“The Opulence of Integrity: A Movement Odyssey Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Muhammad Ali”
Lecture at 6:45 p.m. Thursday; performance at 7:30 p.m.
Choreographer Christal Brown brings everything from hip-hop to boxing moves to modern dance to martial arts to keep this theatrical tribute to Muhammad Ali vibrant and visceral. From the pre-show lecture to the performance itself, audience members can learn more about Ali’s life as a boxer and social activist. It’s a chance to see dance, theater and history joining forces to explore a remarkable American life. $24.75; $14.75 students. theparamount.net; (434) 979-1333.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
Virginia Distillery Company in Lovingston
Need a break from weekend chores? Hang out by the fireplace, listen to live music and visit the food truck while sampling a variety of seasonal cocktails made with Virginia Highland Malt Whisky. Your laundry and dishes still will be there when you get home, so relax and savor a little weekend time now. vadistillery.com; (434) 285-2900.
“A View from the Train: Decoding the Stories and Music of the Underground Railroad”
7:30 p.m. Saturday
V. Earl Dickinson Building at Piedmont Virginia Community College
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and conductor Horace Scruggs will bring his band for a program that reveals secret coded messages in the lyrics of spirituals and gospel songs from the pre-Civil War era. In addition to “Steal Away,” “Going Up Yonder,” “Go Down, Moses” and other classics, you’ll hear Scruggs’ own “Get on Board.” Scruggs, who also serves as Piedmont’s instructor of choral music, will be sharing stories about the lives and careers of famous abolitionists, including Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, William Still and Harriet Beecher Stowe. $12; $10 seniors and students. PVCC.edu/performingarts; (434) 961-5376.
with Illiterate Light and Piranha Rama
9 p.m. Saturday
The Southern Cafe and Music Hall
Listen for such songs as “Fight Like a Girl” and “Run O’ Bad Luck” while Sally Rose, Pete Stallings, Pablo Olivieri and Ivan Christo serve up rock ’n’ roll with humor and style. $7. thesoutherncville.com or (434) 977-5590.
Afternoon Tea at The Inn
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Silver Thatch Inn
If you view a proper tea as a civilized response to stress, mark your calendars for the first and third Sundays of each month. Check silverthatchinn.com/afternoon-tea.htm for the details of the tea package choices; one option adds a chef’s-choice soup or savory item, and both include finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and plenty of tea. Craving some mom-and-daughter time? There’s also a menu for “bantlings” ages 12 and younger that includes hot chocolate and wee PB&Js. $28, $22 and $15; reservations requested. silverthatchinn.com; (434) 978-4686.