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Downtown Norfolk Council

February 2018 Newsletter

After just about a year in the NEON District, d’Art Center is finding their groove in our arts community. Even with the recent departure of executive director Carolyn Phillips, d’Art Center is rolling out new programs, opening excellent new exhibitions like Material in the On Site Gallery and hosting well-respected resident and associate artists. This month, the center introduces twice monthly free interactive programming with d’Art Firsthand. Held on the first Thursday evening and second Saturday afternoon of every month and led by d’Art artists, Firsthand activities include workshops, hands-on make and take projects, artist lectures and demonstrations.

First Thursday programming is coordinated by both the d’Art staff and resident artists while d’Art’s Second Saturday programming is organized by the center’s mixed media group, The Stew. The group is made up of both current and past d’Art resident and associate artists, and is responsible for the Wearable Arts Festivals. Firsthand programming kicks off this Thursday, March 1st with [print]Making Women’s History, which will begin with a short lecture from d’Art resident artists Deborah Small and Anne May, as well as provide attendees with a make and take printmaking project. On March 10th, join The Stew for the first second Saturday program, Brown Bag Mystery, where attendees with create a unique piece of wearable art from the surprise contents of a paper bag.

“As the NEON District’s community art center, it’s important for us to provide as much access to the visual arts as possible,” says Amanda Bradley, the center’s Communication Manager, Graphic Designer, and Special Events Coordinator. “Since moving to the NEON District, d’Art Center has experienced a great sense of camaraderie from the surrounding community and local businesses, and we’re excited to continue giving back.”


Comings & Goings

After a few exceptional years providing fine dining to the neighborhood, chef Rina Estero and her crew at Nouvelle are relocating to Ghent, NOCO to be exact, for a bigger space. We wish them all the best at 4110 Colley Avenue, with lots more room for NEON patrons to come visit! Expect them to be up and running in April. As Nouvelle departs, new restaurant Sanctuary is scheduled to open this March, with probably no one more excited than the owners, who've been working hard on the Addison Street locale for more than year. The funky and artsy space is long and narrow with lots of great bar seats, plus an outdoor patio perfect for mural-gazing. And in more restaurant news, Jhane’s Sweet Lounge will be open for lunch Tuesday through Friday, starting March 6. Next time you need a fix for your sweet tooth, stop by.


Don't Miss These Upcoming Events

  • Tickle My Ears, Chrysler Museum of Art, March 1
  • Paint Nite, Bearded Bird Brewing, March 2
  • Date Night with Brad & Alba, Push Comedy Theater, March 2
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Chrysler Hall, March 2-4
  • South American Family Day, Chrysler Museum of Art, March 3
  • Good Talk: The Brad McMurran Show, Push Comedy Theater, March 4
  • The Feldman Chamber Music Society, Chrysler Museum of Art, March 5
  • NEON District Committee Meeting, Bearded Bird Brewing, March 7
  • Flaming Heart Date Night, Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, March 8
  • Who Dunnit?, Push Comedy Theater, March 10
  • Festival of Laughs, Chrysler Hall, March 10
  • Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, Chrysler Hall, March 13-18
  • Mouthfeel, Bearded Bird Brewing, March 14
  • Third Thursday, Chrysler Museum of Art, March 15
  • Engravers’ Mug Club, Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, March 17
  • Introduction to Neon, Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, March 17-18
  • Gallery Talk: Islam & Artistic Expression, Chrysler Museum of Art, March 20
  • Lucia di Lammermoor, Harrison Opera House, March 23-27
  • The Little Dog Laughed, Generic Theater at Chrysler Hall, March 23-April 8
  • Geek’d Out Craft Fest, Bearded Bird Brewing, March 24
  • The Music of John Williams, Chrysler Hall, March 24
  • Afternoon Tango, Chrysler Museum of Art, March 25
  • Scope on Ice, Scope, March 25
  • Rockin’ Road to Dublin, Chrysler Hall, March 27
  • Evening with the Artist: Sibylle Peretti, Chrysler Museum of Art, March 29
  • Stone & Pallet Party, Bearded Bird Brewing, March 31
  • Faith and Culture Behind the Highest Heaven, Chrysler Museum of Art, March 31
  • The Art of Yoga, Chrysler Museum of Art, Tuesdays in March

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


Recent Publicity

Call to Local Artists: Create Public Art in the NEON, AltDaily

Virginia Opera Explores the Many Facets of Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Virginian-Pilot

Women Bring the Funny in the Annual All-Female Show Panties in a Twist, The Virginian-Pilot

Robert Plant Rocks on, His Way, on New Tour, Which Stops in Norfolk on Monday, The Virginian-Pilot

Valentine’s Day Bike-in Movie Night at The Plot, AltDaily

Chrysler Museum Announces New Glass Curator, AltDaily

Virginia Opera’s Mystical, Enchanting, and Mad Midsummer, AltDaily



Property Updates

Yet again, NEON is in a moment of transition. This spring big, transformative structures are on the horizon yet our independent businesses are trying to find solid ground while they wait for the neighborhood to catch up. Arch lights on Granby Street, the first three scheduled for March, and a vastly improved intersection for Granby Street and Brambleton Avenue, also due for completion in March, will be vital to remaking NEON’s main thoroughfare safe, walkable and visitor-friendly. Both projects are nearing the end, with fresh asphalt poured and foundations built for the arches last week. Next steps include bricking the crosswalks and powering up new traffic lights.

Looking to lease or buy in the NEON? There’s a few opportunities out there so don’t wait! The erstwhile Island Canteen and original district favorite Parlor is for rent again. For leasing and more information call (757) 498-8810. Bress Pawn Shop and Exotic Home also have open spaces for lease, both with gorgeous high ceilings and lots of room for improvement. We hear that the former Kellam Galleries building is for sale again, after changing hands last June. The two-story, 4,608 square foot building sits in a prime district location, at 130 W. Olney Road.


Recently in the NEON District

Art Exhibits and Performances

Highest Heaven, Chrysler Museum of Art

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

Gifts in Honor of Jefferson Harrison, Chrysler Museum of Art

Multiple Modernisms, Chrysler Museum of Art

It’s Alive, d’Art Center

Material, d’Art Center

Exposed, Commune

Les Misérables, Chrysler Hall

The Girl of the Golden West, Harrison Opera House

Jack Goes Boating, Generic Theater at Chrysler Hall


Tap into Virginia Opera, Harrison Opera House, February 1

TruTV Impractical Jokers, Scope, February 1

Tyler Smilo, Bearded Bird Brewing, February 2

Enchanting Wearable Art Fashion Show, Chrysler Museum of Art, February 2

Black History Month Gallery Talk, Chrysler Museum of Art, February 3

Whole Lotta Shakin’ - Swing To Rock, Chrysler Hall, February 3

Super Bowl Yoga on Tap & Big Game Day Party, Bearded Bird Brewing, February 4

Shen Yun, Chrysler Hall, February 7-8

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Harrison Opera House, February 9, 11 & 13

Multiple Reflections, Chrysler Museum of Art, February 10

Hearts, Hops, and Valentines, Bearded Bird Brewing, February 10

Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, Chrysler Hall, February 12

Queen of Hearts Drag Show, Bearded Bird Brewing, February 14

With Love Group Exhibition, Commonwealth Tattoo Gallery, February 17

Yoga On Tap, Bearded Bird Brewing, February 18

Scope on Ice, Scope, February 18

Storytelling Night: Intuition, Push Comedy Theater, February 18

Norfolk Forum: John Brennan, Chrysler Hall, February 20

Material Opening Reception, d’Art Center, February 22

Rhythm Live! 2018, Harrison Opera House, February 23

CMA On Screen: Hidden Figures, Chrysler Museum of Art, February 24

Classics from Chopin and Brahms, Chrysler Hall, February 24

Couples Therapy, Push Comedy Theater, February 24


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