This week, I want to focus on one topic about which the Pilot has published several stories and editorials. The subject is symbolism and the Confederacy. I really hope we can all come together and find some common ground and compromise, finally leading to peace amongst ourselves, but it will require rational thought by all parties involved.
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The fact that Will Harris can make a living interviewing pop culture stars like Morgan Freeman, Lily Tomlin, Bryan Cranston and Alanna Ubach is cool; the fact that he does it from the comfort of his home—in Chesapeake—is even cooler.
This weekend marks the 48th year of the Hampton Jazz Festival, a music festival taking place at the Hampton Coliseum that will feature some of the greatest names in R&B, Soul and Smooth Jazz.
First they came for the Confederate Flag License Plates, but no one really cared because it’s a racist symbol and less than 1,700 people have it on their cars.
It’s hotter ‘n heckfire out there kids, so Chris and Laura are here once again to battle the demons living in your newspaper and your computer, including: the Confederate flag, actual demon The Devil, his dark minions in the pit of despair we mortals call Missouri, and, in unrelated, non-demon news, Sweet Briar College, and of course Taylor Swift. Roll it!
5pm: Kansas City is coming to Norfolk for the Boulevard Brewing Company Pint Night at The Public House. Come celebrate KC style.
6-9pm: No, this is not a Skittles commercial. But, you can Taste the Rainbow at O’Connor Brewing Company as a part of PrideWeek.
5:30-9pm: Sway to the music of The Michael Clark band featuring Tracy Clark at Sunsets on the River on the grounds of the beautiful Hermitage Museum and Gardens.
Back in junior high and high school The White Album was the Bible to my friend Mike Fish and I. It taught you everything you needed to know about life. It taught us how to make it in a marriage (sing Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da), how to make it through a fight with someone you care about (see the love there that's sleeping), how to be a good son (sing a song of love), how to fuck (do it in the road), how to fight for love (burst in stinking of gin), how to deal with the blues (remember you're of the universe), and even how to have a revolution (free your mind instead).
A city economic development authority or tourism board is free to brand any neighborhood they want "an arts district," but it's places like Studio 17 in Virginia Beach that make them genuine neighborhoods where the organic creativity of a city is fostered, celebrated, and brought to the light.
Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide,
No escape from reality.
(This article is appearing a couple days after the show due to partying with the Lonely Teardrops until... about now.)
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