Man of 'the Hour'
"Duty of the Hour," a documentary about the life and legacy of the late Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, the Memphis minister who was the longtime executive director of the NAACP, has its "red carpet" premiere in a fundraiser for the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis. The film aims to show that Hooks should be considered "one of the most significant figures ... of the latter part of the 20th century," according to director Reece Auguiste.
5:30 p.m., Orpheum, 203 S. Main. Tickets: $125. Visit benhooksdocumentary.org.
Mali to Memphis
The Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival, honoring the Republic of Mali, continues through Sunday on Beale Street with an International Vendors' Marketplace at Robert R. Church Park and a parade. The free festival includes live music, and fashions, jewelry and other items, along with food, will be for sale.
Guys and Dawls
Fresh off a breakout pair of gigs opening for Jack White — and ahead of the national release next month of their self-titled debut EP — The Memphis Dawls celebrate the birthdays of members Jana Misener and Krista Wroten-Combest with a show at Midtown coffeehouse Otherlands. They are joined by singer-songwriters Jeff James and Joseph LeMay and deejay Buck Wilders in what is being billed as kickoff party for Kangaroo, the new music management company of fellow birthday celebrant Rachel Hurley.
641 S. Cooper. 7 p.m.; admission: $7. (901) 278-4994.
The Memphis Music Foundation marks the end of "Cante el Éxito, its yearlong outreach program for artists in the Latin community, with a free music showcase at South Main's Rumba Room. Slated to perform are rock band Alfepado, R&B quintet The Glo, and deejay Manny Campos with Salsa Memphis offering a dance exhibition and mini lessons.
303 S. Main. 7 p.m. (901) 523-0020; memphisrumbaroom.com.
The Raindrop Turkish House, a new community center that celebrates Turkish culture, holds a Turkish Food and Children's Festival. The free event will feature face painting, table tennis, balloons and popcorn for children. Grown-ups can see a demonstration of ebru or paper marbling, and sample traditional Turkish cuisine such as lahmacun (Turkish pizza), sarma (stuffed grape leaves) and Turkish coffee.
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Raindrop Turkish House, 5681 Quince. Call (901) 590-3256.
Art on the Greenline
An Artwalk along the Vollintine and Evergreen Greenline between Evergreen and Avalon features the work of 40 local artists as well as entertainment for children, live music and a performance by the modern dance troupe Project:Motion. The event, in collaboration with Crosstown Arts, Rhodes College and several Memphis City Schools, hopes to promote interest in the walking, running and cycling amenity. The rain date is Sunday.
10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Call (901) 487-2606.
Ten women artists tackle the theme of "Domestic: A balance between art and life," an exhibition that opens with a reception at Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates. The artists are Carol DeForest, Lisa Tribo, Anne Davey, Mary Norman, Valerie Berlin, Jimpsie Ayres, Carol Sams, Peggy McKnight, Gwen English and Jeanne Seagle.
Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Through June 4 at 3009 Davies Plantation in Lakeland. Call (901) 327-0404.
Hollywood in Memphis
An intimate, amusing and revealing 50-minute documentary that follows a group of inner-city kids from the Hollywood neighborhood of Memphis as they develop, write, rehearse and stage an original play, "Far Away Next Door" makes its debut at Cypress Middle School; also, a mural titled "Imagine the Places You'll Go!" created by Cypress and Rhodes College students, will be unveiled.
6 p.m., Cypress Middle School, 2109 Howell. Admission: free. Visit farawaynextdoor.com.
The IRIS Orchestra performs Elgar's beautiful Cello Concerto with soloist Amit Peled at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre. Also on the program is Rossini's Cinderella Overture and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2.
8 p.m. Tickets $55; call (901) 751-7500 or go to irisorchestra.com.
Motown great Diana Ross returns to Memphis for a show at the Orpheum. The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient at this year's Grammy Awards performed here in 2010 at the "Live at the Garden" concert series.
7 p.m. 203 S. Main. Tickets: $101.50-$197.50, plus fees; available at the box office and through Ticketmaster. (901) 525-3000.
Before he died last year at age 50, Tony Black was one of Memphis' most distinguished musicians. He was also a philanthropist who every year sponsored an underprivileged child at the Stax Music Academy. His friends want to continue that tradition through the Tony Black Memorial Scholarship Fund, and are sponsoring a fundraiser at the New Daisy Theater on Beale Street. Acts include Blind Mississippi Morris, Don McMinn, Hermann Green and Jimi Jamison.
6 p.m., 330 Beale St.; (901) 525-8981. Admission: $10 donation.
Play it again
Sure, you've seen it, maybe many times. But the restored, high-definition version of the Hollywood classic "Casablanca" scheduled to screen at the Paradiso is said to make the film look as crisp as it did during its original play dates in 1942. And when was the last time you got to see Peter Lorre on a Malco screen?
7 p.m., Paradiso, 584 S. Mendenhall. Tickets: $12.50. Visit malco.com.