The local band the Dundies are fairly versatile when it comes to the type of music they’re willing to cover. That’s a capability that should serve them well this evening at the Academy Center of the Arts (600 Main St.), where they will be hosting an evening of live-band karaoke. As the name suggests, it’s an opportunity for brave audience members to join the band on stage for some vocalizing. Their karaoke songbook is not as extensive as the app on your smartphone, but it does include songs from the Beatles and the Biebs, to Skynyrd, Smashmouth, and Sublime. It’s free and open to anyone who’s got the pipes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more info, including a complete song list, click here. You can reach the Academy at (434) 846-8499.
Producers Gamble and Huff, soulsters Hall and Oates, and, of course, rapper Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff are some of the musical exports from the Philadelphia scene. The city that finally won a Super Bowl this year and may be adding an NBA title to that distinction is also home to a Virginia native by the name of Wesley Bunch. He moved north a few years back as a solo artist and he’s returning to his native soil this evening as a bandleader. Bunch’s indie-pop foursome Suburban Living headline an evening of rock at Speakertree Records (901 Jefferson St.) that features opening sets by the local acts TLVS and Friendlie. It starts at 7 p.m., and there is a $5 cover. For more info, call (434) 485-8262 or click here.
As Steve Martin once said, Comedy is not pretty. We’d like to amend that to say, comedy isn’t always pretty… The folks at the Stoney Badger Tavern (3009 Old Forest Rd.) are going to find out one way or another this evening as they try something new: a Thursday night open mic for aspiring comedians. You gotta be at least 21 to perform and, as the Badger points out, it’ll help to be “able to perform in a smoking venue without keeling over.” You can sign up to perform here. Each performer will be given seven minutes of stage time, unless the audience wants more. There’s no cover. The jokes start at 9 p.m. and keep going until they run out. Call (434) 384-3004 for more info.
Usually, we like to start off First Fridays at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.), where they reliably host a First Friday art exhibit opening in their Craddock-Terry Gallery at the start of each month. In fact, this evening they’ll be celebrating the opening of “The Exceptional Larry Bassett Collection,” which brings together eclectic works from the actual collection of the actual Larry Bassett. That’s from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Meanwhile, up a little ways from the river at the 5th Street Grind (710 5th St.), they’ll be hosting an exhibit by Nugent Cos, a VCU-trained abstract artist who studied drawing at the Beaux Arts de Paris and now calls the Blue Ridge Mountains area home. The White Hart Café (1208 Main St.) has an open mic of the musical sort scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. And the Academy Center of the Arts (600 Main St.) will host a reception for two exhibits from 5 to 8 p.m.: Sarah Raessler in the Up Front Gallery, and Jill Jensen and Jill Kerttula in the Ann White Academy Gallery. For information on First Friday events, click here.
It’s been over fifty years since the Outlaws first emerged out of Tampa, Florida, and 43 years since they hit Southern rock pay dirt with the song “There Goes Another Love Song.” The band have been through a number of changes over the decades, but they still feature a dual lead guitar line-up and they still specialize in Southern rock. They come to town tonight to play Phase 2 (4409 Murray Pl.). It’s a seated event, and an 18-plus show, with doors at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35 and can be found here. Call (434) 846-3206 for more info.
In addition to it being the fifth of May, today is derby day, as in the day that will see the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. We know that Justify is the Vegas favorite, but we like Lone Sailor at 50-1 odds. We also like the way Fifth and Federal (801 Fifth St.) is combining Derby Day with Cinco de Mayo. The local distillery McCauleys will be unveiling new rocks glasses and there will definitely be juleps. There will also be horse piñatas and live music by the Flat Five Jazz Band. The evening’s festivities run from 8 to 11 p.m., but Fifth and Federal will be open all afternoon for Derby watchers. Call (434) 386-8113 or click here for more info.
There ain’t no whiskey or tequila on the menu at Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.) this afternoon. But they will have barbecue. And lots and lots of ale. The fourth annual BBQ & Brews Fire Fest brings together a local barbecue competition and libations from a number of regional craft brewers, including Apocalypse. This year there’s a professional and an amateur pulled pork competition and, as always, proceeds benefit Lynchburg Relay for Life and the Forest Volunteer Fire Department. The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25. Click here or call (434) 258-8761 for more info.
That’s right, it’s Cinco de Mayo today, which once again falls on the fifth of May. And what do we celebrate on Cinco de Mayo? Well, it’s not Mexico’s Fourth of July. Mexican Independence Day is actually on September 16, which once again falls on the 16th of September this year. Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico’s victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. That’s a fact that may come in handy today at El Jefe Taqueria Garaje (1214 Commerce St.), the best little tequila bar and taco joint in downtown Lynchburg. They’ll be expanding their borders and setting up an outdoor tent in the adjacent parking lot from 2 until 6 p.m. The Dundies will perform and there will be other celebratory activities. For more info, click here or call (434) 333-4317.
If things get a little strange at Phase 2 (4409 Murray Dr.) this evening, it’s totally by design. The Swedish viking-metal band Avatar are on the bill, and they’re bringing something called the Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow along for the rock. Not sure what they’ll have room to do within the confines of a rock club, but Hellzapoppin feature fire breathers, fire eaters, glass eaters, sword swallowers, knife throwers, knife catchers, and other human oddities. It’s an all-ages show with doors at 7 p.m. Tickets run from $5 to $45. Click here or call (434) 846-3206 for tickets and info.
With baseball season in full swing, the folks at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) are hoping to go yard or at least drive in a few with the classic boys of summer romantic fantasy Field of Dreams (all puns intended). Kevin Costner, who has yet to make a rugby movie or one in which he masters the luge, stars as an Iowa farmer who hears a little voice in his head directing him to build a baseball diamond. Like any decent Iowa farmer, he obliges, and is then visited by certain ghosts of World Series’ past, including one Shoeless Joe Jackson of Chicago Black Sox infamy. The film screens daily through May 10 at noon, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, and 9:40 p.m. For ticketing and info, click hereor call (434) 845-2398.
The cast of notable characters whose forces are joined continues to proliferate with each new Avengersblockbuster. This time we’ve got charming Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, handsome Chris Hemsworth as Thor, mild-mannered Mark Ruffalo as the Bruce Banner/Hulk character, square-jawed Chris Evans at Captain America, the alluring Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, the very British Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, the voice of Vin Diesel as Groot, and a bunch of other roles for the likes of Peter Dinklage, Idris Elba, Benicio del Toro, Bradley Cooper, and, well, it’s an awfully long list. As for the plot… Is plot really a selling point for these films anymore? Let’s just say that it’s action packed, has lots of cool battle scenes, and the unsettling ending is unresolved enough to require a fourth, fifth, and almost certainly a sixth Avengers film. All continues to be well in the Marvel universe, at least in terms of studio finances. You can catch Infinity Wartoday at Regal River Ridge Stadium (3411 Candlers Mountain Rd.) in regular screening format at 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9, and 10:30 p.m., and in 3D at 3, 6, 6:30, 9:30, and 10 p.m. For more info, including showtimes for the upcoming week, click here or call (434) 582-1661.
While many comedic performers hone their routines into repeatable renditions, others make it up as they go along. Off the Cuff Improv, a local comedy troupe, is one of the latter. Unlike stand-up, which centers around jokes that are to some extent "written," improv happens in the moment and relies on a performer’s quickness of wit and dexterity of limb. The Off the Cuff folks will take crowd suggestions and spin them into something resembling a coherent and, hopefully, laugh-inducing narrative. They’ll do so tonight from 9-11 p.m. on the non-smoking side of the Stoney Badger (3009 Old Forest Rd.). Click here or call (434) 384-3004 for more info.
Chase Rice is currently on the road in the guise of a country music singer, which is one of the things he does. However, you may also know him as the runner up from 2010’s Survivor: Nicaragua. We also hear that he’s done a few stints as a stock car crewman. Rice, whose musical credits include co-writing the Florida Georgia Line 2012 hit “Cruise,” released his latest album, Lambs & Lions, back in November of last year. He’s supporting it with a set this evening at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.). Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $20. For tickets and info, click here or call (434) 846-3206.
Rikki Rakki is the alter ego of Erika Blatnik, a singer-songwriter from Bedford who now resides in Richmond. She’s back in these parts this evening to headline a night of live music at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.). She describes what she does as, “gritty tunes of sugar and sandpaper, honey and hangover,” most of which you could also combine to make for an interesting cocktail. She performs with the Charlottesville-based band Coughing Dove. The music starts at 10:30 p.m., with cover of $3. For more information, click here or call (434) 846-2877.
The full-fledged FloydFest, which will feature Jason Isbell, Gov’t Mule, Old Crow Medicine Show, and a bevy of other bands, isn’t until late July. But Fifth & Federal (801 Fifth St.) has teamed up with the Floydians for a little pre-festival party. The Floydfest luau will include leis for the first 100 folks, a whole hog barbecue starting at noon, and a full line-up of live music. You’ll also have a chance to win passes to this year’s FloydFest. On the outdoor stage at Fifth & Federal it’s Travers Brothership at 1 p.m.; Southern Hill Banks at 3 p.m.; Erin & The Wildfire at 5 p.m.; Los Chupacabras at 7 p.m.; and Chamomile and Whiskey at 9 p.m. There’s no cover charge. For more info, click here or call (434) 386-8113.
As the 19th century turned into the 20th, ragtime emerged as the hip musical style of the day, with its upbeat, syncopated rhythms and swinging grooves. That music, popularized by the likes of Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton, forms the backdrop for Ragtime, a musical adapted from the 1975 E.L. Doctorow novel of the same name. As the music plays, Harlem musicians, aristocratic housewives, and Jewish immigrants each chase their own version of the American dream. The Academy Center of the Arts (600 Main St.) begins six performances of the show tonight at 7:30 p.m. followed by a 2 p.m. performance Sunday. Tickets are $11-22. For more info, click here or call (434) 846-8499.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that a band called LACS, short for “the Loud Ass Crackers” call their music dirt rock and feature a pickup truck prominently in their marketing materials. The band, who perform with Hard Target, Crucifix, and Nate Kenyon on a bill at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.), should sell out the club, as they have in previous years, according to the venue. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $20. For more information, click here or call (434) 846-3206.
The most important item on today’s to-do list is ask mom what she wants to do. It’s Mother’s Day, after all. If her answer includes eating a donut, maybe stop by My Dog Duke’s Diner (1007 Commerce St.) where they’re giving away one donut — glazed, chocolate, or cinnamon sugar — to every mother with purchase of a meal. And make sure to pick up the check. The restaurant is open from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Check out the menu here. For more info, click here or call (434) 849-8868.
Although the Blackwater Creek Trail’s asphalt-covered sections connecting Langhorne Road to Percival’s Island are fairly well traveled by walkers, runners, and cyclists, the off-road trails are bit more secluded. That will not be the case tonight and every other Monday evening through the warm weather months, as the Greater Lynchburg Off-Road Cyclists saddle up for a group ride through the trail system. They’ll meet at the E. Randolph Place entrance, noted on this trail system map, and start rolling at 6 p.m. The ride will take up to two hours and cover 10 to 15 miles, although riders can come and go as they please. Wear a helmet and sign a waiver, which can be found here. For more info, click here.
While Rosie the Riveter took her place in America’s manufacturing sector as the country’s men shipped off for World War II, the lesser-known Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) donned a catcher’s mask and squatted behind home plate. Her trials, tribulation, swings, and misses are chronicled in Penny Marshall’s A League of Their Own (1992), a classic film about the girls of summer. Marshall ably mixes comedy and drama as the Rockford Peaches, including Hinson, her sister Kit (Lori Petty), All-the-Way Mae (Madonna), Doris Murphy (Rosie O’Donnell), and others follow alcoholic washout Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) through their first season. For more info, including showtimes, click here or call (434) 845-2398.
A cross-section of Lynchburg’s mobile kitchens gathers this evening for a semi-regular Wednesday round-up of food truckery at Grace Church (21129 Timberlake Rd.). Uprooted will be there serving farm-to-table burgers and fries; the Hibachi Guys will have their hibachi going; Earl’s Carolina BBQ will be smoking; and Nomad Coffee will be providing the caffeinated beverages. It happens from 5 to 8 p.m. and you can find out more by clicking here.
Not too many documentaries are awarded an R-rating, which makes the one playing tonight at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) intriguing. The 1994 film, directed by Terry Zwigoff, chronicles the darker quirks of underground cartoonist and artist Harry Crumb, or H. Crumb, who is known for characters and comic strips including Fritz the Cat and Keep on Truckin’. The film is part of the Lynchburg Underground Movie Series, hosted by music buff Ken Faraoni each month at Riverviews from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $7. For more info, click here or call (434) 847-7277.
It’s fitting that the Young Professionals of Central Virginia will hold their monthly networking happy hour at Grey’s (512 5th St.) tonight. The organization’s purpose is to keep young talent in the Hill City, and Grey’s is a bona fide, locally owned, start-up business that gives folks with good taste another reason to stick around. The dinner menu at Grey’s might features a rack of ribs, a NY strip steak, herb crusted and blackberry glazed pork, and maybe some chicken fried cauliflower steaks. If they’ve got the soft pretzel on the menu, we definitely recommend it. It’s way better than a pretzel has any right to be. The Young Professionals meet at 5:35 p.m. No membership is required to attend. For more info, click here, and if you want to reach Grey’s call (434) 616-4939.
What’s so incredible about The Incredibles? Nothing much. They’re just your average family of superheroes living quietly in suburban anywhere USA, with a super-strong dad (Mr. Incredible, of course), a super-stretchy mom (Elastigirl), an occasionally invisible daughter, and a super-fast son. Of course, there’s a super-villain, because there’s always a super-villain, and things do heat up in this now almost classic 2004 computer-animated feature from the Pixar studios. The action unfolds, incredibly enough, on an outdoor screen in Riverside Park (2238 Rivermont Ave.) this evening at 8 p.m. That’s right, Movies in the Park is back. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating, and a couple of spare bucks for the food trucks, which should be set up by 6 p.m. Upper Crust Pizza, Hibachi Guys, Nomad Coffee Co., and the Frosty Penguin will be driving in for the event. Click here or call (434) 455-5877 for more info.
Expect a blend of genres and cultures tonight as Hiroya Tsukamoto performs what he’s dubbed “poetic guitar music” in Lynchburg for the first time. Tsukamoto’s from Kyoto, which is in Japan, and he started his musical journey on the five-string banjo. After moving to the States almost 20 years ago, he formed INTEROCEANICO, a transcontinental group of musicians who were not afraid to experiment with cross-cultural forms. His solo work draws from folk stories, poetry, and Japanese folk music. He’s at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) in the Rosel H. Schewel Theatre. Tickets are $15 for the 8 p.m. show. Click here or call (434) 847-7277 for more info.
If you haven’t gotten around to streaming the Martin Scorsese-produced Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip, this might be the weekend to do it. We’re told you do not have to be a Deadhead to appreciate the archival footage. You probably don’t have to be a Deadhead to appreciate BigFoot County either, although it probably helps. The Central Virginia-based Grateful Dead tribute band do their best to recreate the jammy feel of classic Dead and tend to bring out the tie-dyed masses. To accommodate the incoming crowd, the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) is expanding its patio and inviting people to bring lawn chairs for seating. Tickets to the show, with runs from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Click here for tickets and info, or call the Water Dog at (434) 333-4681.
One of Lynchburg’s strengths is its proximity to craft beverage makers located throughout the surrounding counties, particularly Nelson County, where there’s quite the concentration. Bold Rock Cidery (1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy.) in Nellysford is throwing a bunch of entertainment out there today for its first ever Movies and Groovies event. Starting at 6 p.m., there’s live reggae music by Greg Ward and the Dubsetters and eats courtesy of the Morsel Compass food truck. Then, at dusk, they’re screening the 1993 Olympic comedy Cool Runnings, featuring Jimmy Cliff’s excellent cover of the Carpenters hit “I Can See Clearly Now.” It’s totally free and sponsored in part by the Virginia Film Festival. Click here or call (434) 361-1030 for more info.
Sure, Storming of Thunder Ridge sounds a little formidable, like it could be the name of a Vietnam War film about a scrappy squad of Screaming Eagles taking a tactical position under the leadership of Dylan McDermott. Oh, that was Hamburger Hill. In actuality, Storming of Thunder Ridge is just a big name for what could be a leisurely ride along the Blue Ridge back roads or a more strenuous race to the mountain peaks. The 9th annual road ride starts at the Jamerson Family YMCA (801 Wyndhurst Dr.) and offers distances for cyclists of most experience levels. The shortest is 27 miles; the longest is a full 100. Registration, which runs from $60 to $75, begins today from 6:45- 8 a.m. and can be done online here. Proceeds benefit the YMCA of Central Virginia system. For more info, including route details, click hereor call (434) 582-1900 ext. 221.
Don’t pull a Bill Buckner and let this rare opportunity to catch Major League (1989) on the big screen hop by your glove or roll between your legs. That’s Corbin Bernsen’s job in the role of Roger Dorn in this comedy, which unfolds as the somewhat unhappy new owner of the Cleveland Indians wants to move the team to a warmer, more hospitable locale. So, she collects a band of misfits, has-beens, underachievers, and at least one criminal in hopes of losing enough games to be run out of town. See Charlie Sheen as Wild Thing Ricky Vaughn search for the strike zone, Wesley Snipes as Willie Mays Hayes literally steal home, and Tom Berenger as Jake Taylor squat behind home plate on his last legs. The film screens at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) through Thursday. For more info, including showtimes, click here or call (434) 845-2398.
The cycling community has a well-known affinity for craft brews, or so we’ve been told. So it makes sense that right after pedaling each week they sit down for a round or two. Join in this evening as Pints After Pedals gets rolling at 6 p.m. right outside Bikes Unlimited (1312 Jefferson St.), makes its way to the top of the Blackwater Creek Trail, and comes back down to land in town at the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.). The ride is a little over 6 miles and is a good way to get to know fellow cyclists. Click here for info and updates, or call (434) 385-4157.
There’s already a pretty well-established Salsa Night that takes place in town on Thursday evenings, but there’s plenty of room left for some swinging on Tuesdays. Hill City Swing, which is located inside the Riverviews ArtSpace building (901 Jefferson St.), hosts lessons from 7:15 to 10:30 p.m. in both types of swing dancing: East Coast and West Coast. They’ll teach techniques useful for all sorts of partner dancing, and people of all skill levels are welcome. Entry is $10 per person. No partner is required. For more info, click here or call (540) 769-7192.
Any group activity might be intimidating for the uninitiated, which is one reason the Greater Lynchburg Off-Road Cyclists host a no-drop ride every Wednesday. That means the slowest rider sets the pace rather than the fastest, so no one gets left behind. GLOC rotate their weekly ride around Lynchburg’s mountain biking trails, which can mean pedaling along Candlers Mountain, through Peaks View Park, or on the Blackwater Creek Trail, depending on the Wednesday. For updated info on where they’ll be riding this evening at 6, click here. Waivers and helmets are required. Keep an eye out for GLOC’s other weekly rides on their Facebook page and website.
The Roanoke-based foursome Medicinal Americana have made Lynchburg a regular stop on their rounds of regional music venues, and this evening they’ll be checking in at the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) right around dinnertime for a set or two of rootsy rock and roll. As their name suggests, the band lean toward the Americana end of the spectrum, which in this case means covering tunes by the likes of Ryan Adams, the Black Crowes, Tom Petty, Neil Young… “Ya know,” as they put it, “the good stuff.” They also do some original tunes. The playing begins at 6 p.m. Click here to see the Water Dog menu, here for more info on the show, or call (434) 333-4681.
This evening, among the greenhouses on the grounds of the former Schenkel Farm, the locally sourced produce of Lynchburg Grows (1339 Englewood St.) meets the homegrown talent of Becca Mancari for a tasty, healthy, and just generally wholesome evening of food and music. Salad Days is an opportunity for the non-profit, volunteer-assisted, community-supported agriculture (CSA) group to have some fun while raising some funds around a salad bar stocked with Lynchburg Grows produce and dressings made by local chefs. Mancari, who grew her talent in Lynchburg before replanting herself in Nashville, is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter who’s gotten some love of late from Rolling Stone and NPR for her poetically impressionistic songcraft on her debut album Good Woman. In addition to salad and song, Salad Days features a silent auction of arts and crafts donated by local artists and artisans. Tickets are $35 and you can fill out a reservation form here. It’s only $10 for kids ten and under. Call (434) 846-5665 for more info.
In its original form, the tragedy of Hamlet revolves around some pretty serious royal intrigue in the Danish castle of Elsinore circa the Middle Ages (we’ll say somewhere between 1300 and 1500 A.D.). When the ghost of young Prince Hamlet’s recently departed father stops by the castle to urge his son to seek revenge for his murder, things get a wee bit complicated, mostly because Hamlet’s mom has just married his uncle Claudius, who also happens to be the murderer. Ah, to be or not to be in the Middle Ages; that is the question posed by Rogue Productions’ staging of Hamlet at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). The local troupe has shifted the action to post-WWI Denmark, where the pensive prince must wrestle with implications of regicide in the midst of a looming threat from a roving Norwegian gang. Could work. Performances, which got underway last night, continue tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday at 7:30 p.m., as well as next Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at the same time. Tickets are $15; click here or call (434) 847-7277.
Although Halloween comes only once a year, these days there’s a chance to dress like a ghoul once a month at Fifth & Federal (801 5th St.). That’s where the Lynchburg Gothic League hosts their monthly Everyday is Halloween event featuring alternative music, unholy revelry, and dark-wave dancing. The event runs from 9 p.m. until midnight and features MOSSGARDEN, who bill themselves as a “noise/experimental/soundscape music act,” as well as a handful of DJs mixing and matching their new wave and industrial tones and tunes. There’s no cover. Click here or call (434) 665-2204 for more info.
The hits keep coming at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.). Yes, that’s yet another fully intended baseball pun. This week it’s Tom Guiry as Scotty Smalls, a loner kid who finds himself in a new town circa 1962 and in the company of Benny the Jet Rodriguez (Mike Vitar), a young baseball enthusiast. Yes, it’s The Sandlot (1993), a rather dark coming-of-age comedy about two kids, a mean stepdad played with relish by Denis Leary, a baseball signed by Babe Ruth, and a big dog by the name of Beast. The film screens through the end of the week at noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, and 9:20 p.m. Click here or call (434) 845-2398.
Memorial Day wasn’t officially designated as a federal holiday until 1971, when the military was embroiled in a long little ground war in Southeast Asia and the country was in need of a morale boost and unifying spirit. However, its roots go back to a post-Civil War tradition known as Decoration Day, and the idea of setting aside at least one day a year to remember the citizen-soldiers from among our ranks who have fallen in service to country goes back to the founding of the original 13 states. There are lots of ways to observe Memorial Day, including a “Remember Their Sacrifice” event at 11 a.m. at the National D-Day Memorial (3 Overlord Cir.) in Bedford, featuring a keynote address by Brigadier General John “Jack” W. Mountcastle, US Army (retired). And, if you’re up for an early start to the day, Lynchburg Road Runners host a Memorial Day 10K and two-mile walk on the Blackwater Creek Trail. Race entry is $35 and the walk fee is $25. Runners and walkers gather at the Depot Grille (10 9th St.) for packet pickup at 7 a.m., and the racing and walking get underway at 8 a.m. For registration and more info click here.
Truth be told, we’re very much looking forward to the opening of “Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat” in September at Randolph College’s Maier Museum of Art (1 Quinlan St.). But the Maier always has cool stuff to peruse in a cool place that can be a nice refuge from the summer heat. While there do not appear to be many details about the show that’s opening today – “Modern & Contemporary Selections from the Collection” – we do happen to know that the permanent collection boasts something like four thousand works, including pieces by Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keefe, and Mary Cassatt. There are no Basquiats in there that we’re aware of, but that’s okay. The museum is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays. Click here or call (434) 947-8136.
Watching a Shakespearean comedy can be a bit like a live episode of the great Abbott and Costello routine “Who’s on the First.” There’s some miscommunication, some misunderstandings, but it usually comes together at the end. That’s the kind of drama that will unfold this evening a Shakespeare Under the Stars gets rolling at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd.) In Love’s Labour’s Lost, the Bard puts the King of Navarre and his three lords in a tempting position. Just after they took a three-year vow of chastity for the sake of scholarship, a princess and three ladies come into their lives. The king and his lords each fall in love and separately break their vows, although they don’t let the others know. Performances are tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with additional 7:30 p.m. performances next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Tickets are $15, wine will be for sale, and attendees are welcome to bring blankets, chairs, and picnic dinner. For tickets and more info, click here or call (434) 525-1806.