Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Score: Week 1, 2015

Posted on Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 12:00 PM

+6 Across the city, revelers count down the seconds to the new year. Following Richmond tradition, we started at 20 instead of 10, because getting things done takes twice as long around here.

+1 Richmond’s Grammy-nominated rapper and songwriter, Skillz, releases his annual Rap Up performance of the headlines and trends of 2015. But he’s still working on a rhyme to exploding hover board.

+3 A former Richmonder, rocker David Lowery, files a class-action lawsuit seeking at least $150 million from Spotify, allegedly for failing to secure proper music licenses. We couldn’t reach Spotify for comment because it never takes off those damn earbuds.

-6 The decades-old Pleasants Hardware tells employees of its closure, with Whole Foods grocery scheduled to take its place. Nothing takes the sting out of a layoff like a citrus-roasted paiche in a collard wrap.

+2 A year after a successful Kickstarter campaign to keep its doors open, the now-nonprofit Video Fan launches a nearly $10,000 online fundraiser to underwrite its next stage of growth. Online technology: That which kills you can make you stronger.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 12:42 PM

+7 Richmonders gather together for Thanksgiving celebrations. And judging by the bulging waistlines at work Monday, nary a turkey was pardoned.

-3 The Retail Merchants Association says nearly half of businesses responding to a survey of Black Friday saw sales decline or stay flat. Somebody summon Samson Trinh, stat. This season needs another Christmas album from the Upper East Side Big Band.

+4 The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors approves a $360 million, 362-mile bicycle trails plan to be built over the next 50 years. But if we’re already thinking ahead to the year 2065, let’s hope they factored in all the hovercraft traffic.

-2 Fans of Bon Air singer Evan McKeel are bummed to watch him get knocked out of the running on NBC’s “The Voice.” Chin up, kid. After Crab Louie’s, you’re still the pride of South Side.

+1 The Carytown wine bar Secco announces that it’s moving into the long-time site of the neighborhood beer joint in the Fan, Buddy’s Place. Suds and shots are being replaced by a lovely sauvignon blanc. We all have to grow up sometime, right?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 12:34 PM

-4 Through his press secretary, Mayor Dwight Jones tells the T-D that baseball isn’t a priority in redeveloping the Boulevard. Well, at least the Flying Squirrels landed in a city full of nuts.

-6 Proponents of an independent children’s hospital for Richmond tell City Council they must put plans on hold to reassess their options. Sometimes, children are the future. Then there are times they need to be driven to other states for medical treatment.

+5 1708 Gallery’s InLight Richmond draws big weekend crowds to an outdoor exhibition of sound and light displays at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. This time of year, we prefer our lights a little more on the tacky side, but this was OK too.

+1 Singer Evan McKeel, a 20-year-old resident of Bon Air, wins his way into the top 12 contestants on NBC’s “The Voice.” Stay tuned for details about a Huguenot Road homecoming parade.

+3 Cider Week Virginia kicks off with events, tastings and fermented-apple celebrations across the state. An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but cider all week will make your liver shriek.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 1:00 PM

-4 Two men try to rob the Gateway Bank on Patterson Avenue, but flee when they can’t make it through a set of locked doors. And if you can’t get through doors, it’s probably a stretch to try a vault.

+3 The musical “Newsies” entertains crowds at Altria Theatre with dancing street kids from the late 1800s who fight publishing tycoon Joseph Pulitzer. Trust us: A dime a day, a black eye and fighting for Pulitzer’s attention is still about the status quo.

+4 Hungry diners turn out in droves for Nacho Taco Week in Richmond. For one glorious week, molten hot cheese flowed like lava through our veins. And now, hibernation, for Richmond Burger Week soon will be nigh.

0 Seeking Alpha reports that the company behind Anatabloc — those pills pushed by former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife — no longer will be traded on Nasdaq. As for the pills, just ask the McDonnells now: worst side effects ever.

+1 The Powhatan High School wrestling team announces a Nov. 21 fundraiser that will feature Ric “Nature Boy” Flair, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and the Rock ’n’ Roll Express. Who knew big wrinkly men in their underwear would be such a hot ticket?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Nov 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM

+5 Halloween falls on a Saturday, making Richmond go extra bonkers with costumes, trick-or-treating and parties across town. And if you think a hangover is bad, try waking up with a hangover under a Donald Trump wig.

-6 With nearly three decades of wins behind him, beloved Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer says he’s retiring at the end of the season. Cue the sad, acoustic version of “Enter Sandman.”

+2 Richmond’s longest food event, Fire, Flour & Fork, draws hundreds of eager dining enthusiasts to nearly five days of programming. And now they need a Fire, Flour & Forklift to get off the couch.

+1 After two years, CenterStage finds its new executive director from within its ranks, naming Janet Starke to the job. She soared through the audition process with her ingenious spin on a kick ball change.

+7 It was Election Day this week. We went to press before the results were announced, but we’re fairly confident that the real winner in the contentious Gecker and Sturtevant race was the United States Postal Service.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 12:48 PM

-3 CBS-6 reports that a 14-year-old girl at Moody Middle School could face assault and battery charges for throwing a baby carrot that hit a teacher in the forehead. Thank goodness they stopped her before she could pull out her broccoli shank.

+2 A living pop legend, Beach Boy Brian Wilson thrills fans at the National during his first appearance in Richmond. And let’s just say we spotted some dancing grandmas feeling their first good vibrations in a long time.

+1 Carytown Cupcakes transforms itself for a Harry Potter-themed week that brings in crowds to taste the dementor’s kiss, polyjuice potion and butterbeer. The only downside was having to play four hours of quidditch to burn it all off.

+3 On ESPN’s nationally televised “College GameDay,” the visiting Richmond Spiders beat the unbeaten James Madison Dukes by 59-49. Harrisonburg hasn’t seen this much action since the great Mennonite horse and buggy race of 1927.

+6 Richmond wastes no time in getting its Halloween festivities underway — creating costumes, attending themed events and hosting private parties. The mayor announces that he’s trick-or-treating as the scariest thing he can think of: regional cooperation.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 11:37 AM

-1 Former U.S. senator from Virginia Jim Webb complains about the lack of attention he receives during CNN’s Democratic debate. On the bright side, it gave Bernie Sanders more time to yell at the neighborhood kids to get off his lawn.

+2 A day after the debate, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump draws thousands of fans to a rally at the Richmond International Raceway complex. Like that place needed any more exhaust fumes.

-4 But confrontations at the rally reach a low when an apparent Trump supporter spits in a protester’s face, with video of the incident circulating widely. It was even more painful to watch than “Celebrity Apprentice.”

+1 In a study of the 150 most populated U.S. cities, WalletHub ranks Richmond as having the most grocery stores per capita. Which is no surprise. In Short Pump, kids come out of the womb asking for bread and milk.

+3 The Martin Agency lands the Land O’Lakes account, Adweek reports, winning the business away from its ad shop of 80 years. It was like a hot knife through their hearts of butter.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 10:34 AM

+9 The Richmond Folk Festival turns out big numbers, estimating its largest crowd ever at more than 200,000, and record-breaking donations from fans of $118,000. And they didn’t even have to burn a wooden effigy. Take that, hippies.

+2 Of his performance there, Grandmaster Flash noted on Instagram: “Richmond Showeddd Up 1000s more show up to show OUTttttttttt totally sickkkkkkkk RichmondFolkFestival….” Translation: a good time was had by all.

+1 Local radio station 103.7 Play riles up thousands of Richmonders by kicking off a Christmas music stunt Oct. 7 — only to reveal after 12 hours that it was a one-day prank. Next up: Ukrop’s Christmas Rainbow Cookies are being pulled from the shelves!

+2 A YouTube video of a blossoming friendship at Metro Richmond Zoo between Kumbali and Kago, a cheetah cub and puppy, racks up nearly 2 million views. Though most of the views were attributed to the crocodiles, who recently got Wi-Fi access.

+0 With an event change in Hampton Roads, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump announces that he’ll hold a rally Wednesday at Richmond International Raceway. Making America Dumb Again, one campaign stop at a time.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 11:00 AM

-8 Days of rain and the lingering threat of Hurricane Joaquin soak the Richmond area, trigger power outages and cause a slew of outdoor events to be moved or canceled. The James was angry, my friends ... like an old man trying to return soup in a deli!

+5 The ribbon is officially cut on the Virginia Capital Trail, a 52-mile, $74 million route for biking, walking and running along Route 5 between here and Williamsburg. And Richmond drivers will still figure out a way to drive on it.

+1 Richmond BizSense reports that the Blair House, one of the earliest homes on Monument Avenue, is listed for $2.85 million. Pay all that and you still have to look at the Jefferson Davis statue.

+1 Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican presidential hopeful, arrives to campaign with a town hall at the University of Richmond. Which is approximately one more campaign event than Jim Gilmore has held.

+3 While declining to reveal the price, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts says it’s installed one of its most expensive purchases, a 1779 painting by Benjamin West. Don’t they know Benjamin Moore is so much cheaper?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 1:00 AM

+10 The UCI Road World Championships reach a spectacular conclusion Sunday, with dashing Slovakian cyclist Peter “Terminator” Sagan winning the world title. His victory dashed the hopes of many, especially when they realized he had a girlfriend.

+1 After crossing the finish line, Sagan tosses his helmet into the crowd, with the broadcast announcer declaring, “That’ll be worth about 100 grand in a few years.” That’s one lucky fan. All we got was a broken cowbell.

-2 Speaking of stars, what about this Bono quasi-lookalike? A man creates a stir during the race by posing with fans as the U2 star and declining to correct them about his true identity. He was spotted near Libby Hill Park, where the cobblestones have no name.

-4 Race organizers kick off a lively debate about race turnout, releasing an initial estimate that there were 645,000 spectators over 10 days of the event. Well, traffic cones, Port-a-Johns and trees count, right?

+1 And now, Richmond wonders: What’s next? A nap.

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