This weekend, the sculptor of Musica and Athena Parthenos, two of the most imposing commissioned works in the city's history, opens his gallery to the public for the first time. While The LeQuire Gallery at 4304 Charlotte Avenue serves mainly to showcase Alan LeQuire's original sculpture and drawings, it will also exhibit works by other artists from the Southeast, emphasizing a "New Figurative" shift away from the abstract toward traditional but contemporary modes of representation. The gallery will be open this weekend 5-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, with regular hours 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Call 298-4611 for more information.
♦ Why stand in a warmly lit gallery when you can sit in a dark room? Winding down its year-long Film Movement screening series, the Watkins Film School presents the first local screening of Giuseppe Piccioni's award-winning 2001 film Light of My Eyes (Luce dei miei occhi). In Italian with English subtitles, the drama follows a lonely chauffeur (Luigi Lo Cascio) who becomes obsessed with an older woman and her 10-year-old daughter, interceding on their behalf with a shady creditor. The movie shows 7 p.m. Friday at the Watkins Theatre on campus, 2298 MetroCenter Blvd.
♦ If you prefer your movies accompanied by the chirping of crickets and the faint light of Alien Glow Pops, the Stardust Drive-In is the place to be. Back open for the season, the state's newest ozoner now boasts pizza made on the premises, as well as Philly cheese steaks, burgers, crinkle-cut fries, and other delicacies. Good thing, too, as this week's double feature of Scooby-Doo 2 and Starsky & Hutch is bound to test appetites (or kill them). A FM radio is required for sound: you can e-mail your song requests to DJ Bill Booth at www.driveinradio.com. Adults are $6, kids 5-11 $3, and children under 5 are free. The Stardust is located about 40 minutes away down I-40E on Purple Tiger Drive in Watertown; full directions can be found at www.stardustdrivein.com. For show times and other information, call (615) 237-0077.
♦ In a venue that's relatively low on pollen, the Belcourt, strapping young country singer Paul Burch throws a party for the world premiere of "Bad Girl She Used to Be," the first video from his fine Bloodshot album Fool for Love. Director Amy Dickerson shot the clip at the atmospheric Gaslite Lounge with Burch and his band the WPA Ballclub as well as writer-actress Heidi Ross. The Ballclub just returned from SXSW and a couple of opening slots for British art punks the Mekons; they'll play a short set at the Belcourt after the screening, warming up for their monthlong residency at Family Wash in May. The Belcourt show takes place 5 p.m. Tuesday and is free and open to the public.
♦ As an actor, Danny Darst got eaten by Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs: he did his research for the role working as a songwriter on Music Row. To this date he remains the only country tunesmith to get a Robert Altman co-write to No. 1 (John Anderson's "Black Sheep"), while his film career hasn't slacked. He'll be seen on screen this summer, reunited with Lambs director Jonathan Demme for his remake of The Manchurian Candidate. In the meantime, you can see him in his day gig as a musician-words that may never have appeared before in that sequence-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Bluebird, followed by former Evinrudes singer-songwriter Sherry Cothran.
♦ Also worth noting this week: The Pink Spiders, Friday evening at Café Coco; the Dempseys, Friday and Saturday at Rippy's; the Olde World Theatre Co.'s production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Saturday morning at the Belcourt; the Kurt Cobain Acoustic Tribute featuring Kim Collins, Tuesday night at Radio Café.