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Afrobeats FEST 757 returning to Hampton Roads this weekend to celebrate music and dance

The celebration, Afrobeats FEST 757, was organized to celebrate music, dance and culture by the Tidewater African Cultural Alliance. → Read More

One of the most prestigious dance companies in the world is coming to Norfolk next year

Local theater-goers will have just three days to see "Don Quixote" performed by the American Ballet Theatre in Norfolk in March 2022. The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform the score. → Read More

Hampton Comicon returns to the Hampton Roads Convention Center

The list of special guests include husband-and-wife duo Tim and Daphne Reid. Tim is the original Mike Hanlon from Stephen King’s “It,” as well as Ray Campbell from “Sister, Sister.” Daphne is largely known for her role as Aunt Viv on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” from 1993 to 1996. → Read More

Boardwalk Art Show kicking off Friday at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront

The three-day festival will start Friday and end Sunday, spanning from 23rd Street to 32nd Street on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, organizers from the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art said. → Read More

Illuminated, inflatable moon and street festival coming to ODU this weekend

The Barry Art Museum at Old Dominion University is hosting a three-day “Museum of the Moon” festival on 43rd Street starting Friday. The entire street will be shut down, blue lights will line its sidewalks and blast off music and effects will blare through surround sound speakers. → Read More

Chesapeake native wins Tony Award for role in Tina Turner musical

Adrienne Warren took home the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical. → Read More

Erykah Badu and special guest performing in Portsmouth on Wednesday

Erykah Badu will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion. Tickets start at $29.50 and sales end shortly after the show begins. → Read More

Balladeer, Broadway and movie star Josh Groban coming to Christopher Newport University on Wednesday

The Billboard Music Award-winning musician and actor’s show — An Intimate Evening With Josh Groban — starts at 7:30 p.m. → Read More

Tips from a fan on enjoying Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

We’ve listed a few things Halloween-lovers should know if they go to Howl-O-Scream this year. → Read More

Hip-hop festival making a comeback at Norfolk brewery will highlight rising Virginia talent

Organizers said $34.99 will get folks a general admission ticket, while a $54.99 VIP ticket comes with two drink tickets and merch, like t-shirts, totes, key chains and other goodies. → Read More

Virginia Beach magician wins ‘America’s Got Talent’

Virginia Beach magician and musician Dustin Tavella won season 16 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” Wednesday night, beating nine other contestants and winning $1 million and a headliner show in Las Vegas. → Read More

At the Virginia Aquarium and Zoo, the animals are also artists

Most recently, their work was sold as part of the Virginia Aquarium’s 2021 Night at the Aquarium Online Auction, which ran from Aug. 16 to Aug. 28. Other items sold include tiny, colorful, painted footprints from Madagascar Hedgehog Tenrec, as well as paintings from harbor seal Rudder, Komodo dragons Kado and Bejo, King the Eastern King Snake and Schnitz, the largest orangutan at the Virginia… → Read More

Years in the making, local legend Chef Sydney Meers is getting his own show on WHRO

A pilot episode of the show, “Cowboy Syd’s Cooking with A Southern Flame,” premieres 7:30 p.m. Sunday on WHRO TV 15 The program will give viewers the opportunity to laugh and learn about homegrown eats and the farmers who make it all happen. → Read More

The Southampton Rebellion wasn’t just Nat Turner’s. Women and children supported resistance, too.

Everyday acts of resistance take the foreground in professor's book: How did a community, especially women, support and nurture resistance, and carry on the memory of the rebellion? → Read More

TikTok’s baddest granny: 82-year-old Hampton grandmother goes viral

The Italian woman, who insists she is 71 years old, has three children and seven grandchildren of her own, but has become a grandmother for TikTokers worldwide since she and her daughter started posting videos about six months ago. → Read More

Portsmouth paranormal group investigates suspected brothel and speakeasy in Pennsylvania for TV show

Two Virginia-based paranormal investigation groups, one from Portsmouth, spent one night investigating an old speakeasy and the basement of an apartment complex in York, Pennsylvania. The episode premiered on local public access TV stations in Virginia and other states, and is available on Argos Paranormal’s YouTube channel. → Read More

Documentary about Hampton Roads’ punk rock scene screening at the Naro for the film’s 10th anniversary

To commemorate the film’s release, Debra Persons and other organizers are showing "Hardcore Norfolk: The Movie" on Thursday at the Naro Expanded Cinema. DVDs and soundtrack CDs will be for sale; tickets are $10 at the door, and sales will support the theater. → Read More

Old Dominion University offers free DJ classes at Newport News STEM lab

The program is a five-session trial on Mondays and Fridays, and ends on July 26. If things go smoothly, they may offer more classes and include children, said Mia Joe, director of the Old Dominion University’s Brooks Crossing Innovation Lab in Newport News. → Read More

Live music returning to amphitheater in Virginia Beach with special $20 ticket deal

The $20 tickets are “all-in,” so there are no extra fees to pay. T-Mobile and Sprint customers will get 24-hour early at noon July 27 through T-Mobile Tuesdays, and the general public can snag some from noon July 28 to August 1. → Read More

Let the Games begin! Your guide for a medal-worthy Olympics viewing party.

Munchies with an Asian flair, table decorations to fan the flames, and — of course — medals and more flames to make (and eat). → Read More