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          • 8:00 pm
            November 2, 2019

            201 Market Street, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

            201 Market Street, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

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          • All day
            November 3, 2019

            Mill Point Park, Hampton, Virginia

            Celebrating plant-based fare and compassionate living and inspiring the community of Southeastern Virginia to make kinder, greener, and healthier choices.

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          • All day
            November 8, 2019-November 10, 2019

            4509 Commerce Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

            4509 Commerce Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

            Afrobeats is the hottest and latest genre of music AND dance that is taking the world by storm...

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          • 11:00 am
            November 16, 2019

            4509 Commerce Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

            4509 Commerce Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

            When your chicken runs away, your magical harp gets stolen, your cow is sold at market, and your mom is always on your case, don’t you wish you could just climb a beanstalk to get away from it all?

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          • 7:00 pm
            November 22, 2019

            4509 Commerce Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

            4509 Commerce Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

            “Sidney Kovach has been the Assistant Principal Double Bassist in the Philharmonic for over 40 years. He’s done everything during his illustrious career, he’s played Bernstein with Bernstein, Stravinsky with Boulez and has premiered major concertos with the world’s best musicians…”

          • 8:00 pm
            November 22, 2019

            201 Market Street, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

            201 Market Street, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

            “A Grand Night for Singing is an elegant, tuneful and funny revue of familiar and not so familiar numbers from the Rodgers & Hammerstein repertoire. Five amazing singer/dancers will pay homage to the R&H songbook…”

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          • 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
            November 23, 2019

            201 Market Street, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

            201 Market Street, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

            Performances at 2p & 8p

            “A Grand Night for Singing is an elegant, tuneful and funny revue of familiar and not so familiar numbers from the Rodgers & Hammerstein repertoire. Five amazing singer/dancers will pay homage to the R&H songbook…”

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          • 2:30 pm
            November 24, 2019

            201 Market Street, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

            201 Market Street, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

            “A Grand Night for Singing is an elegant, tuneful and funny revue of familiar and not so familiar numbers from the Rodgers & Hammerstein repertoire. Five amazing singer/dancers will pay homage to the R&H songbook…”

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          • 9:00 pm
            November 30, 2019

            4509 Commerce Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

            4509 Commerce Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

            Join us at The Z and see our resident comedy company deliver their very own unique, fast paced and always funny Comedy Show.

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The ‘Vette is Back

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The legendary American muscle car is back, and looking more exotic than ever

We’ve been hearing about it forever, and with the unveiling of the $60k 2020 Chevrolet Corvette, it seems the wait was worth it. The ‘Vette is back, and the changes are as dramatic as we thought they’d be.

The biggest change is, of course, the engine placement, with the new powerplant moved some six feet back, from the front of the car to behind driver compartment.

That’s right, the ‘Vette has gone mid-engined like the European exotics with much pricier names that GM execs are hoping you’ll compare it to.

Powertrain

The new LT2 engine’s specs themselves might not have changed much – still a 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 – it bucks the trend of moving to turbos for power with efficiency.

Horsepower has only increased by 35, with torque numbers only up by five.

One notable concession to modern times is the lack of a manual transmission, this an admission – as with other makes – that modern buyers just aren’t that into stick shifts any more, when it comes time to plunk their cash down.

Instead drivers will be treated to a very modern dual-clutch transmission that helps the new model along to 60mph in, get this, less than 3 seconds when equipped with the z51 package (about $12k). Even with that added expense, the C8 Corvette is punching way above its weight, hanging with cars costing twice as much.

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Exterior & Interior

The C8 has grown noticeably, now 5 inches longer, 2 inches wider, and 70 pounds heavier that the outgoing C7.

It’s more aggressive, too, with a everything at the front pulling to a point, and a high and very sporty rear wing available on all trims. The engine is fed air via a couple of large air intakes on either side, their openings accented in glossy black to better grab attention.

Like the exotics, the C8 can go topless, but unlike those more costly options, the top is manually operated here; It’s feather light, though, and can lifted off by one person, and stowed in the sizeable trunk (which is apparently large enough for two golf bags).

Inside there’s yet more modernity and sophistication, with the center console elevated and packed with buttons and switches to give the feeling of being in a fighter’s cockpit, and it’ll be interesting to see whether this lends to a slightly claustrophobic experience on long drives.

Verdict

True performance is still a mystery, but we expect the C8 to trounce the outgoing C7 around benchmarks like the Nurburgring. The looks alone are worth the price tag, with the car turning heads like no other ‘Vette before it, and that’s the point of the car, really.

GM wants to start from scratch with this generation, expanding the market for the car, and hoping younger buyers will see it as an option to the Porsche Cayman and Jaguar F-Type.

Judging by the initial response, those other car maker’s had better be on notice. The C8 is sure to steal numbers from overseas manufacturers. The only question at this point is how many.

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