Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Score

This Week: NASCAR weekend, RVA Fashion Week, coach cookoff showdown + more.

Posted on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 3:32 PM


+8 It's NASCAR weekend, with Kevin Harvick winning the big Toyota Owners 400 and Kyle Busch making news for his victory in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. Then there was that one creepy dude trying to get on Danica Patrick's lap.

+3 Food and travel renegade Anthony Bourdain draws a crowd to the Landmark Theater with his spicy anecdotes, irreverent take on the dining industry and the bashing of Paula Deen. Yup, he still has a beef with the Butter Queen. Mmm, buttery beef y'all.

+5 RVA Fashion Week kicks off its fifth year with a City Skyline Trunk Show, featuring designers and performances atop the observation deck at City Hall. It concluded with a base-jumper taking a dazzling leap using Dirtwoman's bloomers as a parachute.

+1 Giving itself a makeover, the Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau changes its name to Richmond Region Tourism. Now if only we could get the region's leaders to visit each other.

+2 In a charity cook-off for the Positive Vibe Cafe, University of Richmond men's basketball coach Chris Mooney beats VCU counterpart Shaka Smart with a sautéed calamari appetizer and a duck breast over sweet-potato pancake. Shaka should have gone with that dish of crow he served Dick Vitale in the 2011 NCAA tournament.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Score

This Week: RVA Earth Day, cancer-fighting ball players, impending cicada madness + more.

Posted on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 12:28 PM


+8 Thousands of Richmonders become one with nature, celebrating Earth Day with free festivals, riverside fun and outdoor adventures. Then there was the dude we saw recycling a PBR can into a bong.

-2 Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, a Republican who explored running for governor as an independent, tells the T-D that he regrets dropping out of the race so soon. See? This is the kind of bold decisiveness we're going to miss in Virginia's next governor.

+3 Richmond School Superintendent Yvonne Brandon says she's stepping down, a mutual decision between her and the School Board. But considering how many city school kids play hooky, she'll still be seeing a lot of them out and about.

+2 The University of Richmond's baseball players and coaches shave their heads, the student newspaper reports, raising $6,612 for the Vs. Cancer Foundation. We haven't seen this many bald athletes since the Shriners zipped around in those little cars at the Christmas parade.

-4 Bug experts give a heads-up for a glut of cicadas soon to hit Richmond, a major swarm season described in the Washington Post as a "frenzy of sex and death" that will last as long as six weeks. Where do we sign up?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Score

This Week: Science Museum changes, Beer Fest sells out, Soup Nazi Squirrels + more.

Posted on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 3:55 PM


+3 The T-D reports that the Science Museum of Virginia is raising $60 million to transform into a marketing agency for science. So much work to get kids in the door. Let's just face it: We've lost a generation to Justin Bieber.

+4 The inaugural Carytown Craft Beer Festival sells out at 3,500 revelers on a sunny Sunday. The "Mile of Style" quickly turns into the "Quarter of Quaff."

+2 The Richmond Flying Squirrels announce that the Soup Nazi from "Seinfeld" will appear at Friday's game as part of a canned soup drive for FeedMore. And if you can't bring any cans you're welcome to make a donation from your Costanza wallet.

+1 Richmond native Henry Hager and his wife, former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager, become new parents with the birth of Margaret Laura "Mila" Hager. Grandpa Bush finally has a reason to unpack that Mission Accomplished banner.

+7 More than 38,600 people run in the Monument Avenue 10-K, a day filled with inspiring stories, good times and free entertainment. But more important, considering events in Boston: Everyone was safe.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Score

This Week: Kung Fu Grandpa, Dogwood Classic recap, anti-sodomy redux + more.

Posted on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 3:22 PM


+4 That "Kung Fu Grandpa" video, of a Richmond man practicing his nun chuck skills in a Food Lion parking lot, climbs toward 10 million views on YouTube and spurs a website selling related merchandise. This is what happens when nursing homes have Bruce Lee movie marathon nights.

+3 The Richmond Flying Squirrels suspend their sold-out season opener because of rain, but chase away the gloom the next night with their first no-hitter in franchise history. It was so exciting that The Diamond started crumbling all around them.

+5 The inaugural Dogwood Classic brings dressed-up revelers to Colonial Downs, where a gelding named Sporty wins the $25,000 title run while carefree tailgaters party it up. The fun is followed by Sunday's race to the last Advil in the medicine cabinet.

+1 A fugitive from Richmond City Jail who broke free from an officer's grip last week is recaptured by authorities after he tries jumping from the window of a residence where he was hiding. He should have tried jumping from a dam instead. It worked for Harrison Ford.

-4 With Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli seeking to put Virginia's anti-sodomy laws back on the books, banning oral and anal sex, Mother Jones reports that his camp won't say whether he's ever violated the law. Though he's fine talking out of either orifice.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Score

This Week: Wet Easter Parade, April Fool's and More Mumps

Posted on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 2:40 PM


+6 Despite the damp weather, thousands of people turn out for Monument Avenue's Easter on Parade festival, trotting out their dressed-up dogs, wacky hats and pastel-heavy attire. This is how we imagine cotillions at the Country Club of Virginia.

+4 Groovin' in the Garden continues to reveal its concert series lineup at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, which includes Iron & Wine, Josh Ritter and Carbon Leaf. Opening acts include Beer & Wine, Bug Spray and the Awkward Makeouts.

-1 After reports of mumps at the University of Richmond, VCU confirms a case on its campus. Proving that even heated cross-town rivalries can be overcome by a few shared beers, a little smooching and a virus or two.

-2 Fake news stories, prank jokes and little white lies entertain residents across the area on April Fool's Day. This must be what it's like to work in politics.

+3 Richmond police say employees of a South Side McDonald's thwarted an armed robber by hitting him and keeping him detained until police arrived. Until they found out it was just that kooky Hamburglar! Then they all just sat around and had a good laugh.

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