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The Weekly Memphian: Luther Dickinson, HBCU reunion weekend and more

By Published: June 07, 2019 5:23 PM CT

The Weekly Memphian is a partial guide to things happening in Memphis, recommended by Daily Memphian staff. This guide covers June 5-11.

Wednesday

Songwriters in the Round featuring Don Bryant, Susan Marshall and Reba Russell at The Green Room in Crosstown Arts: Three Memphis songwriters will connect music fans with their lyrics at the gem of the Crosstown Concourse, The Green Room. The trio's work ranges from the traditional Memphis soul of Don Bryant to the blues, pop and rock repertoire of Susan Marshall and Reba Russell.  -Jared Boyd

7 - 10 p.m. $10. 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 280.

“Fast Color” at Studio on the Square: Indie Memphis offers a one-night screening of director Julia Hart’s film “Fast Color,” about three generations of women who have superpowers. It stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, known for her roles in the "San Junipero" episode of “Black Mirror,” and films like “Belle” and “Beyond the Lights,” and Lorraine Touissaint, who plays Vee on “Orange is the New Black." The film has had limited screenings across the country, so Memphians should take advantage of seeing this one on the big screen. -Elle Perry

7 p.m. $10 (before fees). Buy tickets here.

“Anastasia” at the Orpheum Theatre: Revisit the journey of young Anya, as she tries to uncover her past and her royal family legacy. -Boyd

Wednesday-Sunday. Various showtimes. Tickets available via Ticketmaster. 203 S Main St.

Thursday

Memphis Music Listening Party features Luther Dickinson at Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library: Memphis music historian and author Robert Gordon welcomes North Mississippi Allstars guitarist Luther Dickinson to deconstruct five songs from his career. A must-see for Dickinson fans. -Boyd

7 - 9 p.m. Free. 3030 Poplar Avenue.

7th Annual HBCU Reunion Weekend: Whether you’re an alum of Jackson State University, Tennessee State University, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, LeMoyne-Owen College or other surrounding historically black colleges and universities, show your school pride at Memphis’ HBCU Reunion Weekend. The four-day event includes a mixer at The WKND Hang Suite, a Battle of the Bands, a block party and a Sunday Funday. For times, locations and pricing, visit the HBCU Reunion Weekend Facebook event page. -Boyd

Faizon Love at Chuckles Comedy House: Faizon Love has a no-holds-barred approach to comedy that pairs real-talk with a touch of the absurd. You may know him as “Big Worm” from 1995 stoner flick “Friday,” as “Sweet” in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas or as Gimbel’s manager in “Elf,” alongside Will Ferrell. But you can get to know him really well during his six appearances at Chuckles Comedy House. -Boyd

Thursday-Sunday. Various times. Tickets available via Chuckles site. 1770 Dexter Springs Loop, Cordova.

Friday

Pup Party on Broad: Broad Avenue Arts District has rescheduled the Pup Party on Broad, originally set for June 7,  to 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 14. Participating bars and restaurants will have treats, activities and deals for pets and their humans. -Boyd

Unfolding: The Next Chapter in Memphis Exhibition at ArtsMemphis: In honor of Memphis' bicentennial, Kenneth Wayne Alexander curated this show using art to examine Memphis’ past and imagine its future. It includes work by 30 other Memphis-based artists, across various media and genres. -Boyd

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Free. 575 S. Mendenhall.

Screening of "Memphis ’69" at Crosstown Arts: Fifty years ago, many of the world’s greatest blues musicians congregated with fans at Overton Park to celebrate Memphis’ sesquicentennial. Fat Possum Records and No Sudden Movements teamed up to turn the festival’s archival footage into an electrifying concert documentary. Catch it, along with a Q&A by filmmakers, at the Crosstown Theater before heading upstairs to The Green Room to jam out with Sons of Mudboy, a band comprised of the children of members in Memphis alternative rock band Mud Boy and the Neutrons. -Boyd

7:30 p.m. $7 movie ticket. $10 for party. Party is free with movie ticket. 1350 Concourse Ave.

Saturday

Tour De' Toast Memphis at Pink Palace: More than a champagne festival, Tour De' Toast is an opportunity to throw on your most extravagant spring clothes and gallivant in front of one of the most scenic structures in Memphis.  -Boyd

3-8 p.m. Various prices. Tickets available via Pink Palace site. 3050 Central Ave.

Real Memphis Wrestling presented by 901 Wrestling at Rec Room: If you’ve grown tired of shouting at the wrestlers who go 'round the ring inside your television, grab a couch or bleacher seat at the Rec Room for the ringside atmosphere of Real Memphis Wrestling. -Boyd

7 - 9 p.m. $5. 3000 Broad Ave.

Ryan Lee Crosby at Center for Southern Folklore: The American Deep South and India might seem disparate, but Ryan Lee Crosby has found a way to blend traditional music from both areas. The guitarist melds North Mississippi blues with Indian raga in a seamless package. -Boyd

7 - 10 p.m. Suggested donation of $10. 119 S. Main St.

Memphis 901 FC Pride Night at AutoZone Park: Memphis’ professional soccer club is taking on Indy Eleven. But they are also taking part in community activism, aiding OUT Memphis in their Metamorphosis Project. Through the project, OUT Memphis will be able to provide housing for individuals in need from the LGBTQ community. A $3 donation to the project will be made from each ticket purchased through the game’s Facebook event page. -Boyd

7:30 p.m. Various prices. 198 Union Ave.

Sharde Thomas Rising Stars Fife and Drum Band at The Green Room in Crosstown Arts: Far from your run-of-the-mill drum corps, Sharde Thomas and her Rising Stars Fife and Drum Band are an infectious ensemble whose performance descends from the days in which former slaves devised percussive musical storytelling with instruments left over from the Civil War. For the uninitiated, think of it as a rural Mid-South cousin to New Orleans’ zydeco. -Boyd

8 p.m. $10. 1350 Concourse Ave.

Sunday

SUP Yoga & Mimosas! at Memphis River Park: Balance out your weekend with paddleboard yoga. SUP (stand-up paddle) combines hanging 10 with health. And mimosas combine … well … orange juice and champagne. Bring your own paddleboard for a discounted entry price or rent a board to join in. -Boyd

10 - 11:30 a.m. $32 with board rental. $19 BYOBoard. Tickets and info at SUP 901 site. 25 Riverside Drive, Mud Island.

Ballet on Wheels Dance School & Company’s “The Wiz” at the Halloran Centre: "The Wiz,” of course, is the all-black film and Broadway version of “The Wizard of Oz.” The Ballet on Wheels company’s rendition will feature "Ease on Down the Road," "Home" and "Emerald City Sequence,” among others. There are a few tickets left for the Saturday night show. -Perry

7 - 9 p.m. Saturday. 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Sunday. $26-30. 225 S. Main St.

Tuesday

Groovin', Grillin', and Reelin'! at Germantown Municipal Park: Who said Tuesday night’s too early to party? Germantown’s got food, music and movies all at one stop this summer with their Groovin’, Grillin’, and Reelin’ series of parties in the park. This week, come listen to Elmo and the Shades and watch 1996 disaster film “Twister.” -Boyd

Music and food at 6 p.m. Movie at 8:30 p.m. 1900 S. Germantown Road, Germantown.

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