Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 1:21 PM


+4 "Man of Steel" opens nationwide, setting box-office records and featuring Richmond's Robert Cooper Timberline as one of the young Clark Kents. Or as sixth-grade girls call him, Super Dreamy.

-5 After a bogus threatening call that was part of several hoaxes across the country, Richmond International Airport must be evacuated. On the upside, it was a great day to vacuum the carpet.

+1 "It was the first time a sitting senator has delivered a floor speech entirely in Spanish," The Washington Post notes of Sen. Tim Kaine's headline-generating discussion of immigration reform. But Kaine loses all points scored with Latino-Americans when he ends the speech by shouting, "Goooooooaaaaalll!!!"

+3 Thousands of meat-averse diners and the veggie-curious turn out for the Richmond Vegetarian Festival in Bryan Park. After the previous weekend's Bacon Festival, the city's balance has been restored — and most important, its cholesterol levels.

+2 A father-son team opens Rusty Beaver Brewery in Ruther Glen, with its Smashed Bastard being an early hit. It goes over much better than the test version, Stop Drinking, You Bastard.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Score

This Week: Meaty Festival Recovery, Media General Goes Shopping, "Killing Kennedy" + More.

Posted on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 2:27 PM


+4 The XTERRA East Championship marks its 15th year in Richmond, featuring biking, swimming and trail running in a race that takes competitors in and around the James River Park System. These were not the people at the Bacon Festival.

+6 Yes, thousands of local eaters eager for pork have a weekend for the books, flocking to the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival and Richmond's first Bacon Festival. Mark your calendars now for next weekend's I Swear These Pants Used to Fit Me Fiesta.

+1 The summer vacation countdown begins, with students and parents across Richmond heading toward the last day of school on Friday, June 14. For teachers, this is also known as the Second Job Season.

+3 Richmond-based Media General, which sold off its newspapers last year, merges with New Young Broadcasting, growing to 30 television stations in 27 markets, reaching 14 percent of U.S. TV households. Employee attractiveness just skyrocketed.

+2 The filming of "Killing Kennedy" kicks off star-spotting in Richmond, with the actress playing Jackie O., Ginnifer Goodwin, tweeting about a French meal enjoyed at Bistro Bobette. And now we wait for Instagram pics of a shirtless Rob Lowe playing water pong at Cha-Cha's.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Score

This Week: Greek Fest, Richmond's new budget, "Killing Kennedy" + more.

Posted on Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 3:10 PM


+7 Tens of thousands of people eat their way through the weekend at Broad Appétit and the Richmond Greek Festival. Let's just say we had more Greek-filled bellies than a Trojan horse.

0 City Council approves the mayor's $1.4 billion budget for Richmond's new fiscal year, which starts in July. Sure it sounds like a lot, but have you seen the skyrocketing prices on red tape?

-1 A somewhat controversial event billed as the first of its kind in Virginia, the RVA Adult Expo, turns out to be relatively mild and uneventful. Just like prom night.

+1 Shockoe nightclub the Lucky Buddha closes, promising to reopen as a full-service restaurant and bar with a "modern Chicago-style lounge setting." Expect a lot of deep dish V-necks.

+2 The National Geographic Channel film, "Killing Kennedy," starts production in Richmond with Rob Lowe playing JFK. According to rumors on set, Judd Nelson plays a very convincing Lee Harvey Oswald.

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