Ten things to do in Memphis this weekend:
1. Elvis Birthday Pops at the Cannon Center, Saturday: Terry Mike Jeffrey was music director for “Elvis: An American Musical,” and his band played several Elvis-related events over the decades, including the earliest version of the “Elvis Presley In Concert” show featuring live bands backing up Elvis performance film footage. Jeffrey has been performing an Elvis pops concert with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra for 11 years, on each occasion digging up new gems from Presley’s vast catalog, like this year’s first-ever orchestral version of “Don’t Be Cruel” and a recently recreated symphonic arrangement of “Kentucky Rain.” For more Elvis info, see here.-- Mark Jordan
7:30 p.m. Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 North Main. Tickets start at $15. Students, $5. Tickets available online at memphissymphony.org or by phone at 901-537-2525.
2. “Her,” “August: Osage County” and “Lone Survivor” on the big screen: Three high-profile releases open locally this weekend and all get a thumb’s up from John Beifuss, who enjoyed the three-star feeding frenzy lead by Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in the theatrical adaptation “August: Osage County,” which opens Malco’s Paradiso and Ridgeway theaters. Also getting three stars this week is “Lone Survivor,” a based-on-a-true-story war movie from director Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights”). But the pick of the week is “Her,” the inventive, futuristic three-and-a-half-star romance from writer-director Spike Jonze, in which Joaquin Phoenix plays a man who falls in love with his smartphone operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson.
3. Bobby Bare Jr. at the Hi-Tone, Saturday: Bobby Bare is many things: the son of recently enshrined Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare Sr., a Grammy nominee at the age of 6, the longtime leader of roots-rock outfit Bare Jr., and, for the last decade, a consistently intriguing singer-songwriter and solo act. Bare – who was the subject of the 2012 documentary “Don’t Follow Me (I’m Lost)” -- is currently prepping a full-length follow up to his 2010 album A Storm, A Tree, My Mother's Head. In the meantime, Mississippi’s Big Legal Mess (label home to Memphians Jack Oblivian and John Paul Keith) has released a single from Bare that features an A-side cover of his father’s first hit “Shame on Me.” “Figured after eight of my own albums I can’t be accused of coat tailing it at this point,” Bare noted recently on his website. The flipside is an acoustic version of an old Bare Jr. number “Extra Soggy Daisy.” Bare headlines at the Hi-Tone. The Memphis Dawls, who will have their own new album out later this year, will open. -- Bob Mehr
412-414 N. Cleveland. Doors open at 9 p.m. Cover is $8. Available at the door or at hitonememphis.com. For more information call (901) 278-8663.
4. “Shrek the Musical” at the Kroc Center, starting Friday: “Shrek the Musical” played at the Harrell Theatre in Collierville in November and is gearing up for a six-performance encore at the Kroc Center, presented by New Day Children’s Theatre, a Collierville nonprofit that has produced more than 15 shows, plus camps and workshops since it started in 2006. Based on the 2001 hit film “Shrek” by DreamWorks Animation, it tells the story of the unlikely leading man — call him what he is: an ogre — who aims to rescue a plucky princess. Rounding out the cast of characters is the motormouthed Donkey, the despicable Lord Farquaad and an enchanted kingdom full of fairy tale types. Cast members — the same as November’s — are ages 9-16. And the makeup and prosthetics are by Memphian Matt Singer, who has long done special effects in Hollywood. You gotta make those ogre ears believable. -- Jon W. Sparks
Showtimes are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 19. Tickets are $20; $15 for students/seniors. Info: 901-853-9669 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to newdaytheatre.org. The Kroc Center is at 800 East Parkway.
5. Center for Southern Folklore photo exhibit at WKNO, opening reception Sunday: One of the responsibilities of the local Center for Southern Folklore is recording the efforts of craftsmen, artists and other performers for posterity. Since the activities of many of these self-taught creators from Greater Memphis and the Mississippi Delta are ephemeral, their documentation is central to a sense of history, preservation and dissemination. Some of that spirit is on display in an exhibition in Gallery Ten Ninety One at the WKNO Digital Center, on view through Jan. 29. Drawing on the archives that the Center for Southern Folklore has accumulated since 1971, the exhibition offers photographs, quilts and narratives that showcase many of the types of art and performance that are celebrated outside of the realm of commercial galleries and musical venues. WKNO will host an opening reception Sunday. -- Fredric Koeppel
2 to 4 p.m. 7151 Cherry Farms Road in Cordova. Call 901-729-8719. Free and open to the public.
6. Grizzlies host Phoenix and Atlanta: The Grizzlies haven’t won back-to-back games since before Christmas, but with five of their next six games on the home floor, this weekend would be a good time to begin a winning streak. The Griz face the Suns at 7 p.m. Friday night and without their budding star guard Eric Bledsoe, who’s out with a knee injury. The Grizzlies are planning programming before and during the game to commemorate Elvis’ birthday. On Sunday, the Grizzlies face the Eastern Conference Atlanta Hawks with a 5 p.m. tipoff. The Hawks have been the third best team in the East this year, but, like the Grizzlies, will be playing the game without their star center, Al Horford, who, like the Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol, is out with an injury. -- Chris Herrington
7. John Torina and Lynn McCarty exhibit at David Lusk Gallery, starting Friday:The pairing of groups of paintings by John Torina and Lynn McCarty at David Lusk Gallery seems at first glance to be random: two artists of very different styles aiming for different purposes. Yet the juxtaposition proves to be fruitful because Torina and McCarty — he is local; she lives in upstate New York — each seem to be working toward a personal version of light and its implications of the spiritually or at least emotionally transcendent. Learn more here. -- FK
Through Feb. 1 at David Lusk Gallery, 4540 Poplar in Laurelwood. Call 901-767-3800, or visit davidluskgallery.com.
8. A.J. Croce at Bartlett Performing Arts Center, Saturday: For his upcoming eighth album, Twelve Tales, due out February 4, A.J. Croce, the son of ’70s folk rock icon Jim Croce, travelled the country, recording in five cities with a half dozen different producers, including Mitchell Froom, Allen Toussaint, and, in his last session behind the board, the late Sun Records legend “Cowboy” Jack Clement. Expect to hear some of the resulting songs when the New Orleans-flavored roots rocker and his band perform at the Bartlett Performing Arts Center Saturday, along with, Croce promises, some songs by his late father who would have turned 70-years-old on Friday. -- MJ
8 p.m. 3663 Appling Rd. Tickets: $25; available at the box office, by phone at 901-385-6440, and online at bpacc.org.
9. Harlem Globetrotters at FedExForum, Saturday:They’re not as visible as they were during the heyday of Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal, but the Harlem Globetrotters continue to live up to their name, traveling the world and putting a legitimately family-friendly spin on the now-common phrase “sports entertainment.” For their current “Fans Rule” tour, these basketball clowns and acrobats are letting fans vote on what rules will govern their comical, athletic exhibitions. -- CH
10. “Yellow Light” at TheatreSouth, starting Friday:: Do you slow down or speed up at a yellow traffic light? The romantic comedy “Yellow Light” ponders this for the twentysomething set as it looks with snappy dialogue at fate and love and hesitation and taking chances. It’s a new production from Voices of the South and brings some sharp talent on and off stage. Learn more here.-- JS
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 25. Tickets: $21, $16 for seniors/students. For more info: voicesofthesouth.org and 901-726-0800. It’s showing at TheatreSouth, 1000 S. Cooper.