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RVA Magazine
RVA Magazine

Richmond, VA

(804) 349-5890

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Richmond Free Press
Richmond Free Press

422 E Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23219   Directions

(804) 644-0496

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Richmond Times-Dispatch
Richmond Times-Dispatch

300 E Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23219   Directions

(804) 649-6000

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Style Weekly
Style Weekly

24 E 3rd St
Richmond, VA 23224   Directions

(804) 358-0825

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The Main Course: A Valentine Museum Restaurant Competition
11/25/2020 10:47am

The Metropolitan Business League in partnership with the Valentine Museum, the Richmond Black Restaurant Experience and Hatch Kitchen RVA, have announced a competition to apply to be the next food vendor/restaurant tenant in the Valentine. The grand prize winner gets its first two years at the Museum rent free.The winner also receives a Richmond Black Restaurant Experience Membership, a complimentary membership with the Metropolitan Business League, a strategy session with Big Spoon Co., an interview with Richmond Magazine and more.According to a press release: Small business owners interested in applying for The Main Course: A Valentine Museum Restaurant Competition can submit their application Monday, Nov. 30 - Friday, Dec. 4 via the Metropolitan Business League website at www.thembl.org. Eligibility requirements include the submission of a 60 second pitch video, verification of having been in business for at least two years and confirmation of the business being located within the Richmond Region City of Richmond, Chesterfield County, Henrico County, Hanover County. The Richmond Region Community will also have the opportunity to select the Community Choice award by voting via the MBL website, Monday, Dec. 7 - 9. The Community Choice winner will receive a complimentary one year membership to the Metropolitan Business League and a Richmond Black Restaurant Experience membership, designed to promote economic diversity while celebrating Richmonds best food fare.The Main Course - A Valentine Museum Restaurant Competition from Bleu on Vimeo.Many people talk about the need to help minority-owned businesses, but the Valentine Museum actually puts forth action to meet the needs, says Floyd Miller, President and CEO of the Metropolitan Business League in a release. Their action is a testament to the caring nature of our community and how vitally important it is to lend a helping hand during a very critical period ... It is one example of leveling the playing field for minority businesses and giving them the opportunities for sustainability and growth. I am encouraged that other people and businesses will follow suit. The panel of judges is set to include: Ted Ukrop developer, Quirk Hotel & Board of Trustees, The Valentine, Connie Hom CEO/ president of Buckingham Greenery, Inc. and board of directors, the Metropolitan Business League, Chef Mike Lindsey chef and owner of Lillie Pearl, Eileen Mellon food editor of Richmond Magazine, Kevin Clay president and founding partner of Big Spoon Co. and Shemicia Bowen co-founder of Richmond Black Restaurant Experience. They will determine the winning entry between the two semi-finalists that will cook off at Hatch Kitchen RVA and present their final dishes to the judges at the Valentine Museum on Monday, Dec. 14 to determine the final winner, according to the release.The competition is open for entries from Monday, Nov. 30 - Friday, Dec. 4. The winner will be announced Monday, Dec. 14. Official rules and entry criteria can be found at www.thembl.org

Email Bombardment For Richmond's Homeless
11/25/2020 3:00am

Read the list of demands being sent to city officials and local media. An email campaign began last night that has been bombarding city officials and local media with emails featuring the same list of demands regarding Richmonds homeless.While were still trying to ascertain how the campaign started and who is officially behind it, the text is below so you can read it for yourself.We wrote about Camp Cathy after it was razed back in March and that article will get you up to speed and also contains hotlines for help. To the City Officials of Richmond and their Complicit Accomplices,We are watching you continue to fail the People. As more city residents lose their jobs and homes this year, those who were elected or appointed to work in the Peoples best interest and welfare continue to ignore the needs of Richmonds houseless and unsheltered residents.Camp Cathy was razed by the city officials back in March of 2020. No serious, reasonable or logical safety measures for the camps unsheltered residents were created to compensate for the loss of the camp community. Mayor Stoney refuses to give the People an answer on a new location for a cold weather shelter even after he raised the budget, stating in 2018 we need to do better for Richmonds houseless and unsheltered communities. The City of Richmond revealed in October it was operating with a $19 million surplus, and still has yet to make reasonable progress to protect its most vulnerable People, knowing all along the cold of winter and deadliness of the pandemic were steadily encroaching.Our Demands are as follows:1. We demand transparency of local, state, and federal funds spent and budgeted for housing, human services, and social services intended to protect the City of Richmonds houseless and unsheltered population.2. We demand transparency of budgeting and spending of the 2019 and 2020 hotel tax used towards the Greater Richmond Convention Center.3. We demand an investigation into the misuse of public funds that were allocated for resources and cots for the unsheltered which were not received in 2018 when the Greater Richmond Convention Center served as a shelter.4. We demand that the city use the Greater Richmond Convention Center as safe shelter for the citys houseless according to CDC guidelines which other cities have been able to comply with to prevent unnecessary illness and death due to exposure.5. We demand that the city offer social services and resources at the shelter including information and access to free COVID testing, food, housing, and cold weather supplies jackets, gloves, etc. OR create and implement an improved safety net phone line with information about these resources and a motel program that works 24/7 with free access to motels including transportation and provide the unsheltered city residents utilizing this program with social and health services and resources AT the locations.6. We demand that resource and hotline information for obtaining emergency shelter either via the Convention Center or motels is made CLEAR and ACCESSIBLE to the unsheltered residents and those who work with them on the streets including but not limited to churches, volunteers and non-profits.7. We demand independent investigations into the deaths of the former Camp Cathy residents after it was razed by the city in March 2020, as well as the death of Irving Peanut Ward who froze to death in 2016 in Richmond, VA after he was possibly turned away by guards at a shelter.8. We demand that all shelter or safety net programs for the houseless and unsheltered city residents are staffed by helping professionals medical, mental health and social workers, not security guards. Help, not harm.City Officials- your voting records, inaction, and attacks on Richmonds unsheltered and houseless residents are being noted.Council members- you handle millions of dollars of federal and local funds and salaries that are being paid to professionals such as Homeward VA that should come up with a real solution, and you have nothing.Members of the houseless and unsheltered community have died- deaths that could have been prevented.Many more of us will die as this continues.How many more will it take The misallocation of taxpayer money conducted by this council is criminally negligible.Take heed of our words.Take action now.We are watching you.

Week of November 25
11/25/2020 3:00am

ARIES March 21-April 19 A little too much is just enough for me, joked poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. I suspect that when he said that, he was in a phase similar to the one youre in now. I bet he was experiencing a flood of creative ideas, pleasurable self-expressions, and loving breakthroughs. He was probably right to risk going a bit too far, because he was learning so much from surpassing his previous limitations and exploring the frontiers outside his comfort zone. Now heres your homework, Aries: Identify two actions you could take that fit the profile Ive described here.TAURUS April 20-May 20Biologists believe that no tree can grow more than 436 feet tall. As much as an individual redwood or spruce or mountain ash might like to sprout so high that it doesnt have to compete with other trees for sunlight, gravity is simply too strong for it to pump enough water up from the ground to its highest branches. Keep that in mind as a useful metaphor during the next ten months, Taurus. Your assignment is to grow bigger and taller and stronger than you ever have beforeand know when you have reached a healthy level of being bigger and stronger and taller.GEMINI May 21-June 20I havent felt the savory jolt of bacon in my mouth since I was 15, when I forever stopped eating pigs. I still remember that flavor with great fondness, however. Ive always said Id love to find a loophole that would allow me to enjoy it again. And then today I found out about a kind of seaweed that researchers at Oregon State University say tastes like bacon and is healthier than kale. Its a new strain of a red marine algae called dulse. If I can track it down online, Ill have it for breakfast soon. I bring this to your attention, Gemini, because I suspect that you, too, are primed to discover a fine new substitutesomething to replace a pleasure or resource that is gone or taboo or impossible. What could it beCANCER June 21-July 22 By age 49, Cancerian author Norman Cousins had been struck with two debilitating diseases. His physicians gave him a one in 500 chance of recovery. He embarked on a series of unconventional attempts to cure himself, including laugh therapy and positive self-talk, among others. They worked. He lived lustily for another 26 years, and wrote several books about health and healing. So perhaps we should pay attention to his belief that each patient carries his own doctor inside himthat at least some of our power to cure ourselves resides in inner sources that are not understood or accredited by traditional medicine. This would be a valuable hypothesis for you to consider and test in the coming weeks, Cancerian. Caveat: But dont stop drawing on traditional medicine that has been helping you.LEO July 23-Aug. 22In accordance with astrological rhythms, Im giving you permission to be extra regal and majestic in the coming weeks. You have a poetic license to be a supremely royal version of yourself, even to the point of wearing a jeweled crown and purple silk robe. Would you prefer a gold scepter with pearls or a silver scepter with rubies Please keep in mind, though, that all of us non-Leos are hoping you will be a noble and benevolent sovereign who provides enlightened leadership and bestows generous blessings. That kind of behavior will earn you the right to enjoy more of these lofty interludes in the future.VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22In the coming weeks, I will refer to you as The Rememberer. Your task will be to deepen and refine your relationship with the old days and old waysboth your own past and the pasts of people you care about most. I hope you will take advantage of the cosmic rhythms to reinvigorate your love for the important stories that have defined you and yours. I trust you will devote treasured time to reviewing in detail the various historical threads that give such rich meaning to your web of life.LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22Those who build walls are their own prisoners, wrote Libran author Ursula K. Le Guin. She continued, Im going to fulfill my proper function in the social organism. Im going to unbuild walls. I hope that sounds appealing to you, Libra. Unbuilding walls is my first choice for your prime assignment in the coming weeks. Id love to see you create extra spaciousness and forge fertile connections. Ill be ecstatic if you foster a rich interplay of diverse influences. If youre feeling super-plucky, you might even help unbuild walls that your allies have used to half-trap themselves.SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21If you cant help me grow, theres no point with you being in my life. Singer and actress Jill Scott said that. In my view, Scorpios may be the only sign of the zodiac that can assert such a sentiment with total sincerity and authority. For many of the other tribes, it might seem harsh or unenforceable, but for you its exactly righta robust and courageous truth. In addition to its general rightness, its also an especially apt principle for you to wield right now. The coming weeks will be a potent time to catalyze deep learning and interesting transformations in concert with your hearty allies.SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21You live best as an appreciator of horizons, whether you reach them or not. Those words from poet David Whyte would be a perfect motto for you to write out on a piece of paper and tape to your bathroom mirror or your nightstand for the next 30 years. Of all the tribes in the zodiac, you Sagittarians are most likely to thrive by regularly focusing on the big picture. Your ability to achieve small day-by-day successes depends on how well you keep the long-range view in mind. How have you been doing lately with that assignment In the coming weeks, I suspect you could benefit from hiking to the top of a mountainor the metaphorical equivalentso you can enjoy seeing as far as you can see.CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19Sensible Capricorn author E. M. Forster 18791970 said, Passion does not blind. No. Passion is sanity. Thats the opposite of what many poets and novelists have asserted down through the ages, which is that passion isnt truly passion unless it renders you half-crazy, driven by obsession, and subject to delusion and irrationality. But in offering you counsel in this horoscope, Im aligning myself with Forsters view. For you in the coming weeks, Capricon, passion will help you see clearly and keep you mentally healthy.AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18Alpine swifts are small birds that breed in Europe during the summer and then migrate long distance to Africa for the winter. Ornithologists were shocked when they discovered that at least some of these creatures fly for more than 200 days without ever once landing on the ground. Theyre not always flapping their wingssometimes they glidebut they manage to do all their eating and drinking and sleeping and mating in mid-air. Metaphorically speaking, I think its important for you to not act like the alpine swifts in the coming months, dear Aquarius. Please plan to come all the way down to earth on a regular basis.PISCES Feb. 19-March 20Theres substantial evidence that when people talk to themselves out loud in the midst of doing a task, they improve their chances of succeeding at the task. Have you ever heard athletes giving themselves verbal encouragement during their games and matches Theyre using a trick to heighten their performance. In accordance with astrological omens, I invite you to experiment with this strategy in the coming weeks. Increase your brainpower by regularly offering yourself encouraging, supportive instructions. Its fine if you just sort of whisper them, but Id love it if now and then you also bellowed them.

Walls of Wheat
11/24/2020 12:00am

The Hope Wall public art project at Grove and Shields avenues finds local and global inspiration. Starting in the 19th century, posters advertising circus shows began to be hung on walls with paste made from wheat as a way of getting the word out about upcoming extravaganzas. When it came to alcohol and nightclub advertising, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrecs posters were so popular by the 1890s that instructions were published on how to peel down the pasted posters without damaging them so they might be rehung.Today, activists and subculture denizens continue to use wheat paste to post advertising, propaganda and art. A year and a half ago, Ashley Kistler, curator and former director of Virginia Commonwealth Universitys Anderson Gallery, was doing a studio visit with John Malinoski, professor of communications design at the university from 1989 through 2016, hoping to talk him into a retrospective of his work. Instead, he showed her a mock-up of a wheat-paste-based project on the theme of hope, a project that had no site. Kistler, a Fan resident, told him that if he couldnt find somewhere to execute it, he was welcome to use the cinder block wall that lines her backyard. Id just had the wall redone, making it a perfect picture surface, she recalls and the seeds for the Hope Wall were planted.Upon hearing of the project, Rob Carter, professor emeritus of typography and graphic design at VCU, advocated for a more ambitious project. He suggested to Malinoski that they each design a poster on the theme of hope and its many facets political, pandemic, race relations as well as each find a designer to create a work for the wall. There would be a documentary of the Hope Wall process and a book would be the final result. He insisted that the project needed to last at least a year but Malinoski qualified that: It will continue as long as its still fun, he insists.The three kicked off the public art project in early September and plan to continue it well into 2021. The fourth round of nine posters went up in mid-November at Grove and Shields near Joes Inn. Contributors include designers and artists from throughout the U.S. and beyond, responding to the theme of hope in myriad ways.Make no mistake, this project is strictly do-it-yourself. Malinoski cooks up the wheat paste in his kitchen, making a point to use different flours from places as far-flung as Poland and Russia. Hes considering flour shopping at popular Asian grocery Tan-A Supermarket next to keep up the global representation. Because its such a simple recipe with basic ingredients, its inexpensive to make. The challenge is that wheat paste only holds up for about four months, with rain and mold growth likely speeding up the deterioration. The group deals with this by stripping the wall and putting up new posters every three weeks, spending a fair amount of time deciding what sequence to place the posters in so that each poster shines both individually and as part of the greater whole of the wall. Carter sees creating the rotating art wall as a hopeful activity. Hope comes from different parts of the country and the world, he explains. Ideas of hope are so different from person to person and poster to poster. Kistler agrees, citing the passionate protests and demands for systemic change that have been transforming Richmond since early summer as well as the tragic consequences of the pandemic for making such a do-it-yourself medium once again appropriate as a vehicle for hope.Its telling that very few artists asked for a poster have turned them down. Both Carter and Malinoski have a global network of designers theyve been able to tap into for poster-making, but theres also strong representation from Richmond. As the project got rolling, some artists became so enthusiastic that they submitted multiple posters when asked to submit one. Carter says if they accumulate a glut of posters, they may start changing them out every two weeks instead. Ive become reacquainted with many former students and theyre now all over the place, as diverse as VCU, Malinoski says. But I also go after international poster makers I see online as a way to open this up to the greater community.And while poster culture is huge in Europe and bigger cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, Richmond tends to be more of a graffiti and mural town. Kistlers home office overlooks the Hope Wall, allowing her to watch peoples reactions to it. Some go by slowly and take a picture of it, others walk by and dont seem to even notice it, she says. John and Rob and I have a compulsion to add to the community conversation, so this feels like a helpful thing to do.But at its core, the Hope Wall is about humanity. Wheat is basic nourishment for humankind, Carter says. Wheat pasted posters are the basis for nourishing the soul and spirit.The Hope Wall is at Grove and Shields avenues and on Instagram.

Mystery Man
11/24/2020 12:00am

Midlothian transplant Josh Pachter is an editor to mystery writers around the world. Josh Pachter, who grew up on Long Island, entered the world of crime fiction at 16 when he sold his first story to Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. It was late 1968 and the teenager immediately joined the Mystery Writers of America, a group that met monthly at Manhattans Hotel Seville. There he met some of the days most renowned mystery writers Edward D. Hoch, William Brittain, John Lutz and Stanley Cohen who took him under their collective wing and encouraged his writing. When Pachter attended the Edgar Allan Poe awards in 1970, he expected to be seated at the back of the vast Essex House ballroom.I was just a punk kid with one publication to his name, he says. Instead, Hoch had him moved to his own honored table at the front. Now more than fifty years later it is Pachter, a recent Midlothian arrival, who serves as editor and advisor for mystery writers worldwide. He has developed the themes and edited nearly a dozen crime fiction anthologies, with three more slated for 2021.His The Beat of Black Wings anthology, released in 2020, features 26 short pieces of crime fiction inspired by the songs of Joni Mitchell. These include Big Yellow Taxi by mystery novelist Kathryn OSullivan and River by Ellery Queens 2019 readers choice winner Stacy Woodson. Some of the pieces are lighthearted, others dark and foreboding. All mix the words and images of Mitchell, who turned 77 this year, with the authors own literary visions.This fall Pachter welcomed 13 of his Joni Mitchell collaborators, from as far away as the United Kingdom, to discuss their writing at University of Richmonds Osher Lifelong Learning Center. The seminar ranged from Mitchells imagery to the authors thoughts on where stories come from, how they are structured and what ingredients make for good dialogue.Pachter can assemble such a panoply of noir writers because he as much entrepreneur as artist. He graduated from the University of Michigan with undergraduate and graduate degrees in communication and lived overseas for years, teaching in military schools. Since his return, he has taught communication at junior colleges, specializing in film history and mass communication. But it is crime fiction for which Pachter has a worldwide reputation. Most recently, he has was won the 2019 Derringer Award for his story The Two Body Problem, and in 2018 he received second place in the Ellery Queen Readers Choice Awards for his story 50, based on the original piece he wrote for the magazine in 1968. In addition to roughly 100 published crime tales, he has edited 11 crime anthologies, some riffing on crime fiction icons Nero Wolfe and Ellery Queen. Also, he is a highly praised noir translator mostly Dutch, but also Flemish, Italian and Spanish allowing him to introduce the worlds crime authors to English-speaking audiences. Pachter came upon the Joni Mitchell collaboration idea as he began writing a story based on Mitchells song The Beat of Black Wings and its character Killer Kyle, a disturbed Vietnam veteran. He felt that Mitchells evocative images, recorded in 17 studio albums over four decades, could inspire other crime fiction writers. I always set these bizarre goals for myself, as motivation, Pachter admits. Publishers have liked the song-inspired collaborative concept so much they have green-lighted two more Pachter-led projects for 2021 based on the songs of Jimmy Buffett and Billy Joel.Pachter says his own career did not kick into high gear until he met his wife Laurie, a nonfiction writer, in 2007. Both were disgruntled Match.com subscribers, giving the dating app one last shot. Their first conversation was positive, there was a physical attraction, but then a big problem surfaced: Laurie had a dog. Pachter told her told about his severe pet allergies and begged off. Laurie responded, but what if we are otherwise perfect He reluctantly agreed to meet, so long as there was no dog involved. When he picked her up, her enthusiastic collie-terrier mix broke free of restraint and warmly greeted Josh, who now expected the date would include an unscheduled stop at the emergency room. But, medically, nothing happened. Was it a case of divine intervention or just unmasked hypochondria It remains a mystery. However, the couple with Tessa the affectionate, non-hypoallergenic mixed breed, lived happily ever after and turned their courtship saga into a murder mystery for the Saturday Evening Post. Pachter says his wifes inspiration and organizational skills have spurred a boom in his productivity. Hes published more stories in the 13 years since he met her than in the 40 years prior. Now, more than 50 years after New Yorks mystery writers helped launch his career, Pachter is providing opportunities for crime writers around the world through anthologies like The Beat of Black Wings. Mitchell, who was disabled by a brain aneurysm in 2015 and is slowly recovering, has neither opposed nor endorsed the effort. However, in her honor, the Black Wings authors are donating one-third of their royalties to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. Pachters Jimmy Buffett and Billy Joel crime fiction anthologies will make similar contributions to charities tied to those artists. One other Pachter project is on the horizon. He has inked a deal to produce a crime fiction anthology inspired by the Marx Brothers films. Pachter has just finished writing the title piece, Monkey Business, about a diamond heist during the movies trans-Atlantic cruise. About a year short of professional retirement, Pachter continues to teach remotely at Northern Virginia Community College but is happy to have moved to Richmond for the recreational opportunities he and Laurie are avid kayakers and the stress reduction. For retirement, we looked at Savannah and Greenville, but then had dinner with some friends on the way through Richmond. We watched the sun set on the Swift Creek Reservoir and said, This is it. No mystery there.

WCVE-TV
WCVE-TV

23 Sesame St
Richmond, VA 23235   Directions

(804) 320-1301

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WRIC-TV
WRIC-TV

301 Arboretum Pl
Richmond, VA 23236   Directions

(804) 330-8888

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Pedestrian hit by police vehicle in Chesterfield
11/29/2020 2:17pm

A Chesterfield County police officer was driving to assist another officer when they struck a pedestrian with their vehicle on Saturday night.

StormTracker 8: Rain and brisk winds tonight and Monday AM
11/29/2020 3:30pm

Rain slides in after midnight with temps and winds increasing.

Second stimulus checks: Where we stand as November comes to a close
11/29/2020 2:22pm

If you were betting political gridlock centered around the November election would come to an end after Americans went to the voting booth, you lost that bet.

Emergency SNAP benefits extended through December
11/29/2020 5:04pm

Families qualifying for help from Virginias Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will continue receiving emergency allotments in December. The benefits will become available on Dec. 16.

Richmond beats No. 10 Kentucky, 1st road win vs top 10 team
11/29/2020 2:48pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. AP Richmond could hardly have played worse in the first half Sunday, yet it trailed No. 10 Kentucky by only a few points. The Spiders pulled confidence from the small deficit and turned that into better execution after halftime, leading to the biggest win away from home in program history. Blake Francis ...

WRLH-TV
WRLH-TV

1925 Westmoreland St
Richmond, VA 23230   Directions

(804) 358-3535

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WTVR-TV
WTVR-TV

3301 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230   Directions

(804) 254-3600

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WWBT
WWBT

5710 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23225   Directions

(804) 230-1212

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