If you find yourself in downtown Hampton around noon today, consider enjoying some local history along with your lunch.
As part of the Lunch in Time Series, Andy Greenwell, retired director of the Hampton Coliseum will present, "Elvis Live: The Hampton Coliseum Rocks the Peninsula." Elvis Presley performed at the Hampton Coliseum on four occasions - April 9, 1972; March 11, 1974; and July 31 and Aug. 1, 1976. Greenwell will share memories of The King of Rock 'n' Roll's visits to Hampton.
The event takes place at noon and is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. A complimentary soft drink and dessert will be provided by the museum.
For more information, call 757-727-1610.
Secondly, The Chrysler Museum of Art will screen a documentary film that explores part of hip-hop history. "Beatboxing -- The Fifth Element of Hip Hop" will show at 7 p.m. tonight (Oct. 18) at the museum's Kaufman Theatre. Admission is $5.
Here's a press release about the movie and the museum's film series.
BEATBOXING – THE FIFTH ELEMENT OF HIP HOP IS FEATURED OCT. 18
DURING ON SCREEN/IN PERSON FILMS SERIES
Six movies make local debut at the Chrysler with programming that includes the filmmakers
NORFOLK, Va. – (October 2011) – The Chrysler Museum of Art presents its second On Screen/In Person film for the 2011-12 season on October 18. The program, organized by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, tours new independent American films and their respective filmmakers to communities across the Mid-Atlantic region. The films are shown in the Chrysler Museum's Kaufman Theatre, and are followed by a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker. The cost is free for Museum Members and $5 for all others.
Wednesday, October 19, 7 p.m., Beatboxing—The Fifth Element of Hip Hop
Produced by Angela Viscido
In the late '70s, a youth culture evolved in the poorer parts of New York, combining several disciplines under the name of Hip Hop. Apart from its four classic elements—graffiti, DJing, breakdancing, and rapping—the musical side of this culture was enhanced by a fifth element—beatboxing. From the hardship of poverty and the lack of instruments, a pioneer was inspired to imitate drum rhythms with his mouth, creating the term "human beatbox." Beatboxing features artists from New York, California, Florida, and around the world, who demonstrate their amazing techniques (55 minutes, 2011, unrated documentary, www.beatboxdocumentary.com).
On Screen/In Person is made possible with support from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program. Other films to be shown at the Chrysler include Out in the Silence on November 9 at 7 p.m., Concrete, Steel and Paint on February 8 at 7 p.m., Proceed and Be Bold! on March 31 at 2 p.m., and Milking the Rhino on April 25 at 7 p.m.
The Chrysler Museum of Art is one of America's most distinguished mid-sized art museums with a world-class collection of more than 30,000 objects, including one of the great glass collections in America and a new Glass Studio opening November 2. The Museum is located at 245 West Olney Road in Norfolk and is open Wednesdays, 10 a.m. -9 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, noon-5 p.m. The Chrysler is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as major holidays. Admission to the Museum's collection is free. For exhibitions, programming and special events, visit chrysler.org or call 757-664-6200.