Laughter As Medicine Productions - Living to Laugh Out Loud: The Ha-Ha-Holiday Edition
Dec
16
8:00 PM20:00

Laughter As Medicine Productions - Living to Laugh Out Loud: The Ha-Ha-Holiday Edition

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"Living to Laugh Out Loud" is a family oriented comedy variety show. This December, get prepared for the "Ha-Ha-Holiday" edition! The sketch comedy will leave the audience in stitches, wanting more. So come out and enjoy a night of pure clean fun!

Presented in partnership with Laughter as Medicine Production, Inc. (LAMP)

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A Space Of Her Own - Artist Reception
Jan
6
6:00 PM18:00

A Space Of Her Own - Artist Reception

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A Space of Her Own is an effort to bring to the forefront the need for women’s representation in art and society. The relevance of women’s contributions to history should be undisputed, but their narratives as told by women themselves are largely absent from our societal fabric. The purpose of this initiative is to create more collaborative artistic spaces that are accessible to everyone, especially women, while in turn acting as homage to women artists from previous generations.
Each artist listed on this site has chosen a trailblazing female artist of a previous generation to act as their muse for a new piece that they have created. They will present their muse in a multi-sensory artist reception in the Newport News Community Gallery on January 6th, 2018. 
The exhibit will be displayed from January 6-27, 2018.

For more information on the exhibit, the artists, and the free workshops, visit http://aspaceofherown.weebly.com/

 

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Masego featuring Melanie Faye - The 3Sixty Concert Series
Jan
13
8:00 PM20:00

Masego featuring Melanie Faye - The 3Sixty Concert Series

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On January 13th, the 3Sixty Concert Series will begin with a hometown hero that has been taking the music scene by storm. We welcome Masego back to Hampton Roads to kick off the concert trilogy, brought to you by 3Sixty Management and Consulting. Opening for the evening is Melanie Faye, whose soulful bluesy guitar performances have gone viral. Join us in celebrating these bright young stars. Tickets are general admission and doors will open at 7:30.

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Hidden Gems Dance Series: Diamond
Jan
19
8:00 PM20:00

Hidden Gems Dance Series: Diamond

Join us for the second installment of the dance series dedicated to celebrating the 100th birthday of Newport News's own, Pearl Bailey. The conceptual focus of this night of dance is the diamond. With its brilliant shine, choreographers were challenged with imagining a performance centered around the precious stone. We are very excited to present their creations in honor of our own hidden gem, Pearl. 

The tickets are $10 and can be purchased below. 

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Frederick Douglass Live starring Nathan Richardson
Jan
27
1:00 PM13:00

Frederick Douglass Live starring Nathan Richardson

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Join us in commemorating the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass for his 200th birthday. We are proud to present this live speaking event with author, poet, and Douglass historian, Nathan Richardson. Experience the words of this orator and abolitionist as you've never heard them before. 

Following the 7:00pm show, there will be a reception at no additional cost. 

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PJ Morton with Ashley Felder
Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

PJ Morton with Ashley Felder

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Join us for an unforgettable night of music with one of our hidden gems, Ashley Felder and Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton. His latest project, GUMBO, is available now and has garnered him two Grammy nominations for 2018. See this amazing, multi-talented performer return to the Ella Fitzgerald Theater stage.

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Holiday Frost
Dec
8
4:00 PM16:00

Holiday Frost

Holiday Frost is an annual celebration for kids of all ages. Every December, the building transforms into a winter wonderland, with this year's theme being Dreamworks Pictures Rise of the Guardians. Come and travel through the maze, helping the Guardians to defeat Pitch Black with games, activities, crafts, treats, and a little imagination! This event is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended.

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Hidden Gems Dance Series: Ruby
Nov
17
8:00 PM20:00

Hidden Gems Dance Series: Ruby

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Join us for the first installment of the dance series dedicated to celebrating the 100th birthday of Newport News's own, Pearl Bailey. The conceptual focus of this night of dance is the ruby. With its vibrant crimson hue, choreographers, Liza Smith and Janneice Haughton were challenged with imagining a performance centered around the precious stone. We are very excited to present their creation in honor of our own hidden gem, Pearl. 

"Our evening is in three acts: power, red and love.

In addition to dance, we have singers, spoken word and the Heritage Jazz band performing. To close the last act, we are using some of Pearl Baileys songs to depict the lifecycle of a relationship from crush, to courting, to love and the break up."

The tickets are $10 and can be purchased below. 

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Artist Reception - "Eight Artists Dream" Gallery Exhibit
Nov
4
5:00 PM17:00

Artist Reception - "Eight Artists Dream" Gallery Exhibit

Join us for the reception of our new gallery exhibit entitled Eight Artists Dream. This multi-artist collaborative exhibit will be open in the Newport News Community Gallery on our second floor for the entire month of November. For the chance to meet the artists featured in the gallery, join us at the artist reception on Saturday, November 4th at 5:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public. 

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A Night of Killer Comedy with Laughin Lenny and Alex Scott
Oct
27
8:30 PM20:30

A Night of Killer Comedy with Laughin Lenny and Alex Scott

No Trouble Entertainment presents "A Night of Killer Comedy", hosted by Herman Hurston. Join us this halloween weekend for gut-busting jokes from Laughin Lenny and Alex Scott. You may have seen them on HBO's DEF Comedy Jam, P Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy, Master P's Comedy Series, BET Comic View, or Showtime at the Apollo. But on October 27th, you can see them on the Ella Fitzgerald Theater stage! You'll die of laughter! 

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9th Anniversary Concert: Eric Roberson featuring Matthew Whitaker
Oct
7
8:00 PM20:00

9th Anniversary Concert: Eric Roberson featuring Matthew Whitaker

Join us for the 9th Anniversary concert! Returning to the center is a member of our DG Family: Singer/Songwriter Eric Roberson. We are also proud to welcome, accomplished pianist, Matthew Whitaker to the Ella Fitzgerald Theater stage! Tickets are $35 and are available below. 

For more information about Eric Roberson, click here!

About Matthew Whitaker

Born in 2001 in Hackensack, NJ, Matthew Whitaker grew up surrounded by music. His love for playing music first began at the young age of 3, after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard.


At 9, Matthew began teaching himself how to play the Hammond B3 organ. Four years later, he became the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond—in its 80+ year history. He was also named a Yamaha Artist at 15, becoming the youngest musician to join the stellar group of jazz pianists.


Matthew has had years of music instruction, currently studying classical piano and drums at The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School of the Lighthouse Guild in NYC. It is the only community music school for the blind and visually impaired in the US. He also attends the Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Jazz Program.


He previously studied at The Harlem School of the Arts and was a member of both the Jazz House Big Band and the Organ Messengers at Jazz House Kids in Montclair, NJ.
Matthew has received the “Outstanding Soloist Award” from Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival and the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. He was also recognized by the Harlem International Film Festival, which named him “Most Remarkable Young Person on Screen.”
He’s already toured both here in the US and abroad, performing before The Youth Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in NYC, and on other world renowned stages, including: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC; SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts & Ali Cultural Arts in Florida, and at international venues in France, Italy, Morocco, and Japan.


In 2010, Matthew was a winning participant in the “Child Stars of Tomorrow” competition, as part of Amateur Night at the Apollo. A year later, at just 10 years old, he was invited to perform at Stevie Wonder’s induction into the Apollo Theater’s Hall of Fame. He returned to the Apollo for FOX TV’s revival of SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO in 2016, where he won the audience over with his rendition of Stevie Wonder’s classic “I Wish.” Among the many artists that inspire him, Matthew calls Stevie Wonder one of his musical heroes.
In January 2017, he was named one of the 17 people to watch in New Jersey by The Record, one of New Jersey’s largest newspapers.

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Celebrating Virginia Filmmakers
Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

Celebrating Virginia Filmmakers

Calling all film enthusiasts, actors, and filmmakers!

On Saturday, September 9th, join us for a celebration of the work of Virginia’s Independent Filmmakers. Whether you simply love movies, are aspiring to become a part of the Virginia film scene, or have already made a name for yourself, this is an occasion that you do not want to miss!

The event will consist of trailer screenings for upcoming films, followed by a panel discussion with the directors, and a red-carpet reception for networking. We also have a special announcement regarding an event that we are very excited to present. We can’t wait to see you there!

Do you have a trailer that you would like to have shown at this event? Contact Michelle Gilliam at mgilliam@nnva.gov

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Auditions - Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
Sep
6
to Sep 7

Auditions - Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

If you are interested in performing in our presentation of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, come out and audition! Auditions will be held on August 22-24 and September 6-7. Please call 757-247-8950 to schedule your audition time and receive the piece that you will have to prepare. This audition is open to ALL AGES! 

 

 

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All Authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com. Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Adapted for the Stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald. Based on the Book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl. 

 

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African-American Artist Series - Session 5
Aug
30
1:00 PM13:00

African-American Artist Series - Session 5

Our African American Artists Workshop series for youth starts Wednesday 8/2/2017. It will continue every Wednesday in the month of August. Participants will create their very own high quality mixed media works inspired by trailblazing African American artists such as Katanu Kay, Lorna Simpson, Mae Reeves, James Little, and more, which they will get to take home! They will also get the chance to actually display their works in one of our rotating gallery spaces. Register below or call 757-247-8950. Same-day and single-day registration are also available. 

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African-American Artist Series - Session 4
Aug
23
1:00 PM13:00

African-American Artist Series - Session 4

Our African American Artists Workshop series for youth starts Wednesday 8/2/2017. It will continue every Wednesday in the month of August. Participants will create their very own high quality mixed media works inspired by trailblazing African American artists such as Katanu Kay, Lorna Simpson, Mae Reeves, James Little, and more, which they will get to take home! They will also get the chance to actually display their works in one of our rotating gallery spaces. Register below or call 757-247-8950. Same-day and single-day registration are also available. 

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Auditions - Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
Aug
22
to Aug 24

Auditions - Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

If you are interested in performing in our presentation of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, come out and audition! Auditions will be held on August 22-24 and September 6-7. Please call 757-247-8950 to schedule your audition time and receive the piece that you will have to prepare. This audition is open to ALL AGES! 

 

 

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All Authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com. Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Adapted for the Stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald. Based on the Book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl. 

 

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African-American Artist Series - Session 3
Aug
16
1:00 PM13:00

African-American Artist Series - Session 3

Our African American Artists Workshop series for youth starts Wednesday 8/2/2017. It will continue every Wednesday in the month of August. Participants will create their very own high quality mixed media works inspired by trailblazing African American artists such as Katanu Kay, Lorna Simpson, Mae Reeves, James Little, and more, which they will get to take home! They will also get the chance to actually display their works in one of our rotating gallery spaces. Register below or call 757-247-8950. Same-day and single-day registration are also available. 

 

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Gallery Reception - Out of the Classroom: Paint the Feeling
Aug
11
6:00 PM18:00

Gallery Reception - Out of the Classroom: Paint the Feeling

A Solo Exhibit featuring the works of Anthony Wardrett.

The exhibit will be open from August 1st until August 31st, 2017. 

"Paint the Feeling" is a variety of pieces that show the diversity of the painter's artistic expression, which comes from moments of thought and vision displayed on canvas with meaning. "Paint the Feeling" captures anything from sports, life, politics, music, or design emanating from the wild imagination unique to an artist. 

The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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African-American Artist Series - Session 2
Aug
9
1:00 PM13:00

African-American Artist Series - Session 2

Our African American Artists Workshop series for youth starts Wednesday 8/2/2017. It will continue every Wednesday in the month of August. Participants will create their very own high quality mixed media works inspired by trailblazing African American artists such as Katanu Kay, Lorna Simpson, Mae Reeves, James Little, and more, which they will get to take home! They will also get the chance to actually display their works in one of our rotating gallery spaces. Register below or call 757-247-8950. Same-day and single-day registration available.

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Herman Hurston's No Trouble Entertainment presents Leonard Ouzts
Aug
4
9:00 PM21:00

Herman Hurston's No Trouble Entertainment presents Leonard Ouzts

No Trouble Entertainment presents Leonard Ouzts live in the Ella Fitzgerald Theater in honor of Pearl Bailey Centennial Season. 

Comedian Leonard Ouzts, a native of South Carolina and current resident of Chesapeake, Virginia has been funny as long as he can remember. A young man that grew up in the country life of the south says that is what keeps him humble and allows him to appreciate the finer things in life. In high school, Leonard enjoyed playing football and during a road trip from the State Championships is when he knew he'd found his calling. Leonard joked everyone on the bus ride the entire time.


Leonard was mentored by great Comedians such as Micah "Bamm Bamm" White, Bodacious, Angus Black, and Alycia Cooper. "My mentors have all taught me a ton of good information and always pick up the phone when I call," says Leonard.


Leonard started doing comedy on a broader level in 2001 and began hitting the stage locally, then traveling the region. His act is primarily centered around everything from family, to current events, and the things he notices while walking down the street. Leonard takes an approach to comedy that is real and thought provoking all while having his audience spill over in laughter.


Leonard has goals to entertain all across the country and take comedy by the horns. His long term aspirations include acting, major tours, and possibly writing a book about his experiences.

INTENDED FOR ADULT AUDIENCES

Eventbrite - Herman Huston's No Trouble presents Leonard Ouzts
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African-American Artist Series - Session 1
Aug
2
1:00 PM13:00

African-American Artist Series - Session 1

Our African American Artists Workshop series for youth starts Wednesday 8/2/2017. Participants will create their very own high quality mixed media works inspired by trailblazing African American artists such as Katanu Kay, Lorna Simpson, Mae Reeves, James Little, and more, which they will get to take home! They will also get the chance to actually display their works in one of our rotating gallery spaces. Register below or call 757-247-8950. 

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Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads: “Chasing Mother Goose”
Jul
26
2:00 PM14:00

Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads: “Chasing Mother Goose”

Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads:
“Chasing Mother Goose”
Written by Jessica Brooke Pinsky
 

The venerable poet Mother Goose currently presides over a library that houses every piece of literature in existence. Day and night she does her best to keep order and ensure peace among the shelves. But even under her no-nonsense watch, the books have a tendency to get out of hand. 
On a seemingly quiet night, the White Rabbit from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland shows up (with the mad Hatter close behind), and when a copy of Moby Dick is returned with pages missing, Captain Ahab arrives to wreak vengeance on the creature that took his leg. Only, the pages that say what type of creature are, well, missing. Which poses a problem for our beloved characters. 
Mother Goose and the Hatter have no choice but to comb the other books for Ahab’s missing pages and put him back together before the library opens in the morning. On their way they’ll traverse such works as Treasure Island, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and many more, all the while fleeing the amnesic Ahab on his misguided mission. 
This hilariously creative play, rich with audience interaction and touching moments, is perfect for any school or library event. 
English SOL’s: K.1, K.4, K.9, 1.1, 1.7, 1.9, 2.1, 2.2, 2.6, 2.8, 3.1, 3.5, 4.4, 4.5, 5.4, 5.5
 

Eventbrite -  Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads: “Chasing Mother Goose”
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FAME The Musical - A Community Youth Production
Jul
20
to Jul 22

FAME The Musical - A Community Youth Production

An unmistakable title from the unforgettable film and television franchise, Fame The Musical inspired generations to fight for fame and light up the sky like a flame! Conceived and developed by David De Silva – now known affectionately to the planet as "Father Fame" – this high-octane musical features the Academy Award-winning title song and a host of other catchy pop numbers.

The show follows the final class of New York City's celebrated High School for the Performing Arts from their admission in 1980 to their graduation in 1984. All of the struggles, fears and triumphs – from prejudice to substance abuse – are depicted with razor-sharp focus as the young artists navigate the worlds of music, drama and dance.

Rated PG13

Book by Jose Fernandez, Lyrics by Jaques Levy, Music by Steve Margoshes.

Title Song "Fame" written by Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore. Originally produced by the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Arnold Mittleman, Producing Artistic Director.

Eventbrite - FAME The Musical - A Community Youth Production
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