+5 In the lead-up to the July Fourth weekend, vacations begin and the city takes on a sense of calm, quiet serenity. Even Nutzy says he’s going to spend the weekend just gliding, man. Just gliding.
-1 Speaking of silence, City Council tackles a new noise ordinance after its last one was ruled unconstitutional. Hey, if you really want quiet, just move next to CenterStage.
+4 The T-D reports that 80 miles of roads in the city will be designated bike-friendly — with money from the state — giving bikers more room to share the road. This is a great leap forward for both environmentalists and Spandex.
0 The Chamber of Commerce charges $125 a head for Richmonders to attend i.e.*, a conference that asks local creatives to discuss innovation. They got the idea from a conference on innovative moneymaking.
+6 Gotta run. Saw a one-armed man throwing a fireworks sale up in Doswell. One-armed men always have the best fireworks.
+3 After 33 years at the anchor desk, NBC-12’s Gene Cox signs off, celebrating with a cookout and a long overseas vacation before returning to other projects with the station. In reality, it’s an elaborate cover while he gets cheap pec implants in Thailand.
-4 After police are forced to deal with a rowdy crowd at a First Fridays Art Walk, organizers announce that they’re reducing parking options and shifting the monthly events to earlier hours, between 5 and 9 p.m. Proving yet again that when it comes to creativity, Richmond has its limits.
+4 The website GayRVA.com throws a wild, colorful and sweaty Bollywood Bash to celebrate turning 2 years old. Which on the gay calendar is the year you’re expected to start shedding the baby fat.
-3 Sam Moore, the former owner of the gentlemen’s club Velvet, is sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes. All we know is, someone’s throwing a hell of a party in 6 1/2 years, and we want an invite.
+2 We experience the final week before the official beginning of summer. Or as Richmonders prefer to call it, the Season of Warmer Aggression.
-6 The T-D reports on a man who’s arrested by police and charged with robbing a blind man of his cane in Shockoe Bottom. We have some thoughts on what should be done with the cane.
+5 Hardcore athletes endure the heat and rocky obstacles around the James River during the 13th Xterra Richmond Trail Runs, including one team that sets a world record for finishing the half-marathon while wearing gas masks in honor of a wounded veteran of Iraq. Our weekend consisted of setting a record for stacking Pringles chips without moving from our sofa while surrounded by empty PBR cans.
+4 The Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame opens with some down-home fanfare at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, honoring such greats as Jimmy Dean and Patsy Cline. Our next wish: the Jimmywood Theme Park, with a Big Bad John roller coaster and all the sausage pinwheels we can eat.
+3 The Virginia Homeschool Convention draws more than 10,000 people to downtown Richmond. They’ve gotta make friends somehow.
+2 Cocktails for a Cause auctions off bartenders for dates as a fundraiser for the Richmond Animal League. Expect broken hearts and wilted livers.
+8 Thousands of Richmonders eat the weekend away at big food events, including Beer, Bourbon & BBQ, the Greek Festival, Broad Appétit and the Stone Soul Music and Food Festival. Hey tubby, you still have some barbecue sauce under your fingernails.
+4 The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond gets attention by raising a gay pride flag at the request of an employee group to illustrate its commitment to diversity, inclusion and openness. The only thing not open about the Fed is what exactly it does in there.
-3 ... Meanwhile, the flag-flying stirs controversy and raises hackles from some groups who consider it a misguided effort in political correctness. And some people just hate rainbows.
+1 House Majority Leader Eric Cantor celebrates his birthday with a big party at the Science Museum of Virginia. He posed for photos, kept trying to Pin the Tail on the Donkey and offered the biggest slice of cake to the Pentagon.
-5 On the South Side, Liberty Valance, an eclectic, western-themed neighborhood joint closes its doors after 35 years. And in the distance you can see a chain-smoking, karaoke-singing, boot-wearing, tipsy cowboy riding off into the sunset.