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The To-Do List: Gonerfest, Veganfest, Arcade fest and Martin/Short

Welcome back to The To-Do List, where Daily Memphian staffers suggest their favorite events and activities for the coming week.

This week, Crosstown Arts screens a Japanese gangster film, Cynthia Daniels hosts five parties in one and the Pink Palace Crafts Fair is back for the 50th time.

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‘Rickydoc’s Traveling Medicine Show’ at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Thursday:

Arthur Flowers, self-proclaimed High Hoodoo of Memphis, will perform in “Rickydoc’s Traveling Medicine Show” at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music on Sept. 22. (Submitted)


Novelist and Syracuse University professor emeritus Arthur Flowers, aka Rickydoc (his hoodoo name), will blend a Delta-based oral tradition with musical accompaniment in his “traveling medicine show.” He’ll be joined on stage by Memphis author Sheree Renee Thomas, Afro-spiritual dancer Anna B. Scott and musicians Ekpe Abioto, Danian Jerry and Cequita Monique. Read more about Flowers and his dedication to preserving the hoodoo spiritual tradition here. 7 p.m. Free. 926 E. McLemore Ave. Click here for more information about the event. — Bianca Phillips

“Branded to Kill” at Crosstown Theater, Thursday:

The Crosstown Arthouse Film Series presents “Branded to Kill” at Crosstown Theater on Sept. 22. (Courtesy Crosstown Arts)

The title might sound like something from the straight-to-video mind of Steven Seagal, but “Branded to Kill” is instead a 1967 yakuza flick — a Japanese gangster film — from director Seijun Suzuki. This black-and-white, sex-and-violence-fueled portrait of the travails of the Japanese underworld’s third-ranked hitman is, per the film’s trailer, “a bold, no-holds-barred portrait of a man as hard-boiled as they come.” A rarely screened cult favorite, the film has been cited as a direct influence on filmmakers such as Jim Jarmusch and Quentin Tarantino. Screening as part of the weekly Crosstown Arthouse series. 7:30 p.m. $5. 1350 Concourse Ave. See here for more info. — Chris Herrington

Gonerfest at Railgarten, Thursday through Sunday:

Shannon & the Clams will perform at Gonerfest, which runs Sept. 22-25 at Railgarten. In this file photo,Shannon Shaw of Shannon & the Clams performs at Shaky Knees in Atlanta. (Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP file photo)

Pound for pound the best music festival in Memphis, with bands and fans (and bands who are also fans) descending on Memphis from around the country and beyond for a four-day rock-and-roll bacchanalia and appreciation of Memphis’ various cultural riches. The product of Cooper-Young’s record store/label Goner Records, Gonerfest is thought of as a garage rock/punk festival, but that basic template can extend in multiple directions, from a traditionalist embrace of R&B and ’50s rock to forays into more artsy and experimental territory, and with dollops of blues and hip-hop along the way. Among the high-on-the-bill bands this year: R&B-influenced Oakland band Shannon & the Clams, Montreal duo the King Khan & BBQ Show, Philadelphia singer-songwriter Rosali and Alabama oddball Fred Lane. Notable names from the hometown contingent: The Compulsive Gamblers, which first paired dual Memphis institutions Greg Cartwright and Jack Yarber, and Bennett (Foster), formerly of the teen-esque pop band Magic Kids, now gone solo. Times vary by day. $30 on Thursday, $40 on Friday and Saturday, $100 for a full pass. 2166 Central Ave. See here for more info. — Herrington


Pink Palace Crafts Fair at Audubon Park, Friday through Sunday:

The 50th annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair runs from Sept. 23-25 at Audubon Park. In this file photo, hundreds of people enjoyed the 49th Pink Palace Crafts Fair in Audubon Park. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. (Lucy Garrett/Daily Memphian file)

Can you believe the Pink Palace Crafts Fair has been around for 50 years? Well, it has, and despite the Pink Palace Museum rebranding as MoSH, the crafts fair has retained the old name (thank goodness). On the golden anniversary, you can expect nearly 150 artists from around the country selling everything from pottery and paintings to woodwork and woven goods. As always, there will be demonstrations by master craftspeople, food and drink vendors and rides on the family-favorite choo choo train. New this year: wall climbing and pony rides. While you’re in the area, stop by MoSH and check out its “Celebrating 50 Years of the Pink Palace Crafts Fair” exhibition, which commemorates the long-running festival. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. $8 adults, $6 seniors and military, $3 kids ages 5 to 12, free for kids under 5. 751 Cherry Rd. Click here for more information. — Phillips

‘Eat to Live Veganfest’ with NLE Choppa at Grind City Brewing Co., Saturday:

Memphis-based rapper NLE Choppa is bringing his new vegan food truck, called This Can’t Be Vegan, to the Eat to Live Veganfest at Grind City Brewing on Sept. 24. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP file photo)

What goes better with craft beer than vegan food? In my opinion, nothing. But I might be biased. This free vegan festival at Grind City will feature lots of food vendors, including The Fluffy Vegan (Cajun vegan chicken pasta, dairy-free cheesesteak), The Vegan Goddess (meat-free pot roast and plant-based fish), LuLu’s (sourdough and baked goods), Greatness Within Herbs (waffles and wellness shots), Naughty Bites (plant-based chocolate) and more. But I’m burying the lede here, guys: Memphis rapper NLE Choppa will be there with his new This Can’t Be Vegan food truck! Plus, “Whoop That Trick” rapper Al Kapone is listed as a special guest, and live performances are planned for musician D’Dior and jookin’ artist Dra’em. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 76 Waterworks Ave. Click here for more information. — Phillips

Latin Fest at Overton Square, Saturday:

Hispanic Heritage Month is underway, and Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group will host this family-friendly festival to showcase Latinx culture. Expect performances by local musicians, food and drinks (yes, there will be margaritas), crafts for kids and vendors (Mili’s Flowers will be there with fresh flowers and imported gifts from Mexico). Although the festival is outside, the organizers are strongly encouraging guests to mask up. Noon to 6 p.m. Free. 2101 Madison Ave. Click here for more information. — Phillips


Memphis Beer & Arcade Festival at Flip Side and Black Lodge, Saturday:

Flip Side (pictured here) and Black Lodge will co-host the inaugural Memphis Beer & Arcade Festival on Sept. 24. (Brad Vest/Daily Memphian file)

Pinball, video games, beer and music intersect at the inaugural Memphis Beer & Arcade Festival, which takes place over two Crosstown neighborhood venues. From 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, the festival will be free and family-friendly with pinball tournaments at Flip Side and gaming (think arcade games, board games and vintage games) at Black Lodge. Local breweries will be taking over the taps at both locations. After 6 p.m., the festival becomes a ticketed event with live music at Black Lodge. The line-up includes Memphis band Pixels, saxophonist Tim Capello and Bit Brigade. Free from 1 to 6 p.m.; tickets are $15 advance or $20 at the door for live music from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Flip Side is at 1349 Autumn Ave., and Black Lodge is at 405 N. Cleveland St. Click here for more information. — Phillips

Steve Martin and Martin Short at the Orpheum Theatre, Saturday:

Comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short, shown here at the 74th Emmy Awards on Sept. 12, will bring their touring stand-up show to the Orpheum Theatre on Sept. 24. (Al Seib/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)

Before there was Seth Rogan and James Franco or Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, there was Steve Martin and Martin Short. The Martin/Short comedy duo has been performing together since 1986’s “Three Amigos,” and they’re still at it with Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building” (my current obsession), which earned both men Emmy nominations for lead actor in a comedy series this year. Martin and Short have been touring their live stand-up routines since 2015, and their current show, “You Won’t Believe What They Look Like Today!” promises rapid-fire jokes with little setup and big punch lines as the duo mock Hollywood and roast each other. 7:30 p.m. $95 to $350. 203 S. Main St. Click here for more information. — Phillips

The War on Drugs at Graceland Live, Saturday:

The War on Drugs will play the Graceland Soundstage on Sept. 24. In this file photo, Adam Granduciel of The War on Drugs performs at the 2022 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. (Amy Harris/Invision/AP file photo)

It’s a big concert week at Graceland Live. Robert Cray, the modern blues master who’s recorded at South Memphis’ Royal Studios in recent years, will be there Friday. Dreamy Baltimore alt-rock duo Beach House will be there on Monday. But the most notable booking, because I think they’ve played Memphis less, is Philadelphia’s guitar-driven alt-rock band The War on Drugs, who land somewhere between Tom Petty and Arcade Fire on the sonic — if not quite songwriting — spectrum. By the way, The War on Drugs is just one of several Memphis fall concert highlights. Doors at 7 p.m., showtime 8 p.m. Tickets are $41 in advance and $46 at the door. See here for more info. — Herrington

‘Elixir Ultimate Cocktail Party’ at Hilton Memphis, Saturday:

Cynthia Daniels, seen here on the right, will host five parties in one at “Elixir” on Sept. 24. (The Daily Memphian file)

Whether you’re indecisive or just like to mix things up, event strategist extraordinaire Cynthia Daniels has a party for you this Saturday. Her “Elixir” cocktail party will be spread over five rooms, each with a different musical theme and drink pairing: The Velvet Room (’90s), The Silent Room (silent disco with three DJ channels), The Lit Lounge (top 40 and club hits), The Cigar Lounge (old school throwbacks) and The Space Age Lounge (think Prince’s “Purple Rain”). Read more about Daniels’ “ultimate cocktail party,” as she calls it. Daniels will also host her Soulful Food Truck Festival (for the second time this year) on Sunday at Tiger Lane. 8 p.m. $30. 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Click here for tickets. — Phillips

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