Abstractions and Waterlilies
David Lusk Gallery will hold an opening reception for work by two very different artists. From the estate of Mary Sims (1940-2004) comes a group of paintings of waterlilies rendered in her precise, detailed and brilliantly colored manner. From Kit Reuther, on the other hand, come monochromatic abstract paintings and sculptures, for an interesting juxtaposition. The works will be displayed through March 9.
6 to 8 p.m. 4540 Poplar in Laurelwood. Call 901-767-3800.
Guitarist/singer/songwriter Michael Johnson brings his pop/folk artistry to the Buckman Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Friday. Johnson, who has performed with John Denver and Juice Newton, is known for the hits "Bluer Than Blue" and "That's That."
60 Perkins Ext. Tickets: $28. Call 901-537-1483 or go to buckmanartscenter.com.
While awaiting the release next week of the debut album from his new super group with King's X bassist Dug Pinnick and Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen, blues guitar superstar Eric Gales returns home for a solo show in the theater at Newby's Friday. Kirk Smithhart and Hope Clayburn open and Deering & Down will be playing the bar side.
539 S. Highland. Doors: 8 p.m. Cover: $10, advance tickets available at newbysmemphis.com. For more information, call 901-452-8408.
Memphis neo-soul impresario and perform Tonya Dyson celebrates her 35th birthday Friday night with a show at Madison Dance Studio, 1555 Madison inside Minglewood Hall. In addition to a set from the birthday girl, the band Memfist10 will perform and DJ Siphne Sylve will be spinning tunes.
9 p.m. Cover: $10, includes complimentary hors d'oeuvres. For more information, visit madisondancestudios.com.
Mardi Gras Parties
As the countdown to Mardi Gras continues, members of the Memphis bands The Sheiks and Tout Le Mon are teaming up to perform New Orleans great Dr. John's classic 1968 album Gris-Gris in its entirety Friday night at The Buccaneer, 1368 Monroe. One-man band Johnny Lowebow also plays. On Saturday, Tout Le Mon front woman Marcella Simien keeps the good time rolling with her new band, Marcella's Lovers, at a free show at the new Cooper-Young nightspot Bar DKDC, 964 S. Cooper.
Buccaneer: 10:30 p.m. Cover: $5. For more information, call 901-278-0909. Bar DKDC: 10 p.m. For more information, call 901-272-0830.
The Eroica Ensemble, under conductor Michael Gilbert, performs two major works of Beethoven in free concerts this weekend. Pianist and recording artist Cyprien Katsaris will play the Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor," the last of Beethoven's concerti for the keyboard. Gilbert wraps up with the "Pastoral" symphony, one of the composer's few works to contain programmatic depictions of nature, from a babbling brook to a stormy night.
7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre, 1801 Exeter; and 3 p.m. Sunday at First Congregational Church, 1000 South Cooper. Both concerts are free. Call 901-497-9600.
The 21st annual Works of Heart occurs Saturday at Memphis College of Art, with a familiar roster of more than 100 local and regional artists donating heart-themed pieces in a silent auction to benefit the Child Advocacy Center. Beer, wine and appetizers are on the house; a ticket to the Big Heart Lounge offers more privileges and goodies, including a piece of art. The works can be previewed Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.
7 p.m. 1930 Poplar in Overton Park. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door; Big Heart Lounge tickets are $200. Call 901-888-4342 or visit memphiscac.org.
Buddy and Jonny
It's a cross-generational blues jam as guitarists Jonny Lang, 32, and Buddy Guy, 76, frequent touring partners since they met more than 15 years ago, reunite for a show at Horseshoe Casino's Bluesville Saturday. Lang is reportedly wrapping up work on his first studio record since his 2006 Grammy-winning Turn Around while Guy recently released Live At Legends.
1021 Casino Center Drive, Tunica Resorts, Miss. 8 p.m. Tickets: $35, $45, $55, $100. Tickets available at the box office and through Ticketmaster. For more information, call 800-303-7463 or visit horseshoetunica.com.
Bob Marley would have been 68 years old Wednesday. To mark the anniversary of the reggae giant's birth, locals The Chinese Connection Dub Embassy are staging a tribute to him and his Wailers bandmate Peter Tosh at Newby's Saturday. Juju Bushman and Jasira also perform. And on Sunday the celebration continues with the CCDE hosting a free Marley/Tosh deejay party at the Poplar Lounge.
Newby's is at 539 S. Highland. 10 p.m.; cover $7. For more information, call 901-452-8408 or visit newbysmemphis.com. The Poplar Lounge is at 2586 Poplar; show starts at 9 p.m.
Songwriter and radio deejay Nancy Apple brings her Song Slinger Showdown to TheatreSouth on Sunday night. Apple's guest at this casual evening of original music include Nashville-based singer/poet Kevin Gordon and Memphis songwriter and visual artist Kenny Hays.
6:30 p.m. Sunday at TheatreSouth, 1000 South Cooper. Suggested donation of $10. Call 901-726-0800.
Temple Israel will host a talk by Jon Pucker, director of the Pucker Gallery in Boston, about the exhibition "Illuminations: The Art of Samuel Bak," on display at Temple Israel Museum through April 28. The artist is a Holocaust survivor. The lecture will be followed by a reception and a concert, "Songs of Life and Hope."
Talk from 3 to 4 p.m.; reception 4 to 4:30; concert 4:30 to 5:30. Temple Israel, 1376 E. Massey. Call 901-937-2763.
Straight outta Jackson
Roots rocker Jason Turner, winner of best singer and best musician honors in his native Jackson, Miss., in 2010 and 2011, brings his band to the Poplar Lounge Tuesday. Memphis' Among the Cranes open.
2586 Poplar. Doors: 9 p.m.; cover: $5. For more information, call 901-324-6550 or visit thepoplarlounge.com.
From "Shaft" to "Superfly" to "Slaughter" and beyond: Dr. Keith Corson of the University of Memphis' College of Communcation and Fire Arts will host "The Blaxploitation Poster Show," an hourlong lecture and slide-show discussion of the 1971-76 heyday of so-called blaxploitation film cycle. Corson will discuss more than 100 films, including such lesser-known cult favorites as "The Black Gestapo," "Black Shampoo" and "Dr. Black and Mr. Hyde."
6:30 p.m., Room 226, Ned R. McWherter Library, University of Memphis. Admission: free. Visit memphis.edu.
Since cat videos rule the world, it's no surprise they'll take over the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art for one purrrfect evening: Curated by officials with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the "Internet Cat Video Festival" screens at 7 and 9 p.m. The film fest is part of a feline-themed "Must Love Cats!" party that runs from 6 to 9 p.m., with music, art-making, a cash bar and more.
Admission: $10, or $8 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.
EYE ON OSCAR
See rarely screened Academy Award-nominated short films as the On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest hosts this year's "Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts" at the Malco Ridgeway Four. The five nominated shorts focus on such subjects as Somali pirates and the Afghan sport of buzkashi, a rough game of horse polo that utilizes a headless goat carcass in place of a ball.
7 p.m. Admission: $10. Visit onlocationmemphis.org.
Valentine's Day Art
Downtown's The Brass Door presents an opening for Memphis artist Jeniffer Church. A new collection of Church's mixed-media paintings will be unveiled with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. Church's work will be on display into early March.
152 Madison Ave. For more information, call 901-572-1813.