Theater, music and film – what more could you ask from the Knoxville arts scene this weekend?
Flying Anvil Theatre is bringing back the Magrath sisters in “Crimes of the Heart,” Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
When the sisters come together in their Mississippi hometown for the first time in a decade, they have a whole lot of baggage and more than a little resentment to air. One has stayed home as caretaker for their Old Granddaddy, another tried her luck in Hollywood and ended up at the bottom of a bottle, and the third specializes in misadventures, the latest being shooting her husband. The Southern Gothic tragicomedy is rated PG for some mature language.
“Crimes of the Heart” debuts tonight with a pay-what-you-can preview at 7:30. Shows run at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 24 at Flying Anvil, 1300 Rocky Hill Road. Tickets are available online or through the box office, 865-3597-1309.
Vienna Boys Choir sings tonight
The famed Vienna Boys Choir will perform at 7:30 tonight (3/7) at the Church of the Ascension, 800 S. Northshore Drive.
Dating back to 1498, the Boys Choir consists of 100 choristers between the ages of 9 and 14. They are split into four touring groups, each performing for nine to 11 weeks per year for a total of 300 performances.
The VBC is one of the oldest boys’ choirs in the world not attached to a church or college. It was established by Maximilian I for his Imperial Court, but it has been a private organization since 1924.
Tickets are $30 general, $20 student online or at the door.
Roux du Bayou to rev up Laurel
The Mardi Gras spirit continues Friday, March 7, when Roux du Bayou performs at 8 p.m. at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave.
Accordionist Paul Gregoire from Dulac, La., leads the Nashville-based band, which guarantees a good-time feeling with its Cajun dance music. The group includes Wade Bernard on guitar and vocals; Jerry Prevost on drums; and Jimmy Clark on fiddle, lead guitar and trumpet.
Tickets are $15 (discounts for advance, students and Jubilee Community Arts members). They are available through Brown Paper Tickets, 800-838-3006, ext. 1, and at the door.
Films set Big Ears mood
The free screenings include two new films by Jodie Mack; Johan Lurf’s “Starfilm,” a panoply of cinema’s heavenly sights from the beginning of moving pictures; recent work by Beatrice Gibson; and the nine-hour documentary on Chinese reeducation camps, “Dead Souls” (2018), by filmmaker Wang Bing.
Remaining screenings are on March 7-9, 13-16, 20-24. Visit the website for film descriptions and times.