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This Week in Newport News - 10/17-10/23

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SPECIAL EVENTS  AND PERFORMANCES AT NEWPORT NEWS ATTRACTIONS AND PERFORMING ARTS VENUES 

OCTOBER 17Th

RICH CARLSTEDT AND THE ULTIMATE USS MONITOR STEAM ENGINE MODEL

The Mariners’ Museum and Park October 17; 2:00 p.m.

Ever wonder how USS Monitor‘s amazing main steam engine worked? Or why John Ericsson is considered an engineering genius? Join us for a special guest lecture by national award-winning model maker and engineer Ricard “Rich” Carlstedt. The leading expert on Ericsson’s engine, Carlstedt has spent years researching and studying this remarkable machine. In addition, he has created the most accurate model of the engine ever made and it actually works! He will operate the model after his talk and answer questions. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Learn More   

NEWPORT NEWS GREEK FESTIVAL—FALL  EDITION

Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church October 17; 4:00 p.m. 

It is time for the Fall Edition of the Newport News Greek Festival! Come and enjoy Greek culture and food at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, just off of J. Clyde Morris Boulevard. Also enjoy vendors and great music! Guided tours of the church are also available. 60 Traverse Road, 757-596-6151, Learn More 

 

ART AFTER DARK  

Peninsula Fine Arts Center October 17; 5 p.m. 

Join us for Art After Dark to wind down after a day of work. Visit the current art exhibition, Go Figure, while sipping on a wine or beer as live jazz drifts through the museum. The Jacques Jones and Larry Davis Jazz Duo is back by popular demand. Frank's Monster Munchies food truck will be on site and a wine and cash bar. Visit happy hour between 5-6 PM and enjoy half price drinks from our cash bar. Admission is free. 101 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Learn More 

SIR JAMES AND LADY JEANNE GALWAY

Ferguson Center for the Arts October 17; 7:30 p.m. 

Globally renowned as the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire, Sir James Galway is a consummate performer whose appeal transcends all musical boundaries. With over 30 million copies of his 97 recordings sold worldwide, extensive international touring, frequent television appearances, tireless promotion of the arts and his passionate work in music education, Galway has been a household name for decades. His wife, Lady Jeanne Galway, is also an accomplished flautist who continues to grace the international platforms with her virtuosity. 1 Avenue of the Arts, 757-594-8752. Learn More   

OCTOBER 18TH  

NEWPORT NEWS GREEK FESTIVAL—FALL  EDITION

Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church October 18; 11:00 a.m. 

It is time for the Fall Edition of the Newport News Greek Festival! Come and enjoy Greek culture and food at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, just off of J. Clyde Morris Boulevard. Also enjoy vendors and great music! Guided tours of the church are also available. 60 Traverse Road, 757-596-6151, Learn More 

NIGHT OF THE LIVING MUSEUM

Virginia Living Museum  October 18; 5:30 p.m.

Are you ready for a “wild” night of spooky animals, trail walks, pumpkin carving, pirates and princesses? Night of the Living Museum returns to the Virginia Living Museum for its 20th year Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Get your costume ready and come dressed as your favorite character or wild animal.  Trick-or-treat throughout the Museum as you walk through themed galleries filled with characters and decorations! Make creepy crafts and play Halloween games. This is a not-too-spooky Halloween event for families with kids ages 12 and under. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Learn More 

JEANNE ROBERTSON

Ferguson Center for the Arts October 18; 8 p.m. 

At 75 years young, Jeanne Robertson continues to charm audiences with her humorous observations about life. This former Miss North Carolina, standing tall at 6-foot-2, has an infectious personality, heart and sense of humor. With more than 30 million YouTube hits, the demand for Robertson’s family-friendly and engaging brand of comedy has grown exponentially.

Some of her most popular anecdotes include “Don’t Go to Vegas Without a Baptist,” “Don’t Bungee Jump Naked” and “Don’t Send a Man to the Grocery Store.” Her witty depiction of everyday situations has audiences rolling with laughter. 1 Avenue of the Arts, 757-594-8752. Learn More

OCTOBER 19Th

NEWPORT NEWS GREEK FESTIVAL—FALL  EDITION

Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church October 19; 11:00 a.m. 

It is time for the Fall Edition of the Newport News Greek Festival! Come and enjoy Greek culture and food at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, just off of J. Clyde Morris Boulevard. Also enjoy vendors and great music! Guided tours of the church are also available. 60 Traverse Road, 757-596-6151, Learn More  

NIGHT OF THE LIVING MUSEUM

Virginia Living Museum  October 19; 5:30 p.m.

Are you ready for a “wild” night of spooky animals, trail walks, pumpkin carving, pirates and princesses? Night of the Living Museum returns to the Virginia Living Museum for its 20th year Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Get your costume ready and come dressed as your favorite character or wild animal.  Trick-or-treat throughout the Museum as you walk through themed galleries filled with characters and decorations! Make creepy crafts and play Halloween games. This is a not-too-spooky Halloween event for families with kids ages 12 and under. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Learn More  

TAKING LEAVE

Peninsula Community Theatre October 19; 8 p.m.

In the middle of the night, Eliot Pryne, professor of English Literature—specialty Shakespeare— is packing what he thinks is a suitcase and leaving what he thinks is a hotel. In the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, he is "taking leave" of the real world and imagining a new one. Filled with the often farcical behavior that goes along with this disease, and decorated with "good talk" from the literate professor and his daughters, this play had packed houses at the Denver Center laughing, weeping and finally standing and cheering. As the alarming number of Alzheimer's victims keeps growing, this play's relevance increases daily. Performed by special arrangement with Dramatic Play Services. 10251 Warwick Boulevard, 757-595-5728. Learn More  

JEAN CARNE FEATURING THE UNIFICS Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center October 19; 8 p.m. 

Join us for an evening of celebrating icons in music. Our 11th Anniversary Concert stars an icon of pop, R&B, and disco - Jean Carne. Opening for the evening is an icon of Newport News, The Unifics. A limited number of early bird tickets are available for $35. General Admission is $40. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Learn More  

OCTOBER 20TH

BIRD WALK  Newport News Park October 20; 7 a.m.

Join other bird enthusiasts and enjoy viewing birds in their natural habitat. No experience necessary! The group meets at the Picnic Area 1 Parking Lot at Newport News Park, but may drive to other areas of the park during the program. Dress for the weather and don't forget your binoculars! Co-hosted by the Hampton Roads Bird Club. 13560 Jefferson Avenue,  757-886-7916. Learn More 

TAKING LEAVE

Peninsula Community Theatre October 20; 2:30 p.m.

In the middle of the night, Eliot Pryne, professor of English Literature—specialty Shakespeare— is packing what he thinks is a suitcase and leaving what he thinks is a hotel. In the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, he is "taking leave" of the real world and imagining a new one. Filled with the often farcical behavior that goes along with this disease, and decorated with "good talk" from the literate professor and his daughters, this play had packed houses at the Denver Center laughing, weeping and finally standing and cheering. As the alarming number of Alzheimer's victims keeps growing, this play's relevance increases daily. Performed by special arrangement with Dramatic Play Services. 10251 Warwick Boulevard, 757-595-5728. Learn More

OCTOBER 21ST

MARITIME MONDAYS

The Mariners’ Museum and Park October 21; 10:30 a.m.

Designed for children 18 months to 8 years. FREE with Museum admission. Fun for children! Join us Monday mornings for engaging learning activities for children that include story time and a craft! 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175.  Learn More

READER’S THEATER  

Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center October 21; 7:30 p.m. 

During the ICONIC 11th Season at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, enjoy four Reader's Theater events from four icons of theater. In this special series, actors will be put to the test as they present classic shows straight from the script. Each production will only be available for one night (select mondays). Tickets are only $8 with $5 early bird tickets available while supplies last. Dominique Morisseau's Skeleton Crew · Monday October 21, 2019 at 7:30pm

This moving piece of the Detroit Project series comes from an emerging icon on Broadway. Set during the Great Recession, Skeleton Crew centers around four workers in one of the last auto stamping plants in Detroit. With the factory on shaky ground, each of the workers have to make choices on how to move forward if their plant goes under. This production is directed by Eileen Engel. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Learn More 

OCTOBER 22ND  

PRESCHOOL PALS PLAYDATE

Virginia Living Museum  October 22; 9 a.m.

Every Tuesday beginning October 1, join us for coffee, toddler play, and a Preschool Pals Planetarium show from 9am – 12pm! Sip on coffee while you watch your little scientist explore in the natural world and build in our toddler friendly indoor build zone. Don’t forget to take in a Preschool Pals Planetarium show starting at 9:45 am. Come join us and get ready to build and play every Tuesday morning! 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900.  Learn More

OCTOBER 23RD

ART START FOR PRESCHOOLERS: OWL BABIES

Peninsula Fine Arts Center October 23; 10:30 a.m. 

Young ones will hear the story of Owl Babies and create an owl all on their own! Weekly guided and themed Art Lessons for preschoolers starting at 10:30. The class will consist of a storytime and related art activity.  Art Start is a FREE member’s event and free for all participants, preregistration is recommended as classes do fill quickly: jdobson@pfac-va.org. 101 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Learn More 

CONTINUING EVENTS  

GO FIGURE  

Peninsula Fine Arts Center 

September 28 and Continuing through January 5

Go Figure explores the human figure and will include photography, sculpture, and works on paper. Each artist in this exhibition observes our relationship with ‘the figure’, interpreting its form as well as the spaces where is it absent, asking the viewer to contemplate the unknown, triggering our curiosity and desire to explore.. 101 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Learn More  

BUILDING WILD WITH NATURE  

Virginia Living Museum 

September 28 and Continuing through December 6

Join us for Building Wild with Nature! Kids and adults alike love to build. Explore different building stations from September 28 – December 6. Your imagination will soar as you use blocks, branches, bricks, stumps, twigs and logs to build habitats for both animals and your friends at locations throughout the campus. We challenge you to build habitats for both animals and humans. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900.  Learn More 

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