Dwight Takes Flight
Fresh off a tour of Australia, country-rock great Dwight Yoakam kicks off his latest U.S. road jaunt with a concert at Horseshoe Casino in Tunica. Yoakam, who recently returned to his longtime label Warner Bros., has just released his first new album in five years. The LP, 3 Pears, is an eclectic effort that manages to Marshall a range of musical styles and guests, running from Beck to Kid Rock.
8 p.m. Tickets: $40 to $100; available at Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Twenty local and regional artists will be featured for 20 days in 20 "pop-up" or makeshift spaces beginning Friday, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at Jack Robinson Gallery. The artist known as "r2c2h2 tha activist" will give a talk about his work at The Blues Foundation at 7:30 p.m. The artists will be present at their places from 7 to 9 p.m. Online bidding for the artworks can be done at UnveilSouthMain.com; proceeds will benefit the South Main Association.
Jack Robinson Gallery, 44 Huling. Blues Foundation, 421 S. Main. Call 901-299-4355.
Former Memphian Sally Hughes Smith returns from Charleston, S.C., on Friday for her 43rd one-woman art show, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Shea Design. Smith, who does wildly colorful impressionist landscapes, is the daughter of one of the founders of Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center, and sister to three siblings, all artists in their own right, including Memphis plastic surgeon Dr. Allen Hughes.
6225 Old Poplar Pike; call 901-682-2000 for more information.
Memphis College of Art will hold receptions for exhibitions by its bachelor of fine arts and master of fine arts candidates Friday night at two venues. The opening for the BFA show will be at the school's Rust Hall in Overton Park (displayed through Dec. 12); the reception for "Hysteria," the MFA exhibition (displayed through Dec. 15), will be Downtown in the Hyde Gallery of the college's Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main, and will coincide with the monthly last Friday South Main Trolley Night.
BFA, 5 to 7 p.m. MFA 6 to 9 p.m. Call 901-272-5100.
DOCS TAKE PIX
Three local doctors almost as well-known for their photography as for their medical skills will exhibit their work at Gallery 363 of Leadership Memphis, with an opening reception Friday, coinciding with Trolley Night. The photographs by doctors Tom Gettelfinger, David Sloasand Bob Laster will be displayed through Dec. 26. A portion of proceeds from sales benefit Leadership Memphis; proceeds from sales of Sloas' work will be donated to MIFA.
6 to 9 p.m. 363 S. Main. Call 901-334-6790.
Funky Christmas Fete
Former Memphian and syndicated radio host Tom Joyner returns to the Mid-South to emcee the V101.1-Harrah's Holiday Celebration at Harrah's Tunica Casino's Event Center Saturday. The event features performances from classic funk bands Lakeside ("Fantastic Voyage"), Con Funk Shun ("Ffun"), and the Dazz Band ("Let It Whip"), along with locals Tim Terry and King Ellis.
7 p.m.; 13615 Old Highway 61, Tunica Resorts, Miss. Admission: $25, available at the box office and through Ticketmaster. For more information, visit harrahstunica.com.
Neville Kick Off
New Orleans R&B great Aaron Neville kicks off his 13-date "Christmas Celebration" tour Saturday with a show at Fitzgerald's Casino's Great Hall. Neville is preparing the January release of his Blue Note Records debut release My True Story, produced by label head Don Was and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones.
8 p.m.; 711 Lucky Lane, Tunica Resorts, Miss. Tickets: $40 and $50, available at the gift shop and through Ticketmaster. For more information, visit fitzgeraldstunica.com.
Power Pop Reunion
Though they started scattering to different parts of the country more than a decade ago, '90s Memphis power pop favorites Mea Culpa still collaborate regularly. They are at work on a new album, and Saturday the group reunites for a show at the Blue Monkey in Midtown. The Joey O Project opens.
9 p.m. 2012 Madison. Cover: $3. For more information, call 901-272-2583.
Toddlers to teens can don their holiday apparel Sunday and go dashing through Gibson Guitar Factory for The Jingle Bell Ball. The series of parties will begin with the Children's Cookie Party for toddlers through second grade from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and continue with the Jingle Bell Rock for third and fourth graders from 4 to 5:30 p.m.; the Mistletoe Mash for fifth and sixth graders from 3 to 4:30 p.m.; and The Holiday Dance for seventh and eighth graders from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Madonna Learning Center and March of Dimes.
Tickets: $25 each, available at Cotton Tails and Sachi at 389 North Perkins Ext. For more information, call 901-527-5683.
Dark Music During the Day
The still relatively new outfit Rattlesnake Whip plays gothic-tinged Americana that evokes country murder ballads mixed with punk rock. Raspy-voiced chanteuse Grace Askew — back in town after a year spent mostly on the road — likewise has a dark, Tom Waits-inspired edge. This Sunday the two team for an afternoon show at The Buccaneer.
4 p.m.; 1368 Monroe. Free admission. For more information, call 901-278-0909.
Folk troubadour Jonathan Edwards rolls into town Sunday night to perform at Beth Sholom Synagogue with fellow tunesmiths Guy Clark and Keith Sykes. The event, organized by local entertainment attorney and radio deejay Bruce Newman, is a fundraiser for the synagogue. Edwards is best remembered for his 1971 Top 10 hit "Sunshine" off his self-titled debut album.
7 p.m.; 6675 Humphreys Blvd. Tickets: $39 and $100, available at bsholom.org. For more information, call 901-683-3591.
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will hold a Holiday Artist Market in the Dunavant Rotunda that features a wide variety of art and crafts by more than 30 local and regional artists, free admission to the galleries and a cash bar all day. Each sale supports the museum.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1934 Poplar in Overton Park. Call 901-544-6200.
The beloved ballet "The Nutcracker" returns to the place of its birth in this filmed-live-onstage presentation of the holiday classic, performed by the world-famous Mariinsky Ballet in the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, where Tchaikovsky first debuted his masterwork about royal mice and sugarplum fairies on Dec. 18, 1892.
7:30 p.m., Malco Paradiso. Tickets: $12.50. Visit malco.com.
ON THE DARKER SIDE
Shortly before the acclaimed British playwright Sarah Kane took her own life in 1999, she wrote the play that would be her farewell note to the world. "4:48 Psychosis" contemplates issues surrounding solitude, depression and suicide. University of Memphis MFA directing candidate Brian Fruits stages this dark and intimate play at Theatre South.
7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Theatre South, 1000 S. Cooper. Admission is free. Call 901-726-0800.
The Tony and Grammy awards-winning musical "Jersey Boys" opens at the Orpheum theater Tuesday and runs through Dec. 16. The musical, which played at the Orpheum in 2010, is back to wow the crowd again with its many hits, including "Earth Angel," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "Rag Doll."
203 S. Main. Tickets from $28.50. Call 901-525-3000 or go to orpheum-memphis.com.
An irregular Central Library film series dubbed "Memphis at the Movies" begins with a screening of "Thunder Road," the 1958 rural road-chase classic starring Robert Mitchum as a Korean War vet who runs moonshine through Kentucky to Memphis. Wayne Dowdy, manager of the library's History Department, will introduce the movie, a staple of Southern drive-ins for almost two decades and an influence on such artists as Bruce Springsteen and Quentin Tarantino.
6 p.m., Memphis Room, Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 5050 Poplar. Admission: free.
Defiant, Not 'Sorry'
Awarded a special jury prize for its "Spirit of Defiance" when it premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, the documentary "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" makes its Mid-South debut at 7 p.m. at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The film follows the internationally acclaimed Chinese sculptor, painter, muralist and activist Ai Weiwei as he endures beatings and imprisonment in his attempt to make provocative and truthful art that criticizes the Chinese government.
Admission: $8, or $6 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.