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Go Out This Week: Lionel Richie, 'Mamma Mia!' 'Sing-Along, Jimmy Buffett at the drive-in

June 16, 2014

By Mark Richens, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.

June 16--Here's another selection of things to do this week. You'll note there is nothing listed here for Tuesday. That day's big event is my birthday. Send gifts c/o Mark Richens, The Commercial Appeal, 495 Union Ave., Memphis, TN 38103. If you're wondering what I drink, a nice bourbon is always a good choice.

Also, don't forget about Bob Mehr's two recommendations for Thursday: the "Beale Street Caravan Blowout" fundraiser at A. Schwab's and the Wreckless Eric solo show at Murphy's.

1. Lionel Richie, Wednesday: Best-selling singer-songwriter Lionel Richie continues his first American tour in a decade with a stop at FedExForum. The "All the Hits All Night Long Tour" is just that. Recent set lists have shown Richie selecting hits from throughout his career, including his days fronting the Commodores ("Easy"), his copious solo hits (the titular "All Night Long") and even "We Are the World," the mega-selling charity single he co-wrote with Michael Jackson. Pop/R&B star CeeLo Green opens the show. -- Mark Jordan

7:30 p.m. 191 Beale. Tickets: $47.50, $67.50, $97.50, and $125; available at the box office and through Ticketmaster. 901-205-2525. Visit

2. "Mamma Mia!" at the Orpheum, Thursday: Calling all Dancing Queens: "Mamma Mia!," the 2008 movie version of the ABBA-inspired hit jukebox musical, comes to the Orpheum in a "Sing-Along" version with onscreen lyrics to enable viewers to better accompany Meryl (Streep) and Pierce (Brosnan) as they do their best to emulate the Swedish hitmakers. The movie is a romance set on an enchanting Greek isle where the characters break into such ABBA songs as "Take a Chance on Me" and "SOS" to express their emotions. -- John Beifuss

7 p.m., Orpheum, 203 S. Main. Tickets: $7, or $5 for children under 12. Visit

3. Jimmy Buffett at the drive-in, Thursday: You can enjoy a cheeseburger in paradise -- plus such other movie concessions as poporn, nachos and hot dogs -- if you attend "Jimmy Buffett's Live at the Drive-In Broacast," an innovative merger of movie and music technology that brings a live performance by Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band to a big screen at the Summer Quartet Drive-In. Set to start in the flesh at 8:45 p.m. at the Coyote Drive-In in Fort Worth, Texas, the concert will be broadcast live via satellite to drive-in theaters all over the country.-- JB

Tickets: $10 per person, minimum of two per car. Visit

4. "Pina," Thursday: Coordinated by Ballet Memphis and Crosstown Arts, the "spark: conversations" series continues with a screening of Wim Wenders' documentary "Pina," a modern masterpiece -- filled with lengthy and exciting dance pieces -- that examines the life and work of legendary German choreographer Pina Bausch. Audience members are invited to stay after the screening for what's described as a "light discussion" of the film. Best of all, admission is free. -- JB

7 p.m., Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Visit

5. Cooper-Young Pup Crawl, Thursday: Benefiting the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County and presented by the Memphis Animal Clinic, the Cooper-Young Pup Crawl finds neighborhood restaurants and bars offering special canine-themed drinks through the evening (Celtic Crossing has the Irish Setter; Tsunami offers the Gin Tin Tin). Jeff Hulett and Chad Nixon provide live music in the gazebo. Look here for the Pup Crawl's suggested itinerary (and a listing of the cocktails offered along the way) and more information about the Humane Society's adoption program.

6-9 p.m. Full Pup Crawl schedule here.


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