Star Children, a trip to wonderland, and rambling filmmakers and rockers

The art gods have lined up a great weekend for us. Here’s a few things I’ve had my eye on:

The rambling filmmaker and collector of American ephemera Bill Daniel comes to Random Row Books tonight for a screening called "Sonic Orphans", sponsored by the Bridge. He’ll show found footage of bands from 1965 through 1987 like the Beatles, Butthole Surfers and Sonic Youth, as well as lesser-known acts like Avengers and Boy Problems on 16mm.

From Daniel’s Who is Bozo Texino?

Local favorites We Are Star Children play a free show tonight at Trinity, the Irish hoochhouse on the Corner, in the approach of its CD release next month. Check out the celestial kids’ website for the disc’s super-modern pricing scale: Preorder $10, get an advance copy for $25, commission a custom song for $500—or watch them play free tonight from 9pm until 1am. Hear the single "City Saints" here.

I think we can all agree that the worst part of going to the movies is having to get out of your car when you get there. Solution: If you haven’t made it yet this summer, The Fork Union Drive-In has the solution, and this week it’s a double feature of two blockbusters, Salt and the Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Angelina Jolie (left) stars in Salt. Catch it at the Drive-In. More below.

C-VILLE’s favorite muffled folk duo Birdlips hits the Southern tomorrow night as part of its new project "DRIFT," for which Cliff Usher and Lindsay Pitts have left San Francisco in a musical search for the "soul of America." They might find it in the classic sound of Roanoke "dream punks" Eternal Summers or carefree local duo Red Rattles. Check out Eternal Summers’ eternally great "Pogo."

And it’s your last weekend to check out Four County Players’ season-ending production of Alice in Wonderland, directed by Noal Bastian, which has been a "huge hit for audiences 2-80."

But, y’know, whatever’s happening this weekend is only sort of a warm up for the Monday screening of This is Spinal Tap at the Paramount Theater. Here’s hoping you have a good one. What’re you up to this weekend?

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