Thursday, May 15, 2014

Introducing AT: About Town

Friends, remember when I said I was going to write weekend previews for the benefit of locals looking for what's good in the 757? And then I didn't do it? Yeah, my bad. BUT my bestie Ashleigh agreed to write the column, so with a few suggestions added in from me, here's what we came up with:

Amber: Tonight is the last concert in the 2013-2014 Art After 5 concert series at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center and we'll be hosting the lovely and talented Skye Zentz will be performing. We'll also have the STUFT food truck and a cash bar and a chance to see our new exhibit. Shameless plug!! Event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Ashleigh: First off, I'd like to put it out there that I travel all over Hampton Roads for happenings and favor no one city over the next. I live in Norfolk so by default I usually know more about Norfolk events. That being said, this weekend's preview has an abundance of events. I love the warmer months!

Friday, make sure you drive-thru or park and enjoy Norfolk's best Greek Festival! Family-friendly atmosphere, music and GREAT FOOD! Try the Loukoumades and Spanakopita! Friday and Saturday they are open 11a-10p. The event runs May 15-18.
Where: Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 7220 Granby Street, Norfolk

Amber: This weekend is the perfect art weekend, with the spring Stockley Gardens Art Festival set up on Saturday and Sunday in the Ghent area of Norfolk AND....drumroll, please ....

Amber: On Saturday, this giant rubber duck art installation will be the focus of everyone's attention in the Hague area of Norfolk, right in front of the Chrysler Museum (which reopened last week after a $24 million renovation).

Ashleigh: Saturday is the highlight of my weekend because it's the 6th Annual Portsmouth Service League Beer, Band and Barbecue! I'm involved in this organization and it's honestly our best event of the year! Catering is by Beach Bully and beer trucks will be on location for ALL YOU CAN DRINK! The tickets are $35 and the event runs from 4-10 p.m. Fun fact: This is where Wine Club was concocted! I recommend getting there as soon as it starts so you can get a great table for you and the 10 friends you bring, plus get a head start on the beer drinking! Also, you can take the Elizabeth River ferry from Waterside straight to the park in Portsmouth!
Where: North Landing Park, Portsmouth

Ashleigh: On Sunday, you can be cooler than me and go see The Philadelphia Story (the play that inspired Amber's favorite movie, shown above) at the Little Theatre of Norfolk, before I do. Synopsis: Tracy Lord, of the Philadelphia Lords, is a headstrong and spoiled daughter of the privileged. Divorced from C.K. Dexter Haven, she is engaged to a successful young snob. A society weekly sends a reporter and female photographer to cover the wedding arrangements. Tracy finds herself growing interested in the reporter Mike Connor, and following the pre-wedding bash, they take a moonlight swim and are surprised by Dexter and the fiancee.
Sounds like a soap-opera, right!?  They have a 2:30 p.m. showing Sunday and it's a great way to cool off if you get tired of being outside. I have plans with Amber to go later this month so no spoilers! 
Tickets are $17. The show runs May 9 to June 1. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Little Theatre of Norfolk, 801 Claremont Avenue

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