As we all navigate through this very uncertain time, DNC is putting together a regular round-up of some of the ways you can can continue to enjoy our treasured Downtown and support Downtown businesses and members.
Virtual tours, digital contests, streaming concerts, and more, our Downtown Norfolk businesses have what you need to stay involved and engaged from home.
Virginia Arts Festival has teamed up with WHRO TV15 for a special broadcast of the 2016 Virginia International Tattoo, airing on Friday, May 1 at 9pm. Tune in to enjoy all of the music, pride, and spectacle from the comfort of your own home.
O’Connor Brewing Co. is bringing back their annual #WHERESGUAPO Instagram contest, with even more prizes to award. Entries are open from now until May 4, 2020. Entering is simple: take a creative photo with an El Guapo can or bottle and post it to Instagram using the hashtag #WHERESGUAPO! If the user has a private account, they will need to screenshot their entry and send it to OBC via Instagram direct message. First place will receive $500 cash, second place will receive $250 cash, and third place will receive an El Guapo prize pack. Get as creative as possible! El Guapo can be purchased straight from the brewery, or at your local grocery store, Total Wine, or bottle shop. No purchase is necessary to enter.
Students from Hurrah Players are picking out their own books and costumes for a Story Book reading series to help entertain little ones at home. This project is in conjunction with Pembroke Realty. This fun series will premiere on their social media Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Make sure to tune in!
If you're looking for something cultural to experience this week, Virginia Opera will present Giacomo Puccini's 'La Bohème' on April 30, starting at 7pm. The production (available on YouTube, Facebook, and Virginia Opera's website) will include an introduction with Maestro Adam Turner and Stage Director Kyle Lang before the performance, and will feature interviews from the cast and backstage footage during intermission.
'La Bohème,' one of the most regularly performed operas in the world, is a captivating story of the passions of young Parisian bohemians seeking higher aspirations than material wealth through the pursuit of their art. In addition to being a brilliant musical accomplishment, 'Bohème' remains a sonorous work that continues to resonate with and to inspire modern audiences around the globe.
Slover's popular Pastries & Paperbacks Book Club continues online! This month's discussion will be held live in the Pastries & Paperbacks Facebook Group page. Join online Tuesday, Apr. 28 at 6pm for conversation and company to discuss this month's book: "There There" by Tommy Orange.
The Norfolk Tides' staff is here to help you get your baseball fix even while the sport is delayed. Check out their Facebook page for video tours of some places that most fans don't get a chance to see at Harbor Park.
Slover Library has also extended their submissions period for their Earth Day Photo Contest. You can use this as an opportunity to get outside (maintaining social distancing) and stretch those creative muscles by snapping a photo of plants, wildlife, or landscape in your neighborhood. You can now submit through May 15, and the online exhibition and voting will take place May 16-25.
In need of a laugh? Push Comedy Theater is hosting the popular Good Talk series via Facebook Live. They are also hosting their Open Gym online via Zoom video conference, allowing you to practice sharpening your improv skills while still practicing social distancing.