The Scoop: Week 38, 2012 

Season preview, Kaine takes lead, NBC-12 strikes back, Fresh Market debate and more.

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“I’m a guy / A guy who seems calm but plays when he plays / A guy who goes completely crazy when the right time comes / A guy who has bulging ideas rather than muscles / That kind of guy … Eh- Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam style.” -- The lyrics of that Gangnam video you’re seeing everywhere as translated from Korean into English. Kinda.

HELLO: You win, Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The first news release of Christmas landed in my email this week. TSO plays the Richmond Coliseum on Nov. 28. … While we’re talking Christmas, that may be as long as you may have to wait for the McDonald’s McRib to arrive (sorry @heyart). McD’s nixed the McRib’s traditional fall arrival. … More potential stomach cramps for the holidays? Hasbro’s One Direction collector dolls ($19.99) are on the Toys R Us “hot toy” list, released this week. …One Direction? Hmm. I think someone just got a Halloween costume idea.

FALL ARTS PREVIEW: Style’s arts critics and writers deliver an issue to use throughout the season for music, dance, theater, books, film and the visual arts. In this week’s annual Fall Arts Preview you’ll find such tips as 38 Surefire Musical Performances, a native son’s much-anticipated novel, what to expect on the silver screen and more.

FRESH MARKET EXCLUSION? Mayor Dwight Jones reacted to the news Style broke this week that Carytown’s new grocery store, the Fresh Market, will be the only major grocery store in Richmond that doesn’t accept food stamps, saying through a spokeswoman that he wants his administration to talk with the business to explore an “alternative approach.” … Reactions were mixed on social media and in online comments, with some readers stressing the free market, some insulted by the exclusionary practice and others wondering whether the mayor should get involved. Email me your thoughts here. … The store and its new shopping center hasn’t seen an easy path to opening, though last month columnist Jack Lauterback found plenty of support.

ENERGY POLITICS: This week’s news hit hard that Alpha Natural Resources would close eight coal mines -- including three in Virginia -- and cut 1,200 jobs. As expected, Republicans seized on the news quickly, with Mitt Romney issuing this statement and George Allen issuing this one, and others pointing to last year’s warnings of increased regulations amounting to a war on coal. … Just last year, Alpha bought Richmond-based Massey Energy for $7.1 billion. … Last week we shared this excerpt about Massey’s Richmond roots from Style contributing editor Peter Galuszka’s new book, “Thunder on the Mountain,” which comes out this week. America’s energy future, highlighted by this news, is sure to be a focal point of the coming presidential debates.

KAINE TAKES FIRST LEAD: This Washington Post poll out today shows former Richmond mayor and Gov. Tim Kaine taking his first lead against George Allen in the U.S. Senate race, 51 percent to 43 percent among likely and registered voters. Until now polls have shown a virtual tie.

ON THE RVA BALLOT: There’s always something to vote for in Richmond. Here are five ways to express yourself, no politicians required: 1) Donations to the Amazing Raise end at 6 p.m. A gift of $50 equals a vote. The charities with the most votes win upward of $20,000. … 2) More voting with your wallet for Richmond Independent Radio WRIR 97.3’s fund drive, which ends Sunday. 3) Mekong is in the running as one of CraftBeer.com’s Great American Beer Bars. Voting ends today. … 4) Help award $1,000 in Venture Richmond’s RVA Creates TV ad pitch. … 5) Style’s Family Favorites team wants your picks for Richmond’s best family-friendly places by Sept. 29. Winners are revealed in a promotional supplement Oct. 24.

THE OTHER GUYS: NBC-12’s new super-mega-weather-set installation is complete -- with this time-lapse video. But what are the secrets to really making it work? This morning Andrew Freiden and the morning news crew poked back at me this way. … Richmond’s highest-rated radio station, KISS-FM (at 99.3 and 105.7) gets a new midday DJ -- from down the hall at sister station, No. 7-ranked iPower 92.1. The Radio One stations, which feature urban play lists, say King Tutt takes the royal leap, following the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. His spot on iPower92 goes to TT Torrez, who moves from midday to afternoon drive, 2-6 p.m. Torrez was one of Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40 recipients in 2009. … Cox Radio renovated WKLR, which is for sale, to Rock 96.5, keeping on-air talent in place but adding rock songs from the ’90s to its roster of earlier rock hits -- and this new van. … Happy birthday to CBS-6’s Rob Cardwell, who celebrates tomorrow.

THREE QUESTIONS IN STYLE: 1) Will the Redskins’ training camp in Richmond really boost the local economy by $8.5 million? … 2) What local tattoo artist is in a televised fight for a $100,000 prize? … 3) What’s this former NFL trainer doing under Richmond’s Friday night lights?

EATING AND DRINKING: Owner John Conrad has other plans for the building at West Main and Lombardy streets in the Fan, where Baja Bean Co. has been for a dozen years. But some boosters hope this Facebook page will change his mind. … Karen Newton reviews bistro lounge 2113, finding “thoughtful execution and moderate pricing,” including a tasty happy-hour menu and a deal on Wednesdays: “Those who avoid the Bottom are missing out on creatively executed food in the grooviest of settings.” … Chef Mike Yavorsky has a creative new take in a 1920s building: the five-table speak-easy, Belmont Food Shop.

WOMEN IN THE ARTS: Earlier this afternoon at a luncheon in their honor, Style’s sister magazine for Richmond women, Belle, presented awards to six of the community’s leading arts and culture activists. Congratulations to: Georgianne Stinnett, photographer and instructor at Maggie L. Walker Governors School; Li Jian, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter curator of East Asian Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; True Luck, philanthropist, Visual Arts Center and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art; Janine Y. Bell, founder of the Elegba Folklore Society; and Erin Thomas-Foley, director of education for the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community; and Sonya Clark, artist and chairwoman of Virginia Commonwealth University’s craft and material studies department. Read about their work and perspective on Richmond in the September issue of Belle, on stands and online.

COMING ATTRACTIONS: It’s difficult not to appreciate the view from Libby Hill Park -- just ask Daniel Day-Lewis. Add some cold beer, popular bands, favorite local barbecue and a good crowd and you have Style Weekly and Church Hill Association’s Hogtober, coming Oct. 6.

GIVEAWAYS: Congratulations to Scoop reader Jenny Payne, who wins a pair of tickets to the sold-out Massey on the River, an end-of-summer party at Rocketts Landing this Saturday. The event raises money for Massey Alliance and features Three Sheets to the Wind.

This week I’m giving away a family fun pack (value $92) to the State Fair of Virginia, which kicks off next Friday and runs through Oct. 7. The prize package includes two general admission tickets, two child or youth admission tickets and two ride wristbands. Enter the random drawing here by Monday, Sept. 24, at 5 p.m.

WEEKEND ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Head for this rooftop to hear some opera with your cocktails at Bourbon and Bizet.

2. Get psychedelic with Thee Oh Sees at Strange Matter.

3. Join the dance party with some hip-hop artists and DJs and raise money for Special Olympics at the So RVA Fest.

4. See what happens at part three of Balliceaux’s Bump in the Night dance party with DJ Mixie, Sister Goldenhaze and Area Woman.

5. Find out why this Slutwalk might not be what you’re thinking.

6. Get a deal on a haircut, have a beer and learn about the Gray Haven Project at Shears and Beers.

7. Hear the rootsy originals of Nicki Bluhm with Sean Rowe at the Camel.

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