Spotlight Archive

The twisted world of balloon sculptures

ROCHESTER, N.Y. I am a twister. "I make balloon animals" doesn't cut it, you see. Right now you're picturing dinky dogs and flowers and swords that you've seen at kids' parties and carnivals.

DVD Review | “Imitation of Life” 1934 and 1959


Pop(totum) | Stewart fought hypocrisy with humor

The date has been set. Let the wake begin. Jon Stewart, 52, announced this week that his tenure as host of "The Daily Show" ends Aug. 6, closing out a 16-year run as the country's most respected political satirist. A lot has been made of Trevor Noah (story on page 9), the 31-year-old South African chosen to fill his seat. Most of it (deservedly) critical.

Cube Candy | New Faith No More reissues and McDreamy leaves


Virginia International Tattoo | A world of wonder

Scott Jackson has heard the question a time or two in the 13 years he's helmed the Virginia International Tattoo: What was his favorite show?
He doesn't have one. Instead, Jackson, the producer and director, has favorite parts.

Music | Major and the Monbacks go on the record

SEVEN YEARS IS a long time for a band to go without recording a debut album. But Norfolk-based Major and the Monbacks had two very good reasons for putting off their first full-length effort (they did release an EP earlier): They've been on the road a lot, and recording is really expensive.

Movies | "Adaline" and "The Water Diviner" hit theaters

"The Age of Adaline"
Kind of a hotter Benjamin Button. Blake Lively stars as a woman who, thanks to an accident in her late 20s, never again ages. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man worth losing her immortality over. Directed by Lee Toland Krieger. Also starring Harrison Ford. PG-13 (110 minutes)
"The Water Diviner"

Fun to do | The ballet, the symphony and "DockDogs"

Todd Rosenlieb Dance & Virginia Ballet Theatre Studio Concert Series.
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. Sunday at Benjack Studio Theatre at TRDance Center, 325 Granby St., Norfolk. $20 with discounts for students. www.trdance.org.
Treasures of the Earth Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show.

Cube Candy | Big Headlines for the Small Screen


Cube Candy | “Fantastic” trailer, John Oliver’s Doomsday video


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