The Weekly Memphian: MLK Day, John Kilzer, 'Shoplifters' and more

By Published: January 16, 2019 6:18 PM CT

The Weekly Memphian is a partial guide to things happening in Memphis, recommended by Daily Memphian staff. This guide covers January 16-22.


“Shoplifters” at Studio on the Square: The most celebrated non-English language film of 2018, Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” is now getting a local big-screen showing, on January 29th at Paradiso. But I’ve seen “Roma” twice, once on the big screen, and I’ve also seen Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters” twice, once on the big screen. And I’m here to tell you that while “Roma” is the more obvious visual feast, “Shoplifters” is the best movie. The best of 2018 in any language, so says me. This portrait of a makeshift family — a bunch of small fish swimming together —  on modern Tokyo’s economic margins is intriguing from the jump, with a wonderful, wordless opening scene that makes literal a title that grows metaphorical over time. But its emotional power blooms via a series of tumbling third-act revelations, close-up testimonials, and a final triptych of richly earned small moments. Go see “Roma,” but don’t sleep on this Indie Memphis one-off screening. -- Chris Herrington

7 p.m. $10. 2105 Court Ave.


Tom Petty Night in Memphis at Railgarten: The late, missed Petty’s rich catalogue of rockers and pop hits and -- now so rare as to no longer exist -- rocking pop hits gets the Memphis treatment from a venerable cast of characters that includes Mark Edgar Stuart, Susan Marshall, Graham Winchester, Star & Micey’s Joshua Cosby, and many more. Even the losers get lucky sometimes, but we’re all winners here. -- Herrington

8 p.m $10. 2166 Central Ave.


Dreamfest Weekend 8 at 1884 Lounge/Madison Dance Studio: The three-day lineup, including more than 50 artists, starts with the signature event, the DreamFest concert on Friday night, spotlighting rising musicians of several genres. Saturday’s Covers and Conversations event, hosted by Wilbert Kizer Moore and Shahidah Jones of the 67 Podcast, features a number of nationally recognized creatives sharing their paths to success. It’s scheduled to include writers and creators from the popular Very Smart Brothas blog, Junt Land creator Munirah Jones, and Red Lip Theology and Lemonade syllabus (based on the Beyonce album) creator Candice Marie Benbow. The finale event on Sunday is the Artistik Lounge Cipher Series. (The Friday concert is at Minglewood Hall’s 1884 Lounge; the other events are at the Madison Dance Studio, also inside the Minglewood Hall building.) -- Elle Perry

7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday. $10 per event. 1555 Madison Ave.

The Original Harlem Globetrotters at FedExForum: In case you’ve had a tough time getting your family excited about our resident professional basketball team and their recent performance at FedExForum, you might be interested in seeing a team that will always have a winning record. They’ve also got a slew of Guinness Book of World Records, and they helped Scooby-Doo solve some mysteries, for good measure. The basketball-twirling on-court entertainers return to Memphis this Friday for their brand of classic American family fun. -- Jared Boyd

7 p.m., Ticket prices vary. 191 Beale St.

Kane Brown at Landers Center: Raised along the Tennessee-Georgia state lines, Kane Brown is headed to (north) Mississippi in support of his sophomore album “Experiment.” Sometimes upbeat and other times breezy, the young country star appears to be made for longevity in the genre, standing out in an innovative crop of new artists. You can see him live at Landers Center before his stock inevitably soars, following a stellar performance on the charts last year. -- Boyd

7 p.m., Ticket prices vary. 4560 Venture Dr., Southaven

The Science of Beer at Pink Palace: Why simply drink beer when you can learn alongside your favorite brew? It might sound a little zany, but it’s exactly what’s on tap for attendees of Pink Palace’s annual “Science of Beer” party. Think of it like a beer-centric episode of “The Magic School Bus” come to life. There, you can chat with local brewers about how beer is made and join in on science experiments that focus how fascinating beer can be. It’s the sort of thing you likely never imagined when you were on that field trip to the Pink Palace in fifth grade, but that’s what makes it special. -- Boyd

6:30 - 9:30 p.m., $35 for “Designated Drivers”, $40 for Members, $45 for General Admission, $60 for Member VIP, $65 for VIP. 3050 Central Ave.


Ruthie Foster at the Buckman Performing Arts Center: Texas blues and folk singer/guitarist Ruthie Foster is no stranger to Memphis, having recorded her 2009 album “The Truth According to Ruthie Foster” locally at Ardent Studios. Foster returns to town as the Buckman’s 2018-2019 season turns to 2019. -- Herrington

8 p.m. $28. 60 Perkins Extd.

John Kilzer “Scars” album-release concert at Crosstown Arts Theater: Like many before and many since, John Kilzer had a cup of coffee with rock stardom, recording for major label Geffen in the late 1980s and early 1990s. And like many before and many since, he’s kept writing and singing and recording in the absence of the spotlight and found a truer voice doing so. Kilzer’s new album “Scars,” on the local Archer Records label, sounds great. His well-worn but not over-worn rasp finds rich accompaniment from some of Memphis’ finest musicians: Dave Smith on bass, Rick Steff on keys, and Steve Selvidge on guitar, among others, with Matt Ross-Spang producing. But Kilzer’s name is on the spine, and his songs, rich with life, morally grounded without being preachy, make the sound mean something. “Memphis Town” is the kind of hometown hymn written by someone who grasps the history but is living in the present. Smith, Steff, and Selvidge, with drummer Steve Potts, will join Kilzer for this album-release show. -- Herrington

7:30 p.m., $30. 1350 Concourse Ave.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day at National Civil Rights Museum: This year will mark the 90th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and there are many ways to get involved with the celebration of his legacy through service and involvement within the Memphis community. The National Civil Rights Museum will host several related events on their premises, including musical performances, activities for children, and a trivia contest. Visitors are able to enter the museum free of charge with a canned good donation to the King Day Food Drive. There will also be a blood drive in which donors will be allowed to enter the museum for free, along with three guests, both on King Day and another day of their choosing. -- Boyd

8 a.m. - 6 p.m., 450 Mulberry St.


International Blues Challenge “International Showcase” at Club 152: This worldwide blues battle of the bands enters year 35 and kicks off a nearly weeklong run with a non-competition showcase of international entrants, before quarterfinals begin on Wednesday in clubs throughout the strip. What does the blues mean outside our borders circa 2019? Find out in one place here. -- Herrington

6 p.m. 152 Beale Street. IBC pass or wristband required.


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