A cowboy-centric celebration of classic cinema and vintage television, the Memphis Film Festival continues through Saturday with screenings, panel discussions, autograph sessions and other attractions. Some two dozen stars will be present, including Clint Walker ("Cheyenne"), Veronica Cartwright ("Daniel Boone," "Alien") and Johnny Crawford ("The Rifleman"), plus a reunion of eight cast members of "The Virginian," in celebration of the 50th anniversary of that innovative NBC series.
Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center, 11200 E. Goodman Road in Olive Branch. Admission: $25 per day. Visit memphisfilmfestival.com.
There will be an opening reception at Gallery Fifty Six for Larry Edwards' exhibition "A Freaky World." Those who have been watching the work of this longtime local painter will not be surprised at the exhibition title or the work displayed at the gallery (through June 30). The show includes freaky art from the past as well as new manifestations.
5 to 8 p.m., 2256 Central. Call (901) 276-1251.
Inside dancers' studio
Get up close and personal with Ballet Memphis company members this weekend at Interiorworks 13, an intimate evening of original short pieces created by the dancers as a farewell to the season. Ten works by 10 different dancers showcase a wide range of styles and influences.
8 tonight and Saturday, at the Ballet Memphis Studios, 7950 Trinity Road. Suggested donation is $5 to benefit the Artists' Resource Fund. Call (901) 737-7322.
Moore & Dunn
In what may be one of the most fruitful conjunctions of artists we have seen this year, L Ross Gallery brings the very different abstract painting of Carl Moore and Melissa Dunn together in the exhibition "I Can See Your House from the Highway," on view through June 30. There will be a reception at the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m.
5040 Sanderlin, Suite 104. Call (901) 767-2200.
Reunited Ohio indie-rock greats Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments make a rare Memphis appearance with a set at the Hi-Tone Café. Led by singer Ron House, the band, which formed in 1989, crafted a series of stellar 7-inches before releasing 1995's classic LP Bait and Switch. The band petered out at the end of the '90s, but has been back together for a series of shows of late. Memphis outfits Sharp Balloons and Flamin A's also perform.
1913 Poplar; doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets: $5, available at hitonememphis.com or at the door. Call (901) 278-8663.
Former New York Philharmonic violinist Sanford Allen returns to perform with the Eroica Ensemble this weekend during the group's season finale. He'll perform Mozart's youthful Violin Concerto No. 3, written when the composer was just 19. Also on the program, conducted by music director Michael Gilbert, is Tchaikovsky's popular Symphony No. 5.
7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper; and 3 p.m. Sunday at Brown Missionary Baptist Church, 980 Stateline Road in Southaven. Both concerts are pay-what-you-can. Call (901) 497-9600.
Local hard rockers Special Shoes mark the release of their new CD, Dressed To Steal, with a show at Murphy's, featuring special guests Eldorado & The Ruckus. Attendees will receive a coupon at the show good for $1 off the price of the record that can be redeemed at the band's free in-store appearance from 7 to 8 p.m. at Spin Street Records.
10 p.m. Cover: $7. Call (901) 726-4193.
On the rise
One of Europe's top emerging concert pianists, Edvinas Minkstimas, plays a mixed recital for the Belz-Parker Artists Ascending Concert Series. The winner of several international piano competitions, Minkstimas takes on works by Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Piazzolla and Gershwin in the free concert.
7:30 p.m. at Baron Hirsch Congregation, 400 S. Yates. Call (901) 683-7485.
Combining elements of marching band, rock and roll, and the circus, Portland, Ore., act MarchFourth Marching Band — complete with stilt walkers and acrobats, fire dancers — bring their upbeat, visually stunning show to the Levitt Shell in Overton Park for Family Day.
6 p.m. Free. Go to levittshell.org.
Mark it down
Garage-rock go-getter Mark Sultan returns to Memphis for a concert at the Hi-Tone Café. A veteran of myriad outfits — including The King Khan & BBQ Show, The Almighty Defenders, The Ding-Dongs, and Les Sexareenos, among others — Sultan will be working up a solo set. New York post-punks Pop. 1280 and local band True Sons of Thunder also perform.
1913 Poplar; doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets: $7, available at hitonememphis.com or at the door. Call (901) 278-8663.
The hit Broadway jukebox musical "Mamma Mia!" brings its collection of sunny ABBA tunes to the Orpheum. On a Greek island, a young woman who is about to be married discovers that she has three possible fathers. While her mother copes with the strange reunion of old lovers, the daughter tries to figure out which man will walk her down the aisle.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. June 8, 2 and 8 p.m. June 9 and 1:30 and 7 p.m. June 10 at the Orpheum, 203 S. Main. Tickets: $20-$90. Call (901) 525-3000.
Hip-hop star Drake brings "The Club Paradise Tour" to FedExForum. The Canadian rapper with Memphis connections — his father is Bluff City drummer Dennis Graham — released his sophomore album, Take Care, last year and headlines a package tour that features appearances by hitmaker J. Cole, and up-and-comers Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz and French Montana.
Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets: $42.75 to $93.75. Available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com at the FedExForum box office or (800) 745-3000.