March 20-27

 
 
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.

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.

Since opening just a few months ago, Rendez-Vous (1125 Main St.) has established itself as one of the better downtown dining options, with a menu that features French-Caribbean cuisine and a bar that takes cocktailing seriously. Starting tonight, the folks at Rendez-Vous are adding a weekly night of live local music to their offerings. Central Virginia singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Sara Edwards, who plays violin, guitar, and  djembe  on her latest Bandcamp single “I Believe In…,” is joined by her recording partner Matthew Billings for the first of Rendez-Vous’s Thursday Night dinner and music events. Food service begins at 5 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. There’s no cover charge. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 528-1414.

Since opening just a few months ago, Rendez-Vous (1125 Main St.) has established itself as one of the better downtown dining options, with a menu that features French-Caribbean cuisine and a bar that takes cocktailing seriously. Starting tonight, the folks at Rendez-Vous are adding a weekly night of live local music to their offerings. Central Virginia singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Sara Edwards, who plays violin, guitar, and djembe on her latest Bandcamp single “I Believe In…,” is joined by her recording partner Matthew Billings for the first of Rendez-Vous’s Thursday Night dinner and music events. Food service begins at 5 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. There’s no cover charge. Click here for more info or call (434) 528-1414.

If Rogue Productions had scheduled their production of William Shakespeare’s historical tragedy  Julius Caesar  just one week earlier, they could have been performing the play on the ides of March so prominently featured in one of the play’s more memorable lines. Of course, the issues raised by the central drama in  Julius Caesar  – the public assassination of a charismatic populist strongman – have a timely relevance and resonance on any day of the month. Set in modern Rome, the Rogue Productions staging of the Shakespeare classic gets underway this evening at the Miller Center (301 Grove St.). There are 7 p.m. performances tonight, tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, as well as next Thursday through Sunday. Tickets are $15. Click  here  for tickets and more info, or call (434) 455-5890.

If Rogue Productions had scheduled their production of William Shakespeare’s historical tragedy Julius Caesar just one week earlier, they could have been performing the play on the ides of March so prominently featured in one of the play’s more memorable lines. Of course, the issues raised by the central drama in Julius Caesar – the public assassination of a charismatic populist strongman – have a timely relevance and resonance on any day of the month. Set in modern Rome, the Rogue Productions staging of the Shakespeare classic gets underway this evening at the Miller Center (301 Grove St.). There are 7 p.m. performances tonight, tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, as well as next Thursday through Sunday. Tickets are $15. Click here for tickets and more info, or call (434) 455-5890.

Singer-songwriter Wesley Montgomery is from Ohio and he’s got a song called “Ohio.” He lives in Lynchburg and he’s got a song called “Virginia.” In keeping with this literal bent, Montgomery’s got a track called “People Keep Asking Me Why I Only Write Sad Songs.” The answer, of course, is that sadness is only a construct and while it may be Montgomery’s default emotion, he’s got plenty to be happy about this weekend. Tonight at the Ellington (432 Rivermont Ave.), he and the folks from the local record store Speakertree celebrate the release of his new album,  Seven Hours . Doors are at 7 p.m. and Montgomery will go on after opening sets by L.A. Dies and Oceanic. There’s a $5 cover at the door. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 485-8262. If you can’t make it to tonight’s show or you want a double dose of Montgomery this weekend, he’s playing tomorrow night at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) with a local musician who goes by the name of Bernard.

Singer-songwriter Wesley Montgomery is from Ohio and he’s got a song called “Ohio.” He lives in Lynchburg and he’s got a song called “Virginia.” In keeping with this literal bent, Montgomery’s got a track called “People Keep Asking Me Why I Only Write Sad Songs.” The answer, of course, is that sadness is only a construct and while it may be Montgomery’s default emotion, he’s got plenty to be happy about this weekend. Tonight at the Ellington (432 Rivermont Ave.), he and the folks from the local record store Speakertree celebrate the release of his new album, Seven Hours. Doors are at 7 p.m. and Montgomery will go on after opening sets by L.A. Dies and Oceanic. There’s a $5 cover at the door. Click here for more info or call (434) 485-8262. If you can’t make it to tonight’s show or you want a double dose of Montgomery this weekend, he’s playing tomorrow night at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) with a local musician who goes by the name of Bernard.

When the Mavericks emerged from the Miami music scene in the early ’90s, the very idea of a Tex-Mex band with traditional country roots was so left-of-center alternative that they ended up playing shows with another Florida band of that era – Marilyn Manson. The Mavericks would go on to have more centrist success on the country charts for a solid decade before frontman Raul Malo opted for a solo career. But they’ve been reuniting from time to time over the past decade and they’re currently back together for a tour that brings Malo and the band to the Academy of Music Theatre (600 Main St.) tonight at 8 p.m. Doors are at 7 p.m., at tickets run from $36 to $82. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 846-8499.

When the Mavericks emerged from the Miami music scene in the early ’90s, the very idea of a Tex-Mex band with traditional country roots was so left-of-center alternative that they ended up playing shows with another Florida band of that era – Marilyn Manson. The Mavericks would go on to have more centrist success on the country charts for a solid decade before frontman Raul Malo opted for a solo career. But they’ve been reuniting from time to time over the past decade and they’re currently back together for a tour that brings Malo and the band to the Academy of Music Theatre (600 Main St.) tonight at 8 p.m. Doors are at 7 p.m., at tickets run from $36 to $82. Click here for more info or call (434) 846-8499.

The Lynchburg trio Firecracker Jam have forged a jamband alliance of sorts with the Charlottesville-based group Sisters & Brothers and they’re joining forces this evening at the Stoney Badger (3009 Old Forest Rd.). Firecracker Jam, who specialize in mandolin-fueled, bluegrass-tinged jams, go on first at 10 p.m. Sisters & Brothers, a five-piece band who “formed in 2018 to celebrate the life and music of the Jerry Garcia Band,” will handle the second half of the night. There’s a $5 cover at the door. Click  here  or call (434) 384-3004 for more info.

The Lynchburg trio Firecracker Jam have forged a jamband alliance of sorts with the Charlottesville-based group Sisters & Brothers and they’re joining forces this evening at the Stoney Badger (3009 Old Forest Rd.). Firecracker Jam, who specialize in mandolin-fueled, bluegrass-tinged jams, go on first at 10 p.m. Sisters & Brothers, a five-piece band who “formed in 2018 to celebrate the life and music of the Jerry Garcia Band,” will handle the second half of the night. There’s a $5 cover at the door. Click here or call (434) 384-3004 for more info.

When  Back to the Future  first arrived on the big screen in 1985, Marty McFly was gearing up to time-travel from the slick yet turbulent  Family Ties  1980s to the quaint yet menacing  Happy Days  of 1955. Watching the film now offers a double blast of nostalgia, which is the point of tonight’s  Back to the Future  film screening event at the Academy Center of the Arts’ Academy of Music Theatre (600 Main St.). Costumes are encouraged and there will be themed drinks,  Back to the Future  décor, and pre-screening activities that are scheduled to get underway at 6:30 p.m. You can go ’80s or ’50s for this one. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $10. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 847-8499.

When Back to the Future first arrived on the big screen in 1985, Marty McFly was gearing up to time-travel from the slick yet turbulent Family Ties 1980s to the quaint yet menacing Happy Days of 1955. Watching the film now offers a double blast of nostalgia, which is the point of tonight’s Back to the Future film screening event at the Academy Center of the Arts’ Academy of Music Theatre (600 Main St.). Costumes are encouraged and there will be themed drinks, Back to the Future décor, and pre-screening activities that are scheduled to get underway at 6:30 p.m. You can go ’80s or ’50s for this one. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $10. Click here for more info or call (434) 847-8499.

The annual Science Festival of Central Virginia – informally known as SciFest – culminates this afternoon with a Maker Faire at Randolph College (2500 Rivermont Ave.). Amazement Square will be hosting a planetarium event and Vector Space will be running the makers part of the faire that will include a variety of activities for kids as young as four. There will also be a Lego expo, bouncy houses, a petting zoo, a non-Newtonian fluid pool, food trucks, and local vendors. The event, which runs from noon until 4:30 at various locations on the Randolph Campus, is free and open to the public. You can register by clicking  here . For a complete list of SciFest events, click  here . For more info, call (434) 947-8000.

The annual Science Festival of Central Virginia – informally known as SciFest – culminates this afternoon with a Maker Faire at Randolph College (2500 Rivermont Ave.). Amazement Square will be hosting a planetarium event and Vector Space will be running the makers part of the faire that will include a variety of activities for kids as young as four. There will also be a Lego expo, bouncy houses, a petting zoo, a non-Newtonian fluid pool, food trucks, and local vendors. The event, which runs from noon until 4:30 at various locations on the Randolph Campus, is free and open to the public. You can register by clicking here. For a complete list of SciFest events, click here. For more info, call (434) 947-8000.

Lynchburg Diversity Center has been holding monthly Sunday evening get-togethers that tend to feature drag performers at Dish (1120 Main St.) for several years now. But tonight they’re going all out with a Dinner & Drag fundraiser that will include, well, dinner by Dish and a drag show from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by clicking  here . Once the Dish dishes have been cleared, the Diversity Center will continue the festivities with a Divas of the Night drag disco party featuring the talents of Cherry Poppins, Amazon Rome, Brooklyn Black, and Jezzi Belle. The cover charge for Divas of the Night is $8. You can click  here  for more info, or call the Lynchburg Diversity Center at (434) 386-8649 or Dish at (434) 528-0070.

Lynchburg Diversity Center has been holding monthly Sunday evening get-togethers that tend to feature drag performers at Dish (1120 Main St.) for several years now. But tonight they’re going all out with a Dinner & Drag fundraiser that will include, well, dinner by Dish and a drag show from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by clicking here. Once the Dish dishes have been cleared, the Diversity Center will continue the festivities with a Divas of the Night drag disco party featuring the talents of Cherry Poppins, Amazon Rome, Brooklyn Black, and Jezzi Belle. The cover charge for Divas of the Night is $8. You can click here for more info, or call the Lynchburg Diversity Center at (434) 386-8649 or Dish at (434) 528-0070.

Pink wigs are not required for the Breast Cancer Campaign fundraiser at Scoreboards Sports Grill (100 Tradewynd Dr.) in Wyndhurst this evening. But they are encouraged, and a touch of pink in one’s outfit would certainly be appreciated. Keeping with the sports bar theme, Scoreboards will have two local athletic luminaries on hand: former Virginia Tech quarterback/current Buffalo Bills tight end Logan Thomas, and former UVA quarterback Michael Rocco. Ten percent of all sales between 4 and 8 p.m. will go to the Breast Cancer Campaign, and there will be pictures and autographs in exchange for donations. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 319-5153.

Pink wigs are not required for the Breast Cancer Campaign fundraiser at Scoreboards Sports Grill (100 Tradewynd Dr.) in Wyndhurst this evening. But they are encouraged, and a touch of pink in one’s outfit would certainly be appreciated. Keeping with the sports bar theme, Scoreboards will have two local athletic luminaries on hand: former Virginia Tech quarterback/current Buffalo Bills tight end Logan Thomas, and former UVA quarterback Michael Rocco. Ten percent of all sales between 4 and 8 p.m. will go to the Breast Cancer Campaign, and there will be pictures and autographs in exchange for donations. For more info, click here or call (434) 319-5153.

As  Jerry Springer: The Opera  demonstrated in 2003, and  Octomom!: The Musical  definitively proved in 2009, there is no text or story that is immune to musical adaptation. In the early 2000s, a musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s semi-autobiographical Civil War-era novel  Little Women  was workshopped and eventually staged at Duke University, after which it made its way quietly to Broadway and then to various stages around the country in a professional touring production. The story of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy gets the community theatre treatment this week courtesy of the local troupe Masterworx Theatre. They’ll present the musical tonight through Sunday at the Miller Park Aviary (402 Grove St.). Performances start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for students and $25 for adult. Click  here  for tickets and more info, or call (434) 455-5858.

As Jerry Springer: The Opera demonstrated in 2003, and Octomom!: The Musical definitively proved in 2009, there is no text or story that is immune to musical adaptation. In the early 2000s, a musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s semi-autobiographical Civil War-era novel Little Women was workshopped and eventually staged at Duke University, after which it made its way quietly to Broadway and then to various stages around the country in a professional touring production. The story of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy gets the community theatre treatment this week courtesy of the local troupe Masterworx Theatre. They’ll present the musical tonight through Sunday at the Miller Park Aviary (402 Grove St.). Performances start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for students and $25 for adult. Click here for tickets and more info, or call (434) 455-5858.

To say that  Spirited Away , a 2001 anime masterwork that is regularly listed among the best animated features ever produced, is bizarre, surreal, and just very, very strange would be to gloss over the simple fact that pretty much all of Hayao Miyazaki’s filmic creations could be described that way. In  Spirited Away , a young girl named Chihiro wanders into a magical realm with her parents, who are quickly turned into pigs. So Chihiro finds work in a bathhouse run by a witch who renames her Sen. In a strangely beautiful sequence, Sen encounters the spirit of a polluted river, feeds him a dumpling that makes him vomit, and thus performs an act of ecological beneficence. The film screens through the end of the week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) as part of a series of Studio Ghibli anime features. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 845-2398.

To say that Spirited Away, a 2001 anime masterwork that is regularly listed among the best animated features ever produced, is bizarre, surreal, and just very, very strange would be to gloss over the simple fact that pretty much all of Hayao Miyazaki’s filmic creations could be described that way. In Spirited Away, a young girl named Chihiro wanders into a magical realm with her parents, who are quickly turned into pigs. So Chihiro finds work in a bathhouse run by a witch who renames her Sen. In a strangely beautiful sequence, Sen encounters the spirit of a polluted river, feeds him a dumpling that makes him vomit, and thus performs an act of ecological beneficence. The film screens through the end of the week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) as part of a series of Studio Ghibli anime features. Click here for more info or call (434) 845-2398.