Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 12:18 PM

+3 Winery owners, industry insiders and restaurateurs are drawn to the Jefferson Hotel for the Virginia Wine Summit. For one brief day, it was the only place in Richmond where people weren't drinking craft beer.

+7 The Valentine museum holds its grand reopening after a yearlong, multimillion-dollar, 16,200-square-foot renovation. Polished, roomy and looking good — even Robert E. Lee's old boots were deodorized with that new-museum smell.

0 Neighborhood mainstay Buddy's Place gives word that it's moving to the Devil's Triangle after more than 30 years at its corner spot in the Fan. Starbucks moves in, Buddy's moves out, yet another sign of the apocalypse.

-1 After nearly 10 years on the dial as the "We play anything" station, Liberty radio says goodbye, merging with Big Oldies 107.3-FM to form a new station playing hits from the '60s, '70s and '80s. The only hitch is finding a few sturdy gramophones.

+2 Last-minute Halloween shoppers start flooding local thrift stores and costume shops to gear up for a weekend of trick-or-treating. Or, if you're an adult and like us, bar-hopping under an alias.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 1:59 PM

-6 With a $2.4 billion gap in Virginia's two-year budget, the governor announces layoffs, cutbacks and a price hike on booze at the state's 350 liquor stores. And there's a monopoly for ya — create a reason to drink and then make you pay more for the privilege.

+4 Richmond's theater community gets gussied up for the seventh annual Artsies, a lively show that hands out awards from local critics and offers up musical highlights from the year. And yet again, City Hall is robbed in the best comedy category.

-1 Considering the Ebola threat, three state lawmakers write to the governor, urging him to use "the police powers of Virginia" to enact restrictions on travelers from Ebola-affected areas by air and sea. The letter was mailed from the cave in which they usually make legislation.

+5 The largest group yet, about 1,300 volunteers, turn out to tackle daylong projects for nonprofits across the city as part of HandsOn Greater Richmond Day. Which was way more productive than our Saturday a few weeks ago, when we observed ButtOn Tattered Couch Day.

+1 Perly's matzo ball soup wins the Souper Bowl at Max's Positive Vibe Café, as judged by the Soup Nazi actor from "Seinfeld," Larry Thomas. But let's be honest — the real winner is the guy who's getting paid 19 years after pretending to be an eccentric fascist chef on television.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 11:48 AM

+8 Despite cloudy skies and a chill in the air, tens of thousands of people spend weekend time enjoying the 10th anniversary of the Richmond Folk Festival. The break dancers were a big hit. Then again, that might have been a group of guys just trying to stay warm.

+4 Gov. Terry McAuliffe toasts the decision of Stone Brewing Co. to bring its $74 million East Coast expansion to Richmond's Fulton neighborhood. One of Stone's flagship brews, Arrogant Bastard, is how the city is feeling right about now.

0 The ACLU applauds an opinion by the attorney general that says law enforcement officials are prohibited from using drones except for humanitarian reasons. They add that a drone sandwich delivery service would infringe on no one's civil liberties and they would welcome such airborne deliciousness.

+1 The Camel is host to a local band mash-up combining the pop of My Darling Fury with the hip-hop of the Photosynthesizers — called Darling Synthesis. It's the most fascinating mash-up since that drunk dude passed out in front of the kids playing the buckets in Carytown.

+2 A "Saturday Night Live" sketch starring host Bill Hader spoofs the commercials of Richmond-based charity ChildFund International and its television spokesman, Virginia actor Alan Sader. Now, for the cost of a cup of coffee, won't you consider helping SNL's ratings?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 1:40 PM

+9 After ups and downs in the courts, same-sex marriage becomes legal in the state, with Attorney General Mark Herring calling it "a tremendous moment in Virginia history." It's almost like everyone's already forgotten about that Foo Fighters concert.

+1 Billionaire businessman Bill Goodwin, a major backer of an independent, regional children's hospital, says he doesn't want the project to get mired in the ballpark debate. And the heavens opened, and the earth stood still, and a quiet descended upon the mayor's office.

-3 With one last midway-pulsing, fun-filled weekend of down-home good times, the State Fair of Virginia comes to a close. Proving once again that if you deep-fry it, wrap it and bacon and deep-fry it again, they will come.

+1 Richmonder and Super Bowl star Russell Wilson writes an essay for Derek Jeter's new website about how he bullied others in grade school and urges support for victims of domestic violence. So to recap, he's a rich, handsome, altruistic, superstar quarterback. But hey, if you take away all those little details, he's a writer just like us!

+2 The Martin Agency wins the Ritz Crackers account, Advertising Age reports, with creative work beginning in 2015. Around the agency, it will be known as the year no one could whistle while they worked.

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