Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 1:24 PM

+5 Video Fan says it’s staying open after successfully meeting a fundraising goal of $35,200. It was a close call, but now that the VHS version of Patrick Swayze’s bouncer-philosopher classic, “Roadhouse,” is being safeguarded again, our faith in humanity is restored.

+2 Local media deliver good news for Tucker, the emotional-support pig used as a pet in a Brandermill household, who’ll be allowed to stay until the Board of Supervisors can decide its fate. Tucker was planning to throw a party to celebrate the delay, but his place is sort of a sty.

-8 After a shocking Rolling Stone story detailing a victim’s experience, the University of Virginia draws national attention for how sexual assaults are poorly handled on campuses across the country. Maybe this is one time we don’t have to follow Thomas Jefferson’s lead.

+4 With Thanksgiving ahead, tired and frazzled Richmonders see light at the end of the tunnel. And by light we mean a big fat drooling nap with football playing in the background.

+3 Gelati Celesti celebrates its 30th year of churning out decadent concoctions and opens a new store in Short Pump. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And it isn’t frozen yogurt.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM

+2 Ben Zywicki, a 26-year-old from Colorado, becomes the first American man since 2000 to win the Anthem Richmond Marathon. It should be noted that Colorado also legalized marijuana this year. You can't argue with data.

+5 Richmond kicks off Virginia Cider Week, joining the celebration across the state with workshops, tastings and special events. Just remember: Drink responsibly and always cab it home from the orchard.

-3 Viewers are stunned to see VCU point guard JeQuan Lewis take a hard fall during the men's basketball season opener against Tennessee, sustaining a concussion and being helped off the court. Get well JeQuan and be careful, guys. Leave the head injuries to Rodney the Ram. That's why we hired him.

-4 Modern and contemporary art curator John Ravenal leaves his post at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts after 16 years, becoming the fourth high-profile employee to depart in the last year. Is it possible he left for a job with more Monet?

+1 Organizers of the RVA Street Art Festival announce next year's location as the Southern States silo complex in Manchester. Blank, phallic-shaped canvases. This can only end well.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 12:14 PM

+2 Long lines form for the much-anticipated holiday release of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery's gingerbread stout. You fools! It's made of elves!

-4 The Wall Street Journal reports on Virginia's low turnout of 2.1 million voters, with exit polls showing that 68 percent of them think the country is "seriously off on the wrong track." On a high note, people showing off their "I Voted" sticker on Facebook was at an all-time high.

+3 During a visit to Richmond, Food Network star Alton Brown declares on Twitter that Church Hill's Proper Pie Co. makes "the best pumpkin pie I've ever had." Oh Alton, you probably say that in every city you bring your show to. Leaving cab fare on the nightstand was a nice touch though.

-3 Looking back on the summer, public health officials report a surge in beach closures and swimming advisories because of higher-than-normal bacteria levels. Which explains Virginia Beach's marketing slogan for next year: "At least we're still Ebola free!"

+1 The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile announces that it's visiting Richmond this week at local Kroger and Martin's grocery stores. This might be the only time posting "wiener selfies" will be sociably acceptable.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 12:57 PM

+4 Halloween falls on a cold Friday night, filling local nightclubs with costumed revelers. It was so cold the naughty nurses had to thaw a few thermometers.

+6 Daylight saving time ends, giving Richmonders an extra hour on Sunday. Which on the Netflix-binge-watching scale equals an additional "Sons of Anarchy" episode.

-2 Candidates fill the airwaves, knock on your door and call you at home, pleading for your vote on the eve of Election Day. Because if you don't have the guts to interrupt family dinners, how do you expect to lead this country?

-4 Questions follow the explosion of an unmanned commercial rocket lifting off Wallops Island, which was carrying 5,000 pounds of experiments and equipment for NASA. It's also anyone's guess what those guys on the International Space Station are gonna use for toilet paper.

+3 The first Fire, Flour & Fork conference brings together chefs, food writers and diners for a weekend of education and indulgence. They've already signed up next year's sponsor, Tums.

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