Film picks: Classic silent films get a live piano accompaniment

Ethan UslanContributed

The N.C. Museum of Art will feature a program of classic silent film shorts with live piano accompaniment by acclaimed jazz musician Ethan Uslan.

On March 9, the N.C. Museum of Art will feature a program of classic silent film shorts with live piano accompaniment by acclaimed jazz musician Ethan Uslan. Films include Charlie Chaplin’s “Gentlemen of Nerve” (1914), Edward F. Cline and Buster Keaton’s “One Week” (1920), Larry Semon and Norman Taurog’s “The Bell Hop” (1921), Robert F. McGowan’s “Dogs of War” (1923), Leo McCarey’s “Dog Shy” (1926), and James W. Horne and McCarey’s “Big Business” (1929). It starts at 8 p.m. at the Museum Auditorium in the East Building. Tickets are $7 ($5 for students, ages 7-18, and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923 or

Other highlights

On March 9, the Carolina Theatre in Durham is presenting a double feature of Martin Brest’s 1988 action comedy “Midnight Run,” starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, followed by Jack Hill’s 1973 crime thriller “Coffy,” starring Pam Grier. The double bill begins at 7 p.m., and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or

On March 10, the Movie By Moonlight at Dix Park series continues with Mel Brooks’ 1987 sci-fi satire “Spaceballs” presented by the City of Raleigh and Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh. The screening will be in Flowers Field in Dorothea Dix Park. Doors: 6 p.m. Movie: 7 p.m. Free (reserve at Details: 919-744-3166 or

On March 10, The Cary Theater is showing Craig Gillespie’s 2017 biopic “I, Tonya” at 7, followed by Sean Baker’s 2017 drama “The Florida Project” at 9:30 p.m. (On March 15, there will be encores of “I, Tonya” at 2 p.m., and 7 p.m.).

On March 13, the theater will host a showing of Jonathan Kent’s Royal Opera production of Puccini’s “Tosca” at 2 p.m. On March 15, Samuel D. Pollard’s 2016 documentary “Two Trains Runnin'” screens at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $3-$5 for each film except for the “Tosca” event, which is $12-$15. Details: 919-462-2051 or

On March 11, the Full Frame Theater in downtown Durham is hosting the 7th annual Alice Fest, a film festival in recognition of Women’s History Month. The festival will feature short documentary films, narrative films, experimental films, animation, multimedia projects and clips from works-in-progress all created by women filmmakers. The event is 2 to 5 p.m. (Doors open at 1:30 p.m.) Admission is free but reservations are required due to limited seating. RSVP to reserve a seat. Details:

On March 11 and 14, Silverspot Cinema in Chapel Hill will screen John Ford’s 1952 classic “The Quiet Man,” which is showing at various Triangle locations as part of the Flashback Cinema series. It shows at Wakefield 10 in Raleigh at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Silverspot Cinema in Chapel Hill at 1:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.; and Park West 14 Cinemas in Morrisville (call for times). Details:

On March 11, the Cinema Inc. series continues its 52nd season with Fabian Bielinsky’s 2000 crime thriller “Nine Queens.” Subscriptions for the rest of the season are sold out, but those interested in subscribing for 2018-19 can send their contact information to

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