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Bright at Night performs on South State during the Halloween Block Party on Oct. 25, 2014. (FILE)

Weekender Briefs: Here’s what’s happening in Athens this weekend

This weekend is the last one before Thanksgiving break, and, as usual, there is a wide assortment of activities for people to do before they leave Athens.

The Athena Cinema will host a screening and subsequent panel discussion of Moonlight Friday night. Moonlight, released in October, chronicles the life of a gay man and his struggles with love and his own sexuality. Panelists will include Micah McCarey from Housing and Residential Life and Olivia Busby and Brittany Mitchell from SHADES. Also, delfin bautista, director of the LGBT Center, will moderate.

For a less emotional movie, Ohio University Community Engagement will host a Harry Potter-themed movie night directed at students who commute. There will be Potter trivia and prizes, as well as pizza and ice cream.

For a live stage performance, the Lost Flamingo Theatre Company’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire is this weekend. The play, written by Tennessee Williams, will be performed Friday and Saturday nights in Baker Theater.

As usual, many eclectic and interesting musicians will be in Athens this weekend.

Friday, a cappella group The Tempo Tantrums will perform at Donkey Coffee & Espresso, 17 1/2 W. Washington St. The group, comprised of female OU students, performs today’s pop music a cappella.

Saturday features 5 shows. The Randys, a 5-piece group from Columbus, will play the early show at Casa Nueva, 6 W. State St. The group plays a mix of '50s- and '60s-style rock and pop.

Three rock ‘n’ roll bands will play the main show Saturday at Casa Nueva: Frontier Folk Nebraska, William Matheny and Supernobody. Matheny is a West Virginia-based singer-songwriter backed by his band. Supernobody describes its music as impossible to hate on its Facebook page. The headliner, Frontier Folk Nebraska, is “Not a folk band. Not from Nebraska,” according to its Facebook page.

A few blocks away at The Venue of Drxvms, Athens mainstay Bright at Night will play its eclectic mix of blues, hip hop, ska and funk. Bright at Night, which played the 2014 Halloween Block Party, will be accompanied by New Albany-based reggae band The Turkish Royals.

The Smiling Skull Saloon, 108 W. Union St., will host a “cornucopia of music” Saturday, as three rock bands will perform: Caution Step, Caleb Brown and Colin & Friends.

World music group Mozaïque will bring its European influences to Athens Uncorked, 14 Station St. Mozaïque “celebrates the ancient, the modern, and mother earth” with its acoustic performances, which are influenced by both classical and modern European music, according to the group’s Facebook page.

Justin Gordon is the lone musician playing in Athens on Sunday. Gordon, an acoustic ragtime and country singer-songwriter, will play at Casa Nueva Sunday evening.

Finally, Sunday will also be Omani National Day. This will be the 46th annual iteration of the day. There will be traditional performances, music from Omani singer Haitham Rafi and food and drink in Baker Ballroom Sunday evening.

If You Go


What: Trans SpeakOUt

When: 2 p.m.

Where: Ohio University LGBT Center, Baker 354

Admission: Free

What: Commuter Movie Night

When: 4 p.m.

Where: Ohio University Community Engagement, Baker 355

Admission: Free

What: 8th Annual Women of Appalachia Project “Women Speak”

When: 6 p.m.

Where: ARTS/West, 132 W. State St.

Admission: Free

What: Screening and panel discussion of Moonlight

When: 7 p.m.

Where: The Athena Cinema, 20 S. Court St.

Admission: Free with student ID

What: A Streetcar Named Desire, presented by Lost Flamingo Theatre Company

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Baker Center Theater

Admission: $3

What: The Tempo Tantrums

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Donkey Coffee & Espresso, 17 ½ W. Washington St.

Admission: $3

What: Connections with Slackluster, Long Odds and Breakers

When: 9 p.m.

Where: The Union Bar & Grill, 18 W. Union St.

Admission: $5


What: Many Moons Exotic Market

When: 10 a.m.

Where: ARTS/West, 132 W. State St.

Admission: Free

What: Small Business Pop Up Sale

When: 12 p.m.

Where: Wolf Tree Collective, 74 E. State St.

Admission: Free

What: The Randys

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Casa Nueva, 6 W. State St.

Admission: Free

What: Athens Harley Owners Group Holiday Party

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Athens American Legion Post 21, 520 W. Union St.

Admission: Free

What: A Streetcar Named Desire, presented by Lost Flamingo Theatre Company

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Baker Center Theater

Admission: $3

What: Mozaïque

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Athens Uncorked, 14 Station St.

Admission: Free

What: Caution Step, Caleb Brown, Colin & Friends

When: 9 p.m.

Where: Smiling Skull Saloon, 108 W. Union St.

Admission: $3

What: Bright at Night, The Turkish Royals

When: 9:30 p.m.

Where: The Venue of Drxvms, 13 W. Stimson Ave.

Admission: $5

What: Frontier Folk Nebraska, William Matheny, Supernobody

When: 10 p.m.

Where: Casa Nueva, 6 W. State St.

Admission: $5


What: Bring Diabetes to Light 5K

When: 10 a.m.

Where: Athens Community Center, 701 E. State St.

Admission: $15

What: Midst of Autumn Yoga and Hike

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Athens Yoga, 77 1/2 E. State St.

Admission: $15 pre-registered, $20 day of

What: Omani National Day

When: 5 p.m.

Where: Baker Ballroom

Admission: $7

What: Justin Gordon

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Casa Nueva, 6 W. State St.

Admission: Free


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