Fair fun continues
The 156th Mid-South Fair ends its 10-day run this weekend with Marcella Pinilla and Los Cantadores headlining Cultural Heritage Day on Friday, New Orleans' Stooges Brass Band on Saturday, and a lineup of local gospel and soul on Sunday. Visit midsouthfair.com for a complete schedule.
Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive, Southaven. Open noon-10 p.m. Friday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $10, $5 for ages 5-12 and seniors 60 and older. Children 4 and under free. Free admission until 2 p.m. Friday. Ride wristbands: $25. Tickets available at the gate and through Ticketmaster. For more information, including special rates, visit midsouthfair.com.
Erin Harmon, associate professor of art at Rhodes College, will be featured in a one-night exhibition, "The Land of Lost & Found," and reception at Material. The visual extravagance of new work, she says, is influenced by psychedelic black-light posters and Victorian Valentines.
6-8 p.m. 2553 Broad. Call (901) 219-1943.
Too often in popular culture, the arts and the sciences are a twain that shall never meet, though the two find intimate purpose in "The Art of Science," a collaboration between the doctors and scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and 33 local artists who use a variety of mediums to interpret the latest scientific research. The exhibition opens with a reception Friday at Hyde Gallery of Memphis College of Art's Nesin Graduate Center.
6- 9 p.m. at 477 S. Main; call (901) 272-5100.
Sy and Zo!
Actress, singer, musician, songwriter and producer Sy Smith has teamed with regular The Foreign Exchange collaborator Zo! (real name Lorenzo Ferguson) on a tour occasioned by the release of her fourth studio album, Fast and Curious. The pair perform Friday at the Rumba Room with special guest DJ Manus.
303 S. Main. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; available at The Bubble Bistro (425 N. Watkins), The Seen (502 S. Second) and online at neosoulville.com/soulove.
'Hot' in 'Baltimore'
An unconventional family of misfits and lost souls receive eviction notices in "The Hot L Baltimore," Lanford Wilson's drama set in a decaying hotel so shabby the "e" is missing from the sign. Playhouse on the Square revives this award-winning off-Broadway play that inspired the controversial and short-lived 1975 Norman Lear sitcom of the same name.
66 S. Cooper; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 14. Opening weekend tickets are $22. Call 901-726-4656.
The Memphis chapter of The Recording Academy presents "Grammy GPS: A Road Map for Today's Music Biz," an educational conference, symposium and concert at the Stax Music Academy. Rap star Talib Kweli will discuss "Exploring Social Consciousness Through Hip-Hop," and Grammy-winning engineers Andrew Scheps and Chris Finney will be among those talking about audio formats. The event will feature a closing party with music from The Bo-Keys and Al Kapone, Deering & Down, DJ Charlie White and rappers including Preauxx, Lvkah Lvciano, Dutchess and Russ P.
926 E. McLemore; registration at 10:30 a.m., event starts at 11:30 a.m. Free for Grammy members; $35 for others. Call 901-525-1340, grammygps.com
R&B singer Stephanie Mills, Dorothy in the original Broadway run of "The Wiz," performs hits like "Never Knew Love Like This Before" and "What Cha Gonna Do with My Lovin'" at Fitzgeralds' Tunica Casino's Great Hall.
711 Lucky Lane, Tunica Resorts, Miss. 8 p.m. Tickets: $40 and $50; available at the casino gift shop and through Ticketmaster. Call 800-745-3000 or visit fitzgeraldstunica.com.
Crowell in concert
Singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, whose latest album, Kin, a collaboration with author Mary Karr, recently topped the Americana Radio Chart, brings his literate country sound to Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center at St. Mary's Episcopal School.
60 Perkins Ext. 8 p.m. Tickets: $28, available by phone or online at buckmanartscenter.com
Through the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution, museums throughout the country will offer free admission. Participating in the program locally are Dixon Gallery and Gardens, the National Ornamental Metal Museum and the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art. Go to smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ticket/ to fill in your information; a ticket for two will be e-mailed to you.
Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park; call 901-761-5250. National Ornamental Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive; call 901-774-6380. Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art, 119 S. Main; call 901-523-2787.
On the lawn
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra takes it to the lawn at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Assistant conductor Conner Gray Covington wields the baton as the MSO plays works by Rossini, Mozart, Dvorak, Strauss and Beethoven. You're encouraged to bring a creative picnic and lawn chairs.
5 p.m., 4339 Park. Tickets: $20 ($5 for kids, 6 and under free). For more information, call 901-537-2525, or go to memphissymphony.org.
Pat Taylor Benefit
Neil's Music Room hosts the second of two concerts to aid Pat Taylor. Taylor, a Bluff City music veteran best known for his partnership with wife Susanne Jerome Taylor in the new-wave pop act the Breaks, has been battling cancer, so his friends and colleagues are putting on daylong shows to help defray his medical costs. The concert will be headlined by a rare reunion of local rockers Target. Also set to perform are Mid-South Blues Revue, The Merry Mobile, Eddie Harrison & The Short Kuts, and The Reba Russell Band, among others.
1 p.m., 5727 Quince. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 901-278-6345.
"The Mikvah Project," an exhibit of photographs by Janice Rubin and interviews by Leah Lax on the ritual of the mikvah, an ancient Jewish bath, goes on display at the Temple Israel Museum. The ancient custom is finding new favor as a contemporary practice.
On display through Jan. 14, 2013; 1576 E. Massey. Call 901-761-3130 for more information.
Billie Worley is hilarious as a conservative mayoral hopeful in a small city not far from Memphis in "Tennessee Queer," a comic feature film from local moviemaker Mark Jones about an out-and-proud New Yorker named Jason Potts (Christian Walker) who becomes the reluctant organizer of his rural hometown's first Gay Pride parade. "Every time I go home, it's like walking into a Tennessee Williams play," Jason says.
6:30 and 9 p.m., Malco Paradiso, 584 S. Mendenhall. Tickets: $10, available in advance at brownpapertickets.com.
From Arabia to Paradiso
Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (David Lean), "Lawrence of Arabia" returns to the big screen where it belongs for a special showing in honor of its 50th anniversary. Peter O'Toole stars as T.E. Lawrence, the flamboyant fighter whose ego was as epic as the Mideast deserts where he staged his most daring and controversial exploits.
7 p.m., Malco Paradiso, 584 S. Mendenhall. Tickets: $20. Visit malco.com.