Broad Art Walk
The annual Broad Avenue Fall Art Walk offers a diverse roster of exhibitions, but also shopping, food, drink, music and dance. The five blocks of Broad from Hollywood to the railroad tracks will become a bazaar of treats and activities, with more than 30 studios, galleries, businesses and a brewery open for the evening. Works by about 70 artists will be on display. The street’s restaurants as well as food trucks will have food and beverages for purchase. Free and open to the public.
5 to 10 p.m. For information, visit BroadAveArts.com.
David Comstock’s fourth exhibition at L Ross Gallery opens with a reception. Titled “Raw,” the show continues the artist’s exploration into both the directness and complexity of abstract mixed-media painting. The exhibition will be on view through Nov. 30.
6-8 p.m. 5040 Sanderlin, Suite 104. Call 901-767-2200 or visit lrossgallery.com.
“Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?” takes the stage at the University of Memphis Theatre through Nov. 16. The musical has fun with Catholic schools of the 1950s, which means elements of sex education, nuns and confession.
3745 Central Ave. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. Tickets are $20; $15 for seniors and non U of M students; free for U of M students. Info: 901-678-2576 and memphis.edu/theatre.
Space is the Place
British space-rockers Hawkwind will invade the Hi-Tone on Friday. Led by 73-year-old sax man Nik Turner, this edition of Hawkwind (another version of the group fronted by Dave Brock also tours, and the two camps have been fighting over use of the name) has been winning raves for its current run of U.S. shows. The band will perform material from Turner’s original tenure with the group, which stretches from its formation in 1969 to 1976 and includes highlights such as “Silver Machine,” “D-Rider” and “Children of the Sun.” Pallbearer and Hedersleben will open.
Tickets: $10 at the door, or in advance at hitonememphis.com. The Hi-Tone is located at 412-414 N. Cleveland. For more information call 901-278-8663.
‘Hiding’ on Poplar
Memphian Myla Smith is a strong singer with a light touch, a good combination that helps her navigate the musical worlds of folk, country and pop. She does so better than ever on her latest album, Hiding Places, recorded in Nashville and released a few months ago. Smith brings her current “Hiding Places” tour back home for a show at The Poplar Lounge before heading west for a series of Texas shows.
2586 Poplar Ave. 9 p.m. Admission is $7.
Two for the Show
Roots-music veterans team up as Southern rockers the Drive-By Truckers and Texas twangers the Old ’97s split a bill at Minglewood Hall on Saturday. The ’97s’ most recent project was one from the archives: an EP of previously unreleased material the band recorded with the late outlaw legend Waylon Jennings in 1996. The Truckers, meanwhile, have been prepping a new album, a follow-up to 2011’s Go Go Boots, for release in 2014.
Doors at 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. On sale now at the box office (1555 Madison), minglewoodhall.com or 901-312-6058
Nashville-based songwriter Cory Branan returns to Otherlands for a concert on Saturday. Following a six-year recording gap, Branan’s latest, 2012’s Mutt, was released by alt-country label Bloodshot to critical acclaim. Local singer-songwriter Paul Taylor will open.
Otherlands is at 641 S. Cooper. $10 cash cover. For more information go to otherlandscoffeebar.com or call 901-278-4994.
Comedic Second Coming
A staged reading of “Second Coming,” an audacious and witty new play by Ivan J. Rodriguez, seems destined to provoke. The idea is that Jesus returns as a stand-up comic to spread the word. Actors include Christina Wellford Scott, Kendall Karcher, Rob Hanford, Chris Cotten, Falon Jones, Sam Rodriguez and Heather Malone.
2 p.m. McCoy Studio Theatre on the Rhodes College campus. Free.
Highly acclaimed but rarely seen, the 1973 French-Czech animated film “Fantastic Planet” is a surreal allegory about a strange world where human beings are kept as pets by large blue aliens with big red eyes. Winner of a special jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the film is presented in connection with the exhibition, “A Different Kind of Landscape: Maysey Craddock and Erin Harmon”; Harmon will introduce the movie, which she cites as a strong influence on her work.
2 p.m. Sunday, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Tickets: $8, or $6 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.
The Bucket List
The “Before I die I want to _______” project is in Memphis. Coordinated by artist Christina Miller (in partnership with UrbanArt Commission) and part of a national movement, the project allows people to write their aspirations and ultimate goals on a large chalkboard, set up locally at 1605 Monroe at Avalon. There will be a community celebration and storytelling gathering that includes light refreshments.
2-4 p.m. 1605 Monroe. Follow the “Before I Die Memphis” project on Facebook.
Strings and Things
The Ceruti String Quartet has been making beautiful music representing the University of Memphis for 19 years. The ensemble is joined by pianist Cathal Breslin in performing Frank Bridge’s Phantasy Piano Quartet and Schumann’s Piano Quintet. The 3 p.m. concert is hosted by the Memphis Chamber Music Society.
David Lusk Gallery, 4540 Poplar. Tickets are $50. Call in advance 901-758-0150.
Dance of Butterflies
The Shanghai Ballet performs “The Butterfly Lovers” at 3 p.m. at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre. The performance is a blend of a traditional Chinese story with classical western dance styles with spectacular sets and costumes.
1801 Exeter. Tickets are $27.50 to $45. Call 901-751-7500 or go to gpacweb.com.
Before “Glee” and “Pitch Perfect” made the previously obscure art of a cappella singing a phenomenon, there was Straight No Chaser. The all-male group formed at the University of Indiana in 1996 and earlier this year released Under the Influence, their fourth full-length for Atlantic Records. In time for their fall tour, the group has released a holiday edition of the record, featuring collaborations with Cee-Lo Green, Paul McCartney, Colbie Caillat and, posthumously, Otis Redding. Also performing on the bill will be former “The Voice” contestant Caroline Glaser.
7:30 p.m. Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main St. Tickets: $32.50. $39.50, and $44.50 in advance. Ticket prices increase $2 the day of the show. Advance tickets available at the box office and through Ticketmaster. (901-576-1201). Visit thecannoncenter.com.
ABC’s drama “Nashville” is set in the world of country music, but producers recently gave a nod to the city’s rock scene when they featured rising alternative band Moon Taxi. In its Oct. 16 episode, the show used “The New Black” off the band’s just-released third album, Mountains Beaches Cities, a track that was also played in Major League Baseball commercials during the World Series. Moon Taxi performs Wednesday at Minglewood Hall with locals Agori Tribe opening.
1555 Madison. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Available at the box office and online at minglewoodhall.com. 901-312-6058.
Let’s Go Crazy
Who wouldn’t go crazy for a night light that looks like a vintage motel sign? Well, you can make your own and go “Psycho” to boot when the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art hosts its latest “Art & A Movie” event. The museum will provide materials so guests can make their own motel-sign night light, and follow that with Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1960 shocker about moviedom’s most famous overnight establishment, the Bates Motel. Art-making begins at 6 p.m., “Psycho” screens at 7.
Admission: $15, or $12 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.