♦ Okay, so it’s not a weekend event, but you’ll thank us anyway: Starting Wednesday, the Downtown Presbyterian Church launches a seven-film weekly screening series for Lent. The series features 16mm films from Tom Wills’ extensive archive, and the entire list is terrificeverything from the 1961 British melodrama All Night Long (a jazz reworking of Macbeth) to Luis Buñuel’s scandalous Simon of the Desert. Wednesday night’s feature is Jean Cocteau’s haunting 1946 version of Beauty and the Beast, preceded by a community meal at 6 p.m. and followed by a panel discussion. For more information, call 254-7584 or check www.dpchurch.com/filmseries.htm.
♦ We rejoin the weekend already in progress, as Cookeville’s dynamic Green Rode Shotgun brings the ammo to Friday’s Starvys Fundraiser at the Exit/In. The Starvys, sponsored by the local underground arts magazine Sensored, celebrate below-the-radar achievements in music, film, visual arts and poetry in Nashville, and for some reason they tend to attract musicians wrapped from head to foot in gauze. No word on how tonight’s actsincluding the Luxury Liners, Fritz and Luna Haloplan on dressing. But we hear the Melrose CVS has had a mysterious run on Ace bandages.
♦ If you haven’t planned your Saturday night yet, this may be the clincher: At the Mercy Lounge’s “The Soundtrack of Your Life” multimedia jamboree, guitarist Derek Hoke and vocalist Jen Cohen are already scheduled to perform R&B numbers as a duo. What you don’t know: One of those numbers will apparently be Prince’s “Sexy Motherfucker,” with the alluring Cohen guest-starring in the title role. Sold! We hear they go on at 10 p.m.