Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 1:35 PM

+5 Nearly 100 supporters of Special Olympics Virginia raise more than $90,000 by rappelling almost 30 stories from the roof of the SunTrust building downtown. Yet not one person bothered to clean the windows on the way down.

+7 A combination of light displays, live action, video installations and mixed media combine for the dazzling art exhibit InLight along the Richmond riverfront. It was clear several artists had light-bulb moments.

+2 In a tent city set up at Kanawha Plaza, Occupy Richmond enters its second week and announces an address to which donations may be sent. And thank you for the offer but please, they’ve received enough granola already.

-3 Drivers on Interstate 95 face a weekend of traffic rerouting while construction work continues on the bridge at Laburnum Avenue. Even the trolls were backed up.

+1 Production on Spielberg’s Lincoln movie shifts into downtown for a bit, bringing Hollywood to Capitol Square. Although Gov. Bob McDonnell’s hair has always been ready for the big time.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 10:54 AM

+4 Richmond gets Occupied, as protestors seeking to reduce corporate power in America (among other things) march to Kanawha Plaza to spend the night. We were on our way, but then we passed a Starbucks and got distracted.

+9 b>The city’s biggest and most wide-ranging music event, the Richmond Folk Festival, draws an estimated 200,000 people to the riverfront during a pitch-perfect fall weekend. It’s so popular that even the banjo players get groupies.

0 Adding yet another leadership-training program to Richmond, the Greater Richmond Chamber announces Leadership Lab, to help teach leaders “what motivates others” and themselves. That’s easy: money, fame, legacy building and sex.

+7 Local actors, directors, producers, choreographers, designers and musicians pack into the Empire Theatre to watch the fourth annual Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards. It’s the only local show where all the talent’s in the audience.

+3 President Obama gears up for another Richmond visit. At this point can we just find him a rental in the Fan?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 11:44 AM

+1 Richmond marks Columbus Day. It’s a good time to get used to what it’s like with the federal government shut down.

+6 Production begins in earnest on Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln film, with locals snagging business, spotting stars and landing parts in the movie. Gov. McDonnell especially likes the part about the Executive Mansion playing the White House.

-2 The T-D reports on the prosecution of what it calls “the area’s most prolific accused bigamist,” with marriages to four women. The wives always wondered why he came back a day later after taking out the trash.

+1 A New York Times report says the Atlantic 10 has “expressed informal interest” in Virginia Commonwealth University, potentially putting it in the same conference with cross-town rival University of Richmond. For you non-athletic nerds, that’s the sport equivalent to the Duckie-Blane rivalry from “Pretty in Pink.”

+2 Inspired by the Wall Street protests, Occupy Richmond holds an organizing meeting at Monroe Park. The only problem is, they can’t find any local banks to protest.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 12:51 PM

+9 Richmond goes fest hopping on a weekend filled with Hogtober in Church Hill, the 2nd Street Festival, the Italian Festival, the State Fair and more. You see, in Richmond if you have pork, we’ll travel.

-1 City Council members start talking about raises for … wait for it … City Council members. We don’t blame them for wanting a boost. With all these taxes and fees it’s just getting so darn expensive to live in Richmond.

+2 The Byrd Theatre gets a nod from USA Today in a list of 10 Great Places to “See a Movie in Splendor.” Its seats also help the theater snag a place on the “Seven Hot Spots to Find New Patients” list in Chiropractic Weekly’s special back spasm issue.

-4 A casting director for Spielberg’s Lincoln movie says most of the thousands of Richmonders who turned out for parts as extras didn’t make the cut, so the search continues. Apparently we’re “Civil War enough,” but not “Hollywood Civil War enough.”

+1 Speaking of Spielberg, Gov. Bob McDonnell has the director over to the Executive Mansion as his guest for a private, no-media-allowed reception in honor of the movie’s Virginia filming. See, those Hollywood liberals and right-wing conservatives can get along just fine, as long as mini crab cakes are involved and money’s changing hands.

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