The Weekly Memphian: Bluff City Liars, TEDxMemphis, Jazzmeia Horn and Daley

By Published: January 30, 2019 4:00 AM CT

The Weekly Memphian is a partial guide to things happening in Memphis, recommended by Daily Memphian staff. This guide covers Jan. 30 through Feb. 5.


Other People’s Poems at Two Rivers Bookstore: Unlike your typical poetry readings, at Other People’s Poems people are invited to come and recite the work of someone else. The science fiction-fantasy bookstore in Cooper-Young warns that no snobbiness is allowed at this event. The bookstore will be open during the duration of the event. On Friday, Feb. 1, the bookstore celebrates its two-year anniversary. On that date, Two Rivers is offering a free advanced reading copy of a science fiction or fantasy book with every $25 purchase, while supplies last. And vintage wares, including books, magazines, clothing and housewares, will be 15 percent off. – Elle Perry

7-9 p.m. Free. 2172 Young Ave.

“Free Solo” at Studio on the Square: One of five nominees for this year’s Best Documentary Oscar, “Free Solo” is a National Geographic feature that records one man’s (“solo”) climb of Yosemite's 3,000-foot-high El Capitan without ropes or backup (“free”). Planning to document the four-hour live climb took three years. I haven’t seen it, but  reviews and word-of-mouth suggest it’s quite the achievement, if probably less of one than the climb itself. After this one-off Indie Memphis screening at Studio on the Square, “Free Solo” will get an encore run, starting Friday, on the IMAX screen at Paradiso. – Chris Herrington

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


BCL-TV Live at TheatreWorks: During the Friday and Saturday shows, the Bluff City Liars Improv troupe will create television-style improvisational comedy based on audience suggestions. “BCL-TV Live” includes a soap opera, a sitcom, a cooking demonstration, a newscast and commercials. You can also expect the “World’s Worst Game Show,” during which guests can win the world’s worst prizes. – Perry

7:30 p.m. door, 8 p.m. show both days. $8 advance, $10 door. 2085 Monroe Ave.

“Cold War,” “Destroyer,” and other new movies at various theaters: In addition to the return of “Free Solo” there are some other interesting openings this week. Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” is an Oscar nominee three times over. A Best Foreign Language film nod was expected, and a Best Cinematography nomination, given its black-and-white look, isn’t a big surprise. But Pawlikowski was also nominated for Best Director, a bit of a shock. The film is a romance set against the backdrop of post-WWII Europe. At the other end of the Oscar spectrum, the makers of “Destroyer” had to be disappointed not to get an acting nod for Nicole Kidman, who plays a Los Angeles police detective made to revisit an undercover job from years prior. Other intriguingly esoteric openings this week: Mexican drug-cartel thriller “Miss Bala” and “They Shall Not Grow Old,” a documentary about British soldiers in WWI, from “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson  – Herrington

See malco.com for theaters and times.


TEDxMemphis at Crosstown Arts: This year’s TEDxMemphis event will feature short talks from 18 speakers, including Memphis artists and artisans and representatives from institutions such as St. Jude, MATA, Clayborn Temple, and more. The theme is “Ideas for the Next Century.” Daily Memphian President and Executive Editor Eric Barnes will emcee this year. – Herrington

Tickets are $50 each for morning and afternoon sessions or $85 for both. More info here.

Spillit Center Stage: “Natural Consequences” with Chalkbeat: Spillit’s Center Stage events featured curated storytelling based around a central theme. This iteration features true stories from Memphis educators and students. They will explore how consequences to actions impact lives and experiences. Many of stories will touch on the impact of school discipline. – Perry

7-10 p.m. $10. Epicenter, 902 S Cooper St.

Kris Keys in Conversation with Jared Boyd: Memphis-based fashion designer and illustrator Kris Keys once spent a week in a London hospital, postponing her studies at London College of Fashion for a week. The cause was hereditary elliptocytosis, a blood disorder she’s lived with since her early childhood as a patient at St. Jude. Miraculously, the artist found beauty in her blood cells, using the setback in her style story as the basis for her line of women’s workwear, which she dubbed Hematology. Along with ArtUp, Keys has unveiled an exhibit of illustrations and textiles inspired by blood. Join her (and me) as we talk about her story, her inspirations and her art in front of a live audience inside the exhibit. – Jared Boyd

1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Free. RSVP here. 138 Saint Paul Avenue.

Jazzmeia Horn at GPAC: Jazz singer Jazzmeia Horn combines some serious scatting with social commentary. The Dallas native is Grammy-nominated and won the 2015 Thelonius Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. – Perry

8 p.m. $30-$65, before fees. 1801 Exeter Road, Germantown


“40th Anniversary Celebration” at the National Ornamental Metal Museum: On Saturday, the Metal Museum will open a new decades-spanning exhibit, “Crafting A Legacy: 40 Years of Collecting & Exhibiting at the Metal Museum,” which will be on display through May. On Tuesday, they’ll throw themselves a birthday party, with music, food (including a birthday cake), guest artists who have been a part of the museum’s history, access to the new exhibit, and more. – Herrington

6-8 p.m., Free to members, $19.79 for nonmembers. 374 Metal Museum Drive. More info here.

Daley & JMSN at 1884 Lounge: As the popularity of R&B has declined in the urban radio market, so has the long-standing tradition of blue-eyed soul. Daley and JMSN both, in some ways, are torchbearers for a new age of white male crooners whose sensibilities are aimed squarely at lovers of the hip-hop generation. Daley, a smooth UK-bred soloist, evokes confidence enough to handle neo-soul vibes and more upbeat pop-infused tunes. His counterpart on this tour, JMSN (pronounced Jameson), on the other hand, made his name from a hazy, sparse industrial soul that seems directly influenced by the gritty charm of his hometown outside of Detroit. If you haven’t already found out which of the two love languages works for you and your boo, see for yourself with this pre-Valentine’s Day evening of music. – Boyd

Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. $20-$25. 1555 Madison Ave.


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