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Have you checked out the new NEON Arts District in Downtown Norfolk? This weekend is the perfect NEON-Festival-in-Downtown-Norfolk alt daily450weekend to do it! The second annual NEON Arts District Festival is happening from Thursday – Sunday, September 15-18, 2016. Art exhibitions from local and visiting artists will be on display. You can also enjoy music, theatrical performances, and guided mural tours – plus food and drink – at the festival. For your convenience, we’ve provided a list of festival events below. We encourage you to visit the NEON Arts District this weekend and support your community, local artists, and the joy of creativity! To visit the festival website, click here. (Photo credit: AltDaily)

 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Chrysler Museum: Third Thursday at the Museum

From 5:00PM until 10:00PM.

Located at The Chrysler Museum of Art at One Memorial Place, Norfolk, Virginia 23510.

Highlights: At the Museum, enjoy indoor and outdoor festivities with live music presented by LAVA Music Festival: Pyrrhic Whim, DJP and MrT, DJ set from Tmobyle and the Moderately Rough Jazz Combo, lawn games, food trucks, cash-bar, and more! Beginning at 6:30PM, catch a special NEON talk with Norfolk-born, Los Angeles-based artist Brian Bress.

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Sneak Preview of Between Further and Farther

From 5:00PM until 12:00AM

Located at Work|Release at 759 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: Enjoy a sneak preview of Sarah Blood’s new art exhibition, Between Further and Farther. Happy hour begins at 5:00PM and the Chrysler’s Third Thursday after party with DJ Lord Mercy begins at 11:11PM.

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Tidewater Turners Members Show

From 5:30PM until 7:30PM.

Located at d’Art Center at 740 Duke Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: Enjoy the opening reception and live demonstrations with the Tidewater Turners.  Come watch the artists turn local and exotic woods.

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Artist Talk with Brian Bress

Beginning at 6:30PM.

Located at The Chrysler Museum of Art at One Memorial Place, Norfolk, Virginia 23510.

Highlights: Brian Bress is a Norfolk-born, Los Angeles-based digital artist who will be premiering a new work at the Chrysler, Man With a Cigarette in the first-floor new media space called The Box. You can see a second Bress Work, WOWMOM, upstairs in the Contemporary Galleries. His free artist talk begins at 6:30PM.

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Third Thursday at the Glass Studio

From 8:00PM until 10:00PM.

Located at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio at 745 Duke Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: At the Chrysler’s Perry Glass Studio, Robin and Julia Rogers will provide both the glass performance and the music. Explore divine cycles of life and matter through myths and deities in their Incarnation: A Karmic Opus!

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Free Demonstration Feat. Gabriel Greenlaw

Beginning at 12:00PM.

Located at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio at 745 Duke Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: Enjoy a demonstration featuring Glass Wheel Studio exhibition artist Gabriel Greenlaw! This demonstration is free to the public.

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Analogue Photography Exhibition

From 3:00PM until 8:00PM.

Located at the Granby Social Club at 765 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: The NEON’s cultural menu doesn’t start and finish with paint on canvas. Join Granby Social Club to experience a whole new world of artistic awesomeness at a blockbuster photography exhibition.

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Entertainment at Work|Release

From 4:00PM until 2:00AM.

Located at Work|Release at 759 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: Checkout Sarah Blood’s art exhibit, in-house kitchen and bar, live music, and other creative programming!

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Bearded Bird Artist Village

From 5:00PM until 9:00PM.

Located at Bearded Bird Brewing at 727 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: Checkout Bearded Bird Brewing before their office grand opening! They offer a pop up shop for local art and live music. One-man VA rap duo Berlin… will hit the stage beginning at 5:00PM.

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Governor’s School for the Arts Student Jazz Quartet

From 5:00PM until 6:00PM.

Located at The Plot at 776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: GSA brings out their student jazz talent to open the NEON Festival on the Plot stage.

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Musing: A Performance Piece by Betty Gowans

From 5:00PM until 9:00PM.

Located at The Plot at 776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: Musing is a piece that meshes sculpture with performance. Created by Norfolk artist Betty Gowans, it intends to provoke thought of the audience, as well as the wearer of the piece, by its juxtaposition and role in the situations that it is performed.

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Stickwork Interactive Art with the Hermitage

From 5:00PM until 9:00PM.

Located at The Plot at 776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: Create a large, colorful ‘stickwork’ sculpture with sculptor Patrick Dougherty. This work will stay up during the entirety of the NEON Festival. Afterwards, create your own mini stick art ornament to take home!

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The Hurrah Players Present: School of Rock

From 5:00PM until 5:30PM.

Located at the Hurrah Players’ Copeland Center at 112 W. Wilson Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: Experience this sneak peek of the Hurrah Players’ musical based on the Jack Black movie, School of Rock, featuring music by Andrew Llyod Webber.

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Entertainment at The Plot Beer Garden

From 5:00PM until 9:00PM.

Located at The Plot at 776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: Meet up in the hub of the festival for games, food trucks, cold brews, live music and cultural performances from NEON District arts partners!

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For More Information on Friday Events, Click HERE!

 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Walking Tour of the NEON District

Beginning at 3:30PM.

Located at The Chrysler Museum of Art at One Memorial Place, Norfolk, Virginia 23510.

Highlights: Meet Seth Feman, Curator of Exhibitions at the Chrysler Museum of Art for a tour of In the Box: Brian Bress; walk through some of the public art projects in the NEON District; and join Cheryl White, Director of Glass Wheel Studio, for a tour of the latest exhibitions Gabriel Greenlaw and Emily MK. The tour will end at Work | Release to view the exhibition of the first “New Energy Artists Residency” featuring Sarah Blood. Free and open to the public!

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Artist Talk with Sarah Blood

From 4:00PM until 5:00PM.

Located at Work|Release at 759 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: The “New Energy Artists Residency” (or NEAR) Program, hosted by Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, the Rutter Family Art Foundation and Glass Wheel Studio, features the work of an emerging glass or new media artist. The inaugural show of the NEAR Program, Between Further and Farther, features the exciting works of Sarah Blood. Hear her speak about her work and the program at Work Release.

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Brett Williams Performance

From 5:00PM until 5:30PM.

Located at Bearded Bird Brewing at 727 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: Brett Williams is a guitarist, singer and songwriter from Virginia playing everything from classical to alternative rock. He opens the artist village stage at the NEON Festival Saturday evening.

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d’Art Center at The NEON Festival

From 5:00PM until 9:00PM.

Located at The Plot at 776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: D’Art Center hosts The NEON Festival Saturday evening at the Plot. Join d’Art Center and their partner, ForKids, for a night of art with d’Art Center studio artists, music with Joint Therapy Band, dog tattoos with Muddy Paws Downtown and tasty Smartmouth Beer!

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Stickwork Interactive Art with the Hermitage

From 5:00PM until 9:00PM.

Located at The Plot at 776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: Create a large, colorful ‘stickwork’ sculpture with sculptor Patrick Dougherty. This work will stay up during the entirety of the NEON Festival. Afterwards, create your own mini stick art ornament to take home!

Click here to learn more.

 

Wild Card Books & Art Pop Up Shop

From 5:00PM until 9:00Pm.

Located at Zeke’s Beans & Bowls at 800 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: Grab a drink or a snack at Zeke’s and visit Wild Card Books & Art out back in the garden! The pop up shop will have lots of creativity-themed titles and new inventory to browse.

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The Rhythm Project Performance

From 5:30PM until 7:00PM.

Located at the Hurrah Players’ Copeland Center at 112 W. Wilson Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: A community engagement program of the Virginia Arts Festival, The Rhythm Project is a world percussion ensemble. They are bringing their steel drums back to NEON for the second year to play inside the Hurrah Players’ new Copeland Center.

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Virginia Opera’s Tales From The Brothers Grimm

From 7:00PM until 7:45PM.

Located at the Hurrah Players’ Copeland Center at 112 W. Wilson Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: Commissioned by the Virginia Opera in 2007, this original work by Dr. Glenn Winters contains three short comic operas featuring soprano, baritone, and pianist, drawn from the prolific collection of 19th century fairy tales by bothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm: Doctor Know-all, Rumpelstiltskin’s New Adventure, and Cat and Mouse Together.

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For More Information on Saturday Events, Click HERE!

 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Hunter at Sunrise Radio Remote Broadcast Brunch

From 7:00AM until 11:00AM.

Located at Work|Release at 759 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: Let Hunter Hughes wake you up in the NEON as he broadcasts live from Work|Release with a recap of the ETC Festival and acoustic sessions. Brunch fare and mimosas will be flowing along with great local music.

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Tidewater Arts Outreach Brunch and Emerging Artist Showcase

From 11:00AM until 2:00PM.

Located at Work|Release at 759 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: Tidewater Arts Outreach teams up with the ETC and NEON festivals to bring a special morning of live music and brunch to Work|Release as a special thank you to their artists, volunteers and supporters over the years. Enjoy a memorable morning of music, friends, eats and libations.

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Glass Gardens Flower Cart

From 12:00PM until 5:00PM.

Located at The Plot at 776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: Glass Gardens brings the Flower Cart to NEON Family Day at the Plot for kids plant activities and make and take succulent mini workshops.

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NEON Festival Family Day

From 12:00PM until 5:00PM.

Located at The Plot at 776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: Sunday afternoon bring the family down to the Plot for a kid-centric day of puppetry, storytelling, acoustic jams and treats from local food trucks.

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The Hurrah Players Present: School of Rock

From 3:00PM until 3:30PM.

Located at The Plot at 776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: Experience this sneak peek of the Hurrah Players’ musical based on the Jack Black movie, School of Rock, featuring music by Andrew Llyod Webber. Performed outside at the Plot’s stage for NEON Family Day.

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ViBe Story Exchange and Tell Me More…Live Storytelling Night

Beginning at 7:00PM.

Located at Push Comedy Theatre at 763 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Highlights: ViBe Story Exchange and Tell Me More…Live team up for a special storytelling night in the NEON District. Five artists will offer their interpretation of five stories written by Hampton Roads’ locals. The performances will include spoken word and visual elements.

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