Weekend delivers scares, fairs in region

By Ryan Cornell

There are two types of people in this world: those practically addicted to horror movies and others who avoid them at all costs. If you belong to the former category, this weekend’s for you.

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester hosts the Virginia Independent Horror Film Festival tonight and all-day Saturday.

Now in its second year, the festival has been moved from Richmond to Winchester based on a Virginia filmmaker’s recommendation and the support of the local film club.

Showtimes today include “Science Team” and the premiere of “Expired” — a horror short from Edinburg filmmaker Stephen French — at 7 p.m., and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” at 9 p.m. The goosebumps continue into Saturday with “Music Store Massacre” at 11 a.m., “Psycho” at 1:15 p.m., a collection of horror shorts by Virginia filmmakers starting at 3:35 p.m., “The Babadook” at 7 p.m., “Faux Paws” at 9 p.m. and a remake of “Night of the Living Dead” at 11:30 p.m.

Steve Nerangis, a partner in the local franchise group N/L Entertainment LLC, said he’s most excited about the Australian flick, “The Babadook,” which recently snagged four major awards at Fantastic Fest and won’t be released in theaters until December.

“I haven’t actually been able to see it yet, but from what I hear, critics are using terms like ‘instant classic’ and ‘one of the best horror movies in the last decade or so,'” Nerangis said. “It supposedly goes straight for the throat, in terms of scary.”

Weekend passes are $30. For more info, visit http://www.bit.ly/1rcZiPJ.

Beer enthusiasts in the pursuit of hoppyness are invited to visit Downtown Front Royal’s Brew and Blues Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The event features local vendors and crafters, traditional festival fare and more than 30 different microbrews.

Contributing to the latter half of its name, the brew and blues fest also includes musical performances by Fiery Run, The Brandy Stills Band and Mojo Mothership.

Admission for beer tasting is $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. General admission into the event is $2. Tasters will receive a souvenir glass and 10 tasting tickets.

For more info, visit http://www.brewandblues.com or call 540-635-3185.

Held on the Old Town Winchester walking mall from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, the second annual Celebración of Winchester features authentic Latino food, salsa tasting, dance lessons, Latin music and a musical petting zoo for the kids.

The free festival aims to educate people about Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

For more info, visit http://www.bit.ly/1Ba7Nv0.

Other events include:

American Idiot — The Shenandoah Conservatory’s Main Stage series premieres with “American Idiot,” a rock musical adapted from the Green Day album of the same name and centered around three disillusioned suburban youths. Performances are held at the Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre at 8 p.m. today and Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday.

10,000 Poets for Change — The Shenandoah Arts Council features a poetry reading and open mic event starting at 7 p.m. Saturday as part of a worldwide program promoting peace and sustainability.

1860s-era charity ball — The Old Court House Civil War Museum commemorates the Third Battle of Winchester with refreshments, music and dancing from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Period dress is recommended.

George Custer at the Battle of Cedar Creek — A car-caravan tour beginning at the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation headquarters at 5 p.m. today focuses on George Custer’s role in the battle, his relationship with Gen. Philip Sheridan and the overall use of cavalry at Cedar Creek.

Tri-State Antique Truck Show — All sorts of fire trucks, farm tractors and military vehicles return to the Frederick County Fairgrounds today and Saturday for the 10th annual show.

Vanishing Landscape art exhibit — Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury hosts a reception for its new exhibit of paintings by James Cuveron from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today. The exhibit runs through Nov. 19.