Orange Mound Art
Noted local self-taught artist NJ Woods offers new work that celebrates the unique history of the Orange Mound neighborhood, laid-out in the early years of the 20th century as the first subdivision in Memphis built by African-Americans for African-Americans. The exhibition at the artist’s gallery opens with a reception and runs through June 10.
6 to 9 p.m. NJ Woods Gallery and Design Studio. 2563 Broad. Call 901-517-9756 or visit njwoods.com
Morning has broken
High school alternative rock band the Doorknobs, who have been knocking about Memphis for the better part of five years, finally graduate this week with the release of their sophomore album, Morning to Come, produced by Doug Easley. Friday the band plays a release party at Minglewood Hall’s 1884 Lounge with guests Kilgore Trout and Moon Zoo.
Doors: 8 p.m. 1555 Madison. Cover: $7. 901-312-6058. Visit minglewoodhall.com.
Godwin Comes Alive
James & the Ultrasounds is the solo project of James Godwin, bassist for, among others, John Paul Keith’s 145s and the former Crippled Nation. But for Lovers and Ghosts, his new EP, he enlists the help of the Grifters’ Dave Shouse and drummer extraordinaire John Argroves, the latter of whom will also be in the lineup along with veterans of the 145s, Snowglobe, and others for free release party at Cooper-Young’s Bar DKDC. Wind vs. Sun and Richard James also perform.
10 p.m. 964 S. Cooper. 901-272-0830.
Primed for Parody
“Ruthless! The Musical” romps on the stage at Germantown Community Theatre this weekend through June 2. The parody of Broadway musicals throws in plot twists and multiple identities for maximum spoofing.
Show Times: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays/Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $25, $15 for seniors and students, $10 for 12 and younger. Info: 901-937-3023 and gctcomeplay.org.
A Band That Will Change Your Life
Nearly a decade after The Shins’ big commercial breakthrough, the band continues it’s alt-pop mastery with Port of Morrow (Aural Apothecary/Columbia), the group’s fourth and latest LP. On Port, frontman James Mercer pulls together a cast of collaborators to help flesh out his vision, including Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss, Bright Eyes’ horn man Nate Walcott, and longtime Shins foils Dave Hernandez and Marty Crandall. Mercer and his touring version of the group will be performing at Minglewood Hall, along with New York indie rockers Ra Ra Riot.
Showtime is 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of show. Available at the box office (1555 Madison), minglewoodhall.com or 901-312-6058.
COMEDY Of Chance
Theater company Voices of the South performs another installment of “30/60: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes.” The audience decides how this evening of fast-paced original sketch comedy unravels. Even the entry fee is left to chance: Roll the dice and pay between $0 and $11.
8 p.m. at TheatreSouth, 1000 S. Cooper. Tickets are $0-$11, based on a dice roll. Call 901-726-0800.
MGAL Annual Exhibition
Diversity, thy name is the annual “Juried Spring Exhibition,” mounted by the Memphis/Germantown Art League for the 36th year. The competitive display of works that encompass many styles, subjects and mediums opens with a late afternoon-and-evening reception and will be on view at the Germantown Performing Arts Center through May 29.
4 to 8 p.m. 1801 Exeter, Germantown. Call 901-751-7664
“The Empress of Soul,” Gladys Knight, returns to Tunica with a show at Gold Strike Casino’s Millennium Ballroom. The seven-time-Grammy winning Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famer was most recently seen on last year’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and has been of late concentrating on the expansion of her chain of chicken-and-waffle restaurants in her native Georgia.
8 p.m. 1010 Casino Center Drive, Tunica Resorts, Miss. Tickets: $59.95 and $69.95; available at the box office and through Ticketmaster. 888-747-7711. Visit goldstrike.com.
Jack of All Trades
Local musician Jack Albertson (Shortwave Dahlia, the Near Reaches) unveils his latest project, the Pneumatic Girls, Saturday with a show at the Poplar Lounge. The band Local Cluster opens.
9 p.m. 2586 Poplar. Cover: $5. (901) 324-6550. Visit thepoplarlounge.com.
Soul and Stories
The long-running Basement Soul Lounge series will present the second of its new storytellers-style art shows. Hosted by Michelle A. Montgomery, “Akoustic Part II: Soul Edition” will feature up-and-coming young R&B singer Will Davenport, spoken word artist Arekah “The Goddess” Dunlap, and the works of visual artist Picassa Brown, who will also be sharing stories about the artistic process.
Exhibit: 8 p.m. Showtime: 9 p.m. Marshall Arts Gallery, 639 Marshall. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Advance tickets available online at memphisrebirth.com.
FROM IRAN TO JAPAN
Regarded by some leading critics as perhaps the world’s greatest living filmmaker, Iran’s Abbas Kiarostami returns with another intimate portrait of men, women and cars: the made-in-Japan “Like Someone in Love,” starring Rin Takanashi as a high-end call girl whose latest client is an elderly professor (Tadashi Okuno). The movie makes its local debut at 2 p.m. at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
Tickets: $8, or $6 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.
Filmdom’s original “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Noomi Rapace, stars in “Beyond,” a 2010 drama set in 1970s Sweden about a woman whose visit to her dying, estranged mother brings back memories of a troubled childhood in a home plagued by alcoholism and abuse. Noomi’s husband at the time, Ola Rapace, co-stars. Presented by Indie Memphis in conjunction with the Memphis in May International Festival, the movie will be screened in a 35mm print.
7 and 9:15 p.m., Studio on the Square. Tickets: $8. Visit indiememphis.com.
Remains of the Day
Massachusetts metal band All That Remains promote their sixth CD, the recently released A War You Cannot Win on Razor & Tie Records, with a show at the New Daisy. Local head bangers Prosevere, So She Sang and Artifas also perform.
Doors: 7 p.m. 330 Beale. Tickets: $18, available at the box office, by phone at 1-866-468-7630, at Spin Street and Replays stores, and online at newdaisy.com. 901-525-8979.