Spongebob and Sci-Fi
Tom Kenny, the actor who provides the distinctive voice of Nickelodeon's favorite underwater-pineapple-dweller, SpongeBob Squarepants, will be among the guests at "Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention 2012," a three-day celebration of science fiction, superheroes, Spock, steampunk, Snape and much more. Activities include gaming, panels, "Harry Potter Studies," a costume contest and a rave, and books, memorabilia, art, props and other items will be on sale.
Through Sunday, Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Day pass: $15. Three-day pass: $35. Visit Memphiscfc.com.
Since undergoing a liver transplant in 2010, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman, a founding member of classic rock giants The Allman Brothers Band, has been making the best of his new lease on life. Allman performs with his band from last year's T-Bone Burnett-produced solo record, Low Country Blues, at Gold Strike Casino's Millennium Theater.
9 p.m. 1010 Casino Center Drive, Tunica Resorts, Miss. Tickets: $39.95 and $44.95 plus tax; available at the gift shop, by phone at 888-747-7711, and through Ticketmaster. For more information, visit goldstrike.com.
Art by Olson
DCI Gallery holds a reception for an exhibition of artwork by longtime local radio personality Ron Olson, morning host of FM 100. Also showing will be photographs by Memphian Gary Culley.
5:30-8 p.m. 776 E. Brookhaven Circle. Call 901-767-8613.
One Night Only
Material hosts one of its one-night-only exhibitions and receptions for "Cold Sober Fancy," a gathering of recent work by painters Maggie Kleinpeter and Jeana Baumgardner, who live in Austin, Texas.
6 to 8 p.m. 2553 Broad. 901-219-1943.
Five parties are rolled into one at Playhouse on the Square's annual fundraising bash. "Curtain Up: Passport to Playhouse" features themed rooms throughout the theater and entertainment that includes "American Idol" finalist Alexis Grace, classical guitarist Mark Pergolizzi and the swinging bluegrass of Nay-Nay and the Do-Right Boys.
7-11 p.m. at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper. Tickets: $75 per person, includes complimentary food and beverages. Call 901-726-4656.
Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's Jazz Age musical "The Threepenny Opera" comes creeping into the University of Memphis' Department of Theatre and Dance for a two-week run. The rollicking score — with the gritty ditty "Mack the Knife" — tells the story of a murderous, emotionally bankrupt and likable sociopath whose gang preys on the upper echelons of society.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through Nov. 17 at the University of Memphis theater building, 3745 Central. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors and students. Call 901-678-2576.
"Harriet Tubman: One Woman's Journey," a one-woman show written and performed by Jackie Murray, runs through Sunday at Hattiloo Theatre's Black Box.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. 652 Marshall. Tickets: $15 at the door. Call 901-525-0009.
Do your Bidding
Items up for bid at this year's Orpheum Auction include golf clubs, jewelry, antiques, vacation packages and even a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta — a total of more than $450,000 in merchandise. The annual fundraising gala plies bidders with cocktails, a buffet and cool items in both live and silent auctions.
6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Orpheum, 203 S. Main. Tickets: $100 per person. Call 901-525-3000.
Formerly one half of the British neo-soul duo Floetry, Marsha Ambrosius performs at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts atop a bill that also includes locals Calvin Richardson and The Tim Terry Experience.
8 p.m. 255 N. Main. Tickets: $45 and $60 plus tax and fees. Tickets available at the box office and through Ticketmaster. For more information, call 901-576-1201.
Kind of Blue
Internationally identified by their bald heads, black clothes and bright blue faces, Blue Man Group makes its Memphis debut at the Orpheum. Part performance art, part rock concert, and part experimental comedy, the show has been an attraction in New York City since 1991.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Nov. 16, 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 17 and 1:30 and 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Orpheum, 203 S. Main. Tickets: $20-$85. Call 901-525-3000.
The Aulos Ensemble, a pre-eminent quintet of musicians who use authentic Baroque instruments, ushers in the holidays with a concert of chamber music by Vivaldi, Bach, Handel and more. Concerts International brings this New York group to the Clark Opera Memphis Center, far from the foot of the Christmas tree in the Metropolitan Museum of Art where they have been a holiday staple for years.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Clark Opera Memphis Center, 6745 Wolf River Blvd. Tickets are $40. Call 901-527-3067.
Art of Survival
Seattle-based Spectrum Dance Theater culminates its residency at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre with an evening-length work inspired by Jewish artists who survived the Holocaust. "The Theatre of Needless Talents" blends dance, theatrical vignettes and cabaret performed to live music by Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff, who was a victim of the Nazis.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday at GPAC, 1801 Exeter. Tickets: $25. Call 901-751-7500.
Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Cuba, winner of best new artist at the 2010 Latin Grammys, returns to Memphis for a show at the Hard Rock Café on Beale Street. Cuba is touring behind his new album, Static In the System, which features a poppier sound and his first song in English.
Doors at 8:30 p.m. 315 Beale. Tickets: $12, available at the door and online at ticketalternative.com. For more information, call 901-529-0007, or visit hardrock.com.
'Barrymore' on screen
In 1997, Christopher Plummer earned a Tony Award for the title role in playwright William Luce's "Barrymore," an essentially one-man play set in 1942 about the dying alcoholic John Barrymore, known as "The Great Profile," who in his heyday was regarded as perhaps the greatest actor in the history of stage and screen. A new filmed version of the play, spiced with flashbacks and other cinematic devices, screens for one night only at the Malco Paradiso.
7:30 p.m., 584 S. Mendenhall. Tickets: $20. Visit malco.com.
Baltimore synth-pop band Future Islands performs at the Hi-Tone Café alongside Brooklyn noise-rock duo Talk Normal and Memphis' Ilya Twins.
8 p.m. 1913 Poplar. Tickets: $10, available at the door an in advance online at hitonememphis.com. For more information, call 901-278-8663.