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Things to do April 8 - 14, 2021


April 8th


Gallery talks: korea and vietnam

Virginia War Museum - April 8; 1 p.m.

Each Thursday in April, museum visitors can enjoy a gallery tour led by museum staff. Free with museum admission. Capacity is limited due to COVID-19 safety precautions. 9285 Warwick Blvd, 757-247-8523. Click here for more information.


Destination DG: Chalk The Walk

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - April 8; 1 - 4 p.m.

Celebrate the freedom of Spring Break with the sun on your face and chalk in hand. Leave an inspiring message, create a temporary mural, or choose from 2-3 selected themes. This community chalk mural session will be held on the sidewalk along Wickham Avenue on Thursday, April 8, 2021, from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Chalk the Walk will be canceled if inclement weather prohibits. No replacement activity will be provided. No profanity, inappropriate language, or images. Anyone violating these rules will be subject to removal from the activity. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information.


Evening Lecture: Guiding Lights

April 8; 7 – 8 p.m.  - The Mariners’ Museum and Park

Join The Mariners’ Museum for an enlightening virtual lecture with Shona Riddell, an author who currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Shona will take you on a fascinating journey to some of the world’s most remote lighthouses as well as to some not so far away, and share inspiring stories of heroic lighthouse women through the ages. 

About the lecture:

For centuries, lighthouses “manned” by dedicated keepers have guided vessels into harbors, their blinking lights providing a lifeline during storm-lashed nights. Some of those keepers were women, who kept the lamps lit night after night while also performing daring rescues and raising children. Women have a long history of keeping the lights burning, from tending ancient altar flames or bonfires to modern-day lighthouse keeping. Yet, most of their stories are little-known. Guiding Lights includes true stories from around the world, chronicling the lives of the extraordinary women who mind the world’s storm-battered towers. Whatever our perceptions of these stately towers of light, Guiding Lights illustrate real stories of women’s courage and dedication in minding the lights — then and now. Come hear how they continue to capture the public’s imagination and inspire us! 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.


April 9th


civil war lecture: burnside's roanoke island expedition

The Mariners’ Museum and Park  - April 9; 12 p.m.

Join us for a virtual lecture with author and historian John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center. Quarstein will give a presentation on a series of engagements fought along the North Carolina Coast between February and June 1862 that proved to be a successful campaign against the Confederacy.

About the lecture:

Lieutenant General Winfield Scott’s Anaconda Plan truly took shape when Major General George McClellan named Brigade General Ambrose Burnside to capture Roanoke Island and the North Carolina sounds. Burnside recruited a Coastal Division and planned the expedition in concert with Flag Officer Louis Goldsborough’s North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. This combined force captured Roanoke Island on February 8, 1862, and destroyed Flag Officer William Lynch’s North Carolina Squadron at Elizabeth City. Now controlling the Albemarle and Crotan sounds, Burnside woud next advance against New Bern and Beaufort to complete Union control of the North Carolina sounds. FREE. Pre-registration is required. More details about this lecture to come later. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.


Free Form Friday

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - April 9; 1 - 4 p.m.

Unleash your creativity through painting, sculpting, or assembling make-and-take crafts. This session will be held on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm in our Art Room. Registration is requested and will cost $5 per person. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information.


Blooming In The Whirlwind: Opening Reception

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center- April 9; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

After creating two paper cuts for the national juried show entitled “Flowers and Gardens” held at the 311 Gallery in Raleigh, North Carolina, artist Janelle Washington was compelled to create the series “Blooming in the Whirlwind”. Drawing inspiration from everyday people and the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks (see “The Second Sermon on the Warpland”), Washington explores innovative ways to express and illustrate the struggles and beauty that emerge in the daily lives of African Americans.

 About the exhibit:

In our current society, African Americans have had to resort to creating hashtags like #BlackGirlMagic and #BlackBoyJoy to overshadow and change negative stereotypes and narratives. Through the medium of 3-D layered paper cuts, the artist seeks to show the changed narrative by using the faces of the youth, text, flower crowns, symbolic imagery such as Adinkra symbols, and body parts as metaphors. Washington will illuminate the innocence of black youth, the resilience in their eyes, and the many layers of frustration, hope, and joy that they carry. The simplicity of paper silhouettes allows the viewer to focus on the faces- faces that portray one as they are even if the world around them says otherwise. Because "we are in fact the beautiful bloom”. RSVP is requested. Face masks or shields are required. At the reception, patrons will have the chance to win one of the artist’s pieces! To enter this raffle, please RSVP; only those who RSVP and are present at the reception are eligible to win. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information.


April 10th


Afghan War Living History

Virginia War Museum - April 10; 1 p.m.

Meet our historic interpreters and explore the weapons, equipment and uniforms used by the Soviet Airborne  in Afghanistan, 1979-1988. Free with museum admission. Limited capacity due to COVID-19 safety precautions.9285 Warwick Boulevard, 757-247-8523. Click here for more information.


Blooming in the Whirlwind: Flower Crown Workshop

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - April 10; 2 – 4 p.m.

The youth are invited to create their own paper flower crown with papercut artist Janelle Washington! This workshop will introduce participants to the art of paper crafting and the beautiful history of flower crowns. The registration deadline for this event is Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11:59 pm. PLEASE READ: All materials are included for in-person instruction. Online participants are responsible for their own supplies. Supplies tool-kit are offered as an optional add-on for $11. The deadline to purchase the supplies tool-kit is Friday, April 2, 2021 at 11:59 pm. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information.


LIVE STARturday Night!

Virginia Living Museum - April 10; 7:30 – 8 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 right now and how you can find things for yourself! We will be using Starry Night Dome planetarium software (many thanks to Spitz, Inc. for giving us access to this great resource!) so we are guaranteed to be able to do some “observing” no matter what the weather is like…and then you can take what you learn outside and do a little stargazing for yourself whenever the sky in your area permits! And please bring your questions! We’re excited to have this chance to interact with you again! 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.


April 12th


Maritime Mondays

April 12; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

This week’s book: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, written by William Joyce. 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! FREE. Pre-registration is required. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.


April 13th


25 Mics - Monthly Free Open Mic (In-Person)

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - April 13; 7 – 8:30 p.m.

The monthly free open mic will be returning to the Newport News Community Gallery just in time for National Poetry Month. Join us at Downing-Gross on Tuesday, April 13 at 7:00 pm for this warm and welcoming in-person event. For more details and to stay in the know about updates to 25 Mics, join our 25 Mics Online Facebook Group. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information


April 14th


History of the Park and Trees Guided Tour

The Mariners’ Park and Noland Trail - April 14; TBD

Connect with nature on a guided tour of The Mariners’ Park and the Noland Trail! This unique one-hour walking tour features an in-depth narrative of trees and plants, a history of the 550-acre Park and breathtaking views of the 167-acre Mariners’ Lake. More details to come, such as tour time, meeting location, registration information and more! FREE for Members. $1 per person for non-members. Limited Space Available. Reservations Required. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.


Speakers’ Bureau: Forgotten Faces of the Titanic

The Mariners’ Museum and Park  - April 14; 1 – 2 PM

Join us online with Wisteria Perry, manager of interpretation and community outreach for The Mariners’ Museum and Park, when she shares stories of passengers who survived that fateful voyage on Titanic including a few who eventually settled here in Hampton Roads.

 About the presentation:

When the tragic tale of Titanic is told, we often focus on the famous names: Astor, Guggenheim, Straus. But among the thousands who sailed on that fateful voyage, there are many stories that are overlooked. Come hear stories of those passengers from all over the world, including China, Haiti, and Egypt, and a few survivors who ended up here in Hampton Roads. FREE. Pre-registration is required. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.




The Tribesman

Peninsula Community Theater

Streaming on Youtube - April 9 – April 25, 2021

Set in the fictional Holy Oak Penitentiary, The Tribesman is a spiritual warfare drama that explores topical themes reflective of the African-American experience. Serial killer Lee Jean suffers from multiple personalities. He believes the African tribal markings that he carves in the faces of his victims will protect his soul from evil spirits. He shares with psychologist Michael Archer, Ph.D. that all of his victims are his “tribe.” This play addresses diversity issues found in the culture and health care system of African Americans. Produced by special arrangement with Terrance Afer-Anderson. 10251 Warwick Avenue, Newport News, VA 23601. Click here for more information.


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 Boulevard., 757-595-1900. Click here for more information