66 / The Salsa Machine
Richmond-based Bio Ritmo started off 23 years ago as a “percussion experiment” during an event at the Science Museum of Virginia. This is the story of how a group of punk rockers, painters and refugees transformed into one of the world’s great Latin salsa bands. By Don Harrison
72 / The Boy on the Bus
Richmond’s own Peter Hamby has risen through CNN’s ranks to become the quintessential modern multi-hyphenate journalist — writer, reporter, video producer and presenter — we go behind the scenes with him. By Kate Andrews
76 / The More, the Merrier
When they chose to add to their family through international adoption, the Perrecas opened a Pandora’s box of complicated legalities and mixed-up medical records. But, with two children from Lithuania now settled in their Chesterfield home, they wouldn’t have had it any other way. By Nancy Wright Beasley
80 / Best Restaurants
Our knowledgeable food writers spotlight Richmond’s top 25 dining establishments. Whether you’re searching for the area’s best soul food, the perfect date spot or the highest-caliber cuisine, these restaurants represent the diverse and ever-innovative restaurant community and a taste of what’s to come.
21 / Richmonder of the Month The University of Richmond women’s basketball team
22 / Politics Who’s spending big bucks in the Senate race?
24 / Sports Local teams cross broomsticks in the Quidditch championships.
26 / Small Talk How do Richmond’s methods of public transportation stack up?
28 / Media WWBT-NBC12’s Ryan Nobles goes to CNN.
30 / Humor Tips to improve Henrico police body-cam footage. By Pete Humes
32 / News Construction for the Black History Museum is finally underway.
34 / Flashback How George Washington made it to Capitol Square
184 / And Another Thing … Whatever the radio jingles are selling, we’re buying. By Janet Giampietro
Arts & Entertainment
37 / Datebook 1708 Gallery’s seventh annual “InLight” exhibition. Plus, Book of Mormon at Altria Theater, the Anthem Richmond Marathon and James Taylor at the Richmond Coliseum
40 / Q&A Broadway star Emily Skinner returns to Richmond
42 / Spotlight Three outstanding selections conclude VCUarts Cinematheque’s fall showcase.
46 / Profile Studio Two Three provides an invaluable hub for Richmond creatives.
51 / Style Metallic accessories radiate heavy-duty glamour.
54 / Shop Talk New Normal Apparel’s mission to showcase local art
56 / Excursions Shangrila Guest Ranch in South Boston lives up to its name.
60 / Health A YMCA running club teams with VCU to help half-marathoners optimize their performance.
64 / Picture This Savor 2014
169 / Review Metzger Bar & Butchery
171 / Quick Take Grace Noodle
172 / Ingredient Brussels sprouts
174 / Cook Like a Pro Longtime chefs share words of wisdom.
176 / Best Things We Ate Where we’ve been, what we’ve loved
178 / Profile Lucy’s Restaurant keeps it in the family.
180 / Guest Columnist Jimmy Sneed on his irreverent friendship with Julia Child