Drama on Stage
John Guare's suspenseful meditation on art and artifice comes to the Theatre Memphis Lohrey Stage this weekend. In the drama "Six Degrees of Separation," a liberal New York art dealer and his wife are dazzled by a brilliant young black man who is not who he appears to be. As lies are exposed, the couple try to figure out their own negligence in the eerie, ever-evolving scam.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 10 on the Lohrey Stage, 630 Perkins Ext. Tickets: $23 adults, $15 students. Call 901-682-8323.
Trolley Tour 2013
Stores, restaurants and galleries in the South Main Arts District will be open late as usual on the last Friday of each month. Look in particular for the exhibition "Singular Masses: An Examination of Racial Identity" at Memphis College of Art's Nesin Graduate Center, gathering work by seven artists curated by Cat Peña, the school's coordinator of exhibitions and lectures. Also, at Gallery 363, an exhibition of photographs by Dr. David Sloas is held over, with the addition of 12 new works; proceeds benefit MIFA. A reception is set for 6 to 8:30 p.m.
6-9 p.m. Nesin Graduate Center, 477 S. Main; call 901-272-5100. Gallery 363, 363 S. Main; call 901-452-8033.
One Night Only
Material hosts a reception for "Between Here and There," a one-night exhibition of flight-themed prints and drawings by Sarah Marshall. The artist is an associate professor of art at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
6-8 p.m. 2553 Broad. Call 901-219-1943.
Live to Tap
Tony Award-winning dancer Savion Glover performs his "SoLe Sanctuary (A Hoofer's Meditation on the Art of Tap)" at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre. Glover's lifelong love and study of tap dancing — he did "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk" — gets the reverential treatment.
8 p.m. 1801 Exeter, Germantown. Tickets: $30, $40, $50. Call 901-751-7500 or go to GPACweb.com.
Recording artists Derrick Jackson and his sister Barbara Jackson Sago, members of one Memphis' most esteemed gospel music families, have been teaching aspiring musicians at their Jackson Studio of Music for a quarter-century. On Friday, they mark the 25th anniversary with a free show at Oak Grove Baptist Church, featuring special guest Dove and Stellar Award winner Kim Burrell.
7 p.m. 7289 U.S. 64. Call 901-345-7732 for more information.
Montana country-rapper/singer Jessta James — whose single "Wanted" was featured in a recent episode of the MTV series "Buckwild" — performs at 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Hall with local roots band Bluff City Backsliders opening.
1555 Madison. Doors: 8 p.m. Tickets: $8, available at the box office and in advance online at minglewoodhall.com. For more information, call 901-312-6058.
Jimbo's 'White Buffalo'
Mississippi roots favorite Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel nut Zippers, South Memphis String Band) and his band Tri-State Coalition make their Fat Possum Records debut this month with the highly anticipated White Buffalo. The group marks the release with a show at Downtown pub The Brass Door.
9:30 p.m. 152 S. Madison. Cover: $10. For more information, call 901-572-1813, or visitthebrassdoor.com.
Georgia power trio The Whigs return to Memphis for a concert at the Hi-Tone Café. The garage-y alt-rock band is touring in support of its fourth album, Enjoy the Company. Nashville outfits Pujol and Diarrhea Planet also perform.
8 p.m. Tickets: $10 at the door or at hitonememphis.com. The Hi-Tone is at 1913 Poplar. For information, call 901-278-8663.
You may think of David Lynch and Edward Hopper when you see the work of photographer Gregory Crewdson in "Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters," a 2012 documentary that explores the life, art and painstaking methods of the Brooklyn-born punk rocker turned art-world star, whose huge color images of rooms, homes and neighborhoods are created as if they were mini-movies, with actors, production designers and so forth.
2 p.m., Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Tickets: $8, or $6 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.
Pennsylvania trio The Stray Birds, whose self-titled album was named one of the 10 best Americana/folk records of 2012, flies into town to play a set at 5 p.m. that will be streamed live on Memphis-based music website Diddytv.com. Then, at 8 p.m., the Memphis Acoustic Music Association presents the band live in concert at Otherlands Coffee Bar.
Tickets: $12, $6 for students. Tickets available at Otherlands and The Booksellers at Laurelwood (387 Perkins Ext.). For more information, call 901-278-4994, or visit otherlandscoffeebar.com.
Maher in Real Time
Controversial comedian Bill Maher, whose HBO talk show, "Real Time with Bill Maher," recently started its 11th season, brings his stand-up act to the Orpheum.
8 p.m. 203 S. Main. Tickets: $45, $55 and $65. Tickets available at the box office and through Ticketmaster. For more information, call 901-525-3000, or visit orpheum-memphis.com.
Real Downtown Abbey
Love "Downton Abbey"? Then check out "Lords, Ladies, and Mummies: Highclere Castle, the Real Downton Abbey" at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The talk, by historian Curt DiCamillo, examines the intriguing true past of the house depicted in the popular TV series. The event, presented by the Decorative Arts Trust, is free with admission to the Brooks in Overton Park.
10:30 a.m. For more information: 901-753-4060 or decorativeartstrust.com.
If you're lookin' for a goner
Prolific indie-rock rising star Ty Segall returns to Memphis for a show at the Hi-Tone Café. A veteran of the Goner Records scene (the Memphis label released two of his albums and a handful of 45s as well as featured him at its annual Gonerfest), the California native had a banner 2012, releasing three full-length albums and appearing for the first time on "Conan" and "The Late Show With David Letterman." Locals Moving Finger and Ex-Cult open.
9 p.m., 1913 Poplar. Tickets: $10, available at the door and in advance online at hitonememphis.com. For more information, call 901-278-8663.
Americana star Carrie Rodriguez returns to Memphis for a show at the Hi-Tone Café. The singer and violinist, who was recently honored with the declaration of Carrie Rodriguez Day (Jan. 17), in her native Austin, Texas, released this week her fifth solo record, Give Me All You Got.
8 p.m. 1913 Poplar. Tickets: $15, available at the door and in advance online at hitonememphis.com. For more information, call 901-278-8663.
Voted the best movie of 2012 in the prestigious annual critics polls conducted by Indiewire and the Village Voice, "Holy Motors" makes its Memphis debut at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Directed by Leos Carax, this often-comical conundrum of a French film stars Denis Lavant as a mystery man who periodically emerges in disguise from his limousine to adopt the role of a mob assassin, "motion capture" movie acrobat, and so on. His chauffeusse is played by 75-year-old French screen legend Edith Scob.
7 p.m. Tickets: $8, or $6 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.