May 2016 · Portsmouth, Virginia Events and Activities

April 6
through
May 28

Virginia Cooperative Extensions: FIT Extension Online

FIT Extension is an 8-week, evidence based, online healthy lifestyle program.  You will be asked to sign up in teams of 5 and compete with increasing fruit and vegetable intake and physical activity.

Registration: $5 per person.  Registration deadline April 1, 2016.

On Display
through
June 5

Exhibit: “Vanishing Beauty”

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

This exhibit began as region-wide project to create exhibits in order to raise awareness to environmental issues such as sea level rise here in Hampton Roads.  To broaden the focus that affects our region, Vanishing Beauty addresses such issues as mountain top removal and more.

On Display
through
June 26

Love of the Game: Works by Clayton Singleton

Location: Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum

Clayton Singleton is a contemporary African-American artist who explores education, dreams/aspirations, courage, perseverance and beauty in his work. Clayton has painted public murals, won numerous awards and produced several solo and group shows including Walking on Paper at ArtWorks gallery. Recent works: Art Installation Performance at Sono gallery and Look Beyond at d’ART Center at the Seldon, which benefited The Autism Society of Tidewater. The Virginia Opera commissioned Clayton to design sets for Porgy and Bess and Freedom’s Journey.

Clayton has served as a member of The d’ART Center Board of Directors and Norfolk Arts Commission in addition to producing his latest exhibition Defining Beauty at The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. In January 2015, Clayton displayed paintings, mixed media and video at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in the group exhibition Looking Both Ways: Roots in African American Art.

For more information please visit www.vshfm.com  or call 757-393-8031.

On Display
through
July 7

“Imagination Land”

Location: Tidewater Community College Visual Art Center

Imagination Land features paintings by Williamsburg’s David Campbell and South Carolina’s Brian Rego.  The two artists met at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and have exhibited their work together  in numerous programs.  They cofounded the painting collective, Perpetual Painters, which believes inspiration comes from perceptual response.  Their works are narrative and expressive, depicting pictorial imagery that is wonderfully strange, full of surprises and often humorous.  The exhibition will display 70 paintings on subjects that includes landscapes, still lifes and figurative works that offer an effective use of color, light and texture.

On Display
through
October 9

Exhibit: “2016 Outdoor Sculpture”

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Courtyard

This annual juried sculpture exhibit, now in its 11th year, features a range of outdoor sculptures in our garden courtyard created by artists from the region and beyond.

Sunday

May 1

3 pm

Portsmouth Community Concerts Presents: Chrystal E. Williams

Location: Willett Hall

Mezzo-soprano Chrystal E. Williams has been described by leading critics as “strong and so assured”, “lithely negotiating the coloratura demands before descending into a robust low register”, and “poised, polished, in complete command of the vocal calisthenics”.  Of her recent debut with the Sarasota Opera performing the role of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Sivigliam, critics cited, “the young mezzo-soprano possesses a cream instrument with fine flexibility, throwing off a confident “Una voce poc fa.”  Ms. Williams was the recent winner of the Wilhelm Stenhammer International Music Competition for 20114 winning both First Place and Audience Choice awards.  She was one of thirteen finalist tin the International Belvedere Singing Competition in 2013; 1 2014 finalist in the Giulio Gari International Music Competition; a 2013 finalist in the Mario Lanza Competition; a 2013 Encouragement Award winner in the New England Region Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; a third place Liederkranze Foundation, Inc., and received second place in the Audience Favorite Award in the 2012 Giargiara Bel Canto Competition.

For more information please call  757-686-5447 or visit the Portsmouth Community Concerts website.

Wednesday

May 4

6 pm

RLive presents Jackson Rousey

Location: Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel

Encounter new music with this month’s artists when you visit the Renaissance Hotel each Wednesday night at Foggy Point Bar.  Free and open to the public.

For more information call 757-673-3000 or visit www.Marriott.com/ORFPT

Thursday

May 5

10 am – Noon

Writing Your History: An African-American Memoir Workshop

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

REGISTRATION REQUIRED – Would you like to be part of making history by creating testimonials of your experience living in the black community of Portsmouth before the Civil Rights Act? Here is your opportunity to create an archive of memories to be displayed and maintained by the Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum for generations to come. In this creative writing workshop you will explore stories of black life – epic and anecdotal. You will generate notes and ideas as a group, read samples of memoires and learn the tools and language of creative writing. You will share your written work in a stimulating and supportive environment. Then when ready, you will share your stories; share your history.

Lisa Hartz holds an MA in English Writing from Hollins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami. She is the former Director of The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk and the current Director of the Seven Cities Writers Project.

The cost is $25 ($20 for members). Please call 757-393-8543 to register.

First Friday
May 6
5 – 8 pm

First Friday Concert Series featuring Soul Intent

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Come join us for huge sound from a huge band. Motown, Beach, you name it they have it – horns and all.

Celebrate the arts with exhibit opening receptions and live music performances, with styles ranging from jazz to blues, rock-n-roll, to independent singer-songwriters.  Exhibits and music are free and open to the public.

Saturday

May 7

9 am – 2 pm

Master Gardener: Open Garden Event

Location: Virginia Cooperative Extension – Portsmouth Office

Free gardening lectures, plant sales, garden tours and gardening activities for youth. For more information please call (757) 393-5197 or visit Virginia Cooperative Extension/Portsmouth online.

Saturday

May 7

9 am – 3 pm

Steeple to Steeple Tour

Location: begins at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church

Have you seen that which is in your “own backyard?” Come see the architecture, stained glass, and memorabilia of eight houses of worship in Olde Towne Portsmouth. Hear stories of the Yellow Fever Epidemic; the Jewish people here as early as 1916; the Underground Railroad; the Irish immigrants who built a masterpiece; and the Tories and Loyalists buried in Trinity Parish churchyard. See great edifices unlike any other with stories of longevity and presence in a community dating back to 1762. Bring your friends to the Jewel of Hampton Roads for a full Saturday (9am-3pm) of Art, Architecture, and Story.

All profits go to the HER Shelter for women impacted by domestic violence.

To purchase $21 advance tickets, visit the Steeple to Steeple Tour website to purchase tickets online using a credit card or purchase on the day of the tour for $25. Lunch included. Limited to the first 100 ticketholders.

Saturday

May 7

10 am – 2 pm

Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market

Location: Middle Street Garage

Great finds of all kinds.  With more than 70 dealers and vendors exhibiting, you will enjoy hunting through this eclectic collection of unique and antique wares.  Discover a great selection of antique and estate furniture, architectural antiques, china, silverware, art and prints, sporting gear, musical instruments, books and ephemera, handmade crafts and toys, as well s decorative accessories and flea market items of all types and one of a kind items priced to sell. For more information please call 757-405-3500.

Saturday

May 7

10 am – 5 pm

First Weekend Saturday Series

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

This is an unusual situation where Mother’s Day Weekend and Gosport Arts Festival arrive earlier and so the museums annual free artisan demonstrations in the courtyard will be even better this day as the museum will also be open and free of charge.

 

Saturday

May 7

8 pm

Family Movies on the Lawn: Inside Out

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

Bring the entire family and enjoy an evening under the stars featuring the Disney® movie Inside Out.  When a young girl named Riley is uprooted from her Midwestern lifestyle and moves to the busy and chaotic San Francisco, her emotions; Anger, Sadness, Disgust, Fear, and (her most important emotion) Joy, start to disagree on how to deal with this dramatic change, which causes problems up in Headquarters, the central living and working place for the five emotions. Rated-PG.  Free admission and free parking. Bring your blankets and sand chairs.  Concessions will be open with food and beverage options.   Gates open at 7:30 pm.

For more information please call 757-463-1940 or visit http://pavilionconcerts.com

Saturday
May 7 &
Sunday
May 8

46th Annual Gosport Arts Festival

Location: High Street & High Street Landing

This major Hampton Roads event features approximately 80 juried artists and craftsmen displaying two- and three-dimensional works.  The event includes arts demonstrations, live music, food vendors, a children’s area and a silent auction.  For more information visit the Gosport Arts Festival website.

Sunday

May 8

7 pm

Lauryn Hill and Daniel Marley LIVE

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

Ms. Lauryn Hill was the only female member of the Fugees. In 2007, MTV ranked the Fugees as the ninth greatest Hip-Hop group of all time. “The Score” sold more than 17 million copies worldwide.

Her solo album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200.  It has sold more than eight million copies. It included the singles “Doo Wop (That Thing)” (also a #1), “Ex-Factor“, and “Everything Is Everything.”

At the 41st Grammy Awards, the record earned her five awards, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist.

Ms. Lauryn Hill contributed her voice to the soundtrack for “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” a 2015 documentary about the life of Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist.  She originally was supposed to record only two songs for the record, but ended up recording six and also served as a producer on the compilation alongside Robert Glasper.  On her connection to Simone: “Because I fed on this music, I believed I always had a right to have a voice.  Simone’s example is clearly a form of sustenance to a generation needing to find theirs. What a gift.” NPR critically praised Hill’s performance on the soundtrack stating, “This album mainly showcases Lauryn Hill’s breadth and dexterity.”

Opener Daniel Marley is the oldest son of Ziggy Marley and grandson of Bob Marley. “It’s not like I just grew up with reggae culture,” says Daniel.  His singles “Treat You Right” and “Live It in a Fear” find him singing over melodic reggae rhythms but demonstrating highlights with an affinity for vintage hip-hop. “When I came to Miami for school, I was in the cipher with all my friends rapping, but the root of my music, regardless of if it might sound a different way, is always reggae.”

For more information please call 757-393-8181 or visit http://pavilionconcerts.com

Tuesday

May 10

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Master Gardener’s Lecture Series:
All about Hops – The Herb that Makes Beer Better

Location: Churchland Branch Library

Free gardening lecture all about Hops – the herb that makes beer better.  For more information please call (757) 393-5197 or visit the Virginia Cooperative Extension/Portsmouth website.

Wednesday

May 11

6 pm

RLive presents Duston Furlow

Location: Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel

Encounter new music with this month’s artists when you visit the Renaissance Hotel each Wednesday night at Foggy Point Bar.  Free and open to the public.

For more information call 757-673-3000 or visit www.Marriott.com/ORFPT

Saturday

May 14

8 – 10 am

Early Bird Walk

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Join local birding enthusiasts to spot local and migratory birds at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve. Free and open to all.  For more information please call 757-686-8684.

Saturday

May 14

8 am – 12:30 pm

Long Point Civic League Neighborhood-Wide Yard Sale

Location: Long Point Blvd. and Twin Pines Rd.

Presented by the Long Point Civic League (Rain Date: Sat., May 21)

For more information, call Andre Mayfield at 686-1612 or 582-1862

Saturday

May 14

10 am – 1 pm

Volunteer Work Day

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Every bit of help goes along way when you help Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve maintain the preserves trails and remove invasive plants. Free and open to all.  For more information please call 757-686-8684.

Saturday

May 14

4:30 – 11 pm

Spring Spectacular

Location: Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 3401 Cedar Lane

The Inaugural Spring Spectacular will feature nationally acclaimed artists Speed Painter Tim Decker and Beatlemania Now, who routinely sell out their performances. Guests will enjoy a variety of food and beverage selections, as well as the opportunity to participate in raffles for outstanding prizes, including a beach week in Nags Head and $1,000 worth of fine jewelry. Mike Arlo with 106.9 The Fox will emcee.
Three ticket options. Purchase tickets here: TRCCSS.com

Saturday

May 14

8 pm

Family Movies on the Lawn: Aladdin

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

Bring the entire family and enjoy an evening under the stars featuring the Disney® movie Aladdin.  When a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie’s magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her. Rated-G.  Free admission and free parking. Bring your blankets and sand chairs.  Concessions will be open with food and beverage options.  Gates open at 7:30 pm.

For more information please call 757-463-1940 or visit http://pavilionconcerts.com

Sunday

May 15

9 am – 1 pm

Special Day for Special Needs

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia, Lightship Portsmouth Museum and Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Welcoming children with special needs (12 and under) and their families to enjoy a morning of their very own.

Modified Exhibits – Adaptive Materials – Reduced Number of Visitors – Art and History Programming – Giveaways

Admission $5 per person and 1 caregiver is admitted for free.  (Admission is good for the day; however, rates are only applicable between 9 – 11 AM)

Admission includes Children’s Museum of Virginia and Lightship Portsmouth.
Enjoy complimentary admission to exhibits for Special Needs Day during the hours of 11 am – 1 pm at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center.  Activities and demonstrations in clay will be offered outside by local artist Stephen Marder, owner of Orzo Ceramic Studio.  Participants can watch demonstrations and experience how it feels to manipulate clay with their hands.

For more information please call 757-393-5258

Wednesday

May 18

6 pm

RLive presents Caleb Folks

Location: Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel

Encounter new music with this month’s artists when you visit the Renaissance Hotel each Wednesday night at Foggy Point Bar.  Free and open to the public.

For more information call 757-673-3000 or visit www.Marriott.com/ORFPT

Friday

May 20

Noon – 1 pm

Portsmouth Ride with the Mayor

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

May is National Bike Month & you’re invited to take a ride with the Mayor. The ride will start at Portsmouth Pavilion, proceed through Old Towne, and return to Portsmouth Pavilion.

(*Riders 15 years and younger are required to wear bicycle helmets by state and city laws.)

A Healthy Portsmouth Initiative sponsored by:
Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Leisure Services, Planning Dept. and Portsmouth Police Dept.

For more information contact Margaret Thorne at 393-8481 ext. 4102

Saturday

May 21

8 am – 2 pm

Port Norfolk Neighborhood Yard Sale

Location: Port Norfolk, 250 Mt Vernon Ave

Rain or Shine

Saturday

May 21

10 am – Noon

Farm-to-Table Tastings

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Courtyard

In addition to purchasing fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs and more at the Olde Towne Farmer’s Market, visitors may join us in the courtyard to sample new tastes and explore ways of preparing familiar and unfamiliar vegetables and fruit prepared by special guest chefs.  This is sure to please and answer questions on what to do with some of the  market’s great offerings.  May features special guest Nicolas Hagen, chef and owner HomeGrown Pizza.

For more information please call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com.

Saturday

May 21

4 – 10 pm

Beer, Band & BBQ

Location: Portside

RAIN OR SHINE. Beer, wine and one large plate of food are included in the ticket price. Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Moscato and Chardonnay will be served as well.

For more information please visit the Portsmouth Service League website

Saturday

May 21

8 pm

Family Movies on the Lawn: The Good Dinosaur

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

Bring the entire family and enjoy an evening under the stars featuring the Disney® movie The Good Dinosaur.  After a lot of accidents that changed the usual form of his happy and joyful family, Arlo, an Apatosaurus- formed a distant and accidental relationship with a brave young primitive boy in a world that dinosaurs successfully live until the Prehistoric age. Rated-PG.  Free admission and free parking. Bring your blankets and sand chairs.  Gates open at 7:30 pm.

For more information please call 757-463-1940 or visit http://pavilionconcerts.com

Saturday, May 21
10:30 – 4:30 pm

Sunday May 22
1:30 – 4:30 pm

Arts of Japan Expose’

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

The Art Center will host a new annual event celebrating Asian Arts of Japan.  Displays and demonstrations will fascinate and educate visitors including Bonsai, Sumi-E, Origami, Pottery, and Ikebana Flower arranging.  Displays and vendors will be ongoing while Saturday’s demonstrations will include 10:30 am Pottery; 1:30 pm Origami; and 2:30 pm Sumi-E. Sunday will be devoted to an ongoing Bonsai demonstration from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. This program is included with paid admission to the museum.

For more information please call 757-393-8543.

Wednesday

May 25

6 pm

RLive presents Smoove Steel

Location: Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel

Encounter new music with this month’s artists when you visit the Renaissance Hotel each Wednesday night at Foggy Point Bar.  Free and open to the public.

For more information call 757-673-3000 or visit www.Marriott.com/ORFPT

Thursday

May 26

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Master Gardener Water Steward: Rain Barrel Workshop

Location: Virginia Cooperative Extension Portsmouth Office

Water conservation and rain barrel workshop. Participants wil make and take home their own rain barrel.  Fee for materials $50. For more information please call (757) 393-5197 or visit the Virginia Cooperative Extension/Portsmouth website.

May 27
through
May 29

26th Annual Umoja Festival

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

Umoja means unity and this three-day festival presents the rich heritage of African cultural and the manner in which it weaves into our national tapestry. Visitors are introduced to the continent through art, music and entertainment, demonstrations and food. From the Opening Ceremonies and The Permission of the Elders Ceremony, to the closing Umoja stage performance, this celebration is a family event that will appeal to all ages. For more information please call 757-393-5143 or visit www.UmojaFestPortsmouth.com.

Saturday

May 28

7:30 am

35th Annual Elizabeth River Run

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

Join the Tidewater Striders Club and the Portsmouth Museums Foundation for a 10K race, a one mile race and a fun run on the course that traversers Historic Olde Towne and the Elizabeth River waterfront.  Enjoy post-race festivities at Portsmouth Pavilion.  For more information visit www.err.TidewaterStriders.com.

Saturday

May 28

7:30 pm

KEM and Mint Condition

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

KEM comes to Portsmouth Pavilion as part of the UMJOA Festival. Mint Condition provides the opening performance. The show starts at 7:30 pm and doors open at 6:30 pm.

For more information please call 757-393-8181 or visit http://pavilionconcerts.com

May 28
through
August 7

Portrait as Narrative

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Opening Reception: Friday, June 3, 2016 | 5 – 8pm

The portrait has long been muse for an artist’s creative endeavors.  From drawings, paintings and prints this exhibit offers a dynamic view into work created by regional artists.

Monday
May 30
10 am

132nd Annual Memorial Day Parade

Location: High Street

A Portsmouth tradition since 1884. Annually, the Memorial Day Parade salutes the service and sacrifices of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and celebrates Portsmouth’s proud military heritage.  This year’s parade will include floats, marching band units, armed forces units, lots of excitement and much more.

For more information call the Department of Marketing, Entertainment and Tourism at 757-393-5143.

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