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Things to do in Newport News February 27 - March 4 2020

February 27th

Curator Lecture – Sex and Death In the Ancient Americas

Peninsula Fine Arts Center - February 27; 5:30 p.m.

Wine and Cheese Reception at 5:30 pm; Lecture at 6:00 pm. Presented by Jeanette Nicewinter, PhD. Images of sex or death may be deemed immoral or inappropriate in current culture, however, ancient American cultures viewed these acts in a different manner. From the Aztecs of Mexico to the Moche of Peru, sex and death were the bookends of life with one representing conception and the other termination. Instead of being in contrast, these ideas were intimately linked within a cosmology that included ancestors, mythological beings, and inanimate objects. The lecture will explore the images of sex and death on artworks within ancient Mesoamerican and Peruvian cultures. 101 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Click here for more information.

Open Studio- Group Art Therapy For Veterans

Peninsula Fine Arts Center - February 27; 5:30 p.m.

A free and innovative way for veterans to explore the visual arts to identify, communicate and share experiences. No prior experience is necessary. Confidential environment. Guided by an art therapist, participants meet in small groups to explore mindfulness, art making projects to decrease stress and support wellness. 101 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Click here for more information.

Museum Mixer - Starry Nights and Coffee Flights

Virginia Living Museum - February 27; 5:30 p.m.

Warm up your winter night with our coffee bar…plus your favorite liquor! Add networking, music and fun and you have a perfect Museum Mixer. Come discover the newest event on the Peninsula that has everyone talking! 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

Chocolate Lecture

U.S. Army Transportation Museum - February 27; 6 p.m.

This special evening lecture will focus on the importance of chocolate to the Soldier. Morale components have been part of Army rations since their inception during the Revolutionary War.  The lecture will focus on chocolate and other morale components.  Chocolate samples will be offered at the end of the lecture along with a replica original chocolate bar to take with you. 300 Washington Boulevard, 757-878-1115. Click here for more information.

February 28th 

The One City Marathon Health and Wellness Expo

Holiday Inn Newport News – Hampton - February 28; 12 p.m.

The 2020 One City Marathon Health And Wellness Expo presented by Riverside Health System will feature over 30 different health, fitness, and apparel related vendors. All runners must pick up their bibs and race packets from the expo, and the expo is also free and open to the public. 980 Omni Boulevard, 757-926-1400. Click here for more information. 

The Mix – Free Artist Social Mixer

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - February 28; 6 p.m.

The Mix is BACK! Enjoy this networking event turned game night for artists of every kind, only at Downing-Gross! Visual artists, musicians, writers, make-up artists, dancers, crafters and more - Join us for this one-of-a-kind mixer for artists of all types. It’s the perfect opportunity to rub elbows with other creative people and establish connections for future collaborations. Enjoy light refreshments, live music, games (with prizes) and more as you learn about what Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center can offer you. This event is free but RSVP is requested. Pro tip: Don't forget your business cards! 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950, Click here for more information.

Rock of Ages

Peninsula Community Theatre - February 28; 8 p.m.

It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace, and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, and more hold the answer of where life will take him. 10251 Warwick Blvd, 757-595-5728, Click here for more information.

The Ultimate Queen Celebration Starring Marc Martel

Ferguson Center for the Arts - February 28; 8 p.m.

Get ready to rock with Marc Martel, the greatest Freddie Mercury voice on the planet. Not only was Martel hand-picked by Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May for their 25-date tribute tour in 2012, he was also chosen to record vocals on the award-winning Queen biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody”! Martel and his band perform dozens of songs that Queen made famous, including “Killer Queen,” “Somebody to Love,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and more. 1 Avenue of the Arts, 757-594-8752, Click here for more information.

February 29th

Safety at Sea

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - February 29; 8 a.m.

This could be the most important day of your boating life! Join us for a day-long Safety at Sea Course designed and conducted by sailors and experts in their fields! The course provides both novice and experienced mariners alike with the information and skills required to sail the Chesapeake Bay or offshore, handle heavy weather, conduct rescue procedures and much more. The most comprehensive safety at sea program offered in the Hampton Roads area. Safety at Sea is open to all cruising and racing skippers, crews & their families, recreational boaters, as well as commercial mariners.100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

Anansi the Trickster

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - February 29; 10 a.m.

FREE with $1 Museum Admission. Throughout the ages, Africans have used storytelling to teach life lessons, entertain, and explain the workings of the world. In this entertaining and educational program, the audience will listen to some of these stories and learn how African storytellers incorporated music to tell their tales. The audience will then become part of the storytelling by using their own handmade musical instruments as they discover how stories crossed the Atlantic to the Americas. Come celebrate Black History Month at The Mariners’ Museum and Park!100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

The One City Marathon Health and Wellness Expo

Holiday Inn Newport News – Hampton - February 29; 10 a.m.

The 2020 One City Marathon Health And Wellness Expo presented by Riverside Health System will feature over 30 different health, fitness, and apparel related vendors. All runners must pick up their bibs and race packets from the expo, and the expo is also free and open to the public. 980 Omni Boulevard, 757-926-1400. Click here for more information. 

Black History Month with the Weyanoke Association

The Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center - February 29, 12 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate and learn about the Red and Black history of our Nation. This event is brought to you by the Weyanoke Association and co-sponsored by the Newsome House Foundation Board. It is FREE and open to the public. Donations are accepted. This is an event you don't want to miss! 2803 Oak Avenue, 757-247-2360. Click here for more information.

Hampton Roads History: Henry E. “Eddie” Huntington

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - February 29; 2:30 p.m.

Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center. Hampton Roads History Lectures are free with $1 Museum admission, but reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited. Henry Edwards Huntington was the nephew of railroad magnate Collis Potter Huntington. He worked with his uncle to create the Southern Pacific Railway, which helped to expand the port of Los Angeles. He created the Pacific Electric Railway which contained 1,300-miles of track and enabled the development of suburban communities like Huntington Beach in Southern California. When Eddie’s uncle died, he assumed leadership of the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company until his death in 1927. A major collector of art and books, his home in San Marino, California, is now the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Both Southern California and the Virginia Peninsula benefited immensely from Henry E. Huntington’s leadership and wisdom. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

Follow the Drinking Gourd: A Quest for Freedom

Virginia Living Museum - February 29; 4:30 p.m.

Celebrate Black History Month with this inspiring take of one African-American family’s desperate flight to freedom and how they used constellations to guide the way. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

Theo Von: Dark Arts Tour

Ferguson Center for the Arts - February 29; 7 p.m.

Theo’s podcast, This Past Weekend, is one of the top comedy podcasts, garnering 5m listens a month on audio alone. Theo has a Netflix special titled No Offense from 2015. Theo has appeared numerous times on Joe Rogan's podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, regularly on Joey Diaz's The Church of What's Happening Now, and was voted guest of the year on The Fighter and The Kid by TFATK listeners in both 2017 and 2018. Previously, Theo was the host of TBS's hidden camera show Deal With It from EP Howie Mandel, which ran for three seasons. He also hosted Yahoo's popular daily recap show Primetime in No Time - one of the most-watched shows on the web with nearly one million views per day. Theo also made appearances on Inside Amy Schumer, Why? with Hannibal Buress, Arsenio, Last Comic Standing, was the winner of Comedy Central's Reality Bites Back, and Live at Gotham. Theo can be seen in season 4 of Comedy Central's This Is Not Happening, episode premiered in March 2018. He also co-hosts The King and the Sting with his friend, comedian Brendan Schaub. 1 Avenue of the Arts, 757-594-8752, Click here for more information.

Rock of Ages

Peninsula Community Theatre - February 29; 8 p.m.

It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace, and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, and more hold the answer of where life will take him. 10251 Warwick Blvd, 757-595-5728, Click here for more information.

March 1st

One City Marathon

Throughout Newport News - March 1

On March 1, join in the celebration of Newport News with the One City Marathon. Take a 26.2 mile running tour of this beautiful city and experience all Newport News has to offer! Other races offered include a Half Marathon, a Marathon Relay, the Maritime 8k, and the Nautical Mile Fun Run. Party hard at the One City, One Celebration throughout the day. 757-926-1400. Click here for more information.

One City, One Celebration

Superblock  - March 1; 10 a.m.

Enjoy entertainment, food from food vendors, interactive activities, and runner relaxation area featuring free runner massages, and post-race recovery area. We are proud to partner with Tradition Brewing Company, Newport News’ only craft brewery for the exclusive One City Gose, the official beer of the One City Marathon! All Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, and Maritime 8K runners will receive one complimentary runner food item to redeem from food vendors, and two complimentary beers from Tradition Brewing Company(21+). There will also be food, and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase. One City, One Celebration is free and open to the public. Washington Avenue between 26th and 27th Streets, 757-926-1400. Click here for more information.

Rock of Ages

Peninsula Community Theatre - March 1; 2:30 p.m.

It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace, and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, and more hold the answer of where life will take him. 10251 Warwick Blvd, 757-595-5728, Click here for more information.

March 2nd

Maritime Mondays

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - March 2; 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, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

March 3rd

Preschool Pals Playdate

Virginia Living Museum - March 3; 9 a.m.

Every Tuesday, join us for coffee, toddler play, and a Preschool Pals Planetarium show from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.! 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 a.m. Come join us and get ready to build and play every Tuesday morning! 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more

Continuing Events

100 Years Strong

The Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center - Continuing through February 28

Join us as we commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the first Black High School of Newport News, Huntington High School. Take a walk down memory lane and peruse through yearbooks as we celebrate this great legacy. This event is sponsored by The Newsome House Foundation Board. We hope to see you soon! 2803 Oak Avenue, 757-247-2360. Click here for more information.

NNPS Student Art Exhibit

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - Continuing through March 7

Visit Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center as they showcase the talented students of Newport News Public Schools. Come out to support these young local artists, and enjoy their hard work! 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950, Click here for more information.

The Americas: Indigenous Art of the Ancient and Contemporary

Peninsula Fine Arts Center  - Continuing through April 26

The exhibition will present the diverse and fascinating stories of the cultures of North, Central and South America. The artwork of the Americas will illuminate the extraordinary richness of the indigenous art of the western hemisphere. Pieces from a diverse background of cultures, regions, and periods will showcase the profound beauty and creativity and craftsmanship expressed by artists of the American continents. 101 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Click here for more information.

Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies

Virginia Living Museum - Continuing through May 3

Bring your little ones to learn about how dinosaurs raised their tiny titans. On display in our Changing Exhibits Gallery, this special exhibition is a remarkable hands-on exhibition that offers an astounding array of authentic dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all over the globe – including those of each of the major plant and meat-eating dinosaur groups. Kids can dig for eggs, dress up like a parent dinosaur to brood their nest, and feel the texture of dinosaur eggs. Cute babies and fun dino facts will keep everyone entertained on your next trip to the museum. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information. 

Toys Ahoy!: A Maritime Childhood

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - Continuing through September 2020

Toys Ahoy! is a new and fun exhibit that connects the young and the young at heart. With 100 different items on display such as children’s books, games and toys, this exhibit will excite everyone of all ages! The collection includes wood and paper battleships, board games, card games, puzzles, motorized miniature engines and other historic toys and collectibles from years gone by. Take a look at the Lego room in the Model gallery, where a continuation of the Lego ship building competition is on display. There will also be a STEM activity to design your own toy boat, and the opportunity to hear stories and learn amazing facts from toy collectors and designers. For the holiday season, the Museum is sponsoring a maritime toy drive in conjunction with “Toys for Tots.” Come explore your childhood again and delight in this wonderful exhibit as we take you down memory lane with Toys Ahoy! at “America’s National Maritime Museum!”

100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.