New year, new slate
Start off the New Year discovering a whole slate of new local musical artists. Midtown coffeehouse Otherlands hosts another of its regular new songwriters nights Friday with a lineup that includes Austin Smith,The Safemen, Roger Wild, Becky Flax, Faith Evans Ruch, and Chris Screamin' Eagle.
8 p.m. 641 S. Cooper. Cover: $5. For more information, call 901-278-4994 or visit otherlandscoffeebar.com.
Poplar pop rock
Local indie folk rockers Among the Cranes and DeSoto County pop band Lately David team up for a show at the Poplar Lounge Friday.
10 p.m. 2586 Poplar. Cover: $5. For more information, call 901-324-6550.
Gallery 56 hosts an opening reception for "New Talent: 2013," an exhibition of work by 12 artists recently selected for the gallery. The show will be displayed through Jan. 26.
5-8 p.m. 2256 Central. Call 901-276-1251.
Smith, Riss Meet Again
In what promises to be a venerable mash-up, Memphis College of Art presents a Founders' Day exhibition, "Once More with Feeling," that features the work of two of the college's best-known former faculty members, Dolph Smith and Murray Riss. Smith now serves as adjunct faculty, while Riss is a longtime board member. The exhibition opens Friday and will be displayed through Jan. 30. There will be a reception on Jan. 18.
Rust Hall Main Gallery, Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar in Overton Park. Call 901-722-5100.
An opening reception for TWIN: "Homecoming" is 6-8 p.m. Friday at David Lusk Gallery, where identical twin artists Jerry and Terry Lynn, known collaboratively as TWIN, return for a solo exhibition.
4540 Poplar in Laurelwood. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 901-767-3800; davidluskgallery.com.
new year, new opera
The tradition of live-via-satellite performances of the Metropolitan Operaon the big screen at the Malco Paradisocontinues with Berlioz's epic "Les Troyens," an ambitious work and massive production inspired by the famous saga of Helen of Troy, the Trojan Horse and the war between Troy and Athens. This is the Met's first time to tackle this large-scale musical event in almost a decade.
11 a.m., 584 S. Mendenhall. Tickets: $20. Visit malco.com.
British director Andrea Arnold's fresh, tough and haunting new film version of "Wuthering Heights" makes its Memphis debut at 2 p.m. at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Shot on the misty moors of Yorkshire, England, the movie re-imagines Heathcliff as a black youth, making his love for Catherine even bolder than it seems to be in most versions of the Emily Brontë novel (published in 1847, a year before the author's death from tuberculosis at the age of 30).
Tickets: $8, or $6 for museum members. Visit www.brooksmuseum.org.
Memphis all-star "trashgrass" ensemble The Rumpke Mountain Boys make a rare local appearance Saturday on the bar side at Newby's.
10 p.m. 539 S. Highland. Cover: $5. For more information, call 901-452-8408 or visit newbysmemphis.com.
Local throwback metal favorites Galaxicon join forces with Oregon one-man-band Thrones for a night of heavy Black Sabbath-style guitar riffs at the Hi-Tone Saturday.
9 p.m. 1913 Poplar. Cover: $5. For more information, call 901-278-8663 or visit hitonememphis.com.
Back on Beale
A Beale Street mainstay for 20 years before decamping three years ago to live and work in England, Memphis jazz blues keyboardist Charlie Wood is visiting his hometown and makes a now-rare appearance Sunday at Huey's in Midtown with a combo that includes saxophonist Jim Spake, bassist Tim Goodwin, and drummer Tom Lonardo.
8:30 p.m. 1927 Madison. Admission: Free. For more information, call 901-726-4372 or visit heuyburger.com.
Virginia guitarist Keller Williams is a remarkably versatile and prolific musician. Recent collaborations have included last year's Pick, an album with bluegrass band The Travelin' McCourys, the new six-piece R&B group More Than A Little, and a jam with members of The String Cheese Incident at a recent Mayan end-of-the-world show. His appearance Thursday at Newby's, however, will be a solo show, a loop-filled, one-man-band extravaganza that is worth seeing in its own right.
9 p.m. 539 S. Highland. Tickets: $20, available in advance at newbysmemphis.com. For more information, call 901-452-8408.