Remembering Chester
6:00 pm18:00

Remembering Chester

  • Speakertree

Fans and supporters of Linkin Park all over the world were hit with the news of Chester Bennington's passing on July 20, 2017. 

If you're hurting or struggling in any way, join us at Speakertree on July 21th from 6-8p to enjoy the music that has impacted us all in different ways.

The Listening, Inc. presents: Brave New Voices
Jul 14

The Listening, Inc. presents: Brave New Voices

  • Academy Center of the Arts

July 10 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm| $110

Each Monday - Friday, until July 14.

Register By: July 6

Ages: 13 - 18

Poets and performers aged 13 to 18 will have the opportunity to explore a dynamic performance art called Spoken Word with a local non-profit organization called The Listening, Inc. For five days, young poets and performers will journey from the creative writing process to developing their own performance styles that reflect who they are and the world they come from. Themes discussed will be music and rhythm and the politics of poetry.

Students will also be able to work with local performing artists who will mentor and guide them, leading them to an open mic at the end of the week, at which they will perform their works!

Click here for more info!

6:00 pm18:00

The Listening: Dear America (Workshop & Open Mic Session)

  • The GR8 PL8 Cafe & Lounge

Our Country. Your voice. 

There's enough out there to challenge our ideas of what it means to be a part of this country. In return, we challenge the poets, the singers, the artists and performers to take their craft and address their country.

To twist our driving question, if you had the entire country willing to listen to you, what would you say?

Bring your fury and your faith, your heat and your hope, your passion and patriotism. Join us at 6pm for writing workshop to create together and sign-up on the open mic list.

Hosted and dining made available by The GR8 PL8 Cafe & Lounge, a collaborative event with The Poetry Group!

$5 (to benefit The Listening, Inc., a tax-exempt non-profit organization aimed to engage, change, and save lives with the performing arts.)


Sep 30

The Listening presents: The Out of the Darkness Series

  • The White Hart Cafe/HiliFavrd Ministries/TOOLRY

We are joining the community of nearly 250k people walking in hundreds of cities across the country in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.

This year, we are collaborating with the Lynchburg chapter of AFSP by having having our first "Out Of The Darkness" Open Mic series. We invite you to join us at your choice of three different locations in Lynchburg to share your stories of trial and triumph in a safe, supportive environment. There will also be opportunities to sign up with our team and walk with us on October 1st at Percival's Isle! Check out the dates and times below!

Sept. 28 - The White Hart Cafe. at 6:30p

Sept. 29 - HiliFavrd Ministries at 6:30pm

Sept. 30 - TOOLRY at 7:00pm

All donations towards ASFP are 100% tax deductible and will help bring their organization one step closer to achieving their bold goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025.

Thank you, and we hope to see you there!

6:00 pm18:00

Movie Night & Discussion: Can I Kick It?!

  • Lynchburg Parks and Recreation

The Listening and Lynchburg Parks and Recreation have partnered together to screen the documentary, “Beats, Rhymes, and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest.” The evening will commence with a special tribute by The Listening, and following the documentary will be an opportunity for a short Q&A session. This film is R-rated, youth under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Advance registration encouraged. $5 in advance, $8 at the door. Click here for advance tix!

6:00 pm18:00

The Listening: A Love Supreme

  • Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum

Inspired by John Coltrane's classic album, this session of The Listening is challenging you to discuss love in all its wonder and audacity. 

The world we live in offers many opportunities to be angry, to hate, to be selfish, and fuel the darkness that always seems to be there. 

With The Listening, we'd rather talk about love, in four phases: "Acknowledgement" "Resolution" "Pursuance" and "Psalm".

We got nuttin' but love for ya.

Cover: $2

6:00 pm18:00

Movie Night & Discussion: "Shake the Dust"

Riverviews Artspace and The Listening are coming together to present "Shake the Dust". Join us for this special film screening on Friday, June 17th at 6pm. Admission is $5, and doors will open at 5:30pm. The Rosel H. Schewel Theater is located on the ground floor of Riverviews Artspace.

"Shake the Dust" is a feature documentary film from director and photographer Adam Sjöberg and rap superstar Nasir “Nas” Jones about breakdancing and hip-hop culture in the most unlikely places. Ugandan b-boy Karim narrates this visually stunning tale that weaves a colorful, cultural tapestry of dance, music and stories from the drug-and-poverty battered streets of Cambodia, the untouched wild landscape of Yemen, the almost utopian hip-hop scene in the underground of Colombia, and the embattled and poverty-stricken streets of Uganda. "Shake the Dust" serves to illuminate the complicated but transcendent history of hip-hop itself. The story follows groups of b-boys, b-girls and hip hop artists in each of these struggling cultures who have surprisingly yet refreshingly found a voice of empowerment, resistance, and community strength in the world of hip-hop.

Check out the trailer below!

7:00 pm19:00

The Listening: Authenticity

This special BEAT BURG installment of The Listening will consider what it means to be authentic and will highlight performing artists such as poets, songwriters, musicians, and dancers. 

Most of us have heard the phrase, "Keep it real."

But what does that actually mean?

What does "real music" or "real poetry" sound like? What does a "real" American look like? What is "real hip-hop" or "real country"?

What do you look like when living authentically, without the mask?

Show us on April 15 at our Spring Session Open Mic at Riverviews Artspace at 6pm.

6:00 pm18:00

Movie Night & Discussion: "Louder Than A Bomb"

Riverviews Artspace and The Listening are coming together to present "Louder Than a Bomb". Join us for this special film screening on Friday, March 18th at 6pm. Admission is $5, and doors will open at 5:30pm. The Rosel H. Schewel Theater is located on the ground floor of Riverviews Artspace.

"Louder Than a Bomb" is a film about passion, competition, teamwork, and trust. It’s about the joy of being young, and the pain of growing up. It’s about speaking out, making noise, and finding your voice. It also just happens to be about poetry. Every year, more than six hundred teenagers from over sixty Chicago area schools gather for the world’s largest youth poetry slam, a competition known as “Louder Than a Bomb”.

Following the movie will be a brief discussion, diving into some of the themes of the film, moderated by Leslie King.

10:30 pm22:30

Origins: Afterparty

After the Celebrating Black Artists event, join us for an Afterparty, featuring the musical talents of KILLGXXD and Paris Jones!

$5 at the door, but entrance is free with purchase of event ticket!

7:00 pm19:00

The Listening & JRCAH present: Origins (Celebrating Black Artists in Lynchburg)

Join us for a night of unforgettable performances about Origins, including more than a dozen short pieces from local Lynchburg artists, sharing their creative and cultural origin stories. You'll experience spoken word poetry, dance, photography, and musicians. Get a taste for the deep well of talent that our local community holds, and identify new artists to follow in 2016.

Light refreshments will be served
Cash bar for beer and wine (please bring ID)
Photo booth

To honor the culmination of Celebrate: Diversity: Black Artists in Lynchburg, we are asking all participating artists and attendees to come dressed in Red, Black, and/or Green, the colors of the Pan-African flag.

7:00 pm19:00

The Listening: Freedom (College Session)

  • Liberty University - DeMoss Academic Center

Together with Bridging the Gap Urban Ministries, The Listening is presenting its first College Session!

This time, the theme is Freedom.

We want to hear Liberty University poets, singers, and spoken word artists address the idea of freedom.

What does it mean to be free? And what does that freedom enable you to do? Watch Netflix and chill? Travel around the world? Make it to church on time?

We're listening.

Design by JBTZ
7:00 pm19:00

The Listening: Her

  • Riverviews Artspace

For this session of The Listening, in collaboration with TOOLRY, we want to invite spoken word artists, dancers, musicians and thespians to share, regarding Her, whoever she may be.

Women, widely regarded as muses for the arts, are way too multifaceted, too varied, too extraordinary to keep locked in the same old archetypes. So, for this session, the invitation is simple.

Tell us about her.

Cover: $2
Located at the Craddock-Terry Gallery in the Riverviews Artspace

7:00 pm19:00

The Listening: Hope - A Benefit for The Hope House

  • TOOLRY Collaborative Workspace

Cover: $2

This time, let's bring hope.

It's quite easy to get together for the sake of getting together. For this session, The Listening and TOOLRY invites passionate poets, singers, dancers and thespians come out and participate in an opportunity to encourage and inspire one another.

This session of The Listening will benefit The Hope House, a non-profit orphanage that cares for the youth of Zimbabwe. Check them out!


7:00 pm19:00

The Listening: Renaissance

  • TOOLRY Collaborative Workspace

This event is themed "Renaissance" to prompt artists to present an original work or reimagining with the concept of newness. 

This event is also a costumed event, carrying the theme of the Harlem Renaissance. Prizes will go to the Best Dressed!