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Things to do March 11 - 17, 2021

March 11th

Evening Lecture: War in the Tropics

The Mariners’ Museum and Park  - March 11; 7 p.m.

Join The Mariners’ Museum for a captivating evening when it brings together two literary powerhouses and illustrious authors Robert N. Macomber and John V. Quarstein. Both well-versed historians and prolific writers, John V. Quarstein, who is director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center, will host Robert N. Macomber, author of the “Honor Series” novels and creator of the legendary Naval hero, Peter Wake, for a compelling discussion on the crucial role of Florida and the surrounding Caribbean in the US Civil War. Viewers are welcome to send Robert and John any comments or questions during the presentation, and they will answer them following the lecture.

About the lecture: In this unforgettable exchange between renowned authors and historians, Robert and John will discuss the often misunderstood but crucial role of Florida and the surrounding Caribbean in the US Civil War. From the war’s beginning to its tumultuous end, Spanish Cuba, the British Bahamas, French Mexico, and the Danish West Indies were the scenes of fantastic profits, naval skullduggery, and political intrigue. Come get an online perspective into how these authors’ research and writing processes produce such popular, award-winning works! 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Advance registration is required. Click here for more information.

March 12th

Behind the Curtain Series: Producing 101, Part 1 with New York producer Erica Rotstein

Ferguson Center for the Arts - March 12; 7:30 p.m.

This is a FREE, online event. Streaming link will be posted here on March 12.

What does it take to put together a Broadway show? You’re about to get the inside scoop!
Erica Rotstein is a theatre producer, talent manager and educator. She is a co-founder of The Business of Broadway, offering classes designed to democratize knowledge and examine the theatrical business model. Select producing projects include: We Aren’t Kids Anymore, a song cycle by Drew Gasparini; Hundred Days by The Bengsons and Sarah Gancher, directed by Anne Kauffman (Lortel & Drama League noms for Outstanding Musical); Water for Elephants by Rick Elice and PigPen Theatre Co. (in development), and I Love That Senator For You, a digital series to humanize the ballot for young people (@ilovethatsenatorforyou). Erica is the board chair of Colt Coeur Theatre Company and holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business.

1 Avenue of the Arts, 757-594-8752, Click here for more information.

March 13th

Opening Reception for “Happy Birthday Girl Scouts”

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - March 13; 12:30 p.m.

About the Exhibit: Founded March 12, 1912, the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast celebrate their founding during Youth Art Month with the exhibition “Happy Birthday Girl Scouts” in partnership with the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center. Girls from grades K-12 will complete the Arts Badge by grade level and category within their troops. The resulting masterpieces will be displayed in our Newport News Community Gallery. Categories include Outdoor Art Maker and Master, Painting, Drawing, and Comic Artist!

Opening Reception: Join us in the Newport News Community Gallery for the opening reception on March 13, 2021 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public but gallery capacity is limited. RSVP is requested. Face masks or shields are required.

2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information.

 

The Children

Peninsula Community Theatre  - March 13; 7:30 p.m.

Streaming via YouTube

By Lucy Kirkwood: Two retired nuclear scientists reside in an isolated cottage by the sea as the world around them crumbles. Together they are going to live forever on yogurt and yoga, until an old friend arrives with a frightening request. Presented by Special Arrangement with Dramatist Play Services, New York, NY. 10251 Warwick Boulevard, 757-595-5728. Click here for more information.

 

 

STARGAZING: Live on STARurdays

Virginia Living Museum  - March 13; 7:30 p.m.

The Virginia Living Museum STARGAZING goes virtual on FACEBOOK LIVE STREAM! Join us at 7:30pm live for 30 minutes to talk with Dr. Kelly Herbst about what’s going on in the evening sky and how you can identify stars and planets for yourself! We will be using Starry Night Dome planetarium software so “observing” is guaranteed despite the weather. We will give you the resources to take what you learn outside and do a little stargazing for yourself whenever the sky in your area permits! Be sure to join us every second Saturday of the Month, and please bring your questions! We’re excited to have this chance to interact with you again!

524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., 757-595-1900. Click here for more information

 

March 14th

The Children

Peninsula Community Theatre  - March 14; 2:30 p.m.

Streaming via YouTube

By Lucy Kirkwood: Two retired nuclear scientists reside in an isolated cottage by the sea as the world around them crumbles. Together they are going to live forever on yogurt and yoga, until an old friend arrives with a frightening request. Presented by Special Arrangement with Dramatist Play Services, New York, NY. 10251 Warwick Boulevard, 757-595-5728. Click here for more information.

March 15th

Virtual Maritime Mondays

The Mariners’ Museum and Park  - March 8; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Hop online for a reading adventure every Monday! Fun for both children and caregivers, enjoy a book reading with Lauren T. Furey, manager of visitor engagement, and discover an interesting artifact from our Museum’s Collection! Designed for children from 18 months to 8 years, Lauren takes you and your little mariners on a journey to show how we are all connected to the world’s waters. Be sure to register in advance, and join us for a new book every week! 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information. 

 

Continuing Events

 

Exploration ICE AGE: Unearthing Extinctions

Virginia Living Museum  - Continuing through April 11
The sixth mass extinction is happening right now! Called the Quaternary Extinction, it includes the loss of the animals found in North America at the end of the ice age, such as saber-tooth cats, mammoths, and mastodons. Many of their relatives are still around today – some even live in a habitat along the Virginia Living Museum’s outdoor trail. It is predicted around one million animal and plant species are currently threatened with extinction. Discover how you can help the outlook of our future biodiversity by unearthing extinctions of the past in this temporary exhibit. Extinctions are not just historical events, they are also happening right now. To protect Earth’s biodiversity in the present day, we can look to the past to learn how ancient life survived. 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., 757-595-1900. Click here for more information