Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Score

This Week: Virginia Dairy Month, RVA millennials, Baseball Bat Beer + More.

Posted on Tue, May 28, 2013 at 3:30 PM

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-4 Virginia Republicans' new candidate for lieutenant governor, E.W. Jackson, makes headlines for his controversial comments on gays, the Ku Klux Klan and Democrats' "Antichrist" agenda. Just wait till he's asked about the Boy Scouts.

+2 With egg month barely behind us, Gov. Bob McDonnell proclaims June as Virginia Dairy Month, and reminds residents that milk is the official beverage of the commonwealth. Also: Anyone know a good omelet chef? The mansion is hiring.

+1 A study is released on the millennial generation, meant to help attract young professionals to the region, showing they want cool jobs, good food and fun places to hang out. And so let us resolve to erect a Dave & Buster's on every corner!

+8 Memorial Day is commemorated in Richmond with backyard relaxing, fireworks over Rocketts Landing and a ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial. Moments of reflecting on those who died while serving our country, before we go back to complaining about Facebook's new layout.

+5 Also as part of Memorial Day weekend, Center of the Universe Brewing releases Homefront IPA, a beer aged on Louisville Slugger bats and made by several breweries to raise money for a military charity. We will always get behind beer for a cause.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, May 21, 2013 at 4:19 PM

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+7 Dominion Riverrock draws tens of thousands of Richmonders to a festival of daredevil boulder climbers, bike flippers and adventure competitions. Heck, even the reggae singer was forced to show bravery.

-3 City Council members are surprised to learn that the budget for the Washington Redskins training camp has increased by $1.1 million, an increase of 10 percent from its original $10 million estimate. To be fair, this is the kind of accounting they're used to in D.C.

+4 Local beer lovers celebrate American Craft Beer Week with tastings, drink specials and tap explorations across town. In some circles, this is called Saturday.

-1 At its convention in Richmond, the Virginia Republican Party swings for the far right field, with a delegation of 8,000 choosing a highly conservative ticket for statewide office. Those popping sounds you hear are champagne bottles being opened at "The Daily Show."

+1 The Air Sex World Championships, a more adult version of air guitar, announces that it's making a stop again in Richmond, bringing the competition to Strange Matter on June 14. The next morning, get ready for the Air Walk of Shame Showdown.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Score

This Week: one drunken weekend, Maggie Walker ranking, washing-machine brawl + more.

Posted on Tue, May 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM

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+8 Mother's Day brings out the brunches, greeting cards and well-wishes in homes and restaurants across the city. Because nothing says "thanks for bringing me into this world and dealing with all my crap" like two minutes in the card aisle of CVS.

+6 We get two wine festivals, a beer festival and a seafood festival with all-you-can-drink brew — in a single weekend. Is this a festival infestation or an infestation of festivals? Either way, by the time the cicadas invade we'll all be too drunk to notice.

-7 Caroline County officials, residents and some local Islamic leaders express outrage over the secret burial of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev at a cemetery near Kings Dominion. No plans to update the tourist attraction brochures.

+5 Students, teachers and administrators at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies revel in a ranking from Newsweek and the Daily Beast as the 14th best public high school in the country. Nerds rule!

-2 The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports on a fight over washing-machine noise between South Side neighbors, in which police charged a woman with aggravated assault for using pepper spray on another. Next time, ladies, can't you just Shout it out?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, May 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM

-4 With its scouting-for-ideas trip to Denver done, the Greater Richmond Chamber says next year’s intercity visit will take city officials and business folks to Tampa, Fla. So get ready for Richmond’s Next Big Thing: A pirate-themed entertainment district anchored by steakhouses and strip clubs. In other words, Norfolk. *

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+5 With shows across town, RVA Fashion Week celebrates its fifth year and closes on a high note. Now everyone can exhale and go back to looking schlubby.

+4 Rugged Maniac draws 4,500 adventure seekers to Petersburg, where they tackle a 5-kilometer obstacle course over walls, down a water slide and through tunnels of mud. Proving that you can race through a muddy field in Petersburg without stumbling over Confederate bones.

-2 Speaking of mud, the television ad battle for Virginia governor begins, with Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe running his first statewide ad alongside Republican Ken Cuccinelli. Yet again our TVs are held hostage by three undecided voters.

+3 The city kicks off a Bicycle Commuter Challenge, with the mayor encouraging people to log miles biked to work, leading up to a Bike to Work Day on May 17. Extra cool points if you double a friend or co-worker on the handle bars.

* With credit for inspiration from @richmondgl, @sarvay and @themarinara.

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