March 13-20

 
 
A five-week series of modern classics from the anime auteurs at Japan’s Studio Ghibli continues this week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) with the fantastical 1989 film  Kiki’s Delivery Service . Directed by the great Hayao Miyazaki, it’s the story of a young witch-in-training named Kiki who, as is the convention for those of the witchy persuasion, rides around on a broomstick and pals around with a talking black cat. Being an enterprising young witch, Kiki uses her broom to start a delivery service, but as is the case with many entrepreneurial ventures, Kiki’s hits a few snags. The film screens today and tomorrow at 12:40, 3:40, 7, and 9:25 p.m. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 845-2398.

A five-week series of modern classics from the anime auteurs at Japan’s Studio Ghibli continues this week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) with the fantastical 1989 film Kiki’s Delivery Service. Directed by the great Hayao Miyazaki, it’s the story of a young witch-in-training named Kiki who, as is the convention for those of the witchy persuasion, rides around on a broomstick and pals around with a talking black cat. Being an enterprising young witch, Kiki uses her broom to start a delivery service, but as is the case with many entrepreneurial ventures, Kiki’s hits a few snags. The film screens today and tomorrow at 12:40, 3:40, 7, and 9:25 p.m. Click here for more info or call (434) 845-2398.

It’s been a little tough over the last decade or so to keep track of whether or not the long-running jamband Phish are officially on hiatus, just getting some rest, or gearing up for a new tour. However, this year they have a summer tour in the works. It’s scheduled to get underway on June 11 in St. Louis and does not currently include a Virginia date. On the bright side, Phish bassist Mike Gordon and his band have a few scattered dates booked between now and June, including a show this evening at Rocky Mount’s Harvester Performance Center (450 Franklin St.). Gordon, guitarist Scott Murawski, keyboardist Robert Walter, drummer John Kimock, and percussionist Craig Myers do their thing at 8 p.m. in a venue that’s quite a bit more intimate than any of the arenas and amphitheaters Phish will visit this summer. General admission tickets are $46. Click  here  for more info or call (540) 484-8277.

It’s been a little tough over the last decade or so to keep track of whether or not the long-running jamband Phish are officially on hiatus, just getting some rest, or gearing up for a new tour. However, this year they have a summer tour in the works. It’s scheduled to get underway on June 11 in St. Louis and does not currently include a Virginia date. On the bright side, Phish bassist Mike Gordon and his band have a few scattered dates booked between now and June, including a show this evening at Rocky Mount’s Harvester Performance Center (450 Franklin St.). Gordon, guitarist Scott Murawski, keyboardist Robert Walter, drummer John Kimock, and percussionist Craig Myers do their thing at 8 p.m. in a venue that’s quite a bit more intimate than any of the arenas and amphitheaters Phish will visit this summer. General admission tickets are $46. Click here for more info or call (540) 484-8277.

Now that we’ve all hopefully adjusted to Daylight Savings Time, the official start of the next season is at hand. At 5:58 p.m. this Wednesday the vernal equinox will mark the first day of spring, which is a good thing for the local farmers who bring their produce to the Lynchburg Community Market on Saturday mornings. In the meantime, the Community Market can always use more support. So the Friends of the Market and the fine folks at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) are teaming up for a fundraiser this evening from 5 until 10 p.m. RP will be serving up its usual  menu  of wood-fired pizzas and the Friends of the Market will be collecting $25 donations. In addition, 10% of the dinner proceeds will go to funding the Market. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 846-2877.

Now that we’ve all hopefully adjusted to Daylight Savings Time, the official start of the next season is at hand. At 5:58 p.m. this Wednesday the vernal equinox will mark the first day of spring, which is a good thing for the local farmers who bring their produce to the Lynchburg Community Market on Saturday mornings. In the meantime, the Community Market can always use more support. So the Friends of the Market and the fine folks at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) are teaming up for a fundraiser this evening from 5 until 10 p.m. RP will be serving up its usual menu of wood-fired pizzas and the Friends of the Market will be collecting $25 donations. In addition, 10% of the dinner proceeds will go to funding the Market. Click here for more info or call (434) 846-2877.

There are many variations on traditional Irish step dancing, including the reel, several types of jigs, and the hornpipe. Salsa, however, is not a reel, a jig, or a hornpipe; it’s an Afro-Cuban fusion of Son, Mamba, Rumba, and other traditional dance styles that definitely do not trace their roots back to the Celtic isles. Nevertheless, the folks at Lynchburg Salsa will ease into the St. Patrick’s Day weekend with a St. Patty’s Salsa Night at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). We tend to favor the colloquial “St. Paddy’s Day,” but we get the point. Green outfits are encouraged for the dance, which gets underway with lessons at 8 p.m. and social dancing from 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is $5 and you do not have to bring a partner. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 847-7277.

There are many variations on traditional Irish step dancing, including the reel, several types of jigs, and the hornpipe. Salsa, however, is not a reel, a jig, or a hornpipe; it’s an Afro-Cuban fusion of Son, Mamba, Rumba, and other traditional dance styles that definitely do not trace their roots back to the Celtic isles. Nevertheless, the folks at Lynchburg Salsa will ease into the St. Patrick’s Day weekend with a St. Patty’s Salsa Night at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). We tend to favor the colloquial “St. Paddy’s Day,” but we get the point. Green outfits are encouraged for the dance, which gets underway with lessons at 8 p.m. and social dancing from 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is $5 and you do not have to bring a partner. Click here for more info or call (434) 847-7277.

Axe throwing is on the rise, and not just as a popular event in Wisconsin’s annual Lumberjack World Championship competitions. Axe-throwing targets probably won’t be replacing dartboards in neighborhood pubs anytime soon, but at Fifth and Federal (801 5th St.) they’ve been hosting axe-throwing competitions pretty regularly for the past few months. Powerplay Virginia will be on hand once again to facilitate the throwing of the axes this evening from 5:30 until 8 p.m. There will be singles and doubles axe-throwing events with $25 gift cards going to the winners. It’s free to attend, but it costs $5 to compete. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 386-8113.

Axe throwing is on the rise, and not just as a popular event in Wisconsin’s annual Lumberjack World Championship competitions. Axe-throwing targets probably won’t be replacing dartboards in neighborhood pubs anytime soon, but at Fifth and Federal (801 5th St.) they’ve been hosting axe-throwing competitions pretty regularly for the past few months. Powerplay Virginia will be on hand once again to facilitate the throwing of the axes this evening from 5:30 until 8 p.m. There will be singles and doubles axe-throwing events with $25 gift cards going to the winners. It’s free to attend, but it costs $5 to compete. Click here for more info or call (434) 386-8113.

Speakertree Records (901 Jefferson St.) hosts a local rock show this evening featuring Sacral Chocolate and TV Yellow. The meaning of Sacral Chocolate is fairly self-evident. Carrots, mangos, peaches, apricots, and other orange-colored edibles are recommended for feeding one’s sacral chakra, but chocolate might do in a pinch. TV Yellow, however, is a cooler, more obscure reference to a mid-’50 Gibson guitar finish that was thought to translate well to black-and-white television. These days, an original TV Yellow Gibson Les Paul Jr. in decent shape will fetch several thousand dollars. It’ll only cost $5 at the door to catch the TV Yellow/Sacral Chocolate double bill at 7 p.m. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 485-8262.

Speakertree Records (901 Jefferson St.) hosts a local rock show this evening featuring Sacral Chocolate and TV Yellow. The meaning of Sacral Chocolate is fairly self-evident. Carrots, mangos, peaches, apricots, and other orange-colored edibles are recommended for feeding one’s sacral chakra, but chocolate might do in a pinch. TV Yellow, however, is a cooler, more obscure reference to a mid-’50 Gibson guitar finish that was thought to translate well to black-and-white television. These days, an original TV Yellow Gibson Les Paul Jr. in decent shape will fetch several thousand dollars. It’ll only cost $5 at the door to catch the TV Yellow/Sacral Chocolate double bill at 7 p.m. Click here for more info or call (434) 485-8262.

Deep-voiced Louisiana native Dylan Scott has a fondness for small towns, baseball caps, and various types of off-road vehicles. The rising country music star sings about all that and more in songs like “Nothing to Do Town,” “Makin’ This Boy Go Crazy,” and his recent chartbusting single “My Girl” (not a cover of the Temptations classic). With a new single titled “Hooked” currently on the charts, Scott’s making his way back to Lynchburg for the second time in two months. He headlines Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) tonight. Doors are at 7 p.m., and tickets are $18. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 846-3206.

Deep-voiced Louisiana native Dylan Scott has a fondness for small towns, baseball caps, and various types of off-road vehicles. The rising country music star sings about all that and more in songs like “Nothing to Do Town,” “Makin’ This Boy Go Crazy,” and his recent chartbusting single “My Girl” (not a cover of the Temptations classic). With a new single titled “Hooked” currently on the charts, Scott’s making his way back to Lynchburg for the second time in two months. He headlines Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) tonight. Doors are at 7 p.m., and tickets are $18. Click here for more info or call (434) 846-3206.

The story of Cinderella and her glass slipper as we’ve come to know it dates all the way back to an ancient Greek folktale that made its way over to Italy and then to France and finally into the hands of the Brothers Grimm in the early 19th century. In the 1940s, while in the midst of writing an opera version of  War and Peace , Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev used his downtime to pen the music to an adaptation of  Cinderella  that was first performed by the Bolshoi Ballet in 1945. Charlottesville Ballet will present their version of Prokofiev’s version of the 20th-century version of this ancient classic today at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Academy of Music Theatre (600 Main St.). Tickets run from $15 to $55, and there’s a Bibbidi Bobbidi Ball for children ages 3-8 after the 2 p.m. performance that requires $75 VIP tickets. Click  here  for info or call (434) 846-8499.

The story of Cinderella and her glass slipper as we’ve come to know it dates all the way back to an ancient Greek folktale that made its way over to Italy and then to France and finally into the hands of the Brothers Grimm in the early 19th century. In the 1940s, while in the midst of writing an opera version of War and Peace, Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev used his downtime to pen the music to an adaptation of Cinderella that was first performed by the Bolshoi Ballet in 1945. Charlottesville Ballet will present their version of Prokofiev’s version of the 20th-century version of this ancient classic today at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Academy of Music Theatre (600 Main St.). Tickets run from $15 to $55, and there’s a Bibbidi Bobbidi Ball for children ages 3-8 after the 2 p.m. performance that requires $75 VIP tickets. Click here for info or call (434) 846-8499.

One of the nice things about having an expansive patio that opens onto a riverside path is you can have parties out there. The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) aims to take full advantage of its location this afternoon by hosting some pre-St. Paddy’s Day jamming featuring the local band Firecracker Jam. Food and beverages will be served in the outdoor area, and patrons are welcome to bring lawn chairs for sitting. It’s a free event that runs from 3 until 8 p.m. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 333-4681.

One of the nice things about having an expansive patio that opens onto a riverside path is you can have parties out there. The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) aims to take full advantage of its location this afternoon by hosting some pre-St. Paddy’s Day jamming featuring the local band Firecracker Jam. Food and beverages will be served in the outdoor area, and patrons are welcome to bring lawn chairs for sitting. It’s a free event that runs from 3 until 8 p.m. Click here for more info or call (434) 333-4681.

Ah, St. Patrick’s Day… an annual occasion for deep reflection and quiet contemplation of the trials and tribulations of the medieval Roman-British slave who would become the celebrated Apostle of Ireland. And, yes, it’s the one day of the year when it is -- more or less -- socially acceptable to imbibe large quantities of green-tinted beer. The Lynchburg St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl gets underway today at 2 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. at seven participating venues: Waterstone Pizza (1309 Jefferson St.); Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.); Rendez-Vous (1125 Main St.); Fifth and Federal (801 5th St.); The Emerald Stone Grill (1001 Jefferson St.); Daughters & Sons Pizza (522 5th St.); and the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.). We can’t promise green beer, but there will be a bus shuttling between venues and lots of other hoopla and amenities. Basic tickets are $10 and $15 in advance and $20 on the day of. Click  here  for ticketing and venue info.

Ah, St. Patrick’s Day… an annual occasion for deep reflection and quiet contemplation of the trials and tribulations of the medieval Roman-British slave who would become the celebrated Apostle of Ireland. And, yes, it’s the one day of the year when it is -- more or less -- socially acceptable to imbibe large quantities of green-tinted beer. The Lynchburg St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl gets underway today at 2 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. at seven participating venues: Waterstone Pizza (1309 Jefferson St.); Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.); Rendez-Vous (1125 Main St.); Fifth and Federal (801 5th St.); The Emerald Stone Grill (1001 Jefferson St.); Daughters & Sons Pizza (522 5th St.); and the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.). We can’t promise green beer, but there will be a bus shuttling between venues and lots of other hoopla and amenities. Basic tickets are $10 and $15 in advance and $20 on the day of. Click here for ticketing and venue info.

The Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA has been known as the State Theatre of Virginia since it was so designated in 1946, and it’s been home to a professional theater dating back to the 1930s. The Barter Players are a somewhat younger creation for younger audiences. When they’re not performing in Abingdon, the Players take their shows on the road. This afternoon they’ll be at the Academy of Music Theatre (600 Main St.) presenting a stage adaptation of the Mark Twain classic  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer . The show starts at 3 p.m. Tickets run from $14 to $41. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 847-8499.

The Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA has been known as the State Theatre of Virginia since it was so designated in 1946, and it’s been home to a professional theater dating back to the 1930s. The Barter Players are a somewhat younger creation for younger audiences. When they’re not performing in Abingdon, the Players take their shows on the road. This afternoon they’ll be at the Academy of Music Theatre (600 Main St.) presenting a stage adaptation of the Mark Twain classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The show starts at 3 p.m. Tickets run from $14 to $41. Click here for more info or call (434) 847-8499.

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Speakertree Records (901 Jefferson St.) has nabbed a touring indie-rock band for a show this evening at 7 p.m. Milkk are a trio led by Nashville singer-songwriter Pat Kiloran and Minneapolis-based producer Jack Vondracheck and featuring John Ogelby on drums. They’ve released two EPs –  Sad Girls  and  If You’re Reading This, I Love You  – which they’re supporting with a tour that’s taking them up and down the East Coast and then out to Ohio. They’re joined in Lynchburg by two local bands, ANX and Rhineland. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 485-8262.

Speakertree Records (901 Jefferson St.) has nabbed a touring indie-rock band for a show this evening at 7 p.m. Milkk are a trio led by Nashville singer-songwriter Pat Kiloran and Minneapolis-based producer Jack Vondracheck and featuring John Ogelby on drums. They’ve released two EPs – Sad Girls and If You’re Reading This, I Love You – which they’re supporting with a tour that’s taking them up and down the East Coast and then out to Ohio. They’re joined in Lynchburg by two local bands, ANX and Rhineland. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Click here for more info or call (434) 485-8262.

Written and directed by Studio Ghibli anime auteur Hayao Miyazaki, the 1997 feature  Princess Mononoke  is one of those historically bound fantasy epics involving shoguns, ninjas, and strange spirit creatures. It’s also an allegory that shares some of its themes with  The Lorax . Basically, spirits protecting a forest are struggling to keep the humans who exploit natural resources at bay. But the plot is a bit darker and more complex than the Seussian tale. A human prince meets a forest princess and together they try to forge an uneasy compromise between the human and spirit worlds because uneasy compromises are sometime the best one can hope for. The film screens daily through the end of the week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.). Click  here  for more info or call (434) 845-2398.

Written and directed by Studio Ghibli anime auteur Hayao Miyazaki, the 1997 feature Princess Mononoke is one of those historically bound fantasy epics involving shoguns, ninjas, and strange spirit creatures. It’s also an allegory that shares some of its themes with The Lorax. Basically, spirits protecting a forest are struggling to keep the humans who exploit natural resources at bay. But the plot is a bit darker and more complex than the Seussian tale. A human prince meets a forest princess and together they try to forge an uneasy compromise between the human and spirit worlds because uneasy compromises are sometime the best one can hope for. The film screens daily through the end of the week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.). Click here for more info or call (434) 845-2398.

What can we say about  Attack of the 50 Foot Woman  that hasn’t already been said in the six decades since the film first graced the silver screen? Yes, it’s a cult classic among cult classics – an a-plus in the realm of b movies. And it is one of several films from the 1950s that played on an apparently rampant fear of aliens and human enlargement. Allison Hayes, whose busy 1957 schedule included roles in  The Unearthly ,  The Undead , and  The Disembodied , plays the titular woman who grows to outsized proportions after a close encounter of the third kind. She does so in a bikini-like outfit and wreaks havoc on those who would seek to harm her, including a feckless husband played by William Hudson, who had a role in 1957’s  The Amazing Colossal Man . Lynchburg Underground Movie Club presents a screening of  Attack of the 50 Foot Woman  this evening at 7 p.m. at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). Click  here  for more info or call (434) 847-7277.

What can we say about Attack of the 50 Foot Woman that hasn’t already been said in the six decades since the film first graced the silver screen? Yes, it’s a cult classic among cult classics – an a-plus in the realm of b movies. And it is one of several films from the 1950s that played on an apparently rampant fear of aliens and human enlargement. Allison Hayes, whose busy 1957 schedule included roles in The Unearthly, The Undead, and The Disembodied, plays the titular woman who grows to outsized proportions after a close encounter of the third kind. She does so in a bikini-like outfit and wreaks havoc on those who would seek to harm her, including a feckless husband played by William Hudson, who had a role in 1957’s The Amazing Colossal Man. Lynchburg Underground Movie Club presents a screening of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman this evening at 7 p.m. at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). Click here for more info or call (434) 847-7277.