Art Matters. Art matters not just because it is an economic engine or it makes the creative class want to live where art is. Art matters not just to make Norfolk as cool as Austin or Portland. Art is and always has been a way we tell who we are and what we care about.
By now you’ve probably heard of Work | Release -- it is arguably the most diverse spot for the Norfolk nightlife with their featured DJs, hands on art exhibits, and unique live events.
Charles Rasputin, aka Charlie Restless, aka whatever his mom actually named him, aka PROFE$$IONAL LO$T BOY is the creative director for Alchemy NFK and the Ghost In the Machine for Work | Release. He is our Friday Featured Artist.
As you can probably gather from the title, this is about the second annual Crafted Indie Art and Craft Market being held this coming Saturday under one giant tent in the O'Connor Brewing Company front lot.
As you probably cannot gather from the title, the last event like this I attended was when I was 11. I was with my grandmother and it was dull, spiritless and blasé. But Crafted isn't your grandma's craft fair (not that there's anything wrong with grandma... love you, Nana!) I got to chat with the founder of Crafted, and event organizer, Michelle Odom, and she got me more excited for a craft fair than 11-year-old Erika could ever imagine.
Here in coastal Virginia we straddle the line between Summer and Fall for what feels like for-ev-er. We send the kids to school in shorts and t-shirts one day, jeans and a jacket the next, while constantly fluctuating between the A/C and the heater, and just generally living a confusing existence until right around Thanksgiving.
Thursday through Sunday: Peanuts! Get your Peanuts here! Here at the Suffolk Peanut Fest!
Thursday through Sunday: Don’t miss the last weekend to see Peter and the Starcatcher with the Virginia Stage Company at the Wells Theatre.
Wondering what to expect from Drishti Fest?
Be prepared to deepen both your practice and your perspective.
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When I went to see Virginia Stage Company’s latest offering, Peter and the Starcatcher (directed by Patrick Mullins), I knew absolutely nothing about it.
I supposed the play to be about Peter Pan, since it was written (I thought) by J.M. Barrie, who wrote the 1904 play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, and, in 1910, the novel Peter and Wendy. I was completely correct regarding the first supposition, since the play is a prequel to the events in the Neverland stories, and totally wrong about the second.
“Growth. An expansion of perspective. A looser grip on life” is what you can expect to come out of this weekend’s Drishti Fest. Basically, Hampton Roads gets to host a massive, very plural, and very uplifting four-day yoga party.
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