Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 10:30 AM

+1 Richmond BizSense counts down the memorable mansion sales of the year, with the late Lora and Claiborne Robins’ estate on River Road going for the highest — a whopping $3.62 million. Though to be fair, that includes a free scullery maid.

-2 Against their signature rivals, the Washington Redskins take a beating from the Dallas Cowboys to end a dreary season with a 4-12 record. At this point, Kirk Cousins would consider a water boy offer from the Seahawks.

-4 Sony turns down the Byrd Theatre’s request to show the controversially pulled-from-theaters comedy, “The Interview.” Sony missed out — the national anthem of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea sounds great on a Mighty Wurlitzer.

+3 Speaking of the Byrd, its manager tells the T-D that he’s bringing the New Year’s Eve ball rise back to the top of the New York Deli in hopes of a more intimate celebration than previous years. And what says intimacy more than 10,000 of your closest friends packed into three city blocks?

+5 Organizers of the new outdoor New Year’s Eve party and light show on Brown’s Island breathe a sigh of relief at a weather forecast predicting no rain. But the DJs are calling for a 100-percent chance of some mad beats, yo.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 10:13 AM

-2 Richmonders race around local stores for last-minute Christmas gifts. We haven’t seen Short Pump this crowded and traffic-snarled since last week!

-5 Democrats must scramble to find a nominee to run for Delegate Joe Morrissey’s seat, after he says he’ll resign, and then says he’ll run, and then says he won’t run as a Democrat. Ironically, this kind of indecision is the hallmark of a great General Assembly member.

+4 Councilman Jon Baliles proposes an ordinance to put the city’s check register online, where the public could see who’s paid what. Does the $23 million for a new brewery get filed under “entertainment” or “beer fund”?

+1 The Greenberg Train and Toy show comes to town, bringing hundreds of model trains, accessories and collectibles for sale. Unfortunately, event organizers keep turning down our theme song idea, “C’Mon ’N Ride It.” Sorry, Quad City DJs. We tried.

-1 Fed up with delivery packages being stolen from the porches of his neighbors, one resident packs a box with dog excrement and places it outside — where it’s stolen. At least we’ve finally found a neighborhood where they pick up after their pets.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 2:56 PM

+4 Former R&B heartthrob, Richmond native and Grammy-winner D’Angelo draws national attention for a long-anticipated release, “Black Messiah” — his first album in 15 years. Which by our calculations means you can expect a baby boom around September.

+2 The Martin Agency wins the Tic Tac account, with the ad agency’s chief telling Advertising Age that it will help the brand increase its interaction with consumers. But not too much interaction. Because you smell like garlic. Just kidding. But seriously, have a Tic Tac.

-5 Local outrage erupts over the appearance of a billboard calling homosexuality a choice from a group that supports therapy to treat the condition. Billboards are for telling us where to buy your wedding ring, not whose finger to put it on.

+1 The popular Cuban restaurant in the Fan, Kuba Kuba, decides to open a second location in the West End. Now that soccer moms won’t be denied their tres leches cake, all they need is a closer Ikea store and more hot yoga Groupons to reach complete Nirvana.

+3 The Richmond Ballet counts down the days to its weekend opening of “The Nutcracker.” Mom is insisting that we attend. Tried to change her mind, but you know her. She’s a tough nut to crack.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 1:51 PM

+7 Thousands of lights are switched on downtown for the 30th annual Grand Illumination, with the Dominion Christmas Parade rolling through the city the following day. Yep, Christmas always comes early for the power company.

+2 Bon Secours Richmond Health System taps Toni R. Ardabell as its chief executive. And in a city with few women heading up board rooms, consider this a star of wonder.

-4 The T-D reports that more than 3,800 state employees make salaries below the federal poverty level for a family of four. And have you seen the budget outlook? At this rate, we’ll never be able to fully clothe that lady on the state flag.

-2 Piles and piles of damp leaves line neighborhood streets, awaiting giant city vacuums. Which explains the giant sucking sound you’re about to hear. Either that or we’re down to the last few drops of Hardywood Gingerbread Stout.

+1 Making her Peanutty Pie Crust Clusters, Henrico County home cook Beth Royals wins $1 million in the Pillsbury Bake-Off. Even happier news: With her new windfall, she’ll never have to eat store-bought dough again.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 11:11 AM

+7 Richmond celebrates Thanksgiving with food, football and leftovers. Yep, the only turkey that got pardoned around these parts was the mayor’s ballpark plan.

+3 The ice rink along Broad Street at CenterStage opens for the season, drawing skaters downtown. We haven’t seen this many bruises since the Renegades were in town.

-5 Police tell the T-D they’re concerned that budget cuts to the Virginia Department of Forensic Science will end certain trace evidence testing, such as fiber and gunshot residue. Well, we won’t be able to afford William Petersen, but we can get Ted Danson for cheap.

+1 Friends and colleagues hold a surprise party over the weekend for state Delegate Deloris McQuinn for her 60th birthday. Everyone was in such a good mood there was even bipartisan support for a hangover.

+4 The T-D reports that St. John’s Church, which holds re-enactments of the convention where Patrick Henry gave his “liberty or death” speech, finally is replacing its leaky roofs. So Patrick, you can stop ad-libbing “Give me liberty or give me black mold.”

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