April 17-24

 
 
When Donald Sutherland was presented with an honorary Academy Award for a lifetime of great character acting in 2017, we’re pretty sure the topic of  The Puppet Masters  didn’t come up. A 1994 sci-fi horror flick based on a novel by the great Robert Heinlein,  The Puppet Masters  is an allegorical tale about paranoia, alien invasion, and the looming threat of mind control. It stars a relatively young Sutherland as a CIA agent known as “The Old Man.” Interestingly, it’s similar in many respects to 1978’s  Invasion of the Body Snatchers , an earlier film about alien mind control that starred Sutherland as an investigating health inspector, but very different from  Castle of the Living Dead , a campy 1964 horror film that featured Sutherland as a guy called “The Old Man.” Lynchburg Underground Movie Club presents a screening of  The Puppet Masters  this evening at 7 p.m. at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). Tickets are $7. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 847-7277.

When Donald Sutherland was presented with an honorary Academy Award for a lifetime of great character acting in 2017, we’re pretty sure the topic of The Puppet Masters didn’t come up. A 1994 sci-fi horror flick based on a novel by the great Robert Heinlein, The Puppet Masters is an allegorical tale about paranoia, alien invasion, and the looming threat of mind control. It stars a relatively young Sutherland as a CIA agent known as “The Old Man.” Interestingly, it’s similar in many respects to 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers, an earlier film about alien mind control that starred Sutherland as an investigating health inspector, but very different from Castle of the Living Dead, a campy 1964 horror film that featured Sutherland as a guy called “The Old Man.” Lynchburg Underground Movie Club presents a screening of The Puppet Masters this evening at 7 p.m. at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). Tickets are $7. Click here for more info or call (434) 847-7277.

Before it was a musical, it was a play titled  I Am a Camera . Before it was a play, it was a 1939 novel by Christopher Isherwood set at the dawn of the Third Reich as Weimar Germany was giving way to the Nazis. Oh, and long before Isherwood decided to set his story of romance, modernism, and the end of the world in a bawdy Berlin nightclub,  cabaret  was a French import to Germany featuring theatrical singing and dancing of the adult variety. Wolfbane Productions continues its production of the 1966 musical  Cabaret  this week at the Wolf Den (197 Old Courthouse Rd.) in Appomattox. Doors are at 7 for 8 p.m. for performances tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday, and there’s a 6 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets run from $20-$35. Click  here  for tickets and info, or call (434) 579-3542.

Before it was a musical, it was a play titled I Am a Camera. Before it was a play, it was a 1939 novel by Christopher Isherwood set at the dawn of the Third Reich as Weimar Germany was giving way to the Nazis. Oh, and long before Isherwood decided to set his story of romance, modernism, and the end of the world in a bawdy Berlin nightclub, cabaret was a French import to Germany featuring theatrical singing and dancing of the adult variety. Wolfbane Productions continues its production of the 1966 musical Cabaret this week at the Wolf Den (197 Old Courthouse Rd.) in Appomattox. Doors are at 7 for 8 p.m. for performances tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday, and there’s a 6 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets run from $20-$35. Click here for tickets and info, or call (434) 579-3542.

The Warehouse Concert Series at the Academy Center of the Arts (600 Main St.) can be a showcase for national artists like rapper Ghostface Killah, who was at the Academy last fall, or for local bands, like the groups who competed at the Rockn’ to Lockn’ show just last month. This evening, it will be a little of both as Lynchburg’s own David Sickman brings his locally based, nationally renowned Hackensaw Boys to the Joy & Lynch Christian Warehouse Theatre with Nelson County’s Chamomile and & Whiskey. The Hackensaw Boys have been around in various incarnations since 1999, and Sickman is currently the only founding member in the band. Word has it they’re working on a follow-up to 2016’s  Charismo , a rootsy album named after found-object instrument invented by a former Hackensaw Boy. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets are $17 in advance and $22 at the door. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 846-8499.

The Warehouse Concert Series at the Academy Center of the Arts (600 Main St.) can be a showcase for national artists like rapper Ghostface Killah, who was at the Academy last fall, or for local bands, like the groups who competed at the Rockn’ to Lockn’ show just last month. This evening, it will be a little of both as Lynchburg’s own David Sickman brings his locally based, nationally renowned Hackensaw Boys to the Joy & Lynch Christian Warehouse Theatre with Nelson County’s Chamomile and & Whiskey. The Hackensaw Boys have been around in various incarnations since 1999, and Sickman is currently the only founding member in the band. Word has it they’re working on a follow-up to 2016’s Charismo, a rootsy album named after found-object instrument invented by a former Hackensaw Boy. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets are $17 in advance and $22 at the door. Click here for more info or call (434) 846-8499.

Perhaps it’s just a coincidence that the Lynchburg Gothic League chose Easter Weekend to stage the latest installment of their semi-monthly Every Day Is Halloween club night at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.). But a Good Friday immersion in the dark side of ’80s music isn’t a bad way to get in the mood for egg hunts and chocolate bunnies. DJ Undertaker, DJ Death Flower, and DJ Thantos will take turns spinning hits and near misses from the punk, new wave, and goth canons. And they’ll welcome Please Don’t Tell, a chamber-goth due featuring singer/pianist Christina Fleming and cellist Nicole Rimel, to RP for a set of contemplative live music. The show gets underway around 10 p.m. and goes until 1:30 a.m. There’s a $3 cover at the door. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 846-2877.

Perhaps it’s just a coincidence that the Lynchburg Gothic League chose Easter Weekend to stage the latest installment of their semi-monthly Every Day Is Halloween club night at Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.). But a Good Friday immersion in the dark side of ’80s music isn’t a bad way to get in the mood for egg hunts and chocolate bunnies. DJ Undertaker, DJ Death Flower, and DJ Thantos will take turns spinning hits and near misses from the punk, new wave, and goth canons. And they’ll welcome Please Don’t Tell, a chamber-goth due featuring singer/pianist Christina Fleming and cellist Nicole Rimel, to RP for a set of contemplative live music. The show gets underway around 10 p.m. and goes until 1:30 a.m. There’s a $3 cover at the door. Click here for more info or call (434) 846-2877.

Lynchburg Parks and Recreation marks the imminent arrival of Easter the old fashioned way this morning and afternoon, with a traditional Easter Egg Roll on the lawn at Point of Honor (112 Cabel St.). The rolling of the eggs, or at least preparation for the eventual rolling, gets underway at 10 a.m. There will be petting zoo, face painting, food trucks, and other family friendly activities until 2 p.m. The event is free. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 455-5858.

Lynchburg Parks and Recreation marks the imminent arrival of Easter the old fashioned way this morning and afternoon, with a traditional Easter Egg Roll on the lawn at Point of Honor (112 Cabel St.). The rolling of the eggs, or at least preparation for the eventual rolling, gets underway at 10 a.m. There will be petting zoo, face painting, food trucks, and other family friendly activities until 2 p.m. The event is free. Click here for more info or call (434) 455-5858.

So here’s a complicated question: Is Belle a princess or just a book-loving beauty who learns to love a beast of a former prince? Sure, Disney markets her as a one of their princesses, but does she actually marry the beast? And is he still a prince? Maybe we’re overthinking it. Regardless of her royal legitimacy, Belle will take the stage today for two Youth Theatre musical production of  Beauty and the Beast, Jr.  There are performances at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Academy Center of the Arts’ Historic Academy Theatre (600 Main St.). Tickets run from $10 to $23. Click  here  for tickets and info or call (434) 846-8499.

So here’s a complicated question: Is Belle a princess or just a book-loving beauty who learns to love a beast of a former prince? Sure, Disney markets her as a one of their princesses, but does she actually marry the beast? And is he still a prince? Maybe we’re overthinking it. Regardless of her royal legitimacy, Belle will take the stage today for two Youth Theatre musical production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr. There are performances at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Academy Center of the Arts’ Historic Academy Theatre (600 Main St.). Tickets run from $10 to $23. Click here for tickets and info or call (434) 846-8499.

The Lynchburg Hillcats are not on spring break and they do not have Easter weekend off. But they will be at their home field all weekend, finishing up a series against the pesky Myrtle Beach Pelicans, and hosting a ballpark-style Easter event today at City Stadium (3180 Fort Ave.) that begins with family activities at 2:30 p.m., a children’s egg hunt at 2:45 p.m., and an adult egg hunt at 3:15 p.m. The festivities continue right up until the start of the game at 6 p.m. And since it’s a Sparkling Saturday on the Hillcats calendar, there should be fireworks after the game. A ticket to the game ($8-$14) gets you into the Easter Bash. Click  here  for info or call (434) 528-1144.

The Lynchburg Hillcats are not on spring break and they do not have Easter weekend off. But they will be at their home field all weekend, finishing up a series against the pesky Myrtle Beach Pelicans, and hosting a ballpark-style Easter event today at City Stadium (3180 Fort Ave.) that begins with family activities at 2:30 p.m., a children’s egg hunt at 2:45 p.m., and an adult egg hunt at 3:15 p.m. The festivities continue right up until the start of the game at 6 p.m. And since it’s a Sparkling Saturday on the Hillcats calendar, there should be fireworks after the game. A ticket to the game ($8-$14) gets you into the Easter Bash. Click here for info or call (434) 528-1144.

Happy Easter! The Lynchburg Hillcats of the Carolina League Northern Division are at home this afternoon to wrap up a four-game series against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Carolina League Southern Division. We mention those divisions because the Hillcats are off to a pretty good start to the season that’s had them holding firm in second place earlier this week in their division. The Pelicans, on the other hand, have had a rocky start to their season, which had them in last place in their division. Today’s game gets underway at 3 p.m. and since it’s a “Sandlot Sunday,” kids get to run the bases when the game is over. Click  here  for tickets, which run from $8 to $14, or call (434) 528-1144.

Happy Easter! The Lynchburg Hillcats of the Carolina League Northern Division are at home this afternoon to wrap up a four-game series against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Carolina League Southern Division. We mention those divisions because the Hillcats are off to a pretty good start to the season that’s had them holding firm in second place earlier this week in their division. The Pelicans, on the other hand, have had a rocky start to their season, which had them in last place in their division. Today’s game gets underway at 3 p.m. and since it’s a “Sandlot Sunday,” kids get to run the bases when the game is over. Click here for tickets, which run from $8 to $14, or call (434) 528-1144.

Located in nearby Amherst County, Ankida Ridge Vineyards has been planting pinot noir and chardonnay varietals for about a decade and earning high praise for its Burgundian-style wines. This evening five of their wines will join fine creations from the kitchen on the menu at Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.). The dinner, which gets underway at 6 p.m., begins with Ankida’s Rockgarden Vert paired with apples and brie, and features a two-course entrée of a salmon paired with a pinot noir and pork tenderloin paired with a Bordeaux-style blend. Reservations are required for the 5-course dinner, which is $79 per person. Click  here  or call (434) 845-1116.

Located in nearby Amherst County, Ankida Ridge Vineyards has been planting pinot noir and chardonnay varietals for about a decade and earning high praise for its Burgundian-style wines. This evening five of their wines will join fine creations from the kitchen on the menu at Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.). The dinner, which gets underway at 6 p.m., begins with Ankida’s Rockgarden Vert paired with apples and brie, and features a two-course entrée of a salmon paired with a pinot noir and pork tenderloin paired with a Bordeaux-style blend. Reservations are required for the 5-course dinner, which is $79 per person. Click here or call (434) 845-1116.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the interior of the recently reopened and newly renovated Academy of Music Theatre at the Academy Center for the Arts (600 Main St.), you’ve got a low-risk/high-reward opportunity to do so this evening. The Academy opens its doors from 5 until 8 p.m. for a happy hour tour that does not require sitting through a particular production. There will be live music, a cash bar, and 30-minute guided tours starting at 6 p.m. There’s no admission charge. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 846-8499.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the interior of the recently reopened and newly renovated Academy of Music Theatre at the Academy Center for the Arts (600 Main St.), you’ve got a low-risk/high-reward opportunity to do so this evening. The Academy opens its doors from 5 until 8 p.m. for a happy hour tour that does not require sitting through a particular production. There will be live music, a cash bar, and 30-minute guided tours starting at 6 p.m. There’s no admission charge. Click here for more info or call (434) 846-8499.

The ukulele originated in Hawaii in the 19th century, but it was adapted from a number of Portuguese stringed instruments, including the  cavaquinho  and the  machete . Just thought we’d drop a little luthier science as a way of noting that this evening ukuleles and their enthusiasts will converge on the Miller Center (301 Grove St.) for a bi-monthly Ukulele Circle hosted by the fine folks at Lynchburg Parks and Rec. All players and listeners are welcome for the jam, which begins at 7 p.m. Register in advance and get more info by clicking  here  or calling (434) 455-5858.

The ukulele originated in Hawaii in the 19th century, but it was adapted from a number of Portuguese stringed instruments, including the cavaquinho and the machete. Just thought we’d drop a little luthier science as a way of noting that this evening ukuleles and their enthusiasts will converge on the Miller Center (301 Grove St.) for a bi-monthly Ukulele Circle hosted by the fine folks at Lynchburg Parks and Rec. All players and listeners are welcome for the jam, which begins at 7 p.m. Register in advance and get more info by clicking here or calling (434) 455-5858.

Beer and barbecue are always on the menu at Small Batch Barbecue (2302 Bedford Ave.), but this evening you can take home a Three Notch’d Brewing Company pint glass. The actual Three Notch’d brewery, tasting room, and restaurant is located in the heart of Charlottesville and they’ve got a satellite location in downtown Roanoke that recently opened. But they’ll have several beers on tap from 4 until 9 p.m. at Small Batch for a Steal the Pint event. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 439-2807.

Beer and barbecue are always on the menu at Small Batch Barbecue (2302 Bedford Ave.), but this evening you can take home a Three Notch’d Brewing Company pint glass. The actual Three Notch’d brewery, tasting room, and restaurant is located in the heart of Charlottesville and they’ve got a satellite location in downtown Roanoke that recently opened. But they’ll have several beers on tap from 4 until 9 p.m. at Small Batch for a Steal the Pint event. Click here for more info or call (434) 439-2807.