December 7 - January 10

 Few articles of clothing are more in vogue this season than the ugly Christmas sweater. And there’s plenty of opportunities around the Hill City to wear them, but only one we know of comes with dancing lessons. Join the holiday edition of the weekly Salsa Night at the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.) tonight. Don your Christmas sweater, snowman tie, Santa hat and elf stockings to join the beginner class from 8-9 p.m. followed by open Salsa dancing until 11 p.m. There’ll be prizes for best costume, by which we mean ugliest. Cover is $5, cash only. For more information about the weekly event, visit Lynchburg Salsa’s  website . For more information about the event, click  here  or email  lynchburgsalsa@gmail.com .

Few articles of clothing are more in vogue this season than the ugly Christmas sweater. And there’s plenty of opportunities around the Hill City to wear them, but only one we know of comes with dancing lessons. Join the holiday edition of the weekly Salsa Night at the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.) tonight. Don your Christmas sweater, snowman tie, Santa hat and elf stockings to join the beginner class from 8-9 p.m. followed by open Salsa dancing until 11 p.m. There’ll be prizes for best costume, by which we mean ugliest. Cover is $5, cash only. For more information about the weekly event, visit Lynchburg Salsa’s website. For more information about the event, click here or email lynchburgsalsa@gmail.com.

 How might the third president have spent a hunkered-down winter evening at his Bedford County retreat? This weekend and next, that question will be answered with candlelit tours through the villa at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd.). The home and grounds will be decked with 19th-century Christmas decor. It’s worth noting that the building is undergoing renovations, but the nonprofit that runs the historic site has used the wall work as an opportunity to offer insight into period construction. Tours tonight and Dec. 14 are at 5:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday tours this week and next are available at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase $20 tickets, click  here . More information and tickets are also available by calling 434-534-8120.

How might the third president have spent a hunkered-down winter evening at his Bedford County retreat? This weekend and next, that question will be answered with candlelit tours through the villa at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd.). The home and grounds will be decked with 19th-century Christmas decor. It’s worth noting that the building is undergoing renovations, but the nonprofit that runs the historic site has used the wall work as an opportunity to offer insight into period construction. Tours tonight and Dec. 14 are at 5:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday tours this week and next are available at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase $20 tickets, click here. More information and tickets are also available by calling 434-534-8120.

 The lights at Riverside Park (2238 Rivermont Ave.) will shine into the new year offering drive-through holiday sparkle any night through January 1 free of charge. But tonight, the Celebration of Lights opens up to walkers rather than drivers for Pedestrian Night. From 5-9 p.m. stroll through the park grounds to check out “Lynchburg Winter Wonderland” lighting displays, such as the Grinch and the Peanuts gang, arranged by area businesses and organizations. Along with Pedestrian Night, Lynchburg Parks and Rec will host a Glow Ride on Dec. 14 and carriage rides on Dec. 21. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 455-5858.

The lights at Riverside Park (2238 Rivermont Ave.) will shine into the new year offering drive-through holiday sparkle any night through January 1 free of charge. But tonight, the Celebration of Lights opens up to walkers rather than drivers for Pedestrian Night. From 5-9 p.m. stroll through the park grounds to check out “Lynchburg Winter Wonderland” lighting displays, such as the Grinch and the Peanuts gang, arranged by area businesses and organizations. Along with Pedestrian Night, Lynchburg Parks and Rec will host a Glow Ride on Dec. 14 and carriage rides on Dec. 21. For more information, click here or call (434) 455-5858.

 Bull Branch’s closure a few years back left a hole in Lynchburg’s downtown scene, but tonight the popular bar’s former owner and friends are coming out of retirement for one night only to host dinner, a movie and dancing at the Academy Center for the Arts (519 Commerce St.). And we can’t think of a better movie for a Christmas comeback than  Die Hard  (1988), the story of down-and-out cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) single-handedly saving his estranged wife and her colleagues after terrorists hijack their holiday party. The menu includes Detonator Meatballs, West Coast Tacos, and Strawberry Twinkie Trifle among other items. The drink specials will also mirror the movie, including the Hans Gruber (named for the film’s villain played by the late great Alan Rickman). Doors open at 7 p.m. and the movie begins at 8 p.m., followed by dancing and drinking. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased  here . For more information, click  here or call (434) 846-8499.

Bull Branch’s closure a few years back left a hole in Lynchburg’s downtown scene, but tonight the popular bar’s former owner and friends are coming out of retirement for one night only to host dinner, a movie and dancing at the Academy Center for the Arts (519 Commerce St.). And we can’t think of a better movie for a Christmas comeback than Die Hard (1988), the story of down-and-out cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) single-handedly saving his estranged wife and her colleagues after terrorists hijack their holiday party. The menu includes Detonator Meatballs, West Coast Tacos, and Strawberry Twinkie Trifle among other items. The drink specials will also mirror the movie, including the Hans Gruber (named for the film’s villain played by the late great Alan Rickman). Doors open at 7 p.m. and the movie begins at 8 p.m., followed by dancing and drinking. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here. For more information, click hereor call (434) 846-8499.

 The story starts with one dead-doornail-honest truth: Marley was dead. Scrooge knew it, too. But that’s where Charles Dickens’ holiday masterpiece  A Christmas Carol  gets a little fuzzy, so it’s fitting that the ghost story has been told and retold in myriad formats. Come see faces you may recognize as Renaissance Theatre (1022 Commerce St.) takes a go at the classic over the next few weeks. And witness one of the most miraculous character transitions in fictional history as the grouchy Ebenezer Scrooge finds the Christmas spirit after viewing his gloomy past, greedy present and dismal future at the whim of three ghosts. The run will continue with performances Dec. 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. as well as a 3 p.m. matinee Dec. 10. Tickets are $15-$18 and can be purchased  here . For more information, click  here  or call (434) 845-4427.

The story starts with one dead-doornail-honest truth: Marley was dead. Scrooge knew it, too. But that’s where Charles Dickens’ holiday masterpiece A Christmas Carol gets a little fuzzy, so it’s fitting that the ghost story has been told and retold in myriad formats. Come see faces you may recognize as Renaissance Theatre (1022 Commerce St.) takes a go at the classic over the next few weeks. And witness one of the most miraculous character transitions in fictional history as the grouchy Ebenezer Scrooge finds the Christmas spirit after viewing his gloomy past, greedy present and dismal future at the whim of three ghosts. The run will continue with performances Dec. 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. as well as a 3 p.m. matinee Dec. 10. Tickets are $15-$18 and can be purchased here. For more information, click here or call (434) 845-4427.

 Call it an early night or get the evening started the right way as White Hart Cafe (1208 Main St.) features three bands before 9 p.m. Starting at 7 p.m., the café, with a well-rounded selection of food and both caffeinated and alcoholic libations, brings two local acts and one from North Carolina. The show starts with Lynchburg singer-songwriter  Ray Buckner , a member of the indie-rock band  Hemingway . Carrboro, NC’s Caitlin Washburn,, whose stylings stem from folk and an affinity for the master Bob Dylan, will play from her recently released EP titled  Fragile Hands . Rounding out the evening is Lynchburg’s  Paper Compass , an acoustic act. The music may be over early but  the cafe is open until 11 p.m. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 207-5600.

Call it an early night or get the evening started the right way as White Hart Cafe (1208 Main St.) features three bands before 9 p.m. Starting at 7 p.m., the café, with a well-rounded selection of food and both caffeinated and alcoholic libations, brings two local acts and one from North Carolina. The show starts with Lynchburg singer-songwriter Ray Buckner, a member of the indie-rock band Hemingway. Carrboro, NC’s Caitlin Washburn,, whose stylings stem from folk and an affinity for the master Bob Dylan, will play from her recently released EP titled Fragile Hands. Rounding out the evening is Lynchburg’s Paper Compass, an acoustic act. The music may be over early but  the cafe is open until 11 p.m. For more information, click here or call (434) 207-5600.

 It’s the time of year when Lynchburg Community Market (1219 Main St.) switches up its style and goes by another name: Mistletoe Market. Shoppers can get groceries from their usual market vendors as well as presents from the artisan shops in one spot from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. And the big man himself, Santa Claus. will meet with the kids for free from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. while horse-drawn carriages take folks around downtown for $2 per person. Locavore cooks will also give lessons on preparing a holiday meal with local ingredients. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 455-4489.

It’s the time of year when Lynchburg Community Market (1219 Main St.) switches up its style and goes by another name: Mistletoe Market. Shoppers can get groceries from their usual market vendors as well as presents from the artisan shops in one spot from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. And the big man himself, Santa Claus. will meet with the kids for free from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. while horse-drawn carriages take folks around downtown for $2 per person. Locavore cooks will also give lessons on preparing a holiday meal with local ingredients. For more information, click here or call (434) 455-4489.

 There’s a decent chance Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) burns down in a good way tonight as jack-of-several-trades Half Moon takes to the tiles. The Roanoke-based soul, funk and rock band will open up with their original  tunes  at 10 p.m. They like to mix it up at their shows, so expect some improvisation and jamming. After a break they’ll come back with a selection of covers from Talking Heads, David Bowie and Hall and Oates. The band often performs dual sets in which they perform half of their own and then another entire set of a specific band, but they’re pulling from all three of the listed artists tonight. For more information, click  here  or call  Kegneys  at (434) 616-6691.

There’s a decent chance Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) burns down in a good way tonight as jack-of-several-trades Half Moon takes to the tiles. The Roanoke-based soul, funk and rock band will open up with their original tunes at 10 p.m. They like to mix it up at their shows, so expect some improvisation and jamming. After a break they’ll come back with a selection of covers from Talking Heads, David Bowie and Hall and Oates. The band often performs dual sets in which they perform half of their own and then another entire set of a specific band, but they’re pulling from all three of the listed artists tonight. For more information, click here or call Kegneys at (434) 616-6691.

 We salute all those about to rock today as at least 10 bands converge on Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) for Lynchburg’s Rock Showcase. The lineup of mostly local rock bands starts at 3 p.m., leading up to nationally touring headliner Bobaflex, which released its eighth studio album  Eloquent Dreams  in August. It’s going to be a full day (and night) as band after band — including Saint Diablo, Last Night’s Villain (LNV), Mourn the Illusion, Circle of Iron, Born to Ashes, Whole New Me, Hateful Bones, Jacob Cade Rocks and Despyre — take to the stage, The show is 18+.  Tickets  are $10 in advance. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 846-3206.

We salute all those about to rock today as at least 10 bands converge on Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) for Lynchburg’s Rock Showcase. The lineup of mostly local rock bands starts at 3 p.m., leading up to nationally touring headliner Bobaflex, which released its eighth studio album Eloquent Dreams in August. It’s going to be a full day (and night) as band after band — including Saint Diablo, Last Night’s Villain (LNV), Mourn the Illusion, Circle of Iron, Born to Ashes, Whole New Me, Hateful Bones, Jacob Cade Rocks and Despyre — take to the stage, The show is 18+. Tickets are $10 in advance. For more information, click here or call (434) 846-3206.

 All Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wants for Christmas is a Red Rider b.b. gun, but everyone he asks, including Santa Claus, insist he’ll shoot his eye out. Find out if the lad ever gets his Christmas wish and whether he incurs an ocular injury at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.), as they play the holiday movie so iconic it simply goes by  A Christmas Story  (1983). In the film directed by Bob Clark and set in 1940, Ralphie, his brother Randy (Ian Petrella) and their childhood gang deal with youth’s everyday struggles in the lead up to their favorite holiday. There’s a grand reward, relentless barking dogs and a tongue stuck to a pole. Showtimes are 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 7:00 and 9:15 p.m. from Dec. 8-Dec. 14. Venue is playing holiday classics all month long, so check out its  website  for a look ahead.

All Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wants for Christmas is a Red Rider b.b. gun, but everyone he asks, including Santa Claus, insist he’ll shoot his eye out. Find out if the lad ever gets his Christmas wish and whether he incurs an ocular injury at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.), as they play the holiday movie so iconic it simply goes by A Christmas Story (1983). In the film directed by Bob Clark and set in 1940, Ralphie, his brother Randy (Ian Petrella) and their childhood gang deal with youth’s everyday struggles in the lead up to their favorite holiday. There’s a grand reward, relentless barking dogs and a tongue stuck to a pole. Showtimes are 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 7:00 and 9:15 p.m. from Dec. 8-Dec. 14. Venue is playing holiday classics all month long, so check out its website for a look ahead.

 All the holiday movie aficionados and casual Christmas film fans can test their knowledge tonight as the 5th St. Grind (710 5th St.) weekly trivia night tests yuletide expertise. We’re not sure just how deep the questions go, but we’re going to recommend watching every version of  A Christmas Carol  since the advent of recorded television just to make sure. The winning team of Christmas Movie Trivia wins a $5 gift card for each member. Note: teams are limited to four people. The event runs from 7-9 p.m. with questions starting at 7:30 p.m. Along with coffee, 5th St. Grind offers a selection of Sweet 1603 desserts. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 386-8952.

All the holiday movie aficionados and casual Christmas film fans can test their knowledge tonight as the 5th St. Grind (710 5th St.) weekly trivia night tests yuletide expertise. We’re not sure just how deep the questions go, but we’re going to recommend watching every version of A Christmas Carol since the advent of recorded television just to make sure. The winning team of Christmas Movie Trivia wins a $5 gift card for each member. Note: teams are limited to four people. The event runs from 7-9 p.m. with questions starting at 7:30 p.m. Along with coffee, 5th St. Grind offers a selection of Sweet 1603 desserts. For more information, click here or call (434) 386-8952.

 It shouldn’t be hard to find an excuse to wear that thrift store Christmas sweater, but why not get the most out of an article of clothing only fit for a few weeks a year? So don your ugliest Christmas sweater (yet again) and join the Young Professionals of Central Virginia tonight at {RA} Bistro (1344 Main St.) for their monthly mixer/annual holiday party. The owner of the ugliest sweater wins a gift card. The Young Professionals get together monthly to mingle and network as a way of connecting young talent so as to keep them in the region. For more information about the group, click  here  or call (434) 847-1447. For more information about the event, click  here .

It shouldn’t be hard to find an excuse to wear that thrift store Christmas sweater, but why not get the most out of an article of clothing only fit for a few weeks a year? So don your ugliest Christmas sweater (yet again) and join the Young Professionals of Central Virginia tonight at {RA} Bistro (1344 Main St.) for their monthly mixer/annual holiday party. The owner of the ugliest sweater wins a gift card. The Young Professionals get together monthly to mingle and network as a way of connecting young talent so as to keep them in the region. For more information about the group, click here or call (434) 847-1447. For more information about the event, click here.

 Now that the first snow has fallen over the Hill City, it’s even more appropriate to shift into drinking thick and hearty beers (namely stouts and porters), brewed to keep folks warm amid chilling winter months. And Charlottesville's Starr Hill Brewery is making barroom rounds to shop its winter lineup, including a visit to The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) tonight from 4-11 p.m. where they’ll feature brews with rich flavors, such as chocolate, coffee, peppermint and caramel. Two of the brews are 7.8% abv limited releases of the Double Bass Double Chocolate Stout, one flavored with peppermint. They’ll also offer the limited release Dark Starr Dry Irish Stout, the rotating 2 Tone Vanilla Porter and the seasonal Snowblind Doppelbock Lager. For more information about Starr Hill brews, click  here . For more info about the event, click  here  or call (434) 333-4681.

Now that the first snow has fallen over the Hill City, it’s even more appropriate to shift into drinking thick and hearty beers (namely stouts and porters), brewed to keep folks warm amid chilling winter months. And Charlottesville's Starr Hill Brewery is making barroom rounds to shop its winter lineup, including a visit to The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) tonight from 4-11 p.m. where they’ll feature brews with rich flavors, such as chocolate, coffee, peppermint and caramel. Two of the brews are 7.8% abv limited releases of the Double Bass Double Chocolate Stout, one flavored with peppermint. They’ll also offer the limited release Dark Starr Dry Irish Stout, the rotating 2 Tone Vanilla Porter and the seasonal Snowblind Doppelbock Lager. For more information about Starr Hill brews, click here. For more info about the event, click here or call (434) 333-4681.

 The lights at Riverside Park (2238 Rivermont Ave.) will shine into the new year offering drive-through holiday sparkle about any night through Jan. 1, free of charge. But tonight Blackwater Bike Shop plans to combine their Third Annual Tacky Lights Tour with the Lynchburg Parks and Rec Celebration of Lights for a glow ride in which cyclists deck their bikes with shining lights for a holiday night ride. A prize will be awarded for most festive bicycle. They’ll meet at the Riverside Park sprayground at 6 p.m. and start the 10-12-mile ride with the “Lynchburg Winter Wonderland,” which includes the Grinch and Peanuts gang displays, before heading through the Rivermont/Boonsboro area at a “conversational pace.” Riders must wear helmets and bikes must have appropriate lighting by law, according to Blackwater. The lighting displays are open every night from 5-9 p.m and carriage rides are Dec. 21. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 455-5858.

The lights at Riverside Park (2238 Rivermont Ave.) will shine into the new year offering drive-through holiday sparkle about any night through Jan. 1, free of charge. But tonight Blackwater Bike Shop plans to combine their Third Annual Tacky Lights Tour with the Lynchburg Parks and Rec Celebration of Lights for a glow ride in which cyclists deck their bikes with shining lights for a holiday night ride. A prize will be awarded for most festive bicycle. They’ll meet at the Riverside Park sprayground at 6 p.m. and start the 10-12-mile ride with the “Lynchburg Winter Wonderland,” which includes the Grinch and Peanuts gang displays, before heading through the Rivermont/Boonsboro area at a “conversational pace.” Riders must wear helmets and bikes must have appropriate lighting by law, according to Blackwater. The lighting displays are open every night from 5-9 p.m and carriage rides are Dec. 21. For more information, click here or call (434) 455-5858.

 Along with offering robust and rich flavors, stout beers tend to keep the consumer warm and full, making them a perfect compliment to a cold night in front of a warm fire. But they taste good out of a barroom tap, too, so check out Beer 88 (113 Hexham Dr.) tonight for The Stout Awakens where they’re featuring a specialty stout lineup comprised of brews concocted by some of the nation’s top brewers. Starting at 5 p.m., Beer 88 will host a pair brewed by world-renowned “gypsy” brewer  Evil Twin : the I Love You With My Stout (10.5% abv Imperial Stout) and Mexican Biscotti Cake Break (10.5% Imperial Stout, a collaboration with South Carolina’s Westbrook Brewing Co.). They’ll also offer a pair of barrel-aged imperial stouts by  Founders , the KBS and Lizard of Kos as well as  Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s  Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout. Rounding out the lineup is  Terrapin Beer Company’s White Chocolate Moo-Hoo. For more information about the event, click  here  or call (434) 582-5025.

Along with offering robust and rich flavors, stout beers tend to keep the consumer warm and full, making them a perfect compliment to a cold night in front of a warm fire. But they taste good out of a barroom tap, too, so check out Beer 88 (113 Hexham Dr.) tonight for The Stout Awakens where they’re featuring a specialty stout lineup comprised of brews concocted by some of the nation’s top brewers. Starting at 5 p.m., Beer 88 will host a pair brewed by world-renowned “gypsy” brewer Evil Twin: the I Love You With My Stout (10.5% abv Imperial Stout) and Mexican Biscotti Cake Break (10.5% Imperial Stout, a collaboration with South Carolina’s Westbrook Brewing Co.). They’ll also offer a pair of barrel-aged imperial stouts by Founders, the KBS and Lizard of Kos as well as Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout. Rounding out the lineup is Terrapin Beer Company’sWhite Chocolate Moo-Hoo. For more information about the event, click here or call (434) 582-5025.

 Every time someone watches  It’s a Wonderful Life  (1946) an angel gets its wings. So help start a new heavenly choir over the next week as Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) shows the Christmas film as part of its holiday classics series this month. In  It’s a Wonderful Life , directed by Frank Capra, affable husband and father George Bailey (James Stewart), in a plot twist that no one ever really remembers, realizes that he is worth more dead than alive. Clutching his life insuarnce policy, wishing he had never existed and contemplating suicide, Bailey is visited by the wingless angel Clarence (Henry Travers) who shows him what a Bailey-less Bedford Falls would look like. Showtimes are 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 15-21. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 845-2398.

Every time someone watches It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) an angel gets its wings. So help start a new heavenly choir over the next week as Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) shows the Christmas film as part of its holiday classics series this month. In It’s a Wonderful Life, directed by Frank Capra, affable husband and father George Bailey (James Stewart), in a plot twist that no one ever really remembers, realizes that he is worth more dead than alive. Clutching his life insuarnce policy, wishing he had never existed and contemplating suicide, Bailey is visited by the wingless angel Clarence (Henry Travers) who shows him what a Bailey-less Bedford Falls would look like. Showtimes are 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 15-21. For more information, click here or call (434) 845-2398.

 How might the third president have spent a hunkered-down winter evening at his Bedford County retreat? The answer will be offered via candlelight tours through the villa at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd.) tonight and tomorrow. The home and grounds will be decked with 19th-century Christmas decor. It’s worth noting that the building is ongoing renovations, but the nonprofit that runs the historic site has used the continuing wall work as an opportunity to offer insight into period construction. Tours tonight and Saturday are available at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase $20 tickets, click  here . More information and tickets are also available by calling 434-534-8120.

How might the third president have spent a hunkered-down winter evening at his Bedford County retreat? The answer will be offered via candlelight tours through the villa at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd.) tonight and tomorrow. The home and grounds will be decked with 19th-century Christmas decor. It’s worth noting that the building is ongoing renovations, but the nonprofit that runs the historic site has used the continuing wall work as an opportunity to offer insight into period construction. Tours tonight and Saturday are available at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase $20 tickets, click here. More information and tickets are also available by calling 434-534-8120.

 The bells jingling in the Rivermont Avenue area this morning probably aren’t Santa Claus or his reindeer but rather a jolly jogging group of all ages. The Christmas fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. at Riverside Runners (2480 Rivermont Ave.) and is expected to last about 2 hours and up to five miles. All are invited and participants are encouraged to don holiday wear with prizes awarded for the most festive. They’ll stop back at Riverside Runners for cookies and hot chocolate afterward. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 846-7449.

The bells jingling in the Rivermont Avenue area this morning probably aren’t Santa Claus or his reindeer but rather a jolly jogging group of all ages. The Christmas fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. at Riverside Runners (2480 Rivermont Ave.) and is expected to last about 2 hours and up to five miles. All are invited and participants are encouraged to don holiday wear with prizes awarded for the most festive. They’ll stop back at Riverside Runners for cookies and hot chocolate afterward. For more information, click here or call (434) 846-7449.

 The Christmas spirit comes in many forms: past, present, future and even Grateful Dead. The last of these spirits will rise like Marley’s Ghost tonight at The Stoney Badger (3009 Old Forest Rd.) when BigFoot County performs a holiday concert. Since 2010, the Central Virginia cover band has been known for lively shows featuring famous Dead tunes and spirited jams that have evolved over time. Check out a couple performance clips  here . Expect to pay a cover to get in, but we haven’t nailed down that information yet, so keep an eye on the event  page  for more info or call (434) 384-3004. The show is scheduled from 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

The Christmas spirit comes in many forms: past, present, future and even Grateful Dead. The last of these spirits will rise like Marley’s Ghost tonight at The Stoney Badger (3009 Old Forest Rd.) when BigFoot County performs a holiday concert. Since 2010, the Central Virginia cover band has been known for lively shows featuring famous Dead tunes and spirited jams that have evolved over time. Check out a couple performance clips here. Expect to pay a cover to get in, but we haven’t nailed down that information yet, so keep an eye on the event page for more info or call (434) 384-3004. The show is scheduled from 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

 As we close in on the Christmas holiday, everyone’s looking for that perfect gift for a family member, friend or the white elephant party at work. Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) wants to help out with that quest while supporting the local artisan scene, so it’s hosting a Holiday Shop Around today. From noon to 8 p.m., RP’s backroom will fill up with artisan vendors, including  Blackwater Bitters ,  Oxide Pottery ,  Little Paper Crane  (jewelry),  Storm+Stress  (jewelry),  Stone Spice Co. ,  Golf Park Coffee Co. ,  Leather Hags  and others.  Ned’s Beer Shop inside RP will be open as well. It’s also worth mentioning that Sunday is wing day at RP, a special they only offer during football season and while supplies last. For more information about the event, click  here  or call (434) 846-2877.

As we close in on the Christmas holiday, everyone’s looking for that perfect gift for a family member, friend or the white elephant party at work. Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) wants to help out with that quest while supporting the local artisan scene, so it’s hosting a Holiday Shop Around today. From noon to 8 p.m., RP’s backroom will fill up with artisan vendors, including Blackwater BittersOxide PotteryLittle Paper Crane (jewelry), Storm+Stress (jewelry), Stone Spice Co.Golf Park Coffee Co.Leather Hags and others. Ned’s Beer Shopinside RP will be open as well. It’s also worth mentioning that Sunday is wing day at RP, a special they only offer during football season and while supplies last. For more information about the event, click here or call (434) 846-2877.

 Expect sparkle and fabulous tonight at Dish (1120 Main St.) as drag performers join up to celebrate the holidays and to raise money for the Lynchburg Diversity Center, a non-profit LGBTQ+ advocate and culture center. This rendition of Drag Disco, which Dish hosts in coordination with the Diversity Center a few times a year, features a handful of performers out of Roanoke that go by Enya Salad, Amazon Rome, Ophelia Diamond and Holly Whatt. Event D.J. Tony Salonia said he’ll be playing disco hits and some Christmas favorites at the event from 8 p.m. to midnight.. There’s a $5 cover. Prior to Drag Disco, the Diversity Center will host a dinner at Dish. Advance tickets are $40-$50 and can be purchased  here . Dinner tickets include Drag Disco admission. For more information, click  here  or call the Diversity Center at (434) 515-1143.

Expect sparkle and fabulous tonight at Dish (1120 Main St.) as drag performers join up to celebrate the holidays and to raise money for the Lynchburg Diversity Center, a non-profit LGBTQ+ advocate and culture center. This rendition of Drag Disco, which Dish hosts in coordination with the Diversity Center a few times a year, features a handful of performers out of Roanoke that go by Enya Salad, Amazon Rome, Ophelia Diamond and Holly Whatt. Event D.J. Tony Salonia said he’ll be playing disco hits and some Christmas favorites at the event from 8 p.m. to midnight.. There’s a $5 cover. Prior to Drag Disco, the Diversity Center will host a dinner at Dish. Advance tickets are $40-$50 and can be purchased here. Dinner tickets include Drag Disco admission. For more information, click here or call the Diversity Center at (434) 515-1143.

 The jolly old elf and his misses can be spotted all over town this holiday season, but we’d like to send you to one of the best spots around: the Lynchburg Public Library (2315 Memorial Ave.). Mr. and Mrs. Claus will stop by to read the kids stories and lead a sing-along from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. today. Bring your own camera to the free event (or just use the one on your phone) to take a picture of the kids or family with the Claus couple. While you’re at the library, we recommend taking a peek at stacks where they’ve got a plethora of books to borrow, such as Charles Dickens  A Christmas Carol . For more information or updates, click  here  or call (434) 455-6300.

The jolly old elf and his misses can be spotted all over town this holiday season, but we’d like to send you to one of the best spots around: the Lynchburg Public Library (2315 Memorial Ave.). Mr. and Mrs. Claus will stop by to read the kids stories and lead a sing-along from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. today. Bring your own camera to the free event (or just use the one on your phone) to take a picture of the kids or family with the Claus couple. While you’re at the library, we recommend taking a peek at stacks where they’ve got a plethora of books to borrow, such as Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. For more information or updates, click here or call (434) 455-6300.

 While tradition calls for leaving a glass of milk for Santa, we’re considering leaving him a whiskey night cap to greet him after he finishes his annual charitable dash across the globe. We’d hate to regift but we think Kris Kringle will be jollier after a few nips of whiskey from a Jack Daniels shot glass you can take home from Fifth & Federal (801 Fifth St.) tonight. Along with a Steal the Shot night, they’ll highlight a couple types of Jack’s Tennessee whiskey, such as Fire and Honey, starting at 7 p.m. Customers  are encouraged to dress up for the early Christmas party featuring  tunes by Large Marge and Hellen Bak Band from 8-11 p.m. For more info or updates, click  here  or call (434) 386-8113.

While tradition calls for leaving a glass of milk for Santa, we’re considering leaving him a whiskey night cap to greet him after he finishes his annual charitable dash across the globe. We’d hate to regift but we think Kris Kringle will be jollier after a few nips of whiskey from a Jack Daniels shot glass you can take home from Fifth & Federal (801 Fifth St.) tonight. Along with a Steal the Shot night, they’ll highlight a couple types of Jack’s Tennessee whiskey, such as Fire and Honey, starting at 7 p.m. Customers  are encouraged to dress up for the early Christmas party featuring tunesby Large Marge and Hellen Bak Band from 8-11 p.m. For more info or updates, click here or call (434) 386-8113.

 Fantasy and sci-fi collide when Martians kidnap Santa Claus (John Call) and take him to Mars. In  Santa Claus Conquers the Martians  (1964), directed by Nicholas Webster, the Martian adults believe he can reinstill youthful playfulness to the prematurely serious Martian children, according to IMDB reviews. Will St. Nicholas win over the aliens and teach them the ways of Christmas? Will he be stranded on the red planet? Will he make it home alive in time to stuff presents under every Christmas tree in the world by morning? Find out by attending the monthly Film Noir night at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) from 7:30-10:30 p.m. tonight. It’s worth noting that the film is ranked by IMDB as the 80th worst movie of all time, although several reviewers defend its silliness and overall enjoyability. As always, bronze artist and movie buff Ken Faraoni will be on hand to provide a little pre-movie commentary on the film’s creation, cultural context, and impact. Tickets are $6 and a cash bar is available; call (434) 847-7277 or click  here  for more info.  

Fantasy and sci-fi collide when Martians kidnap Santa Claus (John Call) and take him to Mars. In Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964), directed by Nicholas Webster, the Martian adults believe he can reinstill youthful playfulness to the prematurely serious Martian children, according to IMDB reviews. Will St. Nicholas win over the aliens and teach them the ways of Christmas? Will he be stranded on the red planet? Will he make it home alive in time to stuff presents under every Christmas tree in the world by morning? Find out by attending the monthly Film Noir night at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) from 7:30-10:30 p.m. tonight. It’s worth noting that the film is ranked by IMDB as the 80th worst movie of all time, although several reviewers defend its silliness and overall enjoyability. As always, bronze artist and movie buff Ken Faraoni will be on hand to provide a little pre-movie commentary on the film’s creation, cultural context, and impact. Tickets are $6 and a cash bar is available; call (434) 847-7277 or click here for more info.
 

 It could be a lovely night to catch a Christmas light-lit carriage ride through Riverside Park (2238 Rivermont Ave.) tonight as the Lynchburg Parks and Rec Celebration of Lights continues. The light show, which includes a collection of displays made by local businesses and organizations, will continue through Jan. 1 from 5-9 p.m. every night. Parks and Rec encourages riders to pre-register  here  for the carriage rides, which will be provided for $6 per person on a first-come, first-served basis. Even if they sell out, you can probably walk through the park and check out the lights, but cars won’t be able to drive through tonight. Mama Crockett's Cider Donuts and Nomad Coffee will be available alongside corn hole and a fire pit at the tennis court parking lot. They’ll also have some dancing gingerbread men, but we’re not sure what that’s all about. Starting at 6 p.m., visitors can park at Elizabeth's’ Early Learning Center (2320 Bedford Ave.) where Parks and Rec will shuttle them to the park. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 455-5858.

It could be a lovely night to catch a Christmas light-lit carriage ride through Riverside Park (2238 Rivermont Ave.) tonight as the Lynchburg Parks and Rec Celebration of Lights continues. The light show, which includes a collection of displays made by local businesses and organizations, will continue through Jan. 1 from 5-9 p.m. every night. Parks and Rec encourages riders to pre-register here for the carriage rides, which will be provided for $6 per person on a first-come, first-served basis. Even if they sell out, you can probably walk through the park and check out the lights, but cars won’t be able to drive through tonight. Mama Crockett's Cider Donuts and Nomad Coffee will be available alongside corn hole and a fire pit at the tennis court parking lot. They’ll also have some dancing gingerbread men, but we’re not sure what that’s all about. Starting at 6 p.m., visitors can park at Elizabeth's’ Early Learning Center (2320 Bedford Ave.) where Parks and Rec will shuttle them to the park. For more information, click here or call (434) 455-5858.

 It could be a little cold, but there’ll be some campfire charm tonight at Devil’s Backbone Brewery (200 Mosbys Run, Roseland). Bring your sheet music in case the cell service isn’t strong enough to search for lyrics, or maybe just rely on your memory from Christmas past, as people gather around a campfire tonight at the Meadows for holiday caroling from 6-8 p.m. The Meadows features a porch, fire pit and outdoor bar where they’ll serve up a variety of Nelson County-brewed staples and seasonals from one of the area’s top breweries. Check out a beer list and menu  here . For more information, click  here  or call (540) 602-6018.

It could be a little cold, but there’ll be some campfire charm tonight at Devil’s Backbone Brewery (200 Mosbys Run, Roseland). Bring your sheet music in case the cell service isn’t strong enough to search for lyrics, or maybe just rely on your memory from Christmas past, as people gather around a campfire tonight at the Meadows for holiday caroling from 6-8 p.m. The Meadows features a porch, fire pit and outdoor bar where they’ll serve up a variety of Nelson County-brewed staples and seasonals from one of the area’s top breweries. Check out a beer list and menu here. For more information, click here or call (540) 602-6018.

 God rest ye merry jazzymen, we mean gentleman. Well, there’s probably going to be a bit of both tonight at the White Hart Cafe (1208 Main St.) when the coffee shop/restaurant welcomes a group of jazz musicians and vocalists to perform a selection of Christmas songs. The show goes from 7 to 10 p.m. this evening, so pop in at any time to warm up with holiday cheer. The shop has a variety of caffeinated and alcoholic beverages. Check out selections from their menu  here . For more information, click  here or call (434) 207-5600.

God rest ye merry jazzymen, we mean gentleman. Well, there’s probably going to be a bit of both tonight at the White Hart Cafe (1208 Main St.) when the coffee shop/restaurant welcomes a group of jazz musicians and vocalists to perform a selection of Christmas songs. The show goes from 7 to 10 p.m. this evening, so pop in at any time to warm up with holiday cheer. The shop has a variety of caffeinated and alcoholic beverages. Check out selections from their menu here. For more information, click hereor call (434) 207-5600.

 In a couple of days that ugly Christmas sweater will be out of fashion for almost a whole year, but The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) is offering at least one more opportunity to flash your unseemly holiday swagger tonight. Along with an ugly Christmas sweater contest, complete with prize for best/worst sweater, they’ll be highlighting beers from the region’s newest craft brewer, Beale’s out of Bedford town. They’ll have the Gold Helles Lager, Red IPA and the Black Oatmeal Stout. Check out their menu  here . For more information, click  here  or call (434) 333-4681.

In a couple of days that ugly Christmas sweater will be out of fashion for almost a whole year, but The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) is offering at least one more opportunity to flash your unseemly holiday swagger tonight. Along with an ugly Christmas sweater contest, complete with prize for best/worst sweater, they’ll be highlighting beers from the region’s newest craft brewer, Beale’s out of Bedford town. They’ll have the Gold Helles Lager, Red IPA and the Black Oatmeal Stout. Check out their menu here. For more information, click here or call (434) 333-4681.

 Regal Cinemas (3411 Candlers Mountain Rd.) made a wise decision in playing this weekend’s holiday classic film in the middle of the day because feeding this week’s movie anything, let alone a tub of popcorn, after midnight could have disastrous consequences. That’s right, they’re playing the off-kilter holiday movie  Gremlins  (1984) for their one-day, one-time showing at 1 p.m. In the film directed by Joe Dante, Billy Peltzer (Zach Galligan) receives a cuddly but peculiar creature, a Mogwai, as a Christmas present along with a few simple instructions about taking care of it. When he fails to follow the rules, the creature called Gizmo starts multiplying, transforming into something very unexpected. To order tickets, click  here  or call (844) 462-7342 ext 4045.

Regal Cinemas (3411 Candlers Mountain Rd.) made a wise decision in playing this weekend’s holiday classic film in the middle of the day because feeding this week’s movie anything, let alone a tub of popcorn, after midnight could have disastrous consequences. That’s right, they’re playing the off-kilter holiday movie Gremlins (1984) for their one-day, one-time showing at 1 p.m. In the film directed by Joe Dante, Billy Peltzer (Zach Galligan) receives a cuddly but peculiar creature, a Mogwai, as a Christmas present along with a few simple instructions about taking care of it. When he fails to follow the rules, the creature called Gizmo starts multiplying, transforming into something very unexpected. To order tickets, click here or call (844) 462-7342 ext 4045.

 The smooth, sweet stylings of  Apple Butter Soul  will spread through Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.) tonight as the band performs for an almost-Christmas party. The Lynchburg jazz, funk and R&B band are helming an “Eve of the Eve” party starting at 9 p.m. The restaurant can fill up pretty quickly when they host live bands, so anyone who wants to sit and enjoy the show might want to get a table around dinner time, then stick around for drinks. Check out Jimmy’s  menu . For more information, click  here  or call (434) 845-1116.

The smooth, sweet stylings of Apple Butter Soul will spread through Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.) tonight as the band performs for an almost-Christmas party. The Lynchburg jazz, funk and R&B band are helming an “Eve of the Eve” party starting at 9 p.m. The restaurant can fill up pretty quickly when they host live bands, so anyone who wants to sit and enjoy the show might want to get a table around dinner time, then stick around for drinks. Check out Jimmy’s menu. For more information, click here or call (434) 845-1116.

 We’re not exactly sure how an indoor snowball fight will work, but fictional snowman Olaf from Disney’s  Frozen  (2013) seems to have something to do with it. The movie’s Elsa, who will serve up cookies and hot chocolate, will join her friend today at FunQuest Family Entertainment Center (327 Graves Mill Rd.) for a Christmas Eve Party from 1-4 p.m. They’ll be showing Christmas movies all afternoon and prices will be discounted. The snowball fight is at 3 p.m. with cookies and hot chocolate served from 2:30-3 p.m. The facility offers rolling skating, arcade games, laser tag and  more . For more information, click  here  or call (434) 239-6411.

We’re not exactly sure how an indoor snowball fight will work, but fictional snowman Olaf from Disney’s Frozen (2013) seems to have something to do with it. The movie’s Elsa, who will serve up cookies and hot chocolate, will join her friend today at FunQuest Family Entertainment Center (327 Graves Mill Rd.) for a Christmas Eve Party from 1-4 p.m. They’ll be showing Christmas movies all afternoon and prices will be discounted. The snowball fight is at 3 p.m. with cookies and hot chocolate served from 2:30-3 p.m. The facility offers rolling skating, arcade games, laser tag and more. For more information, click here or call (434) 239-6411.

 Looking for a Christmas miracle? Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) has it covered today when they continue their holiday classics series with  Miracle on 34th St.  (1947). When the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Santa is too intoxicated to take the sleigh reins, events coordinator Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara) convinces a man with a striking resemblance to Father Christmas to step into the jolly old elf boots. Spoiler alert: They fit him. He’s a hit and he’s hired as store Santa for the holiday season. When Walker and the store higher-ups learn the old man (Edmund Gwenn) goes by Kris Kringle and holds himself out as the real life Santa Claus, they wonder if they made the right decision. Stay tuned for miracles. Showtimes are 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 7:00 and 9:15 p.m. Dec. 22-Dec. 28 except for today when the theatre opens a little late because of the holiday. The first showing will be at 2:15 p.m. today. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 845-2398.

Looking for a Christmas miracle? Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) has it covered today when they continue their holiday classics series with Miracle on 34th St. (1947). When the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Santa is too intoxicated to take the sleigh reins, events coordinator Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara) convinces a man with a striking resemblance to Father Christmas to step into the jolly old elf boots. Spoiler alert: They fit him. He’s a hit and he’s hired as store Santa for the holiday season. When Walker and the store higher-ups learn the old man (Edmund Gwenn) goes by Kris Kringle and holds himself out as the real life Santa Claus, they wonder if they made the right decision. Stay tuned for miracles. Showtimes are 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 7:00 and 9:15 p.m. Dec. 22-Dec. 28 except for today when the theatre opens a little late because of the holiday. The first showing will be at 2:15 p.m. today. For more information, click here or call (434) 845-2398.

 Although the movie has been out for more than a week by now, we know our loyal readers are busy, so we’ll refrain from posting any spoilers. But for any film fan, it’s about time to go see  Star Wars: The Last Jedi  (2017) in theatres as it is meant to be seen. The lines should have died down by now, although we expect the Regal Cinemas (3411 Candlers Mountain Rd.) to still be pretty busy with post-holiday shopping. We’ve talked it over, here at LynchburgDoes and although the movie wasn’t perfect, we were quite satisfied.  The Last Jedi  has an enjoyable story complete with an appropriate number of nods to the original trilogy and certainly ups the ante in terms of art direction. There’s a good bit of action and plenty of depth regarding Jedi philosophy, good, evil, etc... although it may not answer every question asked in  The Force Awakens  (2015). Check ahead for tickets  here  or call (844) 462-7342 ext 4045.

Although the movie has been out for more than a week by now, we know our loyal readers are busy, so we’ll refrain from posting any spoilers. But for any film fan, it’s about time to go see Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) in theatres as it is meant to be seen. The lines should have died down by now, although we expect the Regal Cinemas (3411 Candlers Mountain Rd.) to still be pretty busy with post-holiday shopping. We’ve talked it over, here at LynchburgDoes and although the movie wasn’t perfect, we were quite satisfied. The Last Jedi has an enjoyable story complete with an appropriate number of nods to the original trilogy and certainly ups the ante in terms of art direction. There’s a good bit of action and plenty of depth regarding Jedi philosophy, good, evil, etc... although it may not answer every question asked in The Force Awakens (2015). Check ahead for tickets here or call (844) 462-7342 ext 4045.

 Although Christmas has passed, the season of holiday lights continues. That means there’s still a chance to check out the Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Celebration of Lights every night through New Year’s Day. The drive-through presentation includes, well, lots of lights, such as displays devoted to Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang and to the good old greeny Grinch. The “Lynchburg Winter Wonderland” lights up at dusk in Riverside Park (301 Grove St.) tonight through Monday. The official time is 5-9 p.m. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 455-5858.

Although Christmas has passed, the season of holiday lights continues. That means there’s still a chance to check out the Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Celebration of Lights every night through New Year’s Day. The drive-through presentation includes, well, lots of lights, such as displays devoted to Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang and to the good old greeny Grinch. The “Lynchburg Winter Wonderland” lights up at dusk in Riverside Park (301 Grove St.) tonight through Monday. The official time is 5-9 p.m. For more information, click here or call (434) 455-5858.

 Among the many things Amazement Square (27 9th St.) is known for in Lynchburg are the bugs, which is fairly obvious if you happen to be passing by the children’s museum and playspace. We’re referring to several prominent outdoor sculptures, which include a centipede-like bike rack out front and a series of bugs climbing up the sides of the building. The infestation goes much deeper this afternoon, as Amazement Square gears up for its big New Year’s Eve afternoon celebration for kids. Today from 4-5 p.m., kids will have a chance to craft the creepy crawlers that will be part of the big 3 p.m.  bug drop  on the 31st. Local kids will create two bugs from materials provided by Amazement Square – one for the New Year’s event and one to take home. The project is free with museum admission; if you are not a member, it’s $9 to visit. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 845-1888.

Among the many things Amazement Square (27 9th St.) is known for in Lynchburg are the bugs, which is fairly obvious if you happen to be passing by the children’s museum and playspace. We’re referring to several prominent outdoor sculptures, which include a centipede-like bike rack out front and a series of bugs climbing up the sides of the building. The infestation goes much deeper this afternoon, as Amazement Square gears up for its big New Year’s Eve afternoon celebration for kids. Today from 4-5 p.m., kids will have a chance to craft the creepy crawlers that will be part of the big 3 p.m. bug drop on the 31st. Local kids will create two bugs from materials provided by Amazement Square – one for the New Year’s event and one to take home. The project is free with museum admission; if you are not a member, it’s $9 to visit. For more information, click here or call (434) 845-1888.

 There’s been a fair amount of disagreement on the old Internet about the original 1988  Die Hard  movie. Basically, there are those who hold that the Bruce Willis blow-’em-up action drama is indeed a Christmas movie, and those who believe that this is completely and utterly wrong. Directed by John McTiernan and starring Willis as a tough yet tender hearted down-and-out NYPD cop by the name of John McClane, the film takes place during the holiday season, with McClane arriving in LA to attempt a reconciliation with his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia). She’s at a fancy company Christmas part in a big office building that some terroristy dude named Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) has coincidentally decided to destroy on that very evening. Action heroics, gunplay, and witty quipery ensues. We don’t want to spoil the spectacular finish but let’s just say that McClane survives to participate in several sequels. Showtimes are 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. through January 4th.  Die Hard  is the last of Venue’s classic holiday film series, but they’re planning to keep screening older fan favorites, including the four Indiana Jones films one week at a time in January. For more information, click  here  or call 434-845-2398.

There’s been a fair amount of disagreement on the old Internet about the original 1988 Die Hard movie. Basically, there are those who hold that the Bruce Willis blow-’em-up action drama is indeed a Christmas movie, and those who believe that this is completely and utterly wrong. Directed by John McTiernan and starring Willis as a tough yet tender hearted down-and-out NYPD cop by the name of John McClane, the film takes place during the holiday season, with McClane arriving in LA to attempt a reconciliation with his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia). She’s at a fancy company Christmas part in a big office building that some terroristy dude named Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) has coincidentally decided to destroy on that very evening. Action heroics, gunplay, and witty quipery ensues. We don’t want to spoil the spectacular finish but let’s just say that McClane survives to participate in several sequels. Showtimes are 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. through January 4th. Die Hard is the last of Venue’s classic holiday film series, but they’re planning to keep screening older fan favorites, including the four Indiana Jones films one week at a time in January. For more information, click here or call 434-845-2398.

 The Stoney Badger (3009 Old Forest Rd.) is all lit up for the holidays, and it’s moving on from Christmas to gear up for New Year’s with a dose of metallic tidings from two local purveyors of the hard stuff:  Whole New Me  and  Last Night’s Villain . Both bands have had a pretty good 2017, with Whole New Me emerging from SingleSide, and LNV performing with a bunch of national metal acts at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival. Tonight’s pre-New Year’s Eve party begins at 9:30 p.m. It’s 21-plus, and the cover is $5. For more information, click  here or call (434) 384-3004.

The Stoney Badger (3009 Old Forest Rd.) is all lit up for the holidays, and it’s moving on from Christmas to gear up for New Year’s with a dose of metallic tidings from two local purveyors of the hard stuff: Whole New Me and Last Night’s Villain. Both bands have had a pretty good 2017, with Whole New Me emerging from SingleSide, and LNV performing with a bunch of national metal acts at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival. Tonight’s pre-New Year’s Eve party begins at 9:30 p.m. It’s 21-plus, and the cover is $5. For more information, click hereor call (434) 384-3004.

 We don’t yet have the full details on what they’re planning for a New Year’s dinner menu at Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.), but we do know that one of Lynchburg’s more stylish bands will be leading the festive proceedings from 9 p.m. until midnight.  Jenny and the B-Side Rockers  should keep things pretty well hopping with their mix of rockabilly and swing music. Chances are that reservations will be necessary, so give Jimmy’s a call at (434) 845-1116 or check their  website  for updates.

We don’t yet have the full details on what they’re planning for a New Year’s dinner menu at Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.), but we do know that one of Lynchburg’s more stylish bands will be leading the festive proceedings from 9 p.m. until midnight. Jenny and the B-Side Rockers should keep things pretty well hopping with their mix of rockabilly and swing music. Chances are that reservations will be necessary, so give Jimmy’s a call at (434) 845-1116 or check their website for updates.

 The locally based Bell’s Avenue Blues Band are shepherding in 2018 at {RA}Bistro (1344 Main St.), where there will be a midnight champagne toast as the proverbial ball drops in Times Square. The party starts at 9 p.m. and goes until closing time. While there’s plenty of space at {RA}’s, including an outdoor deck, reservations for dinner is probably a good idea. Check out a menu  here , or call (434) 845-1601 for info and reservations.

The locally based Bell’s Avenue Blues Band are shepherding in 2018 at {RA}Bistro (1344 Main St.), where there will be a midnight champagne toast as the proverbial ball drops in Times Square. The party starts at 9 p.m. and goes until closing time. While there’s plenty of space at {RA}’s, including an outdoor deck, reservations for dinner is probably a good idea. Check out a menu here, or call (434) 845-1601 for info and reservations.

 Lynchburg’s small-plate eatery is planning a big New Year’s Eve blowout with local funkster Tony Camm hosting and two DJs sharing the spinning responsibilities. DJ Ed and Benny V, veterans of the Boom-Boom Room scene at Dish (1120 Main St.) team up with Camm from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m., and the kitchen will surely be serving dinner beforehand. If you want a table, you should probably call ahead. Music will be a danceable mix of hip hop, reggae, afrobeat, and top 40. Admission to the party is $20 and includes a midnight champagne toast, party favors, and hors d’oeuvres. Call (434) 528-0070 or click  here  for more info.

Lynchburg’s small-plate eatery is planning a big New Year’s Eve blowout with local funkster Tony Camm hosting and two DJs sharing the spinning responsibilities. DJ Ed and Benny V, veterans of the Boom-Boom Room scene at Dish (1120 Main St.) team up with Camm from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m., and the kitchen will surely be serving dinner beforehand. If you want a table, you should probably call ahead. Music will be a danceable mix of hip hop, reggae, afrobeat, and top 40. Admission to the party is $20 and includes a midnight champagne toast, party favors, and hors d’oeuvres. Call (434) 528-0070 or click here for more info.

 The Clubhouse (21174 Timberlake Rd.) boasts ten flat screen HD TVs, one hi-def big screen, nine billiards tables, and at least 18 different ways to order wings. Tonight, they’ll also have country music from the local band  Rare Form  to help ring in the New Year. The music is set to begin at 8 p.m. and go until at least midnight. It’s $10 at the door. Check out their menu  here , the website  here , or call (434) 239-7665 for more info.

The Clubhouse (21174 Timberlake Rd.) boasts ten flat screen HD TVs, one hi-def big screen, nine billiards tables, and at least 18 different ways to order wings. Tonight, they’ll also have country music from the local band Rare Form to help ring in the New Year. The music is set to begin at 8 p.m. and go until at least midnight. It’s $10 at the door. Check out their menu here, the website here, or call (434) 239-7665 for more info.

 The local jam-rock band Sin are handling the New Year’s Eve duties this evening at the Stoney Bader (3009 Old Forest Rd.). The Badger will be serving its usual menu of smoked meats, wings, and all kinds of other stick-to-your-ribs fare that you can peruse  here . The music gets underway at 9:30 p.m. Click  here  or call (434) 384-3004 for more info.

The local jam-rock band Sin are handling the New Year’s Eve duties this evening at the Stoney Bader (3009 Old Forest Rd.). The Badger will be serving its usual menu of smoked meats, wings, and all kinds of other stick-to-your-ribs fare that you can peruse here. The music gets underway at 9:30 p.m. Click here or call (434) 384-3004 for more info.

 One of the better dressed bands in Lynchburg have the stage tonight at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) for a New Year’s Eve party that’ll feature all the usual accountrements: champagne, party favors, and probably some kind or rendition of “Auld Lang Syne.” The Pizzaz guys do all kinds of music and dress the part of an upscale wedding band. Phase 2 offers a variety of packages for this event: $20 if you just want to dance and hang out; $50 if you want a full dinner and dancing; and there are hotel and shuttle combos available as well. Doors are at 7:30. Call (434) 846-3206 for more info, or click  here . 

One of the better dressed bands in Lynchburg have the stage tonight at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) for a New Year’s Eve party that’ll feature all the usual accountrements: champagne, party favors, and probably some kind or rendition of “Auld Lang Syne.” The Pizzaz guys do all kinds of music and dress the part of an upscale wedding band. Phase 2 offers a variety of packages for this event: $20 if you just want to dance and hang out; $50 if you want a full dinner and dancing; and there are hotel and shuttle combos available as well. Doors are at 7:30. Call (434) 846-3206 for more info, or click here

 This time last year Fifth & Federal Station (801 Fifth St.) had just opened its doors in a space that used to be an actual garage right off of the 5th Street roundabout. Tonight they celebrate the New Year and pay homage to the building’s more humble beginnings with a Garage Gala featuring a barbecue buffet, with beef, pork, and chicken, as well as pork rinds, nachos, and fruit cobbler; a steal-the-shotglass promotion with Jim Beam and Belle Isle Distillery varieties; the saxophone styling of Emmanuel Tetteh; and a midnight champagne toast. The eating, drinking, and merrymaking gets underway at 7 p.m. and goes until closing time. The regular  menu  will also be available for those who would prefer that, and reservations are a good idea. For more information and updates, click  here  or call (434) 386-8113.

This time last year Fifth & Federal Station (801 Fifth St.) had just opened its doors in a space that used to be an actual garage right off of the 5th Street roundabout. Tonight they celebrate the New Year and pay homage to the building’s more humble beginnings with a Garage Gala featuring a barbecue buffet, with beef, pork, and chicken, as well as pork rinds, nachos, and fruit cobbler; a steal-the-shotglass promotion with Jim Beam and Belle Isle Distillery varieties; the saxophone styling of Emmanuel Tetteh; and a midnight champagne toast. The eating, drinking, and merrymaking gets underway at 7 p.m. and goes until closing time. The regular menu will also be available for those who would prefer that, and reservations are a good idea. For more information and updates, click here or call (434) 386-8113.

 Brunching on a Monday is just a good way to get the new year off to a robust start, and Blue Mountain Brewery (9519 Critzers Shop Rd.) in Afton is facilitating today with a special New Year’s Day Brunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s buffet-style, with an omelette station, biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, french toast, and more for $21.99. And, of course, Blue Mountain’s selection of craft-brewed lagers, porters, IPAs, and stouts will be on tap. Add a flight of brews to the brunch meal and it’ll cost just $27.99. For reservations, call (540) 856-8020. For more information, click  here .

Brunching on a Monday is just a good way to get the new year off to a robust start, and Blue Mountain Brewery (9519 Critzers Shop Rd.) in Afton is facilitating today with a special New Year’s Day Brunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s buffet-style, with an omelette station, biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, french toast, and more for $21.99. And, of course, Blue Mountain’s selection of craft-brewed lagers, porters, IPAs, and stouts will be on tap. Add a flight of brews to the brunch meal and it’ll cost just $27.99. For reservations, call (540) 856-8020. For more information, click here.

 January is shaping up to be an exciting month for lunar observers. For starters, we’ve got what’s known as a “wolf” moon rising this evening, which is what the  Old Farmer’s Almanac  calls the first full-moon of the new year, perhaps because it falls at the beginning of mating season for our  Canis lupus  friends. This year’s wolf moon is also a “supermoon,” which is what happens when a full moon coincides with the moon’s closest Earth orbital approach. So, don’t be alarmed if the moon looks significantly larger and closer tonight than it usually does; it’s not your imagination. But, that’s just a preview for an even bigger lunar event later in the month – a bona fide blue moon, or the second full moon in one calendar month. It’ll also be a supermoon, and it will take place during a lunar eclipse (when the moon passes into the Earth’s shadow), which means it qualifies as a blood moon. So, get your wolf moon fix tonight, and then start gearing up for a blood blue supermoon on the last day of January.

January is shaping up to be an exciting month for lunar observers. For starters, we’ve got what’s known as a “wolf” moon rising this evening, which is what the Old Farmer’s Almanac calls the first full-moon of the new year, perhaps because it falls at the beginning of mating season for our Canis lupus friends. This year’s wolf moon is also a “supermoon,” which is what happens when a full moon coincides with the moon’s closest Earth orbital approach. So, don’t be alarmed if the moon looks significantly larger and closer tonight than it usually does; it’s not your imagination. But, that’s just a preview for an even bigger lunar event later in the month – a bona fide blue moon, or the second full moon in one calendar month. It’ll also be a supermoon, and it will take place during a lunar eclipse (when the moon passes into the Earth’s shadow), which means it qualifies as a blood moon. So, get your wolf moon fix tonight, and then start gearing up for a blood blue supermoon on the last day of January.

 In case you missed it, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returned to their roles of rogue FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully last January, when  The X-Files  returned to network television for a short tenth season after more than a decade of hiatus. The critics were a little lukewarm, but the enough fans tuned in to justify a fuller 11th season. There are 12 news episodes ready to go, and they begin airing tonight at 8 p.m. Of the dozen new one, two are part of the so-called “mythology arc,” which traces the twisted roots alien arrivals, the governmental cover-ups, and twisted conspiracies that have apparently led to our present predicament. In other news, still no word on when or if the History Channel will be bringing back  Ancient Aliens  for a 13th season in 2018, but our fingers are crossed.   

In case you missed it, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returned to their roles of rogue FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully last January, when The X-Files returned to network television for a short tenth season after more than a decade of hiatus. The critics were a little lukewarm, but the enough fans tuned in to justify a fuller 11th season. There are 12 news episodes ready to go, and they begin airing tonight at 8 p.m. Of the dozen new one, two are part of the so-called “mythology arc,” which traces the twisted roots alien arrivals, the governmental cover-ups, and twisted conspiracies that have apparently led to our present predicament. In other news, still no word on when or if the History Channel will be bringing back Ancient Aliens for a 13th season in 2018, but our fingers are crossed.   

 Some hands wash dishes. Some hands build bridges. But the musical entity known as  Some Hands  is mainly one guy – Kevin Bock – from Pennsylvania who uses his hands to pick and strum Delta-style blues on an acoustic guitar. Bock is making his way to Lynchburg en route to North Carolina for a couple of early January dates. He stops in at the Bean Tree Café (105 Cornerstone St., #106) this evening to perform from 7-9 p.m. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 534-3210.

Some hands wash dishes. Some hands build bridges. But the musical entity known as Some Hands is mainly one guy – Kevin Bock – from Pennsylvania who uses his hands to pick and strum Delta-style blues on an acoustic guitar. Bock is making his way to Lynchburg en route to North Carolina for a couple of early January dates. He stops in at the Bean Tree Café (105 Cornerstone St., #106) this evening to perform from 7-9 p.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 534-3210.

 On most Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings,  Big Lick Tropical Grill (4001 Murray Pl.) serves up live music along with its usual menu of wings, pasta, tacos, sandwiches, and hearty entrees. Tonight, Big Lick gets the new year rolling with an appearance by the local funk collective  Tony Camm & the Funk Allstars  from 6-9 p.m. The 10-plus piece band perform a mix of funk favorite by the likes of P-Funk master George Clinton, the late great Prince, current pop phenom Bruno Mars, and ’70s titans Earth, Wind & Fire. Check out the Big Lick menu  here ; click  here for more info on tonight’s show; or call Big Lick at (434) 528-3604.

On most Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings,  Big Lick Tropical Grill (4001 Murray Pl.) serves up live music along with its usual menu of wings, pasta, tacos, sandwiches, and hearty entrees. Tonight, Big Lick gets the new year rolling with an appearance by the local funk collective Tony Camm & the Funk Allstars from 6-9 p.m. The 10-plus piece band perform a mix of funk favorite by the likes of P-Funk master George Clinton, the late great Prince, current pop phenom Bruno Mars, and ’70s titans Earth, Wind & Fire. Check out the Big Lick menu here; click herefor more info on tonight’s show; or call Big Lick at (434) 528-3604.

 Every Friday in January is going to be something of a travel day at Amazement Square (27 9th St.). The itinerary includes stops throughout the greater Asian continent, including in Japan, China, Indonesia, Thailand, and India. The program is designed to incorporate art, geography, and cultural traditions into a fun learning experience for kids of various ages. It kicks off today with a virtual visit to Japan, where printmaking is on the agenda. It starts at 4 p.m. and is free with admissions, which is free for members and $9 for non-members. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 845-1888.

Every Friday in January is going to be something of a travel day at Amazement Square (27 9th St.). The itinerary includes stops throughout the greater Asian continent, including in Japan, China, Indonesia, Thailand, and India. The program is designed to incorporate art, geography, and cultural traditions into a fun learning experience for kids of various ages. It kicks off today with a virtual visit to Japan, where printmaking is on the agenda. It starts at 4 p.m. and is free with admissions, which is free for members and $9 for non-members. For more information, click here or call (434) 845-1888.

 It’s the first Friday of the first month of the year, which means that despite the cold temperatures and the early sunset the local arts community will rally to celebrate at various spots in and around the downtown area. The basic set-up is this: art galleries and other organizations open their doors to newcomers and old friends for a couple of hours starting around 5 and ending around 9 p.m. There’s generally plenty to do, much of which is listed on the First Friday  website . For example, you can often count on a congenial reception to mark the opening of a new exhibit at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). This month they’ve got “Threads Redefined,” a dual exhibition of works in fabric by Roanoke artist Elaine Fleck and Charlottesville artist Mary Beth Bellah that runs through February 15. The reception begins at 5:30, with a gallery talk at 6:30. Call Riverviews at (434) 847-7277 for more information, or click  here .

It’s the first Friday of the first month of the year, which means that despite the cold temperatures and the early sunset the local arts community will rally to celebrate at various spots in and around the downtown area. The basic set-up is this: art galleries and other organizations open their doors to newcomers and old friends for a couple of hours starting around 5 and ending around 9 p.m. There’s generally plenty to do, much of which is listed on the First Friday website. For example, you can often count on a congenial reception to mark the opening of a new exhibit at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). This month they’ve got “Threads Redefined,” a dual exhibition of works in fabric by Roanoke artist Elaine Fleck and Charlottesville artist Mary Beth Bellah that runs through February 15. The reception begins at 5:30, with a gallery talk at 6:30. Call Riverviews at (434) 847-7277 for more information, or click here.

 Slip into a Shakespearean fantasy world where pixies play with mortal frailties as Rogue Productions presents their locally sourced version of the Bard’s  A Midsummer Night’s Dream  this weekend and next. It’s a comedy in which a pre-nuptial celebration for a royal wedding turns into something a bit more complicated than a classic love triangle, thanks in part to the mischievous machination of one Robin Goodfellow, known to his fans as Puck. Rogue Productions is a local theater troupe, and they’re performing  A Midsummer Night’s Dream  in the main gallery at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.), today, tomorrow, and next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door and can be purchased  here . For more information, click  here  or call (434) 847-7277.

Slip into a Shakespearean fantasy world where pixies play with mortal frailties as Rogue Productions presents their locally sourced version of the Bard’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream this weekend and next. It’s a comedy in which a pre-nuptial celebration for a royal wedding turns into something a bit more complicated than a classic love triangle, thanks in part to the mischievous machination of one Robin Goodfellow, known to his fans as Puck. Rogue Productions is a local theater troupe, and they’re performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the main gallery at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.), today, tomorrow, and next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door and can be purchased here. For more information, click here or call (434) 847-7277.

 An action icon with headwear as unmistakable as his theme song graces the big screen at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) for the entire month of January. The four-pack of Indiana Jones blockbusters kicks off today with screenings of  Raiders of the Lost Ark , the film that got the franchise started back in 1981. Directed by Steven Spielberg, it stars a relatively young Harrison Ford as Indy, an unusually adventurous archaeologist and university professor who’s pretty handy with a bullwhip. In this installment, he’s searching for biblical treasure, the proverbial Ark of the Covenant, and doing his best to beat the Nazis to the powerful prize a year or so before the start of WWII. Showtimes are 12:30, 3:30, 6:45 and 9:45 p.m. throughout the week. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 845-2398.

An action icon with headwear as unmistakable as his theme song graces the big screen at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) for the entire month of January. The four-pack of Indiana Jones blockbusters kicks off today with screenings of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the film that got the franchise started back in 1981. Directed by Steven Spielberg, it stars a relatively young Harrison Ford as Indy, an unusually adventurous archaeologist and university professor who’s pretty handy with a bullwhip. In this installment, he’s searching for biblical treasure, the proverbial Ark of the Covenant, and doing his best to beat the Nazis to the powerful prize a year or so before the start of WWII. Showtimes are 12:30, 3:30, 6:45 and 9:45 p.m. throughout the week. For more information, click here or call (434) 845-2398.

 So, it’s a fairly well established tradition to start the new year off with a resolution or two, which may or may not carry over to the first full work week of the year, depending on the depth of one’s resolve. It’s Monday, so we’re going to gently recommend that if exercise or just getting a little more physical is on your 2018 agenda, then the Blackwater Creek Trail or any number of its offshoots might be a nice place to start. The good folks at Lynchburg Parks and Recreation have an online map of hiking and biking trails that you can find right  here . They also host a variety of activities for adults and kids, including indoor and outdoor team sports and healthy eating classes. For a list of programs, click  here  or call (434) 455-5858 for more information. 

So, it’s a fairly well established tradition to start the new year off with a resolution or two, which may or may not carry over to the first full work week of the year, depending on the depth of one’s resolve. It’s Monday, so we’re going to gently recommend that if exercise or just getting a little more physical is on your 2018 agenda, then the Blackwater Creek Trail or any number of its offshoots might be a nice place to start. The good folks at Lynchburg Parks and Recreation have an online map of hiking and biking trails that you can find right here. They also host a variety of activities for adults and kids, including indoor and outdoor team sports and healthy eating classes. For a list of programs, click here or call (434) 455-5858 for more information. 

 While we are probably not alone in lamenting the loss of the Cheesy Rider food truck, which ceased its grilled cheese-making operations back in December, we are happy to report that the spirit of the Cheesy Rider lives on at Urbavore (1103 Church St.). The vegan restaurant is the latest gastronomical project by the folks who brought the Cheesy Rider to life, the husband and wife team of Elizabeth Russell and Matthew Kaplan. So, if one of your New Year’s resolutions was to eat a bit healthier, we gently recommend checking out the  menu  at Urbavore, which includes mushroom-lentil patty burgers, Vietnamese-style  Bánh mì  “sammiches,” soups of the week, and a nice selection of breakfast and desert items. Urbavore is open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For  more information, call 434-851-2727.

While we are probably not alone in lamenting the loss of the Cheesy Rider food truck, which ceased its grilled cheese-making operations back in December, we are happy to report that the spirit of the Cheesy Rider lives on at Urbavore (1103 Church St.). The vegan restaurant is the latest gastronomical project by the folks who brought the Cheesy Rider to life, the husband and wife team of Elizabeth Russell and Matthew Kaplan. So, if one of your New Year’s resolutions was to eat a bit healthier, we gently recommend checking out the menu at Urbavore, which includes mushroom-lentil patty burgers, Vietnamese-style Bánh mì “sammiches,” soups of the week, and a nice selection of breakfast and desert items. Urbavore is open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For  more information, call 434-851-2727.

 One recurring local event that’s worth checking out if you’re hungry is “Wing Wednesday” at the Stoney Badger Tavern (3009 Old Forest Rd.), a place that kinda specializes in doing chicken wings really well. They’ve got dry rubbed wings and sauced wings of the spicy and calm variety, including a parmesan caeser-type wing, which is pretty cool. On any other night of the week you can get six wings for $7; 18 for $20; or 24 for $24. But on Wednesdays, wings are just 75 cents apiece. To sweeten the deal, local singer-songwriter Craig Hanson has a regular gig performing on Wednesdays from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Click  here  or call (434) 384-3004 for more info.

One recurring local event that’s worth checking out if you’re hungry is “Wing Wednesday” at the Stoney Badger Tavern (3009 Old Forest Rd.), a place that kinda specializes in doing chicken wings really well. They’ve got dry rubbed wings and sauced wings of the spicy and calm variety, including a parmesan caeser-type wing, which is pretty cool. On any other night of the week you can get six wings for $7; 18 for $20; or 24 for $24. But on Wednesdays, wings are just 75 cents apiece. To sweeten the deal, local singer-songwriter Craig Hanson has a regular gig performing on Wednesdays from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Click here or call (434) 384-3004 for more info.