The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.


+7 President Obama packs ’em in at the University of Richmond, delivering a speech on the flailing economy to a crowded Robins Center. Long story short, it turns out he has the only job in America that’s guaranteed for four years.

+5 Billionaire and space-traveling entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson swoops into town to headline a business conference, a glitzy fundraising gala and a private brunch with children. And on the seventh day, he made Dirtwoman clean.

+6 The first RVA Music Fest hypes up bands across town, finishing the two-day event with a big street festival in Shockoe Bottom. We’d tell you how many hipsters were in attendance, but it’s a really obscure number. You probably never heard of it.

+3 NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick parties with fans at the Hat Factory, handing out Budweisers as a guest bartender before going on to win the Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Beer, nuts and getting ahead in laps: It’s like every bachelor party we’ve ever been to.

+8 And when all was said and done, Richmond marked the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with commemorations, discussions and pledges of service. And there was little else that could have brought perspective to the city’s biggest weekend of the year.

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