The Weekly Memphian: Oxford Film Festival, Works of Heart, 'Dirty Dancing' and 901 Wrestling

By Updated: February 06, 2019 10:52 AM CT | Published: February 05, 2019 2:14 PM CT

The Weekly Memphian is a partial guide to things happening in Memphis, recommended by Daily Memphian staff. This guide covers Feb. 6-12.


16th annual Oxford Film Festival in Oxford: Film enthusiasts should consider a short day trip for this five-day festival featuring more than 200 films. For those with children, there’s even a family portion. Of note: screenings of previous Memphis and Louisiana Film Prize shorts, LGBTQ+ and Mississippi shorts, a Carolina Chocolate Drops doc, an M.B. Mayfield doc (Mayfield was a janitor at Ole Miss, who would listen to art lectures while working and complete the assignments, eventually becoming a full-time painter), “Southern Pride” (a doc about two teens from Mississippi who organize black and gay pride festivals in their towns), “When the Beat Drops” (a doc about Atlanta’s “bucking” dance scene) and “Driven,” a film involving a ride-share driver who picks up a “mysterious passenger” and ends up embarking on a quest. – Elle Perry

$15 per movie/short block, up to $125 for a VIP Pass. Various venues.

“Border” at  Ridgeway Cinema Grill: An Oscar nominee for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, this Swedish feature is a “modern fairy tale” about an androgynous customs agent with a spectacular sense of smell, per The Chicago Reader. Screening as part of Indie Memphis’ ongoing one-off series. – Chris Herrington

7 p.m. $10. 5853 Ridgeway Center Pkwy

Nude Figure Drawing at Brooks Museum: Most of us who saw “Titanic” during its obliteration of box office records in 1997 walked away with some questions. Chief among them would be, “Was there more room for Jack to float on that wood?” But the next one was more than likely, “I wonder if I would be any good at nude portraiture?” Here’s your chance to draw someone “like a French girl,” in case you’ve still not found the time to scratch the artistic itch inside you. Artists of any skill level are welcome to join, and there is no need for reservations at this first-come, first-served event. Of course, however, this is an event for artists above 18 years old. – Jared Boyd

5:30-7:30 p.m. $5, free with Brooks membership. 1934 Poplar Ave.


“Tomorrow I'll Be Brave” with Jessica Hische at 11 West Huling: For quirky parents who are nurturing quirky little ones, illustrator Jessica Hische will be signing her picture book “Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave.” The book’s message is one about “trying your best but forgiving yourself when you don’t always achieve what you set out to do.” And, while it was written as a bedtime story for kids, the gorgeous displays inside the book are worth gawking at, regardless of age. Even better, there will be free beer and wine, for grown-ups to enjoy while they chat with the author. – Boyd

6-8 p.m. $5 for general admission, $25 includes the book. 11 W. Huling Ave.


Staxtacular at Stax Museum of American Soul: If you’re like me, you probably will never grow tired of an intimate evening within earshot of the sounds of The Bar-Kays. However, an evening with The Bar-Kays for a cause is an idea with an even better ring to it. As a matter of fact, the purchase of a ticket to Stax Music Academy’s largest annual fundraiser could be an investment in funding the betterment of the outfit of young Memphians who will set the music world on fire. So, it’d be a pretty fitting way to spend your money and your night out on the town. For an added bonus, those who miss seeing Dillon Brooks on the floor with the Memphis Grizzlies have a chance to catch up with him by the dance floor, as the young guard will be hosting the night’s proceedings. – Boyd

7-11 p.m. $175. 926 E. McLemore Ave.


Afro-Puerto Rican bomba dance workshop and Afro-Caribbean night concert at Evergreen Theatre: Bilingual theater group Cazateatro’s event will feature Afro-Latino culture and music of Ecuador, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. The special guest will be New York’s Redobles de Cultura Group. They will host an Afro-Puerto Rican dance workshop at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Theatre. At 7 p.m., the New York City group will be the concert guest. – Perry

Workshop: 11 a.m., concert: 7 p.m. Workshop tickets are $25. Concert tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 1705 Poplar Ave.

Works of Heart exhibit and auction at Memphis College of Art: Benefiting the Memphis Child Advocacy Center, the 27th annual Works of Heart event features 100 regional artists’ heart-shaped art pieces. First-time participants this year include Terry Lynn, Brooke Sarden and Quantavious “Toonky” Worship. If you’re interested in previewing the art, before you buy, you can check it out at MCA’s main gallery from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Friday, Feb. 8. WMC-TV’s Joe Birch serves as event emcee. General admission tickets include complimentary beer, wine and Another Roadside Attraction’s appetizers. Big Heart Lounge tickets are $200 and include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a personal work created by a Works of Heart artist, a free Works of Heart tee and other gifts. – Perry

7-10 p.m. $75-$200. 1930 Poplar Ave.

Love Is ________ at Stax Museum of American Soul Music: In 1972, Stax soul trio The Temprees sang “Love …. Can Be So Wonderful.” In 2019, the refrain still rings true. The museum that bears the same name and legacy as the seminal record label will be celebrating Valentine’s Day and Black History Month with family-friendly activities. Jump in and share the love! – Boyd

12-2 p.m. Free with admission to the museum. 926 E. McLemore Ave.

Real Memphis Wrestling from 901 Wrestling at Rec Room: Looking for a little rumble in your Saturday night? Sit ringside at 901 Wrestling to see heels and faces square off just like they have for decades in this city. The event is all ages, but wrasslin’ fans under 21 must be accompanied by a guardian. –Boyd

7-9 p.m. $5. 3000 Broad Ave.


“Dirty Dancing” at Paradiso Cinema Grill: It may be February in Memphis, but it can be summer in the Catskills for a couple of hours with a big-screen showing of this 1980s pop and/or kitsch classic, where nobody puts Baby in the corner but the secret heroes, if you ask me, are a pair of parents played by future TV icons Jerry Orbach (Lenny Briscoe in “Law & Order”) and Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore in “Gilmore Girls”). Go ahead, have the time of your life. – Herrington

4 p.m., 584 S. Mendenhall Rd.

Kafe Kirk with Everette Harp at Halloran Centre: The latest installment in jazz impresario Kirk Whalum’s laid-back local concert series will be going down at the Halloran Centre. This time, Whalum brings with him Everette Harp, who, much like Whalum, has spent his career lending his sax skills to the who’s who of music legends in studios and on stage. As a solo act, Harp has excelled, as well, making his name as a part of the Blue Note family in the early 1990s. Get up close and personal with both these contemporary saxophone greats while kicking back in the gorgeous theater. – Boyd

6 p.m. $45-$75 (VIP). 225 S. Main St.


Chicken Salad Chick in Germantown: Chicken Salad Chick is opening in Germantown at 2126 Exeter Road near Trader Joe’s. The grand opening will have giveaways that will continue until Saturday. The first 150 guests will get free chicken salad for a year. – Abigail Warren


Oxford Film Festival Stax Museum of American Soul Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group Memphis College of Art Kirk Whalum

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