This weekend, we might see some flakes of snow, but that doesn’t mean you should hide inside! There are lots of fun events going on in the area to help you shake off the winter blues. We’ve collected some of the best bets for weekend fun for you right here in WYD, which stands for What You’ll Do.
We pull these ideas off our community calendar, which you can find on the right side of WYDaily.com. Submitting to the calendar is free and easy, so make sure to add upcoming events for your group or organization.
There are lots of film events going on this weekend, including a Jewish Film Festival at the Kimball Theatre, a film that is a precursor to the William and Mary Global Film Festival and the library’s Thursday film. There are also some music, book and history goings-on as well as several fundraisers, so read on to get ideas on what you’ll do!
Books and Film
Join local author Leona Wisoker as she celebrates the publication of the third book in her epic fantasy series “Children of the Desert.” She’ll be on hand at the William and Mary Bookstore in Merchant’s Square on Friday evening – you can find out more by looking at the calendar.
Films from all over the world for both adults and children will be shown for free on each Saturday afternoon for the next few weeks leading up to William and Mary’s Global Film Festival. This weekend’s film (showing at the library) is “Kirikou et la Sorcière“/ “Kirikou & The Sorceress” (1998/France-Belgium-Luxembourg/74m/NR-appropriate for all ages). This is an exquisitely animated African tale of Kirikou, a small boy with extraordinary abilities. When he discovers that the terrifying sorceress Karaba curses his village, Kirikou sets off on an adventure to rid the village of Karaba’s curse by understanding what has made her so angry. Get the details in the calendar.
The Kimball Theatre is showing a film this weekend as part of the Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival on Merchant’s Square. This weekend’s film will be “Free Men.” Tahar Rahim plays Younes, a young Algerian immigrant who survives Nazi-occupied France by hawking black market goods. Arrested by police, the apolitical Younes agrees to spy on the Paris Grand Mosque and its shrewd imam who is suspected of providing Jews false identification papers while feigning cordialities with a Gestapo major. A dangerous cat-and-mouse game ensues, as Younes befriends a charismatic cabaret singer with a secret identity, prompting a change of heart and divided loyalties. Get show times and other details on the calendar.
Thursday is film day at the library! Films based on classic literature make up the Williamsburg Regional Library’s Thursday Afternoon Film Series this month. The movies start at 2 p.m. in the Williamsburg Library Theatre. This week’s feature is Anna Karenina (1935). Calamity ensues when a married society woman (Greta Garbo) falls for a dashing soldier (Fredric March) in this elegant rendition of Leo Tolstoy’s famous novel. Basil Rathbone, Freddie Batholomew, Maureen O’Sullivan and May Robson costar under the direction of Clarence Brown. The calendar has details.
You’ll have to drive a little bit out of the Triangle for this weekend event, but it’s worth it: The legendary Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers of Scotland’s Black Watch will play with the Band of the Scots Guards for a concert celebrating the music of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales on Friday night at the Fergusin Center for the Arts. The Black Watch is the most famous and adored bagpipe band in the world. The joint concert with the renowned musicians of the Band of the Scots Guards will feature a unique blend of music, pageantry and history highlighted by traditional folk music and military tunes that convey the rich legacy of the British Isles. The calendar has details on tickets and show times.
Historic Jamestowne is hosting a fun talk on Saturday about life at James Fort. You’ll meet Anas Todkill and learn about his experiences as one of the first English settlers at Jamestown during this family-friendly program at the Voorhees Archaearium. Todkill will provide opportunities to explore many unique objects such as arms and armor, ceramics, tools, and trade items that were important to a settler’s survival. Check out the calendar to find out more about this program.
King of Glory Lutheran Church is hosting a winter music concert by professional members of Williamsburg Area Music Teachers on Saturday afternoon to benefit the scholarship program of the Williamsburg Music Club. The cost for a ticket is a donation in any amount. Visit the calendar to find out more about the event.
There’s still time to buy a ticket for the 2oth anniversary celebration for Olde Towne Medical Center going on this Saturday night. Dr. Tom Tylman and Dr. Tom Luckam will be honored for their major roles in OTMC’s growth and as founding members of the medical and dental clinics; also, OTMC will recognize all volunteers, medical, dental and administrative personnel. Tickets for the evening, which includes dinner and dancing, with the Williamsburg Classical Swing Orchestra, are $95 each. Here are details.
Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls. The Williamsburg chapter will hold a pancake supper on Thursday evening at the Astronomical Pancake House. Tickets are $6.50 each, and proceeds will go towards the group’s Women’s Opportunity Award, the Violet Richardson Award, the Ruby Award and the Soroptimist International’s Medical Birthing Kits to assist women in Third World Countries. Visit the WYDaily calendar to get more details on this event.