The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.


+1 “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert, the glam rocker known for his dramatic and sexually tinged performances, brings his tour to the National. This is just what Glenn Beck warned us about. 

-5 State computer systems go on the fritz, bringing efficiency and customer service to a crawl. On the upside, 16-year-olds getting licenses at the DMV could pick up their Social Security checks at the end of the line. 

+5 A new exhibit opens at the Virginia Historical Society called “Virginia Rocks! The History of Rockabilly in the Commonwealth.”* In a completely related note, Councilman Charles Samuels proposes making Richmond's anti-dancing legislation retroactive to 1955, outlawing the filthy sounds of Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent and Janis Martin so your grandparents won't be corrupted by the devil's music. 

+2 At VCU, students are getting access to Zipcars — autos available to rent on an hourly basis. If you're the next driver, we suggest taking along a few Lysol wipes for the back seat.  +2

+6 Richmonders gear up to celebrate the last unofficial burst of summer, Labor Day weekend, and take a break from work. Ku Klux Klan members take note: Wearing white after Labor Day is still considered tacky in Richmond. 

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