Weekend at a Glance: Films, France and Frozen Over

Weekend at a Glance: Films, France and Frozen Over

Several concerts this weekend will have you out on the dance floor, plus a Tony Award-winning musical at DPAC, an epic film series at The Carolina Theatre, open farm day at Blue Whistler Farm and more!

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You'll be transported to post World War II France at this weekend's "An American in Paris" performance at DPAC. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
You’ll be transported to post World War II France at this weekend’s “An American in Paris” performance at DPAC. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

*With wintry weather in the forecast, please check individual event websites to see if event will still be held.*

Frozen Over – Through Jan. 29 – Weave through a giant icicle forest, build an “icy” shelter, and skate on a synthetic ice rink in your socks during the month of January at Museum of Life and Science.

The Nash Street Ramblers – Thursday, 7pm – Great harmony along with talented instrumentals, this Nash Street inspired bluegrass band is steeped in traditional, newgrass & gospel music. Come sing and dance your heart out at The Blue Note Grill.

An American in Paris – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, 1pm and 6:30pm – Follow the tale of an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war, in this Tony Award-winning musical at DPAC.

RetroEpics Film Series – Friday-Sunday – Movies three hours or longer in all genres from 1920-1997 at The Carolina Theatre.

Sidecar Social Club (Speakeasy Jazz) – Friday, 7pm and 9pm – With the addition of vocalist Lisa Veronica Wood, and a focus on themes of the unrequited, ruthless and raunchy women of song, Sidecar Social Club (musicians J. Clarence Crew Jr., Aaron Bittikofer, Edward Theolandus Butler and F.O Finch III) has a story to tell and they’re bringing it to Beyu Caffe’s American Underground stage.

Film Screening: Arboreality – Friday, 8-9:30pm *RESCHEDULED TO SUNDAY AT 7PM*UNEXPOSED presents a traveling program of 10 short films (72 minute runtime) by Minnesota-based experimental filmmakers curated by the folks at Cellular Cinema in Minneapolis.

Badass Women of the Piedmont – Friday, 8pm – Featuring Libby Rodenbough of Mipso, Anne-Claire Niver, Claire Hitchins and Kate Rhudy, celebrate these fantastic female musicians at Motorco Music Hall.

2017 Mettlesome Kick-Off – Friday, 8-11pm – See top improv teams show off at The Shed, featuring Diabolical Fishbank, Biological Necessities, The Baehive and Big Tobacco, followed by an all-star cast of improvisers with special guest poet Travis Smith, author of “Zodiac B,” who share their art and insights.

Patchwork Market – Saturday, noon-4pm *CANCELED*Kick off the new year with this monthly market of makers and vintage vendors at Fullsteam Brewery.

Road to Memphis Fundraiser – Saturday, 7pm – Triangle Blues Society (TBS) 2016 Blues Challenge winners Ruth Wyand and Good Rocking Sam are set to perform in this revue jam at The Blue Note Grill.

Michael Ode Quartet – Saturday, 7pm and 9pm – Playing a blend of modern jazz, hip-hop and R&B, Michael often uses his compositions as a tool to raise awareness of social and political issues while striving to introduce a higher level of consciousness to his audience with the spirituality of those playing with him at the core of it all. Michael, who plays Beyu Caffe tonight, is in the process of releasing his first album as a bandleader the summer of 2017.

Tearin’ Up Christmas Rowdy Square Dance – Saturday, 8pm – Stemming from the mountain tradition of Breaking Up Christmas (or Old Christmas) — in which traditionally each of the 12 nights of Christmas was celebrated with parties and dancing — it’s one last throwdown at The Pinhook with The Five Points Rounders to finally put the holidays and the year behind us.

Open Farm + Market – Sunday, 1-4pm – Come enjoy an afternoon at Blue Whistler Farm with your family, learning how your food is raised, playing on the swing and watching the adorable animals, all while enjoying Common Kin Bakery pastries and warm drinks! Leave the farm with sustainably raised meat.

Something Old & New: Music for Epiphany – Sunday, 5pm – Throughout Bach’s life, the organ was the instrument that proved an indispensable musical companion. Because of this, the organ works form a centerpiece of his creative evolution and existence. In this series at Duke Chapel, each performance highlights musical and personal themes throughout Bach’s life.

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Amanda MacLaren
Amanda MacLaren is the executive editor of Durham Magazine. Born in Mesa, Ariz., she grew up in Charlotte and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in journalism. She’s lived in Durham for five years now. When she’s not at work, you can usually find her with a beer in hand at Fullsteam, Dain’s Place or Bull City Burger or getting takeout from Chubby’s.