Actress and women's advocate Elaine Blanchard and theater company Voices of the South mine the real-life stories of women inside the Shelby County prison system for another evening of emotional storytelling. In "Prison Stories VI," actors recount the hardships, wrong turns and sometimes-illuminating views of women who are paying for the mistakes they've made.
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at TheatreSouth, 1000 S. Cooper. Tickets: $20. Call (901) 726-0800.
Opening at ANF
Photographer Bruce Meisterman and his exhibition "Arn? Narn" are featured in an opening reception and book event at ANF Architects. The artist has chronicled the demise of the fishing industry in Newfoundland.
5:30-7:30 p.m. 1500 Union. Call 901-278-6868.
Images of Dance
Van M. Phillips' exhibition "The Art of Dance: Tripping the Light Fantastic in Oils and Photographic Imagery," is be honored with a reception at Germantown Performing Arts Center. The work will be displayed through Jan. 4.
7-9 p.m. 1801 Exeter in Germantown. Call 901-751-7500.
Downtown's New Daisy Theatre hosts the third annual "This Tragic Christmas" show to benefit the Memphis Food Bank. The concert event features Straight Line Stich, This Tragic Day and special guests Artifas, Seed and Skyline Divide.
Doors open at 7 p.m. 330 Beale. All ages. General admission tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door, or $8 at the door with 2 cans of food. Tickets on sale by phone 866-468-7630, online at newdaisy.com or at the door.
The Adams Avenue Camerata Men's Ensemble has two "Simply Christmas" concerts this weekend: 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Anne Catholic Church, 706 S. Highland, and 6:30 p.m. Sunday St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.
St. Anne, 706 S. Highland. St. Mary's, 700 Poplar. Free admission; $10 donation requested. Call 901-299-2601, or go to adamsavenuecamerata.org.
French film legend Catherine Deneuve is joined by Chiara Mastroianni (Deneuve's real-life daughter with Marcello Mastroianni) in "Beloved," a 2011 musical comedy about the romantic adventures of a mother and daughter. Here making its Memphis debut, the movie co-stars Milos Forman (Oscar-winning director of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"), Ludivine Sagnier (the über-babe of "Swimming Pool") and Paul Schneider ("Bright Star").
2 p.m., Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Tickets: $8, or $6 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.
Ex marks the spot
Up-and-coming Goner Records act Ex-Cult marks the release of its self-titled full-length debut with a show at 1372 Overton Park, formerly the second-floor loft of the band Lucero and now the city's latest DIY venue. Produced by Goner superstar Ty Segall, Ex-Cult has already gotten positive write-ups from Spin, College Music Journal and Pitchfork. True Sons of Thunder, DJ John Hoppe and DJ Dark Allie open.
8 p.m. 1372 Overton Park. Cover: $5.
If you just cannot wait to find out what friends and family have for you under the Christmas tree, you could try asking Sylvia Brown. The renowned psychic and medium appears at Horseshoe Casino's Bluesville on her "50th Anniversary Tour."
8 p.m. 1021 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, Miss. Tickets: $25, $35, and $45; tickets available at the box office and through Ticketmaster. For more information, visit horseshoetunica.com.
Sounds of the season
"The Holiday Concert" features the Germantown Symphony Orchestra and Germantown Chorus performing at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre.
7 p.m. 1801 Exeter. Tickets: $14, $12 for seniors/students. Call 901-751-7500, or go to gpacweb.com.
Carols with Friends
The John Angotti and Friends Family Christmas Concert lights up the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. The Christian musician's concert features the St. Benedict at Auburndale High School Show Choir, the Voices of St. Augustine Choir, a large all-diocesan choir, and a group of carol-singing local pastors known as Fathers Who Noël Best. The program benefits Catholic Charities of West Tennessee and St. Martin DePorres Shrine in Memphis. Also, the concert will be live-streamed to U.S. military bases worldwide.
7 p.m. Cannon Center, 255 N. Main. Tickets: $15-$50, available through ticketmaster.com or at the Cannon Center box office.
Michigan thrash-metal band Battlecross, touring behind its third release, 2011's Pursuit of Honor, perform at Newby's with guests Abiotic from Florida.
539 S. Highland. Doors open at 7 p.m.; cover: $10. For more information, call 901-452-8408, or visit newbysmemphis.com.
John Kevin Jones, a former Memphis actor best remembered for his quick-changing characters in "Greater Tuna," returns from New York to perform his one-man adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" at the Evergreen Theatre. Jones plays all the roles — from Tiny Tim to Mr. Fezziwig in his version of Dickens' holiday classic, produced by Voices of the South.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Evergreen Theatre, 1705 Poplar. Tickets: $20. Call 901-726-0800.
Two of the city's most popular bands, roots-rockers John Paul Keith & The One Four Fives and whimsical folk popsters Star & Micey, team up for an unlikely bill at the Hi-Tone Café.
Doors at 8 p.m. 1913 Poplar. Cover: $10. Advance tickets available at hitonememphis.com. For more information, call 901-278-8663.
Charlie and Chocolate
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art hosts a family-friendly "Art & A Movie" event highlighted by a screening of Charlie Chaplin's 1931 masterpiece of slapstick and romance, "City Lights," in which Chaplin's famous "Little Tramp" character falls for a blind flower girl. Before the film, kids and adults are invited to the museum rotunda to sip hot chocolate and make felt mustaches, in honor of Chaplin.
Activities begin at 6:30 p.m., screening at 7:30. Admission: $5. Visit brooksmuseum.org.
Fresh off his recent win for song of the year at the Americana Music Awards, former Drive By Trucker Jason Isbell has a new album, the concert set Live From Alabama, and tour that brings him to the Hi-Tone Café with his band The 400 Unit and special guest Andrew Combs.
8 p.m. Tickets: $15, available in advance at hitonememphis.com. For more information, call 901-278-8663.
Memphis pop-rock band Ingram Hill returns home for its annual Christmastime show at Minglewood Hall. Singer-songwriter Christian Seay opens.
Doors: 8 p.m. 1555 Madison. Tickets: $10, available at the box office and online at minglewoodhall.com. For more information, call 901-312-6058.