This weekend, The Cary Theater in downtown Cary will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, starting Saturday at 7 p.m. with an event called “MLK Jr. Dreamfest: An Arts Tribute To Martin.” The program features a performance by accomplished soprano Gail Jackson sponsored by The Gifted Arts, Inc., which will be followed by a screening of Charles Burnett’s 1999 TV movie “Selma, Lord, Selma” at 9. Free tickets are available to pick up at The Cary Box Office beginning one hour prior to the event.
The celebration continues on Sunday with Ava DuVernay’s acclaimed Oscar-winning 2014 drama “Selma” at 2 p.m. Tickets are $3-$5 for “Selma.”
Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
- In Durham Friday, the Carolina Theatre’s Retrotreasures series offers a double feature consisting of a couple of animated fantasy films: Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s “The Lord of the Rings,” followed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr.’s 1982 family adventure “The Last Unicorn.” The double bill begins at 7, and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma.
- Also Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art’s Winter Film Series, which showcases the best of dance on the silver screen, kicks off with Lloyd Bacon’s 1933 classic “42nd Street.” The film, which is a 35mm archive print from the Library of Congress, starts at 8 p.m. at the Museum Auditorium in the East Building with an introduction by NCMA film curator Laura Boyes. Tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.
- To pay tribute to art pop deity David Bowie, who passed away Jan. 10, Durham’s Carolina Theatre will open its historic Fletcher Hall Saturday for a free 7 p.m. screening of Jim Henson’s 1986 fantasy favorite “Labyrinth,” starring Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King. Guests will be issued tickets, but there is no cost. Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org.
- Also Saturday, there is a 2 p.m. screening of Paul Grimault’s 1980 animated fantasy “The King and the Mockingbird” at N.C. State’s Campus Cinema at Hunt Library Auditorium as part of the Tournées Film Festival. The festival continues on Thursday night (Jan. 21) at Witherspoon Student Center with a 6:15 p.m. screening of Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne’s 2014 drama “Two Days, One Night,” starring Marion Cottilard. Both evening’s films are free. Details: 919-616-6168 or ncsu.edu/gti/tournees.
- Wednesday, the Carolina Theatre in Durham hosts a screening of Asif Kapadia’s excellent 2015 biodoc “Amy,” about the late British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. The 7 p.m. screening is part of the Full Frame Road Show’s Winter Series, presented by Preservation North Carolina. Free (seating is first come, first served – no ticket required). Details: 919-687-4100 or fullframefest.org.