'Business' Is Good
New Jersey-based indie-rock combo Titus Andronicus performs at the Hi-Tone Café in support of its third album, Local Business, released just last month to raves (including a four-star review in Rolling Stone) and brisk sales. San Francisco post-punk outfit Ceremony opens the show.
Doors open at 9 p.m. 1913 Poplar. Tickets: $14, on sale now at hitonememphis.com. For more information, call 901-278-8663.
It's one of those nights when there are opening receptions for exhibitions at most of the commercial galleries. Here are some suggestions: L Ross Gallery, "Beauty and the Beast," paintings by Margaret Munz-Losch; Harrington Brown Gallery, landscape-themed abstractions by Scott Upton; David Lusk Gallery, "New Work" by Rana Rochat and "You Shoulda' Been There," snapshots from the Peter J. Cohen collection; Gallery Fifty Six, "Autumn Group Exhibition" by 12 diverse artists; ANF Architects, recent representational work by Elizabeth Alley and Martha Kelly; David Perry Smith Gallery, "Out of Darkness," new works by three abstract painters.
L Ross, 6-8 p.m. 5040 Sanderlin, Suite 104; call 901-767-2200. Harrington Brown, 6-8 p.m. 5179 Wheelis, Suite 102; call 901-590-3008. David Lusk, 6-8 p.m., 4540 Poplar in Laurelwood; call 901-767-3800. Gallery Fifty Six, 5-8 p.m., 2256 Central; call 901-276-1251. ANF, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 1500 Union; call 901-278-6868. David Perry Smith, 5-8 p.m., 703 New York; call 9901-606-9690.
Books as Art
For its eighth exhibition, PLA(I)N(E), the student-run gallery at the University of Memphis, features "Bound," a show that explores and explodes the handmade book as a form of art, if not for reading. The exhibition will be displayed through Nov. 16.
Reception 4:30-7 p.m. Art and Communication Building, Room 100, 3715 Central. Call 901-678-2216.
In memory of Bad Dog
A year and a half after his death, friends of the late radio deejay John "Bad Dog" McCormack are continuing his crusade to help the children of St. Jude's Children Research Hospital. In conjunction with the annual Ronald McDonald House Radiothon, Newby's is hosting a four-day Memphis Music Showcase to benefit the foundation in McCormack's name that raises money for the home for St. Jude patients. The event, which started Thursday and runs through this Sunday, features dozens of bands, including The Merry Mobile, Low Society, Davis Coen, and Every Mother's Nightmare.
539 S. Highland. Admission: Free, donations accepted. For more information, including start times and band lineup, call 901-452-8408, or visit newbysmemphis.com.
Known for their raucous live shows, St. Louis country-rockers The Bottle Rockets changed gears on their latest record, the acoustic set Not So Loud. Fittingly, the quartet is promoting the record with a house concert tour that stops in Memphis. Seating is limited, and because it is a private residence, the location is a secret until you purchase tickets.
8 p.m. Tickets: $25, available online at undertowtickets.com/artist/bottle-rockets.
Boy Band on the Run
"Altar Boyz," a light-hearted musical spoof about a Christian boy band modeled after N'SYNC and the Backstreet Boys, dances into Theatre Memphis this weekend. The quintet — made up of Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham — try to save souls through pop harmonies and suave dance moves.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 18 at Theatre Memphis, 630 Perkins Ext. Tickets: $28 adults, $15 students. Call 901-682-8323.
Twice the Improv
Playback Memphis, a theater troupe that improvises stories told on the spot by audience members, has two performances this weekend at TheatreSouth. Funny and sometimes poignant, the stories paint a colorful portrait of our diverse community.
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1000 S. Cooper (in the basement of First Congo Church). Admission: $15 adults, $12 students and seniors. Call 901-264-0841.
Let him "Entertain" you
Actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer, the "Kings of Comedy" veteran, "Steve Harvey Show" alum and current star of TV Land sitcom "Soul Man," delivers a set of standup comedy at the Orpheum.
8 p.m. 203 S. Main. Tickets: $49.50 to $64.50, available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Mid-South music fan Jonelle Spicer, who was diagnosed with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, which also afflicts her mother grandmother and uncle, when she was 18, fights back with Spicerfest, an inaugural one-day music festival at Murphy's to help raise awareness for the disease as well as funds for the nonprofit FSH Society. The event will feature a silent auction, food by Barley, Hops & Hogs, and an eclectic lineup of 14 bands performing on two stages, including Marcela Pinilla, Eldorado & The Ruckus, and Joecephus & The George Jonestown Massacre.
First band begins at 3 p.m. 1589 Madison. Admission: suggested donation of $10 or more. For more information, including a complete schedule, or to make a donation, visit urthecure.net.
A Gentle Debut
Memphis singer-songwriter Kait Lawson marks the release of her Madjack Records debut, Until We Drown — a gentle Sunday afternoon kind of record featuring performances by a host of local ace musicians — with a show at the Hi-Tone Café. Opening acts are Mark Edgar Stuart, who has his own Madjack record coming next year, and Jackson, Tenn., artist Alice Calvery.
Doors open at 8 p.m. 1913 Poplar. No Cover. For more information, call 901-278-8663, or visit hitonememphis.com.
Romantic composers Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler met and corresponded throughout their musical careers, but never seemed to understand each other. The University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra unites them in a concert of various works by both composers at the university's Harris Concert Hall.
7:30 p.m. at Harris Concert Hall, 3775 Central. Tickets: $8 general admission, $5 students and seniors. Call 901-687-2541.
Three works by American choreographer Bill T. Jones highlight the strengths of the five core dancers of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, performing at the Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center at St. Mary's Episcopal School. Jones, whose latest work for Broadway netted him a Tony Award for the musical "Fela!", will feature two duets and a trio originally created from 1980 to 1995.
7 p.m., 60 Perkins Ext. Tickets: $28. Call 901-537-1483.
Georgia power-pop-punkers Gentleman Jesse and his Men perform at the Buccaneer Lounge. The band is led by Jesse Smith, the former guitarist for the Carbonas who has released two fantastic albums under the Gentleman Jesse moniker: 2008's self-titled affair and this year's Leaving Atlanta. The new LP captures Smith's perfect merger of Stiff-era Nick Lowe and early Tom Petty.
1368 Monroe. $5 cover. For more information, call 901-278-0909.
Pacific Northwest stoner metal outfit Red Fang — who have quickly become a Memphis favorite — performs at the Hi-Tone Café. The band is making another pass through the South in support of its much-lauded Murder the Mountainsalbum. Fellow sludge-rock merchants Black Tusk and Lord Dying also appear.
Doors open at 9 p.m. 1913 Poplar. Tickets: $12, on sale at hitonememphis.com. For more information, call 901-278-8663.
From Home to Office
If you still need a fix of independent cinema after the Indie Memphis Film Festival, head to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Artfor a screening of director Josef Astor's "Lost Bohemia," a 2010 documentary about the transformation of the affordable studio apartments above New York's Carnegie Hall into more highly profitable office space. The decision required the eviction of tenants in their 70s and 80s, including former singers, photographers and ballerinas, and replaced an artists' haven — once home to Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monore and Enrico Caruso — with cookie-cutter cubicles.
7 p.m. Tickets: $8, or $6 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.
Daughter of the Delta
DeltaARTS Gallery hosts the opening of "Mid-Continent Landscapes: New Work by Betsy Brackin." The works are inspired by Brackin's recent travels to Greece and Montana, as well as by visits to her grandfather's farm in Eastern Arkansas.
Opening reception 5-7 p.m. 1800 N. Missouri Street, Suite 14C, West Memphis. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The show will be on display through Dec. 8.