Musical festival season continues through this weekend with the 8th annual Festy Experience in Nelson Country. It kicks off today with seven rootsy acts, including Charlottesville’s Gallatin Canyon at 4:20 p.m. and the Infamous Stringdusters headlining at 11 p.m. The Americana-leaning Festy features performances by Drive-By Truckers and Ani DeFranco on Saturday, and dozens of other acts. There are a variety of ticket options depending on camping access and the number of days you want to stick around. A Thursday-only ticket is $25, while a Saturday Day Tripper pass goes for $75, and a full four-day pass with camping access costs $250. For more Festy info and ticketing, click here. The event takes place at Infinity Downs Farm (1510 Diggs Mountain Rd.), the same location as the annual Lockn’ festival.
The art of dance is one arrow every person should keep in their cultural quiver. And tonight there’s a chance to learn the basics of at least one style at Lynchburg Salsa’s October Salsa Night at the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.). The event starts at 8 p.m. with an hour-long beginner’s class, then proceeds to a social dancing session from 9-11 p.m. Attendees don’t need a partner as long as they’re willing to mix things up a bit and meet some new people. The cover is $5 in cash. Lynchburg Salsarecommends wearing dress casual clothes and leaving flip flops at home in favor of tighter footwear. No alcohol will be served or sold, and anyone who is intoxicated will not be allowed to enter. For more information, click here or email email@example.com.
There’s always an open mic on Thursdays out on the patio turf at Fifth & Federal Station (801 Fifth Street), an upscale, downhome-style barbecue joint that boasts something like more than 100 whiskeys and plenty of craft brews. But tonight is a little bit special. For one thing, LynchburgDoes publisher Matt Ashare is hosting the shindig, which will feature a set by A New Low, the local band he plays bass in. And there’s a tribute to the late Tom Petty in the works as well. The music starts around 8 and goes until 11ish, and the Petty tribute should be under way by 9:30 p.m. Stop in for dinner, and stay for the show. Call (434) 386-8113 for more info, and click here to see a menu, which features brisket chili, hoecakes, pulled pork, and ribs.
While most First Friday venues invite the public into their galleries to view artwork, the Lynchburg Diversity Center (901 Jefferson St.) hopes patrons take some home. The Diversity Center, located in the Riverview Artspace building, will continue its annual Cash & Carry Art Show featuring works that celebrate Virginia Pride from 5:30-8 p.m. The artwork is donated, so all proceeds go to the Center, an advocate and cultural hub for people in the LGBTQ+ community. Artwork prices are $50 and under. Pride merchandise will also be on sale. With several businesses and galleries inside, including the new Speakertree location, the Riverviews building functions as a First Friday hub of sorts. This month patrons will find the “Sideshow Clown Extravaganza” exhibit. By today, there should be a list of all tonight’s First Friday events online, although it’s worth following up with individual shops to see what they’ve got going on between 5-8 p.m.
Lynchburg’s first go at celebrating the apparently not lost arts of ragtime music and silent film begin today with performances at area high schools and continue through the weekend at the Academy Center for the Arts (519 Commerce St.). The Blue Ridge Ragtime and Silent Film Festival’s public performances begin with a free First Friday showing from 5-7 p.m. at the Academy. The evening’s main event, Euphonic Sounds: The Classic Rags of Scott Joplin and His Contemporaries, follows at 8 p.m. Ragtime is a style of piano music popular from the late 1800s and early 1900s. It was common in silent films (think of the music accompanying Charlie Chaplin’s tramp). The Friday show is $15. The event continues Saturday and Sunday at the academy and other locations, including a 8-10 p.m. showing of The Mark of Zorro(1940) a silent film that will be accompanied by live music. For more information and a full list of events, click here or call the Academy at (434) 846-8499.
As part of its 10-day Oktoberfest celebration, Blue Mountain Brewery (9519 Critzers Shop Rd., Afton) is going full German this afternoon when they host the People’s Polka Party. Wearing lederhosen is an option, and the accordion-led polka music will be popping from 2-5 p.m. The Nelson County brewery’s Oktoberfest features at least one event per day through Sunday, including German food specials. For a complete list of their Oktoberfest events, click here or call the brewery at (540) 456-8020 for more information. To check out their brews, including Oktoberfest style seasonal, click here.
We’re not sure how the Quarter Mile Beer Run and Lynchburg Humane Society’s Slobberstock hooked up, but that’s not really all that important considering the 10 breweries and live music they’re drawing to the City Stadium Complex (3180 Fort Ave.) today. Admission to the race is $20 online in advance or $25 to sign up at the door and includes two tickets, a T-shirt and a medal. Anyone who doesn’t feel like running can attend for free and purchase beer, other drinks and food at their leisure. The music starts at noon with Spare Parts followed by Marie Anderson at 1:45 p.m. and the Long Mountain Band at 3:30 p.m. The event will benefit the Humane Society and those not racing are encouraged to donate $5. For more information, click here or call 434-448-0088.
For the 20th year, the Lynchburg Museum System will host the Day at the Point festival at Point of Honor (112 Cabell St.). The event, featuring Dr. George Cabell’s mansion restored to convey how it would have looked in the “Era of Good Feelings” (1815-1830), includes a petting zoo, inflatable slide, several craft vendors as well as a handful of food trucks. Attendance is free and the event goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food vendors will include Hibachi Guys, Brother Jake’s Brick Oven Creations, Dog On It (hot dogs), and Watts Poppin’ & Chillin’ (kettle corn and italian ice). For more information, click here or call (434) 455-6226.
Today is the last day to check out the temporary African Contemporary Art exhibit at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). The exhibit and sale on the gallery’s ground floor features artwork by Pacifique Niyosenga as well as handmade cloths. Sales will go toward supporting the artist’s Niyo Cultural Centre in Kigali, Rwanda, which he founded to teach traditional Rwandan dance and drumming to impoverished children as a way of building their confidence and helping them support themselves. For more information about the center, click here. For more information about the exhibit, which is open from noon to 5 p.m., click here or call (434) 847-7277.
Mondays make us hungry, so we’re glad to learn Depot Grille (10 9th St.) has a weekly special for all-you-can-eat ribs. That means from 5 p.m. to close, anyone who downs a plate of baby back ribs can order another slab for free. For $16.95 plus tax, the meal includes the ribs, two sides and a salad. FYI: the sides and salad don’t appear to be all-you-can-eat. No sharing or takeout. The Depot Grille has stood for years down on Jefferson Street making the establishment a leader in the revitalization going on around Riverfront Park and just off the city’s extensive bike/walking trail system. To check out the rest of their daily specials, click here or call the Depot at (434) 846-4464 for more information.
While times and cinematic styles change, our fears of the spooky, creepy and unknown will always survive on film. And just to make sure we don’t forget, Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) has lined up one of the all-time classic horror films this week. They’re featuring Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller masterpiece Psycho (1960) about a woman on the run (Marion Crane played by Janet Leigh) who stops off at the Bates Motel. There she meets Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), the shy innkeeper who seems controlled by his mother, although Crane learns the truth is far more frightening. The show runs October 6-12. Showtimes occur daily at 12:20, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30 and 9:55 p.m. For ticket information, click hereor call (434) 845-2398.
When the New York Times reviewed poet Molly McCully Brown’s latest collection back in March, they did so under the headline “Beautiful Poems About a House of Horrors.” The actual title of the book – The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded – is somewhat more subtly provocative. If you’re from these parts, as Brown is, then you may know that the title refers to a local institution that’s was renamed the Central Virginia Training Center for somewhat obvious reasons in 1983. Brown’s a graduate of Stanford who has an MFA from the University of Mississippi and is currently working on a collection of essays for one of our favorite magazines, The Oxford American. This evening she’ll read from her work at Randolph College as part of the English Department’s Visiting Writers Series. The reading and reception begins at 8 p.m. in the Jack Lounge at Smith Hall (2500 Rivermont Ave.). Click here for more info.
The Junior League of Lynchburg is on a mission, and they’ve got a plan: raise $10,000 to support the YWCA of Central Virginia’s Economic Empowerment Program, which helps empower women facing domestic abuse, economic hardships, and other life challenges. To do so, they’re invading local eateries this week with something called the Little Black Dress Initiative. Tonight they’re downtown at Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.) and all you need to do to participate is have a nice dinner between 5-8 p.m., mention the Little Black Dress Initiative to your server, and they will donate 100% of their tips to the Junior League. You don’t even have to wear a little black dress, although it’s the kind of outfit that we think works well for just about everyone. Jimmy’s is offering a $5 wine/$4 drafts/$3.50 cocktail special, as well as 25% off all appetizers. Click here to see a menu and call (434) 845-1116 for reservations. The Little Black Dress Iniative moves on to Blaze Pizza (4026 Wards Rd.) tomorrow, and Mister Goodies Homemade Ice Cream (4119 Boonsboro Rd.) on Friday. Click here for more info.
While many tap takeovers highlight brewers, The Cavalier Store (2920 Rivermont Ave.) offers up another another sort of craft beverage fit for the season tonight. Come to the Cav from 6-9 p.m. and order up from a selection of Bold Rock Hard Ciders on tap and take away a branded pint glass from the Nelson County cidery. They’ll have Bold Rock staples Virginia Draft, IPA, and Premium Dry as well as the seasonal Blood Orange, made with Blue Ridge apples and blood orange juice. By the way, don’t be fooled by the acronym IPA, which implies the drink is an India Pale Ale, a popular style of craft beer. The cidery’s version actually stands for India Pressed Apple, although it is made with five types ofhops. To learn more about Bold Rock’s beverages, click here or call the Cav at (434) 845-3837 for more information.
The good folks at Mister Goodies Homemade Ice Cream (4119 Boonsboro Rd.) in the Kroger shopping center are being extra goody this month by supporting a bunch of local causes, including the Lynchburg City Schools. Tonight from 6-10 p.m., a full 20% of their take will go to Boonsboro Elementary School, just as long as you mention the school when you pay. Might as well mention you heard about it on LynchburgDoes as well. If you’re not familiar with Mister Goodies, well, we can’t give you a full rundown of their dozens of homemade flavors. But, we can tell you that the Rivermont and the 03 are pretty cool concoctions, and they’ve got a new monster mash flavor featuring orange Oreos, chocolate sprinkles, white chocolate chunks, and gummy monsters in a vanilla base. Very scarrrrry. For more info, click here or call (434) 849-8339.
It’s an ultra special “steal the pint” night at Amherst’s Loose Shoe Brewing Company (198 Ambriar Plaza), as Lynchburg’s own A New Low set up in the taproom to provide a melodic and rocking musical backdrop to the Friday the 13th festivities. That’s right, we’ll be tempting but not taunting the fates from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Loose Shoe brewmaster Derin Foor always has an interesting selection of crafty craft beers, and we’re guessing he’s already got some autumnal twists on tap. You can bring dinner from home, or order into the taproom from a number of local eateries, including El Mariachi. And as an added bonus, you’ll get to take home your own Loose Shoe pint glass at the end of the evening. There’s no cover charge; call (434) 946-BEER for more info, or click here.
Not all horror-themed films are made to frighten, so expect to laugh rather than recoil while watching satirist, writer and director Mel Brooks take a go at the genre in Young Frankenstein(1974). Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (funnyman Gene Wilder) has long been running from the legacy of his mad scientist grandfather, even insisting on an alternate pronunciation of their last name. But curiosity sends him to the castle where the original Dr. Frankenstein brought the legendary monster to life, igniting a mystery pocked with hilarity. He meets Igor (Marty Feldman) who also insists on an alternate pronunciation for his name (think I-gor as I-phone) and the house’s mistress Frau Blucher (Cloris Leachman). Eventually, he bows to destiny and creates his own monster (Peter Boyle). The show runs at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) tonight through Oct. 19. Showtimes occur daily at 12:00, 2:30, 4:55, 7:20 and 9:45 p.m. For ticket information, click here or call (434) 845-2398.
Don’t worry about finding someone to watch the kids tonight. Just drop them off at the Lynchburg Humane Society (1211 Graves Mill Rd.) for the monthly Parents’ Night Out. On the second Friday of each month, the Humane Society offers to watch children 5-12 years old from 6-9 p.m, so parents can take a break. The kids can hang with pets looking for permanent homes, watch a movie and munch on popcorn, while parents, well, do whatever they do when there are no kids around. Be ready for the kids to ask to bring home a dog, cat or both by the end of the night, though. The fee for the first child is $15 and $10 for any additional siblings. For more information, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s no need to bribe or cajole a friend into being the designated driver for this year’s Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival at Rebec Vineyards (2229 N. Amherst Hwy.). Brew Ridge Tours plans to shuttle Lynchburgers to and from the two-day festival featuring wine and garlic tastings as well as live music. In its 27th year, the festival will host at least nine wineries, a cidery and at least 15 food venues with garlic-infused specialty items. The festival going from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and tomorrow features live music, including Apple Butter Soul at 1 p.m. today and 2:30 p.m. tomorrow as well as Jenny and the B-Side Rockers. Tasting tickets are $30 at the gate and non-tasting tickets are $20. For more information about the event, click here. Brew Ridge Tours will run a shuttle leaving downtown today and tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The $25 per person tickets are best ordered in advance to guarantee a spot, but reservations may be made up until departure time. Tickets can be ordered online up until today’s 9:30 a.m. departure and by calling 855-446-7868 after that. For more information about the shuttle, click here.
Inconceivable weather caused Lynchburg Parks and Recreation to cancel its Movies in the Park screening of The Princess Bride(1987) in July, but they’re making up for it tonight at Riverfront Park (1100 Jefferson St.). The family-friendly fantasy film directed by Rob Reiner, which is definitely not just a kissing story, follows a masked man (Cary Elwes) tracking the kidnapped Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright). To do so, he has to wrestle a giant (Andre the Giant), combat a revenge-obsessed swordsman (Mandy Patinkin), outwit a clever Sicilian (Wallace Shawn) and uncover a plot by the scheming Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon). The movie starts about dusk. Upper Crust Pizza Company, Taco Shark, Uprooted, Pok-E Joe’s BBQ, Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts, and Maylynn’s Creamery will have food trucks on site starting about 7 p.m. For more information, click here or call (434) 455-5858.
There’s only one place in Lynchburg we know of where the whole family can paint, sing, act, play and learn about ancient Egypt, and they’re dropping their entry fee tonight. One day each month, Amazement Square (27 9th St.) stays open a little later and cuts the entry fee from $9 per person to $3 per person for Family Fun Night from 4-7 p.m. The children’s museum, which is currently undergoing construction on a new wing, offers a unique combination of entertainment and education, enabling children to try their hand at myriad art projects as well as teaching them about history, agriculture, electricity and other topics. Oh yeah, there’s also a four-story play structure connecting the whole thing for kids to crawl, slide and propel from one exhibit to the next. For more information, click here or call (434) 845-1888.
While everyone has a story worth telling, people aren’t always willing to listen. Tonight at Speakertree (901 Jefferson St.), the Lynchburg nonprofit The Listening is asking for all comers willing to open up about their lives and anyone willing to listen at its Full Disclosure open mic from 7-9 p.m. No subject is off limits or taboo at this event, and all ideas and people are welcome. For more information or to sign up to perform ahead of time, email email@example.com. There’s a $5 cover, which benefits the Listening, an organization dedicated to using performing arts to improve individual mental health and the society at large.
Lynchburg’s longtime case of the Mondays gets the “Shake It” treatment tonight at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) when Metro Station stops by along their 10-year anniversary tour. The band comes to town nine years after its highest hit “Shake It” from their self-titled album spent 45 weeks on Billboard charts. The song peaked at #4 while Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl” was in the top spot. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m show. Fun fact: the band includes Trace Cyrus, brother to recording artist Miley and son to “Achy Breaky Heart” singer Billy Ray. Tickets, which can be purchased here, are $15 for general admission. For more information, click here or call (434) 846-3206.
While some members of the LGBTQ+ community are opening up about their sexuality at younger ages, many others wait most of their lives before speaking publicly. The documentary film Out Late (2008) directed by Beatrice Alda and Jennifer Brooke tells the stories of five people who came out as gay, lesbian or transgender after the age of 55 and examines what kept them in the closet as well as why they decided to come out. The free screening tonight at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) Rosel E. Schewel Theatre at 7 p.m. is part of the Lynchburg Diversity Center’s Public Humanities Cinema Project. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A cash bar will be available. For more information, click here or call the Diversity Center at (434) 515-1143.
When a brewery turns 10, why would they have just one party? In the run up to Blue Mountain Brewery’s celebration featuring live music for 10 straight days at its Afton brew pub later this month, it’s holding a series of Steal the Pint nights throughout the state featuring some of its rare speciality brews. Tonight is Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.), The event, starting about 6 p.m., features at least 10 regular, seasonal and rare brews, including the Dark Hollow Reserve: Concealed Darkness, a 10.6% ABV American Double Imperial Stout usually only available for purchase directly from the brewery, according to RP barkeep Jeremy Fogt. They’ll also have the Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale, Kolsch 151, Hopwork Orange IPA, Spooky Un-spiced Imperial Pumpkin Ale (as well as somewhat rare barrel-aged version of Spooky), 13.Five Oktoberfest, Hop Duster Double IPA, and others. For more information about the brews, click here. Call RP at (434) 846-2877.
There’s always an open mic on Thursdays out on the patio turf at Fifth & Federal Station (801 Fifth Street), an upscale, downhome-style barbecue joint tIt might be too early in the month to don a frightening or “sexy” costume and creep around town, but that doesn’t mean Halloween celebrations aren’t under way. Tonight the monthly Film Noir Series at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) hosts one of the early horror films that brought zombies into popular culture. In Dawn of the Dead (1978) directed by George A. Romero (who also directed the original zombie film Night of the Living Dead 10 years prior), a group of people trying to escape zombies hole up in an abandoned shopping mall. Not only do the zombies eventually find them, but a biker gang targets the mall forcing the group to fight the living as well as the 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.hat boasts something like more than 100 whiskeys and plenty of craft brews. But tonight is a little bit special. For one thing, LynchburgDoes publisher Matt Ashare is hosting the shindig, which will feature a set by A New Low, the local band he plays bass in. And there’s a tribute to the late Tom Petty in the works as well. The music starts around 8 and goes until 11ish, and the Petty tribute should be under way by 9:30 p.m. Stop in for dinner, and stay for the show. Call (434) 386-8113 for more info, and click here to see a menu, which features brisket chili, hoecakes, pulled pork, and ribs.
The Lynchburg area has a bit of a problem retaining millennials, but the Central Virginia Young Professionals organization hopes getting young talent together will encourage them to stick around. In that capacity, theCVYP hosts a networking happy hour that lands at a different spot around town each month. This time, the meet-up is at Emerald Stone Grille (1001 Jefferson St.) from 5:35-8:35 p.m. There’s no membership fee or cover charge, and whatever the modern version of business card trading is is encouraged. For information on the event, click here; for the Emerald Stone menu, click here; for details on the CVVP and its mission, click here or call (434) 847-1447.
Finding momentum to exercise can be trying, but Riverside Runners and The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) think they have the proper motivation: drink specials and door prizes. The pair will host a four- or five-mile “fun run” on the Blackwater Creek Trail tonight. The meet-up starts at the The Water Dog at 6 p.m. After the group finishes running, they’ll circle back to Water Dog for drink specials, foodand fellowship. Participants have a chance to win a Water Dog glass, growler, or gift certificate. For more information, click here or call (434) 333-4681.
LynchburgDoes will once again be in the house this evening for a rousing, autumnal open mic night at Fifth & Federal Station (801 Fifth St.). Matt Ashare, LynchburgDoes’ faithful publisher, will handle the hosting duties and play a few songs of his own, and some of Lynchburg’s finest musicians and songwriters will be on hand to perform. There may be even be a belated tribute to the late, great Tom Petty, which was part of the program two weeks ago at Fifth & Federal. Come early – the music starts at 8 p.m. – and stay until closing at 11 p.m. The kitchen serves barbecue; the bar has great beer and a formidably large selection of American whiskeys. For more info, call (434) 386-8113 or click here. To check out Fifth & Federal’s menu, click here.
With the right attitude, every night can be Halloween, according to the Lynchburg Gothic League, which plans to host monthly alternative music shows starting at 5th St. Grind (710 5th St.) tonight. Their Everyday is Halloween gatherings are starting with a handful of djs spinning music representing “The Dark Side of the 80s” from 7-11 p.m. Attendees can expect to hear new wave, goth, industrial, death rock, electro-synth pop and darkwave. For more information, click here or call (434) 665-2204. 5th St. Grind opened recently in a shop catty-corner from Fifth & Federal Station. The coffee shop, which bills itself as dedicated to responsible revitalization, also serves up Sweet 1603 pastries.
Fifth & Federal Station (801 5th St.) has the blues tonight, but it in a good way. And they’re chasing them with locally distilled whiskey. The roundabout restaurant/bar will host the Bell Avenue Blues Band from 10 p.m.-12 a.m. tonight and Silverback Distillery for a Steal the Shot glass night. Order a range of spirits from the Nelson County distiller, including their Honey Rye, Lucky 13 Rye, Sour Mash Corn Whiskey, and Blackback Straight Bourbon; then take home the glass. All the while, the Bell Avenue Blues Band will play a variety of covers with a mix of blues, jazz and improvisational jams. To check out Fifth & Federal’s bbq-centric menu, click here. For more information about the event, click here or call (434) 386-8113.
It’s a tough call for classical music fans in the area this evening; reeds at Sweet Briar and strings at Randoph. That’s right, in addition to the Akropolis Reed Quintet, we’ve got Philladelphia’s Jasper String Quartet coming to Randolph College’s Smith Hall (2500 Rivermont Ave.) for a 7:30 p.m. performance. The award-winning chamber music ensemble will present a program including pieces by Mozart and Prokofiev, as well as a Schumann piano quintet featuring Randolph professor Emily Yap Chua on the keys. The event is free; call (434) 947-8000 or click here for more info.
The Sweet Briar campus is beautiful on any fall evening, but tonight it’ll be a little extra lovely. The Michigan-based Akropolis Reed Quintet is traveling all the way to the college’s Memorial Chapel (134 Chapel Rd.) for a performance that will feature a piece composed by Sweet Briar professor Joshua Harris. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Ticket are $10 for general admission, $7 for seniors; and $5 for students. In case you’re wondering what a reed quintet is – we were – it’s a fivesome featuring saxophone, clarinet, oboe, bass clarinet, and bassoon. That’s a lot of reeds. Click here for more info and ticketing, and support Sweet Briar!
Although anyone with a Netflix account can watch the streaming service’s original documentary 13TH, attending the live screening tonight will come with the sort of discussion the subject matter demands. Ava DuVernay’s Academy Award-winning documentary film about race and American criminal justice system gets its name from the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which bans slavery. The exception: incarceration, according to the documentary, which investigates the history, politics, policy, economics and racism that leads to mass incarceration and for-profit prisons. After the screening at Randolph College’s Maier Museum of Art (1 Quinlan St.), which begins at 7 p.m., American Culture Assistant Professor Noël Wolfe, will lead a discussion about race, gender and law in the US until about 9:30 p.m. There will be a cash bar. For more information, click here. The event is part of the 26th Annual Berlind Symposium, an annual event designed to expound upon the museum’s contemporary art exhibit, Carceral States. For a full list of events, click here.
We haven’t confirmed whether actual zombies will attend Lynchburg’s 7th Annual Zombie Walk today, and we expect difficulty distinguishing the living from the undead. Come dressed in your undead best today and compete for best costume while taking the opportunity to spook the squares. The downtown walk starts at the Community Market parking lot (1219 Main St.) at 5:30 p.m. with registration and instructions before beginning at 6 p.m. All entrants are asked to bring a canned good for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and/or a cash donation for the Lynchburg Dog Park. Prizes are awarded at 6:30 p.m. The gathering expects to move over to Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) after 7:30 p.m. for the official after party featuring a zombie film. For more information, click here. And we’ll let you know if we hear anything about actual zombies by mindlessly screaming and fleeing to higher ground.
Reggae legend Bob Marley may have long since passed, but several members of his original band are helping to keep his iconic music flourishing. The Wailers, comprised of several members of the band that performed and recorded with Marley before his death in 1981, will perform at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) tonight. Expect to hear the hits as performed by Marley from a band that includes bassist Aston “Familyman” Barrett and guitarists Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey who all played with him. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show, which is 18+. General admission is $20 with group rates and VIP ticket options available. To purchase tickets, click here or call (434) 846-3206 for more information.
There’s no doubt that great art inevitably begets new creativity. And one of the Vector Space co-founders has created a new sort of middleman to turn piano music into paint on paper. Tonight, bring your favorite tune to the Academy Center of the Arts Up Front Gallery (600 Main St.) and Adam Sponterelli’s robotic hand will paint along with it. Visitors can take to the keys themselves or make theirrequest to the on-hand pianist. The event, from 5-7 p.m., is hosted in partnership with the Academy’s Hill City Keys Program, which organizes the public pianos throughout downtown. Artwork ordered ahead of time is $45 or $50 at the event with proceeds benefitting Vector Space, a nonprofit “makerspace.” Admission is free. For more information, click hereor call the Academy at (434) 846-8499.
This month, Old City Cemetery (401 Taylor St.) puts on a moving performance and tour on weekend evenings, but, this Sunday, take the kids to a version designed just for them. The Candlelight Tour Jr. today from 2-3 p.m. takes the evening events featuring local stories and live actors in period costumes and scales them for children ages 8 to 12. The tour also includes a craft activity for kids. Tickets are $5-10. For more information, click here or call (434) 847-1465. The Friday and Saturday night tours continue next weekend from 6-9:30 p.m. More information is available here, but tickets must be reserved ahead of time.
Rather than the regular Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) open mic night this evening, they’ll be hosting some bands. The headliner at the 9 p.m. show is Anna’s Anchor, the solo project of Limerick, Ireland-born Marty Ryan whose music is “an alternative/emo based clash of heartfelt lyrics and delayed guitars,” according to his website. Check out his album “Nautical Miles” here. Warming up the crowd will be Haul the Wind, a duo from Lynchburg. For more information and updates, click here or call Kegneys at (434) 616-6691.
When most people think of art galleries, they’ll likely imagine vibrant paintings, immaculate sculptures or contemporary pieces. But starting tonight, Lynchburg College’s Daura Gallery (1501 Lakeside Dr.) will host an exhibit for the readers and wordsmiths among us. The Image + Text Exhibit, which features Renaissance folios (pamphlets or books) along with translations, should offer a glimpse into how language and communication has changed over the centuries. The opening is tonight from 4-5:30 p.m. in the school’s Dillard Fine Arts Building. College campuses are notoriously difficult to navigate, so here’s a map. Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Studies Elza Tiner curated the exhibit. For more information, click here or call (434) 544-8595.
While a craft brewery taking over taps at a local restaurant is a regular occurrence, Fifth & Federal Station (801 Fifth St.) has upped the ante tonight. Along with featuring Fair Winds Brewing Company beers and handing out branded glassware, the restaurant is hosting Cards Against Humanity from 7-9 p.m., a game in which players combine and match cards marked with popular phrases, well-known people, and general oddities. It can get a little raunchy when played correctly. Starting at 6 p.m. with an hourlong tasting event that leads into the pint night, Fifth & Federal will feature the Northern Virginia brewer’s Howling Gale IPA, Quayside Kolsch, and Siren’s Lure Saison. For more information, click here or call (434) 386-8113.
Prophetic witches, murderous plots, vengeful ghosts and frightening nightmares make William Shakespeare’s Macbeth a fitting play to perform Halloween weekend. Building on the Bard’s gore and suspense, Randolph College’s Theatre Department has added “post-apocalyptic imagery” reminiscent of the zombie world of The Walking Dead, according to RC marketing materials. When a trio of witches tell military leader Macbeth he’s destined to be king, he’s skeptical. But then part of their prophesy comes true. With prodding from his wife, Lady Macbeth, Macbeth becomes more ambitious and they hatch a plan to take the throne. Blood and vegeance follow.. Randolph will host 7 p.m. performances tonight through Sunday, as well as a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday at Thoresen Theatre in the Leggett Building (2500 Rivermont Ave.). Tickets are free for students and range from $5 to $10 for everyone else.
The last couple times Dudes with Shorts DJd at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.), the shop had to stop letting people in early. The duo who plays mostly rap music and hip hop hits spanning the genre’s entire history is comprised of Lindsey Hall and rapper-out-of-North- Carolina Well$. You might know Lindsey as the guy with the beard from Taco Shark or Ned’s Beer Shop. Dudes with Shorts refuses any and all requests, but they’ll show you a good time. They’ll run RP’s music tonight and tomorrow from 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. as Hill City adults celebrate Halloween a little ahead of the Tuesday holiday, so come dressed in costume either night. The cover is $2 both nights. For more information, click here or call (434) 846-2877.
Lynchburg’s only record shop plans to spin “an eclectic mix of Halloween themed music” tonight when they team up with one of the Hill City’s newer bars for a Halloween bash. While Speakertree mans the music, Fifth & Federal bartenders will whip up special candy cocktails, so you don’t have to go begging door-to-door. We recommend having a few tricks up your sleeve to make sure you get your treats though. Outside on their patio, they’ll be playing Halloween movie classics. The party starts at 8 p.m. and they close at midnight. For more information, click here or call (434) 386-8113.
There’s quite a few Halloween celebrations tonight, and The Stoney Badger (3009 Old Forest Rd.), is holding two of them. On the non-smoking side of the bar, the regionally renowned Grateful Dead cover band BigFoot County perform. For more information, click here. On the smoking side, Last Nights Villain will bring a collection of modern, classic and 80s rock covers. For more information, click here. Both shows start about 9:30 p.m. and continue until 1:15 p.m. Last call ends at 1:40 p.m. There’s a $12 cover to get in the building and people can travel back and forth between shows. There’s also a costume contest with prizes on both sides. For more information, call the Badger at (434) 384-3004.
A serious barrier to eating healthier can be not knowing how to use which ingredients. Today at the Lynchburg Community Market (1219 Main St.), six local chefs will offer some examples of healthy eating as they transform local market-fresh produce in the Locavore Cook-off, part of the annual Harvest Festival. A $3 tasting ticket buys samples from 10 a.m. to noon. Find something you’d like to try and shuffle over to the local vendors to stock your pantry. The Harvest Festival also features activities for the kids, including free pumpkin and face painting. Dressing up for Halloween is encouraged. Country Proud Bluegrass will perform for free from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, click here or call (434) 455-4489.
There’s a chance to eat and drink for charity today at Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.). Truck or Treat brings Jacked Rabbit Food Truck, Hibachi Guys, Centra Code Fresh Food Truck and Appetite Creamery to Apocalypse in an effort to raise money for the Lynchburg and Bedford County Humane Societies. The noon to 4 p.m. event also features musical acts Original Gravity and Craig Hanson and a raffle with a pack of YETI gear among the prizes. For the kids, there’s a Halloween costume contest, candy and adoptable dogs. Apocalypse will also be selling a limited release of its Imperial Marshmallow Stout, one of the spin-off brews they’ve been concocting lately. Entry for adults is $5 and free for children under six with proceeds, as well as a portion of Apocalypse sales, benefitting the Humane Societies. Group rates are available. For more information, click here.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s(1975) long and raucous tradition of live performance, video screening and crowd participation continues at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) tonight. While the cult hit directed by Jim Sharman and starring Tim Curry as the genderfluid Dr. Frank-N-Furter plays on screen, the Roanoke-based theatre troupe Charming Underclothes will perform a live shadowcast and interact with the crowd. You may recall that the group came to Riverviews in August for a similar event featuring the film Clue (1985). The legend of Rocky Horror, a sex-infused film about a straight-laced couple who find themselves staying overnight in a mansion with a band of depraved miscreants, grew from its core fans who came to midnight screenings dressed as characters and often in drag. These fans also play along with the show, bringing props, such as rice and toast to throw. See here for a prop list. Riverviews will also have prop bags for sale for $5. Tickets to the show are $18 and a cash bar will be available. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. For more information, click here or call (434) 847-7277.
Come as you are or dress in your spookiest, cleverest or sexiest costume tonight as Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) celebrates Halloween. According to his Facebook page, DJ J-Krisp, out of Semora, North Carolina, touts his style as playing “Any and Everything,” although his Soundcloud page, show he mixes and matches a lot of country music for the club setting. Hip hop and rock are appear to be represented. Anyone wearing a costume can sign up to participate in contests with cash and other prizes awarded. The cover is $10 at the door. The event is 21+. For more information, click here or call (434) 846-3206.
The ghosts, ghouls, and goblins of Halloweens’ past come out tonight to, well, rock in passionate fashion tonight at Lynchburg’s 1st Annual Mockstars Mash. Here’s how it’s gonna work: four bands will get into character and costume as four other bands in an All Hallow’s-style tribute to the restless spirits of rock, roll, soul, and punk on the tiles at Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.). The evening begins with Elizabeth Wise as Ruth Brown, the raunchy Queen of R&B. Then it’s a very special, one-time-only performance by the Vic Ocasek Band performing the just-what-you-needed music of the Cars, and featuring Vic Sizemore and Matt Ashare from A New Low, Dragonfly’s Jeff Routon, and Mr. Mark “Pearl Blue” O’Hara. After that, things will get groovy as Firecracker Jam put a mandolin spin on the songs of Phish. And the night will finish with Whiskey Wounds doing their best impression of Glenn Danzig’s Misfits, a band they may have been born to cover. This could become a local tradition, so you’re gonna wanna say you were there for the first one. The winners of a costume contest - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place - will be crowned at the end of the night. LynchburgDoes is proud to help sponsor this festive event. Doors are at 9 p.m., tickets are $10; call (434) 616-6691.
As the spooky season culminates with Halloween on Tuesday, Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) is closing out its month-long silver screen celebration with a double dose of classic horror films. An American Werewolf in London (1981) and The Old Dark House (1932) continue their weeklong run today and into Friday. An American Werewolf in London, directed by John Landis, places two American backpackers on an English countryside when they’re attacked by a werewolf. One is slaughtered and the other is seriously wounded. While in recovery from the attack, David Kessler (David Naughton) begins to have creepy dreams about running naked in the woods with warnings he’ll turn at the next full moon. The Old Dark House, directed by James Whale, features a group of travelers who, while seeking shelter from a storm, encounter a family whose background is anything but sheltering. An American Werewolf screens at noon, 2:15, 4:30, 7:00 and 9:15 p.m. Dark House screens at 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. For more information, call Venue Cinemas at 434-845-2398.
One of the brewers who jumpstarted the craft beer boom in the region is turning 10, and they’ve taken a couple of well-earned weeks to celebrate it. Blue Mountain Brewery (9519 Critzers Shop Rd.) continues its 10-day celebration tonight, featuring a different beer special and live musician every night. Tonight, it’s “one-man reggae band” Greg Ward with a special on the brew pub’s Classic Lager from 5:30-8 p.m. They’ll also be giving away free soft pretzels. When Blue Mountain opened in 2007, it was the first Nelson County brewery, joining the wineries already dotting the hilly region. The brewery, which grows its own hops, is a leader in the Nelson 151 marketing initiative, drawing tourists to the county’s craft beverage culture and pristine natural surroundings just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information about the 10th Anniversary Party lineup, click here or call (540) 456-8020.
What if a flashback to the first MTV generation featured a banjo, dobro and stand up base? Love Canon, playing the first show in the Warehouse Concert Series at the Academy Center of the Arts (600 Main St.) tonight, already answered that question. They’ll bring bluegrass to 80s hits, such as Z.Z. Top’s “Legs,” Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” There’s a selection of their songs here. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. To celebrate Halloween, attendees can dress up in costume and compete for prizes. For more information, click here or call (434) 528.3256. For a complete Warehouse Concert Series schedule, which includes Shovels and Rope on March 29, click here.
The party will continue through Friday, but there’s plenty going on tonight at Blue Mountain Brewery (9519 Critzers Shop Rd.). Tonight, the brewpub hosts musician John Howardand highlights its Nitro Porter. It looks like dessert is on Blue Mountain too, as they’re offering up free bread pudding. The event is part of a 10-day celebration for the brewery’s 10th anniversary. Nelson County’s first brewery, which brews its own hops, helped lead a resurgence in the local economy when it opened in 2007. Devil’s Backbone and Wild Wolf Brewery as well as Bold Rock Hard Cider and Blue Toad Hard Cider and other craft beverage makers and restaurants comprise a booming craft community around Virginia 151 between Lynchburg and Charlottesville. For more information about the 10th Anniversary Party, click here or call (540) 456-8020.