70 / Best & Worst Part 2
Yes, it shares the name of our annual survey featuring all that’s great and good about the Richmond region. This month’s Part 2, aka The Dead Dogwoods, instead takes a wry look at the people, institutions and happenings of 2014 that cast more shame than glory. By Janet Giampietro and Pete Humes
74 / Joe Morrissey Is on Trial. Again.
Rubber ball or bad penny? State Del. Joe Morrissey’s career has been marked by scandals, fistfights and disbarment, but a comeback never seems to be out of the question. As he prepares to face a sexual misconduct lawsuit, we look at the mythology of Morrissey. By Mark Robinson
78 / Where the Magic Happens
In her 20 years at the Richmond Ballet, school director Judy Jacob has guided dancers of all abilities and backgrounds. As the company again prepares to stage The Nutcracker, we spend time with the woman who has touched thousands of young lives. By Harry Kollatz Jr.
82 / Made in RVA
We knew Richmonders were a creative bunch, but we hadn’t realized how creative until we started putting together this list of items produced here — from jeans to peanut butter, from books to glass sculptures, from wine to films.
On the Cover: Shirt and change purses by New Normal; peanut butter by Reginald’s Homemade; pasta by Bombolini; jeans by Shockoe Denim; rings by Drift Riot. Photo illustration by Steve Hedberg
27 / Richmonder of the Month Incriminating cameras-around-town
28 / Crime This year’s homicide total exceeds 2013’s.
30 / Media Gene Cox’s “burning” memoir
32 / Education A VCU study puts bullying under the microscope.
34 / Humor What we really need from Santa
36 / News Is bus rapid transit set to change our approach to public transportation?
40 / Flashback Downtown’s department-store windows promoted Richmond’s cultural life
176 / And Another Thing … A Hollywood darling wades into the Shockoe debate.
Arts & Entertainment
43 / Datebook The Black Keys play the Richmond Coliseum. Plus, Dickens’ Christmas ghosts descend on Grace Street Theater, Seinfeld returns to the stage and the VHS previews its redesigned “The Story of Virginia.”
46 / Spotlight Reynolds Gallery is putting contemporary ceramics on show for the first time.
48 / Q&A Legendary crooner Tony Bennett reflects on art, music and Lady Gaga.
50 / Holiday Events A multitude of ways to celebrate the season
55 / Style Dinner party décor as eclectic as your guest list
58 / Shop Talk Fun holiday events for gift shopping
60 / Excursions Rediscovering Williamsburg
64 / Health Relief for sufferers of chronic sinusitis
68 / Picture This Rocket4theCure
161 / Review Brux’l Café
163 / Quick Take Shyndigz
164 / Ingredient Black-eyed peas
166 / Profile Richmonder Paige Healy falls in love with Italian — in more ways than one.
168 / Best Things We Ate Where we’ve been, what we’ve loved
170 / Sourcing Tazza Kitchen’s semi-annual wine trip
172 / Guest Columnist Jimmy Sneed’s dining wish list