January 23-30

 
 
From August 1963 until December 1966, the television show  Ready Steady Go!  brought the sounds of the new rock and roll into the homes of hundreds of thousands of British families, and those sounds were made by the likes of the Beatles, the Kinks, the Who, the Hollies, the Merseybeats, the Stones, and a bunch of American artists, including the Supremes, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and Jimi Hendrix. Not a bad starting point for a playlist. That would seem to be the idea behind Lynchburg’s version of “Ready Steady Go!,” which takes over Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) this evening from 9:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. DJs PatricktheMod and VespaGalBridget will spin a mix of mod Brit-pop, bluebeat ska, ’60s soul, garage rock, and early R&B. There’s no cover, free scooter parking, and gifts for those attired in mod-wear and/or black-and-white checks. Click  here  for info or call (434) 616-6692.

From August 1963 until December 1966, the television show Ready Steady Go! brought the sounds of the new rock and roll into the homes of hundreds of thousands of British families, and those sounds were made by the likes of the Beatles, the Kinks, the Who, the Hollies, the Merseybeats, the Stones, and a bunch of American artists, including the Supremes, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and Jimi Hendrix. Not a bad starting point for a playlist. That would seem to be the idea behind Lynchburg’s version of “Ready Steady Go!,” which takes over Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) this evening from 9:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. DJs PatricktheMod and VespaGalBridget will spin a mix of mod Brit-pop, bluebeat ska, ’60s soul, garage rock, and early R&B. There’s no cover, free scooter parking, and gifts for those attired in mod-wear and/or black-and-white checks. Click here for info or call (434) 616-6692.

If it’s possible to have Harry Potter fatigue, then there is a chance we may be suffering from it a few weeks hence. But for the time being, we’re happy that the Hogwarts binging continues this week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) with  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban . The third film in the Potter franchise has Gary Oldham as Sirius Black, Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore, Emma Thompson as Sybil Trelawney, and a hippogriff named Buckbeak. It screens today and tomorrow at 12:20, 3:20, 6:20, and 9:20 p.m. Click  here  or call (434) 845-2398.

If it’s possible to have Harry Potter fatigue, then there is a chance we may be suffering from it a few weeks hence. But for the time being, we’re happy that the Hogwarts binging continues this week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The third film in the Potter franchise has Gary Oldham as Sirius Black, Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore, Emma Thompson as Sybil Trelawney, and a hippogriff named Buckbeak. It screens today and tomorrow at 12:20, 3:20, 6:20, and 9:20 p.m. Click here or call (434) 845-2398.

It’s a good night to challenge your palate and maybe discover a new recreational beverage or two in the process. The folks at Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.), which will soon be home to a Fifth and Federal barbecue outpost, are tapping into a Vanilla Snack Holiday Stout they’ve brewed up for their weekly Temptation Thursday tasting event. It runs from 4 until 9 p.m. Click  here  or call (434) 258-8761 for more info. At the Craft Beer Cellar (3813 Wards Rd.) they’ve got a “Steal the Pint” event featuring libations from the New Belgium Brewing Company, which has outposts in Colorado and North Carolina. The event runs from 6 until 9 p.m. Click  here  or call (434) 386-8363 for more info. And at Magnolia Foods (2476 Rivermont Ave.), reps from Virginia’s Bold Rock Cidery will be in the house to serve up their seasonal Ginger Turmeric cider from 5 until 9 p.m. Click  here  or call (434) 528-5442 for more info.

It’s a good night to challenge your palate and maybe discover a new recreational beverage or two in the process. The folks at Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.), which will soon be home to a Fifth and Federal barbecue outpost, are tapping into a Vanilla Snack Holiday Stout they’ve brewed up for their weekly Temptation Thursday tasting event. It runs from 4 until 9 p.m. Click here or call (434) 258-8761 for more info. At the Craft Beer Cellar (3813 Wards Rd.) they’ve got a “Steal the Pint” event featuring libations from the New Belgium Brewing Company, which has outposts in Colorado and North Carolina. The event runs from 6 until 9 p.m. Click here or call (434) 386-8363 for more info. And at Magnolia Foods (2476 Rivermont Ave.), reps from Virginia’s Bold Rock Cidery will be in the house to serve up their seasonal Ginger Turmeric cider from 5 until 9 p.m. Click here or call (434) 528-5442 for more info.

With school back in session, the curators and conservators at Randolph College’s Maier Museum of Art (1 Quinlan St.) are gearing up for the opening of two new exhibitions for the spring semester. “One Place: Two Views” features works by two contemporary painters who don’t outwardly have much in common. Kayla Mohammadi was born to an Iranian father and a Finnish mother in San Francisco; John Walker was born in England and spent the ’80s and ’90s abroad before finding his way to New England, where he is a Professor Emeritus of Art at Boston University. Perhaps the connection is that Mohammadi is also based in New England, where she is currently a Fine Arts Lecturer at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. The exhibit of their work opens alongside a student-curated exhibit titled “Developed and Disturbed: Visions of the American Landscape” at a reception that begins at 5 p.m. at the Maier. Both exhibits will be up through April 14. Click  here  or call (434) 947-8136 for more info.

With school back in session, the curators and conservators at Randolph College’s Maier Museum of Art (1 Quinlan St.) are gearing up for the opening of two new exhibitions for the spring semester. “One Place: Two Views” features works by two contemporary painters who don’t outwardly have much in common. Kayla Mohammadi was born to an Iranian father and a Finnish mother in San Francisco; John Walker was born in England and spent the ’80s and ’90s abroad before finding his way to New England, where he is a Professor Emeritus of Art at Boston University. Perhaps the connection is that Mohammadi is also based in New England, where she is currently a Fine Arts Lecturer at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. The exhibit of their work opens alongside a student-curated exhibit titled “Developed and Disturbed: Visions of the American Landscape” at a reception that begins at 5 p.m. at the Maier. Both exhibits will be up through April 14. Click here or call (434) 947-8136 for more info.

It’s time for another goths night out at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.), as the Lynchburg Gothic League presents another installment of their semi-regular Everyday Is Halloween music-and-dance party. The special guest at this evening’s festivities is Charlottesville musician Alethea Leventhal, who crafts dark synthesizer dreamscapes under the nom-de-goth Ships in the Night. In addition to her performance, there will be plenty of dark-wave, early punk, new wave, synth-pop, and industrial and gothic rock and pop courtesy of DJS Death Flower and Thantos. The show gets underway at 10:30 p.m. and goes until 1:30 a.m. Click  here  or call (434) 846-2877 for more info.

It’s time for another goths night out at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.), as the Lynchburg Gothic League presents another installment of their semi-regular Everyday Is Halloween music-and-dance party. The special guest at this evening’s festivities is Charlottesville musician Alethea Leventhal, who crafts dark synthesizer dreamscapes under the nom-de-goth Ships in the Night. In addition to her performance, there will be plenty of dark-wave, early punk, new wave, synth-pop, and industrial and gothic rock and pop courtesy of DJS Death Flower and Thantos. The show gets underway at 10:30 p.m. and goes until 1:30 a.m. Click here or call (434) 846-2877 for more info.

Given all tumult and tension in national politics these days, it can helpful and even heartening to remember that a whole lot of what matters politically happens locally. The folks at the Listening and Bridges to Progress know that, and they’re acting on that knowledge this afternoon with a “Poverty Speaks, Lynchburg Listens” community event. From 2 until 5 p.m. at the Miller Center (301 Grove St.), the Listening will present a series of performances that use various mediums to address the issue of poverty in a localized way. Click  here  for more info, or call the Miller Center at (434) 455-5890.

Given all tumult and tension in national politics these days, it can helpful and even heartening to remember that a whole lot of what matters politically happens locally. The folks at the Listening and Bridges to Progress know that, and they’re acting on that knowledge this afternoon with a “Poverty Speaks, Lynchburg Listens” community event. From 2 until 5 p.m. at the Miller Center (301 Grove St.), the Listening will present a series of performances that use various mediums to address the issue of poverty in a localized way. Click here for more info, or call the Miller Center at (434) 455-5890.

Our favorite thing about Eli Cook’s Wikipedia page is the part where it states that the Virginia-bred bluesman’s main influences came from the work of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Soundgarden, and Rage Against the Machine. Our second fave is the line about him releasing six albums before his 30th birthday. That is impressive. Cook is now 32 and still playing the blues. Perhaps he’ll also pull out a song or two from  Badmotorfinger  or  Evil Empire  when he takes the stage tonight at Fifth and Federal (801 5th St.) The show starts at 8 p.m. and goes until 11. Click  here  or call (434) 386-8113 for more info.

Our favorite thing about Eli Cook’s Wikipedia page is the part where it states that the Virginia-bred bluesman’s main influences came from the work of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Soundgarden, and Rage Against the Machine. Our second fave is the line about him releasing six albums before his 30th birthday. That is impressive. Cook is now 32 and still playing the blues. Perhaps he’ll also pull out a song or two from Badmotorfinger or Evil Empire when he takes the stage tonight at Fifth and Federal (801 5th St.) The show starts at 8 p.m. and goes until 11. Click here or call (434) 386-8113 for more info.

Tim Elliott is a North Carolina native, a restaurateur, a bar owner, and a bona-fide country singer. He may not spend a ton of his time on Nashville’s Music Row, but he’s written a few songs that have charted and he won the Male Country Artist of the Year award at last year’s Carolina Music Awards. He’ll be boarding his tour bus and coming to Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) for a headlining appearance this evening at 8 p.m. It’s a 21-plus show. Tickets are $10 at the door. Click  here  or call (434) 846-3206.

Tim Elliott is a North Carolina native, a restaurateur, a bar owner, and a bona-fide country singer. He may not spend a ton of his time on Nashville’s Music Row, but he’s written a few songs that have charted and he won the Male Country Artist of the Year award at last year’s Carolina Music Awards. He’ll be boarding his tour bus and coming to Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) for a headlining appearance this evening at 8 p.m. It’s a 21-plus show. Tickets are $10 at the door. Click here or call (434) 846-3206.

Sure, the FunQuest Family Entertainment Center (327 Graves Mill Rd.) is primarily an emporium for keeping the kids busy with laser tag, arcade games, and, of course, a soft-play area with bouncy floors and no sharp edges. But, it’s also a roller rink. And roller-skating isn’t just for kids. This evening from 7:30 until 10 p.m., the rink will be open for the rolling-on-wheeled-boots equivalent of an adult swim. The theme is fully retro, with music from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. The admission price of $8 includes skate rentals. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 239-6411.

Sure, the FunQuest Family Entertainment Center (327 Graves Mill Rd.) is primarily an emporium for keeping the kids busy with laser tag, arcade games, and, of course, a soft-play area with bouncy floors and no sharp edges. But, it’s also a roller rink. And roller-skating isn’t just for kids. This evening from 7:30 until 10 p.m., the rink will be open for the rolling-on-wheeled-boots equivalent of an adult swim. The theme is fully retro, with music from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. The admission price of $8 includes skate rentals. For more info, click here or call (434) 239-6411.

In the introduction to her book  All About Braising: The Art of Uncomplicated Cooking , Molly Stevens quotes from  Larousse Gastronomique , a 1938 tome that remains one of the foremost encyclopedias of French cooking techniques. It defines braising: “A method of cooking food in a closed vessel with very little liquid at a low temperature for a long time.” That should keep the chefs at Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.) fairly busy today as they prepare for a four-course braising feast replete with properly paired wines. And just in case you thought braising only applies to large cuts of meat, there are many lovely braised deserts, including braised apples, pears, and quince. Tonight’s dinner starts at 6:30 and requires reservations. It’s $55 per person. Click  here  or call (434) 845-1116 for more info.

In the introduction to her book All About Braising: The Art of Uncomplicated Cooking, Molly Stevens quotes from Larousse Gastronomique, a 1938 tome that remains one of the foremost encyclopedias of French cooking techniques. It defines braising: “A method of cooking food in a closed vessel with very little liquid at a low temperature for a long time.” That should keep the chefs at Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.) fairly busy today as they prepare for a four-course braising feast replete with properly paired wines. And just in case you thought braising only applies to large cuts of meat, there are many lovely braised deserts, including braised apples, pears, and quince. Tonight’s dinner starts at 6:30 and requires reservations. It’s $55 per person. Click here or call (434) 845-1116 for more info.

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The University of Lynchburg’s Daura Gallery (1501 Lakeside Dr.) has three new exhibits on the docket for the spring semester, and all three open with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. this afternoon. Dr. Chidsey Dickson will read from his poetry and introduce the new exhibits. “Simultanés: Sonia Delaunay, Art, Color, Fashion” features textile works by Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979); “In Memory of My Feelings: Homage to Poet Frank O’Hara” features works inspired by O’Hara’s writings; and “Endangered & Extinct” is a student-curated exhibit. For more information of Daura Gallery exhibits and events, click  here  or call (434) 544-8343.

The University of Lynchburg’s Daura Gallery (1501 Lakeside Dr.) has three new exhibits on the docket for the spring semester, and all three open with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. this afternoon. Dr. Chidsey Dickson will read from his poetry and introduce the new exhibits. “Simultanés: Sonia Delaunay, Art, Color, Fashion” features textile works by Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979); “In Memory of My Feelings: Homage to Poet Frank O’Hara” features works inspired by O’Hara’s writings; and “Endangered & Extinct” is a student-curated exhibit. For more information of Daura Gallery exhibits and events, click here or call (434) 544-8343.

The intrepid and bespectacled Harry Potter has begun his fourth year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which still doesn’t make him quite old enough to compete in the Triwizard Tournament. But, compete he does in  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire , the fourth of the films based on the books by J.K. Rowling. The film screens through the end of the week as part of an ongoing Harry Potter festival at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.). Click  here  for times and more info or call (434) 845-2398.

The intrepid and bespectacled Harry Potter has begun his fourth year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which still doesn’t make him quite old enough to compete in the Triwizard Tournament. But, compete he does in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth of the films based on the books by J.K. Rowling. The film screens through the end of the week as part of an ongoing Harry Potter festival at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.). Click here for times and more info or call (434) 845-2398.

As is evident from the name of the exhibit, the annual Edna Curry/John Bower Exhibition has a little something to do with the benefactors of Bedford’s Bower Center for the Arts (305 N. Bridge St.). In honor of Curry and Bower, the Center will present a non-themed exhibit of works submitted and then selected in a competition juried by the Artists in the Blue Tablecloth Society, which makes it sound a little like a plotline from a Harry Potter film. In fact, there is no wizardry involved – just good, solid artistry. The exhibit opened this week and continues through March 9. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Click  here  or call (540) 586-4235 for more info.

As is evident from the name of the exhibit, the annual Edna Curry/John Bower Exhibition has a little something to do with the benefactors of Bedford’s Bower Center for the Arts (305 N. Bridge St.). In honor of Curry and Bower, the Center will present a non-themed exhibit of works submitted and then selected in a competition juried by the Artists in the Blue Tablecloth Society, which makes it sound a little like a plotline from a Harry Potter film. In fact, there is no wizardry involved – just good, solid artistry. The exhibit opened this week and continues through March 9. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Click here or call (540) 586-4235 for more info.