Paris fashion week just finished up, New York’s was a month ago, and here’s what we’re hearing for the spring: big stripes (?); bra tops (!); halter hoodies (!!); and something having to do with not wearing pants (??). Blue may be the new brown, which was the new black, so good luck. If you have questions, don’t ask us. But, you could ask Chin-Sun Lee. She’s a former fashion designer who now writes prose, poetry, and stuff about clothes (she contributed to the 2014 collection Women In Clothes). She’s reading from her work this evening at 7:30, after which she’ll be taking questions from the audience. She’ll be joined in the reading by U.S. army vet turned journalist Kristina Shevory. It’s free and open to the public at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.); call (434) 847-7277 for more info, or click here.
Richmond-bred blues singer and guitarist Elizabeth Wise returns to the Lynchburg area for one of her frequent visits this week. Tonight she’ll bring her guitar and her steel slide over to Milano's (4327 Boonsboro Rd.), where she’ll be holding court in the bar area from 7:30-10:30 p.m. We want to give a shout out to Wise’s version of the Sippie Wallace tune “Women Be Wise,” and to the humble calzone, an oft overlooked option on the Milano’s menu. There’s no cover for tonight’s show; call (434) 384-3400 for more info. Wise is sticking around town to play the Local Lounge showcase at Dish (1120 Main St.) tomorrow from 8:30-11 p.m. That show’s also free; call (434) 528-0070 for details.
Tracking down food trucks around town ain’t always easy, and finding a cluster of them can be downright difficult. But we have it on good authority that a bunch of them will be gathering in the parking lot outside the Lynchburg Humane Society (1121 Old Graves Mill Rd.) today from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., otherwise known as lunchtime. There will be dogs and cats, and food from Cheesy Rider, Uprooted, T & E Catering, Mama Crockett's, and Delicia's Gourmet Ice. Call the Humane Society at (434) 448-0088, or click here for updates.
Welcome, or welcome back. It's a big week for us here at LynchburgDoes.com: Friday is St. Patrick's Day, Monday’s the first day of spring, and the NCAA tournament is underway. Lots of good stuff. This is also the week we’re debuting our LynchburgDoes More page for all the events we find out about but can’t fit on our front page. It’s a way for us to provide you with updated weekly info on more happenings around town so that on any given day or night of the week you can find something to do in and around Lynchburg. These are shorter listings for things like trivia and karaoke nights, tap takeovers, wine tastings, music, and more. In the next few weeks, we’ll be adding listings for restaurants that will include wine dinners, brunch spots, and other happenings of the culinary variety. We are still focused on providing an accessible hub for thoughtful, informative, and entertaining events listings that are as detailed, accurate, and up-to-date as possible. There’s a more on our mission right here. As usual, we can use your help. If you know of something we’re not covering, let us know. If you book music, manage a bar or restaurant, or plan any other kind of events, let us know. Just drop an email at Matt@LynchburgDoes.com. Also, like and follow us on Facebook. And, please go out, have fun, and spread the word about LynchburgDoes.
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March madness has indeed begun. So, if you’re bracket’s still looking good by the end of the day, you’re doing better than most. There are 16 first-round games scheduled today, including top ranked Villanova vs. Mt. Saint Mary’s (7:10 p.m.), and Virginia Tech vs. Wisconsin (9:40 p.m.). The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) gets into the action this evening with an extended happy hour from 3-8 p.m.; a South Street Brewery tap takeover; and a live ESPN radio broadcast that begins at 6 p.m. Word is they’ll be raffling off a basketball signed by Hokies coach Buzz Williams. There’s no cover; call (434) 333-4681 for more info.
Over at Speakertree (522 5th St.) – the only record shop in downtown Lynchburg – they’ll be getting into the St. Paddy’s spirit with a line-up of local indie bands, including headliners From the Wild. Doors are at 6:30 p.m., there’s a $5 cover, and there are three other acts on the bill: Paperback, L.A. Dies, and Wesley Montgomery Music. Call (434) 485-8262 for more info, or click here.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day. We’ve got complete listings of all the happenings around town this evening right here. But it wouldn’t be right not to single out the only Irish pub in downtown Lynchburg on this fine occasion. That would be Kegney Brothers (118 Main St.), which will be keeping its usual hours (11 a.m.-2 a.m.) today, and featuring a Sham-Rock-abilly shindig tonight with Jenny & the B-Side Rockers starting at 10 p.m. For more info on that, call (434) 616-6691. If you’re looking to get a double dose of Jenny & the B-Side Rockers, they’ll be warming up with an early evening acoustic set at Charley’s (707 Graves Mill Rd.) from 6-9p.m.; call (434) 237-5988 more info on that.
The Warehouse Theatre at the Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.) will morph into a rather upscale soup kitchen today for their ninth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser to benefit the Daily Bread, an actual soup kitchen in Lynchburg. Here’s how it works: you pay $20 for a ticket, which entitles each patron to select a hand-made ceramic bowl created by a local potter. You can then fill that bowl will a selection of various soups provided by chefs from some of the finest establishments around town. Good soup + a good cause = a good time. For tickets call the Academy box office at (434) 846-8499, or click here.
Jordan Eastman and Laurel Lane are two-thirds of Fort Defiance, a Nashville-based band who specialize in earnest and folksy Americana. Eastman and Lane play guitar and banjo together, they harmonize, and as of last year they’re also married. That probably makes touring a little easier. The due come to the White Hart this evening to celebrate the early release of the new Fort Defiance album, The Haunts of Youth. The plan is to play the album in its entirety, give away some merch, and generate some pre-release enthusiasm for the new disc. If all goes well, maybe they’ll bring their drummer next time. The show starts at 7 p.m. and there’s no cover. Call (434) 207-5600 for more info.
So, the eagerly anticipated live-action Disney rendering of Beauty and the Beast is finally in theaters, including the local Regal River Ridge Stadium 14 up on Candler’s Mountain Rd. And, the folks at Kathleen O’Byrne’s Irish Tearoom (4295 Boonsboro Rd.) have been getting into the spirit all weekend long. They hosted a reservations only “Beauty and the Feast” event last night (Saturday) that featured a 7-course dinner for $39.95, and today they’ve got a Royal Breakfast with Beauty, with a menu that includes a Castle French Toast casserole, Lady Pott's scones, Chip's Hot Tea, and more for $16.95. We hear a certain princess may be in the house. It runs from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and reservations are strongly recommended; call (434) 473-5983.
Diversity means different things to different people, which is sort of the point. The Lynchburg Diversity Center has its own approach to diversity, which happily includes a monthly happy hour downtown at Dish (1120 Main St.). It runs from 5:30-8 p.m., so you can grab drinks at the bar, and order from chef Dave Ellis’ fine menu of plates big and small. Some recent small-plate specials: duck confit with creamy grits and stout reduction; steamed little neck clams with chorizo and cilantro; and gnocchi verde with marinara, and fresh mozzarella. Call (434) 528-0070.
Welcome to the first day of spring. That’s right, we made it through that long, cold winter, which come to think of it didn’t feel all that long or cold. That said, Mother Nature was kind enough to give a quick reminder of what winter can feel like just in time for spring’s arrival, so we can appreciate it all the more. Some good spring things: flowers and cherry blossoms; hiking; picnicking; bike riding; bird watching; grilling; gardening; walking with no particular destination in mind; driving with the windows down. . . We’re just saying, take a few minutes to step outside and appreciate the fact that we still have something resembling seasons. For more info on the 2017 spring equinox (it’s at 6:26 a.m. in the northern hemisphere) and other cool weather stuff visit the National Weather Service.
If you think 2017 is a complicated time for issues relating to race and sexual orientation, then you might want to time travel back to the not-so-halcyon days of 1989, when director Marlon Riggs unleashed his now seminal semi-documentary Tongues Untied. The film, which is being featured at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, explores the lives of gay black men through the lens of the filmmaker’s own experiences, the civil rights movement, the AIDS epidemic, and other socio-political phenomena. It’s being show this evening at 7 p.m. in the theater at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). Randolph College film professor Andi Miller will be on hand to introduce the film and to facilitate a discussion after the screening. It’s free; call (434) 847-7277.
There’s bourbon, there’s beer, and then there’s craft-brewed ale that’s had the distinct pleasure of being aged in bourbon barrels. The Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., in Lexington, KY, manages to do all three: they make Town Branch bourbon and rye in their distillery; they craft a variety of ales, porters, and stouts in their brewery; and then they age some of what they brew in bourbon barrels. Three of their signature Kentucky brews – the Bourbon Barrel Ale, the Bourbon Barrel Stout, and the Kentucky Kölsch – are in the spotlight for a Steal the Pint night at Bootleggers (50 13th St.). Grab a burger, a dog, or just some bar apps, and enjoy a little taste of Kentucky from 5-9 p.m. Here’s Bootlegger’s menu; call (434) 333-4273 for more info.
By Friends of the Market, they mean friends of the Community Market, which is that lovely place downtown on Main St. that has a huge hole in the ground where there once was a parking lot. It also has a farmer’s market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and some pretty cool vendors inside. (We totally recommend the “cruffin” at Lorraine’s, and noodle soup at the phở stand.) Tonight, from 5-10 p.m., Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) lends its support to the Market with a fundraiser for the Friends of the Market. It’s pretty simple: just grab some dinner and 10% of the check will go to supporting efforts to improve the Market. Here’s the RP menu; here’s a link to the Community Market website; and here’s a number to call for more info: at (434) 846-2877.
The annual SciFest at Randolph College (2500 Rivermont Ave.) has grown from a one-day event for kids into an artfully engineered long weekend of empirically provocative scientific exploration for people of all ages. There’s too much going on for us to list it all here, but the experiments begin this evening at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Hall with a performance by two-time international juggling champion Greg Kennedy, who’s performed with Cirque du Soleil and apparently drops a fair amount of science into his act. Bet you didn’t even know that was a thing. There’s also a science poetry jam (Friday at 6 p.m. in Wimberly Recital Hall); a glow stick star party (Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at Winfree Observatory); and a Maker Faire (noon-4:30 p.m. inside Main Hall) on Sunday, with bouncy houses and a petting zoo outside on Front Campus starting at 1 p.m. For more info and a complete schedule, click here.
Welcome, or welcome back. It's a busy couple of weeks for us here at LynchburgDoes.com: we survived St. Patrick's Day, gladly welcomed spring, and launched our LynchburgDoes More page. It's a place for all the events we find out about but can’t fit on our front page. It’s also another way for us to provide you with updated weekly info on more happenings around town so that on any given day or night of the week you can find something to do in and around Lynchburg. These are shorter listings for things like trivia and karaoke nights, tap takeovers, wine tastings, music, and more. In the next few weeks, we’ll be adding listings for restaurants that will include wine dinners, brunch spots, and other happenings of the culinary variety. We are still focused on providing an accessible hub for thoughtful, informative, and entertaining events listings that are as detailed, accurate, and up-to-date as possible. There’s a more on our mission right here. As usual, we can use your help. If you know of something we’re not covering, let us know. If you book music, manage a bar or restaurant, or plan any other kind of events, let us know. Just drop an email at Matt@LynchburgDoes.com. Also, like and follow us on Facebook. And, please go out, have fun, and spread the word about LynchburgDoes.
The Second City is that improv comedy troupe in Chicago that for years now has served as a training ground for SNL cast members. Tonight, some of Second City’s comedy specialists will be on hand downtown at the Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.) for a Game Night gala that’ll feature challenges like “fill-in-the-blankety-blanks,” charades, and some version of family feud. Of course, there will also be plenty of improv comedy. The event starts at 7:30 p.m., tickets are $35 for a riser, and $42 for a table. Call the Academy box office at (434) 846-8499 or visit their website for tickets and more info.
Chateau Morissette, Rebec, Ramulose Ridge, Fincastle, and Stanburn. If those names sound familiar to you, then you’ve probably been drinking some of Virginia’s finer wines. And they’re just five of the 12 vineyards and wineries that’ll be featuring their libations today at Corks & Cuisine, a festival of food and wine and other fun stuff at the Lynchburg City Armory (1200 Church St.) from 4-8 p.m. The food will be courtesy of the Crown Sterling, Favored Flavors, Altus Chocolate, and other local purveyors. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Click here, or call (434) 473-7319 for more info.
If all you’ve ever done at Dish (1120 Main St.) is enjoy chef Dave Ellis’ thoughtful small plates, then you might not know that the dining room typically transforms into a dance floor on most weekend nights. Usually, the music is provided by DJs. But tonight’s kinda special. The local groove band Applebutter Soul, who bring serious jazz chops to playfully funked up pop and soul music, will be in the house to facilitate the part from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. There’s usually a cover charge (probably $5); call (434) 528-0070 for more info.
We all know about the charm and allure of Christmas trees, but what about Easter egg trees? Apparently, that’s a thing, or at least it can be. Easter wreaths are also a possibility. It all begins with the eggs themselves, which are apparently crafted from wax and may involve the use of gourds. If that sounds intriguing, you can find out more today at Favored Flavors (912 Main St.), a little downtown shop that has more olive oils and balsamic vinegars than you can count on two hands. They’re hosting a how-to class in wax-and-gourd Easter eggs this evening from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $30, and must be pre-purchased – click here. You’ll get all the necessary supplies to make four eggs, plus some nibbles and some hand scrub. Call (434) 238-0801 for more info.
If 2015 was the year of avocado toast and 2016 was the year of La Croix sparkling water, 2017 may just be the year of matcha tea. With 137 times more antioxidents than your average green tea, matcha, we have been told, tastes like the Buddha, only slightly sweeter. It’s seriously potent, powdery stuff that takes a little training to prepare, which is why Good Karma Tea Co. (901 Jefferson St.) in the Riverviews Artspace building is hosting a match demo and tasting from 11 a.m.-noon today. Tickets are $7; call (434) 515-2058 or visit the Good Karma website.
Only five days until the curtain goes up on the big Opera on the James spring production of Verdi’s Falstaff. Tickets to the March 31 performance are available here, or by calling (434) 528-3397. In the meantime, there’s one more preparatory lecture for those who’d like to know a little something about this Falstaff dude, and his place in the annals of literature. Dr. Mara Amster, a friend of the site and a bona-fide Shakespearean, will hold forth on the comic and rotund character who plays a prominent role in Henry IV, Henry V, and most importantly for Verdi’s purposes, The Merry Wives of Windsor. There will also be some opera singers in the house for some informal performing. The 4 p.m. lecture is free and open to the public at Westminster Canterbury (501 V.E.S. Rd.); call (434) 528-3397 for more info.
Our buddy Jake out at My Guitar Shop (4529 S. Amherst Hwy.) is welcoming the spring season in an appropriate way: he’s putting on a rock show. Sometimes, Jake does shows in the parking lot, which is cool. But, this one’s going to be inside from 2-5 p.m., just in case those spring showers come a’calling. Here’s who’s on the bill: Indecisive? (“spastic grunge punk”); Xenith (“classic grunge rock”); Hill City Robots (“Hill City rock & roll”); Jon Tanner (solo acoustic Nirvana favorites). In other words, we could have easily called this Sunday Grungy Sunday. Admission is free; call (434) 534-7110 for more info, or click here.
Veritas Winery is a family-run vineyard on 50 acres of land in Afton, about an hour’s drive from Lynchburg and 20 minutes west of Charlottesville. The tasting room, crush pad, wine cellar, and barrel room are open for tours, picnics, wine tastings, and events by reservation throughout the year. But today, Brew Ridge Tours is running an all-inclusive, all-day tour and picnic of Veritas that runs from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. It includes transportation, food, and, of course, wine. Tickets are $85 and must be pre-ordered. Click here for tickets; click here for more info on the winery; call (855) 446-7868 for more info.
Superheroes are fun. Trampoline parks are fun. Cancer is not. So, for four hours today, the local mobile app company Lynchburg Loyalty is helping the fight against cancer by inviting kids big and small to come out and bounce around and up and down at Jump Lynchburg (3700 Candlers Mountain Rd.) dressed as superheroes. Tickets are $12, and proceeds go to the Cancer Patient Support Fund of the Pearson Regional Cancer Center. Large groups of jumpers and others who want to seure a spot should register in advance right here; more info about Jump Lynchburg is available here. The jumping commences at 5 p.m. and goes until 9. Call (434) 338-1376.
If you’re a fan of indie music and the American indie-rock underground, then Calvin Johnson is something of a legend. He’s been active as a DJ and musician since the early ’80s; he founded the Olympia, Washington label K Records back in 1982, the same year he started the band Beat Happening. Since then, he’s done all kinds of things: through K Records, he’s released music by Beck, Built to Spill, and Modest Mouse. His Olympia recording studio, Dub Narcotic, became the namesake of his long-running project Dub Narcotic Sound System, an indie-funk dance band that’s had a whole bunch of members. And, he’s continued to mix and remix music under the nom-de-pop Selector Dub Narcotic. Today, he’s in Lynchburg of all place, and performing at Speakertree (522 5th St.) with local support from Good Dog Nigel and Moss Garden. The show starts at 6 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover; call (434) 485-8262 or click here for more info.
Erika Meitner writes poems that are described as cool, sexy, funny, and smart. You can see why here. Wayne Miller’s poetry has been described as relentless, sharp, precise, and resonant. For a look, click here. Add lemonade and cookies and you got the formula for a night full of words that matter. Or a linguistic duel to the death. Or both. The free reading starts at 8 p.m. in the Alice Ashley Jack Room at Randolph College’s Smith Hall (2500 Rivermont Ave.). For more information, click here.
It’s been a long time coming and, frankly, here at LynchburgDoes we’re nearly speechless. The Hill City House Grille (7001 Timberlake Rd.) is closing in just two days, which means this is the final time that local country crooner Zach Burnette will provide the musical backdrop for the weekly “Girls Night Out” extravaganza in the Grille’s cozy-cool, old-school bar. The martinis, and other types of drinks, shall be flowing. And we’re guessing Zach’s got at least a little something special planned after his long run as the Wednesday night Hill City House attraction. There’s no cover; the music runs from 7-10 p.m.; call (434) 237-6110 for more info.
The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, the Grinch, and other colorful characters like Circus McGurkus and Miss Gertrude McFuzz are all part of the action in Seussical, the Broadway musical mash-up of Seussian stories and stars. The theater program at Brookville High School has worked up a full-fledged, big-cast production of Seussical, and it comes to life on the stage at Brookville Theatre (100 Laxton Rd. ) this weekend. There are performances tonight, Friday, and Saturday at 7 p.m., and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. There’s also a character breakfast, and children’s performance on Saturday at 9 a.m. Tickets are $5 for kids and $10 for adults; click here or call (434) 239-2636.
When you peer across decades, it’s hard not to notice the degree to which images of women reflect the tenor of an era, from the suffragettes of the 1910s and the flappers of the roaring ’20s, to WWII’s riveting Rosies and the real real housewives of the post-war period. Karen Sherry is an art historian with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She comes to the Maier Museum (1 Quinlan St.) to share her insights on the Modern Woman as seen through the lens of “Suffragettes, Flappers, and Other New Women in American Art, 1900-1950.” The talk runs from 7-8 p.m., and dovetails nicely with the Maier’s current featured exhibit, “Investigating Identity: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Art.” Call (434) 947-8136, or click here for more info.
He’s big, he’s bad, and he may even be somewhat mad. Sir John Falstaff, better known to Shakespeare aficionados as just the fat guy, had the rare honor of being featured in not one but three of the Bard’s masterworks, including the comic Merry Wives of Windsor. He went on to become the star of Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff, an operatic adaptation of the Merry Wives (plus a few scenes from the Henry IV dramas) that was first staged at La Scala in Milan in 1893. Opera on the James brings the classic opera to the stage at the Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.) tonight at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets range in price from $27.57-$93.46; click here or call (434) 528-3397.
Located in Nelson County, right in the heart of what’s become known as the Brew Ridge Trail, Wild Wolf Brewing Company (2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy.) has become one of the mainstays of Central Virginia’s craft beer renaissance. In addition to the brewery itself, they’ve got a full “farm-to-fork” restaurant, an outdoor beer garden with a koi pond, and pretty fantastic view of the mountains. And Wild Wolf now holds bragging rights to being the greenest brewery in the state for the second year in a row, thanks to the Virginia Green Travel Alliance. Wild Wolf celebrates their Green Brewery of the Year designation with a full day of fun beginning at 11:30 a.m., including $5 growler refills until 6 p.m., a special menu from chef Chris Jack, and live music by Charlottesville’s The Ragnarockers from 7-10 p.m. Click here for more info, or call (434) 361-0088
The folks at Lynchburg Parks & Rec have teamed up with Seven Hills Art Club to transform the three floors of the Miller Center (301 Grove St.) into an emporium for local artists today from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be art demonstrations, art presentations, art for sale, and even arts and crafts for kids. Pegeen Griessmayer will be on hand to facilitate a wine tasting on the third floor, and Ken Hobson will give a watercolor demonstration from noon-1 p.m. The event is free, but the wine tasting is $10. Click here for more info and a full map of the event, or call (434) 455-5858.
So, we don’t have the menu details just yet, but we do know that the kitchen and the wine specialists at Magnolia Foods (2476 Rivermont Ave.) are hard at work pairing food and drink for a four-course April Fool’s wine dinner. We will, however, keep you posted and let you know as soon as the menu is ready. In the meantime, reservations are $60 per person, and they are required. The dinner runs from 7-9:30 p.m. You can find out more about Magnolia Foods here, or call (434) 528-5442.
The taproom at Amherst’s Loose Shoe Brewing Company (1270 Thrashers Creek Rd.) should be in a rather festive state this evening from 6:30-10 p.m. For starters, it’s the brewery’s second anniversary celebration. Better yet, they’ve got a new beer on tap – their first Pilsner-style brew. There will be music by Concord’s-own Six-O-Nine Band. And we also heard something about Irish Car Bomb cupcakes. For more info on the festivities, the Pils, and those cupcakes, call (434) 946-2337, or click here.
Sometimes it takes a little something extra to get people in the right frame of mind to go out and take in some art. We know that, and so does the staff at the Maier Museum (1 Quinlan St.). So they’re providing that extra little push in the form of a mini spotlight tour of Azaleas, an 1898 impressionist landscape by the American painter John Henry Twachtman. And we’re providing an extra little nudge by pointing out how easy this is. Just drop by the Maier at 2 p.m. and you’ll get a free 15 minutes of thoughtful discourse on Azaleas from one of the museum docents. No muss, no fuss. The Maier is open from 1-5 p.m. every Tuesday through Sunday, and current exhibits include prints from the permanent collection, and “Investigating Identity: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Art.” Call (434) 947-8136, or click here for more info.
Monday night is always trivia night at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.). But, if tonight’s anything like last Monday, then you might want to arrive early in order to secure a table and a team. By 9 p.m. the main dining room should be filling up with local masters of minutiae and pursuers of all things trivial. Some teams arrive fully formed; other coalesce at the bar. Grab a pizza, a pint or two, and give your brain a little workout. The winners get an RP gift card. Call (434) 846-2877 for more info, or go to the RP website.
The Kirkus Review calls Whitney Taylor’s debut young adult novel, “A compelling exploration of mental illness.” The School Library Journal says it is “[a]n emotionally engrossing and powerful exploration of depression and healing.” We say, Taylor is a local talent who’s celebrating the publication of Definitions of Indefinable Things by doing the meet-and-greet thing at Barnes and Noble (4024 Wards Rd.) this evening from 7-8 p.m. It’s free; call (434) 239-8688, or click here for more info.
Anne Spencer, Harlem Renaissance poet and civil rights activist, was a staple of Lynchburg’s literary life. Ann Fisher-Wirth has the honor of being the Anne Spencer Poet-in-Residence at Randolph College this semester, which means that she, like Spencer, writes poetry that engages with and challenges the world around her. Tonight she’s gearing up for the final reading in the school’s Visiting Writers Series. Her main gig is at the University of Mississippi, where she teaches literature and environmental studies. In fact, she co-edited The Ecopoetry Anthology with Randolph professor and poet Laura-Gray Street in 2013. So, it’s a good bet there will be some ecologically minded words on the menu at the reading, which starts at 8 p.m. in the Ashley Jack Lounge at Smith Hall (2500 Rivermont Ave.). It’s free and open to the public; call (434) 947-8000 for more info, or click here.
The Waylon Jennings’ tune “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way”; Mel Tillis’ “Coca-Cola Cowboy”; and Ivory Joe Hunter r&b standard “Since I Met You Baby” that became a hit for country music hall of famer Sonny James in 1969. Those are just a few of the classics that the BRZ Band can pull out of their bag of well-worn, rootsy tricks. You can hear more on ReverbNation, where you’ll also find a long list of local gigs they’ve got booked over the upcoming weeks. Tonight in the bar at Milano’s (4327 Boonsboro Rd.), BRZ frontman Bo Heatherley and the band’s newest adjunct, country crooner Zach Burnette, are doing the duo thing from 7:30-10:30 p.m. But, depending on the gig, and the size of the room, the BRZ Band can bring along up to six members, and every now and again they back up Elvis tribute artist Taylor Rodriguez. You can find those gigs on our LynchburgDoesMore page. For more info on tonight’s gig or on the pizza-and-pasta menu at Milano’s, click here or call (434) 384-3400.
Baseball is back, and so are the Lynchburg Hillcats. For those of you who aren’t fully familiar with the complex web of affiliations that is minor league ball, the Hillcats are a Class A Advanced team in a three-tiered system that include two higher levels (double A and triple A). They’re currently in the Cleveland Indians farm system, which is nice because the Indians were contenders for a World Series title right up until the final extra inning of the final, rain-delayed game last season. Yes, that really happened. Today, the Hillcats welcome the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to Calvin Falwell Field (3180 Fort Ave.) for the opening game of the season. The first pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m., the first 1000 people through gate receive a free schedule magnet, and there are $2 beer specials. Tickets are $9; call (434) 528-1144, or click here.
The Josh Walker Farewell Tour of Lynchburg may not have officially begun. But, as far as we’re concerned, it is underway. After cutting his teeth as a singer-songwriter around Lynchburg, and establishing himself as one of the finest Americana voices in town, he’s heading out to Colorado this summer. But, first, he’s got more local gigs, including a show tonight at Dish. Stop by for some dinner, maybe a drink or two, and lend Josh a little support. He’s a good guy. The music runs from 8-11 p.m.; call (434) 528-0070, or click here for more info.
If you’ve found yourself engaging in random acts of rhyme from time to time over the past week or so, there’s no need for concern. April is National Poetry Month, so that kinda thing is in the air. Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) serves as the nexus for National Poetry Month happenings around Lynchburg, and they’re celebrating this evening from 5-8 p.m. with Beat Burg, a multi-media toast to all things poetic. The event will surely feature readings, as well as displays of some of the Beat Burg projects that are already underway, including poetry coasters that are popping up at various restaurants around town; posters featuring poetry by poets young and old; and other cool things with words. For more info, call Riverviews at (434) 847-7277, or go to their Beat Burg webpage.
Food trucks may be a year-round thing, but spring is when they really get rolling, with the warmer weather and all. Today marks the annual start of what’s become a new local tradition: Food Truck Thursdays at Miller Park (2100 Park Ave.). The idea is pretty simple: from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., a bunch of local food trucks pull into the parking area at Miller Park and get to cooking lunch. There are some tables and chairs and plenty of space for picnicking. So don’t be shy about bringing a blanket or a lawn chair or two. Today’s featured mobile meal units include Cheesy Rider, Action Gyro, Uprooted, T&E Catering, Pok-E-Joe’s BBQ, and Nomad Coffee. For more info, call Lynchburg Parks & Rec at (434) 458-5858, or click here.
Jad Abumrad is the creative genius behind Radiolab, a trailblazing and very cool NPR radio show produced out of NYC that launched back in 2008 and helped set the parameters for what podcasts have become. Really, it’s one of the best “talk” shows on radio, a top ranking podcast, and just a smart, insightful, and entertaining hour of exploration into science, philosophy, sociology, and all kinds of other stuff. Abumrad also produced and hosted a very timely Radiolab spinoff last year about the history of the Supreme Court called More Perfect. Find it right here. Abumrad comes to the Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.) to talk about what he does, how he does it, and why you should care. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $18 for students, $28 for seniors, and $35 for everyone else. There are also a limited number of $100 VIP tickets for a meet and greet that starts at 6 p.m. Call (434) 528-3256, or click here for tickets.
The new barbecue and bourbon joint in town is welcoming the spring weather with its first live music event. Fifth & Federal Station (801 5th St.) has a great space for it, including a large outdoor seating area, which is where we hear they’re putting the stage. Today’s music is being proffered by Outlaw Revival, a country band who specialize in classics by the likes of Hank, Waylon, and Merle. It runs from 2-6 p.m., but the kitchen and bar remain open until 10. There’s no cover. Call (434) 386-8113 for more info, and click here for the menu.
Tomorrow is Palm Sunday. But it’s also the 152nd anniversary of the fateful meeting that ended the Civil War. Apparently, this is only the 7th time those two dates have converged. On the afternoon of April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee sat down with Union General Ulysses S. Grant and formally surrendered in the parlor of a home owned by Wilmer McLean, right near the courthouse in Appomattox. It’s now the site of Appomattox Courthouse National Park (111 National Park Dr.), and they’ll be marking the historic occasion over the next several days with Civil War military demonstrations, living history programs, and a display of 4,600 luminaria to represent those emancipated in Appomattox as a result of the surrender. It all starts today, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; call (434) 352-8987 ext. 226, or click here for more info.
If you happen to be out in Appomattox, maybe observing the commemoration of the final battle of the Civil War, then you’ll be in range of one of the better bluegrass bands in the US of A. The Gibson Brothers are a tried and true duo who have been working the roots circuit pretty reliably since being named Emerging Artist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 1998. More recently, they were featured on PBS’s Bluegrass Underground, and you can see them tearing through one of their tunes (“Big Mon”) right here. They’re playing a 2 p.m. show at Appomattox County High School (198 Evergreen Ave.). Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $10 for children; call (434) 660-7101, or click here.
So Lee surrendered to Grant on April 9, 1865, and the RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton just 47 years and one day later, on April 10, 1912. Coincidence or just clumsy segue from one historic event to another? And, just as there are dedicated Civil War re-enactors, there are those who enjoy indulging in a little living history surrounding the famously deadly maiden voyage of the Titanic. Kathleen O’Byrne’s Irish Tea Room (4925 Boonsboro Rd.) is indulging the latter with a Titanic-themed dinner party this evening from 6:30-9 p.m. Reservations are required for this “traditional British meal,” and period dress is not at all discouraged. It’s a prix fix dinner that’ll run $34.95 per guest, or $60 per couple. To put that in historical perspective, third class passengers on the actual Titanic paid £7 per ticket, or a little over $8 in 1912 currency, which would be more than $200 today and probably did not include dessert. Call (434) 473-5983 for reservations, or click here for more info.
Bikes, beer, and the Blackwater Trail. Three great b’s that go great together, or something like that. Bikes Unlimited has teamed up with the Water Dog for an hour of pedaling on the Blackwater Trail, followed by a social gathering at the Water Dog (the beer is optional). Just show up with your bike at 6 p.m. at Bikes Unlimited (1312 Jefferson St.), and be ready to ride for about an hour before ending up right down the street at the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.). It’s free and open to bikers of all skill levels. Click here for more info, or call (434) 385-4157.
The Woodford Reserve Distillery hosts tours, tastings, bourbon academies, and even spring brunches. The problem is, they’re located in Versailles, Kentucky, which is about 400 miles from Lynchburg. They do make some darn good bourbons, including a Kentucky Straight, a Double Oaked, and a Brandy Cask Finish, each with its own distinct subtleties and kick. The bar at Bootleggers (50 13th St.) puts Woodford Reserve in a more convenient spotlight this evening from 5-9 p.m. with a flight night. For those unfamiliar with the “flight,” it’s essentially a sampler, usually featuring three or more ½ ounce pours. For more info on what Bootleggers has in store, click here or call (434) 333-4273.
It’s early yet, but the Lynchburg Hillcats got off to a bit of a rough start with the first series of their season, going one-in-three in their opening homestand against Myrtle Beach. The good news is that it was a bit of a rough start for their Carolina League Northern division rivals, the Salem Red Sox, who also began the season with just one win and three losses. The Salem Red Sox come to town to battle it out against the Hillcats in a three-game series that culminates tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Calvin Falwell Field (3180 Fort Ave.). One thing we can definitively predict: after tonight’s game, one of the two teams will no longer be in last place. And here’s the nice thing about going to a Wednesday night game: when you buy a $9 ticket to tonight’s game, you automatically get a ticket for the next Wednesday night game, which is on May 3 against the Winston-Salem Dash. Call (434) 528-1144, or click here for tickets.
Okay, we’re dipping back into the well this week, and once again featuring a Food Truck Thursday here on LynchburgDoes. Last week, we told you about the first Food Truck Thursday of the season at Miller Park (2100 Park Ave.); this week it’s the second. After today, you should just assume it’s happening, or check out the LynchburgDoesMore listings page. Today’s food trucks include: Uprooted, Pok-E-Joe's BBQ, T & E Catering, Upper Crust Pizza, Taco Shark, Nomad Coffee, and Maylynn's Creamery. The trucks will be onsite from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For more info, call Lynchburg Parks & Rec at (434) 458-5858, or click here.
So, it’s still National Poetry Month, and the Academy of American Poets has a nice list of 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month up on their website. You could chalk a poem on the sidewalk; create an anthology of your favorite poems on poets.org; and/or attend a poetry reading at a local university, bookstore, cafe, or library. Tonight’s collective poetry & prose reading at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) fits nicely into the latter classification for marking this poetic month. Students from three local institutions of higher learning — Randolph, Sweet Briar, and Lynchburg College — will be represented and representing from 7-9 p.m. It’s a free event; call (434) 847-7277 for more info, or click here.
She hails from Australia, and she’s been playing the blues since she was a kid. That’s kind of a strange bio, but she’s backed her reputation for alluring yet gritty guitar-powered blues over the years with albums like Jailbait (2004), Texas Hold ‘Em (2007), and Chasin’ Tail (2010). She’s touring through the area, which is what brings her to the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.) tonight for an 8 p.m. show presented by the Ellington. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. Check out Piper’s music here. Click here for tickets, or call (434) 544-1176.
John’s second cousin Sam Adams gets most of the credit for brewing beer back in the formative days of the American experiment, when beer wasn’t exactly the only thing that was brewing amongst the populous of the thirteen colonies. But Thomas Jefferson, Virginia’s own founding father, was very much the brewmeister too. He served beer at dinners, drank beer regularly, and embarked on his own scientific study of the brewing process after retiring from public life. So, it’s fair to say that he would be proud to know that Virginia is now fully engaged in the craft beer revolution. He’d probably even approve of today’s craft beer tasting and celebration at his home away from Monticello, his Bedford County retreat, Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd.). The tasting runs from 11 a.m.-5p.m. The Steve Freeman Band and Sub-Radio provide the music. Admission + 20 tastings is $35; for ten tastings $25; and those not intending to partake can get in for $10. Call (434) 525-1806, or click here for more info.
The Lynchburg Parks & Rec folks are gearing up for Easter by hiding more than 6,000 eggs at Point of Honor (112 Cabell St.), and they’ve got the Easter Bunny on board to help out. Crafts, face painting, bouncy housing, and food trucking will all be part of the fun, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will even be photo ops with the Easter Bunny and a petting zoo. It’s free; call (434) 455-5858, or click here for more info.
Happy Easter everyone. Not surprisingly, there’s not a lot happening in town today. Well, not a lot that we cover. It’s a day for enjoying family and friends. A day for reflection, circumspection, and, of course, the collection of Easter eggs. We’ll just add one random recommendation that the Easter Bunny brought to mind. Dial up the Scottish band Frightened Rabbit on Spotify, SoundCloud, Apple Music, YouTube, or whatever platform you prefer. They’re an indie band from Silkirk, right on the Ettick Water, which is a tributary of the River Tweed. Sounds quite quaint to us. (Thanks to Wikipedia for the geographical info.) The band’s newest album, Painting of a Panic Attack, came out almost exactly a year ago. It was produced by Aaron Dessner of the National, and it’s a solid, moody, and rather poetic listen. Just right for an Easter evening, and for National Poetry Month. Enjoy.
There’s an art to repurposing leftovers, and it often involves dressing yesterday’s dinner up as tomorrow’s lunch by deploying two pieces of bread, maybe a little mayo, and, perhaps a garnish or two. If you’re really good at it, you might actually forget you’re eating leftovers. That’s the idea, anyway, and the folks at Favored Flavors (912 Main St.) are doing their best to help out. On Naked Mondays, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., the store with dozens of olive oils and infused balsamic vinegars, and all kinds of exotic seasonings you’re not likely to find on your shelves at home, provide the accouterments for spicing up your lunchable leftovers. It’s free, as are the olive oil tastings. Call (434) 238-0801, or click here.
From a hidden compartment in an old desk, you pull a cache of secret research notes pointing to an ancient Incan temple deep in the rainforest. But whoever jotted down the directions went missing sixty years ago, presumably on his way to the site. That’s the premise of One Way Out’s The Lost Professor, their newest escape room. Here’s how it works: you and your party are shut inside a room full of puzzles. Solve them in an hour, and you win. If not, well it’s just like losing a video game, only more shameful. Basically, you get to spend an hour of quality time looking for keys, solving riddles, and deciphering codes. It’s $18 per person and a fine thing to do on a Tuesday evening. Click here for more info. Rent an entire room and it’s 20% discount. One Way Out (2264 Lakeside Dr.) recommends having at least four people in your party for this particular room. Book a time slot right here, or call (434) 602-2372.
Giant crabs, killer bees, and pirates threaten Union soldiers and castaway beauties in Cy Endfield’s 1961 follow-up to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Yep, it’s definitely the lesser known of the two films, which has made it a certified cult classic. Riverviews (901 Jefferson St.) screens the film tonight in a program that begins with insights, guidance, and a little cinematic context from Ken Faraoni. It starts at 7 p.m. in the Rosel Schewel Theater, located on the first floor of the building. Tickets are $6 at the door; call (434) 847-7277 or click here.