The following are some of the area events that will be held this weekend:
Mardi Gras benefit
Today is the deadline to purchase tickets for the AIDS Response Effort’s 10th annual Mardi Gras benefit at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Best Western-Lee Jackson, 711 Millwood Ave., Winchester.
Traditional Mardi Gras attire is encouraged, but not mandatory. The event will feature a New Orleans-style buffet dinner, dancing, raffles, silent auctions and live auction.
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley has announced the following activities being held at 901 Amherst St., Winchester:
- Today: 2-3 p.m., gallery talk on love stories from “Cut!” Admission is free for MSV members or $10 for nonmembers.
- Saturday: 10-10:45 a.m., members of the John Handley High School Thespian Club will tell stories about pirates and princesses and perform “The Princess and the Pea.” Admission is free for MSV members or $10 for nonmembers.
- Sunday: 2-3 p.m., learn about the recent conservation of the MSV’s portrait of Thomas Campbell with Nick Powers, curator of collections, and Scott Nolley of Fine Art Conservation of Virginia. Admission is $5 for MSV members or $8 for nonmembers. Registration required by Saturday.
Information: 540-662-1473 or themsv.org.
Bright Box Theater has announced the following shows being held this weekend at 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester:
- Today (upstairs): 7 p.m., Banana Express will perform Americana, folk and old-timey music followed by bluegrass musician, singer and songwriter Mason Via. Tickets are $8.
- Today (downstairs): 8 p.m., comedians Kevin Downey Jr. and Chris Coccia will perform. Tickets range from $15 to $20.
- Saturday: 7 and 9:30 p.m., comedians Kevin Downey Jr. and Chris Coccia will perform. Tickets range from $15 to $20.
Information: 540-665-2878, www.brightboxwinchester.com.
The Shenandoah University Conservatory has announced the following programs will be held:
- “City of Angels” shown at 8 p.m. today, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Ohrstrom Bryant Theatre. Tells the story of an aspiring New York novelist who is offered a chance-of-a-lifetime opportunity to adapt his book to the big screen. Tickets range from $10 to $20.
- The Shenandoah Singers will give a free concert at 8 p.m. Saturday.
- Swarm Music Group CD release party: 7 p.m., Sunday at Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester. Shenandoah Conservatory launches its new record label with a concert featuring faculty members Robert Larson on piano and Timothy Roberts on saxophone. Dinner and drink service begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12.
Information, tickets: 540-665-4569.
Handley Library in Winchester and Bowman Library in Stephens City will show children’s movies on Saturday.
Handley will show the G-rated movie “Curious George” at noon. Bowman Library will show the PG-rated movie “Home on the Range” at 1 p.m. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch. Information: www.handleyregional.org.
French pianist Pascal Roge will perform from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Armstrong Concert Hall at Shenandoah University.
During the program, he will be joined by his wife, Ami, for a performance of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” for two pianos. Tickets are $20. Information: 540-665-4569.
Schultz Theatre in New Market will present “The 24 Hour Project,” a theatrical piece within a 24-hour period that grapples the complex form of theatrical creation as well as confronts current topics and affairs, at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $5. Information, tickets: 740-9119.
Magic Lantern Theater
Magic Lantern Theater will host a screening of “Mistress America,” a New York tale of many things including dream-chasing, score-settling and makeshift families, at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers St., Berryville.
Admission is $8 or $5 for MLT, MSV and Barns of Rose Hill members. Information: 540-678-0963 or www.magiclanterntheater.org.
Barns of Rose Hill
Barns of Rose Hill has announced the following programs being held this weekend at 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville:
- Today: 7 p.m., documentary film “Salam (Hello) Neighbor,” about two Americans who live among 85,000 uprooted refugees in Jordan’s Za’atari camp. Noera Ayaz, a civil rights activist and director of Women in Islam, will lead a discussion afterward. Admission is free, although a $10 donation is requested.
- Sunday: 3-5 p.m., wrap up party of the Beatles quilt exhibit. Take part in the “Name that Quilt” contest at 3 p.m. followed by quilter and author Donna DeSoto’s talk about the quilt challenge and her book at 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Information: 540-955-2004 or www.barnsofrosehill.org.
The James Madison University Brass Band will perform at 8 p.m. today in the concert hall at Forbes Center.
Tickets are $8-$10. Information: www.jmuforbescenter.com.
The Pan Celtic Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Performing Arts Center of Luray at One E. Main St.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for youth under 18. Information: 540-743-1133.
Dinner, art show
The Lucy Simms Center will celebrate Black History Month with an evening of music and traditional soul food dishes made by some of the Northeast Community’s lifelong residents and an art show from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at 620 Simms Ave., Harrisonburg. Information: 540-437-9213.
Disney’s “Fantasia” will be performed at 8 p.m. Saturday at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax.
Tickets range from $36 to $60 and are half price for youth through grade 12. Information: 888-945-2468.