The best film picks, Nov. 23

CorrespondentNovember 22, 2012 

Olivia Newton-John is the muse of an artist played by Michael Beck, with the backdrop of a roller-skating nightclub in the 1980 film "Xanadu."

  • Other highlights: • Friday night through Saturday night, the Meymandi Concert Hall will host a screening of Victor Fleming’s 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz,” with the soundtrack performed live by the North Carolina Symphony conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos. The event takes place Friday at 7:30, and Saturday at 3 p.m., and 7:30. Tickets range from $18 to $70. Details: 919-733-2750; • Wednesday evening, the Chatham County Arts Council’s Sustainable Cinema series presents Kenny Dalsheimer and Marybeth Dugan’s 2011 documentary “A Weaverly Path,” about master weaver and Durham native Sylvia Heyden. Directors Dalsheimer and Heyden will both be on hand for a post-screening discussion. It starts at 7 at the Fearrington Village Barn in Pittsboro; admission is $5. Details: 919-542-0394; • Thursday night at the Varsity Theater in Chapel Hill, the Ackland Film Forum presents Marco Pasquini’s 2009 documentary “Gaza Hospital,” which concludes the series “Cinema of the Global Middle East,” sponsored by Art/Islam, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies. Starts at 7. Free with a University ID; $4 for all others. Details: 919-967-8665;

Since it began last July, the Colony Theater’s Music at the Movies series has covered rock ‘n’ roll (“The Last Waltz,” “High Fidelity”), old-timey bluegrass (“O Brother, Where Art Thou”) and the blues (“The Blues Brothers”), but this Thurday night, their spotlight shines on disco with a screening of Robert Greenwald’s “Xanadu” (1980).

A flop during its original theatrical run, the movie has developed a cult following, and inspired a 2007 Broadway musical. Olivia Newton-John stars as the muse of an artist played by Michael Beck, with the backdrop of a roller-skating nightclub named Xanadu. It’s not all disco though, as the soundtrack features ELO, the Tubes and Gene Kelly, in this his final film. It starts at 7:30, and admission is $5.50. Details: 919-847-5677;

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