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Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Tribute to Cory Smoot AKA Flattus Maximus


Memorial Collage to celebrate Cory Smoot, the memorial service for Cory is 11-11-11! I think that is quite appropriate! In any case, tomorrow being 11-11-11 it is officially Nigel Tufnel Day, I request that from at least 4PM tomorrow, until at least 8 PM tomorrow, that everyone who will pay tribute to Cory, display a pic in their profiles on their websites and social networks such as Facebook, of either Cory or Flattus! Anyone who wishes can use or share this memorial photo I made. We will miss you CS!!



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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fender Precision Bass for Sale

I really need to sell this AWESOME Bass, please pass this deal around if you know bands or bass players in the RVA area. I will ONLY sell this inside of the Richmond Virginia area! Please do not contact me if you can not jump in a car and get here within 30 minutes. I will Not ship this item anywhere, so please do not ask! With that said.....

This bass was made from a Fender Kit, and sounds every bit as good as the store bought one. It has no logo, but if you know Fenders, then you know this. Butter yellow, has only been played a couple times, as it was meant for me, but my back can't handle the weight of a guitar of any kind. Small chip in the paint here or there, because I have no case, and it sits on a stand. Bass is worth $450, but will take best offer...

Note: It is actually worth in the $800 range, when doing the online research, so this deal gets sweeter with age LOL! Contact me if interested.








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TONIGHT on Jimmy Fallon GWAR Performs!!

Tonight!!
GWAR performs their current single, Zombies, March! on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, October 28th. The track comes off of their release, Bloody Pit of Horror.
Don' miss this Richmond Icon, be sure to set your VCR's if your not going to be home.


Click Here To Watch The Video



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Thursday, September 15, 2011

RVA Events for Sept/Oct

SHOCKOE ON THE HALF-SHELL, Sept. 24. Oyster festival (with beef barbecue, hot dogs and hamburgers for non-oyster eaters) plus rock, jazz, hip-hop and funk from Proverbial, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at 17th Street Farmers' Market, 17th and East Main streets. Free; food for purchase. 646-0477.

MASSEY ON THE RIVER, Sept. 24. Food and drink, yacht rock by Three Sheets to the Wind, silent auction of luxury goods and services and more, 6-10 p.m. on Rock Bottom Island. $35 in advance, $45 at gate; benefits VCU Massey Cancer Center. http://www.masseyontheriver.org or 828-1451.

RICHMOND SYMPHONY METRO COLLECTION, Sept. 25. "Mendelssohn's 'Italian' " with Richmond Symphony Chamber Chorus plus music by Aaron Jay Kernis and Bach, 3 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 2) in Blackwell Auditorium, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland. 788-1212.

STATE FAIR OF VIRGINIA, Sept. 29-Oct. 9. Animals and agriculture, midway rides and games, free entertainment, fair food, exhibits and much more, opening 5-10 p.m. at The Meadow Event Park in Doswell. Walk-around season pass, $23 in advance, $30 at gate; $10-$15 walk-around daily admission; rides extra. Hours vary. http://www.yourstatefair.org or (800) 588-3247.

SHAQ ENTERTAINMENT ALL-STAR COMEDY JAM, Sept. 30. Handpicked by Shaquille O'Neal, comics Corey Holcomb, Michael Blackson, Capone and Gary Owen entertain at 8 p.m. at Richmond's Landmark Theater, 6 N. Laurel St. $37-$47. 646-4213.

BARK IN THE PARK, Oct. 1. Pet-friendly benefit for Henrico Humane Society, including marketplace, music by OminOtagO, contests, 5K run and 2K dog walk ($25-$30 registration; 262-6634) and more, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Parkway. Free. 501-5121.

¿QUÉ PASA? FESTIVAL OF VIRGINIA, Oct. 1. Celebrating Hispanic cultures with dancers, arts and crafts, music, authentic food, children's area and more, noon-8 p.m. at Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. Free. 378-4099.

RICHMOND SYMPHONY POPS, Oct. 1. "A Symphonic Night at the Movies," orchestral accompaniment to "Casablanca," on the old Loew's movie screen, 8 p.m. at Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, 600 E. Grace St. 788-1212.

SECOND STREET FESTIVAL, Oct. 1-2. Celebrating the African-American culture of the Jackson Ward neighborhood with music on four stages, marketplace, ethnic food and more, noon-7 p.m. Oct. 1 and 1-6 p.m. Oct. 2 on Second Street between Marshall and Leigh streets. Free. 788-6466.



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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Karaoke Anyone!

MONDAY
Bogart’s, 1903 W. Cary St.
Mars Bar, 115 N. 18th St. (Milli Vanilli Karaoke)
Penny Lane, 421 E. Franklin St.
Stool Pigeons, 115 S. 15th St.
Cary Street Cafe, 2631 W. Cary St.
Lakeside Tavern, 5406 Lakeside Ave.
The Beach House, 4040 Cox Road

TUESDAY
Sticky Rice, 2232 W. Main St.
Mars Bar, 115 N. 18th St. (Rock Star Karaoke)
Nations, 2729 W. Broad St.
The Republic, 2503 W. Broad St.
Cha Cha's Cantina, 1419 E. Cary St.
Bahama Joe's, 6922 Staples Mill Road

WEDNESDAY
Cous Cous, 900 W. Franklin St.
Babe’s of Carytown, 3166 W. Cary St.
Gus’ Bar & Grill, 2701 W. Broad St.
Bandito’s Burrito Lounge, 2905 Patterson Ave.
Buffalo Wild Wings, 1090 Virginia Center Pkwy.

THURSDAY
Siné, 1327 E. Cary St.
New York Deli, 2920 W. Cary St.
Rock Falls Tavern, 2813 Hathaway Road
Mulligan’s Sports Grille, 11146 Hull St.
Buffalo Wild Wings, 7801 W. Broad St.

FRIDAY
Baja Bean, 1520 W. Main St.
Mulligan’s Sports Grille, 1323 W. Main St.
Murphy’s Law II, 13995 Raised Antler Circle
International Bar & Grill, 10825 Hull Street Road

SUNDAY
Barcode, 6 E. Grace St.

ALL WEEK
Caddy’s, 13312 Midlothian Turnpike



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Karaoke Anyone!

MONDAY
Bogart’s, 1903 W. Cary St.
Mars Bar, 115 N. 18th St. (Milli Vanilli Karaoke)
Penny Lane, 421 E. Franklin St.
Stool Pigeons, 115 S. 15th St.
Cary Street Cafe, 2631 W. Cary St.
Lakeside Tavern, 5406 Lakeside Ave.
The Beach House, 4040 Cox Road

TUESDAY
Sticky Rice, 2232 W. Main St.
Mars Bar, 115 N. 18th St. (Rock Star Karaoke)
Nations, 2729 W. Broad St.
The Republic, 2503 W. Broad St.
Cha Cha's Cantina, 1419 E. Cary St.
Bahama Joe's, 6922 Staples Mill Road

WEDNESDAY
Cous Cous, 900 W. Franklin St.
Babe’s of Carytown, 3166 W. Cary St.
Gus’ Bar & Grill, 2701 W. Broad St.
Bandito’s Burrito Lounge, 2905 Patterson Ave.
Buffalo Wild Wings, 1090 Virginia Center Pkwy.

THURSDAY
Siné, 1327 E. Cary St.
New York Deli, 2920 W. Cary St.
Rock Falls Tavern, 2813 Hathaway Road
Mulligan’s Sports Grille, 11146 Hull St.
Buffalo Wild Wings, 7801 W. Broad St.

FRIDAY
Baja Bean, 1520 W. Main St.
Mulligan’s Sports Grille, 1323 W. Main St.
Murphy’s Law II, 13995 Raised Antler Circle
International Bar & Grill, 10825 Hull Street Road

SUNDAY
Barcode, 6 E. Grace St.

ALL WEEK
Caddy’s, 13312 Midlothian Turnpike



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Monday, August 1, 2011

Filling my music blog up with Blink-182 stuff

Guest post written by Michelle Walton

It wasn't until Blink-182 announced that they were breaking up that I really grew to appreciate them. I always thought that Blink-182 would be around pumping out really great tunes that I would love signing along to while I'm driving around doing errands. Well those errands are different now that just those few years ago since they announced their break up. But I've also been keeping up a music blog and can't wait to start blogging about Blink-182 all of the time.

I was online checking out some other music blogs and while I was doing that I ran across the site http://www.domainnames.com/. Once I looked through it some, I bought a domain name and decided to change over my music blog to a website of my own.

I already have some information lined up about Blink-182 that I'm going to put in a bunch of blog posts about them. When it comes to blogging, preparation is key. It's always good to have some blog posts planned as back ups in case it's a slow day in music news.

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Games are not just kidstuff!

Along with my music ventures, I have also been involved in hosting a fashion game network for people who like to play games, like dressing up virtual dolls. Almost 2 years ago, altho I am pretty adept at websites, the art of graphics escaped me. Then I started to play one doll game in particular, that has taught me tons about graphics, and has enabled me to finally learn, and grasp this media, while taking the designs that have been in my head so long, and being able to actual implement them into a visual creation.

Many people think games are just for kids, but they are wrong. I am 59, and am having the time of my life both learning and entertaining myself in this world of online virtual playgrounds.

Think again, if you think games are just for kids. You are and will be missing an amazing experience, and the ability to make friends with many like minded individuals.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Networking for Art

Networking for Art

Thanks for the post from Sylvester Campbell

Being an artist is a lot harder than a lot of people give it credit for. I for one, am on that cusp where I'm actually earning a living from my heart, but I'm not exactly rolling in dough. I feel like if I could just break into the next level, it really make a name for myself and money wouldn't be so tight. I can't stand the thought of having to get another part-time job because I can't sell enough art to scrape by. Recently, I subscribed to Clear4Ginternet so that I could use my laptop during my breaks at the gallery to look up potential art dealers and investors that may be interested in my work. I also subscribed to a few trade magazines to see who's looking, and I really think I'm on the path to networking myself to a career in this business. It's definitely not impossible to make a living as an artist, you just have to be a master marketer as well!


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Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Show Must Not Go On

When and why did the City of Richmond turn against show business?

In the middle of the 20th century, officialdom in Virginia’s capital city used its powers to make it more difficult to offer entertainment to the public for profit. Laws and taxes were the tools. The unabashed racism that drove much policy 50 years ago was at the heart of why that strategy was set in motion.

Before World War II, Richmond was widely known for the vibrancy of its entertainment scene. The largest concentration of theaters and restaurants was downtown.

In the 1950s, with the Massive Resistance movement dominating Virginia’s politics, a social/political agenda entered the picture. The same guys who worked to prevent desegregation in public education decided that public entertainment should be discouraged, too. The same guys who wanted to keep blacks and whites drinking water from separate fountains, also wanted to see nightlife in Richmond confined mostly to private clubs.

In those days, cocktails -- liquor by the drink -- were only available in segregated, private bottle clubs and off-the-record speakeasies.

Read more................


The Show Mustn't Go On: "Is the City of Richmond taxing nightlife right out of the city?"

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

MySpace For Sale: The Bidding Begins [REPORT]

Myspace for Sale! That’s right; one of the giants of the social networking industry is up for grabs once again, with the asking price of just 100 million dollars. This, however, is hardly surprising for anyone who witnessed the rise and fall of the once mighty entity.

As they say, space is the final frontier. Quite sadly, this just wasn’t to be for one of the pioneers of social networking. Over time Myspace just became too cumbersome and ultimately limiting for people looking to enhance their real-life interactions with an online experience. And once you are limited in space, you begin seeking a way out.

Until the End of Space



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A handful of venture capital firms and other companies are expected to make News Corp. offers for one of its most disappointing properties: MySpace.

News Corp. declared it was ready to sell MySpace in an earnings call in February. At that time, in spite of significant layoffs and a massive redesign, the company “recorded a $275 million pre-tax charge for the impairment of goodwill related to the Digital Media Group and an organizational restructuring at MySpace.”


MySpace For Sale: The Bidding Begins [REPORT]

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A small alert!

We will be adding a new social network yet again. The Spruz network has once again changed polocies, and limited the plans. We will rebuild again on another platform, and the current one will stay there for now, and be used as a buzz and news site for the RVA area.

I will update further as things progress!

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Monday, January 24, 2011

CSX 532 and 8027 pulling into Richmond Va



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Saturday, January 8, 2011

You're Gonna Shoot Your Eye Out!

You're Gonna Shoot Your Eye Out!

Thanks for the guest post by Kristofer Bartlett

Christmas is a wonderful time of year! My dad, my sister and myself enjoy one certain Christmas movie every year, and we watch it repeatedly when the marathon comes on. The marathon usually airs the entire week of Christmas...lucky for us! The movie was released the year I was born, in 1983.

"A Christmas Story" is one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time. We enjoy watching Ralphie and his dysfunctional family on satellite television. With the famous words of, "You're gonna shoot your eye out" and all the fuss about a Red Ryder BB gun, what is there to not love about this movie?

All three of us will sit around the Direct Star TV laughing until our stomachs hurt. My dad loves the part when Ralphie's parents receive the woman's leg lamp. His father sets it up on the table like it's the most beautiful thing he's ever seen.

If you haven't seen "A Christmas Story", I highly suggest it! This movie is hysterical from beginning to end. From Ralphie's point of view, him and his little brother endure a really rough life. Bigger kids tease and torture them on their way to school, tongues are getting stuck to flag poles, and grown ups are denying Ralphie his Red Ryder BB gun. Sit back for two hours and enjoy the wonderful goodness of "A Christmas Story."



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