Pay enough attention to the career of JoAnn Falletta, and you could easily conclude she's actually twins or triplets. She's the music director of not only the Virginia Symphony Orchestra but the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and serves as principal guest conductor of the?Phoenix Symphony, among other institutional?ties. (She's also conducted on Grammy-winning recordings for the Naxos label.) Under her baton, the VSO rotates among?Norfolk, Newport News, Williamsburg, and Virginia Beach?with traditional classical?programs, pops nights, and shorter?family concerts that open with craft activities and an instrument "petting zoo."?A "wear-what's-comfortable" dress code and pre-concert Behind the Notes talks ensure?a?decidedly inviting?atmosphere even for symphony newbies.
The Virginian-Pilot's staff of dedicated journalists have dutifully provided news and information to the citizens of the South Hampton Roads region for 149 years, even helping the paper earn a Pulitzer Prize. Subscribers can wake up to the invigorating aroma of fresh ink without needing to empty fountain pens into their coffeemakers. As they butter their toast and brace themselves for the daily grind, readers explore paper sections detailing local news, sports, restaurants, and entertainment. The coupon-filled Sunday Pilot includes in-depth stories relevant to Hampton Roads, and the Wednesday edition comes replete with recipes, food reviews, and grocery advertisements.
The rollicking sounds of blues artists headlining the two stages of the restaurant’s performance venue filter through this barbecue hot spot. It features spice-rubbed meats served up with a selection of homestyle sides. The menu centers on hickory-smoked beef, seasoned and smoked pork, and rubbed and grilled chicken and ribs that are steeped in spices, like Marco Polo’s scrapbook. The restaurant outfits tables with a selection of spicy, savory, and slightly sweet sauces, allowing patrons to customize heat levels on entrees or provide a flavorful accompaniment to fried pickles, baskets of corn bread, or Mojo pit beans.
For more than 25 years, Stanley’s Home Furnishings has filled empty homes with dining sets, bedroom sets, and other furniture for all areas of the house. Their inventory ranges from motion furniture such as recliners and sofas to dinettes, full bedroom sets, and mattresses from brands such as Allassea Sleep System, Boyd Sleep Products, and Paramount Bedding. They offer in-house financing options, as well as convenient delivery to Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina.
Called “a gigantic, sprawling wonderland” and “an overflowing treasure chest of cheap fun” in the thrift-store guide book, Dirt Cheap, Real Good, Thrift Store USA stocks more than 24,000 square feet of secondhand clothes, furniture, and other goods that are ripe for the repicking. Outfit your lambs in a perpetually rotating array of vintage and used clothes, priced from $0.55 to $19.99. Manic media collectors can spend hours browsing the thousands of books, videos, and record albums of old vinyl pop classics and records for teaching cats how to meow in German ($0.55–$3.99). Brand-new Symbol and Corsicana mattresses ($79–$399) provide pleasant dream-cradles alongside antique, retro, and modern dining-room sets and bunk beds. Purchases at Thrift Store USA benefit Seton Youth Shelters, which provide shelter and counseling services to at-risk youth.
Fronted by British-Nigerian lead singer Sade Adu, Grammy-winning band Sade has seduced eardrums with a potent mélange of R & B, soul, and jazz for nearly 30 years. Performing songs from the new compilation album The Ultimate Collection, Sade will delight fans with greatest hits as well as a smattering of brand-new songs, melding soul-stroking vocals with eye-tickling dancing and onstage spectacle. Special guest John Legend will also throw his honeyed voice into the ring, soothing ears damaged by the cacophony of city life and by wearing graphing calculators as earrings.