Experience Greek food, dancing and music at the 54th annual Greek Festival today and Saturday at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. The Orion Exprezz and the Athenian Dance Troupe will perform. There also will be children's activities and church tours.
11 a.m.-10 p.m. today and Saturday, rain or shine. 573 N. Highland. Tickets: $3 for ages 12 and older, $1 for ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger. (901) 327-8177; memphisgreekfestival.com.
Memphis College of Art offers two activities tonight, one of which uses a long-abandoned local architectural icon as backdrop. That's the old Sears building in Midtown, the setting for an opening reception for "The New Memphis Photographers," a show of work by six artists. Back on the college's home ground at Rust Hall in Overton Park, the "Digital Media Senior Showcase" features animation and digital media works by nine artists.
Both exhibits free. "Photographers": 6-10 p.m., Sears building, 495 N. Watkins. "Digital Media": Reception at 6:30, program at 7; Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar. Call (901) 272-5100.
Blues you can use
Several events coincide with Thursday night's Blues Music Awards: the unveiling of a Mississippi Blues Trail marker at the office of the Blues Foundation (11 a.m., 421 S. Main, free); an all-star memorial concert for recently deceased singer Louisiana Red at the Hard Rock Café (1-4 p.m., 315 Beale St., $10); a pregame concert by Nick Moss at AutoZone Park (5 p.m., 200 Union; free with purchase of game ticket); and the Beale Street Mess Around jam at the Beale Street Tap Room (10 p.m., 166 Beale, $5).
Visit blues.org for a detailed schedule.
'Patsy' at Playhouse
The popular biographical musical about singer Patsy Cline opens this weekend at Playhouse on the Square. "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline" stars Playhouse music director Renee Kemper as the singer of such classics as "I Fall to Pieces" and "Crazy."
8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 3 at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper. All opening weekend tickets are $20. Call (901) 726-4656.
The recent winner of the MET Opera District Competition and two-time Carnegie Hall soloist Rhea Olivacce performs a recital tonight at St. Mary's Cathedral. Joined by pianist Kevin J. Miller, Olivacce will sing a wide spectrum of music, from Italian opera to African-American folk music.
7 p.m. at St. Mary's Cathedral, 700 Poplar. The program is free. A reception will follow. Call (901) 527-6123.
Black arts fest
Hattiloo Theatre brings together arts groups that reflect the black community for the inaugural Hattiloo Black Arts Fest in Overton Park. Meet with visual and performing artists, and see live music and short performances. Participating groups include the Collage Dance Collective, the Memphis Black Arts Alliance, Watoto of Memphis, the Blue Violin Foundation and Out Loud Artistry among others.
Noon to 3 p.m. in Overton Park. Free. Call (901) 502-3486.
Starring Amy LaVere and Ann Magnuson, the made-in-Memphis feature "Woman's Picture" was one of the more distinctive and visually striking independent movies of last year -- a three-part melodrama about mothers and daughters (and sons), influenced by Hollywood's golden age of "women's" movies. In recognition of Mother's Day, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art brings the movie back for a one-time-only screening. Writer-director Brian Pera introduces the film and leads a postmovie Q&A.
2 p.m. Sunday, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Overton Park. Tickets: $8 or $6 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.
Arizona cow-punk favorites Supersuckers, the "Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World" if you believe the title of one their late-'90s albums on Seattle's Sub Pop label, return to the Young Avenue Deli for a night of rockabilly-infused punk-rock. With local openers Joecephus & the George Jonestown Massacre.
2119 Young. $10. For more information, call (901) 278-0034, or visit youngavenuedeli.com.
Still packing a wallop on their recently released third album, American Capitalist, Los Angeles heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch performs at Minglewood Hall with special guests Trivium and Black Tide.
8 p.m. 1555 Madison. Tickets: $29.50; available at the box office and online at minglewoodhall.com. Call (901) 312-6058 for more information.
A sea of smokers will occupy the riverfront in Tom Lee Park from Thursday through May 19 at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, in which teams from around the world compete for more than $110,000 in prizes and bragging rights. The infamous Ms. Piggie Idol Contest takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday. Entertainment includes the band Cowboy Mouth at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, the Sun Studio All Stars at 8:30 p.m. Friday, and the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Park open 10 a.m. until midnight Thursday and 11 a.m. until midnight Friday, with free admission from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. both days; and 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $8 in advance, $9 at the gate; VIP passes also available. Purchase online at ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.
St. Vincent Day
A veteran of the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens' band, Annie Clark, better known as singer and multi-instrumentalist St. Vincent, released one of 2011's most acclaimed records with her third album, the reflective art-rock masterpiece Strange Mercy. She performs at Minglewood Hall in a concert that also includes a set by Austin, Texas, folk-rockers Shearwater.
8 p.m. 1555 Madison. Tickets: $18; available at the box office and online at minglewoodhall.com. Call (901) 312-6058 for more information.