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BY JONAS BEALS
GOOD MORNING, this is your
Welcome aboard the SS Summer Sounds, Fredericksburg's only cruise ship that guarantees smooth seas and all-you-can-hear musical magic. Prepare yourself for pure sonic sunshine as we ply the feel-good waves, destined for glorious ports of call in Richmond, Charlottes-ville and Washington. But before
Conquer cabin fever with frequent trips to the Seashell, our portside lounge, where bartender Fritz Beer
If dancing is your bag, you'll want
Cruise director Melissa Colombo and her team of sun-kissed lounge chair experts have a full slate of leisure activities designed to light the spark of musical love. Jay Starling and John Buck are topside, strumming your heartstrings with bayside ballads. Anthony Campbell will be crooning the night away in the Passion Cove Cabana Cafe, the only restaurant with love on the menu.
And if lyrics light your fire, you'll want to stop by the hurricane deck, where Ben Sellers and Ryan Marr speak the stone-cold sexy language of power rock and slow jams.
Remember, folks, we're here to make this your summer to have it all. So grab a boat drink and join me in a toast to the power of song. Take our advice and we guarantee you'll be sailing the seas of pure aural pleasure.
Jonas Beals: 540/368-5036,
Now THROUGH May 13
Doug Aitken: SONG 1
This artist has combined video projection and music on the grandest of scales by covering the entire facade of the Hirshhorn in video from sunset to midnight. It's a 360-degree cinema set to multiple variations of the song "I Only Have Eyes for You" by a range of musicians. As an artist, architect and musician, this is my kind of candy.
--Melissa Colombo is a veteran of many storied local bands.
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