Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Score

This Week: Executive Mansion B-Day, Rams to NCAA, Barry Manilow's Gift Piano + More.

Posted on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 3:15 PM

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+4 The Executive Mansion marks its 200th birthday with a public party over the weekend, which includes a flash-mob dance to the Black Eyed Peas song "I Gotta Feeling." Let's just hope historians will burn all recorded copies of Gov. Bob McDonnell doing the "Harlem Shake."

+5 Although the VCU Rams lose to Saint Louis, keeping them from the Atlantic 10 crown, they win a bid to play in the NCAA tournament. Sports commentator Dick Vitale still thinks they'll be knocked out early, causing superstitious Rams fans to rejoice.

+3 A 27-hour dance marathon at Deep Run High School raises $243,855 for charity, passing the $1 million mark for the event since its launch in 2007. Hundreds of sweaty, hormonal teens gyrating to hip music for 27 hours. It's like that time we got "Dirty Dancing" stuck in the break-room VCR.

+1 Barry Manilow, who's performing a show here next month, announces that he's donating a piano to the Richmond City Schools as part of an instrument drive. Now if he'll just dedicate a live rendition of "Can't Smile Without You" to the School Board.

+1 Richmond-based company Mobelux unveils an iPhone app that lets you use your phone to post, rate and share the drinks you order. It's called Elixr — or as we refer to it around here, Ginstagram.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Score

RVA This Week: Nature's mayhem, CAA tourney moves on, U of R mumps + more.

Posted on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 1:45 PM

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+1 It's nature's mayhem in Richmond, where residents are hit by a snow day, sunny weather and then shifting light, with daylight saving time moving clocks ahead by an hour. And finally it happens: Andrew Freiden single-handedly short-circuits Twitter.

-3 The Colonial Athletic Association thanks the city for 24 years of serving as host to its men's basketball championship — which moves to Baltimore next year. The Richmond Coliseum is now free to go after its long-sought target: the Mid-Atlantic Paper Airplane Competition.

-2 A health advisory warns that several cases of mumps have hit students at the University of Richmond. We should have seen the day coming when this heated VCU rivalry would escalate to germ warfare.

+1 CBS-6 reports that Richmond's infamous shock-rock band Gwar is behind those conspicuous new foam-rubber hats popping up on the heads of VCU Rams fans, featuring horns and snouts. Now it's only a matter of time before Shaka Smart is fed to the World Maggot on stage.

+5 Local watering holes prepare for an onslaught of St. Patrick's Day revelers, including tens of thousands of folks expected in Shockoe Bottom for Saturday's Shamrock the Block. Never have so many bar restrooms been "Closed Till Monday."

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Score

This Week: Camping in "Shakaville", Lady Luck retires, big RVA music + more.

Posted on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 1:38 PM

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+6 Virginia Commonwealth University fans start camping out for tickets in an area dubbed "Shakaville" two days before the Rams play — and crush — the Butler Bulldogs, who took them out in the 2011 NCAA Final Four. Revenge is a dish best served cold, after shivering in tents on the sidewalk for days.

-3 Looking back at his recent ouster as Richmond police chief, Bryan Norwood tells CBS-6 that he had just a few conversations with the mayor, and remains mystified by why he was let go. This calls for some detective work.

-1 The Virginia Lottery announces the retirement of Lady Luck, a 24-year-long recurring character played by Melanie McQueen. We'd wish her luck in her retirement but that's just redundant.

-5 Richmonders head into the weekend deluged with dire warnings of pandemonium ahead, with politicians failing to reach a resolution that would avoid the spending cuts of sequester from taking effect. On the bright side, budget cuts force Congress to cancel its Harlem Shake video shoot. (Though Eric Cantor refused to take off the banana suit.)

+5 Big music announcements strike in the same week: Bob Dylan and Barry Manilow will play the Richmond Coliseum in April. Our hopes of an "All Along the Copacabana" mash-up collaboration just got a little closer to reality.

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