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Downtown Norfolk Council

November 2017 Newsletter

What do you buy for someone who has everything? We bet they don’t have fig jam, a guitar string necklace or an origami mobile. But they could very soon! Come shop with NEON this holiday season when we throw a big, eclectic market celebrating everything handmade, weird and, you guessed it, artsy. More than 35 Hampton Roads artists, makers and crafters are coming together at the Plot on Saturday, December 9th from noon to 5 pm for the third annual NEON Holiday Market. Plus there will be two food trucks (Karnage Asada and Bodacious Pizza), hot coffee and live music from Brett Williams, In the Light and the Strolling Santa brass band players. Free parking is available at Harrison Opera House.

Start planning your shopping now with these fine vendors!

3GM Designs •  Acara's Jewelry •Angeltil Pottery •  Anykind •  Ashley M Smith Art •Billy Mercury •  Chic Flag •  Conscious Queen Collection•  Delirious Instinct • Dirty Business - Kokedama • Eagle Works Co. • The Farm Life • Feral Blue • FlowerChild Fabrics & Decor •  Gymbohannah • HJ Leather Arts • Indigo Salvation • In Mind Vintage • It Started with a Fig (Jams) • Jessamyn's Whimsy • Love All Things Lovely • Never Grow Up Growth Charts • NOFO Soaps • Norfolk Growler Company • A Positive Expression • Prayer Monkey •  Refined Vanguards •  ReHarvest Furniture Art Design • Sea Side Fiber Arts •  Spidertongues Origami •  Star Whisper •  Studio 336 • TALKS LLC •  The Teal Eagle Boutique •That’s What She Said Art • Three Ships Coffee


Holidays in the NEON

Spend this holiday season where the warm glow of lights twinkle all year long and there’s never a shortage of festivities. Whether you have serious gift shopping to do or need a family-friendly activity to entertain the troops, the NEON District has it all here for you this December. To set the mood, start off with everyone’s favorite, The Nutcracker, then swing into right into Holiday POPS!, both at Chrysler Hall. Now that you’re feeling festive, start shopping! D’Art Center and Chrysler Museum of Art both hold annual sales of pieces from the gift shop and handmade, one of a kind artworks. Check out Gifted and the Members’ Appreciation Sale this weekend and get a jump start on gifting.

Once the shopping is finished and gifts are wrapped, spend some QT with your loved ones. Try making your own glass ornament at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio (classes sell out quickly though!) or bring the whole fam to a daily noon hot glass demo when everyone needs to get out of the house. And to wind down the year among friends, get tickets to the Pushers’ New Year’s Eve bonanza, The Pushie Awards Show, celebrating all the theater’s funniest performances from 2017. Happy Holidays from your friends in the NEON District.

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events

  • Pop-up Farmer's Market, Commune, December 1
  • The Comedy Get Down, Scope, December 1
  • Date Night & Sketchmaggedon, Push Comedy Theater, December 1
  • Holiday Happy Hour, Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, December 1
  • The Nutcracker, Chrysler Hall, December 1-3
  • Gifted Holiday Sale Opening Reception, d’Art Center, December 2
  • Tales from the Campfire & Monocle, Push Comedy Theater, December 2
  • Members’ Appreciation Sale, Chrysler Museum of Art, December 2-3
  • Yoga on Tap, Bearded Bird Brewing, December 3
  • Good Talk: The Brad McMurran Show, Push Comedy Theater, December 3
  • Tickle My Ears, Chrysler Museum of Art, December 7
  • Girl-Prov & Teacher’s Pet, Push Comedy Theater, December 8
  • NEON Holiday Market, The Plot, December 9
  • Engravers’ Mug Club, Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, December 9
  • Who Dunnit? & Second Saturday Stand Up, Push Comedy Theater, December 9
  • Holiday POPS!, Chrysler Hall, December 9
  • Gallery Talk: Multiple Modernisms, Chrysler Museum of Art, December 13
  • Mouthfeel: Storytellers Series, Bearded Bird Brewing, December 13
  • Flaming Heart Date Night, Chrysler Museum of Art, December 14
  • Janet Jackson, Scope, December 14
  • The Upright Senior Citizens Brigade, Push Comedy Theater, December 15
  • The Sound of Music, Chrysler Hall, December 15-17
  • Gallery Talk: Picturing Innovation, Chrysler Museum of Art, December 16
  • Musical Improv & TOO FAR, Push Comedy Theater, December 16
  • Handel’s Messiah, Harrison Opera House, December 16
  • Stories with Santa, Push Comedy Theater, December 16-22
  • Martina McBride, Chrysler Hall, December 20
  • Third Thursday, Chrysler Museum of Art, December 21
  • Gallery Talk: Madonna and Child, Chrysler Museum of Art, December 23
  • A Very Pushers Christmas, Push Comedy Theater, December 23
  • The Pushie Awards Show, Push Comedy Theater, December 31

For more events in and around the NEON District click here.


Recent Publicity

NFK Dreams: 12 Pieces of Public Art I Love in Norfolk, The Virginian-Pilot

Coming to Town: Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage, AltDaily

Saloon Fights, Shootouts and a Shaggy Dog - Virginia Opera Tackles Puccini's Spaghetti Western, The Virginian-Pilot

A Dream Worth Manifesting: A Skateable, Swingable, Family Friendly Park Downtown, AltDaily

A Fresh Look at the Chrysler Museum’s Modern and Contemporary Art Collection, AltDaily

Chrysler Museum Presents Virginia Beach Inmate Art Show Using “Jail Safe” Materials, The Virginian-Pilot

New Chrysler Museum Curator Wants to Highlight "Multiple Modernisms", The Virginian-Pilot

Downtown Norfolk Council envisions park for NEON District, 13 News Now

Old Space May Serve New Purpose in Norfolk’s NEON District, WAVY

Norfolk May Give the Aging Chrysler Hall a $40 Million Overhaul, The Virginian-Pilot

This Magical Experience: Harry Potter Conductor Shih-Hung Young, AltDaily

Richmond Ballet Working to Dance Its Way into the Heart of Hampton Roads, The Virginian-Pilot

The Nutcracker in Norfolk on Saturday Will Feature Pets You Can Adopt during Intermission, The Virginian-Pilot

Young Dancers Prepare for Nutcracker Performance, The Virginian-Pilot



Property Updates

It seems Commonwealth Tattoo will be serving up fresh ink in the NEON District pretty soon. We’ve seen the storefront quickly come together over the last month, as well as improvements to the second floor in their studio at 804 Granby Street. Speaking of freshening up buildings, across the street in the 800 block, Exotic Home has a new paint job on all three bays of the store. It’s looking attractive and bright, just what shoppers like to see during the holidays. And as mentioned in last month’s newsletter, Exotic Home’s warehouse at 809 Granby Street is currently for lease. It’s a great space with ample room for a brewery, yoga studio or artist studio. Contact Wheeler Real Estate for more information.


Recently in the NEON District

Art Exhibits and Performances

Multiple Modernisms, Chrysler Museum of Art

René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass, Chrysler Museum of Art

Picturing Innovation: The First 100 Years at NASA Langley, Chrysler Museum of Art

In the Box: Elena Damiani’s Dust Tail, Chrysler Museum of Art

Root and Flower, Chrysler Museum of Art

ACT TWO, Glass Wheel Studio

Vonnie Whitworth: People, Places and Things, d’Art Center

The Art of Dying, Commune

A User’s Guide to Hell, Featuring Bernard Madoff, Generic Theater at Chrysler Hall

The Girl of the Golden West, Harrison Opera House

Dirty Dancing, Chrysler Hall


Straight No Chaser, Chrysler Hall, November 1

Visiting Artist: Jay MacDonnell, Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, November 3-5

Mann's World Family Tour, Chrysler Hall, November 3

Brew Crew Homebrew Off, Bearded Bird Brewing, November 4

Tales from the Campfire & Monocle, Push Comedy Theater, November 4

Reformation Festival, Chrysler Hall, November 4

Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott, Chrysler Hall, November 7

Gallery Talk: René Lalique, Chrysler Museum of Art, November 8

Mouthfeel: Storyteller Series, Bearded Bird Brewing, November 8

Flaming Heart Date Night, Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, November 9

The Push Comedy Theater Anniversary Bash, Push Comedy Theater, November 10

The Girl of the Golden West, Harrison Opera House, November 10-14

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, Chrysler Hall, November 11

Norfolk Forum: Diana Nyad, Chrysler Hall, November 14

Lewis Black, Chrysler Hall, November 16

How the West Was Improvised & Lip Service Finals, Push Comedy Theater, November 17

ACT TWO Exhibition Opening, Glass Wheel Studio, November 17

Death Café at Commune: The Art of Conscious Dying, Commune, November 19

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Chrysler Hall, November 22

Small Business Saturday Craft Fair, Bearded Bird Brewing, November 25

VSO: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone In Concert, Chrysler Hall, November 25-26

Family Hour! The All Ages Comedy Show, Push Comedy Theater, November 26

Norfolk Society of Arts Lecture: Tiffany’s Dragons, Chrysler Museum of Art, November 29

First Timers’ Club, Push Comedy Theater, November 30


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