LAW AND DISORDER
Set against a bleak cityscape, Keith Huff's play "A Steady Rain" is a gritty crime drama about two policemen who must come to grips with what happens to them during the course of duty. A tragedy threatens to tear apart the boundaries of their friendship. The two-person show on Theatre Memphis' NEXT Stage stars John Maness ("Hedda Gabler") and John Moore ("Dangerous Liaisons") and is directed by Jerry Chipman.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 3 at Theatre Memphis, 630 Perkins Ext. Tickets are $23 adults, $15 students. Call 901-682-8323.
THEATER OF CHANCE
Theater company Voices of the South always takes an unusual approach to fundraising. Its latest zany concept is "30/60: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes." This evening of original work features comedy, music and improv, all dictated by the whimsy of the audience. Even the entry fee is related to chance: roll the dice and pay between $0 and $11. Two shows are scheduled each night.
8 and 11 Friday and Saturday and Feb. 22 and 23 at TheatreSouth, 1000 South Cooper. Call 901-726-0800.
Bluegrass legend Eddie Adcock (Bill Monroe, The Country Gentlemen) and his wife, Martha, perform at Newby's Friday. The "Biggest Little Band in Bluegrass" will kick off the evening with a 6:30 p.m. banjo workshop followed by a 7 p.m. concert featuring local openers Devil Train.
539 S. Highland. Tickets: workshop, $15; concert, $12; workshop and concert, $25. Advance concert tickets available at newbysmemphis.com. For more information, call 901-452-8408.
Beatjazz from Berlin
Mississippi-born Berlin-based Onyx Ashanti has captured the imagination of the avant-garde with his technologically innovative — he creates sounds with an iPhone and a breath controller — blend of hip-hop, electronic, and improvisational music he calls "Beatjazz." On Friday, Ashanti returns to the Mid-South for an event at the Crosstown neighborhood arts spot Five In One. The night begins at 7 p.m. with a mixer followed by a "tech talk" at 8 p.m., and a performance afterward by the artist.
Music from the Heart
The '60s inspired garage-pop group The Wuvbirds, made up of married couples Lori and Jared McStay and Kate and Corey Crowder, play their annual Valentine's Day show Friday at The Cove.
2559 Broad Ave.; 9 p.m. Cover: $5. For more information, call 901-730-0719 or visit thecovememphis.com.
Florence, Ala., alternative rock trio Gnarly Charlies, part of Nashville's Sons of Old Town collective that also includes The Paranormals and Cory Taylor Cox, share the bill with Memphis' own noise pop ensemble Impossible Weather at the Poplar Lounge on Saturday.
2586 Poplar. 9 p.m. Cover: $5. For more information, call 901-324-6550 or visit thepoplarlounge.com.
MSO honors Black History
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra sings hallelujah for Black History Month with a Memphis Gospel Celebration. The pops concert features the Sounds of Celebration Choir and Leo Davis, head of the music department at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. Saturday's concert is 7:30 p.m. at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main, with tickets starting at $15. On Sunday at 4 p.m., a free performance takes place at The Magnet, 879 East McLemore Ave., across from the Stax Academy.
For more information, call 901-537-2525 or go to tickets.memphissymphony.org.
Family Art Fun
Dixon Gallery and Gardens hosts a "Memphis Art Family Day" in conjunction with the exhibition "Present Tense: The Art of Memphis from 2001 — Now." There will be performances, art demonstrations, games, live music, snacks and art activities for all ages. The event includes an Alzheimer's Association booth with art therapy projects for people with dementia and their caregivers. And it's all free.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 4339 Park. Call 901-761-5250 or visit dixon.org.
Calling All Girls & others
The exhibition "Angels and Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th Century American Art" opens Saturday at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, and the celebration includes free admission all day, family activities and demonstrations, and a lecture by the exhibition's curator Holly Pyne Connor, from the Newark Museum, the show's organizer. The exhibit of 74 works will be displayed through May 12.
Family day activities, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; lecture at 2 p.m. 1934 Poplar in Overton Park. Call 901-544-6200 or visit brooksmuseum.org.
THE LAST Jamboree
Citizens to Preserve Overton Park will host the final "Old Forest Jamboree" fundraiser to be held at the soon-to-close Hi-Tone Café Sunday. The Mighty Souls Brass Band and the all-star group The Lorax Posse will provide music. Admission includes two free drinks and free food from Rock 'n' Dough Pizza Company.
1913 Poplar; 3 p.m. Admission: $10. For more information, call 901-278-8663 or visit hitonememphis.com.
Swinging Jazz at GPAC
Sultry chanteuse Jane Monheit, who recently announced she will be releasing her 11th CD in April, and violinist extraordinaire Mark O'Connor team for an evening of swinging jazz standards Sunday at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre.
1801 Exeter; 7 p.m. Tickets: $25, $35, and $45; available at the box office, by phone at 901-751-7500, and online at gpacweb.com.
For Soul Lovers
In a belated Valentine's Day gift to music fans, the "Lover of Soul Tour" stops at The Cannon Center Sunday night, featuring R&B singers Lalah Hathaway and Will Downing, hip-hop/jazz fusion pianist Robert Glasper, and a set by Memphis' own soul siren Karen Brown.
255 N. Main; 8 p.m. Tickets: $45, $55, and $70; available at the box office and through Ticketmaster. For more information, call 901-576-1201 or visit thecannoncenter.com.
BROADWAY AT RHODES
Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown will speak at Rhodes College on Monday night. Currently working on the New York revival of his musical "The Last Five Years," Brown also penned off-Broadway's "Songs for a New World" (1995), and two Broadway musicals, "Parade" (1998) and "13" (2008).
The free lecture, open to the public, is 7:30 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom in the Bryan Campus Life Center
A Paris-born New York socialite, fashion icon Diana Vreeland was the discoverer of Lauren Bacall; a consultant to Jackie Kennedy; an editor for decades at first Harper's Bazaar and then Vogue; and the wit responsible for such cheeky declarations as: "The bikini is the most important thing since the atom bomb." The story of her life and work is examined in the 2012 documentary "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel," which makes its Memphis debut at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
7 p.m. Admission: $8, or $6 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.
IT'S ALL TRUE
International, inspirational, heartbreaking and — perhaps most important — true: this year's five Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts screen at the Ridgeway Four, giving film buffs a rare chance to see Academy Award-vying short films in the comfort of Malco's redesigned headquarters theater. Kids in Sudan who need heart transplants, a talented teen artist who is a homeless illegal immigrant and brassy Long Island hair stylists who work on the balding heads of female cancer patients are among the stars of the films.
7 p.m. Tickets: $10. Visit onlocationmemphis.org.
Critic's Darling at Otherlands
On the heels of the release on Tuesday of her new album Kid Face, Oklahoma singer-songwriter Samantha Crain performs at Otherlands Coffee Bar on Thursday with special guests The Memphis Dawls.
641 South Cooper. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cover: $7. For more information, call 901-278-4994 or visit otherlandscoffeebar.com.