October 2018

It’s October, which means Halloween season has begun. To help usher in the one of the more playfully scary holidays on the fall calendar, Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) is presenting a month-long Fright Fest, featuring five classic horror flicks, including this week’s pick, the playfully scary  Shaun of the Dead  (2004). Six years before the frightfully fleet zombies who populate  The Walking Dead  emerged, Simon Pegg found himself caught up in a somewhat comical zombie apocalypse as Shaun Riley, a rudderless Londoner with a bad job in sales and a less-than-enthusiastic girlfriend. The film became something of an instant cult classic and the first installment in a big-screen trilogy of films that paired Pegg with director Edgar Wright. Venue will be screening the film through Thursday. For screening times and more info, click  here  or call (434) 845-2398.

It’s October, which means Halloween season has begun. To help usher in the one of the more playfully scary holidays on the fall calendar, Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) is presenting a month-long Fright Fest, featuring five classic horror flicks, including this week’s pick, the playfully scary Shaun of the Dead (2004). Six years before the frightfully fleet zombies who populate The Walking Dead emerged, Simon Pegg found himself caught up in a somewhat comical zombie apocalypse as Shaun Riley, a rudderless Londoner with a bad job in sales and a less-than-enthusiastic girlfriend. The film became something of an instant cult classic and the first installment in a big-screen trilogy of films that paired Pegg with director Edgar Wright. Venue will be screening the film through Thursday. For screening times and more info, click here or call (434) 845-2398.

For a poetic and maybe even tragic example of art imitating life, you don’t have to look much further than the opening scenes of  Downtown 81  (2000), a film that stars Jean-Michel Basquiat as the down-and-out artist that he really was at the time. Last year, one of Basquiat’s 1982 paintings fetched a record high price for a piece of American art at auction (over $100 million). But in 1981, the year this film was shot, Basquiat was just scraping by as a relatively unknown member of NYC’s gritty downtown art scene. Basquiat is essentially homeless in the film — which wasn’t released until 12 years after his 1988 death — much as he was for real at the time. The film screens for free at 7 p.m. at the Maier Museum (1 Quinlan St.) as part of the exhibit “Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat.” Click  here  or call (434) 947-8136 for more info.

For a poetic and maybe even tragic example of art imitating life, you don’t have to look much further than the opening scenes of Downtown 81 (2000), a film that stars Jean-Michel Basquiat as the down-and-out artist that he really was at the time. Last year, one of Basquiat’s 1982 paintings fetched a record high price for a piece of American art at auction (over $100 million). But in 1981, the year this film was shot, Basquiat was just scraping by as a relatively unknown member of NYC’s gritty downtown art scene. Basquiat is essentially homeless in the film — which wasn’t released until 12 years after his 1988 death — much as he was for real at the time. The film screens for free at 7 p.m. at the Maier Museum (1 Quinlan St.) as part of the exhibit “Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat.” Click here or call (434) 947-8136 for more info.

The Lynchburg Fencing Center, the Macallan distillery, and Fifth and Federal (801 Fifth Street) have teamed up to offer a rather unusual dinner pairing: swords and scotch. The swords in question are of the foil, épée, and sabre variety, which means they are used for sport. The scotch comes from the Macallan distillery in Craigellachie, and the multi-course, whiskey-paired dinner will be prepared by the fine chefs at Fifth and Federal. The event gets underway at 7 p.m. with an brief introduction to the art of fencing, and it does require reservations. Dinner tickets are $30; tickets for dinner plus Macallan pairings are $50 per person and include a taste of the distillery’s 10-year, 12-year, 12-year double cask, and 15-year whiskeys. Click  here  or call (434) 386-8116.

The Lynchburg Fencing Center, the Macallan distillery, and Fifth and Federal (801 Fifth Street) have teamed up to offer a rather unusual dinner pairing: swords and scotch. The swords in question are of the foil, épée, and sabre variety, which means they are used for sport. The scotch comes from the Macallan distillery in Craigellachie, and the multi-course, whiskey-paired dinner will be prepared by the fine chefs at Fifth and Federal. The event gets underway at 7 p.m. with an brief introduction to the art of fencing, and it does require reservations. Dinner tickets are $30; tickets for dinner plus Macallan pairings are $50 per person and include a taste of the distillery’s 10-year, 12-year, 12-year double cask, and 15-year whiskeys. Click here or call (434) 386-8116.

Mrs. Joy’s Absolutely Fabulous Treats (1008 Commerce St.) is good place to find exceptionally good and even fabulous baked, frosted, and even painted sweets five days a week (Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.), thanks to the exceptional culinary skills of Tarsha Joyner, a two-time competitor in and one-time champion of the Food Network’s  Christmas Cookie Challenge  show. This evening at 6:30 p.m., it’ll also be a good place to experience some honest talk orchestrated by blogger Lauren Hope. She’s the creator of  Good Girl Chronicles , a website devoted to straight talk about difficult subjects, including suicide prevention. Good Girl Chronicles takes over Mrs. Joy’s for two hours of open mic-style storytelling that you can find out more about by clicking  here . It’s free, but donations for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will be collected in advance of an Out of the Darkness Community Walk being held this Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at Riverfront Park (1100 Jefferson St.). For more info and to register for the walk, click  here .

Mrs. Joy’s Absolutely Fabulous Treats (1008 Commerce St.) is good place to find exceptionally good and even fabulous baked, frosted, and even painted sweets five days a week (Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.), thanks to the exceptional culinary skills of Tarsha Joyner, a two-time competitor in and one-time champion of the Food Network’s Christmas Cookie Challenge show. This evening at 6:30 p.m., it’ll also be a good place to experience some honest talk orchestrated by blogger Lauren Hope. She’s the creator of Good Girl Chronicles, a website devoted to straight talk about difficult subjects, including suicide prevention. Good Girl Chronicles takes over Mrs. Joy’s for two hours of open mic-style storytelling that you can find out more about by clicking here. It’s free, but donations for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will be collected in advance of an Out of the Darkness Community Walk being held this Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at Riverfront Park (1100 Jefferson St.). For more info and to register for the walk, click here.

It’s going to be a little bit rootsy and rather bluegrassy all weekend at Infinity Downs Farm (1500 Diggs Mountain Rd.) in Arrington, as the ninth annual Festy Experience brings nearly two dozen performers and lots of other outdoor activities to the 387-acre property that’s also the annual home of the Lock’n festival. On the bill today, starting at 12:30 p.m., they’ve got Tara Mills & Jimmy Stelling, Hackensaw Boys, the Lil Smokes, Sons of Bill, Fruition, and Greensky Bluegrass. Tomorrow they’ve got the Sam Bush Band, Gillian Welch, and a whole lot more. And Sunday’s big names include Ricky Skaggs and Railroad Earth. For a complete line-up, click  here . Gates for the Festy, which includes craft beer vendors, food trucks, family activities, camping, and (we love this word) glamping open at noon today and tickets are $56 per day or $166 for a three-day pass. Click  here  for tickets and more info.

It’s going to be a little bit rootsy and rather bluegrassy all weekend at Infinity Downs Farm (1500 Diggs Mountain Rd.) in Arrington, as the ninth annual Festy Experience brings nearly two dozen performers and lots of other outdoor activities to the 387-acre property that’s also the annual home of the Lock’n festival. On the bill today, starting at 12:30 p.m., they’ve got Tara Mills & Jimmy Stelling, Hackensaw Boys, the Lil Smokes, Sons of Bill, Fruition, and Greensky Bluegrass. Tomorrow they’ve got the Sam Bush Band, Gillian Welch, and a whole lot more. And Sunday’s big names include Ricky Skaggs and Railroad Earth. For a complete line-up, click here. Gates for the Festy, which includes craft beer vendors, food trucks, family activities, camping, and (we love this word) glamping open at noon today and tickets are $56 per day or $166 for a three-day pass. Click here for tickets and more info.

Every two years, the classics and theater departments at Randolph College present a traditional Greek Play in the school’s outdoor Dell (2500 Rivermont Ave.). It’s a showcase for recreating original practices of Athenian drama, which include a chorus that sings and dances and actors wearing masks, but with some contemporary twists. The dialogue and the songs are in English, and the masks are the product of 3-D printing technology. Starting today and running through the weekend, the Dell will be the dramatic setting for Euripides’  Medea , featuring Jason (of the Argonauts and Golden Fleece fame) and his wife Medea (of the kill-your-enemies fame), locked in a battle that makes Brangelina’s divorce seem tame. Performances are at 4 p.m. today, tomorrow, and Sunday. Admission is free. For more info, click  here .

Every two years, the classics and theater departments at Randolph College present a traditional Greek Play in the school’s outdoor Dell (2500 Rivermont Ave.). It’s a showcase for recreating original practices of Athenian drama, which include a chorus that sings and dances and actors wearing masks, but with some contemporary twists. The dialogue and the songs are in English, and the masks are the product of 3-D printing technology. Starting today and running through the weekend, the Dell will be the dramatic setting for Euripides’ Medea, featuring Jason (of the Argonauts and Golden Fleece fame) and his wife Medea (of the kill-your-enemies fame), locked in a battle that makes Brangelina’s divorce seem tame. Performances are at 4 p.m. today, tomorrow, and Sunday. Admission is free. For more info, click here.

The local guitar-less trio Firecracker Jam get their string power from the mandolin, which is only somewhat unusual for a band that inhabits a space somewhere between Gratefully Dead noodling and psychedelic Phishing. Tonight they’ll settle into their jammy groove at the Stoney Badger (3009 Old Forest Rd.), where they’re scheduled to play from 9 p.m. until midnight. No word yet on the cover charge, but it’s usually no more than $5 on a Friday night. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 384-3004.

The local guitar-less trio Firecracker Jam get their string power from the mandolin, which is only somewhat unusual for a band that inhabits a space somewhere between Gratefully Dead noodling and psychedelic Phishing. Tonight they’ll settle into their jammy groove at the Stoney Badger (3009 Old Forest Rd.), where they’re scheduled to play from 9 p.m. until midnight. No word yet on the cover charge, but it’s usually no more than $5 on a Friday night. For more info, click here or call (434) 384-3004.

If you’re on your way back from the Festy or just looking for a little musical sustenance within Lynchburg city limits, let us humbly and somewhat self-servingly recommend stopping by Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) for a late-night gig featuring two members of the LynchburgDoes corporate family: publisher Matt Ashare and design guru Jay Oliveira. The band are called A New Low, and let’s just say they have a sensibility that is very much in step with our times. Fronted by local writer Vic Sizemore, and propelled by E.C. Glass High School drumline leader Chris Fosnaugh, A New Low will play two sets of original songs and clever takes on classic tunes starting at 11 p.m. There’s a $3 cover, good beer on tap, and slices until closing. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 846-2877.

If you’re on your way back from the Festy or just looking for a little musical sustenance within Lynchburg city limits, let us humbly and somewhat self-servingly recommend stopping by Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) for a late-night gig featuring two members of the LynchburgDoes corporate family: publisher Matt Ashare and design guru Jay Oliveira. The band are called A New Low, and let’s just say they have a sensibility that is very much in step with our times. Fronted by local writer Vic Sizemore, and propelled by E.C. Glass High School drumline leader Chris Fosnaugh, A New Low will play two sets of original songs and clever takes on classic tunes starting at 11 p.m. There’s a $3 cover, good beer on tap, and slices until closing. For more info, click here or call (434) 846-2877.

Point of Honor (112 Cabell St.) is an historic landmark that is often the site of educational programs, exhibits, and other events curated by the Lynchburg Museum System. However, today it will be the setting for something a bit more festive. Day at the Point will feature guided tours of the Point of Honor mansion, as well as living history and musical performances, games and crafts for kids, a gaggle of food trucks, and plenty more. It’s free and open to the public from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 455-6226.

Point of Honor (112 Cabell St.) is an historic landmark that is often the site of educational programs, exhibits, and other events curated by the Lynchburg Museum System. However, today it will be the setting for something a bit more festive. Day at the Point will feature guided tours of the Point of Honor mansion, as well as living history and musical performances, games and crafts for kids, a gaggle of food trucks, and plenty more. It’s free and open to the public from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Click here for more info or call (434) 455-6226.

With autumn finally exerting some of its cooling influence, it is time for summer’s sweet bounty of tomatoes and peaches to give way to a savory array of flavors: butternut squash, cranberries, sweet potatoes, apples and cinnamon. Magnolia Foods (2476 Rivermont Ave.) welcomes the seasonal shift with a four-course, fall-themed wine dinner this evening. The cost is $69 per person (which includes tax and gratuity) and the featured wines are available for purchase. Reservations are required due to limited seating. Call (434) 528-5442 or click  here  for more information.

With autumn finally exerting some of its cooling influence, it is time for summer’s sweet bounty of tomatoes and peaches to give way to a savory array of flavors: butternut squash, cranberries, sweet potatoes, apples and cinnamon. Magnolia Foods (2476 Rivermont Ave.) welcomes the seasonal shift with a four-course, fall-themed wine dinner this evening. The cost is $69 per person (which includes tax and gratuity) and the featured wines are available for purchase. Reservations are required due to limited seating. Call (434) 528-5442 or click here for more information.

For those of you who did not manage to catch  Shaun of the Dead  at Venue Cinemas last week, there’s still time for a little pre-Halloween zombification thanks to the 8th annual Lynchburg Zombie Walk, a gathering of the undeadified that convenes this evening at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot at the Lynchburg Community Market (1219 Main St.). This is an officially sanctioned, city-approved, costumed cavalcade that will benefit the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (i.e., bring a few cans to donate) and the Lynchburg Dog Park (cash donations). It begins at 6 p.m. and ends with best-dressed-zombie awards presented at 7:30 p.m., after which Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) is hosting a zombie after-party. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 665-2204.

For those of you who did not manage to catch Shaun of the Dead at Venue Cinemas last week, there’s still time for a little pre-Halloween zombification thanks to the 8th annual Lynchburg Zombie Walk, a gathering of the undeadified that convenes this evening at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot at the Lynchburg Community Market (1219 Main St.). This is an officially sanctioned, city-approved, costumed cavalcade that will benefit the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (i.e., bring a few cans to donate) and the Lynchburg Dog Park (cash donations). It begins at 6 p.m. and ends with best-dressed-zombie awards presented at 7:30 p.m., after which Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) is hosting a zombie after-party. For more info, click here or call (434) 665-2204.

Located in Pittsylvania County, the Homeplace Vineyard (568 Rigney Cir.) is a former tobacco farm that switched over to the fruit of the vine back 2004 and has been producing Traminette, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, and Viognier varietals for the past several years. The family-owned vineyard also hosts an annual BBQ & Wine Festival that’ll be cooking from 4-9 p.m. this evening. Jerry Wilson & the Soulmasters are set to perform Motown hits; Barnyard Catering are handling the barbecue; and Danville’s Witches Brewery will assist Homeplace in providing the drinkables. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Click  here  for tickets and info, or call (434) 432-9463.

Located in Pittsylvania County, the Homeplace Vineyard (568 Rigney Cir.) is a former tobacco farm that switched over to the fruit of the vine back 2004 and has been producing Traminette, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, and Viognier varietals for the past several years. The family-owned vineyard also hosts an annual BBQ & Wine Festival that’ll be cooking from 4-9 p.m. this evening. Jerry Wilson & the Soulmasters are set to perform Motown hits; Barnyard Catering are handling the barbecue; and Danville’s Witches Brewery will assist Homeplace in providing the drinkables. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Click here for tickets and info, or call (434) 432-9463.

It’s something of a special Sunday at Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.). The downtown dinner spot is usually closed on Sundays, but this evening they’re opening for a foursome from NYC who specialize in a stylishly retro brand of ’50 rhythm & blues. Harlem River Noise feature singer-guitarist Kyle Lacy, upright bassist Cody Gibson, Boyce Griffith on tenor sax, and Steve Renko on the drums. They’re on a tour supporting their second album,  Irresponsible Days , which came out in early August. You can hear some of the album  here , and catch them at Jimmy’s tonight from 6-9 p.m. To check out the menu, click  here . For more info call (434) 845-1116.

It’s something of a special Sunday at Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.). The downtown dinner spot is usually closed on Sundays, but this evening they’re opening for a foursome from NYC who specialize in a stylishly retro brand of ’50 rhythm & blues. Harlem River Noise feature singer-guitarist Kyle Lacy, upright bassist Cody Gibson, Boyce Griffith on tenor sax, and Steve Renko on the drums. They’re on a tour supporting their second album, Irresponsible Days, which came out in early August. You can hear some of the album here, and catch them at Jimmy’s tonight from 6-9 p.m. To check out the menu, click here. For more info call (434) 845-1116.

Among the many things we’ve been pleased to learn this week is the fact that the James River Bluegrass Association is a thing. Even better, the organization is based in nearby Madison Heights, which is where they’ll be presenting an afternoon of live bluegrass music featuring the storied Virginia band Nothin’ Fancy, who are Virginia music hall of famers, Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America award winners, and the hosts of the annual Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival that takes place every September in Buena Vista. This afternoon they’ll be joined by the local band Stewed Country Grass at the Madison Heights Community Center (434 Woodys Lake Rd.) for a show that starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $13 for Bluegrass Association members. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 907-2808.

Among the many things we’ve been pleased to learn this week is the fact that the James River Bluegrass Association is a thing. Even better, the organization is based in nearby Madison Heights, which is where they’ll be presenting an afternoon of live bluegrass music featuring the storied Virginia band Nothin’ Fancy, who are Virginia music hall of famers, Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America award winners, and the hosts of the annual Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival that takes place every September in Buena Vista. This afternoon they’ll be joined by the local band Stewed Country Grass at the Madison Heights Community Center (434 Woodys Lake Rd.) for a show that starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $13 for Bluegrass Association members. For more info, click here or call (434) 907-2808.

Every year around this time the Junior League of Lynchburg sets out to raise money to support an organization or a program that helps to empower women in our community through something called the Little Black Dress Initiative. Several local establishments have pitched in to help raise funds this year for the YWCA of Central Virginia and the Motherhood Collective . Tonight Texas Roadhouse (3816 Wards Rd.) will donate 10% of all proceeds on dinner orders between 4 and 8 p.m. to the Junior League’s efforts. Just mention the LBDI, eat your meal, and you’ll have done a good deed. For more info on the Junior League and its Little Black Dress Initiative, click  here . For a Texas Roadhouse menu click  here , or call (434) 237-1516 for reservations.

Every year around this time the Junior League of Lynchburg sets out to raise money to support an organization or a program that helps to empower women in our community through something called the Little Black Dress Initiative. Several local establishments have pitched in to help raise funds this year for the YWCA of Central Virginia and the Motherhood Collective . Tonight Texas Roadhouse (3816 Wards Rd.) will donate 10% of all proceeds on dinner orders between 4 and 8 p.m. to the Junior League’s efforts. Just mention the LBDI, eat your meal, and you’ll have done a good deed. For more info on the Junior League and its Little Black Dress Initiative, click here. For a Texas Roadhouse menu click here, or call (434) 237-1516 for reservations.

For those inclined to follow the Junior League’s Little Black Dress Initiative around town this week, last night’s steak dinner can be followed by a lighter salad or wrap for lunch or dinner today at Crisp (1124 Church St.). The fine salad-wrapping, juice-mixing, bread-baking folks at Crisp will be donating 10% of the proceeds on orders by those who mention the Little Black Dress Initiative today from 10:30 a.m. until closing at 9 p.m. Crisp also does some pretty awesome smoothies and smoothie bowls until 3 p.m. Click  here  to see a menu, and  here  to find out more about the Little Black Dress Initiative. You can reach Crisp at (434) 386-8998.

For those inclined to follow the Junior League’s Little Black Dress Initiative around town this week, last night’s steak dinner can be followed by a lighter salad or wrap for lunch or dinner today at Crisp (1124 Church St.). The fine salad-wrapping, juice-mixing, bread-baking folks at Crisp will be donating 10% of the proceeds on orders by those who mention the Little Black Dress Initiative today from 10:30 a.m. until closing at 9 p.m. Crisp also does some pretty awesome smoothies and smoothie bowls until 3 p.m. Click here to see a menu, and here to find out more about the Little Black Dress Initiative. You can reach Crisp at (434) 386-8998.

By 2010, the year director Tamra Davis release her documentary  Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child , the subject of her film was something of an international star or at the very least a legend in the art world. Jean-Michel Basquiat was also dead. He’d passed at the age of 27 twelve years prior, in 1988. It had taken some years for Basquiat’s name to transcend the SoHo art world he had inhabited. Davis’ film served as something of an addendum to the 1996 biopic  Basquiat , which starred David Bowie as Andy Warhol and was directed by Julian Schnabel. Bowie doesn't get any screen time in  The Radiant Child , but Schnabel does, as do a host of other players from NYC’s downtown arts and music scene. The documentary screens this evening at 7 p.m. at Randolph College’s Maier Museum (1 Quinlan St.) as part of the museum’s current exhibit, “Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat.” Admission is free. Click  here  or call (434) 947-8136 for more info.

By 2010, the year director Tamra Davis release her documentary Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, the subject of her film was something of an international star or at the very least a legend in the art world. Jean-Michel Basquiat was also dead. He’d passed at the age of 27 twelve years prior, in 1988. It had taken some years for Basquiat’s name to transcend the SoHo art world he had inhabited. Davis’ film served as something of an addendum to the 1996 biopic Basquiat, which starred David Bowie as Andy Warhol and was directed by Julian Schnabel. Bowie doesn't get any screen time in The Radiant Child, but Schnabel does, as do a host of other players from NYC’s downtown arts and music scene. The documentary screens this evening at 7 p.m. at Randolph College’s Maier Museum (1 Quinlan St.) as part of the museum’s current exhibit, “Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat.” Admission is free. Click here or call (434) 947-8136 for more info.

The bar patrons at the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) this evening may look a little fitter than usual, thanks in part a fall runners series that gets rolling this evening. Basically, the Water Dog is inviting runners of all skills to meet up at the restaurant and bar for friendly yet competitive runs that start today will continue on the second Wednesday of months to come. Start time is 6 p.m. There are one- and five-mile courses and prizes for the winners. After the run, grab a beer and/or some food at the Water Dog. Click  here  for the menu,  here  for more info on the runners series, or call the Water Dog at (434) 333-4681.

The bar patrons at the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) this evening may look a little fitter than usual, thanks in part a fall runners series that gets rolling this evening. Basically, the Water Dog is inviting runners of all skills to meet up at the restaurant and bar for friendly yet competitive runs that start today will continue on the second Wednesday of months to come. Start time is 6 p.m. There are one- and five-mile courses and prizes for the winners. After the run, grab a beer and/or some food at the Water Dog. Click here for the menu, here for more info on the runners series, or call the Water Dog at (434) 333-4681.

The band booked to play the White Hart Café (1208 Main St.) this evening are coming all the way from Birmingham, AL, where they seem to have built up a pretty big buzz for themselves. They’ve also had some luck on Spotify, where they’ve had several songs chart in the past year. And we’re told they do really good harmonies. Check for yourself when they join singer-songwriter Cole Loomis on a double bill at the White Hart that should be getting started around 7 p.m. For more info, click  here or call (434) 207-5600.

The band booked to play the White Hart Café (1208 Main St.) this evening are coming all the way from Birmingham, AL, where they seem to have built up a pretty big buzz for themselves. They’ve also had some luck on Spotify, where they’ve had several songs chart in the past year. And we’re told they do really good harmonies. Check for yourself when they join singer-songwriter Cole Loomis on a double bill at the White Hart that should be getting started around 7 p.m. For more info, click hereor call (434) 207-5600.

Here’s a fun fact about the first installment of director Wes Craven’s phenomenally successful, career-defining 1984 slasher classic  A Nightmare on Elm Street : it was not Craven’s first film, or even his first horror film. Two years earlier he’d directed  Swamp Thing , and his  The Hills Have Eyes  came out in 1977. And here’s a funner fact about the first Freddie Krueger vehicle: it was Johnny Depp’s big-screen debut. He plays Glen Lanz, who suffers one of the more spectacularly bloody dreamworld deaths in the film. Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.), which is in the middle of month-long Fright Fest that you can read more about below, screens  A Nightmare on Elm Street  today and tomorrow at 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, and 9:30 p.m. Click  here  or call (434) 845-2398 for ticketing and more info.

Here’s a fun fact about the first installment of director Wes Craven’s phenomenally successful, career-defining 1984 slasher classic A Nightmare on Elm Street: it was not Craven’s first film, or even his first horror film. Two years earlier he’d directed Swamp Thing, and his The Hills Have Eyes came out in 1977. And here’s a funner fact about the first Freddie Krueger vehicle: it was Johnny Depp’s big-screen debut. He plays Glen Lanz, who suffers one of the more spectacularly bloody dreamworld deaths in the film. Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.), which is in the middle of month-long Fright Fest that you can read more about below, screens A Nightmare on Elm Street today and tomorrow at 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, and 9:30 p.m. Click here or call (434) 845-2398 for ticketing and more info.

Sometimes all it takes is a band’s name to pique our interest. We can’t say we know much about New York Steve, other than that it’s a great name for a band from Lynchburg and they are on a tour with a band out of Rochester, NY called Anamon. Now, we do know something about Anamon: they’re a female-fronted trio who lean in the general direction of energetic garage punk and they’ve got a new album called  Purple, Green, and Yellow  that you can listen to  here . Anamon and New York Steve play tonight at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) from 11 p.m. until closing. There’s a $3 cover; call (434) 846-2877 or click  here  for more info.

Sometimes all it takes is a band’s name to pique our interest. We can’t say we know much about New York Steve, other than that it’s a great name for a band from Lynchburg and they are on a tour with a band out of Rochester, NY called Anamon. Now, we do know something about Anamon: they’re a female-fronted trio who lean in the general direction of energetic garage punk and they’ve got a new album called Purple, Green, and Yellow that you can listen to here. Anamon and New York Steve play tonight at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) from 11 p.m. until closing. There’s a $3 cover; call (434) 846-2877 or click here for more info.

For the past week, the Junior League of Lynchburg has been raising money to support the YWCA of Central Virginia and the Motherhood Collective through their Little Black Dress Initiative, or LBDI. You can donate directly by clicking  here . And you can help celebrate the end of the weeklong fundraising drive by grabbing something sweet while doing something sweet at Mister Goodies Homemade Ice Cream (4119 Boonsboro Rd.) today from 5 until 10 p.m. Simply place your order, mention the LBDI, and 20% of the proceeds will go to help support local initiatives that aim to empower women. For more info on the Junior League, click  here . For info on Mister Goodies, click  here  or call (434) 849-8339.

For the past week, the Junior League of Lynchburg has been raising money to support the YWCA of Central Virginia and the Motherhood Collective through their Little Black Dress Initiative, or LBDI. You can donate directly by clicking here. And you can help celebrate the end of the weeklong fundraising drive by grabbing something sweet while doing something sweet at Mister Goodies Homemade Ice Cream (4119 Boonsboro Rd.) today from 5 until 10 p.m. Simply place your order, mention the LBDI, and 20% of the proceeds will go to help support local initiatives that aim to empower women. For more info on the Junior League, click here. For info on Mister Goodies, click here or call (434) 849-8339.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and R&B legend Mavis Staples may be 79 years old but she is still going mighty strong. We saw her last year opening for Bob Dylan in Richmond and, well, she came close to stealing the show. Mavis spent decades recording and performing with her family in the Staples Singers, scoring some major hits with singles like “Respect Yourself,” “I’ll Take You There,” and the Curtis Mayfield-produced “Let’s Do it Again.” As a solo artist in recent years, she’s worked with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy on three acclaimed albums: 2010’s Grammy-winning  You Are Not Alone, 2013’s  One True Vine , and last year’s  If All I Was Was Black . Tonight she’s in Roanoke at the Jefferson Center (541 Luck Ave.) as the headliner. Tickets run from $36 to $70; call (540) 345-2550 or click  here  for tickets and more info.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and R&B legend Mavis Staples may be 79 years old but she is still going mighty strong. We saw her last year opening for Bob Dylan in Richmond and, well, she came close to stealing the show. Mavis spent decades recording and performing with her family in the Staples Singers, scoring some major hits with singles like “Respect Yourself,” “I’ll Take You There,” and the Curtis Mayfield-produced “Let’s Do it Again.” As a solo artist in recent years, she’s worked with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy on three acclaimed albums: 2010’s Grammy-winning You Are Not Alone,2013’s One True Vine, and last year’s If All I Was Was Black. Tonight she’s in Roanoke at the Jefferson Center (541 Luck Ave.) as the headliner. Tickets run from $36 to $70; call (540) 345-2550 or click here for tickets and more info.

Forty years ago, an upstart director with a genuine appreciation for cinematic history made a kind of Hollywood history himself when he cast a young Jamie Lee Curtis as the heroine in what might have simply been called  The Babysitter Murders  if fate hadn’t intervened. Instead, in October of 1978, John Carpenter unleashed masked murderer Michael Myers on an unsuspecting public just days before All Hallows’ Eve, and the modern legend of  Halloween  was born. You can hear about how  Halloween  changed Hollywood on the new Ringer podcast  Halloween Unmasked , which includes some interesting details about the origins of that frightful mask. And, this week, you can catch the original  Halloween prior to the release of the new  Halloween  on October 19 at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.). It’s part of Venue’s month-long Fright Fest. Click  here  or call (434) 845-2398 for ticketing and more info.

Forty years ago, an upstart director with a genuine appreciation for cinematic history made a kind of Hollywood history himself when he cast a young Jamie Lee Curtis as the heroine in what might have simply been called The Babysitter Murders if fate hadn’t intervened. Instead, in October of 1978, John Carpenter unleashed masked murderer Michael Myers on an unsuspecting public just days before All Hallows’ Eve, and the modern legend of Halloween was born. You can hear about how Halloween changed Hollywood on the new Ringer podcast Halloween Unmasked, which includes some interesting details about the origins of that frightful mask. And, this week, you can catch the original Halloweenprior to the release of the new Halloween on October 19 at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.). It’s part of Venue’s month-long Fright Fest. Click here or call (434) 845-2398 for ticketing and more info.

It’s been a little tough of late to get a good handle on the entertainment situation at Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.), but we have it on good word that the Irish pub and eatery (which recently unveiled a new menu) has a show booked for this evening. Local country dude Damous Moss and his Reckless band are the headliners. You can hear his song “Girl ‘n a Pickup” by clicking  here . Opening this show will be local singer-songwriter Gabby Lea, whose song “Whiskey Soul” is up  here . The music at Kegney’s usually starts around 10 p.m. and goes until closing time. For more info, call (434) 616-6692 or click  here .

It’s been a little tough of late to get a good handle on the entertainment situation at Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.), but we have it on good word that the Irish pub and eatery (which recently unveiled a new menu) has a show booked for this evening. Local country dude Damous Moss and his Reckless band are the headliners. You can hear his song “Girl ‘n a Pickup” by clicking here. Opening this show will be local singer-songwriter Gabby Lea, whose song “Whiskey Soul” is up here. The music at Kegney’s usually starts around 10 p.m. and goes until closing time. For more info, call (434) 616-6692 or click here.

The forecast for this weekend includes garlicky breezes and more than just a sprinkling of wine. It’s time once again for the 70-acre Amherst County winery Rebec Vineyards (2229 N. Amherst Hwy.) to host the 28th installment of its big fall event, the Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival. Today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. the festival will feature wines from Rebec, Peaks of Otter, Lazy Days, and half a dozen other area vineyards, and all kinds of food, including crab cakes, barbecue, Tex-Mex specialties, and Mediterranean fare. And there will be music by some of Central Virginia’s top acts, including Apple Butter Soul, Firecracker Jam, the Ruckus, Dragonfly, and the Steve Freeman Band. There are general admission tickets available in advance for $15 and at the gate for $20. Tasting tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. And a two-day pass costs $40. Click  here  for tickets and more info, or call (434) 946-5168.

The forecast for this weekend includes garlicky breezes and more than just a sprinkling of wine. It’s time once again for the 70-acre Amherst County winery Rebec Vineyards (2229 N. Amherst Hwy.) to host the 28th installment of its big fall event, the Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival. Today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. the festival will feature wines from Rebec, Peaks of Otter, Lazy Days, and half a dozen other area vineyards, and all kinds of food, including crab cakes, barbecue, Tex-Mex specialties, and Mediterranean fare. And there will be music by some of Central Virginia’s top acts, including Apple Butter Soul, Firecracker Jam, the Ruckus, Dragonfly, and the Steve Freeman Band. There are general admission tickets available in advance for $15 and at the gate for $20. Tasting tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. And a two-day pass costs $40. Click here for tickets and more info, or call (434) 946-5168.

Just a couple weeks ago, local singer and showman Taylor Rodriguez took off his Elvis suit and commanded the stage at the Academy Center of the Arts as no one other than himself. This evening, he’ll be back to being the King, sideburns and all. Rodriguez will appear as the legendary Mr. Presley at Bedford’s Bower Center for the Arts (305 N. Bridge St.) with the Thunder Ridge Band. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., with doors at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door. Click  here  for tickets or call (888) 406-5885.

Just a couple weeks ago, local singer and showman Taylor Rodriguez took off his Elvis suit and commanded the stage at the Academy Center of the Arts as no one other than himself. This evening, he’ll be back to being the King, sideburns and all. Rodriguez will appear as the legendary Mr. Presley at Bedford’s Bower Center for the Arts (305 N. Bridge St.) with the Thunder Ridge Band. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., with doors at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door. Click here for tickets or call (888) 406-5885.

The White Hart Café (1208 Main St.) has been coming up with interesting ways to bring together like-minded folks over coffee and other potables, and this evening is no exception. Here’s what’s in store: a screening of the first installment of the Harry Potter cinematic franchise coupled with wizard-themed pastries, beer-buttered lattes, and a 20% discount for those who show up in proper Potter costume. In case you’ve forgotten, the first film based on J.K. Rowling’s blockbuster young-adult series was 2001’s  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone , which was titled  Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone  in England and in its original written form. The magic gets underway at the White Hart at 8 p.m. Click  here  or call (434) 207-5600.

The White Hart Café (1208 Main St.) has been coming up with interesting ways to bring together like-minded folks over coffee and other potables, and this evening is no exception. Here’s what’s in store: a screening of the first installment of the Harry Potter cinematic franchise coupled with wizard-themed pastries, beer-buttered lattes, and a 20% discount for those who show up in proper Potter costume. In case you’ve forgotten, the first film based on J.K. Rowling’s blockbuster young-adult series was 2001’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which was titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in England and in its original written form. The magic gets underway at the White Hart at 8 p.m. Click here or call (434) 207-5600.

A little background… October 11 was National Coming Out Day, a tradition that dates back three decades to 1988. And the entirety of October is LGBT History Month, which should not be confused with LGBT Pride Month (that takes place in June). Not that the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) or the Spectrum Arts Society need any excuse to throw what promises to be a rather colorful brunchtime party today at noon. Tucks & Toasts: A Drag Brunch will feature local drag performers doing their thing, and the chefs and bartenders from the Water Dog doing theirs. Should be a good time. Tickets are $15, which does not include food or beverages. Click  here for more info, or call the Water Dog at (434) 333-4681.

A little background… October 11 was National Coming Out Day, a tradition that dates back three decades to 1988. And the entirety of October is LGBT History Month, which should not be confused with LGBT Pride Month (that takes place in June). Not that the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) or the Spectrum Arts Society need any excuse to throw what promises to be a rather colorful brunchtime party today at noon. Tucks & Toasts: A Drag Brunch will feature local drag performers doing their thing, and the chefs and bartenders from the Water Dog doing theirs. Should be a good time. Tickets are $15, which does not include food or beverages. Click herefor more info, or call the Water Dog at (434) 333-4681.

For the 46th year running, downtown Appomattox will be taken over by the annual Appomattox Railroad Festival, a celebration that has its roots in the Norfolk & Western Railroad’s donation of Appomattox Depot to the town in the 1920s. The Festival includes musical performances, parades, food vendors, a classic car show, a fairgrounds with carnival rides, and more. It’s open from noon to 5 p.m. today. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 363-8003.

For the 46th year running, downtown Appomattox will be taken over by the annual Appomattox Railroad Festival, a celebration that has its roots in the Norfolk & Western Railroad’s donation of Appomattox Depot to the town in the 1920s. The Festival includes musical performances, parades, food vendors, a classic car show, a fairgrounds with carnival rides, and more. It’s open from noon to 5 p.m. today. For more info, click here or call (434) 363-8003.

Things may get a little bit loud this evening on the back deck of 5th St. Grind (710 Fifth St.). Instead of the usual singer-songwriter fare that has characterized many of the Back Deck shows at the café, tonight’s show will feature a trio of rock bands and possibly, we’re told, some moshing. The headliners are Idle Threat. with a period, and they hail from Nashville. They’re touring with To Serve Man and a band called Empty. We’ve listened to some of the new To Serve Man album  here , and to some Idle Threat. tunes on  Spotify . The term “screamo” comes to mind in a good way. For info on the show click  here  or call (434) 386-8952.

Things may get a little bit loud this evening on the back deck of 5th St. Grind (710 Fifth St.). Instead of the usual singer-songwriter fare that has characterized many of the Back Deck shows at the café, tonight’s show will feature a trio of rock bands and possibly, we’re told, some moshing. The headliners are Idle Threat. with a period, and they hail from Nashville. They’re touring with To Serve Man and a band called Empty. We’ve listened to some of the new To Serve Man album here, and to some Idle Threat. tunes on Spotify. The term “screamo” comes to mind in a good way. For info on the show click here or call (434) 386-8952.

Take one of the best of Stephen King’s early novels, hand it to one of the greatest American film directors of all time, cast one of the greatest actors of his time in the lead role and you’d think you might get at least one Oscar nomination. That’s not what happened when Stanley Kubrick’s big-screen adaptation of King’s  The Shining  staring Jack Nicholson as the convincingly tortured writer Jack Torrance came out in 1980. Nope. The Academy was not yet ready to give credence to a mere horror flick. Nevertheless,  The Shining  still stands as one of the best in a genre that might be more aptly called  psychological  horror, and it’s screening through the end of the week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) as part of the theater’s October Fright Fest. Click  here  or call (434) 845-2398 for ticketing and more info.

Take one of the best of Stephen King’s early novels, hand it to one of the greatest American film directors of all time, cast one of the greatest actors of his time in the lead role and you’d think you might get at least one Oscar nomination. That’s not what happened when Stanley Kubrick’s big-screen adaptation of King’s The Shining staring Jack Nicholson as the convincingly tortured writer Jack Torrance came out in 1980. Nope. The Academy was not yet ready to give credence to a mere horror flick. Nevertheless, The Shining still stands as one of the best in a genre that might be more aptly called psychological horror, and it’s screening through the end of the week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) as part of the theater’s October Fright Fest. Click here or call (434) 845-2398 for ticketing and more info.

We have to hand it to Ken Faraoni for this one. He’s unearthed a genuinely obscure cult favorite for this month’s Lynchburg Underground Movie Club (LUMC) screening at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). It’s technically not a movie, but that’s okay.  The Mighty Boosh  is a British television comedy named after the five-man comedy troupe who have performed on stage and on radio as the Mighty Boosh and who have reportedly considered making a movie. Tonight, Faraoni will present an LUMC screening of several prime episodes of  The Mighty Boosh , which aired on BBC Three for 20 episodes between 2003 and 2007. It’s rumored to be quite funny. The screening begins at 7 p.m. in the Rosel H. Schewel Theater. Tickets are $7. Click  here  or call (434) 847-7277 for more info.

We have to hand it to Ken Faraoni for this one. He’s unearthed a genuinely obscure cult favorite for this month’s Lynchburg Underground Movie Club (LUMC) screening at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). It’s technically not a movie, but that’s okay. The Mighty Boosh is a British television comedy named after the five-man comedy troupe who have performed on stage and on radio as the Mighty Boosh and who have reportedly considered making a movie. Tonight, Faraoni will present an LUMC screening of several prime episodes of The Mighty Boosh, which aired on BBC Three for 20 episodes between 2003 and 2007. It’s rumored to be quite funny. The screening begins at 7 p.m. in the Rosel H. Schewel Theater. Tickets are $7. Click here or call (434) 847-7277 for more info.

If you think about it, J.M. Barrie included a fair amount of backstory in the original version of his Peter Pan allegory, which arrived in 1904 as a play and in 1911 as a novel originally titled  Peter and Wendy . We find out about the Lost Boys, Hook’s missing limb, and some of what makes Neverland tick. But there is a backstory to the backstory, thanks to a 2004 children’s book titled  Peter and the Starcatcher  and adapted in 2009 as a stage play with music that managed to snag a few Tony Awards in 2012. Set in Victorian England, and festooned with pirate lore, the drama omits Wendy, but introduces a young boy named Peter, an aspiring pirate named Smee, and a few other familiar faces. The University of Lynchburg presents the play tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Dillard Theatre (1501 Lakeside Dr.). Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students. Click  here  for tickets or call (434) 544-8380.

If you think about it, J.M. Barrie included a fair amount of backstory in the original version of his Peter Pan allegory, which arrived in 1904 as a play and in 1911 as a novel originally titled Peter and Wendy. We find out about the Lost Boys, Hook’s missing limb, and some of what makes Neverland tick. But there is a backstory to the backstory, thanks to a 2004 children’s book titled Peter and the Starcatcher and adapted in 2009 as a stage play with music that managed to snag a few Tony Awards in 2012. Set in Victorian England, and festooned with pirate lore, the drama omits Wendy, but introduces a young boy named Peter, an aspiring pirate named Smee, and a few other familiar faces. The University of Lynchburg presents the play tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Dillard Theatre (1501 Lakeside Dr.). Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students. Click here for tickets or call (434) 544-8380.

In the 1988 film  Heathers , Winona Ryder is one of the girls  not  named Heather in a high school clique that rules the fictional Westerberg High, and Christian Slater is the new kid on the block who has some interesting ideas about exploding the status quo. The black comedy was adapted for the stage several years ago and debuted Off-Broadway at New World Stages in 2014. Now it’s coming to life at Sweet Briar College, where local director and visiting assistant professor of theater arts Melora Kordos has corralled a group of students to present a production of the rocky musical tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Murchison Lane Auditorium in SBC’s Babcock Fine Arts Center (134 Chapel Dr.). Tickets are $10, with non-SBC students receiving a $5 discount. Click  here  for ticketing information or call (434) 381-6120.

In the 1988 film Heathers, Winona Ryder is one of the girls not named Heather in a high school clique that rules the fictional Westerberg High, and Christian Slater is the new kid on the block who has some interesting ideas about exploding the status quo. The black comedy was adapted for the stage several years ago and debuted Off-Broadway at New World Stages in 2014. Now it’s coming to life at Sweet Briar College, where local director and visiting assistant professor of theater arts Melora Kordos has corralled a group of students to present a production of the rocky musical tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Murchison Lane Auditorium in SBC’s Babcock Fine Arts Center (134 Chapel Dr.). Tickets are $10, with non-SBC students receiving a $5 discount. Click here for ticketing information or call (434) 381-6120.

It’s Lynchstock weekend, which means there’s a big rock show happening tomorrow at Riverfront Park. To celebrate the impending occasion, there a somewhat smaller free show happening this evening at the Academy Center of the Arts in the Joy & Lynch Christian Warehouse Theatre (519 Commerce St.). Think of it as an opportunity to pick up tickets for tomorrow’s event while enjoying some live music by the energetic local cover band the Dundies and some funkier fare from Apple Butter Soul. It’s the last chance you’ll have to purchase Lynchstock tickets at their pre-sale price of $25. The event runs from 7 until 10 p.m. Click  here  for more info, or call (434) 846-8499.

It’s Lynchstock weekend, which means there’s a big rock show happening tomorrow at Riverfront Park. To celebrate the impending occasion, there a somewhat smaller free show happening this evening at the Academy Center of the Arts in the Joy & Lynch Christian Warehouse Theatre (519 Commerce St.). Think of it as an opportunity to pick up tickets for tomorrow’s event while enjoying some live music by the energetic local cover band the Dundies and some funkier fare from Apple Butter Soul. It’s the last chance you’ll have to purchase Lynchstock tickets at their pre-sale price of $25. The event runs from 7 until 10 p.m. Click here for more info, or call (434) 846-8499.

If you loved the cocaine, loved the cocaine, loved the cocaine the first time around, maybe you won’t mind it in its second, third, or fourth iteration. The Anaheim-by-way-of-the-Sunset Strip hard-rock band Buckcherry have churned through nearly a dozen members since they first emerged in 1999, but original singer Josh Todd and founding members Jonathan Brightman (bass) and Devon Glenn (drums) appear to be on board for the reconfigured band’s current tour, which swings into Lynchburg for a stop this evening at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.). Doors are at 7 p.m., and tickets are $23 for this all-ages show. There are also VIP Lounge tickets for $65. Click  here  for tickets or call (434) 846-3206.

If you loved the cocaine, loved the cocaine, loved the cocaine the first time around, maybe you won’t mind it in its second, third, or fourth iteration. The Anaheim-by-way-of-the-Sunset Strip hard-rock band Buckcherry have churned through nearly a dozen members since they first emerged in 1999, but original singer Josh Todd and founding members Jonathan Brightman (bass) and Devon Glenn (drums) appear to be on board for the reconfigured band’s current tour, which swings into Lynchburg for a stop this evening at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.). Doors are at 7 p.m., and tickets are $23 for this all-ages show. There are also VIP Lounge tickets for $65. Click here for tickets or call (434) 846-3206.

Ben DeLaurentis is a local singer/songwriter/guitarist who sometimes fronts the band Steal the Prize. But of late he’s been doing his best to get out of town and make a name for himself regionally and nationally. He’s got a new solo album called  Liar for a Muse  and a big national tour planned after he headlines a show tonight at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.). He’ll be joined on the bill by the Charlottesville band Relic Nouveau and by a local act called Apeakway. There will be a cover but it shouldn’t be more than $5 to get in. Click  here for more info or call RP at (434) 846-2877.

Ben DeLaurentis is a local singer/songwriter/guitarist who sometimes fronts the band Steal the Prize. But of late he’s been doing his best to get out of town and make a name for himself regionally and nationally. He’s got a new solo album called Liar for a Muse and a big national tour planned after he headlines a show tonight at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.). He’ll be joined on the bill by the Charlottesville band Relic Nouveau and by a local act called Apeakway. There will be a cover but it shouldn’t be more than $5 to get in. Click herefor more info or call RP at (434) 846-2877.

The line-up for today’s big riverside festival at Riverfront Park (110 Jefferson St.) is set, and by our tally there are 22 bands and artists scheduled to perform at this year’s Lynchstock, which gets underway at 11 a.m. and runs until 11 p.m. rain or shine. The headliners are a band from Philly called Dr. Dog, who specialize in what we’d describe as a neo-psychedelic, mildly jammy, but mostly pretty poppy brand of guitar rock. Local funkster Tony Camm and his Funk All Stars are on the bill, as are the mandolin-fueled Firecracker Jam and a bunch of other acts you can peruse  here . Tickets are $30, although college students get a $15 discount. There are also VIP passes available for $65. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 846-8499.

The line-up for today’s big riverside festival at Riverfront Park (110 Jefferson St.) is set, and by our tally there are 22 bands and artists scheduled to perform at this year’s Lynchstock, which gets underway at 11 a.m. and runs until 11 p.m. rain or shine. The headliners are a band from Philly called Dr. Dog, who specialize in what we’d describe as a neo-psychedelic, mildly jammy, but mostly pretty poppy brand of guitar rock. Local funkster Tony Camm and his Funk All Stars are on the bill, as are the mandolin-fueled Firecracker Jam and a bunch of other acts you can peruse here. Tickets are $30, although college students get a $15 discount. There are also VIP passes available for $65. Click here for more info or call (434) 846-8499.

The Maier Museum (1 Quinlan St.) at Randolph College celebrated the opening of “Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat” a week late, thanks to the weather Hurricane Florence brought to these parts a month ago. And they moved the annual Berlind Symposium, featuring several events related to the exhibit, back a month. The delayed symposium gets underway today with an 11 a.m. artist talk by Lee Quiñones, a contemporary of Jean-Michel Basquiat who was known for his graffiti art in the ’80s. At 2 p.m., critic Luc Sante, who’s written far and wide about American art and culture and who penned the Grammy-winning liner notes for the 1997 reissue of Smithsonian Folkways’ legendary  Anthology of American Folk Music , will read from his work. And at 7 p.m., the museum will present a screening of Sara Driver’s 2017 documentary  Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat . Berlind Symposium events are free and open to the public. Call (434) 947-8136 or click  here  for more info.

The Maier Museum (1 Quinlan St.) at Randolph College celebrated the opening of “Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat” a week late, thanks to the weather Hurricane Florence brought to these parts a month ago. And they moved the annual Berlind Symposium, featuring several events related to the exhibit, back a month. The delayed symposium gets underway today with an 11 a.m. artist talk by Lee Quiñones, a contemporary of Jean-Michel Basquiat who was known for his graffiti art in the ’80s. At 2 p.m., critic Luc Sante, who’s written far and wide about American art and culture and who penned the Grammy-winning liner notes for the 1997 reissue of Smithsonian Folkways’ legendary Anthology of American Folk Music, will read from his work. And at 7 p.m., the museum will present a screening of Sara Driver’s 2017 documentary Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Berlind Symposium events are free and open to the public. Call (434) 947-8136 or click here for more info.

To bean or not to bean? That is the Chili Cook-Off question, or one of them. Yes, it’s time once again for the annual Chili Cook-Off at Big Island’s lovely Sedalia Center (1108 Sedalia School Rd.). The mild and spicy culinary event runs from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tastings begin at noon, and there will be beer and other drinkables for sale, as well as music by local bands Rendezvous and Rare Form. No pets or coolers, but you can bring blankets, lawn chairs, and your own tasting spoon if you please. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate, and it’s free for children 12 and under. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 299-5080.

To bean or not to bean? That is the Chili Cook-Off question, or one of them. Yes, it’s time once again for the annual Chili Cook-Off at Big Island’s lovely Sedalia Center (1108 Sedalia School Rd.). The mild and spicy culinary event runs from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tastings begin at noon, and there will be beer and other drinkables for sale, as well as music by local bands Rendezvous and Rare Form. No pets or coolers, but you can bring blankets, lawn chairs, and your own tasting spoon if you please. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate, and it’s free for children 12 and under. Click here for more info or call (434) 299-5080.

It’s Halloween month for Appomattox’s Wolfbane Productions, which means they’ll be hosting their  Old Crawford Farm Ghost Tours  next weekend. But first they’ll be easing into a haunted frame of mind with a special outdoor movie night at their Wolfbane PAC (618 Country Club Rd.). It’s a double feature with the campy sisters of  Hocus Pocus  – Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimi – stirring up a cauldron of trouble as the best witches of 1993 in the first film, and Johnny Depp giving Christina Ricci the creeps in Tim Burton’s grandly gothic 1999 film  Sleepy Hollow . It’s outdoors, so you can bring blankets and chairs, and costumes are encouraged. Gates open at 7 p.m., and admission is free. However, you can grab priority seating tickets for $5 by clicking  here . Call (434) 579-3542 for more info, or click  here .

It’s Halloween month for Appomattox’s Wolfbane Productions, which means they’ll be hosting their Old Crawford Farm Ghost Tours next weekend. But first they’ll be easing into a haunted frame of mind with a special outdoor movie night at their Wolfbane PAC (618 Country Club Rd.). It’s a double feature with the campy sisters of Hocus Pocus – Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimi – stirring up a cauldron of trouble as the best witches of 1993 in the first film, and Johnny Depp giving Christina Ricci the creeps in Tim Burton’s grandly gothic 1999 film Sleepy Hollow. It’s outdoors, so you can bring blankets and chairs, and costumes are encouraged. Gates open at 7 p.m., and admission is free. However, you can grab priority seating tickets for $5 by clicking here. Call (434) 579-3542 for more info, or click here.

If you’re reading this, it may already be too late to reserve a seat at the table for the vegan feast this evening at Urbavore (1103 Church St.). Then again, you may be able to squeeze in a last-minute reservation for the 6 p.m. October Supper Club dinner, which will feature roasted fall vegetables, a special cocktail, and chocolate cake for dessert. If not, no worries; it’s never too late to try one of Urbavore’s patented Boom Burgers, which they’re now selling at the Lynchburg Community Market on Saturdays. Their Breakfast of Champignons, a tofu scramble with a biscuit and mushroom gravy, is also quite good, and on the menu from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, until 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and until 4 p.m. on Sundays. For more info and the complete Urbavore menus, click  here , or call (434) 851-2727.

If you’re reading this, it may already be too late to reserve a seat at the table for the vegan feast this evening at Urbavore (1103 Church St.). Then again, you may be able to squeeze in a last-minute reservation for the 6 p.m. October Supper Club dinner, which will feature roasted fall vegetables, a special cocktail, and chocolate cake for dessert. If not, no worries; it’s never too late to try one of Urbavore’s patented Boom Burgers, which they’re now selling at the Lynchburg Community Market on Saturdays. Their Breakfast of Champignons, a tofu scramble with a biscuit and mushroom gravy, is also quite good, and on the menu from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, until 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and until 4 p.m. on Sundays. For more info and the complete Urbavore menus, click here, or call (434) 851-2727.

Some of us know Heather Gillikin as the once and possibly future host of excellent karaoke parties, a 48-hour filmmaker, and a visionary who had the instincts to pair bourbon with bingo. She’s also an artist, an art teacher, and an entrepreneur who emcees painting parties through  Artly . This evening at Kegney Brothers (118 Main St.) from 7 to 9 p.m. she’ll be demonstrating the wonders of glow-in-the-dark paints and their applications in the general area of Halloween. She’ll provide the paints, the brushes, and the canvases. You just have to bring your own creative self and reserve a $50 seat and the easel. Click  here  for info and  here  for tickets. You can reach Kegneys at (434) 616-6691.

Some of us know Heather Gillikin as the once and possibly future host of excellent karaoke parties, a 48-hour filmmaker, and a visionary who had the instincts to pair bourbon with bingo. She’s also an artist, an art teacher, and an entrepreneur who emcees painting parties through Artly. This evening at Kegney Brothers (118 Main St.) from 7 to 9 p.m. she’ll be demonstrating the wonders of glow-in-the-dark paints and their applications in the general area of Halloween. She’ll provide the paints, the brushes, and the canvases. You just have to bring your own creative self and reserve a $50 seat and the easel. Click here for info and here for tickets. You can reach Kegneys at (434) 616-6691.

The classic frights and fun continue this week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) with two very different films aimed at two very different demos. William Friedkin’s 1973 film  The Exorcist  is simply a masterpiece of American scary cinema, and a template for the psychological supernatural thriller genre. It stars young Linda Blair as the possessed 12-year-old Regan MacNeil and Jason Miller as the priest who exorcizes her demons. Warning: It is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.  Paranorman , on the other hand, is a friendlier sort of supernatural film about an 11-year-old who speaks with the dead. It’s an animated film that’s more for the light of heart. Both films screen through the end of the week. For show times and tickets click  here or call (434) 845-2398.

The classic frights and fun continue this week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) with two very different films aimed at two very different demos. William Friedkin’s 1973 film The Exorcist is simply a masterpiece of American scary cinema, and a template for the psychological supernatural thriller genre. It stars young Linda Blair as the possessed 12-year-old Regan MacNeil and Jason Miller as the priest who exorcizes her demons. Warning: It is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. Paranorman, on the other hand, is a friendlier sort of supernatural film about an 11-year-old who speaks with the dead. It’s an animated film that’s more for the light of heart. Both films screen through the end of the week. For show times and tickets click hereor call (434) 845-2398.

It took an artist to do justice to an artist’s life, and a painter to capture the painterly details of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s rise and fall. In 1996, which was eight years after Basquiat died at the age of 27, artist Julian Schnabel made his directorial debut with  Basquiat , a biopic starring Jeffrey Wright as Jean-Michel, David Bowie as Andy Warhol, and Gary Oldham as some guy named Julian Schnabel. The film screens for free this evening at 7 p.m. as part of a film series tie-in with the exhibit “Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat” at Randolph College’s Maier Museum of Art (1 Quinlan St.) at Randolph College. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 947-8136.

It took an artist to do justice to an artist’s life, and a painter to capture the painterly details of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s rise and fall. In 1996, which was eight years after Basquiat died at the age of 27, artist Julian Schnabel made his directorial debut with Basquiat, a biopic starring Jeffrey Wright as Jean-Michel, David Bowie as Andy Warhol, and Gary Oldham as some guy named Julian Schnabel. The film screens for free this evening at 7 p.m. as part of a film series tie-in with the exhibit “Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat” at Randolph College’s Maier Museum of Art (1 Quinlan St.) at Randolph College. For more info, click here or call (434) 947-8136.

By day, Daughters and Sons Pizza (522 5th St.) is a nice place to grab a substantial Sicilian slice or two and maybe an excellent ice cream sandwich. By night, well, it’s usually the same basic deal. But this evening and tomorrow evening are a different story. By now there’s a good chance that both of chef Jason Arbusto’s Fall Flavors dinners are sold out, but there’s always a waiting list. The menu features a fall vegetable salad, pumpkin soup, roasted duck breast, and salted caramel cheesecake and it’s $55 per person. There’s a cocktail hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a sit-down dinner. Click  here  for info, or call (434) 333-4244. We recommend stopping by Daughters and Sons, grabbing a few slices, and getting on the mailing list for future events like this.

By day, Daughters and Sons Pizza (522 5th St.) is a nice place to grab a substantial Sicilian slice or two and maybe an excellent ice cream sandwich. By night, well, it’s usually the same basic deal. But this evening and tomorrow evening are a different story. By now there’s a good chance that both of chef Jason Arbusto’s Fall Flavors dinners are sold out, but there’s always a waiting list. The menu features a fall vegetable salad, pumpkin soup, roasted duck breast, and salted caramel cheesecake and it’s $55 per person. There’s a cocktail hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a sit-down dinner. Click here for info, or call (434) 333-4244. We recommend stopping by Daughters and Sons, grabbing a few slices, and getting on the mailing list for future events like this.

As anyone who’s ever spent a significant amount of qualify time with a toddler knows, all books are edible. That said, we’re intrigued with what the folks at Randolph College’s Lipscomb Library (2500 Rivermont Ave.) have cooked up for today. It’s an edible books contest and it involves a rather creative approach to the healthy consumption of literature. Member of the Lynchburg community are invited to dream up a culinary creation that has something to do with a book. It doesn’t have to look like a book, but it does have to be homemade, capable of surviving without spoiling for eight hours, and inspired by a book. You can view the entry form and contact the library by clicking  here . All entries are due by 10:30 a.m., after which they will be on display from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m., and then the eating will commence.

As anyone who’s ever spent a significant amount of qualify time with a toddler knows, all books are edible. That said, we’re intrigued with what the folks at Randolph College’s Lipscomb Library (2500 Rivermont Ave.) have cooked up for today. It’s an edible books contest and it involves a rather creative approach to the healthy consumption of literature. Member of the Lynchburg community are invited to dream up a culinary creation that has something to do with a book. It doesn’t have to look like a book, but it does have to be homemade, capable of surviving without spoiling for eight hours, and inspired by a book. You can view the entry form and contact the library by clicking here. All entries are due by 10:30 a.m., after which they will be on display from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m., and then the eating will commence.

When  The Exorcist  was released in 1973, it was likely the first film in danger of getting an X rating from the Motion Picture Association of America and a thumbs up from Catholic Church. That’s just some of the lore surrounding this true classic of American horror. Directed by William Friedkin, whose film  The French Connection  had won him the Oscar for Best Director and Best Picture just two years prior,  The Exorcist  placed a truly terrifying supernatural tale of demonic possession and a cast featuring a young Ellen Burstyn, an even younger Linda Blair, and Ingmar Bergman veteran Max von Sydow in the hands of a skilled and innovative filmmaker who wasn’t afraid to circumvent convention.  The Exorcist  screens today and tomorrow at 12:15, 3:15, 6:40, and 9:35 p.m. as part of the month-long Fright Fest at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.). Click  here  or call (434) 845-2398.

When The Exorcist was released in 1973, it was likely the first film in danger of getting an X rating from the Motion Picture Association of America and a thumbs up from Catholic Church. That’s just some of the lore surrounding this true classic of American horror. Directed by William Friedkin, whose film The French Connection had won him the Oscar for Best Director and Best Picture just two years prior, The Exorcist placed a truly terrifying supernatural tale of demonic possession and a cast featuring a young Ellen Burstyn, an even younger Linda Blair, and Ingmar Bergman veteran Max von Sydow in the hands of a skilled and innovative filmmaker who wasn’t afraid to circumvent convention. The Exorcist screens today and tomorrow at 12:15, 3:15, 6:40, and 9:35 p.m. as part of the month-long Fright Fest at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.). Click here or call (434) 845-2398.

Night Sounds and Other Stories  is a title that may conjure images of supernatural, Stephen King-style horror and suspense, which wouldn’t be an inappropriate centerpiece for a fiction reading a week before Halloween. In fact, it’s a collection of stories about navigating the earthy and everyday challenges of life, which can also be a bit terrifying. Nebraska-based writer Karen Gettert Shoemaker is the current visiting writer-in-residence at Randolph College and the author of  Night Sounds . She’ll be reading from her work this evening at 8 p.m. in the Alice Ashley Jack Room of Smith Memorial Building (2500 Rivermont Ave.) at a free reception that is open to the public. Click  here  for more info, or call the college at (434) 947-8000.

Night Sounds and Other Stories is a title that may conjure images of supernatural, Stephen King-style horror and suspense, which wouldn’t be an inappropriate centerpiece for a fiction reading a week before Halloween. In fact, it’s a collection of stories about navigating the earthy and everyday challenges of life, which can also be a bit terrifying. Nebraska-based writer Karen Gettert Shoemaker is the current visiting writer-in-residence at Randolph College and the author of Night Sounds. She’ll be reading from her work this evening at 8 p.m. in the Alice Ashley Jack Room of Smith Memorial Building (2500 Rivermont Ave.) at a free reception that is open to the public. Click here for more info, or call the college at (434) 947-8000.

Somehow, Lynchburg failed to make Colonial Ghosts’ list of the  Top 25 Most Haunted Places in Virginia . But the Hill City should not have to suffer from ghost envy. The Lynchburg Historical Society is doing its part to preserve the memories of the spirits that haunt our fair city. At 6 p.m. today, tomorrow, and Saturday the LHS presents “Ghosts of Historic Lynchburg” walking tours that begin at the Historic Miller-Claytor House (325 12th St.) and make their way up Rivermont Avenue. Tickets ($10 for adults/$5 for children 11 and under) are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Click  here  for more info, or call (434) 528-5353.

Somehow, Lynchburg failed to make Colonial Ghosts’ list of the Top 25 Most Haunted Places in Virginia. But the Hill City should not have to suffer from ghost envy. The Lynchburg Historical Society is doing its part to preserve the memories of the spirits that haunt our fair city. At 6 p.m. today, tomorrow, and Saturday the LHS presents “Ghosts of Historic Lynchburg” walking tours that begin at the Historic Miller-Claytor House (325 12th St.) and make their way up Rivermont Avenue. Tickets ($10 for adults/$5 for children 11 and under) are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Click here for more info, or call (434) 528-5353.

The dramatic folks at Appomattox’s Wolfbane Production aren’t about to let a holiday like Halloween pass by without having a little actorly fun with it. So, for the seventh year running they’ve turned their Wolfbane Performing Arts Center (618 Country Club Rd.) into a haunted spectacle based on the story of Civil War veteran Elijah Crawford and his cursed farm. Wolfbane’s guided tours of the Crawford Farm run from 7 until 10 p.m. at 30-minute intervals today, tomorrow, and Saturday. Tickets, which are $15, must be purchased in advance, and the tour includes a hike through woods. In other words, dress appropriately. Click  here  for tickets and  here  for more info, or call (434) 579-3542.

The dramatic folks at Appomattox’s Wolfbane Production aren’t about to let a holiday like Halloween pass by without having a little actorly fun with it. So, for the seventh year running they’ve turned their Wolfbane Performing Arts Center (618 Country Club Rd.) into a haunted spectacle based on the story of Civil War veteran Elijah Crawford and his cursed farm. Wolfbane’s guided tours of the Crawford Farm run from 7 until 10 p.m. at 30-minute intervals today, tomorrow, and Saturday. Tickets, which are $15, must be purchased in advance, and the tour includes a hike through woods. In other words, dress appropriately. Click here for tickets and here for more info, or call (434) 579-3542.

In spite of all the construction that’s been part of the downtown Lynchburg revamping for the past several years, the area right above Main Street on 5th Street has become something of a dining destination, with three new eateries within a two-block radius. Daughters and Sons Pizza (533 5th St.), Grey’s (512 5th St.), and Fifth and Federal (801 5th St.). All three are joining forces to celebrate Hoptober with a beer crawl this evening beginning at 5 p.m. Souvenir pint glasses will be available for purchase at each establishment, as will free “bites.” The downtown city bus known as the Hopper will pass through every 15 minutes to help move folks along. Click  here  for more info.

In spite of all the construction that’s been part of the downtown Lynchburg revamping for the past several years, the area right above Main Street on 5th Street has become something of a dining destination, with three new eateries within a two-block radius. Daughters and Sons Pizza (533 5th St.), Grey’s (512 5th St.), and Fifth and Federal (801 5th St.). All three are joining forces to celebrate Hoptober with a beer crawl this evening beginning at 5 p.m. Souvenir pint glasses will be available for purchase at each establishment, as will free “bites.” The downtown city bus known as the Hopper will pass through every 15 minutes to help move folks along. Click here for more info.

Tony Camm & the Funk All Stars tend to dress up in their funktastic finest regardless of the occasion. But it’s a good bet they’ll be going all out in the costume department this evening as the local P-Funk-inspired band groove into Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.) for a Funk-O-Ween party. We’re thinking that some “Dr. Funkenstein” may be in order. The festivities begin at 9 p.m. and will go until midnight, with spooky drink specials and a costume contest. For more info, click  here  or call Jimmy’s at (434) 845-1116.

Tony Camm & the Funk All Stars tend to dress up in their funktastic finest regardless of the occasion. But it’s a good bet they’ll be going all out in the costume department this evening as the local P-Funk-inspired band groove into Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.) for a Funk-O-Ween party. We’re thinking that some “Dr. Funkenstein” may be in order. The festivities begin at 9 p.m. and will go until midnight, with spooky drink specials and a costume contest. For more info, click here or call Jimmy’s at (434) 845-1116.

The fine folks at Lynchburg Parks & Recreation are turning Riverside Park (2238 Rivermont Ave.) into a dusk-of-the-undead battleground this evening and inviting teams of four-to-six competitors to come dressed as zombies and ready to engage in seven-minute rounds of capture the flag-style laser tag. Here’s how it works: teams can register online by clicking  here  before October 25. Teams will be assigned opponents on site, furnished with laser tag equipment, and given three rounds to battle it out. Parks & Rec will provide cider and s’mores, and there will be prizes for scariest and funniest zombie costume, as well as awards for best zombie couple, best zombie team, and best zombie hunter. Click  here  for more info, or call (434) 455-5858.

The fine folks at Lynchburg Parks & Recreation are turning Riverside Park (2238 Rivermont Ave.) into a dusk-of-the-undead battleground this evening and inviting teams of four-to-six competitors to come dressed as zombies and ready to engage in seven-minute rounds of capture the flag-style laser tag. Here’s how it works: teams can register online by clicking here before October 25. Teams will be assigned opponents on site, furnished with laser tag equipment, and given three rounds to battle it out. Parks & Rec will provide cider and s’mores, and there will be prizes for scariest and funniest zombie costume, as well as awards for best zombie couple, best zombie team, and best zombie hunter. Click here for more info, or call (434) 455-5858.

Shakespeare is known for a lot of things: writing in iambic pentameter, leaving a stage strewn with dead bodies, virtually creating the romantic screwball comedy. Oh, yes, and he also loved to up the ante in the stories he happily plagiarized. In his  Comedy of Errors , for example, he has not just one set of identical twins misplaced and wandering around the Greek city of Ephesus but two sets: masters and servants. Add to this a jealous wife, a mother-turned-nun, fears of demonic possession, and a whole lotta slapstick humor. The American Shakespeare Center, which is known for its replica of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre at its home base in Staunton, is sending their seasoned acting troupe to Lynchburg to perform at the Academy Center of the Arts’ Joy & Lynch Christian Warehouse Theatre (519 Commerce St.) this evening at 7:30. Tickets run from $17 to $38. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 846-8499.

Shakespeare is known for a lot of things: writing in iambic pentameter, leaving a stage strewn with dead bodies, virtually creating the romantic screwball comedy. Oh, yes, and he also loved to up the ante in the stories he happily plagiarized. In his Comedy of Errors, for example, he has not just one set of identical twins misplaced and wandering around the Greek city of Ephesus but two sets: masters and servants. Add to this a jealous wife, a mother-turned-nun, fears of demonic possession, and a whole lotta slapstick humor. The American Shakespeare Center, which is known for its replica of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre at its home base in Staunton, is sending their seasoned acting troupe to Lynchburg to perform at the Academy Center of the Arts’ Joy & Lynch Christian Warehouse Theatre (519 Commerce St.) this evening at 7:30. Tickets run from $17 to $38. For more info, click here or call (434) 846-8499.

It’s gonna be a busy day at Fifth and Federal (801 5th St.). From noon until 5 p.m. they’ve got a muscle car and truck show to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network of Central and Southwest Virginia. Just donate one dollar and you get to vote on the best and baddest vehicles on display. In addition, Fifth and Federal’s barbecue specialists will be roasting a whole hog and serving it up starting at noon, and there will be music throughout the day and into the evening courtesy of Andrew Washington, Benjamin Mays, Tyler James, Brinn Black, and Place Called Home in the guise of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. As if that weren’t enough, a Halloween costume party and contest will commence at 7 p.m. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 386-8113.

It’s gonna be a busy day at Fifth and Federal (801 5th St.). From noon until 5 p.m. they’ve got a muscle car and truck show to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network of Central and Southwest Virginia. Just donate one dollar and you get to vote on the best and baddest vehicles on display. In addition, Fifth and Federal’s barbecue specialists will be roasting a whole hog and serving it up starting at noon, and there will be music throughout the day and into the evening courtesy of Andrew Washington, Benjamin Mays, Tyler James, Brinn Black, and Place Called Home in the guise of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. As if that weren’t enough, a Halloween costume party and contest will commence at 7 p.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 386-8113.

Looking for a pet-friendly way to celebrate Halloween? How about a food truck round-up fundraiser for the Lynchburg and Bedford Humane Societies? That’s what’s on tap today from noon to 5 p.m. at Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.) in Forest. Costumes are encourages, pets are welcome, and there will be trick or treating involved. The Centra Code Fresh Food Truck, Action Gyro, the Dawg House, and Where the Sweet Things Are will be driving onto the grounds to serve food, and Apocalypse will have its usual selection of craft brews flowing, as well as their seasonally appropriate Double Dry Hopped Hell’s Frozen IPA. Admission is $5 and kids under ten get in free. Click  here  or call (434) 258-8761 for info.

Looking for a pet-friendly way to celebrate Halloween? How about a food truck round-up fundraiser for the Lynchburg and Bedford Humane Societies? That’s what’s on tap today from noon to 5 p.m. at Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.) in Forest. Costumes are encourages, pets are welcome, and there will be trick or treating involved. The Centra Code Fresh Food Truck, Action Gyro, the Dawg House, and Where the Sweet Things Are will be driving onto the grounds to serve food, and Apocalypse will have its usual selection of craft brews flowing, as well as their seasonally appropriate Double Dry Hopped Hell’s Frozen IPA. Admission is $5 and kids under ten get in free. Click here or call (434) 258-8761 for info.

Happy early  Día de Muertos , or  Día de los Muertos  as we like to call it north of the Rio Grande. While the traditional Mexican holiday honoring the deceased isn’t quite the same as our paganish Halloween, it does have skeletons. At El Jéfe Taqueria Garaje (1213 Commerce St.) they’ve got most of what you’d want for a Day of the Dead party: dozens of tequilas, specialty margaritas, and tacos served gringo and trad style. They’ve also got a Halloween party scheduled for this evening. You can save your Days of the Dead-wear for the actual dates (October 31st through November 2nd) and slip into your All Hallows’ Eve outfit for El Jéfe’s “Trick or Tequila” party, which will feature a outdoor bar on the back patio and a costume contest from 5 p.m. until after midnight. There’s no cover; call (434) 333-4317 or click  here  for more info.

Happy early Día de Muertos, or Día de los Muertos as we like to call it north of the Rio Grande. While the traditional Mexican holiday honoring the deceased isn’t quite the same as our paganish Halloween, it does have skeletons. At El Jéfe Taqueria Garaje (1213 Commerce St.) they’ve got most of what you’d want for a Day of the Dead party: dozens of tequilas, specialty margaritas, and tacos served gringo and trad style. They’ve also got a Halloween party scheduled for this evening. You can save your Days of the Dead-wear for the actual dates (October 31st through November 2nd) and slip into your All Hallows’ Eve outfit for El Jéfe’s “Trick or Tequila” party, which will feature a outdoor bar on the back patio and a costume contest from 5 p.m. until after midnight. There’s no cover; call (434) 333-4317 or click here for more info.

Back in mid-September there was just too much hurricane activity in the area for the 9th annual Lynchburg Beer, Wine, & Cider Festival to proceed as scheduled. So they wisely rescheduled the event and the weather report is not quite as foreboding as it was a month ago. From noon until 7 p.m. the grounds of Lynchburg City Stadium (3176 Fort Ave.) will be filled with booths featuring wares from local artists and artisans, libations from area brewers, vintners, and ciderists, and other fun stuff. Entertainment will be provided by the Uptown Band (12:30-1:45 p.m.), Mended Fences (2:15-3:30 p.m.), Dragonfly (4-5:15 p.m.), and Funky Bone (5:45-7 p.m.). Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate, with designated driver passes available for $15. Children under 12 get in free. Click  here  for more info and  here  to buy tickets.

Back in mid-September there was just too much hurricane activity in the area for the 9th annual Lynchburg Beer, Wine, & Cider Festival to proceed as scheduled. So they wisely rescheduled the event and the weather report is not quite as foreboding as it was a month ago. From noon until 7 p.m. the grounds of Lynchburg City Stadium (3176 Fort Ave.) will be filled with booths featuring wares from local artists and artisans, libations from area brewers, vintners, and ciderists, and other fun stuff. Entertainment will be provided by the Uptown Band (12:30-1:45 p.m.), Mended Fences (2:15-3:30 p.m.), Dragonfly (4-5:15 p.m.), and Funky Bone (5:45-7 p.m.). Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate, with designated driver passes available for $15. Children under 12 get in free. Click here for more info and here to buy tickets.

The Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.) is turning its Joy & Christian Lynch Theatre into a Halloween-appropriate Wicked Warehouse for a costume and dance party in advance of All Hallows’ Eve. Local cover band the Dundies will be on hand, perhaps in costume, to entertain and hopefully play a few Halloween-themed songs. And there will be spooky drinks too. Awards for best and most original costumes will be presented. Tickets are $10. It should be a wicked good time, as they say in Boston. Click  here  or call (434) 333-4681.

The Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.) is turning its Joy & Christian Lynch Theatre into a Halloween-appropriate Wicked Warehouse for a costume and dance party in advance of All Hallows’ Eve. Local cover band the Dundies will be on hand, perhaps in costume, to entertain and hopefully play a few Halloween-themed songs. And there will be spooky drinks too. Awards for best and most original costumes will be presented. Tickets are $10. It should be a wicked good time, as they say in Boston. Click here or call (434) 333-4681.

Just in case you need a little nudge in the general direction of getting your Halloween costume together before All Hallows’ Eve, here’s a little incentive. This evening, the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) hosts its 3rd annual Apocalyptic Halloween Bash from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. It’s a costume party with prizes for Best Couple/Group Costume, Most Creative Costume, and Scariest Costume. For more info, click  here  or call the Water Dog at (434) 333-4681.

Just in case you need a little nudge in the general direction of getting your Halloween costume together before All Hallows’ Eve, here’s a little incentive. This evening, the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) hosts its 3rd annual Apocalyptic Halloween Bash from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. It’s a costume party with prizes for Best Couple/Group Costume, Most Creative Costume, and Scariest Costume. For more info, click here or call the Water Dog at (434) 333-4681.

Halloween in its current incarnation doesn’t have much to do with farming, unless you count scarecrow costumes and those pesky children of the corn. But the costumed revelry does owe its origins to the Gaelic/Celtic celebration known as Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest and the start of winter. We’re not sure if that’s why the Central Virginia Celtic Festival & Highland Games are scheduled for the last weekend in October or not, but it’s a plausible theory. Today from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Richmond Raceway (600 E. Laburnum Ave.) will be the site for a second day of fairground festivities featuring highland dancing, pipe-and-drum competitions, whiskey tastings, hurling, axe throwing, and other traditional Celtic pastimes. The Fighting Jamesons and Albannach will play some music, and there will be amateur sporting events. Tickets are $20 at the gate, or you can purchase them  here . Click  here  for a complete schedule, or call (804) 356-1093 for info.

Halloween in its current incarnation doesn’t have much to do with farming, unless you count scarecrow costumes and those pesky children of the corn. But the costumed revelry does owe its origins to the Gaelic/Celtic celebration known as Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest and the start of winter. We’re not sure if that’s why the Central Virginia Celtic Festival & Highland Games are scheduled for the last weekend in October or not, but it’s a plausible theory. Today from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Richmond Raceway (600 E. Laburnum Ave.) will be the site for a second day of fairground festivities featuring highland dancing, pipe-and-drum competitions, whiskey tastings, hurling, axe throwing, and other traditional Celtic pastimes. The Fighting Jamesons and Albannach will play some music, and there will be amateur sporting events. Tickets are $20 at the gate, or you can purchase them here. Click here for a complete schedule, or call (804) 356-1093 for info.

If  Halloween  set the baseline and a high water mark for the American horror movie franchise in 1978, then  Friday the 13th  was the proof of concept when it hit theaters in 1980. Among other things, the chilling slasher tale of Jason Voorhees set some of the rules of the genre, such as never say “I’ll be right back,” never go out looking for someone who said “I’ll be right back,” and think twice before having sex in a camp cabin. The first of what would become a baker’s dozen of  Friday the 13th  films is back on the big screen at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) through Thursday, along with the more playful Tim Burton scary movie  Beetlejuice  (1988). Click  here  or call (434) 845-2398 for showtimes and tickets.

If Halloween set the baseline and a high water mark for the American horror movie franchise in 1978, then Friday the 13th was the proof of concept when it hit theaters in 1980. Among other things, the chilling slasher tale of Jason Voorhees set some of the rules of the genre, such as never say “I’ll be right back,” never go out looking for someone who said “I’ll be right back,” and think twice before having sex in a camp cabin. The first of what would become a baker’s dozen of Friday the 13th films is back on the big screen at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) through Thursday, along with the more playful Tim Burton scary movie Beetlejuice (1988). Click here or call (434) 845-2398 for showtimes and tickets.

Every Tuesday is a “Tap-Out Tuesday” at {RA} Bistro (1344 Main St.), which means you can grab $2 pints of whichever lagers, ales, and other brews they are literally aiming to tap out of that evening. But, it’s the eve before All Hallows’ Eve, so tonight’s tapping out will be special. The local cover band the Dundies will be on hand to play a set, and patrons are encouraged to come in costume. There’s no cover. The festivities run from 7 until 11 p.m. Click  here  for more info, or call (434) 845-1601.

Every Tuesday is a “Tap-Out Tuesday” at {RA} Bistro (1344 Main St.), which means you can grab $2 pints of whichever lagers, ales, and other brews they are literally aiming to tap out of that evening. But, it’s the eve before All Hallows’ Eve, so tonight’s tapping out will be special. The local cover band the Dundies will be on hand to play a set, and patrons are encouraged to come in costume. There’s no cover. The festivities run from 7 until 11 p.m. Click here for more info, or call (434) 845-1601.

The exhibit currently on display at Randolph College’s Maier Museum of Art (1 Quinlan St.) offers a glimpse of the subversive art scene from which Jean-Michel Basquiat emerged in the 1980s, and a dude named Richard Hambleton was one of the artists who helped make the scene subversive when he arrived on the Lower East Side from his native Canada in 1979. Hambleton became known for his “Shadowman” street art, which were silhouette-style images that popped up on buildings and other structures and haunted the side streets of downtown NYC. His story and his art are the focus of  Shadowman , a 2017 documentary by Charlie Ahearn that screens this evening at 7 p.m. at the Maier. The screening is free and open to the public. For more info, click  here or call (434) 947-8136.

The exhibit currently on display at Randolph College’s Maier Museum of Art (1 Quinlan St.) offers a glimpse of the subversive art scene from which Jean-Michel Basquiat emerged in the 1980s, and a dude named Richard Hambleton was one of the artists who helped make the scene subversive when he arrived on the Lower East Side from his native Canada in 1979. Hambleton became known for his “Shadowman” street art, which were silhouette-style images that popped up on buildings and other structures and haunted the side streets of downtown NYC. His story and his art are the focus of Shadowman, a 2017 documentary by Charlie Ahearn that screens this evening at 7 p.m. at the Maier. The screening is free and open to the public. For more info, click hereor call (434) 947-8136.

You can celebrate it old school as Samhain and maybe blast a little Glenn Danzig for good measure, or indulge in a south-of-the-border-style  Día de Muertos  fiesta, but for most of Lynchburg this evening will be plain old Halloween. We’d suggest a couple of places to go this evening, but home’s a pretty good spot when there are masses of costumed kids walking about trick or treating. Be safe, have fun, eat as many mini candy bars as you can, and we’ll catch up with you next week.

You can celebrate it old school as Samhain and maybe blast a little Glenn Danzig for good measure, or indulge in a south-of-the-border-style Día de Muertos fiesta, but for most of Lynchburg this evening will be plain old Halloween. We’d suggest a couple of places to go this evening, but home’s a pretty good spot when there are masses of costumed kids walking about trick or treating. Be safe, have fun, eat as many mini candy bars as you can, and we’ll catch up with you next week.

 
It’s a tube-or-treat kinda day at Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre (4000 Candlers Mountain Rd.), where the weather usually calls for some form of man-made frozen precipitation, and the activities generally include skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. Today, as a special Halloween treat, Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts will be on the mountain slinging a very particular kind of tubular treat from 3 p.m. until 1 a.m. Combo passes to the Snowflex are $25, or you can go for the hourly rate, which is $11 for tubing and $6 for skiing and snowboarding. However, if you show up in costume today, your first hour of fun is free. Dressing as a skier, snowboarder, or tuber doesn’t count. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 582-3539.

It’s a tube-or-treat kinda day at Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre (4000 Candlers Mountain Rd.), where the weather usually calls for some form of man-made frozen precipitation, and the activities generally include skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. Today, as a special Halloween treat, Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts will be on the mountain slinging a very particular kind of tubular treat from 3 p.m. until 1 a.m. Combo passes to the Snowflex are $25, or you can go for the hourly rate, which is $11 for tubing and $6 for skiing and snowboarding. However, if you show up in costume today, your first hour of fun is free. Dressing as a skier, snowboarder, or tuber doesn’t count. For more info, click here or call (434) 582-3539.

Local guitar maestro Tommy Cox will put on his retro-wear this evening to help facilitate the Halloween spirit with his surf-rock trio the Surferific Dudes at Fifth and Federal (801 5th St.). We’re told that Firecracker Jam drummer Dave Hanowitz will be anchoring the trio, which also features Tom Thornton on bass. For a sampling of their stylings, click  here . The music begins at 8 p.m. and should keep going until around 11 p.m. Costumery is not required nor is it discouraged. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 386-8113.

Local guitar maestro Tommy Cox will put on his retro-wear this evening to help facilitate the Halloween spirit with his surf-rock trio the Surferific Dudes at Fifth and Federal (801 5th St.). We’re told that Firecracker Jam drummer Dave Hanowitz will be anchoring the trio, which also features Tom Thornton on bass. For a sampling of their stylings, click here. The music begins at 8 p.m. and should keep going until around 11 p.m. Costumery is not required nor is it discouraged. For more info, click here or call (434) 386-8113.