Bring on the Thaw! It’s your Hampton Roads Weekend

No chance of snow this weekend! You can make up for everything you missed while you played in the snow last weekend.

Every city has fun stuff to do for everyone, from pub crawls for charity in Virginia Beach to kid-friendly plays.

Scroll down and find your city, then start making plans!

 

 

All Weekend

Newport News

Ongoing/Newport News Restaurant Week/Various Locations

Saturday-Sunday/The Buddy Holly Story/Ferguson Center
Now in its 25th amazing year, the “World’s Most Successful Rock ‘n’ Roll Musical” continues to thrill audiences on tour in the U.S. and around the world. Viewed by more than 20 million people in over 20,000 performances worldwide. Buddy tells the story of Buddy Holly through his short, yet spectacular career, and features the classic songs, Peggy Sue, That’ll Be The Day, Not Fade Away, Oh Boy, Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba, The Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace and many more!
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Norfolk

Friday-Saturday/CORE Theatre Ensemble Presents: The Tragedy of MacBeth/ODU Theater
CORE Theatre Ensemble returns to its alma mater and the University Theatre stage. CORE’s vision of Macbeth brings a tour de force performance resplendent with imagery, movement and music while delivering Shakespeare’s story and language in a modern, dynamic style.
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Friday-Saturday/Admirals Hockey/Scope Arena
The Norfolk Admirals take on the South Carolina Stingrays
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Ongoing/“Five Guys Named Moe”/Generic Theater
Ain’t nobody here but us chickens!  Nomax, lovelorn and broke, is visited by five guys with a common moniker and a shared enthusiasm for the music of Louis Jordan to lift his spirits in this rollicking revue of harmony and happiness.
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Ongoing/“The Women”/Little Theater of Norfolk
In this lighter comedy, Mary Haines is a wealthy and happily married socialite. That is, until she discovers her husband is having an affair. Mary takes her mother’s  advice and ignores the infidelity, hoping it will blow over; but her friend (and poisonous gossip) Sylvia Fowler, turns it into a front-page scandal.
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All Weekend/The Hampton Years/Wells Theatre
The Hampton Years explores the empowering nature of art through the journey of two students and their professors.  Set at Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) in the 1940s, the production examines society’s expectations surrounding African American artists.  Based on the true story of students John Biggers and Samella Sanders, The Hampton Years follows their struggle to find their unique voices.
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Smithfield/Isle of Wight

Ongoing/3rd Annual Restaurant Week in Smithfield & Isle of Wight County

Virginia Beach

Wednesday-Sunday/Winter Wildlife Festival/Princess Anne Recreation Center
The event runs January 29-31 and features educational workshops, outdoor excursions, children’s activities and an exhibit hall at Princess Anne Recreation Center. Winter Wildlife Festival is open to the public with a fee required for most sessions. Registration for excursions and workshops runs through January 31 or until full.
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Ongoing/The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays)/Little Theater of Virginia Beach
It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.
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Ongoing/“Dr Faustus”/Regent University Theatre
Dr. Faustus dabbles with the devil when he exchanges his soul for pleasure, knowledge and power. Will he repent before it’s too late?
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Williamsburg

Saturday-Sunday/The Princess Bride/Kimball Theatre
Based on William Goldman’s novel of the same name, The Princess Bride is staged as a book read by grandfather (Peter Falk) to his ill grandson (Fred Savage). Falk’s character assures a romance-weary Savage that the book has much more to deliver than a simpering love story, including but not limited to fencing, fighting, torture, death, true love, giants, and pirates.
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Ongoing/The Williamsburg Players: Romantic Comedy
Arrogant, self-centered and sharp tongued Jason Carmichael, successful co-author of Broadway romantic comedies, is facing two momentous events: he is about to marry a society belle and his collaborator is retiring. Enter Phoebe Craddock, Vermont schoolteacher and budding playwright. Quicker than a flash, Jason acquires a talented and adoring collaborator in the mousy Phoebe. Fame and success are theirs for ten years and then Jason’s world falls apart. His wife divorces him to go into politics and Phoebe, her love for Jason unrequited, marries a breezy journalist and moves to Paris. Jason goes into professional, financial and physical decline as a newly chic Phoebe returns, solo and successful. A darling of a play…zesty entertainment of cool wit and warm sentiment.
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Friday

Newport News

8 p.m./Sinatra Centennial/Ferguson Center
Come celebrate 100 years of Ol’ Blue Eyes with the VSO. Reminiscent of the young Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Harry Connick, Jr., Steve Lippia moves from crisp, popping swing tunes to lush, poignant ballads with ease. With his natural sound and style, the great composers of the time—Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen, Rogers and Hart—all are honored flawlessly.
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Norfolk

7 p.m./Spartyka Fight League: Friday Night Fights/Ted Constant Convocation Center
Spartyka Fight League was established in September 2010 with the purpose of becoming the top promoter of amateur mixed martial arts events in Virginia. We attract the area’s best amateur MMA talent by organizing high quality MMA events in Hampton Roads.
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8 p.m./Wanda Sykes/Chrysler Hall
Wanda Sykes has been called “one of the funniest stand-up comics” by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America. Her smart-witted stand up has sent her career in many different areas. Wanda was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and raised in Maryland. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Hampton University.
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8 p.m./Corey Smith/The NorVa
Corey Smith with a special guest
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Virginia Beach

6:30 p.m./Winter/Spring Exhibition Opening/Virginia MOCA
Celebrate the opening of MOCA’s winter exhibitions and meet the exhibiting artists, including gallery talks with Crystal Wagner and Courtney Mattison. Juror Jan Tumlir will present awards to selected artists from MOCA’s annual juried exhibition of Virginia artists, New Waves 2016. Enjoy live music by BJ & JB, fine fare from Catering Concepts, Creative Catering of Virginia, Gourmet Bake Shoppe, North End Catering, Sweetwater Cuisine, Chef by Design Catering Co. and a cash bar.
MOCA members FREE. All other guests $10. MOCA Memberships can be purchased at the event.
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8 p.m./Jackson Browne/Sandler Center
Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics.
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Saturday

Chesapeake

9 a.m./Trefoil Trek 5k and Samosa Stroll 1 miler/Bells Mill Park
This event is open to the public and everyone is invited to participate. The Trefoil Trek will begin at 9 am. The one mile Samoa Stroll will begin at 10 am. New this year, participants can take part in both the Thin Mint Challenge—both the 5k and one mile races. During the event, prizes will be given out for best costume, best spirit and largest team. Girl Scouts will be able to complete requirements for certain badges during the event. This event will raise funds to support girl program and adult learning opportunities, as well as provide financial assistance for girls who would otherwise not be able to participate in Girl Scouts.
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Hampton

8 a.m.-2 p.m./City of Hampton Blood Drive/City Hall Lobby
“The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.” The American Red Cross encourages those who can to give back by giving blood.

8 p.m./View our Shorts: Short Film Festival/The American Theatre
Back by popular demand after a fun night of great local shorts last season, we will again give local filmmakers the chance to put their work up on our big screen. So for one night, we’ll welcome a host of talented local filmmakers. What’s on the visual menu? You’re gonna have to come to find out. Here’s all we can tell you: 1) they are all shorts (4 to 19 minutes in length), and 2) it’s going to be memorable. You get to score the films from your seat and based on the audience results we’ll award to the director and crew of the top three crowd favorites the very cheap looking, but oh-so coveted, Golden Lighthouse Local Film Trophy. The twist? This year there are cash prizes involved for the winners, too! Things are going to get interesting.
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Newport News

10 a.m./Groundhog Meet and Greet/Virginia Living Museum
Get ready for Groundhog Day with this Saturday event at the Virginia Living Museum. There will be groundhog-related activities and crafts as well as a chance to meet Chesapeake Chuck, the museum’s resident groundhog. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Activities included in museum admission. A special planetarium program will explore the often confusing interconnections between the Earth, moon and sun (additional fee). Join the VLM’s social media campaign to invite Bill Murray to Groundhog Day – #HelpChuckMeetBillMurray.

11 a.m., 2 p.m./“My Imaginary Pirate”/Peninsula Community Theatre
Jesse McCall is having trouble making friends at his new school, but in spite of that, Jesse isn’t lonely—he’s too busy going on adventures with his imaginary pirate, the Terrible One-Eyed Jack. Jesse and One-Eyed Jack are determined to find the buried treasure, but they discover trouble along the way when the outlaw pirate, Red Legs Ricky, steals their treasure map! A high-seas adventure ensues, and Jesse soon realizes that friendship is the greatest treasure of all. This is a heartwarming story that shows the power of imagination.
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Norfolk

10 a.m./The Muse Writing Center Grand Re-Opening/2200 Colonial Ave.
The all-day event will feature Tours, a Pre-teen Class Reading, a Teen Class Reading, a Songwriting Class Performance, a Reading & Book Release by Kindra McDonald, and a Reading by Tim Seibles (with Greg Lee) from 10 am-7 pm and a Reception & Celebration from 7-10 pm, featuring The Muse Neighborhood Jam, and Performances by Skye Zentz, Dan Duke, and others. The event is free and open to the public.

3 p.m.-5 p.m./Wilco Listening Celebration/The Groove Record Shop
The Groove Record Shop, located at 401 A Granby Street, will be hosting a listening
party featuring Wilco’s latest album: Star Wars. The band will be appearing at the Norva
on Tuesday, February 9th. We will be giving away an autographed copy of the band’s
latest album: Star Wars Stop in and join the fun!

6:30 p.m./Dance Dimensions: Movement Heals, a dance concert to benefit Roc Solid Foundation/TCC Roper Performing Arts Center
An amazing dance concert that shows through the passion of dance we can still bring joy to harder times, through teamwork we can build amazing shapes together, and through song we can lift the spirit. Tickets on sale at Music in Motion Dance Academy and through the company dancers or by contacting sldancer8@gmail.com.

7:30 p.m. p.m./Jay Pharoah/The NorVa
Saturday Night Live’sJay Pharoah
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8 p.m./Sinatra Centennial/Chrysler Hall
Come celebrate 100 years of Ol’ Blue Eyes with the VSO. Reminiscent of the young Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Harry Connick, Jr., Steve Lippia moves from crisp, popping swing tunes to lush, poignant ballads with ease. With his natural sound and style, the great composers of the time—Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen, Rogers and Hart—all are honored flawlessly.
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Virginia Beach

10 a.m./Virginia Aquarium Winter E-cycling Event/Virginia Aquarium
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, in partnership with Goodwill Industries, the City of Virginia Beach Public Works and TFC Recycling, will offer its semi-annual E-cycling event at the Virginia Aquarium East Parking Lot.

10 a.m.-12 p.m./1st Art Open House/Virginia MOCA
1st Art Open House is a perfect opportunity to see what our 1st Art program has to offer. Visit our studio especially designed for artists ages 2-5, meet our early childhood education specialist and bring the little ones and make some art! This is a free drop-in event, no pre-registration required.

4 p.m./4 on the Shore “Pajama Party” Winter Bar Crawl/ShoreBreak Pizza
Your $30 entry fee can be paid in advance (advance payment information to come as we get closer to the event), as well as via cash, check or credit card at the door, the night of the event. Your entry includes one drink at each location, a commemorative t-shirt, a souvenir pint glass, and discounted refills with your glass.

6 p.m./Fashion Express Tour of New York/Virginia Beach Convention Center
Featuring Top Model Mari-Mylei Jones. Showcasing Designers: Sylvia Robinson from NY, Dor’ E Laines Fashion from NY, Randall Bracey from VA, Beyond Priority from NY, LaQuanna Wimbush Collection from NY, Steve O Clothing from NY, Anjanette Britton from VA, Kiss Collection from NY, Four Queens Production from NY, and Angelia’s Couture from VA. Celebrity Hair Stylist: Jay Allen-Atlanta. Live MANNEQUINS representing Breast Cancer Awareness. ‘HJ’ Morrison hosting Live from the Red Carpet. Annelle Johnson Elder signing her book Purple River. This is an event you don’t want to miss! Admission Fee: Tickets $30.
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7:50 p.m./Big Screen Saturday: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull/Virginia Aquarium
Indiana Jones meets Mutt, a young man who wants Indy to help him find the legendary Crystal Skull of Akator, and the pair set out for Peru. Doors open at 7:30 pm; the show starts at 7:50 pm. Tickets are $5, available online or in person. Virginia Aquarium members can purchase tickets for $3 in person.
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Sunday

Chesapeake

4 p.m./Chesapeake Civic Chorus Winter Concert/St. Paul United Methodist Church
Chorus will perform a selection of sacred choral and classical compositions by the Masters.
$15.00 Donation.
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Hampton

11 a.m./Hampton University’s Founder’s Day/Hampton University
Gen. Samuel Armstrong founded Hampton University 146 years ago. Each year, HU’s President Dr. William R. Harvey and other members of the HU community attend a commemorative wreath-placing ceremony at Armstrong’s gravesite, a ceremony featuring a keynote speaker and an awards presentation. Includes performance by the Hampton University choir.
FREE 

Norfolk

3 p.m./Diehn Chorale Concert/Blessed Sacrament Church
The F. Ludwig Diehn Chorale is a twenty voice select ensemble that performs a variety of music from chamber works to jazz. This ensemble is made up of Diehn Scholars and University Concert Choir Scholarship recipients who have demonstrated the highest levels of talent, commitment and energy. Nancy K. Klein, director.
FREE

Virginia Beach

3 p .m./Blast Off: A Symphony in Space/Sandler Cener
Boldly go where no concert-goer has gone before when the Virginia Symphony Orchestra travels into hyperspace with the Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra in this side-by-side concert. NASA-provided projections will accompany the music, giving young audiences a chance to experience breathtaking images of our solar system. Soar into space with music from Holst’s The Planets and John William’s Star Wars.
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