“On Golden Pond”
The comedy/drama opens Germantown Community Theatre’s season with Jim Eikner and Martha Graber as the enduring Norman and Ethel Thayer. The Thayers’ annual summer visit to their home at Golden Pond, intended to be a relaxing time, is stirred up by a visit from their grown daughter and her 13-year-old stepson.
Through Sept. 29 at 3037 Forest Hill-Irene. Tickets: $21; $15 for seniors and students; $10 for 12 and under. More information: 901-754-2680; gctcomeplay.org.
Pro bono opera
Thirty days (of opera) hath September, which means Opera Memphis is presenting daily operatic appetizers through the month. Some are planned, some are random and all are free.
7 p.m. Friday, Levitt Shell, Overton Park; 11 a.m. Saturday, Cooper Young Festival; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Harris Concert Hall, University of Memphis.
The ninth installment of “Circuitous Succession,” the 16-part exhibition excursion curated by Jason Miller, features “Animalia: An Image Series by Jeane Umbreit,” a show that focuses on the extinction of animals across the world. The exhibition can be seen at the opening reception at Gasoline and through Wednesday by appointment.
6 to 9 p.m. 2493 Broad. Call 901-229-1041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In conjunction with Architecture Month, ANF Architects present “A Walk through History,” opening with a reception at the firm’s galleries. The exhibition offers photographs of local landmark buildings and districts, many on the National Register of Historic Places, taken by members of the Memphis Camera Club. The show will be on view through Sept. 27.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 1500 Union. Call 901-278-6868 or visit anfa.com.
Watch your knees
“Rug Burns,” an exhibition of new work by longtime University of Memphis art teacher Niles Wallace, opens with a reception at Gallery 56. The noted ceramicist moved far beyond the standard vase and coffee mug years ago, and this show takes many sly liberties with common conceptions of clay and fiber art. The exhibition will be displayed through Sept. 28.
5 to 8 p.m. 2256 Central. Call 901-276-1251.
Back in the ring, the king
To help promote the newly opened Jerry “the King” Lawler Museum, Resorts Tunica Casino will host its first wrestling event. “Unfinished Business: Revenge at Resorts” will feature local wrestling favorites such as Jimmy Valiant and Bill “Superstar” Dundee and, in the main event, Lawler himself.
Doors: 6 p.m. 1100 Casino Strip Blvd Tunica Resorts, Miss. Tickets: $15, VIP $40. Tickets: 866-706-7070; resortstunica.com.
CD release on Beale
This weekend the group Musicians for Le Bonheur marks the release of a two-CD compilation of songs from artists who have participated in its regular fundraisers for the Memphis children’s hospital with a three-day festival at the Hard Rock Café. The music starts at 10 p.m. Friday with a lineup that includes FreeWorld and Chinese Connection Dub Embassy and picks up again at 10 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday.
Doors: 9 p.m. Friday, 315 Beale. Cover: $5 nightly. 901-529-0007. Visit musiciansforlebonheur.com for more information and a complete lineup.
The Beethoven Club celebrates its 125th anniversary with a concert by the Memphis Repertory Orchestra with violinist Gregory Maytan at Buckman Performing Arts Center. The orchestra will perform Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Maytan is the soloist on Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major.
7:30 p.m., 60 Perkins Ext. Tickets are $10; $5 for students. Info: 901-493-0958 and buckmanartscenter.com.
Admit it: Ever since you saw “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” perhaps the most Coen-pone comedy in the Brothers’ cinematic ouevre, you’ve wanted to be one of the “Soggy Bottom Boys.” Here’s your chance, as beloved Memphis singer-songwriter Jimmy Davis leads moviegoers in a special singalong screening of the 2000 Coen Brothers’ comedy classic, which features folk, blues and bluegrass songs, as well as the presence of George Clooney as the leader of a trio of chain-gang fugitives sneaking through the Depression South. Lyric sheets will be passed out to help enable the karaoke vibe.
2 p.m., Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Tickets: $8, or $6 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.
Symphony in the Gardens
Bring a picnic and experience the Memphis Symphony Orchestra led by assistant conductor Conner Gray Covington at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Concertgoers will hear excerpts from Dvorak’s popular Ninth Symphony, “From the New World,” and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, along with Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and several other selections.
5 p.m., 4339 Park. Tickets are $20; $5 children. Information: 901-537-2525 and memphissymphony.org.
Gilmore, Schween and Gurt
The Memphis Chamber Music Society gets its season under way with “The Romantics.” Former Memphis Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore, cellist Astrid Schween and pianist Michael Gurt perform a concert of trios by Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms.
3 p.m., 1738 Ridgeway. Call 901-758-0150 for tickets ($50).
Esperian sings the standards
Kallen Esperian steps outside the world of opera for a night of jazz and pop standards at the Germantown Performing Arts Center. The River City Concert Band and Rhodes College guitar professor John Bass accompany her.
7 p.m., 1801 Exeter. Tickets: $20; available at the box office and online at gpacweb.com. 901-751-7500.
At the Shell
Sunday guitarist Will Kimbrough (Will & the Bushmen, Todd Snider, Myla Smith’s new release) presents his group Willie Sugarcapps as part of the Levitt Shell’s free fall concert series. A super group of sorts made up of artists well known around Kimbrough’s native Southern Alabama, the band recently released its self-titled debut album of Americana.
7:30 p.m. Visit levittshell.com.
Southern circuit begins
Presented locally by Indie Memphis, the “Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers” is a traveling showcase for new movies, hosted by the moviemakers themselves. The 2013-2014 season begins with “How to Make Movies at Home,” a wry story about a band of ultraindie, do-it-yourself film artists who feel threatened when a Hollywood company chooses their small hometown for a major TV production. Writer-director Morgan Nichols will attend, and will answer questions after the screening.
7:30 p.m., Studio on the Square. Tickets: $8, or $6 for seniors; free for students and Indie Memphis members. Visit indiememphis. com.
At the Hi-tone, Billy Joe
One of the original outlaw country singer-songwriters along with buddies like Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, honky tonk hero Billy Joe Shaver returns to Memphis for a show at the Hi-Tone. Asheville, N.C.’s Honeycutters open.
Doors: 7 p.m. 412-414 N. Cleveland. Tickets: $18; available in advance hitonememphis.com. 901-278-8663.
Music in the club house
The nonprofit Overton Park support group Park Friends holds the second in its biweekly series of free fall concerts at the park golf course’s Abe Goodman Club House. Multi-instrumentalist Eric Lewis (Earl the Pearl & People of the Blues, the Tennessee Boltsmokers) performs and food truck A Square Meal on Wheels also will be on hand.
6 p.m. Free. Visit parkfriends.net.
A show with a twist
The innovative dance troupe Pilobolus brings its extreme balance, contortion and illusion art to the stage at the Germantown Performing Arts Center. Pilobolus — twisting, lifting and amazing for more than 40 years — is making its fourth appearance at GPAC since 1997.
8 p.m., 1801 Exeter. Tickets: $27.50 to $42.50. Info: 901-751-7500 and gpacweb.com.
A real cult movie
One of the most acclaimed documentaries of the year, “The Source Family,” a movie about “a ’60s love cult” (to quote The Wall Street Journal), makes its local debut at 7 p.m. at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. According to the film’s website, “The Source Family was a radical experiment in ’70s utopian living. Their outlandish style, popular health food restaurant, rock band and beautiful women made them the darlings of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip; but their outsider ideals and the unconventional behavior of their spiritual leader, Father Yod, caused controversy with local authorities.”
Tickets: $8, or $6 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.
At Minglewood Hall
In advance of his new album, Glenn Tilbrook, frontman for ’80s soul-pop favorites Squeeze, brings his new solo acoustic tour to Minglewood Hall’s 1884 Lounge. Joe Michelini of New Jersey’s River City Extension opens.
Doors: 8 p.m. 1555 Madison. Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 day of show. Advance tickets at the box office and online at minglewoodhall.com. 901-312-6058.