Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM

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+1 Virginia violin star Ann Marie Calhoun, a former member of Old School Freight Train, gets tons of screen time performing from the balcony with the orchestra at the Academy Awards. So she can always say she played Billy Crystal’s funeral.

-3 Confederate re-enactors create a scene when they rally on Monument Avenue, waving flags and dressing in period costume. Uh, hey guys, Spielberg’s back in L.A.

+4 In the midst of his political party’s meltdown, Gov. Bob McDonnell takes a moment to enjoy some wine, awarding the Virginia Governor’s Cup to Glen Manor Vineyards 2009 Hodder Hill Meritage. McDonnell says he considered it to be a fine wine from the moment of grapevine germination.

-6 The T-D reports that the Mechanicsville woman who faked cancer to scam people out of money will get no jail time and have to pay a $50 fine. So she’s right up there with such hardened criminals as noise-ordinance violators.

+2 We head into the week that includes Leap Day — an extra 24 hours not to be confused with the Leap Second, which will be added to the clocks June 30. Either way, we refuse to participate till Quantum Leap Day, when Scott Bakula finally will get the recognition he deserves.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Score

Ephemeral snow, abortion politics and musical lions.

Posted on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 4:23 PM

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+5 The season's first significant snow lands on Richmond, making a big splash before quickly fading away. It was the Newt Gingrich of snowfalls. Only not as bitterly cold.

-6 Virginia legislators score national headlines, talk-show segments and a lashing from "Saturday Night Live," in part for a bill defining life as beginning at conception. You might think it's bad politics, but someone's walking away with the zygote vote.

0 Rallying against the personhood bill and legislation that could require abortion patients to get a transvaginal ultrasound, hundreds of people line the walkways of Capital Square in silent protest. We're sure lawmakers will get around to the economy eventually. Right?

-1 In Chesterfield County, police search for a man who attempted to rob a CVS pharmacy, describing him as having prosthetic legs. Police say he wasn't armed.

+4 The national tour of "The Lion King" opens at the Landmark Theater, bringing a colorful spectacle of intricate costumes, puppets and visual effects. It's like Gwar goes to Africa, without all the bodily fluids.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Score

A Democrat pep rally, webcamming eagles and RVA's Grammy connections.

Posted on Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 3:27 PM

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+1 Virginia Democrats gather in Richmond for their annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, a pep rally that spotlights key political figures — such as presumed U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine, who delivers a rousing keynote address. There wasn't a dry eyebrow in the house.

+4 The indie band Bon Iver, for which Richmond musician Reggie Pace plays, wins the Grammy for best new artist. Reggie wasn't in Los Angeles for the awards ceremony, so he sat back, relaxed and just watched from afar — much like Kanye West.

+2 Also at the Grammy Awards, the University of Richmond's resident ensemble, eighth blackbird, picks up a win for best small ensemble performance. The group's getting so big it's considering the use of capital letters.

-1 The Times-Dispatch announces the results of a contest to name the two eagles under surveillance on its webcam, to be hereby known as Virginia and James. Remember when Richmond wanted to be known as the Capital of Creativity?

+3 Richmond wins one of several new city badges offered through a contest by the social-media game FourSquare, in which users can earn the badge by completing certain tasks around town. In simpler times, this was referred to as Boy Scouts.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Score

Posted on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 2:39 PM

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+2 Richmonders gather in bars and living rooms to watch the New York Giants win their fourth Super Bowl title. Patriots fans blame their watery eyes on the jalapeno dip.

-3 More than 1,000 fish turn up dead in two neighborhood ponds at Winchester Green. They also were Patriots fans.

0 Politico reports that Newt Gingrich is dropping his legal fight to get a slot on the Republican presidential primary in Virginia. Meanwhile, Gov. Bob McDonnell declares that his 2012 Romney Brown-Nosing Tour is full steam ahead.

-4 The Virginia Senate passes legislation to repeal the one-gun-a-month rule, virtually assuring it'll become law. Coming soon to the West Broad Costco: new EZ-Grab Glock 12-packs!

+1 Martin's Food Markets announces that it's building its first Richmond gas station at its store in the Westpark Shopping Center. Alas, the fuel's still not as good as at Ukrop's.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Score

A weekly ranking of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 2:19 PM

+3 The Times-Dispatch reports that the eagles featured on its Richmond Eagle Cam started mating over the weekend, and are likely to continue going at it for the next two weeks. That is, until they get creeped out by all the people watching them on camera.

0 One of Richmond’s most powerful chief executives, Altria Group’s Michael Szymanczyk, announces his May retirement. He looks forward to getting some fresh air.

-4 TVNewsCheck reports that Richmond-based Media General, in debt by $658 million at the end of 2011, is at risk of bankruptcy. You might be a Plugger if…

-2 The House of Delegates passes a bill that would make it legal for two motorcyclists to ride side-by-side in a single lane. The Crotch Rocket Amendment to permit passing on the shoulder is still under discussion.

+5 Promoters announce that Elton John will play the Richmond Coliseum in March, his first time here in six years. The Coliseum hasn’t seen this many sequins, makeup and flamboyance since WWE’s Smackdown came to town.

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