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?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 11:06 AM

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+8 After its 36-hour burst of fundraising, the Amazing Raise reports generating 18,106 gifts and $1.5 million for 465 local charities. Much more productive than the 36-hour buffet binge we once attempted called the Amazing Graze.

+5 Richmonders raise their glasses to the arrival of fall, with two weekend Oktoberfests and Gov. Bob McDonnell tapping Legend Brewing Co.’s 20th anniversary firkin. This usually isn’t what comes to mind when you think of government taps.

+1 Radio station 103.7 The River re-brands as 103.7 Play, launching a more contemporary music format. The change is the result of complex calculations, which included fiddling with the hypotenuse of Katy Perry and dividing by the square root of One Direction.

-4 The Virginia Flaggers commemorate the birth of the Confederate battle flag by posing at the State Capitol with a 15-by-15-foot version, which will be raised near Interstate 95 on Saturday. Too bad controversy can’t fly farther south for the winter.

+2 An online petition to the NFL for Richmond-grown metal band Gwar to play the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show surpasses 30,000 signatures. The only glitch is the lack of technology available to get fake intestines out of AstroTurf.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Score

Posted on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 1:42 PM

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+3 The Richmond Flying Squirrels end their season with a franchise attendance record, announcing an average of 6,689 fans per game over 65 openings. What's that saying? It isn't whether you win or lose, it's how many people watched you do it.

-4 Perly's, the downtown institution of a restaurant known for hearty breakfasts and power lunches, closes without notice. It's more shocking than finding out what's in the sausage patty at McDonald's.

+6 It's race weekend in Richmond, with driver Carl Edwards making news with his split-second win and Clint Bowyer drawing headlines for a controversial spinout. So Bowyer might have faked to give his teammate a win? Ah yes, he's the New York Giants of NASCAR.

+2 Longtime Richmond singer and songwriter Susan Greenbaum is named Virginia Press Women's Newsmaker of the Year. And she never had to twerk for it. Are you taking notes, Miley?

+1 Starbucks puts pumpkin spice back on the board and Center of the Universe Brewing Co. releases its Oktoberfest beer. So much fall in the air before summer ends — as confusing as hipsters wearing scarves with V-necks.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Score

Posted on Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 12:56 PM

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+1 A Washinton group announces that it's exploring a bid to hold the 2024 Summer Olympics in the nation's capital, with Richmond as a potential hub for related events. But is the world finally ready to see PBR chugging become an Olympic sport?

-3 Summer vacation comes to an end, with students, parents and teachers waking up to the reality of back-to-school season. We can finally play "Call of Duty" online without 12-year-old potty mouths "pwning" us.

-5 Richmond learns that reggae singer Frederick "Toots" Hibbert has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the promoters of the Dominion Riverrock festival, stemming from the injury he suffered from a flying vodka bottle while performing here. Man, David Arquette suffered worse damages from liquor bottles here and never asked for a dime.

+3 The inaugural RVA Wake N' Sun Fest draws riverside revelers to Rocketts Landing over the holiday weekend for DJs, water sports and beer trucks. This was almost called the Wake N' Bake Fest, but Best Friends Day has that covered.

-2 The Richmond Flying Squirrels play their final four games of the regular season. Go see how many peanuts Nutzy can fit in his cheeks before hibernation.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Score

Posted on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 1:28 PM

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+2 Debbie Johnston of health care company Care Advantage goes undercover in Richmond, Calif., appearing on ABC's "Secret Millionaire" to share some of her wealth with those in need. This is what Obamacare was supposed to look like.

+3 Gov. Bob McDonnell announces that Virginia is ending its fiscal year with a $585 million surplus, raising the total during his time in office to more than $2 billion. All that cash and Virginia still can't afford to buy him his own watch?

+1 Richmond plays host to more than 600 travel executives, coming to town for seminars by the U.S. Travel Association. The cumulative effect of all that jet lag has sent us back to the antebellum.

+2 Community do-gooder Patience Salgado kicks off the Light of Human Kindness, an interactive mural featuring acts of compassion painted on an 80-foot wall at the old GRTC Depot. Get Happy the Artist anywhere near this and there's going to be some kind of Disneyesque implosion.

+3 The PBS series "Antiques Roadshow" brings its appraisers to Richmond, with the T-D reporting on such treasures found as a watercolor worth $85,000, a brooch worth $65,000, and a basketball signed by the University of North Carolina's 1982 championship team worth $10,000. Our Filet-O-Fish wrapper signed by Dirtwoman? Priceless.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM

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+8 The Carytown Watermelon Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary, with organizers estimating a crowd of at least 110,000 people. Remember the inaugural year when it was just a little seed spit into a sidewalk crack?

-4 The superintendent of the Henrico County Schools is put on paid annual leave, CBS-6 reports, after questions are raised about inappropriate emails and a personal relationship with a School Board member and her husband. And, like, they were totally hogging the cool kids’ table in the cafeteria.

-1 Church Hill People’s News reports on a shake-up in the neighborhood association, with eight board members resigning in a letter citing “elevated vitriol and animosity.” But hey, revolutions are to be expected from the old turf of Patrick Henry.

+6 Music dominates the weekend with fans flocking to the Richmond Jazz Festival, Jimmy Eat World and the Sound City Bands & Brews Fest. There were so many concerts you could travel from Tredegar to Maymont just by crowd surfing.

+0 The Washington Redskins head into their last week of training camp before packing up and shipping out. This time next week, Richmond’s sports star quotient goes back to being topped by Denny Hamlin, Rob Ukrop and Nutzy the Flying Squirrel.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Score

Posted on Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 3:43 PM

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+6 More than 25,000 people attend Fan Appreciation Day at the Redskins training camp, an event full of muddy shoes, loud cheering, long lines and lots of enthusiasm. It's like Lollapalooza but without all the mind-altering drugs.

+3 Richmond ranks No. 7 on the Daily Beast's list of "aspirational cities" — urban areas with jobs and culture "attracting today's ambitious citizens." Now let's all relax, throw back some PBR and get tattoos to commemorate our cultural achievements.

+4 Local improv group the RVA Comedy Coalition holds a weekend of shows celebrating the opening of its new downtown theater on Broad. A little advice to you young comedy hopefuls. When in doubt: fart jokes.

-5 After striking Schwarzschild Jewelers in Carytown in broad daylight, armed robbers flee on foot. If you spot them, call Crime Stoppers and do not approach: Suspects may be armed and fabulously accessorized.

+1 The short-speech-making and idea-sharing conference TEDxRVA, which threw its first event in March, announces that it will return next spring. You need a year of down time to figure out what exactly they were talking about before.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 10:52 AM

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+9The Redskins officially open training camp, attracting thousands of visitors, big Richmond buzz, and even some Dallas Cowboys fans. Hint to single guys: If you played football in college, throw on a Skins jersey and head to the nearest bar. Now.

0The governor repays more than $120,000 in loans plus interest to Star Scientific’s Jonnie Williams, saying his family broke no laws and apologizing for any embarrassment caused to Virginia. No problem buddy, we lost our shame a long time ago.

-4School Board member Shonda Harris-Muhammed holds a news conference to say she isn’t resigning, after her husband is charged with manufacturing marijuana. Her husband holds a news conference to ask for directions to the nearest White Castle.

+5Anticipation builds for the state’s first indoor craft beer festival, Virginia Beer Live on Friday at the Richmond Coliseum, which kicks off Virginia Craft Beer Month. Yup, this is a state that promotes wine month and beer month, but sends ABC agents to swarm sorority girls for buying sparkling water.

+2The Richmond Flying Squirrels announce a Scandal Night promotion for Aug. 1, offering hot dogs for $1 as a tribute to Anthony Weiner. Just don’t ask Nutzy about batting practice with Carlos Danger.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Score

This Week: First Lady scrubs, candidates debate, Redskins are coming + more.

Posted on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

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-2 In a profile of first lady Maureen McDonnell, the Washington Post reports that she was so dissatisfied with how a maid cleaned her bathroom floor that she stripped to her underwear to scrub the marble with bleach. Well duh. Of course you'd strip down. Who wants to risk ruining an Oscar de la Renta bathrobe?

+3 The two mainstream candidates vying for the governor's seat square off in their first debate, sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association. How thrilling is it? Picture "Sharknado" without all the tornado-spewing sharks.

+5 With the Redskins on their way to summer training camp in Richmond, residents show signs of getting into the team spirit. Even the Sisters of Bon Secours consider donning burgundy and gold habits.

+2 Speaking of fashion, local designer Angela Bacskocky debuts as a contestant on the reality competition show "Project Runway." It's the most significant step for local fashion since Gwar invented the tube top that spews intestines.

-1 And then she gets eliminated in episode one. Cue the spewing intestines.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Score

This Week: Bear captured, very late train, Elliot Yamin cameo + more.

Posted on Tue, Jul 9, 2013 at 2:30 PM

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+8 For several nights in a row — at the river, in the counties and over The Diamond, fireworks light up local skies to celebrate a long Fourth of July weekend. If Richmond still had ramparts we're sure they would have been gleaming as well.

-1 After captivating and annoying residents and sparking a spoof Twitter account, the West End bear walks into a trap set by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Apparently the game wardens faked a summer sale at Short Pump.

-2 Passengers in Richmond getting off a southbound train are more than 13 hours late after a mechanical problem leaves them stuck overnight. First there was the "Poop Cruise" and now the "Poo Poo Choo Choo."

+1 The executive producer of the controversial local reality show "The Real Babymamas of Richmond" apologizes for delaying episode three while teasing about receiving a "promising phone call" that "Hollywood is watching." Denzel Washington is in talks to play Mayor Jones.

+3 Recording artist Elliott Yamin, who grew up in Richmond and had his rise to fame chronicled on "American Idol," returns for a cameo performance with local bands at an informal backyard concert called Crowefest. So where you at, D'Angelo?

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