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The To-Do List: The Who’s on first; Collage Dance presents second tribute to Brazil
The Memphis in May Triathlon gets underway this weekend at Shelby Farms Park from May 13-14. In this 2019 file photo, local pro triathlete Laura Mathews crosses the finish line. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian) 

The Memphis in May Triathlon gets underway this weekend at Shelby Farms Park from May 13-14. In this 2019 file photo, local pro triathlete Laura Mathews crosses the finish line. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian) 

Welcome back to The To-Do List, where Daily Memphian staffers suggest their favorite events and activities for the coming week. Want more ideas? Check out The Daily Memphian’s event calendar and feel free to submit your own events there, as well.

This week, Ballet Memphis presents a pay-what-you-can performance, the Raleigh Library celebrates cookbooks, and Memphis in May triathletes swim, bike and run through Shelby Farms Park. 

New Public Artist Fellowship exhibition opening and walking tour at University of Memphis, Thursday:

The UrbanArt Commission and the University of Memphis are celebrating their first Public Artist Fellowship exhibition with a reception for, and remarks from, the fellows, followed by a guided tour of their work. The fellows are Amber Ahmad, Brittney Boyd Bullock, Kenneth Wayne Alexander II, Khara Woods, LaAndrea Deloyce, Sarah Elizabeth Cornejo and Tracy Treadwell. The reception takes place in the U of M’s Communications and Fine Arts Building’s central atrium. 5-7 p.m. Free. 3750 Norriswood Ave. – Elle Perry


The Who stops in Memphis at the FedExForum on their “The Who Hits Back” tour on May 13. (Courtesy of FedExForum)

The Who at FedExForum, Friday:

My dad had the most amazing record collection when I was a kid, and I remember being enthralled by the connect-the-dots illustration on The Who’s “By the Numbers” album. Mostly, I just wanted to draw lines to complete the caricatures of Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. But my interest in the album led my dad to introduce me to “My Generation” (which, by the way, is not on “By the Numbers”), and to this day, that song is my favorite by The Who. It’s a rock anthem that encapsulates the rebellion of youth and somehow works for every generation following the boomers it was recorded for. Townshend and Daltrey will be back in Memphis this weekend playing all the hits and some numbers from their most recent album, “The Who,” on their “The Who Hits Back” tour. 7:30 p.m. $25-$299. 191 Beale St. Click here for more information. — Bianca Phillips


Ballet Memphis presents “Interiorworks” from May 13-14. (Ziggy Mack/Courtesy of Ballet Memphis)

“Interiorworks” at Ballet Memphis, Friday - Saturday:

Ballet Memphis dancers created and are producing this pay-what-you-can show featuring all new works. “Interiorworks” benefits the organization’s Artists’ Resource Fund, which helps dancers with financial burdens, including the cost of career transitions, travel costs, illnesses, injuries or other issues. 7:30 p.m. both days. Pay what you can (suggested donation is $20). 2144 Madison Ave. Click here for more information. – Perry


Collage Dance Collective is partnering with Iris Orchestra, Crosstown Arts and the Carpenter Art Garden on “Brazil By Day” at Crosstown Arts on May 14. (Courtesy of Collage Dance Collective)


“Brazil by Day” at Crosstown Arts, Saturday:

After its “Brazil by Night” collaboration with Iris Orchestra in early April, Collage Dance Collective is again partnering Iris, but adding Crosstown Arts and Binghampton’s Carpenter Art Garden for a free iteration. This event also spotlights Brazil and features visual art, live music, dance performances, Capoeira demonstrations and Brazilian cuisine. The events take place in various locations at Crosstown Arts: The Green Room, East Atrium, Screening Room, West Gallery and East Gallery. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. 1350 Concourse Ave. Click here for more information. — Perry

“Eat This Book” at Memphis Public Library — Raleigh Branch, Saturday:

I’m one of those weird people who read cookbooks like novels, enthusiastically dog-earring every page with a recipe I might make someday. So I’m excited to see cookbooks getting their due respect at the “Eat This Book” festival at the Memphis Public Library’s newly constructed Raleigh Branch. This fest will shine a light on the library’s cookbook and food culture section, and they’ll have vendors and info booths promoting Memphis’ food culture. Plus, there will be food trucks, recipe demonstrations and activities for kids. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. 3452 Austin Peay Hwy. Click here for more information. — Phillips


Jazz drummer Makaya McCraven plays Crosstown Theater on May 14. (Courtesy of Crosstown Arts)

Makaya McCraven at Crosstown Theater, Saturday:

It’s not every day that the drummer gets to be the star of the show, but jazz drummer Makaya McCraven is the main attraction here. The Chicago-based, self-professed “beat scientist” moves between genres and pushes the boundaries of rhythm and jazz to create a sound that’s uniquely his. Former New York City record shop Turntable Lab called McCraven’s 2015 breakthrough album, “In the Moment,” “one of the most important recordings to date in the modern Jazz world.” That’s high praise, but having watched videos of McCraven’s 2019 Memphis performance in The Green Room at Crosstown Arts, I believe it. This time, he’ll be playing the much larger Crosstown Theater space. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 on the day of the show. 1350 Concourse Ave. Click here for more information. — Phillips


Memphis in May Triathlon Weekend runs from May 14-15 in Shelby Farms Park. In this 2019 file photo, Joey Lee makes the last turn in the second leg of the Memphis in May Olympic Triathlon. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian) 


Memphis in May Triathlon Weekend at Shelby Farms Park, Saturday-Sunday:

The 39th annual Memphis in May Triathlon gets underway this weekend. On Saturday, athletes will compete in the Olympic distance triathlon — a 1.5 km swim in Hyde Lake, 40 km bike ride through the park and 10 km run on the park’s paved trails. On Sunday, the sprint distance triathlon includes a third-of-a-mile swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a three-mile run. Registration is open through Saturday for those who want to compete. Not a triathlete? Spectating is fun, too. Both races start at 6:30 a.m. on their respective days. Registration fees vary. 6903 Great View Dr. North. Click here for more information. — Phillips


Indie Memphis and Crosstown Arts present “Sankofa” at Crosstown Theater in conjunction with Memphis in May on May 18. (Courtesy of Indie Memphis) 

Screening of “Sankofa” at Crosstown Theater, Wednesday:

Throughout the month of May, Indie Memphis is screening films made in or about Ghana in celebration of this year’s Memphis in May’s honored country. This week, Indie Memphis is partnering with Crosstown Arts to show “Sankofa,” a 1993, Ethiopian-produced film about an American model on a photo shoot in Ghana who goes back in time and becomes enslaved on a plantation, forcing her to face her ancestral past. 7 p.m. $12. 1350 Concourse Ave. Click here for tickets. — Phillips

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