68 / Pollak Prizes
The creative standouts in our 18th annual awards for excellence in the arts have challenged orthodoxies and altered perceptions. They’ve also entertained and inspired us. Through their work, they renew the cultural legacy of Richmond arts pioneer Theresa Pollak. By Harry Kollatz Jr.
76 / Loudoun Calling
In October, Jonathan Staples plans to open one of the largest plots of hops in the state, offering tours of its fields and a taproom serving beer made on site. Black Hops Farm wants to supply to craft breweries near and far, but can hops become Virginia’s next big cash crop? By Genevelyn Steele
80 / Native Identity
After centuries of persecution and marginalization, more of Virginia’s American Indians are claiming their heritage, and in July, the Pamunkey became the state's first tribe to receive federal recognition. Yet for some, like the Wolf Creek in Henrico County, hurdles remain. By Tharon Giddens
86 / Top High Schools
Our ranking of the region’s 28 traditional public high schools divides them into three groups based on one of their toughest challenges: the poverty of their student bodies. And because schools cannot be defined strictly by numbers, we sought feedback from six 2014 graduates. By Tina Griego and Mark Robinson
101 / Health and fitness news
104 / Take 5: Local soaps
108 / Healing with laughter
112 / A Renaissance woman
124 / Hospital and Medical Directory
24 / Richmonder of the Month A Halloween appreciation for she who delights us
26 / Education Local districts take on the school-to-jail pipeline.
28 / Media A new statewide magazine aims to inform and engage the LGBTQ community.
32 / News A local lesson on the gig economy
34 / Sunday Story The accidental community fixture By Tina Griego
38 / Flashback When a house is demolished, does its ghost go with it? By Harry Kollatz Jr.
200 / … And Another Thing Don’t hit that “send” button! #should’vethoughttwice. By Janet Giampietro
Arts & Entertainment
41 / Datebook DJ Grandmaster Flash and tap dancer Leonardo Sandoval at the Richmond Folk Festival, Monty Python’s John Cleese and Eric Idle at the Carpenter Theatre and more
44 / Q&A “Dean of Cajun music” Bruce Daigrepont
46 / Spotlight Author Virginia Pye’s new novel returns to China.
50 / Profile Mind games at Escape Room RVA
57 / Style There’s fashion underfoot in rugs with geometric shapes and native patterns.
60 / Shop Talk Vintage and modern styles share space in a new Midlothian boutique.
62 / Excursions Fine wine with a view in Amherst
66 / Picture This A pajama party for a good cause
184 / Review Rancho T
185 / Quick Take JKOGI
186 / Ingredient Flex your culinary muscles with this recipe for raspberry-cider mussels.
180 / Profile Siddhi Tea brings Ayurveda to RVA
188 / Trend Dishes that bring out the baby in you; Neighborhood Roundup Multicultual fare in Midlothian
190 / Trend Breweries using the goods from your own backyard; 5 Faves So long, Starbucks. Try these local spins on pumpkin spice.
192 / Best Bites Our new favorite happy hour and other finds
194 / Food Stuffs How chefs prepare for Fire Flour & Fork, one of the city's largest food events By Stephanie Breijo
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