

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Gershwin’s Serves Up Live Jazz Music, Dinner and Cocktails

Photos by David Uhrin It’s kind of rare to catch dinner and a show in the same venue. Here in Coastal Virginia, there are innumerable top-notch eateries and plenty of places to catch a live musical act, but these days, the two aren’t typically combined. Thank goodness Gershwin’s in Downtown Norfolk doesn’t conform to what's [...]

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Kate Mulgrew’s Book How to Forget Released

Kate Mulgrew’s fan base is varied and widespread. From her start as Mary Ryan, the lead role on the popular soap opera “Ryan's Hope” to the groundbreaking first female starship captain on “Star Trek: Voyager” to her acclaimed performance as Galina "Red" Reznikov on Netflix's smash hit “Orange is the New Black,” Mulgrew brings a formidable presence and deep passion to all [...]

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Penang Town Brings New Cuisine to Dining Scene

Malaysian cuisine might not be on the tip of your tongue if you’ve never been to the lushly colored Southeast Asian land, but once you get a taste of Hainanese chicken, sambal beef and mango shrimp at recently opened Penang Town in Virginia Beach’s Newtown-Baker Crossing, it will be. Deliciously. The first Malaysian restaurant within [...]

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Granby Station Food Hall

With the debut this summer of Granby Station on the 100 block of Granby Street in Downtown Norfolk, Coastal Virginia will have its first food hall. Hooray! But if you’ve yet to experience this fast-casual, big-city trend, you might wonder, “How’s it different from a typical mall’s ho-hum food court?” For starters, courts usually comprise [...]

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The Perfect Plate: Food Presentation Tips

Photography by Ashlee Glen One of the best parts about going out to a nice restaurant—aside from the fact that you just get to sit there and relax while your meal is prepared—is the way the dish looks when it slides in front of you. Let’s be honest—we’ve all drooled a little bit. “Whether you’re [...]

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Lynchburg Offers Culinary and Cultural Delights

Weekends in Downtown Lynchburg are hopping. People of all ages fill bars and restaurants or enjoy a stroll on the Bluffwalk after an evening of art or music. Such vibrancy didn’t exist just a few years ago, but the City of Seven Hills has been transformed by a combination of tax incentives and daring entrepreneurs. [...]

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Coastal Cattle: Local Beef in Virginia Beach

In 2014, Reagan Vaughan decided to raise a show steer and compete in the Virginia Beach 4-H Livestock Show and Sale. The wiry 12-year-old had grown up on a working 400-acre farm and was no stranger to animals—she’d frequented the show since the age of 9 and competed with both hogs and cattle. “The contest [...]

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2019 Guide to Summer Fun in Coastal Virginia

Let’s face it. Summers tend to fly by quicker than a fiddler crab dancing across the sand. Oftentimes, we’ll get to the end of the season and realize we hadn’t accomplished all the exciting activities we’d set out to do. Make this the summer of soaking it all in by creating a specific list of [...]

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Finding Specialized Care for Patients with Dementia

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory (particularly short-term loss), thinking and behavior. It is a type of dementia that slowly and irreversibly destroys memory and thinking skills. Dementia, on the other hand, is the overarching umbrella that encompasses several disorders—including Alzheimer’s—that cause chronic memory loss, personality change or impaired reasoning. [...]

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Attucks Theatre Celebrates 100 Years

It seems like an ordinary piece of wood, less than 2 feet in length. But look closer at this white plank, resting in a glass case, and you can see the faint signature of the legendary jazz bandleader Dizzy Gillespie, and perhaps hear the strains of a ghost trumpet blowing somewhere inside the historic Attucks [...]

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North Shore Point House Concerts Puts On Intimate Backyard Shows

Jim Morrison in his backyard, pre-tent setup. Photo by David Uhrin "We all listen to music on our phones now. But it's a different experience to have it happen 20 feet in front of you," says Jim Morrison. And he would know. For 18 years the longtime journalist and music writer has been hosting intimate [...]

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Fitness and Nutrition Advice from Expert Jim White

What is it that you want to achieve? Do you want to lift heavier, bike further, run faster or eat cleaner? We all have ambitions that we want to turn into a reality. But what exactly does it take to bring your fitness and nutrition to the next level?   Goal Setting Naming goals without limitations [...]

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New Biography Covers Rock ‘n’ Roll Guitarist Link Wray

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin's legendary lead guitarist, is in the middle of his living room, playing exuberant air guitar to the song that made him want to be a rock 'n' roller. "When I first heard 'Rumble,'" he says. "[I found] something that had profound attitude." His goofy grin says it all.  This memorable scene from [...]

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Windle McFly Rocks Out with The Deloreans

Photos by David Uhrin Windle McFly doesn’t really do khakis, tucked-in polo shirts or combed hair. This workaday wardrobe would be considered more like costumed garb for the rock star whose getup is all things purposely self-proclaimed shiny, tacky and loud. “It feels right to me, it stands out and I know it,” maintains McFly, [...]

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Farmville: Big Town Energy, Small Town Charm

People come from all over the country, and even from across the globe, to buy furniture at Green Front. The locally owned furniture store boasts 1 million square feet of display space and the lowest prices in the U.S. Longwood University is the other big economic driver in this small town of 8,000, which still [...]

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Be a Local on Atlantic Avenue

Coastal Virginia Magazine’s Favorite Finds on Atlantic Avenue includes entertainment, excitement and culinary delights. Whether you’re with family, significant others or flying solo, Virginia Beach’s Atlantic Avenue area has it all. From local hotspots to hidden gems, the following recommendations will make your experience a memorable one. Use these ideas to get started, then see [...]

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Top Chest Straps for Fitness

These days, getting the most from your workouts means wearing a heart rate sensor that tracks your beats per minute. These devices can make you aware of when you need to push yourself harder or take a deep breath and slow down a bit. They can assure you that you've achieved your max heart rate [...]

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Guida Collection at ODU Recounts the Story of the Norfolk Sound

Photos courtesy of The Frank and Carmela Guida/Rockmasters International Collection Those rowdy party noises emanating from Old Dominion University these days might not be the students. The holdings of record producer Frank Guida, who helped popularize the rollicking “Norfolk Sound,” now reside in ODU’s Perry Library as part of its Special Collections. The Frank and Carmela [...]

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