1. In theaters this weekend is "The House with a Clock in Its Walls" rated PG and based on the popular children's novel about an orphaned young boy who aids his magical uncle (Jack Black) in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world; "Fahrenheit 11/9" a R-rated documentary by Michael Moore about the Trump era; "Life Itself" a R-rated romantic drama from the creator of the hit TV show "This is Us" about the unexpected twists of in the lives of a young New York couple that create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes; and R-rated comedy-western "The Sisters Brothers" starring John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix as the titular duo of assassins who in 1850s Oregon are pursuing a gold prospector; and "Colette" an R-rated period drama based upon the life of the French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) who was pushed by her husband to write novels under his name but later fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.
2. September is National Piano Month, a holiday started in 1991 by the National Piano Foundation. The piano is widely employed in classical, jazz, traditional and popular music, so celebrate by signing up for lessons or making a playlist of your favorite piano songs such as Elton John's "Tiny Dancer."
3. Saturday is Hobbit Day, a day that's also part of Tolkien Week. Hobbit Day commemorates the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. Some libraries and bookstores will be holding events, or plan your own Hobbit birthday bash!
4. Banned Books Week begins Sunday. Head to your local library for more information, or Google books that are commonly banned ("Harry Potter" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," for example). For this year's celebration, the theme "Banning Books Silences Stories," is a reminder that everyone needs to speak out against the tide of censorship.
5. It's another big sports weekend, so get out those TV listings and start planning your TV time. NASCAR's championship playoffs continue with races at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Other sports on TV this weekend include college football, NFL, MLB, soccer and more.
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