63 / Summer Music Preview
Concert season is upon us, and our writers have picked some of the best shows, from indie rock to big-time bluegrass festivals, from metal to opera — in town and around the state — drawing from popular outdoor series as well as year-round venues.
70 / And Pages Yet to Fill
After eight years at the helm of the University of Richmond — a successful tenure that extended the school’s influence and contributions across the region — Ed Ayers turns his focus back to the thing he loves best: telling true, intimate stories within the context of the American Civil War. By Gary Robertson
74 / ‘Bug Love’
Aided by the mercury vapor lamp that his father mounted on the family garage decades ago, Art Evans began collecting and studying small, armored, leggy creatures as a boy. Today, the entomologist shares his insect obsession with students of all ages and educates the masses through his public-radio show, What’s Bugging You? By Vincent Simone
78 / Best New Restaurants
The region’s burgeoning dining scene seems to welcome culinary newcomers every month, so imagine the challenge our food writers faced narrowing down to 18 top spots that have opened their doors in the past year and a half — a dynamic dozen full-service restaurants and six fast-and-casual kitchens that will keep you coming back.
Go West Guide
103 / What’s New
106 / Innsbrook After Hours Turns 30
112 / Henrico’s Top Speller Goes Back to the Bee
23 / Richmonder of the Month So long, Coach Smart.
24 / Small Talk A regional ranking to sneeze at
26 / Media VCU radio station hits FM dial.
28 / Policy Nonprofit pushes Virginia to prepare for
30 / Business Startup founders stay afloat.
32 / Humor Please, James River, play nice with me. By Pete Humes
34 / News Teaching Tours takes U.S. history class on the road.
38 / Flashback The view from Barton Heights By Harry Kollatz Jr.
176 / … And Another Thing A duel of words: Morrissey vs. Morrissey. By Janet Giampietro
Arts & Entertainment
41 / Datebook Iris DeMent at Tin Pan, Cap2Cap’s 10th anniversary and Blues Traveler
at Dominion Riverrock, plus the third Virginia Burlesque & Sideshow Festival
44 / Q&A Yoko Ono reflects on her late husband’s art.
46 / Spotlight 20 Rue Jacob re-creates a 1920s Paris salon.
51 / Excursions Visiting the Big Apple with kids in tow
56 / Health Shalom Farms’ Prescription Produce Plan
60 / Picture This W.I.S.H. Circle Luncheon
163 / Review Saison
165 / Quick Take Estilo
166 / Ingredient Rhubarb
168 / Profile Tackling Richmond’s food deserts with Tricycle Gardens; Events Going Greek and more
169 / 5 Faves Chefs dish on their favorite spring veggies; Best Bites Yes, dessert salad does exist!
170 / Trend Your guide to the local Bloody Mary mix boom; Neighborhood Roundup Taking on Mechanicsville
171 / Purveyor Victory Farms
172 / Food Stuffs Dinner-series darlings share tips for hosting the perfect party. By Stephanie Breijo