Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Score

BlackFinn and State Fair sold, Justin French auctions + more.

Posted on Tue, May 29, 2012 at 2:24 PM

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-2 BlackFinn Restaurant and Saloon announces its Richmond closure pending a sale. The news rattles the local nightlife industry, with several bar historians likening its impact to the Great Skank Rebellion of '89 and the Blue Motorcycle Uprising of '93.

+4 The property of the State Fair of Virginia is sold to a Tennessee fair producer for $5.35 million, with the new owner promising to resurrect the financially struggling fair in the fall. The good news: some really good fried stuff. The bad news: tickets will be $500.

-1 Richmond police say they're seeking a man who burglarized a Broad Street ABC store, making off with seven bottles of liquor. Now we're starting to doubt the legitimacy of our Seagram's transaction under the bridge the other night.

+2 Sent to prison for a fraudulent scheme involving historic tax credits, developer Justin French must see more than 60 pieces of jewelry, art and furniture auctioned off by the U.S. Marshals. Buyer beware: That Rolex comes scented with Eau de Douchebag.

+7 Locals turn up the barbecuing, pull on the bathing suits and kick back for the long Memorial Day weekend. There's no surer sign of a good-time Richmond summer than empty PBR cans floating down the James River.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, May 22, 2012 at 5:47 PM

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+5 Warren Buffett's company buys nearly all of the newspapers owned by Media General, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch. What's black, white and platinum-covered with encrusted diamonds all over?

+6 The popular Dominion Riverrock festival features outdoor races, skateboarding tricks, live music and dog-jumping contests. The hugely successful event draws some 65,000 visitors of all types, proving that when cute lil' doggies are involved, even hipsters are somewhat tolerable.


+1 Barksdale and Theatre IV announce a merger to become the Virginia Repertory Theatre, though they'd like to be known as Virginia Rep. We prefer Yo! Virginia Reps.

-9 With its leaders decrying his "homosexual activist" history, state legislators foil the judgeship of Richmond Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Tracy Thorne-Begland. The Virginia GOP releases a statement, explaining: "We just think those people should stick to things they're good at judging, like fashion, reality TV and each other."

-7 Meanwhile, auctions are scheduled this week to sell off the State Fair of Virginia's property in Caroline County and the 250-acre SportsQuest complex in Chesterfield. Sources say one bidder plans to swoop in to combine the two facilities, creating the world's first artificial-turf, pig-racing track: PorkQuest.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Score

New grads, obese RVA, Heroes Parade + more.

Posted on Tue, May 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM

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+6 In graduation news, thousands of degrees are conferred over the weekend to students at Virginia Commonwealth, Virginia Union and Virginia State universities. And now for the bad news: At least 5 percent of college graduates end up on reality TV.

-6 Using data on America's health, Newsweek's Daily Beast ranks Richmond as the second-fattest city in the country, right after Memphis, Tenn., with about 30 percent of the population cited as obese. Shoot, the only reason Memphis beat us is because Elvis is still buried there.

0 A Mitt Romney campaign source tells Politico that the candidate's safest choice for a vice-presidential running mate will be an "incredibly boring white guy." Something tells us there's a giddy governor throwing back some really stiff 1-percent milk right about now!

-5 Delegate Bob Marshall speaks against the nomination of Richmond Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Tracy Thorne-Begland to a general district court judgeship, citing his history as an "aggressive activist for the pro-homosexual agenda." C'mon Bob, doesn't everyone wearing those robes feel a little bit gay?

+8 Richmond gears up to honor veterans with the Welcome Home Our Heroes Parade, along the Boulevard to Dogwood Dell starting Saturday at 10 a.m. And if we can't draw more people than showed up to Elliott Yamin's "American Idol" parade, we're all going to hell.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Score

A Shaka endorsement, super moons, scooter thieves + more.

Posted on Tue, May 8, 2012 at 1:29 PM

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+7 President Obama makes Richmond the second stop of his re-election campaign kickoff, rallying supporters and getting Coach Shaka Smart’s endorsement at VCU’s Siegel Center. Who better to help Obama get to the Final Four years of his presidency? +1 In the midst of the Obama rally and Cinco de Mayo, a correspondent for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” comes to town, interviewing locals at Baja Bean and the Siegel Center while wearing a sombrero and Mexican poncho. Because talking about illegal immigration is a lot more fun when you’re blitzed on dirt-cheap margies. +3 The University of Richmond holds its 182nd commencement ceremony, sending 1,073 graduates into the cruel world of reality. A world full of hand-me-down Lexuses. Oh the horror! 0 Richmonders gazing upward see the “super moon” over the weekend, the effect of the full moon getting as close as it gets to the earth this year. Unfortunately all the astronomy nerds were inside watching “The Avengers.” -3 Scooter thieves are going gangbusters, warn Richmond police, who cite 79 moped thefts so far this year, up nearly 150 percent from the same period last year. Also up 150 percent: the number of Richmond hipsters bragging about the dope deal they got on their Piaggio at the pawn shop.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Score

Race weekend wins, retreating inchworm army, RVA single women + more.

Posted on Tue, May 1, 2012 at 11:51 AM

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+6 Race fans flock to Richmond International Raceway for NASCAR weekend, which features Kyle Busch breaking a track record by winning a fourth consecutive spring race with the Capital City 400. Busch takes record-setting laps. We take record-setting naps.

+2 It appears that the long local nightmare of our inchworm invasion is over, with the little buggers dying out, getting eaten or escaping underground. At least Richmond can now say it had a peaceful Occupy movement that ended with no arrests.

-1 Some students and alumni at the University of Richmond and Christopher Newport University are complaining about the selection of Gov. Bob McDonnell as their graduation speaker. Female students just shrugged — they already know when it comes to McDonnell, they don't get a choice.

-3 Speaking of, Richmond gets no mention whatsoever on a new Men's Health list ranking the cities with the most eligible single women — the highest number being in Washington. We now fully support that high-speed train between here and there.

-2 A podiatrist in Colonial Heights is arrested on charges that he traded oxycodone prescriptions for weed, the T-D reports. Let's have a little compassion. If you looked at feet all day, you'd need a little down time too.

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