Going Out: First Friday to kick off new year

By Josette Keelor

In 2014, resolve to get out more.

This week it’s the first Friday of the month, which means music and art will fill stores and businesses in Winchester and Harrisonburg.

On the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall in Winchester, First Friday will include a new art exhibit at 1 lb Gallery on the second floor at 29 N. Loudoun St., and a spin of the prize wheel at The Winchester Book Gallery at 185 N. Loudoun St.

At 1 lb Gallery, the opening reception for “Prints of Darkness,” a group photography exhibition by Lord Fairfax Community College students, will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday.

While there, bring donations of books to the book gallery, which will accept submissions through Sunday for World Book Night on April. 25.

Or spend the evening jamming to music by the Robbie Limon Band beginning at 8 p.m. at Piccadilly Public House, 125 E. Piccadilly St.

For more information on First Fridays in Old Town Winchester, call 540-667-5166 or visit www.facebook.com/FirstFridaysOldTownWinchester.

In Harrisonburg, First Fridays downtown by Court Square, beginning at 5 p.m., are sponsored by the Arts Council of the Valley and feature various restaurants, businesses and art studios staying open late. For more information, call 540-564-0928 or visit www.valleyarts.org/first-fridays-downtown.

The holidays might be over, but winter is only beginning, and if you haven’t made it out yet to the Walking in a Winter Wonderland light show in Clearbrook Park, you’ll have your last chance this weekend. But with severe cold in the forecast, be sure to bundle up.

Admission for ages 12 and older is $5, for children 2-11 is $3 and for younger children is free. Lights will go out at 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.visitwinchesterva.com or call the Winchester-Frederick County Convention & visitors Bureau at 540-542-1326.

If you’d rather stay inside by the fire, check out these movies new this week: “Hell Baby,” “Cassadaga,” “Sweetwater,” “InAPPropriate Comedy” or “Don Jon.”

Last month, the thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman, “Prisoners,” was released on DVD and Blu-Ray, and the comedic animated family film “Despicable Me 2” also hit stores and Redbox locations. For more on new releases, check out www.moviefone.com/dvd.

Or head out to area movie theaters, where many of December’s big hits are still showing at Carmike Apple Blossom 12 in Winchester and The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Kernstown. Woodstock Community Theatre in Woodstock and Royal Cinemas in Front Royal are still showing “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” and “Disney’s Frozen.”

The R-rated “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” is new this weekend at Royal Cinemas and The Alamo.

Sunday, a premiere party and live simulcast of the premiere episode of the TV show “Downton Abbey,” season 4, prior to the 9 p.m. live simulcast, will be at the Court Square Theater, 41 Court Square, Harrisonburg, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets for $25 include a reception of wine, light hors d’oeuvres and priority seating. Free tickets for the simulcast will be available outside the theater in the commons area beginning at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 540-433-9189.

Contact Community Engagement Editor Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137, ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com