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September 12-19

 
 
 
 In 2016 a bedrock of American popular culture and the biggest name in the big-tent business, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, closed up shop after almost 150 years of clowning around. Thanks to Hugh Jackman and his portrayal of P.T. Barnum in the 2017 film  The Greatest Showman , the circus still looms large in the American imagination. And thanks to former Ringling Bros. ringmaster Kevin Venardos, the Barnum legacy lives on in the Venardos Circus, an enterprise that’s been bringing Broadway show-style, high-wire, big-top entertainment to cities from coast to coast since 2014. This is a no-animal circus, which should make it a little less smelly when the Venardos crew pitch their tent at River Ridge Mall (3405 Candlers Mountain Rd.) from September 12th through 23rd. Shows are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7 p.m.; 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday; and 1 and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25 and $15 for kids under 12. For more info, click  here .

In 2016 a bedrock of American popular culture and the biggest name in the big-tent business, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, closed up shop after almost 150 years of clowning around. Thanks to Hugh Jackman and his portrayal of P.T. Barnum in the 2017 film The Greatest Showman, the circus still looms large in the American imagination. And thanks to former Ringling Bros. ringmaster Kevin Venardos, the Barnum legacy lives on in the Venardos Circus, an enterprise that’s been bringing Broadway show-style, high-wire, big-top entertainment to cities from coast to coast since 2014. This is a no-animal circus, which should make it a little less smelly when the Venardos crew pitch their tent at River Ridge Mall (3405 Candlers Mountain Rd.) from September 12th through 23rd. Shows are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7 p.m.; 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday; and 1 and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25 and $15 for kids under 12. For more info, click here.

 Daughters and Sons Pizza (522 Fifth St.) is something of the square peg in the round hole of pizza making in Lynchburg, which is just a fun way to point out that chef-owner Jason Arbusto specializes in slices of the Sicilian rather than Neapolitan variety. Basically, he subscribes to the notion that it’s hip to be square if you happen to be a pizza. He’s also a VES graduate who found his way to France, where he received training under several esteemed master chefs. Safe to say that when Arbusto does a special wine dinner, as he will be this evening, he nails it. We’re not sure what’s on the four-course menu tonight, but the theme is “American Bounty.” Dinner starts at 6:30 and you can to email Daughtersandsonsva@gmail.com or call (434) 333-4424 for reservations, which are $49 a pop. Click  here  for more info.

Daughters and Sons Pizza (522 Fifth St.) is something of the square peg in the round hole of pizza making in Lynchburg, which is just a fun way to point out that chef-owner Jason Arbusto specializes in slices of the Sicilian rather than Neapolitan variety. Basically, he subscribes to the notion that it’s hip to be square if you happen to be a pizza. He’s also a VES graduate who found his way to France, where he received training under several esteemed master chefs. Safe to say that when Arbusto does a special wine dinner, as he will be this evening, he nails it. We’re not sure what’s on the four-course menu tonight, but the theme is “American Bounty.” Dinner starts at 6:30 and you can to email Daughtersandsonsva@gmail.com or call (434) 333-4424 for reservations, which are $49 a pop. Click here for more info.

 “In a false quarrel there is no true valor,” is just one of the pearls of proverbial wisdom imparted by the witty and reluctant romantic Benedick in the Shakespeare’s  Much Ado About Nothing , a play that investigates the complex and comic nature of courtship, conflict, and holy matrimony. For all his devotion to bachelorhood, Benedick succumbs, surprisingly quickly, to true romance, although not everyone lives happily ever after in this particular play. The local theater troupe Rogue Productions will try their hand at staging this comedy of errors outdoors at Point of Honor (112 Cabell St.), the Lynchburg Museum property with a large Federal mansion and sweeping views of the James River. Hopefully, the weather will hold. Performances are tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by clicking  here . Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome, but no alcohol. For more info, click  here  or email  theroguesproductions@gmail.com . For info on Point of Honor, click  here  or call (434) 455-6226.

“In a false quarrel there is no true valor,” is just one of the pearls of proverbial wisdom imparted by the witty and reluctant romantic Benedick in the Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, a play that investigates the complex and comic nature of courtship, conflict, and holy matrimony. For all his devotion to bachelorhood, Benedick succumbs, surprisingly quickly, to true romance, although not everyone lives happily ever after in this particular play. The local theater troupe Rogue Productions will try their hand at staging this comedy of errors outdoors at Point of Honor (112 Cabell St.), the Lynchburg Museum property with a large Federal mansion and sweeping views of the James River. Hopefully, the weather will hold. Performances are tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by clicking here. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome, but no alcohol. For more info, click here or email theroguesproductions@gmail.com. For info on Point of Honor, click here or call (434) 455-6226.

   (Note: The opening of this exhibit has been postponed due to weather and will now take place on September 20.)   Before Times Square was cleaned up, before Alphabet City had its own Trader Joe’s and Magnolia Cupcakes, New York City was known for grittier things, including its drug-fueled, graffiti-splattered, downtown art scene. For the painters, writers, filmmakers and musicians in the late ’70s and early ’80s who gravitated to the Lower East Side, street art was experimental, raw, and authentic. Focused around the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose 1982 “Untitled” became the most expensive piece of American art to sell at auction, the Maier Museum (1 Quinlan St.) opens its 107th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art today with a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. “Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat” runs from September 14 through December 14, with numerous scheduled events, including film screenings, family-art afternoons, readings, and lectures. Call (434) 947-8136 or click  here  for more info.

(Note: The opening of this exhibit has been postponed due to weather and will now take place on September 20.) Before Times Square was cleaned up, before Alphabet City had its own Trader Joe’s and Magnolia Cupcakes, New York City was known for grittier things, including its drug-fueled, graffiti-splattered, downtown art scene. For the painters, writers, filmmakers and musicians in the late ’70s and early ’80s who gravitated to the Lower East Side, street art was experimental, raw, and authentic. Focused around the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose 1982 “Untitled” became the most expensive piece of American art to sell at auction, the Maier Museum (1 Quinlan St.) opens its 107th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art today with a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. “Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat” runs from September 14 through December 14, with numerous scheduled events, including film screenings, family-art afternoons, readings, and lectures. Call (434) 947-8136 or click here for more info.

 Back in March, Arkansas-bred country singer Ashley McBryde released  Girl Going Nowhere , her highly touted debut album for Warner Bros. Now she’s going somewhere, thanks to “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega,” a resolute and reflective single about “makin’ the best of the worst day kinda night.” And she’s coming to Lynchburg as part of a long Going Nowhere tour that stops at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Abingdon, VA on Wednesday, the Hamilton in DC on Thursday, and our own Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) this evening, It’s an 8 p.m. all-ages show with doors at 7 p.m. and early entry at 6 p.m. for those with $40 VIP tickets, which include a meet and greet for those who are members of the  McBryde Trybe . General admission tickets are $15 and can be purchased  here . For more info on Phase 2 events, click  here  or call (434) 846-3206.

Back in March, Arkansas-bred country singer Ashley McBryde released Girl Going Nowhere, her highly touted debut album for Warner Bros. Now she’s going somewhere, thanks to “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega,” a resolute and reflective single about “makin’ the best of the worst day kinda night.” And she’s coming to Lynchburg as part of a long Going Nowhere tour that stops at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Abingdon, VA on Wednesday, the Hamilton in DC on Thursday, and our own Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) this evening, It’s an 8 p.m. all-ages show with doors at 7 p.m. and early entry at 6 p.m. for those with $40 VIP tickets, which include a meet and greet for those who are members of the McBryde Trybe. General admission tickets are $15 and can be purchased here. For more info on Phase 2 events, click here or call (434) 846-3206.

   (Note: These events have been postponed due to weather and will now take place on October 19, 20, and 21.)   For some, it is enough to enter a museum gallery and look at the art; for others, the experience of viewing art is enhanced by words. The annual Berlind Symposium at the Maier Museum (1 Quinlan St.) presents an array of words – from artists, writers, and filmmakers – to accompany “Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat,” the exhibition on display through December 14. Artist Lee Quiñones, who along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of New York’s street-art innovators, speaks at 11 a.m. Writer and critic Luc Sante, who received a prestigious Guggenheim fellowship in 1992 and penned the Grammy-winning liner notes for the 1997 reissue of Smithsonian Folkways’ legendary  Anthology of American Folk Music , reads from his work at 2 p.m., followed by a reception at 3 p.m. And then, at 7 p.m., the Maier presents a screening of Sara Driver’s 2017 documentary  Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat . All symposium events are free and open to the public. Call (434) 947-8136 or click  here  for more info.

(Note: These events have been postponed due to weather and will now take place on October 19, 20, and 21.) For some, it is enough to enter a museum gallery and look at the art; for others, the experience of viewing art is enhanced by words. The annual Berlind Symposium at the Maier Museum (1 Quinlan St.) presents an array of words – from artists, writers, and filmmakers – to accompany “Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat,” the exhibition on display through December 14. Artist Lee Quiñones, who along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of New York’s street-art innovators, speaks at 11 a.m. Writer and critic Luc Sante, who received a prestigious Guggenheim fellowship in 1992 and penned the Grammy-winning liner notes for the 1997 reissue of Smithsonian Folkways’ legendary Anthology of American Folk Music, reads from his work at 2 p.m., followed by a reception at 3 p.m. And then, at 7 p.m., the Maier presents a screening of Sara Driver’s 2017 documentary Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat. All symposium events are free and open to the public. Call (434) 947-8136 or click here for more info.

 Fans of creepy ’80s horror films may pause at the notion of kids in cornfields, but the annual Fall Festival at Layman Family Farms (1815 Mountain View Church Rd.) in Blue Ridge has made navigating a maze in the maize something of a seasonal tradition in these parts. The Layman’s cornfield labyrinth and pumpkin patch are open for business starting today from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and will remain in operation on Fridays (4-9 p.m.), Saturdays (10 a.m.-9 p.m.), and Sundays (11 a.m.-9 p.m.) through November 10. The $12 admission ($10 for seniors and free for kids under 2) includes hayrides, an animated chicken show, a spooky storybook trail, and lots of other farm-related activities. Click  here  for more info or call (540) 947-2844.

Fans of creepy ’80s horror films may pause at the notion of kids in cornfields, but the annual Fall Festival at Layman Family Farms (1815 Mountain View Church Rd.) in Blue Ridge has made navigating a maze in the maize something of a seasonal tradition in these parts. The Layman’s cornfield labyrinth and pumpkin patch are open for business starting today from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and will remain in operation on Fridays (4-9 p.m.), Saturdays (10 a.m.-9 p.m.), and Sundays (11 a.m.-9 p.m.) through November 10. The $12 admission ($10 for seniors and free for kids under 2) includes hayrides, an animated chicken show, a spooky storybook trail, and lots of other farm-related activities. Click here for more info or call (540) 947-2844.

 Tickets to the annual, black-tie gala dinner tonight at the Academy Center of the Arts (600 Main St.) are pricey and mostly taken. However, there are still tickets for the Academy’s late-night event. So, imagine, if you will, a performer who combines, in the words of the  New York Times , the best of Bette Midler, Divine, and Fred Flintstone. It’s more than a little intriguing – especially the Bedrock part. Cabaret-performer Bridgett Everett is said to embody that description. She’ll perform along with some help from NYC-based comic Murray Hill at the Gala Late Night event. Expect R-rated music and risqué humor. Doors open at 9:30 for a cash bar and a 10 p.m. performance. Tickets are $53. For more info, call (434) 846-8499 or click  here .

Tickets to the annual, black-tie gala dinner tonight at the Academy Center of the Arts (600 Main St.) are pricey and mostly taken. However, there are still tickets for the Academy’s late-night event. So, imagine, if you will, a performer who combines, in the words of the New York Times, the best of Bette Midler, Divine, and Fred Flintstone. It’s more than a little intriguing – especially the Bedrock part. Cabaret-performer Bridgett Everett is said to embody that description. She’ll perform along with some help from NYC-based comic Murray Hill at the Gala Late Night event. Expect R-rated music and risqué humor. Doors open at 9:30 for a cash bar and a 10 p.m. performance. Tickets are $53. For more info, call (434) 846-8499 or click here.

 Matthew Shafer was just a curious kid from the Detroit suburbs when he first encountered another curious kid named Robert James Ritchie at a turntable competition. The two would go on to collaborate famously, with Shafer in the DJ guise of Uncle Kracker and Ritchie taking on the nom-de-rap Kid Rock. That was over twenty years ago. These days, they work separately, although they’ve both drifted closer to country than to rap. With Kid Rock contemplating a career in politics, Shafer’s on the road with his Uncle Kracker act, supporting a countrified new single titled “Floatin’” that namechecks George Strait a couple dozen times. Tonight Uncle Kracker and his band hit Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) for an 8 p.m. show with doors at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $20, and there are VIP passes available for $55, which include early admission and a catered buffet. Click  here  for tickets or call (434) 846-3206.

Matthew Shafer was just a curious kid from the Detroit suburbs when he first encountered another curious kid named Robert James Ritchie at a turntable competition. The two would go on to collaborate famously, with Shafer in the DJ guise of Uncle Kracker and Ritchie taking on the nom-de-rap Kid Rock. That was over twenty years ago. These days, they work separately, although they’ve both drifted closer to country than to rap. With Kid Rock contemplating a career in politics, Shafer’s on the road with his Uncle Kracker act, supporting a countrified new single titled “Floatin’” that namechecks George Strait a couple dozen times. Tonight Uncle Kracker and his band hit Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) for an 8 p.m. show with doors at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $20, and there are VIP passes available for $55, which include early admission and a catered buffet. Click here for tickets or call (434) 846-3206.

 If you put tequila in a Bloody Mary, does that make it bloodier, merrier, or just a little bit cooler? This is the sort of philosophical question one may be inspired to ponder over brunch at El Jéfe, the best and only full-service taqueria in downtown Lynchburg. Every Sunday, starting at 11 a.m., the kitchen adds Mexican waffles, huevos rancheros, a chorizo breakfast burrito, and a black bean cheesy western to its regular menu of tacos (including the excellent breakfast taco, which is good both ways: traditional and gringo-style). And, they do some pretty creatively brunchy things with tequila at the bar as well. El Jéfe is located at 1214 Commerce St. Click  here  for the brunch menu, or call (434) 333-4317 for more info.

If you put tequila in a Bloody Mary, does that make it bloodier, merrier, or just a little bit cooler? This is the sort of philosophical question one may be inspired to ponder over brunch at El Jéfe, the best and only full-service taqueria in downtown Lynchburg. Every Sunday, starting at 11 a.m., the kitchen adds Mexican waffles, huevos rancheros, a chorizo breakfast burrito, and a black bean cheesy western to its regular menu of tacos (including the excellent breakfast taco, which is good both ways: traditional and gringo-style). And, they do some pretty creatively brunchy things with tequila at the bar as well. El Jéfe is located at 1214 Commerce St. Click here for the brunch menu, or call (434) 333-4317 for more info.

 In South Africa, Shiraz in the name given to the grape used to make what the rest of the world knows as Syrah, and they’ve got the Pinotage hybrid, a cross between the varietal we know as Pinor Noir and the Cinsault or Hermitage grape. That’s basically the extent of our knowledge of South African wines. For more, we suggest consulting an expert like Stan Davis, a/k/a/ Stan the Man, one of the folks from Richmond’s Robins Cellars responsible for stocking fine dining establishments with good wines. He’s helping chef Dave Ellis put together a five-course dinner featuring South African wines this evening at Dish (1120 Main St.). No word on the menu yet, but we’ll keep you posted. Reservations are $65 per person; click  here  or call (434) 528-0700.

In South Africa, Shiraz in the name given to the grape used to make what the rest of the world knows as Syrah, and they’ve got the Pinotage hybrid, a cross between the varietal we know as Pinor Noir and the Cinsault or Hermitage grape. That’s basically the extent of our knowledge of South African wines. For more, we suggest consulting an expert like Stan Davis, a/k/a/ Stan the Man, one of the folks from Richmond’s Robins Cellars responsible for stocking fine dining establishments with good wines. He’s helping chef Dave Ellis put together a five-course dinner featuring South African wines this evening at Dish (1120 Main St.). No word on the menu yet, but we’ll keep you posted. Reservations are $65 per person; click here or call (434) 528-0700.

 In what year did the Seattle Seahawks play their first season as an official NFL team, and where did they play their first home game? Here’s a hint: it was America’s bicentennial year and the University of Washington college football team also played their home games in that stadium. So there’s some trivia for you on what will be a weekly night of trivia competition at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.). It’ll also be a night of football, with the Seahawks taking on the Chicago Bears at 8:15 p.m. We recommend ordering wings if they’ve still got any, although the wood-fired pizza is also a good call. Trivia starts at 9 p.m. For more info, call (434) 846-2877, and check out the RP menu  here .

In what year did the Seattle Seahawks play their first season as an official NFL team, and where did they play their first home game? Here’s a hint: it was America’s bicentennial year and the University of Washington college football team also played their home games in that stadium. So there’s some trivia for you on what will be a weekly night of trivia competition at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.). It’ll also be a night of football, with the Seahawks taking on the Chicago Bears at 8:15 p.m. We recommend ordering wings if they’ve still got any, although the wood-fired pizza is also a good call. Trivia starts at 9 p.m. For more info, call (434) 846-2877, and check out the RP menu here.

 Sadly, the Lynchburg Hillcats were unable to withstand the onslaught last week from the Potomac National in the Carolina League North divisional playoffs, which means their season is over and they will not have an opportunity to compete for the Carolina League championship this year. However, there are still reasons to head over to Lynchburg City Stadium (3176 Fort Ave.), including a weekly food truck roundup that takes place from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Tuesday through the end of November. They had to cancel last week because of the weather, but they are on for this week. We’ll keep you posted on who’s likely to be there. For more info and updates, click  here  or call (434) 528-1144.

Sadly, the Lynchburg Hillcats were unable to withstand the onslaught last week from the Potomac National in the Carolina League North divisional playoffs, which means their season is over and they will not have an opportunity to compete for the Carolina League championship this year. However, there are still reasons to head over to Lynchburg City Stadium (3176 Fort Ave.), including a weekly food truck roundup that takes place from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Tuesday through the end of November. They had to cancel last week because of the weather, but they are on for this week. We’ll keep you posted on who’s likely to be there. For more info and updates, click here or call (434) 528-1144.

 If you’ve seen Tom Hanks and Sally Field spar in  Punch Line  (1988), or the more recent Adam Sandler-led ensemble who struggle through the Judd Apatow film  Funny People  (2009), then you may have some notion that comedy, as the great Steve Martin once pointed out, isn’t always pretty. It’s tough to get up there and try out a routine, but it’s great when it works. The local comedy talent company Lynchburg Laughs is looking for a few funny men and women to take a shot at getting some chuckles this evening at Kegney Brothers (118 Main St.), where they have a semi-regular Wednesday night open mic for stand-up comedians. There’s no cover, and the stage is open from 10 p.m. until midnight. You can reach Lynchburg Laughs at (540) 525-5916 or by clicking  here . For info on tonight’s open mic, click  here  or call Kegneys at (434) 616-6691.

If you’ve seen Tom Hanks and Sally Field spar in Punch Line (1988), or the more recent Adam Sandler-led ensemble who struggle through the Judd Apatow film Funny People (2009), then you may have some notion that comedy, as the great Steve Martin once pointed out, isn’t always pretty. It’s tough to get up there and try out a routine, but it’s great when it works. The local comedy talent company Lynchburg Laughs is looking for a few funny men and women to take a shot at getting some chuckles this evening at Kegney Brothers (118 Main St.), where they have a semi-regular Wednesday night open mic for stand-up comedians. There’s no cover, and the stage is open from 10 p.m. until midnight. You can reach Lynchburg Laughs at (540) 525-5916 or by clicking here. For info on tonight’s open mic, click here or call Kegneys at (434) 616-6691.