LynchburgDoes New Year’s Eve.


Put an herb-infused candle in a teacup and you’ve got what the folks at Good Karma Tea Company call a Tea Cup Blessing. They’ll explain and offer a how-to workshop on making your very own New Year’s candle, with a selection of vintage teacups, herbal supplies, fragrance oils, and blessing tags, on December 29th at 6 p.m. We’re told that the herbs and flowers one selects – lavender, clover, fennel, and verbena, to name a few – reveal unique properties as the candle burns. Tickets for the event are $20, and include all the supplies, as well as a 10% discount on bulk herbs. The in-house tea bar will, of course, be open for service. Space is limited, so call ahead or go to www.sipgoodkarma.com to reserve a spot. Good Karma is located in the Riverviews Artspace, 901 Jefferson St., Suite 110; call (434) 515-2058. 

 

Season3 describe themselves an “organic soul-pop” band. We’re not entirely sure what that means, but we’re guessing that there’s an artisanal quality to their songcraft and no artificial flavorings. They’ll be doing what comes naturally on New Year’s Eve – laying down some soulful grooves for patrons at Robin Alexander Bistro’s New Year’s Eve bash. The bar staff will swing into action at 5 p.m. for happy hour, and the kitchen is serving up a three-course dinner for $23.99. The menu includes a salad starter (or spinach dip); a choice of a grilled filet, shrimp scampi, or lobster ravioli for the main course; and a petite key lime pie for dessert. The regular RA menu will also be available. Reservations aren’t required, so seating is on a first come, first served basis. Call (434) 845-1601 for more info. RA’s is located downtown at 1344 Main Street. http://www.rabistro.com/

Calling all metalheads… the Stoney Badger is leaning toward the harder stuff this New Year’s Eve with a Headbangers’ Ball that’s set to get rolling at 9:30 p.m. It’ll feature a celebratory set or two from Last Night’s Villain, a local band who specialize in ‘80s and ‘90s heavy rock and metal. It’s not necessarily a sitdown affair, but seats are available on a first come, first served basis. There’s a $10 cover charge, which includes a bottle of champagne for what’s certain to be a hard-hitting and headbangin’ midnight toast. The full Stoney Badger menu, including those awesome wings, will be available, and there will be free cab rides home for anyone who loses track of their designated driver. The Stoney Badger is located at 3009 Old Forest Rd.; call (434) 384-3004 for more info. https://www.facebook.com/events/663854647107947/

The Hill City House Grille is leaning in the general direction of Merle, Waylon, and Willie for its New Year’s entertainment, as in Haggard, Jennings, and Nelson. Cowboy boots and Stetsons are optional, but a few tunes by the likes of George Jones and Conway Twitty are an absolute requirement when Rustburg’s BRB Boys are in the house. That’s Bo, Ronnie, and Billy, and they specialize in classic country music – the good stuff. They don’t go on until 9 p.m. Prior to that, local singer-songwriter and friend of the site Josh Walker will warm up the dinnertime crowd starting at 5 p.m. The Hill City House Grille is offering a three-course early-bird dinner for two for $60, a $30 dinner for individuals, and a $15 champagne toast for those who arrive after dinner. Call (434) 237-6110 for reservations. The Hill City House Grille is located at 7001 Timberlake Rd., right off of Rte. 501.   http://www.hillcityhouse.com/event/new-years-eve-fun/

For the little ones, Amazement Square is doing the right thing, and celebrating New Year’s a little earlier in the day. New Year’s at Noon start at 10 a.m. on the 31st, and the folks at Amazement Square are outfitting their adjacent warehouse space to accommodate a Glow-in-the-Dark Party, featuring plenty of neon, glow sticks, bubble-wrap “fireworks,” and a dance-a-thon. Milk and cookies will be provided, and the annual “bug drop” will take place at the strike of noon. Actually it’s a giant spider that lowers over the dance floor, so technically it’s an arthropod drop. The party goes until 3 p.m.; tickets are $14 for kids, $9 for adults, and $6 for seniors. Amazement Square is located downtown at 27 9th St. Call (434) 845-1888, or go to Amazementsquare.org for tix and info.

Lynchburg’s own version of the Times Square ball drop is set to take place at the stroke of midnight at the Bank of the James building this New Year’s Eve, and guests at Terrace View by the James will have a front row seat for the festivities. Located on the 8th-floor roof of the Bank of the James building, Terrace View by the James is turning the clock back to the swanky twenties as we move the calendar forward to 2017, with a Roaring on the Rooftop New Year’s party. Guests are encouraged to don their Great Gatsby best as silk-stocking’d flappers or debonair gents. The local dance-rock band Dragonfly will provide the tunes. Party favors, hors d’oeuvres, and a champagne toast are included in the price of admission: $35 for singles; $60 per couple. The party starts at 8 p.m. at 828 Main St. Advance tickets are available from ACCENTS Flags, Gifts, Home & Garden, 1716 Main Street, or call Terrace View by the James at (434) 455-0384. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Central Virginia.
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The folks in the kitchen at Jimmy’s on the James are setting aside their standard menu of somewhat-southern-with-a-nice-touch-of-Louisiana-style cooking for a special New Year’s Eve celebration. Diners will have the option of choosing between two festive three-course feasts. The local rockabilly band Jenny & the B-Side Rockers will be on hand to help swing in the New Year. And, the champagne, as well as a full array of Jimmy’s signature drinks will be flowing, as the crowd counts down the final hours of 2016. Reservations are recommended because last year Jimmy’s was at full capacity for the New Year’s Eve bash. And, this year Jimmy’s is teaming up with Brew Ridge Tours to offer a package deal for $198 a couple, including a Lynchburg pub-crawl, dinner at Jimmy’s, $10 toward a bottle of wine or champagne, and transportation from within Lynchburg and surrounding areas. For info and reservations for the Brew Ridge Tours event, call Josh at (434) 381-4099, or book online at http://www.brewridgetours.com. To make reservations at Jimmy’s, call (434) 845-1116. Jimmy’s on the James is located downtown at 619 Commerce St., just a couple of stone’s throws from the James River. 

The bartenders at Big Lick Tropical Grill have been busy working on a nice list of seasonal drinks, including a Cheery Cola, a Raspberry Vanillatini, a Cinnamon Apple-tini, and some holiday wine spritzers. Champagne will also be on the drink menu on New Year’s Eve for a celebration that will include music from the local cover band, the Dundies, a group who promise everything but the kitchen sink in terms of style and substance. There’s no cover charge, but Big Lick is running a New Year’s dinner special: for $25 you get a shrimp cocktail, rib eye steak, and a desert to top it off. There’s also a selfie wall in the back of the Tropical Grill, which could get interesting right around midnight on the 31st. Big Lick Tropical Grill is located at 4001 Murray Pl. in Lynchburg. Music begins at 9 p.m.; call (434) 528-3604 for dinner reservations and more info.
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It’ll be a rather smoky New Year’s Eve at City Place Cigar, which is as it should be. The cigar shop in nearby Wyndhurst, which does have a sister store in downtown Lynchburg (don’t get them confused), wanted to thank their regulars by giving them a place to celebrate, stogies in hand, on New Year’s. And, they’re happy to see new faces too. They’re providing food, but no alcohol. They’ll also have their humidors stocked for those who care to partake. The shop, which recently came under new management, will be holding a raffle featuring some of their top products. This is an 18+ event, for obvious reasons, and there’s no cover. Smoking begins at 6 p.m. and runs until 1 a.m. City Place Cigar is located at 1507 Enterprise Dr. in Wyndhurst; call (434) 237-9084 for more info. https://www.cityplacecigar.com/

Does Lynchburg?

Hello, and welcome to LynchburgDoes.com. We are a small, locally based, independent online publication committed to serving the greater Lynchburg community in a very specific way. It’s all fairly straightforward: We believe that there are lots of things to do in Lynchburg, more than most people probably realize. There are new restaurants opening in the downtown area. There are new businesses setting up shop in formerly empty commercial spaces around the city. There are arts and cultural organizations that continue to do their best to bring music, theater, dance, and even opera to various stages. There are food trucks. Lots of food trucks. And, there are a couple of colleges that regularly open up their campuses to the general public for all kinds of events during the academic year.

We also believe that there are people in Lynchburg who would like to go out and experience what the city has to offer, whether that’s a craft beer tasting at a pizza joint, a local artist playing country, rock, or blues at a downtown bar, or an outdoor film screening in the park. In fact, we’re convinced that there is a critical mass of curious, motivated people in the greater Lynchburg area who would like to know more about what’s going on, and who would be inclined to partake in the city’s cultural offerings. 

What seems to be lacking is a central source for reliable information about all of the things that Lynchburg does. So, we’ve decided to create such a source – an easy-to- access hub for thoughtful, entertaining, and perhaps even inspiring events listings that are as detailed, accurate, and up-to-date as possible. We want this to be fun for us, and fun for you. And we could use your help. Come to the site. Read about what’s going on. Sign up to be part of LynchburgDoes.com. Send us comments and suggestions. And, by all means, go out and enjoy yourself.

Also, take the time to let others know when you find out about something on LynchburgDoes.com. Tell your friends, roommates, casual acquaintances, bartenders, business owners, and anyone else who has a stake in proving that Lynchburg does have a lot to offer. If you’re part of a business or an organization that’s doing something in the community, get in touch with us. If you’re a musician who’s playing gigs in town, get in touch with us. If you own a food truck, get in touch with us. If you work at a bar or a restaurant that has something special planned, get in touch with us. If you’re interested in advertising on LynchburgDoes.com, get in touch with us. 

We don’t expect this to be easy, but we do think it will be worth the effort. We’ve started with a slate of New Year’s events because, well, the new year seems like a good time start something new. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be doing our best to put out new content on a weekly, or perhaps even daily, basis. If all goes well, LynchburgDoes.com will evolve and expand as the social and cultural scene in Lynchburg does the same. 

Thank you for stopping by,

Matt Ashare
Editor and Publisher
LynchburgDoes.com


January 4-12 2017

 Week Two   To those of you who are new to the site, welcome to LynchburgDoes.com. To those of you who are returning, welcome back. And, thank you. We were gratified and inspired by the response to our launch. We have hundreds of more people following us on Facebook than we expected, and dozens of you have already signed up to receive occasional newsletters and follow the site. We’ve also heard from many of you, and that has all been very encouraging.        Turns out, there are lots of things to do in Lynchburg, and lots of people who’d like to know about those things. Our job will be to learn as much as we can about happenings in and around town, and to let you know in a timely, informative, and entertaining fashion. We’re aiming to cover a diverse cross-section of arts and cultural events; nightlife happenings and family-friendly activities; food and drink; stuff you can do on the cheap, and even some pricier things. In short, we’d like to be an easy-to-access hub for thoughtful, illuminating, and engaging events listings that are as detailed, accurate, and up-to-date as possible.        We could use your help. Sign up to follow us below. Like us and follow us on Facebook. Talk about us. Post a link to us. Tell two friends to visit the site. Check in as often as you’d like. And, by all means, go out and have some fun in Lynchburg.         You can also contact us and send tips to  Events@LynchburgDoes.com . We’ll be working on the next slate of events for next week, and on the many design and technical challenges that are just part of online publishing.         Thank you for stopping by,    Matt Ashare Editor and Publisher LynchburgDoes.com

Week Two

To those of you who are new to the site, welcome to LynchburgDoes.com. To those of you who are returning, welcome back. And, thank you. We were gratified and inspired by the response to our launch. We have hundreds of more people following us on Facebook than we expected, and dozens of you have already signed up to receive occasional newsletters and follow the site. We’ve also heard from many of you, and that has all been very encouraging.
     Turns out, there are lots of things to do in Lynchburg, and lots of people who’d like to know about those things. Our job will be to learn as much as we can about happenings in and around town, and to let you know in a timely, informative, and entertaining fashion. We’re aiming to cover a diverse cross-section of arts and cultural events; nightlife happenings and family-friendly activities; food and drink; stuff you can do on the cheap, and even some pricier things. In short, we’d like to be an easy-to-access hub for thoughtful, illuminating, and engaging events listings that are as detailed, accurate, and up-to-date as possible.
     We could use your help. Sign up to follow us below. Like us and follow us on Facebook. Talk about us. Post a link to us. Tell two friends to visit the site. Check in as often as you’d like. And, by all means, go out and have some fun in Lynchburg. 
     You can also contact us and send tips to Events@LynchburgDoes.com. We’ll be working on the next slate of events for next week, and on the many design and technical challenges that are just part of online publishing. 

Thank you for stopping by,

Matt Ashare
Editor and Publisher
LynchburgDoes.com

 Are you tired of defeating dragons and drinking from the sacred chalice in the privacy of your own home? Untamed Worlds may have a solution. They host a board game and role playing night every Wednesday. A few of the store's regulars bring in games for others to play, such as Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Munchkin, and other popular titles. The role playing games run the gamut from Pathfinder to X-Wing (a Star Wars title) to the ever-beloved Dungeons & Dragons. Owner Chris says Board Game Night is a great event for families looking to get out and try something new, or even something familiar with a twist. Small snacks and sodas are available for purchase from the front counter during the event, and participants are also welcome to bring their own games. The games begin at 6:30 pm and run for about three hours, and the event is free. Also, next Sunday, which is the day of week Untamed Worlds features most of their special events, they will be introducing the game Colt Express into their lineup. For information on what games will be available, call  434.237.7115 . Untamed Worlds is located in Timbrook Square Shopping Center, 20722 Timberlake Road #K, Lynchburg, VA 24502.   https://www.facebook.com/UntamedWorlds/

Are you tired of defeating dragons and drinking from the sacred chalice in the privacy of your own home? Untamed Worlds may have a solution. They host a board game and role playing night every Wednesday. A few of the store's regulars bring in games for others to play, such as Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Munchkin, and other popular titles. The role playing games run the gamut from Pathfinder to X-Wing (a Star Wars title) to the ever-beloved Dungeons & Dragons. Owner Chris says Board Game Night is a great event for families looking to get out and try something new, or even something familiar with a twist. Small snacks and sodas are available for purchase from the front counter during the event, and participants are also welcome to bring their own games. The games begin at 6:30 pm and run for about three hours, and the event is free. Also, next Sunday, which is the day of week Untamed Worlds features most of their special events, they will be introducing the game Colt Express into their lineup. For information on what games will be available, call 434.237.7115. Untamed Worlds is located in Timbrook Square Shopping Center, 20722 Timberlake Road #K, Lynchburg, VA 24502.

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 Hill City House Grille is hosting a Martini Night every Wednesday just for you ...ladies. If $5 martini specials are your bag, and inexpensive appetizers have you frothing at the mouth, please, we implore you, make your way to the Grille. The regular musical guest is Zach Burnette, who performs "old-school country music like he was born to do so," as one fan writes. For more information, call  434.237.6110 , or visit the restaurant at 7001 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502.   https://www.reverbnation.com/zachburnette

Hill City House Grille is hosting a Martini Night every Wednesday just for you ...ladies. If $5 martini specials are your bag, and inexpensive appetizers have you frothing at the mouth, please, we implore you, make your way to the Grille. The regular musical guest is Zach Burnette, who performs "old-school country music like he was born to do so," as one fan writes. For more information, call 434.237.6110, or visit the restaurant at 7001 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502.

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  We thought Repair Café would make for a good band name. Instead, it’s a rather unique and coolly conceived event that doubles as an opportunity for those of you who might have a broken blender or some other malfunctioning appliance you’ve been meaning to fix for longer than you care to admit. Vector Space is a relatively new, nonprofit “makerspace” that allows members to drop by and work in shop areas devoted to woodworking, machining, textiles, and electronics. For the first First Friday of 2017, Vector Space is opening its doors and lending its members’ expertise to aspiring tinkerers who’d like to try their hands at repairing broken items. The organization’s Executive Director Elise Spontarelli promises that at least four professional “fixers” will on hand to help out from 5-8 p.m. There won’t be any food – it’s not that kind of café – but participants are welcome to bring their own refreshments. Vector Space is located at 402 Fifth Street; call (804) 387-1519 for more info.    Vector Space

We thought Repair Café would make for a good band name. Instead, it’s a rather unique and coolly conceived event that doubles as an opportunity for those of you who might have a broken blender or some other malfunctioning appliance you’ve been meaning to fix for longer than you care to admit. Vector Space is a relatively new, nonprofit “makerspace” that allows members to drop by and work in shop areas devoted to woodworking, machining, textiles, and electronics. For the first First Friday of 2017, Vector Space is opening its doors and lending its members’ expertise to aspiring tinkerers who’d like to try their hands at repairing broken items. The organization’s Executive Director Elise Spontarelli promises that at least four professional “fixers” will on hand to help out from 5-8 p.m. There won’t be any food – it’s not that kind of café – but participants are welcome to bring their own refreshments. Vector Space is located at 402 Fifth Street; call (804) 387-1519 for more info. 
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 Singer-songwriter Caroline Guske is lending her smoky vocals to the White Hart Café for the evening of January 8th. Starting around 7 pm, just pull up a chair, lean back, and have a sip of White Hart Snow, their specialty mocha, or even one of their seasonal drinks (Rudolph Latte, anyone?) while Ms. Guske performs both original songs and covers of the pop-ish variety. For more information, call  434.207.5600 . The White Hart is located at 1208 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504.   C aroline Guske

Singer-songwriter Caroline Guske is lending her smoky vocals to the White Hart Café for the evening of January 8th. Starting around 7 pm, just pull up a chair, lean back, and have a sip of White Hart Snow, their specialty mocha, or even one of their seasonal drinks (Rudolph Latte, anyone?) while Ms. Guske performs both original songs and covers of the pop-ish variety. For more information, call 434.207.5600. The White Hart is located at 1208 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504.

Caroline Guske

  Singer-songwriter Josh Walker has a mighty beard to go with his mighty voice, and at least one blue acoustic guitar that we know of. Stylistically, he’s rooted deeply in Americana, which translates to songs by Amos Lee, by former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell, and by Walker himself, who’s got a timely sing-along about politics that suggests a kind of bipartisan consensus. Walker also likes to break out tunes he grew up on, including classics by the Eagles, Tom Petty, and Green Day. He’s holding down the corner spot at Dish tonight for the downtown restaurant’s Thursday “Local Lounge.” The music runs from 8-11 p.m., so the kitchen will be serving a full menu when Josh gets going. Dish specializes in an eclectic array of small plates, which may be the perfect pairing for an evening of casual music. And, the kitchen’s crew chief Dave Ellis was just anointed Best Chef in Lynchburg by readers of  The Burg . Dish is located at 1120 Main Street in downtown Lynchburg; call (434)   528-0070 for reservations and more info.     Dish - Facebook    J   osh Walker     

Singer-songwriter Josh Walker has a mighty beard to go with his mighty voice, and at least one blue acoustic guitar that we know of. Stylistically, he’s rooted deeply in Americana, which translates to songs by Amos Lee, by former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell, and by Walker himself, who’s got a timely sing-along about politics that suggests a kind of bipartisan consensus. Walker also likes to break out tunes he grew up on, including classics by the Eagles, Tom Petty, and Green Day. He’s holding down the corner spot at Dish tonight for the downtown restaurant’s Thursday “Local Lounge.” The music runs from 8-11 p.m., so the kitchen will be serving a full menu when Josh gets going. Dish specializes in an eclectic array of small plates, which may be the perfect pairing for an evening of casual music. And, the kitchen’s crew chief Dave Ellis was just anointed Best Chef in Lynchburg by readers of The Burg. Dish is located at 1120 Main Street in downtown Lynchburg; call (434) 528-0070 for reservations and more info.

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 We've been told (by a rather biased source, mind you) that Kegney Brothers has the best-looking bartenders in town. We'll leave that up to you to judge, readers, but in the meantime, here's what we do know: Kegney Brothers features live Celtic music every Thursday night from 8 pm to 11:30 pm. The band, Celtic Session, has a rotating group of members, so expect to see a different line-up from week to week. On Tuesdays and every other Saturday, Kegney Brothers hosts Karaoke Night from 10 pm to close, so start working on that rendition of "Total Eclipse of the Heart." The bar also features daily Happy Hour specials Monday through Friday, which never fails to make karaoke more entertaining. For more info, call  434.616.6691  or make your merry way over to 1118 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504.   K egney Brothers

We've been told (by a rather biased source, mind you) that Kegney Brothers has the best-looking bartenders in town. We'll leave that up to you to judge, readers, but in the meantime, here's what we do know: Kegney Brothers features live Celtic music every Thursday night from 8 pm to 11:30 pm. The band, Celtic Session, has a rotating group of members, so expect to see a different line-up from week to week. On Tuesdays and every other Saturday, Kegney Brothers hosts Karaoke Night from 10 pm to close, so start working on that rendition of "Total Eclipse of the Heart." The bar also features daily Happy Hour specials Monday through Friday, which never fails to make karaoke more entertaining. For more info, call 434.616.6691 or make your merry way over to 1118 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504.

Kegney Brothers

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  In the world of Bartertown Bobby Fuller, houses are struck by comets, ships sink into the deep at night, and owls can be made out of pinball machines. Fuller’s a local sculptor whose medium is the stuff others cast aside. Like the late, great Howard Finster and other so-called “outsider artists,” he turns other people’s junk into the stuff of dreams. In Fuller’s hands, a stringy old mop head becomes a proud horse’s mane, and old electrical wiring is transformed into the rigging on a grand galleon. Several of Fuller’s works are currently on exhibit at the Academy Center for the Arts, and Fuller will be there to talk about his process as part of the Academy’s monthly series of art talks. “Trash to Class: From Garbage to the Gallery” begins at 5 p.m. and should run about an hour. As is traditional at gallery events, wine will be served. It is free and open to the public in the Ann White Academy Gallery, 600 Main St.; call (434) 846-8499 for more info, or click    here     .

In the world of Bartertown Bobby Fuller, houses are struck by comets, ships sink into the deep at night, and owls can be made out of pinball machines. Fuller’s a local sculptor whose medium is the stuff others cast aside. Like the late, great Howard Finster and other so-called “outsider artists,” he turns other people’s junk into the stuff of dreams. In Fuller’s hands, a stringy old mop head becomes a proud horse’s mane, and old electrical wiring is transformed into the rigging on a grand galleon. Several of Fuller’s works are currently on exhibit at the Academy Center for the Arts, and Fuller will be there to talk about his process as part of the Academy’s monthly series of art talks. “Trash to Class: From Garbage to the Gallery” begins at 5 p.m. and should run about an hour. As is traditional at gallery events, wine will be served. It is free and open to the public in the Ann White Academy Gallery, 600 Main St.; call (434) 846-8499 for more info, or click here.

  Elizabeth Wise is a semi-local singer and guitarist who’s definitely lived the wanderer’s life. Born and raised in Richmond, VA, she’s spent time in New York City, New Zealand, and Taiwan, all the while cultivating a deep love and reverence for the blues. She currently calls Memphis home, although she seems to be spending quite a bit of time in Central, VA, playing solo shows, showcasing her slide guitar playing, and her sweet n’ gutsy voice. Tonight, Wise is at Dish on Main Street, where the plates are small but the flavors are big. There’s no cover charge, and the music runs from at 8-11 p.m. Dish is located at 1120 Main St.; call (434) 528-0070, or find    Dish    on Facebook.     ElizabethWise.com      Elizabeth Wise Music

Elizabeth Wise is a semi-local singer and guitarist who’s definitely lived the wanderer’s life. Born and raised in Richmond, VA, she’s spent time in New York City, New Zealand, and Taiwan, all the while cultivating a deep love and reverence for the blues. She currently calls Memphis home, although she seems to be spending quite a bit of time in Central, VA, playing solo shows, showcasing her slide guitar playing, and her sweet n’ gutsy voice. Tonight, Wise is at Dish on Main Street, where the plates are small but the flavors are big. There’s no cover charge, and the music runs from at 8-11 p.m. Dish is located at 1120 Main St.; call (434) 528-0070, or find Dish on Facebook.

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Elizabeth Wise Music

 Thanks to last Friday’s snowstorm, this month’s First Friday is now happening on the second Friday of the month. That’s today. As part of the downtown festivities, Riverviews Artspace is hosting a reception for the featured exhibit in the Craddock-Terry Gallery, as well as open studies in the building’s artists’ spaces. This month’s exhibit poses the following question: What awaits the lone hiker at Mile 806? The answer lies in the images that local photographers Parker Michels-Boyce and Chet Strange captured of hikers they encountered at mile marker 806 of the Appalachian Trail. Those photos will be on display in the main gallery, which opens at 5:30 p.m., and the photographers will give a joint talk on their project at 6 p.m. This is the first exhibit of an “Emerging Artist Series,” and it’ll be up through February 16. The gallery is open Wed.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Riverviews is located at 901 Jefferson Street; call (434) 847-7277 for more info.    Riverviews Emerging Artist Series

Thanks to last Friday’s snowstorm, this month’s First Friday is now happening on the second Friday of the month. That’s today. As part of the downtown festivities, Riverviews Artspace is hosting a reception for the featured exhibit in the Craddock-Terry Gallery, as well as open studies in the building’s artists’ spaces. This month’s exhibit poses the following question: What awaits the lone hiker at Mile 806? The answer lies in the images that local photographers Parker Michels-Boyce and Chet Strange captured of hikers they encountered at mile marker 806 of the Appalachian Trail. Those photos will be on display in the main gallery, which opens at 5:30 p.m., and the photographers will give a joint talk on their project at 6 p.m. This is the first exhibit of an “Emerging Artist Series,” and it’ll be up through February 16. The gallery is open Wed.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Riverviews is located at 901 Jefferson Street; call (434) 847-7277 for more info.

Riverviews Emerging Artist Series

  It’s not just any Friday, it’s Friday the 13th. And, while there are a series of films that address that issue head on, there are also some true Hollywood classics that are just plain appropriate for such a date. Jack Arnold’s cult sci-fi favorite  Creature From the Black Lagoon  is one of those classics. Will the lovely Kay escape the clutches of the grotto-dwelling Gill-Man? Good question. Find out when Riverviews hosts a special screening of the film tonight at 7:30. The screening is part of a film noir classics series that Riverviews started last year. The evening begins with a brief introductory talk by local artist and film buff Ken Faraoni. Riverviews is located at 901 Jefferson St. Tickets are $6; call (434) 847-7277 for more info or click    here   . 

It’s not just any Friday, it’s Friday the 13th. And, while there are a series of films that address that issue head on, there are also some true Hollywood classics that are just plain appropriate for such a date. Jack Arnold’s cult sci-fi favorite Creature From the Black Lagoon is one of those classics. Will the lovely Kay escape the clutches of the grotto-dwelling Gill-Man? Good question. Find out when Riverviews hosts a special screening of the film tonight at 7:30. The screening is part of a film noir classics series that Riverviews started last year. The evening begins with a brief introductory talk by local artist and film buff Ken Faraoni. Riverviews is located at 901 Jefferson St. Tickets are $6; call (434) 847-7277 for more info or click here

  Toffee-tastics. Savannah Smiles. Do-si-does. Tagalongs. And, of course, the ever crave-able Thin Mints, which we’ve been told are pretty good frozen, especially alongside a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream. In case you’re missing the hint, it’s Girl Scout Cookie season in Virginia. You could wait for the doorbell to ring, hope for a random run-in with a pack of Scouts, or take matters into your own hands and head on over to the Girl Scout Cookie Fest at Heritage United Methodist Church today from 11 a.m.-4p.m. We’re told there will be a cookie bake-off, face painting, a superhero dress-up station, and, yes, cookies, cookies, cookies, including a new one we found out about on the Girl Scouts’    “Meet the Cookies”    webpage: S’mores. It’s $5 per person, but adults accompanying a child get in for free. The event takes place in the church’s Disciple Center Gymnasium, 582 Leesville Road.     https://www.facebook.com/events/373851929631848/

Toffee-tastics. Savannah Smiles. Do-si-does. Tagalongs. And, of course, the ever crave-able Thin Mints, which we’ve been told are pretty good frozen, especially alongside a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream. In case you’re missing the hint, it’s Girl Scout Cookie season in Virginia. You could wait for the doorbell to ring, hope for a random run-in with a pack of Scouts, or take matters into your own hands and head on over to the Girl Scout Cookie Fest at Heritage United Methodist Church today from 11 a.m.-4p.m. We’re told there will be a cookie bake-off, face painting, a superhero dress-up station, and, yes, cookies, cookies, cookies, including a new one we found out about on the Girl Scouts’ “Meet the Cookies” webpage: S’mores. It’s $5 per person, but adults accompanying a child get in for free. The event takes place in the church’s Disciple Center Gymnasium, 582 Leesville Road.

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  Hoppie Vaughan’s voice is surprising. Surprisingly awesome. Seriously. He and his band, the Ministers of Soul, specialize in Cajun blues, Southern blues, deep blues, and, well, you get the point. They’re bluesy. They’re playing tonight as part of the Ellington Presents series at the aptly named Glass House on Jefferson Street. They’ve been an Ellington staple for the better part of a decade now, according to Ellington board member Matt Cothran, and they tend to draw a crowd. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. It’s a 21-plus show, with full bar service. The Glass House is at 1019 Jefferson St.; call (434) 616-3421 for tickets and more info, or visit the    Ellington website   . For a taste of Hoppie’s Ministers of Soul, check out    http://www.hoppievaughan.com/music.html   . 

Hoppie Vaughan’s voice is surprising. Surprisingly awesome. Seriously. He and his band, the Ministers of Soul, specialize in Cajun blues, Southern blues, deep blues, and, well, you get the point. They’re bluesy. They’re playing tonight as part of the Ellington Presents series at the aptly named Glass House on Jefferson Street. They’ve been an Ellington staple for the better part of a decade now, according to Ellington board member Matt Cothran, and they tend to draw a crowd. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. It’s a 21-plus show, with full bar service. The Glass House is at 1019 Jefferson St.; call (434) 616-3421 for tickets and more info, or visit the Ellington website. For a taste of Hoppie’s Ministers of Soul, check out http://www.hoppievaughan.com/music.html

  How well do you read people? How do you form opinions about someone you’ve only just met, or someone you’ve never even spoken to? The Human Library project wants to answer these questions, and then it wants to make the answers kinder and more empathetic. The idea is to bring together people from different walks of life and put them on a sort of display. Visitors are able to walk around, people browse, and learn how to “read” individuals using something known as “conversation.” Sounds a little weird to us too, but in a cool way. The browsing begins at 2 p.m. at Riverviews Artspace, with the promise of a diverse array of humans, including a Buddhist, a survivor of domestic abuse, and an alcoholic. It’s free, open to the public, and just plain intriguing. Riverviews Artspace is located at 901 Jefferson St.; call 434-847-7277 for more info, or click    here   .

How well do you read people? How do you form opinions about someone you’ve only just met, or someone you’ve never even spoken to? The Human Library project wants to answer these questions, and then it wants to make the answers kinder and more empathetic. The idea is to bring together people from different walks of life and put them on a sort of display. Visitors are able to walk around, people browse, and learn how to “read” individuals using something known as “conversation.” Sounds a little weird to us too, but in a cool way. The browsing begins at 2 p.m. at Riverviews Artspace, with the promise of a diverse array of humans, including a Buddhist, a survivor of domestic abuse, and an alcoholic. It’s free, open to the public, and just plain intriguing. Riverviews Artspace is located at 901 Jefferson St.; call 434-847-7277 for more info, or click here.

  When we checked in with Venue Cinemas to find out what’s trending in the multiplex, we got a poetic answer:  Trolls ,  Dr. Strange , and  Hacksaw Ridge . There’s a little something for everyone there: big-budget superheroics; big-budget war heroics; and big-budget toy heroics. It’s also just an amusing combination of titles.  Hacksaw Ridge  is Mel Gibson’s biopic about legendary Lynchburg WWII pacifist Desmond T. Doss.  Dr. Strange  is the new Marvel Universe film about a rather eccentric neurosurgeon played by one   Benedict Timothy Carlton   Cumberbatch (or just Benny C to his friends).   And  Trolls  is a DreamWorks animated feature about trolls. Tickets on Mondays, and most days of the week, are cheap: $2.25 for matinees, and $2.75 after 6 p.m. Showtimes are 1, 4, 7:15, and 9:50 p.m. for  Dr. Strange ; 12:20, 3:30, 6:45, and 9:45 p.m. for  Hacksaw Ridge ; and noon, 2:15, 4:30, 7, and 9:15 p.m. for  Trolls . Venue Cinemas is located at 901 Lakeside Dr.; call (434) 845-2398 for more info, or click    here   . 

When we checked in with Venue Cinemas to find out what’s trending in the multiplex, we got a poetic answer: Trolls, Dr. Strange, and Hacksaw Ridge. There’s a little something for everyone there: big-budget superheroics; big-budget war heroics; and big-budget toy heroics. It’s also just an amusing combination of titles. Hacksaw Ridge is Mel Gibson’s biopic about legendary Lynchburg WWII pacifist Desmond T. Doss. Dr. Strange is the new Marvel Universe film about a rather eccentric neurosurgeon played by one Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch (or just Benny C to his friends). And Trolls is a DreamWorks animated feature about trolls. Tickets on Mondays, and most days of the week, are cheap: $2.25 for matinees, and $2.75 after 6 p.m. Showtimes are 1, 4, 7:15, and 9:50 p.m. for Dr. Strange; 12:20, 3:30, 6:45, and 9:45 p.m. for Hacksaw Ridge; and noon, 2:15, 4:30, 7, and 9:15 p.m. for Trolls. Venue Cinemas is located at 901 Lakeside Dr.; call (434) 845-2398 for more info, or click here

  If it’s Tuesday night (and it is), then it must karaoke time at Kegney Brothers. And, if it’s Kegney Brothers (and it is), then there’s excellent craft beer on tap, an impressive variety of Irish whiskeys shelved behind the bar, and hearty pub fare on the nighttime menu. A word about karaoke: living on this planet means making certain sacrifices, up to and including one’s dignity on certain occasions. Karaoke is one of those occasions. There’s room for shame when the big book of songs is open, and the sign-up sheet is out. It ain’t always pretty or on pitch, but it’s a good time. We’ve even heard from a certain bartender at Kegneys that it’s his favorite night of the week to work. The singing, which is often hosted by our pal Hope Irons, begins at 10 p.m. Kegney Brothers is located at 1118 Main St.; call (434) 616-6691 or go to the    KegneyBrothers.com    for more info.

If it’s Tuesday night (and it is), then it must karaoke time at Kegney Brothers. And, if it’s Kegney Brothers (and it is), then there’s excellent craft beer on tap, an impressive variety of Irish whiskeys shelved behind the bar, and hearty pub fare on the nighttime menu. A word about karaoke: living on this planet means making certain sacrifices, up to and including one’s dignity on certain occasions. Karaoke is one of those occasions. There’s room for shame when the big book of songs is open, and the sign-up sheet is out. It ain’t always pretty or on pitch, but it’s a good time. We’ve even heard from a certain bartender at Kegneys that it’s his favorite night of the week to work. The singing, which is often hosted by our pal Hope Irons, begins at 10 p.m. Kegney Brothers is located at 1118 Main St.; call (434) 616-6691 or go to the KegneyBrothers.com for more info.

 Hill City House Grille hosts a Martini Night on Wednesdays that kinda, sorta doubles as a “Girls’ Night Out.” To up the ante, they’ve got local country-music wunderkind Zach Burnette booked to play his version of swinging, bluesy, and sometimes even a bit boozy Americana classics just about every Wednesday for the foreseeable future. The martini specials are just five bucks, and Zach’s a mighty handsome dude, who looks the part of a young and hungry Nashville star. Speaking of hungry, the Hill City bar menu features wings and other tasty things. The action starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m., and there’s no cover charge. The Hill City House Grille is located at 7001 Timberlake Road in Lynchburg; call (434) 237-6110 for more info, or click  here . 

Hill City House Grille hosts a Martini Night on Wednesdays that kinda, sorta doubles as a “Girls’ Night Out.” To up the ante, they’ve got local country-music wunderkind Zach Burnette booked to play his version of swinging, bluesy, and sometimes even a bit boozy Americana classics just about every Wednesday for the foreseeable future. The martini specials are just five bucks, and Zach’s a mighty handsome dude, who looks the part of a young and hungry Nashville star. Speaking of hungry, the Hill City bar menu features wings and other tasty things. The action starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m., and there’s no cover charge. The Hill City House Grille is located at 7001 Timberlake Road in Lynchburg; call (434) 237-6110 for more info, or click here

 Week Three   A few firsts for us here in our third week of publishing LynchburgDoes.com. We've got a different logo up top, designed by our web guy Jay. We may ask him to come up with a few more before long. We're also going to be doing our best to have at least one event for each day of the week, and we've started highlighting each day's events at the top of the page. We thought that would make sense. We'll be adding more features as we go. For now, welcome to the site. We hope you find it useful. We're hoping you'll sign up to follow us (our first newsletter should be coming soon), and please like and follow us on Facebook.      To those of you who are returning, welcome back and keep checking back. Please tell two friends about LynchburgDoes.com. Make that three friends. If you're new to the site, glad to have you. There's a more detailed explanation of who we are and what we do right  here .         Our focus is still on being   an easy-to-access hub for thoughtful, illuminating, and engaging events listings that are as detailed, accurate, and up-to-date as possible. So, we're doing our best to learn as much as we can about happenings in and around town. You can help out in that regard as well. If you're involved in planning events around Lynchburg, email us at events@lynchburgdoes.com. If you have comments, suggestions, or even just encouragement, feel free to email me directly at matt@lynchburgdoes.com.    Thank you for stopping by,   Matt Ashare Editor and Publisher LynchburgDoes.com

Week Three

A few firsts for us here in our third week of publishing LynchburgDoes.com. We've got a different logo up top, designed by our web guy Jay. We may ask him to come up with a few more before long. We're also going to be doing our best to have at least one event for each day of the week, and we've started highlighting each day's events at the top of the page. We thought that would make sense. We'll be adding more features as we go. For now, welcome to the site. We hope you find it useful. We're hoping you'll sign up to follow us (our first newsletter should be coming soon), and please like and follow us on Facebook.
     To those of you who are returning, welcome back and keep checking back. Please tell two friends about LynchburgDoes.com. Make that three friends. If you're new to the site, glad to have you. There's a more detailed explanation of who we are and what we do right here

     Our focus is still on being an easy-to-access hub for thoughtful, illuminating, and engaging events listings that are as detailed, accurate, and up-to-date as possible. So, we're doing our best to learn as much as we can about happenings in and around town. You can help out in that regard as well. If you're involved in planning events around Lynchburg, email us at events@lynchburgdoes.com. If you have comments, suggestions, or even just encouragement, feel free to email me directly at matt@lynchburgdoes.com.

Thank you for stopping by,
Matt Ashare
Editor and Publisher
LynchburgDoes.com

January 19-28


 Welcome   Or, welcome back, as the case may be. We're now in our fourth week of publishing LynchburgDoes, and all's well. As we expected, we are finding things to do in Lynchburg, and we're doing our best to highlight a range of events throughout the week. We hope you find it useful. We also invite you to sign up to follow us (our first newsletter should be coming soon), and to like and follow us on Facebook.         Our focus is still on being   an easy-to-access hub for thoughtful, illuminating, and engaging events listings that are as detailed, accurate, and up-to-date as possible.   There's a more detailed explanation of who we are and what we do right  here .         If you're involved in planning events around Lynchburg, email us at events@lynchburgdoes.com. If you have comments, suggestions, or even just encouragement, feel free to email me directly at matt@lynchburgdoes.com. And, please tell two friends about the site.    Thank you for stopping by,   Matt Ashare Editor and Publisher LynchburgDoes.com

Welcome

Or, welcome back, as the case may be. We're now in our fourth week of publishing LynchburgDoes, and all's well. As we expected, we are finding things to do in Lynchburg, and we're doing our best to highlight a range of events throughout the week. We hope you find it useful. We also invite you to sign up to follow us (our first newsletter should be coming soon), and to like and follow us on Facebook. 
     Our focus is still on being an easy-to-access hub for thoughtful, illuminating, and engaging events listings that are as detailed, accurate, and up-to-date as possible. There's a more detailed explanation of who we are and what we do right here
     If you're involved in planning events around Lynchburg, email us at events@lynchburgdoes.com. If you have comments, suggestions, or even just encouragement, feel free to email me directly at matt@lynchburgdoes.com. And, please tell two friends about the site.

Thank you for stopping by,
Matt Ashare
Editor and Publisher
LynchburgDoes.com

  The combination of puppies and grilled cheese sandwiches may not be the most obvious one, but the more we think about it, the more we love it. The Lynchburg Humane Society is having its monthly Bow Wow and here’s how it works: folks are invited to the facility on the third Thursday each month to get lunch from a local food truck and hang with cute animals. Parked in the lot this month will be four food trucks: Cheesy Rider (ergo the grilled cheese); Jacked Rabbit, which features a roasted carrot “rabbit dog”; Uprooted (think farm-to-table); and Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts. In the colder months, the Bow Wow happens indoors, for the comfort of all who participate. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 pm. The Lynchburg Humane Society is located at 1211 Old Graves Mill Rd.; call (434) 448-0088 for more info, or click    here   .

The combination of puppies and grilled cheese sandwiches may not be the most obvious one, but the more we think about it, the more we love it. The Lynchburg Humane Society is having its monthly Bow Wow and here’s how it works: folks are invited to the facility on the third Thursday each month to get lunch from a local food truck and hang with cute animals. Parked in the lot this month will be four food trucks: Cheesy Rider (ergo the grilled cheese); Jacked Rabbit, which features a roasted carrot “rabbit dog”; Uprooted (think farm-to-table); and Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts. In the colder months, the Bow Wow happens indoors, for the comfort of all who participate. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 pm. The Lynchburg Humane Society is located at 1211 Old Graves Mill Rd.; call (434) 448-0088 for more info, or click here.

  The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen is devoting an evening to the wonders of karst landscapes. What’s a karst landscape? It’s got something to do with topography, sinkholes, andcaverns, and it’s something you find in the Wintergreen area. Retired hydrogeologist Dr. Craig Ashbrook knows more about it than we do. He’ll explain the peculiarities of sinking streams and waterways as part of the Trillium House lecture series on western Virginia landscapes. The lecture starts at 7 p.m. at 3421 Wintergreen Dr., Wintergreen. Tickets are $10 for Nature Foundation members and $15 for the general public. Call (434) 325.8169 for more info or click    here   .

The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen is devoting an evening to the wonders of karst landscapes. What’s a karst landscape? It’s got something to do with topography, sinkholes, andcaverns, and it’s something you find in the Wintergreen area. Retired hydrogeologist Dr. Craig Ashbrook knows more about it than we do. He’ll explain the peculiarities of sinking streams and waterways as part of the Trillium House lecture series on western Virginia landscapes. The lecture starts at 7 p.m. at 3421 Wintergreen Dr., Wintergreen. Tickets are $10 for Nature Foundation members and $15 for the general public. Call (434) 325.8169 for more info or click here.

  Here’s one of our favorite things you might not know about the local craft brewery and tasting house Apocalypse Ale Works: their web domain is    endofbadbeer.com   . Let’s just say that reflects a degree of commitment, and a sense of humor, that we admire here at LynchburgDoes.com. We’re also quite fond of the style in which they brew and name their libations, like the 6th Seal chocolate stout, the Barrmageddon Bavarian lager, and the Cenful Blonde Belgian Ale. This weekend, Apocalypse has two promising events, both of which come with the opportunity to sample a few pints. Tonight, singer-songwriter Marie Anderson (in photo above) is performing from 8-11 p.m. She’s a local artist, from the Smith Mountain Lake Area, and she has an interesting array of songs up on her    ReverbNation page    – Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” Rihanna’s “Stay,” and “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio. Then, tomorrow afternoon from 1-4 p.m., there will be a gathering of food trucks in the lot, and something more than beer and grub on the menu. The folks at Apocalypse are kindly hosting “   Food Trucks 4 Paws   ,” a benefit to raise money to help provide a service dog for a young girl in need named   Emmeline. Cheesy Rider, Uprooted, Jacked Rabbit, Mama Crockett's, and Nomad Coffee will be on hand, and there’s gonna be a silent auction featuring stuff from Riverside Runners, Bikes Unlimited, Speakertree, the Water Dog, Telitha spa, and other local businesses.   Apocalypse   Ale Works is located right off of Forest Rd., at 1257 Bumbridge Rd.; call (434) 258-8761 for more info.      

Here’s one of our favorite things you might not know about the local craft brewery and tasting house Apocalypse Ale Works: their web domain is endofbadbeer.com. Let’s just say that reflects a degree of commitment, and a sense of humor, that we admire here at LynchburgDoes.com. We’re also quite fond of the style in which they brew and name their libations, like the 6th Seal chocolate stout, the Barrmageddon Bavarian lager, and the Cenful Blonde Belgian Ale. This weekend, Apocalypse has two promising events, both of which come with the opportunity to sample a few pints. Tonight, singer-songwriter Marie Anderson (in photo above) is performing from 8-11 p.m. She’s a local artist, from the Smith Mountain Lake Area, and she has an interesting array of songs up on her ReverbNation page – Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” Rihanna’s “Stay,” and “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio. Then, tomorrow afternoon from 1-4 p.m., there will be a gathering of food trucks in the lot, and something more than beer and grub on the menu. The folks at Apocalypse are kindly hosting “Food Trucks 4 Paws,” a benefit to raise money to help provide a service dog for a young girl in need named Emmeline. Cheesy Rider, Uprooted, Jacked Rabbit, Mama Crockett's, and Nomad Coffee will be on hand, and there’s gonna be a silent auction featuring stuff from Riverside Runners, Bikes Unlimited, Speakertree, the Water Dog, Telitha spa, and other local businesses. Apocalypse Ale Works is located right off of Forest Rd., at 1257 Bumbridge Rd.; call (434) 258-8761 for more info.    

  Virginia Distillery Company has created a monster called the Malt Pie. It’s their newest signature cocktail, and the ingredients include butter, nutmeg, cloves, whipped cream, and walnut and vanilla bean-infused Virginia Highland Malt Whiskey. The Malt Pie is the featured beverage at Virginia Distillery Company’s second annual Winter Whisky Fest. Participants will also be able to order a sample flight of three half-ounce cocktails, and there will be food. Local musician Willie DE will be playing a mix of blues, folk and jazz from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and there’s an honest-to-goodness fireplace to lounge in front of. The whole shebang starts at 11 a.m. and will wind down around 6 pm. It’s also free. The distillery is in Lovingston, which halfway between Lynchburg and Charlottesville, off of Rte. 29, at 299 Eades Ln. For more info, click    here   , or call (434) 285.2900. 

Virginia Distillery Company has created a monster called the Malt Pie. It’s their newest signature cocktail, and the ingredients include butter, nutmeg, cloves, whipped cream, and walnut and vanilla bean-infused Virginia Highland Malt Whiskey. The Malt Pie is the featured beverage at Virginia Distillery Company’s second annual Winter Whisky Fest. Participants will also be able to order a sample flight of three half-ounce cocktails, and there will be food. Local musician Willie DE will be playing a mix of blues, folk and jazz from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and there’s an honest-to-goodness fireplace to lounge in front of. The whole shebang starts at 11 a.m. and will wind down around 6 pm. It’s also free. The distillery is in Lovingston, which halfway between Lynchburg and Charlottesville, off of Rte. 29, at 299 Eades Ln. For more info, click here, or call (434) 285.2900. 

  One of the nice things about the local brewery and tastery Apocalypse Ale Works is that in addition to enjoying a pint or three, you can usually get something tasty from one of the food trucks that often set up shop in the parking lot. The 6th Seal chocolate stout is, of course, a bit of a meal in itself, but the the Barrmageddon Bavarian lager and the Cenful Blonde Belgian Ale pair well with all sorts of things. From 1-4 p.m. this afternoon, there will be a gather of food trucks in the lot, and something more than beer and grub on the menu. The folks at Apocalypse are kindly hosting “   Food Trucks 4 Paws   ,” a benefit to raise money to help provide a service dog for a young girl in need named   Emmeline. Cheesy Rider, Uprooted, Jacked Rabbit, Mama Crockett's, and Nomad Coffee will be on hand, and there’s gonna be a silent auction featuring stuff from Riverside Runners, Bikes Unlimited, Speakertree, the Water Dog, Telitha spa, and other local businesses.   Apocalypse   Ale Works is located right off of Forest Rd., at 1257 Bumbridge Rd.; call (434) 258-8761 for more info.      

One of the nice things about the local brewery and tastery Apocalypse Ale Works is that in addition to enjoying a pint or three, you can usually get something tasty from one of the food trucks that often set up shop in the parking lot. The 6th Seal chocolate stout is, of course, a bit of a meal in itself, but the the Barrmageddon Bavarian lager and the Cenful Blonde Belgian Ale pair well with all sorts of things. From 1-4 p.m. this afternoon, there will be a gather of food trucks in the lot, and something more than beer and grub on the menu. The folks at Apocalypse are kindly hosting “Food Trucks 4 Paws,” a benefit to raise money to help provide a service dog for a young girl in need named Emmeline. Cheesy Rider, Uprooted, Jacked Rabbit, Mama Crockett's, and Nomad Coffee will be on hand, and there’s gonna be a silent auction featuring stuff from Riverside Runners, Bikes Unlimited, Speakertree, the Water Dog, Telitha spa, and other local businesses. Apocalypse Ale Works is located right off of Forest Rd., at 1257 Bumbridge Rd.; call (434) 258-8761 for more info.    

  The   local makerspace Vector Space is teaming up with the downtown record store Speakertree to offer an afternoon workshop for aspiring silk screeners. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own Speakertree Records logo tote bags. The experts from Benaiah Prints will be there to instruct, advise, and otherwise keep things in line. Participants must register in advance through Vector Space, and can do so by clicking    here   . Registration is $30, and includes all the supplies you’ll need to make a tote bag. Also, for every bag made during the event, Vector Space will donate one to Speakertree. Vector Space is located at 402 Fifth St. Call (804) 387-1519 for more info.

The local makerspace Vector Space is teaming up with the downtown record store Speakertree to offer an afternoon workshop for aspiring silk screeners. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own Speakertree Records logo tote bags. The experts from Benaiah Prints will be there to instruct, advise, and otherwise keep things in line. Participants must register in advance through Vector Space, and can do so by clicking here. Registration is $30, and includes all the supplies you’ll need to make a tote bag. Also, for every bag made during the event, Vector Space will donate one to Speakertree. Vector Space is located at 402 Fifth St. Call (804) 387-1519 for more info.

  Monday night is trivia night at Rivermont Pizza, and it’s generally quite well attended. By 9p.m., most of the booths and tables in the main dining area should be filling up with would-be masters of minutiae and pursuers of all things trivial. Some teams show up fully formed, others coalesce at the bar. Wood-fire pizza, hoagies, and fire-roasted vegetables (trust us, they’re uncommonly good) are always on the menu, as is a smart selection of craft beers and some cheaper stuff in cans. It can be a little competitive, and you could walk away with an RP gift card. But, mostly it’s just a chance for to test your memory and give your brain a little workout. RP is located at 2496 Rivermont Ave.; call (434) 846-2877 or click to their website right    here   . 

Monday night is trivia night at Rivermont Pizza, and it’s generally quite well attended. By 9p.m., most of the booths and tables in the main dining area should be filling up with would-be masters of minutiae and pursuers of all things trivial. Some teams show up fully formed, others coalesce at the bar. Wood-fire pizza, hoagies, and fire-roasted vegetables (trust us, they’re uncommonly good) are always on the menu, as is a smart selection of craft beers and some cheaper stuff in cans. It can be a little competitive, and you could walk away with an RP gift card. But, mostly it’s just a chance for to test your memory and give your brain a little workout. RP is located at 2496 Rivermont Ave.; call (434) 846-2877 or click to their website right here

  If it’s Tuesday, that means karaoke night at Kegney Brothers. And, if it’s Kegney Brothers (and it is), then there’s an excellent selection of beer on tap, an impressive variety of Irish whiskeys on the top shelf, and hearty pub fare on the menu. The singing, which is often hosted by our pal Hope Irons, begins at 10 p.m. Kegney Brothers is located at 1118 Main St.; call (434) 616-6691 or click    here    for more info.

If it’s Tuesday, that means karaoke night at Kegney Brothers. And, if it’s Kegney Brothers (and it is), then there’s an excellent selection of beer on tap, an impressive variety of Irish whiskeys on the top shelf, and hearty pub fare on the menu. The singing, which is often hosted by our pal Hope Irons, begins at 10 p.m. Kegney Brothers is located at 1118 Main St.; call (434) 616-6691 or click here for more info.

  Open mic nights tend to be a little rough around the edges. It’s a feature, not a flaw. The idea is for singers, songwriters, and other musically inclined folks to try out new material, play old favorites, and maybe even team up for some harmonizing, vocalizing, and socializing. It does help to have some of the better local singer-songwriters in the house, which is usually the case on any given Tuesday at the Stoney Badger’s open mic. Ben Delaurentis of Steal the Prize is the host and one of the featured performers. Country dude Zack Burnette, and Americana crooner Josh Walker are also usually there to play. We have it on good authority that all three are planning to attend this week, and LynchburgDoes.com’s editor/publisher Matt Ashare may even put in an appearance. Things get started around 10, and go until the plug gets pulled. There’s no cover, and the kitchen stays open late. The Stoney Badger is located at 3009 Old Forest Rd.; call (434) 384-3004 for more info or click    here   . 

Open mic nights tend to be a little rough around the edges. It’s a feature, not a flaw. The idea is for singers, songwriters, and other musically inclined folks to try out new material, play old favorites, and maybe even team up for some harmonizing, vocalizing, and socializing. It does help to have some of the better local singer-songwriters in the house, which is usually the case on any given Tuesday at the Stoney Badger’s open mic. Ben Delaurentis of Steal the Prize is the host and one of the featured performers. Country dude Zack Burnette, and Americana crooner Josh Walker are also usually there to play. We have it on good authority that all three are planning to attend this week, and LynchburgDoes.com’s editor/publisher Matt Ashare may even put in an appearance. Things get started around 10, and go until the plug gets pulled. There’s no cover, and the kitchen stays open late. The Stoney Badger is located at 3009 Old Forest Rd.; call (434) 384-3004 for more info or click here

  People tend to have strong feelings about sushi, in one direction of the other. Those who love it  really  love it, and those who don’t, well, prefer something less raw. For the former, here’s a nice tip: every Wednesday, including today, Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar offers their sushi rolls at a reduced rate — 40% off. We recommend the  tai  (red snapper), the  saba  (mackerel), and of course, that tried and true classic, the spicy tuna roll. Wasabi is located at 3700 Candlers Mountain Rd,; call (434) 847-1288 for more info, or click    here    to see the menu.

People tend to have strong feelings about sushi, in one direction of the other. Those who love it really love it, and those who don’t, well, prefer something less raw. For the former, here’s a nice tip: every Wednesday, including today, Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar offers their sushi rolls at a reduced rate — 40% off. We recommend the tai (red snapper), the saba (mackerel), and of course, that tried and true classic, the spicy tuna roll. Wasabi is located at 3700 Candlers Mountain Rd,; call (434) 847-1288 for more info, or click here to see the menu.

  It’s a triple threat most Wednesdays at the Hill City House: five dollar martinis, a “Girls’ Night Out” theme, and local country crooner Zach Burnette on the bill. Americana classics just about every Wednesday for the foreseeable future. The Hill City bar menu features wings and other tasty things. The action starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m., and there’s no cover charge. The Hill City House Grille is located at 7001 Timberlake Road in Lynchburg; call (434) 237-6110 for more info, or click    here   . 

It’s a triple threat most Wednesdays at the Hill City House: five dollar martinis, a “Girls’ Night Out” theme, and local country crooner Zach Burnette on the bill. Americana classics just about every Wednesday for the foreseeable future. The Hill City bar menu features wings and other tasty things. The action starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m., and there’s no cover charge. The Hill City House Grille is located at 7001 Timberlake Road in Lynchburg; call (434) 237-6110 for more info, or click here

January 25 - February 1


  SIRSY reminds us of a mix between No Doubt and KT Tunstall, but with some mysterious element that’s all their own. They describe themselves as a band with “lots of heart and just the right amount of sass,” and we’re pretty sure they hit the nail on the head. Lead singer Melanie Krahmer has a bright, powerful voice that’s able to carry equally powerful tunes with serious gusto. Her counterpart, Rich Libutti, backs her up with guitar and bass. To check out some of SIRSY’s music, click    here   . The show begins at 6 p.m., so hunker down in a booth and feast on some crab dip while the band sets up. For hours and menu options, visit Big Lick’s Facebook page    here   . The restaurant is located at 4001 Murray Pl.; call   (434) 528-3604 for more info

SIRSY reminds us of a mix between No Doubt and KT Tunstall, but with some mysterious element that’s all their own. They describe themselves as a band with “lots of heart and just the right amount of sass,” and we’re pretty sure they hit the nail on the head. Lead singer Melanie Krahmer has a bright, powerful voice that’s able to carry equally powerful tunes with serious gusto. Her counterpart, Rich Libutti, backs her up with guitar and bass. To check out some of SIRSY’s music, click here. The show begins at 6 p.m., so hunker down in a booth and feast on some crab dip while the band sets up. For hours and menu options, visit Big Lick’s Facebook page here. The restaurant is located at 4001 Murray Pl.; call (434) 528-3604 for more info

  The good folks at Beer 88 are at it again – they’re hosting a tap takeover featuring libations from Ommegang, a New York Brewery famous for its Belgian-style Ales. The plan is to feature a number of their briefs, such as their Rare Pos amber ale, Witte wheat ale, Great Beyond Double IPA,   Three Philosophers quadruple ale, and Gnomegang, which takes the prize for best name, and happens to be a blonde ale.   They will also be serving Ommegang / Urban Chestnut Collaboration, which, as the name suggests, is a collaborative strong ale created by Ommegang and Urban Chestnut. The fun starts at 5 pm and goes until closing time (midnight). We have to admit that we’re more than a little curious to see how a pint of Gnomegang goes down with one of Beer 88’s signature burgers.     For more info on the ales, go to Ommegang’s  website . Beer 88 is located at 113 Hexham Dr.,; call (  434) 582.5025, or go to   www.beer88va.com  .

The good folks at Beer 88 are at it again – they’re hosting a tap takeover featuring libations from Ommegang, a New York Brewery famous for its Belgian-style Ales. The plan is to feature a number of their briefs, such as their Rare Pos amber ale, Witte wheat ale, Great Beyond Double IPA, Three Philosophers quadruple ale, and Gnomegang, which takes the prize for best name, and happens to be a blonde ale. They will also be serving Ommegang / Urban Chestnut Collaboration, which, as the name suggests, is a collaborative strong ale created by Ommegang and Urban Chestnut. The fun starts at 5 pm and goes until closing time (midnight). We have to admit that we’re more than a little curious to see how a pint of Gnomegang goes down with one of Beer 88’s signature burgers. For more info on the ales, go to Ommegang’s website. Beer 88 is located at 113 Hexham Dr.,; call (434) 582.5025, or go to www.beer88va.com.

  While Kathleen Grissom was restoring an old Virginian plantation, she found a map bearing the words “Negro Hill.” This led her to research the property extensively, and she eventually wrote a  New York Times  best-seller about what she found. For this, and for putting the often-ignored voices and perspectives of antebellum-era slave women in the spotlight, Grissom is being honored with the Women in the Arts Recognition Award by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Givens Books-Little Dickens hosts the ceremony, and Grissom will be on hand to sign copies of the book. Some light snacks will be provided; the event begins at 4 p.m. Givens   is located at 2236 Lakeside Dr. For more info call   (434) 385-5027, or click    here   .

While Kathleen Grissom was restoring an old Virginian plantation, she found a map bearing the words “Negro Hill.” This led her to research the property extensively, and she eventually wrote a New York Times best-seller about what she found. For this, and for putting the often-ignored voices and perspectives of antebellum-era slave women in the spotlight, Grissom is being honored with the Women in the Arts Recognition Award by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Givens Books-Little Dickens hosts the ceremony, and Grissom will be on hand to sign copies of the book. Some light snacks will be provided; the event begins at 4 p.m. Givens is located at 2236 Lakeside Dr. For more info call (434) 385-5027, or click here.

  ut three gay friends living on the west coast.  Looking  has been described as “one of the most revolutionary depictions of gay life ever on TV – and that's because it makes it totally ordinary” (BBC). After the screening, audience members will have the chance to meet and talk to Frankie Alvarez, who plays Agustín, a gay Cuban artist, in the show and the movie.  Looking  does feature some adult content (it's HBO!) and mature subject matter. Tickets are $10, and showtime is at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call the Academy box office at (  434) 846.8499, or click    here . The Acadeny Center for the Arts is located at   600 Main St.

ut three gay friends living on the west coast. Looking has been described as “one of the most revolutionary depictions of gay life ever on TV – and that's because it makes it totally ordinary” (BBC). After the screening, audience members will have the chance to meet and talk to Frankie Alvarez, who plays Agustín, a gay Cuban artist, in the show and the movie. Looking does feature some adult content (it's HBO!) and mature subject matter. Tickets are $10, and showtime is at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call the Academy box office at (434) 846.8499, or click here. The Acadeny Center for the Arts is located at 600 Main St.

  How much do you know about the blues? Would it surprise you to know that Lynchburg had its very own blues legend, Lucas Jordan? Jordan and his contemporaries were the progenitors of East Coast Blues, a style known for its upbeat sound. Interest piqued? If so, join Riverviews Artspace for their screening of   Music Matters:     The Roots of Rhythms in Lynchburg   tonight at 7p.m. The documentary covers a broad swarth Lynchburg's hidden musical history, including musicians like Don Reno, Joel Sweeney, and Blind Billy. The screening takes place in the first floor theater. It's free, and there will be concessions for sale. Local blues players Deanie and Proffitt will be providing a little night music, and so will David Haught, in one of his last Lynchburg performances. In a cool twist of fate, the screening is happening on Lucas Jordan’s birthday. For more information, visit the Riverviews   website   or call at (434) 847-7277. Riverviews is located at 901 Jefferson St.

How much do you know about the blues? Would it surprise you to know that Lynchburg had its very own blues legend, Lucas Jordan? Jordan and his contemporaries were the progenitors of East Coast Blues, a style known for its upbeat sound. Interest piqued? If so, join Riverviews Artspace for their screening of Music Matters: The Roots of Rhythms in Lynchburg tonight at 7p.m. The documentary covers a broad swarth Lynchburg's hidden musical history, including musicians like Don Reno, Joel Sweeney, and Blind Billy. The screening takes place in the first floor theater. It's free, and there will be concessions for sale. Local blues players Deanie and Proffitt will be providing a little night music, and so will David Haught, in one of his last Lynchburg performances. In a cool twist of fate, the screening is happening on Lucas Jordan’s birthday. For more information, visit the Riverviews website or call at (434) 847-7277. Riverviews is located at 901 Jefferson St.

  Bad news, everyone: local favorite musician David Haught is leaving town. But, he is playing one more gig before he hops on the caboose to the Big Apple. Haught performs at his old haunt, Kegney Brothers, one last time, tonight from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Haught’s music has a lively Americana country-rock sort of feel, which should mesh well with the friendly atmosphere of the Irish pub. Zach Burnette, another local staple, will be there as well, so expect to see the musical waters mingling just a bit. The event is 21+, and there’s a cover of $3. For more info on Haught, visit his  Facebook page .  Kenny Brothers is located at 1118 Main St.; call (434) 616-6691 or go to   http://kegneybrothers.com  . 

Bad news, everyone: local favorite musician David Haught is leaving town. But, he is playing one more gig before he hops on the caboose to the Big Apple. Haught performs at his old haunt, Kegney Brothers, one last time, tonight from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Haught’s music has a lively Americana country-rock sort of feel, which should mesh well with the friendly atmosphere of the Irish pub. Zach Burnette, another local staple, will be there as well, so expect to see the musical waters mingling just a bit. The event is 21+, and there’s a cover of $3. For more info on Haught, visit his Facebook page.  Kenny Brothers is located at 1118 Main St.; call (434) 616-6691 or go to http://kegneybrothers.com

  If you're into certain things, including but not limited to princesses, princes, Queens of the Night, trials and tribulations, bird-men who play magic bells, priests, romance, and amazing singing, here's something: Opera on the James is performing  The Magic Flute , one of the most well-known operas around (by Mozart, to boot!). The version they are performing is abridged and will be about 75 minutes long with no intermission, as opposed to the normal three-hour length. The audience will have the opportunity to meet the cast after the show.  The Magic Flute  is a  singspiel.  For the non-operatically-inclined, that means that there is both sung and spoken dialogue. The magic starts at 3 p.m, Tickets are $8 for students, $10 for adults, and available at the Academy Center for the Arts’s  website . The Academy is located at   600 Main St,; call (434) 846-8499. 

If you're into certain things, including but not limited to princesses, princes, Queens of the Night, trials and tribulations, bird-men who play magic bells, priests, romance, and amazing singing, here's something: Opera on the James is performing The Magic Flute, one of the most well-known operas around (by Mozart, to boot!). The version they are performing is abridged and will be about 75 minutes long with no intermission, as opposed to the normal three-hour length. The audience will have the opportunity to meet the cast after the show. The Magic Flute is a singspiel. For the non-operatically-inclined, that means that there is both sung and spoken dialogue. The magic starts at 3 p.m, Tickets are $8 for students, $10 for adults, and available at the Academy Center for the Arts’s website. The Academy is located at 600 Main St,; call (434) 846-8499. 

  The Corner at Rivermont is teaming up with Amherst’s Ankida Ridge Vineyards for the restaurant’s fourth wine pairing dinner. Guests will be treated to four courses, the first of which features a Chardonnay and a beetroot salad with arugula and parsley pesto. Then comes the Pinot Noir and Virginia-caught shrimp and grits; an entree of roasted pork loin with plum chutney (paired with a Cabernet); and finally a Prairie Sunshine cheese board with jam and a chocolate panna cotta for dessert, which includes a dessert wine. Ankida’s owner will be on hand to share some winter's expertise. Head chef Sean Meeks says they'll be seating only about 30 diners for this event, so reservations are a pretty good idea. It's $49 per person, and it starts at 6 p.m. To make a reservation, click   here   or call (434) 219-6035. The Corner at Rivermont is located at 2496 Rivermont Ave. 

The Corner at Rivermont is teaming up with Amherst’s Ankida Ridge Vineyards for the restaurant’s fourth wine pairing dinner. Guests will be treated to four courses, the first of which features a Chardonnay and a beetroot salad with arugula and parsley pesto. Then comes the Pinot Noir and Virginia-caught shrimp and grits; an entree of roasted pork loin with plum chutney (paired with a Cabernet); and finally a Prairie Sunshine cheese board with jam and a chocolate panna cotta for dessert, which includes a dessert wine. Ankida’s owner will be on hand to share some winter's expertise. Head chef Sean Meeks says they'll be seating only about 30 diners for this event, so reservations are a pretty good idea. It's $49 per person, and it starts at 6 p.m. To make a reservation, click here or call (434) 219-6035. The Corner at Rivermont is located at 2496 Rivermont Ave. 

 Every Tuesday evening, round about 10 p.m., the stage at the Stoney Badger is for whomever should happen to show up. That’s right, it’s an open mic extravaganza. Ben Delaurentis of Steal the Prize is usually the host and one of the featured performers. Country dude Zack Burnette, and Americana crooner Josh Walker are also usually there to play. And  LynchburgDoes.com ’s editor/publisher has been known to put in an appearance every now and again. There’s no cover, and it usually goes until the plug gets pulled, sometime after 1 a.m.  The Stoney Badger is located at 3009 Old Forest Rd.; call (434) 384-3004 for more info, or click  here .

Every Tuesday evening, round about 10 p.m., the stage at the Stoney Badger is for whomever should happen to show up. That’s right, it’s an open mic extravaganza. Ben Delaurentis of Steal the Prize is usually the host and one of the featured performers. Country dude Zack Burnette, and Americana crooner Josh Walker are also usually there to play. And LynchburgDoes.com’s editor/publisher has been known to put in an appearance every now and again. There’s no cover, and it usually goes until the plug gets pulled, sometime after 1 a.m.  The Stoney Badger is located at 3009 Old Forest Rd.; call (434) 384-3004 for more info, or click here.

 Welcome   Or, welcome back, as the case may be. We're now in our fourth week of publishing LynchburgDoes, and all's well. As we expected, we are finding things to do in Lynchburg, and we're doing our best to highlight a range of events throughout the week. We hope you find it useful. We also invite you to sign up to follow us (our first newsletter should be coming soon), and to like and follow us on Facebook.         Our focus is still on being   an easy-to-access hub for thoughtful, illuminating, and engaging events listings that are as detailed, accurate, and up-to-date as possible.   There's a more detailed explanation of who we are and what we do right  here .         If you're involved in planning events around Lynchburg, email us at events@lynchburgdoes.com. If you have comments, suggestions, or even just encouragement, feel free to email me directly at matt@lynchburgdoes.com. And, please tell two friends about the site.    Thank you for stopping by,   Matt Ashare Editor and Publisher LynchburgDoes.com

Welcome

Or, welcome back, as the case may be. We're now in our fourth week of publishing LynchburgDoes, and all's well. As we expected, we are finding things to do in Lynchburg, and we're doing our best to highlight a range of events throughout the week. We hope you find it useful. We also invite you to sign up to follow us (our first newsletter should be coming soon), and to like and follow us on Facebook. 
     Our focus is still on being an easy-to-access hub for thoughtful, illuminating, and engaging events listings that are as detailed, accurate, and up-to-date as possible. There's a more detailed explanation of who we are and what we do right here
     If you're involved in planning events around Lynchburg, email us at events@lynchburgdoes.com. If you have comments, suggestions, or even just encouragement, feel free to email me directly at matt@lynchburgdoes.com. And, please tell two friends about the site.

Thank you for stopping by,
Matt Ashare
Editor and Publisher
LynchburgDoes.com

  It’s a triple threat most Wednesdays at the Hill City House: five dollar martinis, a “Girls’ Night Out” theme, and local country crooner Zach Burnette on the bill. Americana classics just about every Wednesday for the foreseeable future. The Hill City bar menu features wings and other tasty things. The action starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m., and there’s no cover charge. The Hill City House Grille is located at 7001 Timberlake Road in Lynchburg; call (434) 237-6110 for more info, or click    here . 

It’s a triple threat most Wednesdays at the Hill City House: five dollar martinis, a “Girls’ Night Out” theme, and local country crooner Zach Burnette on the bill. Americana classics just about every Wednesday for the foreseeable future. The Hill City bar menu features wings and other tasty things. The action starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m., and there’s no cover charge. The Hill City House Grille is located at 7001 Timberlake Road in Lynchburg; call (434) 237-6110 for more info, or click here

                         February 1-8


 It’s said that life imitates art. But, does that apply to art about infectious diseases? That’s the subject of “Viral Imaginations,” a panel discussion among experts from Duke University, Virginia Tech, and the Carilion Clinic at the Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg this evening from 7:30-9 p.m. They’ll be delving into literary representations and media perceptions of disease through the lenses of literature, medicine, human-wildlife relationships, and science and technology, and exploring the modern fascination with apocalyptic narratives like zombie viruses and superbugs. They’ll also look at the actual science of infectious diseases, and how that science filters into popular culture. Not recommended for hypochondriacs. Just kidding. The Moss Arts Center is located at 190 Alumni Mall in Blacksburg. The event is free, but seats can be reserved  here . Call (540) 231-5300 for more info. 

It’s said that life imitates art. But, does that apply to art about infectious diseases? That’s the subject of “Viral Imaginations,” a panel discussion among experts from Duke University, Virginia Tech, and the Carilion Clinic at the Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg this evening from 7:30-9 p.m. They’ll be delving into literary representations and media perceptions of disease through the lenses of literature, medicine, human-wildlife relationships, and science and technology, and exploring the modern fascination with apocalyptic narratives like zombie viruses and superbugs. They’ll also look at the actual science of infectious diseases, and how that science filters into popular culture. Not recommended for hypochondriacs. Just kidding. The Moss Arts Center is located at 190 Alumni Mall in Blacksburg. The event is free, but seats can be reserved here. Call (540) 231-5300 for more info. 

 You wouldn’t know it if you’re just used to grabbing a pizza or maybe a calzone (we highly recommend the underrated spinach calzone) at Milano’s, but they have live music in the bar area pretty regularly. And tonight’s one of those times. The local mandolin-driven jam band Firecracker Jam will be heating things up starting around 7:30 p.m. And that’s just the start of a busy weekend for the trio’s frontman Billy Berger. Berger’s also bringing his mandolin to  Dish  (1120 Main St.) for a solo show that starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2. And he’ll be playing at  Apocalypse Ale Works  (1257 Burnbridge Rd.) in Forest for another solo show on Saturday night, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m.  Milano’s  is located at 4327 Boonsboro Rd.; call (434) 384 3400 for more info. For more on the show, click  here .

You wouldn’t know it if you’re just used to grabbing a pizza or maybe a calzone (we highly recommend the underrated spinach calzone) at Milano’s, but they have live music in the bar area pretty regularly. And tonight’s one of those times. The local mandolin-driven jam band Firecracker Jam will be heating things up starting around 7:30 p.m. And that’s just the start of a busy weekend for the trio’s frontman Billy Berger. Berger’s also bringing his mandolin to Dish (1120 Main St.) for a solo show that starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2. And he’ll be playing at Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.) in Forest for another solo show on Saturday night, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m. Milano’s is located at 4327 Boonsboro Rd.; call (434) 384 3400 for more info. For more on the show, click here.

 It used to be an Esso gas station, and now it’s a whiskey bar that serves a mix of southern fare and barbecue. That includes a cracklins appetizer (crunchy fried pork rinds); artisanal bacon (as a stand-alone menu item!); smoked brisket, pulled pork, and ribs; and “hoecakes” (i.e., johnnycakes, or cornmeal flatbreads). Pretty cool. Fifth and Federal opened for New Year’s, and it’s located at 801 Fifth St. For a while they were only opening for dinner, starting at 4 p.m. But their new hours include lunch, which begins at 11 a.m. They stay open until 10, so dinner’s also an option. Click  here  for the menu, or call (434) 386-8113.

It used to be an Esso gas station, and now it’s a whiskey bar that serves a mix of southern fare and barbecue. That includes a cracklins appetizer (crunchy fried pork rinds); artisanal bacon (as a stand-alone menu item!); smoked brisket, pulled pork, and ribs; and “hoecakes” (i.e., johnnycakes, or cornmeal flatbreads). Pretty cool. Fifth and Federal opened for New Year’s, and it’s located at 801 Fifth St. For a while they were only opening for dinner, starting at 4 p.m. But their new hours include lunch, which begins at 11 a.m. They stay open until 10, so dinner’s also an option. Click here for the menu, or call (434) 386-8113.

 We appreciate a good Ryan Gosling “Hey girl” joke as much as anyone, but do those kind of pick-up lines ever really work? Maybe for libraries. The Forest Library, in association with the Bedford Public Library System, is kicking off a pretty cool February reading program to test that hypothesis. Visitors have the option of borrowing from a special selection of books that are wrapped to conceal their identifying information, and are labeled only with an opening sentence or two – what they’ve deemed a pick-up line. And, a piece of chocolate is included with every book. It’s a crafty way to encourage readers to take a chance on finding a new literary love. The Library is open Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and until 8 p.m. on Tues. and Thurs. It is located at 15583 Forest Rd. in Forest; call (540) 425-7002, or click  here  for more info.

We appreciate a good Ryan Gosling “Hey girl” joke as much as anyone, but do those kind of pick-up lines ever really work? Maybe for libraries. The Forest Library, in association with the Bedford Public Library System, is kicking off a pretty cool February reading program to test that hypothesis. Visitors have the option of borrowing from a special selection of books that are wrapped to conceal their identifying information, and are labeled only with an opening sentence or two – what they’ve deemed a pick-up line. And, a piece of chocolate is included with every book. It’s a crafty way to encourage readers to take a chance on finding a new literary love. The Library is open Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and until 8 p.m. on Tues. and Thurs. It is located at 15583 Forest Rd. in Forest; call (540) 425-7002, or click here for more info.

 Art is one of the ways we express personal identity and puzzle through issues of race, gender, and sexuality. Professor Lesley Shipley, the newest addition to Randolph College’s art history department, is teaching a class this semester on the subject, and she’s culled works from the Maier’s impressive permanent collection that track how artistic depictions of sex, race, and gender have evolved since 1960. The exhibit, “Investigating Identity: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Art,” opens today and run through April 9. But, this evening there’s a big opening reception from 5-8 p.m., with refreshments and a cash bar. Plus, the Maier just reopened after undergoing some renovations. Admission to the Maier is free, and it’s open to the public Tues.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. The Museum is on the Randolph College campus, at 1 Quinlan St.; call (434) 947-8136, or click  here  for more info.

Art is one of the ways we express personal identity and puzzle through issues of race, gender, and sexuality. Professor Lesley Shipley, the newest addition to Randolph College’s art history department, is teaching a class this semester on the subject, and she’s culled works from the Maier’s impressive permanent collection that track how artistic depictions of sex, race, and gender have evolved since 1960. The exhibit, “Investigating Identity: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Art,” opens today and run through April 9. But, this evening there’s a big opening reception from 5-8 p.m., with refreshments and a cash bar. Plus, the Maier just reopened after undergoing some renovations. Admission to the Maier is free, and it’s open to the public Tues.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. The Museum is on the Randolph College campus, at 1 Quinlan St.; call (434) 947-8136, or click here for more info.

 The Academy Center for the Arts is celebrating the legacy of the old Warner Theater on Main Street with an evening of funktastic films that may once have screened at the cinematic landmark and a live music dance party. For just 10 bucks, you get a pass that allows you to come and go as you please all afternoon. The cult classic  Car Wash  (1976), a semi-musical comedy with a cast that includes Richard Pryor, George Carlin, and the Pointer Sisters, kicks things off at 3 p.m. Then, at 5 p.m., it’s  Foxy Brown , a badass revenge flick from 1974 starring none other than Pam Grier in the title role. Next up at 7 p.m., and moving even further backwards in time, is the blaxploitation tour-de-force  Shaft  (1971), starring Richard Roundtree as the baddest cop on the block, John Shaft. Once the screenings are over, which should be around 9 p.m., the dancing begins, with music provided by Tony Camm and the Funk Allstars. Tickets are available from the  Academy’s website , or by calling (434) 846-8499. The Academy Center for the Arts is located at 519 Commerce St.

The Academy Center for the Arts is celebrating the legacy of the old Warner Theater on Main Street with an evening of funktastic films that may once have screened at the cinematic landmark and a live music dance party. For just 10 bucks, you get a pass that allows you to come and go as you please all afternoon. The cult classic Car Wash (1976), a semi-musical comedy with a cast that includes Richard Pryor, George Carlin, and the Pointer Sisters, kicks things off at 3 p.m. Then, at 5 p.m., it’s Foxy Brown, a badass revenge flick from 1974 starring none other than Pam Grier in the title role. Next up at 7 p.m., and moving even further backwards in time, is the blaxploitation tour-de-force Shaft (1971), starring Richard Roundtree as the baddest cop on the block, John Shaft. Once the screenings are over, which should be around 9 p.m., the dancing begins, with music provided by Tony Camm and the Funk Allstars. Tickets are available from the Academy’s website, or by calling (434) 846-8499. The Academy Center for the Arts is located at 519 Commerce St.

 If you put tequila in a bloody mary, does that make it bloodier, merrier, or just a little bit cooler? This is the sort of philosophical question one may be inspired to ponder over brunch at El Jéfe, the best and only full-service taqueria in Downtown Lynchburg. Every Sunday, starting at 11 a.m., the kitchen adds Mexican waffles, huevos rancheros, a chorizo breakfast burrito, and a black bean cheesy western to its regular menu of tacos (including the excellent breakfast taco, which is good tradition- and gringo-style, with corn or flour tortillas). And, they do some pretty creatively brunchy things with tequila at the bar as well. El J é fe is located at 1214 Commerce St. Click  here  for the brunch menu, or call (434) 333-4317 for more info.

If you put tequila in a bloody mary, does that make it bloodier, merrier, or just a little bit cooler? This is the sort of philosophical question one may be inspired to ponder over brunch at El Jéfe, the best and only full-service taqueria in Downtown Lynchburg. Every Sunday, starting at 11 a.m., the kitchen adds Mexican waffles, huevos rancheros, a chorizo breakfast burrito, and a black bean cheesy western to its regular menu of tacos (including the excellent breakfast taco, which is good tradition- and gringo-style, with corn or flour tortillas). And, they do some pretty creatively brunchy things with tequila at the bar as well. El Jéfe is located at 1214 Commerce St. Click here for the brunch menu, or call (434) 333-4317 for more info.

 How many people can say that they’ve walked the halls of a Founding Father’s home? Join Poplar Forest for Winter Reflections, an opportunity to get an up-close and personal look inside one of Thomas Jefferson’s beautifully designed but somewhat lesser-known personal residences. Guides are available for brief tours and questions, but guests are encouraged to wander and explore on their own, and even to “read a book in the  campeche  chair in the parlor overlooking the south lawn as Jefferson once did,” whilst enjoying “complimentary coffee or hot chocolate in the restored kitchen.” We just want to know what a  campeche  chair is. There’s also a new exhibit at Poplar Forest, dedicated to Burwell Colbert, a slave who was one of Jefferson’s personal servants. Winter Reflections happens every Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through March 12, although no guests are admitted after 3 pm. Admission is $16 for adults; $14 for seniors and those with military IDs; $8 for college students and kids ages 12–18; $4 for kids ages 6–11; and free for those under 6. Go to Poplar Forest’s  website  for more info or call (434) 525-1806. Poplar Forest is located at 1542 Bateman Bridge Rd. in Forest.

How many people can say that they’ve walked the halls of a Founding Father’s home? Join Poplar Forest for Winter Reflections, an opportunity to get an up-close and personal look inside one of Thomas Jefferson’s beautifully designed but somewhat lesser-known personal residences. Guides are available for brief tours and questions, but guests are encouraged to wander and explore on their own, and even to “read a book in the campeche chair in the parlor overlooking the south lawn as Jefferson once did,” whilst enjoying “complimentary coffee or hot chocolate in the restored kitchen.” We just want to know what a campeche chair is. There’s also a new exhibit at Poplar Forest, dedicated to Burwell Colbert, a slave who was one of Jefferson’s personal servants. Winter Reflections happens every Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through March 12, although no guests are admitted after 3 pm. Admission is $16 for adults; $14 for seniors and those with military IDs; $8 for college students and kids ages 12–18; $4 for kids ages 6–11; and free for those under 6. Go to Poplar Forest’s website for more info or call (434) 525-1806. Poplar Forest is located at 1542 Bateman Bridge Rd. in Forest.

 Yesterday, the kittens got their due as the Hallmark Channel went up against Animal Planet’s longstanding  Puppy Bowl  alternative to the Super Bowl by airing its fourth annual  Kitten Bowl . We’re totally not kidding about that. Today, cats are back in the spotlight locally, as the Lynchburg Humane Society brings out the felines for a little lunchtime fun. Yep, it’s time for some Cat Yoga. Bea Gutierrez, a local certified yoga instructor, will be on hand to lead an hour’s worth of actual yoga, and to perhaps put a feline twist on the downward dog. And, best as we can tell, the cats will mostly be observing, judging, and maybe engaging in a little stretching of their own. Bring a yoga mat, or just an affection for kitties. Register for the yoga class, which is $10, by clicking  here . It runs from 12:30-1:30 p.m., at 1211 Old Graves Mill Rd.; call (434) 448-0088 for more info. 

Yesterday, the kittens got their due as the Hallmark Channel went up against Animal Planet’s longstanding Puppy Bowl alternative to the Super Bowl by airing its fourth annual Kitten Bowl. We’re totally not kidding about that. Today, cats are back in the spotlight locally, as the Lynchburg Humane Society brings out the felines for a little lunchtime fun. Yep, it’s time for some Cat Yoga. Bea Gutierrez, a local certified yoga instructor, will be on hand to lead an hour’s worth of actual yoga, and to perhaps put a feline twist on the downward dog. And, best as we can tell, the cats will mostly be observing, judging, and maybe engaging in a little stretching of their own. Bring a yoga mat, or just an affection for kitties. Register for the yoga class, which is $10, by clicking here. It runs from 12:30-1:30 p.m., at 1211 Old Graves Mill Rd.; call (434) 448-0088 for more info. 

 For those of us who can’t make it to New Orleans this particular Shrove Tuesday, the folks at Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company are throwing their own Mardi Gras Masquerade party, complete with jambalaya, mask-making, king cake imported straight from Louisiana, and probably some beer. If you don’t dig crawdads, the brew pub’s full menu will be available. The pub will also be serving specialty cocktails made with local ingredients, as well as DBB’s seasonal specialty beers, most of which aren’t available in stores. The Cajun and Zydeco music gets started at 1:30 in the afternoon and the event runs until 10 p.m. There’s no cover charge. Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company is located at 200 Mosby's Run in Roseland. For more information, click  here  or call (434) 361-1001. If it’s Tuesday, that means karaoke night at Kegney Brothers. And, if it’s Kegney Brothers (and it is), then there’s an excellent selection of beer on tap, an impressive variety of Irish whiskeys on the top shelf, and hearty pub fare on the menu. The singing, which is often hosted by our pal Hope Irons, begins at 10 p.m. Kegney Brothers is located at 1118 Main St.; call (434) 616-6691 or click  here  for more info.

For those of us who can’t make it to New Orleans this particular Shrove Tuesday, the folks at Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company are throwing their own Mardi Gras Masquerade party, complete with jambalaya, mask-making, king cake imported straight from Louisiana, and probably some beer. If you don’t dig crawdads, the brew pub’s full menu will be available. The pub will also be serving specialty cocktails made with local ingredients, as well as DBB’s seasonal specialty beers, most of which aren’t available in stores. The Cajun and Zydeco music gets started at 1:30 in the afternoon and the event runs until 10 p.m. There’s no cover charge. Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company is located at 200 Mosby's Run in Roseland. For more information, click here or call (434) 361-1001. If it’s Tuesday, that means karaoke night at Kegney Brothers. And, if it’s Kegney Brothers (and it is), then there’s an excellent selection of beer on tap, an impressive variety of Irish whiskeys on the top shelf, and hearty pub fare on the menu. The singing, which is often hosted by our pal Hope Irons, begins at 10 p.m. Kegney Brothers is located at 1118 Main St.; call (434) 616-6691 or click here for more info.

 If it’s Tuesday, that means karaoke night at Kegney Brothers. And, if it’s Kegney Brothers (and it is), then there’s an excellent selection of beer on tap, an impressive variety of Irish whiskeys on the top shelf, and hearty pub fare on the menu. The singing, which is often hosted by our pal Hope Irons, begins at 10 p.m. Kegney Brothers is located at 1118 Main St.; call  (434) 616-6691  or click  here  for more info.

If it’s Tuesday, that means karaoke night at Kegney Brothers. And, if it’s Kegney Brothers (and it is), then there’s an excellent selection of beer on tap, an impressive variety of Irish whiskeys on the top shelf, and hearty pub fare on the menu. The singing, which is often hosted by our pal Hope Irons, begins at 10 p.m. Kegney Brothers is located at 1118 Main St.; call (434) 616-6691 or click here for more info.

 It’s a triple threat most Wednesdays at the Hill City House: five dollar martinis, a “Girls’ Night Out” theme, and local country crooner Zach Burnette playing some old-school classics. The Hill City bar menu features wings and other tasty things. The action starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m., and there’s no cover charge. The Hill City House Grille is located at 7001 Timberlake Road in Lynchburg; call  (434) 237-6110  for more info, or click  here . 

It’s a triple threat most Wednesdays at the Hill City House: five dollar martinis, a “Girls’ Night Out” theme, and local country crooner Zach Burnette playing some old-school classics. The Hill City bar menu features wings and other tasty things. The action starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m., and there’s no cover charge. The Hill City House Grille is located at 7001 Timberlake Road in Lynchburg; call (434) 237-6110 for more info, or click here

February 8-15


 There’s casual karaoke, which may involve a few drinks or just a temporary loss of inhibition. And then there’s serious karaoke, which involves practice, determination, and at least a touch of competitive spirit. There’s likely to be a little of both this evening at the Old 97 Restaurant in Madison Heights, where the preliminary rounds of a month-long karaoke competition kicks off. The competition, continues every Wednesday through the middle of March, will yield three big winners once all is said and sung. First place takes $100, second place gets half that, and third place is a $25 gift certificate to the Old 97. The singing runs from 7-10 p.m. The restaurant is located at 4154 S. Amherst Hwy; call (434) 473-0173 for more info, or click  here .

There’s casual karaoke, which may involve a few drinks or just a temporary loss of inhibition. And then there’s serious karaoke, which involves practice, determination, and at least a touch of competitive spirit. There’s likely to be a little of both this evening at the Old 97 Restaurant in Madison Heights, where the preliminary rounds of a month-long karaoke competition kicks off. The competition, continues every Wednesday through the middle of March, will yield three big winners once all is said and sung. First place takes $100, second place gets half that, and third place is a $25 gift certificate to the Old 97. The singing runs from 7-10 p.m. The restaurant is located at 4154 S. Amherst Hwy; call (434) 473-0173 for more info, or click here.

 She’s a Virginia native who’s spent time in Memphis, and she can sing and play the blues. Elizabeth Wise is something of a troubadour. She’s gotten into the groove of touring up and down the East Coast with her hollow-body guitar and steel slide. And she seems to end up in Lynchburg roughly once a month. Tonight she’s downtown at Dish, Lynchburg’s favorite small plate eatery, from 8-11 p.m. Tomorrow night you can catch her for dinner at the Corner on Rivermont from 6:30-9:30 p.m., after which she’ll make her way down to Kegney Brothers to finish off the night with a set from 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. To listen to some of her songs, click  here . If you want to see Dish’s menu, click  here . There’s no cover charge for the show tonight at Dish, located right next to Kegneys, at 1120 Main St.; call (434) 528-0070 for more info.

She’s a Virginia native who’s spent time in Memphis, and she can sing and play the blues. Elizabeth Wise is something of a troubadour. She’s gotten into the groove of touring up and down the East Coast with her hollow-body guitar and steel slide. And she seems to end up in Lynchburg roughly once a month. Tonight she’s downtown at Dish, Lynchburg’s favorite small plate eatery, from 8-11 p.m. Tomorrow night you can catch her for dinner at the Corner on Rivermont from 6:30-9:30 p.m., after which she’ll make her way down to Kegney Brothers to finish off the night with a set from 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. To listen to some of her songs, click here. If you want to see Dish’s menu, click here. There’s no cover charge for the show tonight at Dish, located right next to Kegneys, at 1120 Main St.; call (434) 528-0070 for more info.

 The cool-looking Glass House downtown on Jefferson Street is going to be rocking this evening thanks to The Dundies. The local cover band has a fairly wide repertoire, which we’re told includes tunes by Bruno Mars, the Beatles, and Franz Ferdinand. Maybe they’ll even take requests. The show’s 21-plus, and starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. For a sampling of The Dundies’ stylings, check out their  Youtube channel . The Glass House is located at 1019 Jefferson St.; call (434) 544-1176.

The cool-looking Glass House downtown on Jefferson Street is going to be rocking this evening thanks to The Dundies. The local cover band has a fairly wide repertoire, which we’re told includes tunes by Bruno Mars, the Beatles, and Franz Ferdinand. Maybe they’ll even take requests. The show’s 21-plus, and starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. For a sampling of The Dundies’ stylings, check out their Youtube channel. The Glass House is located at 1019 Jefferson St.; call (434) 544-1176.

 The cool-looking Glass House downtown on Jefferson Street is going to be rocking this evening thanks to The Dundies. The local cover band has a fairly wide repertoire, which we’re told includes tunes by Bruno Mars, the Beatles, and Franz Ferdinand. Maybe they’ll even take requests. The show’s 21-plus, and starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. For a sampling of The Dundies’ stylings, check out their  Youtube channel . The Glass House is located at 1019 Jefferson St.; call (434) 544-1176.

The cool-looking Glass House downtown on Jefferson Street is going to be rocking this evening thanks to The Dundies. The local cover band has a fairly wide repertoire, which we’re told includes tunes by Bruno Mars, the Beatles, and Franz Ferdinand. Maybe they’ll even take requests. The show’s 21-plus, and starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. For a sampling of The Dundies’ stylings, check out their Youtube channel. The Glass House is located at 1019 Jefferson St.; call (434) 544-1176.

 Let’s see: Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center in NYC; the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in LA; and now Wimberly Recital Hall in Lynchburg, VA. That’s right, the music department at Randolph College has snagged a fairly big star in the classical music scene for a solo performance tonight at 7:30 p.m. His name is Awadagin Pratt, he won the esteemed Naumberg International Piano Competition back in 1992, and it looks like he played with just about every major orchestra in the world over the past two decades. He’s best known for his Beethoven sonatas, and for his recordings of Bach concertos. The Wimberly recital is free and open to the public. Wimberly’s located in Presser Hall, 2500 Rivermont Ave.; call (434) 947-8000 or click  here  for more info.

Let’s see: Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center in NYC; the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in LA; and now Wimberly Recital Hall in Lynchburg, VA. That’s right, the music department at Randolph College has snagged a fairly big star in the classical music scene for a solo performance tonight at 7:30 p.m. His name is Awadagin Pratt, he won the esteemed Naumberg International Piano Competition back in 1992, and it looks like he played with just about every major orchestra in the world over the past two decades. He’s best known for his Beethoven sonatas, and for his recordings of Bach concertos. The Wimberly recital is free and open to the public. Wimberly’s located in Presser Hall, 2500 Rivermont Ave.; call (434) 947-8000 or click here for more info.

 Directed by D.W. Griffith and released in 1915, the first  Birth of a Nation  was both a cinematic triumph and, rather unabashedly, a pretty darn racist piece of pro-Klan propaganda. (Its original title was  The Clansman , so we’re not making this stuff up.) Last year, Nate Parker did what great artists do: he took control of the narrative and provided a necessary corrective with his own  Birth of a Nation . Starring Parker himself as Nat Turner, the new  Birth of a Nation  tells the real-life story of the escaped slave preacher who led a slave rebellion in the antebellum South. The film screens tonight at 7 p.m. in Riverviews Artspace’s Rosel H. Schewel Theater. Afterwards, Dr. Kelly Deetz will give a talk on her research into Turner’s legacy and her actual search for the bodies of Turner and his fellow fighters. The screening is free at 901 Jefferson St.; call (434) 847-7277 for more info, or go the Riverviews  website .

Directed by D.W. Griffith and released in 1915, the first Birth of a Nation was both a cinematic triumph and, rather unabashedly, a pretty darn racist piece of pro-Klan propaganda. (Its original title was The Clansman, so we’re not making this stuff up.) Last year, Nate Parker did what great artists do: he took control of the narrative and provided a necessary corrective with his own Birth of a Nation. Starring Parker himself as Nat Turner, the new Birth of a Nation tells the real-life story of the escaped slave preacher who led a slave rebellion in the antebellum South. The film screens tonight at 7 p.m. in Riverviews Artspace’s Rosel H. Schewel Theater. Afterwards, Dr. Kelly Deetz will give a talk on her research into Turner’s legacy and her actual search for the bodies of Turner and his fellow fighters. The screening is free at 901 Jefferson St.; call (434) 847-7277 for more info, or go the Riverviews website.

 Yoga Goodness is giving couples an opportunity to get intimate in a new way this Valentine’s Day, and it does involve mindful stretching. The session starts at 6:30 p.m., and includes yoga and Thai massage. You don’t have to be yoga master to attend. Even if the only yoga-related thing you’ve ever done is wear yoga pants, you’re good. Mats and other gear will be provided, so just wear some comfortable clothes. The lesson will be conducted by candlelight, to heighten the romance. Afterwards, there will be chocolate and mimosas. Tickets are $30 per couple and can be purchased  here . Yoga Goodness is located on the second floor of Riverviews Artspace, 901 Jefferson St.; call (434) 847-7277.

Yoga Goodness is giving couples an opportunity to get intimate in a new way this Valentine’s Day, and it does involve mindful stretching. The session starts at 6:30 p.m., and includes yoga and Thai massage. You don’t have to be yoga master to attend. Even if the only yoga-related thing you’ve ever done is wear yoga pants, you’re good. Mats and other gear will be provided, so just wear some comfortable clothes. The lesson will be conducted by candlelight, to heighten the romance. Afterwards, there will be chocolate and mimosas. Tickets are $30 per couple and can be purchased here. Yoga Goodness is located on the second floor of Riverviews Artspace, 901 Jefferson St.; call (434) 847-7277.

 Rivermont Pizza is teaming up with Ballast Point Brewery for a five-course beer dinner tonight at 7 p.m. It’s just like a wine dinner, only each course will be paired with a suitable beverage from the San Diego-based craft brewery, whose signature flavors include IPAs spiked with habanero, mango, and grapefruit; a coffee- and vanilla-flavored porter; and a curried stout. The menu is still TBD, but it will be posted on  Facebook . The price per person is yet to be decided as well, but usually it’s around $45 for these beer dinners. Rivermont Pizza is located at 2496 Rivermont Ave.; call (434) 846-2877 for more info, or visit their website  here . Ned’s Beer Shop, the brew shop located within RP is co-hosting the event, so you can check their  website  for details as well.

Rivermont Pizza is teaming up with Ballast Point Brewery for a five-course beer dinner tonight at 7 p.m. It’s just like a wine dinner, only each course will be paired with a suitable beverage from the San Diego-based craft brewery, whose signature flavors include IPAs spiked with habanero, mango, and grapefruit; a coffee- and vanilla-flavored porter; and a curried stout. The menu is still TBD, but it will be posted on Facebook. The price per person is yet to be decided as well, but usually it’s around $45 for these beer dinners. Rivermont Pizza is located at 2496 Rivermont Ave.; call (434) 846-2877 for more info, or visit their website here. Ned’s Beer Shop, the brew shop located within RP is co-hosting the event, so you can check their website for details as well.

 So, yeah, it’s Valentine’s Day, which tends to be a couples night out sorta thing. But not every everyone has a special someone. The Water Dog is honoring those folks with a Singles’ Shindig, replete with classic ’80s music, ping pong, and, yes, a chocolate beer. More specifically, it’s Foothills Brewing Company’s Sexual Chocolate, a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with a 9.6% ABV rating. They’ll also be running a special on craft brew cans, which are usually only available in the Water Dog’s grocery section. Co-owner Chris says couples are totally welcome, too. The Water Dog is located at 1016 Jefferson St.; call (434) 333-4681 for more info, or click  here .

So, yeah, it’s Valentine’s Day, which tends to be a couples night out sorta thing. But not every everyone has a special someone. The Water Dog is honoring those folks with a Singles’ Shindig, replete with classic ’80s music, ping pong, and, yes, a chocolate beer. More specifically, it’s Foothills Brewing Company’s Sexual Chocolate, a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with a 9.6% ABV rating. They’ll also be running a special on craft brew cans, which are usually only available in the Water Dog’s grocery section. Co-owner Chris says couples are totally welcome, too. The Water Dog is located at 1016 Jefferson St.; call (434) 333-4681 for more info, or click here.

Lynchburg Does Valentine's Day


Happy Valentine’s Day week, Lynchburg. We’ve done our best here at LynchburgDoes.com to find various places to go and things to do on or about Valentine’s Day. That includes happenings throughout the weekend and across the greater Lynchburg area, as well as plenty of places to dine on the evening of Valentine's Day proper. If you know of something that isn’t included on the list below, feel free to contact us at matt@lynchburgdoes.com. And, by all means, have a great weekend, a reasonably good Valentine’s Day, and enjoy the unseasonably warm weather. . . 

The Maier Museum (1 Quinlan St.) at Randolph College kicks off Valentine’s weekend with “Love at the Maier: Sharing Our Passions,” an annual celebration of romance, art, and, this year, passion. From 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 10, there will be hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and plenty of socializing in the presence of great art. Call (434) 947-8136.. Map

The Pizazz Band boast not one, not two, but three z’s in their name. Impressive. They’re playing a Valentine’s Ball at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) on Saturday, February 11. It’s a dinner dance that gets underway at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person, or $10 for general admission that does not include the dinner part of the deal; call (434) 846-3206.

The Stoney Badger Tavern (3009 Old Forest Rd.) is getting into the Valentine’s Day mood with a My Bloody Villaintine’s Bash on Saturday, February 11. It’ll feature music of the harder, metallic variety by Last Night’s Villain starting around 9:30 p.m. It’s 21-plus, admission is $7; call (434) 384-3004.

Endstation Theatre Company just celebrated its 10th anniversary season with productions of Much Ado About Nothing and Hank Williams: Lost Highway. Now they’re having a little Valentine’s Day fun with Sonnets & Chocolates, a fundraiser featuring a full dinner by Avenue Foods, music by Firecracker Jam, and, of course, sonnets and chocolates. There’s also a live auction. The event gets underway at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, at the Academy Center for the Arts, 519 Commerce St. Tickets are $100; call (434) 826-0391, or click here.

The folks at the Gr8 Pl8 Café & Lounge (1415 Kemper St.) inside the Kemper Street Flea Market are celebrating Valentine’s Day early, on Saturday February 11, with a “My Funny Valentine” comedy showcase that also includes a dinner, some jazz music, and complementary roses. It starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15; call (434) 851-9980.

“Love at the Maier: Sharing Our Passions,” the annual Valentine’s themed event at Randolph College’s Maier Museum (1 Quinlan St.), moves into phase 2 with a Sunday afternoon family event from 2-4 p.m. that features members of a local lace-making guild guiding kids through the process of making lace. Call (434) 947-8136.

The local mindfulness emporium Yoga Goodness gets into the swing of Valentine’s Day with a Couples Candlelight Yoga session on Sunday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m. It includes a yoga class by candlelight, some Thai massage, and chocolates and mimosas afterwards. Tickets are $30 per couple; call (434) 847-7277.

They’re calling it an Anti-Valentine’s Day Show, but there’s something kinda romantic about it anyway. Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) presents a free show featuring the bands Someone Just Like You and SIN. Great beer on tap, wood-fired pizza, and rock and roll. It starts at 10 p.m., and it’s 21-plus; call (434) 846-2877.

The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) has fresh-shucked oysters and lots of great beer on tap, including Foothills Brewing Company’s Sexual Chocolate. They’re hosting a Valentine’s Day Singles Shindig for those who may or may not have dates. There’s no real start time, so you can show up for dinner, or just for drinks; call (434) 333-4681.

On most days, Magnolia Foods is an easy place to grab a sandwich, great food to go, and a bottle of nice wine. Tonight, for Valentine’s Day, they’re getting a little fancier, with a special 4-course wine dinner that starts at 7 p.m. Reservations are $60 per couple, and required; call (434) 528-5442.

The folks at Bootleggers (50 13th St.) are getting in the Valentine’s Day spirit in their own particular way, with two new menu items: The Angry Chihuahua, which is a BLT hot dog with avocado aioli, and a Pittsburger burger with vinegar slaw, cheese, house-made 1000 Island, topped with house-cut fries and tomato. Call (434) 333-4273 for more info.

This is Oyster Fest month at Main Street Eatery (907 Main St.), and they’ve parlayed that into a festive St. Valentine’s menu, featuring fried Virginia Oysters, lobster bisque, and a surf & turf entrée; call (434) 847-2526 for reservations and info.  

Fifth & Federal Station (801 Fifth St.) has a special prix fixe Valentine’s Dinner menu in the works, featuring one large app, two entrees, and True Love Maple Bourbon Bacon Cheesecake for dessert. It’s $55 per couple; call (434) 386-8113 for reservations and more info.

Waterstone Pizza (1309 Jefferson St.) has introduced a new and rather colorful Valentine martini made with Godiva white chocolate and raspberry liquor for the occasion; call (434) 455-1515 for more info.

RA Bistro (1344 Main. St.) is planning a four-course Valentine’s Day menu, including a Bistro Surf and Turf option with sirloin and stuffed lobster tail; call (434) 845-1601 for info and reservations.

Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.) is planning a Valentine’s Celebration Dinner; call (434) 845-1116

The Corner on Rivermont (2496 Rivermont Ave.) is putting together a bunch of Valentine’s Day specials, including a prix fixe menu for two that’s $55, or $75 with a bottle of wine. Call (434) 219-6035 for info and reservations. 

Kegney Brothers' weekly Karaoke night will have a Valentine's Day theme this particular Tuesday night. It starts at 10 p.m. at Kegneys (1118 Main St.); call (434) 616-6691.

Tonight's open mic at the Stoney Badger Tavern (3009 Old Forest Rd.) will be hosted, per usual, by Steal the Prize's Ben Delaurentis, and he's encouraging performers to emphasize material that is in keeping with Valentine's Day. It's free and it gets under way at 10 p.m.; call (434) 384-3004.

 

February 15-22


 Marie Anderson is putting on a free show at  Milano’s Italian Restaurant  (4327 Boonsboro Rd.). The self-described former shy kid now struts her stuff onstage in a variety of styles, from contemporary pop, to classic Johnny Cash, to her own original songs. Anderson’s voice is warm and well suited to genre-hopping. Her set runs from 7:30-10:30 p.m., and Milano’s offers a full menu of pizza, pasta, calzones, and entrees like chicken in the Piccata, Marsala, and Parmigiana styles. Click  here  to hear Anderson. Call (434) 384-3400 for more info.

Marie Anderson is putting on a free show at Milano’s Italian Restaurant (4327 Boonsboro Rd.). The self-described former shy kid now struts her stuff onstage in a variety of styles, from contemporary pop, to classic Johnny Cash, to her own original songs. Anderson’s voice is warm and well suited to genre-hopping. Her set runs from 7:30-10:30 p.m., and Milano’s offers a full menu of pizza, pasta, calzones, and entrees like chicken in the Piccata, Marsala, and Parmigiana styles. Click here to hear Anderson. Call (434) 384-3400 for more info.

 The first production of the new year gets up and running on the stage at  Renaissance Theatre  (1022 Commerce St.) tonight at 8 p.m. And, it’s a pretty new play. Published in 2016,   Doublewide, Texas   takes a comic look at a diminutive trailer park near Tugaloo, Texas, where four doublewide trailers, one shed, and nine inhabitants wrestle with beauty pageantry, drinking problems, stray pets, and some headaches courtesy of the Stairway To Heaven Retirement Village. There are additional performances on Feb 18, 24, 25, and 26, and on March 2, 3, 4. Tickets are $15 and $18; click  here  or call (434) 845-4427

The first production of the new year gets up and running on the stage at Renaissance Theatre (1022 Commerce St.) tonight at 8 p.m. And, it’s a pretty new play. Published in 2016, Doublewide, Texas takes a comic look at a diminutive trailer park near Tugaloo, Texas, where four doublewide trailers, one shed, and nine inhabitants wrestle with beauty pageantry, drinking problems, stray pets, and some headaches courtesy of the Stairway To Heaven Retirement Village. There are additional performances on Feb 18, 24, 25, and 26, and on March 2, 3, 4. Tickets are $15 and $18; click here or call (434) 845-4427

 Steve McQueen was just 28 and at the start of what would be a very long acting career when he got his first starring role as a teenager named Steve who has an unfortunate run-in with the titular menace in  The Blob . It’s the very definition of a cult classic, and it’s screening tonight at 7:30 p.m. as part of the  The Fantastic Faraoni Film Festival  at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). Sci-fi cinema expert Ken Faraoni hosts the event, introduces the screening, and facilitates some conversating about the film. It’s free; call (434) 847-7277 for more info.

Steve McQueen was just 28 and at the start of what would be a very long acting career when he got his first starring role as a teenager named Steve who has an unfortunate run-in with the titular menace in The Blob. It’s the very definition of a cult classic, and it’s screening tonight at 7:30 p.m. as part of the The Fantastic Faraoni Film Festival at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.). Sci-fi cinema expert Ken Faraoni hosts the event, introduces the screening, and facilitates some conversating about the film. It’s free; call (434) 847-7277 for more info.

 With a sound that brings to mind a more rough-and-tumble version of Nickel Creek’s folksy Americana, the Harrisonburg trio  Strong Water  are doing their best to get their word out about their debut album, which came out a little less than a year ago. That includes gigging regularly around Virginia, which is what brings them to the  White Hart  (1208 Main St.) tonight. The show goes from 8-10 p.m., with an opening set by the Suffolk-based duo  Abednego and the Fire . There’s no cover; call (434) 207-5600 for more info. You can check out some Strong Water tunes  here . We’re partial to “Golden Dress” and “Sink.”

With a sound that brings to mind a more rough-and-tumble version of Nickel Creek’s folksy Americana, the Harrisonburg trio Strong Water are doing their best to get their word out about their debut album, which came out a little less than a year ago. That includes gigging regularly around Virginia, which is what brings them to the White Hart (1208 Main St.) tonight. The show goes from 8-10 p.m., with an opening set by the Suffolk-based duo Abednego and the Fire. There’s no cover; call (434) 207-5600 for more info. You can check out some Strong Water tunes here. We’re partial to “Golden Dress” and “Sink.”

 In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a new grocery store gearing up to open right across from the Community Market in downtown Lynchburg.  Grassroots Local Market  is a co-op, which means you can buy shares in the store itself. The Grassroots folks are close to reaching their goal of the $400,000 needed to open the doors, and they’re celebrating with a Final Countdown at {RA} Bistro (1344 Main St.) this evening from 6:30-8 p.m. They’ll be announcing the winner of their year of free groceries promotion, and awarding $100 gift cards to two additional lucky winners. You can reach Grassroots at (434) 533-0513, and call {RA} Bistro at (434) 845-1601.

In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a new grocery store gearing up to open right across from the Community Market in downtown Lynchburg. Grassroots Local Market is a co-op, which means you can buy shares in the store itself. The Grassroots folks are close to reaching their goal of the $400,000 needed to open the doors, and they’re celebrating with a Final Countdown at {RA} Bistro (1344 Main St.) this evening from 6:30-8 p.m. They’ll be announcing the winner of their year of free groceries promotion, and awarding $100 gift cards to two additional lucky winners. You can reach Grassroots at (434) 533-0513, and call {RA} Bistro at (434) 845-1601.

 The weather around these parts has been just a little all over the place of late. One day it’s in the springtime 70s, and the next it’s dipping in the more wintry 30s. We’re hoping it’ll be in the temperate range for Sangria Saturday at  Lazy Days Winery  (1351 N. Amherst Hwy.), a family owned vineyard in Amherst County where they’ve been growing Petit Manseng and Merlot since 2007. They’ve since expanded their wine-making repertoire to Malbec and Pinotage. And, today they’re making sangria, which you can get by glass or growler. The sipping commences at 11 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. on the Lazy Days lawn. Growlers are $25, and can be refilled for just $15. Sangria Saturdays happen twice a month at Lazy Days, and there’s usually live music from noon to 4 pm. Call (434) 381-6088 for more info.

The weather around these parts has been just a little all over the place of late. One day it’s in the springtime 70s, and the next it’s dipping in the more wintry 30s. We’re hoping it’ll be in the temperate range for Sangria Saturday at Lazy Days Winery (1351 N. Amherst Hwy.), a family owned vineyard in Amherst County where they’ve been growing Petit Manseng and Merlot since 2007. They’ve since expanded their wine-making repertoire to Malbec and Pinotage. And, today they’re making sangria, which you can get by glass or growler. The sipping commences at 11 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. on the Lazy Days lawn. Growlers are $25, and can be refilled for just $15. Sangria Saturdays happen twice a month at Lazy Days, and there’s usually live music from noon to 4 pm. Call (434) 381-6088 for more info.

 There’s the salsa you get with your chips at the local Mexican restaurant. And then there’s the salsa you can dance to, which can help burn off some of the calories from those chips. The folks at  Lynchburg Salsa  have set up shop downtown at the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.), where they’re hosting a weekly Thursday night event that begins with salsa lessons from 8-9 p.m., followed by salsa dancing and socializing from 9-11 p.m. Tonight it’s a masquerade party, which means you’re welcome to wear a mask. Cover is $5, and you don’t have to bring a partner. Call (434) 544-1176 for more info.

There’s the salsa you get with your chips at the local Mexican restaurant. And then there’s the salsa you can dance to, which can help burn off some of the calories from those chips. The folks at Lynchburg Salsa have set up shop downtown at the Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.), where they’re hosting a weekly Thursday night event that begins with salsa lessons from 8-9 p.m., followed by salsa dancing and socializing from 9-11 p.m. Tonight it’s a masquerade party, which means you’re welcome to wear a mask. Cover is $5, and you don’t have to bring a partner. Call (434) 544-1176 for more info.

 Once a month, the diverse members of the greater Lynchburg community gather at  Dish  (1120 Main St.) for a little food, a little drink, some conversation, and a lot of diversifying.  Diversity@Dish  includes members of Lynchburg Alliance Community Choir, Lynchburg Diversity Center, Lynchburg Transgender Alliance, and Lynchburg PFlag. There’s usually music, too. It runs from 5:30-8 p.m.; call the Lynchburg Diversity Center at (434) 515-1143 for more info.

Once a month, the diverse members of the greater Lynchburg community gather at Dish (1120 Main St.) for a little food, a little drink, some conversation, and a lot of diversifying. Diversity@Dish includes members of Lynchburg Alliance Community Choir, Lynchburg Diversity Center, Lynchburg Transgender Alliance, and Lynchburg PFlag. There’s usually music, too. It runs from 5:30-8 p.m.; call the Lynchburg Diversity Center at (434) 515-1143 for more info.

 It’s time for action and thrills at  Venue Cinemas  (901 Lakeside Dr.). The local movie house has two new films opening this weekend, and each delivers a little of both. The first,   Patriots Day  , stars Bostonian Marky Mark, along with Kevin Bacon and John Goodman, in a serious, based-on-real-events drama about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The second,   xXx: Return of Xander Cage  , is a bit more fanciful. It’s a Vin Diesel vehicle and the third installment of the  xXx  franchise. Samuel L Jackson stars as an NSA agent who’s trying to recruit Brazilian soccer star Neymar for the super secret xXx program when things go awry and ol’ Vin has to be brought in to clean up the mess. We’ll have screening times for both films when Venue posts them. Tickets to Sunday matinees are $2.25, and evening screenings are $2.75. Call (434) 845-2398 for more info.

It’s time for action and thrills at Venue Cinemas (901 Lakeside Dr.). The local movie house has two new films opening this weekend, and each delivers a little of both. The first, Patriots Day, stars Bostonian Marky Mark, along with Kevin Bacon and John Goodman, in a serious, based-on-real-events drama about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The second, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, is a bit more fanciful. It’s a Vin Diesel vehicle and the third installment of the xXx franchise. Samuel L Jackson stars as an NSA agent who’s trying to recruit Brazilian soccer star Neymar for the super secret xXx program when things go awry and ol’ Vin has to be brought in to clean up the mess. We’ll have screening times for both films when Venue posts them. Tickets to Sunday matinees are $2.25, and evening screenings are $2.75. Call (434) 845-2398 for more info.

 Drive out to Monroe, and you’ll find an old blacksmith building that’s now home to a celebrated and beloved pie shop owned and run by Mary Fannie Woodruff and her three daughters.  Woodruff’s Café & Pie Shop  has been featured in  Southern Living  and on PBS, and it’s now the central subject of the book   A Little Slice of Heaven  , which tells the story of the Woodruff family and, presumably, offers some insights into how to bake a great pie. Woodruff and her daughters will be on hand today from 6-8 p.m. at  Givens Books  (2236 Lakeside Dr.) to celebrate the book’s publication, sign 1st editions, and perhaps share a few secret family recipes. Hopefully there will also be pie. It’s free; call (434) 385-5027.

Drive out to Monroe, and you’ll find an old blacksmith building that’s now home to a celebrated and beloved pie shop owned and run by Mary Fannie Woodruff and her three daughters. Woodruff’s Café & Pie Shop has been featured in Southern Living and on PBS, and it’s now the central subject of the book A Little Slice of Heaven, which tells the story of the Woodruff family and, presumably, offers some insights into how to bake a great pie. Woodruff and her daughters will be on hand today from 6-8 p.m. at Givens Books (2236 Lakeside Dr.) to celebrate the book’s publication, sign 1st editions, and perhaps share a few secret family recipes. Hopefully there will also be pie. It’s free; call (434) 385-5027.

 In 2003, a tattoo artist by the name of James Spooner documented a largely overlooked and untold piece of the American punk and hardcore experience in his now seminal film  Afro-Punk . It featured footage of the blistering DC punk band Bad Brains and other African-American artists in the mostly white punk hardcore underground, as well as interviews with Fishbone, Dead Kennedys, and the Brooklyn band TV on the Radio. That begat an annual Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn, which launched in 2005 and has since spread to other cities (Atlanta, Paris, London). It’s truly a fascinating and inspiring part of the punk story. As part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors outreach program and African-American History Month, the  Lynchburg Public Library  (2315 Memorial Dr.) presents an evening of screenings of  Afropunk Festival  highlights from 6-8 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room. Call (434) 455-6310 for more info.

In 2003, a tattoo artist by the name of James Spooner documented a largely overlooked and untold piece of the American punk and hardcore experience in his now seminal film Afro-Punk. It featured footage of the blistering DC punk band Bad Brains and other African-American artists in the mostly white punk hardcore underground, as well as interviews with Fishbone, Dead Kennedys, and the Brooklyn band TV on the Radio. That begat an annual Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn, which launched in 2005 and has since spread to other cities (Atlanta, Paris, London). It’s truly a fascinating and inspiring part of the punk story. As part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors outreach program and African-American History Month, the Lynchburg Public Library (2315 Memorial Dr.) presents an evening of screenings of Afropunk Festival highlights from 6-8 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room. Call (434) 455-6310 for more info.

 The competition is sure to get heated when the paddles come out at  the Water Dog  (1016 Jefferson St.) tonight for the  Singles Master’s Ping Pong Tourney . After all, there’s real cash-money on the line. It’s too late to sign up to play – all 16 spots are taken. But, there’s plenty of room for spectators, and spectating is good excuse to sample from among the bountiful beers on tap and oysters on ice. The action gets underway at 6 p.m. and runs until about 10 p.m. Call (434) 333-4681.

The competition is sure to get heated when the paddles come out at the Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) tonight for the Singles Master’s Ping Pong Tourney. After all, there’s real cash-money on the line. It’s too late to sign up to play – all 16 spots are taken. But, there’s plenty of room for spectators, and spectating is good excuse to sample from among the bountiful beers on tap and oysters on ice. The action gets underway at 6 p.m. and runs until about 10 p.m. Call (434) 333-4681.

February 22 - 28


 Q: How many ounces of beer (or ale) does a bomber hold? A: 22 ounces. That’s what we like to call beer trivia. The folks at Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.) have their own version of beer trivia in the works. Every Wednesday (that means tonight), the brewery/tasting room in Forest is hosting a trivia night, which is as good an excuse as any to grab a pint or two of Apocalypse’s signature brews, which include the award-winning Golden Censer and Lustful Maiden. We’ve also heard that Apocalypse’s Hell Yeaah sportsman pilsner should be flowing from the taps out in Forest pretty soon. In fact, they’ll be officially celebrating its release this Sunday, from 1-4 p.m. To see a full menu of what’s on tap, click  here . The trivial pursuits begin at 8 p.m.; call (434) 258-8761 for more info.

Q: How many ounces of beer (or ale) does a bomber hold? A: 22 ounces. That’s what we like to call beer trivia. The folks at Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.) have their own version of beer trivia in the works. Every Wednesday (that means tonight), the brewery/tasting room in Forest is hosting a trivia night, which is as good an excuse as any to grab a pint or two of Apocalypse’s signature brews, which include the award-winning Golden Censer and Lustful Maiden. We’ve also heard that Apocalypse’s Hell Yeaah sportsman pilsner should be flowing from the taps out in Forest pretty soon. In fact, they’ll be officially celebrating its release this Sunday, from 1-4 p.m. To see a full menu of what’s on tap, click here. The trivial pursuits begin at 8 p.m.; call (434) 258-8761 for more info.

 Somewhere out in Fauquier County, VA, there’s a crossroads known to locals as “Bust Head,” and a brewery/tap room discerning beer consumers know as Old Bust Head. Beer 88 (113 Hexham Dr.) in Wyndhurst is giving its taps over to several Old Bust Head specialties: the Chukker Czech pilsner, TANX'nitania imperial IPA, Wildcat IPA, and Vixen Irish Red, as well as the limited release, cinnamon-kissed Horchata Gold Cup, and a coffee-infused Russian imperial stout that’s called Sumatra Gold Cup. For more info about what brewing at Old Bust Head, click  here . Beer 88 is a top-notch burger joint, and their menu is  here . The tap takeover runs from 5 p.m. until closing time at midnight; Call (434) 582-5025 for more info.

Somewhere out in Fauquier County, VA, there’s a crossroads known to locals as “Bust Head,” and a brewery/tap room discerning beer consumers know as Old Bust Head. Beer 88 (113 Hexham Dr.) in Wyndhurst is giving its taps over to several Old Bust Head specialties: the Chukker Czech pilsner, TANX'nitania imperial IPA, Wildcat IPA, and Vixen Irish Red, as well as the limited release, cinnamon-kissed Horchata Gold Cup, and a coffee-infused Russian imperial stout that’s called Sumatra Gold Cup. For more info about what brewing at Old Bust Head, click here. Beer 88 is a top-notch burger joint, and their menu is here. The tap takeover runs from 5 p.m. until closing time at midnight; Call (434) 582-5025 for more info.

 Looks like local singer-songwriter Josh Walker is going to be leaving town this summer to seek his fortunes out west, in the mile-high city of Denver. Until then, we’ll be keeping you updated on his gigs around town. Dude can sing. He writes well too, in the storytelling Americana vein. Tonight he’s the main attraction at the Local Lounge night that  Dish  (1120 Main St.) hosts every Thursday. The music starts at 8 p.m., so you can get still grab some dinner, and runs until around 11 p.m. Check out Walker’s music  here . There’s no cover; call (434) 528-0070. Tomorrow night, Walker and his pal Ben Delaurentis are teaming up for a 7-10 p.m. show at Charley’s (707 Graves Mill Rd.). 

Looks like local singer-songwriter Josh Walker is going to be leaving town this summer to seek his fortunes out west, in the mile-high city of Denver. Until then, we’ll be keeping you updated on his gigs around town. Dude can sing. He writes well too, in the storytelling Americana vein. Tonight he’s the main attraction at the Local Lounge night that Dish (1120 Main St.) hosts every Thursday. The music starts at 8 p.m., so you can get still grab some dinner, and runs until around 11 p.m. Check out Walker’s music here. There’s no cover; call (434) 528-0070. Tomorrow night, Walker and his pal Ben Delaurentis are teaming up for a 7-10 p.m. show at Charley’s (707 Graves Mill Rd.). 

 Imagine what  Peanuts  would be like if it were rated R – all of the existentialism with none of the youthful innocence. It would be, in fact,  Dog Sees God . Playwright Bert V. Royal envisions what might come to pass if Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the gang – cleverly renamed in this “unauthorized parody” – grew up into wretched teenage scum. No one is safe: drug use, eating disorders, homophobia, threesomes, and a dead dog (yep, Snoopy is not part of the cast). Showtime is 7:30 pm in Randolph College’s Lab Theatre. The folks at Randolph (2500 Rivermont Ave.) have been so kind as to put together a map for  parking and finding the black box theater . If you can’t go tonight, there’s another performance on February 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the general public are $10 and can be purchased  here , or by calling (434) 947-8562.

Imagine what Peanuts would be like if it were rated R – all of the existentialism with none of the youthful innocence. It would be, in fact, Dog Sees God. Playwright Bert V. Royal envisions what might come to pass if Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the gang – cleverly renamed in this “unauthorized parody” – grew up into wretched teenage scum. No one is safe: drug use, eating disorders, homophobia, threesomes, and a dead dog (yep, Snoopy is not part of the cast). Showtime is 7:30 pm in Randolph College’s Lab Theatre. The folks at Randolph (2500 Rivermont Ave.) have been so kind as to put together a map for parking and finding the black box theater. If you can’t go tonight, there’s another performance on February 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the general public are $10 and can be purchased here, or by calling (434) 947-8562.

 We’ve seen salsa dancing at the Glass House, some Cajun/Zydeco music, and a whole lotta rhythm & blues. What we haven’t yet heard is some full-on extreme metal. Looks like we’ll be able to check that off the old bucket list after tonight. The California metalcore band Silent Planet are out supporting their latest album,  Everything Was Sound , on a national tour with their buddies Hail the Sun, Dayseeker, Ghost Key, and the Death in Me. That tour come to Lynchburg’s own Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.) for what’s destined to be a window-rattling night of the hard stuff. Doors are at 6:30 p.m., tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door; call (434) 544-1176 for more info or click  here  for tickets. 

We’ve seen salsa dancing at the Glass House, some Cajun/Zydeco music, and a whole lotta rhythm & blues. What we haven’t yet heard is some full-on extreme metal. Looks like we’ll be able to check that off the old bucket list after tonight. The California metalcore band Silent Planet are out supporting their latest album, Everything Was Sound, on a national tour with their buddies Hail the Sun, Dayseeker, Ghost Key, and the Death in Me. That tour come to Lynchburg’s own Glass House (1019 Jefferson St.) for what’s destined to be a window-rattling night of the hard stuff. Doors are at 6:30 p.m., tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door; call (434) 544-1176 for more info or click here for tickets. 

 Calling all Muggles, calling all Muggles! Bring your wands and brooms down to Amazement Square (27 9th Street) tonight for their annual Museum After Dark: Harry Potter Edition. For $35 per person, or just $30 for museum members, you get to sample beer from Apocalypse Ale Works, Blue Mountain Brewery, Bold Rock Hard Cider, and Devils Backbone Brewing Company; eat food from Kegney Brothers and {RA Bistro}; and partake in games and crafts, Hogwarts-style. Oh, and you get to support the installations, exhibits, and outreach programs that make Amazement Square so, well, amazing. The event is 21+; there will be a cash bar. Tickers are available on Amazement Square’s  website ; call (434) 845-1888 for more details.

Calling all Muggles, calling all Muggles! Bring your wands and brooms down to Amazement Square (27 9th Street) tonight for their annual Museum After Dark: Harry Potter Edition. For $35 per person, or just $30 for museum members, you get to sample beer from Apocalypse Ale Works, Blue Mountain Brewery, Bold Rock Hard Cider, and Devils Backbone Brewing Company; eat food from Kegney Brothers and {RA Bistro}; and partake in games and crafts, Hogwarts-style. Oh, and you get to support the installations, exhibits, and outreach programs that make Amazement Square so, well, amazing. The event is 21+; there will be a cash bar. Tickers are available on Amazement Square’s website; call (434) 845-1888 for more details.

 For the second year in a row, Riverviews Artspace has teamed up with Vector Space to present a full-on, mechanized melee, with local robot hotshots battling it out to see who’s got the best bot. The battling begins at 1 p.m. at  Riverviews  (901 Jefferson St.) and should run until 5 p.m. Weather permitting, the arena will be outdoors. To register a robot, go to the Vector Space  website , which also has lots of handy information about the date of their next open-build night and some robot-building tutorials for inspiration. Registration for one-pound and three-pound robots is $30 per, or you can enter one of each for $45. The rules are posted here. Call Riverviews at (434) 847-7277, or Vector Space at (804) 387-1519 for more info.

For the second year in a row, Riverviews Artspace has teamed up with Vector Space to present a full-on, mechanized melee, with local robot hotshots battling it out to see who’s got the best bot. The battling begins at 1 p.m. at Riverviews (901 Jefferson St.) and should run until 5 p.m. Weather permitting, the arena will be outdoors. To register a robot, go to the Vector Space website, which also has lots of handy information about the date of their next open-build night and some robot-building tutorials for inspiration. Registration for one-pound and three-pound robots is $30 per, or you can enter one of each for $45. The rules are posted here. Call Riverviews at (434) 847-7277, or Vector Space at (804) 387-1519 for more info.

 Cold Weather Company could be the name of an exclusive purveyor of fine winter coat-erie. Or not. Actually, they’re not. They’re a trio of New Jersey-based folk-rock dudes whose sound is easy listening in a very indie sorta way – a little Brit-pop Coldplay crossed with the smooth French Floydian stylings of Syd Matters. Lynchburg is the third stop on their A Folded LetTour (it’s a bit of a pun, and it references their most recent album). They’re performing at the  White Hart  this evening from 6-8:30 pm. Sample some Cold Weather Company  here . Call (434) 207-5600 for more info.

Cold Weather Company could be the name of an exclusive purveyor of fine winter coat-erie. Or not. Actually, they’re not. They’re a trio of New Jersey-based folk-rock dudes whose sound is easy listening in a very indie sorta way – a little Brit-pop Coldplay crossed with the smooth French Floydian stylings of Syd Matters. Lynchburg is the third stop on their A Folded LetTour (it’s a bit of a pun, and it references their most recent album). They’re performing at the White Hart this evening from 6-8:30 pm. Sample some Cold Weather Company here. Call (434) 207-5600 for more info.

 As best as we can tell,  Sip and Spatter  is a local entrepreneurial venture out of Forest that specializes in combining art instruction with food and drink. Jackson Pollack would certainly approve. Tonight at  Jimmy’s on the James  (610 Commerce St.) the theme is “Pouring Wine,” which means pairing wine with painting inspired by the fruit of the vine, or something like that. The creative juices should be flowing, so to speak. You have to preregister, which you can do by clicking  here . Tickets are $35 per person, and cover your basic art supplies and one drink. Call (434) 845-1116 for more info.

As best as we can tell, Sip and Spatter is a local entrepreneurial venture out of Forest that specializes in combining art instruction with food and drink. Jackson Pollack would certainly approve. Tonight at Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.) the theme is “Pouring Wine,” which means pairing wine with painting inspired by the fruit of the vine, or something like that. The creative juices should be flowing, so to speak. You have to preregister, which you can do by clicking here. Tickets are $35 per person, and cover your basic art supplies and one drink. Call (434) 845-1116 for more info.

 Fat Tuesday is finally here, which means it’s Mardi Gras time in New Orleans, and dinner time at  The Corner at Rivermont  (2496 Rivermont Ave.).  The Corner’s kitchen is cooking up a Crescent City-style four-course dinner, and the bar’s pitching in as well. The menu includes barbecued shrimp, oyster pie, and crawfish étouffée, which is fun to say. For dessert, there’s beignets, white chocolate bread pudding, and, of course, that brightly colored New Orleans staple known as “king cake.” From the bar, diners have a choice of a classic Sazerac, a potent Hurricane, or a brand/cream/vanilla libation that’s known as “milk punch” by denizens of the French Quarter. Dinner starts at 6 pm and ends at 9 pm. Tickets are $49, and can be purchased  here ; call (434) 219-6035 for more info.

Fat Tuesday is finally here, which means it’s Mardi Gras time in New Orleans, and dinner time at The Corner at Rivermont (2496 Rivermont Ave.).  The Corner’s kitchen is cooking up a Crescent City-style four-course dinner, and the bar’s pitching in as well. The menu includes barbecued shrimp, oyster pie, and crawfish étouffée, which is fun to say. For dessert, there’s beignets, white chocolate bread pudding, and, of course, that brightly colored New Orleans staple known as “king cake.” From the bar, diners have a choice of a classic Sazerac, a potent Hurricane, or a brand/cream/vanilla libation that’s known as “milk punch” by denizens of the French Quarter. Dinner starts at 6 pm and ends at 9 pm. Tickets are $49, and can be purchased here; call (434) 219-6035 for more info.

March 1-7


 Teri Youmans Grimm is a poet from Florida, whose latest collection,   Becoming Lyla Dore  , uses the lyric form to dramatize the rise and fall of a fictional silent film star. Liz Kay is a Nebraskan, a poet, and a novelist, with a new book titled   Monsters: A Love Story  . Both attended the MFA program at the University of Nebraska, and they’re teaming up for reading this evening at 8 p.m. at Randolph College. Light refreshments will be provided during the reading, which is free and open to the public. It takes place in the Alice Ashley Jack Lounge, on the second floor of the Smith Building (2500 Rivermont Ave.). This is part of Randolph’s  Visiting Writers Series ; call (434) 947-8000 for more info.

Teri Youmans Grimm is a poet from Florida, whose latest collection, Becoming Lyla Dore, uses the lyric form to dramatize the rise and fall of a fictional silent film star. Liz Kay is a Nebraskan, a poet, and a novelist, with a new book titled Monsters: A Love Story. Both attended the MFA program at the University of Nebraska, and they’re teaming up for reading this evening at 8 p.m. at Randolph College. Light refreshments will be provided during the reading, which is free and open to the public. It takes place in the Alice Ashley Jack Lounge, on the second floor of the Smith Building (2500 Rivermont Ave.). This is part of Randolph’s Visiting Writers Series; call (434) 947-8000 for more info.

 In their ongoing and valiant effort to end bad beer (that’s their slogan), the diligent brewers at Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.) have initiated something they’re calling Temptation Thursdays. Basically, it’s an opportunity for the brewery out in Forest to introduce a new, limited edition libation every week. Seems like a tall order, but they’re holding to it. This evening, from 4-9 p.m., the taps in the tasting room will open for Apocalypse’s Plum Confessor Doppelbock, a strong, dark, and malty German-style brew infused with flavor of plum. Other ales will be a’flowing as well, and if you’re nice they might even pour you a flight to sample. For more info, call (434) 258-8761, or check out  EndofBadBeer.com .

In their ongoing and valiant effort to end bad beer (that’s their slogan), the diligent brewers at Apocalypse Ale Works (1257 Burnbridge Rd.) have initiated something they’re calling Temptation Thursdays. Basically, it’s an opportunity for the brewery out in Forest to introduce a new, limited edition libation every week. Seems like a tall order, but they’re holding to it. This evening, from 4-9 p.m., the taps in the tasting room will open for Apocalypse’s Plum Confessor Doppelbock, a strong, dark, and malty German-style brew infused with flavor of plum. Other ales will be a’flowing as well, and if you’re nice they might even pour you a flight to sample. For more info, call (434) 258-8761, or check out EndofBadBeer.com.

 Nelson County’s own released their first album,  The Bar Sessions , back in 2012, after spending the better part of a year honing a blend of Celtic folk and rootsy Americana that includes banjo, fiddle, and guitar. They’ve got a follow-up album titled  Sweet Afton  coming out later this year, and they’re back playing some of their old haunts, including the Old 97 Restaurant (4154 S. Amherst Hwy.) in Madison Heights. That’s tonight at 8 p.m., and there’s no cover. The  Old 97’s menu  is features barbecue (ribs, brisket, and pulled pork), steamed shrimp, and country favorites like pot roast and southern fried pork chops. Call (4340 473-0173 for more info.   

Nelson County’s own released their first album, The Bar Sessions, back in 2012, after spending the better part of a year honing a blend of Celtic folk and rootsy Americana that includes banjo, fiddle, and guitar. They’ve got a follow-up album titled Sweet Afton coming out later this year, and they’re back playing some of their old haunts, including the Old 97 Restaurant (4154 S. Amherst Hwy.) in Madison Heights. That’s tonight at 8 p.m., and there’s no cover. The Old 97’s menu is features barbecue (ribs, brisket, and pulled pork), steamed shrimp, and country favorites like pot roast and southern fried pork chops. Call (4340 473-0173 for more info.   

 Located conveniently right new to Apocalypse Ale Works in Forest, Pints O’Plenty (1219 Burnbridge Rd.) is a one-stop shop for beer and wine enthusiasts. They’ve got a broad selection of craft brews and fine wines, as well as all the stuff you need to get started making your own at home. Today, they’ve also got the folks from Charlottesville’s Potter’s Craft Cider in the house for a tasting from 5-7p.m. And, if you think cider can only be one thing, you should check out the Potter’s Craft  website . They’ve got a Farmhouse Dry, and Oak Barrel Reserve, and a Belgian Trappist-style cider that goes by the name of the Haven. That’s just the tip of the barrel. Call (434) 851-5646 for more info.

Located conveniently right new to Apocalypse Ale Works in Forest, Pints O’Plenty (1219 Burnbridge Rd.) is a one-stop shop for beer and wine enthusiasts. They’ve got a broad selection of craft brews and fine wines, as well as all the stuff you need to get started making your own at home. Today, they’ve also got the folks from Charlottesville’s Potter’s Craft Cider in the house for a tasting from 5-7p.m. And, if you think cider can only be one thing, you should check out the Potter’s Craft website. They’ve got a Farmhouse Dry, and Oak Barrel Reserve, and a Belgian Trappist-style cider that goes by the name of the Haven. That’s just the tip of the barrel. Call (434) 851-5646 for more info.

 So here’s a cool way to get to know your local record store a little better:  acoustic tunes and coffee . Okay, so it’s not top-notch branding, but it’s not a bad idea either. With a little help from their friends at the locally owned roastery  Four Corners Coffee Co. , Speakertree Records (522 5th St.) is hosting a laid-back yet passionate evening of acoustic music and finely brewed coffee. The performers are Logan Patton, Zach Ulmer, Wes Montgomery, and Tyler Wilson, and the beans are from Four Corners. Doors are at 7, and the music should go until 10 p.m. Admission is $3; call (434) 485-8262 for more info.

So here’s a cool way to get to know your local record store a little better: acoustic tunes and coffee. Okay, so it’s not top-notch branding, but it’s not a bad idea either. With a little help from their friends at the locally owned roastery Four Corners Coffee Co., Speakertree Records (522 5th St.) is hosting a laid-back yet passionate evening of acoustic music and finely brewed coffee. The performers are Logan Patton, Zach Ulmer, Wes Montgomery, and Tyler Wilson, and the beans are from Four Corners. Doors are at 7, and the music should go until 10 p.m. Admission is $3; call (434) 485-8262 for more info.

 One of the lovelier things about living in Central Virginia is the presence of fine and picturesque wineries like DelFosse Vineyards in Faber, which is in the Monticello AVA wine region. It’s a place that defines its own address (500 DelFosse Winery Ln.), offers tours of the only terraced vineyards in the state, and boasts lakeside picnic spots on its 330 acres. Today, DelFosse will even provide lunchables of the savory and sweet variety in the form of French crepes, as well as bread and soup. The event runs from noon-5 p.m., and you can check out the menu  here . For directions and more info about wine tastings at DelFosse, click  here , or call (434) 263-6100.

One of the lovelier things about living in Central Virginia is the presence of fine and picturesque wineries like DelFosse Vineyards in Faber, which is in the Monticello AVA wine region. It’s a place that defines its own address (500 DelFosse Winery Ln.), offers tours of the only terraced vineyards in the state, and boasts lakeside picnic spots on its 330 acres. Today, DelFosse will even provide lunchables of the savory and sweet variety in the form of French crepes, as well as bread and soup. The event runs from noon-5 p.m., and you can check out the menu here. For directions and more info about wine tastings at DelFosse, click here, or call (434) 263-6100.

 Opera is one of those things that much easier to enjoy when, like a lot of thing, you’ve got a little bit of knowledge to work with. Opera on the James is currently gearing up for a big production of Verdi’s  Fallstaff  on March 31 and April 2 (for tix click  here ). Since it’s an Italian opera (a lot of the best ones are), they’ve scheduled a series of preparatory talks throughout the month, starting with an Opera Up Close overview of Italian opera. Professor Bettye Chambers, who teaches at Georgetown, will do the presenting this evening from 7-8:30 p.m. at Opera on the James (701 Main St.). It’s free and open to the public, as is the reception afterward. Call (434) 528-3397 for more info.

Opera is one of those things that much easier to enjoy when, like a lot of thing, you’ve got a little bit of knowledge to work with. Opera on the James is currently gearing up for a big production of Verdi’s Fallstaff on March 31 and April 2 (for tix click here). Since it’s an Italian opera (a lot of the best ones are), they’ve scheduled a series of preparatory talks throughout the month, starting with an Opera Up Close overview of Italian opera. Professor Bettye Chambers, who teaches at Georgetown, will do the presenting this evening from 7-8:30 p.m. at Opera on the James (701 Main St.). It’s free and open to the public, as is the reception afterward. Call (434) 528-3397 for more info.

 Think you’re pretty good a ping pong? How about watching others who think they’re pretty good at ping pong compete while sipping on a fine craft brew and/or enjoying some freshly shucked oysters? The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) has you covered either way. Here’s how the singles masters’ ping pong tournament works: the first 16 players to sign up and invest a mere $5 compete in a bracket-style tourney with the winner taking all at the end of the night. It starts at 6 p.m., runs until a winner is crowned, and is free for spectators. Call (434) 333-4681 for more info or click  here .

Think you’re pretty good a ping pong? How about watching others who think they’re pretty good at ping pong compete while sipping on a fine craft brew and/or enjoying some freshly shucked oysters? The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) has you covered either way. Here’s how the singles masters’ ping pong tournament works: the first 16 players to sign up and invest a mere $5 compete in a bracket-style tourney with the winner taking all at the end of the night. It starts at 6 p.m., runs until a winner is crowned, and is free for spectators. Call (434) 333-4681 for more info or click here.

March 8 - 15


 Over the past few years, the  Hill City House Grille  (7001 Timberlake Rd.) has enjoyed not just one but two grand re-openings – one in 2013, and another in 2014. The casual neighborhood hangout is closing once again at the end of this month, and this time it’s for good. Turns out the City of Lynchburg bought the property, and is tearing it down in order to built a new on-ramp to 501. So, this week begins a whole series of bittersweet endings, including the last of three Ladies Night performances by country crooner Zach Burnette and his band, which runs from 7-10 p.m. Tomorrow night, it’s the final open mic hosted by Lauren Smyk, which also runs from 7-10 p.m., and overlaps quite nicely with a 4-8 p.m. happy hour. On Friday night (see below), it’s local singer-songwriter Josh Walker’s last Hill City House gig. Call (434) 237-6110 for more info.

Over the past few years, the Hill City House Grille (7001 Timberlake Rd.) has enjoyed not just one but two grand re-openings – one in 2013, and another in 2014. The casual neighborhood hangout is closing once again at the end of this month, and this time it’s for good. Turns out the City of Lynchburg bought the property, and is tearing it down in order to built a new on-ramp to 501. So, this week begins a whole series of bittersweet endings, including the last of three Ladies Night performances by country crooner Zach Burnette and his band, which runs from 7-10 p.m. Tomorrow night, it’s the final open mic hosted by Lauren Smyk, which also runs from 7-10 p.m., and overlaps quite nicely with a 4-8 p.m. happy hour. On Friday night (see below), it’s local singer-songwriter Josh Walker’s last Hill City House gig. Call (434) 237-6110 for more info.

 There’s pouring drinks, and then there’s lovingly crafting a fine cocktail. Hard to say where to draw the line on that, but you tend to know it when you taste it. The folks at the  Academy Center of the Arts  (519 Commerce St.) are emphasizing the “fun” in fundraiser tonight, and stressing the art of the cocktail with their second annual Top Mixologist competition, which benefits the Academy’s community outreach program. A winner will be crowned, but just being nominated is an honor. And the nominees are: Daniel Servas ({RA} Bistro); Bob Rygielski (Jimmy’s on the James); Betsy Craig (The Water Dog); Whisky Will (Virginia Distillery Co.); Clay Burtner (The Corner at Rivermont); and Chuck Longerbeam (Silverback Distillery). Each will create a signature drink inspired by a particular country, and there will be food. The stirring and shaking starts at 6 p.m., tickets are $35; call (434) 846-8499 or click  here .

There’s pouring drinks, and then there’s lovingly crafting a fine cocktail. Hard to say where to draw the line on that, but you tend to know it when you taste it. The folks at the Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.) are emphasizing the “fun” in fundraiser tonight, and stressing the art of the cocktail with their second annual Top Mixologist competition, which benefits the Academy’s community outreach program. A winner will be crowned, but just being nominated is an honor. And the nominees are: Daniel Servas ({RA} Bistro); Bob Rygielski (Jimmy’s on the James); Betsy Craig (The Water Dog); Whisky Will (Virginia Distillery Co.); Clay Burtner (The Corner at Rivermont); and Chuck Longerbeam (Silverback Distillery). Each will create a signature drink inspired by a particular country, and there will be food. The stirring and shaking starts at 6 p.m., tickets are $35; call (434) 846-8499 or click here.

 As mentioned previously, the  Hill City House Grille  (7001 Timberlake Rd.) will indeed by closing its doors at the end of the month. Not only that, local singer-songwriter Josh Walker, who’s become a reliable mainstay of the local music scene, and who has entertained and amused hundreds if not thousands with his storytelling songs, his resolute strumming, and his formidably beard, is leaving town this summer to seek his fortunes in Colorado. In the meantime, he’s playing his last Hill City House show tonight, with a little help from his fret-shredding friend Paul Mallory on lead guitar. That’s from 7-10 p.m., and there’s no cover charge. Call (434) 237-6110 for more info.

As mentioned previously, the Hill City House Grille (7001 Timberlake Rd.) will indeed by closing its doors at the end of the month. Not only that, local singer-songwriter Josh Walker, who’s become a reliable mainstay of the local music scene, and who has entertained and amused hundreds if not thousands with his storytelling songs, his resolute strumming, and his formidably beard, is leaving town this summer to seek his fortunes in Colorado. In the meantime, he’s playing his last Hill City House show tonight, with a little help from his fret-shredding friend Paul Mallory on lead guitar. That’s from 7-10 p.m., and there’s no cover charge. Call (434) 237-6110 for more info.

 Joshua Carter is a local guy, and a recent graduate from Liberty, who has playwriting aspirations. About a year ago, he decided to form a creative group called Fire Flight Productions, based on the concept of what’s known as laboratory theater, which pretty much means new works by emerging and aspiring artists. Tonight, Fire Flight makes its Lynchburg debut with a staged performance of four one-act plays by four local writers: Hilary Sutton, Christie Osterhus, Jonathan Kafoure, and Carter himself. The performance begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are just $3. Call the Academy at (434) 846-8499, or click  here  for more info.

Joshua Carter is a local guy, and a recent graduate from Liberty, who has playwriting aspirations. About a year ago, he decided to form a creative group called Fire Flight Productions, based on the concept of what’s known as laboratory theater, which pretty much means new works by emerging and aspiring artists. Tonight, Fire Flight makes its Lynchburg debut with a staged performance of four one-act plays by four local writers: Hilary Sutton, Christie Osterhus, Jonathan Kafoure, and Carter himself. The performance begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are just $3. Call the Academy at (434) 846-8499, or click here for more info.

 Man, the maintenance crew at the  Academy Center of the Arts  (519 Commerce St.) have their hands full this weekend. Top Mixologist on Thursday night; Original Writers on Friday; and tonight at 7:30 it’s a for-the-whole-family production of the Dickens classic  Great Expectations . Actually, there’s a second performance tomorrow (Sunday) at 2 p.m. This stage adaptation is performed by  Barter Theatre , a group based out of Abingdon who claim to be the nation’s longest running professional company, and are almost certainly one of the better known theater companies in Southwest Virginia. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and just $10 for students. Call (434) 846-8499 for tickets, or click  here .

Man, the maintenance crew at the Academy Center of the Arts (519 Commerce St.) have their hands full this weekend. Top Mixologist on Thursday night; Original Writers on Friday; and tonight at 7:30 it’s a for-the-whole-family production of the Dickens classic Great Expectations. Actually, there’s a second performance tomorrow (Sunday) at 2 p.m. This stage adaptation is performed by Barter Theatre, a group based out of Abingdon who claim to be the nation’s longest running professional company, and are almost certainly one of the better known theater companies in Southwest Virginia. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and just $10 for students. Call (434) 846-8499 for tickets, or click here.

 Okay, so in case you hadn’t noticed, this craft beer thing that been gaining traction here in Virginia, where you can’t shake a stick at a bar without hitting the tap of Dopple Bock, a Chocolate Stout, or a fruit infused IPA. Not that we recommend stick shaking in bars. Sticks aside, Lynchburg City Armory (1200 Church) will be rife with lovely libations from over 40 craft brewers today, including Blue Mountain Brewery, Apocalypse Ale Works, Wild Wolf Brewing Company, and Potter’s Craft Cider. It’s Brew Madness, and it runs from 4-8 p.m., with music provided by the Scott Spivey Duo. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the gate. Click  here  for tickets, or call (434) 473-7319.

Okay, so in case you hadn’t noticed, this craft beer thing that been gaining traction here in Virginia, where you can’t shake a stick at a bar without hitting the tap of Dopple Bock, a Chocolate Stout, or a fruit infused IPA. Not that we recommend stick shaking in bars. Sticks aside, Lynchburg City Armory (1200 Church) will be rife with lovely libations from over 40 craft brewers today, including Blue Mountain Brewery, Apocalypse Ale Works, Wild Wolf Brewing Company, and Potter’s Craft Cider. It’s Brew Madness, and it runs from 4-8 p.m., with music provided by the Scott Spivey Duo. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the gate. Click here for tickets, or call (434) 473-7319.

 If all goes well for bartender Bob Rygielski at the Academy Center of the Arts' Top Mixologist challenge on Thursday night, then you can get a drink from Lynchburg’s finest  cocktailier  (not a real word) this evening at  Jimmy’s on the James  (610 Commerce St.). If not, you can still get a pretty good drink from Bob. And, you can also do the Jitterbug – or should we call it the Jitterburg – to the countrified, swing-a-billy sounds of  Jenny & the B-Side Rockers . The music and the dancing begin at 9 p.m. and should go until midnight; call (434) 845-1116, or click  here  for more info.  

If all goes well for bartender Bob Rygielski at the Academy Center of the Arts' Top Mixologist challenge on Thursday night, then you can get a drink from Lynchburg’s finest cocktailier (not a real word) this evening at Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.). If not, you can still get a pretty good drink from Bob. And, you can also do the Jitterbug – or should we call it the Jitterburg – to the countrified, swing-a-billy sounds of Jenny & the B-Side Rockers. The music and the dancing begin at 9 p.m. and should go until midnight; call (434) 845-1116, or click here for more info.  

 At 2 a.m. on March 13 (that’s tonight), for historical reasons that probably had more to do the scarcity of candle wax than helping out farmers, we’re setting the clocks ahead by an hour, thereby losing a little sleep. Seems like a raw deal, but we will eventually get that hour back (on November 5, to be exact). In honor of this lofty occasion, the Nashville rock band  the First Corinthians  are coming to town to perform a “musical time-travel experiment” at 8 p.m. at Speakertree Records (522 5th St.). They’re promising an “hour's worth of sensory torment and manipulation.” Not sure how to feel about that, but we are intrigued. A $5 donation is requested at the door; call (434) 485-8262 for more info.

At 2 a.m. on March 13 (that’s tonight), for historical reasons that probably had more to do the scarcity of candle wax than helping out farmers, we’re setting the clocks ahead by an hour, thereby losing a little sleep. Seems like a raw deal, but we will eventually get that hour back (on November 5, to be exact). In honor of this lofty occasion, the Nashville rock band the First Corinthians are coming to town to perform a “musical time-travel experiment” at 8 p.m. at Speakertree Records (522 5th St.). They’re promising an “hour's worth of sensory torment and manipulation.” Not sure how to feel about that, but we are intrigued. A $5 donation is requested at the door; call (434) 485-8262 for more info.

 If the folks at  Opera on the James  (701 Main St.) have their way, the greater Lynchburg community is going to be one of the more opera literate areas in all of Central Virginia and perhaps the entire Southeast. In the lead-up to their production of Verdi’s comic  Falstaff  on March 31, Opera on the James is presenting a series of Monday evening prep talks. Tonight’s features Maestro Peter Leonard, a veteran conductor who served as Intendant of the Volkstheater Rostock and the North German Philharmonic way over in Europe from 2008-2014. He’s conducting the production of  Falstaff , and he’ll be explaining the musical aspects of the opera at 7 p.m. It’s free and open to the public; call (434)-528-3397 or click  here  for more info.

If the folks at Opera on the James (701 Main St.) have their way, the greater Lynchburg community is going to be one of the more opera literate areas in all of Central Virginia and perhaps the entire Southeast. In the lead-up to their production of Verdi’s comic Falstaff on March 31, Opera on the James is presenting a series of Monday evening prep talks. Tonight’s features Maestro Peter Leonard, a veteran conductor who served as Intendant of the Volkstheater Rostock and the North German Philharmonic way over in Europe from 2008-2014. He’s conducting the production of Falstaff, and he’ll be explaining the musical aspects of the opera at 7 p.m. It’s free and open to the public; call (434)-528-3397 or click here for more info.

 It’s finally here: National Pi Day. We recommend baking or buying a pie; dividing it into eight roughly equal pieces by slicing it crosswise exactly four times; and then eating it with friends, family, or on your own, depending on the situation and the size of the pie. You may also want to measure the pastry’s circumference, and divide that by the diameter, just to make sure you’ve got a mathematically precise pie. Then you might want to consider joining the science department at Randolph College for an homage to that magical constant in the form of a 3.14 mile run/walk. It begins at 6 p.m. in front of Main Hall (2500 Rivermont Ave.). Registration is requested, and the first 150 to do so will receive a free t-shirt. This is the kick-off of sorts for Randolph’s annual and very cool  Science Festival , which actually gets rolling on March 23. Register for the Pi Run  here . 

It’s finally here: National Pi Day. We recommend baking or buying a pie; dividing it into eight roughly equal pieces by slicing it crosswise exactly four times; and then eating it with friends, family, or on your own, depending on the situation and the size of the pie. You may also want to measure the pastry’s circumference, and divide that by the diameter, just to make sure you’ve got a mathematically precise pie. Then you might want to consider joining the science department at Randolph College for an homage to that magical constant in the form of a 3.14 mile run/walk. It begins at 6 p.m. in front of Main Hall (2500 Rivermont Ave.). Registration is requested, and the first 150 to do so will receive a free t-shirt. This is the kick-off of sorts for Randolph’s annual and very cool Science Festival, which actually gets rolling on March 23. Register for the Pi Run here

 Paris fashion week just finished up, New York’s was a month ago, and here’s what we’re hearing for the spring: big stripes (?); bra tops (!); halter hoodies (!!); and something having to do with not wearing pants (??). Blue may be the new brown, which was the new black, so good luck. If you have questions, don’t ask us. But, you could ask Chin-Sun Lee. She’s a former fashion designer who now writes prose, poetry, and stuff about clothes (she contributed to the 2014 collection  Women In Clothes ). She’s reading from her work this evening at 7:30, after which she’ll be taking questions from the audience. She’ll be joined in the reading by U.S. army vet turned journalist Kristina Shevory. It’s free and open to the public at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.); call (434) 847-7277 for more info, or click  here . 

Paris fashion week just finished up, New York’s was a month ago, and here’s what we’re hearing for the spring: big stripes (?); bra tops (!); halter hoodies (!!); and something having to do with not wearing pants (??). Blue may be the new brown, which was the new black, so good luck. If you have questions, don’t ask us. But, you could ask Chin-Sun Lee. She’s a former fashion designer who now writes prose, poetry, and stuff about clothes (she contributed to the 2014 collection Women In Clothes). She’s reading from her work this evening at 7:30, after which she’ll be taking questions from the audience. She’ll be joined in the reading by U.S. army vet turned journalist Kristina Shevory. It’s free and open to the public at Riverviews Artspace (901 Jefferson St.); call (434) 847-7277 for more info, or click here