Movies, music are hot options to cold

As Jack Frost has moved into the region and Christmas trees have moved out of homes, the weekend offers a variety of events to escape the winter cold.

Ron Deskins, a circulation assistant at the Shenandoah County Library, will share his experiences of being one of the first four African-American students to begin classes at an integrated public school in Virginia.

Deskins was a seventh grader when he started attending Stratford Junior High School in Arlington in 1959.

“The people who were probably most frightened and who had the most courage were our parents, because I was a kid,” Deskins said. “The importance of this thing didn’t really become apparent to me until years later.”

The free presentation will be held at the New Market Area Library at 3 p.m. Saturday.

In Winchester, the Skyline Indie Film Fest hosts its monthly movie meetup with a showing of “In Bruges” and Belgian beer pairings on Saturday night.

The comedy revolves around Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleason, who star as hitmen laying low in the fairytale town of Bruges, Belgium.

A tasting of Belgian beers begins at 6 p.m. at Murphy Beverage Company, and the movie starts at 8 p.m. in the Dharma Yoga Studio.

Tickets are $5.

Other events include:

Sax Symposium — Hundreds of saxophonists from around the world will converge on Winchester for the U.S. Navy Band’s International Saxophone Symposium, featuring performances and lectures. // 425 Handley Blvd., Winchester; 8-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Free

Teens Create — Kids 12 years old and up can make relief paintings from tin foil and hot glue guns, found objects and acrylic paint while learning about poetry and art at the Samuels Public Library. // 330 E. Criser Road, Front Royal; 2 p.m. Saturday; Register by calling 540-635-3153

Balsam Range — Bluegrass band Balsam Range and opener Circa Blue perform at Clarke County High School for the Berryville Bluegrass Series. // 627 Mosby Blvd., Berryville; 7 p.m. Saturday; $24-$27

Polter-Heist — The Schultz Theatre hosts this wacky dessert theater show about a haunted inn. // 9357 N. Congress St., New Market; 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; $14-$16; 540-740-9119

Ghost Writer — An author dies and his typist continues writing his novel in this play at the Winchester Little Theatre. // 315 W. Boscawen St., Winchester; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; $15.50-$19.75; 540-662-3331

The 9 Songwriter Series — Justin Trawick, Old Man Luedecke, Kipyn Martin, Dwayne Brooke, Chelsea McBee, Melissa Wright, Louisa Hall, Clarke Hansbarger and Allen Kitselman perform at the Barns of Rose Hill for this special songwriting series. // 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville; 8 p.m. Friday; $12-$15; 540-955-2004

Tom Principato — This blues rock guitarist brings his high-energy strumming to the Bright Box Theater. // 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester; 8 p.m. Friday; $15-$20

Citizenfour — The critically acclaimed documentary on whistleblower Edward Snowden comes to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for the first of three showings. // 181 Kernstown Commons Blvd., Winchester; 3 p.m. Sunday; $6-$7; 540-313-4060

In the mood for a drive? Check out these roadtrip ideas:

“Frozen” in Harrisonburg — The beloved kid’s movie about a princess on a quest to find her sister and save her home from eternal winter comes to the Cecil F. Gilkerson Community Activities Center for its monthly movie night. // 305 S. Dogwood Drive, Harrisonburg; 6:30 p.m. Saturday; 540-433-9168

Patsy Cline Tribute in Luray — Singer Marla Palma and her band present a night of more than 30 songs honoring the country legend. // 1 E. Main St., Luray; 7:30 p.m. Saturday; $8-$15

Beekeeping in Kearneysville — Eversweet Apiaries hosts an introductory seminar for those interested in learning about honeybees and beekeeping. // 85 Everhart Drive, Kearneysville, West Virginia; 11 a.m.-Noon Saturday; Free; 304-876-3832

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or

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