Dance from Philly
Founded in 1970 to showcase contemporary choreography and create opportunities for African-American dancers, the Philadelphia Dance Company (known worldwide as Philadanco), performs a cross-section of its classic works at the Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary's School. George Faison's tribute to Otis Redding, "Suite Otis," is one of four works on a program of mixed repertoire. 8 p.m., 60 Perkins Ext. Tickets are $28 adults, $25 students and seniors. Call 901-537-1483.
What You See Is What You Get
Memphis Botanic Garden and Artists' Link present the "Incognito Art Gala & Silent Auction," an event at which attendees bid on 90 original and unsigned works of art. All proceeds benefit the garden's environmental and educational programs. There will be music by Rene Koopman and Tom Prestigiacomo, hors d'oeuvres by Just Catering and a cash bar. Reservations required. Tickets $25 for MBG members, $35 for nonmembers. 5:30-7:30 p.m. 750 Cherry Road in Audubon Park. Call 901-636-4131 or purchase tickets at memphisbotanicgarden.com.
Drawing in Oxford
Southside Gallery will hold a reception for an exhibition of drawings by local and regional artists Jere Allen, Ariel Baron-Robbins, William Dunlap, Deborah Freeland, Laurin McCracken, Stan O'Dell, Wendy Olson, Anne Strand, Paula Temple and Glennray Tutor. The work will be on view through Feb. 23. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 150 Courthouse Square, Oxford, Miss. Call 662-234-9090.
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra performs Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schnittke at Friday's Paul & Linnea Bert Classic Accents Series. The chamber concert, led by guest conductor Ken-David Masur, is at Lindenwood Christian Church, 2400 Union Ave. Tickets: $39; $5 for students. Go to memphissymphony.org or call 901-537-2525.
Singing Her own Songs
Country singer and songwriter Sally Barris is the entertainment at Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center's DinnerStage presentation at 7 p.m. Friday. 3663 Appling; tickets are $35 and include dinner and show. Call 901-385-6440 or go to bpacc.org.
It'll be a showcase of top local singer-songwriters as Madjack recording artist Rob Jungklas, Mississippi native Blair Combest, and newly transplanted Louisianian Jacob Zachary take the stage at Otherlands for an evening of music and stories for all ages. 641 S. Cooper; show time is 8 p.m. Cover is $7. For information, call 901-278-4994.
Tickling The Ivories
Canadian Pamela York, winner of the 2007 Great American Jazz Piano Competition, performs with her trio at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre Friday. York, a disciple of Oscar Petterson and Diana Krall, earned her master's degree at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she studied with her "greatest mentor," Memphian Donald Brown. 8:30 p.m. 1801 Exeter Road, Germantown. Tickets: $25, available at the box office and by phone at 901-751-7500. For more information, visit gpacweb.com.
Hey, there, Ralphie boy!
Comedian Ralphie May brings his stand-up routine to the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts Saturday. Born in Chattanooga and raised in Clarksville in western Arkansas, May first catapulted to fame as the runner-up in the first season of the television talent competition "Last Comic Standing" in 2003. Since then, he has become a favorite on Comedy Central, last year debuting his fourth special for the cable network, "Too Big To Ignore." 8 p.m. 255 North Main. Tickets: $29, $39 and $49; available at the box office and through Ticketmaster. For more information, call 901-576-1201 or visit thecannoncenter.com.
Luke at Landers
Country's newest country superstar, Luke Bryan, continues his first headlining tour with a stop at The Landers Center in Southaven on Saturday, featuring opening acts Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line. The Georgia native was recently announced as co-host of April's Academy of Country Music Awards along with Blake Shelton. 7:30 p.m., 4560 Venture Drive, Southaven. Tickets: $25.25 and $50, available at the box office and through Ticketmaster. For more information, call 662-280-9120 or visit landerscenter.com.
Reorganizing the Metal
The staff at the National Ornamental Metal Museum has reinstalled the permanent collection in a five gallery-filling exhibition, "Metal Museum Collects," featuring work historic and contemporary. An afternoon reception will include watercolor artist Kris Keys and an iron pour featuring objects designed by visitors to the event. 3-5 p.m. 374 Metal Museum Drive. Call 901-774-6380 or visit metalmuseum.org. Regular admission applies to this event; $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 students and children 5-18; children under 5 free.
Marking MLK Day
The Memphis Grizzlies will host the team's 11th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Day on Monday, and will play the Indiana Pacers. NBA Hall of Famers Elgin Baylor and Patrick Ewing, and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown will be honored as part of a 10 a.m. ceremony that will include a performance by soul singer Aaron Neville. After the noon game, C-Spire will present the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day High School Classic with the Southwind Jaguars facing Amanda Elzy Panthers at 3 p.m. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the Grizzlies game. Tickets are available at grizzlies.com or by calling 901-888-HOOP (4667).
"Tennessee Queer," a comedy from Memphis filmmaker Mark Jones, returns for a special screening to benefit the annual Outflix Film Festival. Shot in Memphis with a local cast and crew, the movie stars Christian Walker as an out-and-proud New York transplant who tangles with fundamentalist preachers and crooked politicians when he returns to the Volunteer State to be the reluctant organizer of his small hometown's first Gay Pride parade. 7 p.m., Studio on the Square. Tickets: $10, available in advance at the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 892 S. Cooper.
The race is on
One rider is killed in a head-on collision with a pickup; luckier participants face extreme weather, harsh terrain and sleep deprivation. That's some of the drama to be found in"Bicycle Dreams," an acclaimed 2009 documentary about the "seekers, madmen and angels" who participate in Race Across America, a cross-country marathon bike race that requires riders to travel 3,000 miles in 10 days. The movie is being screened as a fundraiser for Livable Memphis and Bike Walk Tennessee. 7 p.m. Thursday, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Visit brooksmuseum.
Purity Ring, the Canadian dream pop duo whose 2012 debut album, Shrines, landed on best-of-the-year lists for indie taste-making websites Pitchfork and Stereogum, play the Hi-Tone Café Thursday. Young Magic, the Brooklyn electronic trio, also performs. Doors: 8 p.m. 1913 Poplar. Admission: $12, advance tickets available online at hitonememphis.com.