♦ Dance-floor diva Kim English, whose 1999 single "Unspeakable Joy" circled the globe on the party circuit, performs live Friday night at Play as part of the club's mobbed Grand Opening Week. Is Church Street now the city's official Dancin' District? Find out tonight after 10 p.m., or come back Saturday for red-hot DJ Lenny B. See www.playdancebar.com.
♦ Return to the glorious entertainment of yesteryear with Retro TV, a kitschfest of kids' programming from the 1960s and beyond. Included are vintage Superman and Popeye cartoons, an episode of the 1950s TV series Space Patrol, and other vintage delights that once graced the nation's lunchboxes. To be shown on 16mm, the program lasts approximately an hour and is free to the public; it's part of the Belcourt's "Kids Court" series of Saturday-morning fare for children and parents, and it went over so well last week the theater is doing it again. Showtime Saturday is 10 a.m.
♦ If you think the smash U.S. remake of The Grudge is scary, see the original Japanese feature by the same director, Takashi Shimizu. The setup for Ju-On: The Grudge is the same: evil spirits trigger a curse of uncontrollable rage in a quiet Tokyo home. And if that creepy, coal-eyed little kid spooked you in the new version, just you wait. The horror film opens Friday at the Belcourt for a week's run. Also opening this weekend: the excellent Sideways (see the review in our Film section), starting at Green Hills; the controversial rock doc DiG! (also reviewed this week), at the Belcourt; and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, wherever sponges are sold.
♦ The fourth annual Nashville Jewish Film Festival concludes 8 p.m. Saturday at the Belcourt with Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (8 p.m. Saturday). The Israeli drama, in Hebrew with English subtitles, concerns a 16-year-old boy caught between family obligations and the attention of a school principal who senses his untapped potential. For more information, visit www.belcourt.org.
♦ One of the year's most hotly awaited Bollywood films, the lavish romantic musical drama Veer Zaara marks the return of 45-year veteran director Yash Chopra and the blockbuster teaming of heartthrobs Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukherjee. Khanwho, with four movies this year alone, is the Jude Law of Indiaplays a soldier who has spent 22 years in prison; Mukherjee is the crusading lawyer who wants to know why. The romantic action musical drama shows 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Belcourt, and it will likely sell out. Tickets are $10 at the door or $9 in advance. Call 599-7343 for information.