With concerts, panels, art exhibits, "happenings" and, of course, video screenings, the 7th annual Live From Memphis Music Video Showcase, now in the South Main Historic Arts District, features more events than you can shake a Buggle at. Today's highlights include the openings of the "Project Sketchbook" exhibit featuring area artists and the "Swag" multimedia project developed by New York videographer Rashaad Newsome.
Openings 4-9 p.m. Friday through Sunday at The Warehouse, 36 G.E. Patterson; The Power House, 45 G.E. Patterson; and Earnestine & Hazel's, 531 S. Main. Passes and ticket prices vary. For more information and detailed schedules, visit MusicVideoShowcase.com.
German expressionism and American musical theater rarely make good bedfellows. But darkness and light create some startling shades in "Spring Awakening," the 2007 Broadway musical based on Frank Wedekind's 1891 play about a group of young people in the throes of adolescent sexuality. With a score penned by rocker Duncan Sheik, Circuit Playhouse gives this show its "explicit theater advisory."
8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 25 at Circuit Playhouse, 51 S. Cooper. All opening-weekend tickets are $20. Call (901) 726-4656.
Only the Beginning
Harrington Brown Gallery and Gallery Fifty Six host opening receptions for exhibitions that deal in their own way with beginnings. Harrington Brown's show, "A New Beginning: The Vernal Season," is the more literal, displaying new works by Sara Good, Lia Gordon and Tony Saladino. The work will be displayed through April 10. At Gallery Fifty Six, David Douglas is showing "Experiments in Color: New Works on Paper," marking a transition or new direction for the artist. The exhibition will be displayed through March 30.
6-8 p.m., Harrington Brown Gallery, 5179 Wheelis; call (901) 590-3008. 5-8 p.m., Gallery Fifty Six, 2256 Central; call (901) 276-1251.
Community radio station WEVL 89.9-FM presents one of its semi-annual fundraising shows at the Hi-Tone Café. Local roots rockers John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives and Mississippi combo Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition will perform.
9 p.m. 1913 Poplar. Tickets: $10.
Sean Casey, star of the Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers," will be at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum for the opening day of the new IMAX film, "Tornado Alley," which follows Casey and his team of scientist-adventurers "on a thrilling quest to experience a tornado's destructive power at point-blank range."
9 a.m.-5 p.m., 3050 Central. Tickets: $8.25, $7.50 for seniors (60 or older), $6.50 for children (3-12). Call (901) 636-2362 for showtimes, tickets and reservations.
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art puts the moooo into "movies" with a farm-friendly documentary double feature, which precedes an event described as a "Farmer Mixer," with live music, food and drink, art-making activities, and presentations by area farmers and locavores. The screenings include the award-winning "The Real Dirt on Farmer John" at 2 p.m., which examines the history of American agriculture while presenting a portrait of an Illinois organic farmer, and "Food Stamped" at 3:30 p.m., about a couple who try to "eat healthy" while living on a food- stamp budget.
Screenings: free. Farm Mixer 6-8 p.m. Tickets: $15, or $12 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.
The Eroica Ensemble under music director Michael Gilbert returns to First Congregational Church on Saturday, and the University of Memphis-Lambuth in Jackson, Tenn., on Sunday. Guest artist Saeka Matsuyama, a prize-winning violinist, will perform Dvorak's Violin Concerto. Also on the program is Georges Enesco's "Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1" and Cesar Franck's Symphony in D Minor.
7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper St.; and 3 p.m. Sunday in the R.E. Womack Chapel on the Lambuth campus. Admission is free. On the web at eroicamemphis.org.
'A Mission from God'
Jake and Elwood Blues (a.k.a. public enemies No. 1) shake their tail feathers this weekend at the Orpheum. The London production of "The All New Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers," a brassy, soulful concert starring the iconic "Saturday Night Live" characters, revives the musical style made famous by the comedy duo of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. Impersonators Brad Henshaw and Daniel Fletcher play the men in the pork pie hats and shades, backed by a six-piece band.
8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Orpheum, 203 S. Main. Tickets are $15.50-$45. Call (901) 525-3000.
Music at the Bistro
The Booksellers at Laurelwood is hosting a winter music series in its newly renovated Booksellers Bistro restaurant. Each Saturday evening in March, the store will serve up performances featuring local artists. The concerts kick off this week with a set by flute duo Jeanne Simmons and Beverly Vance. Future acts include international guitar virtuoso Lily Afshar, jazz pianist Rene Koopman and singer-songwriter Michelle Bush.
6-8 p.m. 387 Perkins Ext. For more information, go to thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com, or call (901) 683-9801.
War in the Philippines
Chris Cooper and DJ Qualls head the ensemble cast of writer-director John Sayles' latest inquisition on power, personality and corruption, "Amigo," a story of guerrillas, soldiers and clergy set in 1900, during the Philippine-American War. Sayles has been a leading light in American independent cinema for more than three decades, and this is the first of his films not to receive a regular theatrical run in Memphis in at least 20 years; instead, its booking is something of a coup for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
7 p.m. Tickets: $8, or $6 for museum or Indie Memphis members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.