Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Score

Posted on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 1:28 PM

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+2 Debbie Johnston of health care company Care Advantage goes undercover in Richmond, Calif., appearing on ABC's "Secret Millionaire" to share some of her wealth with those in need. This is what Obamacare was supposed to look like.

+3 Gov. Bob McDonnell announces that Virginia is ending its fiscal year with a $585 million surplus, raising the total during his time in office to more than $2 billion. All that cash and Virginia still can't afford to buy him his own watch?

+1 Richmond plays host to more than 600 travel executives, coming to town for seminars by the U.S. Travel Association. The cumulative effect of all that jet lag has sent us back to the antebellum.

+2 Community do-gooder Patience Salgado kicks off the Light of Human Kindness, an interactive mural featuring acts of compassion painted on an 80-foot wall at the old GRTC Depot. Get Happy the Artist anywhere near this and there's going to be some kind of Disneyesque implosion.

+3 The PBS series "Antiques Roadshow" brings its appraisers to Richmond, with the T-D reporting on such treasures found as a watercolor worth $85,000, a brooch worth $65,000, and a basketball signed by the University of North Carolina's 1982 championship team worth $10,000. Our Filet-O-Fish wrapper signed by Dirtwoman? Priceless.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM

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+8 The Carytown Watermelon Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary, with organizers estimating a crowd of at least 110,000 people. Remember the inaugural year when it was just a little seed spit into a sidewalk crack?

-4 The superintendent of the Henrico County Schools is put on paid annual leave, CBS-6 reports, after questions are raised about inappropriate emails and a personal relationship with a School Board member and her husband. And, like, they were totally hogging the cool kids’ table in the cafeteria.

-1 Church Hill People’s News reports on a shake-up in the neighborhood association, with eight board members resigning in a letter citing “elevated vitriol and animosity.” But hey, revolutions are to be expected from the old turf of Patrick Henry.

+6 Music dominates the weekend with fans flocking to the Richmond Jazz Festival, Jimmy Eat World and the Sound City Bands & Brews Fest. There were so many concerts you could travel from Tredegar to Maymont just by crowd surfing.

+0 The Washington Redskins head into their last week of training camp before packing up and shipping out. This time next week, Richmond’s sports star quotient goes back to being topped by Denny Hamlin, Rob Ukrop and Nutzy the Flying Squirrel.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Score

Posted on Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 3:43 PM

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+6 More than 25,000 people attend Fan Appreciation Day at the Redskins training camp, an event full of muddy shoes, loud cheering, long lines and lots of enthusiasm. It's like Lollapalooza but without all the mind-altering drugs.

+3 Richmond ranks No. 7 on the Daily Beast's list of "aspirational cities" — urban areas with jobs and culture "attracting today's ambitious citizens." Now let's all relax, throw back some PBR and get tattoos to commemorate our cultural achievements.

+4 Local improv group the RVA Comedy Coalition holds a weekend of shows celebrating the opening of its new downtown theater on Broad. A little advice to you young comedy hopefuls. When in doubt: fart jokes.

-5 After striking Schwarzschild Jewelers in Carytown in broad daylight, armed robbers flee on foot. If you spot them, call Crime Stoppers and do not approach: Suspects may be armed and fabulously accessorized.

+1 The short-speech-making and idea-sharing conference TEDxRVA, which threw its first event in March, announces that it will return next spring. You need a year of down time to figure out what exactly they were talking about before.

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