Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 3:08 PM

+4 The alcohol flows freely when Steven Spielberg and crew throw a wrap party at the Hippodrome to celebrate the beginning of the end of Lincoln filming here. We’re holding out hope they come back for “Lincoln 2: Electric Boogaloo.”

-1 Street art in the form of civil-rights-related signs are attached to statues of Confederate generals on Monument Avenue before being removed by the city. Because we certainly wouldn’t want to offend anyone, would we?

+5 “CBS News Sunday Morning” gives Richmond’s blinged-out holiday houses some national attention with a feature that includes Mayor Dwight Jones proclaiming the city as the “capital of tacky lights.” Heck, it’s so bright he even gets glare through the tinted windows of his black SUV.

+6 Enthusiastic audiences attend Richmond Ballet’s opening-weekend performances of “The Nutcracker.” It always amazes. We can barely execute a dance move without performing the white-man’s overbite.

-3 More than 2.7 million Virginians will travel 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday travel season — the most in a decade, according to a forecast from AAA. And still, no one knows the answer to the question: Are we there yet?

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