Feb. 21--Photo by J Henry Fair, Courtesy of Benjamin Hochman
Pianist Benjamin Hochman joins the IRIS Orchestra on Saturday at the Germantown Performing Arts Center.
1. IRIS Orchestra and Memphis Symphony Orchesta performances: Pianist Benjamin Hochman is catching attention for his freshness and virtuosity, including raves for his recent Kennedy Center recital debut. Hochman performs with the IRIS Orchestra, doing Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor. Also on the program: Arthur Sullivan's Incidental Music from "The Tempest" and Schumann's Symphony No. 2 in C major.
Meanwhile, maestro Mei-Ann Chen leads the Memphis Symphony Orchestra in this weekend's Masterworks concerts featuring Schubert's Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished) and Brahms' "A German Requiem," the latter with soprano Mary Wilson and baritone Matthew Morris, along with the University of Memphis Singers. -- Jon W. Sparks
IRIS: 8 p.m., Saturday, Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter. Tickets $65. Info: 901-751-7500 and irisorchestra.com.
MSO: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main. (Tickets $15-$85; students $5); and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter (Tickets: $45). Info: memphissymphony.org, or call 901-537-2525.
2. Grizzlies vs. Clippers at FedExForum, Friday: Tony Allen is returning. James Johnson neck tattoos are being disseminated. Monday-night-at-the-Coliseum-level wrestling matches will be conducted under the rim. Mike Conley and Chris Paul will face off. It's going to be a playoff-caliber atmosphere as the elements collide (air vs. mud) and the dread rival Clippers come to town. -- Chris Herrington
7 p.m. 888-HOOP
3. Goner Records Birthday Party at the Hi-Tone, Sunday: Back in 1993, Oblivians member Eric Friedl founded the Goner Records label in order to release Wolf Rock, an album by Japanese garage outfit Guitar Wolf. Two decades later, Goner's empire includes a still-flourishing label (now with more than 100 releases to its credit), a thriving Cooper-Young-based retail store and mail-order business and the annual Gonerfest concert extravaganza, which draws bands and fans from all over the world to town each September.
The company, led by Friedl and longtime partner Zac Ives, will celebrate its 21st birthday Sunday with concert at the Hi-Tone CafÉ. The bill will be led by funny, furry pop-punker NOBUNNY. Memphis noiseniks Ex-Cult also will perform. The group recently finished work on its sophomore album for Goner. The record, due out April 29, is called Midnight Passenger and was recorded and produced by Doug Easley at his studio in East Memphis.Rounding out the lineup are a mix of acts with Goner ties, includes fellow locals Manatees, new label signees NOTS, Moving Finger, and Madison, Wis., band and Gonerfest alums The Hussy. -- Bob Mehr
Doors open at 6 p.m., and music starts at 7 p.m. There is no cover charge, but suggested donation is $5.
4. "A Fierce Green Fire" at the Brooks Museum, Sunday: Director Mark Kitchell, an Academy Award nominee for his 1990 documentary "Berkeley in the Sixties," introduces his latest film, "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet," when the movie makes its local debut at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. With narration by Meryl Streep, Robert Redford and others, the film presents a big-picture look at the past 50 years of the environmental movement, from grass-roots organizers to global activists. Kitchell will take part in a question-and-answer session after the screening. The event is co-hosted by the Sierra Club and Livable Memphis. -- John Beifuss
2 p.m. Admission: $8, or $6 for museum members, Sierra Club members and students. Visit brooksmuseum.org.
5. Ballet Memphis 'World Wonders at Playhouse on the Square: If you're creating something entirely original, then the risk looms large. So it is for Rafael Ferreras, company member of Ballet Memphis, whose piece titled "Politics" debuts this weekend at Playhouse on the Square. It's one of five very different works the company is presenting in its "World Wonders" mixed repertory production. Dorothy Gunther Pugh, founding artistic director of Ballet Memphis, called on Ferreras to create a work that would stir cultural interest. See more here. -- JS
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Tickets: $10, $22, $43, $72
6. Randy Rogers Band at Minglewood Hall, Friday: Texas' hardworking The Randy Rogers Band headlines a packed bill of scrappy, outside-the-Nashville-mainstream acts at Minglewood Hall. Formed in 2000, Rogers' band has lived and died by the road. Though now comfortably ensconced among the major labels -- Trouble, their latest for MCA, was released in April and hit the Billboard Top 10 -- they have hardly let up. Joining them on the date are fellow Texans Stony LaRue, Wade Bowen and Josh Abbott, all part of the region's celebrated Red Dirt country-rock scene. -- Mark Jordan
7 p.m. 1555 Madison. Tickets: $20; available at the box office and online at minglewoodhall.com. 901-312-6058.
7. Katt Williams at Landers Center, Sunday: Funnyman Katt Williams returns to the Mid-South this weekend. The comedian and actor -- known for his stand-up specials and appearances in films like "Friday After Next" and "First Sunday -- brings his comedy stylings to the stage of the Landers Center. After a rough personal patch in 2012 -- which included several arrests and public meltdowns -- Williams seems to have returned to solid, and funny, ground. His current tour, titled "Growth Spurt," has earned raves for Williams' cutting observational humor. -- BM
8 p.m.4560 Venture Drive, Southaven. Tickets: $57-$125. Go to ticketmaster.com
8. Jamey Johnson at Horseshoe Casino, Saturday: Jamey Johnson can pen a line like "That Southern Baptist parking lot/Is where I'd go to smoke my pot" and also score a country smash with a sentimentality-skirting family tribute like "In Color." He can release audacious double-CD sets and then veer into loving tributes to lesser-known classic artists. There's no-one else quite like him and he might be contemporary country's signature traditionalist. -- CH.
8 p.m.1021 Casino Center Drive. Tickets range from $25 to $100. horseshoetunica.com.
9. Drop the Mic poetry slam at Rumba Room, Saturday Drumma Boy will be one of the judges at the first "Drop the Mic" poetry slam competition, which will be held at the Rumba Room on South Main. The free event will feature 30 young spoken-word artists from around the region presenting original pieces based on the theme "My freedom is ." The performers will compete in two age categories -- 15 to 18 and 19 to 25 -- with the winners in each taking home $1,000 prizes. Second- and third-place finishers will win $750 and $500, respectively. Learn more here. -- MJ
4-8 p.m., 303 S. Main St. Free. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.
10. 'Boeing Boeing' at Germantown Community Theatre Germantown Community Theatre tries some funny business with the comedy "Boeing Boeing" about a swinging bachelor and the three stewardesses to whom he's engaged. Is there a bumpy flight ahead? Definitely a fasten-your-seat-belts moment. -- JS
7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $21; $15 seniors and students; $10 children 12 and under. Germantown Community Theatre is at 3037 Forest Hill-Irene. Info: 901-937-3023 or gctcomeplay.org.
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