Textiles of May
As part of Memphis in May's salute to honored country The Philippines, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is featuring a month-long exhibit on Filipino textiles. Weavers from the Ilocos Norte region are famous for their cotton textiles and damasks. More than a dozen decorative textiles, a miniature loom and a short film depicting local weavers at work are on display in "Floating Warps and Guiding Heddles: Philippine Textiles from the Museo Ilocos Norte, Luzon."
Through June 3 at the Brooks, 1934 Poplar Ave. Admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors, $3 students. Call (901) 544-6225.
Tonight from 6 to 9, the National Ornamental Metal Museum will host a reception for eclectic artist Lauren Kalman, the latest in the museum's "Tributaries" series. Kalman works in the provocative areas of body image and aesthetics, consumer culture and illness, and the show comes with the ambiguous advisory: "This exhibition may not be suitable for all audiences." The reception includes fire dancers, refreshments and -- an iron pour! This "Tributaries" exhibition will be displayed through June 24.
Through June 24; 374 Metal Museum Drive. Call (901) 774-6380.
The King's birthday
"The King of the Surf Guitar" Dick Dale returns to Memphis for a concert at the Hi-Tone Café. Still going strong into his sixth decade of performing, Dale will be marking his 75th birthday this evening with a blistering set of instrumental hits like "Misirlou," Let's Go Trip-pin'," and "Surf Beat." Local psychobilly outfit Richard James and the Special Riders open the show.
1913 Poplar Ave.; doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets: $20. To purchase or for more information, go to hitonememphis.com or call (901) 278-8663.
All points art
Two galleries with opening receptions feature work by local and regional artists this month. At Gallery Fifty Six, "Two Southern Painters," including work by Emery Franklin and Joyce Garner, opens tonight with a reception from 5 to 8. On view through May 25. "Folk x Four" at L Ross Gallery offers paintings by Jeni Stallings, Leslie Barrows and Mary Cour Burrows and clay work by Robin and John Gumaelis, and, OK, they're from California. There's a reception from 6 to 8. Displayed through May 29.
Gallery Fifty Six, 2256 Central; call (901) 276-1251. L Ross Gallery, 5040 Sanderlin, Suite 104; call (901) 767-2200.
André Watts performed for President Obama last year when the pianist was awarded the National Medal of Arts. Now he performs at IRIS, doing Beethoven's Emperor piano concerto at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre. Also on the program: works by John Harbison and Gabriel Fauré. Concert is 8 p.m.
8 p.m., 1801 Exeter Rd. Tickets: $55. Dress rehearsal is 10 a.m. Saturday at GPAC for $10; $5 students. Go to irisorchestra.org or call (901) 751-7500.
Sibelius and song
Opera soprano Serena Benedetti returns to perform two free concerts with the Eroica Ensemble this weekend. She'll take on selected arias by Richard Strauss and Edvard Grieg. The orchestra, under conductor Michael Gilbert, will conclude with Sibelius' Symphony No. 1 in E minor.
7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church, 1000 South Cooper, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre, 1801 Exeter Road.
Lucero Is cookin'
Local roots-rockers Lucero celebrate the release of its highly touted new CD Women and Work, with a special concert and cookout at the Hi-Tone Café. The indoor/outdoor event will feature music, starting at 6 p.m., from Lee Bains III and the Gloryfires and The Dirty Streets. Lucero will then hit the Hi-Tone stage at 8 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs and other items will be available for free. There are a limited number of tickets available for $20.
To purchase tickets or for more information, go to hitonememphis.com or call (901) 278-8663.
Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle returns to theaters with an encore presentation of the recent Metropolitan Opera production of "Das Rheingold," the first installment in the four-part series, filmed live onstage in New York. The subsequent operas -- "Die Walküre," "Siegfried" and "Götterdämmerung" -- will be presented in coming weeks at the Paradiso, 584 South Mendenhall.
6:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Visit malco.com.
Best in Blues
The Blues Music Awards will be handed out during a music-filled ceremony at downtown's Memphis Cook Convention Center on Thursday. The event, hosted by the Memphis-based Blues Foundation, recognizes and rewards the best in blues annually. The 33rd edition of the ceremony will feature dozens of performances from the biggest names in the genre. The festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. with a reception in the Cook lobby, which will be followed by a silent auction and sale. At 7 p.m., dinner, music and awards will commence in the convention center's ballroom. Individual tickets are $125.
To purchase or for more information go to blues.org.