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August 15-22

 
 
 
 We’re all just looking for love, but when you’re an eight-foot tall monster patched together out of scavenged cadaver parts, the search is a bit more difficult. In a 1935 sequel to his 1931  Frankenstein , director James Whale reanimates a partner for the monster played so famously by Boris Karloff. In addition to playing matchmaker, Dr. Frankenstein has to deal with an even madder scientist who has kidnapped Herr Frankenstein’s wife Elizabeth. The monster’s mate is played by Elsa Lanchester, who makes only a brief yet shocking appearance in this culty cult classic. Lynchburg Underground Movie Club’s Ken Faraoni, a bronze artist and movie buff, will be on hand to offer some context. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the film starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $7. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 847-7277.

We’re all just looking for love, but when you’re an eight-foot tall monster patched together out of scavenged cadaver parts, the search is a bit more difficult. In a 1935 sequel to his 1931 Frankenstein, director James Whale reanimates a partner for the monster played so famously by Boris Karloff. In addition to playing matchmaker, Dr. Frankenstein has to deal with an even madder scientist who has kidnapped Herr Frankenstein’s wife Elizabeth. The monster’s mate is played by Elsa Lanchester, who makes only a brief yet shocking appearance in this culty cult classic. Lynchburg Underground Movie Club’s Ken Faraoni, a bronze artist and movie buff, will be on hand to offer some context. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the film starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $7. For more info, click here or call (434) 847-7277.

 Food Truck Wednesday at Timberlake United Methodist (21649 Timberlake Rd.) is shaping up to be the largest gathering of Lynchburg food trucks this summer. The church, which hosts the roundup on its lawn, booked the Taco Wagon, Sourdough Pizza Co., Lynchburg BBQ Co., Uprooted, Hibachi Guys, Brother Jake's Brick Oven Creations, Calle Cruz, Homestead Creamery, Kona Ice, and Dem Bunz, which adds up to a whopping ten trucks ready to serve up the goods at 5 p.m. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 239-1348.

Food Truck Wednesday at Timberlake United Methodist (21649 Timberlake Rd.) is shaping up to be the largest gathering of Lynchburg food trucks this summer. The church, which hosts the roundup on its lawn, booked the Taco Wagon, Sourdough Pizza Co., Lynchburg BBQ Co., Uprooted, Hibachi Guys, Brother Jake's Brick Oven Creations, Calle Cruz, Homestead Creamery, Kona Ice, and Dem Bunz, which adds up to a whopping ten trucks ready to serve up the goods at 5 p.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 239-1348.

 The Marvel Universe can be a dark and serious place, as the ominous ending of  Avengers: Infinity War  demonstrated earlier this year. But it can also accommodate more amusing and irreverent narratives, which is what we got when Ryan Reynolds stepped into his Deadpool costume for the first time in 2016. Reynolds is back as the irrepressible Wade Wilson (a/k/a Deadpool) in the aptly titled  Deadpool 2 , the second installment of the whimsical and raunchy superhero franchise. This time, Wilson’s on a quest for vengeance for the murder of his girlfriend. Julian Dennison plays Firefist, a possibly evil and certainly unhinged young mutant, and Josh Brolin steps in as the gruff time traveler Cable, who’s come back from the future to make a few minor adjustments. The film screens daily at 6:30 and 9:15 p.m. at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.). For info, click  here  or call (434) 845-2398.

The Marvel Universe can be a dark and serious place, as the ominous ending of Avengers: Infinity War demonstrated earlier this year. But it can also accommodate more amusing and irreverent narratives, which is what we got when Ryan Reynolds stepped into his Deadpool costume for the first time in 2016. Reynolds is back as the irrepressible Wade Wilson (a/k/a Deadpool) in the aptly titled Deadpool 2, the second installment of the whimsical and raunchy superhero franchise. This time, Wilson’s on a quest for vengeance for the murder of his girlfriend. Julian Dennison plays Firefist, a possibly evil and certainly unhinged young mutant, and Josh Brolin steps in as the gruff time traveler Cable, who’s come back from the future to make a few minor adjustments. The film screens daily at 6:30 and 9:15 p.m. at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.). For info, click here or call (434) 845-2398.

 Here’s an opportunity for all the millennials out there in the Lynchburg community. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, you’re now the core of the country’s workforce, which means you’ve got to attend to business. The Young Professionals of Central Virginia is a group dedicated to offering support in that regard, mostly through old-school social networking. YPCV hosts a 5:35 networking happy hour each month at a different spot around town. Tonight, from 5:35 until 7:35 p.m., it’s at Shoemakers American Grill (1312 Commerce St.). No cover or membership is required. For more info, click  here , or contact YPCV  here  or by calling (434) 845-5966.

Here’s an opportunity for all the millennials out there in the Lynchburg community. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, you’re now the core of the country’s workforce, which means you’ve got to attend to business. The Young Professionals of Central Virginia is a group dedicated to offering support in that regard, mostly through old-school social networking. YPCV hosts a 5:35 networking happy hour each month at a different spot around town. Tonight, from 5:35 until 7:35 p.m., it’s at Shoemakers American Grill (1312 Commerce St.). No cover or membership is required. For more info, click here, or contact YPCV here or by calling (434) 845-5966.

 Hold the guacamole and forget the sriracha because it’s Salsa Night at the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.). Now that school’s back in session, the folks at Lynchburg Salsa are gearing up to teach some dancing on a weekly basis. The evening begins with an hour-long salsa lesson at 8 p.m., followed by open dancing until 11 p.m. No partner is required to attend. Cover is $5 and cash only. For more information, click  here  or email  lynchburgsalsa@gmail.com .

Hold the guacamole and forget the sriracha because it’s Salsa Night at the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.). Now that school’s back in session, the folks at Lynchburg Salsa are gearing up to teach some dancing on a weekly basis. The evening begins with an hour-long salsa lesson at 8 p.m., followed by open dancing until 11 p.m. No partner is required to attend. Cover is $5 and cash only. For more information, click here or email lynchburgsalsa@gmail.com.

 Legend has it that in a mythic but not so distant past, before Fortnite, Minecraft, and Roblox made role playing as easy as touching a screen, gamers had to rely on ten-, 12-, and 20-sided dice to make their moves in the decidedly Tolkienesque realm of Dungeons & Dragons. The expansive role-playing game has gone in and out of fashion, but it’s never quite gone away, as is evident every Thursday evening at the White Hart (1208 Main St.). Dungeon masters and novice wizards, clerics and elvin creatures are all invited to play from 5 until 8 p.m. at several tables, including one for beginners. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 207-5600.

Legend has it that in a mythic but not so distant past, before Fortnite, Minecraft, and Roblox made role playing as easy as touching a screen, gamers had to rely on ten-, 12-, and 20-sided dice to make their moves in the decidedly Tolkienesque realm of Dungeons & Dragons. The expansive role-playing game has gone in and out of fashion, but it’s never quite gone away, as is evident every Thursday evening at the White Hart (1208 Main St.). Dungeon masters and novice wizards, clerics and elvin creatures are all invited to play from 5 until 8 p.m. at several tables, including one for beginners. For more info, click here or call (434) 207-5600.

 An aging Mark Hamill is minding his own business as Luke Skywalker when striking young Daisy Ridley interrupts his self-imposed exile on one of the galaxy’s more secluded islands and insists on some serious Jedi training. So begins the action and the drama in  The Last Jedi  (2017), which is technically episode eight of the interplanetary saga. Ridley play Rey, the latest member of the resistance to go up against Luke’s former pupil and nephew Kylo Ren, who’s played ably by Adam Driver. Chewbacca, R2D2, and the Millennium Falcon will all be there as  The Last Jedi  makes its Movies in the Park debut at Riverside Park (2238 Rivermont Ave.). It’s free and it starts at 8 p.m. There will be food trucks and vendors, including Kona Ice, Clarkboys Kettle Corn, Action Gyro, Upper Crust Pizza, and Hibachi Guys. Click  here  or call (434) 455-5858.

An aging Mark Hamill is minding his own business as Luke Skywalker when striking young Daisy Ridley interrupts his self-imposed exile on one of the galaxy’s more secluded islands and insists on some serious Jedi training. So begins the action and the drama in The Last Jedi (2017), which is technically episode eight of the interplanetary saga. Ridley play Rey, the latest member of the resistance to go up against Luke’s former pupil and nephew Kylo Ren, who’s played ably by Adam Driver. Chewbacca, R2D2, and the Millennium Falcon will all be there as The Last Jedi makes its Movies in the Park debut at Riverside Park (2238 Rivermont Ave.). It’s free and it starts at 8 p.m. There will be food trucks and vendors, including Kona Ice, Clarkboys Kettle Corn, Action Gyro, Upper Crust Pizza, and Hibachi Guys. Click here or call (434) 455-5858.

 Born in nearby Nelson County, where he famously started playing gigs as a teenager at Rapunzel’s Coffee House, Eli Cook has emerged as one of the more reliably excellent blues guitar players currently wielding a pick. That’s high praise, but he’s proven it time and time again, on stage and in the studio. His latest album is 2017’s  High-Dollar Gospel , and he’s gearing up for several area shows, including one this evening at Fifth & Federal (801 Fifth St.). He’ll have a full band in tow when he takes the City Limits stage at 8 p.m. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 386-8113.

Born in nearby Nelson County, where he famously started playing gigs as a teenager at Rapunzel’s Coffee House, Eli Cook has emerged as one of the more reliably excellent blues guitar players currently wielding a pick. That’s high praise, but he’s proven it time and time again, on stage and in the studio. His latest album is 2017’s High-Dollar Gospel, and he’s gearing up for several area shows, including one this evening at Fifth & Federal (801 Fifth St.). He’ll have a full band in tow when he takes the City Limits stage at 8 p.m. For more information, click here or call (434) 386-8113.

 Illiterate Light’s debut album isn’t out quite yet, but you can hear a preview of the grungy, guitar-driven, piano-laced single “Better Than I Used To” on Bandcamp. The alt-rock duo of Jeff Gorman and Jake Cochran, who have toured the mid-Atlantic by bicycle and worked on an organic farm in the Shenandoah Valley, come to Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) tonight. Music starts around 10:30 p.m., just before the shop switches from dinner to late-night slices. The band is scheduled to play until 12:30 a.m. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 846-2877.

Illiterate Light’s debut album isn’t out quite yet, but you can hear a preview of the grungy, guitar-driven, piano-laced single “Better Than I Used To” on Bandcamp. The alt-rock duo of Jeff Gorman and Jake Cochran, who have toured the mid-Atlantic by bicycle and worked on an organic farm in the Shenandoah Valley, come to Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) tonight. Music starts around 10:30 p.m., just before the shop switches from dinner to late-night slices. The band is scheduled to play until 12:30 a.m. For more info, click here or call (434) 846-2877.

 The thick August humidity is a sign that summer, which technically goes until September 22, is practically winding down. That’s why there are only two more days of Saturday Morning Walking Tours at Old City Cemetery (410 Taylor St.). Today and next Saturday, the public is invited to the historic cemetery and arboretum for a free, guided, 10 a.m. tour, which is a nice way to get moving before heading over to the Community Market (1219 Main St.), heading down to Jefferson Street for a stroll, or just grabbing lunch at any of downtown’s fine establishments, which now includes the newly opened Mediterranean spot Tahini’s Grill (912 Main St.), where the falafel is made to order. For more info on Old City Cemetery and the walking tours, click  here  and  here .

The thick August humidity is a sign that summer, which technically goes until September 22, is practically winding down. That’s why there are only two more days of Saturday Morning Walking Tours at Old City Cemetery (410 Taylor St.). Today and next Saturday, the public is invited to the historic cemetery and arboretum for a free, guided, 10 a.m. tour, which is a nice way to get moving before heading over to the Community Market (1219 Main St.), heading down to Jefferson Street for a stroll, or just grabbing lunch at any of downtown’s fine establishments, which now includes the newly opened Mediterranean spot Tahini’s Grill (912 Main St.), where the falafel is made to order. For more info on Old City Cemetery and the walking tours, click here and here.

 The best little guitar shop in Madison Heights may also be the only little guitar shop in Madison Heights, but it’s also a big enough little guitar shop to accommodate an all-day, multi-bands Palooza of its own. My Guitar Shop (4529 S. Amherst Hwy.) celebrates its fifth anniversary with an outdoor music festival in the parking lot in front the store. It gets underway at 1 p.m. with a set by Dan Station & Bluegrass Connection, followed by Swirl at 2 p.m., the Super Dudes at 3 p.m., Puh-Pow at 4 p.m., Diversion at 5 p.m., and Tony Camm & The Funk All Stars at 6 p.m. The event is free with part of the proceeds collected through any bouncy houses or raffles that might be part of the action going to the Children’s Miracle Network. Click  here  or call (434) 534-7110 for more info.

The best little guitar shop in Madison Heights may also be the only little guitar shop in Madison Heights, but it’s also a big enough little guitar shop to accommodate an all-day, multi-bands Palooza of its own. My Guitar Shop (4529 S. Amherst Hwy.) celebrates its fifth anniversary with an outdoor music festival in the parking lot in front the store. It gets underway at 1 p.m. with a set by Dan Station & Bluegrass Connection, followed by Swirl at 2 p.m., the Super Dudes at 3 p.m., Puh-Pow at 4 p.m., Diversion at 5 p.m., and Tony Camm & The Funk All Stars at 6 p.m. The event is free with part of the proceeds collected through any bouncy houses or raffles that might be part of the action going to the Children’s Miracle Network. Click here or call (434) 534-7110 for more info.

 If you’ve ever noticed a randomly placed painted rock in your forays around town, there’s a good chance it’s there for a purpose. The members of Lynchburg Rocks can explain. The group are something of an artsy gaming club who enjoy the great outdoors. They network on Facebook, paint and otherwise decorate rocks, hide those rocks around town, and hunt for them. It's that simple, and that sublime. The group will do some real-world social networking with a little rock painting thrown in for good measure this afternoon from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. at the White Hart Cafe (1208 Main St.). Bring a rock, grab a hot or cold beverage, and the White Hart will provide the paint free of charge. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 207-5600.

If you’ve ever noticed a randomly placed painted rock in your forays around town, there’s a good chance it’s there for a purpose. The members of Lynchburg Rocks can explain. The group are something of an artsy gaming club who enjoy the great outdoors. They network on Facebook, paint and otherwise decorate rocks, hide those rocks around town, and hunt for them. It's that simple, and that sublime. The group will do some real-world social networking with a little rock painting thrown in for good measure this afternoon from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. at the White Hart Cafe (1208 Main St.). Bring a rock, grab a hot or cold beverage, and the White Hart will provide the paint free of charge. For more information, click here or call (434) 207-5600.

Publisher's Note

Thanks for landing at LynchburgDoes. For well over a year now we’ve been dedicated to the idea that there’s more happening in this little town of ours than many people suspect. We’re committed to demonstrating that on a weekly basis. Every Wednesday we publish a robust roster of informative, reliable, and often rather entertaining listings about music, theater, food, drink, and other local arts and cultural events. As we continue to discover new places to eat, drink, and be merry, we’ll keep letting you know. To those of you who have come to rely on LynchburgDoes as a resource, thank you. To those of you who are new to the site, welcome. If you’re so inclined, you can find us and like us on Facebook.

Matt Ashare
Editor and Publisher
LynchburgDoes.com

 The latest Spike Lee joint is just a week old, but its genesis dates back to 1972, when a black police officer pulled off a major investigative coup by going undercover as a member of the Colorado Springs chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan wasn’t accepting many black members at the time, so detective Ron Stallworth had to prevail on a Grand Wizard named David Duke to lend a hand. Stallworth published a book about his experiences in 2014, and Lee adapted it for the big screen. John David Washington takes on the role of Stallworth, and Adam Driver is Flip Zimmerman, a Jewish detective who helped infiltrate the Klan. It’s one of those stories you’d never believe if it weren’t true, and it screens at River Ridge Stadium (3411 Candlers Mountain Rd.) all week. Click  here  or call (844) 462-7342 ext. 4045 for more information, including showtimes.

The latest Spike Lee joint is just a week old, but its genesis dates back to 1972, when a black police officer pulled off a major investigative coup by going undercover as a member of the Colorado Springs chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan wasn’t accepting many black members at the time, so detective Ron Stallworth had to prevail on a Grand Wizard named David Duke to lend a hand. Stallworth published a book about his experiences in 2014, and Lee adapted it for the big screen. John David Washington takes on the role of Stallworth, and Adam Driver is Flip Zimmerman, a Jewish detective who helped infiltrate the Klan. It’s one of those stories you’d never believe if it weren’t true, and it screens at River Ridge Stadium (3411 Candlers Mountain Rd.) all week. Click here or call (844) 462-7342 ext. 4045 for more information, including showtimes.

 The local cycling community has a well-documented affinity for cruising for brews, usually of the lager and ale variety. But this evening, and every Monday through the end of the month, Blackwater Bike Shop (18869 Forest Rd.) hosts a ride with a softer brew as the reward. The 22-mile Root Beer Ride begins at the Blackwater’s Forest shop at 6 p.m. There are also ten- and 16-mile routes for those who’d prefer a shorter route. All routes lead to Monkee Joe’s (1190 Perrowville Rd.), where the root beer will be flowing. Check out the bike shop’s ride map  page  for more info about the route or click  here  or call (434) 385-7047.

The local cycling community has a well-documented affinity for cruising for brews, usually of the lager and ale variety. But this evening, and every Monday through the end of the month, Blackwater Bike Shop (18869 Forest Rd.) hosts a ride with a softer brew as the reward. The 22-mile Root Beer Ride begins at the Blackwater’s Forest shop at 6 p.m. There are also ten- and 16-mile routes for those who’d prefer a shorter route. All routes lead to Monkee Joe’s (1190 Perrowville Rd.), where the root beer will be flowing. Check out the bike shop’s ride map page for more info about the route or click here or call (434) 385-7047.

 There’s rarely a good time to switch kegs and it seems like they tend to tap out at the worst times. Just ask a bartender. The folks at {RA} Bistro (1344 Main St.) have come up with a nifty solution to that problem. It’s called Tap-Out Tuesdays and the premise is pretty simple: cut the price of a pint from the kegs that are getting low and plan on running them dry. Each week the specials differ, but the price for a pint is always $2. Think of it as an economical way to try a new IPA or two. The tap-out specials go through dinnertime until 9 p.m. You can check out the {RA} menu and daily specials  here . For more info call (434) 845-1601.

There’s rarely a good time to switch kegs and it seems like they tend to tap out at the worst times. Just ask a bartender. The folks at {RA} Bistro (1344 Main St.) have come up with a nifty solution to that problem. It’s called Tap-Out Tuesdays and the premise is pretty simple: cut the price of a pint from the kegs that are getting low and plan on running them dry. Each week the specials differ, but the price for a pint is always $2. Think of it as an economical way to try a new IPA or two. The tap-out specials go through dinnertime until 9 p.m. You can check out the {RA} menu and daily specials here. For more info call (434) 845-1601.

 We can’t all live a life of ease. We won’t all have all we need. And we can’t all, as the Beatles sang, live in a yellow submarine. But we can all play trivia – just not all at the same time. Tonight there’s trivia at a sandwich shop named for the Fab Four song that spawned the animated film in which a fictional fellow by the name of Jeremy Hilary Boob PhD is serenaded with one of the saddest songs about sadness in the Beatles repertoire, “Nowhere Man.” John wrote and sang it, with Paul and George adding harmonies, and the track appeared on side one of the 1965 album  Rubber Soul . Now, there’s some trivia for you. And here’s some more: it may sound like John, Paul, George, and Ringo voicing the dialogue in the film, but it’s not… Tonight and every Wednesday, Yellow Submarine (3313 Old Forest Rd.) hosts trivia night with eight revolving categories and three rounds. Buckets of beer are $9.99, which seems like a deal. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 385-5357.

We can’t all live a life of ease. We won’t all have all we need. And we can’t all, as the Beatles sang, live in a yellow submarine. But we can all play trivia – just not all at the same time. Tonight there’s trivia at a sandwich shop named for the Fab Four song that spawned the animated film in which a fictional fellow by the name of Jeremy Hilary Boob PhD is serenaded with one of the saddest songs about sadness in the Beatles repertoire, “Nowhere Man.” John wrote and sang it, with Paul and George adding harmonies, and the track appeared on side one of the 1965 album Rubber Soul. Now, there’s some trivia for you. And here’s some more: it may sound like John, Paul, George, and Ringo voicing the dialogue in the film, but it’s not… Tonight and every Wednesday, Yellow Submarine (3313 Old Forest Rd.) hosts trivia night with eight revolving categories and three rounds. Buckets of beer are $9.99, which seems like a deal. For more info, click here or call (434) 385-5357.