The Weekly Memphian: Justin Timberlake, Sonic Youth, 'Burning,' The CMPLX

By Published: January 13, 2019 5:56 PM CT

The Weekly Memphian is a partial guide to things happening in Memphis, recommended by Daily Memphian staff. This guide covers January 10-15.


“Burning” at Ridgeway Cinema Grill: A modern South Korean mystery based on a short story by Haruki Murakami, director Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning” would be the most critically celebrated 2018 film to so-far skip Memphis if not for Alfonso Cuaron’s Netflix-streaming “Roma.” The film, which placed third in both Indiewire’s annual national critics poll and British film magazine Sight & Sound’s annual international poll (“Roma” was first in both), arrives in a one-off screening sponsored by Indie Memphis. Tickets and more details here. -- Chris Herrington

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

Lisa Gralnick's "Scene of the Crime" at National Ornamental Metal Museum: This exhibition of the museum’s 2018 Master Metalsmith closes on Jan. 13. “Scene of the Crime” is a retrospective of Gralnick’s work, with works borrowed from collections of major institutions, private lenders and her personal collection. “Scene of the Crime” features jewelry, sculpture and installation. Each series in the exhibition is inspired by a transitional event in Gralnick’s life. --Elle Perry

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission for TN residents on Thursdays. 374 Metal Museum Dr.


“Singin’ in the Rain” at the Orpheum: Donald O’Connor climbs a wall and then crashes through one in a gonzo attempt to “Make ’Em Laugh.” Gene Kelly dances with a street light and pursues “Dignity. Always dignity.” A young Debbie Reynolds charms everyone within eye- or earshot. It might be the best movie musical and it might also be the best movie about movies (about the transition from silents to talkies). The “modern” set piece with Cyd Charisse is now the most dated thing about it, but Stanley Donen’s 1952 triumph is both one of the very greatest American films and a total blast for all ages. (It’s rated G.) On the Orpheum big screen? A treat. -- Herrington

7 p.m. $8. 203 S. Main St.

The CLTV - CMPLX Grand Opening “Inheritance: Celebrating a Heritage of Black Art in Memphis”: Black arts troupe, The CLTV, will be unveiling its digs at its new brick-and-mortar location, dubbed The CMPLX. The space is a welcoming gallery, co-working space, studio and event hall. Several indie acts within the local high-brow hip-hop ecosystem will provide sounds while CLTV fellows and affiliates will display their visual art. -- Jared Boyd

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Free. 2234 Lamar Ave.

"Sonic Youth: 30 Years of Daydream Nation" at Crosstown Arts: "Daydream Nation" may not be my favorite Sonic Youth album but it’s without question one of their best, and a seminal point in the development of Sonic Youth from a band that made noise to a band that wrote songs. Sonic Youth broke up several years ago, so this screening and Q&A with SY drummer Steve Shelley is as close to a “live” experience as one can come by anymore. There will be excerpts from a filmed performance of the whole album from 2007, the promise of “unseen gems from the band’s archives” and a few other SY-related screen gems, and I’m sure the whole thing will be deafening. What's a man to do but work out whether it's true? -- Kevin Lipe

Doors at 7:00 p.m., screening at 7:30. Donation to Crosstown Arts required. 1350 Concourse Avenue #280.


"Hematology" Opening Reception by Kris Keys at ArtUp: Memphis-bred illustrator and designer Kris Keys made a name for herself in the fashion industry by drawing extravagant sketches from the audience of high-profile fashion shows in New York and London. You can join her at ArtUp for her homecoming show. The evening will commemorate Keys’ most recent line of women’s travel wear. Keys, who has lived with a blood disorder since childhood, used blood and her own study of hematology as the underlying theme of her newest clothing.  -- Boyd

5 - 7 p.m. Free. 138 St Paul Ave #112

Justin Timberlake “Man of the Woods” Tour at FedExForum: OK, look. If we’re being honest with each other, Justin Timberlake’s “Man of the Woods” album was kind of a dud. The title and trappings evoked his “I’m just a country boy” Shelby Forest roots but it launched with a lead single that evoked a robot orgy. People were confused, and the album didn’t end up putting anything new into our collective hum matrix. We’re still stuck on that song from “Trolls.” But even with this misstep, Timberlake remains a superstar with a deep catalog of songs even non-diehards love, so tour > album is a sure-shot. And Timberlake always breaks format at least a little in his we’re-still-gonna-call-it-hometown gigs. -- Herrington

7:30 p.m. Tickets starting at $49.50. More info here.

Mozart, Beethoven and Rachmanihoff at Cannon Center for the Performing Arts: This Memphis Symphony Orchestra Masterworks concert features Pittsburgh pianist Awadagin Pratt. Minnesota Public Radio recently dubbed Pratt a “classical music superstar.” If you can’t make the Saturday Cannon Center show, the fun continues Sunday afternoon at Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC). --Perry

7:30 p.m. $15-88. 255 N. Main St. Tickets


WWE Monday Night RAW at FedExForum: The Southern Heavyweight Title will not be on the line and chances are you won’t see fire thrown, hair shaved, or men named Moondogs chewing on big bones, but it’s still Monday night wrestling in Memphis. The WWE brings its “A” show to town, but having attended a RAW broadcast, what I learned is that it feels very much like being at what it is: A broadcast, a live television show, with commercial breaks and crowd-hyping and periods of boredom and the whole bit. The WWE is creeping up on one of its bigger annual pay-per-views, the Royal Rumble, so this show could have more going on than most. And you can expect to see the WWE’s biggest crossover star, former MMA champ Ronda Rousey. -- Herrington

6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15. More info here.


“Waitress” at the Orpheum: In the period after she was a just-finding-herself coed and before she was a Russian spy, Keri Russell was a pie-making prodigy and diner worker navigating some complicated personal issues in a surprise hit movie comedy. Eight years later, the little movie that could became an equally unlikely Broadway hit, with original music from Grammy winner Sara Bareilles. The stage version of “Waitress” was nominated for four 2016 Tony Awards. -- Herrington

Through January 20th. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $35-$150. More info here.


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