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The Weekly Memphian: ‘My Fair Lady,’ Ameripolitan Music Awards and Mark Greaney

By Published: February 20, 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 Feb. 20-26.

Wednesday

“Walkabout” with guest Lynne Sachs at Malco Ridgeway: Director Nicolas Roeg’s 1971 film follows a white teenage girl and her younger brother who find themselves lost in the Australian outback, where they meet an Aboriginal boy on his “walkabout,” a ritual separation from his tribe. Well-regarded at the time, one wonders how well Roeg’s film has held up nearly 50 years later. (I haven’t seen it.) Memphis-bred filmmaker Lynne Sachs has, and will be introducing it at this Indie Memphis screening, the first of a two-part look at Roeg’s work. (The suspense classic “Don’t Look Now” will follow next Wednesday.) – Chris Herrington

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

“My Fair Lady” at Malco Paradiso and Collierville: Or you can go with a different kind of classic-movie experience at a different Malco theater. “My Fair Lady” is director George Cukor’s 1964 big-screen adaptation of Lerner & Loewe’s Broadway adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion.” Rex Harrison is professor Henry Higgins and Audrey Hepburn is his subject, Eliza Doolittle, the common flower shop girl he’s trying to make presentable for high society. This is a Turner Classic Movies screening, happening simultaneously at both Paradiso and Collierville cinemas. Warning: It’s nearly three hours’ long. – Herrington

7 p.m.

Friday

Five Below in Germantown: The store that sells items for $5 or less opens Friday in Germantown and is celebrating with events all weekend. The first 100 people in line Friday get a “mystery ticket” worth up to $100. There will be 5-cent hot dogs and free drawstring bags while they last. – Abigail Warren

10 a.m. 7670 Poplar Ave.

Ameripolitan Music Awards weekend at various venues: The Ameripolitan Music Awards are the brainchild of honky-tonk hero Dale Watson, a key figure in the indie country scene over the past 20-plus years and a relatively recent Memphian. The awards celebrate all manner of off-the-mainstream-Nashville-radar country/roots music. The ceremony is Monday night at the Guest House at Graceland, but there’s all manner of more public showcase action by visiting musicians in the days prior, including Friday and Saturday nights at Blues City Cafe on Beale Street and Sunday night at Minglewood Hall in Midtown. See ameripolitan.com for all the details. – Herrington

Saturday

Mark Greaney “Mission Critical” book signing at Novel: Memphian Mark Greaney’s latest book “Mission Critical” was released on Feb. 19. Greaney co-wrote Tom Clancy’s last three Jack Ryan thrillers before Clancy’s death. Afterward, Greaney wrote four more in the series. Greaney’s first Gray Man novel, “Dead Eye,” debuted in 2013. Greaney journeyed to 15-plus countries and trained with military and law enforcement in firearms, battlefield medicine and close-range combative tactics while researching the series. “Mission Critical” is the latest thriller in the Gray Man series. – Elle Perry

2 p.m. 387 Perkins Extd. (in Laurelwood Shopping Center)

Elizabeth Cook at the Hi-Tone Cafe: A comparatively subterranean Nashville singer-songwriter, Elizabeth Cook can make you laugh (“El Camino,” “Rock and Roll Man”), make you blush (“Girlfriend Tonight”) and knock you flat (autobiographical major songs “Mama’s Funeral” and “Heroin Addict Sister”). That all of those titles are from Cook’s career-best 2010 album “Welder” maybe says that great songwriting doesn’t come easy. But that won’t matter as much live, where Cook is often a whip smart and drop-dead funny presence akin to her East Nashville pal and occasional bandmate Todd Snider. Chris Shiflett and Kendell Marvel open. – Herrington

8 p.m. $15-$20. 412 N. Cleveland.

Sunday

Oscars “Red Carpet Party” at Rec Room: You can watch the Academy Awards on the Rec Room’s big screens at this annual Indie Memphis fundraiser. You’ll also get the chance to test your Oscar prognostication abilities up against John Beifuss. (Free pick for those who want to lose like me: I think “The Favourite” pulls off a Best Picture upset.) – Herrington

6 p.m. $25 or $50 for VIP seating. 3000 Broad Ave.

Tuesday

The Stax Music Academy presents “200 Years of Memphis Music!” at The Michael D. Rose Theatre: As you’ve probably heard by now, Memphis is turning 200 this year. Lots of groups are commemorating the historic date, including Stax Music Academy. SMA’s 8th annual Black History Month event will feature classical, blues, gospel, R&B, funk and rock and roll music. The experience will be a multimedia one, with a stage setup reflecting various eras of Memphis music. – Perry

7 p.m. $20 for adults, $10 for children under 12. 470 University (at the University of Memphis)



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Ameripolitan Music Awards Mark Greaney Stax Music Academy Lynne Sachs Elizabeth Cook
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