Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 1:00 AM

+7 Throughout Memorial Day weekend, ceremonies across the area honor those who died while serving in the armed forces. Turns out that some people remembered it wasn’t all about pool openings and outdoor grills.

-3 Plans for a regional children’s hospital are dashed when VCU Medical Center and Bon Secours Richmond Health System bow out, saying it isn’t financially viable despite Bill and Alice Goodwin’s pledge of $150 million. Well, $150 million can’t get you as far as it used to.

+1 Gourmet popsicle-maker the King of Pops opens a walk-up window from its Clay Street shop. From here, in this rare atmospheric sliver of air where Richmond summer makes contact with plunging temperatures of a frozen-treat kitchen, emerges a global meteorological crisis.

+4 The RVA Creativity Awards announce winners across the city, handing out specially made trophies from local artists and craftsmen. We’re busy working on a sculpture for next year consisting of empty Ukrop’s potato salad containers and PBR cans.

-5 This spot intentionally left blank for Joe Morrissey content. After all, he spent most of last week requesting less media attention.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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Posted on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 1:00 AM

-3 The McDonnells return to the headlines, with the former governor at the federal courthouse to appeal his corruption convictions and his wife’s appeal coming up. It’s like they just can’t stand that Joe Morrissey is getting all the attention.

+2 Local television stations head into the final stretch of May sweeps, pulling out all the stops to get you watching their newscasts. Which explains the 8 News rollout of Juan Conde Smell-O-Vision: It’s like leather driving gloves airing out in the breeze of a coconut grove.

-5 Virginia Commonwealth University’s Anderson Gallery, one of Richmond’s first art galleries, closes after 45 years. That is, unless this is one of those Yoko Ono performance pieces no one understands.

-1 The almost 50-year-old private Bull and Bear Club atop the James Center prepares to shut its doors at the end of May. Guess we’ll have to head back to the Country Club of Virginia for our afternoon cocktails. (Fine, the storm water drainage ditch along the ninth hole.)

+6 The outdoor sports and music festival Dominion Riverrock draws tens of thousands of enthusiasts to Brown’s Island. It’s so crowded the island shakes loose and breaks away, floating down the James like one big paddleboard adventure with jumping dogs as your only way off.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Posted on Tue, May 12, 2015 at 1:00 AM

+6 Richmond celebrates Mother’s Day with breakfasts in bed, Hallmark cards and bouquets of flowers. The next day we resumed our usual routine of breakfasts at WaWa, business cards and buckets of PBR.

-3 After his splashy hometown visit filmed for “American Idol,” Richmond contestant Rayvon Owen is knocked out of the competition, landing in fourth place. Which is at least higher than “American Idol” sits in the ratings.

+4 In the midst of marking its 165th anniversary, The Richmond Times-Dispatch names Paige Mudd as its first female editor. It’s not that executives didn’t welcome them in those early days at the daily — as long as they knew their way around the food, garden and society pages.

+5 Thousands of Richmond-area college students don caps and gowns for graduation weekend at Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Richmond and Virginia Union University. As always, it’s one of the happiest and most thrilling moments in the lives of student-loan officers.

+1 The Science Museum of Virginia holds its first Science on Tap craft beer festival, serving up brews along with explanations of the chemistry that makes it all happen. E = MC Hammered.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 1:00 AM

+2 Richmond’s “American Idol” finalist Rayvon Owen makes a hometown visit trailed by cameras to air on the Fox show this week. Former “Idol” finalist Elliott Yamin was also on hand to congratulate Rayvon and invest in his burgeoning fedora empire.

+3 The ¿Qué Pasa? Festival of Virginia draws crowds to the Canal Walk for a celebration of the local Latino community. And the answer to that extra question mark? Yes. Always, yes.

-3 Thousands of pieces of mail headed to local addresses ended up trashed, 8 News reports, dumped by two postal carriers who admitted throwing it away. If our Pottery Barn catalog was found next to a rotten banana peel, someone will have some serious explaining to do!

+1 May ushers in Bike Month, with the Sports Backers’ Bike Walk RVA coordinating celebrations such events as kid parades, group commutes and activities at Dominion Riverrock. Now if only we could get the mayor and City Council on one of those bicycles built for two.

+4 Seniors at local colleges and universities wrap up their final days of exams and last-minute job-hunting with commencement ceremonies on the horizon. Ahhh, the rites of young adulthood! Graduating college and moving back in with Mom.

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