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December 5-12

 
 
 
 The “Christmas Classics” movie series at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) continues this week with another semi-contemporary holiday favorite, the comic and heartwarming 2003 film  Elf . Starring Will Ferrell as an oversized and overzealous conscript into Santa’s polar workshop,  Elf  is ground zero for the dated yet timeless apology, “I’m sorry I ruined your lives and crammed 11 cookies into the VCR” and for one of the best lines ever spoken to a guy in a Santa suit: “You stink. You smell like beef and cheese. You don’t smell like Santa.” The film screens today and tomorrow at 11:55 a.m., 2:15, 4:35, 7:05, and 9:25 p.m. Click  here  or call (434) 845-2398.

The “Christmas Classics” movie series at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) continues this week with another semi-contemporary holiday favorite, the comic and heartwarming 2003 film Elf. Starring Will Ferrell as an oversized and overzealous conscript into Santa’s polar workshop, Elf is ground zero for the dated yet timeless apology, “I’m sorry I ruined your lives and crammed 11 cookies into the VCR” and for one of the best lines ever spoken to a guy in a Santa suit: “You stink. You smell like beef and cheese. You don’t smell like Santa.” The film screens today and tomorrow at 11:55 a.m., 2:15, 4:35, 7:05, and 9:25 p.m. Click here or call (434) 845-2398.

 The University of Lynchburg Wind Symphony and Orchestra, the Community Big Band, and the Leesville Road Elementary Chorus are teaming up to present three nights of seasonal music in the theme of “Traditions of St. Nicholas.” While we don’t have the program yet, we do know that retiring Professor of History Clifton W. Potter Jr., who comes by his white beard honestly, will be appearing in the role of Father Christmas. Performances are tonight, tomorrow, and Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Sydnor Performance Hall (1501 Lakeside Dr.). Admission is free but tickets are required. Call (434) 544-8344 to reserve tickets, or click  here  for more info.

The University of Lynchburg Wind Symphony and Orchestra, the Community Big Band, and the Leesville Road Elementary Chorus are teaming up to present three nights of seasonal music in the theme of “Traditions of St. Nicholas.” While we don’t have the program yet, we do know that retiring Professor of History Clifton W. Potter Jr., who comes by his white beard honestly, will be appearing in the role of Father Christmas. Performances are tonight, tomorrow, and Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Sydnor Performance Hall (1501 Lakeside Dr.). Admission is free but tickets are required. Call (434) 544-8344 to reserve tickets, or click here for more info.

 We checked, double checked, and even clicked on a few links to make sure that it is indeed still possible to find plenty of unsightly seasonal sweaters adorned with the  Elf  adage, “I’m sorry I ruined your lives and crammed 11 cookies into the VCR,” in the Etsy ecosystem. Phew! Of course, you’re welcome to choose your own horrible outergarment for this evening’s Ugly Sweater Party at Buffalo Wild Wings (3812 Wards Rd.), a no-shame/no-gain event that will also feature karaoke from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the patrons with the worst sweaters so dig deep into the holiday wardrobe. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 237-8111.

We checked, double checked, and even clicked on a few links to make sure that it is indeed still possible to find plenty of unsightly seasonal sweaters adorned with the Elf adage, “I’m sorry I ruined your lives and crammed 11 cookies into the VCR,” in the Etsy ecosystem. Phew! Of course, you’re welcome to choose your own horrible outergarment for this evening’s Ugly Sweater Party at Buffalo Wild Wings (3812 Wards Rd.), a no-shame/no-gain event that will also feature karaoke from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the patrons with the worst sweaters so dig deep into the holiday wardrobe. For more info, click here or call (434) 237-8111.

 The grand reopening of the refurbished historic Academy of Music Theatre (600 Main St.) at the Academy Center of the Arts is upon us and there are all kinds of events planned for the upcoming week and beyond. But first there’s tonight’s “In Unison,” a concert featuring the great soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples and soulful singer-guitarist Devon Gilfillian. To add a little historic weight to the evening, the event will mark the first official integration of the venue, which opened in 1905 and closed in 1958, prior to desegregation. Unfortunately for those who do not have tickets, the 7:30 p.m. show is sold out. However, you can explore upcoming events at the Academy of Music Theatre by clicking  here  or call (434) 846-8499.

The grand reopening of the refurbished historic Academy of Music Theatre (600 Main St.) at the Academy Center of the Arts is upon us and there are all kinds of events planned for the upcoming week and beyond. But first there’s tonight’s “In Unison,” a concert featuring the great soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples and soulful singer-guitarist Devon Gilfillian. To add a little historic weight to the evening, the event will mark the first official integration of the venue, which opened in 1905 and closed in 1958, prior to desegregation. Unfortunately for those who do not have tickets, the 7:30 p.m. show is sold out. However, you can explore upcoming events at the Academy of Music Theatre by clicking here or call (434) 846-8499.

 Appomattox’s Wolfbane Productions fires up their final production of the season with what you might call a heavily seasonal play about the nature of good and evil and second chances. Penned by the Irish playwright Conor McPherson,  The Seafarer  is a morality tale in which two troubled brothers come together on a fateful Christmas Eve to play a high stakes game of poker with some friends, one of whom deals in nothing less than human souls. What transpires is an opportunity for the younger of the two brothers to reclaim his fate from his Mephistophelean nemesis. The production opens tonight with an 8 p.m. performance at the Wolf Den (197 Old Courthouse Rd.) in Appomattox. There are additional performances tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25, with a $5 discount for students, seniors, and members of the military. Click  here  for info, or call (434) 579-3542.

Appomattox’s Wolfbane Productions fires up their final production of the season with what you might call a heavily seasonal play about the nature of good and evil and second chances. Penned by the Irish playwright Conor McPherson, The Seafarer is a morality tale in which two troubled brothers come together on a fateful Christmas Eve to play a high stakes game of poker with some friends, one of whom deals in nothing less than human souls. What transpires is an opportunity for the younger of the two brothers to reclaim his fate from his Mephistophelean nemesis. The production opens tonight with an 8 p.m. performance at the Wolf Den (197 Old Courthouse Rd.) in Appomattox. There are additional performances tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25, with a $5 discount for students, seniors, and members of the military. Click here for info, or call (434) 579-3542.

 As part of the First Fridays celebration downtown, Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) is hosting a reception for “AmericanWoman?,” a new exhibit of photographic works by local artist Michelline Hall in the Studio 109 Gallery. The exhibit features photographs of minority women living in the US and explores themes of identity, beauty, ancestry, and culture. In addition to the opening reception, which runs from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m., today is the final day to place bids on the works featured in “Favorite Things,” a Co-Op Gallery exhibit of works by local artists. The silent auction will conclude this evening. Admission to Riverviews is free. Click  here  or call (434) 847-7277 for more info.

As part of the First Fridays celebration downtown, Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) is hosting a reception for “AmericanWoman?,” a new exhibit of photographic works by local artist Michelline Hall in the Studio 109 Gallery. The exhibit features photographs of minority women living in the US and explores themes of identity, beauty, ancestry, and culture. In addition to the opening reception, which runs from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m., today is the final day to place bids on the works featured in “Favorite Things,” a Co-Op Gallery exhibit of works by local artists. The silent auction will conclude this evening. Admission to Riverviews is free. Click here or call (434) 847-7277 for more info.

 It’s going to get a little meta this evening at Renaissance Theatre (1022 Commerce St.), as the local theater troupe ushers in the holiday season with a production that’s a production of the fictional and funny “Annual Holiday Variety Show & Christmas Pageant” at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church, where the motto is “all faiths are welcome because we’ll believe anything.”  The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged)  is abridged because only three performers show up to do their thing, a signature move of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, the internationally renowned theater troupe who prefer everything to be abridged. The Renaissance Theatre production runs through the middle of the month, with performances tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., and next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $18. Click  here  or call (434) 845-4427.

It’s going to get a little meta this evening at Renaissance Theatre (1022 Commerce St.), as the local theater troupe ushers in the holiday season with a production that’s a production of the fictional and funny “Annual Holiday Variety Show & Christmas Pageant” at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church, where the motto is “all faiths are welcome because we’ll believe anything.” The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged) is abridged because only three performers show up to do their thing, a signature move of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, the internationally renowned theater troupe who prefer everything to be abridged. The Renaissance Theatre production runs through the middle of the month, with performances tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., and next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $18. Click here or call (434) 845-4427.

 Surf music has always been a guitarist’s game, although it does take a good rhythm section to propel the waves of reverb and twang that have characterized the genre since Dick Dale started churning out the hits in the early ’60s. The local trio the Surferific Dudes have a skillful guitarist in Tommy Cox and a solid rhythm section in bassist Tom Thornton and drummer Dave Hanowitz. You can hear it on Cox’s instrumental surf-rock EP  Mojado Rodadora , which can be sampled by clicking  here , and you can see it in action tonight at Fifth and Federal (801 Fifth St.), where the Surferific Dudes will be doing their thing from 8 until 11 p.m. There’s no cover; click  here  or call (434) 386-8113.

Surf music has always been a guitarist’s game, although it does take a good rhythm section to propel the waves of reverb and twang that have characterized the genre since Dick Dale started churning out the hits in the early ’60s. The local trio the Surferific Dudes have a skillful guitarist in Tommy Cox and a solid rhythm section in bassist Tom Thornton and drummer Dave Hanowitz. You can hear it on Cox’s instrumental surf-rock EP Mojado Rodadora, which can be sampled by clicking here, and you can see it in action tonight at Fifth and Federal (801 Fifth St.), where the Surferific Dudes will be doing their thing from 8 until 11 p.m. There’s no cover; click here or call (434) 386-8113.

 Now that the Academy of Music Theatre (600 Main St.) is open for business, it’s showtime, and they’re not skimping on anything for today’s Holiday Movie Marathon. A five-dollar ticket gets you all-day access to a nine-film blowout that begins at 10 a.m. with the Disney short “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” (1983), the made-for-television animated classic “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland” (1976), and the original Boris Karloff-voiced version of the Seussian fable “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” That’ll get you to 11:40 a.m., which is when the big guns come out. At noon it’s  Frozen  (2013), followed by  Elf  (2003) at 2:15 p.m.,  It’s a Wonderful Life  (1946) at 4:20 p.m.; and  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation  (1989) at 7:10 p.m. The marathon concludes with two R-rated films from 2003, the all-star British rom-com  Love Actually  at 9:15 p.m. and the marvelous Billy Bob Thornton vehicle  Bad Santa  at 12:05 a.m. Click  here  for info or call (434) 846-8499.

Now that the Academy of Music Theatre (600 Main St.) is open for business, it’s showtime, and they’re not skimping on anything for today’s Holiday Movie Marathon. A five-dollar ticket gets you all-day access to a nine-film blowout that begins at 10 a.m. with the Disney short “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” (1983), the made-for-television animated classic “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland” (1976), and the original Boris Karloff-voiced version of the Seussian fable “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” That’ll get you to 11:40 a.m., which is when the big guns come out. At noon it’s Frozen (2013), followed by Elf (2003) at 2:15 p.m., It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) at 4:20 p.m.; and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) at 7:10 p.m. The marathon concludes with two R-rated films from 2003, the all-star British rom-com Love Actually at 9:15 p.m. and the marvelous Billy Bob Thornton vehicle Bad Santa at 12:05 a.m. Click here for info or call (434) 846-8499.

 David Haught is a local cowboy hat-wearing, guitar-playing dude who now resides in Brooklyn. But he returns to his native turf from time to time, especially around the holidays, and he’s back for the weekend to play the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) tonight from 9 until 11 p.m. He’ll have Max Doss on bass, Jim Robertson on fiddle and guitar, and David Foust on drums. Haught has a new acoustic EP out on Bandcamp and he’ll be playing upcoming gigs at the Briar Patch and Loose Shoe Brew Company in Amherst. Check out our  LynchburgDoesMore  listings for details on those shows and other events around town. Click  here  for more info on tonight’s show, or call (434) 333-4681.

David Haught is a local cowboy hat-wearing, guitar-playing dude who now resides in Brooklyn. But he returns to his native turf from time to time, especially around the holidays, and he’s back for the weekend to play the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) tonight from 9 until 11 p.m. He’ll have Max Doss on bass, Jim Robertson on fiddle and guitar, and David Foust on drums. Haught has a new acoustic EP out on Bandcamp and he’ll be playing upcoming gigs at the Briar Patch and Loose Shoe Brew Company in Amherst. Check out our LynchburgDoesMore listings for details on those shows and other events around town. Click here for more info on tonight’s show, or call (434) 333-4681.

 In this day and age it’s hard to imagine just how powerful a force a little radio show on an independent station out of Columbia University could have on popular culture. In fact, even back in the early-’90s it wasn’t exactly the norm for a college radio station to be breaking major stars. But two hip-hop loving dudes – DJ Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia – found themselves in the unusual position of having their finger on the pulse of the NYC rap scene in a way that’s hard to believe until you see the likes of pre-fame Jay-Z, Method Man, Common, Talib Kweli, and Eminem showing up in their tiny studio to hang out and freestyle. That’s what goes down in Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives, a 2015 documentary that’s screening at 7 p.m. at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) courtesy of the local arts collective the Listening. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 847-7277.

In this day and age it’s hard to imagine just how powerful a force a little radio show on an independent station out of Columbia University could have on popular culture. In fact, even back in the early-’90s it wasn’t exactly the norm for a college radio station to be breaking major stars. But two hip-hop loving dudes – DJ Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia – found themselves in the unusual position of having their finger on the pulse of the NYC rap scene in a way that’s hard to believe until you see the likes of pre-fame Jay-Z, Method Man, Common, Talib Kweli, and Eminem showing up in their tiny studio to hang out and freestyle. That’s what goes down in Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives, a 2015 documentary that’s screening at 7 p.m. at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) courtesy of the local arts collective the Listening. Click here for more info or call (434) 847-7277.

 The newly renovated Academy of Music Theatre (600 Main St.) at the Academy Center of the Arts is getting a real workout this week, and today the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra will take over the stage with guest conductor Hugh Ballou for a “Home for the Holidays” concert. The program will include seasonally appropriate choral and orchestral works with guest soloists and, we assume, some singers. There are three tiers of tickets for the 4 p.m. performance: tier one tickets are $36, tier two are $31, and tier three are $25. Students can buy at a discounted rate ($21/$16/$10). Click  here  for tickets and info, or call (434) 846-8499.

The newly renovated Academy of Music Theatre (600 Main St.) at the Academy Center of the Arts is getting a real workout this week, and today the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra will take over the stage with guest conductor Hugh Ballou for a “Home for the Holidays” concert. The program will include seasonally appropriate choral and orchestral works with guest soloists and, we assume, some singers. There are three tiers of tickets for the 4 p.m. performance: tier one tickets are $36, tier two are $31, and tier three are $25. Students can buy at a discounted rate ($21/$16/$10). Click here for tickets and info, or call (434) 846-8499.

 The folks at Speakertree Records (901 Jefferson St.) are teaming up with local vintage clothing start-up Nifty Booth to present a somewhat unique holiday season shopping experience this evening from 5 until 10 p.m. Basically, Speakertree will be open for business with its usual selection of new and used records and music paraphernalia, and Nifty Booth will have a selection of vintage wearables on the premises for sale. We’re pretty sure there will be good music to accompany the pop-up sale. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 485-8262.

The folks at Speakertree Records (901 Jefferson St.) are teaming up with local vintage clothing start-up Nifty Booth to present a somewhat unique holiday season shopping experience this evening from 5 until 10 p.m. Basically, Speakertree will be open for business with its usual selection of new and used records and music paraphernalia, and Nifty Booth will have a selection of vintage wearables on the premises for sale. We’re pretty sure there will be good music to accompany the pop-up sale. Click here for more info or call (434) 485-8262.

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 Lobsters and cigars aren’t exactly a classic combination, but Benjamin’s (14900 Forest Rd.) has apparently been making this meeting of tobacco and seafood work for well over a decade so we’re going with it. This evening at 6:30 p.m. the kitchen at Benjamin’s will be boiling crustaceans from Maine while City Place Cigar showcases their goods on the restaurant’s heated deck. Reservations are requested for this $99 meal, which includes two lobsters, baked potato, salad, and more. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 534-6077.

Lobsters and cigars aren’t exactly a classic combination, but Benjamin’s (14900 Forest Rd.) has apparently been making this meeting of tobacco and seafood work for well over a decade so we’re going with it. This evening at 6:30 p.m. the kitchen at Benjamin’s will be boiling crustaceans from Maine while City Place Cigar showcases their goods on the restaurant’s heated deck. Reservations are requested for this $99 meal, which includes two lobsters, baked potato, salad, and more. For more info, click here or call (434) 534-6077.

 Imagine waking up one day to find that nothing is as you thought; that the world is just a crazy mixed up place full of lies, corruption, deceit, and general ill will; and that life just ain’t worth living. Merry Christmas! When you think about it, that’s essentially the first half of Frank Capra’s 1946 holiday classic  It’s a Wonderful Life , a magical parable starring James Stewart in a good-guy role that defines him to this day. Of course, in the Capra version the dystopia is revealed to be a decent place thanks to the intervention of an angel named Clarence. It’s been said that no Christmas is complete without at least one viewing of  It's a Wonderful Life . We’d like to amend that: for a more complete Christmas, see this classic on a big screen. Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) provides that opportunity with daily screening through the end of this week. Click  here  or call (434) 845-2398 for screening times and info.

Imagine waking up one day to find that nothing is as you thought; that the world is just a crazy mixed up place full of lies, corruption, deceit, and general ill will; and that life just ain’t worth living. Merry Christmas! When you think about it, that’s essentially the first half of Frank Capra’s 1946 holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life, a magical parable starring James Stewart in a good-guy role that defines him to this day. Of course, in the Capra version the dystopia is revealed to be a decent place thanks to the intervention of an angel named Clarence. It’s been said that no Christmas is complete without at least one viewing of It's a Wonderful Life. We’d like to amend that: for a more complete Christmas, see this classic on a big screen. Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) provides that opportunity with daily screening through the end of this week. Click here or call (434) 845-2398 for screening times and info.

 The festivities as the newly reopened Academy of Music Theatre (600 Main St.) at the Academy Center of the Arts continue this evening with what’s been dubbed “A Legacy Celebration.” Beginning at 7:30, the Academy will present a program of short performances by resident companies, including Charlottesville Ballet, Endstation Theatre Company, the Jefferson Choral society, and Opera on the James. Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest will also get its 15 minutes on stage as well. Tickets run from $14 to $56. Click  here  or call (434) 846-8499.

The festivities as the newly reopened Academy of Music Theatre (600 Main St.) at the Academy Center of the Arts continue this evening with what’s been dubbed “A Legacy Celebration.” Beginning at 7:30, the Academy will present a program of short performances by resident companies, including Charlottesville Ballet, Endstation Theatre Company, the Jefferson Choral society, and Opera on the James. Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest will also get its 15 minutes on stage as well. Tickets run from $14 to $56. Click here or call (434) 846-8499.

 We were thinking that P.O.D. might be short for Pudding of Darkness, Pineapple of Doom, or Pissed off Dads. Then we looked it up. Turns out P.O.D.’s founding singer and guitarist, Sonny Sandoval and Wuv Bernardo, weren’t even yet in their twenties when they started the band in the early ’90s. Oh, and their fifth album, released in 2003, was titled  Payable on Death . Mystery solved. The band are still a going concern, with a new album titled  Circles  and a tour that brings them to Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) this evening for a show with the like-minded metal band Nonpoint. Tickets to the 7 p.m. show are $22.50 and come with a complementary copy of  Circles . Click  here  for tickets and info, or call (434) 846-3206

We were thinking that P.O.D. might be short for Pudding of Darkness, Pineapple of Doom, or Pissed off Dads. Then we looked it up. Turns out P.O.D.’s founding singer and guitarist, Sonny Sandoval and Wuv Bernardo, weren’t even yet in their twenties when they started the band in the early ’90s. Oh, and their fifth album, released in 2003, was titled Payable on Death. Mystery solved. The band are still a going concern, with a new album titled Circles and a tour that brings them to Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) this evening for a show with the like-minded metal band Nonpoint. Tickets to the 7 p.m. show are $22.50 and come with a complementary copy of Circles. Click here for tickets and info, or call (434) 846-3206

 Located right next to Miller Park, the Miller Center (301 Grove St.) is a sneaky cool place that boasts an environmental education center, a dance and fitness studio, and a 186-seat theater. The renovated 1911 schoolhouse building is a Lynchburg Parks & Rec venue, and this evening they’re inviting local singer-songwriters out to fill the place with music. It’s an open mic, with sign-ups starting 7 p.m. For more info, or to sign up in advance, click  here  or call the Parks & Rec department at (434) 455-5858.

Located right next to Miller Park, the Miller Center (301 Grove St.) is a sneaky cool place that boasts an environmental education center, a dance and fitness studio, and a 186-seat theater. The renovated 1911 schoolhouse building is a Lynchburg Parks & Rec venue, and this evening they’re inviting local singer-songwriters out to fill the place with music. It’s an open mic, with sign-ups starting 7 p.m. For more info, or to sign up in advance, click here or call the Parks & Rec department at (434) 455-5858.