Shag (aka William Shakespeare) is pressured by King James to create a propaganda play about the “Gunpowder Plot” in the latest production by AthensWest Theatre Co. The show also has lies, jealousy and betrayal — you know, Shakespeare. Show times are 8 p.m. Feb. 9, 10, 15-17 and 22-24; 2 p.m. Feb. 11, 18 and 25 at the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center, 141 East Main Street. Tickets are $22.50 and $27.50. Athenswest.net.
One World Film Festival: ‘Queen of Katwe’
Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o stars as the mother of a Ugandan girl living in a slum who becomes a chess champion in “Queen of Katwe.” The free screening is 10 a.m. Saturday at the Kentucky Theatre, 214 East Main Street. The festival continues with free screenings of movies through March 10. Lexfilm.org.
Lexington Ballet: ‘My Fair Lady’
This is the world premiere of director Luis Dominguez’s dance interpretation of the beloved musical that focuses on language and words. Intriguing. Shows are 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lexington Opera House, 401 West Short Street. Tickets are $20.75 to $45.75. 859-233-3535. Lexingtonoperahouse.com.
Lexington Philharmonic: Revolution!
Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 7 ‘Leningrad,’” premiered in the title city while it was under siege by the Nazis during World War II, and it has since become a symbol of resistance against totalitarianism and militarism. Conductor Scott Terrell leads the Philharmonic in a performance of the masterpiece at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Singletary Center for the Arts, 405 Rose Street. Tickets are $25 to $75. 859-233-4226. Lexphil.org.
Valentine’s printmaking workshop
Want to impress your beau (or beau to be) with a handmade valentine? The Bluegrass Printmakers Co-op is hosting its annual workshop to show you how to make your very own sleek, custom printed valentine from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Carver Center, 522 Patterson Street. Bgprintmakers.org. 859-425-2057.
Bulls, Bands and Barrels featuring Tyler Childers
An evening of bull riding and barrel racing wraps up with a concert by country artist Tyler Childers. It’s 7 p.m. Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Pike. Tickets are $12 to $40. Bullsbandsandbarrels.com.