January 10 - Current

 

 It’s a double-shot of Harrison Ford on the big screen at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) for the next two days, one classic, and one futuristic. In 1981’s  Raiders of the Lost Ark  (12:30, 3:30, 6:45 and 9:45 p.m.), Ford makes his debut as Indiana Jones, an unusually adventurous archaeologist and university professor who does his best to stop the Nazis from getting their hands on the proverbial Ark of the Covenant. It’s the first of the four Indiana Jones blockbusters Venue will be showing this month. In last year’s  Blade Runner 2049  (12:15, 3:45, and 7:15 p.m.), Ford reprises his role as Rick Deckard, the android-chasing SFPD officer who hunted down a band of rogue replicants in 1982’s  Blade Runner  while falling for an all-too-human creation named Rachael (Sean Young). This time, he’s dealing with a whole new kind of replicant revolt. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 845-2398.

It’s a double-shot of Harrison Ford on the big screen at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) for the next two days, one classic, and one futuristic. In 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark (12:30, 3:30, 6:45 and 9:45 p.m.), Ford makes his debut as Indiana Jones, an unusually adventurous archaeologist and university professor who does his best to stop the Nazis from getting their hands on the proverbial Ark of the Covenant. It’s the first of the four Indiana Jones blockbusters Venue will be showing this month. In last year’s Blade Runner 2049 (12:15, 3:45, and 7:15 p.m.), Ford reprises his role as Rick Deckard, the android-chasing SFPD officer who hunted down a band of rogue replicants in 1982’s Blade Runner while falling for an all-too-human creation named Rachael (Sean Young). This time, he’s dealing with a whole new kind of replicant revolt. For more information, click here or call (434) 845-2398.

 It’s a Brooklyn invasion of sorts at Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) tonight as Appomattox expat David Haught returns to his old stomping ground with Out of System Transfer, a foursome of fellow Brooklynites who are on a ten-date tour of the Southern States. Haught is a known quantity in these parts: he’s a cowboy-hat-wearing Americana singer-songwriter who’s got the chops and the style to tackle the Hank Williams songbook, which he’ll be doing at next month’s  Sonnets & Chocolates  fundraiser for Endstation Theater. Out of System Transfer deploy guitar, bajolele, ukulele, and trombone in what they call “gonzo anti-folk punk-rock” with a distinctively leftist slant. Should be interesting. The show starts at 10 p.m. and goes until just before closing at 2 a.m. There’s no cover. Click  here  or call (434) 616-6691 for more info.

It’s a Brooklyn invasion of sorts at Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) tonight as Appomattox expat David Haught returns to his old stomping ground with Out of System Transfer, a foursome of fellow Brooklynites who are on a ten-date tour of the Southern States. Haught is a known quantity in these parts: he’s a cowboy-hat-wearing Americana singer-songwriter who’s got the chops and the style to tackle the Hank Williams songbook, which he’ll be doing at next month’s Sonnets & Chocolates fundraiser for Endstation Theater. Out of System Transfer deploy guitar, bajolele, ukulele, and trombone in what they call “gonzo anti-folk punk-rock” with a distinctively leftist slant. Should be interesting. The show starts at 10 p.m. and goes until just before closing at 2 a.m. There’s no cover. Click here or call (434) 616-6691 for more info.

 One of the nation’s top breweries will offer up one of its heftiest beers tonight at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.), where they’re hosting a steal-the-pint night for Oskar Blues. At the top of the tap takeover list is Oskar’s  Ten Fidy , a 10.5% ABV Imperial Stout infused with chocolate, caramel, and coffee flavors. The takeover menu also includes the brewery’s flagship Dale’s Pale Ale and its Pinner, IPA, and Yella Pils. Pint glasses are available starting at about 6 p.m. For more information, call RP at (434) 846-2877. Over at Beer 88 (113 Hexham Dr.) they like their stouts, but they’ve set aside today for an IPA celebration. Hop Heads United features  Parkway Brewing ’s Oak-Aged Gent Bent Mountain IPA, Reaver Beach Brewing’s Hoptopus Double IPA, Captain Lawrence Brewing’s Orbital Tilt and Powder Dreams IPAs, and Alpine Beer’s Pure Hoppiness. For more information about Hop Heads United, click  here  or call (434) 582-5025.

One of the nation’s top breweries will offer up one of its heftiest beers tonight at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.), where they’re hosting a steal-the-pint night for Oskar Blues. At the top of the tap takeover list is Oskar’s Ten Fidy, a 10.5% ABV Imperial Stout infused with chocolate, caramel, and coffee flavors. The takeover menu also includes the brewery’s flagship Dale’s Pale Ale and its Pinner, IPA, and Yella Pils. Pint glasses are available starting at about 6 p.m. For more information, call RP at (434) 846-2877. Over at Beer 88 (113 Hexham Dr.) they like their stouts, but they’ve set aside today for an IPA celebration. Hop Heads United features Parkway Brewing’s Oak-Aged Gent Bent Mountain IPA, Reaver Beach Brewing’s Hoptopus Double IPA, Captain Lawrence Brewing’s Orbital Tilt and Powder Dreams IPAs, and Alpine Beer’s Pure Hoppiness. For more information about Hop Heads United, click here or call (434) 582-5025.

 Brass bands are a famously funky New Orleans thing. There’s the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Rebirth Brass Band, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and so many others. A little closer to Lynchburg we’ve got the No BS! Brass Band, an 11-piece group based out of Richmond who, in the Crescent City brass band tradition, are willing to take trumpets, trombones, and tubas to places you might not expect, from gritty James Brown jams to Led Zeppelin blooze rock. As part of the Warehouse Concert Series at the Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.), the No BS! boys team up with local jazzy funksters Apple Butter Soul for an evening of heavy grooves. Doors are at 7 p.m., and tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Call (434) 846-8499 or click  here . 

Brass bands are a famously funky New Orleans thing. There’s the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Rebirth Brass Band, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and so many others. A little closer to Lynchburg we’ve got the No BS! Brass Band, an 11-piece group based out of Richmond who, in the Crescent City brass band tradition, are willing to take trumpets, trombones, and tubas to places you might not expect, from gritty James Brown jams to Led Zeppelin blooze rock. As part of the Warehouse Concert Series at the Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.), the No BS! boys team up with local jazzy funksters Apple Butter Soul for an evening of heavy grooves. Doors are at 7 p.m., and tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Call (434) 846-8499 or click here

 Historically speaking, a bombardier was the guy responsible for targeting and releasing a plane’s explosive payload, which was a pretty important job back before computers took over that role. The “post-rock” band Bombardier are more of a ground-based entity with a penchant for releasing something more constructive into the atmosphere. Although some of the band’s music resonates with the beat of war drums (“Revenir” from the album  Liminality ), most of what they do involves contemplative atmospherics with few if any lyrics. They’ll be playing at Fifth & Federal Station (801 5th St.) along with the local alternative band Quick On My Feet, who released the EP  Friends  last year. The show runs from 8-11 p.m. and has no cover. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 386-8113.

Historically speaking, a bombardier was the guy responsible for targeting and releasing a plane’s explosive payload, which was a pretty important job back before computers took over that role. The “post-rock” band Bombardier are more of a ground-based entity with a penchant for releasing something more constructive into the atmosphere. Although some of the band’s music resonates with the beat of war drums (“Revenir” from the album Liminality), most of what they do involves contemplative atmospherics with few if any lyrics. They’ll be playing at Fifth & Federal Station (801 5th St.) along with the local alternative band Quick On My Feet, who released the EP Friends last year. The show runs from 8-11 p.m. and has no cover. For more information, click here or call (434) 386-8113.

 When a DJ decides to throw his or her own birthday, chances are it’s not just about getting a few friends together for a drink or two. Lynchburg’s own DJ Ed, who’s hosted many a weekend night downtown at Dish, is celebrating his 30th tonight at a somewhat larger venue: Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.). Along with a stage stint by the birthday boy, the event will feature five other DJs: Benny V, MadMix, Purple Haze, Showtime, and Yagga. The show runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Ed, a native of Port-au-Prince, generally offers up a mix of hip hop, reggae, Afrobeat, and Top 40, so expect an eclectic mix. General admission tickets are $10 and VIP  tickets  are $25, which include a champagne toast and apps. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 535-6190.

When a DJ decides to throw his or her own birthday, chances are it’s not just about getting a few friends together for a drink or two. Lynchburg’s own DJ Ed, who’s hosted many a weekend night downtown at Dish, is celebrating his 30th tonight at a somewhat larger venue: Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.). Along with a stage stint by the birthday boy, the event will feature five other DJs: Benny V, MadMix, Purple Haze, Showtime, and Yagga. The show runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Ed, a native of Port-au-Prince, generally offers up a mix of hip hop, reggae, Afrobeat, and Top 40, so expect an eclectic mix. General admission tickets are $10 and VIP tickets are $25, which include a champagne toast and apps. For more information, click here or call (434) 535-6190.

 The Lynchburg Humane Society (1211 Graves Mill Rd.) is home to some pretty cute potential pets, mostly of the canine and feline variety. This evening the resident cats and dogs are in for a little extra loving thanks to a Parents’ Night Out. On the second Friday of the month the Humane Society invites parents to drop off their kids to hang with the animals, watch a movie, and snack on popcorn from 6-9 p.m. Be warned: kids between the ages of five and 12 years old are susceptible to the charms of small animals and some may want to bring home a new buddy at pick-up. Coincidentally, the event is open to kids of that very age. It costs $15 for one child and $10 each additional sibling. Click  here  or email  rtaylor@lynchburghumane.org  for more info. You can reach the Humane Society at (434) 448-0088.

The Lynchburg Humane Society (1211 Graves Mill Rd.) is home to some pretty cute potential pets, mostly of the canine and feline variety. This evening the resident cats and dogs are in for a little extra loving thanks to a Parents’ Night Out. On the second Friday of the month the Humane Society invites parents to drop off their kids to hang with the animals, watch a movie, and snack on popcorn from 6-9 p.m. Be warned: kids between the ages of five and 12 years old are susceptible to the charms of small animals and some may want to bring home a new buddy at pick-up. Coincidentally, the event is open to kids of that very age. It costs $15 for one child and $10 each additional sibling. Click here or email rtaylor@lynchburghumane.org for more info. You can reach the Humane Society at (434) 448-0088.

 There’s a fiddler named Zach Brown who will be holding court today at the Academy Center for the Arts (519 Commerce St.) for a musical fundraiser for the Amherst County Habitat for Humanity. Okay, so it’s not the Grammy-winning   Zac Brown from Georgia, who you may know from such hits as “Homegrown,” “Sweet Annie,” and “Beautiful Drug.” It’s a more locally based Zach Brown, who’s part of  New Standard , a bluegrass band steeped in the music of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Reno & Smiley, and, of course, the Stanley Brothers. The show starts at 4 p.m., features sets by  James River Cutups ,  Little Mountain Boys , and others, and runs until 10 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 for theater seating, $25 for table seating, and $15 for kids and seniors. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 846-8499.

There’s a fiddler named Zach Brown who will be holding court today at the Academy Center for the Arts (519 Commerce St.) for a musical fundraiser for the Amherst County Habitat for Humanity. Okay, so it’s not the Grammy-winning Zac Brown from Georgia, who you may know from such hits as “Homegrown,” “Sweet Annie,” and “Beautiful Drug.” It’s a more locally based Zach Brown, who’s part of New Standard, a bluegrass band steeped in the music of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Reno & Smiley, and, of course, the Stanley Brothers. The show starts at 4 p.m., features sets by James River CutupsLittle Mountain Boys, and others, and runs until 10 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 for theater seating, $25 for table seating, and $15 for kids and seniors. For more information, click here or call (434) 846-8499.

 It’s been over 50 years since the Grateful Dead first stoked up the jams in Palo Alto, CA, back in the heady days of 1965. And it’s been almost a quarter century since the passing of Jerry Garcia. But if there’s one thing that’s true about the Dead, it’s that their music and their vibe seem immune to mortality. To that end, Central Virginia’s favorite Dead specialists will do their part to keep Jerry’s spirit alive and jamming as they venture into Nelson County to rock at Rapunzel’s Coffee and Books (924 Front St.) in Lovingston. The seven-piece band perform from 8-11 p.m. There’s a $10 cover charge. Along with an extensive  menu  of coffee beverages, Rapunzel’s serves beer, wine, and cider. Click  here  or call (434) 263-6660 for more info.

It’s been over 50 years since the Grateful Dead first stoked up the jams in Palo Alto, CA, back in the heady days of 1965. And it’s been almost a quarter century since the passing of Jerry Garcia. But if there’s one thing that’s true about the Dead, it’s that their music and their vibe seem immune to mortality. To that end, Central Virginia’s favorite Dead specialists will do their part to keep Jerry’s spirit alive and jamming as they venture into Nelson County to rock at Rapunzel’s Coffee and Books (924 Front St.) in Lovingston. The seven-piece band perform from 8-11 p.m. There’s a $10 cover charge. Along with an extensive menu of coffee beverages, Rapunzel’s serves beer, wine, and cider. Click here or call (434) 263-6660 for more info.

 In the wake of the so-called cold “bomb,” or bombogenesis weather pattern that brought record lows to the area, chilling out may not rank particularly high on anyone’s list of priorities. But, the Lynchburg Local Chillout is more about heating up than cooling off. It all happens tonight, starting at 6 p.m., at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.), where six regional bands are slated to share the bill. It begins with the No Limit Band, followed by Borderline Taboo, Dyke Van Dicks, Hanging Tree Road, Blodhren, and Mudflap, who are scheduled to headline around 11 p.m. From what we’ve heard, the common thread will be rock of the harder variety. And, we’re certainly cool with that. It’s an all-ages show with a $7 cover for adults, and $5 for those ages 12-20. Kids under 12 get in free. Click  here or call (434) 846-3206.

In the wake of the so-called cold “bomb,” or bombogenesis weather pattern that brought record lows to the area, chilling out may not rank particularly high on anyone’s list of priorities. But, the Lynchburg Local Chillout is more about heating up than cooling off. It all happens tonight, starting at 6 p.m., at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.), where six regional bands are slated to share the bill. It begins with the No Limit Band, followed by Borderline Taboo, Dyke Van Dicks, Hanging Tree Road, Blodhren, and Mudflap, who are scheduled to headline around 11 p.m. From what we’ve heard, the common thread will be rock of the harder variety. And, we’re certainly cool with that. It’s an all-ages show with a $7 cover for adults, and $5 for those ages 12-20. Kids under 12 get in free. Click hereor call (434) 846-3206.

 The cinematic adventure marathon featuring everyone’s favorite archeology professor/action hero continues this week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) with screenings of  Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom  (1984). In the second installment of the blockbuster franchise, Indy (Harrison Ford) joins night club singer Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw) and a boy called Short Round (Jonathan Ke Quan) on a quest for a sacred and powerful stone. The action is set in 1935 which technically makes it a prequel rather than a sequel to 1981’s  Raiders of the Lost Ark . Showtimes are 12:30, 3:30, 6:45 and 9:45 p.m. through Thursday. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 845-2398.

The cinematic adventure marathon featuring everyone’s favorite archeology professor/action hero continues this week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) with screenings of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). In the second installment of the blockbuster franchise, Indy (Harrison Ford) joins night club singer Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw) and a boy called Short Round (Jonathan Ke Quan) on a quest for a sacred and powerful stone. The action is set in 1935 which technically makes it a prequel rather than a sequel to 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. Showtimes are 12:30, 3:30, 6:45 and 9:45 p.m. through Thursday. For more information, click here or call (434) 845-2398.

 Two of the musical threads that David Lowery’s spent more than two decades weaving into an impressive and, at times, impressionistic resume as a half-indie/half-rootsy musician/bandleader have intertwined in a rather convenient fashion this year. Camper Van Beethoven, the post-punk band of noisy merrymakers Lowery formed in 1983 (does anyone remember “Take the Skinheads Bowling”?) have joined up with his more recent and mainstream-leaning group Cracker (“Euro-Trash Girl” anyone?) for a joint tour. The two share Lowery and a Monday night bill at the Jefferson Theater (110 East Main St.) in Charlottesville. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 on the day of the show. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. Call (434) 245-4980 for tickets or click  here .

Two of the musical threads that David Lowery’s spent more than two decades weaving into an impressive and, at times, impressionistic resume as a half-indie/half-rootsy musician/bandleader have intertwined in a rather convenient fashion this year. Camper Van Beethoven, the post-punk band of noisy merrymakers Lowery formed in 1983 (does anyone remember “Take the Skinheads Bowling”?) have joined up with his more recent and mainstream-leaning group Cracker (“Euro-Trash Girl” anyone?) for a joint tour. The two share Lowery and a Monday night bill at the Jefferson Theater (110 East Main St.) in Charlottesville. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 on the day of the show. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. Call (434) 245-4980 for tickets or click here.

 We haven’t seen a hot dog go on tour before, but then again, we haven’t seen franks dressed up like nachos either. Both will be on the menu today as the Fat Dogz food truck pulls into Lynchburg on a winter tour of Virginia and sets up shop at Dapper Dan’s Vapor Things (6109 Fort Ave.) from noon to 6 p.m.  Fat Dogz  highlights the oft-overlooked hotdog, annointing their beefy dogs with chili, cheese, slaw, and other tempting toppings. This month’s special is a fat frank loaded with nachos, cheese, jalapenos, and sour cream for $4. That’s right, a nacho-dog. For more information and updates, click  here .

We haven’t seen a hot dog go on tour before, but then again, we haven’t seen franks dressed up like nachos either. Both will be on the menu today as the Fat Dogz food truck pulls into Lynchburg on a winter tour of Virginia and sets up shop at Dapper Dan’s Vapor Things (6109 Fort Ave.) from noon to 6 p.m. Fat Dogz highlights the oft-overlooked hotdog, annointing their beefy dogs with chili, cheese, slaw, and other tempting toppings. This month’s special is a fat frank loaded with nachos, cheese, jalapenos, and sour cream for $4. That’s right, a nacho-dog. For more information and updates, click here.

 As New Year’s Day 2018 begins to fade into just another memory of brunches past, it’s all too tempting to set aside those first-of-the-year resolutions we may have made, like joining a gym, for example. So, we’re offering a gentle nudge in the form of this tip: the YMCA of Central Virginia has a special deal going on right now. They’ll waive the usual sign-up fee and only charge you one single dollar for the first month of membership. There are YMCAs in Lynchburg proper, including a downtown location (1315 Church St.) and a Y Express (3408 Old Forest Rd.), and a big one out in Wyndhurst (801 Wyndhurst Dr.). Depending on the location, there’s swimming, basketball, and yoga, spinning, and zumba classes. A single membership will run you $46 per month, so $1 really is a deal. Click  here  or call (434) 847-5597 for more info.

As New Year’s Day 2018 begins to fade into just another memory of brunches past, it’s all too tempting to set aside those first-of-the-year resolutions we may have made, like joining a gym, for example. So, we’re offering a gentle nudge in the form of this tip: the YMCA of Central Virginia has a special deal going on right now. They’ll waive the usual sign-up fee and only charge you one single dollar for the first month of membership. There are YMCAs in Lynchburg proper, including a downtown location (1315 Church St.) and a Y Express (3408 Old Forest Rd.), and a big one out in Wyndhurst (801 Wyndhurst Dr.). Depending on the location, there’s swimming, basketball, and yoga, spinning, and zumba classes. A single membership will run you $46 per month, so $1 really is a deal. Click here or call (434) 847-5597 for more info.

 Whether through Americana music, craft brews, or a mix of both, the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) may have a cure for what ails you this evening. Along with the smartly named, physician approved, Roanoke-based band  Medicinal Americana , they’re featuring Parkway Brewing Co. beer and take-home glasses. The band specialize in country-rock covers and originals. Along with guitar, bass, and drums, they feature some mean harmonica playing. Parkway’s smartly named Coal Miner's Dodder, Majestic Mullet Krispy Kolsch, Grapefruit Get Bent Mountain IPA, and Four Damn Fight To A Pint Double IPA will be on tap. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 333-4681.

Whether through Americana music, craft brews, or a mix of both, the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) may have a cure for what ails you this evening. Along with the smartly named, physician approved, Roanoke-based band Medicinal Americana, they’re featuring Parkway Brewing Co. beer and take-home glasses. The band specialize in country-rock covers and originals. Along with guitar, bass, and drums, they feature some mean harmonica playing. Parkway’s smartly named Coal Miner's Dodder, Majestic Mullet Krispy Kolsch, Grapefruit Get Bent Mountain IPA, and Four Damn Fight To A Pint Double IPA will be on tap. For more information, click here or call (434) 333-4681.

 Last year, Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) and resident film geek Ken Faraoni set their sights on celluloid of the noirish variety and screened one film noir per month. This year they’re digging a little deeper into filmic history with the newly christened Lynchburg Underground Movie Club (LUMC). It kicks off today with the comic horror classic  Evil Dead II  (1987), an early missive from the mind of Sam Raimi, a director who’s better known these days as the guy behind the original trilogy of  Spider-Man  – the Tobey Maguire ones. As the title suggests,  Evil Dead II  was the follow-up to the campier and certainly cheaper 1981 Raimi film  Evil Dead , and it’s fair to say that both films were way, way ahead of the curve on the whole zombie apocalypse thing. Would we even have  The Walking Dead  if not for the stalking creatures of  Evil Dead ? It’s a question worth pondering this evening at the inaugural LUMC screening, which gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 and there’s cash bar; call (434) 847-7277 or click  here  for more info.

Last year, Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) and resident film geek Ken Faraoni set their sights on celluloid of the noirish variety and screened one film noir per month. This year they’re digging a little deeper into filmic history with the newly christened Lynchburg Underground Movie Club (LUMC). It kicks off today with the comic horror classic Evil Dead II (1987), an early missive from the mind of Sam Raimi, a director who’s better known these days as the guy behind the original trilogy of Spider-Man – the Tobey Maguire ones. As the title suggests, Evil Dead II was the follow-up to the campier and certainly cheaper 1981 Raimi film Evil Dead, and it’s fair to say that both films were way, way ahead of the curve on the whole zombie apocalypse thing. Would we even have The Walking Dead if not for the stalking creatures of Evil Dead? It’s a question worth pondering this evening at the inaugural LUMC screening, which gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 and there’s cash bar; call (434) 847-7277 or click here for more info.

 It may seem odd to commemorate a notorious gangster, but we like to think of National Bootlegger’s Day as a celebration of civil disobedience in the face of state tyranny, or something like that. It’s actually the birthday of Chicago’s notoriously sadistic booze boss Al Capone, but let’s go with it. Fifth & Federal Station (801 Fifth St.) and Silverback Distillery are teaming up to mark the day by serving fine whiskey. Silverback products will be featured all evening, starting at 6 p.m., and there will be branded shot glasses from the Nelson County distiller available as well. The Moonshine Music Makers perform from 8-11 p.m. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 386-8113.

It may seem odd to commemorate a notorious gangster, but we like to think of National Bootlegger’s Day as a celebration of civil disobedience in the face of state tyranny, or something like that. It’s actually the birthday of Chicago’s notoriously sadistic booze boss Al Capone, but let’s go with it. Fifth & Federal Station (801 Fifth St.) and Silverback Distillery are teaming up to mark the day by serving fine whiskey. Silverback products will be featured all evening, starting at 6 p.m., and there will be branded shot glasses from the Nelson County distiller available as well. The Moonshine Music Makers perform from 8-11 p.m. For more information, click here or call (434) 386-8113.

 Ramiro G. Hinojosa is an Iraq war vet, one-time journalist, and Virginia Center for Creative Arts fellow who has made his way into the short story business. He reads from his work tonight at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Rosel H. Schewel Theater. The Texas native, who served in the 82nd Airborne Division and was deployed in 2006-2007,   received his fellowship through the VCCA’s “Collateral Reparations” program, which pairs military veterans with patrons of the arts. His stories — like his 2013 essay “ Fiction of Peace ” — integrate experiences he had on the ground in Iraq.For more information, click  here  or call (434) 847-7277.

Ramiro G. Hinojosa is an Iraq war vet, one-time journalist, and Virginia Center for Creative Arts fellow who has made his way into the short story business. He reads from his work tonight at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Rosel H. Schewel Theater. The Texas native, who served in the 82nd Airborne Division and was deployed in 2006-2007,   received his fellowship through the VCCA’s “Collateral Reparations” program, which pairs military veterans with patrons of the arts. His stories — like his 2013 essay “Fiction of Peace” — integrate experiences he had on the ground in Iraq.For more information, click here or call (434) 847-7277.

 Brain drain refers to the process by which talent leaves certain communities for the proverbial big city. Lynchburg may just fit the description of “certain communities,” but the Young Professionals of Central Virginia are doing their best to fight back against the tide. Each month the YPs host a get-together for young peeps of the professioinal class to mingle and network. The 5:35 happy hour aims to give young professionals a reason to stick around. Tonight they’ll meet at Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) at 5:35 p.m. No RSVP, membership fees, or cover charge necessary. For more information about the group, click  here  or call (434) 847-1447. For more information about the event, click  here .

Brain drain refers to the process by which talent leaves certain communities for the proverbial big city. Lynchburg may just fit the description of “certain communities,” but the Young Professionals of Central Virginia are doing their best to fight back against the tide. Each month the YPs host a get-together for young peeps of the professioinal class to mingle and network. The 5:35 happy hour aims to give young professionals a reason to stick around. Tonight they’ll meet at Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) at 5:35 p.m. No RSVP, membership fees, or cover charge necessary. For more information about the group, click here or call (434) 847-1447. For more information about the event, click here.

 The American Shakespeare Center is located down the road in Staunton, where they have one of the coolest performances spaces around – a re-creation of London's early 17th-century Blackfriars Theatre.  Sense and Sensibility  is one of those early 19th-century Jane Austen classics. So, it’s totally fine if you’re wondering how the Shakespeare Center's performance troupe and a novel about the Dashwood sisters fit together. Our guess: just about perfectly. The Academy Center for the Arts welcomes the American Shakespeare Company to the stage at the Warehouse Theatre (519 Commerce St.) for a one-night only performance of the production tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets run from $18-$35; call (434) 846-8499 or click  here  for tickets .

The American Shakespeare Center is located down the road in Staunton, where they have one of the coolest performances spaces around – a re-creation of London's early 17th-century Blackfriars Theatre. Sense and Sensibility is one of those early 19th-century Jane Austen classics. So, it’s totally fine if you’re wondering how the Shakespeare Center's performance troupe and a novel about the Dashwood sisters fit together. Our guess: just about perfectly. The Academy Center for the Arts welcomes the American Shakespeare Company to the stage at the Warehouse Theatre (519 Commerce St.) for a one-night only performance of the production tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets run from $18-$35; call (434) 846-8499 or click here for tickets .

 Vermont resident Neko Case likes to say she’s a Tacoma native. But she was born in Alexandria, VA, and she seems to partially identify as Canadian, having played with several bands from north of the border, including Cub, the Sadies, and the New Pornographers. With the NPs she favors a mildly skewed brand of indie-pop. On her own she’s somewhat eclectic, although she has returned to rootsy country time and time again over the past two decades, including on a darn good 1997 album titled  The Virginian . Case starts 2018 with a solo tour that brings her to the National (708 E. Broad St.) in Richmond for a WNRN-sponsored show. Tickets are $22.50 in advance, and $25 on the day of. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. Call (804) 612-1900 or click  here  for tickets.

Vermont resident Neko Case likes to say she’s a Tacoma native. But she was born in Alexandria, VA, and she seems to partially identify as Canadian, having played with several bands from north of the border, including Cub, the Sadies, and the New Pornographers. With the NPs she favors a mildly skewed brand of indie-pop. On her own she’s somewhat eclectic, although she has returned to rootsy country time and time again over the past two decades, including on a darn good 1997 album titled The Virginian. Case starts 2018 with a solo tour that brings her to the National (708 E. Broad St.) in Richmond for a WNRN-sponsored show. Tickets are $22.50 in advance, and $25 on the day of. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. Call (804) 612-1900 or click here for tickets.

 While the James rolls along in the dark this evening, the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.) will host another kind of flow – the Riverfront Flow. The event is a mish-mash of various types of artistic expression, including an open mic, local poets, and music by  Jen Tal and the Huzband , who perform “neo soul” covers and originals. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information or updates about the event, click  here  or call (434) 258-0600 or (434) 426-4662.

While the James rolls along in the dark this evening, the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.) will host another kind of flow – the Riverfront Flow. The event is a mish-mash of various types of artistic expression, including an open mic, local poets, and music by Jen Tal and the Huzband, who perform “neo soul” covers and originals. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information or updates about the event, click here or call (434) 258-0600 or (434) 426-4662.

 It’s not often that a hip hop-centric cover band visits the Hill City, but tonight Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) will host the  Unstoppable Major League Band . Doors open at 9 p.m. for the Fredericksburg group, whose stylings center around gogo, hip-hop, and r&b. They’ll perform along with Lynchburg’s own  DJ KoolV , who spins a mix of old school hip-hop, reggae, and funk. According to  WSET , the party will commemorate Lynchburg barber Cedric “Ced” Mays, who died in November.  It’s worth noting that along with a $15 cover, they’ve got a dress code of “Fly and Flashy,” which means more specifically that men must wear a collared shirt. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 846-3206.

It’s not often that a hip hop-centric cover band visits the Hill City, but tonight Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) will host the Unstoppable Major League Band. Doors open at 9 p.m. for the Fredericksburg group, whose stylings center around gogo, hip-hop, and r&b. They’ll perform along with Lynchburg’s own DJ KoolV, who spins a mix of old school hip-hop, reggae, and funk. According to WSET, the party will commemorate Lynchburg barber Cedric “Ced” Mays, who died in November.  It’s worth noting that along with a $15 cover, they’ve got a dress code of “Fly and Flashy,” which means more specifically that men must wear a collared shirt. For more information, click here or call (434) 846-3206.

 Pure improvisational music can be a bit like sitting down with an old friend and a handle of whiskey. There’s no terms for discussion. No notes are needed. The conversation may twist into tangent, wind through metaphor, and turn to familiar anecdotes. Or not. The experience can be as fleeting as the spirits and lasting as a neck tattoo. The Canvas Collective, who perform tonight at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.), do their best to make a lasting improvisational impression with a mix of jazz, electronica, funk, and r&b. The group are from Central Virginia and they make a point of not rehearsing. But they have known and played with one another for quite some time. Let’s just say that the Riverviews gallery room will be their canvas tonight from 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10; click  here  or call (434) 847-7277 for more info.

Pure improvisational music can be a bit like sitting down with an old friend and a handle of whiskey. There’s no terms for discussion. No notes are needed. The conversation may twist into tangent, wind through metaphor, and turn to familiar anecdotes. Or not. The experience can be as fleeting as the spirits and lasting as a neck tattoo. The Canvas Collective, who perform tonight at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.), do their best to make a lasting improvisational impression with a mix of jazz, electronica, funk, and r&b. The group are from Central Virginia and they make a point of not rehearsing. But they have known and played with one another for quite some time. Let’s just say that the Riverviews gallery room will be their canvas tonight from 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10; click here or call (434) 847-7277 for more info.

 It’s been a little over a year since Fifth & Federal Station (801 Fifth St.) stoked up the smokers, opened the taps, popped the tops off of some rather fine whiskeys, and started serving up barbecue and fixings at a nicely renovated spot off of the Fifth Street roundabout. They’re celebrating their first anniversary with a multifaceted party featuring a whole roasted pig at 5 p.m. and a special release of Chaos Federal Reserve, a Scottish ale from Chaos Mountain Brewery aged in casks from the A. Smith Bowman Brothers Distillery. The folks from Chaos Mountain will be there giving away pint glasses all day, and the Bowman Brothers folks will host a pop-up bar with a steal-the-rocks-glass promotion. Keith McFadden and Ricky perform from 2-5 p.m., and there will be a special musical guest in the evening starting around 8 p.m. Tickets for the whole hog event are $15 in advance. Call (434) 386-8113, or click  here .

It’s been a little over a year since Fifth & Federal Station (801 Fifth St.) stoked up the smokers, opened the taps, popped the tops off of some rather fine whiskeys, and started serving up barbecue and fixings at a nicely renovated spot off of the Fifth Street roundabout. They’re celebrating their first anniversary with a multifaceted party featuring a whole roasted pig at 5 p.m. and a special release of Chaos Federal Reserve, a Scottish ale from Chaos Mountain Brewery aged in casks from the A. Smith Bowman Brothers Distillery. The folks from Chaos Mountain will be there giving away pint glasses all day, and the Bowman Brothers folks will host a pop-up bar with a steal-the-rocks-glass promotion. Keith McFadden and Ricky perform from 2-5 p.m., and there will be a special musical guest in the evening starting around 8 p.m. Tickets for the whole hog event are $15 in advance. Call (434) 386-8113, or click here.

 Don’t let this week’s title fool you. After Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) screens  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade  (1989), Harrison Ford will return to the big screen as Indy for one more adventure in the month-long series celebrating the archeologist/action hero. In this installment, Sean Connery makes his debut as Indy’s dad Professor Henry Jones. The pair wind up on the age-old Arthurian quest to seek the Holy Grail. Rather than the taunting Frenchman encountered by the likes of Monty Python’s rendition of King Arthur, the Joneses must contend with Nazis in 1938. Showtimes are 12:30, 3:30, 6:45 and 9:45 p.m. through January 25th. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 845-2398.

Don’t let this week’s title fool you. After Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) screens Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Harrison Ford will return to the big screen as Indy for one more adventure in the month-long series celebrating the archeologist/action hero. In this installment, Sean Connery makes his debut as Indy’s dad Professor Henry Jones. The pair wind up on the age-old Arthurian quest to seek the Holy Grail. Rather than the taunting Frenchman encountered by the likes of Monty Python’s rendition of King Arthur, the Joneses must contend with Nazis in 1938. Showtimes are 12:30, 3:30, 6:45 and 9:45 p.m. through January 25th. For more info, click here or call (434) 845-2398.

 It can be hard to know who to trust and what to take seriously when you’re scrolling and trolling through social media sites and web pages (except, of course, for this one). That’s why your local library make a clear distinction between fiction and non-fiction. Although we recommend keeping your skeptical spectacles on at all times, we do tend to put our trust in good old fashioned book reading here at LynchburgDoes. If you’re still looking to turn over a positive new leaf for the new year, think about setting aside some time to step away from the World Wide Web and into a good book. The Lynchburg Public Library System is a fine place to take such a step. Visit the main branch (2315 Memorial Ave.) or the smaller downtown location (900 Church St.) for a wide selection of books and magazines, as well as movies and other media. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 455-6300 to reach the main branch or (434) 455-3820 for downtown.

It can be hard to know who to trust and what to take seriously when you’re scrolling and trolling through social media sites and web pages (except, of course, for this one). That’s why your local library make a clear distinction between fiction and non-fiction. Although we recommend keeping your skeptical spectacles on at all times, we do tend to put our trust in good old fashioned book reading here at LynchburgDoes. If you’re still looking to turn over a positive new leaf for the new year, think about setting aside some time to step away from the World Wide Web and into a good book. The Lynchburg Public Library System is a fine place to take such a step. Visit the main branch (2315 Memorial Ave.) or the smaller downtown location (900 Church St.) for a wide selection of books and magazines, as well as movies and other media. For more information, click here or call (434) 455-6300 to reach the main branch or (434) 455-3820 for downtown.

 There are food trucks, which most of us are familiar with, and then there’s a full-fledged coffee bus. That’s what you’ll find at Timberlake Family Pharmacy (20276 Timberlake Rd.) today from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., when Peking House pulls into the lot. That’s right, it’s a bona fide bus that offers craft-roasted coffee and blended teas. Peking House’s proprietors are hoping to someday open a brick-and-mortar shop that serves breakfast and lunch, but right now they’re working with what they’ve got and holding a handful of intro events featuring hot and cold beverages as well as wholesale coffee and tea. Check out their Facebook  page  for updates and visit their  website  for information about their products.

There are food trucks, which most of us are familiar with, and then there’s a full-fledged coffee bus. That’s what you’ll find at Timberlake Family Pharmacy (20276 Timberlake Rd.) today from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., when Peking House pulls into the lot. That’s right, it’s a bona fide bus that offers craft-roasted coffee and blended teas. Peking House’s proprietors are hoping to someday open a brick-and-mortar shop that serves breakfast and lunch, but right now they’re working with what they’ve got and holding a handful of intro events featuring hot and cold beverages as well as wholesale coffee and tea. Check out their Facebook page for updates and visit their website for information about their products.

 Looking for a good reason to grab a couple of beers? {RA} Bistro (1344 Main St.) has you covered this evening with a “Pints for Pets” event featuring libations from the Bedford-based Beale’s Brewery. A percentage of the proceeds from every pint of  Beale’s purchased at {RA} Bistro from 6 until 9 p.m. will go to the Lynchburg Humane Society, which rescues and cares for stray pets and is one of many Virginia nonprofits that have taken a no-kill pledge. Some Beale’s brews you may want to sample are the brewery’s flagship Gold, a 4.8% ABV Munich Helles Lager; the Silver, which is a German-style Hefeweizen; and the Black, which is a dark oatmeal stout. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 845-1601.

Looking for a good reason to grab a couple of beers? {RA} Bistro (1344 Main St.) has you covered this evening with a “Pints for Pets” event featuring libations from the Bedford-based Beale’s Brewery. A percentage of the proceeds from every pint of Beale’spurchased at {RA} Bistro from 6 until 9 p.m. will go to the Lynchburg Humane Society, which rescues and cares for stray pets and is one of many Virginia nonprofits that have taken a no-kill pledge. Some Beale’s brews you may want to sample are the brewery’s flagship Gold, a 4.8% ABV Munich Helles Lager; the Silver, which is a German-style Hefeweizen; and the Black, which is a dark oatmeal stout. For more information, click here or call (434) 845-1601.

 The folks from Lynchburg Salsa are ringing in the New Year a bit late in the month with their first salsa/swing night of 2018 this evening. The organization hosts Thursday salsa nights with lessons and open dancing at the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.) on a fairly regular basis. Tonight they’re upping the ante by bringing Hill City Swing experts into the venue for some West Coast Swing lessons starting at 7 p.m. After that, it’s salsa dancing at 8 and social dancing from 9 to11 p.m. There’s a cash-only $10 cover. No partner is required. Alcohol is prohibited. Flip flops are discouraged. For more information, click  here  or email  lynchburgsalsa@gmail.com .

The folks from Lynchburg Salsa are ringing in the New Year a bit late in the month with their first salsa/swing night of 2018 this evening. The organization hosts Thursday salsa nights with lessons and open dancing at the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.) on a fairly regular basis. Tonight they’re upping the ante by bringing Hill City Swing experts into the venue for some West Coast Swing lessons starting at 7 p.m. After that, it’s salsa dancing at 8 and social dancing from 9 to11 p.m. There’s a cash-only $10 cover. No partner is required. Alcohol is prohibited. Flip flops are discouraged. For more information, click here or email lynchburgsalsa@gmail.com.

 In addition to his many fictional roles, Leonardo DiCaprio has make it his real-life mission to do his best to raise awareness about the perils of global warming and climate change as an official United Nations Messenger of Peace. As part of that role, he delivered the opening statement at the UN signing ceremony for the Paris Climate Change Agreement in 2016, and produced a  National Geographic  film about the global impacts of climate change. He’s also featured in that film,  Before the Flood , which finds DiCaprio traveling the globe to speak with scientists and politicians about the subject. The Maier Museum of Art (1 Quinlan St.) at Randolph College screens the movie tonight at 7 p.m. For more information about the event, click  here  or call (434) 947-8136.

In addition to his many fictional roles, Leonardo DiCaprio has make it his real-life mission to do his best to raise awareness about the perils of global warming and climate change as an official United Nations Messenger of Peace. As part of that role, he delivered the opening statement at the UN signing ceremony for the Paris Climate Change Agreement in 2016, and produced a National Geographic film about the global impacts of climate change. He’s also featured in that film, Before the Flood, which finds DiCaprio traveling the globe to speak with scientists and politicians about the subject. The Maier Museum of Art (1 Quinlan St.) at Randolph College screens the movie tonight at 7 p.m. For more information about the event, click here or call (434) 947-8136.

 Colt Ford performs songs about chicken and biscuits, pickup trucks and a cricket-quiet country date. And he’s also been known to rap. The country entertainer and former professional golfer is a man of many talents. On the song  “No Rest”  from his 2017 album  Faith Hope Love  he got Brad Paisley and Toby Keith to join him. They’ll only be with Ford in spirit this evening as he hits Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) for a show with the country duo Waterloo Revival, who happen to be featured on Ford’s recording of the song “Dynamite.” Lynchburg locals Relentless go on first after the doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the 21-plus show. Click  here  or call (434) 846-3206 for more info.

Colt Ford performs songs about chicken and biscuits, pickup trucks and a cricket-quiet country date. And he’s also been known to rap. The country entertainer and former professional golfer is a man of many talents. On the song “No Rest” from his 2017 album Faith Hope Love he got Brad Paisley and Toby Keith to join him. They’ll only be with Ford in spirit this evening as he hits Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) for a show with the country duo Waterloo Revival, who happen to be featured on Ford’s recording of the song “Dynamite.” Lynchburg locals Relentless go on first after the doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the 21-plus show. Click here or call (434) 846-3206 for more info.

 The White Hart Cafe (1208 Main St.) offers the kind of relaxed atmosphere that’s well-suited for up-and-coming singer-songwriters with Americana leanings. That’s exactly what’s in store tonight, as local Olivia Coleman joins two acts from Greensboro, NC: banjo-playing folksinger Colin Cutler, and the alt-country band Farewell Friend. The music starts at 7 and ends around 10 p.m. For more information about the event, click  here  or call (434) 207-5600.

The White Hart Cafe (1208 Main St.) offers the kind of relaxed atmosphere that’s well-suited for up-and-coming singer-songwriters with Americana leanings. That’s exactly what’s in store tonight, as local Olivia Coleman joins two acts from Greensboro, NC: banjo-playing folksinger Colin Cutler, and the alt-country band Farewell Friend. The music starts at 7 and ends around 10 p.m. For more information about the event, click here or call (434) 207-5600.

 Long before Bob Marley’s redemption songs, there were all sorts of songs of freedom that made their way into the Afro-American musical canon and worked their way into the gospel, blues, and jazz traditions that are part of this country’s proud cultural heritage. That’s the narrative that Bright Star Touring Theatre address in  Freedom Songs: the Music of Black History , a musical history tour that features field songs such as “Hoe Emma Hoe” and Underground Railroad-era songs like “Follow the Drinking Gourd.” The show also highlights Beale Street blues, Civil Rights anthems, and more. The Bright Star troupe comes to Lynchburg Public Library (2315 Memorial Ave.) to perform  Freedom Songs  today from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 455-6300.

Long before Bob Marley’s redemption songs, there were all sorts of songs of freedom that made their way into the Afro-American musical canon and worked their way into the gospel, blues, and jazz traditions that are part of this country’s proud cultural heritage. That’s the narrative that Bright Star Touring Theatre address in Freedom Songs: the Music of Black History, a musical history tour that features field songs such as “Hoe Emma Hoe” and Underground Railroad-era songs like “Follow the Drinking Gourd.” The show also highlights Beale Street blues, Civil Rights anthems, and more. The Bright Star troupe comes to Lynchburg Public Library (2315 Memorial Ave.) to perform Freedom Songs today from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. For more information, click here or call (434) 455-6300.

 Adults with Crayons are an improv troupe who don’t mind coloring outside the lines. An offshoot of the local theater group Rogue Productions, Adults with Crayons specialize in making it up as they go along. At least, that’s the unplanned plan. They perform their first show tonight at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) at 7 p.m. There’s a $7 cover. To reserve a ticket, visit the group’s Facebook  page . For more information, click  here  or call (434) 847-7277.

Adults with Crayons are an improv troupe who don’t mind coloring outside the lines. An offshoot of the local theater group Rogue Productions, Adults with Crayons specialize in making it up as they go along. At least, that’s the unplanned plan. They perform their first show tonight at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) at 7 p.m. There’s a $7 cover. To reserve a ticket, visit the group’s Facebook page. For more information, click here or call (434) 847-7277.

 It’s a climate change awareness kind of weekend at Randolph College’s Maier Museum of Art (1 Quinlan St.). In addition to a screening of Leonardo DiCaprio’s  Before the Flood , the museum is hosting a talk and discussion about the localized efforts to combat the effects of global warming. Randolph Professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies Rick Barnes will moderate the 2 p.m. Communities & Climate Change panel, which will feature Lynchburg College Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Laura Henry-Stone, Virginia Conservation Network Policy and Campaigns Manager Kristie Smith, and Rebecca Smith, an artist whose show “Atmospheric Exhibitions: Gathered and Unsettled” will be on exhibit at Maier from January 26 through June 3. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 947-8136

It’s a climate change awareness kind of weekend at Randolph College’s Maier Museum of Art (1 Quinlan St.). In addition to a screening of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Before the Flood, the museum is hosting a talk and discussion about the localized efforts to combat the effects of global warming. Randolph Professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies Rick Barnes will moderate the 2 p.m. Communities & Climate Change panel, which will feature Lynchburg College Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Laura Henry-Stone, Virginia Conservation Network Policy and Campaigns Manager Kristie Smith, and Rebecca Smith, an artist whose show “Atmospheric Exhibitions: Gathered and Unsettled” will be on exhibit at Maier from January 26 through June 3. For more information, click here or call (434) 947-8136

 There should be some heavy sounds emanating from the Stony Badger (3009 Old Forest Rd.)  this evening, as a contingent of metalheads form North Carolina make their way to the stage. The show is presented by the  Georgia Metal Alliance Virginia Chapter , and it features the Charlotte metalcore band  Annabel Lee , Greensboro’s  Divine Treachery , and Charlotte’s  Blackwater Drowning . It’s a 21-plus show with $7 cover. The rock starts at 8:30 p.m. Click  here  for more info, or call (434) 384-3004.

There should be some heavy sounds emanating from the Stony Badger (3009 Old Forest Rd.)  this evening, as a contingent of metalheads form North Carolina make their way to the stage. The show is presented by the Georgia Metal Alliance Virginia Chapter, and it features the Charlotte metalcore band Annabel Lee, Greensboro’s Divine Treachery, and Charlotte’s Blackwater Drowning. It’s a 21-plus show with $7 cover. The rock starts at 8:30 p.m. Click here for more info, or call (434) 384-3004.

 Cinderella is a fairly ancient folk tale about some pretty evil doings concerning a stepmom and the title character, who loses a glass slipper but finds true love.  La Cenerentola, ossia La bontà in trionfo  is a 19th-century opera by the composer Gioachino Rossini, which translates from the Italian as “Cinderella, or Goodness Triumphant.” For the record, Cinderella also happens to be the name of an ’80s hair-metal band from Philadelphia, which may or may not be relevant. The Opera on the James folks are sorta splitting the difference between Brothers Grimm and Rossini by offering up a kids-friendly, one-hour family version of Cinderella in opera form, but sung in English. Maybe they’ll throw in a little hair-metal bombast. There are two afternoon performances today, at 1 and 3:30 p.m., at the Academy Center of the Arts (600 Main St.). Tickets are $8-$10. For tickets and more info, call (434) 846-8499 or click  here .

Cinderella is a fairly ancient folk tale about some pretty evil doings concerning a stepmom and the title character, who loses a glass slipper but finds true love. La Cenerentola, ossia La bontà in trionfo is a 19th-century opera by the composer Gioachino Rossini, which translates from the Italian as “Cinderella, or Goodness Triumphant.” For the record, Cinderella also happens to be the name of an ’80s hair-metal band from Philadelphia, which may or may not be relevant. The Opera on the James folks are sorta splitting the difference between Brothers Grimm and Rossini by offering up a kids-friendly, one-hour family version of Cinderella in opera form, but sung in English. Maybe they’ll throw in a little hair-metal bombast. There are two afternoon performances today, at 1 and 3:30 p.m., at the Academy Center of the Arts (600 Main St.). Tickets are $8-$10. For tickets and more info, call (434) 846-8499 or click here.

 The 20-year gap between the  Last Crusade  and the next Indiana Jones film would have been long enough for dirt and dust to bury most swashbuckling archeologists. But time and memory were kind to Indy and actor Harrison Ford who plays him in all four parts of the saga. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the fourth and possibly final film in the saga is  Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull  (2008). This time, instead of Nazis he’s battling the Soviets, including Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett), as he searches along with Mutt Williams (Shia Labeouf) for the titular skull of crystal. Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) concludes its month-long festival of Indiana Jones films with screenings of the fourth one at 12:30, 3:30, 6:45 and 9:45 p.m. through February 1. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 845-2398.

The 20-year gap between the Last Crusade and the next Indiana Jones film would have been long enough for dirt and dust to bury most swashbuckling archeologists. But time and memory were kind to Indy and actor Harrison Ford who plays him in all four parts of the saga. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the fourth and possibly final film in the saga is Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). This time, instead of Nazis he’s battling the Soviets, including Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett), as he searches along with Mutt Williams (Shia Labeouf) for the titular skull of crystal. Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) concludes its month-long festival of Indiana Jones films with screenings of the fourth one at 12:30, 3:30, 6:45 and 9:45 p.m. through February 1. For more information, click here or call (434) 845-2398.

 The first month of 2018 is almost over, but there’s still time to bring some resolution into the New Year. We’ll offer a gentle nudge in the general direction of Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Community Centers, which feature a range of activities and classes for those who’d like to engage with the community. The main Parks and Rec branch is the  Miller Center  at Miller Park (301 Grove St.), but they also have the  Templeton Senior Center  (225 Wiggington Rd.) and the  Art Studio at Jackson Heights  (720 Winston Ridge Rd.). For more information, call (434) 455-5858.

The first month of 2018 is almost over, but there’s still time to bring some resolution into the New Year. We’ll offer a gentle nudge in the general direction of Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Community Centers, which feature a range of activities and classes for those who’d like to engage with the community. The main Parks and Rec branch is the Miller Center at Miller Park (301 Grove St.), but they also have the Templeton Senior Center (225 Wiggington Rd.) and the Art Studio at Jackson Heights (720 Winston Ridge Rd.). For more information, call (434) 455-5858.

 We always forget about bowling until we remember bowling. Then we get the gang together for a night on the lanes chucking heavy marbles into helpless pins and have a splendid time doing it. AMF Lynchburg Lanes (4643 Murray Pl.) offers a special most nights of the week, so it’s worth checking out their  website  for the full schedule. Tonight they’ve got College Night, which means $2 tall boys and $10 pizzas starting at 9 p.m. for anyone with a valid college ID. Students can purchase unlimited bowling for $7, a price that includes rental shoes. The lanes are open until 11 p.m. For more information, call (434) 528-2695.

We always forget about bowling until we remember bowling. Then we get the gang together for a night on the lanes chucking heavy marbles into helpless pins and have a splendid time doing it. AMF Lynchburg Lanes (4643 Murray Pl.) offers a special most nights of the week, so it’s worth checking out their website for the full schedule. Tonight they’ve got College Night, which means $2 tall boys and $10 pizzas starting at 9 p.m. for anyone with a valid college ID. Students can purchase unlimited bowling for $7, a price that includes rental shoes. The lanes are open until 11 p.m. For more information, call (434) 528-2695.