The Rapp for Oct. 5

The Friday movie (and dinner, too)

This month’s First Friday at the Movies, starting at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 6) at Little Washington Theatre, is a classic American western and thriller in one: “Hell or High Water,” starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges. It’s rated R.

“Hell or High Water,” starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges. Courtesy image

It’s the story of unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard (Pine), who’s divorced, missing his two sons and losing his ranch to the Texas Midlands Bank. When his brother Tanner Howard (Foster) gets out of prison, they team up to rob agencies of the bank to raise money to pay the loan so that Toby can leave the real estate to his sons. Meanwhile, soon-to-retire Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) and partner Alberto Parker (Gil Birmingham) try to anticipate the thieves’ next move.

As usual, admission is $6 and there’s popcorn, candy and water available for purchase at 291 Gay St.

A few steps away at 311 Gay St., in keeping with the movie’s West Texas theme, Tula’s is offering a special fixed-price pre-theater dinner starting at 5 p.m. and featuring black bean salad, tamales over Mexican rice and dessert ($30), plus select wines and beers for $5. They’re open after the show for cocktails, too.

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Second Friday at the Library: Tom Oliphant

Prizewinning journalist Tom Oliphant speaks Oct. 13 at the library. Courtesy photo

At 8 p.m. next Friday (Oct. 13), prizewinning journalist and Rappahannock resident Tom Oliphant will give the Second Friday Talk, which returns to the Rappahannock Library this month. Oliphant will discuss his newest book, The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign. Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community presents these Second Friday Talks, which are free and open to all.

Oliphant is a Pulitzer Prize winner and was the Boston Globe’s Washington correspondent for several decades. He appears often on the PBS NewsHour and other television programs. Oliphant has racked up a long list of journalistic coups — he was the first reporter to write about the Pentagon Papers; he won his Pulitzer as part of a team covering school desegregation in Boston; he has written bestselling books on topics as varied as baseball and presidential politics.

Oliphant has covered 10 presidential campaigns. The Road to Camelot presents a new take on the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon race. With its focus on polls and political advertising and televised debates, that campaign transformed politics. Oliphant’s history “crackles” with energy, USA Today wrote; the Christian Science Monitor called The Road to Camelot “gripping and dramatic” and “terrific.”

Time to sing?

Bel Canto Vocal Ensemble, the group of 15 singers that recently performed at the Little Washington Theatre, begins rehearsals this month for its next concert, and could always use a few more good voices — including yours.

Bel Canto’s members are drawn from the surrounding counties and meet in Madison at the Piedmont Episcopal Church Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. If you are interested in joining the group, come to the rehearsal next Tuesday (Oct. 10) for an audition. For the first part of rehearsal, auditionees rehearse with current choir members. Toward the end of the time period, singers audition one-on-one with the director. Auditions will consist of pitch-matching, a range check and a few vocal exercises. For more information, call Lauren Estes at 434-962-5885.

PEC releases video with Robert Duvall

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is pleased to announce that local television stations in the Piedmont region will broadcast a message today and in subsequent weeks in support of protecting Virginia’s land, water and historic resources for current and future generations to enjoy. The televised message will feature Robert Duvall, the award-winning actor and longtime resident of Fauquier County.

Robert Duvall appears in a new Piedmont Environmental Council TV commercial. Courtesy photo

PEC was founded as a 501c3 not for profit in 1972 to promote and protect the beauty, rural economy, history and natural resources of the Virginia Piedmont region. PEC has worked with landowners and communities to conserve land, improve water quality and restore habitat for wildlife. Virginia leads the nation in land conservation, with a strong state park system, wildlife management areas and over a million acres of private land that is permanently conserved.

To view the video, go to

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