Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Louisiana Bar Accused of Stealing Barcode’s Logo Responds with Homophobia

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 10:51 AM


A Lafayette, Louisiana bar got a hard lesson in public relations last weekend when it defended itself from accusations of trademark infringement against a gay bar in Richmond stating it’s a “straight bar.”

The similarity between the Lafayette nightspot’s name and logo – a rainbow that looks like a barcode -- and that of Richmond’s Barcode was first reported by IND. The publication shows a Facebook post in which Lafayette’s Bar Code dismisses the criticism by stating it’s a “straight bar that (sic) mostly hip hop.”

That didn’t go over well, with Facebook commenters pointing out that appropriating a gay bar’s logo and then responding to criticism with homophobia doesn’t make much sense. The posts have since been deleted from the bar’s page but were archived by IND.

Neither Bar Code nor Barcode immediately responded to a request for comment. But Richmond’s Barcode posted this on their Facebook today:

Monday, November 24, 2014

Style Creative Director Featured on New Fox Show

Posted By on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Congratulations are in order for Ed Harrington, Style Weekly's dryly observant creative director as well as the award-winning illustrator behind our weekly comic "The HR Department."

Commercials have begun airing for the upcoming Fox crime dramedy "Backstrom" starring Rainn Wilson, and you'll notice that Harrington's illustrations are being used in commercials for the show.

Harrington says that producers of the show saw his work on his Instagram page @nothinghappenedtoday.

"I gave them seven character illustrations depicting different crime scenes with a twist," Harrington says. "The one that's up now in the commercial is Backstrom over a body eating a hoagie."

The show starts airing in 2015, which is when we expect Harrington to start flashing money around the office and taking extended weekend trips to L.A.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

LeAnn Rimes Played the Altria Theater

(But you probably weren't invited.)

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Country crooner LeAnn Rimes is delivering a short set tonight at Altria Theater for an invite-only crowd. It’s part of the kick-off to a three-day celebration to commemorate the re-opening of the Altria Theater.

The fee for Rimes’ set, which will be less than an hour, is being underwritten by a handful of individual donors -- basically sponsors, according to CenterStage spokesman Jay Smith. And while you probably aren’t on the invite list unless you’ve worked with or contributed to Altria, you can come to see the improvements, enjoy the new restrooms and buy refreshments during the annual InLight celebration Friday night.

“There are no [Rimes] tickets for sale. This is not a fundraiser,” Smith says. “It’s a thank you to contractors, architects, vendors. The invite list includes volunteer ushers, season subscribers, employees of companies that donate to the campaign, it’s very broad. We expect a large crowd.” Smith says the performance wasn’t something organizers could promote publicly “because if she comes back to do a show for patrons, they didn’t want to hurt tickets sales for the future.”

Officially, the Altria construction campaign still needs to raise $2.2 million, though that number should be lower because of recent donations that haven’t been publicly announced, according to Smith. When the construction funds are raised, organizers will begin focusing on their plan to raise $10 million for the Altria endowment.

“We’ve already raised several million for the endowment,” Smith says, “because some earlier donors specifically wanted money to be put toward that. We’re not starting at zero.”

There will be public tours of the Altria renovation offered Friday, starting at noon and running until 8 p.m. The theater will take part in the annual InLight celebration tomorrow night, which takes place at Monroe Park from 7 to midnight. Refreshments will be available in the Altria. Also, a piano and drum-machine performance, “The New Obsolete,” will be performed by Invisible in the Altria ballroom at 8 p.m. On Saturday, the official Richmond Forum season begins with a talk by long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Watch Reggie Pace sit in with Hiss Golden Messenger on Letterman

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 3:00 PM

This year's Style Top 40 under 40 winner Reggie Pace, trombonist from NO BS Brass band and an all-around force on the local music scene, was back repping RVA last night as he sat in with North Carolina's Hiss Golden Messenger on CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman."

After the song, Letterman seems to recognize Pace, who has made the national television rounds before as a member of Bon Iver.

Some Richmonders have already witnessed this pairing during the great opening set delivered by Hiss Golden Messenger before the last Jason Isbell show at the National. Pace and local jazz saxophonist Marcus Tenney sat in during that show.

No word yet as to whether Pace will be joining the group on its upcoming European tour.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Visual Arts Center Seeks New Director

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 1:00 AM

The president and chief executive of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Ava Spece, stepped down last week after three years at the helm.

The board's vice chairwoman, Patty Wilkerson, is serving as interim executive director while the nonprofit begins a national search for a full-time replacement. Wilkerson will be the third interim director since longtime president Jo Kennedy retired in 2010.

The board's chairman, David Sylvia, says that for a variety of reasons, he can't go into the details of why Spece left. But she's "done a very nice job over the last three years," he says, and "we really wish her well on her next endeavors."

Spece hadn't responded by press time to questions she asked Style to submit.

"She did a nice job of continuing the strategic direction and helping us grow," Sylvia says of Spece. "We've been recognized for top youth and adult classes by Richmond magazine most recently. She helped our outreach to the underserved."

Vis Arts, the largest nonuniversity arts education program in the state, employs around 15 to 18 full-time staff members, as well as a large number of part-time faculty members who teach classes.

"We're looking for someone who has a strong conviction in our mission to provide arts for wide variety of audiences," Sylvia says. "We pride ourselves on being Richmond's community arts center. We need a really strong leader to lead staff."

The organization marks the 50th anniversary of its craft and design show Nov. 22 and 23 at the Science Museum of Virginia, which features 53 national artists and 10 craft breweries.

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