What do a magazine editor and a professional keyboardist know about brewing fine craft beer? We’re not exactly sure, but Relix magazine’s Dean Budnick and Kyle Hollingsworth of the jammy band String Cheese Incident got together with Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Co. to concoct Ground Source IPA for the brewer’s annual SweetWater 420 fest. The Cavalier Store (2920 Rivermont Ave.) will feature the 7.1% ABV brew along with others from SweetWater tonight as the bar hosts a steal the pint night starting at 5 p.m. It’s a rare event for the Cav, and we’re going to recommend an order of fries with season salt and ranch dressing to go along with that brew. For more information, click here or call (434) 845-3837.
While some people pair beer with dinner, Fifth & Federal Station (801 Fifth St.) is matching Deschutes Brewery selections with their weekly open mic tonight. The Portland brewery with an outpost in Roanoke will be featured in branded pint glasses customers can take home from 7-11 p.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 386-8113. Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.), who host pint nights and tap takeovers on most Thursdays, is featuring Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Ops, a beer the brewer jokingly claims doesn’t exist. If it did exist – and it does — the 11.5% black stout would be, in the words of certain secretive Brooklynites, “aged for months in bourbon barrels, bottled flat, and re-fermented with Champagne yeast.” Sounds interesting. The event starts at 6 p.m. For more info, call RP at (434) 846-2877.
We can’t all be P-Funk stars. But you can pretend tonight at the Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.), where they’ll have a real band on stage for a live-band karaoke extravaganza. The song list, posted on the event Facebook page, tends toward funk music, with a little rock sprinkled in for good measure. Makes sense, given that members of the local band Tony Camm & The Funk Allstars are handling the live music side of things. Camm and his band will be performing their own show at the Academy tomorrow night, which you can find out more about by clicking here. The karaoke is free tonight from 6-9 p.m. For more information, click here or call (434) 846-8499.
While most First Friday exhibit events are about showing art, the Resilience Interactive Community Art Project at Lynchburg Diversity Center (901 Jefferson St.) is about doing it yourself. The Diversity Center, a nonprofit LGBTQ+ community advocacy group, welcomes all to add their voices to an exhibit that’ll be up through April 20. They’re providing the art supplies; you provide your perspective to the discussion about “how to practice resilience in our community through Radical Acts of Self Care.” The event runs from 5:30-8 p.m. in Gallery 201 on the second floor of Riverviews Artspace. For more information, click here or call (434) 515-1143. This is just one of the events happening downtown this evening as part of First Friday. Check out the First Friday website for more info.
It’s nice to transition into the weekend with a little help from some friends, which is pretty much what Magnolia Foods (2476 Rivermont Ave.) has in mind on Fridays from 4-7 p.m. The sandwich and specialty food shop stocks some pretty good wines, and they’ve got tastings for $1 most Fridays. Customers can sample a half dozen or so of the wines the shop keeps in house for purchase by the bottle. The wine list gets updated weekly on the event Facebook page, and you can call (434) 528-5442 for more info.
Lynchburg’s Firecracker Jam is one of the acts competing for a chance to play live at Lockn’, a Nelson County jam-band festival that draws concertgoers from all over the world. They’ve got a showdown next week at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount, where they’ll compete to be one of the two regional bands chosen to move on to a final round. They’re warming up their mandolins with a gig tonight at the Stoney Badger (3009 Old Forest Rd.). Check out the jam-oriented band’s “slamgrass” stylings here. Tonight’s show starts at 9 p.m. For more information, click here or call (434) 384-3004.
When Eddie Montgomery performs at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) tonight, his longtime comrade Troy Gentry won’t be at his side. Gentry died in a helicopter crash last year, but his name is still part of the Montgomery Gentry musical brand. Eddie’s out supporting the final album he recorded with Gentry, Here’s to You. It’s a whole lotta country with a little rock and roll thrown into the mix. Doors open at 7 for the 8 p.m. show. General admission tickets are $24.99. For more info, call (434) 846-3206.
Most of the time, when Taylor Rodriguez gets on stage he does so in the guise of Mr. Elvis Presley, sideburns and all. Tonight he takes a break from impersonating the king of rock and roll and appears as himself at the Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.). He’ll be backed by the solid BRZ Band, who know a thing or two about classic rock and soul. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information call (434) 846-8499.
There are a number of places to practice the ancient art of yoga in town, but only one that has goodness folded right into its name. Yoga Goodness spreads some extra-special goodness this morning and on the first Sunday morning of every month by offering a free yoga class from 9:30-10:45 a.m. That’s right, it’s totally free. The Yoga Goodness studio is located in Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) on the second floor. For more information and a complete schedule of classes, click here or call (434) 382-8249.
They don’t make films like they used to… at least not if you use the 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia as a baseline. Not only did the Super Panavision 70, Technicolor masterpiece use technology that made the big screen seem bigger, but it also filled that screen for a full three hours and 48 minutes. In other words, if it were made today it would probably be a trilogy. Directed by David Lean, and starring Peter O’Toole as the titular British renegade WWI hero T.E. Lawrence, the film actually does have an intermission and seven Oscars to its credit. It screens all week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) just twice at day, at 2 and 7 p.m. This is one of those movies you really do want to see on the big screen. Click here for ticketing, or call (434) 845-2398.
Spring’s official commencement is still a few weeks away, but we’ve had a nice warming trend for the past week or so. Assuming the temperate temperatures continue, and that the skies stay reasonably clear, we’re going to recommend a bike ride, a run, or just a brisk walk along the Blackwater Creek Trail. There’s the paved pathway and a decent number of dirt trails jutting off from either side, especially near the Awareness Garden entrance. And there’s Creekside Trail, which traipses along the restive Blackwater Creek. Check out Lynchburg Parks and Rec’s handy dandy map of the area and spend a little time in the great outdoors.
St. Patrick’s Day is still more than a week away, but is it ever too soon to begin celebrating the Apostle of Ireland? Fifth & Federal Station (801 Fifth St.) is best known for their selection of bourbons, ryes, and other American distilled libations. But they’ve also got some Irish whiskeys on the shelf. They’re breaking out some of Kilbeggan Distilling Co.’s best from 7-9 p.m. this evening for an Irish Whiskey Wednesday. They’ll also be featuring 2 Gingers Whiskey, another Irish brand, and to-be-named Irish ale. As is the case on all Whiskey Wednesdays, it’s 20% off any whiskey that cost $10 or more a shot. Click here, or call (434) 386-8113 for more info.
The woods are waking up from a long winter’s nap, which means it’s a good time to head out of the Hill City and onto the many nearby hiking trails. With the forests always in mind, the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club holds an appropriately roving happy hour to bring together fellow outdoor enthusiasts. Today, they’re scheduled to meet up at Fifth & Federal (801 Fifth St.) from 5-8 p.m. The nonprofit volunteer organization is a social as well as a service group. Along with meetups to hike, they also join together to maintain the area’s many Appalachian Trail miles. For more information, check out their newsletter or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For info about the event, click here.
Lynchburg’s friendly neighborhood record store has been making itself comfortable down on Jefferson Street where they relocated last year to the Riverviews Artspace building. And every so often, they’re inviting musical friends over for a visit. Tonight Speakertree (901 Jefferson St.) has a few acts in from out of town along with a local band to round out the evening. They promise to bring in Nashville’s Idle Threat to meet up with Eaves, out of Richmond. And the Hill City’s own Great Health rounds out the show, meaning this concert might be good for you. The cover is $5. The show is from 7-10 p.m. For more information, click here or call (434) 485-8262.
With a sound combining traditional bass and bump injected with technological advancements, The Floozies say their latest album is the second coming of funk, which is why they called it Funk Jesus. Rather than take their claim on faith, check out the brotherly duo live tonight at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.). General admission is $17 to see nationally touring band who fit well into the jam festivals they’ve played like Bonnaroo and Electric Forest. Doors open at 9 p.m. for the 10 p.m. show. For more information, including tickets, click here or call (434) 846-3206.
Parents deserve a night on their own more often than they take it, and Lynchburg Humane Society (1211 Old Graves Mill Rd.) wants to encourage all legal guardians to get out on the town or stay in on the couch if that’s their fancy. Once a month, the non-profit animal sanctuary offers to watch the kids for Parents’ Night Out. They’ll have movies, games, crafts, popcorn and, of course, furry friends for the kids to play with. Children ages 5-12 are welcome from 6-9 p.m. Admission for the first child is $15 and $10 for each additional sibling. Be warned: you may end up taking home more than just extra popcorn. For more information, click here or call (434) 448-0088.
So a guy walks into a bar … You’ve probably heard that one before, at least as sung by Tyler Farr, who turned the old joke into a song, “A Guy Walks Into A Bar.” And the joke-turned-song is the country singer’s biggest hit, peaking at #1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart in 2015. You might also know him from “Redneck Crazy,” “Whiskey in my Water,” and other Southern-tinged hits. He’s performing at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) tonight along with Adam Rutledge, another country act. Tickets seemed to be selling out early this week, so get them while you can. General admission is $20. For more information, including tickets, click here or call (434) 846-3206.
There aren’t too many artists whose musical quiver includes a shipping container. That’s just the kind of guy Art Katz is. He’ll perform a solo acoustic set tonight at The White Hart (1208 Main St.) that is likely to feature his particular brand of rock n’ roll as well a “cornucopia” of other musical genres and whatever he’s feeling today. He generally plays with the band Winter Harvest, so check out their music to get an idea of what to expect. The show is from 7-9 p.m. For more information, click here or call (434) 207-5600. Check out The White Hart menu before heading over.
Even though we’re closer to St. Patrick’s than Valentine’s Day, The Gr8 Pl8 Cafe (1415 Kemper St.) wants to play matchmaker tonight. Here’s how it works: Singles mix and mingle, but if you’re interested in someone, you can submit the info to Gr8 Pl8 and event sponsor Sincerely Dating will take the info and see who matches up. They’ll return with offers to exchange contact info for anyone who thinks Cupid’s arrow might have struck. The event includes games and prize drawings. Tickets are $15 if ordered online or $20 in person. For more information, click here.
The official opening day at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd.) isn’t until next week, but the third president’s post-retirement plantation home will open its gates today for a bit of a sneak preview. The property, which was a full tobacco plantation as well as Jefferson’s retreat from Monticello, does have quite a bit in common with his primary home. The historic site is constantly under construction; one of the new projects is a road through the property that stops at archaeological sites along the way. Jack Gary, director of archaeology and landscapes and Eric Proebsting, senior research archaeologist at Poplar Forest, will lead the hike from 1-4 p.m. Tickets are $8. For more information, including tickets, click here or call (434) 525-1806.
Lynchburg’s Good Dog Nigel is heading out of town soon to start touring, a journey the singer-songwriter expects to take him to Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Chicago and other places north and west. But he won’t get very far without gas or snacks, for that matter. So he’s hoping to get gone with a little help from his friends today at Speakertree (901 Jefferson St.). He’ll be joined today by L.A. Dies and Layhe, both Lynchburg acts. Cover is $5 for the 7 p.m. show. For more information, click here or call (434) 485-8262.
Of all the discount theatres in the world, Casablanca (1942) had to walk into ours. And we’re pleased about that. Anyone who misses director Michael Curtiz’s iconic film on the silver screen may not regret the decision today or tomorrow, but they will soon and for the rest of their lives. In the early days of World War II, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) operates a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco, which has become a sort of gateway for refugees trying to escape the occupying Nazis. With heat already coming down on the club, in walks Blaine’s old lover Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) and her husband Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), a Czechoslovakian resistance leader, hoping for safe passage to the United States. The film is playing (again and again) March 9-15 at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.). Showtimes vary. For more information, click here or call (434) 845-2398.
This weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans will feel a lot better after a solid workout this week. As luck of the Irish should have it, the Lynchburg Road Runners Club is holding a St. Pat’s fun run tonight. Runners are invited to don their most festive green and gold, the sparklier the better, and gather at Riverside Runners (2480 Rivermont Ave.) at 6 p.m. for a four- or five-mile jaunt. We recommend getting there a little early to stretch. After the run, they’ll head back to Magnolia Foods (2476 Rivermont Ave.) for Irish brews and treats. No membership is required, although runners are invited to join the club for their weekly meetings. For more information, click here or email email@example.com.
Once a year on March 14, we stop what we’re doing to celebrate a special number (3.14…etc.) represented by a two-letter word: Pi. And then we add a letter and make the entire day about eating pie. Anyone have a problem with that? We didn’t think so. So we’re going to suggest Lynchburgers take the time today to purchase a pie and share it. Although there’s a few bakeries in town, we know of one that almost always has some pie on the counter, either whole or by the slice: Montana Plains Bakery (4925 Boonsboro Rd.). Here’s a roundup of their dessert offerings, which includes mixed fruit pies, specialty dessert pies, and vegetable pies if you’re into that sort of thing. They’ve also got a sister shop, Cafe Bliss (828 Main St.). For more information, click here or call (434) 384-1779.
Even the youngest among us at LynchburgDoes feels a little old writing about a Blink-182 tribute band, but the thing really does exist, so we feel compelled to tell you about it. Tonight at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.), Brooklyn-based Dude Ranch & the Girl at the Rock Show (aka four “Blink fanatics”) will perform the best of the Blinkster songbook. Tickets are $10. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. For more information, click here or call (434) 846-3206.
Although Lynchburg is home to several institutions of higher learning, the Hill City has a bit of a problem keeping young talent around after graduation. The Young Professionals of Central Virginia hope to remedy that problem in part by getting together every month to let fellow entrepreneurs, engineers, artisans, and other up-and-comers know that they’ve got company and opportunity. Tonight, they’ll meet from 5:35-7 p.m. at Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.) to chat about Lynchburg life and its potential. For more information about YPCV, click here or call (434) 845-5966.
Mom always said, “don’t play with your food,” but tonight Lynchburg’s baristas are defying such warnings and playing with their drinks at Dublin 3 (1001 Jefferson St. #B). At the coffee shop’s Latte Art Throwdown artisanal baristas will compete over who pours the best and most creative cup. Registration starts at 6 p.m., and the competition starts at 7 p.m. There is a $5 entry fee for competitors, but admission is free for fans. For more information, click here or call (434) 439-4683.
Whenever Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) brings artists in for an intimate performance in the Rosel H. Schewel Theatre, they sell out pretty quickly. So if you want to see the pair of upcoming indie singers tonight, act now. Kyshona, named by NPR’s Music Cafe Nashville as one of the top indie discoveries of 2017, projects her soulful voice in “Same Blood,” written in response to the Charlottesville white supremacist rally that left one counter-protester dead. Amy Andrews’ sound reaches similar depths, but with a slower rhythm conveying a tone not unlike a jazzy crooner, in “Moon Song.” She’s on tour for her recent album “My Best.” Tickets are $15 and seating is limited to 40. For more information, click here or call (434) 847-7277.
Sometimes it’s hip to be square, so try out some old-timey dancing tonight at Armstrong Gym (1721 Monsview Pl.) when Lynchburg Parks and Recreation hosts another round of its Square Dance Night, an event that will include traditional, circle, and set dances set to some old Irish tunes as well as jigs, reels, and polkas. The family event starts at 7 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. No partner is required. Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door. For more information, including tickets, click here or call (434) 455-5858.
There’s certain to be whiskey in the jar tonight as BigFoot County comes to the Stoney Badger (3009 Old Forest Rd.) to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Although the Grateful Dead cover band isn’t known for Irish influences, it’s worth remembering that the Dead added electric groove to a number of folk songs with British Isle heritage, so we say that’s close enough for the holiday. The Lynchburg-area cover band, which draws a packed house whenever they perform in the region, generally charge a $10 or $15 cover, so expect to pay at the door. For more information, click here or call (434) 384-3004.
While the pub crawlers stumble along nearby, The White Hart (1208 Main St.) has a more toned down St. Patrick’s Day event. The coffee shop and restaurant will host a local harpist performing a Celtic music set from 7-9 p.m. tonight. Tonight is the third time that 14-year-old Celine Mason will pluck the angelic instrument at The White Hart. For more information, click here or call (434) 207-5600.
You don’t have to look for a rainbow to find a pot of gold in Lynchburg today. We’re telling you the good times are going to be in downtown Lynchburg where the growing bar and restaurant scene hosts the Hill City’s first (and hopefully annual) St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. Along with a commemorative green shot glass or mug, the $15 admission pays for the cover to eight bars/restaurants in the downtown area as well as a ride on the Brew Ridge Tours bus and discounts codes for Uber and Lyft. The event is green-tie optional, and they’ll have some people’s choice prizes for best-dressed. Registration is from 2-6 p.m. at The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St), which hosts Five Oaks Fire from 3:30-7 p.m. Later on, Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) will host the Dundies starting at 10 p.m. For more information about the pub crawl, including a full list of venues and to order tickets, click here.
The tipping point comes when determination and pressure catalyze into momentum and topple an immovable object. It’s where the energy of progress crashes into the hard place. It’s the moment of breaking free. For The Listening, a Lynchburg-area nonprofit dedicated to individual and societal growth through the arts, The Tipping Point is an opportunity for people to share their stories with an open-eared community. It’s an open mic night where poets, thinkers, and any other citizens can share their thoughts inspired by a given theme, which is “The Tipping Point,” this week. The event is from 6-8 p.m. at The White Hart (1208 Main St.). For more information, click here.
After his wife died leaving him a widower with small children, William Munny (Clint Eastwood who also directs the film) hung up his guns and quit his outlaw ways to try his hands at hog farming. But when he’s offered a bounty on a man who attacked a working girl, Munny seeks help from his old partner Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman). They end up squared off in Big Whiskey, Wyoming, with the strong-man sheriff Little Bill (Gene Hackman). The film is this week’s throwback special at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.). It shows daily at 12:30, 3:15. 6:30, and 9:15 p.m. Click here or call (434) 845-2398.
Tuesdays tend to be pretty lax in Lynchburg, but there’s always some music going at the Stoney Badger (3009 Old Forest Rd.), which holds a weekly open mic night. There’s a group of regulars that make this open mic part of their weekly routine, and it can turn into a jam pretty quickly. But all comers are welcome to try out their chops, workshop a new diddy, or enjoy live tunes as a spectator. The mic opens up at 9 p.m. on the bar’s smoking side, meaning attendees should go left at the entrance. It’s also worth noting that Tuesdays are Taco night at the Badger. For more info click here or call (434)384-3004.
A group of scientists take an Amazon expedition to capture the Creature from the Black Lagoon and haul it back to a Florida aquarium where they study the evolutionary curiosity and put it on display. In director Jack Arnold’s Revenge of the Creature(1955), the attempt to domesticate the intelligent and unique being proves foolhardy when it escapes and stalks and kidnaps scientist Helen Dobson (Loris Nelson). The film is this month’s pick for Lynchburg’s Underground Movie Club hosted by bronze artist and movie buff Ken Faraoni at Riverviews Artspace (901 Lakeside Dr.). Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. showing. Tickets are $7. For more info, click here or call (434) 847-7277.
For reasons that are too tragic and frustrating to mention, Americans have been forced to take a good, hard look at how we’re educating our kids and handling complicated behavioral and mental health issues in our schools. Documentary filmmaker James Redford – the son of Robert – has been interested in educational and social issues since the late-’90s, when he directed a short documentary about community-based youth programs for HBO titled Flow. He returned to that subject in 2015 with Paper Tigers, a full-length documentary that looks at the lives of six students who attend an alternative school for troubled kids in rural Walla Walla, Washington. The school specializes in what’s known as “trauma-informed care,” which somehow seems all to fitting. Lynchburg Parks & Rec screens the film at 6 p.m. at the Miller Center (301 Grove St.). For more information, click here or call (434) 455-5890.
We have it on good word that you don’t have to be a game hunter or even the outdoorsy type to enjoy what’s on the menu this evening at the Academy Center of the Arts (600 Main St.). Ducks Unlimited, for those who don’t know, is the world’s largest private waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization, and in these troubled times it represents a healthy alliance of hunters and environmentalists. Just read the nonprofit’s official statement on firearms. This evening they’ll be focusing on the gamier aspects of their mission — namely the ducks and other wild game. That’s what on the menu for the fundraising dinner event that runs from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $85 per person and $125 for couples. Click here for more info and for tickets.
Most four-piece bands that pass through Lynchburg feature a couple guitarists, a bassist, and a drummer. The foursome coming to the Academy Center of the Arts (600 Main St.) this evening have a different set-up. The Rolston String Quartet are a Canadian classical music ensemble who’ll bring two violins, a viola, and a cello to the Academy for a 7:30 p.m. performance. It’s part of an international tour for the quartet, who are currently in residence at the Yale School of Music. Student ticketsare $10, and adults are $20. For more information, click here or call (434) 846-8499.
For 25 years, the Richmond band Carbon Leaf have been cultivating what they like to call “Ether-Electrified Porch Music,” which happens to be the name of an album they released in 1999, just three years before they won an American Music Award and became the first unsigned band to perform at the AMAs. These days, they’re still doing it the indie way, writing wistful and ethereal folk songs with a distinctly rootsy edge and crowdfunding new releases like Indian Summer Revisited, a 2014 rerecording of a 2004 album (Indian Summer) that came out on Vanguard and brought them close to something approaching mainstream success. The band are in town tonight for a show at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.). Tickets are $23 for the 8 p.m. show. Click here for tickets and info, or call (434) 846-3206.
The trusty White Hart Café (1208 Main St.) recently survived a rather smooth transition in ownership from Abe Loper to Daniel Coco, which is good. And, we’re hoping they’ve got their beer and wine license back in working order for this evening’s performance by Alex Brown, a Pittsburgh native and Lynchburg resident who likes to play old-time banjo music. He'll hold forth from 7 until 8:30 p.m. and we’re starting to get the sense that the new ownership has plans to feature music more often. For more information, click here or call (434) 207-5600.
This is not a joke: Lynchburg has a burgeoning comedy scene or, at least, the seeds of one, thanks to Lynchburg Laughs. A loose affiliation of determined standup specialists and aspiring improvisational comics, Lynchburg Laughs has been pulling together those with humorous sensibilities for improv shows and open mic events at the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.), and they’ve got another showcase this evening at 8 p.m. It’ll feature sets by Jenny Haynes, Ron Hebert, Kristina Montuori, Jodie Davis, and Jake Snyder. Just remember, hecklers in glass houses shouldn’t throw tomatoes… or something like that. The $15 admission includes some appetizers. For more info, click here.
Spring is here, which means it’s not a bad time to consider visiting some of the national treasures that are located in our region. That would certainly include Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd.), where they’re hosting a walking tour this afternoon. The third president’s retreat home is run by a nonprofit dedicated to restoring the mini-Monticello, and to educating the public about Jefferson and his complicated relationship with the slaves who maintained the grounds back in his day. Director of Archeology & Landscapes Jack Gary and Senior Research Archeologist Eric Proebsting lead an informative nature hike today from 1-4 p.m. that will delve into some of the artifacts they’ve been digging up and cataloging. Tickets are $8; click hereor call (434) 525-1806.
Art and a good cause go together like chicken and noodle, clam and chowder, mushroom and barley, and pasta and fagioli. That’s the thinking behind Empty Bowls, an annual fundraiser at the Academy Center for the Arts (600 Main St.) that pair artfully rendered ceramic vessels with soup-er creations by local chefs and restaurateurs. A $21 ticket gets you a bowl crafted by a local potter and a fine selection of soups. The proceeds benefit Lynchburg Daily Bread, a non-profit organization that provides food for those in need. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Click hereor call (434) 846-8499 for tickets and more info.
It’s SciFest weekend at Randolph College (2500 Rivermont Ave.), which means a whole slate of entertainingly educational programming from the STEM folks at the school, including a big day of family fun featuring bouncy houses and a petting zoo, a Lego League expo, and a Mini Maker Faire today from noon to 4:30 p.m. The local makers at Vector Space are running the Faire, which will introduce young folks to the art of tinkering, creating, and just plain making stuff. There will be food trucks. It’s all free and open to the pubic. For more info and a complete SciFest schedule, click here.
Once the weather gets more reliably temperate, Jake at My Guitar Shop (4529 S. Amherst Hwy.) will almost certainly be holding a few outdoor music extravaganzas in the parking lot outside his shop. In the meantime, he’s using the soundstage inside to host an original music showcase featuring six local bands: Not Robots (1 p.m.); Xenith (2 p.m.); Whole New Me (3 p.m.); Super Dudes (4 p.m.); Borderline Taboo (5 p.m.); and Thikhed (6 p.m.). It’s being billed as Thikhed’s farewell show, which means this may be the last chance to hear them hold forth with their particular brand of “mountain metal.” There’s no cover charge. For more info, click hereor call (434) 534-7110.
The plot of My Fair Lady (1964) may remind some of the 1999 movie She’s All That. There’s a good reason for that: both films are the progeny of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. Of course, My Fair Lady has the great Audrey Hepburn, which gives it the edge. Hepburn plays Eliza Doolittle, a working-class girl who learns to pass as an aristocrat after training by phonetics professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison). It’s a classic comedy of manners, and it’s showing all week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.), although screening times have yet to be announced. Click here or call (434) 845-2398 for more info.
Hill City Swing says they’re not responsible for injuries, so make sure to limber up in advance of their swing dance party this evening at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). The group includes instructors and they’re doing their best to build a community of dancers educated in the ways of West Coast Swing, a style with roots in early 20th-century Harlem that owes its original popularity to Hollywood. Think Lindy hop. Lessons run from 7:15 to 8 p.m., followed by an open dance until 10:45 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Dancers with all levels of experience are welcome. No partner is required. For more info, click here or call (540) 769-7192.
In December of 2016, LynchburgDoes was just an idea that was rapidly coming to fruition. We knew there was more happening in this little town of ours than many people suspected. We sensed that there was an audience for a thoughtful and accurate source for detailed information about events and culture in Lynchburg. And we were pretty sure we could create an accessible hub for informative, reliable, and even entertaining listings and reporting on music, theater, food, drink, and a range of other things to do in and around town. So we launched the website just a few days before New Year’s Eve, 2016. The site is now just over one-year old. We made it through more than 52 weeks, publishing a full roster of eight-days of events and happenings every Wednesday. We’ve made a lot of friends in the community in the past year. We’ve discovered new places to eat, drink, and be merry. And we’ve solidified our belief that there’s plenty of fun stuff to do in Lynchburg. To those of you who have been using LynchburgDoes as a resource over the past months, thank you. To those of you who are new to the site, welcome. We look forward to moving forward with your support and to celebrating our second anniversary next New Year’s Eve.
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Sometimes something as simple as a clever band name is all it takes to get us on board. Roanoke’s Medicinal Americana – it rolls off the tongue – bring a sense of humor to rootsy American rock or, as they describe it, “100% organic, 100% local, and 100% legal rock ‘n’ roll music.” The foursome claim Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, the Black Crowes, Neil Young, and the Rolling Stones as influences, and they’ve coming to town to play the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) this evening at 6 p.m. Click here or call (434) 333-4681 for more info.
It’s all to easy to forget that, in addition to serving solid Italian fare six days a week, Milano’s Restaurant (4327 Boonsboro Rd.) reliable hosts a mid-week night of live music in its bar area. Tonight, they’ve got Richmond-based roots and blues troubadour Elizabeth Wise, a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who can and probably will play a mean slide. It’s a solo set from 7:30-10:30 p.m. and there’s no cover. For more info, click here or call
It’s all to easy to forget that, in addition to serving solid Italian fare six days a week, Milano’s Restaurant (4327 Boonsboro Rd.) reliable hosts a mid-week night of live music in its bar area. Tonight, they’ve got Richmond-based roots and blues troubadour Elizabeth Wise, a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who can and probably will play a mean slide. It’s a solo set from 7:30-10:30 p.m. and there’s no cover. For more info, click here or call (434) 384-3400.
The Academy Center of the Arts (600 Main St.) has made it its business to bring higher-end acts to the Hill City through its Warehouse Concert series. That trend continues this evening, as South Carolina husband-and-wife Americana duo Shovels & Rope headline the series. The couple are touring in support of their new Busted Jukebox Volume 2, which pairs them with fellow singer-songwriters (Brandi Carlile, Nicole Atkins, and Rhett Miller, to name three) for a folksy run through tunes by Leonard Cohen, the Breeders, and even the Clash. They’re joined at the Academy by Becca Mancari, a Nashville-by-way-of-Lynchburg up-and-comer who released Good Woman last year. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Click here or call (434) 846-8499.
It’s something of a rare occasion when Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) hosts live music in its Rosel H. Schewel Theatre. The acts they book generally have a good bit of soul, some blues, and a few stories to tell. Tonight Riverviews features Central Virginia musician Jordan Ashby, who released the EP Fumes last year, and Richmond-based singer-songwriter Jonathan Facka. The shows usually pack the intimate theater to capacity. Doors are at 7:30 for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $7. Click here or call (434) 847-7277.
Just in time for Easter, it’s Halloween all over again, which is the case about once a month at Fifth & Federal Station (801 5th St.), where the Lynchburg Goth League hosts its regular get-together. At Everyday is Halloween: Dark Side of the 80s, Lynchburg’s shadow dwellers revel in the dark musical arts, including old school goth, synthpop, and some industrial stuff. This month’s event features musician and performance artist Gull, a masked one-man-band out of Richmond who’s definitely worth checking out on YouTube, as well as Charlottesville-based DJ Angel Metro. The event runs from 8:30 p.m. until midnight. Click here or call (434) 386-8113.
It’s a big musical night in Lynchburg, with all kinds of genres represented. Expect organized chaos from Chicago-bred hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco, who stops by Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) on a jaunt from Hawaii and Asheville, NC (that’s not a joke). Fiasco’s been out of the mainstream mix for a few years, but he released his sixth studio album, Drogas Light, last year, and he’s received at least a dozen Grammy nominations since debuting in 2006 with Lupe Fiasco’s Food and Liquor. Tickets are $25 and doors are at 8 p.m. Click here or call (434) 846-3206.
When the folk winds down at Riverviews, we’re gonna recommend heading over to Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) for a night of great rock on a Good Friday. The staff of LynchburgDoes – or, at least, most of ’em – will be in the house performing as part of A New Low, a locally sourced, single-batch, artisanal foursome featuring LD publisher Matt Ashare (bass and guitar) and LD web guru Jay Oliveira (guitar), along with EC Glass drum line master Chris Fosnaugh (drums) and writer-at-large Vic Sizemore (vocals). Come say hello between sets and ask for a free CD, a LynchburgDoes sticker, or gardening advice. The music begins at 10 p.m. and goes until closing time, which is usually around 1:30 a.m. There’s no cover charge. Call KBs at (434) 616-6691 or click here for Facebook event info. You can take a gander at the KB menu here.
We usually highlight events meant to excite the senses, but today we’re suggesting one that may help refocus them. From 3-5 p.m., James River Yoga Studio (311 Rivermont Ave.) offers an entry-level meditation class, including techniques to quiet one’s mind, which seems like an interesting idea to ruminate over. Basic existential questions such as how long does it take to meditate, and how do we know when we’re meditating, will be addressed. The workshop happens on the last Saturday of every month. Donations are appreciated. Click hereor email firstname.lastname@example.org more info.
Back in 2001, the one-time Kansas City-based alt-rock band Puddle of Mudd hit paydirt after singer Wes Scantlin hooked up with Limp Bizkit frontman and music-biz entrepreneur Fred Durst and put a new version of the band together for an album titled Come Clean. To date, it has sold over five million copies. More recently, Scantlin took a little time off to get clean and spent a few months in rehab. He’s back with his guys on a tour that brings Puddle of Mudd to Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) this evening for the bargain ticket price of $15. Doors are at 7 for the 8 p.m. show. Click here or call (434) 846-3206