February 13-20

 
 
With the spring semester in full swing, Randolph College’s Visiting Writer Series is ready to present its first public event of the year. This evening, in the Alice Ashley Jack Room of the Smith Memorial Building (2500 Rivermont Ave.), poet and sound artist LaTasha Diggs will be on hand to read from her work. Diggs hails from Harlem and has had her multi-media work featured at the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Walker Art Center. Her best-known published work is a collection of poetry titled  TwERK , which came out in 2003, and she released the album  Television  in 2006. Her reading begins at 8 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 947-8000.

With the spring semester in full swing, Randolph College’s Visiting Writer Series is ready to present its first public event of the year. This evening, in the Alice Ashley Jack Room of the Smith Memorial Building (2500 Rivermont Ave.), poet and sound artist LaTasha Diggs will be on hand to read from her work. Diggs hails from Harlem and has had her multi-media work featured at the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Walker Art Center. Her best-known published work is a collection of poetry titled TwERK, which came out in 2003, and she released the album Television in 2006. Her reading begins at 8 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. Click here for more info or call (434) 947-8000.

South Street Brewery is one of those upscale downtown brewpubs where they serve wine and cocktails along with their ales and lagers and “frites” alongside their steaks. Blue Mountain Brewery was Central Virginia’s first big rural craft brewery when it opened in Nelson Country back in 2007. In 2014, Blue Mountain purchased the South Street Brewery in Charlottesville, which explains why a Blue Mountain and South Street Breweries tasting event makes total sense. Today from 5-8 p.m. you can sample some seasonal specialties, including Blue Mountain’s Acoustic Kitty Double IPA and Native Species American Pale Ale, at Magnolia Foods (2476 Rivermont Ave.). Click  here  or call (434) 528-5442 for more info.

South Street Brewery is one of those upscale downtown brewpubs where they serve wine and cocktails along with their ales and lagers and “frites” alongside their steaks. Blue Mountain Brewery was Central Virginia’s first big rural craft brewery when it opened in Nelson Country back in 2007. In 2014, Blue Mountain purchased the South Street Brewery in Charlottesville, which explains why a Blue Mountain and South Street Breweries tasting event makes total sense. Today from 5-8 p.m. you can sample some seasonal specialties, including Blue Mountain’s Acoustic Kitty Double IPA and Native Species American Pale Ale, at Magnolia Foods (2476 Rivermont Ave.). Click here or call (434) 528-5442 for more info.

Who doesn’t like breakfast for dinner? Klingons? The Sith? Cylons? Hard to imagine. Anyway, ‘tis the eve before Valentine’s Day and My Dog Duke’s Diner (1007 Commerce St.) is hosting a Galentine’s Day brunch dinner thing that runs all day (7 a.m.-9 p.m.) but seems to be aimed at the after-work/dinnertime crowd, as it includes the option of a cocktail. They also seem to be targeting a mostly female crowd, as they’re urging “girl gangs” to come on out. We’re pretty sure boys are also allowed. There’s a three-course brunch special that includes a donut, an entrée, and a cocktail or latte, and a three-course dinner special that includes wine, an entrée, and dessert. Ladies receive a rose upon checkout. For more info, click  here  or call (434) 849-8868.

Who doesn’t like breakfast for dinner? Klingons? The Sith? Cylons? Hard to imagine. Anyway, ‘tis the eve before Valentine’s Day and My Dog Duke’s Diner (1007 Commerce St.) is hosting a Galentine’s Day brunch dinner thing that runs all day (7 a.m.-9 p.m.) but seems to be aimed at the after-work/dinnertime crowd, as it includes the option of a cocktail. They also seem to be targeting a mostly female crowd, as they’re urging “girl gangs” to come on out. We’re pretty sure boys are also allowed. There’s a three-course brunch special that includes a donut, an entrée, and a cocktail or latte, and a three-course dinner special that includes wine, an entrée, and dessert. Ladies receive a rose upon checkout. For more info, click here or call (434) 849-8868.

Would you like some flowers with your coffee? According to the folks at  CoffeeMuseum.com , zinnias go well with hibiscus ginger latte, purple tulips are perfect with coconut milk latte, and roses, well, depending on the color, can pair with lavender honey latte or pumpkin spice latte. In honor and celebration of Valentine’s Day, Golf Park Coffee Co. (2306 Bedford Ave.) is hosting a pop-up flower shop featuring the floral talents of Katelyn Summerville and her  UrbanFlora  business. If you weren’t able to pre-order a bouquet, there will be extras on hand for $30 a bunch. The pop-up runs from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Click  here  for more info, or call (434) 515-2299.

Would you like some flowers with your coffee? According to the folks at CoffeeMuseum.com, zinnias go well with hibiscus ginger latte, purple tulips are perfect with coconut milk latte, and roses, well, depending on the color, can pair with lavender honey latte or pumpkin spice latte. In honor and celebration of Valentine’s Day, Golf Park Coffee Co. (2306 Bedford Ave.) is hosting a pop-up flower shop featuring the floral talents of Katelyn Summerville and her UrbanFlora business. If you weren’t able to pre-order a bouquet, there will be extras on hand for $30 a bunch. The pop-up runs from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Click here for more info, or call (434) 515-2299.

Imperial stout got its start as really strong porter that was brewed hoppy for export to the Baltics in the 19th century, which is why it’s also known as Russian Imperial Stout. And now that we’re dropping some beer science, it’s also worth mentioning that the heavy chocolate bitterness of imperial stout pairs quite well with sweet, fruity flavors. The brewers at Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.) clearly had this in mind as they prepared for Valentine’s Day. Today they’re unveiling an Imperial Raspberry Stout and celebrating with a couples dinner featuring food from Fifth and Federal. The drinking begins at 4 p.m. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 258-8761.

Imperial stout got its start as really strong porter that was brewed hoppy for export to the Baltics in the 19th century, which is why it’s also known as Russian Imperial Stout. And now that we’re dropping some beer science, it’s also worth mentioning that the heavy chocolate bitterness of imperial stout pairs quite well with sweet, fruity flavors. The brewers at Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.) clearly had this in mind as they prepared for Valentine’s Day. Today they’re unveiling an Imperial Raspberry Stout and celebrating with a couples dinner featuring food from Fifth and Federal. The drinking begins at 4 p.m. Click here for more info or call (434) 258-8761.

Lynchburg Salsa is celebrating St. Valentine’s Day the only way they know how – with salsa dancing, of course. The ten-year-old local dance organization hosts a Valentine’s Masquerade Salsa Dance this evening from 8 until 11 p.m. at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). There are lessons for the unschooled at 8 p.m., followed by social dancing at 9 p.m. No partner is required; dressing up is encouraged but it’s not required, although flip flops are discouraged for obvious reasons. One more rule from the Lynchburg Salsa handbook: No throws, lifts, or drops are allowed. One foot must remain on the ground at all times. We’d be curious to know how that’s enforced. Admission is $5. Click  here  for more info.

Lynchburg Salsa is celebrating St. Valentine’s Day the only way they know how – with salsa dancing, of course. The ten-year-old local dance organization hosts a Valentine’s Masquerade Salsa Dance this evening from 8 until 11 p.m. at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). There are lessons for the unschooled at 8 p.m., followed by social dancing at 9 p.m. No partner is required; dressing up is encouraged but it’s not required, although flip flops are discouraged for obvious reasons. One more rule from the Lynchburg Salsa handbook: No throws, lifts, or drops are allowed. One foot must remain on the ground at all times. We’d be curious to know how that’s enforced. Admission is $5. Click here for more info.

Eastern Carolina country singer Kasey Tyndall somewhat famously got her start in the music biz by winning a 2014 radio contest for which the prize was an on-stage duet with Keith Urban. She was in college then; now she’s based out of Nashville and is presumably working on songs for her sophomore album. Her debut album,  Between Salvation and Survival , came out in 2017. It’s got a rocky feel and songs that scream country, like “Boots Stompin’,” “Bar That’s Open,” and “Bottle and the Bible.” This evening, Tyndall headlines Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.). The local band Rare Form open the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. Click  here  or call (434) 846-3206.

Eastern Carolina country singer Kasey Tyndall somewhat famously got her start in the music biz by winning a 2014 radio contest for which the prize was an on-stage duet with Keith Urban. She was in college then; now she’s based out of Nashville and is presumably working on songs for her sophomore album. Her debut album, Between Salvation and Survival, came out in 2017. It’s got a rocky feel and songs that scream country, like “Boots Stompin’,” “Bar That’s Open,” and “Bottle and the Bible.” This evening, Tyndall headlines Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.). The local band Rare Form open the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. Click here or call (434) 846-3206.

Thursday was Valentine’s Day and Monday is Presidents’ Day, but every day is potentially Halloween when you’re in the company of the Lynchburg Gothic League. They descend into the haunted depths of Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.), where the wood-fired pizza is delicious and there’s always something interesting on tap, for a night of fun away from the sun drenched in punk, new wave, goth, and industrial rock. The featured performer this evening is the Purge, a one-man musical project from Hampton Roads. DJ Undertaker, DJ Death Flow, and DJ Thantos curate the rest of the night’s music. Appropriate attire is appreciated but by no means required. There will be a small cover charge at the door for the show, which runs from 10:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 846-2877.

Thursday was Valentine’s Day and Monday is Presidents’ Day, but every day is potentially Halloween when you’re in the company of the Lynchburg Gothic League. They descend into the haunted depths of Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.), where the wood-fired pizza is delicious and there’s always something interesting on tap, for a night of fun away from the sun drenched in punk, new wave, goth, and industrial rock. The featured performer this evening is the Purge, a one-man musical project from Hampton Roads. DJ Undertaker, DJ Death Flow, and DJ Thantos curate the rest of the night’s music. Appropriate attire is appreciated but by no means required. There will be a small cover charge at the door for the show, which runs from 10:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. Click here for more info or call (434) 846-2877.

The record-selling folks at Speakertree Records (901 Jefferson) have begun booking shows at the Ellington, but they’re still doing some in-house rocking. This evening they welcome the Charlottesville trio Little Graves, a punkish and poppy indie band who have a couple of original tunes up on  Soundcloud . They’ll be joined on the bill by local artist Mossgarden (a/k/a Chad Moss), who specializes in experimental creations, and the local band Apeakway. The show gets underway at 7 p.m. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 485-8262.

The record-selling folks at Speakertree Records (901 Jefferson) have begun booking shows at the Ellington, but they’re still doing some in-house rocking. This evening they welcome the Charlottesville trio Little Graves, a punkish and poppy indie band who have a couple of original tunes up on Soundcloud. They’ll be joined on the bill by local artist Mossgarden (a/k/a Chad Moss), who specializes in experimental creations, and the local band Apeakway. The show gets underway at 7 p.m. Click here for more info or call (434) 485-8262.

The Jefferson Choral Society is Central Virginia’s largest and longest-running adult choir. They’ve travelled the world and performed masterworks by Mozart, Brahms, Verdi, Haydn, and Beethoven. This evening they’ll be sticking close to home and dipping deep into the canon to unearth works by Groban (as in Josh), Williams (Pharrel, not John), and Simon and Garfunkel (yep,  that  Simon and  that  Garfunkel). It’s a “Chart Toppers of the Past” concert, although some of the songs they’ve got in store are from the not-so-distant past. Tickets are $20 and $35 for the 7:30 p.m. show. Click  here  for info or call (434) 847-8499.

The Jefferson Choral Society is Central Virginia’s largest and longest-running adult choir. They’ve travelled the world and performed masterworks by Mozart, Brahms, Verdi, Haydn, and Beethoven. This evening they’ll be sticking close to home and dipping deep into the canon to unearth works by Groban (as in Josh), Williams (Pharrel, not John), and Simon and Garfunkel (yep, that Simon and that Garfunkel). It’s a “Chart Toppers of the Past” concert, although some of the songs they’ve got in store are from the not-so-distant past. Tickets are $20 and $35 for the 7:30 p.m. show. Click here for info or call (434) 847-8499.

The last time the Severed Heads of Guion Pond came to town, which was just about a month ago, we wasted a lot time trying to locate the body in their name. Suffice to say, we’re still looking. What we did learn in the process is that the Severed Heads of the pond in question are a quite potent Irish folk trio who’ve had a lotta luck finding gigs at pubs and breweries in the region. They feature Josh Brinkman on tin whistle and traditional  bohdrán  drum; Bethany Brinkman on fiddle and voice; and Doug Brinkman handling guitar and vocals. We're gonna guess they are all related. Tonight they play Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. Click  here  or call (434) 616-6691.

The last time the Severed Heads of Guion Pond came to town, which was just about a month ago, we wasted a lot time trying to locate the body in their name. Suffice to say, we’re still looking. What we did learn in the process is that the Severed Heads of the pond in question are a quite potent Irish folk trio who’ve had a lotta luck finding gigs at pubs and breweries in the region. They feature Josh Brinkman on tin whistle and traditional bohdrán drum; Bethany Brinkman on fiddle and voice; and Doug Brinkman handling guitar and vocals. We're gonna guess they are all related. Tonight they play Kegney Brothers (1118 Main St.) from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. Click here or call (434) 616-6691.

Carmen  is the opera that made Georges Bizet’s reputation as a composer, even if the Parisian culture police derided it as scandalous when it debuted in 1875, and even if Bizet dropped dead after the 33rd performance of his most famous work. That’s some background on  Carmen , which is currently being staged by the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Can’t make it to New York to see mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine in the title role? No worries. The Academy Center of the Arts has you covered. As part of a series of HD broadcasts of operas at the Met, the Academy and Opera on the James present the Met’s production of  Carmen  in all its glory, scandal, and tragedy today at 2 p.m. Tickets are $31 for adults, $28 for seniors, and $23 for students. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 846-8499.

Carmen is the opera that made Georges Bizet’s reputation as a composer, even if the Parisian culture police derided it as scandalous when it debuted in 1875, and even if Bizet dropped dead after the 33rd performance of his most famous work. That’s some background on Carmen, which is currently being staged by the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Can’t make it to New York to see mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine in the title role? No worries. The Academy Center of the Arts has you covered. As part of a series of HD broadcasts of operas at the Met, the Academy and Opera on the James present the Met’s production of Carmen in all its glory, scandal, and tragedy today at 2 p.m. Tickets are $31 for adults, $28 for seniors, and $23 for students. Click here for more info or call (434) 846-8499.

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We're in the final stretch of the Harry Potter movie marathon that’s been running at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) since the start of the year, and Potter’s barely a kid anymore. In  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 , the penultimate film in the franchise barring the release of a ninth installment, Potter is nearly old enough to vote and gearing up to graduate from Hogwarts, which means he and Ron Weasley would be fully engaged in senior slumping if it weren’t for that annoying Horcrux locket and those pesky Death Eaters. The film screens through the end of the week, after which it’ll be time for  Deathly Hallows – Part 2 . Click  here  for more info or call (434) 845-2398.

We're in the final stretch of the Harry Potter movie marathon that’s been running at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.) since the start of the year, and Potter’s barely a kid anymore. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, the penultimate film in the franchise barring the release of a ninth installment, Potter is nearly old enough to vote and gearing up to graduate from Hogwarts, which means he and Ron Weasley would be fully engaged in senior slumping if it weren’t for that annoying Horcrux locket and those pesky Death Eaters. The film screens through the end of the week, after which it’ll be time for Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Click here for more info or call (434) 845-2398.

Larceny is such a good word. And underused. It lends an air of majesty and a subtle hint of depravity to the act of pilfering another’s personal property. Larceny is also among some of the better small-batch yet widely available bourbons you can purchase for under $30 a bottle. Made in Kentucky by the same distillery that produces the slightly more pricey Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey, which itself is said to be a distant relative of the upper top-shelf wheated whiskeys that bear the Pappy Van Winkle label, Larceny is in the “wheated” bourbon family. It’ll be on the menu and in glasses you can take with you this evening at Small Batch Barbecue (2302 Bedford Ave.), one of the newer eating establishments in town. The tasting event runs from 5 until 9 p.m. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 439-2807.

Larceny is such a good word. And underused. It lends an air of majesty and a subtle hint of depravity to the act of pilfering another’s personal property. Larceny is also among some of the better small-batch yet widely available bourbons you can purchase for under $30 a bottle. Made in Kentucky by the same distillery that produces the slightly more pricey Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey, which itself is said to be a distant relative of the upper top-shelf wheated whiskeys that bear the Pappy Van Winkle label, Larceny is in the “wheated” bourbon family. It’ll be on the menu and in glasses you can take with you this evening at Small Batch Barbecue (2302 Bedford Ave.), one of the newer eating establishments in town. The tasting event runs from 5 until 9 p.m. Click here for more info or call (434) 439-2807.

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.

Back when it had its first run in American movie houses, Peter Jackson’s inventively ghoulish zombie thriller  Braindead  was rebranded as  Dead Alive , which didn’t seem to help much at the box office. However, along with his super low-budget horror comedy  Bad Taste  (1987) and his disturbingly hilarious Muppets spoof  Meet the Feebles  (1989),  Braindead  served as one pillar of the first trilogy that established the New Zealand director as a subversive renegade. A decade later, he’d establish himself as a blockbuster auteur with the  Lord of the Rings  trilogy. Local film buff Ken Faraoni and his Lynchburg Underground Movie Club are understandably much more interested in exploring the eccentricities of the director’s early work. They’ll screen  Braindead  this evening at 7 p.m. at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) in Rosel H. Schewel Theater. Tickets are $7 and they’ll have a cash bar. Click  here  for more info or call (434) 847-7277.

Back when it had its first run in American movie houses, Peter Jackson’s inventively ghoulish zombie thriller Braindead was rebranded as Dead Alive, which didn’t seem to help much at the box office. However, along with his super low-budget horror comedy Bad Taste (1987) and his disturbingly hilarious Muppets spoof Meet the Feebles (1989), Braindead served as one pillar of the first trilogy that established the New Zealand director as a subversive renegade. A decade later, he’d establish himself as a blockbuster auteur with the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Local film buff Ken Faraoni and his Lynchburg Underground Movie Club are understandably much more interested in exploring the eccentricities of the director’s early work. They’ll screen Braindead this evening at 7 p.m. at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.) in Rosel H. Schewel Theater. Tickets are $7 and they’ll have a cash bar. Click here for more info or call (434) 847-7277.