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October 16-23

 
 
The ghost of  Ziegfeld Follies  beauty Olive Thomas is said to haunt NYC’s New Amsterdam Theatre, which is one of the oldest surviving venues on Broadway. And a visage of Judy Garland has reportedly been seen hovering around the orchestra pit in the Palace Theatre on Broadway. Here in Lynchburg, we’ve got our own ghost stories and an historic theatrical space that could just be home to a spirit or two. The Academy Center for the Arts (600 Main St.) will explore the paranormal possibilities of the Academy of Music Theatre on guided “Haunted Historic Theatre Tours” every Wednesday evening through the end of the month. Tours get underway at 7 and 8:30 p.m. starting tonight. Tickets are $15. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 846-8499.

The ghost of Ziegfeld Follies beauty Olive Thomas is said to haunt NYC’s New Amsterdam Theatre, which is one of the oldest surviving venues on Broadway. And a visage of Judy Garland has reportedly been seen hovering around the orchestra pit in the Palace Theatre on Broadway. Here in Lynchburg, we’ve got our own ghost stories and an historic theatrical space that could just be home to a spirit or two. The Academy Center for the Arts (600 Main St.) will explore the paranormal possibilities of the Academy of Music Theatre on guided “Haunted Historic Theatre Tours” every Wednesday evening through the end of the month. Tours get underway at 7 and 8:30 p.m. starting tonight. Tickets are $15. Click here for more info or call (434) 846-8499.

So, the Lynchburg Underground Movie Club (LUMC) typically screens underground and cult movies in the Rosel Schewel Theatre at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). But they’re also big fans of cult television, including a somewhat surreal British comedy show that aired for three seasons from 2004-2007. A bunch of months back they screened an evening of highlights from the first few episodes of  the Mighty Boosh  in cinematic form, and tonight they’ll continue their deep dive into the world of  Boosh . Doors are at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. screening, which will feature introductory remarks by local film expert Ken Faraoni. Tickets are $7. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 847-7277.

So, the Lynchburg Underground Movie Club (LUMC) typically screens underground and cult movies in the Rosel Schewel Theatre at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). But they’re also big fans of cult television, including a somewhat surreal British comedy show that aired for three seasons from 2004-2007. A bunch of months back they screened an evening of highlights from the first few episodes of the Mighty Boosh in cinematic form, and tonight they’ll continue their deep dive into the world of Boosh. Doors are at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. screening, which will feature introductory remarks by local film expert Ken Faraoni. Tickets are $7. Click here for more info or call (434) 847-7277.

Child’s Play  scaremaster Tom Holland was hard at work on the largely forgettable 1984 spy film  Cloak & Dagger  when he envisioned an amusing film about a horror movie fanatic who finds himself living next door to a vampire. This meta narrative took flight in 1985’s  Fright Night , a non-award-winning film that has become a genuine cult classic over the past two decades. There was a 2011 reboot of the franchise that captured none of the original’s charm, a reboot sequel in 2013 title  Fright Night 2: New Blood , and even a Bollywood homage to the film titled  Kalpana House  (1989). But Holland’s 1985  Fright Night  is still the frightiest night of them all. The film gets the big-screen treatment this week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.). Click  here  for more info or call (434) 845-2398.

Child’s Play scaremaster Tom Holland was hard at work on the largely forgettable 1984 spy film Cloak & Dagger when he envisioned an amusing film about a horror movie fanatic who finds himself living next door to a vampire. This meta narrative took flight in 1985’s Fright Night, a non-award-winning film that has become a genuine cult classic over the past two decades. There was a 2011 reboot of the franchise that captured none of the original’s charm, a reboot sequel in 2013 title Fright Night 2: New Blood, and even a Bollywood homage to the film titled Kalpana House (1989). But Holland’s 1985 Fright Night is still the frightiest night of them all. The film gets the big-screen treatment this week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.). Click here for more info or call (434) 845-2398.

Liberty University’s decidedly non-secular take on a tradition that is deeply rooted in the pagan rites like Allhallowtide the pre-Christian Gaelic harvest festival Samhain is a haunted house that goes into operation this evening. Scaremare is located in a mansion near Lynchburg City Stadium (2300 Carroll Ave.) and on its grounds. Sponsored by the Center for Youth Ministries at Liberty, it features costume clad student actors, creepy trails through darkened woods, and a House of Death. Admission to the 40-minute tour is $10, and Scaremare is open from 7:30-11 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through the end of the month. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 582-2180.

Liberty University’s decidedly non-secular take on a tradition that is deeply rooted in the pagan rites like Allhallowtide the pre-Christian Gaelic harvest festival Samhain is a haunted house that goes into operation this evening. Scaremare is located in a mansion near Lynchburg City Stadium (2300 Carroll Ave.) and on its grounds. Sponsored by the Center for Youth Ministries at Liberty, it features costume clad student actors, creepy trails through darkened woods, and a House of Death. Admission to the 40-minute tour is $10, and Scaremare is open from 7:30-11 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through the end of the month. Click here for more info or call (434) 582-2180.

The theatrical folks out at Appomattox’s Wolfbane Productions get into the Halloween holiday spirit this month with a production of  The Crucible , Arthur Miller’s famously allegorical drama about the Salem Witch Trials. The play, which debuted on Broadway in 1953 at the height of red-scare McCarthyism, is definitely top-ten in the American cannon of dramatic classics. And with witch hunts in the air once again, it may just serve as a timely reminder that witches are wherever you want to find them and usually nowhere at all. In fact, when evil’s afoot, it’s usually just people doing what people do. Wolfbane’s  Crucible  will be performed in the natural surroundings of the Wolf PAC (618 Country Club Rd.) through the end of the month on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. The gates open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $35 for premium seating, $25 for general admission, and $20 for students, seniors, and members of the military. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 579-3542.

The theatrical folks out at Appomattox’s Wolfbane Productions get into the Halloween holiday spirit this month with a production of The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s famously allegorical drama about the Salem Witch Trials. The play, which debuted on Broadway in 1953 at the height of red-scare McCarthyism, is definitely top-ten in the American cannon of dramatic classics. And with witch hunts in the air once again, it may just serve as a timely reminder that witches are wherever you want to find them and usually nowhere at all. In fact, when evil’s afoot, it’s usually just people doing what people do. Wolfbane’s Crucible will be performed in the natural surroundings of the Wolf PAC (618 Country Club Rd.) through the end of the month on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. The gates open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $35 for premium seating, $25 for general admission, and $20 for students, seniors, and members of the military. Click here for more info or call (434) 579-3542.

When singer-guitarist Robert Greer and banjo player Jesse Langlais started bringing bluegrass music to bars and clubs around Ashville, NC back in the mid-2000s, they were miles away from the mainstream. Since then, their band Town Mountain have gained acceptance, notoriety, and even a little mainstream attention, as well as a mandolin player, fiddler, and stand-up bassist. You can check out their cover of Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire” on their 2008 album  Heroes & Heretics , and hear Sturgill Simpson’s drummer Miles Miller keeping time on their new  New Freedom Blues . And you can see them this evening at the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.). Doors are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $18 at the door. Click  here  for more info or call (866) 811-4111.

When singer-guitarist Robert Greer and banjo player Jesse Langlais started bringing bluegrass music to bars and clubs around Ashville, NC back in the mid-2000s, they were miles away from the mainstream. Since then, their band Town Mountain have gained acceptance, notoriety, and even a little mainstream attention, as well as a mandolin player, fiddler, and stand-up bassist. You can check out their cover of Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire” on their 2008 album Heroes & Heretics, and hear Sturgill Simpson’s drummer Miles Miller keeping time on their new New Freedom Blues. And you can see them this evening at the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.). Doors are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $18 at the door. Click here for more info or call (866) 811-4111.

The “No Place Like Home” public art project challenged 25 local artists to design and decorate wooden dollhouses to mark the 25th anniversary of Miriam’s House, a local social service agency committed to assisting the homeless. Over the summer, the mini domiciles were exhibited at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) and they’ll be back on display at Riverviews this evening for a reception and silent auction. The gala event begins at 7 p.m., and will feature live music, artists talks, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Bidding ends at 8:30 p.m. and the auction ceremony should be done by 9:30 p.m. Casual cocktail attire is requested. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 847-7277.

The “No Place Like Home” public art project challenged 25 local artists to design and decorate wooden dollhouses to mark the 25th anniversary of Miriam’s House, a local social service agency committed to assisting the homeless. Over the summer, the mini domiciles were exhibited at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) and they’ll be back on display at Riverviews this evening for a reception and silent auction. The gala event begins at 7 p.m., and will feature live music, artists talks, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Bidding ends at 8:30 p.m. and the auction ceremony should be done by 9:30 p.m. Casual cocktail attire is requested. Click here for more info or call (434) 847-7277.

Fans of a certain creepy ’80s horror film may pause at the notion of kids in cornfields, but the annual Fall Festival at Blue Ridge’s Layman Family Farms (1815 Mountain View Church Rd.) has made navigating a maze in the maize something of a seasonal tradition in these parts. The Layman cornfield labyrinth and pumpkin patch are open for business today from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and tomorrow from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The festival continues on Saturdays and Sundays through November 9. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and free for kids under 2. Among the Fall Festival attractions are hayrides, a huge jumping pillow, an animated chicken show, a spooky storybook trail, and lots of other farm-related activities, including the eating of food. The Layman Family menu includes pulled-pork, burgers, corn dogs, kettle corn, fresh squeezed lemonade, and apple-cider slushies. Click  here  for more info or call (540) 947-2844.

Fans of a certain creepy ’80s horror film may pause at the notion of kids in cornfields, but the annual Fall Festival at Blue Ridge’s Layman Family Farms (1815 Mountain View Church Rd.) has made navigating a maze in the maize something of a seasonal tradition in these parts. The Layman cornfield labyrinth and pumpkin patch are open for business today from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and tomorrow from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The festival continues on Saturdays and Sundays through November 9. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and free for kids under 2. Among the Fall Festival attractions are hayrides, a huge jumping pillow, an animated chicken show, a spooky storybook trail, and lots of other farm-related activities, including the eating of food. The Layman Family menu includes pulled-pork, burgers, corn dogs, kettle corn, fresh squeezed lemonade, and apple-cider slushies. Click here for more info or call (540) 947-2844.

The living dead will be out in force and crawling through the streets of downtown Lynchburg this evening as the 9th annual Lynchburg Zombie Walk commences in the parking lot at the Community Market (1219 Main St.). The walk, which is both a Halloween season, dress-up tradition and a canned food drive, welcomes zombies of all ages, persuasions, and levels of postmortem decay. The best dressed among the undead will be awarded prizes once the walk, which will follow a route along the scenic downtown bluff, concludes. The zombies will start congregating and at 5:30 p.m., the walk should begin at 6 p.m., and by 7:30 p.m. it should be over. An afterparty will be held at the Badger on Main (1118 Main St.). Click  here  for more info or call (434) 665-2204.

The living dead will be out in force and crawling through the streets of downtown Lynchburg this evening as the 9th annual Lynchburg Zombie Walk commences in the parking lot at the Community Market (1219 Main St.). The walk, which is both a Halloween season, dress-up tradition and a canned food drive, welcomes zombies of all ages, persuasions, and levels of postmortem decay. The best dressed among the undead will be awarded prizes once the walk, which will follow a route along the scenic downtown bluff, concludes. The zombies will start congregating and at 5:30 p.m., the walk should begin at 6 p.m., and by 7:30 p.m. it should be over. An afterparty will be held at the Badger on Main (1118 Main St.). Click here for more info or call (434) 665-2204.

Roseland’s Devils Backbone Brewing Company is bringing some special brews to Fifth and Federal (801 Fifth St.) today for an Octoberfest celebration that’ll feature live music, games, prizes, and, yes, college football on the TV. The event gets underway at 2 p.m. with a rendition of that old bierhaus favorite “Ein Prosit” by Tim King and Colby Riblet, followed by accordion music by Matthew O’Donnell at 3 p.m., a dinnertime set by the Nashville duo Towne at 7 p.m., and a rockin’ finale by Charlottesville’s Audacity Brass Band from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. There’s no admission charge. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 386-8113.

Roseland’s Devils Backbone Brewing Company is bringing some special brews to Fifth and Federal (801 Fifth St.) today for an Octoberfest celebration that’ll feature live music, games, prizes, and, yes, college football on the TV. The event gets underway at 2 p.m. with a rendition of that old bierhaus favorite “Ein Prosit” by Tim King and Colby Riblet, followed by accordion music by Matthew O’Donnell at 3 p.m., a dinnertime set by the Nashville duo Towne at 7 p.m., and a rockin’ finale by Charlottesville’s Audacity Brass Band from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. There’s no admission charge. Click here for more info or call (434) 386-8113.

Here’s something scary to contemplate: movies used to be silent  and  in black and white. Fortunately, there were musicians who specialized in providing those silent black and whites with a live soundtrack. Led by Maryland-based conductor Andrew Green, the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra (PRSO) has kept that tradition alive and jazzed up. The PRSO have performed at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, and other esteemed venues. This afternoon they’ll be at the Academy of Music Theatre (600 Main St.) for a program that will include screenings of Charlie Chaplin’s  The Adventurer , Buster Keaton’s  The Haunted House , and Laurel & Hardy’s  Habeas Corpus . The show starts at 2 p.m. with an opening set by local ragtime artist Bryan Wright. Tickets run from $14 for student to $46 for box seats. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 846-8499.

Here’s something scary to contemplate: movies used to be silent and in black and white. Fortunately, there were musicians who specialized in providing those silent black and whites with a live soundtrack. Led by Maryland-based conductor Andrew Green, the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra (PRSO) has kept that tradition alive and jazzed up. The PRSO have performed at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, and other esteemed venues. This afternoon they’ll be at the Academy of Music Theatre (600 Main St.) for a program that will include screenings of Charlie Chaplin’s The Adventurer, Buster Keaton’s The Haunted House, and Laurel & Hardy’s Habeas Corpus. The show starts at 2 p.m. with an opening set by local ragtime artist Bryan Wright. Tickets run from $14 for student to $46 for box seats. Click here for more info or call (434) 846-8499.

The Junior League of Lynchburg will be working hard to keep things stylish as they raise money and awareness this week. The cause they have in mind concerns the effect of trauma on women and children in the local community. The fundraising method they’ll deploy is the little black dress. Today through Friday, members of the Junior League will don little black dresses and/or other black articles of clothing and solicit donations with the hope of raising at least $12,000 for YWCA programs. Click  here  to contribute and  here  for more info. Or dine out at East Coast Wings + Grill (19399 Forest Rd.) tomorrow from 5-9:30, Blaze Pizza (4026 Wards Rd.) on Wednesday from 5-9 p.m., or Crisp (1124 Church St.) on Thursday from 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and 10% of what you spend will be go into the Little Black Dress Initiative coffers. For more info, call (434) 846-6641.

The Junior League of Lynchburg will be working hard to keep things stylish as they raise money and awareness this week. The cause they have in mind concerns the effect of trauma on women and children in the local community. The fundraising method they’ll deploy is the little black dress. Today through Friday, members of the Junior League will don little black dresses and/or other black articles of clothing and solicit donations with the hope of raising at least $12,000 for YWCA programs. Click here to contribute and here for more info. Or dine out at East Coast Wings + Grill (19399 Forest Rd.) tomorrow from 5-9:30, Blaze Pizza (4026 Wards Rd.) on Wednesday from 5-9 p.m., or Crisp (1124 Church St.) on Thursday from 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and 10% of what you spend will be go into the Little Black Dress Initiative coffers. For more info, call (434) 846-6641.

It’s unclear whether or not Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult thriller  The Evil Dead  was meant to have comic overtones. But there’s no question that its sequel, 1987’s  Evil Dead II , was intended as a fully loaded satire, or at least a supernaturally scary sendup of supernaturally scary films. The film features a good amount of gory goo, plenty of blood splatter, a reasonably high body count, and the rather inventive use of a chainsaw. Extra credit for those who can spot the Freddy Krueger glove the crew snuck onto the set and into the action.  Evil Dead II  screens through the end of the week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) at 3:15 and 9:15 p.m. daily. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 845-2398.

It’s unclear whether or not Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult thriller The Evil Dead was meant to have comic overtones. But there’s no question that its sequel, 1987’s Evil Dead II, was intended as a fully loaded satire, or at least a supernaturally scary sendup of supernaturally scary films. The film features a good amount of gory goo, plenty of blood splatter, a reasonably high body count, and the rather inventive use of a chainsaw. Extra credit for those who can spot the Freddy Krueger glove the crew snuck onto the set and into the action. Evil Dead II screens through the end of the week at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) at 3:15 and 9:15 p.m. daily. Click here for more info or call (434) 845-2398.

In 1961,  The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart  beat out Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks’ classic  2,000 Year Old Man  album for the Best Comedy Performance Grammy. In 1975, Richard Pryor took home the Best Comedy Recording award for an album with a title we can’t even mention here (in 1985 he won again with  Live on the Sunset Strip ). And earlier this year the Best Comedy Album award went to Dave Chappelle for his  Equanimity & the Bird Revelation . Just trying to make the point that comedy has its rightful place in a record store. The folks at Speakertree Records (901 Jefferson St.) support that point this evening by hosting a comedy open mic featuring Winston Hodges, Paige Campbell, Brandon Beswick, and Jake Snyder. It runs from 7-10 p.m. and there’s a $5 cover. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 485-8262.

In 1961, The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart beat out Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks’ classic 2,000 Year Old Man album for the Best Comedy Performance Grammy. In 1975, Richard Pryor took home the Best Comedy Recording award for an album with a title we can’t even mention here (in 1985 he won again with Live on the Sunset Strip). And earlier this year the Best Comedy Album award went to Dave Chappelle for his Equanimity & the Bird Revelation. Just trying to make the point that comedy has its rightful place in a record store. The folks at Speakertree Records (901 Jefferson St.) support that point this evening by hosting a comedy open mic featuring Winston Hodges, Paige Campbell, Brandon Beswick, and Jake Snyder. It runs from 7-10 p.m. and there’s a $5 cover. Click here for more info or call (434) 485-8262.