Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 1:00 AM

+4 In an event organized by local sports groups including the Richmond Kickers, more than 6,000 fans turn out to a World Cup viewing party in a downtown parking lot to watch the United States tie Portugal 2-2. They exceeded their gooooooooaaaallls.

-3 Dave Brat, the Republican candidate for Congress who beat Eric Cantor, keeps a low profile and takes no questions at a news conference he holds at his campaign headquarters. Who needs words when you can just drop the mic and pop champagne?

+2 Hopeful kid extras line up for a chance to be in the movie "Ithaca" after Gov. Terry McAuliffe announces that it will be filmed here, produced by Tom Hanks and featuring Meg Ryan's directorial debut. If only we could start exporting child stars to L.A.

+1 Nutzy the Flying Squirrel hits the auction block for the Single in the City Bachelor and Bachelorette Auction to raise money for Centerstage, bringing in a bid of $200. Weird? Maybe. But the date package included a huge diamond nut.

+3 Firehouse Theatre prepares for the opening of its summer musical, "Hair," with a cautionary note that the production contains brief nudity. And unfortunately, some of you may have to sit in the back row.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 2:44 PM

+4 Some local guys convince the Foo Fighters to play here by raising $70,000 in tickets to a concert that had yet to be scheduled. Next up, they're trying to convince Smashmouth to open the show by pointing out that its members have nothing better to do.

+8 Richmonders gather around grills, pools and dining-room tables to celebrate Father's Day. Which is very much like Mother's Day, except moms aren't allowed to wrap the day up with an afternoon nap on the couch.

-2 Local bars are filled with revelers for World Cup watching parties. Public service announcement: Don't take a shot every time you see Cristiano Ronaldo shirtless.

+1 A team of VCU engineering students prepares for drone-building battle, heading to the Small Unmanned Aerial Systems competition in Maryland. You know you found a good major when you can claim PlayStation as a high-level training device.

+3 The Martin Agency opens an office in London, its first expansion into an international market. So what do we need to do to ship that hump-day camel overseas?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 3:36 PM

+5 Thousands of hungry Richmonders turn out for the Richmond Bacon Festival, which falls on the last day of RVA Bacon Week. Completely unrelated, has anyone seen Parker the Rally Pig lately?

+2 The new head coach of the Washington Redskins, Jay Gruden, gets his first look at training camp in Richmond, where his team will practice with the Patriots. When asked what he's most looking forward to, he says what we're all thinking: Tom Brady.

-2 A transgender woman tells CBS-6 that she's upset with a local McDonald's for barring her from using the women's room. So this is a place that can't tolerate gender equality but can glorify a burger thief in a black cape?

-1 Democrat state Sen. Phillip Puckett resigns his seat, tilting the balance of power in the chamber and potentially leaving Republicans in control. With this newfound power, they vow to do as little as possible until gridlock is restored.

+3 Worldwide DJ phenom Skrillex brings his Mothership Tour to Brown's Island, bringing, by one onlooker's count, at least three tour buses and five tractor-trailers. In a nod to the environment, the engines are fueled by gallons of recycled sweat.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 2:22 PM

+5 Tens of thousands of hungry Richmonders flock to food at the Richmond Greek Festival and Broad App├ętit, leading into RVA Bacon Week. Stay tuned for details on Richmond Muffin Top Month.

-4 Mayor Dwight Jones pulls his Shockoe Bottom ballpark plan in advance of a likely vote against it by City Council, but says he'll bring it back for reconsideration. This has been the longest seventh-inning stretch in history.

-2 The Henrico County Schools put a temporary halt to serving milk after students said it made them sick. School spokesman Andy Jenks issued a Spoiler Alert.

+1 The Washington Redskins announce that their training camp in Richmond will run July 24-Aug. 11, with fan appreciation day set for Saturday, Aug. 2. That's despite previous reports that fan appreciation day was when they let Mike Shanahan go.

+3 The metal band Gwar launches a campaign to raise $50,000 to open a themed restaurant called GWARbar with Rappahannock Oyster co-owner Travis Croxton. If there's a way to make raw oysters look more shocking, Gwar will find it.

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