The Weekly Memphian: 'Hustle and Flow,' Tour de Coop, 'The Music of Star Wars' and Beale Street Music Fest

By Published: May 04, 2019 4:20 PM CT
<p class="p1"><b>The Beale Street Music Festival offers some pretty strong headliners this year.</b> (Houston Cofield/Daily Memphian file)

The Beale Street Music Festival offers some pretty strong headliners this year. (Houston Cofield/Daily Memphian file)

The Weekly Memphian is a partial guide to things happening in Memphis, recommended by Daily Memphian staff. This guide covers May 1-4.


“Hustle & Flow” at Malco Paradiso: Indie Memphis, Malco and the Memphis & Shelby County Film Commission and Memphis in May collaborate on a “Salute to Memphis” movie series all month, starting with Craig Brewer’s 2005 breakthrough, an audience award winner at the Sundance Film Festival that went on to garner two Oscar nominations (Best Actor for Terrence Howard and Best Original Song – a win! – for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp”). The act-of-creation scenes in a makeshift South Memphis bedroom recording studio still motivate and the movie is lovingly populated with Memphis places and people throughout. The screening now has unintended poignance as a kind of Memphis wake for producer John Singleton, the Los Angeles filmmaker who shepherded it (and Brewer’s follow-up, “Black Snake Moan”) to the big screen and who died this week at age 51. Brewer and “Whoop That Trick” songwriter Al Kapone are scheduled to be in attendance. – Chris Herrington

7 p.m., $10. More info here. 584 S. Mendenhall Road


“Satan & Adam” at Crosstown Arts: Crosstown Arts begins a weekly film series with this music documentary compiled from 20 years of footage of the blues duo of one-man-band Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee and harmonica player Adam Gussow, who started playing together on the streets of Harlem in the mid-80s. – Herrington

7:30 p.m. $5. More info here.


Beale Street Music Festival at Tom Lee Park through Sunday: Whatever your tastes, it’s hard to deny that Cardi B, the Killers, and the Dave Matthews Band are some pretty strong headliners for the Beale Street Music Festival, which once again takes over Tom Lee Park for 60ish acts across three stages (and a blues tent) and three days. Chances are you already know whether you’re doing this. Find the full lineup and schedule here. – Herrington

$65 each day or $180 for a three-day pass.


“May Day” featuring Tour de Coop and Bristerfest at Memphis Made Brewing Co.: “May Day” is billed as “a community field day of bikes, birds, bees, bands and brews.” The fun starts at Memphis Made, with the fourth annual Tour de Coop, a bicycle tour of community gardens, backyard chicken coops and beehives around town. Tour options include a ride for families, a ride for experienced bicyclists and a walking tour. Tour lengths range from 2.5 miles to 15 miles, round-trip. The walking tour is contained within Cooper Young; the longest bicycle tour ventures into Chickasaw Gardens, East Buntyn, the University District and Orange Mound. The day continues at the brewery with the seventh annual Bristerfest, featuring local and regional bands, art and a craft bazaar. The lineup for Bristerfest includes Memphis School of Rock, Whiskey Chute Smugglers, Bailey Bigger, Stephen Chopek, Alex da Ponte, Kristen Cothron, Marcella and Her Lovers, Memphis Jookin, Alejandro Paredes, Life Explicit, Memphissippi Sounds, Red Squad, Bret Ross and Tristan Barton. The event is free, but there is a suggested pay-what-you-can registration fee of $10 to benefit Memphis Tilth; with an extra $5, attendees can snag an exclusive 2019 May Day T-shirt. (Shirts are in limited supply.) – Elle Perry

Times vary, click here for info. $0-$15. 768 S. Cooper St.

“The Music of Star Wars” at Cannon Center for Performing Arts: Do you love the music of Star Wars as much as the movies?  If so, prepare to be taken to “a galaxy far, far away” and join the Memphis Symphony Orchestra for a concert featuring John Williams’ iconic music from the classic movie franchise in celebration of Star Wars’ annual “holiday” on May 4. – Natalie Martin

2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $15-$88. 255 N. Main St.

Backyard Flower Farming at Bobby Lanier Farm Park: Instructor Pam Beasley is a flower farmer and grows a variety of colorful plants in her yard. She will share her tips for growing flowers with members of the community. While the event is free, pre-registration is required because space is limited. – Abigail Warren

2:30-3:30 p.m. Free, but pre-registration required. 2660 Cross Country Drive, Germantown.


Bristerfest Cannon Center Memphis Made Brewing Bobby Lanier Farm Park

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