The 10th annual Oxford Film Festival continues through Sunday in the hometown of Faulkner and Ole Miss, featuring dozens of feature and short films (including the documentary “Antenna,” about the legendary Memphis punk rock club), panels (Oscar-winning “Pulp Fiction” screenwriter Roger Avary is among the guests), parties and other events.
For tickets, a schedule and more information, visit oxfordfilmfest.com.
OBJECT OF ATTENTION
Singer-songwriter Jeff Hulett, best known for his bands Snowglobe and Jeffrey James & the Haul as well as being one of the organizers of the annual Rock For Love benefits for the Church Health Center, unveils his new project with a record release at The Cove Friday. The CD Object Quilt, recorded by Toby Vest, finds Hulett stripping down to a Dylan-esque one-man band format. Chad Nixon and The Wuvbirds open.
9 p.m. 2559 Broad. Cover: $5. For more information, call 901-730-0719 or visit the covememphis.com.
Athens, Ga., instrumental space-rock band Maserati plasy the penultimate show at the Hi-Tone Café. The group recently released its fifth studio album, Maserati VII, the first with new drummer Mike Albanese following the passing of Jerry Fuchs. Austin, Texas’ Eagle Claw and Memphis Dream Team also perform.
9 p.m. 1913 Poplar. Cover: $10, advance tickets available at hitonememphis.com. For more information, call 901-278-8663.
VESSELS AT METAL MUSEUM
Two exhibitions opening with a reception at the National Ornamental Metal Museum explore the possibilities of the vessel’s shape and utility. Kim Cridler, associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the subject of the museum’s latest “Tributaries” exhibition, through April 28; her work draws on themes of flora and fauna. Local artist Cecil Humphreys is displaying his utterly simple cast bronze bowls through May 5.
5-7 p.m. General admission applies ($4-$6); free to members. 374 Metal Museum Drive. Call 901-774-6380.
MCA NIGHT AT TROLLEY TOUR
Memphis College of Art plays a big part in Friday night’s South Main Trolley Tour. At Brinkley Plaza, there’s the annual MCA Juried Exhibition. Further south, at the Leadership Memphis Gallery 363, is “Hitting the Switch,” a show by 12 MCA students working collaboratively in pairs. And at the Nesin Graduate Center’s Hyde Gallery is a reception for “Singular Masses: An Examination of Racial Identity.” All free and open to the public.
6-9 p.m. Brinkley Plaza, 80 Monroe at South Main. Gallery 363 at 363 S. Main. Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main. Call 901-272-5100.
SOUTH MAIN AFTER HOURS
An “Art Mixer on Main” starts at 9 p.m., after the other galleries and receptions shut down, with the display of art continuing until 11 and the reception going from 11 until 2 a.m. at 300 Art Gallery, 300 S. Main. Artwork will include acrylic paintings, pastels, pencil drawings. Music by Boston DJ Jizzy JumpOff.
Free until 11 p.m., $5 after 11. For information, contact Chibu Akukwe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNDER THE RUG
In Nikolai Gogol’s whirlwind farce “The Government Inspector,” the corrupt inhabitants of a Russian village mistake a civil servant for a government inspector in disguise and try to hide their misdeeds. The University of Memphis Theater Department presents this tale of vanity and greed, often referred to as the greatest of Russian comedies.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through March 2 at the University of Memphis theater, 3745 Central. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors and non-U of M students. Call 901-678-2576.
FAMILY FAIRGROUND FUN
This weekend marks the opening of the long-anticipated Kroc Center at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. The $31 million super community hub kicks off with a free open house featuring numerous music and dance performers, local celebrities, lots of sports demonstrations and activities for all ages. It runs from 9:30 a.m. until a 7 p.m. worship service. Sunday starts with a parade at 8:30 a.m. and the ribbon cutting at 9 a.m.
For more information, go to krocmemphis.org.
Germantown Performing Arts Centre hosts the return of the annual Rising Stars Talent Show. Co-sponsored by the Germantown Community Theater and the Kiwanis Club, the show features vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles and classical and contemporary dance.
7 p.m. 1801 Exeter. Tickets: $10; available at the box office, by phone at 901-751-7500 and online at gpacweb.com.
FROM MAO TO MEMPHIS
Western singers, trained in Mandarin Chinese lyric dictation, will perform a concert of operatic music at the University of Memphis. “I Sing Beijing” is the creation of Hao Jiang Tian, one of the first Chinese singers to become a principal soloist at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The concert will feature scenes and arias from a Western repertoire coupled with significant vocal works from contemporary China. The New York City Opera Orchestra accompanies the singers during this first stop on a four-city tour.
7 p.m. Sunday at the Rose Theatre on the U of M campus. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 children and free for U of M students. Call 901-678-2595.
BAND OF JOY
The River City Concert Band mixes it up with a tuba concerto, music by John Philip Sousa, “Phantom of the Opera” on pipe organ, The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture and other selections. The all-volunteer community band performs at First Baptist Church.
6:30 p.m. Poplar and East Parkway. Tickets are $12; $10 for seniors and children. Go to rivercityconcertband.com for more information.
FOLK AT NEIL’S
Folk rockers Brennan Whalen & the River Rats perform at Neil’s with opening acts Mister Adams and Whiskey Republic.
8 p.m., 5727 Quince. Cover: $3. For more information, call 901-682-2300.
HIGH SEAS HIJINKS
Cole Porter’s classic musical romp “Anything Goes” sails into the Orpheum when the Roundabout Theatre Company presents its Tony-winning Broadway revival. Set on a trans-Atlantic cruise (no Carnival Triumph jokes, please), this original love boat comedy features some of Porter’s best-known hits, including “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and “It’s De-Lovely.”
Show runs 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. March 1; 2 and 8 p.m. March 2; and 1 and 6 p.m. March 3. Tickets: $15-$90. Call 901-525-3000.
JELLY JAM AT NEWBY’S
The reunited comedy punk band Green Jelly, best known for their 1993 hit “Three Little Pigs” and the accompanying clay animation video, perform at Newby’s Tuesday. Jackson, Miss., band The Weeks, open.
9 p.m. 539 S. Highland. Cover: $10. For more information, call 901-452-8408 or visit newbysmemphis.com.
Australian singer-songwriter Lee Coulter and his wife, author Sharisse Coulter, team for “A Novel Music Tour” which stops at the Edge Coffeehouse. The pair have hit the road in a bus with their 4-year-old son to promote Sharisse’s new book “Rock My World,” and Mr. Positivity, the latest album from Lee.
9 p.m. , 532 S. Cooper. Free. Call 901-207-5072, or visit theedgecoffeehouse.com.
Today, it’s a nominee; but by the time Denmark’s “A Royal Affair” screens at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, it may have been crowned the Best Foreign Language Film of 2012 at this weekend’s Academy Awards. A sumptuous historical spectacle of palace intrigue, from the bedroom to the throne room, the film recounts the real-life 18th-century saga of Caroline Mathilde (beautiful Alice Vikander), an English princess wed as a teenager to the odd king of Denmark (Mikel Folsgaard). Produced by Lars von Trier.
7 p.m. Tickets: $8 or $6 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.