Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 4:00 AM

-6 Mayor Dwight Jones tells residents in a town hall meeting that the city budget will be “extremely lean. We have cut the flesh. Next year's budget may cut down in the bone.” Then he rips off his Hannibal Lecter mask and declares, “Happy Halloween!” 

+3 White supremacists advertise a white power rally in Kanawha Plaza but fail to show, while dozens of counterprotestors attend an antiracism rally. Turns out it's hard to get a cab when you're wearing a white hood. 

+4 Legendary cartoonist Robert Crumb fills the house at the newly restored Carpenter Theatre at CenterStage, delighting the crowd with his caustic commentary and some physical comedy. Finally … we get some “Serious Fun!”

+2 Spin Magazine features a popular online video of Gwar's Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, walking the streets of Richmond. With a spunky smile, a quick spin and a throw of his hat, he knows he's going to make it after all. 

-4 Five Virginia Department of Corrections officers are charged with animal cruelty in Goochland County after a videotape surfaces of a K-9 being fondled. One officer describing the incident as hazing. Uh, what college fraternity did he belong to?

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