Go Out! Fun events this week

Spanish production 'Chico and Rita,' about a tempestuous romance in pre-Communist Cuba, was a surprise nominee this year for the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar.

Spanish production "Chico and Rita," about a tempestuous romance in pre-Communist Cuba, was a surprise nominee this year for the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar.


New for trolley Tour

Friday's South Main Art District Trolley Tour features the inaugural exhibition and opening reception for the Leadership Memphis Gallery at 363 S. Main. The artist is longtime local favorite Pam Cobb, whose show, "Currents," will be displayed through April. Showing for only one night at 409 S. Main is "Raw," an exhibition of photography by University of Memphis graduate students Ari Denison, Ginger Frye, Candace Hitt, Katie Maish, Harris Quinn and Babette Shaw. During Trolley Night, shops and galleries in the South Main Historic Arts District are open from 6 to 9, and trolley rides are free.

For more information, go to southmainmemphis.net.

Naughty by Nature (left) and Rakim are among the classic performers in the lineup of 'Legends of Hip Hop II.'

Naughty by Nature (left) and Rakim are among the classic performers in the lineup of "Legends of Hip Hop II."

Lenten Organ music

Scott Elsholz, organist and choirmaster of St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, performs a free organ recital in celebration of the Lenten season. He'll pull out the stops for Widor's rarely performed Symphony No. 4 in F minor, as well as African-American spirituals ("Oh, Freedom!" and "He Never Said a Mumbling Word," among them) and a world premiere work by Memphis composer Dennis Janzer.

7 p.m., 700 Poplar. Call (901) 527-6123.


New Music Ensemble

The Balmoral Chamber Orchestra, a new classical music group of student and professional musicians led by Zachary McCoy, performs a benefit concert called "Music for Memphis" to support music education. Based at Balmoral Presbyterian Church, the ensemble will play Rimsky-Korsakov's "Russian Easter Overture," video game composer Koichi Sugiyama's "Sea Breeze" and Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet Overture."

7:30 p.m., 6413 Quince. The concert is free, but donations are accepted. Call (731) 487-4267.

Hip-hop history live

It's a night of old-school grooves as the "Legends of Hip Hop II" tour comes to Southaven's Landers Center arena. Headliners include "O.P.P." trio Naughty By Nature; Rakim, who with DJ partner Erik B. made up the influential duo behind jams like "Don't Sweat the Technique"; "Funky Cold Medina" rapper Tone Loc, and a reunion of "La Di Da Di" pair Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick. The Showboyz, the New York proto-Bounce duo behind the '90s Memphis-region favorite "Drag Rap (Triggerman)," also performs.

4560 Venture Drive, Southaven. 7 p.m. Tickets: $44, $54, and $59; available at the box office and through Ticketmaster. For more information, call (662) 470-2131, or visit landerscenter.com.

One Less, and More

Downtown's New Daisy Theatre hosts an all-ages concert by Jackson, Tenn., alt-rockers One Less Reason. The group headlines a multiband bill that includes Ages Apart, DeadFall Rd. and Above Only.

General admission tickets $11 in advance, $13 day of show. Available online at newdaisy.com or by calling (866) 468-7630.


Smaller Works

The Wrong Again Gallery launches its second season with a very small -- the size of a closed doorway -- exhibition called "Can't Get Right" by local artist Kyle Wingo, who combines aspects of music, rhythm, color , shape and space in patterned progressions.

Reception 4 to 6 p.m. 648 Marshall. Call Greely Myatt at (901) 230-7526, or e-mail thewrongagaingallery@gmail.com.


A film with punch

The Italian Film Festival at the University of Memphis concludes with director Giuseppe Gagliardi's fact-based 2011 film "Tatanka," a sort of Neapolitan version of "The Fighter" about a champion boxer who uses his athletic skills to free himself from a neighborhood dominated by organized crime.

7 p.m., University Center Theatre, University of Memphis. Admission: Free. Visit italianfilmfests.org.

Bombs away

New York ska-punk combo Bomb the Music Industry headline a concert bill at Crosstown Arts. The group, led by singer and producer Jeff Rosenstock, performs alongside Mid-South rockers Test Dream, Modern Convenience and Happy New School Year.

427 N. Watkins. Showtime is 7 p.m. Cover is $7. For more information, call (901) 507-8030.


Havana affair

Pixar was shut out, but "Chico & Rita" wasn't: The Spanish movie about the tempestuous romance between a piano player and a singer who meet in vibrant pre-Communist Cuba was a surprise nominee this year for the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar. Set in Havana, New York, Hollywood and Paris in the 1940s and '50s, the movie uses irresistible Latin rhythms, a bold hand-drawn animation style and the blueprint of history to tell what the Miami Herald called "a simple yet affecting love story."

7 p.m., Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Tickets: $8, or $6 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.

Neighborhood party

Midtown's Cooper-Young neighborhood celebrates the fourth anniversary of its "First Thursday Night Out," a monthly event designed to showcase the offerings of the funky arts and dining district. Beginning at 5 p.m., there will be an art display, giveaways and live music by The Velvet Revolution at the gazebo at the corner of Cooper and Young . Most of the district's restaurants and stores will be throwing open their doors and offering specials and discounts.

5-9 p.m. Free. For more information, call (901) 276-7222, or visit cooperyoung.biz.

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