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A sampling of the food from Turkish Night. Selections included baklava, pide bread and döner meat. 

Weekender Briefs: Queer Hollywood film showing, Turkish Night and more


Queer Hollywood showing of Bessie 4 p.m. at Ohio University LGBT Center, 354 Baker Center. The Ohio University LGBT Center will host a viewing of Bessie, an HBO made-for-television biographical film about Bessie Smith. Smith was a popular blues singer in the 1920s and 1930s and was an outspoken bisexual black woman. In the film, she is portrayed by Queen Latifah. Admission: free.

Ohio Valley School of Celtic Dance and Culture St. Patrick’s Day Celebration 5:30 p.m. at Jackie O’s Brewpub & Public House, 24 W. Union St. Dancers from the Ohio Valley School of Celtic Dance and Culture will perform to live music at Jackie O’s on St. Patrick’s Day. Admission: free.

4th Annual Fanfiction Show 8 p.m. at Donkey Coffee & Espresso, 17 ½ W. Washington St. Local comedy group Blue Pencil Comedy will host the fourth edition of a show in which authors can read their original fanfiction. Fanfiction is comprised of works of fiction, made by fans, that contain characters from an original work of fiction created by an author. Admission: free.

DANA with Nightstalker, Red Lake and Bloody Show 9 p.m. at The Union Bar & Grill, 18 W. Union St. DANA, an edgy garage-punk rock band from Columbus, will perform at The Union to celebrate both St. Patrick’s Day and the release of its self-titled debut album. DANA will be joined by three bands — Nightstalker, Red Lake and Bloody Show. Admission: $6.

‘80s Dance Night with DJ Barticus 10 p.m. at Casa Nueva, 6 W. State St. Local nightlife mainstay Michael Bart, better known as DJ Barticus, will host another of his popular dance nights Friday. Admission: $3 for ages 21+, $5 for ages 18-20.


Athens Kiwanis Club Pancake Day 7:30 a.m. at Athens Community Center, 701 E. State St. The Athens Kiwanis Club will host a pancake breakfast Saturday morning. The proceeds of the breakfast will go to local children’s programming. Admission: $6, $3 for children 10 and under.

Spring Seed Exchange 1 p.m. at Little Fish Brewing Company, 8675 Armitage Road. Community Food Initiatives will host a seed exchange Saturday afternoon at Little Fish Brewing Company. Local seed savers will be on hand to sell or exchange seeds. Admission: free.

Title IX Alumni Performance 4 p.m. at Bobcat Student Lounge, Baker Center. All-female a capella group Title IX will perform alongside some of its alumnae in the Bobcat Student Lounge on the first floor of Baker Center. Admission: free.

Apple & The Moon 6 p.m. at Casa Nueva, 6 W. State St. Nelsonville-based Americana group Apple & The Moon will perform the early show at Casa Nueva. Admission: free, food and drinks for sale.

Community Food Initiatives Annual Gathering & Member Celebration 6 p.m. at Athens Community Center, 701 E. State St. Community Food Initiatives will host its annual celebration that will feature food, music from Back Porch Swing Band, an awards ceremony and a brief business meeting. The event is open to the public and is described as the “best public potluck in Athens County” by its Facebook page. Admission: free.

Acoustic Jazz Night with John Horne 8 p.m. at Athens Uncorked, 14 Station St. Athens Uncorked regular John Horne will return to the wine bar once again Saturday night. Horne, an acoustic jazz guitarist, is an adjunct professor of guitar and jazz studies at OU, a private guitar teacher and an Athens resident. Admission: free.

Smizmar acoustic show 8 p.m. at Donkey Coffee & Espresso, 17 ½ W. Washington St. Athens-based alternative rock — or “al dente noodle rock,” according to its Facebook page — band Smizmar will perform an acoustic session at Donkey Coffee & Espresso. Admission: •$3-5.

Conscious Pilot with Desmond Jones and Blue Moth 9 p.m. at The Union Bar & Grill, 18 W. Union St. Rock ‘n’ roll jam band Conscious Pilot will return to The Union on Saturday night to play their first show in Athens of 2017. Also scheduled to perform are Desmond Jones, a five-man — none of whom are named Desmond Jones — fusion band hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Blue Moth, an Athens-based psychedelic trio. Admission: $5.

Cincinnati Hip Hop Showcase 10 p.m. at Casa Nueva, 6 W. State St. Brutha Ju and Dot Portia of Cincinnati-based hip hop group FARWG, along with Doxcity and Plate O’ Shrimp, will perform at Casa Nueva’s late show Saturday. Admission: $5


Turkish Night 5 p.m. at Walter Rotunda. OU’s Turkish American Student Association will host Turkish Night, which is scheduled to feature Turkish food, music, dances and cultural education. Admission: $10.

Lost Flamingo Theatre Company Season Launch Party 7 p.m. at The Union Bar & Grill, 18 W. Union St. Join cast members of Lost Flamingo Theatre Company at The Union and get a preview of this company’s upcoming productions. Admission: $3 for ages 18-20, free for ages 21+.


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