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July 11 - 18

 
 
 
 Someone once said that all the world’s a stage. He might have also said that putting a princess in drag so that she can escape to the woods to meet up with her father who was banished by his tyrannical and usurping brother is as good a way as any to start a play. That someone was William Shakespeare; that play was  As You Like It . And what better place for Endstation Theatre Co. to stage its second act for the season and resurrect the Forest of Arden than the  Randolph College Dell  (2500 Rivermont Ave.), an outdoor theatre cut into the hillside near the back of campus. It’s opening night with performances to follow Friday and Saturday as well as July 11-15. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. Weekday tickets are $22-26 and weekend tickets are $27-$31. For ticketing, click  here  or call (434) 226-0686.

Someone once said that all the world’s a stage. He might have also said that putting a princess in drag so that she can escape to the woods to meet up with her father who was banished by his tyrannical and usurping brother is as good a way as any to start a play. That someone was William Shakespeare; that play was As You Like It. And what better place for Endstation Theatre Co. to stage its second act for the season and resurrect the Forest of Arden than the Randolph College Dell (2500 Rivermont Ave.), an outdoor theatre cut into the hillside near the back of campus. It’s opening night with performances to follow Friday and Saturday as well as July 11-15. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. Weekday tickets are $22-26 and weekend tickets are $27-$31. For ticketing, click here or call (434) 226-0686.

 Those who live or work in the outskirts of Lynchburg may not have had a chance to take a food truck lunch break. But once a month during the summer season, The Summit (1400 Enterprise Dr.) rounds some up for Wyndhurst Wednesdays. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., expect to find a handful of food trucks; The Summit hasn’t yet posted the lineup. Outdoor seating is available, and folks are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chairs for a picnic on the lawn. For more info and updates, click  here .

Those who live or work in the outskirts of Lynchburg may not have had a chance to take a food truck lunch break. But once a month during the summer season, The Summit (1400 Enterprise Dr.) rounds some up for Wyndhurst Wednesdays. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., expect to find a handful of food trucks; The Summit hasn’t yet posted the lineup. Outdoor seating is available, and folks are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chairs for a picnic on the lawn. For more info and updates, click here.

 Bluegrass has a rich and storied tradition dating back to the late 1930s, when Kentucky legend Bill Monroe convened his Bluegrass Boys and used the five-string banjo to put a little spring in the step of Appalachian folk music. Despite its humble roots, the form has become a showcase for virtuosos like David Grisman, Bela Fleck, and Alison Krauss. The Nashville band Circus No. 9 are a prime example of the ongoing bluegrass renaissance. While they can do downhome country as well as anyone, they do so with jazz-like musicianship. Among the band’s members are Matthew Davis, who won the National Banjo Championship and Rockygrass Banjo Competition at 18, and has performed at the Grand Ole Opry; Thomas Cassell, a Virginia native, who won the Rockygrass Competition on mandolin; and bassist Vince Ilagan, who studied music at the University of Tennessee. The band perform tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. at Fifth & Federal Station (801 Fifth St.). For more info, click  here  or call (434) 386-8113.

Bluegrass has a rich and storied tradition dating back to the late 1930s, when Kentucky legend Bill Monroe convened his Bluegrass Boys and used the five-string banjo to put a little spring in the step of Appalachian folk music. Despite its humble roots, the form has become a showcase for virtuosos like David Grisman, Bela Fleck, and Alison Krauss. The Nashville band Circus No. 9 are a prime example of the ongoing bluegrass renaissance. While they can do downhome country as well as anyone, they do so with jazz-like musicianship. Among the band’s members are Matthew Davis, who won the National Banjo Championship and Rockygrass Banjo Competition at 18, and has performed at the Grand Ole Opry; Thomas Cassell, a Virginia native, who won the Rockygrass Competition on mandolin; and bassist Vince Ilagan, who studied music at the University of Tennessee. The band perform tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. at Fifth & Federal Station (801 Fifth St.). For more info, click here or call (434) 386-8113.

 Funerals have a way of bringing together folks who went their separate ways for a reason. But family is family, and that’s just the way it is with the Fryes after patriarch Dewey passes on. While his wife Dorothy deals with the challenges of widowhood, her brother-in-law makes a move for her house, church busybody Ozella Meeks butts into family business, and sibling rivalry reignites between her two adult daughters. Lynchburg’s oldest community theatre, Renaissance Theatre (1022 Commerce St.), kicks off their production of  Southern Fried Funeral  tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. Performances continue through the end of the month, on July 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28 at 7:30 p.m., as well as at 3 p.m. on July 22. For ticketing or more info, click  here  or call (434) 845-4427.

Funerals have a way of bringing together folks who went their separate ways for a reason. But family is family, and that’s just the way it is with the Fryes after patriarch Dewey passes on. While his wife Dorothy deals with the challenges of widowhood, her brother-in-law makes a move for her house, church busybody Ozella Meeks butts into family business, and sibling rivalry reignites between her two adult daughters. Lynchburg’s oldest community theatre, Renaissance Theatre (1022 Commerce St.), kicks off their production of Southern Fried Funeral tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. Performances continue through the end of the month, on July 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28 at 7:30 p.m., as well as at 3 p.m. on July 22. For ticketing or more info, click here or call (434) 845-4427.

 Find a black cat today and walk across its path, put shattered glass back together, or cast some spell to counteract what’s considered the unluckiest day of the year. Or just head out to Cheers Lynchburg! for a Friday the 13th celebration that will feature two of Lynchburg’s best cover bands. You’ve got  Dragonfly , adept at playing both kinds of music: rock and country. And you’ve got the  House Band of VA , who specialize in both of the other kind of music: funk and r&b. Gates open at Riverfront Park (1100 Jefferson St.) at 6:30 p.m. Advance general admission  tickets  are available for $5. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 535-6190.

Find a black cat today and walk across its path, put shattered glass back together, or cast some spell to counteract what’s considered the unluckiest day of the year. Or just head out to Cheers Lynchburg! for a Friday the 13th celebration that will feature two of Lynchburg’s best cover bands. You’ve got Dragonfly, adept at playing both kinds of music: rock and country. And you’ve got the House Band of VA, who specialize in both of the other kind of music: funk and r&b. Gates open at Riverfront Park (1100 Jefferson St.) at 6:30 p.m. Advance general admission tickets are available for $5. For more info, click here or call (434) 535-6190.

 The Summer Swing Series continues tonight as Hill City Swing seeks to loosen up hips and hipsters alike. The night is broken down into three parts. The first, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., is for couples only and costs $30 per pairing. For info about the couples-only portion, click  here . Then comes the mixed singles lesson that couples are also welcome to attend for $10 per person. It runs from 8:30 until 9:30 p.m., and is followed by part 3, an open dance that goes until 10:45 p.m. Styles include East and West Coast swing as well as blues and Latin music. For more info, click  here  or call (540) 769-7192.

The Summer Swing Series continues tonight as Hill City Swing seeks to loosen up hips and hipsters alike. The night is broken down into three parts. The first, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., is for couples only and costs $30 per pairing. For info about the couples-only portion, click here. Then comes the mixed singles lesson that couples are also welcome to attend for $10 per person. It runs from 8:30 until 9:30 p.m., and is followed by part 3, an open dance that goes until 10:45 p.m. Styles include East and West Coast swing as well as blues and Latin music. For more info, click here or call (540) 769-7192.

 It’s been 20 years since the two bands performing tonight at Riverfront Park (1100 Jefferson St.) formed in separate parts of the country with completely different styles. But both represent quintessential aspects of the ’90s music scene.  Arrested Development  got their start in Atlanta as an Afrocentric hip-hop group with a penchant for funk and social awareness. The group went on to win two Grammys in 1993, including one for what is likely their best known song, “ Tennessee .” The Spin Doctors were a jammy pop-rock band who formed in New York City in 1988 and hit pay dirt several years later thanks to a H.O.R.D.E. tour slot and a couple of catchy radio tunes: “ Two Princes ” and “ Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong .” They’re joining forces tonight for the Academy Center of the Arts’ summer concert series. General admission tickets are $11. Doors open at 5 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m. Food trucks will be on the premises. Click  here  or call (434) 846-8499 for more info.

It’s been 20 years since the two bands performing tonight at Riverfront Park (1100 Jefferson St.) formed in separate parts of the country with completely different styles. But both represent quintessential aspects of the ’90s music scene. Arrested Development got their start in Atlanta as an Afrocentric hip-hop group with a penchant for funk and social awareness. The group went on to win two Grammys in 1993, including one for what is likely their best known song, “Tennessee.” The Spin Doctors were a jammy pop-rock band who formed in New York City in 1988 and hit pay dirt several years later thanks to a H.O.R.D.E. tour slot and a couple of catchy radio tunes: “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong.” They’re joining forces tonight for the Academy Center of the Arts’ summer concert series. General admission tickets are $11. Doors open at 5 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m. Food trucks will be on the premises. Click here or call (434) 846-8499 for more info.

 With the Spin Doctors and Arrested Development performing this evening at Riverfront Park, why not start with a pre-party nearby at The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.). The bar/restaurant makes the most of its location right next to Lynchburg’s premier outdoor concert space and usually books a solid local act to perform before downtown concerts. This afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m., they’ve got the appropriately jammy  Firecracker Jam , who call their style “PsychoFunkGrass” and who will be playing later this summer at Lockin’. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 333-4681.

With the Spin Doctors and Arrested Development performing this evening at Riverfront Park, why not start with a pre-party nearby at The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.). The bar/restaurant makes the most of its location right next to Lynchburg’s premier outdoor concert space and usually books a solid local act to perform before downtown concerts. This afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m., they’ve got the appropriately jammy Firecracker Jam, who call their style “PsychoFunkGrass” and who will be playing later this summer at Lockin’. For more info, click here or call (434) 333-4681.

 Anyone brave enough to swan dive into the shadowy deep end at Miller Park Pool (1200 Park Ave.) tonight may find a crew of pirate ghosts looking for their old captain Jack. At least, that would be in keeping with  Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl  (2003), the first film in the Pirates blockbuster franchise and a spinoff from an old ride at Disney World. Directed by Gore Verbinski, the film stars Johnny Depp as the cunning but clumsy Jack Sparrow. That’s Captain Jack, actually, and he’s on a mission to retrieve his ship — with the help of earnest blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and defiant aristocrat Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) — from the ghastly Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) who left him marooned after a mutiny. The event starts at 6 p.m. with the film screening at 8 p.m. Only 400 people will be admitted, so Lynchburg Parks and Rec recommends purchasing $5 tickets in advance,  here .

Anyone brave enough to swan dive into the shadowy deep end at Miller Park Pool (1200 Park Ave.) tonight may find a crew of pirate ghosts looking for their old captain Jack. At least, that would be in keeping with Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), the first film in the Pirates blockbuster franchise and a spinoff from an old ride at Disney World. Directed by Gore Verbinski, the film stars Johnny Depp as the cunning but clumsy Jack Sparrow. That’s Captain Jack, actually, and he’s on a mission to retrieve his ship — with the help of earnest blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and defiant aristocrat Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) — from the ghastly Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) who left him marooned after a mutiny. The event starts at 6 p.m. with the film screening at 8 p.m. Only 400 people will be admitted, so Lynchburg Parks and Rec recommends purchasing $5 tickets in advance, here.

 Once Germany, Brazil, and Russia were out of the picture, we were hoping for a colonial powers showdown between England and France in this year's World Cup finals. However, the prospect that the Croatian national team, which has only been a thing since 1990, could win their first ever finals match is a nice consolation. They'll have to beat the seasoned French, who have been fielding a national team  since FIFA's inception in 1904, and who won the finals in 1998. The match gets underway on the pitch in Moscow at 6 p.m. Russian time, which is 11 a.m. here on the East Coast of the US.  The game's being broadcast on Fox, but why watch alone? The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) is hosting a viewing party, and the folks are Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) are planning to open early for the match. Oh, and if burgers for breakfast are your thing, you may want to drive out to Brauburgers (1332 Venture Dr.), where they've got wall-to-wall TVs and tasty patties. For updates on the game, click  here .

Once Germany, Brazil, and Russia were out of the picture, we were hoping for a colonial powers showdown between England and France in this year's World Cup finals. However, the prospect that the Croatian national team, which has only been a thing since 1990, could win their first ever finals match is a nice consolation. They'll have to beat the seasoned French, who have been fielding a national team  since FIFA's inception in 1904, and who won the finals in 1998. The match gets underway on the pitch in Moscow at 6 p.m. Russian time, which is 11 a.m. here on the East Coast of the US.  The game's being broadcast on Fox, but why watch alone? The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) is hosting a viewing party, and the folks are Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) are planning to open early for the match. Oh, and if burgers for breakfast are your thing, you may want to drive out to Brauburgers (1332 Venture Dr.), where they've got wall-to-wall TVs and tasty patties. For updates on the game, click here.

Publisher's Note

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LynchburgDoes.com

 Tacos and tequila are two of life’s simpler yet nuanced pleasures. El Jefe Taqueria Garaje (1214 Commerce St.) specializes in both, and they’ve usually got a witty quote about the taco lifestyle on the sidewalk chalkboard out front. It’s a mid-July Monday, so we’re going to recommend not cooking and checking out El Jéfe’s version of happy hour instead. Buy two tacos, get one free. It’s as simple as that and you can get that deal Mondays through Thursdays from 4 until 7 p.m. The El Jéfe house taco is loaded with shredded pork, topped with a healthy serving of fresh pico, and is best served in the traditional style on corn tortillas, although we won’t fault you for going gringo with flour. Check out their full menu  here . For more info call (434) 333-4317.

Tacos and tequila are two of life’s simpler yet nuanced pleasures. El Jefe Taqueria Garaje (1214 Commerce St.) specializes in both, and they’ve usually got a witty quote about the taco lifestyle on the sidewalk chalkboard out front. It’s a mid-July Monday, so we’re going to recommend not cooking and checking out El Jéfe’s version of happy hour instead. Buy two tacos, get one free. It’s as simple as that and you can get that deal Mondays through Thursdays from 4 until 7 p.m. The El Jéfe house taco is loaded with shredded pork, topped with a healthy serving of fresh pico, and is best served in the traditional style on corn tortillas, although we won’t fault you for going gringo with flour. Check out their full menu here. For more info call (434) 333-4317.

 It’s a take-no-prisoners kind of afternoon at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) as a slew of death metal bands takes over the stage.  The Summer of Slaughter Tour , which has run primarily in North America since 2007, features at least nine bands, including Between the Buried and Me, Born Of Osiris, Veil of Maya, ERRA, the Agony Scene, Allegaeon, Terror Universal, Soreption, and Entheos. Doors open at 2 p.m., and the show starts  at 2:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $27.50. For more info, including ticketing, click  here  or call (434) 846-3206.

It’s a take-no-prisoners kind of afternoon at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) as a slew of death metal bands takes over the stage. The Summer of Slaughter Tour, which has run primarily in North America since 2007, features at least nine bands, including Between the Buried and Me, Born Of Osiris, Veil of Maya, ERRA, the Agony Scene, Allegaeon, Terror Universal, Soreption, and Entheos. Doors open at 2 p.m., and the show starts  at 2:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $27.50. For more info, including ticketing, click here or call (434) 846-3206.

 A wealthy, death-obsessed dude named Harold fakes suicide, drives a hearse, and pops into the funerals of strangers. His mom does what she can to get him help, but in the inimitable role of Harold, Bud Cort plots his own path to redemption with the help of Ruth Gordon in the role of Maude.  Harold and Maude  (1971) has been a bona fide cult classic almost since the moment of its release. Directed by Hal Ashby, it’s this month’s philosophical feature in the Lynchburg Underground Movie Club Series, hosted by Ken Faraoni, a bronze artist and movie buff.  It also happens to be Faraoni’s favorite film. Admission is $7 or $6 for anyone wearing an LUMC T-shirt. The event is from 7-10:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 847-7277.

A wealthy, death-obsessed dude named Harold fakes suicide, drives a hearse, and pops into the funerals of strangers. His mom does what she can to get him help, but in the inimitable role of Harold, Bud Cort plots his own path to redemption with the help of Ruth Gordon in the role of Maude. Harold and Maude (1971) has been a bona fide cult classic almost since the moment of its release. Directed by Hal Ashby, it’s this month’s philosophical feature in the Lynchburg Underground Movie Club Series, hosted by Ken Faraoni, a bronze artist and movie buff.  It also happens to be Faraoni’s favorite film. Admission is $7 or $6 for anyone wearing an LUMC T-shirt. The event is from 7-10:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 847-7277.