Go Out: Fun Events This Week

Paul Kolnik
Felicia Boswell stars as Felicia in the touring production of “Memphis,” the winner of four Tony Awards.

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Paul Kolnik Felicia Boswell stars as Felicia in the touring production of “Memphis,” the winner of four Tony Awards.

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Chinese Connection Dub Embassy marks its CD release on Saturday at Newby’s.

Photo courtesy of the band. Chinese Connection Dub Embassy marks its CD release on Saturday at Newby’s.

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Bryan Fenkart stars as Huey in the touring production of the hit Broadway musical “Memphis,” opening Tuesday at the Orpheum.

Paul Kolnik Bryan Fenkart stars as Huey in the touring production of the hit Broadway musical “Memphis,” opening Tuesday at the Orpheum.

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Rattlesnake Whip performs Friday at Otherlands Coffee Bar.

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Photo courtsy Jonathan Postal Rattlesnake Whip performs Friday at Otherlands Coffee Bar.

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Shannon McNally performs and signs copies of her new disc, Small Town Talk, at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Spin Street Music.

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Jerry Moran Native Orleanian Fine Photography Shannon McNally performs and signs copies of her new disc, Small Town Talk, at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Spin Street Music.

FRIDAY

Small Houses

Jared Small returns for his third solo exhibition, “The Germane,” with a reception at David Lusk Gallery. He continues in the vein of depicting old houses, usually weathered and gray, as examples of magic realism that verge on abstraction. The work will be displayed through May 18.

6-8 p.m. 4540 Poplar in Laurelwood. Call 901-767-3800.

Broad-ly Speaking

The Broad Avenue Spring Art Walk features more than 40 artists showing work in many galleries and other venues, as well as music, food and drink and dance performances. Among the artists displaying pieces are Paul Clarke with photographs of the Delta at MetalWorks Design Studio, and Karen Bottle Capps, whose unique constructions will be shown at The Cove Cocktail and Oyster Bar.

5-10 p.m. MetalWorks, 2537 Broad; call 901-327-4000. The Cove, 2559 Broad; call 901-730-0719.

Ancient Tragedy

Long before Tyler Perry made a franchise out of a gun-toting grandmother whose name sounds awfully similar, the Greek playwright Euripides dramatized the gruesome legend of a woman driven by rage and jealousy to kill her own children in “Medea.” The University of Memphis theater department stages this classic tragedy using ancient techniques, including choreography and masks.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through April 27 at the University of Memphis theater, 3745 Central. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors and students. Call 901-678-2576.

Casualties of War

A pair of war correspondents grapple with the physical and mental tolls of battlefield journalism in “Time Stands Still” at Circuit Playhouse. Sarah, a photographer, wants to get back to the action while writer James is in no hurry to return. When another couple drops in for a visit, they face questions of how much their own activities impact the war. How far should journalists go for the story?

8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 25 at Circuit Playhouse, 51 S. Cooper. Tickets are $22 for opening weekend. Call 901-726-4656.

Snake Bit

Memphis gothic Americana outfit Rattlesnake Whip recently released its debut album, Love Tender As a Bruise. The collection, available on Bandcamp (rattlesnakewhipband.bandcamp.com) includes among its 11 tracks a collaboration with homegrown “The Voice” contestant Grace Askew. The band plays a show at Otherlands Coffee Bar with another artist with a view toward the darker side of Southern life, Rob Jungklas.

9 p.m. 641 S. Cooper. Free. For more information, call 901-278-4994, or visit otherlandscoffeebar.com.

Rock and Joke

Comedy meets rock at the Poplar Lounge. In what organizers hope will be the first in a series of shows, musicians J.D. Reager, Jason Pulley and the band Community Bubble will be joined by comedians Mike McCarthy and Kate Mauldin, who also emcees the night.

9 p.m. 2586 Poplar. Cover: $5. For more information, call 901-324-6550, or visit thepoplarlounge.com.

SATURDAY

Magnet for Music

The all-afternoon Music Magnet Soulfest features the Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s Opus One with Hope Clayburn’s Soul Scrimmage plus sets by Black Rock Revival, Tonya Dyson, Lights Align and c’beyohn. The free festival takes place at The Magnet at Soulsville.

Noon-5 p.m. 879 E. McLemore. Info: 901-537-2525 or memphissymphony.org.

Dub Organizers

Is there a better date for a reggae band to put out an album than on 4/20, the holiday for pot smokers? Memphis’ premier reggae band, Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, marks the release of its debut full-length, The Firm Foundation, with a show at Newby’s featuring special guests Angelique Morris, DJ Von Trapp, DJ SiphneAaye and c’beyohn, who will be releasing his own record, Special Relativity, that night as well.

539 S. Highland. 8:30 p.m. Cover: $5. Call 901-452-8408 or visit newbysmemphis.com.

Author, Author!

Best-selling author and humorist David Sedaris returns to Memphis for an appearance at the University of Memphis’ Michael Rose Theatre at 8 p.m. Sedaris is marking the publication of his latest book of essays, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls,” which comes out on Tuesday.

Tickets: $28 to $50. On sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000. The Michael Rose Theatre is located at 470 University.

SUNDAY

MudBUG MANIA

The largest and oldest of the Mid-South’s annual mudbug boils turns 21 this Sunday. About 18,000 people and 16,000 pounds of crawfish are expected to be on hand at the Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival in Downtown. Attractions include an area for kids and live music from the Bayou Boys, FreeWorld and Marcella’s Lovers.

11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at Wagner Place between Union and Beale. Admission is free, but proceeds from vendors benefit Porter-Leath.

TUESDAY

Tribute to a Friend

Mississippi songstress Shannon McNally performs and signs copies of her new CD, Small Town Talk, at Spin Street Music. The CD is a collection of covers dedicated to the work of her friend, the late Louisiana songwriter Bobby Charles (“See You Later Alligator”; “Walking to New Orleans”). The disc was produced by and features the playing of another of Charles’ close comrades, Crescent City piano great Dr. John.

6 p.m. Free admission. Spin Street, 3484 Poplar. For more information, call 901-327-8730.

‘Memphis’ Revival

The Orpheum brings back “Memphis,” the hit Broadway musical (four Tony Awards) that weaves a tale of love, music and race through the Bluff City of the 1950s.

Eight performances through April 28. Tickets: $15-$95. Info: 901-525-3000 and orpheum-memphis.com, ticket counter at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, Ticketmaster at 901-743-ARTS. 203 S. Main.

THURSDAY

BORG AGAIN

Remastered in high-definition digital, the two-part 1990 episode “Star Trek: The Next Generation — The Best of Both Worlds” comes to the Malco Paradiso for one night only, re-edited into a single feature film from its original two-episode broadcast. Regarded by many fans as the single greatest “Star Trek” adventure, “The Best of Both Worlds” introduced the alien-invasion collective known as the Borg, which assimilated Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) in its attempt to conquer the Earth.

7:30 p.m. Tickets. $12.50. Visit malco.com.

O.D. — Original Django

The violent Spaghetti Western that inspired Quentin Tarantino’s most recent bloodbath (and gave the new film its theme song), the original 1966 version of “Django,” directed by Sergio Corbucci, screens at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Franco Nero — who had an amusing cameo in Tarantino’s film — stars as a coffin-dragging gunslinger who battles gold-crazed Mexican revolutionaries and (like Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz) red-hooded Klan-style racists.

7 p.m. Tickets: $8, or $6 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.

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