Ugandan Thunder is a nationally acclaimed choir of 22 children, ages 10-13, from the Royal School and Orphanage in Uganda, East Africa. This high-energy choir will sing and dance to popular songs in American and African styles, 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Anniston City Meeting Center. The tour is sponsored by Pennie for Posho, a non-profit Christian ministry that provides food, shelter, clothing and clean drinking water to orphanages in Uganda.
Movies opening include:
• “The Apparition” (PG-13): A couple is haunted by a supernatural presence that is unleashed during a college experiment.
• “Hit & Run” (R): A former getaway driver jeopardizes his Witness Protection identity in order to help his girlfriend get to Los Angeles.
• “Premium Rush” (PG-13): A bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout New York City.
• Anniston’s eighth annual Rumble on Noble motorcycle and street festival cruises into downtown. From 2 p.m. until the party ends, you can check out tons of cool bikes and vendors, and hear live music all day and night. Tickets are $15.
• If you’re not in the mood for bikes —or you want to get in the mood — check out Children Services’ annual charity beer tasting at Mellow Mushroom from 3-5 p.m. This year’s theme is “Sweet Home Alabama” and will feature beer from Alabama breweries such as Back Forty in Gadsden, Good People in Birmingham and Straight to Ale in Huntsville. Hors d’oeuvres and pizza will be served, and the rock band No Penalty will perform. Tickets, $30 per person, must be purchased by Thursday. All proceeds go to support Parris Home for Children. Call 256-239-1672 or 256-236-3434 for ticket info.
• Head to Moody Saturday night to hear Calhoun County natives Terry Padgett and Steve Campbell perform as Elvis and Roy Orbison, respectively. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 at Club Fitness, 2520 Moody Parkway. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children 12 and under are $10. Call 205-640-1641 for more info.
• And if you’re going to Moody, you might as well head on into Birmingham for the 14th annual Sidewalk Film Festival. Set in the city’s historic Theatre District (featuring the fully restored Alabama Theatre, a 2,200-seat movie palace built by Paramount in 1927), weekend passes provide easy access to Sidewalk venues, encouraging attendees to seek out new films and sample programming they may not otherwise see. Prices range from $15 to see a single film to $27 day passes and $227 for a VIP weekend pass. Check out www.sidewalkfest.com for more information and to purchase tickets.