August 10 - Current

 SweetWater Brewery will flood the taps at Beer 88 (113 Hexham Dr.) tonight for a take-home-the-pint night. Starting at 5 p.m., the joint styling itself as a “Beer and Burger Society” will feature some of the Atlanta, Georgia brewery’s staples as well as a few that are a bit less common. For the creative taste seekers among our readers, we point to the Torikumi, a wasabi-infused blonde ale released this summer, brewed in collaboration between SweetWater and Telluride Brewing Co. The Bourbon Barrel Imperial Aged Stout will also make an appearance after six months waiting in its namesake barrels. Along with the seasonal Triple Tail tropical IPA, a few Sweetwater mainstays — the 420 extra pale ale, Goin’ Coastal pineapple IPA, and Blue blueberry ale — will round things out. For more information about the event click  here  or call 434-582-5025. For Beer 88’s menu, click  here .

SweetWater Brewery will flood the taps at Beer 88 (113 Hexham Dr.) tonight for a take-home-the-pint night. Starting at 5 p.m., the joint styling itself as a “Beer and Burger Society” will feature some of the Atlanta, Georgia brewery’s staples as well as a few that are a bit less common. For the creative taste seekers among our readers, we point to the Torikumi, a wasabi-infused blonde ale released this summer, brewed in collaboration between SweetWater and Telluride Brewing Co. The Bourbon Barrel Imperial Aged Stout will also make an appearance after six months waiting in its namesake barrels. Along with the seasonal Triple Tail tropical IPA, a few Sweetwater mainstays — the 420 extra pale ale, Goin’ Coastal pineapple IPA, and Blue blueberry ale — will round things out. For more information about the event click here or call 434-582-5025. For Beer 88’s menu, click here.

 We've got more details on Tropical Thursdays, the new weekly Latin and Caribbean dance night at Dish (1120 Main St.). For starters, Dish's resident commander-in-chef is promising tacos for a buck a piece, jerk chicken sliders, and a rotating array of specialty drinks on the bar menu, which is a nice touch. And, we've heard from DJ Jonny, the Roanoke-based musical maestro in charge of the tunes, that he'll be spotlighting Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Punta, and Reggaeton. The dancing begins at 10 p.m. and goes until closing time, around 2 a.m. The cover charge is $5. For more information call Dish at (434) 528-0070 or click  here .

We've got more details on Tropical Thursdays, the new weekly Latin and Caribbean dance night at Dish (1120 Main St.). For starters, Dish's resident commander-in-chef is promising tacos for a buck a piece, jerk chicken sliders, and a rotating array of specialty drinks on the bar menu, which is a nice touch. And, we've heard from DJ Jonny, the Roanoke-based musical maestro in charge of the tunes, that he'll be spotlighting Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Punta, and Reggaeton. The dancing begins at 10 p.m. and goes until closing time, around 2 a.m. The cover charge is $5. For more information call Dish at (434) 528-0070 or click here.

 We’re just going to float a few names that may or may not be familiar: Erykah Badu; the Isley Brothers; Pat Metheny; and Common. Those are some of the featured artists at this year’s Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont, which takes over several venues in Richmond for this weekend. There are several Thursday and Friday night performances, but the big events are happening on Saturday and Sunday on the grounds of the 19th-centry Maymont estate (1700 Hampton St.). Gates at Maymont open at 11 a.m. for 12 full hours of music on three stages on Saturday and Sunday. Highlights include bluesmen Taj Mahal and Kev’ Mo’ on Saturday at 5:30, and rapper Common with the Richmond Symphony later that evening at 9 p.m.; bluesman Robert Cray on Sunday at 5:15 p.m.; and staggered closing sets by Erykah Badu, the Isley Brothers, and Afro-Cuban All-Stars later that evening. Tickets on Saturday and Sunday are $97.26 each, or you can grab a two-day pass for $184.16. For ticketing, a complete schedule of performers, directions, and more venue information, click  here .  

We’re just going to float a few names that may or may not be familiar: Erykah Badu; the Isley Brothers; Pat Metheny; and Common. Those are some of the featured artists at this year’s Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont, which takes over several venues in Richmond for this weekend. There are several Thursday and Friday night performances, but the big events are happening on Saturday and Sunday on the grounds of the 19th-centry Maymont estate (1700 Hampton St.). Gates at Maymont open at 11 a.m. for 12 full hours of music on three stages on Saturday and Sunday. Highlights include bluesmen Taj Mahal and Kev’ Mo’ on Saturday at 5:30, and rapper Common with the Richmond Symphony later that evening at 9 p.m.; bluesman Robert Cray on Sunday at 5:15 p.m.; and staggered closing sets by Erykah Badu, the Isley Brothers, and Afro-Cuban All-Stars later that evening. Tickets on Saturday and Sunday are $97.26 each, or you can grab a two-day pass for $184.16. For ticketing, a complete schedule of performers, directions, and more venue information, click here.  

 With summer slipping away, there are only two Cheers Lynchburg concerts left for the season at Riverfront Park (1000 Jefferson St.). Tonight, the weekly show features the Lynchburg-based House Band of VA, an 11-member group performing covers in the range of R&B, funk and soul. For more information about the band and to hear their performances, click  here . The concert series has a $5 cover for each show, but children under 12 years old get in free. The gate opens at 5:30 p.m. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, but no outside coolers, drinks or food are permitted. Food trucks and alcohol-for-sale are available inside the gate. For more information, click  here .

With summer slipping away, there are only two Cheers Lynchburg concerts left for the season at Riverfront Park (1000 Jefferson St.). Tonight, the weekly show features the Lynchburg-based House Band of VA, an 11-member group performing covers in the range of R&B, funk and soul. For more information about the band and to hear their performances, click here. The concert series has a $5 cover for each show, but children under 12 years old get in free. The gate opens at 5:30 p.m. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, but no outside coolers, drinks or food are permitted. Food trucks and alcohol-for-sale are available inside the gate. For more information, click here.

 The best time to see a particularly prolific annual atmospheric event arrives this weekend as the Perseid Meteor Shower peaks Saturday afternoon. Obviously, daylight won’t offer an acceptable sky for viewing, so the best times to check out the natural wonder is late tonight or early tomorrow morning. The Lynchburg area hosts a plethora of options for views clear of light pollution, in particular the many overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway. For a list of overlooks by mile marker click  here , or click  here  for an interactive map that includes a guide to access points.  Sharp Top  mountain also offers a reasonably quick hike (about 3.6 miles roundtrip) and plenty of seating at the top. Just make sure to take a headlamp. For more information about the meteor shower and how to view it, click  here .

The best time to see a particularly prolific annual atmospheric event arrives this weekend as the Perseid Meteor Shower peaks Saturday afternoon. Obviously, daylight won’t offer an acceptable sky for viewing, so the best times to check out the natural wonder is late tonight or early tomorrow morning. The Lynchburg area hosts a plethora of options for views clear of light pollution, in particular the many overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway. For a list of overlooks by mile marker click here, or click here for an interactive map that includes a guide to access points. Sharp Top mountain also offers a reasonably quick hike (about 3.6 miles roundtrip) and plenty of seating at the top. Just make sure to take a headlamp. For more information about the meteor shower and how to view it, click here.

 If you're expecting to get a ticket at the door for tonight's performance by bluesman Eli Cook at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.), you may be out of luck. Riverviews is seating only 45 people for this intimate performance by Cook, a nationally touring guitar-slinger who cut his teeth as a kid at Rapunzel’s Coffee and Books in Nelson County.  For more about Cook and his music, click  here , although tonight’s acoustic show will be scaled down from the electric set featured in the link. Tickets are $16 and can be purchased at Riverviews or online  here . To avoid the confusion we experienced, consider this: while the online purchase system sends buyers through Paypal and asks for a shipping address, Riverviews sends an email letting you know your name has been added to the will call list. A cash bar is available at the show. For more information about the event, click  here  or call (434) 847-7277 for more information.

If you're expecting to get a ticket at the door for tonight's performance by bluesman Eli Cook at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.), you may be out of luck. Riverviews is seating only 45 people for this intimate performance by Cook, a nationally touring guitar-slinger who cut his teeth as a kid at Rapunzel’s Coffee and Books in Nelson County.  For more about Cook and his music, click here, although tonight’s acoustic show will be scaled down from the electric set featured in the link. Tickets are $16 and can be purchased at Riverviews or online here. To avoid the confusion we experienced, consider this: while the online purchase system sends buyers through Paypal and asks for a shipping address, Riverviews sends an email letting you know your name has been added to the will call list. A cash bar is available at the show. For more information about the event, click here or call (434) 847-7277 for more information.

 Just a back road drive from Lynchburg tonight, country music fans can find an artist headlining the Sedalia Fest who seems to be rising in her genre. Along with opening for Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson, and Hank Williams Jr., Ashley McBryde was featured as one of  Rolling Stone ’s ten “New Country Artists You Need to Know” in May. The  article  described her as, “An Arkansas red-clay badass, with the swagger of Hank Jr. and the songwriting of Miranda Lambert.” To hear what they mean, click  here  and watch the video. There are reserved tickets for $45 and VIP ticketrs for $75, which can be purchased from the Sedalia Center (1108 Sedalia School Road, Big Island)  here . Those tickets include a low-country boil dinner at 4 p.m. and preferred seating in the pavilion. Gates open for $15 general admission seats at 5 p.m. The theme for the August fest is “Farmer Appreciation,” so the event includes antique and new farm equipment displays, recognition of a local farmer for a lifetime achievement award, and a farmers’ market. For those ordering general admission tickets, the Sedalia Center recommends bringing chairs or blankets. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 299-5080.

Just a back road drive from Lynchburg tonight, country music fans can find an artist headlining the Sedalia Fest who seems to be rising in her genre. Along with opening for Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson, and Hank Williams Jr., Ashley McBryde was featured as one of Rolling Stone’s ten “New Country Artists You Need to Know” in May. The article described her as, “An Arkansas red-clay badass, with the swagger of Hank Jr. and the songwriting of Miranda Lambert.” To hear what they mean, click here and watch the video. There are reserved tickets for $45 and VIP ticketrs for $75, which can be purchased from the Sedalia Center (1108 Sedalia School Road, Big Island) here. Those tickets include a low-country boil dinner at 4 p.m. and preferred seating in the pavilion. Gates open for $15 general admission seats at 5 p.m. The theme for the August fest is “Farmer Appreciation,” so the event includes antique and new farm equipment displays, recognition of a local farmer for a lifetime achievement award, and a farmers’ market. For those ordering general admission tickets, the Sedalia Center recommends bringing chairs or blankets. For more information, click here or call (434) 299-5080.

 A group of cyclists plan to take an easy ride to do some hard work this morning cleaning up the well-cycled River Road. The group will meet at Bikes Unlimited (1312 Jefferson St.) at 8 a.m. before riding across the James to River Road. Trucks with equipment will follow the cycling pack who will stop to clean up where the road needs some attention, which likely means a lot of trash pickup. They’ll go as far as they can until noon, then return to the bike shop where anyone who helped clean up gets a free lunch. At a recent Pints after Pedals group ride, Bikes Unlimited owner John Seinar urged cyclists to attend the cleanup to not only act as stewards of the roads they frequent, but also to improve the cycling community’s reputation. Click  here for more information or email Seinar at john@bikesunlimited.com.

A group of cyclists plan to take an easy ride to do some hard work this morning cleaning up the well-cycled River Road. The group will meet at Bikes Unlimited (1312 Jefferson St.) at 8 a.m. before riding across the James to River Road. Trucks with equipment will follow the cycling pack who will stop to clean up where the road needs some attention, which likely means a lot of trash pickup. They’ll go as far as they can until noon, then return to the bike shop where anyone who helped clean up gets a free lunch. At a recent Pints after Pedals group ride, Bikes Unlimited owner John Seinar urged cyclists to attend the cleanup to not only act as stewards of the roads they frequent, but also to improve the cycling community’s reputation. Click herefor more information or email Seinar at john@bikesunlimited.com.

 In their 30th year as journeymen, a voyage that started in Princeton, New Jersey and included a single and album near the top of  Billboard Charts, Blues Traveler are making their way to Lynchburg. The jam band are best known for their Grammy Award-winning single “ Runaround ,” from the 1994 album  Four , and for their harmonica-wielding frontman John Popper. But the improvisational live show Blues Traveler provides is unlikely to offer the clean-cut radio copy most of us are used to hearing. As part of the Academy Center for the Arts Summer Concert Series, which included George Clinton earlier this summer, Blues Traveler should pack Riverfront Park (1000 Jefferson St.) tonight. Admission is $10 at the gate, which opens at 5 p.m. VIP tickets are sold out. Music begins at 7 p.m. with opening bands  Chamomile and Whiskey  and  FIN . Alcohol and food will be available for sale during the event. For more information, click  here . After the concert,  Kegney Brothers  (1118 Main St.) hosts an after party featuring an acoustic set by Chamomile and Whiskey. Admission to the after party is free with a ticket or wristband from the Riverfront show and $3 for anyone else.

In their 30th year as journeymen, a voyage that started in Princeton, New Jersey and included a single and album near the top of BillboardCharts, Blues Traveler are making their way to Lynchburg. The jam band are best known for their Grammy Award-winning single “Runaround,” from the 1994 album Four, and for their harmonica-wielding frontman John Popper. But the improvisational live show Blues Traveler provides is unlikely to offer the clean-cut radio copy most of us are used to hearing. As part of the Academy Center for the Arts Summer Concert Series, which included George Clinton earlier this summer, Blues Traveler should pack Riverfront Park (1000 Jefferson St.) tonight. Admission is $10 at the gate, which opens at 5 p.m. VIP tickets are sold out. Music begins at 7 p.m. with opening bands Chamomile and Whiskey and FIN. Alcohol and food will be available for sale during the event. For more information, click here. After the concert, Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) hosts an after party featuring an acoustic set by Chamomile and Whiskey. Admission to the after party is free with a ticket or wristband from the Riverfront show and $3 for anyone else.

 Rather than just send out a press release or social media post to introduce the lineup for next season’s performances, Renaissance Theatre (1022 Commerce St. #A) will act true to form and put on a show tonight to dramatize the announcement. The So You Wanna Be a Star Reveal Party features a “cabaret-style evening of songs,” performed by people associated with the troupe. The event, which includes a cash bar, is free and open to the public from 6-9 p.m. The nonprofit also welcomes donations as they pivot toward their five shows in the 2018 season. For more information about the event and theatre group, click  here  or call (434) 845-4427.

Rather than just send out a press release or social media post to introduce the lineup for next season’s performances, Renaissance Theatre (1022 Commerce St. #A) will act true to form and put on a show tonight to dramatize the announcement. The So You Wanna Be a Star Reveal Party features a “cabaret-style evening of songs,” performed by people associated with the troupe. The event, which includes a cash bar, is free and open to the public from 6-9 p.m. The nonprofit also welcomes donations as they pivot toward their five shows in the 2018 season. For more information about the event and theatre group, click here or call (434) 845-4427.

 The only way to know what sort of tacos Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) concocts tonight is to show up and ask your server. RP features the three-tacos-for-$7 every Tuesday night, but chef Shawn Merrow takes a certain amount of creative license when it comes to what goes inside the tortillas. So, we’re giving the first of what we hope will be many food- and drink-related shout outs to the tacos at RP. And, we’re asking LynchburgDoes readers to weigh in with their top picks for eatin' and drinkin' specials in the area. Message Alex Rohr and the rest of the LynchburgDoes editorial staff at  Events@LynchburgDoes.com . To check out the menu at RP, click  here , or call (434) 846-2877 for more info. 

The only way to know what sort of tacos Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) concocts tonight is to show up and ask your server. RP features the three-tacos-for-$7 every Tuesday night, but chef Shawn Merrow takes a certain amount of creative license when it comes to what goes inside the tortillas. So, we’re giving the first of what we hope will be many food- and drink-related shout outs to the tacos at RP. And, we’re asking LynchburgDoes readers to weigh in with their top picks for eatin' and drinkin' specials in the area. Message Alex Rohr and the rest of the LynchburgDoes editorial staff at Events@LynchburgDoes.com. To check out the menu at RP, click here, or call (434) 846-2877 for more info. 

 It’s a little early for Halloween, but the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) and Lynchburg Humane Society want to see how creative your pet can get at the Pints for Paws Costume contest. The Water Dog will host the contest and puppy parade starting at 6 p.m. tonight with winners in three categories: funniest costume, most creative costume, and most over-the top costume. To be eligible for the contest, entrants must register by 5:45 p.m. Part of the stipulation, though, is that any human entering their pup agrees for pictures of their pet to be used as promotional materials for the Water Dog, the Humane Society, and Heavy Seas Beer, which is sponsoring the event. Dogs must be leashed at all times during the parade and be accompanied by a human walker, so don’t send your pets to march alone. Also, no motor vehicles are allowed as part of a costume. Admission is free, although a $10 donation to the Humane Society is recommended. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 333-4681.

It’s a little early for Halloween, but the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) and Lynchburg Humane Society want to see how creative your pet can get at the Pints for Paws Costume contest. The Water Dog will host the contest and puppy parade starting at 6 p.m. tonight with winners in three categories: funniest costume, most creative costume, and most over-the top costume. To be eligible for the contest, entrants must register by 5:45 p.m. Part of the stipulation, though, is that any human entering their pup agrees for pictures of their pet to be used as promotional materials for the Water Dog, the Humane Society, and Heavy Seas Beer, which is sponsoring the event. Dogs must be leashed at all times during the parade and be accompanied by a human walker, so don’t send your pets to march alone. Also, no motor vehicles are allowed as part of a costume. Admission is free, although a $10 donation to the Humane Society is recommended. For more information, click here or call (434) 333-4681.

 Earlier this week, the Lynchburg Hillcats came back to town for their second-to-last home stand of the regular season, a four-game series against the Buies Creek Astros. Currently, the Hillcats and the Astros sit atop their respective divisions: the Carolina League North and the Carolina League South. We haven’t run the numbers on this one, and we don’t want to jinx anyone, but with only three weeks left in the season it’s a fairly good bet that we could be seeing a preview of the Carolina league playoffs right now. The Hillcats finish off the series against Buies Creek tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m.; move on to a three game stand against the Salem Red Sox over the weekend; and then are on the road, where they’ll take on Buies Creek again next week. Bleacher tickets are $6 at City Stadium (3176 Fort Ave.); reserved tickets are $9; and there are VIP tickets for $12. The first home playoff game in on Friday, September 8, at 7 p.m., and all Hillcats playoff tickets are now on sale for $6 apiece. Click  here  for ticketing, or call the box office at (434) 528-1144.

Earlier this week, the Lynchburg Hillcats came back to town for their second-to-last home stand of the regular season, a four-game series against the Buies Creek Astros. Currently, the Hillcats and the Astros sit atop their respective divisions: the Carolina League North and the Carolina League South. We haven’t run the numbers on this one, and we don’t want to jinx anyone, but with only three weeks left in the season it’s a fairly good bet that we could be seeing a preview of the Carolina league playoffs right now. The Hillcats finish off the series against Buies Creek tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m.; move on to a three game stand against the Salem Red Sox over the weekend; and then are on the road, where they’ll take on Buies Creek again next week. Bleacher tickets are $6 at City Stadium (3176 Fort Ave.); reserved tickets are $9; and there are VIP tickets for $12. The first home playoff game in on Friday, September 8, at 7 p.m., and all Hillcats playoff tickets are now on sale for $6 apiece. Click here for ticketing, or call the box office at (434) 528-1144.

 The Young Professionals of Central Virginia are switching it up a bit this month. They normallymeet for happy hour at 5:35 p.m. sharp, but are working around the Hillcats game and gathering at 6 p.m. While the Young Professionals mingle in the Star Hill Draft Room at Lynchburg City Stadium (3176 Fort Ave.), the hometown Hillcats will take on the Buies Creek Astros starting at 7 p.m. To attend the Young Professionals event, ask for the group rate of $4 per ticket at the box office and arrive at 6 p.m. to enter a drawing to throw out the first pitch. The Young Professionals of Central Virginia is an organization dedicated to connecting, attracting, and retaining young professionals to the Lynchburg area. No official membership or dues are required to attend the rotating monthly meetings. For info about the organization, call (434) 847-1447; for even info click  here .

The Young Professionals of Central Virginia are switching it up a bit this month. They normallymeet for happy hour at 5:35 p.m. sharp, but are working around the Hillcats game and gathering at 6 p.m. While the Young Professionals mingle in the Star Hill Draft Room at Lynchburg City Stadium (3176 Fort Ave.), the hometown Hillcats will take on the Buies Creek Astros starting at 7 p.m. To attend the Young Professionals event, ask for the group rate of $4 per ticket at the box office and arrive at 6 p.m. to enter a drawing to throw out the first pitch. The Young Professionals of Central Virginia is an organization dedicated to connecting, attracting, and retaining young professionals to the Lynchburg area. No official membership or dues are required to attend the rotating monthly meetings. For info about the organization, call (434) 847-1447; for even info click here.

 The Young Professionals of Central Virginia are switching it up a bit this month. They normallymeet for happy hour at 5:35 p.m. sharp, but are working around the Hillcats game and gathering at 6 p.m. While the Young Professionals mingle in the Star Hill Draft Room at Lynchburg City Stadium (3176 Fort Ave.), the hometown Hillcats will take on the Buies Creek Astros starting at 7 p.m. To attend the Young Professionals event, ask for the group rate of $4 per ticket at the box office and arrive at 6 p.m. to enter a drawing to throw out the first pitch. The Young Professionals of Central Virginia is an organization dedicated to connecting, attracting, and retaining young professionals to the Lynchburg area. No official membership or dues are required to attend the rotating monthly meetings. For info about the organization, call (434) 847-1447; for even info click  here .

The Young Professionals of Central Virginia are switching it up a bit this month. They normallymeet for happy hour at 5:35 p.m. sharp, but are working around the Hillcats game and gathering at 6 p.m. While the Young Professionals mingle in the Star Hill Draft Room at Lynchburg City Stadium (3176 Fort Ave.), the hometown Hillcats will take on the Buies Creek Astros starting at 7 p.m. To attend the Young Professionals event, ask for the group rate of $4 per ticket at the box office and arrive at 6 p.m. to enter a drawing to throw out the first pitch. The Young Professionals of Central Virginia is an organization dedicated to connecting, attracting, and retaining young professionals to the Lynchburg area. No official membership or dues are required to attend the rotating monthly meetings. For info about the organization, call (434) 847-1447; for even info click here.

 It’s a funked-up night in downtown Lynchburg after a fairly funky summer. Back in July, P-Funk’s longtime captain George Clinton graced the stage at Riverfront Park. Tonight, right after Funky Bone do their thing in Riverfront Park, a band of locals who are well-schooled in the Parliament and Funkadelic songbook, Tony Camm & the Funk All Stars, are at the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.). The show’s scheduled to start at 9 p.m., and the cover is $5 at the door. Click  here  for more on Tony Camm & the Funk All Stars. For info on the show, click  here .

It’s a funked-up night in downtown Lynchburg after a fairly funky summer. Back in July, P-Funk’s longtime captain George Clinton graced the stage at Riverfront Park. Tonight, right after Funky Bone do their thing in Riverfront Park, a band of locals who are well-schooled in the Parliament and Funkadelic songbook, Tony Camm & the Funk All Stars, are at the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.). The show’s scheduled to start at 9 p.m., and the cover is $5 at the door. Click here for more on Tony Camm & the Funk All Stars. For info on the show, click here.

 It’s a funked-up night in downtown Lynchburg after a fairly funky summer. Back in July, P-Funk’s longtime captain George Clinton graced the stage at Riverfront Park. Tonight, right after Funky Bone do their thing in Riverfront Park, a band of locals who are well-schooled in the Parliament and Funkadelic songbook, Tony Camm & the Funk All Stars, are at the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.). The show’s scheduled to start at 9 p.m., and the cover is $5 at the door. Click  here  for more on Tony Camm & the Funk All Stars. For info on the show, click  here .

It’s a funked-up night in downtown Lynchburg after a fairly funky summer. Back in July, P-Funk’s longtime captain George Clinton graced the stage at Riverfront Park. Tonight, right after Funky Bone do their thing in Riverfront Park, a band of locals who are well-schooled in the Parliament and Funkadelic songbook, Tony Camm & the Funk All Stars, are at the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.). The show’s scheduled to start at 9 p.m., and the cover is $5 at the door. Click here for more on Tony Camm & the Funk All Stars. For info on the show, click here.

 Virginia’s largest gathering of Commonwealth craft brewers has shifted venues this year, from Devil’s Backbone in Roseland, to IX Art Park (522 2nd St.) in Charlottesville. Yes, it is a longer trip from Lynchburg. But did we mention that it’s the Commonwealth’s largest gathering of craft brewers? The festival is from 2 to 8 p.m. and features libations from 95 Virginia breweries – click  here  for a full list. Attendees can consume responsibly to their heart’s content for the price of a $50 general admission ticket, which includes an official tasting glass. A wide range of food trucks and vendors will also be on hand. Designated driver tickets are available for $25. For ticketing, click  here . There is no on-site parking, and finding a spot in Charlottesville isn’t always easy, so the festival organizers have put together a handy  parking guide . Click  here  for more info or call (434) 293-0610.

Virginia’s largest gathering of Commonwealth craft brewers has shifted venues this year, from Devil’s Backbone in Roseland, to IX Art Park (522 2nd St.) in Charlottesville. Yes, it is a longer trip from Lynchburg. But did we mention that it’s the Commonwealth’s largest gathering of craft brewers? The festival is from 2 to 8 p.m. and features libations from 95 Virginia breweries – click here for a full list. Attendees can consume responsibly to their heart’s content for the price of a $50 general admission ticket, which includes an official tasting glass. A wide range of food trucks and vendors will also be on hand. Designated driver tickets are available for $25. For ticketing, click here. There is no on-site parking, and finding a spot in Charlottesville isn’t always easy, so the festival organizers have put together a handy parking guide. Click here for more info or call (434) 293-0610.

 Tonight may be your chance to find out once and for all who killed Colonel Mustard with the wrench in the study (or was it Miss Scarlet with the pipe. . .?) But you might still be left guessing as Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) celebrates and screens the comedic murder mystery cult classic  Clue  (1985) complete with alternate endings. A reception, including hors d'oeuvres and a dessert bar, starts at 7 p.m. along with cash bar. While the film plays, the Roanoke-based performing arts troupe  Charming Underclothes  will interact with and entertain guests. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 847-7277.

Tonight may be your chance to find out once and for all who killed Colonel Mustard with the wrench in the study (or was it Miss Scarlet with the pipe. . .?) But you might still be left guessing as Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) celebrates and screens the comedic murder mystery cult classic Clue (1985) complete with alternate endings. A reception, including hors d'oeuvres and a dessert bar, starts at 7 p.m. along with cash bar. While the film plays, the Roanoke-based performing arts troupe Charming Underclothes will interact with and entertain guests. For more info, click here or call (434) 847-7277.

 Renaissance fairs are just one of those things that aren’t really worth over thinking. Basically, folks dress up in their best 17th-century garb (technically, anything between the 14th-18th century is acceptable), drink mead, dine on joints of meat, while artisans do their artisanry, wizards do their wizardry, and guys with wooden sword do brave battle with fake dragons. It may be the only socially acceptable environment in which one may wear a corset and fairy wings while out and about. The good lords and ladies of Wolfbane Productions (524 Country Club Rd.) in Appomattox have been staging their own version of a Renaissance fair for long enough to be good at it. Their Wolfswood Faire (formerly known as the Feast in the Forest) features ghost tours, live music, dancing, spirit-animal readings, craft vendors, theatrical productions, and more. It runs from noon-8 p.m. on today and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15, and $5 for kids. Call (434) 579-3542 or click  here  for more info.

Renaissance fairs are just one of those things that aren’t really worth over thinking. Basically, folks dress up in their best 17th-century garb (technically, anything between the 14th-18th century is acceptable), drink mead, dine on joints of meat, while artisans do their artisanry, wizards do their wizardry, and guys with wooden sword do brave battle with fake dragons. It may be the only socially acceptable environment in which one may wear a corset and fairy wings while out and about. The good lords and ladies of Wolfbane Productions (524 Country Club Rd.) in Appomattox have been staging their own version of a Renaissance fair for long enough to be good at it. Their Wolfswood Faire (formerly known as the Feast in the Forest) features ghost tours, live music, dancing, spirit-animal readings, craft vendors, theatrical productions, and more. It runs from noon-8 p.m. on today and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15, and $5 for kids. Call (434) 579-3542 or click here for more info.

 Learn to build a play paper rocket with a true-to-life rocket man. Former NASA astronaut and engineer Leland Melvin, a Lynchburg native, will sign copies of his autobiography  Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances . The signing from noon to 2 p.m. at Givens Books Little Dickens (2236 Lakeside Dr.) is dedicated to the book’s young readers version, which includes directions for making paper rockets. After making their rockets, the young readers can see which one goes the farthest. The winner will receive a signed copy of the book. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 385-5027. To learn more about Melvin, also a former professional football player, click  here .

Learn to build a play paper rocket with a true-to-life rocket man. Former NASA astronaut and engineer Leland Melvin, a Lynchburg native, will sign copies of his autobiography Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances. The signing from noon to 2 p.m. at Givens Books Little Dickens (2236 Lakeside Dr.) is dedicated to the book’s young readers version, which includes directions for making paper rockets. After making their rockets, the young readers can see which one goes the farthest. The winner will receive a signed copy of the book. For more information, click here or call (434) 385-5027. To learn more about Melvin, also a former professional football player, click here.

 Couldn’t we all use a little more love and peace these days? Why not add your own chalked message of “Love & Peace” to downtown Lynchburg from 10 a.m. -1:30 p.m.at Amazement Square’s (27 9th St.) annual Riverfront Chalk Festival & Art Contest? Each participant will have their own 4’x4’ square slab of parking lot and seven pieces of chalk (white, black, red, yellow, blue, violet and brown) to work with, although participants can bring additional materials. Judges will determine winners from among three age groups. Registration, beginning at 9 a.m., is $20 for those 18 and older, and $10 for those between ages 6 and 18. Children under 6 years old can draw for free in a designated area. The contest takes place at “Parking Lot N” (800 Jefferson St.), across the street from Amazement Square. For more info, click  here , email  visitus@amazementsquare.org , or call (434) 845-1888. The contest is part of a block party featuring food trucks, crafts, and games hosted by Amazement Square, as well as music by Apple Butter Soul. Admission to the block party is $3.

Couldn’t we all use a little more love and peace these days? Why not add your own chalked message of “Love & Peace” to downtown Lynchburg from 10 a.m. -1:30 p.m.at Amazement Square’s (27 9th St.) annual Riverfront Chalk Festival & Art Contest? Each participant will have their own 4’x4’ square slab of parking lot and seven pieces of chalk (white, black, red, yellow, blue, violet and brown) to work with, although participants can bring additional materials. Judges will determine winners from among three age groups. Registration, beginning at 9 a.m., is $20 for those 18 and older, and $10 for those between ages 6 and 18. Children under 6 years old can draw for free in a designated area. The contest takes place at “Parking Lot N” (800 Jefferson St.), across the street from Amazement Square. For more info, click here, email visitus@amazementsquare.org, or call (434) 845-1888. The contest is part of a block party featuring food trucks, crafts, and games hosted by Amazement Square, as well as music by Apple Butter Soul. Admission to the block party is $3.

 When Jake Ryan opened his charming musical emporium in Madison Heights four years ago, he chose an appropriate name for the place: My Guitar Shop (4529 S. Amherst Hwy.). He’s celebrating four years of serving local guitarists, bassists, ukulele-ists, and other string strummers and pickers – as well as drummers, of course – with a big ol’ party this afternoon. There will certainly be music, by many of the local bands Jake has provided with gear, including the Pete Turpin Band, Sonic Bloom, and the Underaverage Joes, as well as by Jake’s own superbly named outfit, the Super Dudes. The folks from Loose Shoe Brewery out in Amherst will be on hand to provide libations; Uprooted will be food trucking it to the site to provide sustenance; and Hill City Inflatables will set up a couple of bouncy houses for the kids. There will also be a raffle to benefit Amherst Habitat for Humanity. The shindig runs from noon-7 p.m. in the store and surrounding parking lot. Admission is free; call (434) 534-7110, or click  here  for more info.

When Jake Ryan opened his charming musical emporium in Madison Heights four years ago, he chose an appropriate name for the place: My Guitar Shop (4529 S. Amherst Hwy.). He’s celebrating four years of serving local guitarists, bassists, ukulele-ists, and other string strummers and pickers – as well as drummers, of course – with a big ol’ party this afternoon. There will certainly be music, by many of the local bands Jake has provided with gear, including the Pete Turpin Band, Sonic Bloom, and the Underaverage Joes, as well as by Jake’s own superbly named outfit, the Super Dudes. The folks from Loose Shoe Brewery out in Amherst will be on hand to provide libations; Uprooted will be food trucking it to the site to provide sustenance; and Hill City Inflatables will set up a couple of bouncy houses for the kids. There will also be a raffle to benefit Amherst Habitat for Humanity. The shindig runs from noon-7 p.m. in the store and surrounding parking lot. Admission is free; call (434) 534-7110, or click here for more info.

 Make sure to bring your sense of humor tonight to Dish (1120 Main St.) because the monthly Diversity@Dish get together is going to feature a few rounds of Cards Against Humanity. If you haven’t played, it’s a game in which players combine and match cards marked with popular phrases, well-known people, and general oddities, and it can get a little raunchy. That is, if it’s played right. There’s a $5 cover, with proceeds benefitting the Lynchburg Diversity Center, an organization dedicated to advocating and supporting people in the LGBTQ+ community. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 515-1143.

Make sure to bring your sense of humor tonight to Dish (1120 Main St.) because the monthly Diversity@Dish get together is going to feature a few rounds of Cards Against Humanity. If you haven’t played, it’s a game in which players combine and match cards marked with popular phrases, well-known people, and general oddities, and it can get a little raunchy. That is, if it’s played right. There’s a $5 cover, with proceeds benefitting the Lynchburg Diversity Center, an organization dedicated to advocating and supporting people in the LGBTQ+ community. For more information, click here or call (434) 515-1143.

 As the moon passes in front of the sun today, many of us will instinctually gaze skyward to view the natural phenomena casting an unusual shadow over the land. But for the sake of your eyesight, make sure to pick up the specially designed protective eclipse glasses before you do so. The  eclipse  should begin at about 1:14 p.m. and peak at about 2:41 p.m. before the sky (hopefully) returns to normal at about 4:02 p.m. A few area libraries are hosting eclipse events, and handing out appropriate eyewear. Click  here  and call ahead to the library of your choice to make sure they haven’t run out of eclipse glasses. The American Astronomical Society has an online  list  of reputable vendors who are selling protective eyewear. The folks at Peaks of Otter Lodge (85554 Blue Ridge Pkwy.) in Bedford also plan to sell protective glasses ahead of the eclipse and recommend viewing it from nearby  Sharp Top , which can be reached by hike or shuttle. The shuttle will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with food and drink specials all day at the lodge. For more information, click  here  or call (866) 387-9905.

As the moon passes in front of the sun today, many of us will instinctually gaze skyward to view the natural phenomena casting an unusual shadow over the land. But for the sake of your eyesight, make sure to pick up the specially designed protective eclipse glasses before you do so. The eclipse should begin at about 1:14 p.m. and peak at about 2:41 p.m. before the sky (hopefully) returns to normal at about 4:02 p.m. A few area libraries are hosting eclipse events, and handing out appropriate eyewear. Click here and call ahead to the library of your choice to make sure they haven’t run out of eclipse glasses. The American Astronomical Society has an online list of reputable vendors who are selling protective eyewear. The folks at Peaks of Otter Lodge (85554 Blue Ridge Pkwy.) in Bedford also plan to sell protective glasses ahead of the eclipse and recommend viewing it from nearby Sharp Top, which can be reached by hike or shuttle. The shuttle will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with food and drink specials all day at the lodge. For more information, click here or call (866) 387-9905.

 Following the fanfare today that includes a visit from Gov. Terry McAuliffe, hopping around downtown should get easier with the addition of the new circulator bus. The Greater Lynchburg Transit Company, accompanied by city and state officials, will launch “The Hopper” with a celebration today at 12:30 p.m. at Monument Terrace (313 9th St.). Starting Thursday, the Hopper will loop through Church, Commerce, and Jefferson streets Monday-Friday from 10:50 a.m.- 1:50 p.m. and Saturday from 6:50 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The free-to-consumer service is paid for through the Virginia Department of Transportation SmartScale program, which uses a variety of factors, including economic impact, to determine state infrastructure spending. The shuttle service is meant to ease access to the different levels of the hilly downtown area, encourage people to spend at various merchants, and make parking easier. For more information about the event, which is mostly for press, click  here . A map and schedule of stops is available  here  or call GLTC at (434) 455-5080.

Following the fanfare today that includes a visit from Gov. Terry McAuliffe, hopping around downtown should get easier with the addition of the new circulator bus. The Greater Lynchburg Transit Company, accompanied by city and state officials, will launch “The Hopper” with a celebration today at 12:30 p.m. at Monument Terrace (313 9th St.). Starting Thursday, the Hopper will loop through Church, Commerce, and Jefferson streets Monday-Friday from 10:50 a.m.- 1:50 p.m. and Saturday from 6:50 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The free-to-consumer service is paid for through the Virginia Department of Transportation SmartScale program, which uses a variety of factors, including economic impact, to determine state infrastructure spending. The shuttle service is meant to ease access to the different levels of the hilly downtown area, encourage people to spend at various merchants, and make parking easier. For more information about the event, which is mostly for press, click here. A map and schedule of stops is available here or call GLTC at (434) 455-5080.

 After his lifetime boss dies, a sheltered mansion gardener named Chance (played by legendary actor and comedian Peter Sellers) is thrust out into a world he knows only through television. In the comedy/drama  Being There  (1979) directed by Hal Ashby, a car accident and a misunderstanding connects the simple gardener, now called Chauncey Gardiner, with a powerful, political and aging businessman Benjamin Rand (Melvyn Douglas) and his young wife, Eve (Shirley MacLaine). The film, which is based on a novel by Jerzy Kosiński is a brilliantly biting political satire and a classic comedy of manners. It is not, however, a film noir, even if it is part of the Rivervies Film Noir Series. It screens this evening at 7:30 p.m. at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). As always, bronze artist and movie buff Ken Faraoni will be on hand to provide a little pre-movie commentary on the film’s creation, cultural context, and impact. Tickets are $6; call (434) 847-7277 or click  here  for more info.

After his lifetime boss dies, a sheltered mansion gardener named Chance (played by legendary actor and comedian Peter Sellers) is thrust out into a world he knows only through television. In the comedy/drama Being There (1979) directed by Hal Ashby, a car accident and a misunderstanding connects the simple gardener, now called Chauncey Gardiner, with a powerful, political and aging businessman Benjamin Rand (Melvyn Douglas) and his young wife, Eve (Shirley MacLaine). The film, which is based on a novel by Jerzy Kosiński is a brilliantly biting political satire and a classic comedy of manners. It is not, however, a film noir, even if it is part of the Rivervies Film Noir Series. It screens this evening at 7:30 p.m. at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). As always, bronze artist and movie buff Ken Faraoni will be on hand to provide a little pre-movie commentary on the film’s creation, cultural context, and impact. Tickets are $6; call (434) 847-7277 or click here for more info.

 For craft beverage lovers, connoisseurs, and novices, today’s a very good day. There are three bars opening the their taps to specific craftsmen for the evening. Beer 88 (113 Hexham Dr.) will stock six taps with beverages from AleSmith Brewing Company out of San Diego starting at 5 p.m. For a beer list and more information, click  here  or call (434) 582-5025. Well within walking distance of Beer 88, Fire & Hops Taphouse will cede its taps to Roseland’s Blue Toad Cider, a cidery that uses Virginia apples to make flavored ciders. For a tap list, click  here  or call (434) 319-5153 for more information. A little closer to downton Lynchburg, Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) will host a take-home-pint night for Waynesboro’s Seven Arrows Brewing Company. To browse Seven Arrows brews, click  here  or call RP at (434) 846-2877 for more information.

For craft beverage lovers, connoisseurs, and novices, today’s a very good day. There are three bars opening the their taps to specific craftsmen for the evening. Beer 88 (113 Hexham Dr.) will stock six taps with beverages from AleSmith Brewing Company out of San Diego starting at 5 p.m. For a beer list and more information, click here or call (434) 582-5025. Well within walking distance of Beer 88, Fire & Hops Taphouse will cede its taps to Roseland’s Blue Toad Cider, a cidery that uses Virginia apples to make flavored ciders. For a tap list, click here or call (434) 319-5153 for more information. A little closer to downton Lynchburg, Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) will host a take-home-pint night for Waynesboro’s Seven Arrows Brewing Company. To browse Seven Arrows brews, click here or call RP at (434) 846-2877 for more information.

 The Black Crowes, the Allman Brothers Band, Wilco, Willie Nelson, and Led Zep’s Robert Plant are just a few of the big-name artists who have made their way to Infinity Downs Farm (1500 Diggs Mountain Rd.) in nearby Arrington for the annual Lockn Festival since its inception back in 2013. Lockn’s a big commitment, even for the most serious of music fans: it features dozens upon dozens of bands, artists, and other activities, including yoga, swimming, and, of course, camping. There’s even a mobile app to help folks keep track of it all. Some of the more notable performers this year are songstress Brandi Carlile, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, the one and only John Fogerty, and the Avett Brothers with Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead (Weir is also scheduled as a guest Friday with former Dead-mate Phil Lesh). The complete schedule is available  here . Music starts tonight and goes pretty much straight through to Sunday evening if you count firelight singalongs. Single day tickets starts at $64, and there are Tier 2 tickets for $299. We suggest spending some time on the Lockn  website  before making any rash decisions.

The Black Crowes, the Allman Brothers Band, Wilco, Willie Nelson, and Led Zep’s Robert Plant are just a few of the big-name artists who have made their way to Infinity Downs Farm (1500 Diggs Mountain Rd.) in nearby Arrington for the annual Lockn Festival since its inception back in 2013. Lockn’s a big commitment, even for the most serious of music fans: it features dozens upon dozens of bands, artists, and other activities, including yoga, swimming, and, of course, camping. There’s even a mobile app to help folks keep track of it all. Some of the more notable performers this year are songstress Brandi Carlile, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, the one and only John Fogerty, and the Avett Brothers with Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead (Weir is also scheduled as a guest Friday with former Dead-mate Phil Lesh). The complete schedule is available here. Music starts tonight and goes pretty much straight through to Sunday evening if you count firelight singalongs. Single day tickets starts at $64, and there are Tier 2 tickets for $299. We suggest spending some time on the Lockn website before making any rash decisions.

 It doesn’t get much more family friendly than  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone  played on a big screen at Riverside Park (2238 Rivermont Ave.). The event, hosted by Lynchburg Parks and Recreation from 8-11 p.m., is part of the Movies in the Park summer series. The movie won’t play until dusk, set for about 8:22 p.m., but come ahead of time to grab dinner and dessert from any of the six food trucks scheduled to attend (Upper Crust Pizza Co., Uprooted, Taco Shark, Nomad Coffee Co., T&E Catering, Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts, and Maylynn’s Creamery). For anyone with time to kill a little earlier in the evening, the park also features a leisurely hike and lovely views of the James River. As if we needed to tell you, the movie is the first in the Harry Potter series, spawned from the books of the same name written by J.K. Rowling. In the  Sorcerer’s Stone , the l1-year-old Potter learns not only that he has magical abilities, but that he’s marked as the chosen one and expected to ultimately defeat a wizard so evil, the wizarding community fears to say his name. Here goes: Lord Voldemort! For more information about the event, click  here  or call (434) 455-5869.

It doesn’t get much more family friendly than Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone played on a big screen at Riverside Park (2238 Rivermont Ave.). The event, hosted by Lynchburg Parks and Recreation from 8-11 p.m., is part of the Movies in the Park summer series. The movie won’t play until dusk, set for about 8:22 p.m., but come ahead of time to grab dinner and dessert from any of the six food trucks scheduled to attend (Upper Crust Pizza Co., Uprooted, Taco Shark, Nomad Coffee Co., T&E Catering, Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts, and Maylynn’s Creamery). For anyone with time to kill a little earlier in the evening, the park also features a leisurely hike and lovely views of the James River. As if we needed to tell you, the movie is the first in the Harry Potter series, spawned from the books of the same name written by J.K. Rowling. In the Sorcerer’s Stone, the l1-year-old Potter learns not only that he has magical abilities, but that he’s marked as the chosen one and expected to ultimately defeat a wizard so evil, the wizarding community fears to say his name. Here goes: Lord Voldemort! For more information about the event, click here or call (434) 455-5869.

 Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) has a trio of bands on the bill this evening. You may recognize the name  FIN  – they opened for Blues Traveler down at Riverfront Park a few weeks ago.  Colin Phils  is an indie band out of Richmond, although they formed in South Korea and toured in China for a while. And then there’s the local guys that put the show together and happen to have a band of their own:  Quick on my Feet . The show is pre-party for the upcomming release of a new self-titled album by Quick on my Feet. The first band should start between 10:30 and 11 p.m. Last call is 1:15 a.m. No cover. For more information, click  here .

Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) has a trio of bands on the bill this evening. You may recognize the name FIN – they opened for Blues Traveler down at Riverfront Park a few weeks ago. Colin Phils is an indie band out of Richmond, although they formed in South Korea and toured in China for a while. And then there’s the local guys that put the show together and happen to have a band of their own: Quick on my Feet. The show is pre-party for the upcomming release of a new self-titled album by Quick on my Feet. The first band should start between 10:30 and 11 p.m. Last call is 1:15 a.m. No cover. For more information, click here.

 Even though Thomas Jefferson came to his hideaway Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd.) for the Bedford County solitude, we think the third president would be pleased that, 191 years after his death, the nonprofit running the historical estate routinely invites the public over for some Shakespeare. Tonight begins a two-week run of the Bard’s tragedy,  King Lear  right in Jefferson’s backyard.  King Lear  is about an aging British king who makes the poor choice to split his kingdom among his three daughters. What follows is a mix of conniving, conspiracy and confusion along with a bastard son, sex-crazed daughters, and some eye-gouging. Guests are welcome to bring in food for the 7:30-10 p.m. performance. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students, and $5 for anyone under 5 years old. The alcohol vendors vary by date, but tonight it’s Peaks of Otter winery. Performances will follow Saturday and Sunday as well as Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday next weekend).To reserve tickets, click  here  or call (434) 534-8120. For more information, including which alcohol vendor will attend each performance, click  here .

Even though Thomas Jefferson came to his hideaway Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd.) for the Bedford County solitude, we think the third president would be pleased that, 191 years after his death, the nonprofit running the historical estate routinely invites the public over for some Shakespeare. Tonight begins a two-week run of the Bard’s tragedy, King Lear right in Jefferson’s backyard. King Lear is about an aging British king who makes the poor choice to split his kingdom among his three daughters. What follows is a mix of conniving, conspiracy and confusion along with a bastard son, sex-crazed daughters, and some eye-gouging. Guests are welcome to bring in food for the 7:30-10 p.m. performance. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students, and $5 for anyone under 5 years old. The alcohol vendors vary by date, but tonight it’s Peaks of Otter winery. Performances will follow Saturday and Sunday as well as Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday next weekend).To reserve tickets, click here or call (434) 534-8120. For more information, including which alcohol vendor will attend each performance, click here.

 For the last time this summer, downtown retail neighbors Altus Chocolate (908 Main St.) and Favored Flavors (912 Main St.) will team up to pair their products. It may seem strange to top Italian ice cream with balsamic vinegar, but fear not, the shop owners say their crafted products blend perfectly. Admission to the event is $9 and includes 12 tastings (four gelatos each paired with three balsamics) as well as a date night coupon redeemable at both shops. Only 20 seats are available and ticket sales end at 3 p.m. today; they don’t want to run out of gelato. To order tickets, click  here . For more information, click  here  or call Altus at (434) 847-2970 or Favored at (434) 238-0801. Earlier today, Favored Flavors hosts a sampling of grilled meats and vegetables served on Himalayan salt tiles. The salt tile sampling is free from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, click  here  or call Favored Flavors at the number listed above.

For the last time this summer, downtown retail neighbors Altus Chocolate (908 Main St.) and Favored Flavors (912 Main St.) will team up to pair their products. It may seem strange to top Italian ice cream with balsamic vinegar, but fear not, the shop owners say their crafted products blend perfectly. Admission to the event is $9 and includes 12 tastings (four gelatos each paired with three balsamics) as well as a date night coupon redeemable at both shops. Only 20 seats are available and ticket sales end at 3 p.m. today; they don’t want to run out of gelato. To order tickets, click here. For more information, click here or call Altus at (434) 847-2970 or Favored at (434) 238-0801. Earlier today, Favored Flavors hosts a sampling of grilled meats and vegetables served on Himalayan salt tiles. The salt tile sampling is free from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, click here or call Favored Flavors at the number listed above.

 The hype rose with the trash talk between the unconventional pairing for tonight’s bout pitting undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather against UFC champion and mixed martial artist Conor McGregor. They’ll be playing boxing rules, though, meaning the smart money is on Mayweather, but you never know. The main card starts at 9 p.m. (EST) from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, but here in Lynchburg, the Gr8 Pl8 Cafe & Lounge (1415 Kemper St.) wants to be  the  place to watch the pay-per-view event. They’ll have a $10 cover limited to the 21-and-over crowd. Food, including fried fish, hot wings and pork chops, and drinks will be available for purchase. DJ Unique and Squad will perform during the after-party set to end at midnight. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 851-9980.

The hype rose with the trash talk between the unconventional pairing for tonight’s bout pitting undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather against UFC champion and mixed martial artist Conor McGregor. They’ll be playing boxing rules, though, meaning the smart money is on Mayweather, but you never know. The main card starts at 9 p.m. (EST) from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, but here in Lynchburg, the Gr8 Pl8 Cafe & Lounge (1415 Kemper St.) wants to be the place to watch the pay-per-view event. They’ll have a $10 cover limited to the 21-and-over crowd. Food, including fried fish, hot wings and pork chops, and drinks will be available for purchase. DJ Unique and Squad will perform during the after-party set to end at midnight. For more information, click here or call (434) 851-9980.

 To celebrate a decade of performances, Wolfbane Productions is hosting a birthday party-themed “Misfit Masquerade” and encouraging guest to dress for the occasion. Don a costume as a misfit of any kind – a favorite pop culture character, for example – or take the fancier tack and go groomed for a masquerade. The party is at the Wolfbane Performing Arts Center (618 Country Club Rd.), a woodsy area in Appomattox County. The celebration runs from 6-10 p.m. and features musical previews of the troupe’s rendition of  The Rocky Horror Picture Show , which may inspire some costumes as well. The production is scheudled to open on Sept. 7. The evening will includea big-screened announces of the upcomming 2018 Wolfbane season, as well as video clips of Wolfbane’s favorite misfits. They’ll have beer, wine, and cider for purchase. Wepa Empanadas and Appetite Creamery food trucks will also be on hand. Costume contest competitors can win prizes, such as 2018 season tickets and a night at Appomattox Inn & Suites. Admission is $10 per person and $5 for students. The event is recommended for people 13 and older with proceeds benefitting the upcoming  Rocky Horror  production. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 579-3542.

To celebrate a decade of performances, Wolfbane Productions is hosting a birthday party-themed “Misfit Masquerade” and encouraging guest to dress for the occasion. Don a costume as a misfit of any kind – a favorite pop culture character, for example – or take the fancier tack and go groomed for a masquerade. The party is at the Wolfbane Performing Arts Center (618 Country Club Rd.), a woodsy area in Appomattox County. The celebration runs from 6-10 p.m. and features musical previews of the troupe’s rendition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which may inspire some costumes as well. The production is scheudled to open on Sept. 7. The evening will includea big-screened announces of the upcomming 2018 Wolfbane season, as well as video clips of Wolfbane’s favorite misfits. They’ll have beer, wine, and cider for purchase. Wepa Empanadas and Appetite Creamery food trucks will also be on hand. Costume contest competitors can win prizes, such as 2018 season tickets and a night at Appomattox Inn & Suites. Admission is $10 per person and $5 for students. The event is recommended for people 13 and older with proceeds benefitting the upcoming Rocky Horror production. For more information, click here or call (434) 579-3542.

 Try brunching and browsing today as Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) hosts what they’re calling a Maker’s Brunch. That means a group of area craftspeople and artisans will accompany a $9 buffet that includes baked goods from Simply Irresistible Bakery as well as meats, cheeses, eggs, fruit and more. Mimosas, breakfast stouts, and coffee will be sold separately as will pancakes crafted to look like famous artworks. We’re curious how that works, too. The artisans will have on display and for sale a variety of handcrafted goods, including jewelry, soaps, woodwork, leather goods and toys from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a jazz trio offering ambiance. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 847-7277.

Try brunching and browsing today as Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) hosts what they’re calling a Maker’s Brunch. That means a group of area craftspeople and artisans will accompany a $9 buffet that includes baked goods from Simply Irresistible Bakery as well as meats, cheeses, eggs, fruit and more. Mimosas, breakfast stouts, and coffee will be sold separately as will pancakes crafted to look like famous artworks. We’re curious how that works, too. The artisans will have on display and for sale a variety of handcrafted goods, including jewelry, soaps, woodwork, leather goods and toys from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a jazz trio offering ambiance. For more information, click here or call (434) 847-7277.

 Every now and again, the folks in the kitchen at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) team up with guys who run Ned’s Beer Shop, which is conveniently located right inside RP, and put together a beer dinner. This evening’s menu pairs Schlafly brews out of St. Louis a five-courses, non-pizza menu crafted by RP chef Shawn Merrow. Courses include a late-summer heirloom tomato bruschetta, whipped goat cheese, nueske’s bacon and herbs, a thai spicy beef salad, and a rice crisp square with pan seared shrimp and Virginia peach duck sauce. For the main course, you get a Schlafly Helles Style Lager to go with pork belly, creamed local corn, smoked tomato puree, and micro greens before finishing up with a peach cobbler paired with Schlafly White Lager. The full menu can be found  here . Dinner starts at 7 p.m. Tickets to these beer dinners sell out in advance, so don't wait too long. You can pick up $45 tickets at Ned’s, which is open from noon to midnight most days, or call (434) 846-6337 for more info

Every now and again, the folks in the kitchen at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) team up with guys who run Ned’s Beer Shop, which is conveniently located right inside RP, and put together a beer dinner. This evening’s menu pairs Schlafly brews out of St. Louis a five-courses, non-pizza menu crafted by RP chef Shawn Merrow. Courses include a late-summer heirloom tomato bruschetta, whipped goat cheese, nueske’s bacon and herbs, a thai spicy beef salad, and a rice crisp square with pan seared shrimp and Virginia peach duck sauce. For the main course, you get a Schlafly Helles Style Lager to go with pork belly, creamed local corn, smoked tomato puree, and micro greens before finishing up with a peach cobbler paired with Schlafly White Lager. The full menu can be found here. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. Tickets to these beer dinners sell out in advance, so don't wait too long. You can pick up $45 tickets at Ned’s, which is open from noon to midnight most days, or call (434) 846-6337 for more info

 Whether your hangups are physical or mental or a combination of both, Lynchburg Parks and Recreation wants to be of assistance. From 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Miller Center (301 Grove St.),  Loving Touch Center instructor Samuel Strauss will teach guided meditations using the healing art called Reiki. The word “Reiki” combines the Japanese words “Rei,” meaning “God’s wisdom or the higher power” and “Ki,” meaning “life force energy,” according to the International Center for Reiki Training. Tonight’s guided session does not require specific religious or spiritual beliefs but is meant as a quiet meditation to relieve stress, body pain and depression. Think of it as an opportunity to give meditation a chance. Strauss, the founder of Loving Touch Center, is an ordained interfaith minister, clinical hypnotherapist, teacher, lecturer and author, according to his LTC bio. For more information about Reiki, click  here  or  here  to learn about the Miller Center program. Call Lynchburg Parks and Recreation for more information at (434) 455-5858.

Whether your hangups are physical or mental or a combination of both, Lynchburg Parks and Recreation wants to be of assistance. From 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Miller Center (301 Grove St.), Loving Touch Centerinstructor Samuel Strauss will teach guided meditations using the healing art called Reiki. The word “Reiki” combines the Japanese words “Rei,” meaning “God’s wisdom or the higher power” and “Ki,” meaning “life force energy,” according to the International Center for Reiki Training. Tonight’s guided session does not require specific religious or spiritual beliefs but is meant as a quiet meditation to relieve stress, body pain and depression. Think of it as an opportunity to give meditation a chance. Strauss, the founder of Loving Touch Center, is an ordained interfaith minister, clinical hypnotherapist, teacher, lecturer and author, according to his LTC bio. For more information about Reiki, click here or here to learn about the Miller Center program. Call Lynchburg Parks and Recreation for more information at (434) 455-5858.

 What’s the difference between a wheat beer and a  witbier ? What distinguishes German-styles beer from a Belgian ale? And, why do craft brewers seem so heavily invested in the IPA? By the way, IPA is short for India pale ale and has more to do with the East India Company than with brewing culture in the country of India. Anyway, these are all good questions, and we don’t have all the answers here at LynchburgDoes. However, the sellers at the Craft Beer Cellar (3813 Wards Rd.) have some expertise in this area, and they hold weekly palate-training sessions for the general public on Wednesday evenings. Tonight, self-proclaimed “beer geek” Mike Walsh will explore the topic of pale ales while offering samples. The Beer 101 event is not structured: those holding a valid ID are welcome to stop by at any point between 7-9p.m. for a taste and a little back-and-forth with Walsh. It’s free, but you can always grab a six-pack or a pint from the ten beers on tap or the over 500 in cans and bottles. The shop also carries a few dozen wines. For more info, click  here or call (434) 386-8363. 

What’s the difference between a wheat beer and a witbier? What distinguishes German-styles beer from a Belgian ale? And, why do craft brewers seem so heavily invested in the IPA? By the way, IPA is short for India pale ale and has more to do with the East India Company than with brewing culture in the country of India. Anyway, these are all good questions, and we don’t have all the answers here at LynchburgDoes. However, the sellers at the Craft Beer Cellar (3813 Wards Rd.) have some expertise in this area, and they hold weekly palate-training sessions for the general public on Wednesday evenings. Tonight, self-proclaimed “beer geek” Mike Walsh will explore the topic of pale ales while offering samples. The Beer 101 event is not structured: those holding a valid ID are welcome to stop by at any point between 7-9p.m. for a taste and a little back-and-forth with Walsh. It’s free, but you can always grab a six-pack or a pint from the ten beers on tap or the over 500 in cans and bottles. The shop also carries a few dozen wines. For more info, click hereor call (434) 386-8363. 

 Although the new Bräuburger’s (1332 Venture Dr., Suite A, Forest) location is worth visiting on its own, tonight there’s a little extra incentive as Blue Toad Hard Cider takes over the taps. The now much larger sports bar, just a block or so away from the original location in Forest, will have four hard cider flavors on tap from the Nelson County/Rochester, New York  cidery . The Bräuburger’s upgrade is so significant, we dare to call the new restaurant a facility. There’s plenty of bar space and lots of outdoor seating. They’ve got enough TVs on the walls that any game of relevance should be reachable by any eye in the crowd. There’s even TVs on the patio, so sports fans can enjoy the cooling weather accompanied by one of 42 brews on tap and not miss a pitch, pass, or putt. And the burger-centric  menu  is pretty darn tasty as well. For more information about the event, click  here  or call (434) 525-2727.

Although the new Bräuburger’s (1332 Venture Dr., Suite A, Forest) location is worth visiting on its own, tonight there’s a little extra incentive as Blue Toad Hard Cider takes over the taps. The now much larger sports bar, just a block or so away from the original location in Forest, will have four hard cider flavors on tap from the Nelson County/Rochester, New York cidery. The Bräuburger’s upgrade is so significant, we dare to call the new restaurant a facility. There’s plenty of bar space and lots of outdoor seating. They’ve got enough TVs on the walls that any game of relevance should be reachable by any eye in the crowd. There’s even TVs on the patio, so sports fans can enjoy the cooling weather accompanied by one of 42 brews on tap and not miss a pitch, pass, or putt. And the burger-centric menu is pretty darn tasty as well. For more information about the event, click here or call (434) 525-2727.

 For several months now, Lynchburg Salsa has been holding a regular Thursday night social at the aptly named Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.), which typically features an hour of lessons from 8-9 p.m., followed by two hours of dancing. Tonight they’ve got a little something special planned: an End-of-Summer Salsa Party. The basic parameters are the same: there’s a lesson from 8-9 p.m., followed by social dancing that’ll run until 1 a.m. For this special event, they’re bringing in DJ Stephen Greene from Richmond. He’s a guy who specializes in salsa music. They’re also going to have appetizers, drinks, and treats from Ice Cream Dream. Dancers do not have to show up with a partner, but the rules of etiquette call for casual dressy attire and no flip flops, because it’s hard to salsa in flip-flops. Tickets are $15 at the door; click  here  for more info; or email  lynchburgsalsa@gmail.com .

For several months now, Lynchburg Salsa has been holding a regular Thursday night social at the aptly named Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.), which typically features an hour of lessons from 8-9 p.m., followed by two hours of dancing. Tonight they’ve got a little something special planned: an End-of-Summer Salsa Party. The basic parameters are the same: there’s a lesson from 8-9 p.m., followed by social dancing that’ll run until 1 a.m. For this special event, they’re bringing in DJ Stephen Greene from Richmond. He’s a guy who specializes in salsa music. They’re also going to have appetizers, drinks, and treats from Ice Cream Dream. Dancers do not have to show up with a partner, but the rules of etiquette call for casual dressy attire and no flip flops, because it’s hard to salsa in flip-flops. Tickets are $15 at the door; click here for more info; or email lynchburgsalsa@gmail.com.

 Bueller? Bueller? So many films withstand the shifting winds of popular culture and the evolution from live-only reels to VHS, DVD, and now digital-only recordings. But Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) wants people to see the classics as they’re meant to be watched. Starting tonight and continuing through Thursday, they’ll run the the classic, radically pro-relaxation film  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  (1986) directed by John Hughes. After faking sick for the umpteenth time, rascally high school student Bueller (Matthew Broderick), persuades his actually ill best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) to go into Chicago for the day. They scheme to pick up Bueller’s girlfriend, Sloane (Mia Sara), then head off to the city in Cameron’s father’s car, which Bueller convinced him to take without permission. All the while, a suspicious to the point of obsession principal Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) and jealous sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey) look to bust Bueller. Hilarity and some profundity ensure. Showtimes occur daily at 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:20 and 9:40 p.m. For ticket information, click  here  or call (434) 845-2398.

Bueller? Bueller? So many films withstand the shifting winds of popular culture and the evolution from live-only reels to VHS, DVD, and now digital-only recordings. But Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) wants people to see the classics as they’re meant to be watched. Starting tonight and continuing through Thursday, they’ll run the the classic, radically pro-relaxation film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) directed by John Hughes. After faking sick for the umpteenth time, rascally high school student Bueller (Matthew Broderick), persuades his actually ill best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) to go into Chicago for the day. They scheme to pick up Bueller’s girlfriend, Sloane (Mia Sara), then head off to the city in Cameron’s father’s car, which Bueller convinced him to take without permission. All the while, a suspicious to the point of obsession principal Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) and jealous sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey) look to bust Bueller. Hilarity and some profundity ensure. Showtimes occur daily at 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:20 and 9:40 p.m. For ticket information, click here or call (434) 845-2398.

 The colleges in these parts are back in session for the Fall semester, which means the population of the greater Lynchburg area has experienced some seasonal growth. A side benefit is that schools like to involve the community, and they do so by holding cultural events of various sorts that you not likely to find elsewhere. Take tonight at Randolph College (2500 Rivermont Ave.): music professor Emily Yap Chua, who holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance, will welcome back the students and invite members of the community to stop by for a solo recital of works by George Frideric Handel, Johannes Brahms, Witold Roman Lutoslawski, and Lowell Lieberman. Admission to the College’s Wimberly Hall is free for the performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Click  here  for more info, or call (434) 947-8000.

The colleges in these parts are back in session for the Fall semester, which means the population of the greater Lynchburg area has experienced some seasonal growth. A side benefit is that schools like to involve the community, and they do so by holding cultural events of various sorts that you not likely to find elsewhere. Take tonight at Randolph College (2500 Rivermont Ave.): music professor Emily Yap Chua, who holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance, will welcome back the students and invite members of the community to stop by for a solo recital of works by George Frideric Handel, Johannes Brahms, Witold Roman Lutoslawski, and Lowell Lieberman. Admission to the College’s Wimberly Hall is free for the performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more info, or call (434) 947-8000.

 First Friday features a full lineup tonight with exhibits opening at  Riverviews Artspace  (901 Jefferson St.),  Renaissance Theatre  (1022 Commerce St. #A) and  Academy Center for the Arts  (600 Main St.) as well as demonstrations and activities at several downtown businessesand organizations, including “Yoga for Life” at  Yoga Goodness  in the Riverviews building. There’ll be drink specials at  {RA}Bistro  and an open mic at the  The White Hart Cafe , and several other events.  Vector Space (402 5th St.) is holding a Repair Cafe from 5-8 p.m., an event that may be of particular interest because of its practicality. Visitors can bring broken appliances, electronics and other items to the co-op workshop, which will offer up its tinkerers as fixers to help troubleshoot. Anyone who wants to volunteer as a fixer is welcome as well. For more information, contact Vector Space at (804) 387-1519 or  info@vector-space.org . First Fridays runs from 5-8 p.m., although times can vary by venue. For a complete list of First Friday happenings, click  here .

First Friday features a full lineup tonight with exhibits opening at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.), Renaissance Theatre (1022 Commerce St. #A) and Academy Center for the Arts (600 Main St.) as well as demonstrations and activities at several downtown businessesand organizations, including “Yoga for Life” at Yoga Goodness in the Riverviews building. There’ll be drink specials at {RA}Bistro and an open mic at the The White Hart Cafe, and several other events. Vector Space(402 5th St.) is holding a Repair Cafe from 5-8 p.m., an event that may be of particular interest because of its practicality. Visitors can bring broken appliances, electronics and other items to the co-op workshop, which will offer up its tinkerers as fixers to help troubleshoot. Anyone who wants to volunteer as a fixer is welcome as well. For more information, contact Vector Space at (804) 387-1519 or info@vector-space.org. First Fridays runs from 5-8 p.m., although times can vary by venue. For a complete list of First Friday happenings, click here.

 Amherst County’s Rebec Vineyards (2229 N. Amherst Hwy.) is best known around these parts as the setting for the annual Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival, which is scheduled for October 14th and 15th this year. In the meantime, Rebec’s gearing up to celebrate Labor Day a couple of days early with a wine-and-music festival featuring two of Lynchburg’s favorite bands: the rockabilly swingers Jenny & the B-Side Rockers; and the funkified, horn-powered Apple Butter Soul. The fest kicks off at noon today with a jazz set by Dust in the Attic, followed by the B-Side Rockers at 2 p.m. and Apple Butter Soul from 4-6 p.m. Of course, there will be plenty of wine, include selections from Rebec and other vineyards. Sherri’s Crab Cakes, Thai 2 Go, and the Pie Guy are some of the vendors who will be on hand. There are two ticket prices: $15 includes wine, and $10 does not. Click  here  for more info, or call (434) 946-5168.

Amherst County’s Rebec Vineyards (2229 N. Amherst Hwy.) is best known around these parts as the setting for the annual Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival, which is scheduled for October 14th and 15th this year. In the meantime, Rebec’s gearing up to celebrate Labor Day a couple of days early with a wine-and-music festival featuring two of Lynchburg’s favorite bands: the rockabilly swingers Jenny & the B-Side Rockers; and the funkified, horn-powered Apple Butter Soul. The fest kicks off at noon today with a jazz set by Dust in the Attic, followed by the B-Side Rockers at 2 p.m. and Apple Butter Soul from 4-6 p.m. Of course, there will be plenty of wine, include selections from Rebec and other vineyards. Sherri’s Crab Cakes, Thai 2 Go, and the Pie Guy are some of the vendors who will be on hand. There are two ticket prices: $15 includes wine, and $10 does not. Click here for more info, or call (434) 946-5168.

 The local rock band A New Low return to Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) tonight for a very special live performance saluting the success of this year’s solor eclipse (nicely done on the moon’s part), and celebrating the imminent arrival of Labor Day. The fourseme features two members of the LynchburgDoes crew – publisher Matt Ashare and web guru  Jay Oliveira . Fronted by Vic Sizemore and propelled by the drumming of Chris Fosnaugh, the band will perform two sets between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. There is no admission charge. For a sample of A New Low’s music, visit and like them on  Facebook . For a look at the Kegney Brothers menu, click  here . Call (434) 616-6691 for more info.

The local rock band A New Low return to Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) tonight for a very special live performance saluting the success of this year’s solor eclipse (nicely done on the moon’s part), and celebrating the imminent arrival of Labor Day. The fourseme features two members of the LynchburgDoes crew – publisher Matt Ashare and web guru Jay Oliveira. Fronted by Vic Sizemore and propelled by the drumming of Chris Fosnaugh, the band will perform two sets between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. There is no admission charge. For a sample of A New Low’s music, visit and like them on Facebook. For a look at the Kegney Brothers menu, click here. Call (434) 616-6691 for more info.

 It shouldn’t be hard to find a place to watch the West Virginia University vs. Virginia Tech game tonight as the border state rivalry keeps the season’s opening weekend going. One ofthe best places around to watch the game might be  Bräuburger’s  (1332 Venture Dr., Suite A, Forest) with an arsenal of wall televisions, although the new and larger location can get quite crowded. And then there’s  Buffalo Wild Wings  (3812 Wards Rd.), always a reliable sports spot. But  Beale’s  (510 Grove St.) in Bedford, one of the newest players in the brew-pub game, is throwing their hat in the ring this game day, extending their hours, adding specials — including a dozen wings for $12 and $1 off liters — and playing the game on their big screen inside. The Hokies and Mountaineers have competed annually for the Black Diamond Trophy since 1997, although the rivalry goes much farther back. While Tech controls the series with six of nine wins since the trophy’s inaugural year, the Mountaineers lead the overall series 28-22-1. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on ABC.

It shouldn’t be hard to find a place to watch the West Virginia University vs. Virginia Tech game tonight as the border state rivalry keeps the season’s opening weekend going. One ofthe best places around to watch the game might be Bräuburger’s (1332 Venture Dr., Suite A, Forest) with an arsenal of wall televisions, although the new and larger location can get quite crowded. And then there’s Buffalo Wild Wings (3812 Wards Rd.), always a reliable sports spot. But Beale’s (510 Grove St.) in Bedford, one of the newest players in the brew-pub game, is throwing their hat in the ring this game day, extending their hours, adding specials — including a dozen wings for $12 and $1 off liters — and playing the game on their big screen inside. The Hokies and Mountaineers have competed annually for the Black Diamond Trophy since 1997, although the rivalry goes much farther back. While Tech controls the series with six of nine wins since the trophy’s inaugural year, the Mountaineers lead the overall series 28-22-1. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on ABC.

 The folks at Loose Shoe Brewing Company (198 Ambriar Plaza) invite everyone over for a makeshift picnic to enjoy the fruits of their labors, meaning libations thoughtfully brewed with, occasionally, rather unique ingredients. For starters, they make their own root beer on premises, which is just plain cool. As for beer, along with the six taps they keep steady, they’ll have their WTF (short for “watermelon that’s fermented,” not that other expression) – they describe it as a watermelon cream ale. They’ll also have a cherry or a peanut butter stout, depending on whether the former runs out, a jalapeno and/or habanero IPA, and their trusty versions of Vienna lager,  witbier , and brown ale. For Labor Day, they’ll be laboring from noon-7 p.m. behind the bar, and they’ll have cornhole on the patio. Customers are welcome to bring their own food and snacks. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 946-2337.

The folks at Loose Shoe Brewing Company (198 Ambriar Plaza) invite everyone over for a makeshift picnic to enjoy the fruits of their labors, meaning libations thoughtfully brewed with, occasionally, rather unique ingredients. For starters, they make their own root beer on premises, which is just plain cool. As for beer, along with the six taps they keep steady, they’ll have their WTF (short for “watermelon that’s fermented,” not that other expression) – they describe it as a watermelon cream ale. They’ll also have a cherry or a peanut butter stout, depending on whether the former runs out, a jalapeno and/or habanero IPA, and their trusty versions of Vienna lager, witbier, and brown ale. For Labor Day, they’ll be laboring from noon-7 p.m. behind the bar, and they’ll have cornhole on the patio. Customers are welcome to bring their own food and snacks. For more info, click here or call (434) 946-2337.

 It looks like a sleepy Labor Day today in Lynchburg, so it might be a good opportunity to take a drive out to one of wineries, breweries, or cideries along Virginia 151, an area close to some of the area’s best hiking spots. Out at Democracy Vineyards (585 Mountain Cove Rd., Lovingston) they’ve got music by My RagTop, a duo who specialize in a mix of country, blues, R&B, and old American acoustic standards. They’ll play from 2-5 p.m. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 263-8463. If you're already out in Nelson County, it’s worth checking out one or more of the other craft beverage makers in the area. For more information, visit the Nelson 151  website , named for the scenic VA 151, a road that is becoming ever more traveled by locals and tourists alike. Looking for some exercise and a great view? Try one of the several hikes in the general area. For great scenery and a tourist friendly hike, check out  Crabtree Falls  or try  The Priest  for more of a challenge.

It looks like a sleepy Labor Day today in Lynchburg, so it might be a good opportunity to take a drive out to one of wineries, breweries, or cideries along Virginia 151, an area close to some of the area’s best hiking spots. Out at Democracy Vineyards (585 Mountain Cove Rd., Lovingston) they’ve got music by My RagTop, a duo who specialize in a mix of country, blues, R&B, and old American acoustic standards. They’ll play from 2-5 p.m. For more information, click here or call (434) 263-8463. If you're already out in Nelson County, it’s worth checking out one or more of the other craft beverage makers in the area. For more information, visit the Nelson 151 website, named for the scenic VA 151, a road that is becoming ever more traveled by locals and tourists alike. Looking for some exercise and a great view? Try one of the several hikes in the general area. For great scenery and a tourist friendly hike, check out Crabtree Falls or try The Priest for more of a challenge.

 Some things catch your eye before they make it to your ears. That’s was the case with Sirsy, a duo based out of Albany, NY, who happen to be making their way to Lynchburg this evening for a show at the Big Lick Tropical Grill (4001 Murray Pl.). Here’s what we found interesting: they are indeed a duo, fronted by Melanie Krahmer and featuring a guy named Rich Libutti on guitar. However, Melanie doesn’t just sing. She also plays drums, bass, keyboards, and even some flute. We’re intrigued. The show runs from 6-9 p.m., so you can be home before bedtime. Admission is free. For more info on the band, click  here . For the Big Lick menu, click  here . For more info, call (434) 528-3604.

Some things catch your eye before they make it to your ears. That’s was the case with Sirsy, a duo based out of Albany, NY, who happen to be making their way to Lynchburg this evening for a show at the Big Lick Tropical Grill (4001 Murray Pl.). Here’s what we found interesting: they are indeed a duo, fronted by Melanie Krahmer and featuring a guy named Rich Libutti on guitar. However, Melanie doesn’t just sing. She also plays drums, bass, keyboards, and even some flute. We’re intrigued. The show runs from 6-9 p.m., so you can be home before bedtime. Admission is free. For more info on the band, click here. For the Big Lick menu, click here. For more info, call (434) 528-3604.

 The trailer for  General Orders No. 9  (2011) ends with a question: What should the new map look like? The question seems central to the experimental documentary about a changing American South told through poetry laid over images of natural lands and bucolic countrysides in Georgia transposed with images of urban growth and decay. The  documentary  written and directed by first-time filmmaker Robert Persons, examines the meaning and cost of progress. Persons takes the naturalist perspective lamenting loss as cities overtake and replace the natural landscape. Doors open at 7 p.m with beer and wine available for sale at that time. The film is scheduled to begin at 7:30. There is a $5 cover and the film is 72 minutes long. Click  here or call (434) 847-7277 for more information.

The trailer for General Orders No. 9 (2011) ends with a question: What should the new map look like? The question seems central to the experimental documentary about a changing American South told through poetry laid over images of natural lands and bucolic countrysides in Georgia transposed with images of urban growth and decay. The documentary written and directed by first-time filmmaker Robert Persons, examines the meaning and cost of progress. Persons takes the naturalist perspective lamenting loss as cities overtake and replace the natural landscape. Doors open at 7 p.m with beer and wine available for sale at that time. The film is scheduled to begin at 7:30. There is a $5 cover and the film is 72 minutes long. Click hereor call (434) 847-7277 for more information.