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Go Out This Weekend: Cats at the Brooks, 'Wicked' Divas sing, roots musicians from Midtown to Germantown and more

February 14, 2014

By Chris Herrington, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.

Feb. 14--1. Internet Cat Video Festival at the Brooks Museum, Saturday: Snowmageddon may have skipped Memphis but Purrmageddon hits this weekend when the Brooks for the second year in a row hosts the Internet Cat Video Film Festival, an 80-minute anthology of cute, comical and surreal feline antics, culled from the infinite meow mix of YouTube and other online sources. The Brooks' Friday night "Must Love Cats!" party and cat video screenings are sellouts, but tickets remain for the Saturday shows. The festival was conceived and curated by Scott Stulen, a project director at the Minneapolis' Walker Art Center. -- John Beifuss

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets: $8, or $6 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum.org.

2. Wicked Divas at Cannon Performing Arts Center, Saturday: The Memphis Symphony Orchestra brings Nicole Parker and Emily Rozek -- stars of the Broadway production of "Wicked" (but not from the production now at the Orpheum) -- to sing at the next pops concert. The Wicked Divas program includes favorites from that show as well as works from "Gypsy," "Ragtime," "Titanic" and "Carmen." -- Jon W. Sparks

7:30 p.m. at the Cannon Performing Arts Center, 255 N. Main. Tickets start at $15; $5 for students. Info: 901-537-2525 and tickets.memphissymphony.com.

3. Marty Stuart at Germantown Performing Arts Center, Saturday: Nashville singer-guitarist Marty Stuart, for whom Memphis has always been a musical touchstone because of Sun Records, returns to the area for a show at the Germantown Performing Arts Center with local roots disciples John Paul Keith and the 145s opening. A native of Philadelphia, Miss., Stuart never strayed far from the love of classic country, rockabilly and bluegrass that defined his youth. -- Mark Jordan

8 p.m.1801 Exeter Road, Germantown. Tickets: $27.50, $36.50, and $40; available at the box office, by phone at 901-751-7500, and online at gpacweb.com.

4. Anna Marie Hartman at Bartlett Performing Arts Center, Friday: The multitalented Anna Marie Hartman might be best known as an anchor, reporter and producer with WMC-TV's Action News 5, but it's her reputation as a singer that takes center stage at the Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center. Hartman, who majored in opera at Carnegie Mellon University, has been singing on Beale Street for a few years now. Her gig at BPACC is part of the DinnerStage series where lucky diners will get to hear her sing. -- JS

7 p.m., 3663 Appling Road$40. Info: 901-385-6440 and bpacc.org.

5. Valentine's Party at Amurica, Saturday: Amurica, the operators of the colorfully decorated trailer-turned-photo booth you've no doubt encountered at social functions around town, had such a good turn out with their New Year's Eve party at their new Crosstown storefront that they are having another fete. The adult-only Valentine's party is BYOB but the cover charge includes performances by '60s pop throwbacks The Wuvbirds and Alicja Trout. -- MJ

Doors: 8 p.m.410 North Cleveland St. Cover: $10. 901-606-2041. Visit amuricaphoto.com.

6. Salvador Dali at the Brooks, Saturday: People who don't know the difference between a Delacroix and a daguerreotype know who Salvador Dali is. The melting watch! The woman made of bureau drawers! Dali's meticulous surrealist style and eccentric manner made him one of the most instantly recognizable artists of the 20th century.

Though known primarily as a painter, Dali worked in many mediums, and visitors to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will see him in his guise of printmaker in "Dali: Illustrating the Surreal," opening Saturday and running through May 11. The exhibition of 49 images consists of Dali's illustrations for limited editions of Cervantes' epic novel "Don Quixote" (1957), Hans Christian Anderson's familiar "Fairy Tales" (1967), Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland," a sort of proto-Surrealist masterpiece itself (1969), and "Les dÎners de Gala" (1973), a cookbook inspired by the artist's beloved wife and muse. For more, see Fredric Koeppel's preview here.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar in Overton Park. Saturday through May 11. Call 901-544-6200 or visit brooksmuseum.org

7. Pokey LaFarge at 1884 Lounge, Friday: Perhaps no artist around today embodies the past with the fealty of spirit and musicianship as LaFarge. Though it doesn't quite stretch back two centuries, his music embraces a wide range of early music traditions -- Tin Pan Alley, ragtime, blues, hot jazz, hillbilly and more that the artist himself simply calls "American music" -- that mark LaFarge as a man out of time. For more, see Mark Jordan's feature here.

8 p.m. Saturday. 1884 Lounge, 1555 Madison inside Minglewood Hall. Tickets: $12 in advance, $14 day of show. Advance tickets available online at minglewoodhall.com. 901-312-6058.

8. 'As You Like It' at Theatre Memphis, starting Friday: Anita "Jo" Lenhart does not ride lightly into the Wild, Wild West. Not when Shakespeare's concerned. But the director of "As You Like It," opening this weekend at Theatre Memphis, has found the connection and it promises to be a rip-snortin' yarn of love and exile, bumpkins and bullies, cross-dressers and taletellers. For more, see Jon W. Sparks' preview here.

Through March 2 at Theatre Memphis' Next Stage, 630 Perkins Ext. Show times 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays Tickets: $25 adults, $15 students with valid ID, $10 children under 12 Info: 901-682-8323; theatrememphis.org.

9. Gov't Mule at Horseshoe Casino, Friday This is a year of milestones for Southern rock guitarist Warren Haynes, who is marking 25 years playing in the Allman Brothers Band, an institution that itself turns 45 this year. It is also the 20th anniversary of Haynes' equally jammy side project, Gov't Mule, which released its 10th album, the double disc Shout!, featuring guest artists Ben Harper, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, and more, in September. Haynes ambiguously has promised more big plans to commemorate the occasion, starting with a tour that stops at Horseshoe Casino's Bluesville Valentine's night. -- MJ

8 p.m.1021 Casino Center Drive, Tunica Resorts, Miss. Tickets: $15.50, $19.50, $29.50, and $100; available at the box office and through Ticketmaster. 800-303-7463. Visit horseshoetunica.com.

10. Paul Rodgers album-release party at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Saturday Last month, classic rock singer Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company) released the made-in-Memphis album The Royal Sessions, his tribute to Memphis soul music, recorded at Royal Studio with legendary Memphis session players. Rodgers -- who is donating all of his proceeds from the album to the Stax Music Academy -- is back in town for an album-release show at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. For more, see Bob Mehr's column here.

6 p.m., 926 E. McLemore Ave. Admission is free with a purchase of The Royal Sessions or $10 without. Info: staxmuseum.com.

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