August 2018

 In a kindler, gentler era there was a kindler, gentler children’s television host by the name of Fred Rogers, who made it his mission to remind us all what it meant to be neighborly on a fairly regular basis. Perhaps it’s nostalgia for that era as much as for  Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood  that has propelled Morgan Neville’s documentary about the man, the myth, and the tennis shoe-wearing, public television legend into its position as the highest grossing biographical documentary of all time. We’ve also heard that the film, appropriately titled  Won’t You Be My Neighbor? , is quite good. You can catch it today and tomorrow at Venue Cinemas (9012 Lakeside Dr.) at 12:20, 3:10, 6:45, and 9 p.m. Click  here  or call (434) 845-2398.

In a kindler, gentler era there was a kindler, gentler children’s television host by the name of Fred Rogers, who made it his mission to remind us all what it meant to be neighborly on a fairly regular basis. Perhaps it’s nostalgia for that era as much as for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood that has propelled Morgan Neville’s documentary about the man, the myth, and the tennis shoe-wearing, public television legend into its position as the highest grossing biographical documentary of all time. We’ve also heard that the film, appropriately titled Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, is quite good. You can catch it today and tomorrow at Venue Cinemas (9012 Lakeside Dr.) at 12:20, 3:10, 6:45, and 9 p.m. Click here or call (434) 845-2398.

 The Hill City has long fostered local talent with open mic nights dedicated to strumming and singing. Two more recent additions to the Lynchburg entertainment incubator are comedic improv troupes and open mic nights showcasing standup comedians. Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) recently got in on the act with a weekly evening of laughs on Wednesdays. Kristina Montuori, who is part of the Lynchburg Laughs improv team, hosts the show, which starts at 10 p.m. For more info, click  here  or call  Lynchburg Laughs  at (540) 525-5916. For a look at the Kegney Brothers menu, click  here , and for info from directly behind the bar, call (434) 616-6691.

The Hill City has long fostered local talent with open mic nights dedicated to strumming and singing. Two more recent additions to the Lynchburg entertainment incubator are comedic improv troupes and open mic nights showcasing standup comedians. Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) recently got in on the act with a weekly evening of laughs on Wednesdays. Kristina Montuori, who is part of the Lynchburg Laughs improv team, hosts the show, which starts at 10 p.m. For more info, click here or call Lynchburg Laughs at (540) 525-5916. For a look at the Kegney Brothers menu, click here, and for info from directly behind the bar, call (434) 616-6691.

 The Ultimate Aldean like to tout themselves as “The World’s #1 Jason Aldean Experience,” but we’re assuming they’re not counting the actual Jason Aldean, who is very much alive and touring. Apparently, Ultimate Aldean frontman Greg West does bear some resemblance to the guy he impersonates and, after being mistaken for Aldean more than a few times in Nashville, he decided to go with it. We’re going to weigh in and suggest that if West and the Ultimate Aldean are just the world’s second best Jason Aldean experience that the crowd at tonight’s Cheers Lynchburg! concert will be more than pleased.  The show gets underway at Riverfront Park (1100 Jefferson St.) at 6:30 p.m. Advance general admission  tickets  are available for $10. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 535-6190.

The Ultimate Aldean like to tout themselves as “The World’s #1 Jason Aldean Experience,” but we’re assuming they’re not counting the actual Jason Aldean, who is very much alive and touring. Apparently, Ultimate Aldean frontman Greg West does bear some resemblance to the guy he impersonates and, after being mistaken for Aldean more than a few times in Nashville, he decided to go with it. We’re going to weigh in and suggest that if West and the Ultimate Aldean are just the world’s second best Jason Aldean experience that the crowd at tonight’s Cheers Lynchburg! concert will be more than pleased.  The show gets underway at Riverfront Park (1100 Jefferson St.) at 6:30 p.m. Advance general admission tickets are available for $10. For more info, click here or call (434) 535-6190.

 Since 1998, guitarist Zakk Wylde has fronted the heavy metal band Black Label Society with a big ol’ beard, lots of black leather and blue denim, and some bad attitude. Of course, Wylde has had a few other irons in the fire over the past twenty years, including Zakk Sabbath, his Black Sabbath tribute band, and another band he plays in with some dude named Ozzy Osbourne. Early this year, Wylde released his tenth album with Black Label Society –  Grimmest Hits  – so he’s on the road doing his best to promote it. He brings the band to Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) this evening for a show with a couple of hard-hitting openers: North Carolina’s Corrosion of Conformity and the New Orleans slude-metal band EyeHateGod. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $35. For more info and ticketing, click  here  or call (434) 846-3206.

Since 1998, guitarist Zakk Wylde has fronted the heavy metal band Black Label Society with a big ol’ beard, lots of black leather and blue denim, and some bad attitude. Of course, Wylde has had a few other irons in the fire over the past twenty years, including Zakk Sabbath, his Black Sabbath tribute band, and another band he plays in with some dude named Ozzy Osbourne. Early this year, Wylde released his tenth album with Black Label Society – Grimmest Hits – so he’s on the road doing his best to promote it. He brings the band to Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) this evening for a show with a couple of hard-hitting openers: North Carolina’s Corrosion of Conformity and the New Orleans slude-metal band EyeHateGod. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $35. For more info and ticketing, click here or call (434) 846-3206.

 The food will likely be spicy, but the music should cool things down as GR8 PL8 Cafe & Lounge (1415 Kemper St.) welcomes the Jerk Chicken & Reggae Fest, an event hosted by  Yagga Entertainment , an internet-based radio station out of Washington, D.C. Yagga touts “Infotainment from an Afro-Caribbean perspective,” which means Jamaican culinary fare and Island-influenced grooves from DJ Selector Sledge, DJ Flow, DJ Randoo, DJ Mix Wizard, DJ Yagga, and DJ Mudduck from noon to 6 p.m. For an idea of the musical stylings check out  Ive Radio , a closer-to-home online radio station, and one of the event sponsors. Wristbands are $3 in advance or $5 at the door. If all goes well today, the Yagga folks will be back on September 8. For more info, click  here . To purchase wristbands in advance, text or call Selector Sledge at (434) 426-4047 or Rebel Army at (434) 270-5296.

The food will likely be spicy, but the music should cool things down as GR8 PL8 Cafe & Lounge (1415 Kemper St.) welcomes the Jerk Chicken & Reggae Fest, an event hosted by Yagga Entertainment, an internet-based radio station out of Washington, D.C. Yagga touts “Infotainment from an Afro-Caribbean perspective,” which means Jamaican culinary fare and Island-influenced grooves from DJ Selector Sledge, DJ Flow, DJ Randoo, DJ Mix Wizard, DJ Yagga, and DJ Mudduck from noon to 6 p.m. For an idea of the musical stylings check out Ive Radio, a closer-to-home online radio station, and one of the event sponsors. Wristbands are $3 in advance or $5 at the door. If all goes well today, the Yagga folks will be back on September 8. For more info, click here. To purchase wristbands in advance, text or call Selector Sledge at (434) 426-4047 or Rebel Army at (434) 270-5296.

 Even before Anheuser-Busch Inbev bought into Devil’s Backbone Brewery, the Nelson County craft brewer had invested substantial resources into its Roseland Basecamp Brewpub (200 Mosbys Run), creating an expansive beer garden with lots of space for entertaining. The basecamp sits just below Wintergreen Resort, a short distance from some of the best hiking Virginia has to offer. Its built-in Meadows stage is quite literally framed by mountains. Today at 4:30 p.m. the Music in the Blue Ridge concert series presents the C-ville blues band  Indecision , plus  Travis Elliott  & Tucker Rogers, and Lynchburg’s own  Tony Camm & The Funk All Stars . It’s a good opportunity to have a few beers, enjoy some music, and check out the basecamp’s new campgrounds. Tickets, which can be purchased  here , range from $10 for admission and a tent-only campsite to $150 for a “glamping” pass. For more info, click  here  or call (540) 602-6018.

Even before Anheuser-Busch Inbev bought into Devil’s Backbone Brewery, the Nelson County craft brewer had invested substantial resources into its Roseland Basecamp Brewpub (200 Mosbys Run), creating an expansive beer garden with lots of space for entertaining. The basecamp sits just below Wintergreen Resort, a short distance from some of the best hiking Virginia has to offer. Its built-in Meadows stage is quite literally framed by mountains. Today at 4:30 p.m. the Music in the Blue Ridge concert series presents the C-ville blues band Indecision, plus Travis Elliott & Tucker Rogers, and Lynchburg’s own Tony Camm & The Funk All Stars. It’s a good opportunity to have a few beers, enjoy some music, and check out the basecamp’s new campgrounds. Tickets, which can be purchased here, range from $10 for admission and a tent-only campsite to $150 for a “glamping” pass. For more info, click here or call (540) 602-6018.

 So, this may be a little confusing. There once was a band from Greensboro, North Carolina called Bombardier. They released a pretty good EP of indie post-rock back in 2013 ( You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are ), and played around here a few times. The band still exists, but they’ve changed their name to Old Faith. They’ll make their first trip to Lynchburg as Old Faith tonight for a show at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.), where they’ll be joined by openers Someone Just Like You, a local band featuring RP door guys Jared Brown (vocals/guitar) and Jim Bartley (bass). Cover is $3. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 846-2877.

So, this may be a little confusing. There once was a band from Greensboro, North Carolina called Bombardier. They released a pretty good EP of indie post-rock back in 2013 (You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are), and played around here a few times. The band still exists, but they’ve changed their name to Old Faith. They’ll make their first trip to Lynchburg as Old Faith tonight for a show at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.), where they’ll be joined by openers Someone Just Like You, a local band featuring RP door guys Jared Brown (vocals/guitar) and Jim Bartley (bass). Cover is $3. For more info, click here or call (434) 846-2877.

 The epic tale of Han Solo, the interplanetary smuggler who only reluctantly helped Luke and Leia in their attempts to save the galaxy, is a complicated and controversial one. For example, back in the late ’90s, George Lucas had the nerve to mess with the Cantina scene from the foundational 1977  Star Wars  film, altering a scene in which Harrison Ford’s Solo shoots a bounty hunter to make it seem more like self defense. Perhaps it’s time to let that one go, especially since the lone-wolf Solo has his own film, replete with answers to lots of big questions like: How did Han hook up with his Wookiee sidekick and Sasquatch-lookalike Chewbacca? What kind of drama went down with Lando Calrissian before the Cloud City administrator turned his buddy over to the bad guys? And, what’s up with the hyperdrive switch on the Millennium Falcon anyway? Alden Ehrenheich plays Solo, Donald Glover is Lando, Joonas Suotamo is in the Chewy suit, and Emilia Clarke is introduced as Solo’s old flame Qi’ra in  Solo  (2018), which also features a great cameo by Woody Harrelson. The film screens through the end of the week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) with daily showings at 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, and 9:25 p.m. Click  here  or call (434) 845-2398.

The epic tale of Han Solo, the interplanetary smuggler who only reluctantly helped Luke and Leia in their attempts to save the galaxy, is a complicated and controversial one. For example, back in the late ’90s, George Lucas had the nerve to mess with the Cantina scene from the foundational 1977 Star Wars film, altering a scene in which Harrison Ford’s Solo shoots a bounty hunter to make it seem more like self defense. Perhaps it’s time to let that one go, especially since the lone-wolf Solo has his own film, replete with answers to lots of big questions like: How did Han hook up with his Wookiee sidekick and Sasquatch-lookalike Chewbacca? What kind of drama went down with Lando Calrissian before the Cloud City administrator turned his buddy over to the bad guys? And, what’s up with the hyperdrive switch on the Millennium Falcon anyway? Alden Ehrenheich plays Solo, Donald Glover is Lando, Joonas Suotamo is in the Chewy suit, and Emilia Clarke is introduced as Solo’s old flame Qi’ra in Solo (2018), which also features a great cameo by Woody Harrelson. The film screens through the end of the week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) with daily showings at 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, and 9:25 p.m. Click here or call (434) 845-2398.

 There’s rarely a good time to switch kegs and it seems like kegs always tend to tap out at the worst times. Just ask a bartender. The folks at {RA} Bistro (1344 Main St.) have come up with a nifty solution to that problem. It’s called Tap-Out Tuesdays and the premise is pretty simple: cut the price of a pint from the kegs that are getting low and plan on running them dry. Each week the specials differ, but the price for a pint is always $2. Think of it as an economical way to try a new IPA or two. The tap-out specials go through dinnertime until 9 p.m. You can check out the {RA} menu and daily specials  here . For more info call (434) 845-1601.

There’s rarely a good time to switch kegs and it seems like kegs always tend to tap out at the worst times. Just ask a bartender. The folks at {RA} Bistro (1344 Main St.) have come up with a nifty solution to that problem. It’s called Tap-Out Tuesdays and the premise is pretty simple: cut the price of a pint from the kegs that are getting low and plan on running them dry. Each week the specials differ, but the price for a pint is always $2. Think of it as an economical way to try a new IPA or two. The tap-out specials go through dinnertime until 9 p.m. You can check out the {RA} menu and daily specials here. For more info call (434) 845-1601.

 Fifth Street Grind (710 Fifth St.) now sits on the frontier of the construction that’s closed down the street on the other side of the roundabout. And Fifth Street has become a new frontier in other ways: for great food, great drinks, and, perhaps this evening, a little great alternative rock. Fifth Street Grind will be slightly more caffeinated than usual as the local band  Xenith  drop in for a couple of sets between 7 and 9 p.m. Check out the band’s Spotify page  here . For more info, click  here  or call (434) 386-8952.

Fifth Street Grind (710 Fifth St.) now sits on the frontier of the construction that’s closed down the street on the other side of the roundabout. And Fifth Street has become a new frontier in other ways: for great food, great drinks, and, perhaps this evening, a little great alternative rock. Fifth Street Grind will be slightly more caffeinated than usual as the local band Xenith drop in for a couple of sets between 7 and 9 p.m. Check out the band’s Spotify page here. For more info, click here or call (434) 386-8952.

 Legend has it that in a mythic but not so distant past, before  Fortnite ,  Minecraft , and  Roblox  made role playing as easy as touching a screen, role-playing gamers had to rely on ten-, 12-, and 20-sided dice to make their moves in the decidedly Tolkienesque realm of Dungeons & Dragons. The game has gone in and out of fashion, but it’s never quite gone away, as is evident every Thursday evening at the White Hart (1208 Main St.). Dungeon masters and novice wizards, clerics and elvin creatures are all invited to play from 5-8 p.m. at several tables, including one for beginners. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 207-5600.

Legend has it that in a mythic but not so distant past, before FortniteMinecraft, and Roblox made role playing as easy as touching a screen, role-playing gamers had to rely on ten-, 12-, and 20-sided dice to make their moves in the decidedly Tolkienesque realm of Dungeons & Dragons. The game has gone in and out of fashion, but it’s never quite gone away, as is evident every Thursday evening at the White Hart (1208 Main St.). Dungeon masters and novice wizards, clerics and elvin creatures are all invited to play from 5-8 p.m. at several tables, including one for beginners. For more info, click here or call (434) 207-5600.

 Fresh off a second-place finish in the MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest this spring,  Bryan Elijah Smith & the Wild Hearts  hit Lynchburg tonight for a show on the City Limits outdoor stage at Fifth & Federal (801 Fifth St.). Smith’s an alternative Americana artist with ten albums to his name. He was one of only 12 songwriters recognized out of more than a thousand who were celebrated at this year’s MerleFest, an annual festival in Wilkesboro, NC. The Dayton native and his band go on at 7:30 and play until 11 p.m. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 386-8113

Fresh off a second-place finish in the MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest this spring, Bryan Elijah Smith & the Wild Hearts hit Lynchburg tonight for a show on the City Limits outdoor stage at Fifth & Federal (801 Fifth St.). Smith’s an alternative Americana artist with ten albums to his name. He was one of only 12 songwriters recognized out of more than a thousand who were celebrated at this year’s MerleFest, an annual festival in Wilkesboro, NC. The Dayton native and his band go on at 7:30 and play until 11 p.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 386-8113

 Expect fins to the left, and fins to the right this evening, as the Hillcats enjoy a metaphorical cheeseburger in paradise at Calvin Falwell Field (3180 Fort Ave.) on a designated Jimmy Buffet night. The Hillcats take on the Down East Wood Ducks at 6:30 p.m., but first there will be an hour or so of the good kind of Buffeting with Sandbar, a professional Jimmy Buffet tribute act. Music starts at 5 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans get a Hawaiian T-shirt. Tickets, which can be purchased  here , range from $7 to $13. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 528-1144.

Expect fins to the left, and fins to the right this evening, as the Hillcats enjoy a metaphorical cheeseburger in paradise at Calvin Falwell Field (3180 Fort Ave.) on a designated Jimmy Buffet night. The Hillcats take on the Down East Wood Ducks at 6:30 p.m., but first there will be an hour or so of the good kind of Buffeting with Sandbar, a professional Jimmy Buffet tribute act. Music starts at 5 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans get a Hawaiian T-shirt. Tickets, which can be purchased here, range from $7 to $13. For more info, click here or call (434) 528-1144.

 Billy Bob Thornton never expected to be a movie star. His mind, he has said, was set on music. After winning a couple of Oscars for writing and acting in the 1996 film  Sling Blade  and going on to have a pretty decent career that included a stint as a very good  Bad Santa , Thornton has found a way back to his first love with the Boxmasters. The band comes to Riverfront Park (1000 Jefferson St.) for Cheers Lynchburg!, which gets rolling this evening at 6:30 p.m.  In Stereo  the new, very ’60’s sounding album by Thornton and his Boxmasters, dropped last month if you want to hear what they’ve been up to of late. Advance general admission  tickets  are available for $10. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 535-6190.

Billy Bob Thornton never expected to be a movie star. His mind, he has said, was set on music. After winning a couple of Oscars for writing and acting in the 1996 film Sling Blade and going on to have a pretty decent career that included a stint as a very good Bad Santa, Thornton has found a way back to his first love with the Boxmasters. The band comes to Riverfront Park (1000 Jefferson St.) for Cheers Lynchburg!, which gets rolling this evening at 6:30 p.m. In Stereo the new, very ’60’s sounding album by Thornton and his Boxmasters, dropped last month if you want to hear what they’ve been up to of late. Advance general admission tickets are available for $10. For more info, click here or call (434) 535-6190.

 Although the name of her current band is the Big Noise, Nashville veteran Wynonna Judd still performs her share of softer tunes. The group’s self-titled debut features “ Things That I Lean On ,” a quiet acoustic number, as well as the noisier and bluesier “ You Make My Heart Beat Too Fast .” They’ll be at Riverfront Park (1000 Jefferson St.) tonight for the Academy Center of the Arts’ Riverfront Park Concert Series. Josh Wolfe, a newer Nashville singer-songwriter , is the opener. Doors open at 5 p.m. General admission tickets are $11. For more info and ticketing, click  here  or call (434) 846-8499.

Although the name of her current band is the Big Noise, Nashville veteran Wynonna Judd still performs her share of softer tunes. The group’s self-titled debut features “Things That I Lean On,” a quiet acoustic number, as well as the noisier and bluesier “You Make My Heart Beat Too Fast.” They’ll be at Riverfront Park (1000 Jefferson St.) tonight for the Academy Center of the Arts’ Riverfront Park Concert Series. Josh Wolfe, a newer Nashville singer-songwriter , is the opener. Doors open at 5 p.m. General admission tickets are $11. For more info and ticketing, click here or call (434) 846-8499.

 Cocktails generally finish harder than they start. But at the Poptails event hosted by Lazy Days Winery (1351 Amherst Hwy.), they should get sweeter as they’re sipped or slurped. Apparently, a poptail is what happens when you turn the Amherst County vineyard’s wines into ice pops blended with other locally sourced ingredients by Chill City Pops. They’ve got a peach wine/mango pop, a blackberry wine/lavender lemonade pop, a white wine with Mango Jalapeño pop, and a mixed berry/malbec pop. A glass of wine and a popsicle is $7.  Chill City Pops  will be on hand selling additional flavors. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 381-6088.

Cocktails generally finish harder than they start. But at the Poptails event hosted by Lazy Days Winery (1351 Amherst Hwy.), they should get sweeter as they’re sipped or slurped. Apparently, a poptail is what happens when you turn the Amherst County vineyard’s wines into ice pops blended with other locally sourced ingredients by Chill City Pops. They’ve got a peach wine/mango pop, a blackberry wine/lavender lemonade pop, a white wine with Mango Jalapeño pop, and a mixed berry/malbec pop. A glass of wine and a popsicle is $7. Chill City Pops will be on hand selling additional flavors. For more info, click here or call (434) 381-6088.

 Expect more than a few extra twinkles in the heavens tonight as the Perseid Meteor Shower nears its peak for the year. The official peak is three hours after midnight when 80 meteors per hour should shoot through the northern sky, but earlier this evening there should be plenty of chances to wish upon a shooting star from anywhere in Lynchburg. For a clearer view, drive up to the  Blue Ridge Parkway  or take a night hike to one of the region’s many mountains, such as  Mount Pleasant National Scenic Area . For more info about the Perseid, click  here .

Expect more than a few extra twinkles in the heavens tonight as the Perseid Meteor Shower nears its peak for the year. The official peak is three hours after midnight when 80 meteors per hour should shoot through the northern sky, but earlier this evening there should be plenty of chances to wish upon a shooting star from anywhere in Lynchburg. For a clearer view, drive up to the Blue Ridge Parkway or take a night hike to one of the region’s many mountains, such as Mount Pleasant National Scenic Area. For more info about the Perseid, click here.

 The local cycling community has a well-documented affinity for cruising for brews, usually of the lager and ale variety. But this evening, and every Monday through the end of the month, Blackwater Bike Shop (18869 Forest Rd.) hosts a ride with a softer brew as the reward. The 22-mile Root Beer Ride begins at the Blackwater’s Forest shop at 6 p.m. There are also ten- and 16-mile routes for those who’d prefer a shorter route. All routes lead to Monkee Joe’s (1190 Perrowville Rd.), where the root beer will be flowing. Check out the bike shop’s ride map  page  for more info about the route or click  here  or call (434) 385-7047.

The local cycling community has a well-documented affinity for cruising for brews, usually of the lager and ale variety. But this evening, and every Monday through the end of the month, Blackwater Bike Shop (18869 Forest Rd.) hosts a ride with a softer brew as the reward. The 22-mile Root Beer Ride begins at the Blackwater’s Forest shop at 6 p.m. There are also ten- and 16-mile routes for those who’d prefer a shorter route. All routes lead to Monkee Joe’s (1190 Perrowville Rd.), where the root beer will be flowing. Check out the bike shop’s ride map page for more info about the route or click here or call (434) 385-7047.

 The Marvel Universe can be a dark and serious place, as the ominous ending of  Avengers: Infinity War demonstrated earlier this year. But it can also accommodate more amusing and irreverent narratives, which is what we got when Ryan Reynolds stepped into his  Deadpool  costume for the first time in 2016. Reynolds is back as the irrepressible Wade Wilson (a/k/a Deadpool) in the aptly titled  Deadpool 2 , the second installment of the whimsical and raunchy superhero franchise. This time, Wilson’s on a quest for vengeance for the murder of his girlfriend. Julian Dennison plays Firefist, a possibly evil and certainly unhinged young mutant, and Josh Brolin steps in as the gruff time traveler Cable, who’s come back from the future to make a few minor adjustments. The film, which isn’t as suitable for younger viewers as some Marvel fare, screens daily at 6:30 and 9:15 p.m. at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.).   For info, click  here  or call (434) 845-2398.

The Marvel Universe can be a dark and serious place, as the ominous ending of Avengers: Infinity Wardemonstrated earlier this year. But it can also accommodate more amusing and irreverent narratives, which is what we got when Ryan Reynolds stepped into his Deadpool costume for the first time in 2016. Reynolds is back as the irrepressible Wade Wilson (a/k/a Deadpool) in the aptly titled Deadpool 2, the second installment of the whimsical and raunchy superhero franchise. This time, Wilson’s on a quest for vengeance for the murder of his girlfriend. Julian Dennison plays Firefist, a possibly evil and certainly unhinged young mutant, and Josh Brolin steps in as the gruff time traveler Cable, who’s come back from the future to make a few minor adjustments. The film, which isn’t as suitable for younger viewers as some Marvel fare, screens daily at 6:30 and 9:15 p.m. at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.). For info, click here or call (434) 845-2398.

 Food Truck Wednesday at Timberlake United Methodist (21649 Timberlake Rd.) is shaping up to be the largest gathering of Lynchburg food trucks this summer. The church, which hosts the roundup on its lawn, booked the Taco Wagon, Sourdough Pizza Co., Lynchburg BBQ Co., Uprooted, Hibachi Guys, Brother Jake's Brick Oven Creations, Calle Cruz, Homestead Creamery, Kona Ice, and Dem Bunz, which adds up to a whopping ten trucks ready to serve up the goods at 5 p.m. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 239-1348.

Food Truck Wednesday at Timberlake United Methodist (21649 Timberlake Rd.) is shaping up to be the largest gathering of Lynchburg food trucks this summer. The church, which hosts the roundup on its lawn, booked the Taco Wagon, Sourdough Pizza Co., Lynchburg BBQ Co., Uprooted, Hibachi Guys, Brother Jake's Brick Oven Creations, Calle Cruz, Homestead Creamery, Kona Ice, and Dem Bunz, which adds up to a whopping ten trucks ready to serve up the goods at 5 p.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 239-1348.

 We’re all just looking for love, but when you’re an eight-foot tall monster patched together out of scavenged cadaver parts, the search is a bit more difficult. In a 1935 sequel to his 1931  Frankenstein , director James Whale reanimates a partner for the monster played so famously by Boris Karloff. In addition to playing matchmaker, Dr. Frankenstein has to deal with an even madder scientist who has kidnapped Herr Frankenstein’s wife Elizabeth. The monster’s mate is played by Elsa Lanchester, who makes only a brief yet shocking appearance in this culty cult classic. Lynchburg Underground Movie Club’s Ken Faraoni, a bronze artist and movie buff, will be on hand to offer some context. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the film starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $7. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 847-7277.

We’re all just looking for love, but when you’re an eight-foot tall monster patched together out of scavenged cadaver parts, the search is a bit more difficult. In a 1935 sequel to his 1931 Frankenstein, director James Whale reanimates a partner for the monster played so famously by Boris Karloff. In addition to playing matchmaker, Dr. Frankenstein has to deal with an even madder scientist who has kidnapped Herr Frankenstein’s wife Elizabeth. The monster’s mate is played by Elsa Lanchester, who makes only a brief yet shocking appearance in this culty cult classic. Lynchburg Underground Movie Club’s Ken Faraoni, a bronze artist and movie buff, will be on hand to offer some context. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the film starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $7. For more info, click here or call (434) 847-7277.

 Hold the guacamole and forget the sriracha because it’s Salsa Night at the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.). Now that school’s back in session, the folks at Lynchburg Salsa are gearing up to teach some dancing on a weekly basis. The evening begins with an hour-long salsa lesson at 8 p.m., followed by open dancing until 11 p.m. No partner is required to attend. Cover is $5 and cash only. For more information, click  here  or email  lynchburgsalsa@gmail.com .

Hold the guacamole and forget the sriracha because it’s Salsa Night at the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.). Now that school’s back in session, the folks at Lynchburg Salsa are gearing up to teach some dancing on a weekly basis. The evening begins with an hour-long salsa lesson at 8 p.m., followed by open dancing until 11 p.m. No partner is required to attend. Cover is $5 and cash only. For more information, click here or email lynchburgsalsa@gmail.com.

 Here’s an opportunity for all the millennials out there in the Lynchburg community. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, you’re now the core of the country’s workforce, which means you’ve got to attend to business. The Young Professionals of Central Virginia is a group dedicated to offering support in that regard, mostly through old-school social networking. YPCV hosts a 5:35 networking happy hour each month at a different spot around town. Tonight, from 5:35 until 7:35 p.m., it’s at Shoemakers American Grill (1312 Commerce St.). No cover or membership is required. For more info, click  here , or contact YPCV  here or by calling (434) 845-5966.

Here’s an opportunity for all the millennials out there in the Lynchburg community. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, you’re now the core of the country’s workforce, which means you’ve got to attend to business. The Young Professionals of Central Virginia is a group dedicated to offering support in that regard, mostly through old-school social networking. YPCV hosts a 5:35 networking happy hour each month at a different spot around town. Tonight, from 5:35 until 7:35 p.m., it’s at Shoemakers American Grill (1312 Commerce St.). No cover or membership is required. For more info, click here, or contact YPCV hereor by calling (434) 845-5966.

 Born in nearby Nelson County, where he famously started playing gigs as a teenager at Rapunzel’s Coffee House, Eli Cook has emerged as one of the more reliably excellent blues guitar players currently wielding a pick. That’s high praise, but he’s proven it time and time again, on stage and in the studio. His latest album is 2017’s  High-Dollar Gospel , and he’s gearing up for several area shows, including one this evening at Fifth & Federal (801 Fifth St.). He’ll have a full band in tow when he takes the City Limits stage at 8 p.m. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 386-8113.

Born in nearby Nelson County, where he famously started playing gigs as a teenager at Rapunzel’s Coffee House, Eli Cook has emerged as one of the more reliably excellent blues guitar players currently wielding a pick. That’s high praise, but he’s proven it time and time again, on stage and in the studio. His latest album is 2017’s High-Dollar Gospel, and he’s gearing up for several area shows, including one this evening at Fifth & Federal (801 Fifth St.). He’ll have a full band in tow when he takes the City Limits stage at 8 p.m. For more information, click here or call (434) 386-8113.

 An aging Mark Hamill is minding his own business as Luke Skywalker when striking young Daisy Ridley interrupts his self-imposed exile on one of the galaxy’s more secluded islands and insists on some serious Jedi training. So begins the action and the drama in  The Last Jedi  (2017), which is technically episode eight of the interplanetary saga. Ridley play Rey, the latest member of the resistance to go up against Luke’s former pupil and nephew Kylo Ren, who’s played ably by Adam Driver. Chewbacca, R2D2, and the Millennium Falcon will all be there as  The Last Jedi  makes its Movies in the Park debut at Riverside Park (2238 Rivermont Ave.). It’s free and it starts at 8 p.m. There will be food trucks and vendors, including Kona Ice, Clarkboys Kettle Corn, Action Gyro, Upper Crust Pizza, and Hibachi Guys. Click  here  or call (434) 455-5858.

An aging Mark Hamill is minding his own business as Luke Skywalker when striking young Daisy Ridley interrupts his self-imposed exile on one of the galaxy’s more secluded islands and insists on some serious Jedi training. So begins the action and the drama in The Last Jedi (2017), which is technically episode eight of the interplanetary saga. Ridley play Rey, the latest member of the resistance to go up against Luke’s former pupil and nephew Kylo Ren, who’s played ably by Adam Driver. Chewbacca, R2D2, and the Millennium Falcon will all be there as The Last Jedi makes its Movies in the Park debut at Riverside Park (2238 Rivermont Ave.). It’s free and it starts at 8 p.m. There will be food trucks and vendors, including Kona Ice, Clarkboys Kettle Corn, Action Gyro, Upper Crust Pizza, and Hibachi Guys. Click here or call (434) 455-5858.

 Illiterate Light’s debut album isn’t out quite yet, but you can hear a preview of the grungy, guitar-driven, piano-laced single “Better Than I Used To” on Bandcamp. The alt-rock duo of Jeff Gorman and Jake Cochran, who have toured the mid-Atlantic by bicycle and worked on an organic farm in the Shenandoah Valley, come to Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) tonight. Music starts around 10:30 p.m., just before the shop switches from dinner to late-night slices. The band is scheduled to play until 12:30 a.m. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 846-2877.

Illiterate Light’s debut album isn’t out quite yet, but you can hear a preview of the grungy, guitar-driven, piano-laced single “Better Than I Used To” on Bandcamp. The alt-rock duo of Jeff Gorman and Jake Cochran, who have toured the mid-Atlantic by bicycle and worked on an organic farm in the Shenandoah Valley, come to Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) tonight. Music starts around 10:30 p.m., just before the shop switches from dinner to late-night slices. The band is scheduled to play until 12:30 a.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 846-2877.

 The thick August humidity is a sign that summer, which technically goes until September 22, is practically winding down. That’s why there are only two more days of Saturday Morning Walking Tours at Old City Cemetery (410 Taylor St.). Today and next Saturday, the public is invited to the historic cemetery and arboretum for a free, guided, 10 a.m. tour, which is a nice way to get moving before heading over to the Community Market (1219 Main St.), heading down to Jefferson Street for a stroll, or just grabbing lunch at any of downtown’s fine establishments, which now includes the newly opened Mediterranean spot Tahini’s Grill (912 Main St.), where the falafel is made to order. For more info on Old City Cemetery and the walking tours, click  here  and  here .

The thick August humidity is a sign that summer, which technically goes until September 22, is practically winding down. That’s why there are only two more days of Saturday Morning Walking Tours at Old City Cemetery (410 Taylor St.). Today and next Saturday, the public is invited to the historic cemetery and arboretum for a free, guided, 10 a.m. tour, which is a nice way to get moving before heading over to the Community Market (1219 Main St.), heading down to Jefferson Street for a stroll, or just grabbing lunch at any of downtown’s fine establishments, which now includes the newly opened Mediterranean spot Tahini’s Grill (912 Main St.), where the falafel is made to order. For more info on Old City Cemetery and the walking tours, click here and here.

 The best little guitar shop in Madison Heights may also be the only little guitar shop in Madison Heights, but it’s also a big enough little guitar shop to accommodate an all-day, multi-bands Palooza of its own. My Guitar Shop (4529 S. Amherst Hwy.) celebrates its fifth anniversary with an outdoor music festival in the parking lot in front the store. It gets underway at 1 p.m. with a set by Dan Station & Bluegrass Connection, followed by Swirl at 2 p.m., the Super Dudes at 3 p.m., Puh-Pow at 4 p.m., Diversion at 5 p.m., and Tony Camm & The Funk All Stars at 6 p.m. The event is free with part of the proceeds collected through any bouncy houses or raffles that might be part of the action going to the Children’s Miracle Network. Click  here  or call (434) 534-7110 for more info.

The best little guitar shop in Madison Heights may also be the only little guitar shop in Madison Heights, but it’s also a big enough little guitar shop to accommodate an all-day, multi-bands Palooza of its own. My Guitar Shop (4529 S. Amherst Hwy.) celebrates its fifth anniversary with an outdoor music festival in the parking lot in front the store. It gets underway at 1 p.m. with a set by Dan Station & Bluegrass Connection, followed by Swirl at 2 p.m., the Super Dudes at 3 p.m., Puh-Pow at 4 p.m., Diversion at 5 p.m., and Tony Camm & The Funk All Stars at 6 p.m. The event is free with part of the proceeds collected through any bouncy houses or raffles that might be part of the action going to the Children’s Miracle Network. Click here or call (434) 534-7110 for more info.

 If you’ve ever noticed a randomly placed painted rock in your forays around town, there’s a good chance it’s there for a purpose. The members of Lynchburg Rocks can explain. The group are something of an artsy gaming club who enjoy the great outdoors. They network on Facebook, paint and otherwise decorate rocks, hide those rocks around town, and hunt for them. It's that simple, and that sublime. The group will do some real-world social networking with a little rock painting thrown in for good measure this afternoon from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. at the White Hart Cafe (1208 Main St.). Bring a rock, grab a hot or cold beverage, and the White Hart will provide the paint free of charge. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 207-5600.

If you’ve ever noticed a randomly placed painted rock in your forays around town, there’s a good chance it’s there for a purpose. The members of Lynchburg Rocks can explain. The group are something of an artsy gaming club who enjoy the great outdoors. They network on Facebook, paint and otherwise decorate rocks, hide those rocks around town, and hunt for them. It's that simple, and that sublime. The group will do some real-world social networking with a little rock painting thrown in for good measure this afternoon from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. at the White Hart Cafe (1208 Main St.). Bring a rock, grab a hot or cold beverage, and the White Hart will provide the paint free of charge. For more information, click here or call (434) 207-5600.

 The latest Spike Lee joint is just a week old, but its genesis dates back to 1972, when a black police officer pulled off a major investigative coup by going undercover as a member of the Colorado Springs chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan wasn’t accepting many black members at the time, so detective Ron Stallworth had to prevail on a Grand Wizard named David Duke to lend a hand. Stallworth published a book about his experiences in 2014, and Lee adapted it for the big screen. John David Washington takes on the role of Stallworth, and Adam Driver is Flip Zimmerman, a Jewish detective who helped infiltrate the Klan. It’s one of those stories you’d never believe if it weren’t true, and it screens at River Ridge Stadium (3411 Candlers Mountain Rd.) all week. Click  here  or call (844) 462-7342 ext. 4045 for more information, including showtimes.

The latest Spike Lee joint is just a week old, but its genesis dates back to 1972, when a black police officer pulled off a major investigative coup by going undercover as a member of the Colorado Springs chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan wasn’t accepting many black members at the time, so detective Ron Stallworth had to prevail on a Grand Wizard named David Duke to lend a hand. Stallworth published a book about his experiences in 2014, and Lee adapted it for the big screen. John David Washington takes on the role of Stallworth, and Adam Driver is Flip Zimmerman, a Jewish detective who helped infiltrate the Klan. It’s one of those stories you’d never believe if it weren’t true, and it screens at River Ridge Stadium (3411 Candlers Mountain Rd.) all week. Click here or call (844) 462-7342 ext. 4045 for more information, including showtimes.

 We can’t all live a life of ease. We won’t all have all we need. And we can’t all, as the Beatles sang, live in a yellow submarine. But we can all play trivia – just not all at the same time. Tonight there’s trivia at a sandwich shop named for the Fab Four song that spawned the animated film in which a fictional fellow by the name of Jeremy Hilary Boob PhD is serenaded with one of the saddest songs about sadness in the Beatles repertoire, “Nowhere Man.” John wrote and sang it, with Paul and George adding harmonies, and the track appeared on side one of the 1965 album  Rubber Soul . Now, there’s some trivia for you. And here’s some more: it may sound like John, Paul, George, and Ringo voicing the dialogue in the film, but it’s not… Tonight and every Wednesday, Yellow Submarine (3313 Old Forest Rd.) hosts trivia night with eight revolving categories and three rounds. Buckets of beer are $9.99, which seems like a deal. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 385-5357.

We can’t all live a life of ease. We won’t all have all we need. And we can’t all, as the Beatles sang, live in a yellow submarine. But we can all play trivia – just not all at the same time. Tonight there’s trivia at a sandwich shop named for the Fab Four song that spawned the animated film in which a fictional fellow by the name of Jeremy Hilary Boob PhD is serenaded with one of the saddest songs about sadness in the Beatles repertoire, “Nowhere Man.” John wrote and sang it, with Paul and George adding harmonies, and the track appeared on side one of the 1965 album Rubber Soul. Now, there’s some trivia for you. And here’s some more: it may sound like John, Paul, George, and Ringo voicing the dialogue in the film, but it’s not… Tonight and every Wednesday, Yellow Submarine (3313 Old Forest Rd.) hosts trivia night with eight revolving categories and three rounds. Buckets of beer are $9.99, which seems like a deal. For more info, click here or call (434) 385-5357.

 Fronted by singer-songwriter Shannon Söderlund, a bassist who grew up in Tacoma and made her way to the NYC borough of Queens to play music, Punch the Sun are an indie-rock foursome featuring Söderlund’s husband on guitar, drummer Campbell Youngblood-Peterson, and backing vocalist Pamela Vachon. They’re all making their way down to Lynchburg for a show this evening at the White Hart Café (1208 Main St) that’ll include performances by Chelsey Coy of the intriguingly named band Single Girl, Married Girl, and the NYC-based singer-songwriters Leslie Barth and Chuck Ramsey. The music starts at 7 p.m. Call (434) 207-5600 or click  here  for more info.

Fronted by singer-songwriter Shannon Söderlund, a bassist who grew up in Tacoma and made her way to the NYC borough of Queens to play music, Punch the Sun are an indie-rock foursome featuring Söderlund’s husband on guitar, drummer Campbell Youngblood-Peterson, and backing vocalist Pamela Vachon. They’re all making their way down to Lynchburg for a show this evening at the White Hart Café (1208 Main St) that’ll include performances by Chelsey Coy of the intriguingly named band Single Girl, Married Girl, and the NYC-based singer-songwriters Leslie Barth and Chuck Ramsey. The music starts at 7 p.m. Call (434) 207-5600 or click here for more info.

 It’s not too late to make plans for the annual LOCK’N music festival at the Infinity Downs & Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA, a four-day festival that begins today. A limited number of single-day tickets and three- and four-day festival passes are still available through the  Lockn’ website , as are car and forest camping passes. The line-up leans heavily toward the jammier side of the rock spectrum, with the Grateful Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and their Dead & Company featuring John Mayer on guitar setting the tone at the top of the bill in the coveted Saturday and Sunday headlining spots. The four-day event, which runs through Sunday, also features such artists as Sheryl Crow, Blues Traveler, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Toots & the Maytals, and the local group Firecracker Jam. Today you can catch Firecracker Jam at 5 p.m., and Umphry’s McGee will close out the evening with a 9:45 p.m. set. For a complete schedule, click  here .

It’s not too late to make plans for the annual LOCK’N music festival at the Infinity Downs & Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA, a four-day festival that begins today. A limited number of single-day tickets and three- and four-day festival passes are still available through the Lockn’ website, as are car and forest camping passes. The line-up leans heavily toward the jammier side of the rock spectrum, with the Grateful Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and their Dead & Company featuring John Mayer on guitar setting the tone at the top of the bill in the coveted Saturday and Sunday headlining spots. The four-day event, which runs through Sunday, also features such artists as Sheryl Crow, Blues Traveler, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Toots & the Maytals, and the local group Firecracker Jam. Today you can catch Firecracker Jam at 5 p.m., and Umphry’s McGee will close out the evening with a 9:45 p.m. set. For a complete schedule, click here.

 Lynchburg Salsa has gotten back into a regular groove, which means lessons and dancing most Thursdays at the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.). Tonight they’ve got something of a multi-island mash-up planned, as the Cuban- and Puerto Rican-inflected sounds of salsa music meet the colorful stylings of a Hawaiian luau. We’re guessing that means tropical shirts and maybe a few grass skirts. As always, the evening starts with a group lesson for beginners at 8 p.m. followed by open dancing from 9 to 11 p.m. No partners required. Cover is a cash-only $5. For more information, click  here  or email  lynchburgsalsa@gmail.com .

Lynchburg Salsa has gotten back into a regular groove, which means lessons and dancing most Thursdays at the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.). Tonight they’ve got something of a multi-island mash-up planned, as the Cuban- and Puerto Rican-inflected sounds of salsa music meet the colorful stylings of a Hawaiian luau. We’re guessing that means tropical shirts and maybe a few grass skirts. As always, the evening starts with a group lesson for beginners at 8 p.m. followed by open dancing from 9 to 11 p.m. No partners required. Cover is a cash-only $5. For more information, click here or email lynchburgsalsa@gmail.com.

 Local band Firecracker Jam rocked their way into the Lockn’ music festival ahead of this  weekend’s four-day jam band extravaganza. But another Virginia musical contest is gearing up at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.), where a handful of acts will compete in the Battle for the Blue Ridge Rock Festival this evening. The winner will get to play on the main stage at the  Blue Ridge Rock Festival , a Labor Day weekend hard-rock and metal extravaganza that invades Devault Vineyards in Concord from September 1 through 3. BoughtxBlood, Mourn The Illusion, Uncle Buck, Vegan Llamas, Ethic, Contending, Two Sides of Me, and Dead Era are tonight’s competitors. Doors are at 6 for the 7 p.m. battle. Click  here  or call (434) 846-3206 for more info.

Local band Firecracker Jam rocked their way into the Lockn’ music festival ahead of this  weekend’s four-day jam band extravaganza. But another Virginia musical contest is gearing up at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.), where a handful of acts will compete in the Battle for the Blue Ridge Rock Festival this evening. The winner will get to play on the main stage at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival, a Labor Day weekend hard-rock and metal extravaganza that invades Devault Vineyards in Concord from September 1 through 3. BoughtxBlood, Mourn The Illusion, Uncle Buck, Vegan Llamas, Ethic, Contending, Two Sides of Me, and Dead Era are tonight’s competitors. Doors are at 6 for the 7 p.m. battle. Click here or call (434) 846-3206 for more info.

 A full moon in August is often referred to as a Sturgeon Moon, a Green Corn Moon, or a Grain Moon, depending on the part of the country. According to the good folks at NASA, the moon won’t be at full-Sturgeon until Sunday, but it’ll be in its Waxing Gibbous phase these evening, which means it’ll look pretty full as local cyclists alight for a Glow Ride at Percival’s Island (1600 Concord Turnpike). Participants are invited to wear bright colors and deck out their bikes with glow sticks and lights. A prize will go to the cyclist with the most festive bike. Participants should register in advance  here . The ride gets underway at 8 p.m. with Lynchburg Parks & Rec leading a six-mile out-and-back ride on the Riverwalk. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 455-5858.

A full moon in August is often referred to as a Sturgeon Moon, a Green Corn Moon, or a Grain Moon, depending on the part of the country. According to the good folks at NASA, the moon won’t be at full-Sturgeon until Sunday, but it’ll be in its Waxing Gibbous phase these evening, which means it’ll look pretty full as local cyclists alight for a Glow Ride at Percival’s Island (1600 Concord Turnpike). Participants are invited to wear bright colors and deck out their bikes with glow sticks and lights. A prize will go to the cyclist with the most festive bike. Participants should register in advance here. The ride gets underway at 8 p.m. with Lynchburg Parks & Rec leading a six-mile out-and-back ride on the Riverwalk. For more info, click here or call (434) 455-5858.

 We’re told that a drop-in yoga session usually costs a minimum of $10, and we know for a fact that a decent pint of ale, lager, or stout is generally at least $5. That makes today’s pre-lunch Down Dog combo platter a pretty good deal. The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) hosts a yoga class led by the able instructors at Yoga Goodness that comes with a pint of one’s choice for just $12. The session, which can accommodate beginners and seasoned stretchers, is meant to be relaxing and restorative. The yoga commences at 11:30 a.m., after which you can order lunch off the Water Dog  menu  or just be on your merry way. Click  here  or call (434) 333-4681 for more info.    

We’re told that a drop-in yoga session usually costs a minimum of $10, and we know for a fact that a decent pint of ale, lager, or stout is generally at least $5. That makes today’s pre-lunch Down Dog combo platter a pretty good deal. The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) hosts a yoga class led by the able instructors at Yoga Goodness that comes with a pint of one’s choice for just $12. The session, which can accommodate beginners and seasoned stretchers, is meant to be relaxing and restorative. The yoga commences at 11:30 a.m., after which you can order lunch off the Water Dog menu or just be on your merry way. Click here or call (434) 333-4681 for more info.    

 The CityArts Mosaic Mural at Amazement Square (27 9th St.) should make for an appropriately colorful backdrop to the frenzy of artful creativity and creative artfulness that descends on the adjacent parking lot for the 4th Annual Riverfront Chalk Festival and Art Contest. Artists of all ages and abilities are invited to create chalk art inspired by this year’s theme: “Be Inspired.” There are rules for this event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and guidelines for participating and registering, which are posted on the  Amazement Square website . For more info, click  here  or call (434) 845-1888.

The CityArts Mosaic Mural at Amazement Square (27 9th St.) should make for an appropriately colorful backdrop to the frenzy of artful creativity and creative artfulness that descends on the adjacent parking lot for the 4th Annual Riverfront Chalk Festival and Art Contest. Artists of all ages and abilities are invited to create chalk art inspired by this year’s theme: “Be Inspired.” There are rules for this event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and guidelines for participating and registering, which are posted on the Amazement Square website. For more info, click here or call (434) 845-1888.

 In  The Godfather , Michael Corleone is sent into exile in Sicily after he famously leaves the gun and takes the cannoli. What better place to go into hiding after you have assassinated a NYPD captain than this isolated Mediterranean island, known for its Byzantine mosaics, Greek temples, and active volcanoes? Magnolia Foods (2476 Rivermont Ave.) explores yet another feature of Italy’s southernmost region - the reds, whites, and rosés – with a seated, Saturday evening wine tasting. Patrons will be treated to at least nine Sicilian and Southern Italian wines paired with charcuterie boards from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and reservations are required. Call (434) 528-5442 or click  here  for more info.

In The Godfather, Michael Corleone is sent into exile in Sicily after he famously leaves the gun and takes the cannoli. What better place to go into hiding after you have assassinated a NYPD captain than this isolated Mediterranean island, known for its Byzantine mosaics, Greek temples, and active volcanoes? Magnolia Foods (2476 Rivermont Ave.) explores yet another feature of Italy’s southernmost region - the reds, whites, and rosés – with a seated, Saturday evening wine tasting. Patrons will be treated to at least nine Sicilian and Southern Italian wines paired with charcuterie boards from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and reservations are required. Call (434) 528-5442 or click here for more info.

 For Harlem Renaissance-era poet and civil rights leader Anne Spencer, home was a reasonably peaceful, carefully cultivated garden at her residence in Lynchburg, an historic site now known as the Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum (1313 Pierce St.). But “home” can be a state of mind, a place to sleep, or just another four-letter word. In other words, everyone has their own conception of home, which is precisely the premise of the spoken-word open mic staged by the local group the Listening this evening from 7-9 p.m. Sign up to read a poem, spin a yarn, share an insight, or string a few sentences about home together, or just listen to the Listening. There’s a cover of $5 for the 6:45 p.m. even. Click  here  for info, or call the Anne Spencer House at (434) 845-1313.

For Harlem Renaissance-era poet and civil rights leader Anne Spencer, home was a reasonably peaceful, carefully cultivated garden at her residence in Lynchburg, an historic site now known as the Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum (1313 Pierce St.). But “home” can be a state of mind, a place to sleep, or just another four-letter word. In other words, everyone has their own conception of home, which is precisely the premise of the spoken-word open mic staged by the local group the Listening this evening from 7-9 p.m. Sign up to read a poem, spin a yarn, share an insight, or string a few sentences about home together, or just listen to the Listening. There’s a cover of $5 for the 6:45 p.m. even. Click here for info, or call the Anne Spencer House at (434) 845-1313.

 All Hallows’ Eve is always less than twelve months away. That’s a mathematical fact. And this time of year, it’s practically around the corner. But as far as the Lynchburg Gothic League is concerned, Halloween is as much a state of mind as it is a date on the calendar. They make that point every now and again by conjuring the darker spirits of Halloween at Fifth & Federal (801 Fifth St.) and summoning the sounds of ’80s goth, dark-wave, punk, and synth-rock. This month’s "Everyday is Halloween: The Dark Side of the 80's" party features Lynchburg Tribal performing a “selection of belly dances” and DJs Undertaker, Death Flower, and Thantos. It’s free; click  here  or call (434) 665-2204 for more info.

All Hallows’ Eve is always less than twelve months away. That’s a mathematical fact. And this time of year, it’s practically around the corner. But as far as the Lynchburg Gothic League is concerned, Halloween is as much a state of mind as it is a date on the calendar. They make that point every now and again by conjuring the darker spirits of Halloween at Fifth & Federal (801 Fifth St.) and summoning the sounds of ’80s goth, dark-wave, punk, and synth-rock. This month’s "Everyday is Halloween: The Dark Side of the 80's" party features Lynchburg Tribal performing a “selection of belly dances” and DJs Undertaker, Death Flower, and Thantos. It’s free; click here or call (434) 665-2204 for more info.

 The Lynchburg Diversity Center, which is located downtown in suite 201 of the Riverviews Artspace building (901 Jefferson St.), does some seriously good work, including raising awareness about and maintaining a place for the local LGBTQ+ community and those who support it. But the LDC also likes to have some fun, which is what’s on the agenda this evening at Dish (1120 Main St). The Diversity Center’s Summer Bash Drag Disco will feature regional drag stars Amazon Rome, Cherry Poppins, and Kristy Kreme, as well as a male performer who goes by the name of Jackson Prince. There will be dancing, disco-ing, drinking, and socializing from 8 p.m. until midnight. The $8 cover goes toward maintaining the LDC. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 515-1143.

The Lynchburg Diversity Center, which is located downtown in suite 201 of the Riverviews Artspace building (901 Jefferson St.), does some seriously good work, including raising awareness about and maintaining a place for the local LGBTQ+ community and those who support it. But the LDC also likes to have some fun, which is what’s on the agenda this evening at Dish (1120 Main St). The Diversity Center’s Summer Bash Drag Disco will feature regional drag stars Amazon Rome, Cherry Poppins, and Kristy Kreme, as well as a male performer who goes by the name of Jackson Prince. There will be dancing, disco-ing, drinking, and socializing from 8 p.m. until midnight. The $8 cover goes toward maintaining the LDC. For more info, click here or call (434) 515-1143.

 The White Hart Café (1208 Main St.) has been putting some effort into beefing up its evening entertainment regimen since the café changed hands a little while back. On Thursdays they’ve got a weekly Dungeons & Dragons night, every other Sunday afternoon they’ve been hosting a Lynchburg Rocks rock painting session, and now they’ve got a weekly Tuesday trivia night. Local smart guy Aaron Borsay hosts the competition this evening and is promising categories that include Grimms’ fairytales, US wars, and controversial films. The brain games get underway at 7:30 p.m. For more info, click  here or call (434) 207-5600.

The White Hart Café (1208 Main St.) has been putting some effort into beefing up its evening entertainment regimen since the café changed hands a little while back. On Thursdays they’ve got a weekly Dungeons & Dragons night, every other Sunday afternoon they’ve been hosting a Lynchburg Rocks rock painting session, and now they’ve got a weekly Tuesday trivia night. Local smart guy Aaron Borsay hosts the competition this evening and is promising categories that include Grimms’ fairytales, US wars, and controversial films. The brain games get underway at 7:30 p.m. For more info, click hereor call (434) 207-5600.

 There’s rye bread, which is the perfect platform for a Reuben, and there’s rye whiskey, which is typically drier than bourbon and an ideal base for a Manhattan, an Old Fashioned, or a Whiskey Sour. The craft distillers at Utah’s High West Distillery make a double rye that they tout as the “spiciest rye whiskey in the world,” as well as a straight rye that we’re going to assume is slightly less spicy. The double rye will be in the spotlight this evening for the weekly Whiskey Wednesday tasting at Fifth and Federal (801 Fifth St.) starting at 6 p.m. The bar at Fifth and Federal stocks dozens of American whiskeys made with rye, corn, wheat, and barley, and has a  dinner menu  that features burgers, barbecue, and artisanal bacon. Click  here  or call (434) 386-8113 for more info.

There’s rye bread, which is the perfect platform for a Reuben, and there’s rye whiskey, which is typically drier than bourbon and an ideal base for a Manhattan, an Old Fashioned, or a Whiskey Sour. The craft distillers at Utah’s High West Distillery make a double rye that they tout as the “spiciest rye whiskey in the world,” as well as a straight rye that we’re going to assume is slightly less spicy. The double rye will be in the spotlight this evening for the weekly Whiskey Wednesday tasting at Fifth and Federal (801 Fifth St.) starting at 6 p.m. The bar at Fifth and Federal stocks dozens of American whiskeys made with rye, corn, wheat, and barley, and has a dinner menu that features burgers, barbecue, and artisanal bacon. Click here or call (434) 386-8113 for more info.

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 The baristas are working overtime today at 5th St. Grind (710 Fifth St.), the independent neighborhood café just a few doors down from the Federal Street roundabout. On most Wednesdays they close up shop by 4 p.m. This evening they’ll be up and running from 7 until 9 p.m. for a Back Deck concert by local singer-guitarist Emily Brophy. In addition to giving area musicians yet another spot to hone their craft, here are a couple of other nice things about 5th Street Grind: Thai iced coffee; pumpkin muffins (when they have them); perhaps the best espresso pull in town; and some very cool and purchasable art by local folks on the walls. The Back Deck concerts, which have been a weekly thing, are free. Call (434) 386-8952 or click  here  for more info.

The baristas are working overtime today at 5th St. Grind (710 Fifth St.), the independent neighborhood café just a few doors down from the Federal Street roundabout. On most Wednesdays they close up shop by 4 p.m. This evening they’ll be up and running from 7 until 9 p.m. for a Back Deck concert by local singer-guitarist Emily Brophy. In addition to giving area musicians yet another spot to hone their craft, here are a couple of other nice things about 5th Street Grind: Thai iced coffee; pumpkin muffins (when they have them); perhaps the best espresso pull in town; and some very cool and purchasable art by local folks on the walls. The Back Deck concerts, which have been a weekly thing, are free. Call (434) 386-8952 or click here for more info.

 The food by chef Shawn Merrow is usually reason enough for us to recommend dining out at Grey’s (512 5th St.). There’s the shrimp and grits, the smoked trout cakes, the half-rack of ribs, and, yes, a chicken-fried cauliflower steak type thing that’s just something you have to try. Plus, they’ve typically got some interesting small plates and specials up on the board. This evening, however, is a little bit special in that Grey’s will be donating 10% of their dinner sales to the Miller Home for Girls, a non-profit organization that provides guidance, support, and a place to live for girls and young women who cannot live with their own families. Dinner service runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Call (434) 616-4939 or click  here  for more info.

The food by chef Shawn Merrow is usually reason enough for us to recommend dining out at Grey’s (512 5th St.). There’s the shrimp and grits, the smoked trout cakes, the half-rack of ribs, and, yes, a chicken-fried cauliflower steak type thing that’s just something you have to try. Plus, they’ve typically got some interesting small plates and specials up on the board. This evening, however, is a little bit special in that Grey’s will be donating 10% of their dinner sales to the Miller Home for Girls, a non-profit organization that provides guidance, support, and a place to live for girls and young women who cannot live with their own families. Dinner service runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Call (434) 616-4939 or click here for more info.

 We can’t tell you a whole lot about the Bacchus Theatre Group, mostly because they’re quite a new addition to the local arts scene. Earlier this summer they performed several one-act plays in Old City Cemetery, which came off quite well. Two of those one-acts were by 20th-century playwright Tennessee Williams, who also happens to be the author of Bacchus’ second major production.  The Glass Menagerie  is the play that catapulted Williams into the limelight when it opened on Broadway in 1945. It’s a play about memory, family, and a little glass unicorn. The Bacchus production takes over the Aviary at Miller Park (301 Grove St.) for three evening performances, August 30 through September 1, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15; click  here  for tickets and info. 

We can’t tell you a whole lot about the Bacchus Theatre Group, mostly because they’re quite a new addition to the local arts scene. Earlier this summer they performed several one-act plays in Old City Cemetery, which came off quite well. Two of those one-acts were by 20th-century playwright Tennessee Williams, who also happens to be the author of Bacchus’ second major production. The Glass Menagerie is the play that catapulted Williams into the limelight when it opened on Broadway in 1945. It’s a play about memory, family, and a little glass unicorn. The Bacchus production takes over the Aviary at Miller Park (301 Grove St.) for three evening performances, August 30 through September 1, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15; click here for tickets and info. 

 When Dublin-born musician John Doyle says he’s playing with some “friends,” what he means is that he’s likely to be joined by some of the best Irish musicians on the planet. Doyle, a former member of the American Celtic folk powerhouse Solas and a current member of the Irish group Usher’s Island, tends to travel in good company. He’s worked with Joan Baez, played guitar for Mary Chapin Carpenter, and performed for then President Obama and the entire US Congress at a 2009 St. Patrick’s Day luncheon at the Capitol Building, which you can watch  here . Tonight he’ll be out in Lexington at the Lime Kiln Theatre (607 Borden Rd.), an outdoor stage set in an old quarry. His fellow quarrymen this evening will be fiddler Oisín McAuley of the Irish group Danú and Solas accordionist Mick McAuley. Doyle and friends will take the stage at 8 p.m., with doors at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Click  here  for tickets and info.

When Dublin-born musician John Doyle says he’s playing with some “friends,” what he means is that he’s likely to be joined by some of the best Irish musicians on the planet. Doyle, a former member of the American Celtic folk powerhouse Solas and a current member of the Irish group Usher’s Island, tends to travel in good company. He’s worked with Joan Baez, played guitar for Mary Chapin Carpenter, and performed for then President Obama and the entire US Congress at a 2009 St. Patrick’s Day luncheon at the Capitol Building, which you can watch here. Tonight he’ll be out in Lexington at the Lime Kiln Theatre (607 Borden Rd.), an outdoor stage set in an old quarry. His fellow quarrymen this evening will be fiddler Oisín McAuley of the Irish group Danú and Solas accordionist Mick McAuley. Doyle and friends will take the stage at 8 p.m., with doors at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Click here for tickets and info.

 The Charlottesville music scene tends to be best known as an incubator for retro-rootsy, string bandy outfits like the Hackensaw Boys and Old Crow Medicine Show (who actually got their start in Harrisonburg), and for a dude named Dave Matthews, who bartended at Miller’s way back when. But C-ville has a pretty solid indie/alternative-rock scene as well, which will be on display tonight at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.), as Breakers and Astronomers team up on a post-punk double bill. Check out the Breakers’ digital album  In Search of an Exit   here , and the latest Astronomers music  here . Tonight’s show should get underway around 11 p.m., with a $3 cover at the door. Click  here  or call (434) 846-2877 for more info.

The Charlottesville music scene tends to be best known as an incubator for retro-rootsy, string bandy outfits like the Hackensaw Boys and Old Crow Medicine Show (who actually got their start in Harrisonburg), and for a dude named Dave Matthews, who bartended at Miller’s way back when. But C-ville has a pretty solid indie/alternative-rock scene as well, which will be on display tonight at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.), as Breakers and Astronomers team up on a post-punk double bill. Check out the Breakers’ digital album In Search of an Exit here, and the latest Astronomers music here. Tonight’s show should get underway around 11 p.m., with a $3 cover at the door. Click here or call (434) 846-2877 for more info.