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

This week, the late George Hunt has a posthumous exhibition with Rob Gonzo, Playhouse on the Square presents the story of Alabama’s “Scottsboro Boys” and Black Lodge hosts a showtunes rave.

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“3 Women” at Crosstown Theater, Thursday:

Crosstown Arts will screen “3 Women” at Crosstown Theater on Jan. 19. (Courtesy Crosstown Arts)

American cinema in the 1970s is now associated with the rise of the “movie brats” — Spielberg, Coppola, Scorsese, etc. But looming at least as large in the moment was the older Robert Altman, whose works such as “Nashville,” “M*A*S*H,” and “The Long Goodbye” made him a major figure after more than a decade of anonymous television work. The Crosstown Arts Film Series gives local filmgoers a chance to go deeper into Altman’s Seventies work with this lesser-known 1977 film, a dream-like psychological drama starring Shelley Duval and Sissy Spacek.  7 p.m.$5. See here for more info. — Chris Herrington

“Spaces: Works by Rob Gonzo & Collabs with George Hunt” at the Buckman Arts Center, opening Friday:

“Lady Begonia”(Rob Gonzo)


Memphis folk artist George Hunt, who created artwork for the Beale Street Music Festival’s annual poster for nearly 30 years, died in 2020 and left behind unpainted sketches. His frequent collaborator Rob Gonzo finished those sketches with paint and collage, and those works will be on display at the Buckman’s Levy Gallery through March 6. Opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. After the opening, the gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday (and one hour prior to all performances at the Buckman). 60 Perkins Extd. Click here for more information. — Bianca Phillips

“Jet Lag” at University of Memphis Fogelman Galleries, opening Friday:

“Jet Lag,” opening Jan. 20, features works by artists from Memphis International Airport’s Concourse B exhibition. (Courtesy Fogelman Galleries)

Back in 2020, the UrbanArt Commission and Memphis International Airport put out a call to artists for new works to display in the airport’s re-imagined Concourse B, which opened last year. And then last spring, one of those works — Tommy Kha’s self-portrait in an Elvis jumpsuit — made headlines when the airport removed it due to “negative feedback” from “Elvis fans” and later reinstalled it after negative feedback from art fans. This latest exhibition at the University of Memphis’ Robert and Martha Fogelman Galleries features works from 16 of the artists represented in the airport’s collection. Kha is not among them, but the list includes household names in local arts, like Danny Broadway, Carl Moore, Beth Edwards, Vitus Shell and Lawrence Matthews. Opening reception runs from 5 to 7 p.m. The show will be on view through Feb. 24. 3715 Central Ave. Click here for more information. — Phillips

“The Scottsboro Boys” at Playhouse on the Square, opening Friday:

“The Scottsboro Boys” is a vaudeville-style retelling of the trial of nine Black teenagers falsely accused of raping two white women aboard a train near Scottsboro, Alabama, in 1931. The teens faced repeated trials, and the defendants were forced to spend years battling the courts and enduring the harsh conditions of the Alabama prison system. In the end, the cases produced two landmark U.S. Supreme Court verdicts, and they gave rise to the civil rights movement. Warning: This show features the taboo art of minstrelsy in a historical context, but Playhouse on the Square’s production will not feature blackface. Runs through Feb. 19. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $30. 66 Cooper St. Click here for more information. — Phillips

“Rusted Root Revisited” with Michael Glabicki and the Dirk Miller Duo at Buckman Arts Center, Friday:

Rusted Root will play the Buckman Arts Center on Jan. 20. (Courtesy Buckman Arts Center)


If I had to try and encapsulate the early ’90s sound with one song, I’d pick Rusted Root’s Top 40 1994 hit, “Send Me on My Way.” That song was a one-hit wonder for the world beat rock band, and it saw renewed popularity in 2002 when it was used in “Ice Age” and again in 2021 in Netflix’s “The Maid.” Rusted Root is still at it, and lead singer Michael Glabicki will join longtime guitar player and background vocalist Dirk Miller at the Buckman to perform reimagined Rusted Root originals and new work. 8 p.m. $35 general admission, $30 for students and seniors. 60 Perkins Extd. Click here for more information. — Phillips

Broadway Rave at Black Lodge, Friday:

Back in my rave days, DJs played hard house, jungle, trance or some other genre of electronic dance music. But the kids these days can make a rave out of anything. Case in point: There’s a showtunes rave at Black Lodge this weekend. A DJ will spin hits from all your favorite Broadway shows: “Hamilton,” “Wicked,” “Rent,” “Hairspray,” “Les Miserables” and more. Doors at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. $25. 405 N. Cleveland. Click here for more information. — Phillips

Dolly Parton’s birthday celebrations at Wiseacre and Black Lodge, Saturday:

Memphians can celebrate Dolly Parton’s 77th birthday at Wiseacre Brewing Co. and Black Lodge on Jan. 21. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP file)

Dolly Parton turns 77 today, and there are not one — but two! — ways to celebrate the Leading Lady of Country this Saturday. Wiseacre Brewing Co. is hosting a birthday party at its OG location (2783 Broad Ave.) from 1 to 5 p.m. Dress up like Dolly, and you’ll get a 10% discount on your tab. There’s a Dolly dog costume contest (!!!) at 3 p.m., and The TN Screamers will play from 2 to 5 p.m. You can just leave your Dolly getup on after the party because at 8 p.m., Black Lodge (405 N. Cleveland St.) is hosting a Dolly Parton-inspired country western disco dance party with music by Dolly (of course), Kacey Musgraves, Shania Twain, Miley Cyrus, Cher and a whole host of other queens. Wiseacre party is free; Black Lodge cover is $15 to $25. — Phillips

“Fantastic: Black Alchemy: Backwards/Forwards Revisited” exhibition opening at Tone, Saturday:

Tone’s first show of the year is the solo exhibition of Northwest Arkansas-based photographer Aaron Turner. Turner’s exhibition looks at how one can make visual art as impactful as music. The exhibition’s title comes from the name of Detroit hip-hop group Slum Village’s debut studio album, “Fan-Tas-Tic (Vol. 1)”. (The late great producer J Dilla is a former member of Slum Village.) Turner’s work, overall, focuses on the Arkansas and Mississippi Deltas and concepts including identity, history, abstraction, home and resilience. The artist has an M.A. from Ohio University, an M.F.A. from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and B.A. from the University of Memphis, and he served as the 2022 Darryl Chappell Foundation photographer-in-residence at Ogden Museum of Southern Art. 4 to 7 p.m. 2234 Lamar Ave. (in the Lamar-Airways Shopping Center). — Elle Perry


“Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine” at the Museum of Science and History, opening Sunday:

“A.I. Artificial Intellgence: Your Mind & The Machine” (Courtesy MoSH)

By this point, many of us have downloaded the app that created weird AI images from our photo selfies. (Anyone else get back a few creepy crooked eye/face melting portraits, or was that just me?) But the Lensa app that went viral in early December is only scratching the AI surface. Learn more about how artificial intelligence is taking over our lives in this traveling MoSH exhibit with illusions, videos and interactive stations to demonstrate how AI learns and behaves. The exhibition runs through May 6. 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3050 Central Ave. Click here for more information. — Phillips

“Salmon Skin Fried … and Other Delicacies” at Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery, opening Sunday:

Sharon Havelka’s “Salmon Skin Fried ... and Other Delicacies” opens at Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery on Jan. 22. Shown here is Havelka’s “Understory.” (Courtesy Sharon Havelka)

“Salmon Skin Fried” is the name of a mixed-media quilt by artist Sharon Havelka that resembles a piece of fried fish skin. The artist (and ICU registered nurse) uses old clothing and other found objects to create mixed-media quilts that are intended to highlight the marginalized and overlooked, and a number of those works will be on view at Christian Brothers University’s Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery through March 5. Though the show will be on view beginning this Sunday, the official opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. There’s also an artist’s demo on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 11 am to noon, and that’s followed by an artist’s talk at noon. 650 East Parkway South. Click here for more information. — Phillips

Garden group membership meetup at Urban Earth, Sunday:

Interested in plants? Want to commune with other people who like communing with nature? Head to Urban Earth on Sunday. The plant nursery and market will host a membership fair with garden groups and horticulture clubs including the Cooper-Young Garden Club, Experience Memphis Gardens, Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes - Mid-South Chapter, Memphis Herb Society and Memphis Horticultural Society. People of all ages and experience levels are invited to attend this gathering, which will include drinks, snacks and door prizes. Noon to 4 p.m. 80 Flicker St. — Perry

Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle at FedExForum, Monday:

Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, shown here at the 2016 Oscars, will bring their comedy tour to FedExForum on Jan. 23. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP file)

Comedy legends and longtime friends Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle are bringing their limited-stop comedy tour to Memphis on Monday. In past tour stops, Rock has addressed the now-infamous Will Smith slap at last March’s Oscars. And in their Palm Springs performance last month, Chappelle publicly shamed a fan who was filming him with a cell phone in the front row. Like their other tour stops, the FedExForum show is a phone-free event, and all attendees will be given special pouches to lock away phones and smart watches. Violators will be escorted out by security (and possibly shamed by Chappelle). 7:30 p.m. $56 to $296. 191 Beale St. Click here for more information. — Phillips

International Blues Challenge on Beale Street, Tuesday-Sunday:

The Keesha Pratt Band performed at the 2018 International Blues Challenge. This year’s event runs from Jan. 24-28 on Beale Street. (Courtesy of Memphis Blues Foundation)

Every January, blues hopefuls from around the country and the globe descend on Beale Street for the Memphis-based Blues Foundation’s annual International Blues Challenge, a giant battle of the (blues) bands (and solo artists) that settles in for a multi-night, multi-round competition at a bevy of Beale venues. Schedules vary. Full passes $100. See here for more info. — Herrington