May 22-29

 
 
It’s somewhat unusual for Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) to be hosting a Wednesday night rock show. But they’ve got a good reason. The Pittsburgh-based indie pop-punk band Lotus Kid are on the road doing a club tour that swung through Ohio and Tennessee earlier this week and that brings them to Baltimore tomorrow night. So it made sense to invite them into town on their way through Virginia to enjoy some pizza, have a couple of beers, and play some amped-up music. They’ll headline the show, which will feature opening sets by Someone Just Like You and Uncle Parker. The rockin’ gets underway at 10 p.m. and will go past midnight. There’s likely to be a small cover charge at the door. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 846-2877.

It’s somewhat unusual for Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) to be hosting a Wednesday night rock show. But they’ve got a good reason. The Pittsburgh-based indie pop-punk band Lotus Kid are on the road doing a club tour that swung through Ohio and Tennessee earlier this week and that brings them to Baltimore tomorrow night. So it made sense to invite them into town on their way through Virginia to enjoy some pizza, have a couple of beers, and play some amped-up music. They’ll headline the show, which will feature opening sets by Someone Just Like You and Uncle Parker. The rockin’ gets underway at 10 p.m. and will go past midnight. There’s likely to be a small cover charge at the door. Click here for more info or call (434) 846-2877.

The seven-acre urban farm and greenhouse facility known as Lynchburg Grows (1339 Englewood St.) does a lot of good work in the local community, including vocational training for people with disabilities, nutrition education, and making their veggie boxes available to consumers for nine months of the year. With the spring growing season in full swing, the folks at Lynchburg Grows are holding a community gathering and dinner this evening from 6-9 p.m. The dinner will be salad-based, with toppings and dressings made by local chefs. Starr Hill Brewery will be on hand to serve craft beer, and the local band Firecracker Jam will provide some dinner music. Tickets are $35 for adults and $5 for children ten and under. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 846-5665.

The seven-acre urban farm and greenhouse facility known as Lynchburg Grows (1339 Englewood St.) does a lot of good work in the local community, including vocational training for people with disabilities, nutrition education, and making their veggie boxes available to consumers for nine months of the year. With the spring growing season in full swing, the folks at Lynchburg Grows are holding a community gathering and dinner this evening from 6-9 p.m. The dinner will be salad-based, with toppings and dressings made by local chefs. Starr Hill Brewery will be on hand to serve craft beer, and the local band Firecracker Jam will provide some dinner music. Tickets are $35 for adults and $5 for children ten and under. Click here for more info or call (434) 846-5665.

The Friday Night Concert Series at Forest’s Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.) continues this evening with a gig featuring the local rock-and-pop foursome the Dundies. Apocalypse has good beer, including a Golden Censer Honey Wheat Ale and a Mandarin Orange Censer that are seasonally appropriate, and weekly specials they tap into every Thursday (this week’s was a Jalapeño Mango IPA). They also got an indoor tasting room with barbecue courtesy of Fifth and Federal, a nicely appointed outdoor deck, and a large beer garden with plenty of room for dancing. The Dundies have an extensive repertoire of covers, so don’t be afraid to make your requests known. The music starts at 8 p.m. and goes until 11 p.m. There’s no cover. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 258-8761.

The Friday Night Concert Series at Forest’s Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.) continues this evening with a gig featuring the local rock-and-pop foursome the Dundies. Apocalypse has good beer, including a Golden Censer Honey Wheat Ale and a Mandarin Orange Censer that are seasonally appropriate, and weekly specials they tap into every Thursday (this week’s was a Jalapeño Mango IPA). They also got an indoor tasting room with barbecue courtesy of Fifth and Federal, a nicely appointed outdoor deck, and a large beer garden with plenty of room for dancing. The Dundies have an extensive repertoire of covers, so don’t be afraid to make your requests known. The music starts at 8 p.m. and goes until 11 p.m. There’s no cover. Click here for more info or call (434) 258-8761.

Modern music has always been about the interface of melody, personality, and technology. Folk music, however, tends to be thought of as a less tech-reliant form. Graham Whorley, a native small-town Virginian who has risen to international acclaim, is a guitarist and songwriter who has made a name for himself by embracing technology, specifically digital looping effects that allow him to accompany himself in ways that are both surprising and strangely familiar. You can hear selections from his latest album, 2016’s Cover Your Head Vol. 2, by clicking  here . And you can witness Whorley in action live on the stage at the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.) this evening at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and tickets for the 18-plus show are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 544-1176.

Modern music has always been about the interface of melody, personality, and technology. Folk music, however, tends to be thought of as a less tech-reliant form. Graham Whorley, a native small-town Virginian who has risen to international acclaim, is a guitarist and songwriter who has made a name for himself by embracing technology, specifically digital looping effects that allow him to accompany himself in ways that are both surprising and strangely familiar. You can hear selections from his latest album, 2016’s Cover Your Head Vol. 2, by clicking here. And you can witness Whorley in action live on the stage at the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.) this evening at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and tickets for the 18-plus show are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Click here for more info or call (434) 544-1176.

The Lynchburg Gothic League convenes for their semi-monthly night of musical tricks and dark treats at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) and they’ll have more than just a couple of DJs on hand for the festivities. Goth, dark-wave, punk, synth-pop, and industrial music are generally on the menu for “Every Day Is Halloween,” which usually features a special guest performer. Tonight the featured event is an all-female DJ battle with three contenders: DJ Death Flower; DJ Kristyne von Eerie; and DJ Ruin. House DJs Thantos and Undertaker will also be on hand. The door charge is usually $3 and the music gets underway at 10:30 p.m. Black and spooky attire is encouraged. Click  here  for info or call (434) 846-2877.

The Lynchburg Gothic League convenes for their semi-monthly night of musical tricks and dark treats at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) and they’ll have more than just a couple of DJs on hand for the festivities. Goth, dark-wave, punk, synth-pop, and industrial music are generally on the menu for “Every Day Is Halloween,” which usually features a special guest performer. Tonight the featured event is an all-female DJ battle with three contenders: DJ Death Flower; DJ Kristyne von Eerie; and DJ Ruin. House DJs Thantos and Undertaker will also be on hand. The door charge is usually $3 and the music gets underway at 10:30 p.m. Black and spooky attire is encouraged. Click here for info or call (434) 846-2877.

Among the many earnestly prepared, delicious looking dishes that have made the cut on the new Netflix series Street Food are Filipino spring rolls, octopus dumplings from Osaka, and a Delhi specialty known as chaat, which is kind of like a nacho salad filled with potatoes, veggies, and some kind of chutney. We definitely recommend the show, which picks up where the late Anthony Bourdain left off with Parts Unknown (also currently streaming on Netflix). And we’re more than a little interested to find out what chef-owner Dave Ellis has planned for this evening’s “Street Food” wine dinner at Dish (1120 Main St.). He’s committed to 12 courses (paired with six wines), and we know he can handle cuisines from as far and wide as Latin American and the Caribbean to the Far East. The menu isn’t set yet, but they’re taking reservations for $65 per person. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 528-0700.

Among the many earnestly prepared, delicious looking dishes that have made the cut on the new Netflix series Street Food are Filipino spring rolls, octopus dumplings from Osaka, and a Delhi specialty known as chaat, which is kind of like a nacho salad filled with potatoes, veggies, and some kind of chutney. We definitely recommend the show, which picks up where the late Anthony Bourdain left off with Parts Unknown (also currently streaming on Netflix). And we’re more than a little interested to find out what chef-owner Dave Ellis has planned for this evening’s “Street Food” wine dinner at Dish (1120 Main St.). He’s committed to 12 courses (paired with six wines), and we know he can handle cuisines from as far and wide as Latin American and the Caribbean to the Far East. The menu isn’t set yet, but they’re taking reservations for $65 per person. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Click here for more info or call (434) 528-0700.

Happy Memorial Day! It’s not really the first day of summer – that’ll be on June 21. But it feels like it is. It’s also a somewhat somber national holiday dedicated to commemorating those who have given their lives in service to the United States Armed Forces. The National D-Day Memorial (3 Overlord Cir.) in Bedford is holding a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. with featured speaker Alex Kershaw, a British-born historian and author who memorialized the sacrifices of a squadron of soldiers from Bedford in his 2003 best-seller The Bedford Boys. He’s since penned half a dozen other books about World War II, and he’ll be signing copies of the most recent one, The First Wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II, at the event. Click  here  for more info or call (800) 351-DDAY.

Happy Memorial Day! It’s not really the first day of summer – that’ll be on June 21. But it feels like it is. It’s also a somewhat somber national holiday dedicated to commemorating those who have given their lives in service to the United States Armed Forces. The National D-Day Memorial (3 Overlord Cir.) in Bedford is holding a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. with featured speaker Alex Kershaw, a British-born historian and author who memorialized the sacrifices of a squadron of soldiers from Bedford in his 2003 best-seller The Bedford Boys. He’s since penned half a dozen other books about World War II, and he’ll be signing copies of the most recent one, The First Wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II, at the event. Click here for more info or call (800) 351-DDAY.

Riverviews Artspace has an intriguing show booked for the Ellington (421 Rivermont Ave.) this evening. Lazer Lloyd is an Americana artist who was born Lloyd Paul Blumen in New York City, played American bluesy rock through the ’70s and ’80s, and moved to Israel to pursue a musical career in the ’90s. As part of the group Reva L’Sheva, he helped spearhead a wave of Israeli jam-band rock, and he released two albums with the band Yood in the late-2000s before embarking on a solo career. His latest recordings are a mix of folk and blues with a distinctive Middle Eastern/Arabic melodic sensibility. Doors for tonight’s show are at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 485-8262.

Riverviews Artspace has an intriguing show booked for the Ellington (421 Rivermont Ave.) this evening. Lazer Lloyd is an Americana artist who was born Lloyd Paul Blumen in New York City, played American bluesy rock through the ’70s and ’80s, and moved to Israel to pursue a musical career in the ’90s. As part of the group Reva L’Sheva, he helped spearhead a wave of Israeli jam-band rock, and he released two albums with the band Yood in the late-2000s before embarking on a solo career. His latest recordings are a mix of folk and blues with a distinctive Middle Eastern/Arabic melodic sensibility. Doors for tonight’s show are at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15. Click here for more info or call (434) 485-8262.

In England, where the tradition of handbell music originated, groups of handbell musicians are called “teams.” Here in the US, we call them “choirs.” Regardless of the terminology, handbell ensembles generally consist of at least 25 bells and their designated ringers, who can cover two full octaves chromatically. Bells of the Blue Ridge are a local group of ringers who will demonstrate their bell-handling skills this evening at the Academy of Music Theatre (600 Main St.). The concert is titled “Mysterious and Stranger Things.” Doors are at 7 p.m. and admission is free. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 846-8499.

In England, where the tradition of handbell music originated, groups of handbell musicians are called “teams.” Here in the US, we call them “choirs.” Regardless of the terminology, handbell ensembles generally consist of at least 25 bells and their designated ringers, who can cover two full octaves chromatically. Bells of the Blue Ridge are a local group of ringers who will demonstrate their bell-handling skills this evening at the Academy of Music Theatre (600 Main St.). The concert is titled “Mysterious and Stranger Things.” Doors are at 7 p.m. and admission is free. Click here for more info or call (434) 846-8499.

School’s out for summer at Randolph College but staff are still hard at work, especially at the Maier Museum of Art (1 Quinlan St.), where they’ve got a new exhibit opening this afternoon. Curated by the Maier’s Art Director Martha Kjeseth Johnson, “Modern & Contemporary Selections from the Collection” features rarely seen works from the museum’s extensive collection chosen by museum staff and volunteers. That collection includes over 700 paintings, photographs, and other works on paper by American artists spanning the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. The exhibit will be up today at 1 p.m. and available for viewing through August 25 on Wednesdays through Sundays from 1-5 p.m. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 947-8136.

School’s out for summer at Randolph College but staff are still hard at work, especially at the Maier Museum of Art (1 Quinlan St.), where they’ve got a new exhibit opening this afternoon. Curated by the Maier’s Art Director Martha Kjeseth Johnson, “Modern & Contemporary Selections from the Collection” features rarely seen works from the museum’s extensive collection chosen by museum staff and volunteers. That collection includes over 700 paintings, photographs, and other works on paper by American artists spanning the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. The exhibit will be up today at 1 p.m. and available for viewing through August 25 on Wednesdays through Sundays from 1-5 p.m. Click here for more info or call (434) 947-8136.