Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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Posted on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 12:18 PM

+3 Winery owners, industry insiders and restaurateurs are drawn to the Jefferson Hotel for the Virginia Wine Summit. For one brief day, it was the only place in Richmond where people weren't drinking craft beer.

+7 The Valentine museum holds its grand reopening after a yearlong, multimillion-dollar, 16,200-square-foot renovation. Polished, roomy and looking good — even Robert E. Lee's old boots were deodorized with that new-museum smell.

0 Neighborhood mainstay Buddy's Place gives word that it's moving to the Devil's Triangle after more than 30 years at its corner spot in the Fan. Starbucks moves in, Buddy's moves out, yet another sign of the apocalypse.

-1 After nearly 10 years on the dial as the "We play anything" station, Liberty radio says goodbye, merging with Big Oldies 107.3-FM to form a new station playing hits from the '60s, '70s and '80s. The only hitch is finding a few sturdy gramophones.

+2 Last-minute Halloween shoppers start flooding local thrift stores and costume shops to gear up for a weekend of trick-or-treating. Or, if you're an adult and like us, bar-hopping under an alias.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Posted on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 1:59 PM

-6 With a $2.4 billion gap in Virginia's two-year budget, the governor announces layoffs, cutbacks and a price hike on booze at the state's 350 liquor stores. And there's a monopoly for ya — create a reason to drink and then make you pay more for the privilege.

+4 Richmond's theater community gets gussied up for the seventh annual Artsies, a lively show that hands out awards from local critics and offers up musical highlights from the year. And yet again, City Hall is robbed in the best comedy category.

-1 Considering the Ebola threat, three state lawmakers write to the governor, urging him to use "the police powers of Virginia" to enact restrictions on travelers from Ebola-affected areas by air and sea. The letter was mailed from the cave in which they usually make legislation.

+5 The largest group yet, about 1,300 volunteers, turn out to tackle daylong projects for nonprofits across the city as part of HandsOn Greater Richmond Day. Which was way more productive than our Saturday a few weeks ago, when we observed ButtOn Tattered Couch Day.

+1 Perly's matzo ball soup wins the Souper Bowl at Max's Positive Vibe Café, as judged by the Soup Nazi actor from "Seinfeld," Larry Thomas. But let's be honest — the real winner is the guy who's getting paid 19 years after pretending to be an eccentric fascist chef on television.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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Posted on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 11:48 AM

+8 Despite cloudy skies and a chill in the air, tens of thousands of people spend weekend time enjoying the 10th anniversary of the Richmond Folk Festival. The break dancers were a big hit. Then again, that might have been a group of guys just trying to stay warm.

+4 Gov. Terry McAuliffe toasts the decision of Stone Brewing Co. to bring its $74 million East Coast expansion to Richmond's Fulton neighborhood. One of Stone's flagship brews, Arrogant Bastard, is how the city is feeling right about now.

0 The ACLU applauds an opinion by the attorney general that says law enforcement officials are prohibited from using drones except for humanitarian reasons. They add that a drone sandwich delivery service would infringe on no one's civil liberties and they would welcome such airborne deliciousness.

+1 The Camel is host to a local band mash-up combining the pop of My Darling Fury with the hip-hop of the Photosynthesizers — called Darling Synthesis. It's the most fascinating mash-up since that drunk dude passed out in front of the kids playing the buckets in Carytown.

+2 A "Saturday Night Live" sketch starring host Bill Hader spoofs the commercials of Richmond-based charity ChildFund International and its television spokesman, Virginia actor Alan Sader. Now, for the cost of a cup of coffee, won't you consider helping SNL's ratings?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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Posted on Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 1:40 PM

+9 After ups and downs in the courts, same-sex marriage becomes legal in the state, with Attorney General Mark Herring calling it "a tremendous moment in Virginia history." It's almost like everyone's already forgotten about that Foo Fighters concert.

+1 Billionaire businessman Bill Goodwin, a major backer of an independent, regional children's hospital, says he doesn't want the project to get mired in the ballpark debate. And the heavens opened, and the earth stood still, and a quiet descended upon the mayor's office.

-3 With one last midway-pulsing, fun-filled weekend of down-home good times, the State Fair of Virginia comes to a close. Proving once again that if you deep-fry it, wrap it and bacon and deep-fry it again, they will come.

+1 Richmonder and Super Bowl star Russell Wilson writes an essay for Derek Jeter's new website about how he bullied others in grade school and urges support for victims of domestic violence. So to recap, he's a rich, handsome, altruistic, superstar quarterback. But hey, if you take away all those little details, he's a writer just like us!

+2 The Martin Agency wins the Ritz Crackers account, Advertising Age reports, with creative work beginning in 2015. Around the agency, it will be known as the year no one could whistle while they worked.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Posted on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 2:44 PM

+6 The State Fair of Virginia opens to fall weather, a bustling midway and blue-ribbon winners from across the commonwealth. As is tradition, even the carnies are fried.

+2 Gov. McAuliffe says he joined the effort to sweet-talk Stone Brewing Co. into expanding here by inviting executives to partake of the Executive Mansion kegerator. We aren't sure what happened next, but we spotted them leaving out the back with a Derek Jeter gift basket.

-1 Travelers run into headaches trying to fly from Richmond to Chicago after a fire is set at an air traffic control center in the Windy City. To make matters worse, they eventually arrived in Chicago.

-3 OpposingViews.com reports that a group promoting the right to openly carry guns takes its demonstration through Creighton Court, alarming residents and drawing a police response. OK, open-carry advocates, now a group from Creighton Court is heading over to open carry in your neighborhood. Cool?

+5 Virginia Pridefest turns Brown's Island into a colorful festival supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender awareness. As usual, attendance was high, but many people were late because of the State Fair. Apparently there was some confusion with this whole Twinx thing.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 1:00 AM

+6 The Foo Fighters play Richmond in a much-publicized show, marking the first major rock concert to happen as the result of crowd funding. Next, the race to lure Neil Diamond to The Diamond. Grandma just needs wee bit of help finding the power button on her laptop.

+7 Speaking of fundraising, the 36-hour online push for local charities, the Amazing Raise, brings in 20,421 gifts totaling more than $1.74 million. And not a single plea to dump ice water on your head.

-2 As expected, gadget enthusiasts get weird over the new iPhone release, waiting in long lines and filming the mad rush to the Apple store at Short Pump Town Center. It still wasn't as scary as the Soccer Mom Minivan Armada of '03.

0 The Richmond hosts of next year's UCI Road World Championships travel to the event in Ponferrada, Spain. Just what we need, Mayor Jones learning about siestas while gaining easy access to pitchers of sangria.

+3 In the weekend leading to the first day of fall, Richmonders get in the spirit with the season's first Oktoberfest, held in the streets of the Museum District by St. Benedict Parish. But the longest lines were on Sunday at the confessional.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Posted on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 1:59 PM

+4 Richmond wins a $24.9 million grant for a new high-speed bus line. But keep in mind, when it comes to Richmond, speed is relative.

-1 Fans of the Foo Fighters who didn't pony up to make the concert happen scramble to track down last-minute tickets. We even spotted Dave Grohl on Broad holding up a "Will Work for Ticket" sign.

+2 The Richmond Symphony Designer House, known as Hampton Manor, opens its doors to showcase a 5,300-square-foot house in Hallsley featuring the work of 24 local interior and landscape designers. Even the mortgage is color-coordinated.

+1 The much-anticipated Richmond outpost of Washington's Graffiato, from the former "Top Chef" contestant Mike Isabella, opens in the former Popkin Tavern on West Broad. The guy's getting more press than the Apple Watch.

+5 The man behind Uppy's convenience stores and Uptown Alley says he's working with a Chinese businessman to build a $160 million hotel and indoor water park in Chesterfield. Gas, bowling and water slides —Chesterfield has found its king.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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Posted on Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 2:51 PM

- 10 A jury returns guilty verdicts in 11 of 14 conspiracy and corruption charges against Bob McDonnell and his wife, making him the first Virginia governor in history to be convicted of a crime. In his defense, it's not like they had Ferarris back in Jefferson's day.

+5 Did we mention? The trial is over. Now you can all go back to tweeting about Sugar Shack Donuts.

-2 A shirtless Henrico County man makes headlines — and gets arrested — during the Sprint Cup NASCAR race after climbing a security fence over the track at Richmond International Raceway. Dude, there's a better way of getting a good look at Danica Patrick.

+6 The second annual Fall Line Fest offers a weekend packed with performances by more than 50 bands playing across six local venues. And only two reported cases of wristband fatigue.

+1 A 7-foot fir from Louisa County's Claybrooke Farm is named Virginia's 2014 Grand Champion Christmas Tree, with the prize of providing the official Christmas tree to the Executive Mansion. And a heads up from Gov. Terry McAuliffe and family: No gifts please.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 12:57 PM

+3 Kids across the area start filtering back to elementary, middle and high schools, while nervous college freshmen arrive in Richmond to begin university life. Bottom line: Annoyance level just dropped at Kings Dominion.

-1 VCU police launch a mobile "noise suppression unit" to keep tabs on parties thrown by students who live near the Monroe Park campus. Which explains why an engineering student just filed for a patent on "The Keg Stand Muffler 2000."

-4 The McDonnells' legal team unfolds its defense after prosecutors spend three weeks presenting their evidence in the corruption trial. Ladies and gentlemen, the biggest show in town welcomes you back from intermission.

+2 Hidden doors are found under wall paneling at the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond magazine reports, uncovered during the museum's renovation project. Even more mystifying, they lead to a secret tunnel that ends at Sugar Shack Donuts.

+3 The ALS Association's ice-bucket challenge reaches a fever pitch in Richmond. We thought we'd seen a record-setting number of wet heads — until the fluids started flying at last weekend's Gwar B-Q.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 1:28 PM

-6 Week two of the McDonnell corruption trial brings news that Maureen McDonnell's former chief of staff, Mary-Shea Sutherland, referred to her as a "nutbag." Which, sadly for the former first lady, is unavailable from Louis Vuitton.

-1 The Redskins training camp draws to a close. A few starry-eyed women are still wondering why Tom Brady wouldn't sign their RGIII jerseys.

0 The T-D reports that Wal-Mart will open a 4,100-square-foot store with no alcohol — but a pharmacy — on VCU's Monroe Park Campus. The University of Richmond, naturally, will be getting a Target.

+2 In Little League news, the Tuckahoe American All Star team makes it to the regional final, but is bested for a second year by South Nashville. Chins up, kids: You may not be headed to the World Series, but you also aren't going home to Tennessee.

+3 Community radio station WRIR-FM 97.3 launches an Indiegogo campaign on the road to a $20,000 goal to win grants and expand with a new studio. South Side residents who pledge $50 receive a complimentary signal-boosting tin can and string!

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