66 / Mayorology
A little more than a year from now, Dwight C. Jones won’t be mayor. Who among his possible successors has what it takes to build the bridge between the Richmond of murals, breweries, festivals and food, and the Richmond that still languishes and is still demanding equal access to opportunity? By Mark Robinson
72 / The ‘Unfinished Revolution’
Virginia saw remarkable advances during the short period of Reconstruction — the interracial Readjuster Party, strong public schools for blacks, even a black congressman — but they were sabotaged by the federal government and brazenly diminished by the 1902 state constitution. By Harry Kollatz Jr.
76 / Words of War
The Virginia War Memorial and Richmond-based author David Robbins launched a writing workshop program for veterans and their families last spring. In honor of Veterans Day, we present “A Dragon on His Back,” a story by Malik Hodari, a recipient of the Silver Star and Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam.
80 / Best Restaurants
The competitive camaraderie behind Richmond’s dining scene leads to food that’s putting the region in the national culinary spotlight. We ranked the city’s best, from a mom-and-pop Eastern European gem in a strip mall to the leading white tablecloth experience. These are Richmond’s top 30.
101 / Updates and happenings
105 / Seasonal favorites sure to delight.
111 / Germany in Carytown
118 / Map and Listings
Go West Guide
133 / What’s new
138 / Keeping warm with the Woodchuckers
142 / The doll doctor is in.
149 / Listings
20 / Richmonder of the Month A Thanksgiving offering of turkey, mashed potatoes, greens (and tofu) for some true public servants
24 / Media A matriarch of student journalism gets her due.
26 / Sports VCU’s new head basketball coach is rarin’ to go.
30 / Sunday Story The perseverance of the region’s refugees By Tina Griego
32 / News Virginia Sen. John Watkins’ retirement means one less moderate voice in the statehouse.
34 / Flashback If you think Richmond governance has ever been pretty, you are sorely mistaken. By Harry Kollatz Jr.
184 / … And Another Thing The nearly invisible presidential campaign of Jim Gilmore By Janet Giampietro
Arts & Entertainment
38 / Datebook Rodin sculptures at the VMFA and Rick Alverson’s new film at the Byrd, plus Newsies, Mavis Staples, Matthew E. White and more
40 / Q&A Suzanne Vega goes Southern gothic.
42 / Spotlight Music by ’80s power pop band The Dads resurfaces.
46 / Profile The genre-spanning jazz of Doors Wide Open
51 / Style The 1990s are back.
54 / Shop Talk Trunk Up’s globally minded fashion
56 / Excursions Fine food and fun in Rappahannock County
60 / Health Optimal blood pressure numbers? It depends.
64 / Picture This Cookout for a good cause with Sigma Gamma Rho
170 / Review Cheng Du
171 / Quick Take Coriander
172 / Ingredient Spice up your turkey with Lehja’s date chutney
174 / Opinion How to make dining out accessible for all
176 / Profile Meals that help the community this holiday (and how you can get involved)
178 / Best Bites A dish so delectable we’ve ordered it for nearly 20 years; 5 Faves Local fare for your Thanksgiving table
180 / Food Stuffs Lending a hand for Virginia's honeybees By Stephanie Breijo
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