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Staunton's showpiece is the Blackfriars Playhouse, where you can see performances of Shakespeare's plays as well as concerts. For art-house movie fans, the restored Visulite Cinemas, 12 N. Augusta St. (tel. 540/885-9958; www.visulitecinemas.com), showcases offbeat films such as Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Affair, which the mall cinemas won't touch in these Republican-leaning parts. The Visulite dates from 1937.

The pubs in and around Staunton Station, the old railway depot on Millwood Avenue, as well as the Pompeii Lounge on East Beverly Street, have live bands playing on weekend nights. The city has a summertime program of free outdoor concerts in Gypsy Hill Park and the Wharf District. Check with the visitor center for a schedule.

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