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October 13, 2021 7:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Harrison Opera House
Phone:757.664.6464
Address: 160 West Virginia Beach Boulevard Norfolk, Virginia 23510
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He is the master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers addressing the human condition. Calypso, his latest collection of essays, is a New York Times best-seller, and a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. The audiobook of Calypso has been nominated for a 2019 Grammy in the Best Spoken Word Album category.

Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, David Sedaris is the author of Barrel FeverHolidays on IceNakedMe Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and DenimWhen You Are Engulfed in FlamesLet’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, and Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002). He is the author of Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, a collection of fables with illustrations by Ian Falconer. Each of these books was an immediate bestseller. He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. His pieces regularly appear in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” There are over twelve million copies of his books in print, and they have been translated into 27 languages. In 2018 he was awarded the Terry Southern Prize for Humor, as well as the Medal for Spoken Language from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In March 2019 he was elected as a member into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2020 the New York Public Library voted Me Talk Pretty One Day one of the 125 most important books of the last 125 years.

As a companion piece to his New York Times best-selling book Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002), Jeffrey Jenkins published and edited an art book of Sedaris’s diary covers, entitled David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium. He is currently working on a second volume of his diaries.

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  • Masterworks I: "In Motion" Oct 17
    October 17, 2021 3:00 pm - October 17, 2021 3:00 pm
    Celebrate a return of Symphonicity’s full orchestra in the Sandler Center with a concert that will put the sound of music “in motion!” Ravel’s famous Bolero will bring the orchestra and dancers together one by one toward a spectacular finale. A beautiful dance-like concertino for flute by Cécile Chaminade will feature Symphonicity’s own Amber Kidd, followed by an emotional finish with Tchaikovsky’s beloved Serenade for Strings.

    "In Motion" will be performed under the directon of Maestro Daniel W. Boothe, Symphonicity's Music Director & Conductor. 

    Guest Artists: Ballet Virginia, a professional local dance company, and Amber Kidd (Symphonicity's Principal Flute)

  • Hold These Truths Virginia Stage Company Oct 19-Nov 7
    October 19, 2021 7:30 pm - October 19, 2021 7:30 pm
    In 1941, American placed its own citizens in internment camps. Hold These Truths tells the true story of American Gordon Hirabayashi, the son of Japanese immigrants who fought against an unjust court order to uphold the American values of freedom and justice for all. Ultimately a story of hope and patriotism, Hirabayashi’s strength and wisdom will leave you moved by the American spirit. Hold These Truths has played to sold out performances across the country.
  • The 6th Annual NEON Festival Oct 21-22
    October 21, 2021 5:00 pm - October 21, 2021 5:00 pm
  • Sandler Center Miller Jazz Series: The State of the Tenor Oct 21
    October 21, 2021 7:30 pm - October 21, 2021 7:30 pm
  • The Marshall Tucker Band Oct 22
    October 22, 2021 8:00 pm - October 22, 2021 8:00 pm

    When you wake up and want to put a smile on your face, you think of the songs that always manage to reach down and touch your soul the moment you hear the first note. The Marshall Tucker Band is one such group that continues to have a profound level of impact on successive generations of listeners who’ve been "Searchin’ for a Rainbow" and found it perfectly represented by this tried-and-true Southern institution over the decades. “I’ve been in tune with how music can make you feel, right from when I was first in the crib,” explains lead vocalist and bandleader Doug Gray, who’s been fronting the MTB since the very beginning. “I was born with that. And I realized it early on, back when I was a little kid and my mom and dad encouraged me to get up there and sing whatever song came on the jukebox. It got to the point where people were listening to me more than what was on the jukebox! There’s a certain gift I found I could share, whether I was in front of five people or 20,000 people. I was blessed with that ability and I’m thankful I can share with others."

    The Marshall Tucker Band came together as a young, hungry, and quite driven six-piece outfit in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1972, having duly baptized themselves with the name of a blind piano tuner after they found it inscribed on a key to their original rehearsal space — and they’ve been in tune with tearing it up on live stages both big and small all across the globe ever since. Plus, the band’s mighty music catalog, consisting of more than 20 studio albums and a score of live releases, has racked up multi-platinum album sales many times over. A typically rich MTB setlist is bubbling over with a healthy dose of hits like the heartfelt singalong “Heard It in a Love Song,” the insistent pleading of “Can’t You See” (the signature tune of MTB’s late co-founding lead guitarist and then-principal songwriter Toy Caldwell), the testifying “Fire on the Mountain,” the wanderlust gallop of “Long Hard Ride,” and the explosive testimony of “Ramblin,’” to name but a few.

  • Marsalis New Work + “New World” Virginia Symphony Orchestra Oct 23
    October 23, 2021 7:30 pm - October 23, 2021 7:30 pm
    Be one of the first ever to hear Wynton Marsalis’ new concerto for tuba and orchestra commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra for tubist Carol Jantsch in this special preview performance! Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony reflects on the bountiful and optimistic United States that welcomed the composer with open arms. Spirituals learned from the grandson of a freed slave and transcriptions of the Native American melodies enrich this mix of European refinement and American earnestness.

    Steven Jarvi, conductor
    Carol Jantsch, tuba

    Wynton Marsalis: Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra
    Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”

  • The Wild World of Wolves Presented by Atumpan Dance Theatre Oct 30
    October 30, 2021 11:00 am - October 30, 2021 11:00 am

    October 30, 2021

    Saturday at 11am & 2pm

     

    The day before Halloween is the perfect time to let Atumpan take you on a journey into the deepest, darkest parts of the fairytale land forest for the fractured fairytales of “Little Red Riding in the Hood” and “Oink Yeah! The Three Little Pigs Remixed”. Move, groove, and have a Hip-Hoppin’ good time with live music as Atumpan Dance Theatre shows you how Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs stood up, stood out, and stood together to stop the big bad wolves in their magical worlds.
  • VB Comedy Fest STAND UP, IMPROV, AND SKETCH COMEDY Nov 4-6
    November 4, 2021 - November 6, 2021 All day

    November 04, 2021 to November 06, 2021

    Thursday through Saturday

    Main Stage Theater

    HEADLINER: JOEY GAY

    The VB Comedy Fest is back for its third year and it’s better than ever. This November 4th-6th, join us at The Z for three kinds of comedy: Stand Up, Improv, and Sketch. We’ll feature the best local comedy acts alongside some of our favorite national talent, and throw in workshops and networking events for good measure.

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