The Scoop: Week 35, 2012 

Redskins training site, basketball rumors, another Instachallenge + more.


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“They are restless spirits with adventurous tastes.” -- Chuck Vila, vice president of consumer insights at Campbell Soup, on trying to create soup-eating hipsters.

HELLO: You might have a holiday weekend coming up, but good luck escaping political season in Virginia. … Just yesterday in Charlottesville President Obama worked to woo the ’Hoos, as the Hook put it … Tomorrow, just a day after wrapping the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are scheduled to visit Richmond yet again, rallying at the airport at 1 p.m. … Unlike last year, expect statewide political campaigning to be front and center at the traditional Buena Vista Labor Day Parade. … Where can you get away? As columnist Jack Lauterback begs of you, treat politics like a baby -- and keep it out of the bar.

TONIGHT’S NEWS LEAD: Redskins training camp. The mayor’s steering committee announces its recommendations for the camp’s location while the Scoop heads to your inbox. A closed discussion will be followed by a news conference with Mayor Jones and the committee’s chairman, Michael Fraizer, at 3 p.m. at the McGuireWoods law offices downtown. (You may recall we featured former Genworth exec Fraizer’s close ties to football -- the Richmond Raiders -- in this cover story last year.) … Speaking of, Sports Radio 910’s Wes McElroy asks on our Back Page: With the Redskins coming to town, where does that leave the Flying Squirrels?

RUMOR BUSTER: Hampton Roads caught Sacramento Kings fever this week, with our sister journal, Inside Business, reporting on the team’s prospects for moving to Virginia Beach. One of the rumors to blow this way was that the Maloof family (of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”!) visited Richmond as a potential site. “If they came to the Coliseum I would know about it,” says Dolly Vogt, regional general manager of SMG, which manages the venue. “I know that they didn’t come look at the Coliseum.”

RANDY BLYTHE ONSTAGE: Last month, Scoop readers were among the first to hear about the benefit concert for Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe. (Also in July, Brent Baldwin wrote of the singer’s openness about his life changes.) Now that Blythe is back from prison in Prague, the benefit also takes on the vibe of a welcome back party. The metal blowout is tomorrow at the Canal Club. The lineup includes Gloominous Doom, Little Ozzy, Throne From Royalty, Iron Reagan, Kung Fu Dykes, Mensrea, Cannabis Corpse, Seraph, the Humungus, Backwoods Payback, Blackout Shift, Gritter, Wolves and Jackals. And yes, Blythe is scheduled to perform.

MUSIC FEST COMES TOGETHER: Bucky Lewis of Worthless Junk Records emails me this morning: The band lineup is locked in for the first River City Shreds Richmond Music Festival on Sept. 15. There are 27 bands playing across three venues: Kingdom, McCormack’s Irish Pub and the Camel. Too many to list, but you can find the complete lineup and ticket info here.

HOT BLUE MOON: From The Scoop’s sky-watching correspondent, Troutman Sanders’ Jerrold Samford: “For an end-of-August-and-unofficial-start-of-Autumn present, we will have the fun of experiencing a ‘Blue Moon’ on Aug. 31! Origins of the phrase ‘Blue Moon’ are varied. … Whatever definition you choose, enjoy the full moon, and don’t expect it to actually look ‘blue!’” … Also tomorrow, from NBC-12’s Andrew Freiden: The last day of the month will be the hottest day of the month.

SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDUP: 1) Sorry, Richmond, Miami tweeters have you beat. A national ranking finds that 17 percent of Miami locals have used Twitter in the past month, 38 percent higher than the general U.S. population. Nearby cities toward the top include Washington and Raleigh and Durham. … 2) With race weekend kicking off next Friday, the Social Media Club of Richmond meets at Richmond International Raceway. “High-Speed Social Media: How Digital Marketing and Technology Keep NASCAR Ahead of the Curve” is Sept. 5, 6-9 p.m. Panelists include RIR’s president, Dennis Bickmeier, NASCAR marketing’s David Higdon and RIR spokesman and man-about-town Rich Denzler. … 3) Social media users are older than you think. … 4) And what’s the deal with buying Twitter followers?

LABOR DAY BROADCAST: The Virginia Film Office’s Rita McClenny, recently kicked-off “Hell’s Kitchen” Stuzzi chef Clemeza Caserta, and a few surprise guests will join me on Monday, Sept. 3, from 6-9 a.m., when I keep Jimmy Barrett’s mic warm as guest host on Newsradio 1140-AM’s “Richmond’s Morning News.” You can dial us in on air, use the iHeart radio app, or listen online.

MEET THE MEDIA DAY: Say hello if you come to Meet the Media day in two weeks. Following up on a workshop last year, Richmond-area journalists are getting together again Sept. 14, offering tips to nonprofits and other community organizations on getting news coverage. I’ll sit in on the first panel. The program will be held at the University of Richmond and sponsored by the Virginia Pro Chapter Society of Professional Journalists. Go here for information and to buy tickets.

INSTACHALLENGE: With the unofficial end of summer arriving, I asked for your favorite vacation Instagrams last week. Here are two standout memories: From Ashley M. Cunningham, this beachside watermelon cocktail. And from Greg Garner, this stunning sand creation at Kiawah Island. For next week’s Instagram Challenge: Capture the RVA logo somewhere unexpected, and email the link to your Instagram here. I’ll share the best in next week’s Scoop. … And speaking of Instagram, here’s a wireless idea for “liberating Instagram photos from your smart device.”

THREE QUESTIONS IN STYLE: 1) With thousands of tourists visiting Richmond in 2015, how can the city get its house in order?2) What’s it like having 5,000 autopsies under your belt?3) How has this local photographer made a name for himself?

EATING AND DRINKING: Style welcomes a new restaurant reviewer to the team this week: Genevelyn Steele (on Twitter @genevelyn). She’s certified by the Society of Wine Educators, has studied hospitality and culinary arts at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and the Culinary Institute of America, and honed her food writing at the Smithsonian Institution. For her first Style review, she visits Accanto. … Deveron Timberlake has more on Heritage, the restaurant that’s moving in to replace Six Burner, along with some changes at the Jefferson and a Southern-style pop-up. … And what liquor news has some local barmen bummed out?

GIVEAWAYS: We run giveaways each week exclusively for our newsletter subscribers. For your chance at tickets to RVA music, shows and other free stuff, sign up here to receive the Scoop in your inbox each Thursday.


1. Let Dave Chappelle’s friend and collaborator, Neal Brennan, pull some laughs out of you.

2. Get your smack-down on with TNA Impact Wrestling … followed by a little TLC from Mickie James.

3. Celebrate Goldrush’s Making Moves set at The Camel.

4. Find out why Cadence Theatre Company’s new show is getting good, uh, buzz.

5. Find a day trip for Labor Day.



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