Theatre Memphis' popular musical revue "A Sondheim Celebration" returns to the Next Stage for a brief summer revival featuring most of the original cast. Director Bennett Wood concentrates on love songs from a variety of Sondheim's beloved musicals, such as "Into the Woods" and "A Little Night Music."
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through July 22 with an additional show 7:30 Thursday at Theatre Memphis, 630 Perkins Ext. Tickets are $28 adults, $15 students. Call (901) 682-8323.
Tales from the Pen
Storyteller and women's advocate Elaine Blanchard along with theater company Voices of the South have assembled an all-new collection of real-life stories from women in the Shelby County prison system. In "Prison Stories V," actors recount the hardships, mistakes and sometimes illuminating views of women whose lives didn't turn out the way they imagined. Story on Page 11
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at TheatreSouth, 1000 S. Cooper. Tickets are $20. Call (901) 726-0800.
"Underground at the Cotton Museum: An Intervention by Greely Myatt" opens with a reception that features cocktails, an art auction and music from Holly Cole and The Memphis Dawls. The "intervention" consists of the artist's sculptural elements placed among the museum's exhibits in such a way that they comment on art history, pop culture and the museum's mission. On display through Aug. 13.
6 to 9 p.m. Cotton Exchange Building, 65 Union. Call (901) 531-7826, or visit memphiscottonmuseum.org.
The doom service is special at the Bates and Overlook hotels, as guests will discover when the Orpheum Summer Movie Series goes ghastly with a Friday the 13th horror-classic double feature of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" at 7:15 p.m., followed at 9:30 by Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining." The movies will be introduced by Memphis' new "horror host," Professor Ghoul, star of the WKNO-TV series "Professor Ghoul's Horror School." Small fry needn't feel left out, however: The 1995 Steven Spielberg-produced children's ghost comedy "Casper" screens in a 2 p.m. family matinee, hosted by Professor Ghoul's barely scary sidekick, Shotzi, the puppet vampire cat. Kids are encouraged to dress in costumes for a "Summer Halloween" parade at 1:30 p.m.
203 S. Main. Tickets to the double feature or to "Casper" are $7 each, or $5 for children 12 and younger. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.
Ledisi, Be Good
Neo-soul songstress Ledisi returns to Memphis to play the Orpheum as part of her nationwide B.G.T.Y. — that's Be Good To Yourself — tour. Still on the road in support of her 2011 album Pieces of Me — which was nominated for two Grammy Awards earlier this year — the New Orleans-born and Oakland-raised singer will be headlining a bill that also includes soulman Eric Benét, who released his sixth album, The One, last month.
8 p.m.; 203 S. Main Tickets: $35 and $45, available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000.
The Dan Montgomery 3+2, the local folk-rock troubadour's expanded quintet featuring husband and wife Robert and Candace Mache, James Cunningham and Jeremy Scott, perform their "songs about losers, boozers and users" at Kudzu's. The Maches open.
9 p.m. 603 Monroe. Cover: $5. For more information, call (901) 525-4924.
The Adams Avenue Camerata, a men's singing ensemble, strolls down memory lane in its summer pops concert at First Congregational Church. Tunes such as "All I Need Is the Girl" from "Gypsy," and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" are combined with smooth radio favorites in the vein of James Taylor's "Fire and Rain."
6:30 p.m. Sunday at First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper. Suggested donation $10. Call (901) 299-2601.
The Original JT
Veteran singer-songwriter James Taylor headlines a concert at the Mud Island Amphitheatre. A multiple Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Taylor continues to remain a vital artist: he recently collaborated with young country-pop superstar Taylor Swift and put out a live album with his friend and fellow songsmith Carole King.
8 p.m. Mud Island Amphitheatre, 125 N. Front. Tickets: $49.50 to $75, available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000.
'Lens' on Colombia
The "Global Lens" international film series continues with the 91-minute "Fat, Bald, Short Man," a strange, funny, moving and decidedly un-Pixaresque animated feature from Colombia about a lonely middle-age government office worker whose life takes a surprising change for the better with the arrival of a new boss who might be his double. The almost watery, unstable look of the rotoscoped "cartoon" characters may remind movie buffs of "A Scanner Darkly."
7 p.m., Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Admission: $8, or $6 for museum members; free for Indie Memphismembers. For more information, visit brooksmuseum.org.
Groove with the Growlers
SoCal psych-rock band the Growlers come to Midtown's Hi-Tone Café. The Costa Mesa-based group, led by frontman Brooks Nielsen, is prepping the release of its third full-length — recorded with the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach in Nashville — which follows on the heels of 2009 debut Are You In or Are You Out? and 2010's Hot Tropics.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of show. To purchase, go hitonememphis.com. For more information, call (901) 278-8663.
In honor of the Dixon Gallery & Gardens' new exhibit ,"Memphis Vive: Latin Art in the Mid-South,"the museum is turning its monthly Art After Dark event into a fiesta. "A Memphis Vive Fiesta" will feature music from local mariachi group Los Cantadores, Latin food and drinks will be provided, and curator of education Margarita Sandino will lead a tour of the exhibit.
6 p.m. 4339 Park. Admission: Free. For more information, call (901) 761-5250, or visit dixon.org.