The Weekly Memphian: Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival, A Vibe on the Island and more

By Published: May 26, 2019 7:01 AM CT

The Weekly Memphian is a partial guide to things happening in Memphis, recommended by Daily Memphian staff. This guide covers May 22-25.


Café Conversations Self-Made in Memphis with Nya and Rex at Brooks Museum: Do you need formal training to be integral parts of Memphis’ underground arts scene? Nya “DJ NYA” Sanders and her brother Rex de Santorini both collectively say, “No.” In this installment of Brooks Museum’s Café Conversations, the siblings will share their story about being self-taught creators and how they’ve found their place in their supportive arts collective. From there, they’ll take guests through the museum to interpret and talk art as it relates to life in Memphis. – Jared Boyd

6-7:30 p.m. Free. 1934 Poplar Ave.

“Superstarlet A.D.” at Studio on the Square: Arguably the most visually striking of Memphis “exploitation” auteur John Michael McCarthy’s feature films, this circa-2000 black-and-white, woman-worshiping spectacular is something like a glam-rock cover of Russ Meyer (“Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!”), using urban decay locations to create a post-apocalyptic landscape where all-female “beauty cults” do battle. What it might lack in narrative coherence it more than makes up for in style and conceptual verve. Tagline: “Apocalypse Meow.” Screening via Indie Memphis and the Memphis & Shelby County Film Commission as part of the ongoing Memphis in May “Salute to Memphis” film series. McCarthy will be in attendance. – Chris Herrington

7 p.m., $10. More info here.


Bellydance for Beginners and Beyond at Buckman Performing Arts Center: It’s hard to look at bellydancing without thinking, “Wow! How do they do that?” Wonder no longer, and jump right into a bellydancing session. Soon, you’ll be looking in the mirror thinking, “Wow! I just did that!” And that’s an exhilarating feeling! – Boyd

7:30-8:15 p.m. $20. 60 Perkins Extd.

David Maraniss at Novel: Best-selling biographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Maraniss appears to promote his new book, “A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father.” The book recounts the story of Maraniss’ father, a WWII veteran who was spied on by the FBI, called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee, and blacklisted for five years after being named as a communist. – Herrington

6 p.m. More info here.

“Stranded in Canton” at Crosstown Theater: “Stranded in Canton” is a body of black-and-white verite footage of subterranean Memphis culture shot by photographer William Eggleston in 1974 and crafted into a completed film a few years ago with help from author/filmmaker Robert Gordon. Among the figures captured in the moment are musicians Alex Chilton and Furry Lewis. An after party in the Crosstown Arts Green Room will feature music from the “Thank You Friends Alex Chilton Revue Band.” – Herrington

7:30 p.m., $5. More info here.  


Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival at Rhodes College: Voices of the South hosts the 14th annual Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival featuring more than a dozen performances on three stages, as well as workshops and art activities. The event has an opening-night kickoff on Friday night featuring kids rehearsing to be a part of “Aesop’s Survival Guide” performance, followed by a dance party. The day-long Saturday celebration is scheduled to include a Shakespearean workshop, selections from “Frozen Jr., “The Shrew on Wheels” and more. The full lineup is here– Elle Perry

6 p.m. Friday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Pay what you can. 2000 N. Parkway. (in McCoy Theatre)

A Vibe on the Island: Bicentennial Edition at Mud Island Park: The event serves as the official opening of the refreshed Mud Island Park. You’ll be able to try out the new tire swings, hang out in the new outdoor living rooms and take a photo with the new, huge “MEMPHIS” sign erected in honor of the city’s 200th year. Vibe on the Island is a monthly series featuring local musicians; this month’s performances are DJ Chandler Blingg and DJ NYA. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. If you drive, parking can be had at the River Parks Parking Garage on Front Street or in the North Lot on Mud Island. And, leashed dogs are welcome. – Perry

6-8 p.m. Free. 125 N. Front St.


Zeke’s Three Generation Jug Band, Don McGregor and Delta Celtica at Otherlands Coffee Bar: Perhaps we’ve been celebrating this Bicentennial thing all wrong. The Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival was a lot of fun, but it was missing one of Memphis’ forgotten musical traditions: the jug band! The forebearer to genres such as blues, country, bluegrass, and even hip-hop is a vaudeville tradition honed on the gritty streets of Depression-era Memphis. And Zeke’s Three Generation Jug Band is about as close as you can get to a time capsule into those times. Close your eyes and imagine a sepia-set image of a local street corner, filled with wagons tumbling down the road. Then imagine your home and all the jugs, washboards, spoons and other household items you have in a closet somewhere that you never knew could be musical instruments. If that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is. – Boyd

8-11 p.m. $7. 641 Cooper St


Novel David Maraniss Mud Island River Park Indie Memphis Otherlands Coffee Bar

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