Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 2:44 PM

+4 Some local guys convince the Foo Fighters to play here by raising $70,000 in tickets to a concert that had yet to be scheduled. Next up, they're trying to convince Smashmouth to open the show by pointing out that its members have nothing better to do.

+8 Richmonders gather around grills, pools and dining-room tables to celebrate Father's Day. Which is very much like Mother's Day, except moms aren't allowed to wrap the day up with an afternoon nap on the couch.

-2 Local bars are filled with revelers for World Cup watching parties. Public service announcement: Don't take a shot every time you see Cristiano Ronaldo shirtless.

+1 A team of VCU engineering students prepares for drone-building battle, heading to the Small Unmanned Aerial Systems competition in Maryland. You know you found a good major when you can claim PlayStation as a high-level training device.

+3 The Martin Agency opens an office in London, its first expansion into an international market. So what do we need to do to ship that hump-day camel overseas?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 3:36 PM

+5 Thousands of hungry Richmonders turn out for the Richmond Bacon Festival, which falls on the last day of RVA Bacon Week. Completely unrelated, has anyone seen Parker the Rally Pig lately?

+2 The new head coach of the Washington Redskins, Jay Gruden, gets his first look at training camp in Richmond, where his team will practice with the Patriots. When asked what he's most looking forward to, he says what we're all thinking: Tom Brady.

-2 A transgender woman tells CBS-6 that she's upset with a local McDonald's for barring her from using the women's room. So this is a place that can't tolerate gender equality but can glorify a burger thief in a black cape?

-1 Democrat state Sen. Phillip Puckett resigns his seat, tilting the balance of power in the chamber and potentially leaving Republicans in control. With this newfound power, they vow to do as little as possible until gridlock is restored.

+3 Worldwide DJ phenom Skrillex brings his Mothership Tour to Brown's Island, bringing, by one onlooker's count, at least three tour buses and five tractor-trailers. In a nod to the environment, the engines are fueled by gallons of recycled sweat.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 2:22 PM

+5 Tens of thousands of hungry Richmonders flock to food at the Richmond Greek Festival and Broad Appétit, leading into RVA Bacon Week. Stay tuned for details on Richmond Muffin Top Month.

-4 Mayor Dwight Jones pulls his Shockoe Bottom ballpark plan in advance of a likely vote against it by City Council, but says he'll bring it back for reconsideration. This has been the longest seventh-inning stretch in history.

-2 The Henrico County Schools put a temporary halt to serving milk after students said it made them sick. School spokesman Andy Jenks issued a Spoiler Alert.

+1 The Washington Redskins announce that their training camp in Richmond will run July 24-Aug. 11, with fan appreciation day set for Saturday, Aug. 2. That's despite previous reports that fan appreciation day was when they let Mike Shanahan go.

+3 The metal band Gwar launches a campaign to raise $50,000 to open a themed restaurant called GWARbar with Rappahannock Oyster co-owner Travis Croxton. If there's a way to make raw oysters look more shocking, Gwar will find it.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, May 27, 2014 at 1:39 PM

-3 The city feels the effects of a 3.2-magnitude earthquake, which is followed later in the week by flash flooding, a pelting of hail and stunning rainbows. The mayor quickly changes course on his ballpark plan, submitting sketches for a large, wooden ark.

+7 Concerts, picnics and events honoring veterans give Richmonders a full Memorial Day Weekend. And on the river rocks at Belle Isle, things go off without a hitch at the annual Unveiling of the Pale Skin Festival.

-2 With a commute that starts at 4 a.m. in Chesterfield County and lasts an average of seven hours to Metro Center in Washington, Thurmond Alford Jr. wins an extreme commuter contest from WTOP 103.5-FM. All he really wants is a nap.

-1 Summit Media launches a new soft-rock station, Easy 100.9, which welcomes listeners to "the land of Refreshing Relaxation." Stay tuned for Detox Weekends, where every ninth caller wins a Kenny Loggins colonic.

+5 More than 70 restaurants are announced as participants in the outdoor food festival Broad Appétit, happening June 1, which is followed by RVA Bacon Week and the Richmond Bacon Festival. Which is followed by a napkin shortage.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, May 20, 2014 at 3:49 PM

+8 With a sun shining and a river high, the outdoor sports and music festival Dominion Riverrock draws an estimated 100,000 people to Brown's Island over the weekend. Best of all, bikes and dogs were the only things flying through the air.

-2 A mysterious, overpowering stench in a kindergarten classroom at John B. Cary Elementary School forces the students and their teacher into the library for the rest of the year. In unrelated news, after weeks of searching the class hamster remains missing.

-3 VCU's board agrees to hire a consultant to evaluate the job performance of President Michael Rao, the T-D reports, at a cost of as much as $28,000. When did VCU become the local university for rich kids?

+1 NBC-12 investigative reporter Rachel DePompa announces that she's having twins. Stay tuned for a two-part delivery at 6 and 11.

+3 The Richmond police mounted squad checks out the route for its Richmond Ride on Saturday, May 31, which allows as many as 100 horse riders to join them in a three-hour tour of the city. Beware of the steaming speed bumps.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, May 13, 2014 at 12:10 PM

+6 The Score comes to you from Style's new headquarters in Manchester, where we've moved next door to Plant Zero. We're near warehouse lofts, a coffee roaster, art studios, microbreweries and the river. Somehow we ended up in Portland.

+8 With cards, flowers and brunches, moms across Richmond are shown signs of appreciation on Mother's Day. You still didn't do enough, you ungrateful little punk.

-1 Citing costs, logistics and other plans in the works, the Byrd Theatre Foundation turns down a donation of seating from a Cannes, France, theater. On an unrelated note, free movie tickets will be available from local chiropractors.

+1 Two weeks after Wegmans announces that it's coming to Richmond, Whole Foods says its second store here will be inside city limits, on land owned by the spice company C.F. Sauer at 2000 W. Broad St. Is it too much to request vanilla-scented carts?

+3 The local advertising community comes together for the Richmond Ad Club's annual awards celebration called the Richmond Show: Quest for the Cannonball. We'll reveal all the winners — right after the break.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, May 6, 2014 at 2:13 PM

+1 Lee-Davis High School junior Josh Meisner asks his girlfriend to prom by singing a surprise proposal aired live on "Good Morning America." She said yes anyway.

+5 Bikes race through Richmond for the CapTech USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships, with Virginia Commonwealth University's Chris Jones winning the Division I men's individual time trial. This is what happens when you put havoc on wheels.

+2 Altria gives the city a $200,000 grant toward marketing, murals and facade improvements for Richmond's arts and cultural district. Stay tuned for the next First Fridays performance-art piece, "Marlboro Man in Tutu."

+1 Radio host Jimmy Barrett broadcasts his morning show from atop a billboard to announce that his AM station, Newsradio 1140 WRVA, will start simulcasting on the FM dial at 98.5. Which explains the new tag line: "News, traffic, weather and Beyoncé."

+3 Richmond Region Tourism announces the debut of a new beer developed with Center of the Universe Brewing Co. called Thirsty Tour Guide. Because the best kind of tour guide is a tipsy tour guide.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 2:05 PM

+1 Setting off grocery-shopping shockwaves in Richmond, Wegmans Food Markets announces that it's bringing two stores to town. If you want to see a rift in the time-space continuum, try shopping there using all those Ukrop's bags you hoarded.

+6 Richmonders celebrate Earth Day with outdoor festivals, bikes, music, recycling, running, gardening, yoga, fishing, food and beer. In other words, the opposite of what your dad wants to do on Father's Day, except for the food and beer.

-7 Virginia's transportation secretary says the state could be out half a billion dollars if the toll road project from Petersburg to Suffolk isn't built. It won't be long before getting your EZPass will require an American Express Black Card.

0 GayRVA.com cheers on drag queens Sharon Husbands, Michelle Livigne and Millenium Snow, who are in the running to appear on season seven of "RuPaul's Drag Race." And by "in the running," we mean strutting with lots of attitude, honey.

+2 The Metro Richmond Zoo announces the birth of a baby giraffe, which stands taller than 6 feet and weighs around 175 pounds, to parents Jessie and Tonka. Who could really use a night out on the town about now.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 12:16 PM

+7 Monument Avenue is filled with sunshine, music and animals in costume for the annual Easter on Parade. Long ears and sloppy kisses were abundant thanks to dogs in bonnets and porch drinkers in bunny ears.

-4 The AP reports on a Henrico neighborhood upset about Easter eggs left on their lawns containing racist notes instead of candy. The hate group also plans to boycott Reese's cups, because you just can't go mixing chocolate and peanut butter.

-3 Compensation for chief executives of the city's publicly traded companies rose an average of $749,000 last year, reports Richmond BizSense, with Altria's Marty Barrington getting a pay package valued at $20.13 million. But is he happy? Really, truly happy? Yes.

+5 Hundreds of revelers pour into and around Legend Brewing Co. for the 20th anniversary celebration of the city's grandfather of craft beer. It's one grandfather who smells of alcohol who you don't mind visiting.

+1 Meanwhile, the city's newest beer maker, Triple Crossing Brewery, celebrates its opening week in Monroe Ward. If Richmond keeps going at this rate, City Council's going to find some way to institute a tax on hops.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 2:45 PM

+4 The Richmond Flying Squirrels win their home opening series against the Altoona Curve, drawing 33,386 fans to the crumbling Diamond. Next week, stay tuned for Sledgehammer and Spackle Night.

-6 Tax day comes and goes. Which begs the question: What are we going to do when all these dancing Statues of Liberty get laid off?

-2 Kids head into days off from school for spring break, with temperatures hitting the high 70s. In other words, there will be a gorgeous view out the window while they're playing Xbox all week.

+1 Speaking of kids, Maymont announces that Tag the goat has given birth to two of them, with another goat named Amelia expecting little ones soon. Who's been playing Barry White in the goat pens?

+5 Richmonders lend a hand to charitable projects around town, marking National Volunteer Week. And if you didn't enjoy The Score this week you can blame the volunteers who wrote it.

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