Virginia Craft Beer lovers have two chances to be good neighbors tonight, as nearby breweries take over taps at two area establishments. At Beer 88 (113 Hexham Dr.), they’ll have six taps by Franklin County’s Chaos Mountain Brewing, including the Marge ‘N Rita, a tequila lime gose and their 3rd Anniversary Red IPA. For more information about the event, click here or call Beer 88 at (434) 582-5025. The Craft Beer Cellar (3813 Wards Rd. #6) will feature the Orange King of Hop Orange, an imperial IPA by Charlottesville’s Starr Hill Brewery. Stop by the Cellar for a pint from 5-7 p.m. and take home the glass. For more information, click here or call (434) 386-8363.
Neither rain, nor shine, nor excessive humidity have deterred the good folks at Fifth & Federal Station (801 Fifth St.) from braving what’s becoming a pretty happening open mic night every Thursday from 8-11 p.m. It’s a great setting for music, with an outdoor stage overlooking the green expanse flanked on one side by the restaurant’s big glass garage doors and, on the other, by a bustling traffic circle. Fifth & Federal has a cool, barbecue-centric menu, and like 57 or 58 different kinds of bourbon, whiskey, and rye, not to mention a solid selection of craft brews. Full disclosure: tonight’s open mic is hosted by LynchburgDoes editor Matt Ashare and able multi-instrumentalist Bryan Herward, so we’re sorta tooting our own horn. Call (434) 386-8113 or click here for more info.
Downtown will be dressed to the nines tonight hoping to make an impression with all the food, music, and all-ages entertainment the Hill City can offer at one time in one place. The annual Get Downtown festival welcomes returning college students and marks a seasonal shift. It’s about as crowded and festive as downtown Lynchburg gets. The festival takes place within the boundaries of Commerce, 8th, Church and Horseford streets. Along with all the downtown eateries, most of the city’s food trucks will corral at the event, which will feature several mini concerts throughout. For the youngest among us, the Kids Zone will have games and activities, including giant legos, giant Jenga, and a sand box treasure hunt. At Lynchburg City Market (1219 Main St.), area artisans will show off their wares for the Makers Nite Market. It takes place from 6-9 p.m., with streets closing earlier, so plan accordingly. There’s parking information and a map here, including shuttles from 5:30-9:15 p.m. to and from the Madison Heights Goodwill (174 River James Dr.), Central Virginia Community College (3506 Wards Rd.), Lynchburg College (332 College St.) and Randolph College (2500 Rivermont Ave.). The Randolph stop does not have parking, though. Attendance is free. For more information, call (434) 485-7250.
It’s fair to expect fireworks tonight as the Lynchburg Hillcats, running on a seven-game win streak, face off against the Frederick Keys in the opening round of the Carolina League playoffs following two games in Frederick. With a 37-33 regular season record, the Keys came in second in the Northern Division, which the Hillcats won by leading the league with 47 wins. We mean the fireworks thing literally, by the way. The Hillcats will be holding their last planned fireworks show of the season. Games are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday with times to be announced, but neither may be necessary. Advance tickets to the three home playoff games at Lynchburg City Field (3176 Fort Ave.) are just $6 each. Click here for ticketing, or call the box office at (434) 528-1144.
While most breweries stick to alcoholic beverages, Loose Shoe Brewery (198 Ambriar Plaza) makes its root beer fit right alongside its adult libations. Loose Shoe plans to highlight its homemade (kid-friendly) root beer tonight by serving it up float style with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream from 5-8 p.m. for. For those who want to stick to adult brews, Loose Shoe recommends trying a scoop in a stout or ale. For more information, click here or call (434) 946-2337.
There’s more than one way to read “Blue Ridge Rock Festival”: it could be a geology convention, or it could mean that the DeVault Vineyards (247 Station Ln.) in Concord will be rocking in a more figurative but no less immediate way from noon-11 p.m. today. It’s definitely the latter. Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp will be there to perform his band’s hits, and he’ll be joined on the bill by grunge rapper Everlast, a reunion of the original line-up of ADEMA, Drowning Pool, P.O.D., and many, many more bands who lean toward the harder side of the rock spectrum. Your basic general admission ticket is $29.99 in advance, but there are several additional tiers of ticketing. Click here for full ticketing info, a complete list of bands, and more info on the festival.
Lynchburg’s families are invited for a day of games, rides, exhibits, food trucks, and more at Miller Park (2100 Park Ave.) for the Junior League of Lynchburg’s 41st annual Day In The Park. Along with providing entertainment from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the event offers educational information and can connect families with health and human service agencies and services, part of the Junior League’s ongoing mission. For more information about the event, click here or call (434) 846-6641. But what is the Junior League, you ask? Well, the women’s civic organization formed in 1926 as the Junior Welfare League, part of the Lynchburg Women’s Club. Early on, they opened a preschool and birth clinic that became the Free Clinic of Central Virginia. They participated in war bond drives in World War II while continuing a children’s theatre program. The list of community service goes on and continues to this day. For more information about the Junior League, click here.
While some yoga classes focus on heat, sweat, and power, the Yoga in the Park series this month offers something else: a fall breeze and morning skies. From 8:30-9:15 a.m., today, next Saturday, and on September 30, Yoga Goodness Studio teachers will host free classes at Riverside Park (2238 Rivermont Ave.). No registration is required ahead of time, but bring a yoga mat. If there’s any worry about the weather, call (434) 455-5895 to check on the schedule. For more information and potential updates about the event, click here.
In 2012, 22 United States military veterans per day died of suicide with rates much higher than the civilian population, according to a recent U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs report. In order to raise awareness, Brew-B-Que is hosting the “Que’n for Awareness” event and fundraiser at Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.) today. Starting at 3 p.m. Brew-B-Que will donate 10 percent of the day’s proceeds to helping prevent these deaths. They’re partnering with Mission 22, a nonprofit founded by veterans to raise awareness, provide support and end veteran suicide. For more information, click here or call (434) 485-5700. For more information about Mission 22, click here.
Bedford town has been growing its restaurant and arts scene over the last several years, adding restaurants and most recently Beale’s brewery. At Bedford’s Finest Faire, today, they’re looking to show off their best, which includes reaching out into the county to Benjamin’s in Forest and Big Island to Millstone Tea Room. The fourth annual event raises money for Bower Center of the Arts (305 N. Bridge St.), also the event host, and features appetizers, entrees, desserts and libations from 12 restaurants, including Town Kitchen & Provisions next door and Azul across the street. The event is from 5-9 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate and can be purchased here. Children 6-12 are $15. The Tommy Cox Bandand Hoppie Vaughan and the Ministers of Soul will perform. For moreinformation, including a restaurant list, click here or call 540-586-4235.
The National Football League’s opening week means the return of wings at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.). RP only offers them on Sundays when the NFL is in session, and for Monday Night Football if there are any left. The wings arrive only for a limited time because of restraints in the basement pizza shop’s tight kitchen, but the wait is worth it. We don’t have the prices or spices yet, but we’ll let you know when we do. There’s always a fan favorite, and we’re looking forward to having them back if only for a limited time. Feel free to call RP for more information at (434) 846-2877.
Lynchburg is never going to land at the top of the list the subject of Fashion Week comes up, and that’s just fine. Doesn’t mean that folks around the Hill City can’t get into the spirit for the fall fashion season. That effort gets underway this evening and continues through for the next few days as Central Virginia Fashion Week presents a series of showcases at boutiques around the Hill City in and in the surrounding counties. The kickoff event tonight is a bit a hike: it takes place at Altavista’s Pretty Please on Broad Boutique (615 Broad St.), which plans to show off their “fresh new image and brand vibes.” Downtown Lynchburg comes to fashionable life on Wednesday with a showcase at Live Trendy or Die (1101 Church St.) and Thursday with an event at Frolic by Celebration (920 Main St.). There are also fashion shows downtown on Friday and Saturday evening. A two-day pass to Friday’s Lifestyle Runway Fashion show at Miller Center Theater (301 Grove St.) and Saturday’s Haute Couture Designer Fashion Show is $20 together, or you can get single tickets for $10 and $15, respectively. Fashion Week VIP tickets are $35 and include the Friday and Saturday shows. The downtown location for the Saturday show will only be revealed to those who buy tickets. All events are from 7-9:30 p.m. with attendees expected to RSVP. For more information about individual events click here, call (434) 288-0929 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s been 16 years since the terrorist attacks that killed close to 3,000 people and changed the course of modern history. One way to honor the sacrifices that took place that fateful day is to join the Lynchburg Area Veteran’s Council for the 9/11 Never Forget Memorial Run tonight at 6:30 p.m. The 5k and 1-mile runs start at the Lynchburg American Legion Post 16 (1301 Greenview Dr.). Registration is $30 for the 5k and $15 for the 1-mile run. Online registration (click here) ends Sept. 9 at 11:59 p.m. The fundraiser puts money toward honoring fallen soldiers and first responders as well as providing support for Lynchburg-area veterans. The Veterans Council is a nonprofit organization that raises money for the Vietnam Veterans of America (Chapter 196), The American Legion (Post 16) and Military Order of the Purple Heart (1607). For more information about the Veterans Council, click here or email email@example.com.
Blue Toad Hard Cider has been hitting Lynchburg city bar taps with frequency of late. Tonight, the cidery will take over at Bootlegger’s (50 13th St.) offering a variety of mixed flavor ciders concocted with apples grown near their home locations in Nelson County and upstate New York. The event is from 5-9 p.m. For Blue Toad’s full lineup, click here. Bootlegger’s menu boasts heaping burgers smothered with all sorts of toppings. The restaurant also provides a nice view of the James River and Jefferson St.. And it’s on the Bluff Walk, so there’s a good spot to watch the sunset and stroll off a few calories. For more information about the event, click here, or call Bootlegger’s at (434) 333-4273.
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 saisons 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.
Two nice things about the current craze for craft beer: 1) variety is indeed the spice of life; and 2) you can accrue a pretty cool collection of branded glassware by regularly attending the various pint nights and tap takeovers around town. There are two opportunities this evening to acquire a pint, one at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.), and the other at Craft Beer Cellar (3813 Wards Rd. #6). Beginning at 6 p.m., RP will have eight offerings from San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewing Co on tap. Ballast Point recently opened a brewing facility and tasting room not too far away from Lynchburg in Daleville. On tap tonight are Ballast Point’s Grapefruit Sculpin, Unfiltered Sculpin, California Amber, Tart Peach Kolsch, Bonito Blonde, Longfin Lager, Sea Rose Tart Cherry Wheat Ale, and Sour Wench, which is a blackberry ale that won’t be tapped anywhere else in town. For more information, click here or call (434) 846-2877. From 5-8 p.m., Craft Beer Cellar will feature Midnight Brewery’s MASH'n at Midnight saison along with a free glass when you purchase a pint. Midnight is a locally owned family brewer out of Rockville, and owner and brewmaster Trae Cairns will be on hand tonight. For more information, click here or call (434) 386-8363.
Laugh, dance and drink with the sinners at Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) tonight, or at least listen to a band that wears their sin on their name. The Irish pub hosts two local bands, psychedelic surf-rockers SIN, and punkified psychobilly specialists the Dyke Van Dicks. It’s a 21-plus show and there may be a small cover charge at the door. The rocking starts at 10 p.m. and goes until closing time, which will be sometime after 1 a.m. For more information, click here or call Kegneys at (434) 616-6691.
Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) will feature some good old-fashioned soul tonight, performed by a man who has sung it for decades. Roy C, born Roy Charles Hammond in August of 1939, has been doing his thing in one form or another since the late ’50s (1957, to be semi-exact). The Georgia native breached the Billboard charts back in 1958 as a member of the vocal group The Genies, with a song called “Who’s That Knockin’.” After a stint in the Air Force, he returned to the charts with an R&B novelty number called “Shotgun Wedding” in 1965, and, for a time, became known as the Shotgun Wedding Man. These days, Hammond oversees his own Carolina Record Distributors production company and record store in Allendale County, South Carolina, and occassionally plays gigs like the one tonight. Doors are at 8 p.m., and DJ Adam T will get things going before Roy C takes the stage around 9 p.m. Tickets are $20; click here or call (434) 846-3206.
For eight years now, local vintners and brewers have been gathering at Lynchburg City Stadium (3176 Old Forest Rd.) every September for a festival devoted to beer and wine. We’ve got a small change to announce this year: thanks to the numerous artisanal cideries that have popped up in Central Virginia, it’s now officially the Lynchburg Beer, Wine, & Cider Festival. The event takes over at Lynchburg City Stadium (3176 Fort Ave.) today from noon-7 p.m. It’ll feature potables from Blue Mountain, Devil’s Backbone, Wild Wolf, Angry Orchard, Bold Rock, Ballast Point, and others. Click here for a complete list. There will also be food by local vendors and music by the local bands Dragonfly, Jenny & the B-Side Rockers, the Dundees, and Out of Spite. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 at the door, but last year’s festival did sell out. There are also $15 designated driver tickets available. Click here for more info, or call (434) 473-7319.
It’s an unusually busy weekend for music around town, and it continues tonight with an up-and-coming country duo from Montgomery, Alabama who have already been singled out by Rolling Stone as rising stars. Gary Stanton and Charlie Muncaster are known as Muscadine Bloodline, and they’re touring in support of their self-titled debut EP, which features the earnest and twangy single “WD-40.” They hit Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) tonight for a 8 p.m. show. Doors are at 7 p.m., and tickets are $12. There are also VIP tickets for $29.99, which include an all-you-can-eat buffet. Click here, or call (434) 846-3206.
It’s gonna get a little bit loud tonight at the Stoney Badger (3009 Old Forest Rd.). The Georgia Metal Alliance Int’l HMC Virginia Chapter is bringing a couple of North Carolina bands to town for a big heavy metal blowout. Here’s who’s on the bill: Winston Salem’s White Knuckle Black Out, Greensboro’s Undrask, and to represent Lynchburg they’ve got Mourn the Illusion. It’s a 21-plus show that gets underway at 9:30 p.m. with a $7 cover charge. For more information, click here, or call the Badger at (434) 384-3004.
Although polio was eradicated in the United States long ago, the Rotarians are continuing to raise money to fully eradicate the dreadful disease, which still lingers in a few countries. As part of this noble effort, the Rotary Club of Lynchburg holds a fundraiser tonight at Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.). A $20 advance/$25 at the door ticket gets you an entree and side from Centra Code Fresh Food Truck and a pint of one of Apocalypse’s fine brews. Commemorative pint glasses will be on sale for $10, which includes a buck off the beer it takes to fill it. For more information, call Apocalypse at (434) 258-8761, or click here to purchase advance tickets.
Disco hits, drag performers, and pro-diversity attitudes. That’s what’s in store tonight at Dish (1120 Main St.), when the Lynchburg Diversity Center hosts a Disco Drag Night. The evening will feature a DJ, local and Roanoke-area drag performers, and some food and drink specials that have yet to be determined. The $5 cover will benefit the Center, which promotes inclusion and respect for LGBTQ+ individuals through cultural change. Click here to see the Dish menu, or call (434) 528-0070. To find out more about the Diversity Center, click here.
Lynchburg’s mountain bikers are planning a Hill City Hootenanny for pedalers of all levels. The event, which is basically a bike ride followed by an informal get together, takes place at Peaks View Park (1145 Ardmore Dr.), starting at 11 a.m. The most experienced riders will take off first, followed in quick succession by those who take a more recreational attitude toward mountain biking. Participants should enter the park through the Ardmore entrance, home to the big red barn, then cross over Ivy Creek by bridge and turn right on the greenway. The staging area will be on the soccer field near trailhead #1. Click here for a park map and here to see the likely route. Tickets are $25 or $30 depending on experience level and can be purchased here. The entry fee includes two slices of pizza and a drink from Upper Crust Pizza, who will have their food truck on site. For more information, call Blackwater Bike Shop at 434-385-7047 or click here.
When Shane Bitney Crone’s longtime partner Tom Bridegroom passed away, the latter’s biological family took over and denied Crone from coming to his partner’s funeral, an experience documented in Bridegroom (2013). The struggle represents the experiences of many in the LGBTQ+ community before the US Supreme Court’s landmark decision in 2015 to prevent discrimination among marriages between consensual adults. The documentary screens tonight at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) by the Lynchburg Diversity Center and will include a discussion around the film’s social context. The Public Humanities Cinema Project is part of the Center’s ongoing effort to build community and promote inclusion and respect for LGBTQ+ individuals through cultural change. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free to the public and a cash bar is available. For more information, click here or contact the Diversity Center at (434) 515-1143.
The seasons are changing and so are the brews barrooms keep on tap. While IPAs, the most popular craft beer style, should still dominate selections in barrooms all over, the shift around them is already on. Fruit-laced lagers are giving way to spicier and more robust ales, porters and stouts, but that’s only the start of it. To sample all sorts of brew styles while learning about their makeup and origin, check out Craft Beer Cellar’s (3813 Wards Rd. #6) Beer 101 for their weekly palate-training session with self-proclaimed “beer geek” Mike Walsh. Tonight, he’ll explore the Oktoberfest, a style fit for changing colors and shifting winds. The Beer 101 event is not structured: those holding a valid ID are welcome to stop by at any point between 7-9 p.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.
The film that brought the entire zombie genre to life by reanimating the dead and having them limpingly, but relentlessly, chase the living, is playing tonight at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). The monthly Film Noir Series features Night of the Living Dead (1968) tonight at 7:30 p.m. In the film, directed by George A. Romero, the dead suddenly rise from their graves and hound the living. Eventually, a group that includes Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman and Mary Eastman wind up trapped in a farmhouse surrounded by the recently undead. 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 and a cash bar is available; call (434) 847-7277 or click here for more info.
On most Thursdays, craft beer afficianados can take a deep dive into a selection of crafted brews from a particular brewery at at least one local establishment. If you’re lucky, you might even score some free branded glassware at these tap takeovers and steal-the-pint nights. On the docket today, we’ve got not one, not two, but three of these events in and around town. Beer 88 (113 Hexham Dr.) will have six beers from Port City Brewing Co. out of Alexandria on tap, as well as Port City pint glasses for the taking. Starting at 5 p.m., they’ll feature Port City’s Oktoberfest, Oscura, Dark Mexican Lager, Derecho Common, Integral IPA, Port City Porter, and Colossal 6 Russian Imperial Stout. Call Beer 88 at (434) 582-5025 or click here. At Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) from 5-11 p.m., the taps will be flowing with several libations from Brothers Craft Brewing in Harrisonburg, inclduing their limited edition Multiplayer, a double IPA brewed in collaboration with Richmond’s Triple Crossing Brewing Co. Call RP at (434) 846-2877. Finally, Craft Beer Cellar (3813 Wards Rd. #6) will keep the focus narrow, with a targeted tasting of Parkway Brewery’s Save the Galaxy IPA from 5-8 p.m. Call the store at (434) 386-8363 or click here.
The Hill City is apparently becoming something of a hotspot for ambitious millennials, and the Central Virginia Young Professionals organization is doing its best to keep the momentum going with a networking happy hour that lands at a different spot around town each month. This time, the meet-up is at Bootleggers (50 13th St.) from 5:35-8:35 p.m. There’s no membership fee or cover charge, and business card trading is encouraged. For information on the event, click here; for the Bootleggers menu, click here; for details on the CVVP and its mission, click here or call (434) 847-1447.
The Listening is perhaps best described as a difficult to describe local arts advocacy and social justice organization who host events that involve, well, listening. This evening they’re declaring sanctuary for anyone affected by depression or suicide at an open event from 7-9 p.m. in Old City Cemetery Chapel (401 Taylor St.), which could be a little morbid, but it’s quite a cool space. It’s open mic event that offers amateur storytellers and other practicing performers a chance to do a little Moth-style unburdening of the soul. There’s a $5 cover charge, a portion of which will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Incidentally, September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. For more information about the event, click here. And, you can always call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.
Half Moon are a band out of Roanoke who like to call their brand of music Appalachian soul-rock. What that seems to mean is that they’re a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll, with a little bit of r&b thrown in for good measure. We’re also guessing that singer/guitarist Adam Beason and drummer John Beason are brothers, but we’re not 100% sure. What we do know is that they’re gonna play a set of original tunes at Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.), followed by a quick change of character into “Half Talking,” a version of Half Moon that only performs Talking Heads covers. You may ask yourself, how did I get here?, in which case we recommend installing a locater app on your mobile device. A good one will give you a read on longitude and lattitude, which is a fine place to start. The fun at Kegney’s starts at 10 p.m. and goes ’til last call around 1 a.m. There’s a $4 cover, and it’s 21-plus; call (434) 616-6691 or click here.
If you’ve read the French social theorist, philosopher, and all-around smarty pants Michel Foucault, then you may be familiar with the concept of a “carceral archipelago” from his comic 1975 classic Discipline and Punish. It’s basically an island-based prison system, similar to the penal colony Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen plan their escape from in the 1973 film Papilon. All of which may have little or nothing to do with “Carceral States,” the exhibit that opens today at Randolph College’s Maier Museum of Art (1 Quinlan St.). However, name dropping Foucault and referencing Papilon (screenplay by the great Dalton Trumbo and Lorenzo Semple Jr.; based on the autobiography of Henri Charriére) make for useful cocktail party chatter, and sure enough there’s a reception for the exhibit from 5-7 p.m. this evening. So, yes, you’re welcome. For more info on the exhibit, which features works by contemporary artists on the subject of incarceration, click here or call (434) 947-8136.
The seventh annaul Moutain Run Jam festival takes over Sedalia’a Mountain Run Farm (1228 Charlemont Rd.) for a weekend of back-to-nature fun and rootsy music. The farm features ponds, creeks, and lovely mountain views. The festival kicks off with aceremonial tree planting today at 3 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner, and performances by Baltimore’s Brothers Gorman and North Carolina’s newgrassy Coddle Creek. Saturday begins with yoga at 8:30 a.m., a wild food and medicine plant walk at 10 a.m., a solo set by Michigan singer-songwriter Katelyn Georgianna Vallier, and a bunch of other stuff, including evening sets by a band called Band: The Movie, dueling fiddlers Adam DeGraff and Morgan Weidinger, and the bluesy Cole Men. Sunday features afternoon sets by Lynchburg’s Good Buddy and Harrisonburg’s Dogwood Tales. Camping is available on site, and bathing in the creeks and ponds is totally allowed. Weekend passes may be purchased online in advance for $30, or for $40 at the gate. Day passes are $20, and kids under 16 get in for free. Click here for tickets and more info, or call (434) 299-5193.
The Virginia 10 Miler isn’t until tomorrow, but the annual running of the kids kicks things off this evening at Amazement Square (27 9th’s St.). Known as “the Amazing Mile,” it’s a fun run for runners, joggers, and even walkers under the age of 13, and it’s paired with a half-mile race for those between the ages of six and nine, and a quarter-mile jaunt for kids under five. The races begin at 6 p.m. on Jefferson Street, which will be partially closed for the event. Preregistration is recommended, and parents can pick up race packets from 1-5 p.m. today at Amazement Square. It’s $25 to register; click here for more info.
The Virginia 10 Miler – officially the Genworth Virginia 10 Miler – marks its 44th year as the biggest race in town today, and if you live anywhere near the route, it’ll be hard to miss. The race begins at 8 a.m. at E.C. Glass High School (2111 Memorial Ave.). It’s actually more than just one race. There’s the full 10 Miler, which wends its way down Langhorne Rd. to Rivermont Ave., proceeds up into Rivermont Park, and then comes all the way back around to E.C. Glass. There’s also a new ten-mile relay race that follows the same route, and a four-mile walk and run that ends at Randolph College. Click here to see the route. Registration is $100 for the Ten Miler and $75 for the four-mile run/walk. For more information, click here. There will be bands along the route at select locations, and the Corner at Rivermont (2496 Rivermont Ave.) will start its Saturday morning brunch service at 7:30 a.m. to accommodate hungry spectators.
Trap-rap meets 200-plus gallons of paint tonight at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) for a “Paint Party” featuring Georgia-by-way-of-NYC rapper Waka Flocka Flame. It makes a little bit of sense: Waka Flocka had an underground hit with the single “Hard in da Paint,” which we thought was a basketball reference, and there will be lots of paint in loaded paint cannons and paint guns at the show.What could possibly go wrong? The show’s targeted to promote the October release of Flockaveli II, which is Waka Flocka’s fourth studio album. Click here to hear the album’s first single, “Big Dawg.” General admission tickets are $20, or you can pay $34.50 for a Paint Warrior 2K17 pass that includes a bottle of paint, complimentary towel, and other amenities. Doors open at 7 p.m., the paint party begins at at 8 p.m. and Flame goes on around 10 p.m. with backing from DJ Whoo Kid. It’s an 18-plus show; call (434) 846-3206 or click here for more info.
When Michael Jordan was in his prime, he took a year off from the NBA to play minor league baseball. Two years later the plot thickened as Jordan led the Bulls to the first of three consecutive championships and starred alongside Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and the too-often overlooked Pepé Le Pew in Space Jam, a blockbuster mash-up of cartoon characters, character actors, and actual NBA stars. Oddly, the plot hinges on a star basketball player who retires in order to play baseball, only to find out he’s not nearly as good out on the diamond as he is on a parquet court. Aliens and Charles Barkley get invovled and joyous mayhem ensues. Suffice to say, the fictionalized account is marginally weirder than the real events. Space Jam screens at sunset at Riverfront Park (1000 Jefferson St.) tonight as the last in the Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Movie in the Park series. The fun begins at 7 p.m., with Upper Crust Pizza Company, T&E Catering, Nomad Coffee Co., and MayLynn’s Creamery on hand to provide sustanance and sweets. For more information, click here or call (434) 455-5858.
Even if you didn’t run in yesterday’s Virginia 10 Miler, you can still attend the official post-race celebration today at Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.). The party runs from noon to 6 p.m. and will feature a special Apocalypse brew called Finish Lime. There will also be live music from 2-5 p.m., and for those who want to eat, the Centra Code Fresh Food Truck will be on hand. For more information, click here or call (434) 258-8761.
As far as we can tell, the Stone Hearth & Manor House Kitchen at the Locust Thicket (2627 Old Forest Rd.) is the hands-down winner in the category of Lynchburg restaurant with the longest name. The establishment is open for business under the able stewardship of Chef Jim Moyer, who’s doing lunch on Wednesdays-Fridays from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., and dinner on Wednesdays-Saturdays from 5-9 p.m. He’s also got a Sunday brunch menu featuring Stone Hearth Honey Fig French Toast, Chesapeake Eggs Benedict (lump crab, tomato, spinach, and poached eggs on a toasted biscuit), and Shrimp & Grits with a “mint fruit shooter.” Entrees run from $10 for a Locust Thicket Morning Continental, to $16 for the Benedict. Reservations are not required. Call (434) 384-2600 for more info, and click here to see the complete menu.
What if for no real reason at all we just decided to designate Mondays as movie night in Lynchburg and we all just hauled off and went to see something worthy of big-screen treatment? It’s an idea. Right now the Patty Jenkins-directed DC universe blockbuster Wonder Woman is showing at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) and, spoiler alert, it’s pretty good. It stars Gal Gadot as Princess Diana who, spoiler alert, is actually Wonder Woman. We really don’t want to give any more of it away. Showtimes today are at 12:30, 3:30. 6:30, and 9:30 p.m. We’re recommonding the 9:30 screening. Tickets are $2.75 for the evening screenings, and $2.25 for afternoon matinees. Call (434) 845-2398 or click here for more info.
The Randolph College Visiting Writers Series brings poets, novelists, and others who write fiction, non-fiction, and whatever falls in between to Lynchburg every semester to add a little literary spice to campus life and the surrounding community. The first reading of the Fall keeps things fairly local and risks making a misnomer of the “visiting” part of the series’ formal name. Sara Sheiner’s a young poet who recently got her MFA in creative writing at Virginia Tech, where’s she’s now a teaching assistant. Chris Gaumer is a totally local guy who’s Assistant Director of the new MFA program at Randolph, so he isn’t just visiting. They’ll both read from their work this evening at a free reception at the Maier Museum of Art (1 Quinlan St.). Click here for more info, or call (434) 947-8000.
The seasons are changing and so are the brews. While the perennially popular IPA will continue to dominate taprooms through the fall and winter seasons, fruit-laced lagers are giving way to spicier and more robust ales, porters, and stouts. And, along with Oktoberfest varieties, we’re going to be seeing, smelling, and perhaps even tasting a whole lotta pumpkin spice over the next month or two. The Craft Beer Cellar (3813 Wards Rd. #6) gets a jump on the seasonal shift this evening with a palate-training session on pumpkin beer led by self-proclaimed “beer geek” Mike Walsh. These weekly Beer 101 sessions are only loosely structured: those holding a valid ID are welcome to stop by at any point between 7-9 p.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. For more info, click here or call (434) 386-8363.
We can’t say exactly how to pronounce the name of Skjald Meadworks, but we can confirm their tasting tonight at Craft Beer Cellar (3813 Wards Rd. #6 ) will offer a unique flavor experience. While there are a growing number of breweries, wineries, and cideries in the greater Lynchburg area, meaderies are still kinda rare. Skjald takes its name from the Norse word for traveling poet. Craft Beer Cellar will feature several of their libations from 5-8 p.m., including Undorn (traditional honey mead), Hadegi (black cherry), and Sumarmal (strawberry). For more information, click here or call (434) 386-8363.
Eva Hesse was only a toddler in 1939 when her German-Jewish family escaped to the US from Nazi Germany. She would go on to become an iconic post-minimal artist. In 2016, director Marcie Begleiter made a film about Hesse, who used found items and materials like rope, cord and netting to make three-dimensional pieces described in the documentary as “on the borderline of uncontrollability,” and who sadly died of a brain tumor at the age of 34 in 1970. Eva Hesse screens tonight at Randolph College’s Maier Museum of Art (1 Quinlan St.). The screening is free and runs from 7-9 p.m. For more information, click here or call (434) 947-8136.
For the second year running, the folks out in Nelson Country are all geared up for the Devil’s Backbone Hoopla, a four-day long-weekend of fun in the suds with music, games, camping, yoga, and all kinds of other stuff. It’s a big old festival, featuring performances by the Boone, North Carolina indie-rock band Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Americana rocker Langhorne Slim, Portland’s experimental roots dudes Blitzen Trapper, and one of our favorite local acts, Chamomile & Whiskey. That’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The Hoopla begins on Thursday, September 29 and runs through Sunday, October 1. For a full festival schedule, including camping info, and multi-day passes, click here. Day tickets run from $20-$90, depending on the day and the tier. You can reach Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company (200 Mosbys Run) at (434) 361-1001.
While Appomattox Court House is best known as the location of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s surrender, there’s more to the village’s history. Tonight and Saturday, living historians will tell historic tales of Appomattox and the people who made that history happen as part of an annual evening of lantern-lit tours. Along with stories that go back as far as 1866 and carry through to the 1950s, the tours will highlight characters from Appomattox’s musical history, including a Civil War-era bugler, a famous singer/songwriter, and a guy known as the “banjo man.” Tours start at 6:30 p.m. and leave every 20 minutes until 8:10 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-13. They generally sell out, so make reservations by clicking here, or call (434) 352-8987.
It’s a solid Friday night of local rock at Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.) in Forest. Our buddy Jake from My Guitar Shop in Madison Heights in bringing his latest band, the aptly named Super Dudes, out to open for some friends of his in the local band Trenchfoot. The Super Dudes write their own stuff, mostly on the harder side of rock, but not quite metal. Trenchfoot play covers. Earl’s BBQ truck will be on hand to serve food starting at 6 p.m., the music starts at 8. If you’re lucky, Apocalypse will still have their brew of the week on tap, an Almond Confessor. Click here for more info on the show, or call (434) 258-8761.
It doesn’t take a trip to Bavaria to get a taste of the annual beer celebration known as Oktoberfest. Blue Mountain Brewery (9519 Critzers Shop Rd., Afton) begins its own celebrating tonight with lots of beer and music by the bluesy Delta Junction from 6-8 p.m. Every day through October 8, the Nelson County brewery is hosting special events, and the on-site restaurant will feature German specials on its menu for the duration. For a complete list of events, click here or call (540) 456-8020 for more information.
How do beans pulled from the earth transform into the deliciously sweet concoction called chocolate? There’s too much to the process to explain here. Fortunately, Altus Chocolates (908 Main St.) has set aside 3-4 p.m. today to explain the process. Most importantly, the $7 ticket includes tastings of the creative chocolate treats Altus makes in-house. Seating is limited to 20 people. For more information, click here or call (434) 847-2970.
Among the Nashville contingent performing in Lynchburg tonight is blues artist Devon Gilfillian whose Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) show starts about the time The Lone Bellow finish up at Riverfront Park. Gilfillian, described on his website as firing “twin barrels of gospel-blues and southern soul,” goes on at RP at about 11 p.m., so make haste if you’re leaving from the downtown concert. To check out his self-titled EP from 2016, click here. It’s worth mentioning that Gilfillian shares a manager (Lynchstock Music Festival co-founder Jonathan Smalt) with Becca Mancari, a former Lynchburg artist who made her way to Nashville and opens for The Lone Bellow tonight. Smalt also drums in Gilfillian’s band and co-produced his EP. There’s no cover for the show scheduled to go until about 1 a.m. For more information click here or call RP at (434) 846-2877.
Be careful about trying the tequila tonight at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) as country singer Joe Nichols stops by to shop his most recent album. The country artist, known for hits including “Brokenheartsville” and “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off,” performs tonight as part of a tour promoting Never Gets Old, the album he released in July. To check out the title track, click here. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. The show is 18-plus. General admission tickets are $24.99 and VIP tickets are $55. Call Phase 2 at (434) 846-3206 for more information.
Last month DeVault Family Vineyards (247 Station Ln.) was the setting for the Creedly metal blowout known as the Blue Ridge Rock Festival. This month, they’ve got something a little more laid-back but no less rockin’ in store. Today from 3-11 p.m. the Be Kind Festival takes over the scenic Concord vineyard for some funk and jam music. The Waynesboro-based traveling jam band the Mad Hatters are the headliners, but there’s a strong line-up of openers throughout the day, including singer-songwriter Ben Delaurentis, the funkadelicized Tony Camm & the FUNK Allstars, and the Dead-heady Long Strange Night. There will be food and beer vendors, crafts, and room for camping if you want to stay the night. Advanced tickets are $10, and it’s $15 at the gate. Click here for tickets and info, or call (434) 993-0722.
After the Lone Bellow finish up at Riverfront Park, it’s not a far walk to Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.), where the local country-punk band Whiskey Wounds will perform inside on the Tiles. The band features fiddle, banjo, washboard, and a whole lotta yellin’. They also do a rippin’ version of Radiohead’s “Creep.” The show starts around 10 p.m. It’s 21-plus and there’s a $3 cover. For more information click here or call (434) 616-6691.
The Riverfront Park Concert Series has trended toward older acts, such as Blues Traveler and George Clinton, but this weekend the Academy Center of the Arts presents a trio of performers who are up-and-coming. While the Brooklyn-based indie-folk band the Lone Bellow are on their third studio album – Walking Into a Storm came out in September — they’re still relatively new. Opener Becca Mancari is a former Lynchburg resident who made Rolling Stone’s 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know list in August. And Vacation Manor provides their Nashville roots sound. This is the last of the summer concert series events at Riverfront Park (1100 Jefferson St.) and gates open at 5 p.m. with a 7 p.m. start time; food and beverages will be for sale on site. General admission tickets are $10; there are also VIP tix for $45. Click here for more info. This is a homecoming of sorts for Mancari, who attended Liberty and performed around town before moving to Nashville. Her website features a video of her performing at the bygone Keep Colony.
To celebrate its first birthday, the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) is throwing a barbecue featuring its signature oysters (of course) and ribs. The cookout will feature Blue Mountain Brewery beers, ribs cooked outside on a wood-burning grill, and oysters raw and roasted. They’ll have cornhole set up and the hardwood mountain jam band Five Oaks Fire will be on hand to perform. There are two ticketing options: a $20 single meal ticket and $50 “all you can eat” ticket, which includes a Blue Mountain or Water Dog pint glass. For more information, click here or call (434) 333-4681.
Oktoberfest has its roots in German beer culture; Donktoberfest is a related beast that is firmly grounded in the red-clay soil of Central Virginia, thanks to the good folks at Nellysford’s Bold Rock Hard Cider (1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy.). From noon-5 p.m. today, the cidery will feature a celebration centered around the donkey dash, a race that benefits Virginia Donkey Rescue, an organization that protects donkeys from auction blocks and kill pens. A few donkeys will be on hand to pose for pictures and hang out at the free event, which includes live music, food trucks, and custom crafts. For a list of vendors, click here. Human-only contestants ($25 per person) get a slight edge in the 1-mile donkey dash; they start at 1:30 p.m. while human-donkey pairs ($30) start five minutes later. To register and for more information, click here.
Painting and drinking brews. Sounds like a pretty solid Tuesday evening they’re hosting tonight at Afton’s Blue Mountain Brewery (9519 Critzers Shop Rd.). Try a hand at artwork or at least learn some watercolor basics from 6:30-8:30 p.m. as part of the brewery's ongoing Oktoberfest celebration. A Wine & Design artist will be on hand to lead a class in creating a scene with a Blue Mountain growler in front of a Blue Ridge backdrop. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here, a link that also includes a picture of the scene to be painted. Food and beverages may be purchased from the brewery. Check out the menu here. Call Blue Mountain at (540) 456-8020 for more information.
Test your metal and your mettle at Blue Mountain Brewery (9519 Critzers Shop Rd.) in Afton by tossing a keg tonight. It’s a pretty simple contest. Just stop by the Nelson County brewery any time between 5:30-7:30 p.m., pick up a keg, and chuck, toss, or otherwise propel it. Prizes, including gift cards, go to the man and woman who throw the farthest. It’s also worth mentioning that every Tuesday at the brewery’s restaurant is Fish Taco Tuesday, so why not try those out? For more information about Blue Mountain Oktoberfest, click here or call (540) 456-8020.
The humanitarian disaster that has overtaken Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria has resonated well beyond the shores of the island, reaching thousands who have friends and family members stranded without water and power. The folks behind the local T&E Catering food truck are among those with family in Puerto Rico, and they’re asking for help at the Timberlake Food Truck Roundup. To read the statement and story from T&E on the event page, click here. The roundup runs from 5-8 p.m. at Grace Evangelical Free Church (21129 Timberlake Rd.), and will feature Nomad Coffee Co., Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts, Uprooted, Upper Crust, and Appetite Creamery, as well as T&E, who will be collecting donations at the event. For more info and updates on who will be there, click here.
If there’s one thing Lynchburg has been able to count on lately, it’s Craig Hanson performing on Wednesdays at the Stoney Badger Tavern (3009 Old Forest Rd.). The Lynchburg-area singer-songwriter performs a regular Wednesday gig without his usual band the Gypsies. When the evening weather is nice, he’s performed on the big deck out back, but fall weather means he’s inside more often. It also just happens to be wing night at the Badger, which means all 19 varieties of wings are just 75 cents each. We’re gonna recommend the Seven Pepper dry rub, the Spicy Thai, and the Parmesan Caesar as a good place to start. We’ve also heard good things about the smoked wings, although they’re not always available. Hanson’s set runs from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Click here or call (434) 384-3004 for more info.
It’s been a while since we last plugged the Wednesday night music series at Milano’s Italian Restaurant (4327 Boonsboro Rd.), although you can always find the featured artist listed on our LynchburgDoesMore page. But with all the roots music happening later this week at the Festy, we thought we’d put in a good word for Elizabeth Wise, who’ll be doing her folky blues thing tonight from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Milano’s. Wise is a Virginian from Richmond, but her roots extend into Memphis, through the Delta, and beyond. Milano’s serves a mean pizza and top-notch calzones. Not bad for a Wednesday night. There’s no cover for the show. For more info, click here or call (434) 384-3400.