The second annual Filmily Fest, a short film festival created to highlight local talent and creativity, is now accepting registrations through Aug. 24. The festival’s competition aspect involves film-making teams submitting inspirational photos and drawing from the pool of photos to get ideas for their film. Visit this website for all the details.
If you’ve ever been impressed by your waiter’s ability to carry a ton of plates at once, you’ll love this story. Hampton will host a “Waiter’s Race” on Saturday afternoon. But it’s not all fun and games for the racers – – there are thousands of dollars available in prize money.
Blend757 has some sad news for you, folks. Hulu will drop its free streaming. The site will be letting go of their free episodes, but you can still access free episodes through Yahoo. It’s a bummer, yeah, but you can always pay $8 a month for a standard Hulu subscription.
Hampton Roads residents have an opportunity to get back to their roots this week. Colonial Williamsburg is offering free one-day entry Aug. 8-14, the Daily Press reports. If you’re interested, just drop by the visitor’s center and provide proof of residence.
hrScene reports that from now until Oct. 2 Norfolk’s MacArthur Memorial will host “A Better World,” an exhibit of 1,000 paper cranes. The nest of cranes, folded by area high school students, is meant to commemorate the 71st anniversary of dropping the atomic bombs on Japan. Click here for the heartwarming story behind the birds.
Diana Dinescu, a clinical psychology doctoral candidate at U.Va., is leading a prominent psychological study that examines the links between marital status and drinking habits in twins, and it yields surprising results. The Washington Post reports here on Dinescu’s study and other related research projects regarding marriage, relationships and alcohol.
Bookstores across Hampton Roads are experiencing a magical surge in sales they haven’t seen in some time. The script of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the on-stage follow-up to J.K. Rowling’s famous series, has sold more than two million copies in just two days. Retailers even held parties to celebrate the release.
Pokemon is not only inspiring people to stroll around the neighborhood, but it is also inspiring parents while naming their kids. Names such as Ash, Roselia, Onyx and Ivy are on the rise, according to WAVY. BabyCenter.com says that nearly half of the community’s mothers play ‘Pokemon Go,’ so it is perhaps evident that the game is influencing what is written on birth certificates.
Sometimes the best art isn’t on a gallery wall. Norfolk has street art, and now the Gazette says Williamsburg is drawing attention for its public art and sculpture gardens. This piece, “Plume,” just went up on on Richmond Road.
Whether you happily drenched yourself or snarked from the sidelines, we can all agree this is a happy ending. A spike in donations to the ALS Association in the wake of the viral Ice Bucket Challenge has led to a big breakthrough. The org announced the millions they raised were behind the successful project. Read more about the discovery over at CNN.
There’s a sense of #HRVA pride when it comes to music on the Peninsula. We celebrate jazz, we laud reggae. Next up? Tickets have been posted for the Hampton Coliseum’s annual Soul Music Festival. At the moment the lineup includes Ginuwine, Jon B, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Joe, and SWV.
Political news, events and opinions have been everywhere on social media recently, and, according to WAVY, major players like Facebook and Twitter are playing *huge* role. Social media has been found to be a favored learning source about politics for about two-thirds of millennials. According to SocialFlow, the U.S. has spent about 874 years researching Bernie and Hillary on social media.
With the dog days of summer in full swing across #HRVA, its tempting to throw in the towel. But there are plenty of ways to beat the heat even if you think you’ve exhausted all the 757 has to offer. The Virginian-Pilot has compiled a list of 25 local treasures to add to your seasonal bucket list. And if you need a little refresher on all the other ideas we rounded up, head here.
If you’re a trainer trying to catch ’em all across Hampton Roads, here’s a tool that could help you in the hunt: an interactive map that drops a pin where a Pokemon was found so that hopefully you can find it there, too. But, of course, with it being interactive and all, it’s only as good as what users put in. So, if you find a sweet one — such as a Ninetails or Onyx or so on — all you have to do is fill out this form and your catch will be marked.
If you need some inspiration on some new #PokemonGo haunts, check out — and add to — our roundup of our readers’ favorite places to catch Pokemon.
- Fort Monroe in Hampton
- Buckroe in Hampton
- Grand View in Hampton
- City Center in Newport News
- Yorktown Beach
- Gloucester Point Beach Park
- Colonial Williamsburg
- Busch Gardens in Williamsburg
- Virginia Beach boardwalk
- Town Center in Virginia Beach
- Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach
- Lynnhaven Mall in Virginia Beach
- Norfolk waterfront near Nauticus
- Colley Avenue in Norfolk
- Botanical Gardens in Norfolk
Perhaps the only thing more awesome than the fact that Ozzy and Jack Osbourne have a History Channel show (which is also pretty bananas, right?) is that their show will feature Colonial Williamsburg. The Gazette reports that the pair filmed at the musket range. The series premieres at 10 p.m. July 24.
Attention all old-school gamers: Nintendo will be soon bringing back the classic Nintendo Entertainment System, and it’s going to come preloaded with 30 games! These games include favorites such as “Super Mario Bros.,” “Donkey Kong,” “The Legend of Zelda” and “Punch-Out.” The system will go on sale on Nov. 11 and set you back $59.99.
Williamsburg Players’ one-night only July 16 show “Backwards Broadway” is like “Freaky Friday” meets “Hamilton.” The Gazette reports the repertoire will feature songs from “Wicked,” “Lion King,” “The Producers” and the like, but all sung by the wrong characters. Proceeds of the show benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, so get tickets!
If you are truly so bored with life that you feel the casket calling, take a look at Veer Magazine’s 101 Things To Do in the 757 Before You Die. They’ve rounded up the best hiking trails, wildlife preserves, botanical gardens, museums — you name it, they’ve got it.
What better way to rewatch Nemo touch “the butt” than on the side of a really, really big one? Nauticus is screening “Finding Nemo,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and “Tarzan” on the U.S.S. Wisconsin in downtown Norfolk. The Fantail Film Festival runs every other Saturday until August 20. WTKR has the details.
Is your favorite part of Snapchat the whole disappears-faster-than-a-traffic-jam-in-the-HRBT thing? Then this isn’t good news for you. The popular app is introducing a new “Memories” feature that allows users saving images in an in-app archive, according to the LA Times. The new section will have a “My Eyes Only” feature.
Because it’s never the wrong time of year for a little doomed romance, you should come out and see your favorite star-crossed lovers for the Virginia Shakespeare Festival’s production of “Romeo and Juliet.” Daily Press lists showtimes running through July 3, and you can click here for ticket and venue information.
Local jam band the Dharma Initiative will perform at this year’s Lockn’ Festival in Arlington. The Hampton-based group took first place in the “Rockin’ to Lockn’ ” competition, the Daily Press reports. Other acts include My Morning Jacket, Ween and Phish. For tickets and more information, check out this website.
Weezer and Panic! at the Disco will be in Virginia Beach this Wednesday at 7, and you need to be there. Yeah, Panic was a little 2010, but they still put on a show, and Weezer is now old enough to earn icon status. Your choice: get tickets or be sad.
Satisfy your inner child (or opera fanatic) at Newport News’ Paragon Theater throughout the summer. DP reports that the theater will host a free kids’ movie series Tuesdays through Thursdays, screenings of Metropolitan Opera performances and activities like fish giveaways, face painting, and photoshoots accompanying this weekend’s “Finding Dory” premier.