Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Score

Posted on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 10:08 AM

+4 After a horrible season that includes eight straight losses, the Washington Redskins fire Mike Shanahan as coach. Maybe Nutzy the Flying Squirrel is available?

-5 In the days after Christmas, holiday decorations start coming down across town. What are we without tacky lights? A poor man's Charlotte.

+2 This is the week that Colorado becomes the first state to allow the sale of marijuana for uses other than medical. We know this has nothing to do with Virginia. Except for that giant sucking sound you hear portending the Great Exodus of RVA.

+1 An online contest names the Richmond Cheetah Cam cubs, shown by the T-D and the Metro Richmond Zoo, for localities — Chester, Richie, Rico, Hanna and Amelia. It's really the only place you can see the localities get along.

+2 The No BS Brass! band's show at Balliceaux in May is named one of the 10 best concerts in 2013 by the entertainment blog of the Wall Street Journal. Just what we need, another Fan bar ruined by an invasion of investment-banker doofuses.

Monday, December 23, 2013

The Score

Posted on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 4:19 PM

+4 The National Weather Service reports a record-setting temperature of 76 degrees on Dec. 22, the warmest it's been on that day since 1923. Santa can finally rock those red and green Speedos he got from Mrs. Claus.

-2 Radio personalities Bill Bevins and Shelly Perkins say goodbye to listeners in their farewell morning show on Lite-98, after more than a dozen years as an on-air team. Anyone struggling with their emotions may send dedications to 1-888-6-DELILAH.

+5 Youth of all ages and abilities from SPARC bring a crowd of more than 3,300 people to their feet at the Landmark Theater, sharing the stage with local music stars and such performers as Jason Mraz, K.D. Lang, René Marie and Christina Perri. Was it an incredible show, you ask? Does Jason Mraz wear a fedora?

-4 Citing liability concerns with security and crowd size, Carytown announces that it won't hold its New Year's Eve countdown and ball rising on the roof of the Byrd Theatre. C'mon, it's 2013. We're much more civilized than the time we partied like it was 1999. In 2012.

+1 The Richmond Flying Squirrels announce that their new beer with Center of the Universe Brewing Company, described as "a smooth, easy-drinking lager," will be called Chin Music. Where there is Chin Music there is a party in your mouth and ringing in your ears.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Score

Posted on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 12:48 PM

+5 Holiday office parties swing into high gear across Richmond. Which explains the spike in service calls to Xerox for cracks on the copier.

0 On his way out of office, Gov. Bob McDonnell unveils his proposed $95.9 billion state budget for the next two fiscal years. Doing the budget for a job you don't have anymore? That's almost as fun as doing your ex-wife's taxes.

+3 Bruce Springsteen spottings emerge from social media and local news outlets, with the Boss seen in Carytown, Mamma 'Zu, the Jefferson Hotel and VCU graduation ceremonies. We're still crossing our fingers for a rendition of "Born in the RVA."

+2 In other celebrity news, Molly Ringwald comes to town for a four-day run singing jazz to audiences of her show, "A Winter Wonderland." Missed it? Don't worry, you can still catch Judd Nelson in his off-off-Broadway run of "The Breakfast Monologues."

+1 In its guide to "America's best cities for hipsters," Travel + Leisure omits Richmond altogether. Whatever. Hipster guides are so 2013.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Score

Posted on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 9:50 AM

-2 Richmond battens down the hatches to experience the first ice storm of the season, two weeks before the arrival of winter. And by ice storm, we mean it was our excuse to avoid people, dust off the slow cooker and lie on the sofa for hours.

+5 Downtown turns up the wattage for the Grand Illumination, with thousands of lights, revelers and reindeer at the James Center. Fun fact: The event's crude origins in the 18th century led to a disastrous investment bubble in the Shockoe candle industry.

+7 In another holiday tradition, balloons, floats, marchers and tens of thousands of spectators join in the 30th annual Dominion Christmas parade. Add one guy in his underwear and you have the stuff of our junior-high nightmares.

-3 Hardywood Park Craft Brewery shares the dismal news that a clamp failure on a fermenter led to the loss of 50 barrels of Bourbon Gingerbread Stout. Or at least, that's how Doug the overnight brewer explained it.

+1 The committee running Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe's inaugural events launches an online guide at Inauguration2014.com. Big donors who want to spend the night in the Jefferson Bedroom are urged to act now!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Score

Posted on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 12:27 PM

+3 A 12-foot Fraser fir from Sweet Providence Farm in Floyd County becomes the Christmas tree at the Executive Mansion. And you just know the gifts under that tree are gonna be good.

-4 The Richmond mom who turned her "Girls Night Out" song into a viral music video pulls it from YouTube after having to deal with a deluge of negative online commenters. Some critics were so vulgar they'd turn any mom 50 shades of red.

+2 After a security guard is assaulted at the site of the RVA Street Art Festival, an online campaign is launched to help pay his medical expenses. Now let's find the culprits and do things to them that only Salvador Dalí could dream of painting.

-1 Richmond police install cameras designed to catch red-light runners at Elkhardt and Hull Street roads in the South Side. Add a host, a slot on cable access and you have all the makings of ratings gold.

+3 Skaters including a surprisingly graceful Nutzy the Flying Squirrel take to the first week's opening of the seasonal downtown rink RVA on Ice. All was well until some of his nuts got smashed in an unfortunate Zamboni mishap.

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