K-9 Veterans Day presented by Woodfin

Come enjoy a family event to celebrate the contributions of canines to our military and our communities.  See how these dogs work to save the lives of our soldiers, police, and emergency responders.Sponsored by Woodfin, this annual Virginia War Memorial favorite has become a signature event every spring! We hope you can join us at the Memorial and learn how specially trained canines help make life easier for those people who have sacrificed in their service. Continue Reading

Union Bank & Trust LolliPops 4: Peter and the Wolf

Boys like Peter are not afraid of wolves! Prokofiev’s timeless tale of boy vs. wolf comes to life in Really Inventive Stuff’s signature performance. This concert is a perfect introduction to music and the instruments of the orchestra.Arrive early and join us for a free pre-concert festival, featuring our instrument petting zoo and enjoy interactive activities for the whole family that will enhance your concert experience. Pre-concert festivities begin at 10am in Rhythm Hall. LolliPops concerts are ideal for children ages 5 and up, but music lovers of all ages are welcome. Continue Reading

Innsbrook’s 9th Annual St. Paddy’s Palooza

Are you looking for the best family-friendly Irish festival in town for St. Patrick’s Day? Innsbrook’s 9th Annual St. Paddy’s Palooza is the lucky place to be. Come out to the Innsbrook Pavilion Saturday, March 17th, from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, free of charge, and partake in all of the irresistible Irish fun. As soon as you enter, your senses will be filled with the smell of delicious food, sounds of festive live music, laughter and fun, and the joyful site of a green celebration! Please consider all of the fun attractions while you’re at the festival which will also support local businesses.Grab yourself a tasty box of Sweet Lew’s Kettle Corn and head over to the KidsZone where pony rides, face painting, a bouncy house and petting zoo await. Browse through countless local craft vendors and find some unique gifts and goodies. Enjoy authentic bagpipers as they resound traditional Irish hymns, followed by live bands that are sure to have you movin’ and singing along. Be sure to grab a hotdog from Joey’s or a crab cake from Gregory’s Grill. If you’d like, pair them with one of the craft beers or wine from our great selection of beverages. Wander through the venue and enter the Hot Air Balloon Cave that will leave you in 77,000 square feet of awe!In addition to all of the fun festivities, Innsbrook’s St. Paddy’s Palooza benefits the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with the aim of raising funds to help find cures for children with cancer. The palooza will showcase many brave souls shaving their heads and “going bald” for a good cause. Fundraising for St. Baldrick’s will go on throughout the day. You can support this cause by personally donating to the buckets that will be floating around the venue. Every cent means they are closer to a cure for children who are literally fighting for their lives and need all of our Continue Reading

Artists Who Teach Juried Exhibition 2018

Artists currently teaching art in the four peninsula colleges and universities, as well as its public, private, and parochial schools are traditionally featured in this annual competition. The art departments from our six south-side colleges, universities, and art institutes: The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, Regent University, Virginia Wesleyan College, and The Visual Arts Center of TCC have also been invited to participate.Cash awards totaling $850, including $500 First Place, $250 Second Place, and $100 Third Place, five Awards of Merit and five Honorable Mentions will be selected by juror, Diana Blanchard Gross.  Blanchard Gross is an Independent Curator and Exhibition Consultant as well as Curator for the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum and the Peninsula Fine Arts Center.  She received her Bachelor of Art in History from OD U and her Master of Art in Art History and Museum Studies from VCU.  Continue Reading

Barbara Stephenson: Wrapped, Stacked and Rooted

Best in Show Winner in AWT 2017, Stephenson is featured in this one person show of drawings in a variety of media which she describes as “Visual metaphors that allow me to share very personal events, creating a portrait of myself. I have created drawings that are a glimpse of what are the important joys, heartaches, experiences, struggles and dreams that have shaped my life.” Continue Reading

Dropkick Murphys get their favorite holiday off to a roaring start

Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Maura Johnston Globe Correspondent  March 16, 2018 A couple of songs into the Dropkick Murphys’ set on Thursday — the first night of four at the House of Blues — leader Ken Casey paused to reflect on the Boston bruisers’ tradition of holding a string of local shows around St. Patrick’s Day. “What is this, 20 years?” he asked. It was actually 18, he was told. “Well, it feels like 20. Traditionally, night one is kind of the slower, sleepy night. . . . Do you want that to be the case this year?” The barnburning way the band had started its set — a series of hyperactive songs shot through with melodies that recalled Irish traditionals and gutter-punk anthems alike, complete with accordion and bagpipe accompaniment, and even a phalanx of Irish dancers — made the crowd’s resounding “no!” a bit of a given, but they offered it up anyway.The Dropkicks update Irish music’s traditions in a way that makes even their most gentle folk songs obviously analogous to the spirit of up-from-the-gutter punk — storytelling propels even their most raucous songs, and they possess a pugilistic spirit that persists even when the chips are down. Last year’s “11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory” showed the band taking a slightly more thoughtful bent, but during Thursday night’s fast-paced set the energy powering songs like the determined “Paving My Way” and the breakneck “Rebels Without a Cause” had the same drive as their earlier tracks. It also got the crowd raring to go, with audience members adding fleet-footed Irish dance moves to their pogoing, gleefully launching objects into the air (Thursday’s tally included hats, a particularly billowy hoodie, and at least one highly motivated crowd-surfer), and Continue Reading

Upcoming concerts at the new My Father’s Place

My Father’s Place, the music club that brought the likes of Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and the Ramones to Roslyn until it closed in 1987, will rock once again when it opens in late June. Here are the upcoming acts scheduled to play the new My Father’s Place at The Roslyn Hotel. Tickets can be purchased here. Buster Poindexter: Friday, June 29, 2018, at 8 p.m. Livingston Taylor, with special guests Chris Kinnear and Andy Aledort: Saturday, June 30, 2018, at 8 p.m. Roomful of Blues: Sunday, July 1, 2018, at 7 p.m. Blue Velvo with Ray Lambiase & The Tin Kickers: Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at 8 p.m. Brand X: Friday, July 6, 2018, at 8 p.m. Robert Gordon: Saturday, July 7, 2018, at 8 p.m. Blue Race, Modern Trigger and Jeanna Lewis: Thursday, July 12, 2018, at 8 p.m. John Hammond: Friday, July 13, 2018, at 8 p.m. Garland Jeffreys / Frank Carillo & The Caballeros: Saturday, July 14, 2018, at 8 p.m. Vista Hill, The Belleregards and Heavy Tides: Thursday, July 19, 2018, at 8 p.m. Spyro Gyra: Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 8 p.m. NRBQ: Friday, July 27, 2018, at 8 p.m. Arlen Roth Guitar Summit: Saturday, July 28, 2018, 8 p.m. McCoy Tyner: Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, at 8 p.m. Barnaby Bye: Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, at 7 p.m. The Sweet Suzi Blues Band: Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at 8 p.m. The Blasters, with special guest Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones: Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at 8 p.m. Howie Day: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at 8 p.m. Ken McGorry & The Achievements: Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, at 8 p.m. The Christine Spero Group: Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at 8 p.m. Brewer & Shipley: Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at 8 p.m. Marshall Crenshaw: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at 8 p.m. Liverpool Shuffle: Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, at 1 p.m. Peter Yarrow: Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, at 3 p.m. John Waite: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at 8 p.m. Stan Zizka’s Del Satins: Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, at 1 p.m. Stanton Anderson Band: Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, Continue Reading

Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls Addresses Aging With New Video “It Don’t Get Old”

Why has it taken so long for Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls to put out solo material? If we learned anything from This Is Spinal Tap, it's that the charismatic, walrus-faced metal god can stretch himself beyond "Sex Farm" and "Big Bottom." Surely, "Jazz Odyssey" taught us that.But 34 years after the movie, 26 years after the Break Like the Wind album and an appearance at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert, Smalls is going out on his own. His debut single, "It Don't Get Old," from the debut solo album Small's Change (out April 13 from Twanky Records/BMG), is a typically heavy-handed blues-rock stomp of a tune, which sees the now white-haired Smalls delving into his own feelings regarding the aging process and how it affects a bona fide rock star. Continue Reading

St. Louis high school band gets surprise visit from the pope

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A group of 45 band students from a Jesuit high school in St. Louis didn't know they'd get a surprise visit from Pope Francis when they recently performed at the Vatican.The St. Louis University High School students had been on a musical trip in Italy since March 9 to celebrate the school's bicentennial. The band was excited to perform Wednesday before thousands in St. Peter's Square, when a Swiss Guard motioned them over to the steps of St. Peter's Basilica, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported ."We all had instruments and music stands, but we just picked them up and started running over," said Jeff Pottinger, the band director. "And our tour guide shouted, 'You're going to meet the pope.'"The band played "O Sacred Head Now Wounded" as the 266th head of the Roman Catholic Church entered the area. Pottinger said he expected Pope Francis to continue on quickly, but instead he stood attentively in front of the band."Half the boys aren't even playing at this point, they're just standing there like, 'My God, that's the pope,'" he said.Pope Francis then met with the students and chaperones, even posing for some selfies. He eventually rode away on the popemobile as the band played its school fight song."We are still all freaking out," Pottinger said. "You see a picture of yourself with the pope and it's almost like an out-of-body experience."The band members, who were set to return to St. Louis on Friday, will have a story they can share for years, Pottinger said."I told the students this is something you can tell your family for three generations," he said. "It's unforgettable."———Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com Continue Reading

Former Suge Knight lawyers deny witness-tampering charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two former lawyers for Marion "Suge" Knight have pleaded not guilty to charges that they conspired to pay off witnesses for false testimony in the rap mogul's murder trial.Matthew Fletcher and Thaddeus Culpepper entered the pleas Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court to counts including conspiracy to commit bribery and conspiracy to obstruct justice.Fletcher's attorney Mark Geragos said outside court that the men's indictment is a "full frontal assault on those who practice criminal defense."Culpepper, who was kicked off Knight's case by a judge last week, emphatically denied that he tried to get witnesses to lie.Knight is awaiting trial for murder and attempted murder after hitting two men with his truck outside a Compton burger stand in 2015. He has pleaded not guilty. Continue Reading