September 2018

 It’s been several years in the making, but it appears that as of this morning downtown Lynchburg will no longer qualify as a food desert. Honestly, we’re not sure that downtown qualified as a bona fide food desert, but there certainly weren’t any full-service grocery stores in the area. That should all change with the grand opening of Grassroots Local Market, a community-run provisioner of natural, organic, and locally sourced groceries at 1300 Main Street. The store aims to be open daily from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., including today. Click  here  or call (434) 771-7771 for more info.

It’s been several years in the making, but it appears that as of this morning downtown Lynchburg will no longer qualify as a food desert. Honestly, we’re not sure that downtown qualified as a bona fide food desert, but there certainly weren’t any full-service grocery stores in the area. That should all change with the grand opening of Grassroots Local Market, a community-run provisioner of natural, organic, and locally sourced groceries at 1300 Main Street. The store aims to be open daily from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., including today. Click here or call (434) 771-7771 for more info.

 Some Renaissance fairs are set during the reign of Henry VIII (1509-1547), while others prefer the Queendom of Elizabeth I (1558-1603). For some reason, the years of Edward VI’s rule, 1547-1553, tend be overlooked by those hoping to time travel back to the days of traveling theatre troupes, competitive jousting, and the occasional black plague. The thespians out at Appomatox’s Wolfbane Productions prefer to set their annual Wolfswood Faire in a more imaginary time and place, which would be Wolfswood circa the Elvin times. This year they’ve got music by the Fighting Jamesons, a battle of sorts between the Moonfang Tribe and the Nightcloak Empire, archery and sword fighting demonstrations, a gaming arena, traditional Middle Earth dancing, and plenty of food and drink for all comers, whether or not you choose to arrive in period costume or modern attire. The Faire runs from 1 to 9 p.m. at Wolfbane’s Wolf PAC (618 Country Club Rd.). Tickets are $15, or $5 for children 12 and under. Click  here  or call (434) 579-3542 for tickets and info.

Some Renaissance fairs are set during the reign of Henry VIII (1509-1547), while others prefer the Queendom of Elizabeth I (1558-1603). For some reason, the years of Edward VI’s rule, 1547-1553, tend be overlooked by those hoping to time travel back to the days of traveling theatre troupes, competitive jousting, and the occasional black plague. The thespians out at Appomatox’s Wolfbane Productions prefer to set their annual Wolfswood Faire in a more imaginary time and place, which would be Wolfswood circa the Elvin times. This year they’ve got music by the Fighting Jamesons, a battle of sorts between the Moonfang Tribe and the Nightcloak Empire, archery and sword fighting demonstrations, a gaming arena, traditional Middle Earth dancing, and plenty of food and drink for all comers, whether or not you choose to arrive in period costume or modern attire. The Faire runs from 1 to 9 p.m. at Wolfbane’s Wolf PAC (618 Country Club Rd.). Tickets are $15, or $5 for children 12 and under. Click here or call (434) 579-3542 for tickets and info.

 You gotta love a music festival that, in addition to a whole mess of bands, also has a wrestling line-up. Yep, that’s what the Blue Ridge Rock Festival is bringing to Concord’s DeVault Vineyards (247 Station Ln.) this long weekend. You’ve got your Lamb of God headlining the hard-rock and metal-palooza on the main stage this evening at 9 p.m., and a tonnage of other bands like Saliva, Puddle of Mudd, Fuel, Anti-Flag, and All that Remains playing throughout the Labor Day weekend, on two stages, from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. today, tomorrow, and Monday. In addition, they will indeed have some professional wrestlers, including the Sandman, the Hurricane, and Tommy Dreamer, as well as tattoo artists, a Blue Ridge Burger Cook Off competition, camping, and plenty of other stuff. Tickets start at $35 in advance and $45 at the gates for one day; $55/$70 for two days; and $75/$90 for all three days. Click  here for tickets and info.

You gotta love a music festival that, in addition to a whole mess of bands, also has a wrestling line-up. Yep, that’s what the Blue Ridge Rock Festival is bringing to Concord’s DeVault Vineyards (247 Station Ln.) this long weekend. You’ve got your Lamb of God headlining the hard-rock and metal-palooza on the main stage this evening at 9 p.m., and a tonnage of other bands like Saliva, Puddle of Mudd, Fuel, Anti-Flag, and All that Remains playing throughout the Labor Day weekend, on two stages, from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. today, tomorrow, and Monday. In addition, they will indeed have some professional wrestlers, including the Sandman, the Hurricane, and Tommy Dreamer, as well as tattoo artists, a Blue Ridge Burger Cook Off competition, camping, and plenty of other stuff. Tickets start at $35 in advance and $45 at the gates for one day; $55/$70 for two days; and $75/$90 for all three days. Click herefor tickets and info.

 For 20 years, the professional cowboys at the True Grit Rodeo Co. have been entertaining folks with their horse and bull show at their home base in Hurt, VA, at county fairs and other big gatherings in the region. Today they’ll be sending some of their bull riders, barrel racers, and maybe even a few clowns out to Sims Farm (2220 Harvest Ln.) in nearby Forest. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the big rodeo show starts up at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the gate, cash only. Call (434) 546-1472 or click  here  for more info.

For 20 years, the professional cowboys at the True Grit Rodeo Co. have been entertaining folks with their horse and bull show at their home base in Hurt, VA, at county fairs and other big gatherings in the region. Today they’ll be sending some of their bull riders, barrel racers, and maybe even a few clowns out to Sims Farm (2220 Harvest Ln.) in nearby Forest. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the big rodeo show starts up at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the gate, cash only. Call (434) 546-1472 or click here for more info.

 Picturesque Rebec Vineyards (2229 N. Amherst Hwy.) in Amherst County is home to the annual Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival, which is still a good month and a half away. However, today they’ll be celebrating Labor Day two days early, which is probably the right way to do it, with a Wine & Music Fest featuring performances by Lynchburg funksters Apple Butter Soul, the Deanie Blues Band, and L & H Acoustic. There will be wine, plenty of wine, from Rebec as well as from Peaks of Otter Winery, DeVault Family Vineyards, Bright Meadow Farm, Castle Glen Estates, and others. The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. Click  here  or call (434) 946-5168 for tickets, which are $20 if you get them before August 31, and additional info.

Picturesque Rebec Vineyards (2229 N. Amherst Hwy.) in Amherst County is home to the annual Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival, which is still a good month and a half away. However, today they’ll be celebrating Labor Day two days early, which is probably the right way to do it, with a Wine & Music Fest featuring performances by Lynchburg funksters Apple Butter Soul, the Deanie Blues Band, and L & H Acoustic. There will be wine, plenty of wine, from Rebec as well as from Peaks of Otter Winery, DeVault Family Vineyards, Bright Meadow Farm, Castle Glen Estates, and others. The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. Click here or call (434) 946-5168 for tickets, which are $20 if you get them before August 31, and additional info.

 So it’s a bit of a drive from Lynchburg to the Augusta Expo Convention Center (277 Expo Rd.) in Fisherville – a little over an hour or so. But the competitors for the Fourth Annual Virginia Food Truck Battle will be traveling from around the state for the honor of being crowned the most trucktastic truck of the day. Here’s how it works: 18 trucks will be divided into three divisions, with six trucks in each. VIP ticketholders get to eat from and vote for the best truck in their division, after which a panel of experts picks a final winner. There will also be a craft brew competition, artisans, crafters, bands, and other fun stuff. VIP tickers are $40 in advance and $45 at the gates, which open at 11:30 a.m. Beer tasting and general admission tickets are $25, and you can get a no-alcohol pass for $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The battle ends at 6 p.m. Click  here  for tickets and more info, or call the Expo at (540) 337-2552.

So it’s a bit of a drive from Lynchburg to the Augusta Expo Convention Center (277 Expo Rd.) in Fisherville – a little over an hour or so. But the competitors for the Fourth Annual Virginia Food Truck Battle will be traveling from around the state for the honor of being crowned the most trucktastic truck of the day. Here’s how it works: 18 trucks will be divided into three divisions, with six trucks in each. VIP ticketholders get to eat from and vote for the best truck in their division, after which a panel of experts picks a final winner. There will also be a craft brew competition, artisans, crafters, bands, and other fun stuff. VIP tickers are $40 in advance and $45 at the gates, which open at 11:30 a.m. Beer tasting and general admission tickets are $25, and you can get a no-alcohol pass for $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The battle ends at 6 p.m. Click here for tickets and more info, or call the Expo at (540) 337-2552.

 Every Sunday the Nellysford outpost of Bold Rock Cidery (1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy.), home of the rustic yet well appointed big barn known affectionately as the Chapel of the Apple, serves brunch, which is a nice thing to do. The menu features $2 cider mimosas, and there’s always live music from 1 to 4 p.m. Today they’ve got Charlottesville-based pianist Adrian Duke and his New Orleans-style r&b quartet. It’s also worth noting that on September 1st Bold Rock celebrated the release of their Blood Orange Cider, which would probably work pretty well in a mimosa. Just saying… Click  here  for info on brunch or call (434) 361-1030.

Every Sunday the Nellysford outpost of Bold Rock Cidery (1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy.), home of the rustic yet well appointed big barn known affectionately as the Chapel of the Apple, serves brunch, which is a nice thing to do. The menu features $2 cider mimosas, and there’s always live music from 1 to 4 p.m. Today they’ve got Charlottesville-based pianist Adrian Duke and his New Orleans-style r&b quartet. It’s also worth noting that on September 1st Bold Rock celebrated the release of their Blood Orange Cider, which would probably work pretty well in a mimosa. Just saying… Click here for info on brunch or call (434) 361-1030.

 Hill City Swing like to say that they swing both ways, which is only funny if you know a bit about swing dancing and would get a genuine hoot out of a Jitterbug aficionado breaking into a Lindy Hop. It has something to do with East vs. West coast styles of dancing, and the Lindy not being quite the same thing as the Lindy Hop, and six and eight beat patterns, and, well, either you get it or your don’t. Today you can easily learn a thing or two with or without a partner at Hill City Swing’s Labor Day Swing Party. It starts with a lesson at 7 p.m., followed by social dancing from 8 to 10:45 p.m. in the ground floor Co-op Gallery at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). Admission is $10, or $5 with a student ID. Click  here  for more info or call (540) 769-7192.

Hill City Swing like to say that they swing both ways, which is only funny if you know a bit about swing dancing and would get a genuine hoot out of a Jitterbug aficionado breaking into a Lindy Hop. It has something to do with East vs. West coast styles of dancing, and the Lindy not being quite the same thing as the Lindy Hop, and six and eight beat patterns, and, well, either you get it or your don’t. Today you can easily learn a thing or two with or without a partner at Hill City Swing’s Labor Day Swing Party. It starts with a lesson at 7 p.m., followed by social dancing from 8 to 10:45 p.m. in the ground floor Co-op Gallery at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). Admission is $10, or $5 with a student ID. Click here for more info or call (540) 769-7192.

 If everyone actually had the day off, we'd have nowhere to go, nothing to do, nowhere to spend the money we spend all those other days working for. But, if you are not working, are we really honoring the American labor movement? Such is the paradox of Labor Day. Rather than dwelling on the philosophical, we’re going to get practical for a change and suggest that today might be a nice day to overtip a lunch or dinner server at one of Lynchburg many fine dining establishments. We’ll keep an eye on who’s not shutting down for Labor Day – because not everyone can afford to take the day off – and offer some tips on where to over-tip as we know find out who’s gonna be open. We have word that the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) will be running they’re regular BYOB (build your own burger) Monday special, which means you do a little work of your own in the field of burger construction starting at $7, with garlic aioli, bacon, onion jam, pulled pork, and roasted jalapenos servicing as some of your building blocks. Call the Water Dog at (434) 333-4681 for more info, or click  here .

If everyone actually had the day off, we'd have nowhere to go, nothing to do, nowhere to spend the money we spend all those other days working for. But, if you are not working, are we really honoring the American labor movement? Such is the paradox of Labor Day. Rather than dwelling on the philosophical, we’re going to get practical for a change and suggest that today might be a nice day to overtip a lunch or dinner server at one of Lynchburg many fine dining establishments. We’ll keep an eye on who’s not shutting down for Labor Day – because not everyone can afford to take the day off – and offer some tips on where to over-tip as we know find out who’s gonna be open. We have word that the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) will be running they’re regular BYOB (build your own burger) Monday special, which means you do a little work of your own in the field of burger construction starting at $7, with garlic aioli, bacon, onion jam, pulled pork, and roasted jalapenos servicing as some of your building blocks. Call the Water Dog at (434) 333-4681 for more info, or click here.

 Who are the members of the Lynchburg Outdoor Social Tribe? Pretty much anybody who enjoys hiking, biking, climbing, rafting, backpacking, or just kinda moving around in the great outdoors may consider themselves a member of the tribe, particularly if they’re into socializing, community service, and supporting local charities. Sounds like a nice bunch of folks. The LOST will convene as they do on the first Tuesday of each month at the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) at 6 p.m. for a few drinks, including some specialty brews from North Carolina’s Oskar Blues Brewery. By way of convergence, the weekly Pints after Pedals, a group ride that starts at Bikes Unlimited (1312 Jefferson St.) at 6 p.m. and ends up at the Water Dog meets this evening as well. Check out the Water Dog menu  here , or call them at (434) 333-4681. Click  here for more info on LOST, and  here  for more info on Pints After Pedals.

Who are the members of the Lynchburg Outdoor Social Tribe? Pretty much anybody who enjoys hiking, biking, climbing, rafting, backpacking, or just kinda moving around in the great outdoors may consider themselves a member of the tribe, particularly if they’re into socializing, community service, and supporting local charities. Sounds like a nice bunch of folks. The LOST will convene as they do on the first Tuesday of each month at the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) at 6 p.m. for a few drinks, including some specialty brews from North Carolina’s Oskar Blues Brewery. By way of convergence, the weekly Pints after Pedals, a group ride that starts at Bikes Unlimited (1312 Jefferson St.) at 6 p.m. and ends up at the Water Dog meets this evening as well. Check out the Water Dog menu here, or call them at (434) 333-4681. Click herefor more info on LOST, and here for more info on Pints After Pedals.

 Bo-Zac is what you call a Bo Heatherley and a Zack Burnette when they’re on stage together. Or, as they like to put it, Bo-Zac is your “prescription for real country music,” as in Bo-Zac sounds like Prozac. If you like the classic rock ‘n roots sounds of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, to name two household names the Bo and the Zac regularly check, then you’ll enjoy what they have to offer from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the side bar at Milano’s Italian Restaurant (4327 Boonsboro Rd.). The music’s free, and the calzones are really good. Check out a menu  here , or call (434) 384-3400 for more info.

Bo-Zac is what you call a Bo Heatherley and a Zack Burnette when they’re on stage together. Or, as they like to put it, Bo-Zac is your “prescription for real country music,” as in Bo-Zac sounds like Prozac. If you like the classic rock ‘n roots sounds of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, to name two household names the Bo and the Zac regularly check, then you’ll enjoy what they have to offer from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the side bar at Milano’s Italian Restaurant (4327 Boonsboro Rd.). The music’s free, and the calzones are really good. Check out a menu here, or call (434) 384-3400 for more info.

 Yes, it would probably feel a little odd to pull into someone else’s parking lot, set up a picnic blanket, and go to town on some lunch. But it really is okay, even encouraged, when you see one or more food trucks serving up lunch. That’s the plan from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Genworth Financial (3100 Albert Lankford Dr.), where you can also pick up some life insurance, long-term care insurance, and annuity retirement plans if that’s on your bucket list. So far, we’ve got word that the Kissed Cupcake truck will be there, featuring cupcakes of the pumpkin spice, caramel apple, and bananas foster varieties. For updates and more info, click  here .

Yes, it would probably feel a little odd to pull into someone else’s parking lot, set up a picnic blanket, and go to town on some lunch. But it really is okay, even encouraged, when you see one or more food trucks serving up lunch. That’s the plan from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Genworth Financial (3100 Albert Lankford Dr.), where you can also pick up some life insurance, long-term care insurance, and annuity retirement plans if that’s on your bucket list. So far, we’ve got word that the Kissed Cupcake truck will be there, featuring cupcakes of the pumpkin spice, caramel apple, and bananas foster varieties. For updates and more info, click here.

 Are we ready for some football? After a month of games that just don’t matter, and some entertaining behind-the-scene glimpses of the pre-season via the Cleveland Browns’  Hard Knocks  reality show, the NFL season kicks off at 8:20 this evening with last year’s Super Bowl champs – the Philadelphia Eagles – hosting an Atlanta Falcons team that lost the big game the year before in dramatic fashion. Nick Foles, who was perfect in Super Bowl 52 but had a rocky pre-season, starts for the Eagles. Matt Ryan, who put his team in a position to win Super Bowl 51 and then took an ill-advised sack, is still in the hot seat for the Falcons. We’ll avoid any birds-on-birds wordplay and leave that to the pros on NBC, which will be broadcasting the game. We’ll keep a running list of local establishments hosting Thursday night football events on  our listings page . We do know that The Neighbor’s Place (104 Paulette Cir.) is gearing up to kick off the season with a 65-inch TV and team-colored shooters. Click  here  or call (434) 455-4300 for more info.

Are we ready for some football? After a month of games that just don’t matter, and some entertaining behind-the-scene glimpses of the pre-season via the Cleveland Browns’ Hard Knocks reality show, the NFL season kicks off at 8:20 this evening with last year’s Super Bowl champs – the Philadelphia Eagles – hosting an Atlanta Falcons team that lost the big game the year before in dramatic fashion. Nick Foles, who was perfect in Super Bowl 52 but had a rocky pre-season, starts for the Eagles. Matt Ryan, who put his team in a position to win Super Bowl 51 and then took an ill-advised sack, is still in the hot seat for the Falcons. We’ll avoid any birds-on-birds wordplay and leave that to the pros on NBC, which will be broadcasting the game. We’ll keep a running list of local establishments hosting Thursday night football events on our listings page. We do know that The Neighbor’s Place (104 Paulette Cir.) is gearing up to kick off the season with a 65-inch TV and team-colored shooters. Click here or call (434) 455-4300 for more info.

 As of Labor Day weekend, the Lynchburg Hillcats secured the top spot in the Carolina League Northern single A minor league baseball division, which means they’ll be battling it out with the Potomac Nationals to see who moves on to the Carolina League finals next week. Tonight at 6:30 p.m., weather permitting, it’s the second of two home games for the ’cats at Calvin Falwell Field (3180 Fort Ave.) in a best three-of-five game series. Tickets range from $2 to $7, depending on where you want to sit. It’s a Thirsty Thursday at the park, which means that, in addition to a $2 ticket, you can also get a beer for two bucks. Click  here  or call (434) 528-1144.

As of Labor Day weekend, the Lynchburg Hillcats secured the top spot in the Carolina League Northern single A minor league baseball division, which means they’ll be battling it out with the Potomac Nationals to see who moves on to the Carolina League finals next week. Tonight at 6:30 p.m., weather permitting, it’s the second of two home games for the ’cats at Calvin Falwell Field (3180 Fort Ave.) in a best three-of-five game series. Tickets range from $2 to $7, depending on where you want to sit. It’s a Thirsty Thursday at the park, which means that, in addition to a $2 ticket, you can also get a beer for two bucks. Click here or call (434) 528-1144.

 Out in Franklin County in the town of Rocky Mount there’s a nice little music venue that gets some big-name acts. This month is no exception. North Carolina’s swinging Squirrel Nut Zippers and the classically rocking Blue Oyster Cult will be out at the Harvester Performance Center (450 Franklin St.) on September 27th and 29th respectively, with bluegrass masters the Incredible Stringdusters squeezing in a show between those two on September 28th. But first, Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy, a Louisiana native who was born in the 1930 and went on to create an electric style that had a major influence on Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and countless others, hits the Harvester for a show tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are pricey at $101.50, but this is an opportunity to see Guy in an intimate, 460-capacity venue. Click  here  or call (540) 484-8277 for tickets and info.

Out in Franklin County in the town of Rocky Mount there’s a nice little music venue that gets some big-name acts. This month is no exception. North Carolina’s swinging Squirrel Nut Zippers and the classically rocking Blue Oyster Cult will be out at the Harvester Performance Center (450 Franklin St.) on September 27th and 29th respectively, with bluegrass masters the Incredible Stringdusters squeezing in a show between those two on September 28th. But first, Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy, a Louisiana native who was born in the 1930 and went on to create an electric style that had a major influence on Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and countless others, hits the Harvester for a show tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are pricey at $101.50, but this is an opportunity to see Guy in an intimate, 460-capacity venue. Click here or call (540) 484-8277 for tickets and info.

 It’s the tenth anniversary of the big Get Downtown celebration that’s been taking over Main Street on the first Friday of every September since 2008, if we’ve got our calculations right. And, this year they’re extending the event by a full hour, which means it’ll run from 6 until 10 p.m. There will be two beer gardens, a couple of designated food truck courts, circus performers, and a kids zone featuring princesses and superheroes, as well as music on three stages featuring a bunch of local artists, including the  Dundees  at 8 p.m. on the stage set up outside the Community Market. They’re running shuttles to get folks downtown from Randolph College, CVCC, the University of Lynchburg (i.e., Lynchburg College), and Madison Heights. There’s no admission charge; click  here  for a detailed list of vendors, parking maps, and other helpful information.

It’s the tenth anniversary of the big Get Downtown celebration that’s been taking over Main Street on the first Friday of every September since 2008, if we’ve got our calculations right. And, this year they’re extending the event by a full hour, which means it’ll run from 6 until 10 p.m. There will be two beer gardens, a couple of designated food truck courts, circus performers, and a kids zone featuring princesses and superheroes, as well as music on three stages featuring a bunch of local artists, including the Dundees at 8 p.m. on the stage set up outside the Community Market. They’re running shuttles to get folks downtown from Randolph College, CVCC, the University of Lynchburg (i.e., Lynchburg College), and Madison Heights. There’s no admission charge; click here for a detailed list of vendors, parking maps, and other helpful information.

 As is the case on most Friday nights, there should be plenty to do in downtown Lynchburg once the Get Downtown crowds begin to disperse. On Main Street you’ve got  Dish  (1120 Main St.), which usually features a Friday night DJ, and  Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.), which may have karaoke or live music. On one end of Commerce Street you’ve got the  El Jéfe Taqueria Garaje  (1214 Commerce St.) , and on the other  Jimmy’s on the James  (610 Commerce St.), where there’s usually a live band. And if you take a walk up Fifth Street to the roundabout at Federal Street, you can catch Lord Nelson and Craig Hanson on the outdoor Lynchburg City Limits stage at  Fifth and Federal Station  (801 Fifth St.). The official Stay Downtown party is being hosted by  {RA} Bistro  (1344 Main St.) in the parking lot they share with Cinn City, featuring the Bell Avenue Blue Band up through midnight. Click  here  or call (434) 845-1610.

As is the case on most Friday nights, there should be plenty to do in downtown Lynchburg once the Get Downtown crowds begin to disperse. On Main Street you’ve got Dish (1120 Main St.), which usually features a Friday night DJ, and Kegney Brothers(1118 Main St.), which may have karaoke or live music. On one end of Commerce Street you’ve got the El Jéfe Taqueria Garaje (1214 Commerce St.) , and on the other Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.), where there’s usually a live band. And if you take a walk up Fifth Street to the roundabout at Federal Street, you can catch Lord Nelson and Craig Hanson on the outdoor Lynchburg City Limits stage at Fifth and Federal Station (801 Fifth St.). The official Stay Downtown party is being hosted by {RA} Bistro (1344 Main St.) in the parking lot they share with Cinn City, featuring the Bell Avenue Blue Band up through midnight. Click here or call (434) 845-1610.

 On September 20, Appomatox’s Wolfbane Productions will tackle the playfully grisly tale of Fleet Street’s most notorious barber in their staging of the Stephen Sondheim Broadway classic  Sweeney Todd . But first they’ve got some celebrating to do, and the public is invited. To mark Wolfbane’s 11th anniversary, they’re holding a Misfit Masquerade costume party at their Wolfbane PAC complex (618 Country Club Rd.) from 6 to 10 p.m.. It’ll feature music by Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kevin Carl and the cast of  Sweeney Todd , as well as craft brews and a best-dressed misfit costume-party contest. Guests are invited to arrive decked out as their favorite misfit, which leaves a lot of room for interpretation. Admission is $12; click  here  or call (434) 579-3542 for more info.

On September 20, Appomatox’s Wolfbane Productions will tackle the playfully grisly tale of Fleet Street’s most notorious barber in their staging of the Stephen Sondheim Broadway classic Sweeney Todd. But first they’ve got some celebrating to do, and the public is invited. To mark Wolfbane’s 11th anniversary, they’re holding a Misfit Masquerade costume party at their Wolfbane PAC complex (618 Country Club Rd.) from 6 to 10 p.m.. It’ll feature music by Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kevin Carl and the cast of Sweeney Todd, as well as craft brews and a best-dressed misfit costume-party contest. Guests are invited to arrive decked out as their favorite misfit, which leaves a lot of room for interpretation. Admission is $12; click here or call (434) 579-3542 for more info.

 The Jubilee Family Development Center (1512 Florida Ave.) does all kinds of good community work, from education and nutrition programs for at-risk kids to adult GED classes and vocational training. However, this evening they’ll be hosting a Food Network-style cooking competition featuring chefs from Jimmy’s on the James, Centra Culinary Creations, Randolph College, and the University of Lynchburg. This is a fundraiser and a $125 ticket includes a taste of each chef’s culinary creations, desert by Peakland Catering Company, an open bar, and a silent auction with emcees Danner Evans and Pattie Martin from WSET. The event starts at 7 and goes until 9 p.m. Click  here  for tickets or call (434) 845-0433 for further info.

The Jubilee Family Development Center (1512 Florida Ave.) does all kinds of good community work, from education and nutrition programs for at-risk kids to adult GED classes and vocational training. However, this evening they’ll be hosting a Food Network-style cooking competition featuring chefs from Jimmy’s on the James, Centra Culinary Creations, Randolph College, and the University of Lynchburg. This is a fundraiser and a $125 ticket includes a taste of each chef’s culinary creations, desert by Peakland Catering Company, an open bar, and a silent auction with emcees Danner Evans and Pattie Martin from WSET. The event starts at 7 and goes until 9 p.m. Click here for tickets or call (434) 845-0433 for further info.

 For the 24th straight year, wine and beer and music and food will be on the agenda for a full day of fun on the grounds of Lexington’s lovely Lime Kiln Theater (607 Borden Rd.), as the Rockbridge Beer & Wine Festival takes over the refurbished lime quarry from noon to 7 p.m. Participating breweries and vineyards include: the Devils Backbone, Wild Wolf, Ballast Point, and Seven Arrows brewing companies; and the Burren Ridge, Blue Ridge, Bluestone, and Rockbridge wineries. There will be food as well as music on two stages, with sets by Five Dollar Shake, Jason Hostetter, Moosa, and more. Tickets are $30 for unlimited tastings and a souvenir glass; $50 for VIPs, which include access to the food and drink pavilion; and $15 for non-tasters. Click  here  for ticketing details and more info, or call (540) 463-5375.

For the 24th straight year, wine and beer and music and food will be on the agenda for a full day of fun on the grounds of Lexington’s lovely Lime Kiln Theater (607 Borden Rd.), as the Rockbridge Beer & Wine Festival takes over the refurbished lime quarry from noon to 7 p.m. Participating breweries and vineyards include: the Devils Backbone, Wild Wolf, Ballast Point, and Seven Arrows brewing companies; and the Burren Ridge, Blue Ridge, Bluestone, and Rockbridge wineries. There will be food as well as music on two stages, with sets by Five Dollar Shake, Jason Hostetter, Moosa, and more. Tickets are $30 for unlimited tastings and a souvenir glass; $50 for VIPs, which include access to the food and drink pavilion; and $15 for non-tasters. Click here for ticketing details and more info, or call (540) 463-5375.

 The town of Bedford may be fairly small – 6,222 peeps by the most recent census count – but it is home to the National D-Day Memorial, as well as to  Beale’s Brewery  and a really nice arts center. The latter locale, the Bower Center for the Arts (305 N. Bridge St.) will be the locus for the 5th Annual Bedford’s Finest Fare, a street festival featuring food, drink, music, and crafts today from 3 to 8 p.m. Apple Butter Soul, Good Buddy, and Halfway to Lima are slated to play; Apocalypse Ale, Beale’s, and Peaks of Otter Winery will provide drinkables; and edibles from Town Kitchen & Provisions, Smith Mountain Lake International Cooking School, and Delicia’s Gourmet Ice will be in supply. The event also features a touch-a-truck zone hosted by the Bedford Fire Department and other kids activities. Tickets are $20, which includes a voucher for $10 in food and drink, and kids under 12 get in free of charge. Click  here  for tickets and info or call the Bower Center at (540) 586-4235

The town of Bedford may be fairly small – 6,222 peeps by the most recent census count – but it is home to the National D-Day Memorial, as well as to Beale’s Brewery and a really nice arts center. The latter locale, the Bower Center for the Arts (305 N. Bridge St.) will be the locus for the 5th Annual Bedford’s Finest Fare, a street festival featuring food, drink, music, and crafts today from 3 to 8 p.m. Apple Butter Soul, Good Buddy, and Halfway to Lima are slated to play; Apocalypse Ale, Beale’s, and Peaks of Otter Winery will provide drinkables; and edibles from Town Kitchen & Provisions, Smith Mountain Lake International Cooking School, and Delicia’s Gourmet Ice will be in supply. The event also features a touch-a-truck zone hosted by the Bedford Fire Department and other kids activities. Tickets are $20, which includes a voucher for $10 in food and drink, and kids under 12 get in free of charge. Click here for tickets and info or call the Bower Center at (540) 586-4235

 We’ve got a double shot of football on this first Monday Night Football evening of the season, so we thought we’d double up on locales for viewing, dining, drinking, and taking it all in. At 7:10 p.m., the New York Jets take on the Detroit Lions; at 10:15 it’ll be the Los Angeles Rams against the former Los Angeles Raiders, otherwise known as the Oakland team.  Rivermont Pizza  (2496 Rivermont Ave.) not only has top-notch, wood-fired pizza, but excellent wings in several varieties that are a Sunday and Monday special during football season. They’re also open late, so you can catch the late game there.  Brauburgers , which now shares an address with RP, is new to the corner of Rivermont and Norfolk, and their main thing is burgers, although they do wings as well. Both places have good beer on tap and screens for viewing. You can reach RP at (434) 846-2877 and Brauburgers at (434) 386-8767.

We’ve got a double shot of football on this first Monday Night Football evening of the season, so we thought we’d double up on locales for viewing, dining, drinking, and taking it all in. At 7:10 p.m., the New York Jets take on the Detroit Lions; at 10:15 it’ll be the Los Angeles Rams against the former Los Angeles Raiders, otherwise known as the Oakland team. Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) not only has top-notch, wood-fired pizza, but excellent wings in several varieties that are a Sunday and Monday special during football season. They’re also open late, so you can catch the late game there. Brauburgers, which now shares an address with RP, is new to the corner of Rivermont and Norfolk, and their main thing is burgers, although they do wings as well. Both places have good beer on tap and screens for viewing. You can reach RP at (434) 846-2877 and Brauburgers at (434) 386-8767.

 One of the newer weekly features at Forest’s Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.) is a semi-regular Tuesday night open mic and jam hosted by our friend Henry Shafer. Things get up and running around 6 p.m. and go until 9 p.m. In addition to the multiple ales on tap at Apocalypse, you can usually grab dinner from one of the several food trucks that frequent the parking lot. For more info on Apocalypse, click  here  or call (434) 258-8761.

One of the newer weekly features at Forest’s Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.) is a semi-regular Tuesday night open mic and jam hosted by our friend Henry Shafer. Things get up and running around 6 p.m. and go until 9 p.m. In addition to the multiple ales on tap at Apocalypse, you can usually grab dinner from one of the several food trucks that frequent the parking lot. For more info on Apocalypse, click here or call (434) 258-8761.

 We don’t often have the opportunity to recommend musical events of the classical variety, but this one seems a little different. Krisztina Dér is a young but accomplished flute phenom from the Greensboro-area of North Carolina. She is a lecturer in music at Guilford College, the second flutist in the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, and the most recent winner of the Raleigh Area Flute Association competition. A graduate from the doctoral program in music at UNC Greensboro, Dr. Dér specializes in creating intermedia pieces that integrate lighting art and flute music. She comes to Lynchburg this evening to perform a program featuring works by Anna Meadors, Kyle Rowan, Jacob Thiede, and Nick Rich at Liberty’s School of Music (1971 University Blvd.) at 7:30 p.m. Presumably, it will also feature a light show. For tickets call (434) 582-SEAT, or click  here  for more info.

We don’t often have the opportunity to recommend musical events of the classical variety, but this one seems a little different. Krisztina Dér is a young but accomplished flute phenom from the Greensboro-area of North Carolina. She is a lecturer in music at Guilford College, the second flutist in the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, and the most recent winner of the Raleigh Area Flute Association competition. A graduate from the doctoral program in music at UNC Greensboro, Dr. Dér specializes in creating intermedia pieces that integrate lighting art and flute music. She comes to Lynchburg this evening to perform a program featuring works by Anna Meadors, Kyle Rowan, Jacob Thiede, and Nick Rich at Liberty’s School of Music (1971 University Blvd.) at 7:30 p.m. Presumably, it will also feature a light show. For tickets call (434) 582-SEAT, or click here for more info.

 In 2016 a bedrock of American popular culture and the biggest name in the big-tent business, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, closed up shop after almost 150 years of clowning around. Thanks to Hugh Jackman and his portrayal of P.T. Barnum in the 2017 film  The Greatest Showman , the circus still looms large in the American imagination. And thanks to former Ringling Bros. ringmaster Kevin Venardos, the Barnum legacy lives on in the Venardos Circus, an enterprise that’s been bringing Broadway show-style, high-wire, big-top entertainment to cities from coast to coast since 2014. This is a no-animal circus, which should make it a little less smelly when the Venardos crew pitch their tent at River Ridge Mall (3405 Candlers Mountain Rd.) from September 12th through 23rd. Shows are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7 p.m.; 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday; and 1 and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25 and $15 for kids under 12. For more info, click  here .

In 2016 a bedrock of American popular culture and the biggest name in the big-tent business, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, closed up shop after almost 150 years of clowning around. Thanks to Hugh Jackman and his portrayal of P.T. Barnum in the 2017 film The Greatest Showman, the circus still looms large in the American imagination. And thanks to former Ringling Bros. ringmaster Kevin Venardos, the Barnum legacy lives on in the Venardos Circus, an enterprise that’s been bringing Broadway show-style, high-wire, big-top entertainment to cities from coast to coast since 2014. This is a no-animal circus, which should make it a little less smelly when the Venardos crew pitch their tent at River Ridge Mall (3405 Candlers Mountain Rd.) from September 12th through 23rd. Shows are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7 p.m.; 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday; and 1 and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25 and $15 for kids under 12. For more info, click here.

 Daughters and Sons Pizza (522 Fifth St.) is something of the square peg in the round hole of pizza making in Lynchburg, which is just a fun way to point out that chef-owner Jason Arbusto specializes in slices of the Sicilian rather than Neapolitan variety. Basically, he subscribes to the notion that it’s hip to be square if you happen to be a pizza. He’s also a VES graduate who found his way to France, where he received training under several esteemed master chefs. Safe to say that when Arbusto does a special wine dinner, as he will be this evening, he nails it. We’re not sure what’s on the four-course menu tonight, but the theme is “American Bounty.” Dinner starts at 6:30 and you can to email Daughtersandsonsva@gmail.com or call (434) 333-4424 for reservations, which are $49 a pop. Click  here  for more info.

Daughters and Sons Pizza (522 Fifth St.) is something of the square peg in the round hole of pizza making in Lynchburg, which is just a fun way to point out that chef-owner Jason Arbusto specializes in slices of the Sicilian rather than Neapolitan variety. Basically, he subscribes to the notion that it’s hip to be square if you happen to be a pizza. He’s also a VES graduate who found his way to France, where he received training under several esteemed master chefs. Safe to say that when Arbusto does a special wine dinner, as he will be this evening, he nails it. We’re not sure what’s on the four-course menu tonight, but the theme is “American Bounty.” Dinner starts at 6:30 and you can to email Daughtersandsonsva@gmail.com or call (434) 333-4424 for reservations, which are $49 a pop. Click here for more info.

 “In a false quarrel there is no true valor,” is just one of the pearls of proverbial wisdom imparted by the witty and reluctant romantic Benedick in the Shakespeare’s  Much Ado About Nothing , a play that investigates the complex and comic nature of courtship, conflict, and holy matrimony. For all his devotion to bachelorhood, Benedick succumbs, surprisingly quickly, to true romance, although not everyone lives happily ever after in this particular play. The local theater troupe Rogue Productions will try their hand at staging this comedy of errors outdoors at Point of Honor (112 Cabell St.), the Lynchburg Museum property with a large Federal mansion and sweeping views of the James River. Hopefully, the weather will hold. Performances are tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by clicking  here . Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome, but no alcohol. For more info, click  here  or email  theroguesproductions@gmail.com . For info on Point of Honor, click  here or call (434) 455-6226.

“In a false quarrel there is no true valor,” is just one of the pearls of proverbial wisdom imparted by the witty and reluctant romantic Benedick in the Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, a play that investigates the complex and comic nature of courtship, conflict, and holy matrimony. For all his devotion to bachelorhood, Benedick succumbs, surprisingly quickly, to true romance, although not everyone lives happily ever after in this particular play. The local theater troupe Rogue Productions will try their hand at staging this comedy of errors outdoors at Point of Honor (112 Cabell St.), the Lynchburg Museum property with a large Federal mansion and sweeping views of the James River. Hopefully, the weather will hold. Performances are tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by clicking here. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome, but no alcohol. For more info, click here or email theroguesproductions@gmail.com. For info on Point of Honor, click hereor call (434) 455-6226.

 Back in March, Arkansas-bred country singer Ashley McBryde released  Girl Going Nowhere , her highly touted debut album for Warner Bros. Now she’s going somewhere, thanks to “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega,” a resolute and reflective single about “makin’ the best of the worst day kinda night.” And she’s coming to Lynchburg as part of a long Going Nowhere tour that stops at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Abingdon, VA on Wednesday, the Hamilton in DC on Thursday, and our own Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) this evening, It’s an 8 p.m. all-ages show with doors at 7 p.m. and early entry at 6 p.m. for those with $40 VIP tickets, which include a meet and greet for those who are members of the  McBryde Trybe . General admission tickets are $15 and can be purchased  here . For more info on Phase 2 events, click  here  or call (434) 846-3206.

Back in March, Arkansas-bred country singer Ashley McBryde released Girl Going Nowhere, her highly touted debut album for Warner Bros. Now she’s going somewhere, thanks to “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega,” a resolute and reflective single about “makin’ the best of the worst day kinda night.” And she’s coming to Lynchburg as part of a long Going Nowhere tour that stops at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Abingdon, VA on Wednesday, the Hamilton in DC on Thursday, and our own Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) this evening, It’s an 8 p.m. all-ages show with doors at 7 p.m. and early entry at 6 p.m. for those with $40 VIP tickets, which include a meet and greet for those who are members of the McBryde Trybe. General admission tickets are $15 and can be purchased here. For more info on Phase 2 events, click here or call (434) 846-3206.

 Matthew Shafer was just a curious kid from the Detroit suburbs when he first encountered another curious kid named Robert James Ritchie at a turntable competition. The two would go on to collaborate famously, with Shafer in the DJ guise of Uncle Kracker and Ritchie taking on the nom-de-rap Kid Rock. That was over twenty years ago. These days, they work separately, although they’ve both drifted closer to country than to rap. With Kid Rock contemplating a career in politics, Shafer’s on the road with his Uncle Kracker act, supporting a countrified new single titled “Floatin’” that namechecks George Strait a couple dozen times. Tonight Uncle Kracker and his band hit Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) for an 8 p.m. show with doors at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $20, and there are VIP passes available for $55, which include early admission and a catered buffet. Click  here  for tickets or call (434) 846-3206.

Matthew Shafer was just a curious kid from the Detroit suburbs when he first encountered another curious kid named Robert James Ritchie at a turntable competition. The two would go on to collaborate famously, with Shafer in the DJ guise of Uncle Kracker and Ritchie taking on the nom-de-rap Kid Rock. That was over twenty years ago. These days, they work separately, although they’ve both drifted closer to country than to rap. With Kid Rock contemplating a career in politics, Shafer’s on the road with his Uncle Kracker act, supporting a countrified new single titled “Floatin’” that namechecks George Strait a couple dozen times. Tonight Uncle Kracker and his band hit Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) for an 8 p.m. show with doors at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $20, and there are VIP passes available for $55, which include early admission and a catered buffet. Click here for tickets or call (434) 846-3206.

 Tickets to the annual, black-tie gala dinner tonight at the Academy Center of the Arts (600 Main St.) are pricey and mostly taken. However, there are still tickets for the Academy’s late-night event. So, imagine, if you will, a performer who combines, in the words of the  New York Times , the best of Bette Midler, Divine, and Fred Flintstone. It’s more than a little intriguing – especially the Bedrock part. Cabaret-performer Bridgett Everett is said to embody that description. She’ll perform along with some help from NYC-based comic Murray Hill at the Gala Late Night event. Expect R-rated music and risqué humor. Doors open at 9:30 for a cash bar and a 10 p.m. performance. Tickets are $53. For more info, call (434) 846-8499 or click  here .

Tickets to the annual, black-tie gala dinner tonight at the Academy Center of the Arts (600 Main St.) are pricey and mostly taken. However, there are still tickets for the Academy’s late-night event. So, imagine, if you will, a performer who combines, in the words of the New York Times, the best of Bette Midler, Divine, and Fred Flintstone. It’s more than a little intriguing – especially the Bedrock part. Cabaret-performer Bridgett Everett is said to embody that description. She’ll perform along with some help from NYC-based comic Murray Hill at the Gala Late Night event. Expect R-rated music and risqué humor. Doors open at 9:30 for a cash bar and a 10 p.m. performance. Tickets are $53. For more info, call (434) 846-8499 or click here.

 In South Africa, Shiraz in the name given to the grape used to make what the rest of the world knows as Syrah, and they’ve got the Pinotage hybrid, a cross between the varietal we know as Pinor Noir and the Cinsault or Hermitage grape. That’s basically the extent of our knowledge of South African wines. For more, we suggest consulting an expert like Stan Davis, a/k/a/ Stan the Man, one of the folks from Richmond’s Robins Cellars responsible for stocking fine dining establishments with good wines. He’s helping chef Dave Ellis put together a five-course dinner featuring South African wines this evening at Dish (1120 Main St.). No word on the menu yet, but we’ll keep you posted. Reservations are $65 per person; click  here  or call (434) 528-0700.

In South Africa, Shiraz in the name given to the grape used to make what the rest of the world knows as Syrah, and they’ve got the Pinotage hybrid, a cross between the varietal we know as Pinor Noir and the Cinsault or Hermitage grape. That’s basically the extent of our knowledge of South African wines. For more, we suggest consulting an expert like Stan Davis, a/k/a/ Stan the Man, one of the folks from Richmond’s Robins Cellars responsible for stocking fine dining establishments with good wines. He’s helping chef Dave Ellis put together a five-course dinner featuring South African wines this evening at Dish (1120 Main St.). No word on the menu yet, but we’ll keep you posted. Reservations are $65 per person; click here or call (434) 528-0700.

 If you put tequila in a Bloody Mary, does that make it bloodier, merrier, or just a little bit cooler? This is the sort of philosophical question one may be inspired to ponder over brunch at El Jéfe, the best and only full-service taqueria in downtown Lynchburg. Every Sunday, starting at 11 a.m., the kitchen adds Mexican waffles, huevos rancheros, a chorizo breakfast burrito, and a black bean cheesy western to its regular menu of tacos (including the excellent breakfast taco, which is good both ways: traditional and gringo-style). And, they do some pretty creatively brunchy things with tequila at the bar as well. El Jéfe is located at 1214 Commerce St. Click  here  for the brunch menu, or call (434) 333-4317 for more info.

If you put tequila in a Bloody Mary, does that make it bloodier, merrier, or just a little bit cooler? This is the sort of philosophical question one may be inspired to ponder over brunch at El Jéfe, the best and only full-service taqueria in downtown Lynchburg. Every Sunday, starting at 11 a.m., the kitchen adds Mexican waffles, huevos rancheros, a chorizo breakfast burrito, and a black bean cheesy western to its regular menu of tacos (including the excellent breakfast taco, which is good both ways: traditional and gringo-style). And, they do some pretty creatively brunchy things with tequila at the bar as well. El Jéfe is located at 1214 Commerce St. Click here for the brunch menu, or call (434) 333-4317 for more info.

 In what year did the Seattle Seahawks play their first season as an official NFL team, and where did they play their first home game? Here’s a hint: it was America’s bicentennial year and the University of Washington college football team also played their home games in that stadium. So there’s some trivia for you on what will be a weekly night of trivia competition at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.). It’ll also be a night of football, with the Seahawks taking on the Chicago Bears at 8:15 p.m. We recommend ordering wings if they’ve still got any, although the wood-fired pizza is also a good call. Trivia starts at 9 p.m. For more info, call (434) 846-2877, and check out the RP menu  here .

In what year did the Seattle Seahawks play their first season as an official NFL team, and where did they play their first home game? Here’s a hint: it was America’s bicentennial year and the University of Washington college football team also played their home games in that stadium. So there’s some trivia for you on what will be a weekly night of trivia competition at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.). It’ll also be a night of football, with the Seahawks taking on the Chicago Bears at 8:15 p.m. We recommend ordering wings if they’ve still got any, although the wood-fired pizza is also a good call. Trivia starts at 9 p.m. For more info, call (434) 846-2877, and check out the RP menu here.

 Sadly, the Lynchburg Hillcats were unable to withstand the onslaught last week from the Potomac National in the Carolina League North divisional playoffs, which means their season is over and they will not have an opportunity to compete for the Carolina League championship this year. However, there are still reasons to head over to Lynchburg City Stadium (3176 Fort Ave.), including a weekly food truck roundup that takes place from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Tuesday through the end of November. They had to cancel last week because of the weather, but they are on for this week. We’ll keep you posted on who’s likely to be there. For more info and updates, click  here or call (434) 528-1144.

Sadly, the Lynchburg Hillcats were unable to withstand the onslaught last week from the Potomac National in the Carolina League North divisional playoffs, which means their season is over and they will not have an opportunity to compete for the Carolina League championship this year. However, there are still reasons to head over to Lynchburg City Stadium (3176 Fort Ave.), including a weekly food truck roundup that takes place from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Tuesday through the end of November. They had to cancel last week because of the weather, but they are on for this week. We’ll keep you posted on who’s likely to be there. For more info and updates, click hereor call (434) 528-1144.


 If you’ve seen Tom Hanks and Sally Field spar in  Punch Line  (1988), or the more recent Adam Sandler-led ensemble who struggle through the Judd Apatow film  Funny People  (2009), then you may have some notion that comedy, as the great Steve Martin once pointed out, isn’t always pretty. It’s tough to get up there and try out a routine, but it’s great when it works. The local comedy talent company Lynchburg Laughs is looking for a few funny men and women to take a shot at getting some chuckles this evening at Kegney Brothers (118 Main St.), where they have a semi-regular Wednesday night open mic for stand-up comedians. There’s no cover, and the stage is open from 10 p.m. until midnight. You can reach Lynchburg Laughs at (540) 525-5916 or by clicking  here . For info on tonight’s open mic, click  here  or call Kegneys at (434) 616-6691.

If you’ve seen Tom Hanks and Sally Field spar in Punch Line (1988), or the more recent Adam Sandler-led ensemble who struggle through the Judd Apatow film Funny People (2009), then you may have some notion that comedy, as the great Steve Martin once pointed out, isn’t always pretty. It’s tough to get up there and try out a routine, but it’s great when it works. The local comedy talent company Lynchburg Laughs is looking for a few funny men and women to take a shot at getting some chuckles this evening at Kegney Brothers (118 Main St.), where they have a semi-regular Wednesday night open mic for stand-up comedians. There’s no cover, and the stage is open from 10 p.m. until midnight. You can reach Lynchburg Laughs at (540) 525-5916 or by clicking here. For info on tonight’s open mic, click here or call Kegneys at (434) 616-6691.

 Before Times Square was cleaned up, before Alphabet City had its own Trader Joe’s and Magnolia Cupcakes, New York City was known for grittier things, including its drug-fueled, graffiti-splattered, downtown art scene. And before Hurricane Florence took aim at the Carolinas, an exhibit of works from that scene was scheduled to open at Randolph College’s Maier Museum (1 Quinlan St.) on September 14th. The opening got pushed back nearly a week, but this evening from 5 to 7 p.m. the Maier will host a reception for “Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat.” Several events scheduled to coincide with the opening, including gallery talks by artist and Basquiat contemporary Lee Quiñones and writer Luc Sante, and a screening of the 2017 documentary  Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat , have been rescheduled for October 20th. For more info on these events and the exhibit, click  here  or call (434) 947-8136. The reception is open to the public and free of charge.

Before Times Square was cleaned up, before Alphabet City had its own Trader Joe’s and Magnolia Cupcakes, New York City was known for grittier things, including its drug-fueled, graffiti-splattered, downtown art scene. And before Hurricane Florence took aim at the Carolinas, an exhibit of works from that scene was scheduled to open at Randolph College’s Maier Museum (1 Quinlan St.) on September 14th. The opening got pushed back nearly a week, but this evening from 5 to 7 p.m. the Maier will host a reception for “Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat.” Several events scheduled to coincide with the opening, including gallery talks by artist and Basquiat contemporary Lee Quiñones and writer Luc Sante, and a screening of the 2017 documentary Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat, have been rescheduled for October 20th. For more info on these events and the exhibit, click here or call (434) 947-8136. The reception is open to the public and free of charge.

 Trapezium Brewing Co. have what we hear is a pretty nice taproom and production facility in an historic building known as the Trapezium House because it has no right angles. Sadly, that building is located in the city of Petersburg, which is roughly a two-hour drive from Lynchburg. But you don’t have to travel far to sample Trapezium’s brews this evening. The fine folks at Fifth and Federal Station (801 Fifth St.) will be featuring Trapezium’s Salted Caramel Brown Ale, Lucky 47 Belgium White, and Lemon Honey Ginger Pale Ale at a tap takeover that starts at 7 p.m. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 386-8113. For a look at the Fifth and Federal menu, click  here .

Trapezium Brewing Co. have what we hear is a pretty nice taproom and production facility in an historic building known as the Trapezium House because it has no right angles. Sadly, that building is located in the city of Petersburg, which is roughly a two-hour drive from Lynchburg. But you don’t have to travel far to sample Trapezium’s brews this evening. The fine folks at Fifth and Federal Station (801 Fifth St.) will be featuring Trapezium’s Salted Caramel Brown Ale, Lucky 47 Belgium White, and Lemon Honey Ginger Pale Ale at a tap takeover that starts at 7 p.m. Click here for more info or call (434) 386-8113. For a look at the Fifth and Federal menu, click here.

 Alison Krauss was just 14 when she released her first album as a bluegrass singer and violinist in 1985. She joined the Grand Ole Opry cast at 21 and was the second youngest artist to win a Grammy when her 1990 album  I’ve Got That Old Feeling  won the award for Best Bluegrass Recording. Since that time, she’s collected many more statuettes, including a 2009 Album of the Year Grammy for  Raising Sand , an album she recorded with Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, and a 2012 Best Bluegrass Recording Grammy for  Paper Airplane .. Her latest album, last year’s  Windy City , is a collection of covers that includes songs by Brenda Lee, Bill Monroe, and Glen Campbell. She’s on the road supporting that album with a tour that comes to Roanoke’s Berglund Center (710 Williamson Rd.) this evening. Doors are at 8 p.m. and tickets run from $65 to $95. Click  here  for tickets and info, or call (540) 853-5483.

Alison Krauss was just 14 when she released her first album as a bluegrass singer and violinist in 1985. She joined the Grand Ole Opry cast at 21 and was the second youngest artist to win a Grammy when her 1990 album I’ve Got That Old Feeling won the award for Best Bluegrass Recording. Since that time, she’s collected many more statuettes, including a 2009 Album of the Year Grammy for Raising Sand, an album she recorded with Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, and a 2012 Best Bluegrass Recording Grammy for Paper Airplane.. Her latest album, last year’s Windy City, is a collection of covers that includes songs by Brenda Lee, Bill Monroe, and Glen Campbell. She’s on the road supporting that album with a tour that comes to Roanoke’s Berglund Center (710 Williamson Rd.) this evening. Doors are at 8 p.m. and tickets run from $65 to $95. Click here for tickets and info, or call (540) 853-5483.

 Fans of creepy ’80s horror films may pause at the notion of kids in cornfields, but the annual Fall Festival at Layman Family Farms (1815 Mountain View Church Rd.) in Blue Ridge has made navigating a maze in the maize something of a seasonal tradition in these parts. Layman’s cornfield labyrinth and pumpkin patch, which were set to open last weekend before Hurricane Florence intervened, are opening today at 4 p.m. The Fall Festival will remain in operation on Fridays (4-9 p.m.), Saturdays (10 a.m.-9 p.m.), and Sundays (11 a.m.-9 p.m.) through November 10. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and free for kids under two. It includes hayrides, an animated chicken show, a spooky storybook trail, and lots of other farm-related activities. Click  here  for more info or call (540) 947-2844.

Fans of creepy ’80s horror films may pause at the notion of kids in cornfields, but the annual Fall Festival at Layman Family Farms (1815 Mountain View Church Rd.) in Blue Ridge has made navigating a maze in the maize something of a seasonal tradition in these parts. Layman’s cornfield labyrinth and pumpkin patch, which were set to open last weekend before Hurricane Florence intervened, are opening today at 4 p.m. The Fall Festival will remain in operation on Fridays (4-9 p.m.), Saturdays (10 a.m.-9 p.m.), and Sundays (11 a.m.-9 p.m.) through November 10. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and free for kids under two. It includes hayrides, an animated chicken show, a spooky storybook trail, and lots of other farm-related activities. Click here for more info or call (540) 947-2844.

 For many, 1998 seems like another lifetime; for others, it was before life began. But for University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, it was when life ended. His brutal and shocking murder attracted national attention and put hate-crime legislation on the national agenda. Twelve years later,  The Laramie Project , a play based on hundreds of interviews with Laramie residents and those who knew Shepard had its debut in Colorado before travelling to NYC’s Union Square Theatre and being adapted for a 2002 HBO film of the same title. Renaissance Theater (1022 Commerce Street, Suite A) presents its production of this provocative and enthralling exploration of how a small-town tragedy shook the nation’s conscience this weekend and next. The performances start at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15-18. For more info, call (434) 845-4427 or click  here .

For many, 1998 seems like another lifetime; for others, it was before life began. But for University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, it was when life ended. His brutal and shocking murder attracted national attention and put hate-crime legislation on the national agenda. Twelve years later, The Laramie Project, a play based on hundreds of interviews with Laramie residents and those who knew Shepard had its debut in Colorado before travelling to NYC’s Union Square Theatre and being adapted for a 2002 HBO film of the same title. Renaissance Theater (1022 Commerce Street, Suite A) presents its production of this provocative and enthralling exploration of how a small-town tragedy shook the nation’s conscience this weekend and next. The performances start at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15-18. For more info, call (434) 845-4427 or click here.

 The Virginia Blue Ridge affiliate of the national non-profit Susan G. Komen Foundation has lots of ways of raising awareness about breast cancer and money for the cure, including walks, runs, talks, and luncheons. But their event this evening at the Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.) is probably their most amusing fundraising effort of the year. Laughs for the Cure features stand-up performances by comedians Sid David and Hannah Hogan, dinner, a cash bar, and a chance to have a few laughs while helping to fund breast cancer education and research programs. Tickets are $125; click  here  or call (540) 400-8222.

The Virginia Blue Ridge affiliate of the national non-profit Susan G. Komen Foundation has lots of ways of raising awareness about breast cancer and money for the cure, including walks, runs, talks, and luncheons. But their event this evening at the Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.) is probably their most amusing fundraising effort of the year. Laughs for the Cure features stand-up performances by comedians Sid David and Hannah Hogan, dinner, a cash bar, and a chance to have a few laughs while helping to fund breast cancer education and research programs. Tickets are $125; click here or call (540) 400-8222.

 To see or not to see the new  Incredibles 2  at  Venue Cinemas  (901 Lakeside Dr.) if you haven’t already seen the first  Incredibles  movie… That is a question. And, we’ve got an answer: see them both. Lynchburg Parks & Rec present the last of this summer’s Movies in the Park this evening at Riverside Park (2238 Rivermont Ave.). The Pixar computer animated superhero family led by Mr. Incredible will hit the screen at sometime after 7:15 p.m. Prior to that, there will be food trucks, including Upper Crust Pizza, Hibachi Guys, Action Gyro, Chill City Pops, and Clarkboys Kettlecorn. It’s free and it’s a BYOCB event. In other words, bring your own chair and/or blanket. Click  here  or call (434) 455-5858 for info.

To see or not to see the new Incredibles 2 at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) if you haven’t already seen the first Incredibles movie… That is a question. And, we’ve got an answer: see them both. Lynchburg Parks & Rec present the last of this summer’s Movies in the Park this evening at Riverside Park (2238 Rivermont Ave.). The Pixar computer animated superhero family led by Mr. Incredible will hit the screen at sometime after 7:15 p.m. Prior to that, there will be food trucks, including Upper Crust Pizza, Hibachi Guys, Action Gyro, Chill City Pops, and Clarkboys Kettlecorn. It’s free and it’s a BYOCB event. In other words, bring your own chair and/or blanket. Click here or call (434) 455-5858 for info.

 Waynesboro will be the site of what promises to be a fairly massive chili cook-off that’s also going to feature plenty of blues music and beer-type brews this afternoon from 2:30 to 9 p.m. The event is being held outdoors on Lumos Plaza in the heart of Waynesboro’s downtown, between Wayne and Arch Avenues. Performers include: Kiz Carter and Juke Jackson, the Bone Baby Gators featuring Crystal Armentrout, Sun Dried Opossum, and Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos. In addition to the chili, there will be food from Holy Smokes BBQ, Bobbi’s Pulled Chicken, the Lovin’ Crab, and more. General admission tickets are $15 in advance/$20 at the gate. There may also be some VIP tickets available. Click  here  for tickets and more info.

Waynesboro will be the site of what promises to be a fairly massive chili cook-off that’s also going to feature plenty of blues music and beer-type brews this afternoon from 2:30 to 9 p.m. The event is being held outdoors on Lumos Plaza in the heart of Waynesboro’s downtown, between Wayne and Arch Avenues. Performers include: Kiz Carter and Juke Jackson, the Bone Baby Gators featuring Crystal Armentrout, Sun Dried Opossum, and Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos. In addition to the chili, there will be food from Holy Smokes BBQ, Bobbi’s Pulled Chicken, the Lovin’ Crab, and more. General admission tickets are $15 in advance/$20 at the gate. There may also be some VIP tickets available. Click here for tickets and more info.

 They say that self-promotion is the sincerest form of self-flattery, or something like that. We’re taking that to heart this evening by strongly recommending that you come out to Amherst’s Loose Shoe Brewing Company (198 Ambriar Plaza), a nice little family run taproom with a big outdoor deck, which will be the site of a performance this evening by the local band A New Low. Two of the band members – bassist/guitarist Matt Ashare and guitarist Jay Oliveira – are fairly intimately associated with LynchburgDoes.com. So, while we’re not going to sing the band’s praises, we are gonna come right out and say that it’s going to be a good time. The music runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and there’s no charge at the door. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 946-BEER.

They say that self-promotion is the sincerest form of self-flattery, or something like that. We’re taking that to heart this evening by strongly recommending that you come out to Amherst’s Loose Shoe Brewing Company (198 Ambriar Plaza), a nice little family run taproom with a big outdoor deck, which will be the site of a performance this evening by the local band A New Low. Two of the band members – bassist/guitarist Matt Ashare and guitarist Jay Oliveira – are fairly intimately associated with LynchburgDoes.com. So, while we’re not going to sing the band’s praises, we are gonna come right out and say that it’s going to be a good time. The music runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and there’s no charge at the door. Click here for more info or call (434) 946-BEER.

 The crew at the local brewery and restaurant known as Beale’s (410 Grove St.) are demonstrating their knowledge of German beer culture by celebrating the arrival of Oktoberfest in September. That’s how it’s been done for centuries in Munich and Bavaria, and that’s how they’re doing it in Bedford for the second year running. Beale’s will be tapping into their seasonal Oktoberfest beer and offering a German-inspired menu all day, from noon to 10 p.m. They’ll also have the local newgrass jamband Firecracker Jam on their main stage from 6 to 9 p.m. To order a commemorative Beale’s Oktoberfest stein, click  here . For more info, call (540) 583-5113 or click  here .

The crew at the local brewery and restaurant known as Beale’s (410 Grove St.) are demonstrating their knowledge of German beer culture by celebrating the arrival of Oktoberfest in September. That’s how it’s been done for centuries in Munich and Bavaria, and that’s how they’re doing it in Bedford for the second year running. Beale’s will be tapping into their seasonal Oktoberfest beer and offering a German-inspired menu all day, from noon to 10 p.m. They’ll also have the local newgrass jamband Firecracker Jam on their main stage from 6 to 9 p.m. To order a commemorative Beale’s Oktoberfest stein, click here. For more info, call (540) 583-5113 or click here.

 Unless you spend a lot of time at Renaissance fairs, there aren’t a whole lot of opportunities to enjoy live lute music. There’s probably a good reason for that, but there’s also a very good reason that Ronn McFarlane’s is pretty much the only name that comes up when we do a web search for “Grammy nominated lutenist.” McFarlane is a virtuoso player of the lute who’s been digging into Celtic music with his newest ensemble, the Ayreheart Trio. The Trio, featuring multi-instrumentalist William Morris (mandolin, bass, violin) and percussionist Mattias Rucht, are performing this afternoon at 4 p.m. at Second Stage Amherst (194 Second St.). It’s the first in a series of fall chamber music concerts presented by Amherst Glebe Arts Response. Tickets are $15 per concert, and it’s $90 for a season pass. Click  here  for more info, or call AGAR at (434) 989-3215.

Unless you spend a lot of time at Renaissance fairs, there aren’t a whole lot of opportunities to enjoy live lute music. There’s probably a good reason for that, but there’s also a very good reason that Ronn McFarlane’s is pretty much the only name that comes up when we do a web search for “Grammy nominated lutenist.” McFarlane is a virtuoso player of the lute who’s been digging into Celtic music with his newest ensemble, the Ayreheart Trio. The Trio, featuring multi-instrumentalist William Morris (mandolin, bass, violin) and percussionist Mattias Rucht, are performing this afternoon at 4 p.m. at Second Stage Amherst (194 Second St.). It’s the first in a series of fall chamber music concerts presented by Amherst Glebe Arts Response. Tickets are $15 per concert, and it’s $90 for a season pass. Click here for more info, or call AGAR at (434) 989-3215.

 It’s been a big weekend for festivals in these parts, and we saved one of the best for last. The festival that got the nod for best food in  Virginia Living  magazine this year has been up and running since Friday and is finishing up in Roanoke this afternoon. It’s the Roanoke Greek Festival and they’ve got chicken and pork souvlaki, lamb and beef gyros, Greek coffee, Greek beef, Greek wine, and, of course, Greek desserts. There’s also traditional Greek music and dance, Greek olives and olive oil, and and a not-so-Greek KidsZone with face painting, sand art, and games. The Festival runs from noon to 7 p.m. today at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (30 Huntington Blvd.). Admission is free. Click  here  for information, or call (540) 362-3601.

It’s been a big weekend for festivals in these parts, and we saved one of the best for last. The festival that got the nod for best food in Virginia Living magazine this year has been up and running since Friday and is finishing up in Roanoke this afternoon. It’s the Roanoke Greek Festival and they’ve got chicken and pork souvlaki, lamb and beef gyros, Greek coffee, Greek beef, Greek wine, and, of course, Greek desserts. There’s also traditional Greek music and dance, Greek olives and olive oil, and and a not-so-Greek KidsZone with face painting, sand art, and games. The Festival runs from noon to 7 p.m. today at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (30 Huntington Blvd.). Admission is free. Click here for information, or call (540) 362-3601.

 Earlier this month, Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.) did a little remodel on their front façade, adding some nice new blue-lit signage right above the entryway. They also updated their menu, adding a surf-and-turf entrée that pairs antelope tenderloin with lobster pasta. But this evening the kitchen will be looking toward the Mediterranean as they present a special four-course, wine-paired Italian dinner. The dinner is $55 per person and reservations are required. Click  here  for more info, or call (434) 845-1116.

Earlier this month, Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.) did a little remodel on their front façade, adding some nice new blue-lit signage right above the entryway. They also updated their menu, adding a surf-and-turf entrée that pairs antelope tenderloin with lobster pasta. But this evening the kitchen will be looking toward the Mediterranean as they present a special four-course, wine-paired Italian dinner. The dinner is $55 per person and reservations are required. Click here for more info, or call (434) 845-1116.

 Along with pizza, pasta, and the calzones that we happen to be quite partial to, Milano’s (4325 Boonsboro Rd.) serves up some bloozy rock this evening, courtesy of local singer, guitarist, and harmonica player Pete Turpin. Turpin has been gigging in these parts for the better part of 25 years. He’s accumulated a solid songbook of original blues tunes and covers by the likes of the Stones, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson, which you can sample  here . The regular Wednesday night music showcase at Milano’s gets rolling at 7:30 p.m. in the cozy bar area located to the left of the main dining room. There’s no cover. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 384-3400.

Along with pizza, pasta, and the calzones that we happen to be quite partial to, Milano’s (4325 Boonsboro Rd.) serves up some bloozy rock this evening, courtesy of local singer, guitarist, and harmonica player Pete Turpin. Turpin has been gigging in these parts for the better part of 25 years. He’s accumulated a solid songbook of original blues tunes and covers by the likes of the Stones, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson, which you can sample here. The regular Wednesday night music showcase at Milano’s gets rolling at 7:30 p.m. in the cozy bar area located to the left of the main dining room. There’s no cover. Click here for more info or call (434) 384-3400.

 The creative writers in the English Department at Randolph College have had a busy year thus far. In July they welcomed the first group of graduate students into their new low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program while preparing for the invasion of undergraduate in late August. And now they’ve got their Visiting Writers Series to attend to. The first writer to visit this semester – Grant Kittrell – will present a public reading of his works this evening at 8 p.m. in the Alice Ashley Jack Room of the Smith Memorial Building on the Randolph College campus (2500 Rivermont Ave.). Kittrell is a Florida native whose latest collection of prose poems is titled  Let’s Sit Down, Figure This Out . For more information on the event, click  here  or call (434) 947-8000.

The creative writers in the English Department at Randolph College have had a busy year thus far. In July they welcomed the first group of graduate students into their new low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program while preparing for the invasion of undergraduate in late August. And now they’ve got their Visiting Writers Series to attend to. The first writer to visit this semester – Grant Kittrell – will present a public reading of his works this evening at 8 p.m. in the Alice Ashley Jack Room of the Smith Memorial Building on the Randolph College campus (2500 Rivermont Ave.). Kittrell is a Florida native whose latest collection of prose poems is titled Let’s Sit Down, Figure This Out. For more information on the event, click here or call (434) 947-8000.

 The basecamp, brewpub, and meadows at Nelson County’s Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company (200 Mosbys Run) are the setting for three-and-a-half days of fun in the foothills this weekend. DB’s Hoopla is billed as a “Music & Adventure” festival, and it does include some adventuresome activities like guided hikes, mountain bike rides, and local brewery and cidery tours. As you might expect, there will be plenty of beer and music. Performers include Sperryville’s Gold Top County Ramblers, Richmond’s South Hill Banks, the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Virginia band Winstons, Charlottesville’s Adar, Vermont soulstress Kat Wright, and Maine’s Ghost of Paul Revere. Festival passes run from $20 for a single day to $115 for a three-day pass, provided you purchase in advance. There are also camping passes available for those who camp. The Hoopla gets underway today with yard games from 4 to 10 p.m., and the music and adventures take over the brewery grounds tomorrow and Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Click  here  for more info and  here to purchase tickets. You can reach Devil’s Backbone at (434) 361-1001.

The basecamp, brewpub, and meadows at Nelson County’s Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company (200 Mosbys Run) are the setting for three-and-a-half days of fun in the foothills this weekend. DB’s Hoopla is billed as a “Music & Adventure” festival, and it does include some adventuresome activities like guided hikes, mountain bike rides, and local brewery and cidery tours. As you might expect, there will be plenty of beer and music. Performers include Sperryville’s Gold Top County Ramblers, Richmond’s South Hill Banks, the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Virginia band Winstons, Charlottesville’s Adar, Vermont soulstress Kat Wright, and Maine’s Ghost of Paul Revere. Festival passes run from $20 for a single day to $115 for a three-day pass, provided you purchase in advance. There are also camping passes available for those who camp. The Hoopla gets underway today with yard games from 4 to 10 p.m., and the music and adventures take over the brewery grounds tomorrow and Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Click here for more info and hereto purchase tickets. You can reach Devil’s Backbone at (434) 361-1001.

 There are bad hair days, bad haircuts, and less than optimal hair styling decisions. And then there’s Sweeney Todd, the legendarily vengeful and murderous barber of Victorian-era penny dreadful tales, a villainous visage who continues to haunt the collective imagination of musical aficionados through the compositions of the dastardly Stephen Sondheim. Wolfbane Productions bring their version of Sondheim’s  Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  to the stage at Appomattox’s Triangle Plaza (197 Old Courthouse Rd.) for the second of four long weekends, with shows at 8 p.m. tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday, and at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Premium tickets are $35, and general admission is $25, with students, seniors, and military receiving a $5 discount. Meat pies and sweet pies – what else? – baked by the Babcock House will be available for purchase along with drinks. Click  here for more info or call (434) 579-3542.

There are bad hair days, bad haircuts, and less than optimal hair styling decisions. And then there’s Sweeney Todd, the legendarily vengeful and murderous barber of Victorian-era penny dreadful tales, a villainous visage who continues to haunt the collective imagination of musical aficionados through the compositions of the dastardly Stephen Sondheim. Wolfbane Productions bring their version of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street to the stage at Appomattox’s Triangle Plaza (197 Old Courthouse Rd.) for the second of four long weekends, with shows at 8 p.m. tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday, and at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Premium tickets are $35, and general admission is $25, with students, seniors, and military receiving a $5 discount. Meat pies and sweet pies – what else? – baked by the Babcock House will be available for purchase along with drinks. Click herefor more info or call (434) 579-3542.

 If it’s never been said that fall is the fairest of all seasons, well, let it be said now. Last week fall officially arrived. And, as of 4 p.m. today, the Bedford County Fairgrounds at the Glenwood Center (2074 Smith Mountain Lake Pkwy.) will officially open. This is a real county fair. It features livestock shows; blue-ribbon competitions in areas such as canning, gardening, and baking; equine displays; cooking demonstrations; and an antique car show. New to the Fair this year will be a demolition derby and a three-ring circus. The Fair will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. A complete schedule is available  here . For more information, click  here , or call (434) 322-FAIR.

If it’s never been said that fall is the fairest of all seasons, well, let it be said now. Last week fall officially arrived. And, as of 4 p.m. today, the Bedford County Fairgrounds at the Glenwood Center (2074 Smith Mountain Lake Pkwy.) will officially open. This is a real county fair. It features livestock shows; blue-ribbon competitions in areas such as canning, gardening, and baking; equine displays; cooking demonstrations; and an antique car show. New to the Fair this year will be a demolition derby and a three-ring circus. The Fair will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. A complete schedule is available here. For more information, click here, or call (434) 322-FAIR.

 As part of our ongoing and probably short-lived Get To Know A Local Barista series, we’re going to recommend stopping by Golf Park Coffee Co. (2306 Bedford Ave.) this evening. The café, which opened its doors just a few months ago, is hosting an “After Dark” event that promises live music, new menu items, and plenty of java. Think of it as an opportunity to find out why the place is called Golf Park when the mobile cold brew unit they pedal around town is more akin to a golf cart. A $15 ticket for the event, which begins at 7 p.m., gets you two fall-themed coffee drinks and a fall-themed scone. Click  here  or call (434) 515-2299.

As part of our ongoing and probably short-lived Get To Know A Local Barista series, we’re going to recommend stopping by Golf Park Coffee Co. (2306 Bedford Ave.) this evening. The café, which opened its doors just a few months ago, is hosting an “After Dark” event that promises live music, new menu items, and plenty of java. Think of it as an opportunity to find out why the place is called Golf Park when the mobile cold brew unit they pedal around town is more akin to a golf cart. A $15 ticket for the event, which begins at 7 p.m., gets you two fall-themed coffee drinks and a fall-themed scone. Click here or call (434) 515-2299.

 Drake Bell is best known as a millennial actor who got his name in the title of the Nickelodeon sitcom  Drake & Josh , which ran for four seasons from 2004 through 2007. More recently he’s been the voice of Marvel’s animated Spider-Man and a combatant in a fairly colorful Twitter war with Justin Bieber. None of which does much to explain why he found himself playing two sold-out gigs in Lynchburg at Speakertree back in June. Apparently, Bell enjoyed himself in town because he’s coming back this evening to play a larger venue and to help raise money for the Lynchburg Humane Society. The show’s at the Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.) at 7:30 p.m., with opening sets by Kira Kosarin and Wesley Montgomery. Doors are at 6 p.m.; tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. There are also $80 meet-and-greet VIP passes available. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 846-8499.

Drake Bell is best known as a millennial actor who got his name in the title of the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh, which ran for four seasons from 2004 through 2007. More recently he’s been the voice of Marvel’s animated Spider-Man and a combatant in a fairly colorful Twitter war with Justin Bieber. None of which does much to explain why he found himself playing two sold-out gigs in Lynchburg at Speakertree back in June. Apparently, Bell enjoyed himself in town because he’s coming back this evening to play a larger venue and to help raise money for the Lynchburg Humane Society. The show’s at the Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.) at 7:30 p.m., with opening sets by Kira Kosarin and Wesley Montgomery. Doors are at 6 p.m.; tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. There are also $80 meet-and-greet VIP passes available. Click here for more info or call (434) 846-8499.

 Concord’s DeVault Vineyards (247 Station Ln.) closed out the summer with a big heavy metal festival. The vineyard is welcoming fall with fairly large, if somewhat more regionally oriented, psychedelic jam-band blowout. The Be Kind Music Festival features the Gratefully Deadish Big Foot County in the headlining spot, and sets by Tony Camm and his Funk All Stars, Firecracker Jam, Long Strange Night, and others. As befits a festival that takes place at a vineyard, there will be wine, as well as other food and drinkables. Two-day festival passes are available for $30 by clicking  here . Single day tickets will be available at the gate for $20. The organizers are still working out the time, but the event will begin today and end tomorrow. Click  here  for more info and updates.

Concord’s DeVault Vineyards (247 Station Ln.) closed out the summer with a big heavy metal festival. The vineyard is welcoming fall with fairly large, if somewhat more regionally oriented, psychedelic jam-band blowout. The Be Kind Music Festival features the Gratefully Deadish Big Foot County in the headlining spot, and sets by Tony Camm and his Funk All Stars, Firecracker Jam, Long Strange Night, and others. As befits a festival that takes place at a vineyard, there will be wine, as well as other food and drinkables. Two-day festival passes are available for $30 by clicking here. Single day tickets will be available at the gate for $20. The organizers are still working out the time, but the event will begin today and end tomorrow. Click here for more info and updates.

 Out of the six guys who currently populate the veteran country-rock band the Outlaws, only one can trace his lineage back to the early years of the band. That would be drummer Monte Yoho, who joined the Florida-based group back in 1969, took the ’80s and ’90s off, and then rejoined in 2006. Current guitarist Henry Paul did his first stint with the band in the mid ’70s, which means he was on board when they recorded two of their best known songs: “There Goes Another Love Song” and “Green Grass and High Tides.” Yoho and Paul will help keep the band grounded in their storied past when they come to town this evening for an 8 p.m. show at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.). General admission tickets are $35, and there are VIP tickets available  here  for $70. Click  here  or call (434) 846-3206 for more info.

Out of the six guys who currently populate the veteran country-rock band the Outlaws, only one can trace his lineage back to the early years of the band. That would be drummer Monte Yoho, who joined the Florida-based group back in 1969, took the ’80s and ’90s off, and then rejoined in 2006. Current guitarist Henry Paul did his first stint with the band in the mid ’70s, which means he was on board when they recorded two of their best known songs: “There Goes Another Love Song” and “Green Grass and High Tides.” Yoho and Paul will help keep the band grounded in their storied past when they come to town this evening for an 8 p.m. show at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.). General admission tickets are $35, and there are VIP tickets available here for $70. Click here or call (434) 846-3206 for more info.

 Renaissance Theatre’s production  The Laramie Project , a play based on hundreds of interviews with Wyoming residents regarding the 1998 murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, is in its second week of performances. The drama, which was adapted in 2002 for an HBO film, has three curtain times this week at Renaissance Theatre (1022 Commerce Street, Suite A). Tickets ($15-18) are available for shows tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. Call (434) 845-4427 or click  here .

Renaissance Theatre’s production The Laramie Project, a play based on hundreds of interviews with Wyoming residents regarding the 1998 murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, is in its second week of performances. The drama, which was adapted in 2002 for an HBO film, has three curtain times this week at Renaissance Theatre (1022 Commerce Street, Suite A). Tickets ($15-18) are available for shows tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. Call (434) 845-4427 or click here.

 We’re going to assume that if you’re planning on running in today’s Virginia Ten Miler, you’ve probably already trained and registered although, if you haven’t done the latter, you can do so by clicking  here . Now in its 45th year, the race begins and ends at E.C. Glass High School (2111 Memorial Ave.) and follows a course down Langhorne Rd., onto Rivermont Ave., through Riverside Park, and back. Participants in the less arduous four-mile race take the same route but finish at Randolph College. There will be live music along the route and crowds to cheer on the competitors. The running gets underway at 8 a.m. If you’re interested in volunteering to help at the event, click  here . For general info, click  here .

We’re going to assume that if you’re planning on running in today’s Virginia Ten Miler, you’ve probably already trained and registered although, if you haven’t done the latter, you can do so by clicking here. Now in its 45th year, the race begins and ends at E.C. Glass High School (2111 Memorial Ave.) and follows a course down Langhorne Rd., onto Rivermont Ave., through Riverside Park, and back. Participants in the less arduous four-mile race take the same route but finish at Randolph College. There will be live music along the route and crowds to cheer on the competitors. The running gets underway at 8 a.m. If you’re interested in volunteering to help at the event, click here. For general info, click here.

 The fastest runners in today’s Virginia Ten Miler may just be able to make it over to Falling Creek Park (1257 County Farm Rd.) in Bedford for the start of a 5K race through the trails at 10 a.m. Mountain bikers can participate in a race that begins at 11 a.m. Click  here  to register for any of several Taste of the Trails walks, runs, and rides for all ages and skill levels. For those not wishing to compete, Taste of the Trails has plenty more to offer, including live performances by Firecracker Jam, 49 Winchester, and Disco Risque starting at noon, food and beer courtesy of Beale’s, and a raffle. Admission is free; click  here  for more info

The fastest runners in today’s Virginia Ten Miler may just be able to make it over to Falling Creek Park (1257 County Farm Rd.) in Bedford for the start of a 5K race through the trails at 10 a.m. Mountain bikers can participate in a race that begins at 11 a.m. Click here to register for any of several Taste of the Trails walks, runs, and rides for all ages and skill levels. For those not wishing to compete, Taste of the Trails has plenty more to offer, including live performances by Firecracker Jam, 49 Winchester, and Disco Risque starting at noon, food and beer courtesy of Beale’s, and a raffle. Admission is free; click here for more info

 On September 18, 1983 Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss removed their make-up and Kiss were unmasked publicly for first time. Almost 35 years later, give or take a week or so, local performer Taylor Rodriquez is setting aside his rhinestone westernwear, removing his Elvis impersonator cape, and stepping out as his own kind of music man on stage at the Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.). It’s not the first time he’s performed as himself, but it may be his biggest non-Elvis gig yet. Rodriguez is scheduled to perform from 7:30 until 9:30 p.m.; tickets run from $22-$53. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 846-8499.

On September 18, 1983 Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss removed their make-up and Kiss were unmasked publicly for first time. Almost 35 years later, give or take a week or so, local performer Taylor Rodriquez is setting aside his rhinestone westernwear, removing his Elvis impersonator cape, and stepping out as his own kind of music man on stage at the Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.). It’s not the first time he’s performed as himself, but it may be his biggest non-Elvis gig yet. Rodriguez is scheduled to perform from 7:30 until 9:30 p.m.; tickets run from $22-$53. For more info, click here or call (434) 846-8499.

 The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce has recruited an impressive number of area wineries to participate in this year’s Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival, including Brook Mills Winery, Lake Anna Winery, Lazy Days Winery, Peaks of Otter Winery, and, well, you get the idea. They’ve also got Chaos Mountain Brewing setting up a brewpub on site at Crazy Horse Campground (400 Crazy Horse Dr.), vendors ready to sell food, and plenty of music, including sets by Weird Science on Saturday and Barefoot West on Sunday. The festival runs today and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are $26 taster tickets and $16 non-taster tickets available in advance by clicking  here , as well as $126 VIP passes. Click  here  for more information.

The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce has recruited an impressive number of area wineries to participate in this year’s Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival, including Brook Mills Winery, Lake Anna Winery, Lazy Days Winery, Peaks of Otter Winery, and, well, you get the idea. They’ve also got Chaos Mountain Brewing setting up a brewpub on site at Crazy Horse Campground (400 Crazy Horse Dr.), vendors ready to sell food, and plenty of music, including sets by Weird Science on Saturday and Barefoot West on Sunday. The festival runs today and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are $26 taster tickets and $16 non-taster tickets available in advance by clicking here, as well as $126 VIP passes. Click here for more information.

 Back when Hurricane Florence was breathing down the metaphorical neck of Central Virginia, the Lynchburg Art Club wisely decided to postpone their annual outdoor exhibition at E.C. Glass High School (2111 Memorial Drive). Today, weather permitting, they’ll make another go of it from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 46th annual Lynchburg Art Festival will feature 150 regional artists displaying and selling their work, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, graphic and mixed-media works, and photography, but no crafts. That’s right: no crafts. Awards for the best artists will be presented at 3:30 p.m. Click  here  for more information, or call (434) 528-9434.

Back when Hurricane Florence was breathing down the metaphorical neck of Central Virginia, the Lynchburg Art Club wisely decided to postpone their annual outdoor exhibition at E.C. Glass High School (2111 Memorial Drive). Today, weather permitting, they’ll make another go of it from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 46th annual Lynchburg Art Festival will feature 150 regional artists displaying and selling their work, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, graphic and mixed-media works, and photography, but no crafts. That’s right: no crafts. Awards for the best artists will be presented at 3:30 p.m. Click here for more information, or call (434) 528-9434.

 For those who are recovering from Saturday’s Virginia Ten Miler, and for those who just want a reason to get out and have some fun on a Sunday afternoon, there’s a post-race celebration happening at the Forest brewery Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.). From 1 until 6 p.m., the tap room and upper and lower decks at Apocalypse will be the spot for a few specialty brews, including a Peach Race Pace Hard Seltzer and an ale they’ve christened Final Kick. There will also be music by Midnight Train and the Code Fresh food truck will be parked in the Apocalypse lot. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 258-8761

For those who are recovering from Saturday’s Virginia Ten Miler, and for those who just want a reason to get out and have some fun on a Sunday afternoon, there’s a post-race celebration happening at the Forest brewery Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.). From 1 until 6 p.m., the tap room and upper and lower decks at Apocalypse will be the spot for a few specialty brews, including a Peach Race Pace Hard Seltzer and an ale they’ve christened Final Kick. There will also be music by Midnight Train and the Code Fresh food truck will be parked in the Apocalypse lot. For more information, click here or call (434) 258-8761

 It’s October, which means Halloween season has begun. To help usher in the one of the more playfully scary holidays on the fall calendar, Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) is presenting a month-long Fright Fest, featuring five classic horror flicks, including this week’s pick, the playfully scary  Shaun of the Dead  (2004). Six years before the frightfully fleet zombies who populate  The Walking Dead  emerged, Simon Pegg found himself caught up in a somewhat comical zombie apocalypse as Shaun Riley, a rudderless Londoner with a bad job in sales and a less-than-enthusiastic girlfriend. The film became something of an instant cult classic and the first installment in a big-screen trilogy of films that paired Pegg with director Edgar Wright. Venue will be screening the film through Thursday. For screening times and more info, click  here  or call (434) 845-2398.

It’s October, which means Halloween season has begun. To help usher in the one of the more playfully scary holidays on the fall calendar, Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) is presenting a month-long Fright Fest, featuring five classic horror flicks, including this week’s pick, the playfully scary Shaun of the Dead (2004). Six years before the frightfully fleet zombies who populate The Walking Dead emerged, Simon Pegg found himself caught up in a somewhat comical zombie apocalypse as Shaun Riley, a rudderless Londoner with a bad job in sales and a less-than-enthusiastic girlfriend. The film became something of an instant cult classic and the first installment in a big-screen trilogy of films that paired Pegg with director Edgar Wright. Venue will be screening the film through Thursday. For screening times and more info, click here or call (434) 845-2398.

 For a poetic and maybe even tragic example of art imitating life, you don’t have to look much further than the opening scenes of  Downtown 81  (2000), a film that stars Jean-Michel Basquiat as the down-and-out artist that he really was at the time. Last year, one of Basquiat’s 1982 paintings fetched a record high price for a piece of American art at auction (over $100 million). But in 1981, the year this film was shot, Basquiat was just scraping by as a relatively unknown member of NYC’s gritty downtown art scene. Basquiat is essentially homeless in the film — which wasn’t released until 12 years after his 1988 death — much as he was for real at the time. The film screens for free at 7 p.m. at the Maier Museum (1 Quinlan St.) as part of the exhibit “Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat.” Click  here  or call (434) 947-8136 for more info.

For a poetic and maybe even tragic example of art imitating life, you don’t have to look much further than the opening scenes of Downtown 81 (2000), a film that stars Jean-Michel Basquiat as the down-and-out artist that he really was at the time. Last year, one of Basquiat’s 1982 paintings fetched a record high price for a piece of American art at auction (over $100 million). But in 1981, the year this film was shot, Basquiat was just scraping by as a relatively unknown member of NYC’s gritty downtown art scene. Basquiat is essentially homeless in the film — which wasn’t released until 12 years after his 1988 death — much as he was for real at the time. The film screens for free at 7 p.m. at the Maier Museum (1 Quinlan St.) as part of the exhibit “Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat.” Click here or call (434) 947-8136 for more info.

 The Lynchburg Fencing Center, the Macallan distillery, and Fifth and Federal (801 Fifth Street) have teamed up to offer a rather unusual dinner pairing: swords and scotch. The swords in question are of the foil, épée, and sabre variety, which means they are used for sport. The scotch comes from the Macallan distillery in Craigellachie, and the multi-course, whiskey-paired dinner will be prepared by the fine chefs at Fifth and Federal. The event gets underway at 7 p.m. with an brief introduction to the art of fencing, and it does require reservations. Dinner tickets are $30; tickets for dinner plus Macallan pairings are $50 per person and include a taste of the distillery’s 10-year, 12-year, 12-year double cask, and 15-year whiskeys. Click  here  or call (434) 386-8116.

The Lynchburg Fencing Center, the Macallan distillery, and Fifth and Federal (801 Fifth Street) have teamed up to offer a rather unusual dinner pairing: swords and scotch. The swords in question are of the foil, épée, and sabre variety, which means they are used for sport. The scotch comes from the Macallan distillery in Craigellachie, and the multi-course, whiskey-paired dinner will be prepared by the fine chefs at Fifth and Federal. The event gets underway at 7 p.m. with an brief introduction to the art of fencing, and it does require reservations. Dinner tickets are $30; tickets for dinner plus Macallan pairings are $50 per person and include a taste of the distillery’s 10-year, 12-year, 12-year double cask, and 15-year whiskeys. Click here or call (434) 386-8116.