It would be a ‘crime’ to stay home this weekend

Betsy PickleOur Town Arts

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

Paul Gregoire leads Roux du Bayou, performing Friday at the Laurel Theater.

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 Public Cinema, in collaboration with the Big Ears Festival and the UT Downtown Gallery, is presenting a rotating selection of films throughout March at the gallery, 106 S. Gay St.

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.




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