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November 14-21

 
 
 
 The Visiting Writers Series at Randolph College is keeping it very local this evening by featuring two wordsmiths who are very much in residence at the school and only “visiting” in a metaphorical sense. Creative writing faculty members Laura-Gray Street and Gary Dop are teaming up for the reading, which will include selections of poetry from their somewhat recently released collections. Street’s  Shift Work  came out in January of this year; Dop published  Father, Child, Water  in 2015 and has a new collection titled  Earth Never Settles  due in 2020. The reading, which begins at 8 p.m., is free and open to the public in the Jack Lounge of the Smith Memorial Building (2500 Rivermont Ave.). Click  here  for more information, or call (434) 947-8000.

The Visiting Writers Series at Randolph College is keeping it very local this evening by featuring two wordsmiths who are very much in residence at the school and only “visiting” in a metaphorical sense. Creative writing faculty members Laura-Gray Street and Gary Dop are teaming up for the reading, which will include selections of poetry from their somewhat recently released collections. Street’s Shift Work came out in January of this year; Dop published Father, Child, Water in 2015 and has a new collection titled Earth Never Settles due in 2020. The reading, which begins at 8 p.m., is free and open to the public in the Jack Lounge of the Smith Memorial Building (2500 Rivermont Ave.). Click here for more information, or call (434) 947-8000.

 Located right next to Miller Park, the Miller Center (301 Grove St.) is a sneaky cool place that boasts an environmental education center, a dance and fitness studio, and a 186-seat theater. The renovated 1911 schoolhouse building is a Lynchburg Parks & Rec venue, and this evening they’re inviting local singer-songwriters out to fill the place with music. It’s an open mic, with sign-ups starting at 7 p.m. For more info, or to sign up in advance, click  here  or call the Parks & Rec department at (434) 455-5858.

Located right next to Miller Park, the Miller Center (301 Grove St.) is a sneaky cool place that boasts an environmental education center, a dance and fitness studio, and a 186-seat theater. The renovated 1911 schoolhouse building is a Lynchburg Parks & Rec venue, and this evening they’re inviting local singer-songwriters out to fill the place with music. It’s an open mic, with sign-ups starting at 7 p.m. For more info, or to sign up in advance, click here or call the Parks & Rec department at (434) 455-5858.

 There’s been plenty of chatter about a big infrastructure bill initiative coming out of DC for the past several months, but not a lot of action. Here in Lynchburg, however, there’s been action. Lots of action. In November of 2017, for example, work began on the demolition and replacement of the Main Street Bridge connecting downtown Lynchburg with Route 29. It took a year to complete, but the new bridge is in place and ready to go. You can take a look at the construction project in action at the Main Street Bridge Replacement Project  website , and you can help celebrate the bridge opening today from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Main Street Bridge (1600 Main St.). For more info on the event and how to get there, click  here  or call (434) 856-2489.

There’s been plenty of chatter about a big infrastructure bill initiative coming out of DC for the past several months, but not a lot of action. Here in Lynchburg, however, there’s been action. Lots of action. In November of 2017, for example, work began on the demolition and replacement of the Main Street Bridge connecting downtown Lynchburg with Route 29. It took a year to complete, but the new bridge is in place and ready to go. You can take a look at the construction project in action at the Main Street Bridge Replacement Project website, and you can help celebrate the bridge opening today from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Main Street Bridge (1600 Main St.). For more info on the event and how to get there, click here or call (434) 856-2489.

 The exhibit currently on display at Randolph College’s Maier Museum of Art (1 Quinlan St.) offers a glimpse of the subversive art scene from which Jean-Michel Basquiat emerged in the 1980s. A dude named Richard Hambleton, a Lower East Side denizen by way of his native Canada, was one of the artists who helped make the scene subversive. Hambleton became known for his “Shadowman” street art: silhouette-style images that popped up on buildings and other structures and haunted the side streets of downtown NYC. His story and his art are the focus of  Shadowman , a 2017 documentary by Charlie Ahearn that was originally scheduled to screen last month but that will finally reach the screen at the Maier this evening at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, click  here  call (434) 947-8136.

The exhibit currently on display at Randolph College’s Maier Museum of Art (1 Quinlan St.) offers a glimpse of the subversive art scene from which Jean-Michel Basquiat emerged in the 1980s. A dude named Richard Hambleton, a Lower East Side denizen by way of his native Canada, was one of the artists who helped make the scene subversive. Hambleton became known for his “Shadowman” street art: silhouette-style images that popped up on buildings and other structures and haunted the side streets of downtown NYC. His story and his art are the focus of Shadowman, a 2017 documentary by Charlie Ahearn that was originally scheduled to screen last month but that will finally reach the screen at the Maier this evening at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, click here call (434) 947-8136.

 Here are a few things we like about  High-Dollar Gospel , the latest release from Nelson County-bred bluesman Eli Cook. There are a couple of stand-out tracks penned by Cook himself, like the gritty “The Devil Finds Work” and “Mixing My Medicine.” And then there’s his take on the Dylan tune “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight,” which Cook genuinely interprets. Cook’s a virtuoso who’s shared stages with many blues greats, plays a mean slide guitar, and doesn’t need a backing band to command a stage. He’ll demonstrate all that this evening with a gig at Fifth and Federal (801 Fifth St.). The music should start after 9 p.m. and go until midnight. There’s no cover. Click  here  or call (434) 386-8113 for more info.

Here are a few things we like about High-Dollar Gospel, the latest release from Nelson County-bred bluesman Eli Cook. There are a couple of stand-out tracks penned by Cook himself, like the gritty “The Devil Finds Work” and “Mixing My Medicine.” And then there’s his take on the Dylan tune “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight,” which Cook genuinely interprets. Cook’s a virtuoso who’s shared stages with many blues greats, plays a mean slide guitar, and doesn’t need a backing band to command a stage. He’ll demonstrate all that this evening with a gig at Fifth and Federal (801 Fifth St.). The music should start after 9 p.m. and go until midnight. There’s no cover. Click here or call (434) 386-8113 for more info.

 In addition to writing most of the  Declaration of Independence , the second Vice President of these United States, and the third full-on President, Thomas Jefferson was apparently one of the country’s first prominent wine enthusiasts. He imported and bottled good French wine, created a vineyard at Monticello, and collected some rather nice bottles of Lafitte, one of which was sold at auction for over $150,000 back in the ’80s. They won’t be serving any of that at the Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival, which runs from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd.). But they will have some excellent wines from Rebec, Peaks of Otter, Lake Anna Winery, and many more local vintners, including, of course, Jefferson Vineyards. There will also be food and craft vendors. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and designated drivers can grab a non-drinking ticket for $10. Click  here  for tickets and info, or call (434) 525-1806.

In addition to writing most of the Declaration of Independence, the second Vice President of these United States, and the third full-on President, Thomas Jefferson was apparently one of the country’s first prominent wine enthusiasts. He imported and bottled good French wine, created a vineyard at Monticello, and collected some rather nice bottles of Lafitte, one of which was sold at auction for over $150,000 back in the ’80s. They won’t be serving any of that at the Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival, which runs from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd.). But they will have some excellent wines from Rebec, Peaks of Otter, Lake Anna Winery, and many more local vintners, including, of course, Jefferson Vineyards. There will also be food and craft vendors. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and designated drivers can grab a non-drinking ticket for $10. Click here for tickets and info, or call (434) 525-1806.

 If every day is Halloween, then what kind of pie does one bake on Thanksgiving? That’s a philosophical question that we’ll leave to the professionals. The Lynchburg Gothic League are more expert in areas related to darkwave music, black clothing, and sunglasses after dark. They’re holding one of their regular gatherings this evening from 10:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.). It’ll feature music by SonikBuster, a local spook-wave electronic artist of somewhat mysterious provenance, and plenty of new wave, synth pop, and goth rock favorites. There’s a $3 cover. Click  here  or call (434) 846-2877 for more info.

If every day is Halloween, then what kind of pie does one bake on Thanksgiving? That’s a philosophical question that we’ll leave to the professionals. The Lynchburg Gothic League are more expert in areas related to darkwave music, black clothing, and sunglasses after dark. They’re holding one of their regular gatherings this evening from 10:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.). It’ll feature music by SonikBuster, a local spook-wave electronic artist of somewhat mysterious provenance, and plenty of new wave, synth pop, and goth rock favorites. There’s a $3 cover. Click here or call (434) 846-2877 for more info.

 With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it may be a bit past what the experts would call “peak” foliage season in Virginia. But there’s still plenty of autumnal color to be enjoyed. That’s just part of the plan for today’s Bold Rock Fall Foliage Festival at Bold Rock Cidery in Nellysford (1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy.). There will also be music by Matt Johnson, Strong Water, and Erin and the Wildfire; food courtesy of Morsel Compass, Moe’s Original BBQ, Sourdough Pizza, and others; and plenty of hard cider. The festival runs from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and admission is free. Click  here  or call (434) 361-1030 for more info.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it may be a bit past what the experts would call “peak” foliage season in Virginia. But there’s still plenty of autumnal color to be enjoyed. That’s just part of the plan for today’s Bold Rock Fall Foliage Festival at Bold Rock Cidery in Nellysford (1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy.). There will also be music by Matt Johnson, Strong Water, and Erin and the Wildfire; food courtesy of Morsel Compass, Moe’s Original BBQ, Sourdough Pizza, and others; and plenty of hard cider. The festival runs from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and admission is free. Click here or call (434) 361-1030 for more info.

 You won’t find wings on the regular menu at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) because they’re not on the regular menu. But every Sunday during football season, the kitchen at RP dishes up some of the better chicken wings in town. We recommend the Bob Stone, Jason Bay, and Trot Nixon varieties, but they’ve got a bunch of other preparations in the dry-rubbed and wet-tossed families. RP opens at noon on Sunday and doesn’t close until well after the night game, which is a good one this week: the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the Los Angeles Rams in Mexico City at 8:15 p.m. Click  here  to see the RP menu, or call (434) 846-2877 for info.

You won’t find wings on the regular menu at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) because they’re not on the regular menu. But every Sunday during football season, the kitchen at RP dishes up some of the better chicken wings in town. We recommend the Bob Stone, Jason Bay, and Trot Nixon varieties, but they’ve got a bunch of other preparations in the dry-rubbed and wet-tossed families. RP opens at noon on Sunday and doesn’t close until well after the night game, which is a good one this week: the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the Los Angeles Rams in Mexico City at 8:15 p.m. Click here to see the RP menu, or call (434) 846-2877 for info.

 If you knew Vic like we know Vic, then you’d want to come out to help him celebrate the launch of his new book of short stories,  I Love You I’m Leaving . We’re talking about Vic Sizemore, singer of many songs in the local band A New Low, teacher of many, many classes at Central Virginia Community College and Randolph College, and just an all-around good guy. Sizemore will read from his collection and share the spotlight with Minnesota poet Richard Robbins at 5 p.m. in the Jack Lounge at Randolph College (2500 Rivermont Ave.).. It’s free and open to the public. Click  here  or call (434) 947-8000 for more info.

If you knew Vic like we know Vic, then you’d want to come out to help him celebrate the launch of his new book of short stories, I Love You I’m Leaving. We’re talking about Vic Sizemore, singer of many songs in the local band A New Low, teacher of many, many classes at Central Virginia Community College and Randolph College, and just an all-around good guy. Sizemore will read from his collection and share the spotlight with Minnesota poet Richard Robbins at 5 p.m. in the Jack Lounge at Randolph College (2500 Rivermont Ave.).. It’s free and open to the public. Click here or call (434) 947-8000 for more info.

 “What Happened, Why, and What Does it Mean?” is a fine title for a lecture pretty much any time of year. But it has particular resonance in the wake of the 2018 midterm elections, which shook up the House of Representatives, saw a number of key changes in governorships, and kept Wolf Blitzer gainfully employed. Charlie Cook of  The   Cook Political Report  is what we like call a nonpartisan political analyst, which does indeed violate Howard Zinn’s precept that one cannot remain neutral on a moving train. Cook comes to Randolph College’s Wimberly Recital Hall (2500 Rivermont Ave.) to drop some political science this evening from 7:30 until 9 p.m.. The event is free and open to the public. Click  here  or call (434) 947-8000 for more info.

“What Happened, Why, and What Does it Mean?” is a fine title for a lecture pretty much any time of year. But it has particular resonance in the wake of the 2018 midterm elections, which shook up the House of Representatives, saw a number of key changes in governorships, and kept Wolf Blitzer gainfully employed. Charlie Cook of The Cook Political Report is what we like call a nonpartisan political analyst, which does indeed violate Howard Zinn’s precept that one cannot remain neutral on a moving train. Cook comes to Randolph College’s Wimberly Recital Hall (2500 Rivermont Ave.) to drop some political science this evening from 7:30 until 9 p.m.. The event is free and open to the public. Click here or call (434) 947-8000 for more info.

 In 1992, transgender and gay rights activist Marsha P. Johnson was found floating in New York’s Hudson River, the victim of an apparent suicide. Then again, maybe it wasn’t a suicide. That’s the subject of  The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson , a Netflix Original documentary about Johnson’s life and the mysteries surrounding her death. You can dial it up on Netflix any day of the week, but this evening you can watch it in good company courtesy of the Lynchburg Diversity Center, which presents a screening at 7 p.m. at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). Click  here  or call (434) 515-1143 for more info.

In 1992, transgender and gay rights activist Marsha P. Johnson was found floating in New York’s Hudson River, the victim of an apparent suicide. Then again, maybe it wasn’t a suicide. That’s the subject of The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, a Netflix Original documentary about Johnson’s life and the mysteries surrounding her death. You can dial it up on Netflix any day of the week, but this evening you can watch it in good company courtesy of the Lynchburg Diversity Center, which presents a screening at 7 p.m. at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). Click here or call (434) 515-1143 for more info.

 A quick web search for Italian bluegrass bands turns up more than one, which is only a little surprising. But La Terza Classe, which roughly translates to “the third class,” are top of the list. We’re not quite fluent enough in Italian to navigate the band’s official website, but we can tell you that they’re from Napoli and they really dig American bluegrass. They’ve been making inroads in the US for the past several years, and they’re currently on a tour that brings them to Fifth and Federal (801 Fifth St.) for a Thanksgiving eve gig that should get rolling around 8 p.m. There’s no cover. Click  here  or call (434) 386-8113 for more info.

A quick web search for Italian bluegrass bands turns up more than one, which is only a little surprising. But La Terza Classe, which roughly translates to “the third class,” are top of the list. We’re not quite fluent enough in Italian to navigate the band’s official website, but we can tell you that they’re from Napoli and they really dig American bluegrass. They’ve been making inroads in the US for the past several years, and they’re currently on a tour that brings them to Fifth and Federal (801 Fifth St.) for a Thanksgiving eve gig that should get rolling around 8 p.m. There’s no cover. Click here or call (434) 386-8113 for more info.

 Just four years after launching the  Halloween  franchise and less than a year after directing  Escape From New York , John Carpenter dug into some sci-fi horror with the 1982 Antarctic epic  The Thing . Although it starred  Escape From New York  survivor Kurt “Snake Plissken” Russell as a gutsy helicopter pilot and featured essentially no women, the film did not perform well at the box office. Perhaps that’s because it opened on the same day as  Blade Runner  and had to compete with the likes of  The Road Warrior  and  Tron  for screen time. Or maybe it was because there were essentially no women. Nevertheless, it’s a Carpenter film, a cult almost-classic, and fine fodder for the Lynchburg Underground Movie Club, which presents a screening of the film at 7 p.m. at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). Tickets are $7, and there will be popcorn and a cash bar. Click  here  or call (434) 847-7277 for more info.

Just four years after launching the Halloween franchise and less than a year after directing Escape From New York, John Carpenter dug into some sci-fi horror with the 1982 Antarctic epic The Thing. Although it starred Escape From New York survivor Kurt “Snake Plissken” Russell as a gutsy helicopter pilot and featured essentially no women, the film did not perform well at the box office. Perhaps that’s because it opened on the same day as Blade Runner and had to compete with the likes of The Road Warrior and Tron for screen time. Or maybe it was because there were essentially no women. Nevertheless, it’s a Carpenter film, a cult almost-classic, and fine fodder for the Lynchburg Underground Movie Club, which presents a screening of the film at 7 p.m. at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). Tickets are $7, and there will be popcorn and a cash bar. Click here or call (434) 847-7277 for more info.

 Every Wednesday is a “Wine Down Wednesday” at {RA} Bistro (1344 Main St.), which means half off on bottles of wine and special pricing per glass until 9 p.m. But tonight the specials run a bit deeper. In honor of the Thanksgiving Eve, {RA} Bistro is throwing a reggae party with the Newport News-based band Cultivated Mind. The music starts at 8:30 and runs until 11 p.m. Click  here  or call (434) 845-1601 for more info.

Every Wednesday is a “Wine Down Wednesday” at {RA} Bistro (1344 Main St.), which means half off on bottles of wine and special pricing per glass until 9 p.m. But tonight the specials run a bit deeper. In honor of the Thanksgiving Eve, {RA} Bistro is throwing a reggae party with the Newport News-based band Cultivated Mind. The music starts at 8:30 and runs until 11 p.m. Click here or call (434) 845-1601 for more info.