All the Material
As Hamlett Dobbins wraps things up and prepares to leave for Rome, where he’ll spend the next year under the auspices of the American Academy, he also closes one of the city’s most vibrant galleries, Material. In celebration of his efforts at showcasing the work of emerging artists, Crosstown Arts organized “Material Anthology,” an exhibition that gathers pieces by more than 50 of the artists who showed at the gallery from 2004 to 2013. The exhibition opens with a reception and will be displayed through Aug. 11.
Help for cats and dogs
The Bark After Dark Bike Ride & Glow Bash will let you ride through Shelby Farms and help the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County. The 6-mile course will be lit and is for fun, not a race (helmets required). However, don’t bring your dog — it’s a human thing. Afterward, enjoy pizza, beer and Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster band. It’s $50 for ride, T-shirt, goodie bag and admission to the after-ride Glow Bash. Just $25 for bash only.
Information: memphishumane.org or 901-937-3943.
Double your fun
Local music public relations firm Signal Flow throws itself a two-year birthday bash at Minglewood Hall’s 1884 Lounge with $2 cover and $2 drink specials. There will also be music by two of Memphis’ best young singer-songwriters, Myla Smith and Chris Milam.
1555 Madison. Doors: 7:30 p.m. 901-312-6058. Visit minglewoodhall.com.
Where there’s a Will
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Will Hoge — who penned the Eli Young Band’s chart-topping country hit “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” — helps close out the final weekend of the Levitt Shell’s free summer concert series. Hoge will be playing songs from across his solo catalog, including his most recent effort, 2012’s Modern American Protest Music.
The concert is free. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. For more information, go to levittshell.org.
Whole lotta Bob
Rock icon Robert Plant returns to Memphis for a performance at the Memphis Botanic Garden on Saturday. The “Golden God” singer of Led Zeppelin brings his band, the Sensational Space Shifters, into town to play the “Live at the Garden” concert series. After a detour into an eclectic brand of Americana in recent years, Plant returns with a more rocking, psychedelic lineup, playing a mix of rearranged Zep tunes and solo favorites.
General-admission lawn seats are $45. Available at the box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
The rising of the moon
Individually, Taylor Bothwell and Andrew Cabigao were already two of the town’s top young tunesmiths, and now they’ve joined forces as Sunburnt Moon. The duo are marking the release of their debut EP Every Word I Never Said with a show at Otherlands Saturday. Faith Evans Ruch and Rodney Shawn open.
641 S. Cooper. Doors: 6 p.m. Cover: $10 with CD, $5 without. 901- 278-4994. Visit otherlandscoffeebar.com.
A good portion of the city’s alternative hip-hop community — including Austin Wyatt, Lvkah Lvciano, Jason Da Hater, Ari Hotep, Squad (PBE), Eddie Meeks, Milk, Arvada, and R.I.C.O. — turn out Saturday for “Hotter Than July (Summer Jam),” a showcase on the outdoor stage of the HUB Lounge at 515 E.H. Crump Blvd.
9 p.m. Cover: $7. Advance tickets available online at hotterthanjulysummerjam.eventbrite.com. 901-831-1728. Visit theliveseed.com/The-HUB-Lounge.html.
Jason Pulley, a veteran of such local bands as the Adversary, the Original Cyndi, and the Near Reaches, has gone solo with the new CD Strange World, a collection of quirky, keyboard-driven pop songs delivered in a style that will remind some of Crash Test Dummies. Pulley celebrates the release with a show at the Poplar Lounge Saturday with opening acts Mike Dees and J.D. Reager.
2586 Poplar. 9 p.m. Cover: $5. 901-324-6550. Visit thepoplarlounge.com.
The show must go on
Tuesday’s show by South Carolina alt-country duo Shovels & Rope was supposed to be headlined by folk-rock group Dawes, who had to reschedule for Oct. 22 when an opportunity arose to play in London with their sometime producer, Jonathan Wilson. The show goes on for Shovels & Rope, however, who perform in the 1884 Lounge with Memphis’ own ampersand act, Star & Micey.
1555 Madison. Doors: 8 p.m. Tickets: $12 in advance, $14 day of show. Advance tickets available at the box office and online at minglewoodhall.com. 901-312-6058.
Say yes to ‘no’
It’s not exactly “Mad Men” in South America, but Gael García Bernal is a hip ad executive in 1988 Chile who reluctantly agrees to head the campaign to oust dictator Augusto Pinochet in the country’s first democratic referendum in “No,” directed by Pablo Larraín. Nominated this year for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, the energetic, often funny political drama makes its Memphis public screening debut at 7 p.m. at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
Admission: $8, or $6 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.
Queen for a day (or night)
Coordinated by Indie Memphis, this summer’s “Concert Film Series” at the Levitt Shell begins with “Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest ‘86,” in which Freddie Mercury and the boys in the band bring their arena glam-rock to 80,000 starved-for-live-music fans in Hungary, in what was touted as the first major behind-the-Iron Curtain rock show.
8:40 p.m., Overton Park. Visit indiememphis.com or levittshell.org.
Broad Avenue keeps its quirky charm bubbling with a Sunset Quest. Businesses and galleries along the arty avenue are challenging visitors with a variety of quests — do them all (before sunset) and win a swag bag. Such as what, you ask? Like taking selfies at Found Studio or completing a dance position at Collage Dance Collective.
5 to 9 p.m., Broad between Hollywood and Collins. 901-323-2787 or facebook.com/events/620528484631669