Béla Bartók’s ‘Bluebeard’s Castle': An Operatic Performance of Murder, Intrigue and Art Near Willoughby

March 21, 2015 2:30 pm

During the performance of Bluebeard's Castle, the only opera from 20th-century Hungarian composer Béla Bartók's, opera singers Rebecca Nash and Charles Robert Austin will have to share the limelight with something a little … unconventional: the imposing blown glass sculptures of renowned American artist Dave Chihuly.

After all, the artist himself designed the sets for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra's rendition of Bluebeard's Castle; his large-scale, colorful sculptures will add dramatic flair to the performance, especially when illuminated by the stage lights above. The results are "spectacular," reads a review by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Taking place at Norfolk's Chrysler Hall near Willoughby, Bluebeard's Castle will be performed twice: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 18, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19. Tickets range in price from $20 to $125 and can be purchased online.

Bartók Bluebeard's Castle
Chrysler Hall
215 St Pauls Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 664-6464
www.vafest.org/2015/2015-performances/genre-opera/bluebeards-castle-2015

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Welcome Spring to Willoughby at the Virginia Beach Cherry Blossom Festival

March 14, 2015 3:30 pm

Did you know that Virginia Beach has a sister city in Japan? It's Miyazaki, Japan, and one of the cooperative endeavors it undertakes with Virginia Beach is an annual Cherry Blossom Festival. The event enters its 10th year this year, gathering music, arts, crafts, and culture to Virginia Beach's Red Wing Park.

The Cherry Blossom Festival will take place on Sunday, March 29 beginning at 1:30 p.m., and it will feature traditional Japanese music and more. One of the best parts? It's free to attend, making it a very affordable way to welcome warmer seasons to the area near Willoughby. There'll be food and drink to buy, as well, and some interactive activities to instruct visitors in the arts of calligraphy, origami, and more.

If you'd like to learn more about the 2015 Cherry Blossom Festival, visit the festival's page on the Virginia Beach website.

Cherry Blossom Festival
Sunday, March 29 at 1:30 p.m.
Red Wing Park
1398 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/Pages/cherry-blossom.aspx

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Learn about Dinosaur Fossils near Willoughby

February 26, 2015 3:30 pm

Got a little one who adores dinosaurs? One who likes crafts? Either way, a Saturday event at Virginia Beach's Bayside Area Library promises some educational fun. On February 28 from 1 to 2 p.m. the Bayside Library will host an event on Dinosaur Fossils.

Aimed at kids in grades 3 to 5, the event invites attendees to learn a bit about paleontology first, then sculpt their very own replica fossils out of clay. They'll leave with a fun piece of art and some new knowledge of dinosaurs.

Want to attend this event near Willoughby? Check out the Bayside Area Library's events page to learn more.

Dinosaur Fossils
February 28, 2015 from 1 – 2 p.m.
Bayside Area Library
936 Independence Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
http://www.trumba.com/calendars/Bayside_Library_Events#/?i=1
http://hamptonroads.com/events/details/75725

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