June 2015 Cover
Richmond Magazine, June 2015
66 / Better with Bedden?
Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Dana Bedden faces the toughest challenge of his career in one of the state’s poorest public school districts. Can he overcome the politics, disrepair and dysfunction, and turn around RPS? By Mark Robinson
70 / Changing Reels
With outside productions, guerrilla moviemaking and countless festivals, has Richmond become a real film town? We look at recent and upcoming projects and spotlight some of the Richmonders who’ve been able to carve out a showbiz career right here in their hometown. By Don Harrison and Harry Kollatz Jr.
82 / Real Estate Buyers’ Guide
With the market tilting toward sellers, we’ve crafted this year’s guide for buyers. You’ll find mortgage advice for first-timers, common homebuyer mistakes and smartphone apps to help your hunt. We also spotlight areas where construction is in full swing, and where renewed interest and investment is transforming communities. By Jack Cooksey, Pete Humes, Sarah K. McDonald and Gary Robertson
Go South Guide
101 / What’s New South of the James
106 / Tucker the Pig Says Farewell to Brandermill
112 / A New Season at Virginia State University
23 / Richmonder of the Month Those confounded detours!
24 / Small Talk Life expectancy by neighborhood
26 / Education An academic spin on the UCI championships
28 / Energy A solar campaign for homeowners and businesses
30 / Media RVA Magazine turns 10
32 / Humor Too much of a good thing? Never! By Pete Humes
34 / News Greater Richmond Partnership's Greg Wingfield moves on
38 / Flashback The evolution of Forest Hill By Harry Kollatz Jr.
176 / … And Another Thing Cuddling comes with a cost By Janet Giampietro
Arts & Entertainment
41 / Datebook Billy Idol, Avers, Japanese tattoo art, Special Olympics Summer Games and more
44 / Q&A Ricky Skaggs keeps the faith
46 / Spotlight CultureWorks' Scott Garka finds his rhythm
53 / Style Cool stripes for warm weather
56 / Shop Talk The global mission of Ten Thousand Villages
58 / Health A Parkinson's disease breakthrough at VCU
60 / Excursions A beer-centric visit to the Delaware coast
64 / Picture This Top Docs Reception
160 / Review McCormack's Big Whisky Grill
161 / Quick Take Coda Urban Bistro
162 / Ingredient Biting into Chinese sausage
164 / Trend Kombucha culture in the River City; Neighborhood Roundup Trying out Tuckahoe
166 / Profile Craft beer-lovin' ladies unite; Events Broad Appetit offers tastes of the town
168 / Best Bites Rabbit Spring Rolls, anyone?
170 / Food Stuffs Your favorite restaurant wasn't built in a day. By Stephanie Breijo Purveyor Urban Choice Mushroom Farm