Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 11:32 AM

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+2 The city gets another local beer-maker with the opening of Isley Brewing Co. in Scott’s Addition. This is not to be confused with the Isley Brothers Brewing Co., which makes a mean “Twist and Shout Stout.”

-4 The GRTC Transit system prepares to lose its chief executive, Eldridge Coles, who’s retiring after nearly five decades. He’s been there so long he can remember when Chesterfield wouldn’t let the horse and buggies across county lines.

+1 The Richmond Police Department introduces a retro black and white design for its cruisers. Early tests with retro tie-dye just never got off the drawing board.

+3 The Richmond Zombie Walk fills the streets of Carytown on a Saturday afternoon with rotting, bustling crowds of the wandering undead. For one day only, the merchants change their slogan to “A Mile of Vile and Bile.”

-3 It’s the last week before Election Day, when voters will choose Virginia’s next governor. If you’ve been waiting for the day to write in Rodney the Ram, this may be your best shot.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Score

Cheetah cubs, James River Health, Saxon Shoes B-Day + More

Posted on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 1:47 PM

+4 The Metro Richmond Zoo celebrates the birth of five cheetah cubs to a first-time mom and dad at the zoo's new cheetah breeding center. This is not to be confused with the Cougar Breeding Center of Chesterfield, which is a whole different thing.

-5 The James River Association issues its biennial assessment of the river's health, grading it a C and finding "virtually no progress in reducing sediment pollution over the past 20 years." You can only scrape off so many layers of hippie bathing.

+2 Richmond retail institution Saxon Shoes celebrates 60 years in business. It even made it through the Great Jelly Shoe Crisis of '84.

-3 Members of the Duggar family from the reality television show "19 Kids and Counting" visit Richmond to endorse Ken Cuccinelli for governor and call for Terry McAuliffe to abort his candidacy. Insert your own joke here.

+4 The theater community turns out for Richmond's version of the Tony awards, with local critics naming Richmond Shakespeare's "A Comedy of Errors" as best play and Richmond Triangle Players' "Bare: a Pop Opera" as best musical. And wouldn't you know it, Neil Patrick Harris was hosting! That dude is everywhere!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM

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+7 Though attendance is down and feet are muddy, music fans push through a wet weekend to keep spirits high at the Richmond Folk Festival. Hmmm, Muddy Feet. Now that sounds like a good folk band name.

-5 Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert Sarvis doesn’t meet the bar set by organizers for debating Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli on Oct. 24, the final face-off before the election. Sarvis just didn’t run the minimum number of negative ads required.

-3 About 200 employees at Capital One learn that they’ll be laid off. The savings is roughly equal to what’s in Alec Baldwin’s wallet.

0 Country music station K-95 overtakes urban hits station KISS-FM to hit No. 1 in the summer ratings, according to Nielsen Audio. Kanye West burst into K-95’s studios, grabbed the mic and declared KISS-FM the greatest radio station of all time.

+3 Mounted squads from across the country and Canada come to town for the North American Police Equestrian Championships. Canada has crime?

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